ABOUT SKYE LONERAGAN

Passionate about curiosity as a kind of currency, both in terms of value and exchange, Skye Loneragan is an award-winning writer/performer whose work spans theatre, poetry and live art.

Her first solo work Cracked, (directed by Zinnie Harris), won an Edinburgh Fringe First, her 7th and most recent, (Though This Be Madness) is currently Covid-paused, a live show touring with (and originally premiering with) SMHAF, thanks to support from Creative Scotland. Solo pieces include The Line We Draw (Flint & Pitch at Scottish Storytellers Centre following The Arches), This Impossible Rim (as Wigtown Book Festival’s 2016 writer-in-residence), Unsex Me Here (The Pleasance, following The Arches) & Plucked of Purpose – the Adventures of PB (Crack Theatre festival, Newcastle Aust, following The Arches Glasgow).

As Artistic Director for Toonspeak Young Peoples Theatre, Skye directed the Creative Scotland-funded, site-specific young-artist led works, ‘Lost & Found’ (Whisky Bond) and ‘Seven Signs’ (Merchant City, Glasgow) – devising with a cast of more than 30, 11-25yr olds and created the spoken word project,Word of Mouth which focuses on young writer/performers. Devised work includes directing Ignite Theatre’s Under Pressure with children of refugees, with Edinburgh’s Whale Arts and A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere (Arches Theatre Young Directors Award). Collaborations include the on-going exploration, Skye & Skye on Skye with dancer Skye Reynolds which questions what really is in a name.

Skye is Lead Artist and creator of the public art engagement strategy, ‘Q-POETICS‘, (poetry in queues), which premiered at the Sydney Writers Festival 2013, opened the Kelpies, was part of Cultural Programme for Commonwealth Games, Festival 2014. Q-poetics worked with Wigtown Book Festival to connect residents of Dumfries & Galloway through the bus tour for Spring Fling 2016. Q-poetics emerged from the public art engagement strategy, Making a Map of My Mistakes – working in places/spaces of waiting and with the New Victoria Hospital Glasgow.

Recipient of a New Writers Award for the children’s play, How It Became The Talking Stick, and FST bursary for her research into writing for performance, Skye’s residencies have included Playwright in Residence for Visible Fictions Theatre Co, out of which came the play for young people, Mish Gorecki Goes Missing (Tron Theatre), shortlisted for three UK awards. Touring her performance poetry abroad to Asia-Pacific, 2011-2013, she’s featured poet with the Sydney Morning Herald online app & Sydney Poetry Prize winner 2012. Her poem Glasgow (We’ve All Been Here Before) was commissioned for theatre, Whatever Gets You Through the Night (directed by Cora Bissett). Poetry publications include contributions Buying Into The Property Market (GRIST Anthology UK, editor Simon Armitage) and The Grin Of Our Choices, (Abridged Magazine, UK).

She works extensively as an artist-in-residence with a diverse range of community groups and organisations, and tutoring or collaborative group work includes work for Scottish Youth Theatre, Scottish Book Trust, NIDA (Aust), Artlink, Baltic St Adventure Playground, Word Travels (Aust) & Glasgow’s Arts in the City (young artists between foster care). Residencies include AWAL, in Alice Springs, Australia, working on intercultural exchange with Indigenous communities and Unplugged, (Federation of Scottish Theatre), Bangalore- and her upcoming research and development with The Tramway;s The Work Room, Glasgow.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

“A tiny, but almost perfect show….a haunting reminder of some of the big questions asked.”
– Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, CRACKED.

“In a kind of acute free verse rendering that might’ve come from Shakespeare were he alive today and on uppers, Loneragan poses provocative questions with the most vigorous, surefooted delivery imaginable.”
– Crickey, THE LINE WE DRAW

“It takes an artist of some budding genius to generate an idea this simple and this brilliant.”
– Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, UNSEX ME HERE

“…a colourful litany of love lost and found and the comforts of madness in the face off an all too serious big, bad world of adulthood. ….take your time to be small is Loneragan’s overriding instruction…”
– The Herald, Neil Cooper, THE LINE WE DRAW

“…no one notices that Mish Gorecki has actually gone missing. No laughing matter, and yet writer Skye Loneragan contrives, without being facile, to flip the potentially grim scenario of Mish’s messy existence into something genuinely life-affirming and hilarious to boot”
– Mary Brennan, The Herald, MISH GORECKI GOES MISSING

For more reviews and other press details, please click here.

PREVIOUS & ONGOING PROJECTS
2020-05-13T09:04:50+00:00
THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS

How can we nurture our collective sanity? Desperate to Stay On the Ball, a recovering mum and sleep-deprived teat attempts to…finish a sentence. Unable to reach her sister Ophelia, who wrestles sometimes – Read more…

2020-09-10T09:54:50+00:00
THE TURMERIC TRAIL

What can you do while Good Grief is in the room?

Berlin is a passionate python owner whose aunt, wrestling with a psychosis, comes to stay while she is on the brink of exams – Read more…

2020-03-14T17:51:27+00:00
UNSEX ME HERE

A live art performance developed with the support of the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland).

What does the Raised Calf have to do with getting somewhere? Inspired by Shakespeare’s Lady – Read more…

2020-03-14T17:47:36+00:00
OUTSIDE ART

Street Art Project

Collaboration with artists Akshayee Shetty & Colin Begg. A partnership with The Tramway & Glasgow Life through Cashback for Communities

A year-long unique mix of art-forms that sought to re-imagine the urban environment – Read more…

2020-02-12T12:32:33+00:00
VISIBLE FICTIONS THEATRE COMPANY

Playwright in Residence

Connecting with students at the then Greenock Academy (Gourock), to inspire writing for performance. Techniques included using drawing as a tool to explore classical playwrighting structures. Out of this residency – Read more…

2020-01-15T09:31:14+00:00
MY RIGHT THUMB

Solo performance.

With all the focus on avoiding ageing, illness and pain, where is all the youth, health and pleasure?

Quirky show about a hypochondriac whose right thumb won’t stop twitching.

Fascinated by a popular expectation – Read more…

2020-03-03T14:04:13+00:00
SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST

Live Literature – Poet / Playwright in Residence

I’ve worked on a range of different approaches to writing both poetry and playwrighting within schools with a huge age range. Key to these approaches is – Read more…

2020-01-08T15:15:45+00:00
STAYING AWAKE FOR YOU

A very short play about a depression

HE and SHE are in consultation with each other.

He is the doctor. She is –  patient.

He tries to help – Read more…

2020-03-04T06:40:00+00:00
THE UMBRELLA & THE BILLOW

A farcical piece set in a bar, where drinking makes us thirsty, about a struggle for mutual respect when belief systems clash.

What is an Umbrella to one is a – Read more…

2020-03-15T10:04:48+00:00
PLUCKED OF PURPOSE – THE ADVENTURES OF P.B.

A perfromance / and installation: Plucked of Purpose questions the value of tying who we are to what we do, what we have and what we’ve been – Read more…

2020-03-14T18:15:40+00:00
TOONSPEAK YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE

Artistic Director

Skye created ‘Word of Mouth’ – the spoken word project for young people interested in performing their own writing. With a large cast of mor than 25 11-24yr olds, she wrote, – Read more…

2020-01-08T15:14:50+00:00
CRACKED

How do you grieve someone who’s still alive?

Hope has lost her father…. trouble is, he’s still alive… and thinks he wrote the Bible. Everyday Roger Brimming swims out to sea – but not back – – Read more…

2020-03-04T06:38:22+00:00
MISH GORECKI GOES MISSING

Mish is 9-yrs old, ballet obsessed and the Little Rock in her family.

She’s just been made The Replacement on the Bolshoi Ballet excursion and she’s on route to Russia. All she needs – Read more…

2020-03-14T17:54:11+00:00
A LITTLE LAUGH I LOST SOMEWHERE

A part-written, part-devised piece, the play explores aspects of the same grounded, jobless pilot who seeks to soothe an unquenchable thirst, a lost purpose, a broken heart, finding themselves stuck – Read more…

2020-03-15T15:49:26+00:00
HIDDEN SPACES

Artist in Residence

How can we knit communities together through a re-consideration of green spaces between us?

A collaboration focused on how we can re-imagine the often dis-used green spaces between residents and buildings in Glasgow’s – Read more…

2020-02-12T12:30:01+00:00
MAKING A MAP OF MY MISTAKES

Artist in Residence

An ongoing research project which began as an exploration in art & healthcare with patients and staff of the New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow.

The first phase of the project – Read more…

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