Passionate about curiosity as a kind of currency, both in terms of value and exchange, Skye Loneragan is an award-winning writer/performer whose work spans theatre, poetry and live art. Her first solo work Cracked, (directed by Zinnie Harris), won an Edinburgh Fringe First. Her most recent, Though This Be Madness is now touring with the Scottish Mental Health & Arts Festival, and examines the stigma attached to mental health, particularly in relationship to women, through the sleep-deprived frame of new motherhood. Solo pieces include The Line We Draw (between ages and artforms), This Impossible Rim (as Wigtown Book Festival’s 2016 writer-in-residence), Unsex Me Here & Plucked of Purpose- the Adventures of PB.
As Artistic Director for Toonspeak Young Peoples Theatre, Skye directed the Creative Scotland-funded, site-specific young-artist led works, ‘Lost & Found’ and ‘Seven Signs’ - devising with a cast of more than 30, 11-25yr olds. She created the spoken word project, Word of Mouth which focuses on young writer/performers and follows from work with Australia’s Word Travels (Miles Merrill). Directing/devising includes Ignite Theatre’s Under Pressure, Edinburgh’s Whale Arts and A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere (Arches Theatre Young Directors Award). Skye is Lead Artist and creator of the public art engagement strategy, 'Q-POETICS', (poetry in queues), which worked with those waiting at the Sydney Writers Festival 2013, opening of the Kelpies and the Commonwealth Games 2014. It emerged from the ongoing public art engagement strategy, Making a Map of My Mistakes – working in places/spaces of waiting and with the New Victoria Hospital Glasgow. Collaborations include the exploration, Skye & Skye on Skye with dancer Skye Reynolds which questions what really is in a name.
Recipient of a New Writers Award for the children’s play, How It Became The Talking Stick, and FST bursary for her research into writing for performance, Skye’s residencies have included Playwright-in-Residence for Visible Fictions Theatre Co, out of which came the play for young people, Mish Gorecki Goes Missing (Tron Theatre), shortlisted for three UK awards. Skye is recent Glasgow Life Artist-in-Residence (Ward 18 Centre East), and is currently working with Croy Primary (Inverness) through the Scottish Book Trust Writer-in-Residence scheme. She works with a diverse range of community groups and organisations, including Scottish Youth Theatre, Scottish Book Trust, NIDA (Aust), Artlink, Baltic St Adventure Playground, Word Travels (Aust) & Glasgow’s Arts in the City (young artists between foster care) & Sense Kaleidescopes (Bangalore). Residencies include AWAL in Alice Springs, working on intercultural exchange with Indigenous communities and Unplugged, (Federation of Scottish Theatre), Bangalore, The Work Room.
Touring her performance poetry, she was featured poet with the Sydney Morning Herald online app & Sydney Poetry Prize winner 2012. Her poem Glasgow (We’ve All Been Here Before) was commissioned for theatre, Whatever Gets You Through the Night (directed by Cora Bissett). Poetry publications include contributions Buying Into The Property Market (GRIST Anthology UK, editor Simon Armitage), The Grin Of Our Choices, A Little Laugh I Lost Somewhere, Under House Arrest (Abridged, UK).