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The Occasion was founded in 2010 by Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard. Previous to this they had both shared the Artistic Directorship of the Scottish touring theatre company, benchtours (1991 - 2009).
With extensive experience in creating brilliantly innovative touring work and ground-breaking, fully inclusive, community performance The Occasion’s artistic programme focuses on:
The Occasion is fully committed to widening access and participation in the arts, to working with artists who share our theatrical style and to keep our own work refreshed. We are aware of the need to be open to new influences in order to develop and stretch the company artistically.
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On the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Frankenstein, The Occasion was excited to tour this new work, with support from Creative Scotland and The Golsoncott Foundation, in the Spring of 2018.
The Monster and Mary Shelley opened at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow on April 20th before going on to tour for three weeks, throughout Scotland.
The Occasion have now secured funding from Arts Council England to play a series of dates in Autumn 2019. Prior to this there will be a small number of Scottish performances. Full details to be announced shortly.
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Written by Stewart Ennis, Directed by Peter Clerke, Performed by Catherine Gillard, Design by Ali McLaurin, Lighting by Paul Froy, Music by Richard Williams.
Written by acclaimed childrens’ theatre playwright, Andy Cannon, You Are Here! is a new production developed by The Occasion, in collaboration with Winchester Science Centre.
An exciting family planetarium show that combines live theatre with an immersive 360˚ full dome experience. Join the hosts of Wow Tours on an out-of-this-world adventure as they attempt to put everything in its place – in our Solar System, the Universe and beyond! With help from the audience they discover “the most incredible, remarkable, mind-blowing thing in the universe!”
You Are Here! is a unique 30-minute show designed for children aged 6 to 9 and their families.
Having opened at WSC in October 2018, and toured to Bristol and Glasgow, You Are Here! returned in February and March 2019 for more dates at WSC, Thinktank, Birmingham and the National Space Centre, Leicester.
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Script by Andy Cannon; Directed by Peter Clerke; Set & Costume design by Ali Maclaurin; Music by Richard Williams and Lighting by Joe Price. Performed by Catherine Gillard and Jemma Blythe. Film by NSC Creative
“Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.”
- Eugene Ionesco