Molière meets Made In Chelsea

IMG_691510 young performers (all S1 and S2) took the baton and ran last week, creating a full production of Molière’s Tartuffe in just 6 days. Astonishing stuff, not least because most of the boys played women and most of the girls played the men.

Deftly directed by Laura Stephen, with set and cast beautifully and comically dressed by Alison Brown, this was a mad romp of a play – a satirical tale that careered through family dispute, religious hypocrisy and moral retribution.Thoroughly enjoyable and an exceptional achievement for all involved. Check out the photos here and the programme here.

Thanks to the following for their sterling work and fortitude:

Director: Laura Stephen
Assistant Director: Matthew Jones
Design/Costume: Alison Brown
Lighting Design: Laura Hawkins
Photography: Sinclair MacKenzie

PS: We were very sad at having to hand the chandeliers back.  Our thanks to Catherine Wheels and their opulent props store for the loan.  IMG_6942


Following last year’s success with The Fire Raisers, Firefly’s irrepressible Voyager Company(all S1 and S2) are once again grappling with serious theatre-making, with an innovative adaptation of Moliere’s comic satire, Tartuffe. Directed by Laura Stephen and designed by Alison Brown, this cryptic family tale oozes with comedy, intrigue and passion.
Catch the Tartuffe experience at Howden Park Centre, 6pm on Saturday 12th April. One performance only and not to be missed! Email or call 08447 744496 for tickets.
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Call Out for Young Writers


Looking for a platform to share your ideas, struggling with writer’s block, or simply want to have a go at some kind of creative writing? Firefly’s Young Writers’ Group is looking for new members. So why not come along.

This self-run group meets every 2 weeks on Monday nights, 6.30 – 8.30pm at Howden Park Centre, offering friendly feedback and constructive support for any young writer who attends. It is also a great opportunity to create, discuss, capture and grapple with ideas.There is no charge and all are welcome – experienced, novice, aspiring or struggling

The next session is Monday 31st of March. If you’d like more information or plan to come along for the first time, please email Matthew at



Firefly to perform at NFYT 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA12 lucky and talented Firefly performers will be heading for Scotland’s National Festival of Youth Theatre next July.

The largest annual gathering of youth theatres in the UK, this year  is NFYT’s 10th birthday. Each year NFYT creates an explosion of young creative talent, bringing young theatre addicts together, to celebrate a shared passion and develop as artists, audience members and creative thinkers. Firefly will be one of 10 main-stage performances at this 4-day event, with the added delights of high-energy workshops, exciting social events, spontaneous creativity and, of course, festival camping!

Find out more about NFYT here:


More details on this production, our Contacting the World’s international exchange performances, and an Easter performance of Moliere’s Tartuffe coming soon. Watch this space….

February Already

IMG0072Welcome back for another year of high drama, sound song and light phenomena, ingenious film-making, assorted theatricals, and fearsome Firefly productions.

In addition to our weekly workshop programme (see the end of this post), Firefly run a range of outreach, school and community projects across West Lothian. This term we are launching SoundTown, a song-writing and sound-design project for young people aged 12+. SoundTown is funded by the Youth Music Initiative and will run in partnership with youth and community organisations across the region.Web1

For under 6’s we offer PlayShed – a creative play programme for parents along with their young children (2 -6 years), with open play sessions at Howden Park Centre on Saturdays 1st and 8th March, 10.30-12pm. For more information on these call 08447 744496 or email

PLANET, Firefly’s programme for children and young people with additional support needs, currently runs weekly sensory workshops for senior students from Beatlie and Pinewood schools, integrated drama projects in Blackburn, and a sound-design project for young people affected by autism. SHIFT, our film/dance project for young adults will also be returning after Easter. For more information on this and other PLANET projects call 08447 744496 or email


Firefly play an active role in schools across West Lothian, with integrated drama and film projects in all 5 Blackburn schools, a smoking cessation project in Fauldhouse, Fair Trade workshops throughout February, and CPD sessions for teachers in Edinburgh and West Lothian.

Generating quality arts activity for out-lying communities is a key priority for Firefly,and at present we deliver drop-in drama and workshops in South Livingston, Bathgate and Blackridge. Web 3And NOT forgetting our excellent Youth Theatre companies… news coming soon on exciting new productions planned for April, June and July. Meanwhile for more information on any of the above, or our weekly workshop programme, contact us on 08447 744496 or email

Happy Christmas From Firefly


Firefliers celebrated the end of the Autumn term with no less that 12 sharings, shows and film screenings across West Lothian last week.Younger participants performed with gusto in Beanstalk, A Tangle of Tigers, The Legend Collectors, Jelly Piece, Christmas Eve-il and Stoney Island. Livingston Navigators (P4 – P7′s) also demonstrated their new-found tech skills by operating the lights and sound effects for their own work and the Voyagers’ adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Over 60 young people from Firefly’s senior companies (Friday Film Club, Co.LA, Co.B and Co.54) closed the week by performing work developed through this term’s exploration of comedy genre. An astonishingly good night of satire, black humour and parody – liberally laced with slapstick and an alarming amount of whipped cream.

Firefly closes for the Christmas/New Year break from Thursday 19th December to Tuesday 7th January. Spring workshops re-start on Monday 13th January 2014.

Thanks to all participants, families, staff, board members, volunteers, community partners and funders who have helped us achieve so much in 2013. We look forward to working with you all in 2014!

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Common Ground, Rare Talent


Huge thanks to all who attended the premiere of Common Ground at Howden Park last Friday. The evening was hosted by Firefly’s talented young film-makers and, in addition to Common Ground, we screened the 8 short films that fed into it.

Funded by Creative Scotland, Common Ground was created with young people in every key position of the crew and is the result of a 2-year film project with communities across West Lothian. Led by Jen Randall, young film-makers created several short films about growing up in West Lothian, using a range of genres that included experimental drama, animation and documentary.

No worries if you missed the premiere – you can view Common Ground, the Show Reel  (an excellent intro into how the film was made) and all the link films here:

Meanwhile thanks to all who’ve contributed to this fantastic project and our excellent young film-makers. Especial thanks to Jen Randall, Geraldine Heaney, Kirsty Byers, Dom Bush, David McKeitch and Euan Ryan

A DVD of all the films can be ordered from Firefly for £5.

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Well Scratched

IMG_1933 (2)Guid Scratch 2013, our script-in hand showcase for young, not so young, aspiring and established artists, provided a great night out last weekend. New writing included work by Davey Anderson, Sylvia Dow, Catherine Grosvenor, Ross Walker and Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh. Along with excellent directing and performance, all pieces were eclectically framed by the delights of Swedish Bingo and local band Tropical Penguin.

Guid Scratch is an annual event that invites scripts and work in progress from new and established writers. Once work has been selected, the GS panel line up a director and performers for each piece. All come together for an intensive afternoon of 30 minute rehearsals before this script-in-hand, seat-of-your-pants event takes place that same evening.

Programme, performance and entertainment levels this year were phenomenal. Check out the photos here. Congratulations and thanks to all who contributed, with special thanks to Guid Scratch Die-Hards, Ellie Stewart, Philip Kingscott and Mary Gapinski.

Scratch on…

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COMMON GROUND: A Firefly Premiere

CGposterA5There’s a big night out for Firefly’s talented young film-makers this month, with the premiering of Common Ground, the pinnacle film of our 2-year project for young people, 731 Bathgate Nights. Shot in July 2013 and shaped by narrative and visual references from a series of link films, Common Ground emerges as a beautiful, witty and quirky reflection on growing up in West Lothian.

Following the premiere on Friday 22nd November, Common Ground will be released on Firefly’s Vimeo site at on Saturday 23rd November. Check this site out now and you can enjoy the link films created by young people across West Lothian, who have honed their film, tech and performance skills through 731 Bathgate Nights. Our thanks to our excellent young film-makers, Jen Randall, the lead artist/film-maker on this project, and for invaluable support from Geraldine Heaney, Kirsty Byers, Dom Bush, David McKeitch and Euan Ryan

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