Untaught to Shine

Stellar Quines in partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland was pleased to undertake, Untaught to Shine, a new project for emerging theatre practitioners.

Untaught to Shine was created by Stellar Quines in response to the findings of Calm Down Dear the company’s research into gender inequality in Scottish theatre. This research identified a need for more opportunities for emerging female theatre practitioners.

Working in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland, Stellar Quines placed five practitioners (or teams of practitioners) into the Scottish National Portrait Gallery where they created new pieces of theatre inspired by the women’s stories within the collection. This included the exhibition Out of the Shadow which represents women from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries who were unusual in their achievements at a time when most enjoyed few rights and freedoms – women who, like Isabella Ewing who features in this exhibition, were ‘untaught to shine’.

The aim of the project was for participants to achieve a short piece of high profile, site-specific theatre, self-produced from page to stage quickly and with maximum impact.

The Untaught to Shine performances took place on Thursday 8 & Friday 9 May 2014 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Untaught to Shine was part of Creative Futures, a Creative Scotland talent development programme which aims to promote the professional development, capabilities, connectivity and ambitions of Scotland’s creative practitioners and organisations.

It was also supported by Stellar Quines and the National Galleries of Scotland.

National Galleries of Scotland

Creative Scotland