RAIN: A Flood of Young Talent

Image by Rhys Sutherland/Dundee rep

The Firefly Studio hosted two very different productions last weekend, with Firefly’s home performance of RAIN (first performed at Dundee Rep in May) and Platform Young Company’s contemporary work, Shaking the Habitual.

RAIN flowed from initial humour and relish to an increasing flood of social and material disintegration. Directed by Kirsty Byers and Eleanor Morrison, and devised by the company, this production is the end point of a creative process that explored a wealth of ideas, cultural references, literature, social, political and scientific research; a process that plays a significant role in enabling young people to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, and renegotiate their relationships with an increasingly complex world.

“I really loved how we made the show, using improvisation to build our own characters, write our own words. We make serious stuff that is good, using a mix of different performance styles. I like that you have to pay attention to our work to understand what is going on.”

Visually arresting, confident and thought-provoking, this production showcased some excellent performances from Firefly old-hands (with four off to Uni next term) along with some of our younger emerging talent. Our thanks to Jess Brettle for wonderful set and costume design, and Malcolm Rogan for lighting.

Our thanks also to Platform’s Young Company for their performance of Shaking The Habitual, a uniform and formulaic piece exploring both the reinforcement and inevitable breakdown of habitual behaviours.

To view the RAIN programme and publicity click here.

To view RAIN Images by Sinclair MacKenzie, click here.

Images by Sinclair MacKenzie


Following a debut performance at Dundee Rep’s Next Up Festival, there’s an intriguing forecast for Firefly’s summer production this June. Devised by the company and directed by Kirsty Byers and Eleanor Morrison, RAIN builds steadily from a welcome stream to an altogether more sinister and unstoppable force of nature – humorous, playful and, as bloated fragments of life flow by, increasingly alarming.

Restricted seats available at both performances. Avoid disappointment and book your tickets early at admin@firefly-arts.co.uk, or call 01506 333005.

Recommended age for this production is 12+.

Summer Term on its Way….

Its definitely spring, and nearly summer, here at Firefly. We hope you all have a great Easter break and come back ready for action. Meanwhile here are some reminders for what’s coming up.

For those of you involved in Firefly’s Redemption Road programme we have a 2 day holiday project on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April. Places on this project are limited, so if you’ve not been to a Redemption Road workshop before please contact Kirsty on kirsty@firefly-arts.co.uk.

Development days, for young people involved with our upcoming production of Rain for Dundee’s Next Up festival in May, are scheduled for Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th.

Firefly’s 2018 summer term will be jam-packed with performance, starting with Livingston’s Company 54 and Linlithgow’s Company LA  performing at Howden Park Centre in April, 2 Navigator groups showcasing their murder/mystery productions in May, and a double bill with Platform Young Company at Howden Park Centre in June.

Add to that our Redemption Road music projects, Young Writers’ events, training and partnership work with HYPE, the Inveralmond community and Bathgate Academy (not forgetting our talented young film-makers), and we’ve got plenty to be getting on with!

Hope to see you soon,








Welcome Back…

Happy New Year to you all! Firefly’s Spring term is up and running, and we’re looking forward to a brand new year of workshops, performance, projects and events. Spring workshops start on Monday 15th January and run for 10 weeks until Friday 23rd March. We have spaces in several workshops groups, so call 01506 333005 or email admin@firefly-arts.co.uk if you would like to join us!

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Disco Pirates Get On Down…

West Lothian youth theate buffs are probably still in recovery from Yo Ho Ho, Firefly’s  spectacular funky-town of a winter show at Howden Park Centre this weekend. Co-directed by Eleanor Morrison and Laura Stephen, with 1970’s classics, ancient curses, disco dancing pirates, a maverick Sat-Nav and mermaids with menaces, this show really did have something for everyone.

Underpinning the fun, though, was a serious and poignant message on the devastating effects of plastic waste on our oceans and marine wild-life. The  excellent young cast coped artfully with the complexity of tackling a serious issue with humour, irony and empathy, aided by the clever crafting of Kirsty Byers who wrote and researched the show.

Our thanks also to Jess Brettle for a wonderful set and costumes (all plastic reused or recycled), Malcolm Rogan for lighting, Izzy Ross for choreography, Polly Phillips for musical direction, Kate Burton for film and Kyle McIntyre for sound. A Firefly Dream Team supporting yet another cast of extraordinary young performers!

To view production photos by Sinclair MacKenzie, click Here.

To view Yo Ho Ho programme and publicity, click Here.

YO HO HO is on the way…

It’s time for Firefly’s fabulous winter show, featuring talented young actors aged 8 to 18 from across West Lothian. This year’s production takes a nautical twist, as a motley crew of 80’s disco pirates discover whats really lurking on the ocean. Great fun for all ages, cheesy music, intrigue, adventure and discovery – so book your tickets now!

River Where is Here

Firefly’s great new film, River Where, is currently being screened at venues across West Lothian. This quirky and irrepressible short film features our talented young film-makers and their quest to map their local River Almond, hone their fishing skills, spot otters and generate creative and environmentally-friendly ways to fill their wellies with water.

Treat yourself to a private view by clicking https://vimeo.com/242925438

River Where was funded by Riverlife and the Forth Fisheries Trust, and is available for screening at arts, community  and environmental events.  Find out more by phoning Kirsty on 01506 333005 or email kirsty@firefly-arts.co.uk.

All Things Dark & Mechanical

A reminder that Firefly’s talented young performers present their breathtaking show, Dark Mechanics, at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre on Saturday 18th November at 7pm & Sunday 19th November at 3.30pm.


Book your tickets for this not-to-be-missed experience at
or call the Traverse box office on 0131 228 1404.


Catch performers Matthew and Enya discussing the challenges of performing Dark Mechanics at the Chrysalis Festival at


Check out the Dark Mechanics Blog at https://vimeo.com/242911598


And don’t miss these fabulous rehearsal images…https://www.facebook.com/YTArtsScot/photos/a.10156058062314653.1073741871.24028024652/10156058069064653/?type=3&theater