Courage can come from the smallest of places.

Shō and the Demons of the Deep is a visual adventure story about overcoming fear, climate crisis and how the actions of one generation can affect the next. Designed for everyone aged 8+, the show is inspired by the picture book of the same name by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko.

Shō’s city has been plagued by nightmares for as long as she can remember, but hers are the worst of all. One day, Shō has had enough. She throws her nightmares away into the river, where they wash out to sea. Soon people start copying her; the city is rid of its nightmares, and everyone is delighted. But sixty years later, when the river becomes poisoned, Shō’s granddaughter Hana must face her greatest fears in order to save her home. 

Running Time: 60 minutes
Age recommendation: 8 years and over

Touring Scotland: 12 April – 5 June 2024 (all tour dates below)
Scroll down for tour details, access information, activities & a learners’ resource pack.

by Zoë Bullock, adapted from the work by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko 

Director Shilpa T-Hyland 
Set & Costume Designer Claire Halleran
Lighting Designer Kate Bonney
Composer & Sound Designer Niroshini Thambar
Movement Director Mele Broomes
Design Assistant Morven McLeod

Performers Itxaso Moreno, Christina Strachan, Rebecca Wilkie

Stage Manager Natalie Welch
Technical Stage Manager Becky Kirkness
Wardrobe Supervisor Vicki Brown
Scenic Artists Frankie Collier-Pricket, Martha Steed
Set Builder Mike Collier-Pricket
Production Manager Grahame Coyle
Projects Coordinator Rosie Ward
Marketing Coordinator Jane Hamilton
Producer Mhari Robinson

Audio Description Emma-Jane McHendry
BSL interpretation Catherine King
Captioning Alison Pendlowski

An Independent Arts Projects (IAP) production in association with National Theatre of Scotland

Supported by Creative Scotland’s Touring Fund, & Federation of Scottish Theatre. Development supported by Imaginate and Playwrights Studio Scotland.

With thanks to: Fiona, Rhea, Kirsty, Allie, Rosie, Caroline, Jo, Carrie, Paul, Chris, Jane, Catherine, Emma, Nicky, Liam, Bullet (the dog), and all the other supporters of this work who have heartened, & encouraged us along the way.

Our collaborators who contributed towards the production’s research & development phases: Sarah Rose Graber, Amy Kennedy, Lesley Lemon, Sarah Miele, Houmi Miura, Jade Ogugua, Christine Ting-Huan Urquhart.

Special thanks to P6 & P7 pupils & teachers at Annette Street Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School, Glasgow.  

Touring Scotland: 12 April – 5 June 2024

12-13 April, Platform, Easterhouse

  • 7pm, Fri 12 April
  • 2pm, Sat 13 April

Fri 12 at 7pm
BSL interpretation (integrated) by Catherine King
Audio Description by Emma-Jane McHendry

Sat 13 at 2pm
Captioning provided by Alison Pendlowski

Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, Glasgow, G34 9JW
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17 April, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

  • 10.30am, Wed 17 April
  • 7.30pm, Wed 17 April

7.30pm, Wed 17 April
BSL interpretation (integrated) by Catherine King
Captioning provided by Alison Pendlowski

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT
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24 April, Mareel, Lerwick

  • 11am, Wed 24 April (schools only)
  • 6.30pm, Wed 24 April

Mareel, Shetland Arts Development Agency, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0W
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30 Apr, Mull Theatre, Druimfin

  • 4:30pm, Tues 30 April

Mull Theatre, Druimfin, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6QB
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3 May, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Dunoon

  • 1:45pm, Fri 3 May

Dunoon Burgh Hall, 195 Argyll Street, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 7DD
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8 May, Birnam Arts, Dunkeld

  • 1:30pm, Wed 8 May (exact time TBC)

Birnam Arts, Station Rd, Dunkeld, PH8 0DS
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11 May, Melrose Corn Exchange, Melrose

  • 2:30pm, Sat 11 May

Melrose Corn Exchange, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN
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16-17 May, Lyth Arts Centre, nr Wick

  • 10am, Thurs 16 May (schools only)
  • 1pm, Thurs 16 May (school only)
  • 1pm, Fri 17 May (school only)
  • 7pm, Fri 17 May

Lyth Arts Centre, Wick, KW1 4UD
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21-22 May, The Bridge, Dumfries

  • 10:30am, Tues 21 May (schools only)
  • 1:30pm, Tues 21 May (schools only)
  • 1:30pm, Wed 22 May (schools only)
  • 7pm, Wed 22nd May

The Bridge, Glasgow Rd, Dumfries, DG2 9AW
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27-30 May, Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Traverse Theatre

  • 10am, Mon 27 May
  • 1pm, Mon 27 May
  • 10am, Tues 28 May
  • 1pm, Tues 28 May
  • 1pm, Wed 29 May
  • 7pm, Wed 29 May
  • 9:45am, Thurs 30 May

Wed 29 at 1pm
Guided tour available for this performance

Wed 29 at 7pm
BSL interpretation (integrated) by Catherine King
Audio Description by Emma-Jane McHendry
Guided tour available for this performance

Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED
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3 June, Eden Court, Inverness

  • 1.30pm, Mon 3 June

Eden Court Theatre, Bishops Rd, Inverness, IV3 5SA
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5 June, The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews

  • 6pm, Wed 5 June

The Byre Theatre, Abbey St, St. Andrews, KY16 9LA
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Access Information

  • Audio Description and a pre-show Guided Tour by Emma-Jane McHenry at:
    • 7pm, Fri 12th April at Platform, Easterhouse 
    • 7pm, Wed 29th May at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 
    • Arrive 1hr ahead for Pre-Show Guided Tour
    • Arrive 15 minutes ahead for Audio Description
  • BSL interpretation by Catherine King at:
    • 7pm, Fri 12th April at Platform, Easterhouse 
    • 7.30pm, Wed 17th April at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 
    • 7pm, Wed 29th May at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 
    • 6pm, Wed 5th June at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews 
  • Captioning by Alison Pendlowski at:
    • 2pm, Saturday 13th April at Platform, Easterhouse 
    • 7.30pm, Wed 17th April at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 
  • Break Out Space by Kirstin Abraham & Geraldine Heaney at Platform, Easterhouse:
    • 6-9pm, Friday 12th April 
    • 1-4pm, Saturday 13th April 
  • Visual Guides/Stories will be available to download from this page & NTS website from the 12th April
    • For the show  
    • For all the venues on tour

Resource Pack for young people and their adults
Prepared by Tanya McLaughlin & designed by Mamoru Iriguchi

Activity ideas for Shō and the Demons of the Deep
…linked to Hope, Change and Connection


  • Let’s grow together! Engage children in activities like planting seeds or gardening, explaining how we see hope through witnessing growth and renewal.
  • Get out into your community! Encourage and support the children to participate in community projects where they can see the positive impact of their actions on others’ lives.
  • What’s good today? Create a book/jar where children and adults can write down things they’re hopeful for each day, fostering a sense of optimism and positivity.


  • Is it a sauce bottle or is it a spaceship? Encourage reusing and recycling by getting creative with how you use everyday household packaging. Some empty cereal boxes or a city landscape?
  • Let’s talk change! Hold a family meeting to discuss and plan small changes within your home that promote sustainability or efficiency, empowering children to be active participants in creating a better environment.
  • What in the world! Discuss current events or social issues in an age-appropriate manner, encouraging children to think critically about the world around them and think about making some small but positive changes.


  • Let’s play! Have regular family game nights, providing opportunities for bonding and shared experiences. 
  • When was that? Create a family tree or a photo album together, exploring and documenting family history to strengthen bonds across generations.
  • Leave the screens at home! Have regular outings or nature walks where everyone can disconnect from technology and connect with each other and nature.

The team behind Shō and the Demons of the Deep

Our crackin' team.
(top) Zoë Bullock.
(middle, l-r) Mele Broomes, Becky Kirkness, Niroshini Thambar, Catherine King, Natalie Welch, Vicki Brown, Mhari Robinson, Morven McLeod, Grahame Coyle, Kate Bonney, Claire Halleran.
(bottom, l-r) Christina Strachan, Rebecca Wilkie, Itxaso Moreno, Shilpa T-Hyland.

Photography by Mihaela Bodlovic.