Winter Words 2017

A festival of new work for the winter season.

Join In Motion Theatre Company at  the bungo in Glasgow's Southside for a weekend of  Winter Words They are creating a pop-up studio theatre, embracing the lively pub atmosphere with a varied programme of theatre and music across the weekend.

Tickets for all events are priced between £5 and £10, with no booking fees. Booking online is recommended to guarantee your seat, or you can risk it on the door.


Fri 1 December | 19:30 (2hrs) | £7.50 | BOOK TICKETS

Celebrate the launch of Winter Words with us, featuring rehearsed readings of new extracts written in response to the theme of winter followed by a chance to mix, mingle and dance with a drink in hand.*

The evening will feature Snow by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir; Thaw by Katy Nixon; Good Neighbours by Kat Wilson; 3 Winter Characters in Search of a Setting by Marion Cobban; & an extract by In Motion Theatre Company's Daniel Cameron.

Produced by In Motion Theatre Company | Directed by Jordan Blackwood

*Complimentary bottle of beer or soft drink included in ticket price.

Sat 2 & Sun 3 December | 11:00 (30 mins) | £5 (FOR ALL OVER THE AGE OF 6 MONTHS) | BOOK TICKETS

Dr Fay Greenwood is an Elfologist - an expert in all things elf! She has brought two of her tiny friends to meet us. The trouble is that, like all elves, they are very, very shy and will need a lot of encouragement if they are going to come out to play. Maybe you can help?  This new, interactive, multi-sensory experience for under 8s and their accompanying adults is the latest creation from Ipdip Theatre; specialists in creative, delightful, playful live performances for the youngest of audience members.

Written by Charlotte Allan

​Please note: Audience will be sitting on cushions on the floor. There are baby changing facilities and limited buggy storage space at the bungo. The performance space is accessed via a set of stairs, with no lift.



Sat 2 & Sun 3 December | 12:00 (1hr) | £10 for age 14+, £6 for age 3-14, free for under 3s | BOOK TICKETS

Yet again, Clarence 'Floury Fingers' Cupcake, beloved father of Hansel and Gretel, qualifies for the grand final of The Great British Cake Off.  And, yet again, the local witch, Semolina Grissle, is not happy!! She has missed out to him too many times so makes it her mission to find the cupcakes secret ingredient and take the prize for herself. With the help of her assistant, Mouldy Pretzel, they concoct a cunning plan. Will Hansel and Gretel make it to the final in time to stop her? And what IS the secret ingredient?

Written by Floss Ross

Please note: There will be a number of cushions on the floor at the front for children who are able to sit by themselves - we ask that parents/guardians supervise at all times. There are baby changing facilities and limited buggy storage space at the bungo. The performance space is accessed via a set of stairs, with no lift.


Sat 2 & Sun 3 December | 14:30 (2hrs) | £7.50 | BOOK TICKETS

A triple bill of new work from three Glasgow writers:

Ours is Better Than Yours by Mhairi Quinn
Do you ever find yourself looking online over the winter period and feeling a sense of dread that Michelle from down the street has 'Bought, wrapped and stashed' all her Christmas presents just in time for Halloween? If yes then you will strike a chord with this story. Ours is Better Than Yours looks at the types of 'Chritmasses' that exist only on social media and the lies we tell to make sure everyone knows WE ARE HAVING A REALLY REALLY GREAT TIME, HONESTLY!

​Negatives by Jo Lennie
How well do you really know your family and friends? Alice's husband is in prison, her daughter's had to leave home and they're both dreaming of a fresh start. But what do the neighbours think? Extracts from a new play about the impact of crime in the suburbs and the interweaving of secrets, lies and everyday lives revealed through a series of monologues.

uPhone by Andrew McLinden
Eddie Chores, aka the Devil, opens up a small mobile phone shop in Glasgow. He starts to sell a new product called the uPhone. This magical, malevolent, mobile phone has some strange and unnerving technical features which bring out the very worst in people.


Sun 3 December | 18:00 (1hr) | £5 | BOOK TICKETS

On Air is a staged radio show with all sound effects produced live on stage.

In one hour we will race through everything you might expect to hear on the radio from comedy drama The Coffin Race in which 1920s crofters must race a body to the graveyard through the unpredictable highland terrain to the Book At Bedtime, The Weird Woman, in which a young man explains a terrifying encounter and the short drama, Fair Play, where Derek faces the choice of a lifetime.

Interspersed through it all will be "news", music, fun and of course no radio show would be complete without the shipping forecast!


Sun 3 Dec | 20:00 (2.5hrs) | £10 | BOOK TICKETS

Join us for the Winter Words finale featuring Dear Jane, a new play by Daniel Cameron, and live music from Folkify.

​Dear Jane
Dear Jane,

I hope this comes out right. This pencil is blunt but if you can make this out… I'm in a bit of trouble.

December 1917. War rages in France. Harry is locked in a prison cell. Jane is serving as a
nurse abroad. Harry sees nothing of the outside, Jane sees everything. Their only means of
communication are the letters they write. Love letters. A story of two people, in
extraordinary circumstances, trying to say what they truly feel.

Folkify is led by multi-instrumentalists Sandy Nelson and Morna Young. From Bowie to Beyoncé, the duo present new 'folked up' arrangements of your favourite songs. Ever heard 'Poker Face' as a country ditty, '500 Miles' as ballad or 'Crazy in Love' as a jig…? This is Folkify.

Winter Words will take place downstairs at the bungo, Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 2AL.  Food and drinks are served throughout the day with a varied menu.

When you enter the bar, take a right and head down the stairs to the performance space. A queuing system will be in operation outside the space, and doors will open 5-10 minutes prior to each performance.


​Box Office
Booking in advance through the online ticketing links above is recommended - there are no booking fees. There will be a festival box office within the performance space accepting cash and card payments - this will operate once doors are open for each show.

Getting There
The venue is just off the Pollokshaws Road bus route and a few minutes walk from Queen's Park railway station. There is free on-street parking available on Nithsdale Road.

The performance space is situated at the bottom of a flight of around 20 steps, therefore is not fully accessible. We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the space. If you have any access questions, please contact

Produced by In Motion Theatre Company

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Date and Location:

The Bungo, Glasgow

Start Date: Friday, 1 December, 2017

End Date: Sunday, 3 December, 2017

Address: 17-21 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 2AL

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