This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing photo by Beth Chalmers

What happens when your world is turned upside down and you have to find your own way? On a dark and cold night, triplet sisters are abandoned in a forest by their father and three resolutions are made.

What happens when your world is turned upside down and you have to find your own way? On a dark and cold night, triplet sisters are abandoned in a forest by their father and three resolutions are made. The first sister walks in one direction to find purpose, the second walks the opposite way to find adventure and the third stays right where she is, believing her life should be built from this spot.

Over many years having grown forests, baked cakes, saved villages, sang songs, crossed oceans, fought Vikings and built homes… the sisters, now women, meet back in the forest where it all started.

The tenacious trio at the heart of this contemporary fairytale inspire audiences with their determination, faith in one another and in themselves. Directed by Jemima Levick, Artistic Director of Stellar Quines, this is a story that will empower and encourage us to create our own journeys and follow our dreams.

Prolific playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer’s play has been staged in many countries and languages and has been adapted into a book.

Recommended for ages 7+

Co-produced by Imaginate and Stellar Quines, and funded through the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.

The schools programme is now available to book.

Booking Open for the main programme.


Imaginate is the national organisation in Scotland, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people. Imaginate wants more children in Scotland to experience work that is deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring.

The organisation supports artists with a year-round programme of creative development, including events, training, residencies, mentoring and special projects.

Imaginate also produces the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival which showcases the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world and is recognized as one of the best places for international programmers to see work of the very highest standard.

Image: Beth Chalmers


"Homegrown shows to take centre stage at 30th Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
The Scotsman (more)
"Jemima Levick revives this tale about three sisters coming of age with wit and charm
The Guardian (more)
"dynamic direction, a fascinating set, a specially composed score and four passionate performances
The List (more)
"Vivid, funny, mischievous, heart-warming
The Herald (more)


Commissioned by Imaginate. Co-produced by Imaginate and Stellar Quines, and funded through the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund. With support from Macrobert Arts Centre.

Creative Team

  • Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer
  • Director: ["Jemima Levick", "Jemima Levick"]

    Jemima is Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Stellar Quines.

    Jemima was previously Artistic Director and Associate Director at Dundee Rep Theatre for seven years until she joined Stellar Quines in May 2016. She trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and on a Scottish Arts Council Director Traineeship.

    She is an extremely successful director and has won and been nominated for a number of awards.  While at Dundee Rep she directed more than 18 productions and as a freelance director and producer she worked with a number of companies, including the Royal Lyceum Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Perissology Theatre Productions, Borderline, Grid Iron Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre and Paines Plough.

    Since becoming Artistic Director of Stellar Quines she has directed the critically acclaimed The 306: Day, The Last Queen of Scotland, The Lover and Bingo! a co-production with Grid Iron.

  • Set Design: ["Jean Chan", "Jean Chan"]

    Jean Chan studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

    After Graduating in 2008 with a BA Hons Degree in Theatre Design. She went on to work as a Trainee Designer for The Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2009 she won the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design and was commissioned to design “The Garbage King’ based on the children’s book by Elizabeth Liard at The Unicorn Theatre, London.

    Jean is a London based Designer but also works across the Uk with shows touring worldwide.

  • Lighting Design: ["Katharine Williams", "Katharine Williams"]

    Katharine has worked mostly in the UK, and in China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Ireland, Holland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Armenia, Romania, Russia and the Czech Republic.

    She grew up by the sea in Yorkshire and now lives in Edinburgh, where she gets to walk her dog on an extinct volcano that overlooks the sea.

    She has collaborated with some amazing artists including Rash Dash, Unlimited, Daniel Bye, Alex Swift, Chris Goode and Company, The Wardrobe Ensemble and Slung Low.

    She is committed to development, equality and diversity in theatre through mentorship.


  • Sound Design: ["Novasound", "Novasound"]

    Nova Sound is a songwriting & production house run by Audrey Tait and Lauren Gilmour.

    Audrey Tait

    As one of Scotland’s most innovative music producers, Audrey has established an award-winning reputation on and off stage.

    Her experimental and critically-acclaimed production has featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland and seen her shortlisted as the only female producer for the coveted Scottish Album of the Year Award on two occasions. Audrey’s composition skills branch further into theatre – soundtracking productions including Crazy Jane and Miranda & Caliban: The Making of a Monster (Birds of Paradise Theatre).

    As a drummer, she has toured extensively and was a finalist in worldwide ‘Hit Like A Girl’ competition. Notable performances include SxSW, BBC Introducing and Transmusicales Festival (France) with hip-hop band Hector Bizerk.

    Lauren Gilmour

    Lauren has been writing, performing and teaching music in different capacities for the last five years, whilst completing her First Class Honours degree in Commercial Music. As a young composer, her motivation to create new work for community projects has seen her collaborate with diverse organisations such as Glasgow Connected Arts Network, ‘The Place’ Recovery Unit, Lambhill Stables and Youth Facility, North West Glasgow Arts Trail and The Buzz Project (Fort William). Her passion and motivation to write for a shared purpose and community benefit is continually developing.

    As one half of folk duo Bella and the Bear, Lauren has performed extensively in Scotland and won three notable songwriting awards including a Scottish Alternative Music Award and the prestigious Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections.

  • Movement Director: ["EJ Boyle", "EJ Boyle"]

    EJ trained in classical ballet (in her hometown of Glasgow) at the Dance School of Scotland and the Royal Ballet School, and then in contemporary dance and jazz dance at London Studio Centre, Jazz Art UK, and at Steps on Broadway Studio under Suzi Taylor (NYCDA, PACE University)

    During her performance career EJ worked as an dancer, actor, singer and voice-over artist, in many West End musicals plays, as a company member of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, for the RSC (original cast of Matilda the Musical), in film and TV, radio and in numerous commercials.

    She was Assistant Choreographer to Javier Du Frutos on Cabaret (Rufus Norris’ Olivier award winning production, Lyric Theatre, West End & UK Tour), Liam Steel (Ben Hur Live), and Arthur Pita (Dexter Fletcher’s film of Sunshine on Leith), and was Dance Captain for Peter Darling (the Olivier and Tony award winning Matilda the Musical) and for Liam Steele (Imagine This, New London Theatre).

    She then began making her own work.

    EJ is choreographer of Leeds Playhouse hit revival of Sunshine on Leith, Patrick Marber’s adaptaion of Ionesco’s absurdist play Exit the King at the National Theatre , Netflix’ multi-award winning series The Crown, the 1950’s-set ITV series In Plain Sight, the indie film musical God Help The Girl (Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize), and Movement Director of the award winning productions of The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black Black Oil and Great Expectations(Dundee Rep), Forest Boy (Noisemaker/New York Musical Festival/Arcola), Lanark (Edinburgh International Festival/Citizens Theatre), Trainspotting (Citizens Theatre), How to Act (National Theatre of Scotland) and Oresteia: This Restless House (Citizens Theatre/National Theatre of Scotland/Edinburgh International Festival).

    Emily-Jane is an Artistic Associate of Dundee Rep Theatre.


  • Kim Allan
  • Rehanna MacDonald
  • Ewan Somers
  • Betty Valencia