The Team

Stewart Aitken
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Stewart Aitken

Stewart is a Director of Ten Feet Tall company where he has produced and directed on productions of “Crush” & “A Perfect Child” as well as appearing as Peter Quince and Egeus in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Aberdeen Arts Centre and being part of the writing team for “See You in Court” for Granite Noir 2020.

He has enjoyed a career of over 35 years in the arts ranging from performing with Wildcat and The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews to being Artistic Director with First Base Theatre, Borders Youth Theatre, Wigan Pier Theatre Company and Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

He has recently taken on the role of Coordinator for the North East Culture Collective working with artists in north east communities and looks forward to many more projects with Ten Feet Tall.

Annabel Lunney
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Annabel Lunney

Annabel is an associate artist of Ten Feet Tall. She is an emerging theatre-maker from Aberdeen interested in new Scottish writing, community theatre and how co-design projects can encourage new voices into theatres both onstage and in the audience. Her producing and facilitation practice focuses on stories and artists from outwith the central belt and how opportunity can be distributed more widely across Scotland. She works as an associate producer with O’Neill Ross, their central project being Army at the Fringe, and as a freelance drama practitioner with local school children and young people, recently working with Traverse Theatre and Scottish Youth Theatre on their Aberdeen-based projects.

Annabel’s own theatre-making practice centres around human connection and how we understand ourselves and others through memory, perception and audacity - how we remember ourselves/others, how we perceive ourselves/others and whether we have the audacity to believe/reject those ideas.

Cameron Mowat
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Cameron Mowat

Cameron is co-founder and Director of Ten Feet Tall. He trained as an actor at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh and toured in productions with many regional and national companies. Having moved into being a freelance Director and Producer, in 2016, along with Adam, they established Ten Feet Tall to begin a producing company in the North East of Scotland. Since then, Cameron has produced and directed many TFT productions as well as facilitated on our engagement programmes such as Acting and Toolkit classes. Cameron oversees the longer term strategy of the company whilst also running the daily operations.

Directing credits include: Clearing (National Theatre of Scotland); Chekhov Shorts; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Jack and Beanstalk; Wee Tales; The Deep; Videotape; Secret Staging; (Ten Feet Tall), See You in Court, Witch Hunt (Ten Feet Tall & APA).

Freelance Producing Credits include: Woodland Creatures (Frozen Charlotte) a Creative Scotland Touring Production; The Gathering (NEAT).

As an actor includes: Six Characters in Search of an Author (National Theatre of Scotland); Walden(Magnetic North), Cinderella (Perth Theatre), Sunset Song and The Silver Darlings (APA); graduate member of Dundee Rep Ensemble.
Radio credits include: Monday to Friday (BBC Scotland) Shatter the Bones; His Bloody Project (RNIB)

We are guided and motivated by 5 core goals — some are core founding principles and some are ambitions that we’re striving for.

Every Ten Feet Tall project vividly reflects them, on-stage and off.

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Celebrate place by promoting the creativity within the North East of Scotland.

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Connect people and communities through a range of participatory programmes.

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Ensure sustainability and diversity are part of the fabric of the company’s structure, advocacy and artistic output.

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Tell more stories in accessible and innovative ways across multiple platforms to grow audiences.

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Increase education and development opportunities for emerging talent in Aberdeen and the wider North East.

We believe every person should have an outlet to engage their imagination and creativity. Our mission is to empower people, fuse connections and inspire a more creative world.

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Partners and Funders

Since our formation we have collaborated with numerous local and national organisations on a wide array of productions and projects.

We’re always open to discussing new partnership and collaboration opportunities.

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Our History


2016 - 2018

It began in 2016 in the basement of Brewdog Castlegate. Chekhov Shorts opened to packed-out crowds across a 2 week run. With three brilliant one act farces, our company was born.

We then touredVideotape, a masterful mystery-play about love that chased around the City Centre of Aberdeen. (***** from Wee Review)

Continuing the legacy of the National Theatre of Scotland's Granite, we ran a development night The Granite Mile showcasing the work of local writers celebrating Aberdeen's best known street.

A North east tour of The Deep a harrowing tale of fisherman lost at sea.

Secret Staging is a new way of framing theatre, the audience don't know what they're coming to see until the curtain comes up.

We launched a creative learning programme called An Actor's Toolkit.

storytelling for kids aged 2-6Wee Tales
Secret Staging Two took over a new city centre venue, the Anatomy Roomy

Our first ever pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk

2016 - 2018

2019 - 2021

We extended our engagement offering with An Actor's Toolkit which worked up to a public sharing.

A Midsummer Nights Dream played for two weeks, selling out the two programmed School performances - the rapturous laughter of kids engaging with Shakespeare will stay with us for a long time. This project included a creative learning programme around the City, including workshops and lectures with MA English students at University of Aberdeen.

We took a brand new Secret Staging Three on tour to community venues around the City, launching our first ever 'Pay What You Can' scheme.

The Ten Feet Tall Academy was launched for kids from 7 - 17, taking up residency at International School Aberdeen on Sundays.

APA commissioned us to produce See You in Court at Granite Noir, a crime writing festival. We took over the Sheriff Court to share a historical murder trial that had taken place in that very room.

Lockdown came along and we collaborated with our pals at Frozen Charlotte, Wee Tales Online was an urgent zoom call into a class by two of Santa's Elves. They were in desperate need of the classes help to complete some essential tasks (..or games) in order to save Christmas.

2019 - 2021

2021 - 2022

Adapting to lockdowns and social distancing, Living In Splendid Isolation was an online professional development, mentoring 4 local writers to create a new piece of writing for performance.

We were commissioned by Haddo Arts to produce Chekhov's The Proposal into a film, set in the amazing location of the Breakfast room in Haddo House

For young people in the School holidays (but still not allowed out to play unfortunately) we ran Fit's a Dee Podcast a magazine programme made by young people to celebrate everything North East and the mother tongue of Doric.

We started the year with Witch Hunt for Granite Noir, sharing true stories of women who were persecuted in the North East during the witch trials in Scotland 1590 - 1730

We got back on the road with our Pay What You Can scheme for a fun tour of The 39 Steps: A Radio Play

An Aberdeen Christmas Carol was a radio production at Christmas that aimed to get inside every home at Christmas via the airwaves.

2021 - 2022

2023

A development project supporting local writer Laura Miller in writing her first full length play The Last Fish in the Sea

Our Drama classes became a strong feature, with classes for adults running in Torry and Grammar. In autumn, we launched the Ensemble, which is a space for confident performers to meet up and continue the development of their credit.
Wee Tales 2023 has been played to audiences in Lossiemouth and as part of Haddo Arts Festival. We have also been collaborating with NESCAN and Abz Works to support their activities in communities through Forum theatre.

2023