Rona Munro

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Rona Munro
Born (1959-09-07) 7 September 1959 (age 62)
Aberdeen, Scotland
OccupationWriter, Playwright

Rona Munro (born 7 September 1959) is a Scottish writer. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television. Her film work includes Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird (1994), Oranges and Sunshine (2010) for Jim Loach and Aimée & Jaguar (1999), co-authored by German director Max Färberböck. Munro is the second cousin (once removed) of Scottish author Angus MacVicar.[1]


Rona Munro is known for being the author of the last Doctor Who television serial of the original run to air, Survival (1989). She later novelised this serial for Target Books. Munro returned to Doctor Who in 2016 to write the tenth episode of the tenth series, titled "The Eaters of Light", making her the only writer to date to have worked on the classic and revived eras of the show.[2]

Her history cycle The James Plays, James I, James II, and James III, were first performed by the National Theatre of Scotland in summer 2014 in a co-production with Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre UK. The plays were staged again in early 2016. Her other credits include the theatre play Iron which has received many productions worldwide. Other theatre works include plays for the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh (Fugue, Your Turn To Clean The Stair, Strawberries in January translation), Manchester Royal Exchange (Mary Barton, Scuttlers), Plymouth Drum Theatre and Paines Plough (Long Time Dead), and the Royal Shakespeare Company (The Indian Boy, The Astronaut's Chair).

Munro has also contributed eleven dramas to Radio 4's Stanley Baxter Playhouse: First Impressions, Wheeling Them In, The King's Kilt, Pasta Alfreddo at Cafe Alessandro, The Man in the Garden, The Porter's Story, The German Pilot, The Spider, The Showman, Meg's Tale, and The Flying Scotsman.

In 2006 the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith presented Munro's adaptation of Richard Adams' classic book Watership Down. Her early television work includes episodes of the drama series Casualty (BBC) and, more recently, a BBC film, Rehab, directed by Antonia Bird.

Rona Munro currently lives and works in Scotland. Her play The Last Witch was performed at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, directed by Dominic Hill, and in 2011 by Dumbarton People's Theatre. In 2018, a production of her adaptation of My Name Is Lucy Barton starring Laura Linney opened in London.



  • The Bang and the Whimper, 1982
  • The Salesman, 1982
  • Fugue, 1983
  • Bus, 1984
  • Touchwood, 1984
  • Ghost Story, 1985
  • Piper's Cave, 1985
  • Watching Waiters, 1985
  • Biggest Party in the World, 1986
  • Dust And Dreams, 1986
  • The Way To Go Home, 1987
  • Winners, 1987
  • Off The Road, 1988
  • Doctor Who, "Survival", 1989
  • Long Story Short, 1989
  • Saturday at the Commodore, 1989
  • Bold Girls, 1990[3]
  • Scotland Matters, 1992
  • Your Turn To Clean The Stair, 1992
  • Haunted, 1999
  • Federico García Lorca (1999). The House of Bernarda Alba [Rona Munro]. Nick Hern Books. ISBN 978-1-85459-459-4.
  • Snake, 1999
  • Iron. Nick Hern Books. 2002. ISBN 978-1-85459-703-8.
  • Stick Granny on the Roofrack, 2002
  • Gilt, 2003
  • Catch A Falling Star!, 2004
  • Women on the Verge of a T Junction, 2004
  • Indian Boy, 2006
  • Long Time Dead, 2006
  • The Maiden Stone, 2006
  • Mary Barton, 2006
  • Strawberries in January, (translation) 2006
  • Watership Down, 2006
  • Dirt Under The Carpet, 2007
  • The Last Witch, 2009[4]
  • Little Eagles, 2011
  • The Astronaut's Chair, 2012
  • Donny's Brain, 2012
  • The James Plays, 2014
  • Scuttlers, 2015
  • Doctor Who, "The Eaters of Light", 2017
  • Rebus: Long Shadows, 2018[5]
  • My Name Is Lucy Barton, 2018
  • Frankenstein, 2019


  1. ^ "Scots playwright Rona Munro has a unique honour". 26 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Series 10: Classic Writer Returns With "The Eaters of Light"". DoctorWhoTV. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  3. ^ Douglas Gifford (1991). "Making Them Bold And Breaking The Mould: Rona Munro's Bold Girls". The Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  4. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (9 August 2009). "Rona Munro burns bright at Edinburgh". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Rebus: Rankin's gritty Scottish detective to make stage debut". The Guardian. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2018.

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