Ailie Cohen & Marc Mac Lochlainn


Ailie is a puppeteer, performer, illustrator, designer and puppetry director based at Edinburgh Palette. She originally thought she would go to art college…then got sidetracked, did a live art degree, went to Moscow to study acting, played violin for a street theatre troupe that busked and starved its way round Europe, and was introduced to the world of puppetry.


Marc is the artistic director of Branar Téatar do Pháistí.  Marc founded the company in 2001 and over the past 13 years Branar have developed and presented 15 productions & facilitated of thousands of workshops for children throughout Ireland.

The Production

In 2015, we developed a work in progress called The Shape of Things to a group of parents and babies in Edinburgh.  We then secured funding from Creative Scotland to tour this new re-developed piece for 6 months – 2 year olds in Autumn 2016. The co-production was in development from 2014 and brought together Scottish puppet & theatre maker Ailie Cohen and Marc Mac Lochlainn of Branar Téatar do Pháistí  (Galway)

The world all around us is made up of wonderful shapes. But sometimes there are so many shapes that some shapes get lost. This is a story of two shapes, Cubert and Triantán, and the adventures they have finding their way back to each other.

Set in a soft and tactile environment Starcatchers and Branar tell this interactive story through puppetry, object theatre, music and sound.

Designed for children aged 6 months – 2 years and their adults.

The Shape of Things premiered October 1st 2016 at Platform Glasgow, during Starcatchers 10th birthday celebrations, before it embarked on a Scottish and Irish tour.

Photos by Solen Photography

Audience Feedback

“She was enthralled. Couldn’t take her eyes away.” . . . “My baby usually gets distracted quickly but she was entranced throughout!” . . . “It was sweet, engaging and lovely to enjoy with my wee one.” . . . “She enjoyed it immensely. The performance was enchanting and my baby was mesmerised.” . . . “Performers involved all the babies and children. Age appropriate, fun and educational.” . . . “Rapt attention throughout!” . . . “I loved the use of simple sounds, shape and language in a very beautiful and magical way; educating children through their imaginations.” . . . “She seemed spellbound. She loved it! Very engaged.”


The tinies in the audience in the Lafayette Bar of the Festival Theatre were totally enthralled by this beautifully tailored, tactile delight of a show. A pleasure to see! ★★★★ IRENE BROWN – EDINBURGH GUIDE READ FULL REVIEW

“Feijóo and Gregg strike a balance between engaging with all the rapt upturned faces in this comfortable, but quasi-mountainous environment and playing together in the mode of the classic Laurel and Hardy-esque comedy duo – good-natured Gregg is constantly the butt of mischievous Feijóo’s jokes.”★★★★ – THE REVIEWS HUB READ FULL REVIEW


2016 Scottish Tour Dates:

GLASGOW | Platform, Easterhouse | 1 – 2 October

RENFREWSHIRE | Paisley Arts Centre | 4 October

EDINBURGH | Festival Theatre | 5 & 12 October

GREENOCK | Beacon Arts Centre | 10 October

SOUTH LANARKSHIRE | Town House, Hamilton | 11 October

SCOTTISH BORDERS | Eastgate Arts Centre | 14 October

STIRLING | Macrobert Arts Centre | 15 October

EAST AYRSHIRE | Cumnock Town Hall | 15 November

DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY | St Cuthbert, Kirkcudbright | 16 November | Thornhill Community Centre | 17 November | Gracefield Arts Centre | 19 November

MUSSELBURGH | The Brunton | 22 November

FALKIRK | Falkirk Town Hall | 25 November

MORAY | Universal Hall, Findhorn | 26 November

DUNDEE | Dundee Rep | 12 – 23 December

Additional Information

2016 Company

Director Marc Mac Lochlainn

Designer Ailie Cohen

Performers Helen Gregg & Saras Feijoo

Stage Manager Emma Skaer

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