Cathy Forde


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Cathy Forde

Cathy Forde is an award-winning Glaswegian novelist turned playwright. Her first play, Empty, was commissioned in 2008 and produced by National Theatre of Scotland in 2010, directed by Vicky Featherstone.  She has been concentrating on drama ever since: The Sunday Lesson (Òran Mór), Supply  (Òran Mór), One in A Million (Òran Mór) Chamber of Nothing, a multi-cast play for schools (Pearson).

She has written two children's touring pantomimes (The Little Mermaid and Mother Goose Does Eggs Factor) for the musical theatre students of Coatbridge College.

In 2013, she adapted her novel, The Drowning Pond, as a musical for Youth Music Theatre UK, directed by Joe Douglas, and a radio play Baby's Coming Back  was produced for BBC Radio Scotland.

2020 sees Cathy on commission with Visible Fictions Scotland, adapting and developing her novel Fat Boy Swim into a musical, and on commission to write a short story for BBC Radio 4.

Cathy has worked extensively over the years with children and young adults. In 2018, inspired by the Children's Wood in North Glasgow she devised a site specific play with local children, produced by Visible Fictions.  She has mentored and led projects with Terraincognita and the  Women's Creative Company.  She was Scottish Booktrust Virtual Writer in Residence 2011-12 and Writer in Residence at Drumchapel High School and All Saints, Barmulloch in Glasgow. For seven years she mentored Young Writers with Toonspeak Young People's Theatre in Glasgow.

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