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The Unexpected Gift

The Unexpected Gift celebrates the art of play and curiosity, taking ordinary objects and making them extraordinary and magical. Bursting with energy, acrobatic dance, textures, sounds and colour to create a multi-sensory wonderland from the left-over boxes, ribbons and wrapping.

This highly interactive and inclusive dance-theatre performance is made especially for and with children with complex needs ages 7-15 years. Playfulness within the work creates space for live response between the audience and performers, with its adaptable approach allowing the individuality of each child to be celebrated.

The Unexpected Gift is designed for a small audience to be able to accommodate and engage young people who experience the most barriers to access.

The Unexpected Gift is co-produced by Capital Theatres and Barrowland Ballet. The Unexpected Gift was inspired by Barrowland Ballet’s production The Gift, a co-commission by Aberdeen Performing Arts, Capital Theatres and Eden Court, Inverness funded through Creative Scotland’s Performing Arts Recovery Fund.

Creative Team

  • Creator and Choreographer

    Natasha Gilmore

  • Performers

    Joanne Pirre, Rander Martins, Alex McCabe

  • Creative Collaborators

    Class Iona, Jura, Whalsey, Shetland, Bute, Rasaay, Skye, Lewis and Harris from Isobel Mair School, Newton Mearns.

  • Composer and Sound Designer

    Davey Anderson

  • Adaptation Set Designer

    Ruben San Roman

  • Original 'The Gift' Set Designer

    Fred Pommerehn

  • Lighting Designer

    Alberto Santos Bellido

  • Costume Designer

    Alison Brown

  • Costume Assistant

    Rachael Gibb

  • Production Manager

    Alberto Santos Bellido

  • Producing Team

    Nicola Denman, Jo Walmsley