About Cutting Edge Theatre

CUTTING EDGE THEATRE was formed in 1995 by Suzanne Lofthus with the aim of making a difference in people’s lives through Theatre. We are a diverse company working in many different areas. Over the years, we have been involved in a number of projects and productions, working mainly with people who are disadvantaged in some way. This has taken the Company to many places both here in Scotland and overseas including Malawi, Zimbabwe, USA, Italy and Brazil. We have set up and run a number of youth theatre projects in Scotland as well as working in a number of prisons and communities.

The Company produces both Professional and Community productions and was short-listed as one of the 2010 Guardian newspaper’s Charity of the Year

Previous productions include:

“Downs with Love” premiered at Fringe 2016.

“Mary, the Last Farewell” – a new production about the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Premiered in Fringe 2014

“Glencoe Lament” about the Glencoe massacre.

“Dare2Hope” a new play dealing with the issue of suicide prevention amongst young men

Tours of “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet” round Scottish Castles

“A Scot’s Passion” a new production which toured in 2000 which was a version of a Passion play set against the backdrop of a middle east hostage situation.

 

We often commission new projects and enjoy seeing them go on to enjoy success outwith the Company.  Our work in Musical Theatre has also produced a number of new works including being the originating Producer of “Whisky Galore – a musical!” before it was picked up by Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Written by Ian Hammond Brown [http://ianhammondbrown.com/] and Shona McKee McNeil for the Fringe and then delighted to see that production being picked up by Pitlochry  where it broke all box office records in their history.

The Company has a Christian ethos as a foundation and our work is varied.

We are also delighted to be one of the winners of The People’s Project Fund  2017 which will enable us to develop our work on the INSPIRE project.

Suzanne as a Freelance Director also specialises in producing and directing large scale open air productions both here and overseas. Work in Scotland includes the annual Easter Play in Edinburgh – http://www.easterplay.org

“We aspire to inspire!”

See Testimonials page for some quotes on our work.

OUR AIMS:

  1. Enable people through the INSPIRE project. Working with people of all ages who have learning difficulties/disabilities, helping them to discover their talents, learn new skills and gain confidence. Using drama techniques all designed to help specifically with confidence, self-esteem and vocal issues.
  2. Addressing contemporary issues facing young people through Drama eg suicide prevention and other relevant issues.
  3. Engaging with Communities,by encouraging adults and children alike to be part of a community play where the process of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills is as important as the play itself. We also work in prisons in the UK and overseas.
  4. Produce quality productions, working with emerging talent, often being a first step professional production for new graduates.

All designed to “Give people a voice!”