Abigail Sinar, Hazel Darwin-Edwards, Xana Marwick

Hazel Darwin-Clements has worked on several projects and residencies with Starcatchers as a theatre maker, performer and puppeteer. Most recently she has been co-leading a project called Expecting Something with parents under 25 and their babies, and also delivering workshops across Scotland for adults who work with Early Years as part of their Creative Skills Programme.

Abigail Sinar is a community musician, violinist and composer.  She has worked extensively across Scotland, delivering community, education and composition projects for many local authorities and national organisations, including Drake Music Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  She is particularly interested in overcoming barriers to make musical experiences accessible to everyone.

Xana Marwick is a Performance Maker, Playwright and is also Artistic Director of Stadium Rock. Xana directed Starcatchers and RSNO’s Hup for the first tour in 2015, and has re-directed the new cast in 2016 for the international tour and Fringe Festival performances. 

The Production

In March 2018 Hup is touring to Summerhall, Edinburgh and Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling before heading to New Jersey and New York, USA.


Hup was created by Hazel Darwin-Clements and Abigail Sinar in association with the RSNO.

The concept for Hup was inspired by the delivery of the Arts and Business Scotland People Award-winning residency project Nickum, piloted by Starcatchers and the RSNO in 2013/2014. During the project, Starcatchers Associate Artist Hazel Darwin-Edwards and Composer Abigail Sinar worked in two childcare settings in Aberdeen over six months with babies aged 0 – 18 months to explore how young children of this age respond to both classical music and live performance. Through this process they simultaneously developed a classical score and a new play for babies. The original work was redeveloped in 2015, with fresh input from established Early Years director Xana Marwick and toured across Scotland during Spring 2015. Co-created by both Hazel and Abigail, Hup combines live classical music, with a heart warming storyline in a beautiful performance specially designed for very young children. In the theatrical performance, a trio of musicians perform the original score live intertwined with a non-verbal narrative which takes the audience on a journey in pursuit of the story’s lead character, a very inquisitive raccoon.

HUP ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 11 – 28 August in association with Pleasance Kids at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). 


Audience Feedback



“A constant flow of intriguing activity and enticing music… Hup delivers a frolicsome adventure in friendship and sharing the joys (and bushy tails) of a raccoon with a larky sense of humour and a love of nature.” MARY BRENNAN – THE HERALD READ FULL REVIEW

“One of the greatest pleasures of Xana Marwick’s show lies in watching the varying reactions of the young audience as the live music, composed by Abigail Sinar, moves between moods that range from playful to romantic” ★★★★ ALAN RADCLIFFE READ FULL REVIEW

“Both transfixing and mesmerising, this relaxed and intimate delight of a performance is full of surprises geared right at tiny tots but clever enough to draw in the adults in the room too as it magically links nature and music.” THE EDINBURGH GUIDE READ FULL REVIEW




Wee Festival | Toronto 16 – 19 May 2016 Macau Cultural Centre | China 21 – 24 July 2016 International Arts Carnival | Hong Kong 28 – 31 July 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe | Edinburgh 11 – 28 August 2016



In 2015 Hup toured to 12 venues and 12 community settings across Scotland. Platform | Glasgow 29 – 30 April, Falkirk Town Hall | Falkirk 2 May, Eastgate Theatre | Peebles 9 May, Macrobert Arts Centre | Stirling 10 May, Imaginate Festival | Edinburgh 12 – 16 May, The Brunton | East Lothian 22 – 23 May, The Lemon Tree | Aberdeen 30 – 31 May, Comar | Isle of Mull 5 June, Carnegie Hall | Dunfermline 12 June, Adam Smith | Fife 13 June, Perth Concert Hall | Perth 27 June, Rutherglen Town Hall | Rutherglen 3 July, Lanark Memorial Hall | Lanark 4 July



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Additional Information

Cast & Crew 2016

Abigail Sinar Co-Creator/ Performer /Violin

Hannah Venet Performer

Andrew Huggan Performer / Cello

Katrina Lee Performer / Violin

Zoe Squair Production Manager

Karen Tennent Designer

Xana Marwick Director


Cast & Crew 2015

Abigail Sinar Co-Creator/ Performer /Violin

Hazel Darwin-Edwards Co-Creator / Performer

Andrew Huggan Performer / Cello

George Smith Performer / Violin

Elizabeth Lloyd Performer / Violin

Zoe Squair Production Manager

Karen Tennent Designer

Xana Marwick Director

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