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

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The Splitting of Q

Working with the Glasgow-based playwright, Michael Duke, The Occasion’s Southside Group are now developing a new production, ‘The Splitting of Q’.

Located in late 1930’s Glasgow, at the time of the British Commonwealth Exhibition in Bellahouston Park, the production will further develop the comedic melodrama for which TSG has become known.

As an experiment in personal betterment goes disastrously wrong, a scientist’s individual traits (anger, jealousy, naivety, frivolity and others) are separated from their host.

Embodied as their own unique entities. these many different facets assume their own lives and are scattered across the city, to chaotic effect.

This innovative new work will receive two work-in-progress performances, at the company’s Queen’s Park rehearsal base, in July 2024. These performances are designed, as an initial step, towards providing a platform for full production at a major Glasgow venue in Spring 2025.

Recent projects

The Southside Group’s Christmas Tales

Directed by Peter Clerke & Catherine Gillard
Set & Costume Design by Ali Maclaurin  Music by Richard Williams

From Dickens to Dr.Seuss, via Oscar Wilde and Hans Christian Andersen – plus a few other unexpected stops in-between – TSG presented an early festive journey through some of the best loved, classic Christmas tales.

Using minimal technical resource and relying very heavily on the company’s story-telling prowess, the production toured to 4 libraries across Glasgow’s Southside, introducing new audience to the company’s work. Performing to over 350 people this was TSG’s first ever tour.

Having The Occasion perform in four Southside libraries at the beginning of the festive period was a fantastic experience. The performances brought new audiences and regular library customers together for excellent entertainment. This was something a bit different for the libraries and I was very glad we took a chance on something new.

- Alison Nicol, Librarian, Community Libraries (Glasgow South)

This is a lovely night of welcome magic which lights up the cold winter evening… It’s been quite a year for this group. They have risen to the targets and tasks set and can go off on what is their very first tour round local libraries with plenty of confidence.

- Donald Stewart, Fringe Review
The Southside Group's Christmas Tales

With thanks to: Glasgow Life; Glasgow Community Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund; Barchester’s Charitable Foundation; Bellahouston Bequest Fund; The Endrick Trust.

Another Nice Mess 

June 1947… the widely-anticipated return of Stan Laurel – one time resident of Glasgow’s Southside – with his partner, Oliver Hardy, for a run at The Glasgow Empire. 

Also, June 1947… The Laurel & Hardy Club (Battlefield branch) are threatened with eviction from their beloved, bomb-damaged cinema. The Lords Bannatyne have plans to turn it into a ‘motor vehicle tenement parking’ facility.

Performed at Tramway, Glasgow, June 29th to July 1st 2023.

This is one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen for some time. In the shadow of the latest CATS awards which did highlight the work of disabled artists, this would rank up there in terms of both process and performance – for disabled arts to thrive and flourish it needs depth. It needs more and not less. This is just a perfect example of why.

- Donald Stewart, The Fringe Review

A strikingly well-made show that succeeds in transporting us not only to the Glasgow of 75 years ago, but also into a world of joyful ensemble work that lifts the heart, and inspires as much as it entertains.

- Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

Another Nice Mess

Written by Stewart Ennis
Directed by Peter Clerke & Catherine Gillard
Set & Costume Design by Ali Maclaurin
Original Music by Richard Williams
Video by Tim Reid

The Occasion gratefully acknowledges funding from:

Creative ScotlandThe People’s Postcode TrustThe RTR FoundationThe Hugh Fraser FoundationThe Boshier-Hinton FoundationGlasgow Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing FundThe Commonweal Fund.

Photography: Stewart Ennis and Tim Morozzo

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