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Xana Marwick

Writer, Children's

Agent: Jean Kitson - jean@kitsonpress.co.uk

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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. Her work is often collaborative and is intentionally diverse in both style and content, though often for/inspired by children and young-people; particularly those she has met through her work in 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 is Artistic Director of Stadium Rock, an Imaginate Associate Artist and a member of The Village Pub Theatre Writers’ Collective.

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

Work

Current

New Project
Cbeebies / BBC Worldwide

Currently developing scripts for a new CBeebies show (in development)

Willow In The Window

Writing a new play with seed support from the Unicorn Theatre and Imaginate

Nests
Frozen Charlotte Productions & Stadium Rock

Play currently in development with Frozen Charlotte Productions.
Rehearsed reading took place at the Imaginate Festival 2016 as part of the Expo Programme.

Looking For Birds
Dancebase

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

Television

Swashbuckle
Cbeebies

Writing for the Cbeebies live action gameshow

Something Special
Cbeebies

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

Theatre

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
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
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.

Readings

THE ASSASSINATION OF JULIA MARSH
Reading at the Imaginate International Festival Scratch That! Directed by Caitlin Skinner 2017. Also at The Village Pub Theatre in Leith 2016.

FANNY AND THE CHRISTMAS PARTRIDGE
Short play reading at The Village Pub Theatre, 2016.

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

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

WITH RESPECT
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

Awards / Residencies

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.