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Playwright David Harrower launches scholarship in memory of Scottish actor Pauline Knowles

Pauline Knowles as Clytemnestra in This Restless House at the Citizens Glasgow in 2016. Photo: Tim Morozzo Pauline Knowles as Clytemnestra in This Restless House at the Citizens Glasgow in 2016. Photo: Tim Morozzo
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A scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is being launched to commemorate Scottish actor Pauline Knowles, who died suddenly in 2018, aged 50.

The scholarship is being set up by RCS, the playwright David Harrower and new company Pearlfisher, headed by director Philip Howard.

Harrower and Howard are linked to Knowles through her performance in Harrower’s breakthrough play, Knives in Hens, directed by Howard at the Edinburgh Traverse in 1995.

To kickstart the scholarship fund, Pearlfisher is to stage a unique concert reading of the play. More than 25 actors will share the role of the Young Woman, which Knowles originated.

Howard told The Stage: “I worked with Pauline probably more than any other actor in Scotland and her loss is immeasurable.

“We wanted to find a way of paying tribute specifically to her working life and brilliance, and it seemed fitting to memorialise the performance which defined her early career, in David Harrower’s Knives in Hens, by having a huge gathering of friends and admirers sharing the role in a never-to-be-repeated version of the play.”

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The Pauline Knowles Scholarship has been set up with the aim of endowing a fund in perpetuity to support a Scottish or Scotland-based BA (hons) Acting student throughout their training at the conservatoire and help relieve the burden of the expenses of a higher education degree.

All proceeds from tickets sales and donations at the performance at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh on June 11 will go directly to the scholarship.

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