Professional Programme 2021

We are delighted to announce the playwrights who have been selected as part of the Professional Programme 2021.

Robert Dawson Scott

Robert Dawson Scott was, for many years, an arts journalist and theatre critic, in which role he founded the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland or CATS in 2003. He chose to start writing for the stage, rather than about it, when he was selected for the Traverse 50 programme in 2013. Since then he has had three plays produced: The Great Train Race (Play Pie and a Pint, 2013, restaged by Firebrand in 2015). Assessment (Shows on a Shoestring 2017) and The Electrifying Mr Johnson (Comar/Mull Theatre 2019).

David Hutchison

Among David Hutchison's plays are The Blood is Strong (Finborough, London) and Too Long the Heart (Siege Perilous, Edinburgh). Too Long the Heart was one of the winners of the 2018 Eurodram competition. Some years ago Deadline was presented in repertoire at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. He has twice been a prizewinner in the competition, sponsored by the SCDA and the actor and director Richard Wilson, to find new one act plays. In June 2020 the Awkward Stranger company presented a Zoom version of Breaking Free.

Kathy McKean

Kathy McKean's plays include Becoming, Gone, Lie to Me, Beneath You, Flooded, and Leave Taking. Most recently, her piece Getting Close was part of the National Theatre of Scotland's Scenes for Survival.

Garry Robson

Garry Robson is a disabled actor, writer, Director and occasional musician. Garry's plays have been performed throughout the UK and Scotland. They include The Man Who Lived Twice, Mop the House, Raspberry, Café Missing, The Buddy Bolden Experience and The Irish Giant (Manchester Evening News Award Nominee).

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