New Playwrights Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce the playwrights who have been selected to receive New Playwrights Awards in 2020.

Nelly Kelly

Nelly Kelly is a queer, trans non-binary playwright, dramaturg, performer and drag artist. They have a masters with distinction in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow and were previously a mentored playwright with Playwrights' Studio, Scotland. Their work platforms and celebrates queer identities.

Nelly will be developing their play 54 Months in Waiting as part of their New Playwrights Award:

Set in Scotland somewhere in the near future, in a world somewhat like our own, in a place that feels somehow familiar, the play 54 Months in Waiting takes us on a journey through the rich tapestry of trans history and current trans life in Scotland and Beyond.  Angus and Skye take shelter from the world outside, allowing themselves space to invent their own reality far removed from the one they wish to escape from. But how long can they keep this pretence up when the outside world comes knocking? And will they be able or willing to leave their imagined utopia behind when it does?

Hannah Lavery

Hannah Lavery is a Scottish poet, playwright and performer. Her autobiographical spoken word show, The Drift, was part of the National Theatre of Scotland's 2019 season and Black History Month 2019. The Lament for Sheku Bayoh was commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre, and performed as a work in progress as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2019.

The play Hannah will be developing as part of her New Playwrights Award:

Jane is in her forties. She is a mother. She is a wife. She works full time in a job she should love. She lives in a city she should feel safe in. After confronting a violent man on her way home one evening, she returns home to sit alone, like Scrooge is visited by her ghosts.  She is not going to take it anymore.  The ghost of her father, her first boyfriend, that boss. That medical examination. That pregnancy. That mental breakdown. That night. Her life shown to her in a series of violent moments. What does it mean to survive?  To take your ghosts and lay them to rest.

Michael John O'Neill

Michael John O'Neill is a Glasgow based producer who has worked with companies including Blood of the Young, Tron Theatre, Theatre Gu Leòr, National Theatre of Scotland, SUPERFAN, Little King, The Arches and Traverse Theatre. He is the inaugural recipient of the Bruntwood Prize Original New Voice Award for his first full length play, AKEDAH.

Michael will be developing his play ...In That Empire as part of his New Playwrights Award:

In a room by a motorway your knees had sat behind mine. I expect to have eaten with you. I am confused because I have not seen you. I have set sail from myself without a map or reason to return.  For a moment in a bar in South Belfast in May 1976 John loses sight of Oisín, and in that same moment fifty years pass. Now 78 and retired after a life in army intelligence, John is thrust into the role of carer to Louie, a teenage runaway with an agenda that will grind his world to dust.

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