Panic Patterns


I’ve written radio drama, short dramatic pieces and two full-length stage plays.

Old Girls opened the 2009/10 season of A Play, a Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor in Glasgow. Billed as ‘Thelma and Louise for the nursing home generation’, it was directed by Liz Carruthers, and starred Janet Michael, Deirdre Murray and Iain de Castecker.

In 2010, Louise and I co-wrote Panic Patterns as a commission for Glasgay! Ornithologists Jacq and Fay are on a remote island in the far north of Scotland investigating sudden changes in bird migration patterns. Fay believes these changes signify forthcoming disaster. Jacq thinks the isolation is making her younger lover paranoid. But they were meant to leave the island three days ago and their boat home still hasn’t arrived. When the decommissioned lighthouse across the bay shines back into life, the two women are forced to make a crucial decision . . .

There’s a nice interview in which we talk about the process on the journalist Mark Fisher’s blog (originally published in Scotland on Sunday), and another one in The List. The play ran at the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow from 19th -30th October 2010, directed by Alison Peebles, and featuring a brilliant cast: Selina Boyack as Jacq and Veronica Leer as Fay. Nichola Scrutton composed the soundscape and Colin O’Hara designed the set. We adapted Panic Patterns for broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

In 2011 extracts from Panic Patterns as well as my short play My Old Complaint were performed at Global Express, an evening of international theatre staged in Iowa City.

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