Skye can be contacted through Playwrights' Studio
Passionate about curiosity as a kind of currency, Skye is a playwright who often performs her own work. She is currently (not) touring her Covid-paused live work Though This Be Madness:
"Once upon a time…
I don't have time!" -
in which a sleep-deprived recovering mother attempts to finish a sentence, questioning how we can nurture our collective sanity. Skye's new play for young people, 12yrs+, The Turmeric Trail, developed with Imaginate as an Accelerator artist questions what you can do when Good Grief is in the room. Her first solo work, Cracked, (how do you grieve someone who's still alive?, directed by Zinnie Harris) won an Edinburgh Fringe First and was adapted for radio. Solo pieces since then include the verse piece drawn live called The Line We Draw for Flint & Pitch (following The Arches) & the poetry performance This Impossible Rim (as Wigtown Book Festival's writer-in-residence), Unsex Me Here & Plucked of Purpose- the Adventures of PB. Her first play for young audiences, Mish Gorecki Goes Missing (Tron Theatre), was commissioned by Visible Fictions Theatre Co and shortlisted for three UK awards. Skye is recipient of an SBT New Writers Award for the children's play, How It Became The Talking Stick, and FST bursary 'Unplugged' for her research into writing for performance and installation art in India. Her new play Erik's Chair has been developed with the support of PPS and Company of Wolves, UK. Her research has taken her to Australia (where she's from originally) as part of AWAL, a project endeavouring to explore inter-cultural approaches through collaboration with a First Nations community of Alice Springs- through invitation, sharing experiences on Native Title land.
Skye works as an artist-in-residence with schools and community groups, and through Live Literature with the Scottish Book Trust (most recently as writer-in-residence at Croy Primary School, Inverness). She is recent Artist-in-Residence with Glasgow Life & creator of the public art engagement strategy, 'Q-POETICS', (poetry in places and spaces of waiting - queues). Q-poetics worked with Wigtown Book Festival, Word Travels & Sydney Writers Festival, opened the Kelpies, and Cultural Programme for Commonwealth Games Glasgow. The project emerged from Making a Map of My Mistakes - Skye's ongoing practice working in places/spaces of waiting and, initially, the New Victoria Hospital Glasgow.
Skye is a published poet who performs a lot of her poetry live. Touring abroad, she's was featured poet with the Sydney Morning Herald online app & a Sydney Poetry Prize winner, and her poem Glasgow (We've All Been Here Before) was commissioned for Whatever Gets You Through the Night (directed by Cora Bissett). Poetry publications include GRIST Anthology UK, Abridged Magazine, Causeway magazine UK. As Artistic Director for Toonspeak Young Peoples Theatre, Skye directed the Creative Scotland-funded, site-specific young-artist led works, 'Lost & Found' (Whisky Bond) and 'Seven Signs' (Merchant City, Glasgow) - devising with a cast of more than 30, 11-25yr olds and creating the spoken word project, Word of Mouth which focuses on young writer/performers.
Skye is currently working on two new plays, The Lost Log Book and You May Lose Your Fingerprint which look at the invisible ways in which we're connected through two very different stories.