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"one of Scotland’s most prolific and successful playwrights" (All Edinburgh Theatre)
"Ron Nicol is not only one of our most prolific playwrights, but a highly respected one, who is a fine wordsmith" (Amateur Stage)
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Ron Nicol is an award-winning playwright published in the UK, the USA, and in the Netherlands in Dutch. There have been over 600 world-wide productions of his plays and pantomimes, mostly in Britain and America, but also in Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg and Hong Kong. Performances of his one-act plays have won many awards at festivals in the UK, Ireland, the USA and Canada.
Ron became a member of the Lyric Players while he was a student at Queen's University Belfast, and went on to spend several years in professional theatre. He worked in repertory, pantomime, music hall, variety and with touring productions as an actor, stage manager and stage director at Perth Theatre, Lincoln Theatre Royal, Harrogate Theatre and York Theatre Royal, and as production manager with John Ridley Projects at Chelmsford Civic Theatre.
Now based in Fife, Scotland, he trained radio broadcasters at Glenrothes College, lectured in theatre with the University of St Andrews Adult Education Department, produced and presented a weekly programme on Radio Tay's Campus Radio, and was an adviser for the Scottish Community Drama Association. A member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, he's been adjudicating drama festivals since 1995.
In 1978 Ron co-founded Glenrothes Theatre Company with his wife Norma, a former professional actress. At the 2017 Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards they were presented with the Mary Leishman Award for Services to the Arts and Theatre. In the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours they were both awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Amateur Drama.
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