By Stacey Gregg


Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play

Writers Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Award for Best Theatre Script

Edinburgh Fringe First Award - 2016

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ISBN: 9781848426122
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 4th August 2016
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast, 2015

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On Stage at:
Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh
From Mon 21st Aug 2017 to Sun 27th Aug 2017

A touching and provocative story of first love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen, Scorch was inspired by recent UK cases of 'gender fraud'.

For those who feel they're not living the right life, online is a place to be yourself.

'More real than real life. I'm honest on there. I'm being honest. That's important.'

Out in the real world, though, things can be very different.

Stacey Gregg's play for a solo performer premiered at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast, in 2015, co-produced by Prime Cut, MAC and Outburst. It won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play and the Writers Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Award for Best Theatre Script. It was presented in Paines Plough's Roundabout at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a Fringe First Award. It then toured Ireland.

Extra Content: 'I find it hard to switch off. The great thing about writing is that you are free to write about anything, to grapple with what’s happening in the world.' Read an interview with Stacey Gregg in The Guardian, 27 September 2016

'Gregg writes with huge understanding for her protagonist, capturing the enormity of teenage emotions, the tumult of emerging identities and the mixed messages sent out by society'

- Fest Mag

'[A] startling monologue… refreshing, complex… forces us to listen to a voice rarely given the chance to be heard'

- WhatsOnStage

'cleverly plays on teenage confusions and allows for wavering sympathies... a thoughtful play that constantly questions who we are, and how we represent ourselves to the world and to each other'

- Guardian

‘A compelling look at teenage identity… The real life issue takes on heightened dramatic resonance, fractured and splintered by Gregg’s syncopated prose style’

- Irish Times

Stacey Gregg is from Belfast and is a writer and performer for stage and screen. Her plays include Scorch (Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast, 2015; Edinburgh Fringe, 2016); Shibboleth (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2015); Override (Watford Palace Theatre, 2013); Lagan (Ovalhouse Theatre London, 2011); Perve (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2011; BBC Radio Drama Award 2012) and When Cows Go Boom (Abbey Theatre, Dublin 2008).

She co-created an interactive web installation for CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).

Television work includes Raw (RTÉ), Spoof or Die (Channel Four) and The Frankenstein Chronicles (Rainmark).

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