Iain Heggie



Iain is currently under commission to NTS for a new play called GANGS OF GLASGOW and has recently completed another entitled DECK McGRAW’S LAST WORDS.  Productions in 2014 include: QUEEN OF LUCKY PEOPLE for Oran Mor, a monologue in the National Theatre of Scotland’s DEAR SCOTLAND series and a highly successful schools’ tour of TRAGIC.  Iain’s first play, A WHOLLY HEALTHY GLASGOW (1985) won the Special Prize in the inaugural Mobil Playwriting Competition and was subsequently produced by the Royal Exchange, Manchester and transferred to the Royal Court. Other work includes AMERICAN BAGPIPES (Royal Exchange 1988, Royal Court 1989) which won the John Whiting Award 1988, THE SEX COMEDIES (1992), LUST(1992) and AN EXPERIENCED WOMAN GIVES ADVICE (Royal Exchange 1995). Both KING OF SCOTLAND (2000) and WIPING MY MOTHER’S ARSE (Traverse, 2001) won Fringe First Awards. He has adapted the following plays for the stage: LAVOCHIKIN 5 (from Alexei Schipenko) 1997, DON JUAN (from Moliere) 1998, LOVE FREAKS (from Marivaux) 2002. Radio credits include: FUNERAL CATERING IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY (2000), THE ACTORS’ AGENT’S TALE (2000), THE ZEITGEIST MAN. On film, THE PEN was made in 1995 under the Tartan Short scheme and in 2002 he wrote eight episodes of RIVER CITY for BBC Scotland. He made his directorial debut with Martin McDonagh’s THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LENANE (Tron, 2001) and directed his adaptation of Don Juan, THE DON at the The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2002) where he also taught for a number of years. SAUCHIEHALL STREET for Vanishing Point toured Scotland March 2004. In August 2008 one-man show THE TOBACCO MERCHANTS LAWYER played to rave reviews at Oran Mor Theatre and on tour in Scotland. It was broadcast as an Afternoon Play for Radio 4 with Iain McDiarmud in the title role and produced at the Finborough Theatre in Sept 2009 in tandem with stand-up show WIDE ASLEEP in which Iain performed. In 2011 KING OF SCOTLAND toured Scotland starring Johnny Watson.  Iain also writes and performs his own monologues, including shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival FACEBOOKED! (Tron and Assembly Rooms) in August 2015 and 1% (The Space and Surgeon’s Hall) August 2016.