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Other Side of the River

               Other Side of The River  - A New Play by Lisa Nicoll                           2023 Premier and Tour

In Motion Theatre in Association with One Ren Funded by Future Paisley presents

Other Side of The River a play written and directed by Lisa Nicoll with musical direction and composition by Michael Hill which opens at The Tannahill Centre April 2023 before embarking on a Scottish Tour.

The play is a universal story that is inspired by Ferguslie Park, Paisley and its people and incorporates food, song, bingo and karaoke!

Playwright and director Lisa Nicoll has been embedding herself in the community there since 2017 to inspire this new play which focuses on a communities fight to be noticed for who they are and not what government stats, figures or media headlines say who they are in relation to poverty.

Journalist Beth enters the fictional town of Ailm - which has been told it is one of the worst towns to live in by the media in the hope she will find the story that will make her feel successful and noticed.


She is welcomed to the town by hybrid family Jo, Andy, Meg and Dan who despite many obstacles in their life know how to pull together and get on with things.

When the van which delivers food to the community and hosts mobile bingo nights breaks down the town must find a solution to get them back on the road again.

While Jo, Andy, Meg & Dan plan their charity fundraiser with food, song, bingo and karaoke, journalist Beth’s questioning begins to find out their secrets.

During the play there will be a game of bingo played with the cast and audience, a small section of karaoke and the opportunity for the audience to join in with a song that has been created by the cast and musical director Michael Hill. Food will also be served on arrival made by the local communities where the play is being shown following on from a set of cooking workshops that will be held for the people of the towns.


Zoe Hunter

James Keenan

Scott Mooney

Michaela Sweeney

Leanne Traynor

Creative Team

Director – Lisa Nicoll

Musical Director – Michael Hill

Set Design – Jessica Brettle

Lighting Design – Laura Hawkins

Production Manager -  Sooz Glen

Related Projects


The Voice Behind Our Town Monologues

Seven writers from Ferguslie Park in Paisley worked with our Creative Director to create fictional monologues. Performances of these monologues, recorded with professional actors, are available free to view online.


The Voice Behind Our Town Podcast

A series of podcasts in which residents of Ferguslie Park  talk about their community and the truth behind the headlines often associated with the area. These podcasts are free to listen to.

Tour Dates & Tickets 2023

Tannahill Centre, Paisley- Friday 14th April (Preview) 7pm

Tannahill Centre, Paisley- Saturday 15th April (Press) 7pm

Henderson Theatre, Shotts- Friday 21st April 1pm

Chryston Cultural Centre- Saturday 22nd April 7pm

Dunoon Burgh Hall, Dunoon- Sunday 23rd April 7pm

Mechanics Institute, Brechin- Friday 28th April 7pm

Fishermans Hall, Buckie- Sunday 30th April 1pm

Life Gate, Dundee- Friday 5th May 4pm

Tulloch Institute, Perth- Sunday 7th May 1pm

Tickets are based on a pay what you can tiered system ranging from £2.50 up to £20.00 helping to make the arts accessible to all and audiences can pay what they can afford.

Tickets can be purchased at links above or on the door of each venue.

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