The Heckelburnie Hecklers

Written by Martin Travers
Performed by Creative Citizens
Directed by Kate Black & Annmarie Strain
Set & Costume Design by Rachel Mimiec
Lighting Design by Karen Bryce
Performed on 29 February-2 March 2024 at Brian Cox Studio Theatre, The Boardwalk, Glasgow


Above:Image from Production By Alex Brady

Set in a wee town on the outskirts of Glasgow is the Heckelburnie Community Centre. It’s the heart of the community, where generations of families have called home. Between the leaky roofs and freezing cold temperatures, the centre is on its last legs. The community is in danger of losing the centre to big property developers, but they won’t go down without a fight.

We meet the colourful characters of Heckelburnie, from the power-hungry council caretaker to the diva stage-mother with the temper of a 2-year-old. And who could forget… Heckelburnie’s own local star-studded band – Cauld Sweat. Follow their stories, and how they fumble to get themselves back together again. 


The play, written by Martin Travers, came from a collaboration between our Creative Citizen Project and drama-based consultation workshops within Glasgow’s Recovery Community. These workshops explored what community means to them, different relationships, and the power of music. The material for this new piece of Scottish theatre was explored in our drama workshops and then passed on to Martin who worked his magic and put it all together.


Glasgow City Council’s Communities Fund with support from The Corra Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.

'Moved me to tears, gave me faith in humanity and made me laugh. Divine characters, dynamic and very talented actors and musicians. – What a show!'
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'Loved every minute, the passion and enthusiasm was in abundance. Well done everyone.'
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'It's rare that a production truly warms the heart, from the idea to its execution this is a cracker. A joyous production to watch...'
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'The energy just radiates from the stage' ****
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