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Donna Franceschild

Donna Franceschild

Donna’s most recent works are THE LOTTERY TICKET, which played at Oran Mor and the Traverse Theatre in 2018, and the screenplay BRIDGE which won Best Short Film at Dinard Film Festival the same year.
In 2013 she adapted her hugely popular BAFTA-winning television series TAKIN' OVER THE ASYLUM for the Royal Lyceum and the Citizens Theatre.
Her television credits include: THE KEY (3 x drama serial for BBC2) in 2003; DONOVAN QUICK for BBC Films/Making Waves starring Colin Firth (Premiered Chicago Film Festival, Nominated BAFTA Best Single Drama, Winner Mental Health Media Award, Best Television Drama, Winner Best Original Story, AngelCiti Film Festival, Los Angeles) in 2000; EUREKA STREET (BBC2, Winner Irish Film and Television Academy Awards 2000 for Best Drama); A MUG’S GAME (4 x drama serial for BBC1, nominated for both the Writers’ Guild Awards and BAFTA Scotland Awards for Best Drama Serial) in 1996 and TAKIN' OVER THE ASYLUM (6 x 50' drama for BBC2) in 1994 starring Ken Stott and David Tennant (Winner, BAFTA Best Drama Serial, Winner, Royal Television Society Awards, Best Writer, Winner, BAFTA Scotland Best Drama Serial and Best Writer, Winner, Mental Health Media Award, Best Television Drama).

In addition to her adaptation of TAKIN' OVER THE ASYLUM, Donna has written for Paines Plough, the Soho Theatre, the Albany Empire, Oran Mor, and the Tricycle Theatre. Her best known play is AND THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON (Traverse Theatre & tour 1990) which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for New Writing.

Her many radio drama credits include: THE CAIRN; THE CA'DORO CAFE; DOWN AND OUT IN AUCHANGAISH; QUARTET and the critically acclaimed adaptation of THE GRAPES OF WRATH which won Silver at the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Donna lives in Tarbert in the West Highlands.

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