Modest Predicament strives to bring people together, foster meaningful discussion and inspire positive change through theatre and storytelling. We hope to inspire adults and children alike to find wonder in the everyday, and see the world around us in new ways through the telling of stories. By creating innovative and engaging performances, we explore how our narratives relate us to society and to one another.


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Jenny Gilvear is an English literature and theatre studies graduate of the University of Glasgow. She has written, directed and performed extensively with STAG, as well as with Vagabond theatre company in Canada.

Jenny has previously worked at the Tron Theatre, Summerhall, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh, as well as teaching classes at the Citizens Theatre Nightschool and touring educational workshops with Scottish Opera. She has worked as a venue manager for Imaginate during Edinburgh International Children’s Festival since 2017, and as a digital communications assistant at manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

She has recently completed an MA in Arts, Festival and Cultural Management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, and is now working at the Traverse Theatre as part of the programming and development team.


Shilpa graduated from the MA in Classical and Contemporary text at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland in 2017. She has a degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature from Glasgow University and the University of California, Davis where she also spent time studying activism and performance.

Shilpa was recently the Associate Director on the UK tour of Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of) with Blood of the Young. She is also the recipient of the JMK regional bursary, funded by the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Fund, which supported her work as Assistant Director on Meghan Tyler’s Crocodile Fever at the Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019).  
She is the inaugural winner of the Horsecross Trust Young Director Award, for which she directed a production of Miss Julie in February 2019. 


She is an Associate Artist with Stellar Quines.

Other Directing Credits include:  The Dragon and the Whales (Modest Predicament); Atlas (Modest Predicament);  Kieran Hurley’s Bubble (RCS); Erin, Errol and The Earth Creatures (Modest Predicament); A Stranger Walks into a Bar (Scottish Storytelling Centre and others). Other Assistant and Trainee credits include:  The 306: Dusk (Perth Theatre/ NTS); Pride and Prejudice*(*Sort of) original production (Blood of the Young/Tron Theatre); The 306: Day (Perth Theatre/ NTS/Stellar Quines); Anything That Gives Off Light (The TEAM/ NTS).

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