Emma & Gill


Emma & Gill

Age suitability: P4-7
Running time: 50 minutes

Emma & Gill tells the story of two friends who are making a theatre show together. The show is supposed to be all about Emma and her experience as an autistic person.

As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Gill doesn’t know as much about Emma or autism as she thinks she does. Gill thinks Emma is a bit sad and tragic. She thinks that Emma is not normal – not like Gill and everyone else. She doesn’t realise that Emma has lots of hidden talents and interests, and that maybe they have more in common than Gill would think.

This new show for schools questions what is “normal” and why being different is to be celebrated.

Emma & Gill is a co-production between Catherine Wheels and Lung Ha theatre companies. Catherine Wheels creates theatre performances for children & young people, and Lung Ha Theatre Company are one of the leading theatre companies for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

The show features Emma McCaffrey who has performed with Lung Ha Theatre Company since 2013 and was diagnosed with autism when she was 11, and Gill Robertson the artistic director of Catherine Wheels. The show will be directed by Lung Ha Theatre Company’s artistic director, Maria Oller, with dramaturgy by James Ley, design by Karen Tennent and sound design by Danny Krass.

Creative Team

Creator: Gill Robertson
Creator: Maria Oller
Director: Maria Oller
Creator: Emma McCaffrey
Designer: Karen Tennent
Sound Designer: Danny Krass
Text: James Ley

Production History

Number of performances to date: 22

Lung Ha co-production in schools 2019:
18th February 2019 - 10th March 2019

autumn 2020:
27th August 2020 - 20th September 2020