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