Dates announced for Slug tour 2019!

For ages 7+ / Devised and Directed by Dougie Irvine and Melanie Jordan.

Slug is munching through your prize winning cabbages eating your roses and leaving slimy trails all over the lawn.

Slug is taking over your thoughts and tormenting your dreams.

Slug needs to be stopped.

Slug doesn’t care!

Join us for the battle of the century as gardener vs slimy foe to reclaim the garden.

Slug is a comic clowning adventure with no words for all those 7 and up.

Autumn 2019 Tour Dates

14th Oct @ 2pm Beacon Arts Centre – Studio Custom House Quay Greenock , PA15 1HJ Box Office: 01475 723 723

16th Oct @ 1pm & 3pm Bonar Hall Park Place Dundee, DD1 4HN Box Office: 01382 223530

17th Oct @ 2pm Adam Smith Theatre Bennochy Road Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ET Box Office: 01592 583302

19th Oct @ 2.30pm Victoria Halls Sinclair St Helensburgh, G84 8TU Box Office: 01436 673275

22nd Oct @ 7pm 23rd & 24th Oct @ 10.30am & 1.30pm Scottish Youth Theatre – Brian Cox Studio 105 Brunswick St Glasgow, G1 1TF Box Office: 0141 552 3988

26th Oct @ 6pm 27th Oct @ 2.30pm Assembly Roxy 2 Roxburgh Place Edinburgh EH8 9SU Box Office: 0131 623 3030

30th Oct @ 1.30pm Eden Court Bishops Rd Inverness, IV3 5SA Box Office: 01463 234234

2nd Nov @ 2.30pm Harbour Arts Centre Harbour St Irvine, KA12 8PZ Box Office: 01294 274059

9th Nov @ 2pm Universal Hall The Park Findhorn Forres, IV36 3TZ Box Office: 01309 691170

Then touring as part of Theatre in Schools Schools

Cast and Crew

Melanie Jordan – Co-Director

Melanie is a director, performer and theatre maker based in Glasgow, creating work in theatres and on the streets which is visually driven, physically dynamic and exposes our shared humanity with curiosity and humour. As co-Artistic Director of multi award winning physical theatre company Jordan & Skinner she is a fellow with the Barbican and ArtWorks Alliance. Trained at Queen Margaret University and Ècole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, she is the resident Physical Theatre Practitioner with Surge and co-founder of Scotland’s Clown Cabaret.

Melanie teaches clown and physical theatre across Scotland and internationally.

Credits include A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego by Jordan & Skinner, Valentina’s Galaxy by Frozen Charlotte, At A Stretch by Jordan & Skinner (Three Weeks Editors’ Award winner), Flutter by Tortoise in a Nutshell, Sanitise by Jordan & Skinner (Fringe First Award winner), Selkie by Kay Singh (David MacLennan Award winner).

Her favourite thing to do in the garden is practise circus tricks on her washing line pole, and mostly fall on to the grass!

Douglas Irvine – Co-Director

Douglas is a founding member, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Visible Fictions. He has directed, written, adpated and performed in many of the company’s productions as well as creating work for other companies in Scotland and abroad. Most recently he has co-created and directed ‘The Hidden’ – an interactive theatrical experience in libraries; has directed and adapted ‘A Ladder to the Stars’ – a puppet production recently returned from being presented in Singapore; and has directed the stop-frame animation ‘Papergee and the Spider’ – currently being presented at various film festivals acorss the world.

His favourite thing to do in the garden is picking blackcurrants on a lovely sunny day – especially when you put one in your mouth for each one you put in the bowl!

Ronan McMahon – Performer

Ronan is a performer, musician, and community artist. Credits include Blue Man Group, White by Catherine Wheels and Christmas at the Circus with Elie Street Productions / Cumbernauld Theatre. He devised and performed in A Ladder to the Stars, also by Visible Fictions, on tour in Scotland and as part of the Theatre in Schools Scotland programme. He is a member of Sprog Rock, a music gig experience for 0-5s and their accompanying adults, produced by Starcatchers. As part of the creative partnership Two Detectives with Naomi O Kelly, he creates and performs clown performances and interactive theatre experiences for family audiences. In Spring 2020 he will be touring with a new show, Very Mild Peril, by Two Detectives as part of The Puppet Animation Festival.

His favourite thing to do in the garden is play fetch with Hanna, his sister’s dog.

Caroline Mathison – Performer

Caroline trained at ALRA, London, and has performed all over the UK, and internationally, with a variety of stage and screen experience. Caroline is also a comedy improviser: a core member of improv group, To Be Continued, and a regular guest performer with the Spontaneous Players.

Caroline is an associate artist with Eco Drama, with whom she has co-devised and performed several productions for nursery and primary aged children, including The Worm – An Underground Adventure.

She hopes to carve out a niche in invertebrate roles, maybe one day making it all the way to squid.

Caroline is delighted to be working with Visible Fictions, and glad for this unique opportunity to understand slug behaviour having recently acquired a garden (although sadly devoid of juicy veg).

Caroline’s favourite thing to do in the garden is commune with squirrels. Sorry slugs, they’re just fluffier.

Ashley Smith – Performer / Musician

Ashley trained at the RCS (secretly known as the Royal Conservatoire of Slugs) She has toured Scotland and the world with theatre shows since then waiting for the chance to put her slug knowledge to good use and now the time has come! This is the first show she has played music for and she feels pleased to have been ‘instrumental’ in the creation of Slug!

She has performed in family shows since graduating predominently with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, she is the ghostly voice of the childrens tour on glasgow city buses and she has been one of the regular police faces in Bafta award winning comedy Scot Squad for all 5 series.

Sam Ramsay – Stage Manager

Sam has worked extensively in Scottish theatre as a Stage and Production Manager. Most recently on productions including Playful Tiger for Barrowland Ballet, This Girl Laughs for Stellar Quines, The Return for Eden Court, Jason and the Argonauts for Visible Fictions, Faslane by Jenna Watt and Showroom, Glasgow Girls for Pachahmama, Right Now for the Traverse Theatre, Not About Heroes for Eden Court and The Straw Chair for Borderline along with various productions for the Tron Theatre, RCS and The Breakfast Plays for Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival. She has also Stage Managed the Pantomime at The Byre Theatre for the past 7 years.

She doesn’t have a garden but spends most of her summer as Festival Manager for Bard in the Botanics. Which basically means for the last 11 years Glasgow Botanic Gardens has been her slug hunting ground.

Claire Ferguson – Deputy Stage Manager

Originally from Sydney, Australia Claire Ferguson is now a Glasgow based Stage manager, Writer and emerging theatre maker. In 2017, Claire graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Communications Theatre/Media (with Distinction).

Her management Credits include- “Mr Melancholy” by Matt Cameron (Bathurst Arts Theatrical Society 2016), “The Fox” By Ben Jonson (Cycle Productions 2017), “Anything to Declare?” By Claire Ferguson (Sprung Festival 2017) , “You Got Older” By Clare Barron (Mad March Hare 2018), “Whose Uterus is it Anyway?” By Georgie Adamson (Bite Productions 2018), “Boy out of the Country” by Felix Nobis (Company of Rogues 2018) and the Australian premiere of Stef Smith’s “Girl in The Machine” (National Theatre of Parramatta 2019). Making the move to the UK this year to work at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, Claire is excited to be working with her first Scottish theatre company.

Her favourite thing to do in the garden is sit in the sun and have a nice cup of tea.

Kenny Miller – Designer

Kenny Miller is a freelance designer (and director) who was for many years Head of Design / Associate Director at the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow and is currently Associate Artist: Designer for the Sherman Theatre, Cymru.

He has worked in Theatre and Opera both nationally and internationally, designing and directing for many companies such as: Royal Court Theatre, London; Royal Shakespeare Company; Oxford Stage Company; Hampstead Theatre; Theatre Royal Stratford East; Palace Theatre Watford; Greenwich Theatre; Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse; Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh; Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Dundee Rep Theatre.

He has won three Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland for: Scrooge (Best Production); Smoking With Lulu (Best Technical) and A Little Bit of Ruff (Best Ensemble). He has also won the Manchester Evening News Award for 10 Rillington Place (Best Designed Production).

Recent credits as Designer include: Deathtrap Dundee Rep; The Cherry Orchard, The Weir, Bird (also Royal Exchange Manchester), A Doll’s House and Romeo and Juliet Sherman Cymru; The Tin Forest National Theatre of Scotland; Generation Dance Scottish Ballet; Macbeth & Blithe Spirit Perth Theatre; Blanche & Butch (also directed) In An Alien Landscape Beacon Arts Centre and national tour; The Man Who Lived Twice Arches Theatre / Birds of Paradise Theatre Company and national tour; The Dolls – Abroad & The Dolls – Dragged Up National Tour; Mammy Goose, Miracle on 34 Parnie Street, Cannibal Women of Mars, Aganeza Scrooge, Plume, Mister Merlin’s Pure Panto Magic, Flo White and Valhalla! Tron Theatre and Casablana: The Gin Joint Cut for Tron Theatre, Edinburgh Festival and national tour; Cuttin’ A Rug & Marilyn for the Citizens’ Theatre and Royal Lyceum Edinburgh; Staircase by Charles Dyer Tron Theatre; Slug for Visible Fictions and Clockwork an adaptation of an original work by Phillip Pullman co-production also with Scottish Opera; Lark, Clark and the Puppet Handy and The Ushers Raindog / Tron Theatre, Douglas Maxwell’s new musical The Bookie Cumbernauld Theatre and national tour; Doubt: A Parable and the UK Premiere of Autobahn (also co-directed) and Lady M: His Fiend-Like Queen Theatre Jezebel / Tron Theatre; Tartuffe, Fuenteovejuna and Lysistrata, Classic Cuts at Oran Mór; Ya Beauty and the Beast, Betrayed, From the West Bank, and Address Unknown Tron Theatre; Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and Our Teacher’s a Troll National Theatre of Scotland; Proof and Tam O’Shanter Perth Theatre; The Steamie national tour & SSE Hydro and Born Bad Scottish Youth Theatre.

Davy Cunningham – Lighting Designer

Davy Cunningham has been a freelance Lighting Designer since 1985. He has lit more than 300 productions, of which roughly 200 were operas and 100 plays, in 26 countries and more than 100 theatres. Recent operas include Strauss’s Die Fledermaus for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Pucinni’s Turandot and Franco Faccio’s Hamlet for Bregenz Festival, Austria. Recent work in drama has includedThe Hanging Gardens by Frank McGuinness at the Abbey Theatre, and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People at the Gate in Dublin. He doesn’t have a garden. When he had a garden, he liked to lie in the sun and listen to birdsong.

Alan Penman – Composer

Alan Penman writes music for theatre and television and actually gets paid money to do this.

He has written loads of songs and musicals for children and young people and has his own YouTube channel called Choonbaboon where you can listen to some of his music and decide whether it’s any good.

He likes to grow vegetables in his garden.

Last year, he grew 3 tiny beetroot, 2 microscopic carrots and 12 very small peas.

Alan is not a very good gardener.

But thankfully he’s quite good at music.He doesn’t have a garden. When he had a garden, he liked to lie in the sun and listen to birdsong.