This summer, we are thrilled to present the world premiere of Rubble, a new piece from acclaimed composer Gareth Williams and director and pantomime legend Johnny McKnight.

Members of our Young Company, who are aged 17 to 23, are joined by professional soprano Shuna Scott Sendall to tell this searingly honest, at times darkly comedic, story. Roxana Haines directs and Chris Gray, Scottish Opera Young Company Artistic Director, is the conductor.

Written in Scots dialect and originally commissioned as part of our Outreach and Education Programme’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2021, Rubble will be staged at the Company’s Elmbank Crescent premises in Glasgow on 30 and 31 July.

Inspired by English writer Graham Greene’s short story The Destructors, Rubble is set in both the 1980s and present day Glasgow, and tells a harrowing yet inspiring tale of surviving trauma and the power of vulnerability. This part horror, part black comedy follows a group of young people as stand they amongst the debris of Findenterran Farm, until recently a children’s care home for those abandoned and forgotten in a broken system.

Due to the difficult nature of this show, the cast and creative team have worked with ARTiculate Art Therapy, which uses art to improve emotional well-being, to bring this world safely to life. This production deals with themes of child abuse and child sexual assault within the care system and as such has an age recommendation of 14+.

There are only four performances of Rubble, so get your tickets now from