Who We Are

sara_shaarawi_resize_PlaywrightPortraitSara Shaarawi is a playwright, translator and performer from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow. She has had her work performed at the Tron Theatre, The Traverse, Village Pub Theatre, Platform, and the CCA. Sara also took part in the Playwrights Studio Scotland’s 2015 Mentoring Programme and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Breakthrough Writers programme. Other credits include dramaturg, performing and translation for One Day in Spring (Oran Mor/NTS) and Here’s the News from Over There (Northern Stage). She is also one of the recipients of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s New Playwright’s Awards this year.


McMahon, Katherine by Chris ScottLinden McMahon is a performance poet living and working in London. They helped to run spoken word programme Inky Fingers from 2011 – 2013, and has performed across the UK, from pubs to festivals to one glorious night with a full orchestra and a specially written score. They have run participatory arts projects, workshops, and a range of weird and wonderful events. Their first pamphlet, Treasure in the History of Things, was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2012. They have also worked in theatres, a cinema, a library, and for LGBT and mental health charities, and have experience in community development work. They also like baking elaborate desserts, swimming in unlikely places, and growing things.


poppyDr. Poppy Kohner is a researcher, writer and organiser. She co-ordinates and hosts the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) Film Series at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and sits on Document Film Festival Board. Her dual interests in theatre and anthropology fuel her passion in creative arts and popular education for social and political transformation. As a co-founder of direct-action group Resist Militarism Network (formerly White Feather Collective), having written for The Drouth, New Profile and Forces Watch, and havin been an advisor to the Tron Theatre Young Company for SHEEP (2016), the various strands of her work are focused on the demilitarisation of society and culture.



Harry Josephine Giles is from Orkney, and is a poet, performer and general doer of things. They have lived on four islands, each larger than the last. They trained in Theatre Directing (MA with Merit, East 15 Acting School, 2010) and Sustainable Development (MA 1st Class, University of St Andrews, 2009) and their work generally happens in the crunchy places where performance and politics get muddled up. Their most recent book is the poetry collection Tonguit (Freight Books 2014) and their most recent show is Drone.


img-20171024-wa0011.jpgAilie Crerar is originally from Aberdeen and now based in Glasgow via stints in Edinburgh, Stockholm and Rome. She works as a producer and arts PR with emerging theatre companies including Wonder Fools and Brite Theater, as well as with festivals and organisations including the Glasgow Film Festival, Manipulate, Puppet Animation Scotland, Festivals Edinburgh and the CCA. When not in a theatre, Ailie can often be found in the cinema, drinking wine, and/or watching reruns of old Eurovision competitions.


henry bellHenry Bell is a writer, editor, and events organiser based in Glasgow. He has organised arts festivals with hundreds of performances and significant financial backing, coordinated international tours, and has also tried his hand at wedding planning, selling pasties, and working the spotlights at the Glasgow Pavilion. He is the managing editor of Gutter, Scotland’s magazine of new writing, and has worked on plays with Oran Mor, The Playwrights Studio, and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has edited a number of books including A Bird is Not a Stone, an anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry in the languages of Scotland.


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Beth Frieden is an actor from New Hampshire in the USA. She works in English and Scottish Gaelic, and is currently Associate Artist with Theatre Gu Leòr in Glasgow. She loves working with new writing and physical theatre, and performs in a variety of disciplines, from stage to street theatre to radio drama. She also writes poetry, and sings sea chanteys.