Workshops & Opportunities

Our creative development programmes help actors, playwrights, directors and producers to further their careers and stay connected with the wider creative community.

The Voice of Our Town

Online writing workshop  - call out for writers


Working with Future Paisley, we are delighted to offer a series of short online writing sessions and live zoom workshops designed to create a five minute monologue around the theme of “The Voice of Our Town”. Each monologues will take us beyond what people see, hear, or take at face value of the place you live in. 


We are looking for 10 writers who live, have lived, or have a connection with Paisley, and in particular the area of Ferguslie Park, to take part in a workshop programme which will be hosted by playwright/ producer and creative director of In Motion Theatre Lisa Nicoll. Lisa will guide you through a process to turn your story into a theatrical monologue which will be performed  by professional actors and shown as part of In Motion’s Digital Virtual Theatre Programme in December 2020. 


This is part of a wider project which also features a new play, ‘Other Side of The River’, written by Lisa working with local residents, along with other opportunities for community participation such as our current song writing and dance workshops.


The writing workshops will consist of:


  • An initial live online workshop session and welcome.

  • Three initial short recorded practical writing sessions.

  • A live online session with  group participants.

  • Three more short recorded practical writing sessions.

  • A second live online session with group participants.

  • One to one session with participant and Lisa.

  • One to one session with participant, Lisa and Actor.

  • Monologues will then be directed and recorded by the actors.

  • Monologues will be launched on digital platforms.

To take part in this opportunity please email by Monday 28th September with a bit about you and a short idea that we can build on, however small it may be, and we can take it from there! 


The workshops will start on 1st October 2020 on digital platforms, with the digital monologues then launched on the 10th of December.

You can see the results of similar projects “Beyond the Headlines” and “The Voice Behind the Picture” below.

Beyond the Headlines

Part of our Virtual Programme, “Beyond the Headlines” joins writers from Scottish Community Drama Association Clubs from across Scotland, and high-profile professional actors who are ex SCDA members, in the premier of a series of new monologues.

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For the past two months, Playwright and Creative Director, Lisa Nicoll has worked with ten writers from SCDA clubs all over Scotland using a process of live and recorded workshops, and one to one development sessions. The writers have each created a 5 minute fictional story/monologue that has been inspired by a media headline, but takes us on a journey ‘Beyond The Headlines’.

The Actors


This process culminates in a digital online performance of these pieces on Thursday 20th August at 7pm by professional actors: Alan Cumming, Robin Laing (Band of Brothers HBO, River City BBC, Waterloo Road BBC), Caroline Deyga (Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre Scotland, Local Hero and Lyceum Theatre), Mark Armstrong (Our Girl BBC, Frankenstein, National Theatre) and Lisa Nicoll herself. These actors are all ex-members of Carnoustie Theatre Club, and were participants in SCDA Festivals and activities over the years. 


Lisa cut her teeth through SCDA festivals with Carnoustie Theatre Club for nearly 15 years. Her Aunty, Betty Gibson, was an active member of the SCDA for nearly 50 years, especially in the area of the youth festivals, and encouraged Lisa (like Betty did with so many others including Alan, Robin, Caroline and Mark) in her field. 

​This opportunity was created for SCDA members, with the aim of bringing the professional and amateur world together to support each other during the current climate, during which theatre performances are not possible.


SCDA Clubs Involved

Clubs involved include: Kirkton Players, Ury Players, Aberdour Players, Spotlights Community Youth Theatre, Thornhill Players, Greenock Players, Dunoon Players, Linlithgow Players and Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society. 

The Writers


Tony Flisch, Julie Forrester, Marley Hunter, Kevin Murphy, Richard Payne, Timothy Roberts, Robin Smith, George Thomson, Olga Watkins and Carole Williams.

Production Staff

Lisa Nicoll (Producer & Script Development); Mikey Murray (Script Editor); Daryl Cockburn (Film Editor); Paul Devlin (Composer); Bryan Martin (Technical Support).

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Being part of Carnoustie Theatre Club and SCDA Festivals was a huge part of my development as an actress, writer and producer and provided me with an amazing grounding for the career I embarked on. An invaluable experience that made me ready for life and able to mix with people of all ages and background.To be able to work and develop short plays with writers from SCDA clubs makes me feel like I am coming home

Lisa Nicoll

Creative Director, In Motion

When I found out from Lisa that my monologue was going to be performed by Alan Cumming I couldn’t believe it. I am totally over the moon.

Kevin Murphy

Greenock Players


The Voice Behind the Picture

In Motion Theatre in association with SEE ME

The culmination of a project between In Motion and the See Me mental health charity conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown. Fourteen writers worked with playwright, and creative director of In Motion Theatre Company, Lisa Nicoll, to create stories/monologues around the theme "The Voice Behind The Picture". Over a series of live and recorded workshops and one to one development, conducted over 5 weeks, each writer created a 5 minute story that moves us beyond what people see, hear or take at face value. Each actor then recorded one of the monologues in their own home under lockdown conditions.

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Playwrights and Cast

The writers involved are: Stephen Arthur, Lesley Capitanchik, Grant Christie, Lindsay Craik, Lynsey Duffy, Arron Greechan, Abi Pirani, Grant Redmond, Leah Rossvel, Nora Smyth, Diane Stewart, Nicola Todd and Chris Tait.

The short plays will be performed by: Stephen Arthur, Karen Bartke, Daniel Cameron, Angie Cassidy, George Docherty, Cameron Fulton, Mary Gapinski, Colin Little, Andrew McIntosh, Lorna Craig, Rachel Ogilvy, Josh Whitelaw and Rhiannon Wyn Thompson.



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The Voice Behind the Scenes

A collection of short talks with the writers of "The Voice Behind the Picture". Filmed in lockdown from their homes, the writers give some insight into what prompted them to write their monologues and the impact they hope they will have in challenging mental health stigma.

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Write Lines

Write Lines is now on hold until Autumn 2020 - further information will be announced.

After the success of Write Lines in association with Glasgow Libraries for Book week Scotland last year we are delighted to announce our new set of Write Lines workshops in May and June in Edinburgh culminating with a reading of some of the pieces at The Traverse Theatre.

Write Lines is an opportunity for writers to attend workshops with producer and playwright Lisa Nicoll in Edinburgh over the course of four sessions in April and June 2020 to create a new 10 minute play or the beginning of a larger piece of work inspired by a newspaper or media headline.

The workshops will include exercises to inspire and develop material, characters & dialogue, one to one feedback about the work and also a chance to have their work read by professional actors.

Five of the pieces written and developed during these sessions will have the opportunity to be performed as part of a reading at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Places for the workshop are limited to 15 people and are by an application process.

To apply please email with the newspaper or media headline that has inspired you, why you would like to use as a stimulus for your play and some information about you and your writing by Wednesday 12th March at 12pm.


Participants will be notified if they have a space on the workshop by 1st of April. The cost of all sessions is £100 and will be payable on receipt of a place.


  • Workshop 1 Friday April 24th 6 – 9pm

  • Workshop 2 Saturday April 25th 10 - 2pm

  • Workshop 3 Friday June 19th 6 – 9pm

  • Workshop 4 Saturday June 20th 10 – 2pm

The date of the reading at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh to be announced in due course.


As a creative working in theatre you need to keep on top of your craft, ready for your next piece of work. Working with other professionals in the development of new writing projects our "Craft” programme helps actors, writers, directors and producers to hone their skills.

Our practical workshops encourage professional development, at the same time keeping you connected with other creatives, helping you build relationships within the industry, and fostering a sense of community.

Craft workshops and masterclasses run at various points throughout the year. If you are interested  as an individual in becoming involved, or are a venue, company or institute that would like us to deliver a workshop please email:


We are delighted to work along with See Me, Scotlands national programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

Lisa Nicoll

Creative Director, In Motion

The characters open up to you. Everything feels natural & unstaged. They look at you & reveal their truth. No questions asked. Just raw humanity. When was the last time you experienced something like that?.



Write Lines has been an unforgettable experience. It was nothing like I had ever done before and I stand convinced that it has elevated my understanding of what it takes to be a writer. Our workshop sessions were a tremendous help when it came to visualizing what I wanted to tell and where I felt the story should go.


Write Lines participant


The Mitchell has inspired writers for over a 100 years and we are delighted to be involved with Write Lines'

Principal Librarian, Mitchell Library

Great workshops. Last night was so much fun and I learned a lot too!


Craft Workshop Participant

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