A mainstage production, a Scottish tour of a comedy musical, 2 Letters to…writing projects, a new Artist Development opportunity, Muslim Women’s Writing Project with GWL, Amina Writing Project, 3 productions in development & 74 women supported in 2018!
2018 was another exciting and busy year for Stellar Quines! January saw our first production with The Lover at The Lyceum in Edinburgh. A co-production with Scottish Dance Theatre this was a beautiful fusion of theatre and dance exploring Marguerite Duras’ novel adapted by Jemima Levick and Fleur Darkin.
In March it was eyes down dobbers at the ready as we celebrated International Women’s day with the opening of Bingo! a musical comedy and co-production with Grid Iron Theatre. This hilarious show featured the crème de la crème of Scotland’s female actors and toured around Scotland.
June saw the launch of our new Creative Learning writing project – Letters To… that invited people to write a letter to a certain topic with one submission being chosen to be filmed with an actor. The first was to a Woman Who Brings me Hope in the Dark, inspired by Scottish Drama Training Network’s Ensemble production Propeller that was performed during the Fringe. The second Letters To…was to my period and attracted an amazing 40+ responses! Both were really well received and you can still watch A Letter To…my period. Our other creative learning projects have included creative writing workshops with muslim women on hate crimes with Amina Project, developing scripts with the Muslim Women Writer’s Group at Glasgow Women’s Library and workshops with S2 pupils at Drummond High School, Edinburgh.
Throughout the year we have continued to support campaigns such as Parents in Performing Arts contributing to ensuring Best Practice is introduced throughout the arts. We continue to work with Tonic Theatre, Era 50:50, YWCA and the National Advisory Council for Women & Girls (NACWG) on issues surrounding gender equality in the arts.
Our Quine family saw quite a few changes over the year with our Administrator Hannah Forsyth returning to full time education in Cambridge, and Producer Rebecca Davis had a lovely wee boy in June and she got married! Busy Quine! We welcomed new Quines Jen White who is our Producer (maternity cover) and Erin McGee our new Administrator.
At the end of the year we launched our new Artist Development opportunity – Make Do & Mend. This is an opportunity for artists to receive seed funding to create and/or develop new work that challenges their creative enquiry. We had a tremendous response and 5 projects, 8 artists were selected. We also collaborated with Terra Incognita on one project, which supported Soizig Carey and Alice Dansey-Wright. This had a sharing at South Block in Glasgow at the end of November.
Added to all of this there were development weeks for three future productions!
Most importantly we’ve continued our commitment to celebrate the value and diversity of women and girls by supporting over 74 women in cast, creative, development and technical roles in the last year!
Looking ahead over the next 12 months we will have 3 touring productions, more Creative Learning projects & new Artist Development opportunities. Watch this space!
Resolutions for 2019: we are commited to continue to challenge gender stereotypes, fight inequality and advocate for gender balance for women and girls through the lens of theatre making and support even more women in 2019.