Ann Marie Di Mambro

Ann Marie Di Mambro (born 18 June 1950) is a Scottish playwright and television screenwriter of Italian extraction.[1] Her theatre plays have been performed widely; they are also published individually and in collections[2] and are studied in schools for the Scottish curriculum's Higher Drama and English.[3][4]

Ann Marie di Mambro
Born (1950-06-18) 18 June 1950
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter
Period1985 – present
GenreTelevision drama, theatre
Notable worksMachair, Tally's Blood
Notable awardsThe Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 1994-5


Di Mambro studied at Glasgow University, Girton College, Cambridge, and Bolton College of Education, before becoming a teacher. She gave up teaching to write for theatre.[5] Her plays have been performed in Scotland's main theatres as well as touring to other venues across Scotland.[6] In addition to theatre plays, she writes drama for British television,[7][8] and British radio.[9]

From 1989 – 1990, she was the Thames Television Resident Playwright at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.[5] She has been commissioned to write plays by the Traverse Theatre and by Cumbernauld Theatre.[6] She won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for 1994-5.[10]


Di Mambro was also screenwriter on the first ever long-running Gaelic drama television serial Machair created by Peter May and Janice Hally. Along with Hally, Di Mambro wrote scripts in English before they were translated into Gaelic. Fewer than 2% of the Scottish population are able to speak Gaelic but the show achieved a 30% audience share, making it into the Top Ten of programmes viewed in Scotland.[11] Machair was nominated for production and writing awards at The Celtic Film Festival and by Writers Guild of Great Britain[11]

Theatre plays

  • Ae Fond Kiss (2007) Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh[12]
  • Scotland Matters (1992) 7:84 Theatre Company (touring company), Scotland[12]
  • Brothers of Thunder (1998) published in "Scotland Plays" Nick Hern Books, London, 1998[12]
  • Tally's Blood (1990) Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh[12]
  • The Letter Box (1989) Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye[12]
  • Long Story Short (1989) 7:84 Theatre Company (touring company), Scotland[12]
  • Visible Differences (1988) TAG, Theatre About Glasgow[12]
  • Sheila (1988) Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh[12]
  • Dixon's Has Blasted (1987) Mayfest, Glasgow[12]
  • Joe (1987) Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh[12]
  • Hocus Pocus (1986) Annexe Theatre Company, Glasgow[12]



  1. "Scottish-Italian News". Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  2. "Book collections". Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  3. "Scottish education study document". Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  4. "Higher Drama Curriculum, Scotland". Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  5. Catherine Lucy Czerkawska; Philip Howard. Scotland Plays. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  6. Scot-Free new Scottish Plays. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  7. "British Film Institute Database". Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  8. "IMDB entry for Ann Marie Di Mambro". Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  9. "BBC Radio 3 Play – Blaze". Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  10. "Susan Smith Blackburn Prize". Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  11. "History of Machair". Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  12. "British Playwrights' Database". Retrieved 5 March 2009.
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