Welcome to The Occasion...

The Occasion exists to create live theatre that will entertain, challenge, surprise and – above all else – excite audiences.


It is with a very real regret that we need to cancel all workshops for the foreseeable future. We will reassess the situation once social distancing restrictions begin to be lifted.

We very much hope that we'll be able to resume sessions sooner rather than later and will keep everyone posted.

Stay strong and stay well.

Current projects:

Glasgow Southside – new drama group

The Occasion have started an exciting, new, weekly drama group in Glasgow.

Open to everyone aged 16+ the group will particularly welcome adults with learning difficulties.

No previous drama experience is necessary! Just a desire to have fun, create, play, explore and meet new people. The sessions began in February and the group is steadily building in numbers.

Activities have moved online during the coronavirus outbreak.

For all further details please click here

This workshop is very well run, and it gives my daughter the opportunity to meet new friends, but also to learn a new skill, and one that I thought would be out of her comfort zone.

The two people who run the workshop Pete and Catherine are excellent in their teaching methods and making the participants feel at ease.

I am so grateful that we found this workshop and were invited along, as my daughter is loving it.

Parent of Glasgow Southside participant

The Monster and Mary Shelley

An outlandish trip through the mind of one of literature’s most influential imaginations.

The Occasion have recently completed a further tour of this highly acclaimed production. With support from Arts Council England the production played a series of dates in England in Autumn 2019. Prior to this there were five Scottish performances, from Inverness in the north to Dumfries in the south.

Announcement of future touring plans will follow shortly.

The Monster and Mary Shelley was originally produced in 2018 on the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Frankenstein. The Monster and Mary Shelley opened at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow on April 20th before going on to tour for three weeks, throughout Scotland.

For more information on The Monster and Mary Shelley please click here.

Directed by Peter Clerke / Peter's website
Performed by Catherine Gillard / Catherine's website
Written by Stewart Ennis / Stewart's website
Designed by Ali Maclaurin / Ali's website
Lighting by Paul Froy / Paul's website
Music by Richard Williams / Richard's website

2019 Tour Reviews:

Catherine Gillard delivers a gorgeous, subtle and vibrant 65-minute solo performance.

The Scotsman ****

To read all of Joyce McMillan's review in The Scotsman, please click here.

Stands out as a piece of storytelling, with excellent delivery with all the gruesome mirth one would hope for.

- The Reviews Hub ****

To read all of Dominic Corr's review on The Reviews Hub, please click here.

2018 Tour Reviews:

Stewart Ennis’ captivating script sparkles, weaving the contemporary with the classical… Catherine Gillard delivers a tour de force performance as Mary. Highly recommended.

The Reviews Hub ****

A vivid cut-up of psychological light and shade that gets to the dark heart of the creative urge within.

The Herald ****

Fascinating and hilarious… a wonderfully engaging show.

The Wee Review ****

Electrifying theatre… a simple yet illuminating and brilliant piece of theatre.

Skye – Theatre for All

Supported by

Arts Council England logo              Golsoncott Foundation                 Creative Scotland

Video by Rare Bird Media. Photograph by marc marnie.