By Billie Collins

Part of 37 Plays, a national playwriting project to create a series of 37 brand new plays that reflect the world we live in today.


Sian is 16, gay and living in the middle of nowhere. School is awful, and home even worse. Life’s only saving grace is her best mate Tick – an immortal tree spirit with a penchant for biscuits. Sian wants nothing more than to spend an eternity in the woods. But the arrival of city-girl Alex and the threat of a shiny new housing development throw a spanner in the works. Blending magical realism with heady teenage crushes, Beltane explores nature, queerness and belonging in an ever-changing world.

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Playwright age category: 18+


Pippa Hill, RSC New Work Team

"Stunning play about a lonely teenage girl who seeks solace in the woods and befriends a mischievous wood sprite. The narrative spins through the woods, exploring grief, bullying and love while the threat of destruction hangs heavy and draws ever closer."

About the playwright

Billie Collins is a writer from the Wirral, based in Manchester. Their debut play Too Much World at Once was produced by Box of Tricks in Spring 2023, opening at HOME Manchester before touring nationally. Billie is currently working on a new stage commission with ThickSkin Theatre (touring 2024), and two episodes of Malory Towers Series 5 (King Bert Productions/CBBC). Billie has also written audio drama for BBC Sounds, and works as a script reader and dramaturg for organisations across stage and screen. 

In partnership with Grand Theatre, Blackpool