thick skin, elastic heart


Company Many and Sonnet Youth in association with Platform, D&G Arts Live and Theatre Royal Dumfries presents:

Proud Recipient of the Inaugural Creative Scotland Touring Fund

Touring Scotland October-November 2019 and January-February 2020

WRITER/ DIRECTOR     Drew Taylor

PRODUCERS                 Kevin P. Gilday and Cat Hepburn of Sonnet Youth

Movement Direction    Lucy Wild

Dramaturgy                 Adura Onashile, Rose Ruane and Sonnet Youth


thick skin, elastic heart is an exciting collection of contemporary spoken word monologues and group poems giving voice to a generation, often reduced to a sound-bite in mass media as ineffectual, lazy, oversensitive “snow-flakes”. This hybrid poetic theatre production encapsulates what it means to be a Millennial [18-34] living in modern Britain. The piece plays like a frenzied scroll through a social media feed – with seemingly disconnected pieces running into one another at speed, woven together with athletic physical delivery. It showcases a kaleidoscope of voices from throughout the UK, tackling a myriad of topics and truly capturing the zeitgeist.

As if Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood had been filtered through the lens of Instagram, this blackly comedic text explores topics like... how it feels to be flat broke – with absolutely no savings, the lack of discussion around miscarriages, anxieties of porn addiction, how everybody is foreign to somebody, the perils of the night bus, undeserved promotions, Sunday Tesco shopping and the endless consequence of self imposed high expectations – screamed through constant digital communication.

We are looking for 3 millennial performers for the production – aged 18-34.

We are looking for an inclusive cast, representing a diverse range of races, genders, sexualities and experiences. We encourage applications from BAME performers, and those identifying as White non-British. We are interested in hearing from LGBTQIA+ voices, as well as straight identifying humans... Performers should be:

  • fluent in English
  • have legal status to work and live in the UK
  • confident experienced actors
  • have some experience/enthusiasm for delivering spoken-word text.

Performers should be available for the following dates:


Development [Dumfries and Galloway]              May 6th-10th, 1 week

Rehearsals [Dumfries and Glasgow]                  begin September 23rd, 4 weeks

Performances [Scottish Tour 2019]                   begin October 16th for 3 weeks

Performances [Scotland/England 2020]             begin January 27th for 2+ weeks


LONDON          Monday April 8th [venue TBC]

GLASGOW        Wednesday April 10th

                        Platform Easterhouse 1000 Westerhouse Rd, Glasgow G34 9JW


Audition texts are available here: audition texts.doc

...along with a sample work-in-progress script: thick skin, elastic heart Newest Sample.doc

The sample is provided to give a flavour of the production. Final draft texts will be created with the cast in-situ.

Please prepare ONE of the four audition texts for the day.

Auditions will be a 1.5 hour group workshop [up to 15 people] and a 10 minute individual sessions with the production team and an independent theatre artist [up to 5 panel members].

Please come wearing suitable movement clothes for the group workshop.

We are looking for open-minded, enthusiastic performers – hungry to dive into a socially/politically provocative urgent new show.

Contracts are above equity minimum.


To apply, please send an email to Director/Writer Drew Taylor [].

Subject line should be “thick skin, elastic heart AUDITION [YOUR NAME]”

Please provide CV, Photograph and up to 200 word statement as to why this production is of interest to you.

Here's confirmed cast member Cameron Fulton, delivering one of the poems from the show...


SONNET YOUTH – Producers

Sonnet Youth is an award winning ever-expanding poetry events company that is curated, produced and co-hosted by Glasgow based spoken word artists Cat Hepburn (BBC6 Music, River City, STV’s Late Show, BBC The Social, Edinburgh Fringe) and Kevin P Gilday (BBC 6, BBC The Social, Edinburgh Fringe, Toronto Fringe, Glastonbury). Since their first event at the iconic Drygate Brewery in 2016, it has quickly grown into one of Scotland’s most prominent spoken word cabaret nights. Their monthly events run at Drygate Brewery in Glasgow, and the famous Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh, featuring a top talent pool of spoken word performers, ranging from poets, rappers, comedians and musicians. Cat and Kevin have also successfully curated numerous pop-up events for events such as the Merchant City Festival, Belladrum and Glasgow European Championships Pride House 2018. Last year; Sonnet Youth produced and directed the UK tour of theatre spoken word show, Confessionals by Victoria McNulty. The production received critical acclaim, and established Sonnet Youth as producers and dramaturgs, in addition to promoters and hosts. Both Kevin and Cat have strong backgrounds in theatre with Kevin being named the National Theatre of Scotland’s Breakthrough Artist for 2018, and theatre graduate Cat directing numerous youth theatre productions, in addition to her extensive back catalogue in educational facilitation.

More information on Sonnet Youth can be found at