Established in October 2016, In Motion Theatre is a Scottish based touring new-writing theatre company.
Set-up and led by producer, playwright & actress Lisa Nicoll, alongside a team of associates, the company creates and tours both its own work and the work of others across Scotland.
The company is currently funded on a project to project basis, and since the company was set up, we have received funding from a variety of sources to sustain our work and projects. This includes finance from Glasgow City Council, The Big Lottery, Renfrewshire Council, and Arts and Culture.
The work we produce is focused on contemporary new stories which are often inspired by place, people or true stories. Music is also a key focus in our productions to build the bigger picture of the story being told in the play - whether that be instrumental music or songs with lyrics.
With an office in Dundee the company does not limit itself to one city for its meetings, rehearsals, development, and work with creatives, but goes to where the projects are. In a world of social media, with good communication and transport links, we have developed a model that allows us to be “In Motion” when necessary and this allows the company to build audiences, and develop and support writers and creatives in various places, which are two of the key things that the company focuses on out-with touring.
In 2016 In Motion Theatre toured Lisa’s commissioned play “Where the Crow Flies”, funded by Glasgow City Council, across Scotland and then in the spring of 2018, funded by The Big Lottery, the company toured with Lisa’s play “Shattered” to fifteen theatres across Scotland.
“A memorably cool and stylish production” - **** The Scotsman, about Shattered.
The ethos of In Motion Theatre, as well as developing its own work, is to develop new writing and provide a platform for writers to take new work to audiences. This was successfully achieved in 2017 with Lesley Wilson’s play “Wired” which was performed at The Edinburgh Fringe for a sell out run. Currently the team are also working in association with The Ayr Gaiety Theatre on Ros Borland’s new play “Gold Dust” which was originally performed as part of the Tron 100 Festival as an extract in 2016, and we are working towards touring a full length version of the play which is based on the miners strike.
The company also received funding in 2019 from Creative Scotland to develop Jo Lennie’s play “Lily a Play with Songs” which was originally the recipient of the Progressive Playwright Award at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow where Lisa was previously a producer. The play was directed by In Motion Theatre’s associate director Allie Butler with musical direction by David Higham and resulted in a sell out work-in-progress with a 4 piece jazz band at The Traverse Theatre. The team are now working on gaining full funding to tour this.
In Motion are currently working in partnership with Glasgow Libraries to deliver our playwriting workshop programme “Write Lines”, which will culminate in a performance of readings of new work by playwrights as part of book week Scotland. This links with our creative development strand to support creatives, which also focuses on the development of professional actors, writers and producers craft in a new-writing context through workshops and masterclasses. These have been taking place in Glasgow since 2018. Lisa and her team are firm believers in making things happen for the artistic community and supporting and developing creatives in a new-writing context in new and positive ways.
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Lisa Nicoll - Producer & Writer
Lisa Nicoll is a producer, playwright & actress who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Between 2013 and September 2017 she was a producer at the Tron Theatre Glasgow. In this position she developed new writing, created The Progressive Playwright Award for writers, programmed work, secured funding, set up and ran The Tron 100 Club - an artistic membership for creatives and created and produced the Tron 100 Festival - a festival of 30 short plays.
Lisa established and is now Creative Director & Producer of new writing theatre company In Motion Theatre where the aim of the company is to support, develop and tour the work of the company, and that of other writers, across Scotland and beyond and also to support and nurture professional talent in the areas of acting, playwriting, directing and producing under their Creative Development CRAFT banner. Lisa is proud of the funding she secures to keep the company sustainable and support the work of creatives and always looks for various avenues to be able to do this.
In 2016 In Motion Theatre toured Lisa’s commissioned play Where the Crow Flies funded by Glasgow City Council across Scotland and then in the spring of 2018 funded by The Big Lottery the company toured with Lisa’s play Shattered to fifteen theatres across Scotland. Having been part of the Paisley 2021 bid for the city of culture Lisa has been commissioned to write a new play 2021 and has also secured funding from Renfrewshire Arts & Leisure to tour both Scotland/England and Northern Ireland.
Between 2008 and 2013, Lisa wrote, produced and toured theatre work all across Scotland under her own name including her self-penned one woman plays Acceptance, Touched & Home Run . Acceptance toured for six years to venues across the length and breadth of Scotland funded by various public & private sources. Off of the back of this play she was also commissioned to write the main characters diaries in The Metro Newspaper for ten weeks.
In addition to this she was commissioned to write short novel Leathered for teenagers and secured funding from various sources to produce and write & produce eight short films which combined community casts with professional actors. Lisa has often worked with the Playwright’s Studio of Scotland where she was also mentored as a playwright by Tanika Gupta and while developing as a playwright wrote many short plays as part of the Traverse’s short play writing nights.
As a playwright Lisa has also been involved in a variety of community based work including working with such charities such as The Princes Trust, Children First, The Scottish Cot Death Trust, Waverly Care. In this context Lisa was also a writer in residence at Castle Huntly and Noranside Open Prisons in 2008/2009.
2018/19 also saw Lisa work with Sky Arts as a script developer for Martha Keith Barnett’s play And The Band Marches On which was presented at The Bush and Barbican Theatre as rehearsed readings in spring 2019. During this time & both funded by Creative Scotland she also worked on the script development and producing of rehearsed readings of Jennifer Adam’s new play The House That Melts with The Rain which was performed at The Roxy Assembly in Edinburgh and the development and producing of Jo Lennie’s play Lily – A Play with Songs which was originally the recipient of The Progressive Playwright award at The Tron in 2017 and was presented as a reading at The Traverse Theatre in spring 2019.
2019 has also seen the commission of another new play for Lisa from Outspoken Arts where she has been commissioned alongside Alan Bissett, Louise Welch & Zoe Strachan to write a series of monologues which will tour together.
Lisa also has a strong passion for film with the most recent film she produced in 2017 Natalie (Blazing Griffin), by Mikey Murray and featuring Kate Dickie, having great success at The Edinburgh International Film Festival, Berlin Short Film Festival, Aesthica Film Festival and The British Urban Film Festival.
As an actress Lisa has worked for BBC Radio, STV, Discovery Channel, Mark Goucher, BBC Worldwide, Blazing Griffin and Cumbernauld Theatre. Lisa is a firm believer in making things happen for the artistic community and supporting and developing creatives in new and positive ways.
Allie Butler - Director
Previous works include: REaD (Tron, Arches and Scottish tour); Shame (Assembly - Edinburgh Fringe, Citizens Theatre); Passion (Arches, Lemon Tree, Women’s Week Festival, Vault Festival); Dream//Life (Arches, Bike Shed Theatre); Left,Right,Left (Theatre Uncut); Black Barn (LOST One Act Festival); Let There Be Light (Old Vic Tunnels).
Allie has extensive experience as a freelance director/movement director. She is directing the Mull Theatre production of Here I Belong this Autumn and is developing the Tron Theatre’s Progressive Playwright Award winning play Lily with In Motion Theatre Company. She is also working on the development of CULT with Helen Milne Productions.
Other recent credits include A Game of Death and Chance (co-directed with Ben Harrison for National Trust for Scotland); Letters to Myself (UK tour); Descent (Oran Mor, Traverse, tour and nominated for two Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland); Netting (Oran Mor, Lemon Tree and tour); What Sam Told Me (Theatre 503); Toilet (Southwark Playhouse).
Allie has worked with leading companies all over the UK including Clean Break, The Royal Court, Mercury Theatre Colchester, The Traverse, BAC, The Old Vic, The Gate, The Tron, and the Arches. She was Associate Artist with Company Chordelia (2013-2015), works as a dramaturg and is a script-reader for the Traverse and the Bruntwood Prize.
Allie is also a jazz dancer and teacher. She specialises in the swing dance styles of the 1920s-40s. Allie’s main style is Lindy Hop, one of the best known and loved swing dance styles that originated in New York in the late 1920s. She also dances Charleston, Collegiate Shag and solo jazz. Allie teaches with Glasgow Lindy Hoppers and Glasgow Jitterbugs and holds workshops and private lessons.
Corinne Salisbury - Associate Producer
Corinne's producing experience stems from working as Administrator for various theatre companies and venues since 2007, before she took on the role of full-time Shared General Manager for a consortium of new writing theatre companies - nabokov, Theatre Uncut, Forward Theatre Project and Pieces Productions - from 2013 to 2015, in an innovative cross-organisation role funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Biff Smith - Music Workshops Facilitator and Composer
Biff Smith is a Glasgow-based singer-songwriter and frontman with the band A New International, with whom, and as part of their previous incarnation as The Starlets, he has written and recorded five studio albums, plus two compilation albums of previously unreleased material, released in the UK, mainland Europe and Japan where Smith has toured regularly, both with the band and as a solo artist.
Smith’s most celebrated collection of songs so far is A New International's debut album “Come to the Fabulon” which was recorded at Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield and produced by Colin Elliot (bass player and producer for Richard Hawley).
“a majestic, distinctive piece of work.. one whose grandeur and ambition speak of resonant self-confidence..irrepressible and easy to adore “ - Scotland on Sunday
“spine-tingling pop perfection” - The Herald
“outstanding Glasgow septet A New International sing strange, dark, cut-glass love-songs to a blazing accompaniment of violin, trombone, guitar, keyboard and drums, in the eloquent voice of remarkable lead singer Biff Smith.” - The Scotsman
"one of the most lush collections of sheer pop majesty you’re going to come across this year." - Is This Music?
The Fabulon tour to introduce the album to the world stopped at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, London, Paris, Madrid and Cumbernauld.
More recent work has seen Smith collaborating with acclaimed theatre company Vanishing Point, writing the music for major new stage production “The Dark Carnival” which toured nationally in the spring of 2019, including a sold out week at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. The show went on to tour further afield in Scotland as “The Dark Carnival-Unplugged”. Smith's songs written for the show were recorded by A New International and released as the album “The Dark Carnival”, once again produced by Colin Elliot, and was released in 2019 to accompany the show, receiving widespread rave reviews.
Biff is currently working with A New International on their third album, inspired by spies, revolution, epic voyages, tango and trombones.
Sharon McHendry (SM Publicity) - Public Relations
SM Publicity is led by Sharon McHendry who has 15 years’ experience in news journalism and arts PR. She spent three years in a senior role at arts PR agency Mobius in London and four years managing PR for multi-arts venue The Arches, Glasgow. She also previously handled media relations for the Glasgow School of Art.
Sharon has eight years’ experience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which has included managing PR for Nic Green's award-winning Trilogy(as part of the Arches at St Stephens), Kieran Hurley's BEATSand Heads Up, Selina Thompson’s salt. (as part of Northern Stage at Summerhall),Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair’s Square Go and Tara Finney Productions’ The Greatest Play in the History of the Worldstarring Julie Hesmondhalgh (Broadchurch, Coronation Street).
At busier periods, Sharon leads a team of PR professionals with experience in the fields of entertainment, arts, culture and communication including Reuben Kay who supports Sharon throughout her work.
As a team, SM Publicity have managed campaigns for Northern Stage at Summerhall (Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017), international showcase the Arab Arts Focus and for artists and companies in the UK and beyond during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016, 2017 and 2018 at venues including Summerhall, Assembly, Pleasance, Traverse Theatre and Underbelly.
Cameron McGarva - Podcast Creator & Host
Cameron McGarva is an actor and voiceover artist, trained at the Drama Centre London.
Perhaps more pertinently to the 2021 Project, he is also a former Hospital Social Worker having qualified in 2000 from the University of Stirling. The Podcast is a unique challenge in that he is combining his voiceover skills and experience with those of his social work training and career.
Cameron worked for a total of 24 years within the social work department in various capacities, most notably as a Renal Social Worker at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for 7 years. This post saw him undertake work with a patient population suffering from chronic kidney disease which meant he was working with people of all ages and from a wide spectrum of social, economic and cultural backgrounds. He brings this wealth of experience to the 2021 Podcast.
He is currently in rehearsals for the Christmas Show at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and researching/interviewing for Phase One of the Podcast with InMotion. Voice wise, he has been busy on productions such as Outlaw King (Netflix), Beats (Rosetta Films) and the television series, Guilt, The Cry, The Victim and Clique (BBC).
David Higham - Musical Director
David is working on Lily a Play with Songs and 2021 as part of the In Motion Team.
David Higham is a Musical Director based in Scotland. He currently co-ordinates the MA Musical Directing and BA Music strands at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as working in many theatres across Scotland as a Musical Director/Orchestrator and Vocal Coach.
Musical directing credits include: The Choir (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow/ ATG) Our House, Betty Blue Eyes, Little Shop Of Horrors, Into the Woods (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Dance Derby (Company Chordelia/Scottish Opera), Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella (The Beacon, Greenock), Jerry Springer the Opera, In Touch, Spring Awakening (The Fringe, Edinburgh, One Academy Productions), MD/Orchestrator The Wizard of Oz (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow) Godspell and Notes to Self (RCS).
Musical Supervision credits include: The Addams Family, Avenue Q, Company, Sunday in the Park with George, First Lady Suite and Rocket Science, (One Academy Productions)
Keyboard experience includes: Wicked (Apollo Victoria, London and UK Tour), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre, London), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK/International Tour), West Side Story (UK tour) and MD for Little Shop of Horrors (Pitlochry Festival Theatre).
Jessica Brettle - Designer
Jessica Brettle trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, completing a post-graduate diploma in Theatre Design in 2005.
Jess designed In Motions tour of Where the Crow Flies and in now working on 2021 with the team.
She has worked extensively with the Tron Theatre, as well as National Theatre of Scotland (including costumes for Black Watch), Royal Lyceum, Communicado, Lung Ha, Grid Iron and Bristol Old Vic.
Productions include: Glasgow Girls (Panchamama), Bluebeard/The Eighth Door (Vanishing Point/Scottish Opera) Designs: Bloody Girls (Firefly/NTS Exchange), Unplugged (PlatformYoung Co),Full Tilt Janis Joplin (Panchamama Productions/Stratford East),Tribes (Solar Bear), Crazy Jane (Birds of Paradise), Costumes Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, Tomorrow, (Vanishing Point), Dido and Anaeus, Les Mamelles, Threepenny Opera (RCS), Uncle Varick (Rapture), Talking Heads, Cured (Glasgay), The Gates (ConFAB), A Man Came to a Woman (Fittings/Sharmanka/ALEKO Theatre St. The Government Inspector (Communicado), A Slow Air (Tron/Traverse,Tricycle London, 59e59 New York), Monaciello (NapoliFestival/Tron), Mish Gorecki Goes Missing, Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, Suddenly Last Summer, Defender of the Faith (Tron), Federer V’s Murray (Communicado/Edinburgh Fringe, 59e59 New York), Dracula, Animal Farm, Women in Power, Lord of the Flies, Metamorphisis (Firefly YT), Falling/Flying (Handover Heart), Roadkill (Ankur/Panchamama), Loves Times Beggar (Ankur), The Lasses ‘O’, Ragged Lion (Rowan Tree), Can We live With You? (Lung Ha’s), The Other, Martial Dance (Macrobert), Glass Menagerie, Assistant Merchant of Venice (Lyceum), Costumes Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland), Aye Fond Kiss, Price of a Fish Supper, Excuse My Dust (Edinburgh Fringe), Into The Woods, After Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chrysalids (LyceumYT), Costume Fierce (Grid Iron).