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A Room of One's Own

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Adapted from the writings of Virginia Woolf and running at a duration of 50mins, A Room of One's Own premiered at Duns Play Fest in May 2024 and is set to return Autumn '24 and Spring '25.   Simply yet effectively staged in the round, the sold out one woman show featured Ellie Zeegen directed by award-winning Richard Baron and received a standing ovation and excellent audience feedback:


“Powerful, moving, brilliant and memorable”

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Nan Shepherd -
Naked and Unashamed

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Venue: Pitlochry  Festival Theatre (Studio)

Dates: 24th May - 6th July  2024

Ticket info or call Box Office: 01796 484626

A co-production with Pitlochry Festival  Theatre and  in association with Dr Kerri Andrews  Firebrand's richly entertaining, funny and moving new play uncovers the extraordinary, unconventional woman behind the glamorous portrait on the Scottish five pound note.

Bill McLaren: Fighting the Enemy - The Film

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To celebrate the Hawick rugby legend's centenary Firebrand joined forces with the Bill McLaren Foundation and with the generosity from a crowdfunding campaign were able to produce a filmed version of their hit stage play which was screened at Heart of Hawick on:

Friday 20th October 2023 


Sunday 22nd October 2023 

Firebrand in association with Aurora Nova present: White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour

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At Duns Play Fest for one night only on Thursday 4th May 2023 Ellie Zeegen performed the script of a ‘playful, enigmatic and haunting solo show’ with no set, no director and no rehearsal...

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A Journey with Nan Shepherd - Live

On Saturday 11th February, Firebrand made their debut as Associate Company with Pitlochry Festival Theatre with A Journey with a performed reading of A Journey with Nan Shepherd - LIVE which dramatises The Living Mountain author's fascinating life and times.  

Featuring Sophia McLean as Nan and David Rankine as Neil Gunn (and a host of other roles) this richly entertaining, sold out event was followed by a Q&A with Dr Kerri Andrews hosted by Ellie Zeegen.

A Journey with Nan Shepherd

A Fireworks production in association with Pitlochry Festival Theatre

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The Times

Our Firebrand Theatre Company podcast, A Journey With Nan Shepherd, produced in association with Pitlochry Festival Theatre Sound Stage had its final broadcast of the trilogy on Monday 30th January 2023 at 7pm.

The trilogy, rated as "Podcast of the Week" in The Times, tells the dramatised story of Nan's life and times across three 30 minute episodes (Nan in Love, Nan Makes Historyand Urban Nan), while also exploring the mystery of why her best-selling masterpiece, The Living Mountain, lay neglected in a drawer for over thirty years.

Watch our trailer above right to see the critical and audience acclaim have received for the trilogy.

A Journey With Nan Shepherd features Sophia McLean as Nan and Firebrand favourite David Rankine (Bill McLaren: Fighting the Enemy, and The Last Witch) in a host of other roles. The series is directed by the award-winning Richard Baron, and co-written by Richard and Firebrand’s Creative Producer, Ellie Zeegen, under the watchful eye of producer Mark Rickards. 

Executive Producer for Firebrand is Susan Taylor.

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Firebrand would like to thank the following for their invaluable help and support in the making of this series: Erlend Clouston, Creative Scotland, Canongate and Galileo Publishing, Dairmid Gunn and Dr Kerri Andrews

'a mellifluous aural beauty which delights as you listen'


"A first class, wise and funny show"

Erlend Clouston -

The Estate of Nan Shepherd

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If you’d like to find out more about Nan, a suggested reading list can be found below:


Nan Shepherd’s Correspondence, 1920-80, edited by Kerri Andrews, forthcoming with

Edinburgh University Press, 2023

Wanderers, A History of Women Walking, Kerri Andrews, Reaktion Books Ltd

Into the Mountain, A Life of Nan Shepherd, Charlotte Peacock, Galileo Publishing

The Living Mountain, Nan Shepherd, Canongate

The Grampian Quartet, Nan Shepherd, Canongate

Wild Geese, A Collection of Nan Shepherd’s Writing, Nan Shepherd, Galileo Publishing

In The Cairngorms and other poems, Nan Shepherd, Galileo Publishing

Neil M Gunn, Selected Letters, Compiled and introduced by J B Pick, Polygon

John Macmurray, A Biography, John E Costello, Floris Books


THE LIVING MOUNTAIN – Copyright © Nan Shepherd, 2008

THE QUARRY WOOD – Copyright © Sheila M. Clouston, 1928

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Fireworks Design by Neve Baron Russell

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