Gregory Burke is originally from Rosyth near Dunfermline. Burke’s first play was Gagarin Way, set in the factories of West Fife. Black Watch, for the national Theatre of Scotland, debuted at in 2006 and met with critical acclaim. It has since been performed throughout Scotland and has toured in London, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. Other works include Occy Eyes, The Straits, Unsecured, On Tour, Liar, Shellshocked and Hoors. More recently, Burke wrote the screenplay for the film 71, about a British solider lost in the streets of Belfast.
is currently working on a new television series, THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR for Objective Productions/ Channel4, original feature films for Shine Pictures and Raw/Film4, an adaptation of Andrei Kurkov’s novella A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH for Free Range Films and a feature adaptation for Ecosse Films/ Film4.
His original feature ’71 (Crab Apple Films/Warp Films/Film 4), directed by Yann Demange will be in competition at Berlinale 2014.
Greg’s first play GAGARIN WAY was produced by the Traverse Theatre in August 2001. It transferred to the Cottesloe at the NT in October 2001 and moved to the Arts Theatre in the West End in 2002. It won the Scotsman Fringe First of the First Awards and Best New Play at the Barclays TMA Awards. It was also nominated for the South Bank Theatre Award and The Laurence Olivier BBC Award for Best New Play in 2002. Greg was awarded the Critics Circle Most Promising Playwright Award, as well as sharing the Meyer-Whitworth Award in 2002.
His play BLACK WATCH has just completed a fourth world tour. produced by the National Theatre of Scotland it opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006 and toured the UK in 2007 before coming into the Barbican. It won a Fringe First Award (2006), The South Bank Show Award for Theatre (2007), The Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play (2007), The Sunday Mail Great Scot Award for Entertainment (2008), The TMA Award for Best Touring Production (2008), The Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Visiting Production (2008) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Pest play (2009). It was also nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and Theatregoers Choice Award for Best New Play.
Gregory’s other plays include THE STRAITS (Paines Plough, UK Tour), ON TOUR (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs/Liverpool Everyman), LIAR (National Theatre Shell Connections), HOORS (Traverse Theatre) and BATTERY FARM (Oran Mor/Traverse Theatre).
For radio, Greg has adapted GAGARIN WAY and BLACK WATCH (BBC Radio 3) and has written two original dramas OCCY EYES and SHELLSHOCKED (BBC Radio 4).
For television, Greg wrote ONE NIGHT IN EMERGENCY (BBC Scotland/Silver River), which was directed by Michael Offer and b