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Family Portrait

Family Portrait is an interactive video installation work, combining striking imagery and
choreography, capturing Barrowland Ballet’s Artistic Director, Natasha Gilmore, and her three
children in an intimate portrayal of family life.

Audiences will see the family through choreographed sequences and more candid, natural ‘off camera’ moments as they encounter and embrace the many different landscapes of Scotland.

With space to roam, the children encounter rabbit skulls, converse with spiders, make war paint with berries and discover the fun of burying their mother in bark.

The work takes us on a geographical and emotional journey, giving the audience an in-depth insight into what it is to be a mother and a single parent to three young children. With humour and candour, the work shares an honest depiction of what family really is – responsibility, joy, balance, intimacy and, most of all, love. A celebration of getting out into nature, it invites you into an intimate journey of family relationships with all its relentless and glorious chaos!

Post-show activity gives time and space for you to explore and re-enact moments from the work, inviting you to create your own family portrait to be included in our Family Portrait Gallery.

Watch ‘How to Make your own Family Portrait’ here

Family Portrait is captioned and audio-described throughout. You can access our introductory audio-description here.

Creative Team

  • Performers

    Otis Bazie Gilmore, Inigo Bazie Gilmore, Frieda Bazie Gilmore, Natasha Gilmore

  • Co-Creators/Directors

    Natasha Gilmore and Robbie Synge

  • Text

    Otis Bazie Gilmore

  • Music and Sound Designer

    Davey Anderson

  • Editor

    Robbie Synge

  • Support Editor

    Monika Smekot

  • Choreographers

    Natasha Gilmore, Aya Kobayashi & Robbie Synge

  • Cinematographers

    Robbie Synge, Monika Smekot, George Cameron Geddes & Elga Dudareva

  • Designer

    Emily James

  • Video Consultant

    Tim Reid

  • Captioning

    Natasha Gilmore and Monika Smekot

  • Audio Description

    Natasha Gilmore

  • Audio Description Advisor

    Sally Clay

  • Chaperone

    Molly Danter

  • Producers

    Jo Walmsley, Belinda McElhinney & Raw Material Arts

  • General Manager

    Nicola Denman

  • Production Manager

    Craig Fleming

  • Scenic Artist

    Martha Steed

  • Scenic Construction

    Perth Theatre

  • Chaperone

    Molly Danter

  • Thanks to

    Take Me Somewhere, Natalie and the team at Sloans, National Theatre of Scotland, Perth Theatre, Suzie Normand, Rock at Warpro Production Services, Barrowland Ballet Board of Trustees.