Edinburgh Festival Fringe First (Scotsman Newspaper) 1989. Shortlisted for Verity Bargate Award, 1997 and runner-up in the South London Playwriting competition.
Other productions on related themes include:
Viva la Diva 1997
performed at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2002
Play reading, Los Angeles 2004
Runner-up for the South London Playwriting Competition, and shortlisted for the London-based Verity Bargate Award.
A celebration of Florence Foster Jenkins, the famous New York society lady who wanted so much to be an opera diva - regardless of her total lack of talent - that she booked the Carnegie Hall, and filled it. Her fans flocked to laugh at her, but she died happy. A comedy. Live adventurously, and live your dreams.
Bread and Water 1997
short play produced by Soho Theatre, London.
Two-hander about a lady wanting to give to the homeless on a soup kitchen - and finding herself being given to.
Safar, So Far 1995
A devised piece with a company of 6 actors, for a tour of secondary schools and community centres about the different generations of an Indian family, coming to terms with life in Glasgow - the journey from India to Glasgow.
The Reluctant Dragon 1995 - 97
State Youth Theatre of Lithuania, and previously, Stepping Stones Theatre, Edinburgh
a dramatisation of Kenneth Grahame’s short story about a dragon who doesn’t want to fight St George - this dragon is a poet and pacifist. A comedy for children aged 6-11.
Sir Gibbie 1994
Scottish Arts Council commission for Perth Theatre (unperformed).
An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Victorian Scots mythical realist writer, George MacDonald. A retelling of the Christian story, with a naked and dumb boy being crucified by a Scots landowner, and then finding his true inheritance with an early earth mother of the hills. A cry for compassion, love and spirituality, against the material world.
The first production of this was thwarted by a change of director at the commissioning theatre.
Commissioned writer with BBC Radio Scotland comedy programme Daily Sketch 1989 - 90
photo: The State Youth Theatre Lithuania's production of The Reluctant Dragon