Jules on upward cycle with a Fringe first

THE career of Hawick-born and Kelso-based creative writer Jules Horne received a massive boost when she was awarded a Scotsman Fringe First Award for her play Allotment.

The Nutshell Theatre production, performed appropriately at Edinburgh’s Inverleith allotments, near the Botanic Gardens, told the story of two rival green-fingered sisters.

“I’m naturally thrilled to receive such a prestigious drama award, particularly alongside brilliant Fringe productions including Ten Plagues at the Traverse with Marc Almond and Simon Callow’s solo show Tuesday at Tesco’s,” Jules told TheSouthern.

“Sadly, the actors Pauline Goldsmith and Nicola Jo Cully couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony as they were in midshow – thankfully in good weather.”

The award caps a momentous year for former English teacher Jules who, in May, had her latest work, Macmillan’s Marvellous Motion Machine, aired on BBC 4’s Afternoon Play slot.

That play focused on the life and times of Scottish bicycle inventor Kirkpatrick Macmillan and starred Still Game star Gavin Mitchell.