Ours is a world of storytelling by way of acting and writing, presented on stage, radio, television, film or between the covers of a book. Creativity is all. It has taken us not only to the very edges of our imaginations, but from one end of the earth to the other playing shows in Wick in Scotland to Invercargill in New Zealand - and all the places in between. It’s a lifetime’s journey. Welcome to it.
John Cairney is well known to audiences in Scotland and internationally through his one-man shows on Robert Burns, Robert Louise Stevenson, Robert Service, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William McGonagall.
In more than fifty years as an artist, he has worked as an actor, recitalist, lecturer, director and theatre consultant. He is also a published author and an exhibited painter. Trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he was a notable Hamlet at the Citizens' Theatre and a successful Macbeth at the Edinburgh Festival. He was also 'This Man Craig' on television and has appeared in many films like 'Jason and the Argonauts' and 'A Night to Remember'.
He gained a PhD. from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and is much in demand internationally as a lecturer, writer and consultant on Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Robert Burns. Dr Cairney has written books on each of these famous Scots, as well as other books on football, theatre and his native Glasgow, where he now lives with his New Zealand wife, actress and scriptwriter, Alannah O'Sullivan.
Alannah's career as an actress and scriptwriter has spanned more than thirty years, six continents and as many oceans.
After a stream of professional acting engagements at New Zealand's leading theatres, where she won the Best Actress accolade in all cities, she joined John Cairney in 'Two For A Theatre'. They toured the world, playing their own scripts on the Speakers' Circuit in the United States, the expatriate Scots circuit in Canada, appearing under the umbrella of the British Council in the Far East and inventing 'Theatre At Sea' for P&O Cruises.
Alannah has also played in many television roles in New Zealand and Britain, including ‘Eastenders’.
As a scriptwriter, Alannah has amassed a breadth of experience in television and film and has also adapted Spike Milligan's children's book, 'Badjelly, the Witch' as a stage show.
As a manager, she has produced for Shanter Productions and the Pennyfarthing Partnership and is now based in Glasgow, operating under the banner of John Cairney Ltd.