A Wee Goodbye

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Toonspeak. I have been with the organisation for the past 4.5 years and it has had a profound effect on me as a person. I have never felt such … Continued

Cathy Forde is Back!

Author and Playwright Cathy Forde is returning to Toonspeak to lead Word of Mouth this April! And we are thrilled to announce that the project will now run as part of our core programme over the next 3 years! Word … Continued

Announcing Toonspeak New Chief Executive

Toonspeak are delighted to announce our new Chief Executive is Hazel Wotherspoon. Jodie Wilkinson (Toonspeak Chair): Year of Young People 2018 was a special year for Toonspeak. We marked 30 years of the company with continued production of high quality … Continued

Casting Agency Visit Toonspeak

Toonspeak Associate Artist Steven Leach is now in post as Director of the Young Company but is also focused on Progression for young people in the Arts. And secured a visit from Simone Periera Hind’s casting agency who are looking … Continued

Toonspeak Young Company Announced

Toonspeak has dreamed of having a Young Company for over 10 years, and thanks to RFO funding from Creative Scotland we are finally able to make this dream a reality. A Young Company is a smaller group of participants who … Continued

A Wee Bit o’ Burns

‘But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white – then melts for ever…’ Toonspeak are often approached to take part in events and projects outwith our … Continued

Musical Set in the 80’s!

Work has started on Toonspeak show 2019! We are super excited to announce it’s going to be a musical set in the 80’s, and the response by all the groups has been amazing, everyone is really excited. It was created … Continued

Theatre Critics is BACK!

Watch professional theatre performances with a new perspective! Theatre Critics is an amazing way to develop skills in reviewing all types of theatre productions. Every Friday the group will meet at Toonspeak to learn critiquing skills with professional reviewer Gareth … Continued

Young Company Auditions Announced

Toonspeak Young Company. A group of 10 experienced, passionate young performers will be selected through audition process to work together regularly and intensively to create & perform new work led by Associate Artist Steven Leach. If you have lots of … Continued

Toonspeak Crimbo Cabaret 2018!

Live from Barmulloch. Christmas shows created, devised and performed by our weekly groups. Featuring the talents of: Toonheid Speaks! Toonspeak Tuesday Wee Ones Theatre Makers North West Theatre Makers North East Theatre Makers Barmulloch With our phenomenal compere Stan Rich   … Continued

Toonspeak Participating in #givingtuesday

#GivingTuesday takes place on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is a day to give back and do good.   This year it falls on 27th November.   #GivingTuesday is powered by CAF (Charity Aid Foundation). Last … Continued

Toonspeak Young Company Open Day

OPEN DAY to learn more about Toonspeak Young Company kicking off January 2019! A group of 10 experienced, passionate young performers will be selected through audition process to work together regularly and intensively to create & perform new work led … Continued

Summer Show 2019 starts in JANUARY!

BIG NEWS! Toonspeak are changing things up in 2019 and starting development for the summer show in January. In our annual feedback day Toon In Speak Out (TISO) you said that you wanted more time to work on the show, … Continued

Young Leader Training Opportunity

Year 2 of partnership with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) and Ignite Theatre, you will be representing Toonspeak and working alongside four other youth theatres. Toonspeak is looking for three young people aged 14+ to take part in a residential training course to … Continued


Toonspeak’s Artistic Director, Rachel Aisling Smith has resigned after a period of ill health. Rachel worked with Toonspeak for six years and in the first three years as Creative Learning Director oversaw a shift-change in the company’s ways of working … Continued

Bronze Arts Award PASSED!

Today we had a moderator for Trinity College London at Toonspeak to assess our Bronze Arts Award participants work, and we are delighted to announce everyone passed! Congratulations! Declan Mundy Dominika Gresle Grace McLeish Holly Paterson Holly wood John Wilkie … Continued