The world of PUSH is full of contradictions, fears, needs, desires, and poetry in the everyday. A group of people inhabit this ruined, timeless, place. There is a child playing in and observing this turbulent world. Is she a memory? Perhaps she is the future. Fragments of their extra/ordinary stories unfold and remind us to question ourselves about what’s important.

Conceived and directed by Christine Devaney, PUSH involves six performers, a wall, a young girl and an ensemble of ‘extra/ordinary’ people. PUSH challenges, surprises, unsettles, enlightens and entertains.

Composer/novelist Luke Sutherland and cellist Robin Mason collaborated on the commissioned score, encompassing a pre-recorded soundscape, live cello and voice.  Award-winning designer Karen Tennent created the world of PUSH inspired by the presence of a ‘wall’ - something to push against, to keep us in, support us and to allude to something beyond. Video Artist Jonathan Charles’s projected images add a dreamlike quality to PUSH, bringing memories, fantasy and the detail of other possible realities. Simon Wilkinson’s painterly, dramatic lighting enhances the beauty and subtlety of the work.

'Every aspect is burnished with thoughtful detail' HERALD full article

‘There is so much in this work to treasure and chew over thoughtfully afterwards. The end, involving audience participation, is almost overwhelming.’ NORTHINGS full article

Directed by Christine Devaney
Devised by the company and performed by Christine Devaney, Skye Reynolds, Anthony Mills, Andrew Gardiner, Judith Williams, Tallulah Molleson, Robin Mason and an extra/ordinary ensemble
Original music composed by Luke Sutherland & Robin Mason
Production design by Karen Tennent
Lighting Design by Simon Wilkinson
Video design by Jonathan Charles (D Fie Foe)
Photography: Maria Falconer

Funded by Creative Scotland, produced by Catalyst Dance Management and co-produced in association with Platform (Glasgow)


17 – 18 Feb 2012 | Platform, The Bridge, Easterhouse, Glasgow
23 Feb 2012 | Macrobert, Stirling
25 Feb 2012 | Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
28 Feb 2012 | Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
7 Mar 2012 | An Lanntair, Stornoway
10 Mar 2012 | Mull Theatre, Druimfin, Mull
15 Mar 2012 | Woodend Barn, Banchory
18 Mar 2012 | Universal Hall, Findhorn
24 Mar 2012 | Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh