I am a playwright, an artist and a psychiatrist (a medical doctor) based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Follow the links to see what I’ve been doing and am currently involved in, and what I’m hoping to do in the future.

Contact me if you have any questions, or look me up on Instagram for more information about my work as an artist.

Thanks for being curious…



My first professional production was Paint Her Well for BBC Radio 4, starring David Tennant. Click here to listen.

Since then I’ve written and staged the only dramatic adaptation of A Woman in Berlin.

The world premiere of my play ChildMinder will be staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in June 2023 followed by a short tour to two other Scottish theatres.

I am also developing a TV drama series with the writer Al Smith.

Writing poems feeds my other writing, often providing starter ideas, key images or themes.

Into the Woods. Oil and acrylic on card. © copyright Iain McClure 2021.


An artist since my adolescence, I have studied painting and printing at Leith School of Art over the past few years.

Art and artists are a recurring theme in my plays, such as Paint Her Well and L’Espace du Vrai Amour (about Edvard Munch)

Recent exhibition

Portraits of Order and Chaos, The Life Room Gallery, Edinburgh, 23rd-30th March, 2023 (Group Exhibition)



I am a registered and licensed medical doctor with the General Medical Council and a Fellow of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

I was formerly Lecturer at the Child Study Center, Yale University (2020-21) and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University and at Glasgow University. I have led research into autism in various government funded projects and chaired the SIGN guideline on autism in children and adults (sign.ac.uk).

I now work part-time as locum consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for NHS Shetland CAMHS (shb.scot.nhs.uk.)