Come and play! Who? You – little ones, and you, the big ones with them!

Thu 24 July – Sun 3 Aug, 14:00-17:00

Parnie Street, in the heart of the Merchant City, will become an outdoor play area with totally new games designed especially for the festival – and for all ages. Made by some of the UK’s most talented outdoor game designers, Scotch Hoppers has been inspired by traditional street games, and is an exciting and original re-discovery of what it is really like to play in the city, in the Summer…so come with friends, family, or just you.

Our company of facilitators; Salma Faraji, Pip Hill and Pete Lannon, will be there to help and encourage people of all ages to get playing!

An audio description for the games will be available, just ask when you arrive.

Click here to see how Scotch Hoppers is taking shape!

Scotch Hoppers Dance Performance Programme

Sat 26 & Sun 27 July and Sat 2 & Sun 3 August, 12:00, 13:00 & 14:00pm
All performances are free, no need to book, just turn up on the day!
The 14:00 performance on Sun 3 Aug will be audio described
Each performance lasts around 20 mins

The Scotch Hoppers performance explores the dynamics, tensions, risks, possibilities and joy of playing games with others.  The piece has been devised with three dancers: Penny Chivas, Melanie Forbes-Broomes and Scott Houston, with choreography from Ruth Mills and Brian Hartley and  is accompanied by specially commissioned music from David Boyd live mixed during the performance.

The audience are invited to stand to watch the (outdoor) performance although seating will be available should people require it.  When the performance has finished we will invite you back onto the site to play!

Scotch Hoppers Workshop Programme

Weekdays from 24 July  – 1 Aug, 13:00 – 13:45, Free

For Surge 2014, Stillmotion will present a series of interactive workshops exploring physical movement, play and story telling for people of all ages and experiences. Inspired by traditional street games, participants will work with stillmotion’s inspiring dancers and performers to explore the objects and games that are part of the Scotch Hoppers play area, and experiment with new ways of moving and playing creatively in the street, on a summer’s day.

For more information, dates and times visit the Scotch Hoppers Workshop page.

During the project the facilitators have been gathering stories and information about games from around the world.


Scotch Hoppers Company

Artistic Director | Brian Hartley

Devised by Brian Hartley and stillmotion

Performers | Penny Chivas, Melanie Forbes-Broomes, Scott Houston

Facilitators | Salma Faraji, Pip Hill, Peter Lannon

Choreography | Ruth Mills

Dramaturg | Gary McNair

Music | Dave Boyd

Costume Design | Jennie Loof

Game Designer | Holly Gramazio

Outdoor Designer | Tassy Thompson

Physical Game Construction | Simon Harlow, Ralph Blair and Brian Hartley

Play and Risk Consultant | Harry Harbottle

Producer | Kate Bowen

Project Co-Ordinator | Rhea Lewis

Production Manager | Mark McKechnie

Marketing and PR Manager | Wendy Niblock

Marketing and Social Media | Vicky Wilson

Graphic Design | Suisse Studio

Stewards | Brogan Howat, Hamish Orr


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Any Questions?  Please visit the FAQ page!