ALLIE WINTON BUTLER
An award winning director, theatre maker and producer.
Allie has extensive experience as a freelance director. She is currently collaborating on a new digital theatre experience which will premiere in September 2020.
Allie is also directing two productions with In Motion Theatre Company: Lily, a play with songs, and a premiere for the 2021 City of Culture celebrations.
Other recent credits include: Here I Belong (Mull Theatre, tour); A Game of Death and Chance (co-directed with Ben Harrison for National Trust for Scotland); Letters to Myself (UK tour); Descent (Oran Mor, Traverse, tour and nominated for two Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland); Netting (Oran Mor, Lemon Tree and tour) and Toilet (Southwark Playhouse).
Allie has worked with leading companies all over the UK including Clean Break, The Royal Court, Mercury Theatre Colchester, The Traverse, The Gate, The Tron, and the Arches.
HERE I BELONG
Mull Theatre and Autumn 2019 tour
Written by Matt Hartley
Performed by Mary Gapinski and Louise Haggerty
There’s a celebration in the local hall, and you’re invited…
Elsie has lived in the same village for sixty years, she’s seen people come and go, the world change and shift around her. Here I Belong tells the story of village life through the eyes of one woman, and the people who come in and out of her life.
A charming, uplifting meditation on rural life, community and growing old.
A GAME OF
DEATH AND CHANCE
At Gladstone's Land - Edinburgh Festival 2019
National Trust for Scotland
Co-directed with Ben Harrison
A Game of Death and Chance occupied three floors of the 500-year old Gladstone’s Land tenement on the Lawnmarket on the Royal Mile.
Reflecting on the terrible experience of living in 17th century Scotland, a time visited by war, plague and the frenzied grip of a Convenanting Kirk, the piece begins with a welcome by Lucky Lucy, a female publican, and moves to an encounter with a speculator in the doomed Darien enterprise of the end of the century. In the bedroom we meet the blasted, bitter and furious embodiment of Caledonia herself, cursing the betrayal of many of her sons from James VI onwards. Finally, in the parlour we meet Daniel Defoe, a spy for the English government during the critical days of the Act of Union, finally signed in 1707. As he draws a veil over the terrible 17th century, an ‘age of foolishness’, we are confronted with where Scotland exists now within the UK and European project.
A Game of Death and Chance gave audiences the power to choose from three possible narratives in each room, by the choice of a tankard, the pick of a card, the roll of a dice, or the selection of a particular tea. Due to the element of chance, there were 81 possible variations of the show.
In Motion Theatre Company. Tron Theatre, Traverse Theatre.
Written by Jo Lennie
Musical Direction by David Higham
Cast - Chris Alexander, Sarah McCardie, Martine McMenemy
Band - Calum Cronin, Matt Carmichael, Paddy Nolan
A washed out photograph
And that’s the only Lily I can remember.
A play with songs set in a run down piano bar, Lily is the story of a missing teenage girl and the people left behind after her disappearance. It’s a story about losing someone, losing yourself and trying to find your way back.
A darkly comic play about missing people, crime and media interference with music and songs woven throughout. Featuring music from vintage swing to country to modern pop, the onstage jazz band provide an atmospheric soundtrack with the characters using song to reveal inner truths and darker realities.
Originally produced by A Play, A Pie and a Pint. Scottish tour and Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Written by Linda Duncan McLaughlin
Designed by Alice Wilson
Lighting Design by Laura Hawkins
Sound Design by Pauline Morgan
Cast: Fiona MacNeil, Wendy Seager and Greg Powrie (original cast - Barrie Hunter).
“If you love someone you stick by them, no matter what happens. Because that’s the deal. Isn’t it?”
50-somethings Rob and Cathy are looking forward to reclaiming their own lives now that their daughter Nicola is grown-up and settled; but looming over them is a threat that could rip their future apart. Descent explores what happens as they try to hold on to each other – and themselves – in the face of early onset dementia.
Descent doesn’t flinch from the heartbreak they face – but it also celebrates the courage, the hope and the humanity they bring to the fight.
Created by the company with text by Becci Sharrock
Produced by Becci Sharrock
Performed by Lauren Hurwood and Luca Rutherford
Letters to Myself is a new small scale theatre show that looks at the advice we would give to our past, present or future selves. It explores ideas of self-value, self-reflection and collective knowledge and experience. It has been created following extensive public engagement in 10 wards of low arts engagement in South Shields and Sunderland, where we invited people to write a letter to themselves for the project. The results were generous, intimate sharings of personal experiences in letter form.
“I ache for you because I know there are whole days, weeks even when it feels like it will never get better...that all you will ever feel is raw and dirty and untouchable. You aren’t. You are beautiful and precious and none of the things that have happened to you are your fault.”
“In late October or early November you will meet an incredible man at work. He will walk in and introduce himself and his smile will make tiny fireworks go off inside you.”
Letters received have been long and short, silly and soul searching but always insightful. Crucially, though they may relate to very specific experiences, they do so in a way that resonates with a wide audience. We have not been in love with that man, we didn’t meet our partner in that way, but we have been in love and we have had our hearts broken.
The show itself weaves text from the letters with new writing and autobiographical material from the two performers; Lauren Hurwood and Luca Rutherford, as we follow their journey to write their own letter to themselves. The piece is a loving protest against our critical inner voice, recognition of our mistakes and shared regret and a celebration of our daily triumphs.
“A beautifully written and well structured play that so truthfully reflects the everyday routine – punctuated by occasional moments of great magic and deep sadness – that makes up most modern British lives. Allie Winton Butler’s well pitched Mull Theatre production and a pair of near-perfect performances have impressive warmth and skill."
SHOW: HERE I BELONG
Joyce McMillan - The Scotsman
“This interactive and immersive production at Gladstone’s Land is strengthened by stellar performances."
SHOW: A GAME OF CHANCE AND DEATH
“A brilliant piece of new writing following the lives and stories of three complex characters, ‘Lily’ took the audience on an exhilarating journey of emotions, from deep belly laughs to the gut wrenching horror that unfolded in front of our eyes."
“Powerful and shocking, Descent grabs you with an intense passion that doesn’t ever hold back"
“My experience last night was unique. Letters to Myself is a creative and poignant scripted play-meets-unscripted forum. Both the performers and the audience members embrace dual roles as narrators and listeners, making it an immersive and memorable experience."
SHOW: LETTERS TO MYSELF