Annmarie Strain

Assistant Creative Director

Annmarie’s love for drama and theatre started in 1993 when she attended Dunterlie Youth Theatre in Barrhead, at that time being run by Kate Black. Her theatre journey continued with Scottish Youth Theatre Productions as Sleeping Beauty in Sleeping Beauty at the Tron; at the Citizens’ Theatre as Fern, in Charlotte’s Web, a Witch in Macbeth and as Ella in Born Bad  (Director Mary McCluskey).

After achieving an HND in Acting & Performance, her first professional acting role was in the Citizens Theatre’s production of The Twits  (Director Kenny Miller), followed by her role as Chantelle in Ken Loach’s film Sweet Sixteen, a highly acclaimed film that took Annmarie to the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. She was then nominated for a Scottish Bafta as Best Actress for her role in the film. For the next four years she played Hazel Donachie in BBC’s River City and then she returned to the stage to play 2006 as part of A Play, A Pie & a Pint lunchtime theatre (Director Alison Peebles). This was followed by a UK-wide tour of Risk (Director/WriterJohn Retallack) – a co-production with the Tron, Macrobert Arts Centre and Y-Dance.

Annmarie has always been heavily involved in anything that is happening in her community and she wanted to share her love of theatre in her home town of Barrhead.  She initiated and set up In Cahootz’s project Barrhead Drama for children and young people 5-18 year olds. Very quickly the one group became three and now over 55 children and young people attend these drama workshops each week. She has led drama workshops for adults at Dunterlie Resource Centre and is currently reviewing how to include more community groups from the area. Both projects in Barrhead have received great recognition for the impact that they have in the community. Winning All About Barrhead Awards for ‘Impact in the Community’ in 2022, and ‘Initiative of the Year’ in 2023.

Her role as Assistant Creative Director also includes co-directing the main production with Kate and to date this includes Wid Ye Credit It? Sheriff Dick’s Swan Song and The Heckelburnie Hecklers and when need be, she has taken on a cameo role. Through her experience in film and TV, Annmarie takes the lead with the short film projects, guiding the participants through acting for camera and sharing her skills in script-writing and directing for film. Creative Citizens participants have now produced three films: A View Fae the Windae, She Is… and Sparra.

Annmarie has also set up a personal development programme that allows the Creative Citizens and the young people from Barrhead Drama to use their experience from participation in drama, visual art and music to achieve a Personal Development Award, accredited by Fife College of Education.  She co-delivers and evaluates this scheme with Shannon.

Annmarie’s effort and work in Barrhead were recognised when she won the 2019 All About Barrhead Board Award.

Drama, community and empowering people are at the heart of everything Annmarie does.


Annmarie Strain

T: 0141 248 6988