By Hannah McGregor

Mon, 08 April, 2024 — Sat, 13 April, 2024

Please note this play ended on Sat, 13 April, 2024.

Directed by Debbie Hannan | Cast - Afton Moran, Craig Hunter, Annie Grace


A young queer Scot meets the misunderstood Loch Ness Monster in this new comedy.

Em, a young queer Scot, is on the bonnie banks of Loch Ness when they encounter the fabled monster…only Nessie sincerely wishes that they wouldn’t use the word ‘monster.’

Together, the pair form an unlikely bond which is determined to break boundaries, as they attempt to reconcile Em with their estranged mother and Nessie with a world which has been determined to make them disappear.

Featuring an iconic drag queen Nessie, Ness is a new queer Scottish comedy exploring the tradition of monsters, identity, and how we tell our own stories.

Co-presented with Aberdeen Performing Arts, in collaboration with Sanctuary Queer Arts.


We are working closely with Sanctuary Queer Arts and Oran Mor to foster a safe, sanctuary space for this show. Please see this notice here for more information.


Creative Team

Writer Hannah McGregor
Director Debbie Hannan
Designer Gemma Patchett
Assistant Director Emma Lynne Harley

Rehearsal Photos

HANNAH MCGREGOR is an emerging writer and theatremaker from Glasgow. They have recently graduated from the Msc Playwriting course at the University of Edinburgh, receiving the William Hunter Sharpe Memorial Scholarship; during this time they also took part in the Traverse Young Writers Spring 2023 programme. Recent credits include; Come Die With Me: The Murder Mystery Musical Parody (2023, Happy Sad Productions), Hamlet: The Play The Panto The Musical (2022, Theatre Paradok) and Delayed (2022, Theatre Paradok), all premiering at their respective Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

DEBBIE HANNAN writes and directs for stage and screen. They are Associate Director at National Theatre of Scotland and were formerly Interim Artistic Director at Stockroom. Previously Associate Director at Bunker Theatre, their credits include: Exodus, Panopticon (National Theatre of Scotland); Salty Irina (Paines Plough); Sound of the Underground, Pah-Lah (Royal Court); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Manchester Royal Exchange); Overflow (Bush Theatre); The Ugly One (Tron Theatre); Cuckoo (Soho Theatre), Little Miss Burden (Bunker), and Constellations (Donmar). They recently directed a short for Film4 and 104 Films, co-written with Matilda Ibini, and are writing their first feature.

Please note this play ended on Sat, 13 April, 2024.
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