Mhairi Quinn


Mhairi can be contacted through Playwrights' Studio


British Sign Language

Playwrights' Studio

Former Mentored Playwright

Mhairi Quinn

Mhairi graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a First-class honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. Mhairi's work has been performed at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh as well as the Tron Theatre, The CCA and Oran Mor in Glasgow.

Mhairi was one of six finalists to make it through to the final of the Tron Theatre's 2017 Progressive Playwright Award with her play The Bridge Street Flats. Her short play Preparing for the Afterlife was selected and directed by Andy Arnold and performed as part of the Take me Somewhere festival.

Mhairi has written plays for In Motion theatre company's Winter Words Festival and is working with them again this year through their ReWrite programme on her new satirical comedy piece, Home Shopping. Mhairi is also currently in development for her new play GRID for Braw Fox Theatre Company with the support of the National Theatre of Scotland through their Guest Room programme.

In addition to writing for theatre, Mhairi has also written for film and television. Her short film script Little White Lies was shortlisted by Underwire Festival in London and subsequently co-produced by INDELIBLE INK productions through the Glasgow Film Accelerator Scheme run by Sigma Films and the SFTN. Little White Lies will be released to festivals in early 2019.

Mhairi makes up one third of 'The Tandem Writing Collective' and writes and produces new work in venues across Glasgow and Edinburgh. Due to the successes of Tandem, it will now take up home at the Tron Theatre as part of their 2019 Spring/Summer programme.

Mhairi writes and performs spoken word poetry and has presented work with Glasgow's Sonnet Youth. She can communicate using British Sign Language and is interested in incorporating more of this beautiful language into her work.

Mentoring Programme 2019

Mhairi was part of our Mentoring Programme for 2019. She developed her play The Politics of White Stuff:

Spring 2018 and Scotland is at a standstill because of snow. Climate change is flaunting her capabilities, but the politics of this issue spread much further than government level. The play follows school janitor, Audrey, and her battle against the council's 'red tape' when faced with the dilemma of caring for a 6-year-old boy who has been dropped off in her school playground. It questions our morals and poses the debate between what is right, and what is just politics gone mad.  

Mhairi was mentored by Morna Pearson.

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