16th January 2018
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In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 we launched our inaugural Mayfesto Award. In January one shortlisted 18-25 year old writer will be awarded a £2000 cash prize as well as a package of support including script development sessions and a run of public rehearsed readings at Mayfesto 2018.
Extracts from the shortlisted works will be performed at this event, directed by Caitlin Skinner.
Mayfesto Award Shortlist
Brink by Sarah Farrell
Post by Clare Horrigan
Churned by Laurie Motherwell
BRINK by Sarah Farrell
How do you find your place on the planet when you can't even find a space in your own brain? Grace moves through the world trying to take up as little space as possible. Her life a cocktail of coping mechanisms and solitude, she tries to hold together a life she's sure she wants, but not like this. Written in entirely in spoken word poetry, Brink follows Grace as she struggles to live with high functioning anxiety.
Sarah Farrell is a writer, actor and director. She has been involved in productions including Love Song To Lavender Menace (Lyceum Theatre), Tomorrow's Talent (Tricky Hat), She Town (Dundee Rep). She is the Artistic Director of theatre company, Yellow Magpies, directing all their work to date including Once This Is All Over We Still Have To Clear Up (Festival Theatre & Luminate) and And Each Other (Surge Festival, Anatominis @ Summerhall). Brink is her first full-length script.
POST by Clare Horrigan
Two complete strangers - Amber and Samuel - discover what it truly means to belong after a chance encounter at a bus stop at the dawn of the summer solstice. Post explores how our past may affect our outlook on life, it fundamentally cannot determine our future.
Clare Horrigan wrote and directed two full-length plays during her time at the University of Birmingham and has recently graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MLitt in Writing for Performance. She hopes to continue on with her passion, learning as she goes and showcasing her work to wider audiences.
CHURNED by Laurie Motherwell
CHURNED follows Sean and Daro’s adventures running an ice cream van. When business booms, criminal heiress Jackie is drawn to Sean’s door. Sean and Daro’s childhood relationship is put to the test as they resist her business propositions. Set against the backdrop of dwindling opportunities, CHURNED is about the choice between loyalty and success; what we will give up for our future.
Laurie is an emerging playwright from Glasgow. Recent credits include Flying Artichoke nominated Playback; CyberBuddy (Hopscotch Theatre); The Captain’s Heart read at the Traverse Theatre. He is currently developing Comes Around with Macrobert Arts Centre; an adaptation of a Daniel Defoe novel, History of a Life; and Tides, an experimental ecological play exploring a women’s relationship with her computer tablet. He is a graduate of the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh.