Leah Byrne is a young Indian-Irish playwright raised in South Wales, with a first-class BA English Literature (Bristol) and more recently an MSc Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh under playwright Nicola McCartney.
Whilst at Bristol, Leah was accepted onto a Playwriting programme at the Bristol Old Vic under Chinonyerem Odimba, during which she developed her first one-act play Ars Poetica: consequently, upon returning to her hometown on the Welsh coast, she was accepted onto the summer programme at The Other Room and awarded a commission by Fio, both of which culminated in professional stagings (at the Other Room and Sherman Theatre respectively).
In Edinburgh, her scripts developed as part of the academic programme were workshopped fully, with an excerpt of my dissertation script given a rehearsed reading as part of the Traverse Theatre's online Fringe festival programme.
Mentoring Programme 2021
Leah is part of our Mentoring Programme for 2021.
At the humiliating end of a public affair, a former couple stop eating. George first: years of disordered eating throw him into a final frenzy as his writing career, public image, and accusations of pederasty and homosexual activity spiral out of control. Caro, wife of the future prime minister, takes this as a provocation: still besotted with George, she mimics him, apparently as a sign of devotion. As public hunger for gossip grows, so does disdain for the formerly scandalous society couple, who enter a dangerous, visceral game of one-upmanship that picks apart the symbolism and sacrifice of going hungry.
Leah is mentored by Adura Onashile.