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Woven Bones


Woven Bones Photo credit: Keith Pattison

Cap-a-Pie in partnership with Durham University

Written by Laura Lindow

A must see. – Living North

“Powerful and poignant” – Andrew Bramfitt

“Amazing, poignant telling of the story of Scottish soldiers found buried in Durham. This is the history I wish I had studied!” – Audience member

“Absolutely captivating story and performance.” – Audience member

When human remains were found in Durham in 2013, archaeologists discovered that they belonged to the Scottish Soldiers – prisoners of war from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar who were marched to Durham and imprisoned in the then-disused Cathedral and Castle.

What has emerged is a story of suffering and hope that will make you think about where you live in a completely different way.

Developed in partnership with Durham University alongside a major new exhibition in summer 2018, Woven Bones brought to life the untold stories of these Scottish Soldiers. This Cap-a-Pie production written by Laura Lindow offered audiences a unique chance to walk in the soldiers shoes. Woven Bones toured from Dunbar to Durham, the route marched by the soldiers, in 2018.

The cast and creative team of Woven Bones. Photo credit: North News and Pictures

Cast and creatives

Writer Laura Lindow is an award winning Scottish writer/director based in the North East of England. During 20 years of making theatre in the region she has established a reputation for creating work that is lyrical yet punchy with a serious sense of play. Recent writing credits include her critically acclaimed War of the Worlds adaptation for Northern Stage – a process which also involved researching local history to relocate the story to the North East of England; and she is currently a member of the Royal Court Writers Group. Directing credits include New York Times Critics Pick, Key Change for Open Clasp.

The cast are: Gemma Stroyan – from East Lothian, Gemma was nominated for an Off West End award for her role Emilia in Othello, has performed at the Lyceum and appeared on TV in Taggart and as Sciron in CBBC’s Last Commanders; Paula Penman – originally from Ayrshire and now based in Newcastle, Paula has worked as a performer, director and theatre maker, most notably for Northern Stage (The Little Detective Agency), Live Theatre (Donna Disco, Rat Boy), Bush Theatre (Brown Bird) and The Lowry (Then Leap) and her participatory work has also led to collaborations with National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company; and Greig Adam – based in Glasgow, Greig started his professional training on the Musical Theatre Course at the Dance School of Scotland before continuing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he won the Prize for Musical Theatre; his work includes Sleeping Beauty (Citizens Theatre) and Miracle on 34 Parnie Street (Tron Theatre).

Writer – Laura Lindow
Director – Brad McCormick
Music – Katie Doherty
Design – Anna Reid
Producer – Katy Vanden
Production Manager – Rachel Glover
Cast – Gemma Stroyan
Cast – Greig Adam
Cast – Paula Penman

Thanks to our Funders

The Town Meeting

The Town Meeting

Download our Case Study for The Town Meeting

The Town Meeting is a performance where you get the chance to experience what it feels like to be part of a community facing a life changing decision.

Set in a fictional town you become a local resident and work together to save your town. You’re in charge of the story as you take big decisions to decide your own future.

It gets you to think about our fast changing political landscape and your place in it. The show brings people together and gives you a chance to speak and listen to different views and opinions.

Audience Feedback & Reviews

People have said the show was:

“An excellent experience. I felt lucky to be part of it.”,

“What just happened?! So different, interesting and engaging. Enjoyable & thought provoking.”, 

“a curious and adventurous piece…happily nothing like your average night out in the theatre” – British Theatre Guide 

“brilliant – entertaining and interesting… didn’t want it to end!” and “rage inducing”!

Winner of  the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement from The Royal Town Planning Institute

Listen to a podcast about the show here.


Would you like The Town Meeting in your theatre, community venue or school (or any other largish room)? Please contact Katy Vanden – or 07796 478 024 for our venue information pack.

The Team

Produced by Katy Vanden for Cap-a-Pie.
Performed by Brad McCormick.
Directed by Gwilym Lawrence.
Devised and written by the company in collaboration with Dr Paul Cowie from Newcastle University, whose research looks at how communities come together to represent themselves.

Designed by Rhona Dalling.

Extra set – Year 6 pupils Benton Dene Primary, Emma & Anna Cowie.


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