Graeme Shield


Graeme trained at Fife College and has amassed over 14 years’ experience directing a wide variety of theatre across the UK, including devised contemporary, plays, pantomime, site-specific and musical theatre. Most recently he has worked in Glasgow, Belfast and Edinburgh.

Directing credits: Carnegie: Concert, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Into The Woods (2018), A Christmas Carol, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cinderella, Betty Blue EyesSouth PacificThe Sound of Music, AnnieAlice In WoodlandsThe Full Monty and Dick Whittington.

Selected Associate/Assistant Directing credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (BSPA, 2018), Singing In The RainTitanic: The Musical, Oliver!Into The Woods (2015)Calendar Girls and Jesus Christ Superstar (2010).

Graeme is a passionate believer in accessible creative learning and encouraging people from all backgrounds to find and develop their own creative voice in performance, media or technical theatre. 

Lauren Hendrie



James McCutcheon


James studied voice and saxophone at Strathclyde University, where he specialised in Performance and Music Technology before gaining a BA (Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton. James has enjoyed many years arranging and orchestrating for various events from small cabaret shows to large productions. He also spent many years as associate MD for Stage Experience in Edinburgh and Manchester, including Glee Experience for which he was the co-arranger and orchestrator.

Away from Edinburgh, James has worked with GALA Theatre Durham on the music for their in-house plays and pantomimes as well as teaching for their stage school. He spent three years as Associate MD and Saxophonist for the in-house pantomime band and the past seven years in Shrewsbury working in the same capacity for Evolution Productions, with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” 2017/18 marking his final season with them. Other work includes private saxophone, singing and music theory lessons, freelance arrangement, orchestration and musical direction services as well as audio recording specialising in vocal reels for performers.

He has very recently completed his PGDE in Primary Education at Moray House and will be graduating in July.  His musical direction work continues however for LYAMC’s “Vackees”, Allegro’s “Made In Dagenham” and Limelight Youth’s “Popstars”, all of which will be complete by the time “Hairspray” comes around!

Debbie McConnell


Debbie has been involved with Balerno Theatre Company since 2008. She started dancing at the tender age of 2 as her parents owned The Academy of Ballet in Edinburgh. She trained with them until the age of 11 then attended vocational ballet school in Sussex. Debbie is trained in Tap, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, National, Contemporary and Stage Arts. Over the years Debbie has performed in many productions and some of her roles include Mabel (Mack & Mabel), Dolly Levi (Hello Dolly) and Sally Smith (Me & My Girl).

A few years ago Debbie turned her hand to Choreography, her first show being BTC’s production of Bonnie and the Beast then Aladdin in 2017.

When Debbie isn’t working part-time in Tesco, she travels around Edinburgh & the Lothians singing in Care Homes.

“I realise Hairspray is going to be very challenging but also great fun! I hope to push everyone to their absolute limit so be prepared for a lot of hard work!”