Past Productions

Stoirm Òg is not currently touring. For up to date information on projects,
please contact Elspeth directly on elspethmaryturner(at)


Stoirm Òg in co-production
with Cumbernauld Theatre presents

A new play by Elspeth Turner

Directed by Matthew Lenton

             Your dignity – I’ve been trying to save
             your hypocrisy – I’ve been trying to conceal
             to right your wrongs
             and sing the songs of managing strife
             but life
             is no horse-taming
             system-blaming picnic.
             And I’m the Heidbummer today.’

Inspired by the bothy ballads of Scotland’s North East, playwright Elspeth Turner (The Idiot at the Wall, 2012) and acclaimed director Matthew Lenton (Vanishing Point) explore the fraying boundaries between past, present, and future. Weaving poetry, Doric, wild horses, and song, this courageous new play deftly wrestles with tradition, power, and the loneliness of modern life.

Cast - Elspeth Turner, Bridget McCann and Mark Wood
Music and Sound Design - Matt Regan
Design - Richard Evans
Lighting Design - Kai Fischer
Assistant Director - Rob Jones
Producer - Aiyana D'Arcangelo
Production Manager - Susan Martin


Presented by Stoirm Òg
in co-production with Cumbernauld Theatre

31st July - 1st August, 7pm
Cumbernauld Theatre
To book click here

6th-31st August, 1.30pm 
Assembly Hall (Rainy Hall)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
(NOT 12th, 17th, 24th)
To book click here

2nd - 20th September, Scottish Tour.

Generously supported by Creative Scotland, Aberdeen City Council,
North East Arts Touring, and the Tom McGrath Trust.

With thanks to The School of Scottish Studies.

Stay tuned here for news and updates!


Development, September 2014

We've been busy in Cumbernauld developing SpectreTown, a new play set in the North East of Scotland. Writer Elspeth Turner and Director Emily Reutlinger began working with actors for two days of script development back in September....

And we began foraging around in the Archives at the School of Scottish Studies. Thanks to Neil, Caroline, Stuart and Cathlin for your help tracking down info. on The Horseman's Word.

Then in October we spent a week in the studio, working with actors Bridget McCann, Lucy Goldie and Mark Wood, and composer/musician Matt Regan to explore ideas for all the worlds in the play. Our PM Susan Martin was there too, keeping us in line. I think in this photo an actor turned her into a shop mannequin.....

One morning we had the great pleasure of welcoming the great bothy ballad singer, Scott Gardiner, into our rehearsal room! Scott sang and taught us a few songs, and we generally put him in the hot-seat on all things concerning The Horseman's Word. Thanks to our Production Manager Susan Martin for this photo!

At the end of the week, we presented a sharing night at the Traverse Theatre's Hothouse series (check out our Images page), followed by an amazing trip to Alford which saw us bring our work-in-progress to a wonderfully enthusiastic crowd at the Tullynessle and Forbes Hall. Big thank you to Emyr at North East Arts Touring for his help organizing this. Our youngest audience member was 2, and our oldest 102!! This amazing man has worked on farms, and with horses, all his life, and he very kindly let Elspeth interview him whilst conducting some research in Kemnay earlier this year. It was a great afternoon of theatre, chat, songs, tea and chat! Here's Aiyana being put to work :-)

Here's Aberdeen-born actor Bridget McCann talking about working in her own dialect.

And Torrie-born Mark Wood talking about North East dialects, and about his character Stanley...

This is the incomparable singer Sheena Blackhall You can't tell from the picture but she's singing an utterly filthy bothy ballad :-) She warned us all in advance and naeb'dy left!

Many thanks to Cumbernauld Theatre, and to Creative Scotland for supporting us on this project.



The Idiot at the Wall first delighted audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, before completing an extensive tour of the Highlands and Islands in 2013.

To enquire about booking THE IDIOT AT THE WALL for your venue, please contact Aiyana D'Arcangelo at

Check out our trailer here - beautifully shot and edited by Robbie Jones!

Many thanks to the following for their support in getting the #idiotcrew on the road in 2013..

Alba Chruthachail
The Touring Network
North East Arts Touring
The Beacon Arts Centre
The Arts Complex
The Edinburgh Makars
The Stephen Joseph Theatre
Camira Fabrics
Allan and Jean Turner
Jo Barrow
Ruth Turner
Brian Ó hEadhra

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