Some snazzy reviews (and colourings in) from our audiences along the way.



“Grandad And Me (4 stars ****), a luscious-looking and tremendously moving show from the new Glasgow-based company The Letter J… a rich and steady interaction between the show’s beautiful design and animation, the live sound, music and voices provided by co-creators Judith Williams and Jon Bishop, and the central performance of Marta Masiero as the little girl;”
— Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 10 May 2014


“…gorgeously detailed and nostalgic set, wonderful live music and beautifully simple projected animation.”

— Mark Brown, Herald on Sunday, 11 May 2014


“Grandad and Me (4 stars ****) …the show is filled with cheeky exuberance and surprises that evoke gasps and laughter throughout. With the rather lovely philosophy of ‘sleep tight – live bright’, this entrancing tale based on the bond between generations is a tremendous finale to Imaginate’s 25th year.”

— Irene Brown, The, 12 May 2014


“…crammed with fresh invention and adorable surprises.”

— Mary Brennan, The Herald, 8 May 2014

THE Big Idea, a family day at Tramway (in association with Imaginate), really flew the flag for home-grown children’s theatre when it offered workshops, installations and work-in-progress showings for under-12s by up and coming Scottish artists.The Letter J only started devising Grandpa and Me a couple of weeks ago: you simply wouldn’t know it from the beautifully-crafted, whimsical mosaic of music, movement and animation that they create on-stage.

A little girl (dancer Ruth Janssen, unaffectedly child-like and spontaneous) is missing her Grandpa…Where is he? Imagination takes over in episodes that see him at sea in a trawler – the Shipping Forecast song is a joy – or in a rocket to the moon, with the whole set transforming accordingly with animated projections. Judith Williams and Jon Bishop weave in the live music, but it’s Janssen’s blend of wistful wondering and exuberant “solutions” that touchingly suggest how youngsters (aged 5 to 8, in particular) adjust to the grief and loss of an absent, much-loved Grandpa.
— Mary Brennan, the Herald, Tramway Family Day 2013