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Nighthawks posterAnnie is a writer, director, producer, performer and award-winning filmmaker.  She was founding Artistic Director and writer with Wave Theatre in Edinburgh.  Annie’s plays include Nighthawks, Heulwen (White Sun), Noor, The Dark Prince, Coast, Wave and Incendiary (Brick Lane), and have been read or performed at Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, The Arches, Contact Theatre Manchester, Oval House Theatre London, the Scottish Parliament, Leith Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe.

She was awarded the Inspiring Scotland 2016 Saltire Bursary in association with the Scottish Book Trust, to support her writing.  She has also been awarded the Federation of Scottish Theatre Assistant Director Bursary to work with Magnetic North on the development of their project My Music.

“Annie George’s Noor evokes striking and vivid images…an intelligently written and linguistically colourful piece…”  NOOR, The List

Annie recently wrote New Year’s Revolutions, the combined title of three short new pieces for SCOT:LANDS, part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival, with performnces by Young Fathers’ Alloysious Massaquoi, as well as her own teenage children. She is also developing a new script inspired by the findings of a research project at University of Edinburgh’s School of South Asian Studies, about ‘translation’ of identity after religious conversion, drawn from autobiographical narratives from early 20th Century India, .

She wrote and produced a short film poem At Rana Plaza, about the Seamstress who was the last survivor pulled out of the wreckage of the collapsed building in Bangladesh in 2013.

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Annie also directed the critically acclaimed storytelling theatre piece I Knew A Man Called Livingstone (Mara Menzies) at National Library of Scotland Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Storymoja Hay Festival Nairobi Kenya and Scottish International Storytelling Festival. and was Rehearsal Director of Nzinga: Warrior Queen at Fringe 2016.

“…performed masterfully…impressive piece of theatre.”  LIVINGSTONE, British Theatre Guide

She directed a reading of The Dubai Papers for Traverse Theatre’s Write Here Festival; was Assistant Director to Philip Howard on the Traverse Theatre Company touring production of I Was A Beautiful Day, and has directed Flip the Script slams for Contact Theatre.

Curry & Irn Bru - CoverCurry and Irn-Bru, Annie’s first short film as director, won a Real To Reel Award at Glasgow’s International Short Film Festival; was nominated for the Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Award and the Bluefire British Film Award; is part of the British Council Short Film selection and been screened at Festivals in Durban, Rotterdam, Pakistan, Suriname and Spain.

“The voice of British Asian cinema gets louder and more confident…The pick is the Glasgow-set Curry and Irn-Bru.”  CURRY AND IRN-BRU, BBC Website

Incendiary - Oval House LondonShe wrote and directed the short film Hope, screened at the Cameo in the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2009.

As an actor, she appeared in the short film Daddy’s Girl, winner of numerous awards including the Prix Spécial De Jury for Short Film, Cannes Film Festival 2001and co-produced the short film My Daughter’s Face which won awards at festivals in Palm Springs, Vendome in France and Pescara in Italy.

“Atmospheric…charming and thought provoking.” DADDY’S GIRL, The Guardian

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Annie was actor and producer in the mid ‘90s, with Fringe First winning CAT. A. Theatre Company, a small scale touring, new writing company that often used the prison setting as a site in which to explore social issues.  She has also worked with Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre Company, The Script Factory, Dr Finlay’s Casebook for BBC Radio 4, BBC World, BBC Scotland and in Taggart for STV.

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