About Us


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


The Occasional Cabaret

The Occasion was founded in 2010 by Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard. Previous to this they had both shared the Artistic Directorship of the Scottish touring theatre company, benchtours (1991 - 2009).

The staging is stunningly inventive, astonishing acrobatics and explosive acting. The scale, originality and ambition of the project confirm benchtours as a ground-breaking theatre company.

The Guardian on 'The Bridge'.

Scotland is fortunate this autumn to see such a fine production of one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century.

The Scotsman on ‘Mother Courage and her Children’.

Seriously hilarious. Exuberantly theatrical. Go see benchtours, they're good for your soul.

EdinburghGuide.com on ‘The Bear & The Proposal’.

With extensive experience in creating brilliantly innovative touring work and ground-breaking, fully inclusive, community performance The Occasion’s artistic programme will focus on:

The Occasion is fully committed to widening access and participation in the arts, to working with artists who share our theatrical style and to keep our own work refreshed. We are aware of the need to be open to new influences in order to develop and stretch the company artistically.

Our past experience is invaluable to us in approaching this exciting new venture.

We hope that you will join us.


To read our year ending December 2016 accounts (3.8mb PDF), please click here. To see a copy of our August 2015 - July 2016 annual report (1.1mb PDF), please click here. To read our year ending December 2015 accounts (2.2mb PDF), please click here, or to read our year ending December 2014 accounts (634kb PDF), please click here.