Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award 2021

We are delighted to announce the playwrights who have been selected to receive Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award 2021.

Jack Hunter

Jack Hunter graduated from the BA (Hons) Drama & Performance Programme at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in 2017. While studying at QMU, Jack wrote and performed as part of the satirical sketch group That's Bull. In 2018, Jack wrote The Living Newspaper, a short play that questioned the integrity of broadsheet journalism and discussed the issue of data smuggling.

The play Jack will be developing as part of his Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award 2021:

This play is a coming of age tale in which Jack retells his shared story of growing up, one of two, as a twin with Cerebral Palsy. In this one-man comedy drama, Jack embarks upon a journey of self-discovery as he contends with the trials and tribulations of life: whether that may be the perils of learning to ride a bike; or contending with the prospect of stepping out into the "big bad world" alone. Although this is a story of self-determination; it also highlights the importance of human connection as Jack celebrates his unique bond with his twin sister.

Emily Ingram

Emily Ingram is a Scottish-based theatre writer, director, performer, and props-maker. Work as a playwright includes critically acclaimed Fringe production The Grandmothers Grimm, a piece exploring how women contributed to - and were erased from - the Brothers Grimm's famous fairy tale anthology; The Sprite In The Dolls House (Palace of Holyroodhouse's Christmas events programme, 2019); and adaptations including Virginia Woolf's Orlando and Aristophanes' The Birds.

The play Emily will be developing as part of her Birds of Paradise & Playwrights' Studio Mentoring Award 2021:

It is 1851 and Mary Shelley is dying, surrounded by her husband's manuscripts and calcified heart, her own work forgotten. As she draws her last breath, a tunnel opens into her memory and Mary recalls her life in perfect detail: sickness and infidelity, motherhood and loss, all watched over by the long, imposing shadow of the famous mother she never knew. This is Mary Shelley's forgotten story, with every monster and demon revealed.

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