Amy Hawes is a TV writer and playwright based in Glasgow. After graduating with an MA in English Language from Edinburgh University, she was awarded a scholarship from Warner Bros. Creative Talent programme to attend the celebrated MA TV Fiction Writing Course at Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating with distinction in 2014. She's worked as Researcher/Assistant Producer on 20+ TV shows including Hollyoaks, Down on the Farm, Saturday Mash Up and Junk Rescue; as junior storyliner for River City; and in development for Warner Bros. Specialising in children's TV she has written/directed sketches for CBBC Presentation and CBBC travelogue All Over the Place. Amy has written/directed a BAFTA New Talent-winning film Falling for Fitzgerald; and is a founding member of Tandem Writing Collective, producing new plays in pubs & theatres across Glasgow and Edinburgh. Her 60-minute theatre script Lifeline: The Gameshow Play was performed at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow in March 2018, with plans to tour in 2019.
Writing commissions include:
Jennifer is an award winning Scottish Playwright from Kinross and currently living in Edinburgh. Her play Walk a Mile was one of five plays that won the Scottish Short Play Award in 2017.
She was commissioned to write the play Balisong about knive crime and active citizenship with Strange Town Theatre in partnership with Fast Forward and No Knives Better lives. Balisong toured schools in 2017 and was recommissioned to tour schools in every Scottish local Authority between September 2018 and February 2019.
Jennifer wrote two plays for the Edinburgh Just Festival as part of the Edinburgh Fringe with Black Dingo Productions, one of which, Warrior, went on to tour in two separate school runs funded by Nil by Mouth and Sense over Sectarianism. Warrior also received a run at the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow.
Jennifer has written a number of short plays, working with Braw Fox Theatre Company, Village Pub Theatre, In Motion Theatre Company, the Tron Theatre, Discover 21 Theatre and she has also written a short radio play, Looped, for BBC Radio Drama.
She is a member of the Tron Theatre's Maker Initiative and was one of the Playwrights' Studio's mentored playwrights in 2017.
Mhairi graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a First-class honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. Mhairi’s work has been performed at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh as well as the Tron Theatre, The CCA and Oran Mor in Glasgow. Her play ‘Till Death’ll Do Us’ was also selected to be part of the Scottish Youth Theatre’s new writing festival in Glasgow. Her short play ‘Ashes to Ashes’ was performed as part of the first Tron 100 Festival in June 2016 and in 2017 she returned with tragic comedy ‘Playing Pretend’. Mhairi was one of six finalists to make it through to the final of the Tron Theatre’s 2017 Progressive Playwright Award with her play ‘The Bridge Street Flats’. Her short play ‘Preparing for the Afterlife’ was directed by Andy Arnold and performed as part of the ‘Take me somewhere’ festival. Mhairi was asked by Glasgow based theatre company ‘In Motion’ to write ‘Our’s is better than yours’ for their 2017 Winter Words festival and has worked with them again this year through their 'ReWrite programme’ on her new satirical comedy piece 'Home Shopping'
In addition to writing for theatre, Mhairi has also written television and short film scripts. She was commissioned by Ludere production company in London to write a six-part T.V series ‘Dayjobs’ and her short film script ‘Little White Lies’ was shortlisted by Underwire Festival and subsequently produced by INDELIBLE INK productions. Little White Lies will be released to festivals in early 2019.
Mhairi makes up one third of ‘The Tandem Writing Collective’ and writes and produces new work in venues across Glasgow and the Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh. Due to the successes of Tandem it will now take up home at the Tron Theatre and will be including in their 2019 Spring/Summer brochure.
Mhairi also writes and performs spoken word poetry and has presented work with Glasgow’s ‘Sonnet Youth.’
Mhairi can communicate using British Sign Language and is interested in incorporating more of this beautiful language into her work.