2006 Awardee: Helen Cuinn

Thank you .. for the award … I’ll look forward to writing the report!


Dunfermline-based Helen Cuinn trained in Contemporary Theatre Practice at the RSAMD, graduating in 2007. Her interest in drama dates back to the age of 10 when she joined the wonderfully-named drama class ‘Terrifically Adventurous Youth Theatre’. She was spotted then as a potential performance talent.

Helen now uses a whole spectrum of art forms in the work she carries out, including digital/web art, performance poetry, visual arts, Scots song, video art, theatre design, dance/movement, site specific interventions and installation. She has recently completed a Scottish tour of her critically-acclaimed one woman show ‘Hoose and Hame’ on the theme of home and identity. In this show, Helen demonstrates her impressive talents as writer and performer who has a very clear idea of what she is conveying.

Helen was invited to create a new work-in-progress for the 2008 Arches Live Festival, which showcases experimental theatre, live art and hybrid performance forms. As well as winning a Dewar Arts Award, Helen has been selected for two creative residencies at CCA and DanceHouse where she will develop this material for eventual solo performance of ‘The Hair of my Head is Dead’. For more information about Helen’s work, see www.helencuinn.com.

How the Award Helped

The award was given to help with the staging of Helen’s new play ‘The Hair on My Head is Dead’.

Since the Award

The award funded Helen to develop her ideas, including having a wig made of her own hair, and create a performance ‘Hair I Am’ which was shown at the 2009 Glasgay Festival as an invited artist. Since then, Helen has won other support and an award for the Best Marketing Campaign. She continues to work in, and contribute to, the vibrant arts scene in Glasgow.

Thank you .. for the award … I’ll look forward to writing the report!