A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company, formed in 2004 by Catrin Evans and Cashel Gormley, is a multi-artform participatory performance company with a reputation for creating and delivering bold, challenging and entertaining performance work across Scotland. AMP is led by Artistic Director Kirstin McLean, who has worked in participatory and professional theatre and screen for 22 years, as a director, actor and writer.
Our projects allow artists, participants and audiences to centre narratives and experiences that are too often marginalised within wider society.
We deliver most of our work through our two weekly participatory arts groups: Women's Creative Company and Shared Space. These are joyful, collaborative spaces where members work with leading artists to explore the relationships between arts practice, communities and social justice. We seek out stories that both entertain and provoke debate and from these we create vibrant and high quality public performances and sharings.
We consistently collaborate across artforms and styles; embracing theatre, dance and film, as well as visual and digital arts.
We encourage everyone who engages with us to take a moment 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.
Kirstin joined A Moment’s Peace in November 2021, having worked as a freelance director, facilitator and writer since 2000.
Common threads in her work are collaboration, social justice and community empowerment as well as a dedication to creating entertaining and gripping theatre and film. Recent collaborations include Protest Lab (Toonspeak), Do Not Press This Button and Opening Time (Oran Mor/Play Pie Pint), and ‘Sno Snow (SYT). She has led projects for many theatre companies, local authorities, youth theatres and community groups across Scotland. As an actor, her worked spanned theatre, television, film and radio. From 2011-2019 she was also a counsellor and supervisor at Childline.
Alongside her work at A Moment’s Peace, Kirstin continues to work freelance as a director and playwright.
Jasmine is a theatre maker and actor who currently works as a freelance artist, actor and facilitator. She is passionate about creating work where the stories and voices of people under-represented in the arts are at the heart of the storytelling.
Before coming to A Moments Peace Theatre Company, she was Creative Engagement Coordinator at Ayr Gaiety Theatre and alongside AMP, she works at Toonspeak Young Peoples Theatre and Creative Change Collective.
Jasmine likes to paint, sit around a wee fire and get out in about in our beautiful Scottish nature.
Florence Logan is is a 3rd year Contemporary Performance practice student at The Royal Conservatoire Scotland. Her practice includes video art, dance and revisiting myths, all through the lens of intersectional feminism and collaboration.
She has collaborated with female health care workers, a women’s aid charity, young people and gynaecologists on past performances.
During her time with us, she’s hoping to explore how feminist academia can be propelled into action by establishing a consistent, safe, sustainable and liberating creative space.
Our Board Members
Julie Smith - Chair
Julie is a Relationship Manager with Firstport, a 3rd sector organisation which supports social enterprise start up and development throughout Scotland. Her previous 20 years was spent working in the sector as a community development worker, establishing a range of projects and working with a wide variety of people.
Martha Harding - Vice-Chair
Martha is a freelance participatory consultant and trainer. She worked for many years at Scottish Refugee Council as well as a wide range of organisations both in the UK and overseas, providing consultation, evaluation and training. These include the Welsh Refugee Council and Funky Dragon, the Welsh Youth Parliament to empower refugees and young people across the country and to encourage them to engage with the democratic process. She has also worked overseas in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone.
Liz Coyle - Treasurer
Most of Liz’s working life has been as a solicitor in private practice. She currently runs her own business (Archer Coyle) in Muirend. When not at the coal face, she enjoys socialising and quilting (a skill developed while living in California for a few years). She’s delighted to be involved in A Moment’s Peace and looks forward to making a positive contribution.
Rosie Kay - Secretary
Rosie Kay is a choreographer, dancer and director of 25 years experience, and this year set up K2CO as CEO/ Artistic Director. Kay's works include 5 SOLDIERS (2010- present), MK Ultra (2017), Fantasia (2019) and Adult Female Dancer (2021). Large scale works include the film Sunshine on Leith and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Kay has considerable experience as a Director and charity Trustee.
Dr Shonagh Dillon - General Member
Shonagh has worked in the male violence against women sector for nearly three decades, she is the CEO and founder of the charity Aurora New Dawn. Shonagh also undertakes Domestic Homicide reviews and is committed to changing the lives and the responses to victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking.