Mhairi Quinn


Mhairi can be contacted through Playwrights' Studio


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Playwrights' Studio

Former Mentored Playwright

Mhairi Quinn

Mhairi's work has been performed at the Tron Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Assembly Roxy, Dundee Rep, The CCA and Oran Mor. She was a finalists of the Tron Theatre's Progressive Playwright Award with her play The Bridge Street Flats. Her short play Preparing for the Afterlife was commissioned and directed by Andy Arnold for the Take Me Somewhere festival. Mhairi has written comedies for In Motion Theatre Company's Winter Words and ReWrite Festivals. She was selected for the Mentoring Programme by the Playwrights Studio Scotland to develop her play Politics of the White Stuff under the mentorship of playwright Morna Pearson. Mhairi makes up one third of The Tandem Writing Collective. Her new work with the company can be seen at the Tron and Traverse in April and May of 2022.

Her short film script Little White Lies was shortlisted by Underwire Festival and co-produced by INDELIBLE INK through the Glasgow Film Accelerator Scheme run by Sigma Films and the SFTN.  Mhairi was selected by the BBC Writersroom to become one of the BBC Scottish Voices for 2020/21. Through this attachment she has had particular interest in her comedy writing and lately she has been developing two comedy series pilots for TV.

Mhairi also has a range of experience in writing for younger audiences. In 20/21 she was part of the writing team for Winduna Enterprises LTD's new children's show Winnie and Wilbur based on the best-selling books by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul for Milkshake! on Channel 5. Interest in her submission for the CBBC's Children's Comedy Monologues opportunity led her to be invited onto the BBC Children's New Voices Scheme for 2021. Most recently, Mhairi was credited for her work as part of a BBC writers' room for the development of their new CBeebies Presents show. Following this she was then recommended by Kay Benbow (ex CBBC Controller) to be part of the development and writers' room for Three Stones Media's Attention Action Ayshia which was funded by the BFI's Young Audience Content Fund.

Mhairi writes and performs spoken word poetry. She is a Pastoral Care teacher in Glasgow, and she can communicate in British Sign Language. 


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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