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




Dark Mechanics at Chrysalis.

Excitement and anticipation are building (and our sore muscles and bruises are intensifying) as this exceptional young cast move into the final phase of rehearsals for Firefly’s Dark Mechanics at the Chrysalis Festival 2017.

Come and see some of Scotland’s most exceptional young theatre-makers perform dynamic and cutting edge new work at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

Saturday 18th November at 7pm

Sunday 19th November at 3.30pm

For more information, and to book your tickets, click on:


We hope to see you there!

Dark Mechanics at This Year’s Chrysalis Festival

Firefly are currently in rehearsal to take Dark Mechanics to this year’s Chrysalis festival at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre  in November. Hosted by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Chrysalis brings together ambitious and challenging new work by young production companies, along with workshops, talks and participation events.

We’re delighted to be reworking  Dark Mechanics, directed by Kirsty Byers and Eleanor Morrison, for performances at 7pm on Saturday 18th and 3.30pm on Sunday 19th November. Tickets are available from the Traverse Box Office: http://www.traverse.co.uk or call 0131 228 1404.

For more information on Chrysalis performances, workshops and events check out http://www.ytas.org.uk/chrysalis

Welcome back…

A warm welcome back to all our young people, families, practitioners and supporters. Firefly has had a busy summer with young puppeteers in Linlithgow, a fabulous cabaret week in Livingston, and a week of location filming for our River Where film project. We also took 7 writer/performers and their production of Buckle Up to this year’s National Festival of Youth Theatre


So back to business and full steam ahead. Firstly, thanks to all of you who auditioned this week for our winter show in December. Despite the huge level of talent and enthusiasm, we can’t cast everyone who came along – but we hope you enjoyed the workshop and don’t feel too disappointed if you didn’t get in this time. We’ve plenty more performance opportunities for you!

Meanwhile Firefly’s production of Dark Mechanics has been selected for the Chrysalis Festival at the Traverse Theatre in November, and the final edit of our River Where film will be screened in venues across West Lothian. We’re anticipating the launch of a 3-year youth arts programme for marginalised communities later his month, continue to run our activist music project, Redemption Road, and are moving into the final year of our SkyLight training programme.

Finally, a timely thanks to all Firefly’s current funders, including West Lothian Council, Creative Scotland, Youth Music Initiative, The Robertson Trust and The River Forth Fisheries Trust . We couldn’t do it with you!






Young Performers Excel Themselves

Having two young casts create, rehearse and perform to professional standards was always a big ask of Firefly staff and performers, and last weekend’s double-bill of Buckle Up and Dark Mechanics proved what an exceptionally talented and creative crew we have here in West Lothian.

Buckle Up was created by Firefly’s young writers, supported by Ellie Stewart and directed by Laura Stephen, and presented a bitter-sweet interpretation of what it means to travel and not know exactly where you belong. Humorous, poignant and lyrical, the young cast imbued their tale of home-coming with integrity, compassion and hope.

Dark Mechanics, directed by Kirsty Byers and Eleanor Morrison, took a more visceral turn  to explore the dark edges of control, the myth of progress and the deification of sociopathic forces. Hugely physical, loud, bloody and confrontational, this is not a show for the faint-hearted. The cast, a besieged batch of laboratory mice, committed wholly to grime, sweat, fear, anger and incessant scratching.The aural, bodily and emotional pounding of the work left the audience reeling, with just a glimmer of optimism.

Both productions were stunningly designed and lit by Jessica Brettle and Malcolm Rogan, and we can look forward to seeing more of them; Buckle Up will be performed at this year’s National Festival of Youth Theatre at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr on Saturday 8th July, while Dark Mechanics will feature in the Chrysalis Festival at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre in November.

Congratulations to everyone involved in both productions. Great work!

To view Buckle Up and Dark Mechanics publicity and programme click here

To view Buckle Up photographs by Sinclair MacKenzie click here

To view Dark Mechanics photographs by Sinclair MacKenzie click here


Sore Feet and Dark Hearts

Book your tickets now for our sumptuous summer double-bill in the Firefly Studio at Howden Park Centre, Saturday 24th (3pm and 7pm) and Sunday 25th June (3pm).

Buckle Up has been created by Firefly’s talented young writers along with dramaturg Ellie Stewart. Co-directed by Ellie and Laura Stephen, Buckle Up explores what it means to travel and not know exactly where you belong. A journey of self-discovery, truth and home-coming.

Following this month’s performance at Howden Park, Buckle Up will be performed at in Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre for the National Festival of Youth Theatre on Saturday 8th July. 

Dark Mechanics is Firefly’s entry for this year’s Chrysalis Festival. Relentlessly physical,  insidious and visceral, Dark Mechanics explores the myth of progress and the sinister forces that grind away at the heart of what we worship.

Both shows promise challenging themes, strong language and thought-provoking material. They are therefore recommended for over 14s only. Call 01506 333005 or email admin@firefly-arts.co.uk for more information and to book your tickets.