Barrowland Ballet

Barrowland Ballet is one of Scotland’s most exciting and successful contemporary dance companies and is based in the East End of Glasgow. The company name reflects its unique mix of popular culture and high art. Its name, taken from Glasgow’s famous Ballroom, also shares its belief that dance is for everybody. The company repertoire is built around the artistic work of choreographer, Natasha Gilmore. The work is inspired by her personal experiences and its challenging themes are delivered with wit and humour. The insightful observations of human behaviour and relationships enable audiences to identify with the stories in a multitude of ways, as they resonate with their own experiences.

Barrowland Ballet believes dance theatre should be available for everyone and creates professional productions and participatory projects for and with a variety of people. Recent children’s productions include Little Red and Tiger Tale. Participatory projects include The River, a Festival 2014 event with a 150 strong cast of dancers, singers and musicians.

Ages 6 months to 4 years


Presented by Macrobert Arts Centre and Barrowland Ballet                

Mischief maker, Maker of fun, tumble tumble, Tickle my tum,

Beasties beasties, Buzzing bees, Poggle’s not scared of climbing trees

Splash splash, Squelch in mud, creeping crawling, Chasing bugs.

Poggle was inspired by my young children as I watched the way they explored and played in the world around them.  The joy of discovery and accomplishment when new skills are found and obstacles overcome and the wonderment children find in the simplest things, like mud. This is the story of Vince, who wanted to explore the forest but was too scared.  Until one day he meets Poggle, a friendly creature who takes him on an adventure exploring the forest and the magical musical tree. Natasha Gilmore, Choreographer and Director.

Created by Natasha Gilmore with dancers Jade Adamson and Vince Virr, with music and sound created and performed by Daniel Padden plus Scraping The Barrel by Shooglenifty. 

Choreographer and Director: Natasha Gilmore

Composer and musician: Daniel Padden

Performers: Jade Adamson and Vince Virr

Set and Lighting Designer: Fred Pommerehn

Costume Designer: Alison Brown

Production Manager: Siân Mitchell MacGregor

Technical Stage Manager: Nate Lamb

Technician: Shannon Howard

Producer: Belinda McElhinney

Project Manager: Nicola Denman

Poggle Lighting Information

For ages 6 months to 4 years

Poggle Review- The Stage

December 2014


“Perfectly formed dance theatre takes its early years audience to the top of the tree and shows them the view” 

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Poggle Review- The Herald

February 2015


“This production for the very young, goes a wonderfully imaginative extra mile in its mix of bouncy dance-theatre, cunningly versatile design, live music and audience participation.”

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Poggle Review- The List

February 2014


“for pre-schoolers experiencing theatre for the first time (and, crucially, the adults next to them observing their reaction) it’s the perfect way to engage, excite and encourage a return visit.” 

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Elephant and Piggie 002 - Photo by Teresa Wood