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

‘This Fire’ – new performances for a new world.

To view Book & Shrub and the other This Fire projects as they come out please click here.

This Fire - Book & Shrub

The Occasion are delighted to announce ‘This Fire’, a new programme of five research and development projects.

Working with an exciting selection of national and international artists, ‘This Fire’ will explore themes of isolation, communication and inevitably, mis-communication; tales of trauma, unease and joy in these strange and altered days.

The project will culminate in the production of five short, digitally produced works that will feature theatre, dance, movement, photography and music. All the works will have the potential to be developed into full-length live performances in the future.

For further details please click here

‘This Fire’ has been made possible through the support of Creative Scotland.


It is with great regret that we’ve had to cancel all face-to-face workshops during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

We will reassess the situation once social distancing restrictions begin to be lifted.

We very much look forward to resuming sessions as soon as possible and will keep everyone posted.

For now, we have moved as much of our work as possible, online.

Stay strong and stay well.

The Southside Group

With support from the Foundation Scotland Response Fund, The Occasion’s exciting weekly drama group has, temporarily, moved online.

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

No previous drama experience is necessary! Just a desire to have fun, create, play, explore and meet new people.

As soon as possible we’ll move sessions back on to a face-to-face basis. But, for now, we’re having a lot of fun with weekly Zoom sessions, each Thursday, from 6.30-7.30.

If you’d like to be involved email us at info@theoccasiontheatre.com

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.

Parents 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.

'Aftershow' Podcast

The Occasion feature on the Aftershow podcast which was recently released by the DC10 Tonight network. Aftershow is an irregular and unedited series of talks and lectures from the off-stage world of the creative industries - and the first episode was recorded at Lyth Arts Centre in Spring 2018 and features Peter, Catherine and Stewart discussing The Monster and Mary Shelley with Lyth’s co-Artistic Directors, Tom Barnes and Charlotte Mountford and various audience members.

You can find more information and all the standard podcast download links by heading to www.dc10tonight.com, or you can listen to it by using the player below.

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.