Vlad Butucea is a Glasgow-based, Romanian-born playwright.

He was mentored by Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, and holds a Masters in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow. Vlad made his professional debut writing one part of National Theatre Scotland’s sci-fi trilogy Interference (2019). Recently, he co-wrote the film/ stage hybrid The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (National Theatre of Scotland, Selkie Production, Sky Arts), and was a contributing writer on Ghost Light (Edinburg International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland). His new play Silkworm will premiere later this year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a Pearlfisher x The Byre Theatre co-production and in association with Assembly Festival.

Vlad is in the final stages of a PhD in digital theatre at the University of Glasgow, and is a part-time assistant lecturer in drama and performance at Queen Margaret University.  

Representation: Michael Eliot-Finch at Brennan Artists Associates.



2022 - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (co-writer)

Conceived and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Feature Film & Stage Play.

National Theatre of Scotland, Selkie Productions, Screen Scotland, Sky Arts.

UK-wide cinema release (2022), Sky Arts TV release (2023)

The Stage  "Breathless narrative drive" 


The Reviews Hub "A memorable experience in staging a live movie"




2022 - Silkworm (writer) 

Directed by Mojisola Elufowoju. Stage Play.

Pearlfisher. The Byre Theatre. Assembly Festival.

Shortlisted for the 2020 Popcorn Writing Award. Won 2022 Assembly ART Award.

2020 - Ghost Light (contributing writer)            

Conceived by Hope Dickson Leach, Jackie Wylie and Philip Howard. Short Film.

National Theatre of Scotland. Selkie Productions. Edinburgh International Festival.

All Edinburgh Theatre "Magical"

The Guardian 


2021 - The Edwin Morgan Bot (creator)

Edwin Morgan Centenary. Edwin Morgan Trust. Experimental Digital Practice. AI Poetry. 

2019 - Interference: Glowstick (writer)

Directed by Cora Bissett. Stage Play.

National Theatre of Scotland.

"The trilogy ends with Vlad Butucea’s impressive debut Glowstick, about the evolving relationship between a woman with severe disability who just wants to die, and Ida, the android sent to look after her. Amid some brilliantly vivid and dream-like language – and with Maureen Beattie and Moyo Akandé both in exquisite form – the play emerges as a richly memorable piece of theatre". Joyce Mcmillan in The Scotsman (22nd March 2019)




2017 - ongoing. PhD Candidate in Digital Theatre and Performance. University of Glasgow.


Researching human-technological interactions in theare.

Recent Publication: "Gaming as Everything. Challenging the Anthropocene through Nomadic Performativity" in 

Nordic Theatre Studies special issue on "Theatre and the Anthropocene".



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