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Scotland Short Play Award 2017

Scotland Short Play Awards 2017 Announced


Cumbernauld Theatre is pleased to announce the five new plays – and five new playwrights – that have been awarded the increasingly coveted Scotland Short Play Award for 2017.

The Scotland Short Play Award is a national playwriting development project encouraging first time writers to engage and experiment with dramatic writing specifically through the creatively challenging 15 minute ‘micro-play’ format.

There is a successful tradition of film makers making shorts for festivals and screenings as part of preparation for creating larger scale films and projects. The Scotland Short Play Award aims to borrow from that success and encourage and enable future playwrights to engage with dramatic writing first in the short format, which may lead later to further development in the longer format.

Recent successes include playwright Ross Dunsmore, whose nominated short play received an award and dramaturgical support in 2015 and this play subsequently became the full stage play, Milk, premiered by the Traverse Theatre as part of their main Fringe Festival programme in 2016.

Following on from the inaugural awards in 2015, the awards in 2017 have appointed five bursaries to five new plays by five new Scotland based writers:


Song of Bernadette by Catriona Duggan

Walk A Mile by Jennifer Adam

Lilyburgh Lane by Julie Tsang

Something Bothering You by Vivien Jones

I’ll Be There by Philip Rainford




‘Song of Bernadette’ written by Catriona Duggan

Set on the day of a family funeral – this is a gentle lyrical comedy about memory and the rituals of funerals.

Glasgow based Catriona is an English teacher who has written a few short stories. Her passion lies in the dialogue and movement and how it can draw you into another world, seeing it through different eyes. When not writing she has a great passion for pastel drawing and solo walking holidays.

‘I love the challenge of creating an engaging, believable scenario and characters within a relatively limited time frame and my aim is to entertain the audience while illustrating such dark themes of loss, isolation and prejudice.’ Catriona Duggan


‘Walk A Mile’ written by Jennifer Adam

A powerful drama about a chance meeting between a Syrian girl and a Glaswegian boy.

Jennifer has written a number of short plays, including a short radio play for BBC Scotland Radio Drama. She is one of the Playwright’s Studio Scotland’s 2017 Mentored Playwrights. Her recent credits include Kiss, Cuddle, Torture and Warrior, both featured at the Edinburgh Fringe. She aspires to travel around the Scottish Highlands in a small white caravan.

‘I am absolutely delighted to be one of the winning writers selected for the Cumbernauld Theatre Short Play Award. I’m really looking forward to attending development sessions and working with a cast and director to bring the piece together.’ Jennifer Adam


‘Lilyburgh Lane’ written by Julie Tsang

A play about a washing machine.

East Kilbride based Julie was mentored on the New Playwrights’ Programme with the Playwrights Studio Scotland in 2012. Her recent credits include Troon at Theatre 503 in London and I’m with Chico at the Tron Theatre. Julie has a background in journalism and performing, along with her strong interest in theatre.

‘I am looking forward to working with Cumbernauld Theatre and seeing my piece brought to life on stage.’ Julie Tsang


‘Something Bothering You’ written by Vivien Jones

A tense family drama exploring the complexities of a marriage and the power of television.

Solway based Vivien went to Glasgow University as a mature student. She returned to writing poetry, winning the 2010 Poetry London Prize. Vivien has poetry, scripts and short stories in print. When not writing she is an Early Music player, specialising in violas and recorders.

‘I’m glad to have won an award because it shows my writing for theatre is becoming more effective’. Vivien Jones


‘I’ll Be There’ written by Philip Rainford

A group of friends face the consequences of Alzheimer’s disease.

Philip took up writing and acting as a therapy to restore memory and physical health after a stroke. He set up Theatre Imperative with Adam Tomkins and Honorata Lisiak, producing plays in unconventional spaces.

‘Acting and writing gave me a new lease of life, a second chance and “the stroke” in some ways, gave me an opportunity for a new start’ Philip Rainford.


On the Awards Cumbernauld Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ed Robson, said:

“Encouraging new writers and new writing, telling stories with resonance and relevance for our times, is fundamental to ensuring a strong future for theatre in Scotland. I congratulate all the Scotland Short Play Award writers for 2017 and wish them every success in their writing”. Ed Robson, Artistic Director.


The next award rounds will be in 2018/19.              

We would like to thank each and every playwright involved and recognise the power of the writing talent that there is across Scotland.