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Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery

Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present
Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery
by Morna Pearson

For all of history this creature has evaded discovery. Until now….

Dr Vivien Stirlingshire is a cryptozoologist. Yes, that’s right, a cryptozoologist! She travels the world seeking out hidden and, as yet, undiscovered “animals” – the ones that they tell you aren’t really there – you know  the type: the Yeti or that Loch Ness Monster.

Dr Stirlingshire is unveiling her latest discovery at the world famous RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. Her brother Henry, the Zoo Manager, has organised a grand welcoming party but really he believes his sister has an overactive  imagination – “she’s not a proper scientist; after all she believes in The Wild Haggis, no really she does!”

This family friendly show takes you on a journey through RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, where you will meet various characters and forms of life, from squabbling Zoo guides to dancing penguins (not real ones of course) to…. Well, the truth is Dr Stirlingshire doesn’t know what to call it yet.

Maybe you can think of a name for the ….???

Supported by Creative Scotland. 
Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Age recommendation 5 years +

RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. Entry through the Members Gate situated at the top of the Zoo car park from 6pm. Please arrive by 6.15pm as there is a short walk to the starting point and the performance will begin at 6.30pm sharp. Latecomers may not be admitted  This is a promenade performance, both indoors and outdoors, so please dress warmly and for wet weather. 

By car: Free parking for audience in RZSS Edinburgh Zoo car park. For Sat Nav use EH12 6TS
By bus: Services 12, 26 & 31

Cast and Credits


Geena Emma McCaffrey
Thomas Neil John Gibson
Henry Stirlingshire Antony Strachan
Little Birdy Emma Clark
Dr Vivien Stirlingshire Nicola Tuxworth
Barry Kristopher Anderson
Ryan Jonathan Allen
Hillary Lisa
Monica Pauline Lockhart
Finlay Paul Harper
Kyle Scott Davidson
Penny Kay Ann Jacobs
Old Billy John Edgar
Davina Pauline Lockhart
Mayor of Edinburgh Mark Howie
Sally Leigh Flynn
Robin Kenneth Ainslie
Ashley Teri Robb
Mackenzie Gavin Yule
Smudge Colin McIlveny


Jamie Keith Watson
Beth Katy Gow
Louise Amy McCombe
Stuart Michael Connolly

Mittens Katy Gow
Phil Michael Connolly
Lil Amy McCombes
Dennis Keith Watson
Boy Alan Simpson
Bruce Kenneth Ainslie
Colin Gavin Yule
Bruceta Teri Robb
Eddie Fraser (support)
BB Chantelle Wood

Directors Joe Douglas and Maria Oller
Writer Morna Pearson
Dramaturg Ben Harrison
Assistant Director Amy Gilmartin

Dates and Times

1 - 9 April 2017

PREVIEWS, 6:15pm
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April

EVENINGS, 6:15pm
Tuesday 4 – Sunday 9 April

Running Time
Performance approx 90 mins.

For Access Performances see below.


£15 (£10 concessions) 
Family ticket £35 
(2 adults + 2 children)

Concessions include under 18s, registered disabled, over 65, students and registered unemployed. Required 1 to 1 carers go free.

£10 (£7 concessions)


All performances are relaxed. 

Wednesday 5 April

Press Coverage

'Grid Iron, a company that has always been in the vanguard of site-specific theatre.'  The Guardian

'Lung Ha… Scotland’s premier company working with adults with learning difficulties.' The Scotsman


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