A Saltcoats father and first-time playwright has worked alongside an award-winning director to develop his debut show.

Premiering in Stevenston’s Ardeer Community Centre on March 27, Graeme Cobb’s play ‘My Journey’ was chosen by Scottish theatre and film director David Goodall to be part of ‘Stage to Page - On Tour!’.

The writer submitted his work on a whim to the writer, director and actor collective’s submissions call and was delighted to hear he had been successful.

Graeme said: “Still can’t believe it - I never win anything and I almost didn’t send it in at all, it was a totally spur of the moment thing.

“I have no idea where any writing talent I have comes from.

“At school, I was always good and telling funny stories - they just came to me, and they made people laugh.

“Until recently, though, I never really thought about writing any of them down or turning them into drama.

“Playwriting always felt like something ‘other people’ did. I’m nearly 50 now, so maybe I’m like a good wine - or a smelly cheese? - and I’m maturing with age.”

Graeme is keeping the play’s plot under wraps for now but does promise an “emotional rollercoaster” for the audience.

The production has been developed with Ardrossan theatre group Triple Act Theatre and Arts.

Graeme has worked with the company before, making his acting debut as part of their adult drama group last October in the production ‘Three Tales for Three Towns’.

Stage to Page volunteer and poet Tom Murray said: “Stage to Page exists to support all new writing for the stage but we are particularly pleased to get behind working class writers like Graeme who are currently underrepresented on the Scottish Theatre scene.”

Tickets for ‘My Journey’ cost just £4 and are available here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/north-ayrshire/ardeer-community-centre/stage-to-page-on-tour.