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The Cloudman Team

Ailie Cohen


Ailie originally thought she would go to art college...then got sidetracked, did a live art degree, went to Moscow to study acting, joined a street theatre troupe that busked and starved its way round Europe, and was finally introduced to the world of puppetry by Symon and Kim of The Edinburgh Puppet Lab.

Ailie has gone on to work as a performer, designer and maker for National Theatre of Scotland, Grid Iron, TAG, The Citizens, Puppet Lab, Vanishing Point, Wee Stories and her own shows include 'I Vant to be Alone’, Rumpelstiltskin at the Fairytale Laundry', Jazz Mouse,  'The New Not New' and Cloud Man which was selected to appear as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2011. Cloud Man is now touring Internationally. 

Ailie is an associate artist of Puppet State Theatre Company, with which she collaborated on  ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’, which also tours worldwide.

In 2009 Ailie was commissioned by TAG Theatre to create ‘Museum of Dreams’ which was nominated for a TMA award and travelled to the Singapore Arts Festival 2011.

Ailie has also worked for NTS Learn, Imaginate, was deviser, performer, puppet and props maker for National Theatre London ‘Cupboard of Surprises’ Inside Out Festival 2012 which was part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Ailie and Lewis are currently in development with their next show for a young audience ‘Secret Life of Suitcases.’ Ailie is overjoyed to rediscover her drawing practice and so will also be creating another illustrated book with Lewis to accompany this next performance project.


Lewis Hetherington


Lewis Hetherington is a Glasgow based Playwright and Theatre Maker. As an associate of the award winning Analogue he co-wrote Mile End and Beachy Head, and wrote 2401 Objects which was a co production with Oldenburg Staatstheater. He was an Associate Artist of Imaginate from 2010 to 2012 where he undertook at research project on the creative possibilities of making work for and with young deafblind people.

Writing credits include adaptations of bodies unfinished for Grey Swan at the Brockley Jack The Archivist by Hector Levy and Instructions for Butterfly Collectors by
Mariana Eva Perez, for National Theatre of Scotland at the Traverse. A Perfect Child, and Sea Change, for the Oran Mor ‘A Play A Pie and A Pint’.

Work made for children and young people includes Cloud Man (with Ailie Cohen) which was part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2011 and continues to tour internationally, The Incredible Swimming Choir directed by Matt Addicott for Starcatchers, Rebecca’s Midnight created with Jo Timmins for Lyra Theatre.

Lewis has worked for companies including Visible Fictions, Traverse Theatre, Royal Conservatoire Scotland and his work has been performed throughout the UK as well as in Dubai, Germany, Switzerland and Malta.

Bodies Unfinished, Beachy Head, and 2401 Objects are published by Oberon.


Alasdair Satchel


Alasdair Satchel is a writer, director and performer based on the Isle of Mull.


Having studied at Queen Margaret in Edinburgh he moved to Paris to train at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq from 2000-02.


On returning to Scotland, Alasdair produced his own work with Perhilion Theatre Co, featuring productions including One Man Rant, Two Man Rumble and Luggage, which was developed with the aid of the Playwrights Studio Scotland. Perhilion productions have been seen all over the UK, the Czech Republic and most recently in Hong Kong.


Aside from creating his own productions Alasdair has worked for companies at home in Scotland, around the UK and further afield in Malta, Tunisia, France, Sweden, the USA, and Hong Kong.

From 2007 -09 Alasdair was Education Officer with Mull Theatre.


Education and participation work are at the core of Alasdair's whole philosophy to creating theatre. He has created and delivered workshops from play-group to post graduate levels, with many community and diverse ability groups in between.


Alasdair has also worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on their Elgin Transform and as a director for Cinderella at Platform, Glasgow.


Alasdair is making his way in the Gaelic world through Sabhal Mor Ostaig's distance learning courses, with an eye to creating work in Gaelic in the very near future.




Jen Edgar

Jen Edgar is a theatre artist based in Glasgow. The majority of her work consists of making theatre with and for young people, with a focus on movement. Jen is also a deviser and performer with her work heavily rooted in collaboration with artists across the spectrum. She has worked with The National Theatre of Scotland's Learn department for almost five years within many roles, such as an emerging artist, creative partner and movement director. Some of these projects and roles consisted of, assistant director on Flit (Transform East Ayrshire); movement director on Walls, devised and performed in Alexandria, Egypt; and creative partner for the Citizens Theatre's Young Co. Some of Jen's performance work consists of, Happy Happy Happy, Arches Live; The Interface Race, NTS Allotment; First Light and The Incredible Swimming Choir, Starcatchers.
Finally, Jen is delighted to have been appointed as the new Starcatchers Artist in Residence on their latest project, The Play Ground. She will spend the next year working in three nurseries across South Lanarkshire, creating experiences for very young children and their carers. The project will conclude with a piece of theatre, created by Jen in August 2013.


Niroshini Thambar and Nik Paget-Tomlinson

have been producing music and sound together since 1998. They formed the electronica project, Puchi, releasing two albums and an EP and received Scottish Arts Council funding to create new work. They went on to develop their joint practice in creating soundtracks for theatre and dance productions. More recent work includes the large-scale outdoor production ‘Cargo’ (Edinburgh Mela/Iron Oxide 2010), ‘Museum of Dreams’ (TAG Citizen’s Theatre 2009), and ‘The New not New’ (Ailie Cohen/TAG Citizens’ Theatre 2008). Their most recent co-production was their son, Ravindran (NHS Scotland 2010) and they also pursue a variety of projects individually as outlined below.


Nik is a musician, producer and sound designer. His work includes soundtracks for ‘Oops a Daisy’ and ‘Round in Circles’ (Starcatchers’ 2010-11), for the dance production ‘Enso’ (La Nua 2010) and for performance poet Anita Govan’s live show ‘Unpicked Fruit’ and album ‘Bare to the Bone’. He has been a collaborator on residencies at DanceBase with the David Hughes Dance Company and Articulate Animal and has also played on and produced many music projects including the album ‘Leitmotif Man’ by the Mike Kearney Ka-tet, and the ‘Letting Go’ EP by Niki King.





Niroshini works in the areas of music composition, performance and education. She is currently Artist-in-Residence with the Edinburgh Mela, creating a new music and sound installation inspired by migration, memory and the Sri Lankan Diaspora experience. She has recorded and performed live on violin, keyboards and vocals with artists as diverse as Lamb, Finitribe and Niki King as well as delivering music workshops in a variety of education and community contexts. In particular, as Associate Musician with Drake Music Scotland, she has extensive experience in the area of music and disability, devising and leading creative music projects across Scotland.





For any further information about Cloudman contact

Ailie Cohen:  ailiecohen@me.com  or phone +44 (0) 7946274804