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Websites:                  

www.smathsin.co.uk

www.keltikkomix.co.uk

www.rightlines.net  

www.cartoontheatre.co.uk

www.artsinmotion.co.uk

 

Personal:                   Male, 14/5/52   Married, 5 children

Qualifications             B.Ed English & History, Aberdeen College of

Education, 1976

Equity Member profile

Member of Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Scheme

Member of Scottish Society of Playwrights

 

OVERALL SKILLSET

Writer, Director, Animator, Illustrator, Cartoonist, Interactive Media for Theatre Specialist, Project Manager, Set and Props Designer/ Builder.

 

1976-1985

Various jobs – Drummer in Scottish ceilidh band, Circus hand, Oil Industry Worker, Graphic Artist and Print Finisher.

 

1985-1995

Clown Jewels Theatre Company

Job Responsibilities –       Devising /writing children’s theatre

Performer (Equity)

Set and prop design and construction

Publicity artwork design

  • Created 7 SAC funded Scottish tours
  • Wazoo Wotsit’s door, Ship of Fools, The Lost Eye of Zenga, Fantasy Factory, Ghost Train, Clown Duels, The Goblin King and the Fairy Queen (Imaginate, International Children’s Festival)

1995-1996

  • Zoom Studios.

Job responsibilities –        Devising /writing script

Creating the associated computer animation and video

Set and prop design and construction

Publicity artwork design

  • Created 2 SAC funded, Scottish tours
  • Exhibit A, The Present

 1995

  • Set Design and construction and lighting assistant for The Invisible Bouncers tour of The Hero

1996            

  • Tutor for Jet 2000 Computer Animation training course

1997

  • Travelling in Australia and New Zealand

1998

  • Designer for Highland Festival Club installation
  • Tricks of Delight Multimedia Exhibition
  • Stirling Bridge Computer Animation Project

1996 to 2015

  • Director Arts in Motion
  • Job responsibilities – Writing and script devising

Set design and construction

Computer Graphics and Video production

  • Co-creator of Cartoon Theatre. Interactive children’s theatre using live performance and computer animation.
  • Created 3 SAC funded tours
  • A Night to Remember, Cartoon Theatre with Sam and Harry, The Comic (Winner of Herald Angel Award Edinburgh Festival 2000)
  • Assistant video artist on Hypothetically Murdered for Tartan Chameleon.
  • Chief animator and set designer for The Other Side for Cartoon Theatre

Project Management work 1987-2007.

  • Production Manager for Gleneagles Hotel Christmas Multi-media Installation (annual contract).

Writing/Graphics projects 1985 to 2017  

  • Co-creator of SAC funded Keltik Komix (6 issues)
  • Co-creator of Adventures of Black Bag “The Faithful Border Binliner” for Viz comics.
  • Illustrator and story editor for Gaelic children’s comicSmathsin (hard copy version)
  • Numerous other posters, and book illustrations, web designs leaflets etc.
  • Cartoonist for online Hi-arts web magazine.

Theatre Work 2000-2015

2000

  • Writer of “Hard Pressed” The story of an aphrodisiac cheese, commissioned by Highland festival for successful Scottish tour.

20012002

  • Co-author of “Accidental Death of an Accordionist” Successful Scottish tour and sell-out Edinburgh Festival Hit, Dramaturg/assistant director on re-tour.

2002-3

  • Co-author of “The Wedding” an interactive theatre piece based on a wedding reception, which completed a very successful Highland, tour and run at the Edinburgh festival,

Formed Right Lines Productions with Euan Martin

 2004

  • Co-author and set designer for “Who Bares Winsfor Right Lines Productions.

2005

2006

  • Co-writer and Director of “Illicit” for Right Lines Productions, commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
  • One of five finalists in the current Highland Quest competition for a new Musical with Whisky Kisses.
  • Hi-arts funded development grant for show “From These Parts” about incomers; local and extra- terrestrial for Right Lines Productions.
  • SAC sponsored study visit to Capital E, Children’s Performance Centre, in Wellington, New Zealand.

2007

  • Writer, Animator and Director of The Box it Came Ina Highland Producers funded production. Premier at DNA festival Inverness
  • Designer for Dogstar’s “Polish Quine” Writer for “The Big Shop” Inverness.
  • Collaboration in Sweden with theatre company Profilteatern to produce interactive animations for their current production “Bakum Rutan
  • Directed and produced Helmsdale animation “Frakkok’s Tale” for Timespan story room installation.

2008

  • Whisky Kisses selected to be one of the RSAMD Edinburgh Festival Shows
  • Accidental Death of an Accordionist re-toured by Mull Theatre
  • The Box It Came re-tour the Highlands.
  • Assisting on Video design for Theatre Workshop’s Marat/Sade
  • Writer of a one man show The Sweetener, about the Inventor of Canned Laughter, funded by Highland Producers fund.
  • Production Manager and Animator for Xmas Ness Islands video installation for Inverness Council.
  • Designer and Animator for interactive public art Advent Calendar Inverness

2009

  • Director “The Sweetener” Highland tour March.
  • Animator and workshop leader for Inver School “Coyote” and “The Sea Witch”
  • Workshop leader for Eden Court Animation and Performance project.
  • Animator and workshop leader for Rowan (Ross- shire waste management) schools and youth project.
  • Animator, Editor and animator for B-Xafe Golspie School’s Sexual Health animation.
  • Installation of “Now you See It” Magic exhibition for Inverness Art Galleries
  • Animator for Tooriebrochan Community Panto in Moray Schools
  • Hi-arts professional development funded trip to Adobe Flash Animation conference in Brighton.
  • Production Manager and Animator for Ness Islands’ Halloween
  • Christmas interactive Animation installation for Inverness Council.

2010

  • Director and Animator of Gaelic show “Am Bocsa”
  • Directed remount of The Perfect Spot in Gaelic
  • Workshop leader for Tain Academy Gaelic animation project
  • Art Editor/illustrator of pilot edition of Gaelic online comic Smathsin
  • Writer and set designer for SAC funded production of Whisky Kisses the Musical for Right Lines Productions

 2011-12

  • Director and Animator of Gaelic/English show Sporting Chance
  • Workshop leader for Cartoon theatre Animation workshops in Western Isles
  • Co-writer – From These Parts NSTF tour May
  • Workshop leader for cartoon and comedy workshops Moray arts Centre Olympic Masters and Champions Project
  • Animator and project manager for Arts in Motion Halloween Ness Islands
  • Northern Writes 2011-12 conferences workshop leader
  • Animator for Gleneagles Hotel Multi -Media Christmas show

2013

2014

  • Co-writer of Whisky Kisses -Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s flagship
  • Production for 2014 summer season
  • Scottish Book Trust Hanover Primary School Aberdeen workshops on WW1
  • Web designer, Editor and illustrator of Gaelic online comic ‘Smathsin issues 1-4
  • Animator and Director of remount of Perfect Spot for deaf
  • audiences, in collaboration with Krazy Kat
  • CPD tutor in Comic Life for Storlann
  • Project leader for Gaelic student training at SMO in Comic Life and Crazy Talk
  • Animator and project manager for Arts in Motion Halloween Ness Islands
  • DirectorRhum Plantsfor Play Pieces Inverness Mangonel Theatre

 2015

  • Co-WriterRapid Departurefor Right Lines Productions
  • Director, animator and writer for Creative Scotland development project Ipad show
  • Bord na Gaidhlig funded workshops in Animation, Crazy Talk and Comic Life for CPD and pupils
  • Director Casting Offby Philip Paris
  • Editor and illustrator of Gaelic online comic Smathsin issues 5-6

 2016

  • Co-writer of one woman show – Charity Begins
  • Re-tour of Rapid Departure for Right Lines Productions
  • Director for Playpieces curated theatre project
  • Digital Champion for Highlife Highland
  • Bookbug session Leader for Tain Library
  • Digital Awareness course leader for Tain Library
  • Editor and illustrator of Gaelic online comic Smathsin issues 7-8
  • Awarded development grant from Creative Scotland for Isle of Love, indie Pop Juke Box Musical.
  • Editor of – An Entertaining Anthology for Highland HighLife Writers.
  • Writer for NTS funded development project Boob Cruise
  • Awarded development grant from Creative Scotland for Isle of Love, indie Pop Juke Box Musical.

2017

  • Production manager for Isle of Love rehearsed reading and Face Book Live at Eden Court
  • Attended Lucy V Hay script reading course in London with funding from Screen-Hi
  • Winner of Arts and Business Innovation Award for Rapid Departure Special FX
  • Professional Script Reader
  • Development work on Tribute Band Musical Comedy funded by Playwrights Studio

2018

  • Co-writer of The Isle of Love
  • Directed Charity Begins for Right Lines productions
  • Designed and built set for The Isle Of love CS funded production
  • Production administration for The Isle of Love
  • Built set for Tantalus/ A Pair of Genes by Plan B