‘Joan Eardley: A Private View’: venues for 2017

We are proud to announce the gallery/arts centre venues for the May-June 2017 production tour of Joan Eardley: A Private View. They will be:


Modern 2, SNGMA, Edinburgh

Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh

Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Banchory

The Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie

Wall Projects, The Old Rope Works, Montrose

Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Scarborough School of Art

Lyon & Turnbull, London

Reading Museum and Town Hall

The Herbert Gallery, Coventry.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with each of these inspiring venues and their personnel. Some vacancies exist in the tour schedule for other galleries in England to host performances of this exciting production. Confirmed dates for performances at each venue will be published in late October.

Coming soon

Joan Eardley | A Sense of Place


je-street-kids_002 3rd December 2016 − 21st May 2017

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art | £9 (£7)

The Friday Night Mixer: Modern Scottish Women, April 29, 2016


  • Friday, 29th April 2016, 6.30-8pm
  • £5 (£4)

Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD

Join us for an evening of short ‘taster’ talks and discussions exploring some of the themes in our Modern Scottish Women exhibition.

Speakers include: Glasgow-based contemporary artist Kate Davis who will be screening her 2014 film Weight (made with support from BBC Arts); poet, performer Rachel McCrum; an artist talk by photographer Wendy McMurdo; and playwright Anna Carlisle and actor Alexandra Mathie from Heroica Theatre Company speaking about the development of their new play on the life of Joan Eardley: Joan Eardley: A Private View.

The event will be hosted by Alice Strang, Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Our pay-bar will be serving drinks and snacks.

Buy your tickets via Eventbrite. (Please note transaction fees apply on all online bookings.)

Script workshops on Joan Eardley: A Private View, May 2016

JE at work

  • Saturday 14th or Sunday, 15th May 2016,  6 – 7.30pm
  • £10

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery (Scottish National Gallery)

Join Stellar Quines and Heroica Theatre Companies for two full cast performed readings of Joan Eardley: A Private View: a new play on the life and work of artist Joan Eardley. Writer Anna Carlisle, director Marilyn Imrie and the cast are inviting audience feedback on the play and will be discussing the development of the full production which will be touring UK galleries in 2017. Limited places and booking required.

Please note transaction fees apply on all online bookings.

Book your tickets via Eventbrite.

Joan Eardley: drawings – an illustrated talk by Matilda Mitchell

We are delighted to announce Heroica Theatre Company’s first event to launch the funding appeal for our exciting new production entitled Joan Eardley: A Private View.

Scottish art historian Matilda Mitchell FRAScot has generously donated her time and expertise to Heroica to in order to present – here in Hebden Bridge – Joan Eardley: drawings, an illustrated talk on the artist and her extraordinary life and works. Amongst Joan Eardley’s prolific work were literally hundreds of drawings – in pastel, chalk, pen and ink and pencil – chiefly of her beloved Catterline on the east coast of Scotland and of the children of the Townhead slum district of Glasgow. Matilda was commissioned after Eardley’s death to catalogue over 700 of these drawings and she is able to bring a poignant immediacy to our appreciation of these works.

Do join us! Joan Eardley: drawings – the Terrace Room, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, at 2.30pm on 31 October 2015.



September 17, 2015: public Q&A in Edinburgh

Utterly final JE flyer Sept workshop:Q&A

Heroica becomes a Registered Charity

We are proud to announce that, as of 27 July 2015, Heroica Theatre Company has been granted Registered Charity status (number 1162839). This means, amongst other things, that new avenues of funding are open to us and that our remit has been recognised as being exclusively for charitable purposes and the public benefit.

Joan Eardley Exhibition

With promising talks in progress with the Gallery of Modern Art (Modern 1) in Edinburgh for our play on the life of Joan Eardley to be launched there in April-May 2016, we are delighted to recommend to you this exhibition of Joan’s paintings to be held at the Clydebank Museum from June 5 – October 24, 2015.

Joan Eardley exhibition Clydebank Museum

Joan Eardley exhibition Clydebank Museum