NEWS: Nursery Crymes an immersive promenade dark fairytales coming to the streets of Glasgow this November

A nocturnal, site-specific promenade performance experience exploring the dark themes behind well-loved childhood rhymes and stories, Nursery Crymes will be taking over the backstreets of  Glasgow city centre in November 2017. Conceived and created by Scotland’s leading outdoor performance company Mischief La-Bas under its artistic director Angie Dight, and designed by Bill Breckenridge, the Nursery Crymes experience takes audiences on an outdoor journey from the depths of Mother Goose’s forest to the “fun” of the F***ed-Up Fairground, through streets filled with performer-animated spaces, soundscapes, film and art installations, in and out of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall on Trongate. As part of the show, they’ll encounter work by some of the country’s most exciting artists of different disciplines in a series of encounters, installations and performances that probe the sinister side of nursery rhymes – the ideas of authority, morality and social indoctrination underpinning these simple tales.


Renowned live artist Liz Aggiss has created a new film and associated choreography for Nursery Crymes, to be screened in the Britannica Panopticon Music Hall, chasing childhood into the corridors of crass with a sin-fuelled Cinderella. Fiona Robertson, one of Glasgow’s leading visual artists explores the surreal, deeply-rooted imagery of nursery rhymes and the grotesque in the tactile on-site installation and film Bad Sheep. Hastings-based collective Radiator Arts present installations and projections created from nursery rhyme imagery. AV artist Dav Bernard, known for his work with 85A, presents Alouette (High Voltage) an innovative live projection and soundscape manufactured by welding sparks linking the casual cruelty of children’s songs to the recurring use of torture in ‘civilised’ societies. Glas(s) Performance and youth company Junction 25 take over the barred-up windows along New Wynd Lane with sound piece good/bad/horrid.

Around all this, the Nursery Crymes show plays out, as Mischief La-Bas performers take on twisted forms of some beloved childhood characters, in very unexpected scenarios.


24-25 November | Muster point: Avant Garde, 34-44 King Street, Glasgow | £12/£10

Times: 6.00pm, 6.20pm, 6.40pm, 7.00pm, 7.40pm, 8.00pm, 8.20pm, 8.40pm (duration 1 hour 30 mins approx.)

Nursery Crymes is a promenade performance in the streets around the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. Audiences will be met at Avant Garde and taken to the beginning of their encounter. Tickets are available through the Tron Theatre Box Office: or 0141 552 4267. More information on  Audiences are advised to dress for the weather as most of the performance takes place outdoors.