Since 2010 writers from across the UK have returned to their home towns to pen plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale. Together they create a theatrical tapestry of the nation – a playwright’s guide to Great Britain.
Now COME TO WHERE I’M FROM visits Glasgow to invite four of the city’s finest playwrights to join this celebrated nationwide project by performing their own short plays about their home.
And our writers are…
Gary is an award winning writer and performer from Glasgow. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he graduated with first class honours. Since then he has gone on to author plays which have toured internationally and been translated and performed across the world. He is an Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh with whom is developing Locker Room Talk – a verbatim piece of theatre about what men really talk about when they talk about women which is set to premier later this year. His plays include sold out festival hits DONALD ROBERTSON IS NOT A STANDUP COMEDIAN and A GAMBLER’S GUIDE TO DYING which received a Fringe First and The Holden Street Theatres Award, was nominated for Best New Play at the CATS awards and has just completed an off Broadway run in New York.
Anita writes for both theatre and screen, across drama and comedy. Her TV work includes scripts for BBC’s River City. Theatre work includes Ring Road which was just nominated for a CATS (Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland) for best new play 2016 and HAPPY HOUR which was produced by The Oran Mor/Tobacco Factory Bristol and The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. She has just recorded her radio play, FALLING for BBC Scotland, broadcasting in April 2017. Anita is based in Glasgow and also works extensively as an actor in theatre, radio and television.
Linda comes from Glasgow. Her plays have won many awards and include EVERY FIVE MINUTES; SEX & GOD; ANY GIVEN DAY; STRANGERS, BABIES; SHIMMER; RIDDANCE; and ONE GOOD BEATING. Since her first production in 1997 she has been known as a playwright who experiments with form. Her plays have been translated into many languages and an anthology of her work was published in France in 2015 by Actes Sud. Linda is chair of the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and is on the artistic board of Magic Theatre, San Francisco. Her play THINGUMMY BOB with Lung Has was on at the Traverse Theatre in 2015 and her stage adaptation of Alice Munro’s short stories THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival 2016. Her new play GLORY ON EARTH opens at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in May 2017.
Martin O’Connor creates theatre and poetry for solo performance and with other people. He is currently developing his writing through conversations and verbatim performance, which has seen him move from conventional playwriting to supporting people in telling their own stories and exploring dialects and Scots language.
Recent verbatim work includes A LITTLE LIFE (Tron Theatre Mayfesto); GOOD DAYS BAD DAYS (Platform); THE POKEY HAT (Grinagog/Culture 2014); the storytelling and music project TURNTABLE (MJ McCarthy and Red Bridge Arts); BUILDING A NATION (Glasgow Life supported by National Theatre of Scotland); DANIEL (Tron Theatre Lab); and THE NATION//LIVE: WORK (National Galleries of Scotland and Visible Fictions).
Other projects as performer, writer and director include THE MARK OF THE BEAST (Platform); THEOLOGY (The Arches); PLAYING HOUSES (Glasgay/The Arches); INNER CIRCLE (Glasgow Subway Festival); DO YOU NOMI? (Grant Smeaton/Alan Greig Dance); CH CH CHANGES, WILLFUL FORGETTING (Glasgay); PLATYPUS IN BOOTS, POP-UP THEATRE ROYAL (Scottish Opera); Alexander McCall Smith’s ANAMCHARA: SONGS OF FRIENDSHIP (Scottish Opera/Culture 2014); SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND SHEEP (Tron Theatre Young Company).
A Paines Plough and Tron Theatre production as part of Mayfesto, you can get tickets here.
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