Stephen Greenhorn


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Playwrights' Studio

Former Board Member

Stephen Greenhorn

Stephen Greenhorn was born in 1964 in Fauldhouse, West Lothian and is a Scottish playwright and screenwriter. He has been writing professionally since 1989 and divides his time between Glasgow and London.


Greenhorn's plays have been produced by a wide variety of theatre companies across the UK as well as on BBC Radio and several have been published.

Original or adapted works for the stage include: The Salt Wound (1994), Dissent (1998) and Gilt (2003) for 7:84; Passing Places (1997) and The Ballad of Crazy Paola (2001) for the Traverse Theatre; Sleeping Around (1998) with Abi Morgan, Mark Ravenhill and Hilary Fannin for Paines Plough and King Matt (2001) for TAG Theatre Company.

Passing Places won the author a nomination for Scottish Writer of the Year in 1998 and has since been translated many times and produced world-wide.

In 2007 he created Sunshine on Leith for Dundee Rep - a musical featuring the songs of The Proclaimers. The show won the TMA Award for Best Musical that year and has toured several times since.


TV work includes episodes of The Bill and Where The Heart Is for ITV. For BBC1 he has written the six-part drama series Glasgow Kiss (2000) and the fact-based feature drama Derailed (2005). In 2002 he created the soap opera River City for BBC Scotland. His 2006 adaptation of Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea screened on both BBC4 and BBC1. He contributed episodes to both the 2007 and 2008 series of Doctor Who and wrote the five-part series Marchlands (2011) for ITV.


Greenhorn adapted his own stage musical Sunshine on Leith for the big screen. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013.

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