Lynda Radley

Lynda Radley Portrait


Lynda is an award-winning playwright and dramaturg who has been working in professional theatre for over a decade.

Her new play THE INTERFERENCE had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival 2016 in collaboration with Pepperdine University. It received a Broadway Baby Bobby Award and was shortlisted for Amnesty International's Freedom of Expression Award for outstanding work addressing human rights issues. 

In 2011 Lynda won a Scotsman Fringe First for her play FUTUREPROOFa co-production between Dundee Rep Ensemble and the Traverse Theatre. FUTUREPROOF received its Irish Premiere at the Everyman Theatre in Cork this year as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival, followed by an Irish tour, in a new production directed by Tom Creed.

Her play DORM was short-listed for The Bruntwood Award; the UK's most prestigious new writing award. 

Lynda took part in the DREAM PLAYS within the Traverse Breakfast Plays programme for Edinburgh Fringe 2012, and shared in a Herald Angel award.

Her solo show THE ART OF SWIMMING was short-listed for Meyer Whitworth and Total Theatre awards and toured internationally.

Lynda frequently works as a dramaturg and creative writing practitioner in collaborative processes (National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens’ Theatre, Tricky Hat, Playgroup, Imaginate, In Cahootz) and is the playwriting tutor for the MLitt in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at Glasgow University.

Her dramaturgy credits include: THE GARDENER (Cumbernauld Theatre, Summerhall Edinburgh); DRACULA by Mark Bruce, winner of Southbank Sky Arts award and nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award (Tobacco Factory Theatres, Wilton’s Music Hall, UK Tour); GRANDAD AND ME (The Letter J, Imaginate Festival Ediburgh, Scottish Tour); UNUSUAL PLACES TO DANCE (Tricky Hat, Cumbernauld Theatre); BERLIN LOVE TOUR nominated for Best New Play at Dublin Fringe (Fierce Festival Birmingham, Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe, Playgroup); DARK WEEK nominated for an Irish Times Theatre award; THE HEIGHTS (Playgroup); PAUSE WITH A SMILE (The Arches, Traverse); DO A DANCE NO ONE CAN SEE YOU DO AND PUT IT IN A LITTLE BAG (National Theatre of Scotland); A WOMAN’S PLACE (Citizens’ Theatre).

Lynda is currently an Associate Playwright with the Playwrights' Studio Scotland and is under commission to the Traverse Theatre, Magnetic North and Stellar Quines.

15 August 2016

Lynda Radley’s THE INTEFERENCE opens at Edinburgh Festival

Lynda Radley’s THE INTEFERENCE opens at Edinburgh Festival

In collaboration with Malibu's Pepperdine University, and performed by students, Lynda’s new play is set against the backdrop of the worldwide University Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic. Running at Edinburgh for the rest of the month, THE INTERFERENCE has already won a Fringe First and Broadway Baby Bobby Award.

British Theatre Guide ★★★★★

“Lynda Radley's script manages to distill a tragically familiar yet original story” 

“a compelling narrative of broken snippets of conversation”

“a story that needs to be told.”

The Scotsman ★★★★ 

“Radley’s text is formidable, though, both in its powerful narrative structure, and in its ear for the chilling parallels between the brutal, aggressive language of the sports field, and the frightening attitudes to women that often go along with it” 

“brisk, gripping, fiercely intelligent”

Edfringe Reviews ★★★★ 

“serious, impactful drama”

“tight, poised and hard hitting.” 

“Radley’s intelligent dialogue shows the striking similarity between the lexicons of sport and rape culture.”

“Radley’s writing exhibits a dark humour”

“there is an astonishing subtlety to the language of the play”

“addresses a difficult topic with a grace and thoughtfulness which is exceptional.”

 The Guardian – Lynn Gardner Blog

“an intelligent, heartfelt show”

“cleverly staged”

The List ★★★★

“engrossing style” 

The Herald Scotland  

Read Lynda's interview on the play in TYCI: