Xana Marwick is a stage and television writer based in Edinburgh, with a particular interest in telling stories that have a sprinkling of magic-dust, about people who have been let down, left behind, or left out.
After leaving school aged fifteen, Xana later went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland. Her work is often collaborative and is intentionally diverse in both style and content, though often for/inspired by children and young people, particularly those she has met through her work in socially excluded communities. Xana often takes on multiple creative roles including creative facilitator, dramaturg, director and designer.
As a writer / director she is CATS nominated (NESTS), has been named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist, in 2016 was the only writer living in Scotland on attachment to the BBC Writersroom / Dramaroom scheme. Work that Xana has created or contributed to has appeared multiple times in the Creative Scotland ‘Made in Scotland’ Showcase (Hup, Valentina’s Galaxy), featured in the Glasgow Culture 2014 programme (Yellow Valley), been shown at festivals and venues throughout the UK and internationally and been shortlisted for the Canadian DORA awards (Hup) and longlisted for The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award (The Marshmallow Test), among others. Xana has been fortunate to be involved in a number of selective development programmes including for CBBC, BBC River City, BBC The Social, Imaginate, Summerhall and Dancebase and has worked as a writer, director, dramaturg and creative practitioner for a wide variety of organisations, across the globe.
Currently Xana writes regularly for the BBC and is developing a number of stage plays including Thrown (an Imaginate Accelerator Project), a new commission for Solar Bear theatre company; Pigeon Girl (as part of Working Title with Visible Fictions) and This is Not the Autobiography of Xana Marwick (with support from Playwright’s Studio Scotland, Self Led Projects fund). Xana is part of the Lyceum L20 development Programme and is an Imaginate Immerse Artist in Residence with Brunstane Primary School in Edinburgh.