Ramesh Meyyappan


Glasgow-based Singaporean Ramesh Meyyappan is an award-winning theatre maker who uses a mix of visual and physical theatre techniques – including circus, bouffon and more recently puppetry – to create bold, narrative-driven visual performance. Addressing universal themes in highly accessible ways, his solo shows and collaborations have toured nationally and internationally to much critical acclaim. Alongside his core activities, he is currently part of the Programme Design Team for the new BA Degree for Deaf at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Exemplifying Meyyappan’s visually poetic performance style, Butterfly tells the tale of a female kite-maker, whose life has been shattered following the departure of her lover. Alone and grief-stricken, Butterfly conjures up an idyllic new world in her imagination to counteract her trauma and despair; but as she immerses herself further into this fantasy land, her beauty begins to fade and her tale takes a further, tragic turn. A striking, wordless adaptation of Madame Butterfly, the production draws on the classic themes of love, loss and hopelessness of John Luther Long’s original short story to create a unique contemporary experience.


In the press

"…an exquisite 60-minute piece of wordless theatre… beautiful, tragic, and true" ★★★★ Scotsman

"it sings to you like a dark lullaby, pulling at your heart strings as if we too were puppets in its black, twisted world... a triumphant piece of theatre" ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Production details

  • Writer

    Ramesh Meyyappan, David Paul Jones (composer)
  • Devisor

    Ramesh Meyyappan
  • Director

    Ramesh Meyyappan
  • Choreographer

    Darren Brownlie
  • Designer

    Neil Warmington (Set and Costume), Kate Bonney (lighting), Gavin Glover (puppet director and maker)
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    More information on request

  • Touring Availability

    From spring 2016
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    5m x 5m
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Greenside: Forest Theatre
  • Production dates

    3–29 AUGUST (not 9, 16 and 23 AUGUST)
  • Production times

    2045 – 2145
  • Duration

    60 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity



  • Address

    Gillian Garrity
    327 Kilmarnock Road
    Glasgow G43 2DS
  • Email

  • Contact for touring

    Gillian Garrity
    +44 (0)7967 758906


Ramesh Meyyappan can lead workshops on visual theatre.