A Winter Series

Who Doesn't Love Turtles? by Chelsea Grace

Writer
Director
Chelsea Grace
Lisa McDonald
Actor
Ryan Young

'Who Doesn't Love Turtles?' by Chelsea Grace is a personal piece that depicts the confusing, yet electric steps taken to understand your sexuality.

Chelsea Grace is an enthusiastic Highlander now living in Glasgow. She is an actor and writer who utilises performing and writing as a form of activism and a way of educating herself about all walks of life. She is a member of the first Sanctuary Queer Arts Young Company and has had work published by Play, Pie and a Pint. 

The monologue is performed by Ryan Young, a member of our Adult Acting Group and directed by Lisa McDonald (Simply Surreal and Central Belters).

'Who Doesn't Love Turtles?' was released on the 9th January 2021 as part of our Winter Series.

Bubbly by Rachel Flynn

Writer
Director
Rachel Flynn
Lisa McDonald
Actor
Erica Burnett

'Bubbly' by Rachel Flynn creates a conversation about mental health and self-care. This performance comes with a trigger warning: discussion of mental health and suicide.

Rachel Flynn is an actor, writer and producer from Edinburgh. She is co-founder of Interabang Productions. Her debut play, Being Liza, received five star acclaim at Just Festival at Edinburgh Fringe. She is currently studying an MLitt in Playwriting and Screenwriting at St Andrew's University.

The monologue is performed by Erica Burnett, a member of our Adult Acting Group, and directed by Lisa McDonald (Simply Surreal and Central Belters).

'Bubbly' was released on the 22nd January 2021 as part of our Winter Series.

In Quarantine, We Made Muffins by Kayleigh MacDonald

Writer
Kayleigh MacDonald
Becca Lamont
Actor & Director

'In Quarantine, We Made Muffins' by Kayleigh MacDonald is about a woman waiting for their partner to come home, with no sign of their return. This performance comes with a trigger warning: discussion of mental health.

Kayleigh, originally from the Highlands, moved to Edinburgh to study at Queen Margaret University. Since graduating, she has been working as a freelance theatre practitioner as well as honing her own practice as a performer and playwright. She is also co-founder of Exposure Theatre Company (based in East Lothian).

The monologue is performed and directed by Becca Lamont.

'In Quarantine, We Made Muffins' was released on the 1st January 2021 as part of our Winter Series.

Dry Paint by Matthew Swan

Writer
Matthew Swan
Kyle McRoberts
Actor & Director

'Dry Paint' by Matthew Swan is a comedy about a chap called Eddie who gets himself into a lot of bother. Eddie's a nice guy but has done the most rotten thing. 

Matthew Swan is the Creative Director of At the Root Theatre. He is a creative producer, workshop facilitator and writer based in West Lothian. He writes comedy, performs in a double act with Kyle and enjoys working with young people across West Lothian. He's also a librarian - which he absolutely loves!

The monologue is performed and directed by Kyle McRoberts.

'Dry Paint' was released on the 26th December 2020 as part of our Winter Series.

Squeak by Lindz McLeod

Writer
Director
Lindz McLeod
Lisa McDonald
Actor
John McLachlan

'Squeak' by Lindz McLeod is about the relationship between a son and mother. A son visits his religious mother in a visiting home, and recounts the experience in a pub several hours later.

Lindz McLeod grew up in Whitburn and now lives in Central Edinburgh with her partner and cat. Her short stories have been published in the Scotsman newspaper, the Scottish Book Trust, the Dundee Victoria & Albert Museum, and more.

The monologue is performed by John McLachlan, a member of our Adult Acting Group, and directed by Lisa McDonald (Simply Surreal and Central Belters).

'Squeak' was released on the 7th January 2021 as part of our Winter Series.

Superheroes by Valentina Galdi

Writer
Director
Valentina Galdi
Lisa McDonald
Actor
Jack Mowat

'Superheroes' by Valentina Galdi is a monologue that will invite you to ask some profound questions. We idolise superheroes when we're children, do they still have a place in adulthood?

Valentina Galdi, from Italy, is the author of some stage and screen scripts. She started writing for the arts at the age of sixteen. She is the founder of 'The Gladiator Company,' and has produced and directed short films in Italy with artists across the world.

The monologue is performed by Jack Mowat, a member of our Adult Acting Group, and directed by Lisa McDonald (Simply Surreal and Central Belters).

'Squeak' was released on the 28th December 2020 as part of our Winter Series.

The Big Cabbage by Matthew Swan

Writer
Director
Matthew Swan
Lisa McDonald
Actor
James Campbell

'The Big Cabbage' by Matthew Swan is a comedic monologue about a man who continues to enter a vegetable growing competition, and keeps losing to Mrs Hope. 

Matthew Swan is the Creative Director of At the Root Theatre. He is also a creative producer, workshop facilitator and playwright. He likes to write comedies, absurd characters and silly scripts for audiences to enjoy.

The monologue is performed by James Campbell, a member of our Adult Acting Group, and directed by Lisa McDonald (Simply Surreal and Central Belters).

'The Big Cabbage' was released on the 11th January 2021 as part of our Winter Series.

The Second Coming by Dougal Thomson

Writer
Dougal Thomson
Director
Becca Lamont
Actor
Jack Mowat
Actor
John McLachlan
James Campbell
Actor

'The Second Coming' by Dougal Thomson is about three scientists trying to figure out if the Second Coming has just happened in front of them. An exploration of the relationship between religion and science.

Dougal Thomson is a playwright from Aberdeen, He has recently graduated from Queen Margaret University with an MLitt in Playwriting and Screenwriting. He co-founded both Simply Surreal Theatre and Stories'n'Stuff, both of which have been producing plays for over five years.

The  scene is performed by Jack Mowat, John McLachlan and James Campbell, members of our Adult Acting Group, and directed by Becca Lamont.

'The Second Coming' was released on the 17th January 2021 as part of our Winter Series.

Spite by Kris Cummins

Writer
Kris Cummins
Director
Lisa McDonald
Actor
Erica Burnett
Actor
John McLachlan

'Spite' by Kris Cummins is a scene about Hannah and Isaac who get themselves into an awful situation regarding a husband and a lottery ticket.​

Kris Cummins has written and directed countless short films and comedy sketches for BBC Scotland. His online videos have gathered over 20 million views and he has won numerous awards such as Best Scottish Director and Best Comedy Film for Crackpot.

The  scene is performed by John McLachlan and Erica Burnett, members of our Adult Acting Group, and directed by Lisa McDonald.

'Spite' was released on the 13th January 2021 as part of our Winter Series.

Perplexed by Matthew Swan

Writer
Matthew Swan
Director
Lisa McDonald
Actor
Erica Burnett
Actor
Ryan Young

'Perplexed' by Matthew Swan is an absurd look at dating during the times of a global pandemic. The scene features two contrasting (but similar) characters meeting for the first time over Zoom.

Kris Cummins has written and directed countless short films and comedy sketches for BBC Scotland. His online videos have gathered over 20 million views and he has won numerous awards such as Best Scottish Director and Best Comedy Film for Crackpot.

The  scene is performed by Ryan Young and Erica Burnett, members of our Adult Acting Group, and directed by Lisa McDonald.

'Perplexed' was released on the 3rd January 2021 as part of our Winter Series.

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