Lynda Radley


Lynda Radley is a playwright, dramaturg, and screenwriter who has been working as a writer and maker for over fifteen years. Her plays include: William (Perry) Robinson for 14 Voices from the Bloodied Field (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Maid’s Room (National Theatre of Scotland), Ligach and the Salmon (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Interference (Pepperdine Scotland), Happier or Better? (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Futureproof (Traverse Theatre in association with Dundee Rep), Birds and Other Things I Am Afraid Of (The Arches, in association with Poorboy), Berlin Love Tour, The Heights, The Art of Swimming, Soap! and Integrity (Playgroup).

Audio plays include: The Mother Load (Lyceum Edinburgh), Our Sentence (BBC Radio Scotland) and An Irish Airman Forsees His Death, part of Yeats: The Man and The Echo (BBC Radio 4).

Adaptations include: There is Someone Who Hates us by Brazilian playwright Michelle Ferreira (National Theatre of Scotland and Play, Pie and Pint) and Under Milk Wood (Tron Theatre in association with The Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme).

Awards include: Fringe First Awards for Futureproof and The Interference, which was also shortlisted for The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for outstanding work addressing human rights issues. It also won the Broadway Baby Bobby award. Lynda’s play DORM, written while she was an Associate at The National Theatre of Scotland, was short-listed for The Bruntwood Award. The Art of Swimming which toured internationally and was performed over fifty times at various festivals, won the Dublin Fringe award for Best Fringe Show under an hour, and was short-listed for the Meyer-Whitworth award.

Last year Lynda was one of seven writers selected to participate in the Scottish Film Talent Network’s Write4Film screenwriting initiative where she developed short and feature projects. She is currently working on a number of television pilots.

Lynda frequently works as a dramaturg in theatre and dance. She mentors emerging playwrights, including regularly working with students on the MLitt in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at Glasgow University.

Dramaturgy credits include: The Gardener (Cumbernauld Theatre, Summerhall Edinburgh); Dracula by Mark Bruce, winner of Southbank Sky Arts award and nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award (Tobacco Factory Theatres, Wilton’s Music Hall, UK Tour); Grandad and Me (The Letter J, Imaginate Festival Edinburgh, Scottish Tour); Unusual Places To Dance (Tricky Hat, Cumbernauld Theatre); Berlin Love Tour nominated for Best New Play at Dublin Fringe (Fierce Festival Birmingham, Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe, Playgroup); Dark Week nominated for an Irish Times Theatre award; The Heights (Playgroup); Pause With A Smile (The Arches, Traverse); Do A Dance No One Can See You Do And Put It In A Little Bag (National Theatre of Scotland); A Woman’s Place (Citizens’ Theatre).

Lynda is currently a board member of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and is under commission to the The Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Magnetic North and Stellar Quines.






DUBLIN FRINGE AWARD (Best Show under an Hour)