I’m an award winning Glasgow-based playwright, director and performance maker whose work is rooted in collaboration and finding new ways to tell stories.
I’m passionate about trying to explore voices and narratives which are not being heard, and to find the most potent way to share them with an audience, whether that is through text, music, visuals, or anything else that might emerge from the creative process.
My process is one of curiosity, play, sincerity, problematising, silliness and hope. I want to create work which is experimental yet accessible, epic yet intimate and creates space for the possibility of change.
"...I cried while watching The Secret Life of Suitcases – tears of delight, at the artistry on display, and tears of sadness, provoked by the production’s quiet warnings about a world permanently at war. Where’s a magical suitcase when you need one?..."
Arts Hub Australia
I will be in residence at Bike for Good for the next year and a half, to capture, celebrate and ask questions about the work they do to promote cycling, community and carbon reduction in Glasgow.
I’ll be working closely with film maker Geraldine Heaney and the people who use the cycling hub to create a film which captures their ideas about what kind of city Glasgow could be, what we hope it will be.
Through workshops, interviews, interactive installations and lots and lots of cycling we will create space to ask difficult questions about climate change and placemaking.
The way we move. The way we talk. The way we think. We want to show you the things about boys that you never get to see.
From our tenderness to our silliness, our strength to our vulnerability, from the way we walk, to the pitch of our voice, Boys is a celebration of manhood.
We’ll show you stories of our brothers, best friends, parents and lovers.
Devised and performed by an ensemble whose communities, families and heritage span across the world, Boys is a joyful and tender dance that uncovers the endless possibilities that make up a man.
Winner of the Orgins Outstanding Work Award at VAULT Festival.
Recent performances at Home Manchester and Latitude, will be next seen at the New Diorama November 2018
Wild, outspoken and buried face down on the Isle of Harris, poet Màiri Ruadh is back from beyond the grave, with one last night to resurrect the true meaning of the cèilidh. She has fire in her belly and is determined never to be silenced again.
Cèilidh is a new play full of live music, songs and stories. It is subtitled and suitable for anyone with or without Gaelic, but only those ready for a cèilidh like no other!
‘What emerges is a surprisingly complex tale – given its 75-minute length – about women’s lives then and now, about mothering children not our own, and about the obligation to pass on and cherish our own stories, rather than let them be silenced by harsh economic pressures.’
**** The Scotsman
Based on a true story.
July, 1934. The Western Isles. A small crowd stand on a beach and watch in amazement. Eccentric German scientist Gerhard Zucker tells them he wants to bring the world together. The future is about communication. The future is about connection. The future is… ROCKETS!
Specifically, a Rocket packed full of letters to send from Scarp to Harris. The crowd gasp as he lights the fuse and the rocket lifts up into the sky and then… explodes.
His vision for the bright new future of communication disintegrates into thousands of tiny pieces that fall through the sky like snow. Mission fail. Return to sender. Back to the drawing board Gerhard. He has three days to turn his luck around. Will he make his rockets fly? Will he bring people together?
A show for everyone aged six and over. Rocket Post is a raucous mix of songs and storytelling, full of humour, heart and hope for the future
Written and directed by Lewis Hetherington
with collaborators Ailie Cohen, MJ McCarthy and Kane Husbands.
Presented by National Theatre of Scotland.
Taking in theatre, podcast, installation, workshops and more to contribute a nationwide conversation about land and housing in Scotland. We worked across Scotland over 9 months, focusing on Glasgow, Dundee, Mull and Aberdeen to ask questions including:
• Who owns the land under our feet and how did they get it?
• Who makes the decisions about how our towns and cities are designed and how does it shape our lives?
• How could these systems of land use and housing work better for everyone?
We wanted to work with groups who are over most excluded from these conversations and so we worked with a number of marginalised groups including elderly people with experience of drug and alcohol misuse, homeless groups, refugees and primary school children amongst others.