The Light Burns Blue by Silva Semerciyan

The Light Burns Blue

By Silva Semerciyan

During the First World War, seventeen-year-old Elsie Wright fools the world into believing she has photographed fairies in her garden. An ambitious young reporter seeks to expose Elsie as a fraud. But as she looks at the facts, she begins to think there’s more to Elsie’s story than a simple hoax.

Silva Semerciyan

Silva Semerciyan

Silva Semerciyan is an American playwright permanently settled in the UK.  She won the William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting for her first full-length play Another Man’s Son which was subsequently developed under commission to the National Theatre.  Her other plays include I and the Village (Theatre 503), The Window (Bristol Old Vic), The Tinderbox (Bristol Old Vic), Gather Ye Rosebuds (Theatre 503) and Flashes (Young Vic).  Her work has also been presented in readings and short-run productions by The National Theatre Studio, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Nightingale Theatre, Adrienne Theatre, LA Theatre Company, and Golden Thread Productions.

I and the Village was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize in 2011, and Gather Ye Rosebuds won Best New Play at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2013.  Her radio play, Varanasi was shortlisted for a BBC Audio Drama Award.  She has been a BBC Fellow at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, a member of the Royal Court’s Studio Writers’ Group, and a writer on attachment at the National Theatre Studio.  She holds an MPhil (B) in Playwriting from The University of Birmingham.