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An article by Joyce McMillan in “The Scotsman.”


Joyce McMillan in “The Scotsman”

Mary Brennan in “The Herald”

David G. Moffat for “Mumble Theatre”



Very pleased to announce that “The Beaches Of St Valery” which will open at Oran Mor on Monday 6th of March  is now cast.

Ron Donnachie will be playing the role of Captain Callum Chisholm of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.


The part of Young Callum will be played by James Rottger. 

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Catriona will be played by Ashley Smith. “The Beaches Of St Valery” At Oran Mor

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Full details of the play and booking details can be found HERE

I’ll be appearing at the Scottish Screenwriters Christmas get together  talking about  writing for stage and screen at the CCA in Glasgow. See their website for details.

See you there.


“The Beaches Of St Valery”  which formed part of my PhD in English Literature from the University Of Glasgow premiere on Monday 6th of March. I am currently in negotiations to tour the play in the new year.

Here are a selection of the Four Star Reviews.

Mary Brennan In The Herald. Four Stars.

Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman. Four Stars.

Mumbles Theatre Blog . Four Stars

The Beaches of St Valery


The play follows the life of a young Scottish Soldier of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders and  the 51st Highland Division  from 1938 to the end of the war in 1946.

We see our everyman soldier  go from a carefree 18 year old  roads engineer to a battle-hardened veteran of 26.

The photograph below shows the CO of the 51st Highland Division, Major General Victor Fortune surrendering to General Erwin Rommel at St Valery-en-Caux on the 12th of June, 1940. This  event forms the central motif of the play.


HOSPITALFIELD are delighted to announce a new initiative for screenwriters


 Creative Scotland Screenwriters Workshops 2016


Application Deadline: Wednesday 25 May 2016, midnight


Eligibility: Emerging Scotland-based writer/directors, screenwriters and artists with previous work which has received positive attention from the industry and public, and who are looking for guidance and support towards writing a feature length screenplay.


Places: 6 (to undertake one 5 day and two 2 day residencies on specific dates in 2016)


Selectors: Olivia Stewart, Three Rivers Film with Ross McKenzie, Screen Officer, Creative Scotland and Claudia Yusef, Scottish Film Talent Network


About the programme

An inspirational programme giving screenwriters the opportunity to work with a team of established industry mentors to develop original screenplays during a series of residencies and discussions.


This project arises from an identified strategic need for additional support for screenwriters based in Scotland, highlighted within Creative Scotland’s Film Strategy.


Olivia Stewart is the Director of the workshop and will be joined by two other experienced mentors Alfredo Covelli and Ian Sellar.

For more Info Hospitalfield | | The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust | Hospitalfield House | Arbroath, Angus DD11 2NH, United Kingdom



Come  along to an evening at The Tron Theatre Victorian Bar on Tuesday 10th of November at 7pm to find out more about becoming a Tron 100 member for 2016.

After a successful exciting first year, The Tron 100 club is now open for applications for 2016.

The event on the 10th will allow you to meet current Tron 100 members, network and find out more what the Tron 100 has to offer before applying. To attend this event please email by Friday 6th of November.

TRON 100

Tron 100 is an artistic membership dedicated to developing and supporting artists in the areas of theatre, television and radio. Tron 100 Club offers industry workshops, networking events, panel discussions, dedicated artist led devising, writing and performance opportunities as well as access to discounted rehearsal space. Perhaps most importantly, Tron 100 offers a place to come together regularly to discuss, explore and develop new ideas with the wider artistic community with the support of the Tron Creative Team.

Open to professional actors, writers, directors and other creative roles, The Tron 100 focuses on listening to artists needs and wants in order to work alongside them helping provide opportunities which enhance and develop their chosen career path.

A carefully curated week of events, workshops, discussions and creative opportunities takes place in the building each month to Tron 100 members.

Our aim is to develop and enhance artistic relationships and opportunities in Scotland and further afield in the UK.

Examples of relationships that developed through Tron100 2015 include; Soho Theatre, The Royal Court, The Agency, Shepherd Management, BBC, Oran Mor, Traverse Theatre, Dundee Rep, Orla O’Connor Casting and with individuals such as Stephen Greenhorne, Nicola McCartney, David Leddy, Kai Fischer, Ben Harrison, Matthew Lenton, Charlie Westenra, Jimmy McGovern, David Blair and David Hayman. ( For a full list of all 2015 workshops go to The Tron Creative Page)

Further to this, in 2016 there will be a dedicated Tron 100 performance week which gives the opportunity for members to promote their work as an artist to a wider audience.

All this plus discounts in The Tron Bar and Kitchen and on theatre tickets! Full benefits can be found at

Membership costs £100 for the year and this can be split over ten months so that it is manageable.

Application deadline for Tron 100 is the 30th of November.

Feedback From Current Tron 100 Members

The most important thing Tron 100 brings is support. A face in the industry to share your ideas with that is willing to lend a hand or point you in the right direction. Space to share and develop your skills. A meeting place where you feel you are welcome and belong, where you are not feeling judged by “what are you up to at the moment” but are asked “What do you want to do now and how can we help.” I genuinely think it is the best thing to happen to our community in years.

As an actor born, bred and based in Glasgow, I have never really been able to access the same sort of networking and learning opportunities as my London counterparts, so the Tron 100 Club is an incredibly welcome innovation.

The best art is often the product of collaboration, and encouraging artists to develop, both personally and professionally, within an inspiring artistic community such as the Tron 100 Club is a fantastic resource for artists at any stage in their career.

Sometimes working in theatre can be a lonely. Standing in front of closed doors, wondering how to get that door opened and then what to do if that door opens. The Tron Theatre has always led by example, producing brilliant and exciting work, as well as programming and supporting emerging artists. And now the Tron 100 wonderfully opens the doors to artists, opens the door to opportunities to learn, to network, to discover, to collaborate, to inspiration and to find who we are as artists.

Lisa Nicoll

Development Producer

Tron Theatre | 63 Trongate | Glasgow | G1 5HB

Direct Line: 0141 559 5304

Box Office 0141 552 4267


The BBC  Academy has been working in partnership with Birmingham university to create a fantastic training course, allowing staff to develop their storytelling skills in bitesized chunks.


Please apply if you are interested or forward the information from Ben Toone to anyone you think maybe interested in giving it a go.



Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web is The BBC Academy’s first online course on FutureLearn in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and Creative Skillset and we’d love you to join the course and hear your feedback.


The course goes into the filmmaking process from coming up with the idea through to research, filming, editing and sharing the film online. It mixes video and audio from The BBC Academy wrapped with academic theory and discussion provided by the University of Birmingham.


The course lasts for 4 weeks, starting on Monday 28th September is all entirely online. If you’re interested you can sign up now for free and click to enrol on the course Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web.


Do email if you join – we’d like to keep a track of how many BBC staff are joining up.


Do email Ben about your thoughts on it and if you’re happy to be interviewed after the course about your experiences.


Many thanks,


Ben Toone

BBC Academy


Ben Toone

Content Producer, BBC Academy

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An evening with Chris Dolan. Waterstone’s Byres Road. Thursday 8th October. 7.30 – 9.00




ScreenWrite: Breaking into Television WritingThursday 15 October 2015, 9.45am – 5pm

CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Are you passionate about wanting to pursue a career in television writing? Looking for practical information and advice from industry practitioners on how to get your first break and stay on course? Born or based in Scotland?


Join commissioners, producers, agents and development executives for a packed, industry-focused day of talks, panel sessions and workshops exploring the rewards and challenges of writing drama and comedy for UK television today. Be inspired by hearing from screenwriters about their own journeys. Come together with like-minded writers from a range of backgrounds and start to make those all-important connections.


ScreenWrite is a fantastic opportunity to get the inside track on the realities of working in this exciting and competitive industry and give yourself the best chance of succeeding.


Tickets: £30 (includes lunch, refreshments through the day and drinks reception) 

A number of places are available at £20 for Scottish university screenwriting students on a first come, first served basis.


Booking deadline: Wednesday 7 October 2015 


Click here for further information and an application form (which gives eligibility details) or email


ScreenWrite is presented by NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) with support from Glasgow Caledonian University; Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University; University of the West of Scotland; CCA and Scottish Book Trust. It is part of Turning A New Page, a programme of professional development events in 2015 for Scottish writers, which has investment from Creative Scotland

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