meet the writers & directors
the writers
Through our Winter Series of Monologues & Scenes, we wanted to promote and celebrate emerging and established writers side by side. We put a call out for briefs in October 2020 and were met with a massive response. We were lucky enough to have read so many incredible briefs, and had conversations with very talented writers. We picked a selection of pieces that we feel best represented where we are creatively just now. The writers selected are a mix of emerging and established, we hope you enjoy this Winter Series as much as we've enjoyed creating. 
cara galbraith
Cara first got into creative writing for stage and screen when she took part in the Write Here, Write Now project which was a young writers competition to showcase the work of young people. Her particular interest in writing is highlight the issues that are relevant in society today and that young people can relate to. 
Cara is the writer of 280 which will be performed by Erin Draper as part of A Winter Series.
Chelsea Grace 
Chelsea is an actor and writer who utilises performing and writing as a form of educating herself about all walks of life. She is a member of the first Sanctuary Queer Arts Young Company.
 
She recently had her short play, What's a Brexit, published on Play, Pie and a Pint's social media platforms. Chelsea enjoys working across stage, screen and voice over but is always working on ways to grow her skill set and experiences.
Chelsea is the writer of Who Doesn't Love Turtles? being performed by Ryan Young as part of A Winter Series.
dougal thomson
Dougal is a playwright from Aberdeen. He has recently graduated from Glasgow University with an MLitt in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. He co-founded both Simply Surreal Theatre and Stories'n'Stuff, both of which have produced plays over the last five years. He has written and produced plays over the past five years including three at the 2019 fringe: Jaws: Rebirth, Curveball and Arrivals with TwelveTwelve Theatre.
Recently, Dougal has been working at Queen Margaret University lecturing playwriting and has been part of the Tuna Boot Team, releasing podcasts on acast, Spotify and Apple Music. Additionally, he has written Simply Surreals online series, Dr. Wiseman has invited you to a Zoom Call, which is currently streaming on their Facebook and Instagram. 
Dougal is the writer of Dr. Wiseman Has Invited You to a Zoom Call, an excerpt of which will be performed by Jack Mowat, James Campbell and John McLachlan.
Kayleigh macdonald
Originally from the Highlands, Kayleigh moved to Edinburgh to study at Queen Margaret University. After graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Drama and Performance, she is now studying for a PGDE in Secondary Education (Drama). In addition to academic work, Kayleigh has been working as a freelance theatre practitioner, working with multiple youth groups across Scotland, as well as honing her own practice in playwriting and performing. 
She is also a founding member of Exposure Theatre Company - a company aiming to work with emerging artists on new, contemporary works in addition to working with young people in West Lothian. 
Kayleigh is the writer of In Quarantine, We Bake Muffins which will be performed by Becca Lamont in A Winter Series.
KRIS CUMMINS
Kris J. Cummins has written and directed countless short films and comedy sketches for BBC Scotland. He is one half of comedy duo Kris & Dave, and has co-directed BBC Scotland programmes such as Chris McQueer's HINGS and Tales from the Pub, both available on iPlayer. His online videos have gathered over 20 million views and he has won numerous awards for his short films including Best Scottish Director and Best Comedy Film for Crackpot.
Kris is the writer of Spite which will feature Erica Burnett and John McLachlan in A Winter Series.
Lindz McLeod
Lindz McLeod grew up in Whitburn and now lives in central Edinburgh with her partner and cat. Her short stories have been published by the Scotsman newspaper, the Scottish Book Trust, the Dundee Victoria & Albert Museum, and more. She has published poetry with Allegory Ridge,, Hellebore, perhappened, and more. She is the competition secretary of the Edinburgh Writer's Club, holds a Masters in Creative Writing, and is represented by Headwater Literary Management. She is currently working on her second novel, Typical, about a socially-awkward female serial killer and the detective hunting her, which she's described as Killing Eve meets Bridget Jones.
Lindz is the writer of Squeak which will feature John McLachlan in A Winter Series.
Rachel Flynn
Rachel is an actor, writer and producer from Edinburgh. She is co-founder of Interabang Productions. She is currently studying an MLitt in Playwriting and Screenwriting at St Andrew's University and previously studied Musical Theatre at LSMT. Her debut play Being Liza received five star acclaim at Just Festival at Edinburgh Fringe and went on to tour to Gregory Hall, Tayport. Other writing credits include: short plays for Short Attention Span Theatre, co-write of Said the Dove to the Olive Tree - development supported by Stellar Quines and two short films as part of Interabang Productions online series SceneToSeen. She is currently working on a commission "The Magdalene" for a theatre in Malta.
Rachel is the writer of Bubbly which will be performed by Erica Burnett in A Winter Series.
the directors
Valentina Galdi
Valentina is the author of some theatrical and cinematographic scripts. Founder of "The Gladiator Company," she has produced and directed short films in Italy collaborating with artists from all over the world. Valentina's previous works include a fan movie of Trainspotting in which she wrote the screen play, the film direction and played an unusual version of Begbie.
Valentina is the writer of Superheroes which will be performed by Jack Mowat in A Winter Series.
Lisa McDonald
Lisa is the workshop leader of the Adult Group and has directed most of the scenes and monologues for A Winter Series. Lisa trained at Queen Margaret University where she graduated with an honours degree in Drama and Performance.
Lisa is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Simply Surreal Theatre and Central Belters. Her previous work includes: Moonswing, The Second Coming, Pigeons, Paninis and Prisons, Curveball and Pan Breid.
Becca Lamont
Becca has been working with At the Root Theatre since 2016 as a workshop leader. Becca is directing an excerpt from Dougal Thomson's Dr. Wiseman Invited You to a Zoom Call for A Winter Series.
Becca graduated from Queen Margaret University with an honours degree in Drama and Performance. Her work includes: working with MBArts, directing and establishing a drama group in Uphall and directing the Winter 2020 Junior Performance. 

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