Jo is one of the generation of Scottish playwrights who put the Traverse on the international theatrical map in the late 1980s with her Losing Venice, Lucy’s Play, Playing with Fire, Ines de Castro and Light in the Village. With her Great Expectations she became the first openly trans playwright to have a play running in London’s West End.
James McMillan wrote the music to transform her Ines de Castro into an opera (Scottish Opera/Edinburgh International Festival). Other work for the Edinburgh International Festival includes Schism in England (National Theatre of Great Britain), Anna (Traverse Theatre), Life Is A Dream (The Lyceum, Edinburgh) and Celestina (Birmingham Rep).
Other translations and adaptations include Faust Parts 1 & 2 and Anna Karenina (both for The Lyceum, Edinburgh).
Other theatre works includes The Tree of Knowledge (Traverse Theatre), Every One (The Lyceum, Edinburgh / Chris Goode and Co.).
As a performer, Jo has previously worked with Chris Goode on his Albemarle Sketchbook (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Solo work includes her own God’s New Frock (Tron/Traverse) and The Gospel According To Jesus Queen of Heaven (Tron/Glasgay!). The Gospel… is currently touring Brazil in Portuguese and will tour Uruguay and Argentina in Spanish later this year.
Other work in 2017: The House of Bernarda Alba (Graeae and Royal Exchange); a new commission for the Royal Exchange; and War in America (The Attic Collective).
She is a proud father and grandmother.