An alumna of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Pauline Knowles had established herself as one of the pre-eminent Scottish stage actors of her generation, in a dazzling career which spanned thirty years. Hugely respected by other actors for her integrity, graft and craft, she specialised in thrilling vocal performances and characterisations of ambiguity and inscrutability, with a dazzling range from tragic majesty as Clytemnestra in Oresteia: This Restless House by Zinnie Harris (Citizens’, Glasgow), to comic genius in the opera, Pass the Spoon by David Shrigley (Magnetic North). Pauline had an unerring dramaturgical eye and specialised in the development of new plays. Her work on variety of roles was shown in her appearance on every Scottish theatre’s stage.

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In a tribute to the late Pauline Knowles, who famously created the lead role of the Young Woman in the original production, and who died at the age of 50 in October 2018, the performed reading of Knives in Hens at the Lyceum Theatre on 11 June 2019 reunites many of the original team from 1995. All proceeds from this special performance of Knives in Hens will go to support the Pauline Knowles Scholarship Fund at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which has been set up by the RCS, Pearlfisher and David Harrower. Tickets are available via the Lyceum Theatre Box Office.

With this fundraising effort, the hope is that the Pauline Knowles Scholarship will be endowed, which allows it to help Conservatoire drama students indefinitely. The aim of the scholarship will be to support a Scottish or Scotland-based BA Acting student throughout their training and help relieve the burden of the expenses of a Higher Education degree.

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