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.