Lisa Nicoll


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Lisa Nicoll

Lisa Nicoll is a producer, playwright and actress who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She was mentored by Playwrights Studio Scotland in 2009 by Tanika Gupta. Lisa has a passion for writing things that are inspired by real people and events.

Lisa established and is Creative Director & Producer of new writing theatre company In Motion Theatre where she was commissioned and toured with Where The Crow Flies in 2016 (funded by Glasgow City Council), Shattered (funded by the Big Lottery) in 2018 and in 2019 was commissioned to write Other Side of the River as a co-production between In Motion and Renfrewshire Arts & Leisure for a Scottish and English tour in 2021.

2019 saw the commission of new play The Lovely Peas from Outspoken Arts which is due to tour in 2021.

Between 2008 and 2013, Lisa wrote, produced and toured theatre work all across Scotland under her own name including her touring self-penned one woman plays Acceptance, Touched  and Home Run. Acceptance toured for six years to venues across the length and breadth of Scotland funded by various public and private sources. Off of the back of this play she was also commissioned to write the main characters' diaries in The Metro Newspaper for ten weeks.

In 2010 Lisa was commissioned to write short novel Leathered for teenagers for Alcohol Focus Scotland which was put on the curriculum in some schools in Scotland she also secured funding from various sources to write and produce eight short films which combined community casts with professional actors.

Lisa's writing has been instrumental in two motions being passed in the Scottish Parliament for her writing work with communities for short films Shattered Walls and Wasted. She has received a Care Accolade for one of her short film The Protector and was also part of the Scottish Charity of The Year Finalists 2019 for her play Shattered with The Scottish Cot Death Trust.

In 2019 Lisa was asked by Oxfam to research and write a paper for the Scottish Government on Food Poverty which is now being looked at for the basis of a new play.

2018/19 also saw Lisa work with Sky Arts as a script developer for Martha Keith Barnett's play And The Band Marches On which was presented at The Bush and Barbican Theatre as rehearsed readings. During this time, she also worked on the script development of rehearsed readings of Jennifer Adam's new play The House That Melts with The Rain which was performed at Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh and the development of Jo Lennie's play Lily - A Play with Songs which was then presented as a reading at the Traverse Theatre.

Between 2013 and September 2017 she was a producer at the Tron Theatre. In this position she created The Progressive Playwright Award and set up and ran The Tron 100 Club - an artistic membership for creatives and produced the Tron 100 Festival in 2016 and 2017 - a festival of 30 short new plays.

Photograph by Mihaela Bodlovic

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