New Playwrights Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce the playwrights who have been selected to receive New Playwrights Awards in 2019.

Laura Miller Laura Miller is a playwright who has had five plays performed at Aberdeen's The Lemon Tree scratch nights. She also contributed to the script of the 2016 and 2017 Aberdeen Student Show which is performed at His Majesty's Theatre and raises money for an array of local charities.

Laura will be developing her play The Shame as part of her New Playwrights Award.

June's son Barry is due in court. He plans on pleading guilty to a crime he couldn't possibly have committed. Scared at the thought of being alone and without a carer, June will do whatever it takes to make Barry see the error of his ways; but can she finally see the errors of her own?

Laurie Motherwell Laurie Motherwell is a playwright born and raised in Glasgow. Credits include: Old Enough (Traverse Theatre); Playback (Stag Hart; Flying Artichoke Nominee); The Captain's Heart (Playwrights' Studio, Scotland); CyberBuddy (Hopscotch Theatre). Laurie is represented by Michael Elliot-Finch at Brennan Artists. Laurie is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh's MSc in Playwriting and is a proud member of the Scottish Society of Playwrights.

Laurie will be developing i was born to love you for the day you love me too as part of his New Playwrights Award.

Jack was looking for love, and he has found it in Nam; a woman half his age from Thailand.

Until he can move there they keep their relationship alive online. Ruaridh dates his University professor, and Connor goes out with his first girlfriend in school. They both use their father's relationship as a barometer for their own - to disastrous consequences. 

'i was born to love you for the day you love me too' explores why older men may turn to long distance international relationships instead of trying to find love at home. And asks how this might influence those who look up to them.

Elspeth Turner
Gaelic New Playwright Award Recipient
Tha Elspeth Nic an Tuairneir na cleasaiche is na sgrìobhadair, stèidhichte ann an Dùn Èideann. Is ann à Dùn Phàrlain a tha i bho thùs, agus dh'ionnsaich i cleasachd aig Acadamaidh Ameireaganach nan Ealainean Dràma agus Gàidhlig aig Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Chaidh na dealbhan-cluiche aice, The Idiot at the Wall agus SpectreTown, a mholadh nuair a chaidh an taisbeanadh aig Iomall Fèis Dhùn Èideann mus deach iad air tursan nàiseanta. Fhuair i duaisean airson sgrìobhadh dràma bho Urras Tom McGrath agus Fonndas Peggy Ramsay.

Elspeth Turner
is an Edinburgh-based actor and writer. Originally from Dunfermline in Fife, she studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Her plays include The Idiot at the Wall and SpectreTown, both of which played to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring nationally. She is the recipient of Playwriting awards from the Tom McGrath Trust and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.  

Elspeth will be developing Buaireas anns an Uisge / Trouble the Water (Tiotal obrach/Working title) as part of her Gaelic New Playwrights Award.

Tha boireannach òg a' siubhal à Alba gu Ameireagaidh a Tuath. A' sireadh na fìrinn mu a sinnsireachd, feumaidh i a lorg am measg snaidhmean eachdraidh Ìmpireachd Bhreatainn, nach deach a theagasg dhi.

A' snìomhadh dannsa, ceòl agus fionn-sgeul, tha an dealbh-chluiche seo a' coimhead air na rinn Alba ann am Malairt tar-Atlantaigeach nan Tràillean bho shealladh nan Gàidheal, a' cur nan ceistean as cudromaiche a th' againn an-diugh mu dhìleab tràilleachd agus colonachadh.

A young woman is travelling from Scotland to North America. Searching for the truth of her ancestry, she finds she must untangle it from the knotted history of the British Empire she was never taught.

Entwining dance, music, and myth, this play will explore Scotland's role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade from a Gaelic perspective, posing some of the most pressing questions we are now facing about the legacies of slavery and colonization.

Meghan Profile Pic Meghan Tyler is an award-winning writer from Newry, Northern Ireland, and one of the New Playwrights at the Lyric Theatre this year. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is currently being mentored by playwright David Ireland. Recent writing credits include: Medicine (The Hope Theatre); The Persians (Oran Mor in association with the Traverse Theatre) and Awoken (Emergent Theatre Conference, Manipulate, Traverse Theatre).

Meghan will be developing a dream play for the burning present as part of her New Playwrights Award.

Agnes, the daughter of a god, plummets helplessly from the stars to land on planet Earth. As she adapts to the smog of human life, she leads a quest to discover one thing: joy. 

Will the humans let her make it out alive?

Through the eyes of an innocent, this radical adaption of Strindberg's 'A Dream Play' fully examines what it is to suffer as a human being in the burning present.


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