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Xana Marwick

Writer, Children's, Preschool, 6+ years, 10+ years, Live Action

Agent: Jean Kitson -

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Xana is a writer and theatre director based in Edinburgh. After leaving school aged fifteen, she went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland. Xana has a particular interest in finding the magic and humour in stories about people who have been let-down, left-behind or left-out, particularly those she has met through her work with socially excluded communities.

As a writer she has been named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017, and in 2016 was the only writer living in Scotland on attachment to the BBC Writersroom / Dramaroom scheme. As a director, her work has appeared in the Creative Scotland ‘Made in Scotland’ Showcase and Glasgow Culture 2014 programme and has been shown at festivals and venues throughout the UK and internationally (Canada, US, Hong Kong, Maccau).

Xana currently lives by the seaside, in the same small town that five whole generations of her family have lived in.



CBeebies Prom

Writer for this year’s CBeebies Prom, ‘A Journey Into the Ocean’, which will premiere on Saturday 23rd July 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Lyceum L20
Lyceum Theatre

One of 21 artists on a year long attachment to the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Mixed Up

Dramaturgy on an interactive dance-film commissioned by the International Children’s Festival 2021

Becoming Cedric Morris
Tate Kids

Short animation commission


Drama mini series. Pilot episode and series bible written with support from BBC Writersroom Scotland.

Amy and Ariadne

New animation series in development with comedian and writer Phil O’Shea

Opening Lines
Solar Bear

Community project and touring play commission

Thrown - a new musical
Imaginate / Accelerator Fund

Reading at the International Children’s Festival 2021, commissioned by Imaginate through the Accelerator Programme.


Molly & Mack 3 & 4 (2020-2021)

Two episodes:
‘Game Day’ (S3)
‘Fairy Bundle’ (S4)

Molly & Mack 2 (2019)

1 x 15′ episode, ‘Show and Tell’, for the live action kids show.

Molly & Mack (2018)

1 x 15′ episode for the live action kids show. Currently available on BBC iPlayer.

Swashbuckle (2017)

Writing for the Cbeebies live action gameshow

Something Special (2017)

Writing on the pre-school show aimed to help children develop communication and language skills


Valentina's Galaxy (2019)
Frozen Charlotte Productions

Writing and dramaturgy for this production at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2019 and Edinburgh Fringe 2019, and shown as a screening at Big Dreamers Festival and North Wall Arts Centre.

Willow in the Window
Unicorn Theatre

A new play written with seed funding from the Unicorn Theatre and Imaginate

Looking for Birds

Development residency with Dancebase creating a piece with a choreographer, a musician, a visual artist and three Boys. Supported by Imaginate.

Frozen Charlotte Productions & Stadium Rock

Play developed with Frozen Charlotte Production for a Scottish tour in Autumn 2018.
Rehearsed reading took place at the Imaginate Festival 2016 as part of the Expo Programme.

NOMINATION: Best Production for Children and Young People at the 17th annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS)

A Good Enough Girl?
Scene Change Productions & Greenwich Theatre & Nutshell Theatre

Original story, Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Happy Harry's Café (2015-2016)
Birdsnest Theatre / Polka Theatre

A musical adaptation of the book by Michael Rosen and Richard Holland that played for four weeks at Polka Theatre.

My Friend Mole (2014-2015)
Birdsnest Theatre

Toured throughout England and Scotland

Yellow Valley (2014)
Starcatchers / Culture 2014 Creative Programme

National tour of this play with songs adapted from the Kenyan book Who’s Calling by Charity Waciuma

Hansel and Gretel (2011)
Platform Glasgow

Alternative Christmas show

You Suffer, But Why? (2010-2014)

8 minute solo/interactive/one-to-one performance inspired by the Napalm Death song of the same name played at Forest Fringe as part of Brian Lobel’s Cruising for Art, Buzzcut, Manipulate and Outskirts Festival.


Reading at the Imaginate International Children’s Festival Scratch That! Directed by Caitlin Skinner 2017. Also at The Village Pub Theatre in Leith 2016.

Short play reading at The Village Pub Theatre, 2016.

Short play reading at The Village Pub Theatre in Leith, Edinburgh 2016. Sci-fi satire inspired by the news on Grammar Schools.

Short play reading at The Village Pub Theatre in Leith, Edinburgh 2015. Reimagining of Waiting For Godot set in a 1990’s swing park.

Performed reading of a verbatim play inspired by my true experiences of talking to lonely boys in swing parks in a 15 minute performance for Imaginate Scratch That! 2014


The Moment When... I Lost Everything I Never Knew I Had (2019)
BBC Radio
R3 Monologues: Six Weeks (2019)
BBC Radio 3

Development commission.

Awards / Residencies

NESTS shortlisted for Best Production for Children and Young People at the 17th annual Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2019

Named as a writer on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017.

HUP (Director) nominated for Outstanding Children’s Production Canadian DORA Awards’ 2017.

Invited to attend a three day development residental with BBC Writersroom, BBC Childrens and BBC Stay Safe exploring new drama ideas around social media / safety online.

Selected to take part in a three-day-residential for writers of interest to BBC Scotland’s RIVER CITY.

Invited to pitch ideas to BBC Scotland’s The Social, aiming to work towards a new, contemporary, female-led, online drama.

BBC III / The Writersroom The Break III – shortlisted to development workshop stage.

BBC Radio 3 / The Writersroom The Verb – opportunity to work as far as full draft script stage.

BBC Writersroom / Dramaroom Attachment 2016 – only participant living in Scotland, selected from over 3100 applicants.

Creative Scotland funded Artist-in-Residence at Summerhall 2013/2014. Writing NESTS with mentorship from Douglas Maxwell. Performed reading with actors David Mackay and Nicola Jo Cully.

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland / Mentee under the guidance of Clare Duffy, 2012-2013.

Oxford Samuel Becket Theatre Trust Award (Baton / Stadium Rock) – Longlist.

Creative Scotland Vital Spark Award (The Marsmallow Test / Stadium Rock) – shortlist.