COME TO WHERE I AM – SERIES 1: PITLOCHRY, SCOTLAND

Introducing the writers who will be performing their pieces about the place they call home in Series 1: Pitlochry.

All pieces wil be available to watch via our YouTube channel from 7pm Wednesday 20 June.

CORINNE SALISBURY

Corinne is an emerging playwright based in Edinburgh.

She is a previous winner of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland New Playwrights Award, as part of which she was mentored by Zinnie Harris and Philip Howard to develop a new play about the world of old-fashioned travelling circus.

Other plays include THE DARKNESS OR ELSE THE LIGHT, commissioned by Strange Town youth theatre and performed on the main stage at the Traverse in June 2018; THE CHARGE, which was longlisted for the Tron’s Progressive Playwright Award; and A MOUNTAIN BIRTH, about the early life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which was developed with the support of an Athenaeum Award from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Corinne is also currently developing a new play, ELODIE, about AI devices being used to help raise our children, with support from Creative Scotland and the NTS Guest Room scheme. Her play GIRLBOSS is published in Routledge’s anthology ‘Short Plays with Great Roles for Women’. Her past work has appeared at venues including Hampstead Theatre, Theatre503, Old Red Lion, the Spiegeltent, Southwark Playhouse, Live Theatre Newcastle, Camden People’s Theatre, the Yard Theatre, the Old Vic, the Public Theater in New York, the Tron, the Traverse, Village Pub Theatre and the Hidden Door Festival. Corinne’s work is supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Creative Scotland.

KARINE POLWART

‘One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain’ The Guardian ★★★★★

Seven-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including three times for Best Original Song and Folk Singer Of The Year 2018, Karine Polwart is a songwriter, musician, theatre maker, storyteller, and author. She also performs traditional songs and writes to commission for theatre, film, animation, and international thematic collaborative projects. 

Recent projects include her SCOTTISH SONGBOOK re-imaginings of classic Scottish pop; THE LOST WORDS: SPELL SONGS, a multi-artist response to environmental loss and climate breakdown.

She has worked previously with the BBC SSO, Songs of Separation, author James Robertson, documentary film-maker Anthony Baxter, and indie composer RM Hubbert.

In 2016, in association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival, Karine wrote, musically directed and performed her critically acclaimed debut work for theatre. A poetic meditation on midwifery, ecology, sanctuary, and solidarity, it combines elements of memoir, essay, myth, sound-art and song. WIND RESISTENCE won the Best Music And Sound Award at the CATS (Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017, and the accompanying album A POCKET OF WIND RESISTENCE written in collaboration with sound-designer Pippa Murphy, was selected as Best Album 2017 by both Songlines Magazine and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, and was nominated for SAY Scottish Album Of The Year.

In 2020, both the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra have commissioned new work, in collaboration with sound designer/composer Pippa Murphy.

STEF SMITH

Stef Smith is an multi award-winning writer working to international acclaim.

Work includes: ENOUGH, GIRL IN THE MACHINE, SWALLOW (Traverse Theatre); NORA: A DOLL’S HOUSE (Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre); THE SONG PROJECT (Royal Court); ACTS OF RESISTENCE (Headlong / Bristol Old Vic); LOVE LETTER TO EUROPE (Underbelly); HOW TO BUILD A NATION (Young Vic); HUMAN ANIMALS (Royal Court); REMOTE (National Theatre Connections Festival); TEA AND SYMMETRY (BBC Radio); SMOKE (And Mirrors) (Traverse Theatre & Dot Istanbul for Theatre Uncut); BACK TO BACK TO BACK (Cardboard Citizens); CURED (Glasgay! Festival); GREY MATTER (The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen); WOMAN OF THE YEAR (Oran Mor, Glasgow) And FALLING/FLYING (Tron, Glasgow).

Most recently Stef was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize, which is the largest prize for women writing in the English language. Stef has won three Scotsman Fringe First Awards for ROADKILL, SWALLOW and ENOUGH. ROADKILL also won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, a Herald Angel Award, the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, a Fringe First Award, a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, and the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize. SWALLOW opened to widespread critical acclaim, and also won the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award.

Stef took part in the BBC Drama Writers Room and her Digital Drama Short pilot FLOAT was released on BBC iPlayer in October 2019. A full series of FLOAT has been commissioned by BBC Scotland and is set to be released in 2020. Stef is currently under commission to Leeds Playhouse, National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Exchange Theatre. She is also an Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre and Leeds Playhouse.

JO CLIFFORD

Jo is the author of a 100 works in every dramatic medium. Her work has been translated into many languages and has been performed all over the world.

 Recent plays include FAUST PARTS ONE AND WO (Lyceum); EVERY ONE (Lyceum, then Battersea Arts Centre); THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE (Traverse); THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS QUEEN OF HEAVEN, EVE (co-written with Chris Goode, National Theatre of Scotland, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, & Tron Theatre, Glasgow)

She first made her reputation in the mid eighties when she was still living as a man and writing under the name of ‘John Clifford’.

Her LOSING VENICE (1985) was the first of the plays she wrote for the Traverse and which re-established its reputation as an internationally important venue. She followed it with LUCY’S PLAY (1986) PLAYING WITH FIRE (1987), INES DE CASTRO (1989), and LIGHT IN THE VILLAGE (1992).

INES became an opera with music by James MacMillan, first performed by Scottish Opera in 1996 and revived several times. LIGHT IN THE VILLAGE  has been translated into Tagalog and Urdu and will shortly be performed in Karachi.

She has dramatised many classic novels, including GREAT EXPECTATIONS (TAG 1988, Traverse 1989 and, many other productions later the Vaudeville Theatre, London). Other adaptations include: LA VIE DE BOHEME (Pitlochry 1993), WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Pitlochry 1995), THE QUEEN OF SPADES (Pitlochry 2002), ANNA KARENINA (Lyceum 2005; Royal Exchange 2016).

For radio, Jo has written FIVE DAYS WHICH CHANGED EVERYTHING, SPAM FRITTERS, WRITING HOME TO MOTHER, MADELEINE, AIN’T IT GRAND TO BE BLOOMIN’ WELL DEAD, and ENDING TIME, and has adapted BALTASAR AND BLIMUNDA and THE LEOPARD among many others.

In the last ten yeas, she has re-discovered herself as a performer. Last year she performed EVE in Dundee Rep, the Nairn Festival, and the International Theatre Festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She has been performing her GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS QUEEN OF HEAVEN for the last ten years, most recently in the Traverse, in the Tron, Glasgow, in Brussels, Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo in Brazil. The Brazilian production has been touring Brazil for the past three years and is considered one of the most significant plays to have been performed there in recent history.

We launched COME TO WHERE I AM last week with this piece by Simon Stephens, performed by David Bradley. A reminder that all donations made to this project will go directly towards employing writers to deliver more excellent new writing during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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