Duffy is Trav’s new Creative Fellow

Mar 17 2014 | By More

Clare Duffy appointed IASH/Traverse Creative Fellow

Clare Duffy, IASH-Traverse Creative Fellow 2014-15

Clare Duffy, IASH-Traverse Creative Fellow 2014-15. Photo © The Traverse

By Thom Dibdin

Professional playwright and director Clare Duffy, who is a founding director of Unlimited Theatre, has been made this year’s Creative Fellow at the Traverse Theatre, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

During her nine-month tenure, running from September 2014, Duffy will be commissioned to write a new play for the Traverse on the topic of conflict and reconciliation.

Commenting on the theme, Duffy said “I’m particularly interested in current political forces gathering in the Arctic over oil and the natural environment.

“This situation presents a number of paradoxes in the teamwork between the activists and the military presence and also the individuals that make up each team, working together in such extreme conditions.”

Duffy is currently Artist in Residence at Summerhall and an Associate Playwright at Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. She won the Pearson Award in 2003 for her first full-length play, Crossings which was subsequently published and toured the UK in 2005.

Her recent hit Money: The Game Show, a co-production between Unlimited Theatre and The Bush, which originated as a winning idea in the 2011 Platform 18 award, is on tour this year and will play two nights at the Traverse on 23/24 May.

Running since 2003, the annual IASH Creative Fellowship enables a local writer, composer or director to develop their art and push the boundaries to new levels of creative achievement. Previous IASH-Traverse Creative Fellows include Jo Clifford, Linda McLean and Iain Finlay McLeod.

Speaking of her award, Duffy said: “It’s an honour to receive the IASH Creative Fellowship and see my name alongside such acclaimed playwrights.”

Following the tour of Money: The Game Show, Duffy’s commission for Edinburgh’s Magnetic North, Some Other Stars about a man with ‘locked-in’ syndrome, is set to tour in the autumn. She is also currently writing a new play for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MA acting and directing students.

Clare Duffy’s scripts are available from Amazon:


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