A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company has been active since 2004. Co-founded by Catrin Evans and Cashel Gormley the company was an expression of our desire to make performance work that spoke to our political and social concerns.
We would be bold, we would challenge and our work would entertain.
Over the last fifteen years we have evolved into a multi-artform participatory performance company with a reputation for creating and delivering high quality, relevant and accessible work across Scotland and beyond. Our projects are a way for artists, participants and audiences to centre narratives and experiences that are too often marginalised within wider society.
With new work, participation and collaboration at the heart of our vision, we create productions, interactive arts events and performance projects that are rooted in the relationship between arts practice and social justice. We work with diverse geographical, cultural, social and economic communities to discover stories and experiences that compliment, contradict and provoke debate. We consistently collaborate across artforms and styles; embracing theatre, dance and film, as well as the visual and digital arts.
The common thread running through all our work is that we encourage everyone who works with us to re-imagine the world; to see it brimming with the possibility of positive change and to recognise their capacity to be a part of enacting it.
As a small outfit our success is contingent upon rich collaborations with our ever-expanding family of brilliant freelance practitioners. We work hard to provide an environment of trust that combines their expertise with our company ethos, and we are committed to platforming the work of artists who are representative of an increasingly multi-lingual and multi-cultural Scotland.
In addition, we have built and continue to nurture strong partnerships with a broad range of organisations within the arts, voluntary and educational sector.
Together we continue to be bold, to challenge and to entertain.
London-born, Glasgow-formed Catrin is the artistic and organisational lead of the company. She has co-written and/or directed many of the company’s shows and projects to date.
Catrin is also a freelance Director and Playwright, whose focus is creating new work within a collaborative environment. Her most recent performance projects include Share My Table (Tramway/Scottish Refugee Council), The Land Beneath Our Feet (Dundee Rep), and Endurance (AMP). Other key productions include co-directing the National Theatre of Scotland’s critical success Dear Scotland, and Edinburgh International Festival 2013 sell-out hit Leaving Planet Earth, which she co-wrote and co-directed with Lewis Hetherington, and was produced by Grid Iron.
Catrin recently completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Glasgow and is currently Research Fellow within the Institute of Applied Research at the University of Bedfordshire. She works exclusively on the NordForsk project Drawing Together.
Sara is a producer and project manager with a passion for theatre, creative writing, participatory arts, outdoor learning and therapeutic arts projects.
Sara joined A Moment's Peace in 2017, and has worked as as a producer for Hidden Footprints, Stories to Survive to and Creative Action. She also works part-time and freelance for Therapeutic Arts Organisation, Spiral Creative Arts Therapy, and Glasgow based children’s theatre company Eco Drama. She is currently enrolled in a creative writing mentoring programme at Strathclyde University, working on a fiction piece that deconstructs and celebrates under-explored women's narratives, stories & perspectives.
Elena Mary Harris
Elena is a participatory artist and facilitator living and working in Glasgow. With a focus on advocacy through creativity, she works with a wide range of groups and organisations to get people’s voices heard in audiences they may not otherwise have access to. Her multidisciplinary practice spanning printmaking, textiles, digital media and installation seeks to collaborate with communities and individuals to build confidence in their creative ideas and processes.
Elena has recently joined the A Moment’s Peace team as Access Coordinator for the Creative Action project, working to ensure open and inclusive spaces for people to get involved. Currently Artist in Residence at the National Library of Scotland’s Unlocking our Sound Heritage project, Elena also works with a number of arts and social care environments across Scotland to promote high quality and meaningful creative engagement for diverse communities.
Mina Heydari-Waite is a British-Iranian artist, producer and co-ordinator living and working in Glasgow. Mina's practice explores spaces in which imagination and experience enter into dialogue, and examines the ways in which speculative futures can be forged from semi-fictitious pasts. Her work has included installation, sculpture, video, print, performance, text and sound, often undertaken in a variety of community and collaborative contexts.
Mina is currently working with A Moments Peace Theatre as Engagement Co-ordinator for Creative Action. She is also working towards a Satellites Programme Solo Commission with Collective Gallery, Edinburgh and is the Lead Artist and Producer of Camelon Arts, a three year town-wide community arts project in the Camelon and Tamfourhill area of Falkirk. Mina has also worked on community art commissions, workshops and engagement activities for arts organisations including Glasgow Sculpture Studio, Artlink Central, Impact Arts, The Art School (GSA Union), Newcastle University, The Great North Museum, EMBASSY Gallery, Imaginate Children’s Festival and Fife Contemporary.
Julia is a Scottish-born freelance comms professional, creative manager and social entrepreneur. In Glasgow, she has worked with organisations including Havana Glasgow Film Festival, Trufflepig, SCAPAFest and Glasgow Outdoor and Woodland Learning. During her 10 years in London, she worked as Arts Officer for Enfield Council, Outreach Manager for Princes Trust and Programmes Director for youth charity Futureversity - overseeing an offer of 120 free programmes for 14-25 yr olds and working with partners such as BBC London, Timberland and Burberry.
Prior to returning to Scotland, Julia built a social enterprise from scratch in rural coastal Guatemala - www.lachozachula.org - working with locals to allow communities to benefit from growing tourism, generating employment through ecotourism and artisan product sales and developing educational programmes with local schools.
She is passionate about participatory theatre, immersive travel, zero waste and wild swimming!
Associate Artist - Shared Space
Najma Abukar is a Somali-born, Glasgow-based photographer.
Abukar documents cultural and gender identities, the African diaspora and immigrant experiences. She is passionate about curating, archiving, and (re) focusing the untold narratives of those underrepresented and marginalised.
As a first-generation migrant woman of African heritage, her photographic body of work focuses on the strife and resilience of the Other. She is currently working as an Associate Artist for Shared Space: a project by A Moment's Peace Theatre Company in partnership with Küche and Tramway.
Project Coordinator - Shared Space
Deborah May is the Founder and Director of the Glasgow based food-led social business Küche.
In 2017 Deborah worked together with Catrin Evans on the Scottish Refugee Council and Tramway multi-arts project 'Share My Table'. Since, both Catrin and Deborah have continued to work together, with Deborah managing and using her strong existing relationships with participants, a demonstrable record for attracting individuals with very little experience of the arts to take part, and an expertise in developing inclusive and safe spaces that people feel welcome entering into for A Moment's Peace's 'Shared Space' project.
Deborah has experience managing projects across different creative sectors, including visual art, live performance, literature and film. Deborah worked as Assistant Festival Producer for Africa in Motion Film Festival from 2015-2017 and the literary charity First Story from 2017-2019.
Our Board Members
Chair: Emma McKee
General Manager for Playwrights’ Studio Scotland
Treasurer: Maree Aldam
Chief Executive, INSP
Secretary: Julie Cathcart
Marketing & Communications Manager, Centre for Contemporary Art
Chris Hall: Lecturer - Supported Learning and Core Skills, Ayrshire College
Katharine Jones: Associate Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
Katy Marshall: Reward Director, Turning Point HR Solutions
A Note on Board Recruitment
A Moment's Peace is always open to new board members, and we recently adopted a process whereby
interested board members can join us for a trial period, so they and we can test out the relationship. We also hope that this will attract folk who might not ordinarily see themselves as comfortable in a board environment because AMP is aware that board membership is historically a site of exclusion for many people. We do not want to participate in this exclusion, and so we recognise that skills are developed in all sorts of ways and that a multiplicity of perspectives is the only way to ensure we remain rigorous about our work. We want to build a board that is reflective of our multi-faceted city, so that we can genuinely make an impact on its cultural landscape. If you think you could support us in doing this - even if you have no previous board experience - please do get in touch: BoardOfTrustees@amomentspeace.co.uk