Show Pony: Formation Festival

20:15, 29 - 30 Jun

by Michelle Hodkin
adapted by Jonathan Whiteside & Michelle Hodkin
directed by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir


An American novelist flies to Scotland to put an ocean of distance between her and her mistakes, and to finish a book. Instead, she makes all new ones, and writes a play. Fleabag meets Young Adult set in the age of dating apps.  

Based on a story by New York Times best selling author Michelle Hodkin, Strawmoddie Theatre Company presents the world premiere of her first stage play.  

The play will be performed script in hand and is staged as a work in progress. There will be a Post Show Discussion after the performance on Sunday 30 of June. 

The play is directed by award winning director, Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir and stars Madeleine McGirk & Alexander Gray. Adapted for the stage by Jonathan Whiteside & Michelle Hodkin.

Strawmoddie Theatre Company was established to create and promote new Scottish writing, specialising in site-specific theatre and horror. To date we have produced and toured three site-specific plays: Vaults, The Boat and Foxgloves. We champion new writing and seek to collaborate with emerging playwrights to help them produce their first plays.


Reviews for previous Strawmoddie productions:



‘For a play that clocks in at just over fifty minutes, Vaults packs a punch, with a fast-moving plot and a genuinely spooky atmosphere and an ending that will pull the rug out from under you.’ 

The Fountain

‘In execution, Whiteside and Laing punctuate the snappy sparring between Alex Gray and Madeleine McGirk as the estranged siblings with a voiceover reciting the stage directions in what initially appears to be a distancing device before taking a more sinister turn once the lights go out. This makes for a chilling fifty minutes that uses the shock-horror tricks of The Woman in Black and dresses them up in the psychological cloak and dagger of a 1970s tale of the unexpected. It also gives the idea of saying it with flowers a whole new edge.’

The Herald

‘Actors Madeleine McGirk and Alexander Gray play their parts with considerable credibility and sincerity…A plot twist at the end, a nicely executed finish and good use of the space and the props all make Foxgloves an enjoyable piece of theatre to watch, as they serve to create a surrealistic atmosphere within the theatre.’

The Wee Review


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