View From Here: Scotland was the first incarnation of View From Here, and the first of the festivals to be held at Theatre503. It took place across two weekends in August 2016, and showcased the work of several emerging and established writers born or living and working in Scotland.
Established writers that contributed work to the festival included Rob Drummond (Bullet Catch; Traverse, National Theatre), Oliver Emanuel (The 306:Dawn; National Theatre of Scotland) and Johnny McKnight (Wendy Hoose; Soho Theatre & Random Accomplice).
Rosanna Hall, Morna Young, Julie Tsang, Philippa Mannion, Ciarán Myers and Maryam Hamidi were all also approached as emerging writers, all of whom shared previously written, or specially commissioned, short pieces or extracts.
The end result brought 9 new pieces to the London stage, developed by 6 directors and 25 actors. The plays were a mix of script-in-hand and more staged productions, with subjects ranging from border walls to high school proms, from forbidden love to all-out-war.
At the end of the first weekend there was also panel discussions on new writing, with invited guests: Lisa Spirling (Artistic Director, Theatre503), Louise Stephens (Deputy Literary Manager, Royal Court) and Jennifer Tuckett (London Writers’ Week) discussing the landscape for new writing across the UK.
The Headland – Morna Young
A Perfect Stroke – Johnny McKnight
Troon – Julie Tsang
Prom – Oliver Emanuel
Silk (21st only) – Ciaran Myers
Wrecking Ball (22nd only) – Philippa Mannion
Builders – Maryam Hamidi
Tick – Rosanna Hall
Sleeping Beauty (Syndrome) – Rob Drummond