Kenny Boyle


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New Playwrights Award

Kenny Boyle

Lewis born and based playwright Kenny Boyle trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and holds a masters in classical and contemporary text, as well as an honors degree in English, literature and theatre studies from the University of Strathclyde.

His dark exploration into the addictive nature of video games Playthrough was developed by Borderline Theatre company and backed by Creative Scotland in 2017. His script for Aladdin met with rave reviews as the professional pantomime for Dumfries and Galloway in 2019. He has developed events for The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, and Police Scotland.

Kenny is passionate about writing theatre that explores the lives of those in rural communities, tackles the stigma of poor mental health, and connects to under-represented audiences.

New Playwrights Award Recipient 2021

Kenny will be developing a new play as part of his New Playwrights Award:

How do you get by in the city if you grew up learning how to shear sheep and cut peat, but have never walked on a street with a pavement before? The story of a boy from a tiny village tucked away in the corner of the western isles who finds himself going to school in Glasgow, and the clash of cultures between his rural upbringing and city life. How do you fit in when you don't know a pog from a Tamagotchi, can only understand half of what your classmates say, and don't even know what a squirrel is?

Photograph by Scott Cadenhead

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