Graeme Shields


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



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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!”