We are a music and theatre company from Scotland, producing and touring engaging and interactive theatre shows, music and videos for children and their families.

Our Story

Our company’s sell-out stage shows pack major city centre theatres, concert halls, arts centres and festivals across the UK, blending the educational with the entertaining into a magical live theatre experience. For many young audiences, a trip to The McDougalls is often their first taste of live theatre. Our productions have become a box office highlight of theatres across the country, and for audiences, a biannual trip to see our latest show has become the ultimate ‘day out with the kids’.

Our albums, digital music and online TV shows have gained a popular reputation with children across the globe. The musical adventures of The McDougalls now enthral young fan bases in the USA, Spain, Greece and Australia.

As well as out sell out performances in major theatres, our educational musicals for schools and nurseries play to 20,000 pupils a year. These have included Go Global (developed with Scotland’s National Centre for Languages) and Green Machine (an eco-friendly musical sponsored by EDF Energy) . Most recently, our online TV show Auntie Aggie's Storytime (comissioned by North Ayrshire Council) has set out to encourage literacy skills in children.

From headquarters in the West of Scotland, our work is created and performed by award-winning duo Ruairidh Forde and Ryan Moir, who consolidate backgrounds in theatre production, primary education and children’s television into a fun-filled, unique musical act. In 2018, Ryan won the North Ayrshire Arts & Culture Award and North Ayrshire Citizen of the Year for contribution to theatre work through the company.

From a one-off show created for Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre in 2014, the concept has evolved into a nationwide touring operation: an unrivalled brand of live entertainment capturing the imaginations of thousands of children. 

Alison Cowan, Ambassador Theatre Group

King's Theatre Glasgow

"Achieving 97% capacity and delighting audiences…29% of whom were visiting for the first time. A real success in developing new audiences."

Gary Stevens, Artistic Director

Birmingham Old Rep Theatre

"This had family audiences fixed. Children and adults left leaving the theatre wanting more. A live adventure and an experience that lasts”.

Marie Blackwood, Arts & Culture

North Ayrshire Council

"Our audiences come back time and time again."

Cilla Fisher & Artie Trezise

The Singing Kettle

“The hallmark of a great children's show is the family interaction. While the kids were singing and dancing, the rest of the family got involved in the fantasy too. Theatrical magic.”

UK Tour

July 2021 - March 2022


Our touring shows are created with the flexibilty of working with or without social distancing of audiences, cast and crew. We are now planning for the safe return of live theatre and chatting to theatres, arts centres and concert venues across the country.

UK Tour

Dec 2020


Our touring shows are created with the flexibilty of working with or without social distancing of audiences, cast and crew. We are now planning for the safe return of live theatre and chatting to theatres, arts centres and concert venues across the country.

UK Tour

TBC.


Our touring shows are created with the flexibilty of working with or without social distancing of audiences, cast and crew. We are now planning for the safe return of live theatre and chatting to theatres, arts centres and concert venues across the country.

OUR TEAM:


Melanie Nolan, Events Manager:

[email protected]

Tel: 0141 266 0058


Ryan Moir, Company Director:

[email protected]

Tel: 0141 266 0058


Ruairidh Forde, Creative Director:

[email protected]

Tel: 0141 266 0058


For all television, radio, press, magazine and online media enquiries:

Claire Meal

Tel: 07808 126 418

[email protected]