“An imaginative mix of theatrical styles”

The Scotsman


“A brutally honest, but self-deprecating and humorous show”

Daily Business


“A true to life play”

Derek Awards


“Meyer and Grant are both extremely talented emerging artists”

The Reviews Hub



a play Written by Xiomara Meyer and directed by Tamalynne Grant

Why aren’t there more “serious” roles for women? Why aren’t there more female horror writers? (hint: there are, but both are vastly underrepresented).

Jessica (Tamalynne Grant), a struggling actress, is about to be cast as the lead in a feature film. Olivia (Xiomara Meyer), a struggling horror writer, is about to have her novel signed by a prestigious publisher. 

Both are so close they can almost reap the fruits of their labour until… They are told they must each change one simple thing in order to get the job: Jessica must comply with being "sexy" and "pretty” and Olivia must take on a male pseudonym if she wants her book to sell.

The Struggling Life of An Artist is a comedy told through the occasional song (but it’s not a musical!) that approaches current topics including sexism, feminism and millennial angst with a hint of sarcasm.

Partially inspired by true experiences, it showcases not just the hardships of being a female trying to breakthrough a male-dominated industry, but on a larger scale the one big conundrum every artist will undoubtedly face : the choice to forfeit artistic integrity in the name of “success”, or to stay true to their art but miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime.