Utter is a new work company, dedicated to developing and touring exhilarating story-led work that make our audiences feel, think and experience the world in a new light.


The company places collaboration and talent development at its heart, working with a diverse array of exceptional artists, to tell urgent theatrical stories that say something about the world around us in fresh adventurous ways.


Our first show Educating Ronnie, (A Macrobert/Utter Production) won a Fringe First in 2012 before touring extensively across the UK, while our second show Bloody Trams, (A Traverse Theatre Company Production in association with Utter) has had two sell-out runs at the Traverse theatre gaining exceptional four-star reviews across the board.


Utter is led by Co-Artistic Directors Gareth Nicholls and Joe Douglas, working with producer Sarah Gray.


Gareth trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and alongside his work with Utter is Main-stage Director In Residence at the Citizens Theatre. He has directed and worked with most theatres in Scotland including National Theatre of Scotland, Tron Theatre, The Arches, Citizens Theatre, Play Pie and a Pint, Traverse and Macrobert Arts Centre. www.garethnicholls.net


Joe Douglas trained in Directing at Rose Bruford College, London.  His directing credits include Letters Home (Grid Iron/Edinburgh International Book Festival – Fringe First Winner 2014), Bloody Trams (Traverse/Utter), The BFG (Dundee Rep), Dear Scotland, The Last Polar Bears, Our Teacher’s A Troll, Allotment and re-directing the 2013 world tour of Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland).

Sarah Gray has worked as a Producer in varying capacities over the last ten years. She was co-producer of the Young Company at the National Theatre of Scotland, going on to become Assistant Producer within the main organization, producer of Wee Stories for four years and most recently, Programme and Projects Producer at Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling. She is currently the Producer at Cumbernauld Theatre as part of Creative Scotland’s Producer’s Project.

Utter is dedicated to using the arts as a tool for creative learning and development, believing passionately that engagement in artistic practices (no matter what point in life you come to it) has an ability to enliven, empower and help us all see the world in a new light.


From school workshops accompanying our productions to stand alone educational residencies Utter creates, develops and delivers a number of tailored experiences that places collaboration, creativity and learning at their heart.


For more information on any of our creative learning opportunities please contact: hello@uttertheatre.co.uk

As a company we are passionate about developing artistic talent at every stage of a persons career and are always on the look out for new collaborators to work with and learn from. From new writers to established designers, through visual artists to musicians we can provide an environment to play, create and learn through development workshops, readings and mentoring schemes.


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