Writing student takes centre stage

A playwriting student has won a new prize to have her work performed as part of a popular lunchtime theatre programme.

Jenny Knotts, a Postgraduate at Edinburgh, has been awarded the inaugural David MacLennan Prize for her play, Home.

It will be showcased in Glasgow theatre Oran Mor’s long-standing series, A Play, a Pie and a Pint.

Event details

Home will be performed at Oran Mor, 1pm from 25-30 November.

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Distinctive voice

Jenny’s winning piece is a comedy tinged with sadness, centring on twin sisters Maggie and Agnes’ last day in a house that has been their home for decades.

Maggie suffers from Alzheimer’s and Agnes uses a wheelchair.

The twins are from Ireland and their voices are inspired by Jenny’s own grandmother.

Jenny was moved to write Home after watching a documentary about the care of elderly people in Scotland.

Winning the David MacLennan Prize is a dream come true – I have been going to see plays at Oran Mor for years and know how important it is to the Scottish theatre scene. I think it is so generous of them to support a new writer like myself with a fully commissioned play, and I can’t wait to see where this takes me.

Jenny KnottsUniversity of Edinburgh MSc student in Playwriting

New partnership

David MacLennan is an acclaimed Artistic Director at Oran Mor who champions new writing - producing more than 30 weeks of new plays every year.

He initiated the new award exclusively with the University, offering Postgraduate students in Playwriting the opportunity to have their work performed as part the renowned theatre series.

We are delighted to produce Home at Oran Mor – Jenny’s distinctive voice is unlike any I have heard before and I think our audiences will really enjoy it. The calibre of the students’ writing was incredibly high this year and it was a challenge to choose a winner. Moreover, the partnership with the University has been a success and we hope it continues.

David MacLennanOran Mor Artistic Director

Playwriting programme

Jenny is a student on the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in Playwriting, led by award-winning playwright Nicola McCartney.

The programme aims to give its students real experience in Scotland’s theatre scene.