Vanessa Coffey and Ishbel McFarlane


Vanessa Coffey & Ishbel McFarlane

Vanessa Coffey

Vanessa is the Artistic Director of physical theatre company Down the Rabbit Hole, based in Glasgow. That company’s work focuses on creating dynamic pieces of theatre that tackle stigma surrounding mental ill-health.  She has devised and performed in several productions, most recently Piece of Mind CCA), Of Two Minds (CCA) and Mirror Mirror (Tramway and The Arches). She also works independently as a dancer, choreographer and dramaturg.

Ishbel McFarlane

Ishbel is an actor, deviser, writer and director based in Glasgow and trained at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (previously the RSAMD). As well as working in Scotland she performed in New York and London’s West End with Ella Hickson’s first play, Eight. Ishbel is currently working with Amy Conway on I-HAPPY-I-GOOD - an immersive, one-to-one show about a deaf-blind woman and her carers – which began at Arches Live 2013 and is about to be performed in association with Sense Scotland. In her previous life as an academic, Ishbel worked in literature and history of art, researching the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay.