Kevin P. Gilday


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Kevin P. Gilday

Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the co-founder of spoken word cabaret Sonnet Youth, a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer and a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice.

Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Vancouver) as well as large scale tours of the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. He has supported artists such as Akala, Saul Williams, Jackie Kay, Sage Francis, Liz Lochhead and George the Poet.

He has published four books of poetry, with his most recent - Sad Songs for White Boys (via Speculative Books) - bringing together nearly ten years of work. Under the guise of Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross he has released two albums of synth-inflected alternative music - Experience Essential and Pure Concrete - via Iffy Folk Records.

His theatre work has been seen at Oran Mor, Tron Theatre, Assembly Roxy, Lemon Tree, Byre Theatre, Beacon Arts Centre, Village Pub Theatre, Eden Court, The Revue Stage (Vancouver) and Tarragon Theatre (Toronto). He has twice been shortlisted for the Scottish Short Play of the Year Award.


Selected Works

Courier Culture
Writer. Produced by BBC Scotland and National Theatre of Scotland as part of the #ScenesforSurvival series. Directed by Graham Eatough. ★★★★★ The Scotsman.


Suffering from Scottishness
Writer and Performer. Immersive theatre exploring Scottish identity. Full run at Edinburgh fringe 2019, co-produced by HighTide. ★★★★ The Scotsman.


The Three Gospels of Jimmy Reid
Writer. Created on attachment with National Theatre of Scotland through their Breakthrough Writer opportunity. In development with Fair Pley Productions.


On Hold
Writer and Creator. Section first performed at The Tron Theatre as part of The Progressive Playwright. Adapted into half-hour TV pilot spec script, subsequently optioned by The Comedy Unit.


Gigantic Lying Mouth
Writer and Performer. Combining contemporary spoken word with monologues, multimedia and imagined conversation. Collaborative piece with BAFTA winning director Tim Courtney and electronic musician Kevin Frew. Full runs at theatres in Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver as part of Canadian Fringe Tour 2017.


Writer. Devised piece in collaboration with Tidy Carnage productions. Debuted as part of Arches Live Festival 2014. Runner up - Platform 18 New Directions Award. Staged at Tron Theatre as part of Mayfesto 2015. Full Scottish tour in 2016.


Stephanie Says
Writer and Performer. Experimental piece combining spoken word, monologue, real-time make-up artistry (in collaboration with Jenna Clayton MUA) and live musical interpretations of the works of David Bowie and Lou Reed. Programmed as part of Outside Eyes at the Tron Theatre, November 2016.


Writer. Shortlisted for Scottish Short Play Award 2015. Full day workshop with professional actors and director at the Citizens Theatre. Staged in June 2016 at The Tron Theatre as part of Tron 100 Festival.


Closing Time
Writer. Full day workshop and rehearsed reading as part of TalkFest 2015 at the Tron Theatre with director Peter Arnott - arranged by Playwrights' Studio Scotland.


The Man Who Loved Beer
Writer and Performer. A poetic memoir presented as a spoken word monologue. Three week run at the Edinburgh Fringe, performances across summer festivals (Glastonbury, Wickerman, etc), national tour, recording and run at the Toronto Fringe 2015.

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