"Andy McGregor...is a backstage powerhouse of small-scale musical theatre making in Scotland, a writer, director and composer who has built a formidable reputation, over the last decade." - The Scotsman
Hello! Here's a wee bit about me and what I do. I am a husband to an understanding wife and dad to two brilliant boys living in Glasgow, Scotland.
I graduated from the University of Glasgow with a MA(hons) in Music and Theatre Studies. I then did a Masters in directing ten years later and graduated with distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Classical and Contemporary Text course.
I make fast-paced, upbeat theatre, normally with a focus on original music. I like to make shows that are funny, use heightened physicality and are overtly theatrical in their nature.
I'm influenced by rock'n'roll, comic books and writers who create amazing imaginary worlds. My favourite book is Slaughterhouse 5 and I'm always chasing the dream to make something even half as good.
I enjoy making shows for all sorts of audiences; big children, wee children, big adults, wee adults and anything in between. I usually write, direct and compose my own shows but that really is project dependent. I am a big fan of Shakespeare and have been lucky enough to have directed a number of his plays over the years.
My work has been described as:
"An emotional rollercoaster of a show.' 5 ***** (The Reviews Hub on Crocodile Rock)
"A comedy caper that never flags or runs out of witty lines." 5 ***** (The Herald on Spuds)
"Andy McGregor's joyous little tale is perfect." 5 ***** (The Stage on Flora's Fairy Challenge)
"45 exuberant minutes." 5 ***** (The Herald on Eric the Elf's Chaotic Christmas)
"A corking family show." 5 ***** (The Herald on Naughty Cat & the Cheesy Moon)
I've worked with The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Court, The Citizens Theatre, The Lyceum, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Stockroom, Vox Motus and my own company Sleeping Warrior amongst others. I was awarded the Playwrights Studio Scotland 'New Playwrights Award' in 2015 and have been nominated for 3 Musical Theatre Matters awards.
I played in a band called Blind Pew for around about a decade. We did the classic up-and-coming band thing and we signed a record deal, got screwed over and were left with nought but tattered dreams and a slightly broken van, but the the experiences I had have certainly shaped what I make and how I make it now.
I have a blog, that I try to keep up to date - or put up silly things that I've been making away from theatre. You can read it here if you so desire, but don't feel any pressure. It's fine. Really. It's totally fine. I also make poorly drawn, surreal cartoons for fun. You can check them out here if you really have nothing better to do with your time!