> My Friend Selma
a Terra Incognita production
“When I was eight years old my dad set up a charity to help people fleeing danger in Bosnia. He brought fifty refugees over here on big coaches. We moved into an old boarding school with them to help them settle in. We lived there for four months. It was brilliant – there was a playground in my front garden, we had lots of visitors, people were always feeding me and I learnt to ride a bike. But the best thing about living there was meeting my friend Selma.”
The tale of an incredible journey, a world turned upside down, loss, friendship, courage and conkers. The is the real-story of one girl’s journey from war in Bosnia to safety in the UK.
My Friend Selma began life as a solo show in 2014 touring schools and community venues, before it was re-directed by Joe Douglas to tour theatre venues in Autumn 2015. The show has since done two Scottish tours of theatre venues (2015 & 2018), and one tour with Imaginate and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Theatre in Schools Scotland (2018).
My Friend Selma will be appearing at children’s theatre festivals in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 – watch this space for more information coming soon!
“The most amazing story I’ve ever heard.” – Georgia, aged 10
“I would give this show 280,00,00 out of five.” – Erin, aged 9
“Absorbing, affecting but also robustly unsentimental” ★★★★ The Herald
Suitable for ages 8+
This production was created with support from Creative Scotland.
Written and performed by Victoria Beesley
Directed by Joe Douglas
Sound Design by Danny Krass
Lighting Design by David Cunningham
Stage Management by Kay Hesford & Jonny Reed
Production Management by Sian MacGregor & Kay Hesford
> Invisible Army
a Terra Incognita production
Robbie McGuire is becoming invisible. It’s not a big problem. It doesn’t affect his day to day life. Mrs Gillespie still gives him detention, Sarah Hargreaves still threatens to smash his face in, and Mr Bartnik the shopkeeper still won’t let him forget that he owes 10p for a bottle of milk he bought over a year ago. But Robbie has started noticing that people bump into him a lot in the street. That nobody ever really looks at him – they always look to the side of a metre behind as though they’re not quite sure exactly where he is. And this morning, the longer he looked in the mirror the less he could see of himself. And so begins Robbie’s journey on a very weird day…
Invisible Army tells the story of a fifteen-year old boy who falls further into his imagination as he tries to balance the highs and lows of teenage life with looking after his sick mum. Created as a documentation of the experiences and imaginations of a group of young carers at Glasgow South West Carers Centre, it combined text, movement and music to offer a funny, moving and imaginative insight into the life of a young carer. Workshops with young carers across Scotland ran alongside the professional production.
Invisible Army toured theatres across Scotland in Autumn 2016. Created with support from Creative Scotland.
“Invisible Army’s short, sensitive and imaginative handling of an important and often forgotten issue surely reminds us all of the immense good that theatre can do.”
★★★★★ TV Bomb – Invisible Army
“Terra Incognita was set up to tell the ‘extraordinary stories of ordinary people’, and if this show makes even one young carer more visible in the world, it’s done its job.”
★★★★ THE LIST
Written by Victoria Beesley
Directed by Emily Reutlinger
Movement Direction by Tony Mills
Sound Design by Danny Krass and Dan Beesley
Lighting Design by Elle Taylor
Set and Costume Design by Alice Gooden
Stage Management by Kay Hesford
Production Management by Sian MacGregor
Produced by Belinda McElhinney
in association with Platform
“we used to find things a lot easier… meeting people… I used to go dancing five nights a week… ten to one I got a date on Sunday night…”
30:60:80 is a celebration of three lives, collectively spanning fifty years with the women of one family and inviting audiences to consider the richness in their own maternal herstory.
When Amy’s grandma turned 30, she had three children and was thankful to finally live in a house with an indoor toilet. When Amy’s mum turned 30, she was an NHS professional, had a mortgage and was pregnant with her first child. Amy just turned 30. She’s single, chancing it, and certain about exactly nothing.
Utilising an innovative form of verbatim theatre in which the testimony of each person is presented as authentically as possible, 30:60:80 is an invitation to three landmark birthdays to meet three remarkable birthday girls.
30:60:80 toured Scottish theatres in Spring 2016. Created with support from Creative Scotland.
Devised and Performed by Amy Conway
Devised and Directed by Victoria Beesley
Lighting Design by Laura Hawkins
Stage Management by Laura Hawkins
Produced by Michael O’Neill