Some Kind of Theatre is an emerging, Edinburgh-based theatre company who have been creating work with literary themes in Scotland’s capital and beyond since 2015. We are the creators of the Theatre On The Sofa project, which brings theatre performances into the offices, schools, community centres, and living rooms of those unable to access theatre in traditional venues.
Although we have dedicated casts and crews for each of our shows, Some Kind of Theatre’s core members are Emily Ingram, Gerry Kielty, Christopher (Chris) Paddon, and Justin Skelton.
Emily is the Artistic Director of Some Kind of Theatre. She is originally from Portsmouth, England, but escaped to Scotland in 2012.
Emily is a published writer and poet whose work has been featured in a variety of journals, from the start-ups such as poetry magazine Freak Circus to Nine Arch Press' award-winning anthology Stairs & Whispers: D/deaf & Disabled Poets Write Back (2017).
Her theatrical influences include Brecht, object theatre, Belt-Up Theatre, Caryl Churchill, Zinnie Harris, and Doctor Who.
She is part of Birds Of Paradise's Young Artist scheme, a member of the Lyceum Theatre's L20 programme, and recipient of Playwrights' Studio Scotland and Birds Of Paradise's playwright mentorship award for 2021.
Gerry is an Edinburgh-based actor. We first worked with Gerry during our 2017 production of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, in which he played Sir Nicholas Greene and a number of chorus roles. Having been a key part of the rehearsal process for the original run of the show, Gerry took on the role of Wilhelm in our 2017 revival of The Grandmothers Grimm. He is currently assistant directing our production of Twelfth Night.
Gerry is also the founder of The Performadors, who run regular scratch nights in Edinburgh to showcase emerging playwrights, directors, and actors.
Chris is the co-General Manager of Some Kind of Theatre and is the company's stage manager.
Chris started acting back in the early nineties with a production of Macbeth at the Northcote Theatre, Exeter. Since then he has appeared in various locations around the South of England and several London venues before finally making his way to Edinburgh.
During this time he has added skills of stage management and set building to his repertoire and is now as often found backstage building giant books out of reclaimed timbers as he is commanding spirits or battling pirates on stage.
Justin is a professional actor and director with over 25 years industry experience. He has toured all over the UK and Ireland with companies including The Nottingham Playhouse and The Bristol Old Vic and performed in London’s West End in the stage production of The Hobbit (which was curiously one of the first professional theatre shows company AD Emily Ingram saw!). He has also appeared on television in Grange Hill, Outlander and King Jamie and the Angel. Justin joined Some Kind of Theatre as a performer in 2017 and in 2019 joined the company board and is now the designated on tour driver among many other things.