Trav Young Writers go online

May 16 2020 | By More

Online Scratch showcase for new plays

The Traverse Young Writers Group has been meeting online since March and is now set to release scratch performances of plays written during lockdown, starting from tonight, Saturday May 16 2020 at 8pm.

The performances are created online and directed remotely by Gareth Nicholls and Debbie Hannan with the performers filming in their own homes under lockdown conditions. The first streaming will take place at the time and date of the planned Scratch Night performance at the Traverse which would have introduced the writers’ work to the world.

Watch online from Sat 16 – Sun 24 May 2020

The nine young writers to be featured are Bluey Little, Katie McCulloch, Shelley Middler, Rhianna Varney, Leonie Jones, Kasia Grycuk, Kari Hall, Gabriel Floyd and Tom Zachar.

The group has received weekly online tuition from acclaimed playwrights to help them continue to develop their creative writing skills.

The Traverse says that an important aspect of its Young Writers programme is presenting excerpts of the writers’ work in a scratch night performance at the Traverse, during which each writer has the opportunity to gather feedback from members of the audience, industry and their peers.

This streaming, which will see one play going online every night at 8pm for nine nights, is an opportunity for that to happen remotely. Viewers are invited to share any feedback which will help writers to further develop their work by emailing

resilience and creativity

The Traverse’s literary associate, Eleanor White, announced the Scratch Performances saying: “We have been so impressed by the resilience and creativity our Young Writers Group have shown since we moved their course online following lockdown.

“We are delighted to be able to share these specially created and brand new works online, allowing them to reach audiences both within and far beyond the local area – an opportunity they couldn’t deserve more.

“These are some of the most exciting new voices in Scottish theatre and their pieces cover a huge range of topics and emotions – but they all have in common their ability to transport audiences outside of their current circumstances and showcase some exceptional talent.”

Performers confirmed so far include Zoe Bullock, Claire Macallister, Nicole Cooper, Laura Lovemore and Isobel McArthur.

Traverse Young Writers Group Scratch Nights
Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 May, 2020
New content streams nightly at 8pm.
Streams on Traverse YouTube page: @TraverseTheatre
Or via Traverse website here:
Available on demand and for free until 16 May 2021.
Email feedback to:


Kith by Bluey Little – View online here.
Where Did He Go? by Rhianna Varney: View online here.
Mon 18: Bathtub by Shelley Middler
Tue 19: Sarah by Katie McCulloch
Wed 20:  Looking Up to Him by Gabriel Floyd
Thurs 21: Sunday Mornings by Kasia Grycuk
Fri 22: Deflated by Kari Hall
Sat 23: Pig’s Eye by Tom Zachar
Sun 24: Dotty by Leonie Jones


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