Thank you and merry Christmas to all our Stellar Quines friends!!
This year has been a bumper year for Stellar Quines. In January we welcomed Jemima Back from maternity leave (and little Ivy as our newest Quine).
In March we celebrated International Women’s Day with Glasgow Women’s library and thanks to your contributions of over 200 Books established a new Play section in the Library.
In the Spring Jemima directed her first Stellar Quines play as Artistic Director and CEO The 306: Day written by Oliver Emanuel, composed by Gareth Williams, which we co-produced with The National Theatre of Scotland and Perth Theatre, in association with Red Note Ensemble. The play toured to 14 venues from Glasgow to Arrochar and was seen by over 1900 enthusiastic audience members, receiving a clutch of 4 star reviews.
In the Summer Jemima continued achieving firsts, directing her first Stellar Quines Edinburgh Festival Fringe Production The Last Queen of Scotland that was commissioned and supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep. After two jumping previews in Dundee the show completed a Fringe run of 21 performances, including two with an integrated BSL interpreter, playing to over 1800 people.
October saw further celebrations for International Day of the Girl with Village Pub Theatre. Many thanks to the 44 who submitted play scripts, 9 were selected for sharing at the full to bursting Village Pub on the 11th October.
Throughout the year we have continued to support campaigns such as Parents in Performing Arts contributing to Best Practice Charter that was published this year. Thanks to those of you who joined us at our Edinburgh Fringe PiPA coffee morning.
In the aftermath of the reports and allegations that swept across the media in the wake of #MeToo we invited you to join our #Respectis campaign and creatively respond through Answers on a Postcard. Thank you for all your responses with over 50 #Respectis words of hope and inspiration shared, which continues to grow, and 12 more in depth provocations to Answers on a Postcard. As well as continuing to share your words over the coming months we will be working with colleagues at the Federation of Scottish Theatre to develop a toolkit to combat abuse.
We’ve continued to prove our own commitment to celebrate the value and diversity of women and girls by supporting 73 women in cast, creative and crew roles in the last year, that’s 73% of all the roles available a figure we’re proud of and will strive to maintain and increase.
As well as welcoming these women and men to our extended Quine family through our productions and projects the company has welcomed new people to SQHQ. In October we welcomed our new Company Administrator Hannah Forsyth, relocating to Edinburgh from York, and Catherine Grosvenor in a new role as Creative Learning Associate. We’ve also benefited from Adela Martinez’ contribution to the team whilst on placement with us from Belgium, and two dynamic Social Media interns Tomiwa Folorunso and Rosie Bans (who is with us until the beginning of next year).
After recruitment in the Summer that included a new Board Pioneer opportunity which received over 50 applicants, we have welcomed Lisa Kapur, Kris Bryce, Jackie Crichton and Shilpa T-Hyland to our Board. In response to the Board Pioneer interest we hosted a Board Pioneer Day at the beginning of December which introduced 15 young women to Governance and being a Board member, with many more following our live twitter feed.
We’ve also sadly said goodbye to our previous company Administrator Gillian Shaw after 7 years, and we wish her well in her new role as Executive Assistant (maternity cover) with Museums and Galleries Scotland.
As the year draws to a close the company is in rehearsals in the Lyceum for our co-production with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Scottish Dance Theatre of Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, which will bring sensual heat to the stage when the show opens on January the 20th.
Following that we’re delighted to be bringing a new musical comedy Bingo! by Anita Vettesse and Johnny McKnight to the stage with Grid Iron in February and March.
As the final days of December dwindle don’t forget to check our who our last few 12 Quines of Christmas are.
The Stellar Quines office will be closed from the 22nd December till the 3rd January so until then all the Quines wish you a wonderful Christmas and new year and thank you again for all support in 2017!