Back in November 2020, we launched The Gaiety’s first Artist Development Programme. Our New Scottish Companies Programme led by our Creative Engagement Directors, Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse with mentorship from established practitioners is designed to support the development of emerging theatre companies. Our Programme aims to nurture new voices and diversify the talent pool that we work with.
We are delighted to announce the five emerging theatre companies who join our new Artist Development Programme from January 2021. We welcome; Clare and Lesley Disabled Dance Artists, Clarty Burd, Poetic Justice Productions CIC, Siren Theatre Company and The Audio Story Company.
Our scheme offers:
- A six-month attachment to The Gaiety.
- Eight masterclasses with experts in producing, PR/marketing, access, funding, international touring and more.
- An opportunity to present your work and/or pitch a show to an invited audience of industry professionals including funders, artistic directors, programmers, and producers.
- A grant of £1000 to support your practice in whatever way you see fit. This could be anything from seed funding to childcare, a producing fee to paying your bills.
Applications for our ‘New Scottish Companies Programme’  closed on Friday 27th November 2020.
Meet the Companies
Clare and Lesley, Disabled Dance Artists
Clare and Lesley, Disabled Dance Artists are recent graduates from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. They enjoy creating interactive works to teach life-skills through a multi-sensory approach. Aiming to simply make people smile through their movement and friendship, they value the importance of disabled voices within Dance, wanting to use their own experiences to educate other Artists and inspire young disabled people.
[Image Credit: David Thomas Adam Photography]
Clarty Burd Theatre Company are an all-female company based in Edinburgh and led by Laila Noble and Emilie Robson. Winners of the Bright Spark Award 2018 and runners up of Theatre Uncut’s 2019 Political Playwriting Award; they are Clarty, Arty Burds with plenty to say and bird puns aplenty! Clarty Burd specialise in bold, dynamic, agitprop theatre with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.
[Image Credit: Steph Allard]
Poetic Justice Productions CIC
We are a Community Interest Company and have three directors, Steven Duffy, Helen Aitken and Neil Smith, who all live in Ayrshire, and bring a variety of skill sets to the company. Steven is an accomplished actor and director, who has starred in a number of major roles in theatre, film and TV. Helen has a wealth of finance, administration and local knowledge, having worked for charities, including a spell as chair of Scottish Women’s Aid. Neil is a journalist and writer who has worked for national and local newspapers. The company’s first project was an original musical play, Happy Place, funded by the National Lottery with a £7500 grant, which was performed over several nights in Kilwinning in early 2019 by a talented and enthusiastic group of young people aged from seven to 14 years old. The theme of the production was helping young people through mental health issues and the feedback from the audience, parents and funders was exceptional.
Siren Theatre Company
Siren Theatre is a Glasgow-based company creating genre-defying rallying cries to turn traditional theatre on its head. It’s four founding members- Emma Lynne Harley, Lucy Harrower, Lauren Mitchell and Imogen Stirling- are live performance artists from varied and eclectic backgrounds. Siren’s aim is to harness our collective skills in poetry, storytelling and music in order to provide a unique, visceral experience for its audiences.
The Audio Story Company
The Audio Story Company are passionate storytellers who use immersive audio to create unique experiences for kids and big kids alike. We’d love to tell you that this company started as some magical brainwave, or a piece of genius thought… but we can’t. Like all great stories, we found ourselves in the middle of it without really knowing how we got there. This story, however, is based on love and necessity. The love for our nieces, and the necessity of Lockdown. Remember Lockdown? With our nieces being home-schooled, we wanted to give them an activity which didn’t involve looking at a screen. The very first Audio Story was born.