Kris Haddow

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Kris Haddow (born Kris Clark on 24 June 1981) is a Scottish playwright, poet and performer, originally from Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway.[1]


Born in Dumfriesshire in 1981, Kris was raised in the former mining village of Kirkconnel and schooled in neighbouring Sanquhar. He moved to Paisley, Renfrewshire in 2000 with the ambition of pursuing acting as a career. He spent ten years appearing in musicals and plays with various community theatre and profit share companies in Glasgow while working as a supporting artist with companies such as Scottish Ballet, the National Theatre of Scotland and BBC Scotland.[2]

Between 2009 and 2011 Kris studied creative writing at the Open University with a focus on writing for the stage. He also started to produce a body of short stories and poems written in his native Lallans tongue.

A classically trained baritone, his voice was coached by two private tutors over an eight-year period. Though he received no formal acting training, he attended night classes at both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Citizens' Theatre, where he went on to appear as both musician and supporting artist in studio and main stage productions.


His plays and monologues include The Bench (2009), Ronnie's Story (2010), 2h:9m:37s (2011) first produced for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and Make Your Move (2011) which was performed and broadcast live online as part of the National Theatre of Scotland's Five Minute Theatre event.[3] He was mentored by the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland in 2011/12, and announced as one of the Traverse Fifty in 2013, where fifty emerging writers were selected to work with the Traverse Theatre as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.[4]


In April 2011 Kris was named winner of 'see me' Scotland's inaugural Creative Writing Award for his Scots language entry Ronnie's Story,[5] judged by author Lari Don and awarded by Scots Makar Liz Lochhead.

In January 2012 "Windows for Burns Night" was launched by The Stove in Dumfries, inviting contemporary poets from around the world to write poems to be displayed in windows around the town after the fashion of Robert Burns, who famously scratched lines of verse using a diamond point pen. Kris's poem "On Times Austere" was announced as the winning submission, with an engraving of the poem in glass being permanently installed at The Globe Inn, Dumfries alongside replicas of Burns' original work.[6]


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