Formed in 2005, Paper Tiger Theatre is the umbrella name under which I deliver a number of projects, primarily in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Argyll. The work is based in communities, schools and social settings, engaging positively with people to inspire change, and often involves a range of art forms, including drama, visual arts, movement, music, photography, creative play and storytelling.

Paper Tiger promotes and nurtures:

  • Inclusion
  • Equality
  • Respect 
  • Community
  • Wellbeing

Here are some examples of past Paper Tiger projects:

Projects from 2011 - 2012
For 4 - 7 year olds

Boathouse Beasties was a series of workshops which took place in the 'boathouse' attached to a lochside restaurant, Inver Cottage, on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll. These monthly creative adventures were inspired by the characters, colours, sounds and places in some brilliant stories and involved a combination of drama, art, creative play and games.

Projects from 2012 - 2013

For 5 - 12 year olds

These sell-out projects ran as part of summer holiday activities in the community centre in Glendaruel. In 2012 I ran a three-day project called The Incredible Island and in 2013 I ran a four-day project called The Great Explorers, and both involved drama, art, games, mask making, puppetry and storytelling.

Projects from 2012 - 2013

For 5 - 12 year olds

Similar to the ARC project in Glendaruel, these two summer projects ran as part of a creative arts holiday project in rural Argyll.

Projects from 2009 - 2013

For 3 - 70 year olds

I delivered a variety of projects for East Dunbartonshire Council’s Arts Development, Education and Creative Links Departments, both in schools and in the community. Past projects for children and young people have included Scottish themed workshops for Secondary pupils, interactive storytelling workshops based on the tale of Finn McCool and the Giant’s Causeway for P1 - 4 pupils, and collaborating with a visual artist on story-based holiday workshop programmes for 3 - 6 year olds. I also had the opportunity to deliver some taster Drama sessions for Adults with Learning Disabilities and their support staff through which I focused on developing their confidence, enhancing their social skills and improving their emotional wellbeing.

Projects from 2005 - 2009

For 6 - 12 year olds

Every August, between 2005 and 2009, I wrote and delivered a creative project for Fusions, part of Argyll and Bute Council, working with a group of children from the local area who all had additional learning support needs. Over five mornings, we would explore the theme for the week through drama, movement, puppetry, percussion, storytelling, gardening and visual art. This was a hugely rewarding educational programme to be involved with and allowed me to develop a really creative environment for the children to engage with each summer, particularly for those who returned each year.

2005, The Big Blue Adventure - an imaginary journey beneath the sea
2006, The Caped Crusaders - the world of the superhero
2007, Green Fingers - find our what's lurking at the bottom of the garden
2008, The Wild Side - adventures in a colourful wilderness
2009, The Beachcomber - discovering mysteries about the shore

Project from 2009

For Early Years classes

Up, Up and Away was a project which I devised to promote confidence and independence in children facing the transition from nursery to primary school. Over a six-week period, I worked with several nursery groups using drama, story and puppetry to explore ideas around journeys, routines, friendships, emotions, identifying people who help us and thinking about the positive things that are brought about by change and new experiences.

Project from 2006

For mums and babies

I wrote and delivered a four-week pilot programme for West Lothian Council, working with a group of post-natally depressed mums and their babies. During this time we used wicker, wool, found and made objects to create hanging mobiles to place above the babies cots as well as a more general painting to music session.