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CV:  SKYE LONERAGAN


Skye Loneragan is an award-winning writer/performer, performance poet, recent Artistic Director of Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre and Wigtown Book Festival’s Writer-in-Residence 2016. Skye trained originally in performance, (including a Masters at RCS), in playwrighting and directing for theatre (National Theatre Studio).  Awarded an MA-Cultural Management & Festival Arts (QMU), she has worked extensively with diverse groups as an artist or director-in-residence, leading a wide range of approaches to theatre-making. Her work has toured to Bangalore, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia and Sweden (British Council Scotland-in-Sweden showcase). Her commissioned play, Mish Gorecki Goes Missing (for Visible Fictions, UK) was shortlisted for the Kings Cross New Writing Award, The John Whiting Award, and Brian Way Award UK and premiered at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Her early play for teenagers, Strips & Bones was supported by an SAC New Writers Bursary.


As Artistic Director, Skye has created created the spoken word project, Word of Mouth which focuses on young writer/performers  & directed the site-specific young-artist led works,  ‘Lost & Found’ (Whisky Bond) and ‘Seven Signs’ (Merchant City, Glasgow) devising with a cast of more than 30, 11-25yr olds. She has worked extensively in schools (including Playwright in Residence with Inverclyde and Greenock Academy, Gourock), working with SBT’s Live Literature on different approaches to playwrighting and performance.

Arches Theatre Young Directors Award-winner and Edinburgh Fringe First award-winner, Skye has trained in directing with Shared Experience Theatre & The National Directors Studio (under Nancy Meckler), supporting her own work in approaching classical text through contemporary performance. Before making her own work, Skye toured with Vanishing Point Theatre Co and with the Shakespeare for Breakfast /Theatre C. Her work in voice approaches to poetry in performance informs the work currently being made.


Skye is Lead Artist and creator of the public art engagement strategy, 'Q-POETICS', (poetry in queues), which premiered at the Sydney Writers Festival 2013, worked with the opening of the Kelpies, and worked with the Commonwealth Games, Cultural Programme for Festival 2014. 

As writer/performer, the first of four critically-acclaimed solo theatre pieces, Cracked (how do you grieve someone who’s still alive?) won an Edinburgh Fringe First, was adapted for ABC Radio National and toured internationally – originally directed by Zinnie Harris.

Other solo shows include:

Unsex Me Here (The Arches Live theatre festival, Edinburgh Fringe)

My Right Thumb, (The Arches 2002)

The Line We Draw (The Tramway, The Arches Glasgow & Solo Festival Sydney)

Plucked of Purpose- the Adventures of PB (The Arches Live Art Festival & Crack Theatre Festival).


Writing/directing credits include the Arches Theatre Young Director’s Awards for A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere (based on The Little Prince)

Her short theatre works include:

Staying Awake For You (read at The Griffin Theatre, Sydney, Flesh Pot Theatre, London)

The Umbrella and the Billow, (The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh & On the Verge festival, Glasgow)


Her residencies include the work with Indigenous communities in outback Australia, AWAL (Alice Springs) and a residency supported by the Federation of Scottish Theatre (Unplugged bursary) to travel to India.

Touring her performance poetry abroad to Asia-Pacific, she’s featured poet with the Sydney Morning Herald online app & Sydney Poetry Prize winner 2012. Poetry publications include contributions Buying Into The Property Market (GRIST Anthology UK, editor Simon Armitage) and The Grin Of Our Choices, (Abridged Magazine, UK) and Award Winning Australian Writing (Melbourne Books).


Work engaging with young people:

Ignite Theatre: Under Pressure: devised piece

Whale Arts, Edinburgh (playwright, Climate Challenge Fund)

Wigtown Book Festival Writer in Residence youth festival workshops

Artlink Central (Stirling – Transitions Primary to Secondary Schools project)

Baltic St Adventure Playground (Glasgow)- Sound and spoken word /feral play 

Q-Poetics– poetry in places/spaces of waiting. Installing the poet & poetry in queues.

Glasgow International: visual art public engagement program, Youth Intensive

Writer-in-Residence, City of Sydney  - The Rocks Pop-Up Spaces & SBT

Performance in Education– tour of solo shows & creative writing worDshops

Performance Poet with the The Scottish Book Trust & Word Travels, Spoken Word.

Arts in the City – GlasgowLife,  young people in care between foster homes

Outside Art- a residency with The Tramway & GlasgowLife working in three deprived areas of Glasgow to promote inter-cultural dialogue,  young people 5-17yrs

Making a Map of My Mistakes-  R&D residency in The New Victoria Hospital

Hidden Spaces – collaboration knitting communities together. 

Creative Identities – with young carers, collaborative  - St Mungos Museum

Word Travels (Australia) performance poetry – schools, regional, Australia

Playwright in Residence with Visible Fictions Greenock Academy

The Tramway’s weekly visual art workshops



CRITICAL ACCLAIM


“A tiny, but almost perfect show….a haunting reminder of some of the big questions asked” 

(Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, CRACKED.)


“In a kind of acute free verse rendering that might’ve come from Shakespeare were he alive today and on uppers, Loneragan poses provocative questions with the most vigorous, surefooted delivery imaginable”

( Crickey, THE LINE WE DRAW)


“It takes an artist of some budding genius to generate an idea this simple and this brilliant”

(Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman UNSEX ME HERE)


“…a colourful litany of love lost and found and the comforts of madness in the face off an all too serious big, bad world of adulthood. ….take your time to be small is Loneragan’s overriding instruction…”

(The Herald, Neil Cooper, THE LINE WE DRAW).


“…no one notices that Mish Gorecki has actually gone missing. No laughing matter, and yet writer Skye Loneragan contrives, without being facile, to flip the potentially grim scenario of Mish’s messy existence into something genuinely life-affirming and hilarious to boot” (Mary Brennan, The Herald, MISH GORECKI GOES MISSING)



PROJECTS


TimeTitle / ProgramDescription


2017FLINT & PITCH Performing extract of THE LINE WE DRAW for Flint &

Pitch Spoken Word and Music at The Storytellers Centre,

THOUGH THIS BE MADNESSWork in Progress showing for Cultured Mongrel & Scottish

                                                                                                                Mental Health and Arts Film Festival - 5 Ways to Begin


2016THE LINE WE DRAW Writer/performer: Flint & Pitch program of spoken word

UNDER PRESSUREDirector: Ignite Theatre, 13-17yr olds, Arden residency

THIS IMPOSSIBLE RIMSolo show as Writer-in-Residence:

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL  

writer/performer + poetry on shuttle buses, Spring Fling festival

DIAMOND in DOUBTDirector/ devised: WHALE ARTS adult drama group

TRANSITIONS PROJECTDirector/ devised: 10-13yrs ARTLINK CENTRAL

POETRY in PERFORMANCEW/shop/Performances: Polmont, Shotts, Cottonvale

LAMMERMUIR intern placement on Lammermuir Festival assisting PA & Art.Director


2015ARTISTIC DIRECTORTOONSPEAK YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE

SEVEN SIGNSDirector: 11-25yrs, Merchant City Basement

LOST & FOUND11-25 yrs. Director – Whisky Bond, NFYT tour

WORD OF MOUTH11-25yrs olds – Director - Ethics Festival @ Stereo

SOUNDING IT OUT7-11yr olds- Director- BALTIC ST ADVENTURE PLAYGRD

SKYE & SKYE on SKYEWork-in-progress, What’s in a Name? poetry and dance collaboration with Skye Reynolds supported by:

Dance Base Edinburgh, Imaginate, Dance House Glasgow

The Work Room, The Tramway, Visiting Arts: Tollbooth

Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Isle of Skye

2014 Q-POETICSCommonwealth Games 2014, Cultural Programme

Sydney Writers Festival, Spring Fling festival

PERFORMANCE POETRYBBC Slam / Aye Write / Mono / Stereo / etc 

PERFORMING VISUAL ARTLead artist: response to exhibit: THE TRAMWAY: G.Internat.

WRITING YOUR OWN EXPERIENCESCOTTISH BOOK TRUST Live Literature: w/shops

HMP SHOTTS PRISON Lead artist: playwrighting with Creative Writing centre


2012WORD TRAVELSPerformance Poet  - schools and youth

WorDshops Regional tour / CanTeen

PLUCKED OF PURPOSE – the Adventures of PBWriter/performer Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle, Aust

PERFORMANCE POETRYTouring: Sweetalkers, Sappho, The Dan, Don Bank Poetry, Word in Hand, Discombobulate, Edinburgh Int Book Festival, Aye Write Glasgow, Mono, Red Rattler, Marrickville Festival, Newcastle Festival, etc ...

THE UMBRELLA & THE BILLOWWriter/Director Excerpt: Cut n Paste ‘Tamarma Rock Surfers’

SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL“Spoken Four” event, supporting Kate Tempest

Curated by Word Travels.

SHOPFRONTMental health  / teenagers –Various: ages 7-24yrs.

TUTOR: MASTERCLASSDirecting new writing Aust. NIDA

AUST. THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLElead artist: holiday workshops

Dr Seuss and Performance Poetry

ROCKS POP UP SpacesWriter-in-Residence

A.W.A.LArtist Residency, Watch This Space gallery

Alice Springs / Northern Territory, Aust.

QUIRK CREATIVEWorkshop Facilitator:

The Scots College, Kambala School for Girls

2011SOUTHERN STAR PRODUCTIONSProduction Co-ordinator

THE LINE WE DRAWWriter/Director

Subtlenuance Theatre, solo works festival.

Griffin Theatre, Griffringe, Sydney

ARTIST RESIDENCY: Bangalore, IndiaArtist in Residence

Research supported by FST

(Federation of Scottish Theatre

2010PLUCKED OF PURPOSE – the Adventures of PBWriter/performer ARCHES LIVE 2010

ARTS IN THE CITYDirector/ youth drama and cross-artform approaches

Collaboration- teenagers between foster homes, in care.

ON THE VERGEWriter/Director Playwrights Studio Scotand

POET in RESIDENCE                Scottish Book Trust live literature fund

Aberdeenshire Council & Hazlehead Academy

Stornoway residency, Isle of Lewis, Hebrides

MAKING A MAP OF MY MISTAKESPerformance residency

The New Victoria Hospital

MISH GORECKI GOES MISSINGWriter/Director THE TRON THEATRE

Commissioned by Visible Fictions Theatre Co.


2009/10THE TRAMWAYOUTSIDE ART / Artist in Residence

Visual text / storytelling / macro-photography

HIDDEN SPACESPublic Art Project/ Green Spaces Glasgow

Glasgow Life / Artist in Residence

ST MUNGOS MUSEUMArtist in Residence

Work with young carers and Refugee Week

2008- 10THE TRAMWAY Workshop Facilitator / weekly

Young and Emerging artists / cross-artform

2009   THE AYE WRITE FESTIVALWriter/Performer/ The Trick is to Keep Writing

SMHFAFwriter/performer and workshop leader

THE LINE WE DRAWWriter/Performer, NewWriting New Worlds

WILDFIRE director / short play, The Traverse Theatre

PERFORMANCE POETRYDiscovery Poets with Glasgow Mirrorball

2007/08PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCEVisible Fictions Theatre Co & Greenock Academy

2007UNSEX ME HEREWriter/Performer, Edinburgh Fringe, Presented by SCAMP

“STAYING AWAKE FOR YOU”Writer/Director

The West End New Writing Festival, Glasgow.

2006CRACKED, RADIO ADAPTATIONVoice Over / commissioned writer - ABC Radio National.

2005“A LITTLE LAUGH I LOST SOMEWHERE”Writer/Director

The Arches Young Directors Awards 

2004“I CONFESS Director: Promenade Piece / The Arches Theatre

“CRACKED”Writer/performer/director – AUST TOUR

2003“UNSEX ME HERE”Writer/performer/director The Arches Theatre, Glasgow.

“STARS BENEATH THE SEA”performer Vanishing Point Director Matthew Lenton

2002“JOY OF THE WORM”Writer/performer – Scotland in Sweden showcase

“SHAKESPEARE FOR BREAKFAST”Performer Theatre C  Directed by Abigail Anderson

US / CANADA TOUR

“CRACKED” Writer/performer

The Tron Theatre, Glasgow, CityArt Festival Hong Kong

“MY RIGHT THUMB” Writer/performer/director, The Arches New Theatre Festival.


AWARDS


2012SYDNEY POETRY PRIZE, “Rushcutters Bay, or I Can’t Decide”

2011SCOTTISH FEDERATION OF THEATRE – ‘UNPLUGGED’ bursary, India.

2010MISH GORECKI GOES MISSING shortlisted for the JOHN WHITING AWARD

               shortlisted for the BRIAN WAY AWARD

2009               shortlisted for the KINGS CROSS NEW WRITING AWARD

2008SAC WRITERS BURSARY:  “Strips and Bones”

2004THE ARCHES YOUNG DIRECTOR’S AWARD – A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere

2004SAC NEW WRITER’S BURSARY: ‘How it Became the Talking Stick”

2003SAC SEED FUNDING:   “Unsex Me Here”

2003ARTS TRUST OF SCOTLAND : grant “Unsex Me Here”.

2001THE SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST 2001” – “Cracked”

2001ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMA International Scholarship

2000BIG BROTHER MOVEMENT DRAMA AWARD  - Theatre Nepean Travelling Scholarship


TRAINING


2016MA- FESTIVAL ARTS & CULTURAL MANAGEMENT QMU

2002NATIONAL THEATRE DIRECTOR’S STUDIO New Vic Theatre, London

2001MASTERS OF  DRAMA                   R.S.A.M.D (Glasgow)

SOLO PERFORMANCE Writing Tutor: Zinnie HarrisInternational Scholarship


1998UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY B.A. – PERFORMANCE (Syd)

1994UNIVERSITY OF NEW WOUTH WALES – B.A. – THEATRE AND FILMphysical theatre & analysis

1993THE ACTORS’ CENTRE – FUNDAMENTALS ONE AND TWOactors fundamentals

1993BACHELOR of  FINE ARTSphotography & sculpture

WORKSHOPS:


THEATRE DE COMPLICITE- JOS HOUBEN , MICK BARNFATHER    Soho Centre, London

THEATRE DE COMPLICITE -JOS HOUBEN /clown Jerwood Centre, London 2002

JOS HOUBEN  - The Art of Laughter workshop The Traverse Edinburgh

DESMOND JONES       SCHOOL OF MIME London

NANCY MECKLER     SHARED EXPERIENCE THEATRE Int.W/Shop.Fest. Coventry

JOHN WRIGHT            TOLD BY AN IDIOT London

CATHIE BOYD             THEATRE CRYPTIC London



 

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