Described by Time Out London as “The Godfather of Scottish cabaret”, I am an in-demand cabaret producer and director, and have led shows and festivals all over the world from intimate cabarets and boutique music festivals to theatrical variety shows, nightclubs, awards ceremonies, charity spectaculars and corporate events. 

I am an established cabaret performer and compère with over 20 years experience as an actor and singer in musical theatre, cabaret, fringe performance and various bands and touring shows.

My combined experience of the private, public and commercial sectors both within creative and managerial roles means that he can bring a breadth and diversity of knowledge to any event.


  • I held the position of Artistic Director of Glasgow based theatre company, Rhymes with Purple for several years where I was responsible for the company's programming, script-writing, business development and production as well as directing.

  • I am General Manager of Kelburn Garden Party, Scotland's best small music Festival held every July in the grounds of Kelburn Castle in Largs.

  • I was a co-creator of The Glasgow Cabaret Festival and held the role of Artistic Director from 2009-2011.

  • I am an experienced Project Manager and Producer with a strong history of delivering a diverse range of successful large scale artistic and commercial events for the public and private sectors for a wide range of international clients.


  • As a talented Theatre Director, I have extensive experience directing drama, musical theatre, fringe theatre, comedy, classical theatre and large scale amateur dramatics productions both in the UK and abroad.

  • I'm a confident and diplomatic manager experienced at dealing with large teams of staff/crew and liaising with performers and volunteers.

  • Experienced with technical and logistical details and competent with lighting and sound design and spec.

  • Extensive contacts across the arts both in the UK and internationally.

  • Excellent understanding of strategic arts marketing, budget control, reporting, funding and business development.

  • In depth understanding of Health and Safety for events and performances including creation of comprehensive risk assessments and licensing applications.

  • Skilled at learning new concepts quickly, working well under pressure, managing a complex workload and communicating ideas clearly and effectively.

  • Familiar with all elements of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) with excellent IT skills.

  • Talented and creative designer experienced with Photoshop and Sketchup. 

  • Innovative and creative mind with a proven skill in developing ideas and creating new concepts. 

  • Skilled and experienced creative writer with excellent copy-writing skills.  Currently Cabaret, Circus and Dance Editor for

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