Rehearsal Room Number 23

30 April & 1 May 2014
Summerhall, Edinburgh

Stellar Quines’ Rehearsal Rooms provide a platform where work is showcased to an audience for the first time. For Rehearsal Room 23 we’ve teamed up with playwright Lynda Radley (Futureproof) to present two work in progress events over two nights.


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Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 7.30pm
By Lynda Radley
Directed by Jemima Levick

Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls is a play about women from the British Isles who were transported to Australia as convicts in the early 1800’s. In 2012 Lynda Radley travelled to The Female Factory on Tasmania and carried out extensive research, particularly into Scottish convicts whose story remains largely untold. Some served their time and triumphed, others were crushed by the system and by the loss of their spouses and children. Their story includes an epic sea journey, babies born and children lost, punishment, rehabilitation and respectability and this Rehearsal Room is about presenting the material and images collected and giving a flavour of the play to come. It is also about opening the discussion up to the audience and reflecting on how the issues of legacy, family, mental health and meaningful work continue to have deep relevance for the women in our prisons today.

Cast: Jessica Hardwick, Keith Macpherson, Anita Vettesse

Music by Michael John McCarthy

Image: Christine Henri


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I’ve Got a Girl

Thursday 1 May 2014, 7.30pm
By Lynda Radley
Directed by Catrin Evans

A young woman sits in her bedroom, at her computer, watching and re-watching the crimes that have been perpetrated against her. The local community and the global public all have their opinions of what happened and who she is. How can she reclaim her story when the police are on their way to tell her that once again her privacy has been violated and her safety compromised?

This story is about how the aftermath of a crime is played out online and the human and real world consequences of the unfettered sharing and opinion making of social networking.

During 2014 Catrin Evans and Lynda Radley will develop this project in collaboration with a digital consultant and a visual artist to create a unique landscape for the audience to inhabit, using digital technologies to immerse them in online words (tweets, comments etc.); not merely representing that remote part of ourselves on stage but questioning, challenging and making strange its ubiquitous presence in our lives and thoughts.

This is your opportunity to see hear early drafts of scenes and script, and to help us test simple prototypes of our design concepts.

Cast: Jessica Hardwick

Video design: Tim Reid

Image: Nico Cavallotto

Summerhall
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Box Office: 0845 874 3001

RR23 Image: Keith McIntyre