Welcome to The Occasion
The Occasion exists to create live theatre that will entertain, challenge, surprise and – above all else – excite audiences.
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Another Nice Mess
We’ve recently been developing ideas for a brand new show with our adult learning disability project, The Southside Group. Working with Glaswegian playwright, Stewart Ennis, the show takes inspiration from the return of Stan Laurel, with his partner Oliver Hardy, for a one-week run at The Glasgow Empire, in June 1947.
Combining melodrama, farce and silent comedy, Another Nice Mess will explore how the visit impacted the members of a local Southside Laurel and Hardy fan club.
A short work-in-progress showing for family and friends took place in July 2022. Response was fantastic! We’re really looking forward to creating the full production in 2023.
If you’d like more information about this, or if you know someone who’d like to join The Southside Group, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about The Southside Group, please click here.
The Snow Queen – filmed development scenes
In the run up to Christmas 2021, The Southside Group developed ideas based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of The Snow Queen. These will form the basis for a live performance in December 2022.
The majority of the work was filmed against green screen, with drawn backgrounds dropped in behind. To see where we’ve got to, go to www.thesouthsidegroup.co.uk
The Peabody Chronicles – The Complete Story
Spanning a 30-year period, from 1887 to 1917, The Peabody Chronicles is a tale of villainy, skulduggery, kidnap, heroism, war, love, heartbreak, revenge, injustice, come-uppance…
Originally developed as part of The Occasion’s This Fire programme, The Southside Group are now delighted – with funding from Creative Scotland and The Hugh Fraser Foundation – to bring the complete story to a screen near you.
To watch all five thrilling episodes click here.
‘I loved this, have told plenty of people all about it and would thoroughly recommend you take your creatively critical eye and go and learn what it is like to emerge from lockdown with your art intact’.
Donald Stewart, The Fringe Review (on The Southside Groups’ Peabody Chronicles)
This Fire – new performances for a new world.
This Fire, a programme of five original research and development projects was produced from August to October 2020 in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Working with an exciting selection of national and international artists, This Fire explores themes of isolation, communication and inevitably, mis-communication; tales of trauma, unease and joy in these strange and altered days.
The project culminated in the production of five short, digitally produced works that feature theatre, dance, movement, photography and music. All the works have the potential to be developed into full-length live performances in the future.
For further details and to watch all five films please please click here.
This Fire was made possible through the support of Creative Scotland.
The Occasion gratefully acknowledges support from Creative Scotland, Foyle Foundation, Bank of Scotland Foundation – Reach, Bellahouston Bequest Fund, James T. Howat Charitable Trust.