26th January 2019
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Nicola McCartney is a playwright, director, dramaturg and a social theatre practitioner. Nicola's approach brings together the enabling benefits of dramatic structure and narrative with the social benefits of working in the theatre. In this workshop participants will explore the unique method Nicola has developed over the last twenty years which uses principles of dramatic narrative to furnish individuals (particularly those who face some form of social exclusion or whose access to the arts is impeded) with the skills to better interpret their own life circumstances, and to successfully address these circumstances.
Nicola has worked with all sorts of groups including people within the criminal justice system in UK and USA, asylum seekers and refugees, drug users, survivors of domestic violence and childhood abuse. She has worked with Traverse’s flagship outreach programme, Class Act, since 1997, taking it to Russia, Ukraine and India. In 2018 she was a recipient of a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Olwen Wymark award for encouraging theatre in the UK.
Nicola trained as a director with Citizens Theatre/ G&J Productions and Charabanc Theatre Company Belfast and has twice been an Associate Playwright of Playwrights Studio Scotland. She has worked for a host of organisations as a dramaturg. Her plays include: Easy, Heritage, Home, Standing Wave: Delia Derbyshire In The 60s, Rachel’s House, Cave Dwellers and Lifeboat. She is also a social theatre practitioner. Nicola is currently Reader in Writing for Performance at University of Edinburgh where she leads the Masters programme in Playwriting.