Robbie Gordon

Writer/Performer in "The Coolidge effect"


"You watch porn. Right? You don' t have to tell us. That's not what this is about."

In 2017, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are consumed every day.

As society's access of pornography increases, so can our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo.

Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives: George, a Gameboy wielding teenager; Gary, a father lost in the depths of his own addiction; Gail, a pioneering porn producer and Retrospect, an ex-porn addict who wants you to understand.

The Coolidge Effect uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences.

The show received a Special Commendation as part of 'The Suitcase Prize' at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich at PULSE festival 2017.

Photo credit: Beth Chalmers

creative Team


Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse


Jack Nurse


Robbie Gordon


Hector Macpherson Brown




1936. In Villages, Towns and Cities across Scotland, 549 men’s paths are gradually intertwining. Miners, Printers, Painters, Shipbuilders, Engineers, Students and even a Lemonade Salesman who collectively would form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s renowned International Brigade.

Spurred on by rapid political change, and their burning passion for equality and freedom for working people, this band of young men, tasked themselves with ousting the rising General Franco’s fascist occupation.

‘549’ follows four of those men from the streets of East Lothian, to the valleys of Central Spain, who gave up everything they knew; to travel across Europe, fight for a land they had never before seen, and for a people they had never met. 

 An intensely physical, rousing verbatim account, ‘549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War’ is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.

Photo credit: Jassy Earl


Jamie Buchanan
Euan Bennet
David James Kirkwood
Robbie Gordon

creative Team


Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse


Hector Macpherson Brown

Cat McLauchlan

Light & Sound Design
Fraser Milroy

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PERFORMER IN Douglas Maxwell's "Charlie sonata"

LYceum theatre production directed by matthew lenton

“What do you have to do to hold on?"

Chick arrives back in Scotland for a reunion with his old mates Gary and Jackson only to find Gary’s daughter has been the victim of a life-changing car accident. The antiseptic smell of the wards, the relentless beep of the life support and the sterile hospital bed contrast sharply in Chick’s eye with the young wild-haired girl lying there unconscious; inspiring this downtrodden man to embark on a quest to save her life.

With redemptive purpose Chick wades out into the city night and amidst the swaying revellers, the streetlights and the scream of sirens he searches for an answer – a gutter-bound dreamer looking at the stars.

This funny, lyrical, booze-soaked odyssey is a World Premiere professional production by acclaimed Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell. It is directed by Matthew Lenton whose Lyceum credits include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the acclaimed work of his own company Vanishing Point, hosted by The Lyceum for the Edinburgh International Festival 2016.

Photo credit:  Drew Farrell


Sandy Grierson
Meg Fraser
Nicola Jo Cully
Lauren Grace
Robert Jack
Kevin Lennon
Kirstin McLean
Barnaby Power
Robbie Gordon

creative Team


Douglas Maxwell


Matthew Lenton


Ana Inés Jabares-Pita


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workshop assistant and PERFORMER in "Project Octagon" #wearehere

National Theatre of scotland

Thousands of volunteers took part in a UK-wide event on Friday 1 July 2016, as a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. 

We’re Here Because We’re Here saw some 1400 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The young men were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day. The work is partly inspired by tales of sightings during and after the First World War by people who believed they had seen a dead loved one. 

The participants wore historically accurate uniforms, representing 15 of the regiments that suffered losses in the first day of the Battle. The soldiers did not speak, but at points throughout the day would sing the song ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’, which was sung in the trenches during the First World War. They handed out cards to members of the public with the name and regiment of the soldier they represented, and, where known, the age of the soldier when he died on 1 July 1916. 

Photo credit: Eoin Carey

The daylong work ran from 7am to 7pm and covered the width and breadth of the UK, from Shetland to Plymouth. Sites they visited included shopping centres, train stations, beaches, car parks and high streets – taking the memorial to contemporary Britain and bringing an intervention into people’s daily lives where it was least expected.

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the work was conceived and created by Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris.

27 organisations collaborated on the event, which was produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, working in close collaboration with partners including: Lyric Theatre Belfast, Manchester Royal Exchange, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Playhouse Derry-Londonderry, Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Royal Plymouth.


Director Simon Sharkey

Movement Direction Brigid McCarthy and Vince Virr

Workshop Assistant Robbie Gordon

Producer Dawn Taylor

Assistant Producer  Stephanie Katie Hunter

Company Manager Alison Brodie




Conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.



Performer in"South cumburgh green"

Drew Taylor-wilson and JAck Webb

I was a performer in Drew Taylor-Wilson and Jack Webb's South Cumburgh Green... urgent piece of theatre, athletically delivered to an audience of now, exploring 21stcentury British living. A multidisciplinary performance with an ensemble cast, the work will examine a culture of blame: from displacement of love via the internet, to no win no fee claiming sprees, rioting students, banker’s bearing the brunt, media influence and simply just, trying to blame it all... on someone... else.

Using a cast of performers all with varied physical and verbal disciplines [all of whom can dance and deliver text] we created a community, an average British suburb of an average British town – creating an allegory of modern life. 

"South Cumburgh Green" was originally developed as part of a week long residency at City Moves, Aberdeen.  It's second stage of development was delivered in association with Woodend Barn, and The Arches.

Photo credit: James Taylor-Wilson


Performer in "auditory hallucinations"

creative electric

I performed and devised in Creative Electric's "Auditory Hallucinations"  an interactive theatre production that explores the comfort we find within our own heads. 



Things that belong only to us.

The performance was originally supported by Creative Scotland to an initial development and a small Scottish Tour. We subsequently took the production to the Stockholm Fringe Festival where we awarded "The Audience Choice Award". 


Previous performances


Bongo Club (Edinburgh), Old Hairdressers (Glasgow), Howden Park (Livingston), Traverse (Imaginate Fringe), The Space (North Berwick), Kelburn Garden Party and Kulturhuset (Stockholm Fringe Festival).



Heather Marshall

Sound Design

Joshua Payne

Devised and Performed by

Robbie Gordon

Laura Fisher

Mikey Collins


Performer in "Calvinball"

Ipdip theatre

Ipdip Theatre's "Calvinball" is a rolling play for babies and their families focused on making a an accessible theatre experience for curious and active toddlers - and whoever they bring with them.

Lively, musical and slightly wild, this is an outdoor performance that draws on the natural curiosities of children (and ex-children). Inspired by the game played by Calvin and Hobbes in their comic strip, it's part Mornington Crescent, part Caucus-race; we know the rules are out there somewhere and the only way to find them is to play and see.

Developed in part with improvisational theatre techniques, we tackled our aim of encouraging play head on. 

Previous performances

 2014:  Eastwood Park Theatre (Early Years Festival), Glasgow Green (Glasgow Commonwealth 2014), Royal Botanic Gardens (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

2015: New Deer (NEAT), Stonehaven (NEAT), Carnegie Hall, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Chatelherault and Platform.




Charlotte Allan

Devised and Performed by

Robbie Gordon

EmmaClaire Brightlyn

Maria Giergel


Performer in"number by colours"

Drew Taylor-wilson

I performed in Drew Taylor-Wilson's "Number By Colours" at the CCA, Glasgow, as part of Ankur Festival.

The performance is about how we see the world - biologically and as a result of visual stimuli -  and how we respond to our surroundings. It is designed to make our audiences look again at their own environments - why choose to surround ourselves with the colours we do? What colour based prejudice do we exhibit subconsciously? And what are the biological relationships we have to colour and how do they effect our everyday lives? 

Photo credit: James Taylor-Wilson


Creative Team


Drew Taylor-Wilson


Robbie Gordon

Nima Sene


Performer in "tales from the mall"

national theatre of scotland and the royal conservatoire of scotland

In 2015, I performed the role of Victor Gruen in a development of a site specific performance between National Theatre of Scotland's LEARN department and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Collaboratively we explored the processes of adaptation, devising and site specific theatre, leading to the creation of interdisciplinary site specific works inspired by Ewan Morrison's acclaimed book 'Tales From the Mall'. 

The product of the development selection of small experiences for people to step into at the Forge Shopping Centre in Glasgow including a choir of singing Gruen's, a blind date in a Costa Coffee, a chance to meet the man behind the mall and a series of audio pieces crafted from the stories we collected in our research.