This Fire

The Occasion are delighted to present ‘This Fire – New Performances For A New World’, a programme of five research and development projects.

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 and are available to watch below.

All the This Fire projects were developed during August, September & October 2020 with each of the short (5-10 minute) R&D films being released throughout October:

We’d love to know your thoughts and impressions of This Fire – if you have a moment the feedback form can be found here.

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

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The Peabody Chronicles

A devised work involving 10 learning disabled adults from The Occasion’s ‘Southside Group’ project. Featuring devised initial sequences for a melodramatic feast full of villainy, tragedy and heroic deeds.

The year is 1917. With Philip Snr. away, fighting in the war, his penniless family confront their avaricious landlord, Lord Stroke. Suspicion, sensation, intrigue and humour combine.

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The Same Routine

Devised by Petre Dobre, a newly emerging Deaf performer based in Glasgow. Petre graduated from the RCS, Glasgow in 2018 with a BA in BSL & English Performance.

A short, non-verbal exploration of routine, our need for it and the consequences that ensue when it unexpectedly goes wrong.

Book & Shrub

Written by Michael Duke. Directed by Peter Clerke. Performed by Claire Lamont and Catherine Gillard.

Two shops rolled into one and run by two sisters-in-law. Apart from a few skeletons in the cellar the business has been successful enough. But now, in these troubled times, the sisters-in-law are forced to apply for a Government grant. Meanwhile, outside, a riotous apocalypse is brewing…


Written by Stewart Ennis, a Glasgow based writer/performer/photographer in collaboration with young Delhi based performer, Khursheed Ali.

A story told primarily through a photo-dialogue. Two individuals in lock-down – for whatever reason – in two very different parts of the world, and how their isolation within their own cities brings them into communication with each other, across continents.


Written by Pete Livingstone of Livingstone’s Kabinet, an international performing arts ensemble based in Denmark whose work is characterised by an absurd, black-humorous and skewed worldview. Music by Pete Livingstone. Performed by Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard of The Occasion.

Isolated in a surreal, absurdist world a couple who used to ‘swing’ are, somehow, unable to ‘swing’ any more. Questions are raised but the answers just raise more questions.

This Fire Crew

Music*, Editing and Graphic Design – Richard Williams
Marketing & Publicity – Kirsty Rough
Design Consultant – Ali Maclaurin
Technical Consultant – David O’Neill
Executive Producers – Peter Clerke & Catherine Gillard

* Music for Instamatic, Book & Shrub, and The Peabody Chronicles.