2020 Playwrights

We are delighted to announce the seven playwrights who have been selected to take part in the Mentoring Programme 2020. 

Jessica Brodie

Jessica Brodie has a BA in English Literature and Theatre Studies and trained as an actor at Identity School of Acting in London. In 2018, she was a member of Soho Theatre's Young Company. She also co-wrote I'll Have What She's Having which went on to receive critical acclaim for its run at Assembly George Square during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jess will be mentored by Stef Smith.

Jess will be developing her new play Phases as part of the Mentoring Programme for 2020:

It's 2019, and for the first time in 5,000 years, Weiss' Comet is set to pass the earth. Living in the gap between the end of high school and the rest of her life, 18-year-old Mabel feels suspended in time, like the moon. Fuelled only by Dragon Soop and reckless optimism, she waits to wish on the comet; the only thing that will make the uncertain certain and shape her destiny. This play aims to explore how far we will go to outsource responsibility in our lives and whether fluidity always equates to freedom.

Neil Chue Hong

Neil Chue Hong is a playwright from Edinburgh creating work that asks audiences to reconsider how they view themselves. His work has been performed in rehearsed readings and workshops at the Traverse Theatre, Citizens Theatre and Tron Theatre. Look At Her was a winner of the IdeasTap "Writing for performers: One act plays" competition in 2014. Dreams of Flying was shortlisted for the Scottish Short Play Award 2017 (Cumbernauld Theatre).

Neil will be mentored by Lewis Hetherington.

Neil will be developing his new play Amazing Grace  as part of the Mentoring Programme for 2020:

What do you do when you think you fit in, but to everyone else you stick out? When you're too young to be a baby boomer and too old to be a millennial activist? Part of the 4% of non-white people living in Scotland but totally integrated into white society? Welcome to the Scottish Missing Classes.

Hazel Darwin-Clements

Hazel Darwin-Clements is an actor, theatre maker, mother, puppeteer and podcaster who lives in Edinburgh. She's an associate artist with Starcatchers and Frozen Charlotte and credits include Hup, The Attic, Too Many Cooks and Round in Circles. Her CliMates podcast will be published late 2019.

Hazel will be mentored by Lewis Hetherington.

Hazel will be developing her new play Maya and the Whale  as part of the Mentoring Programme for 2020:

There's a Climate Emergency and Maya must have her voice heard. That means travelling to Edinburgh from Aberdeenshire to join the strike. Her journey is fraught with inconvenient, annoying and absurd obstacles: missed trains, a hitched lift, rescuing an abandoned public bike, and an encounter with an endangered Snow Hare. Maya's father works in the deep sea drilling oil and wonders where all the fish have gone. She befriends Rory (the Grand High Vegan) and her teacher runs away to lie in front of a bulldozer at Heathrow. Can she find her place in a world full of apocalyptic rhetoric?

Aodhan Gallagher

Aodhan Gallagher is an emerging playwright born and raised in Glasgow. He is dedicated to creating complex, challenging LGBTQ and working-class roles for stage, screen and fiction. He was one of the ten writers selected to participate in the 2019 David Higham Associates Open Day for under-represented voices and was listed as an official finalist for the 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest in the stage play category.

Aodhan will be mentored by Adura Onashile.

Aodhan will be developing his new play Write-Off  as part of the Mentoring Programme for 2020:

Freddie Atkinson is a gay man but not a gay novelist. He has been very clear about this distinction throughout his career. However, fearing that his work is beginning to lack in social relevance, he decides to employ a young assistant to help him shake things up. The unlikely candidate is Ben, an effortlessly flamboyant and stubborn university student, who pushes Freddie to interrogate whether it is still possible for a queer writer to separate their identity from their work and what it really means for an artist to be 'out of the closet' today.

Anna Suwanasuk Rattray

Anna Suwanasuk Rattray is a Scottish-Thai playwright from Edinburgh. She is interested in writing about women, business and corruption. She recently finished her MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is Co-Founder and Writer-Producer of Distracted Rat Productions, a new writing theatre company that encourages writers to learn about the producing side of theatre. Her work has been performed at Camden People's Theatre, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Stereo and the OSO Arts Centre.

Anna will be mentored by Adura Onashile.

Anna will be developing her new play Bothy Baggers  as part of the Mentoring Programme for 2020:

Bothy Baggers is about wannabe business mogul Karen, who dreams of turning every Bothy in the Highlands into a goldmine - Airbnb style. With American investment, some Bothy owners onboard and "legal advice" that confirms Bothy Code is not law, Karen is ready to take the tourist market by storm. But as the Bothy Housing Association find out, they take the "law" into their own hands. A show that features ceilidh dancing, tartan suits with racing stripes and a fierce love for Sharleen Spiteri - will Karen manage to turn a profit, or is there a bigger loss at stake?

Vivien Reid

Vivien Reid trained as an actor at the Drama Centre in London. She works in theatre, TV and film. Her short filmThe Box, which she wrote, star and produced is currently screening in film festivals all over the world and winning awards. Her debut play The Waiting Room is in development.

Vivien will be mentored by Stef Smith.

Vivien will be developing her new play The Rhymer as part of the Mentoring Programme for 2020:

The Rhymer, a play in three acts, begins in the twelfth century. Thomas (The Rhymer) puts a curse on the Castle, he is then driven through grief to make a pact with the Devil and The Elfland Queen. He is taken away for seven hundred years. The play then turns to modern-day and we meet a fractured family who has a week left to live in the castle before it is turned over to the Trust. A storm begins, three knocks heard at the door and Thomas The Rhymer is invited into the castle. He is here to seek his revenge.

Bea Webster

Bea Webster is a Glasgow based actress, theatre-maker and aspiring playwright, and graduated with BA Performance in British Sign Language and English at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She wrote, acted in and directedHouse of Ladiesfor RCS's On The Verge festival. She also co-wrote and devised Everything Will Be Perfect. Bea believes in supporting Deaf people and works to promote BSL in the theatre world and raise awareness of how theatre industries can work with Deaf professionals.

Bea will be mentored by Stef Smith.

Bea will be developing her new play Oor Lady  as part of the Mentoring Programme for 2020:

Set in the future of Scotland, Oor Lady is a dark political dystopian play which explores the impact that feminism and patriarchy has on society, and the social currency of both English and British Sign Language.  What if women ruled the world? What if English was banned in favour of British Sign Language?

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