Artists in Residence

The Traverse works with writers, directors and theatre artists through our Playwrights and Artists in Residence programmes. 

Adura Frances Be 2

Channel 4 Playwright 2018 - Adura Onashile

Adura Onashile is an award winning Glasgow based artist. She has been a part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase and has worked with companies such as Untitled Projects, Royal Shakespeare Company, Young Vic, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Chicago Shakespeare Company and St Anne's Warehouse, New York.

She wrote and performed HeLa the true story of Henrietta Lacks. The show's successful run at the Edinburgh fringe won the Scottish Arts Club and Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama on the Fringe 2013 and embarked on a tour to India, Brazil, Trinidad, Jamaica, South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. 

She wrote and directed Expensive S**t, which premiered at the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival and toured to The Southbank Centre and The Soho theatre, London. The sold out show won a Fringe First award, the Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama 2016, and was highly commended for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech award as well as being nominated for the Alfred Fagon award.

The Channel 4 Playwright Scheme awards five bursaries to emerging writers, nominated by UK theatre Artistic Directors. They will go on to take up a year's attachment to their chosen theatre and be invited to submit their work for The Sonia Friedman Productions Award in the year that follows.

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellow 2018 - Frances Poet

Frances is a Glasgow-based writer with sixteen years of experience working as a Dramaturg and Literary Manager in theatres across the UK. Frances has written for stage, TV and radio and has had short films screened at festivals nationally and internationally.

Her debut one-act play, Faith Fall, was presented at Orán Mòr, Glasgow and Bristol's Tobacco Factory in 2012. Since then she has completed a number of classic adaptations including: What Put The Blood (Abbey Theatre); a free version of Racine's Andromaque (Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin and previously as Andromaqueat Orán Mòr and The Byre Theatre, St Andrews); The Macbeths, adapted from Shakespeare's original with Dominic Hill (Citizens Theatre); Dance of Death, after Strindberg (Citizens Theatre); and The Misanthrope, After Molière (Orán Mòr).

Her play Adam, conceived and directed by Cora Bissett and produced by the National Theatre of Scotland at the Traverse Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre and Citizens Theatre won Fringe First, Herald Angel and Scottish Arts Club awards at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Frances is currently under commission to National Theatre of Scotland/Theatre Gu Leòr, Out of Joint and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

IASH and the the Traverse Thetare  will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the Institute's current interests. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute's events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship. During the period of the fellowship the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse's Literary Department. 

 4logo   IASH Logo


Sign up to receive news from the Traverse Theatre.

Please enter your details below to join our e-list.