Mischief La-Bas has been creating performance and outdoor theatre since 1992. Our work is usually free and always accessible to everybody. Since the death of our co-founder Ian Smith in 2014 we have been exploring themes of death. 'Festival of Ian Smith ' began in 2015 in Glasgow on Ian's first anniversary followed by another ‘Festival of Death’ in Edinburgh in 2016.

‘Good Grief - Celebrating Life and Death’ invites artists, thinkers, audiences and communities to come together at Cranhill and Woodlands Development Trust to consider what it means to ‘live well’ and ‘die well’. The festival programme is designed to gently provoke curiosity, stimulate discussion and confront fears surrounding death and dying.

At the heart of ‘Good Grief’ is a belief that by talking about death we can support the living. We have a desire to discuss death, dying and bereavement by offering participants of all ages outlets to celebrate loved ones and explore death through art, workshops and conversation.

We are delighted to be bringing ‘Good Grief’ to Cranhill Development Trust, Cranhill Parish Church and Woodlands Community Garden with its lovely outdoor spaces and hope we can all make it a positive, comforting, enjoyable, life-affirming festival.Look out for our outdoor interactive walkabout performance exploring ritual, celebration and commemoration of death across the World. These three larger than life, fantastically costumed characters will be on the streets near you sharing stories and anecdotes with the aim of opening up conversations about death.

Mischief La-Bas Death Walkabout

Look out for our outdoor interactive walkabout performance exploring ritual, celebration and commemoration of death across the World.

These three larger than life, fantastically costumed characters will be on the streets near you sharing stories and anecdotes with the aim of opening up conversations about death.

Image credit: Bruno Gallagher



Good Grief

A series of Lamp posts installations at Cranhill and Woodlands Community Gardens adorned with written tributes to loved ones gone but still remembered. Soft toys, photos, personal artefacts, flowers and poetry adorn each one. Slow wilting flowers and the transformation and decay of the installations mirror the ever-changing fragility of life.

The public are invited to read and touch these tributes created by Angie Dight to those she has lost or encouraged to create and add their own tributes.

Walking Reflections on Death

Walking is good for the soul, body and mind. It encourages a greater connection to nature enhancing thought, mindfulness and allows space away from the everyday.

Angie Dight from Mischief La-Bas will create two walking trails involving themes of art, death and literature whilst exploring Glasgow landmarks and historical sites of interest. Walking Reflections on Death will connect us to nature and those who have died before us.

More information will be available on Mischief La-Bas’ facebook page.