Firefly sent 2011 packing with a fair stream of events and productions. Firefly Production Company applied their innovative blend of British Sign Language and physical theatre into a production of The Fiend, which played to a packed house at the Edinburgh Story-telling Centre on November 5th.  The piece was filmed on the day by the BBC and featured on BBC 2’s See Hear programme on Wednesday 30th November.

Some of Firefly’s senior and intermediate performers also played a key role at this year’s Guid Scratch event. Organised by Ellie Stewart and Philip Kingscott, this event brought together a vibrant mix of new writing, music and performance. Guid Scratch raised much-needed funds, offered a great night out and a fantastic opportunity to showcase West Lothian talent. Thanks to everyone who supported this event.

In December Firefly’s Winter Festival offered 3 performances of devised work by senior and intermediate performers from Livingston, Bathgate and Linlithgow. The 45 young people involved provided some astonishing performances and each performance was sold out. Congratulations to everyone involved. In particular to Eleanor and Kirsty who directed the work and co-ordinated the complex production logistics.

We planned to conclude 2011 with all workshop groups giving a brief presentation to families and friends. Unfortunately the hurricane on December 8th prevented Linlithgow’s Explorer group from brandishing their pirate skills. Commiserations to them and congratulations for great presentations from Livingston Explorers, Livingston Juniors, Linlithgow Juniors and Linlithgow Intermediates.

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