Frances Poet

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellow

Frances Poet is a Glasgow-based writer with sixteen years’ experience working as a Dramaturg and Literary Manager in theatres across the U.K. She 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 Oran Mòr, Glasgow and Bristol's Tobacco Factory in 2012. Since then she has completed a number of classic adaptations including What Put The Blood, a free version of Racine's Andromaque (Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin and previously as Andromaque at Oran Mòr and The Byre Theatre, St Andrews), The Macbeths, adapted from Shakespeare’s original with Dominic Hill (Circle Studio, Citizens Theatre), Dance of Death, after Strindberg (Circle Studio, Citizens Theatre) and The Misanthrope, after Moliere (Oran 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. Her play GUT opens at the Traverse in April: https://www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/event-detail/1381/gut.aspx

Project: Still

Still is a play about the transitions of birth and death. It will tell four interconnected stories: as a couple labour to birth their first child, a dying man labours towards death; a soon to be grandmother struggles to step foot outside, while an old man travels a drunken odyssey to return home. The stories will play out in a mixture of monologue and snippets of scenes and each will defy expectation. As the four tales build into a choral climax, we will no longer accept that birth equals joy, death equals sadness and pain should be eliminated.