Welcome Back!

Welcome back for Firefly’s Autumn 2016 programme of theatre skills, drama fun, film and media workshops, performance, training and events.

We’re delighted to welcome film-maker Kate Burton to the Firefly team, while regulars Eleanor, Kirsty, Laura, Amy, Ellie and Rosie are looking forward to getting back to working with you all. A warm welcome also to our 3 new workshop assistants, Taylor, Matthew and Enya.


Some of our core afterschool workshops are already full, but we still have places in:

Linlithgow Navigators (P4-P7) Wednesdays 4 to 5.30pm at Linlithgow Burgh Halls.

Bathgate Navigators (P4-P7) Tuesdays 4 to 5.30pm at Bathgate Regal Theatre.

Livingston Explorers (P1-P3) Mondays 3.45 to 4.45pm at Howden Park Centre.

Livingston Navigators ( P4-P7) Wednesdays 4 to 5.30pm at Howden Park Centre.

Call 01506 333005 or email admin@firefly-arts.co.uk if you, or someone you know, would like more information on these.

We’ll have lots more to offer between now and December. Watch out for information on theatre lighting training, Young Writers events and residential, our new contemporary theatre project, Summit Else, and auditions for this year’s Fabulous Firefly Winter Show.

See you soon…FF Autumn16b

Beast of a Show


We’re not sure when a Firefly production last caused so much debate between its young, older and even older audience members. Bloody Girls was developed as an exploration of girlhood – and its quasi Girl/Wolf delivery was robustly physical, keenly emotive, complex and affecting.

With devised text, music, song and movement woven expertly against work by Kate Tempest, Jim Crumley and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, this talented young cast created an escalating wave of sweet, funny, brutal, tender and savage moments. The role of the audience careered between that of fond parent, wildlife observer and unexpected witness to violent crime.


‘It was not just bold and thought provoking but fearless and unapologetic in its directness. The girls showed immense talent and their commitment to character was flawless throughout, morphing seamlessly from wolf to girl and back without losing the flow at any point. ‘

Heartfelt congratulations, therefore, to the hugely talented cast who, with Directors Kirsty Byers and Eleanor Morrison, created such a brave, intelligent and driven interpretation of the bloody mess of life.

‘Go out in the woods, go out.  If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.’ Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Special thanks also to the artistry of costume designer Jess Brettle and lighting designer Laura Hawkins, choreographer Isobel Ross, production assistant Amy Wilson, and to Sinclair MacKenzie for production photographs

You can see Bloody Girls at the NTS Exchange Festival at the Macrobert Theatre, Stirling on Tuesday 5th July at 7.30pm. For tickets call 01786 466666 


To view production photos by Sinclair MacKenzie click here.
To view the Bloody Girls programme click here.


Bloody Girls

Bloody Girls Final

Join us at Howden Park Centre for two home performances of Bloody Girls, Firefly’s new production for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange Festival 2016!

Directed by Eleanor Morrison and Kirsty Byers, Bloody Girls is a bold, brave and brutal observation of girlhood, exploring the strength and fragility of female bonds, and the unsettling consequences of pushing these bonds to breaking point.

This production contains strong language and adult content, and we recommend it for ages 14+ only. For more information and to book your tickets call 01506 333005 or email admin@firefly-arts.co.uk.


Terrible Consequences…

Join us for Terrible Consequences (of poorly made paraffin lamps) at Almond Valley Heritage Trust on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May. This production has been created specially for the 2016 Festival of Museums, and takes a wry look at the accidents, incidents and calamities caused by early oil lamps.

Fast and fiercesome fun for all the family. Performances at 1.40pm and 3pm each day.



Firefly wins Best Film at Ireland’s First Cut Film Festival.

FGaze_AwardExciting news! Firefly’s all-female film crew, F-GAZE, along with film-maker Jen Randall, have won Best Film with their debut short film, The Old Lie at the First Cut! Youth Film Festival in Ireland.

Praise and acknowledgement for the film’s strength and artistry are rolling in from all directions. You can view a full feature on the making of the film currently on Creative Scotland’s website: http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2016/04/scottish-film-wins-best-film-at-first-cut!-youth-film-festival

Legendary rock-dog Tom Waites, whose track Hell Broke Luce features throughout the 4 minute piece, has also joined The Old Lie fan-club. He’s personally approved the film, calling it “very moving…to the heart of the matter.”

Mary McGrath from First Cut Film Festival has also congratulated the team. “The response from viewers was brilliant- they loved it & it was certainly a talking point- raising the bar and raising important topics for discussion. Above all it is a powerful, engaging, flawless film.”


Funded through Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity, the F-GAZE (female gaze) project aimed to encourage more girls to take part in film-making, and to challenge gender stereotypes with females behind the camera and males in front of it.

Shot in areas of natural wilderness around Glasgow, The Old Lie is an experimental dance film which explores themes of war and innocence. It was choreographed by Natali McCleary, featured a cast of all-male dancers from Overdrive Dance Company, and took inspiration from Wilfred Owen’s classic poem, Dulce et Decorum Est.

The project was devised and led by one of Firefly’s favourite film-makers, Jen Randall of Lightshed Pictures. Our intrepid film crew, defiant, wind-blasted and not entirely water-proofed, were Bethan Dow, Megan Houston, Dana Martin, Mari Wall, Taylor Thompson and Eilidh Anderson.

FGaze01Our thanks also for the talent, commitment and resilience of the dancers: Ryan Aptomos, Charlie Scott, Luc MacDonald, Sean Brown, Calvin Wilson, John Selkirk, Ewan Chanter, Scott Sinclair, Neil Gibson, Zack Pye, Anthony Tetlow, Adam Quinn, Roddy Gilkison and Benjamin Connolly. Thanks also for project support from associate artists, Rosie Reid and Geraldine Heaney.

Catch this and some other cracking films
on Firefly’s Vimeo site: https://vimeo.com/149559380




2016 Firefly Summer Specials

Whatever the weather, it’s going to be a great summer here at Firefly. Join us for drama fun, film-making activity, and our fabulous annual Cabaret. Or if you’re truly serious about Theatre, why not sign up for one of our MasterClasses.

Scroll down below for more details on all our summer activity.

Places on all these projects are limited, so book yours as soon as possible!

T: 01506 333005

E: admin@firefly-arts.co.uk

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Rising to the Challenge: King Lear 2016


Congratulations to our all-girl cast for last weekend’s exhilarating and accomplished production of King Lear for Firefly’s Spring Performance Challenge 2016. Developed, rehearsed and performed in just 6 days, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s  despotic Lear and his power-hungry daughters was cool, sassy and effortlessly stylish.

With an audience seated cabaret-style, the young cast (S1 and S2s) worked the space with energy and dynamism, breaking out into the audience as characters and plot unraveled.

Directed by Amy Wilson and Kirsty Byers, and brilliantly lit by Laura Hawkins, this highly stylized and slightly unpredictable Lear reminded us all why we love youth theatre. The levels of tension, excitement and expectation in the studio were palpable. Well done to everyone involved!

For  more photos of King Lear click here.

Lear In 6 Days

Lear2It’s time for Firefly’s Spring Production Challenge, when our S1 and S2 performers take on a classic text, develop, rehearse and perform in just 6 days.

This year our all-female cast invite you to a surreal and corporate underworld, set out cabaret-style, and offering a fierce and contemporary take on the political power-mongering and inner turmoil of King Lear.

This annual challenge is a big ask of our young people. This year’s cast, directed by Amy Wilson and Kirsty Byers, have injected the  process with exceptional levels of commitment, ingenuity and humour. We can’t wait to see the finished product!

King Lear will be performed in The Firefly Studio, Howden Park Centre on Saturday 2nd April at 3pm. For tickets, call 01506 333005 or email admin@firefly-arts.co.uk





Gorgeous Gatherin’


Young people, friends and families, partner organisations, volunteers and artists celebrated the end of Firefly’s current A Word In Your Ear project last week, with an exhibition of artwork, readings, new writing, live performance and the launch of our F-Gaze film, The Old Lie. We had a tremendous time throughout the Gatherin’ week, and feel infinitely proud of all the children and young people who have participated in this project.


Funded through Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity, A Word In Your Ear has been running across West Lothian for the past 18 months, providing quality arts experience for young people from a range of backgrounds and communities, and enabling Firefly to build a series of new partnerships with local communities, youth services, organisations and artists.


None of this would have been possible without the AWIYE artistic team,  including film media and digital specialists, visual artists,  writers, movement and performance specialists. We  are especially grateful to the following for their exceptional commitment, skill and creativity:

Ellie Stewart; Martin O’Connor; Jen Randall; Euan Ryan; Rosie Reid; Alexa Hare; David Banks; Polly Phillips; Geraldine Heaney; Frances Priest and Jenny Holgarth.

Thanks to all our supporters throughout the past 16 months, project Co-ordinator Laura Stephen, and the fabulous Firefly team. We look forward to working  with you again in the future!


For more information, news and images from A Word In Your Ear, click here.

To view  The Old Lie, click here.