The Lover

The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Adapted for the stage and directed by Fleur Darkin & Jemima Levick. Original translations by: The Lover, translated by Barbara Bray The North China Lover, translated by Leigh Hafrey.

Village Pub Theatre / Stellar Quines event – call out for submissions

The Village Pub Theatre and Stellar Quines are collaborating to create an evening of new short plays to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11th 2017

International Day of the Girl is a global campaign to raise awareness of the inequality faced by girls around the world based on their gender. This inequality includes areas such as right to education/access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, violence against women, unfree child marriage and protection from discrimination.

As part of this event we would like to hold open submissions for playwrights of any level of experience to submit a short play, no longer than 10minutes long that responds to the theme ‘the role of the girl’. We are looking for people to interpret this theme in a variety of ways but roughly we are looking for writers to explore what role girl’s play in our society, how they relate to other people, how other people relate them.

Stellar Quines and Village Pub Theatre will select three of these plays to be performed on 11th October by a team of professional actors and director at the Village Pub Theatre, Leith.

There is a fee available of £100 for the selected plays plus travel. You must be free to attend rehearsals and performance in Leith on 11th October in order to be considered.

Please submit your 10 minute play by midnight on Sunday 24th September using the online form

Please note files will be uploaded to Stellar Quines’ Google Drive. To allow for file upload you will be required to sign in to Google to access the form. If you do not have a google account you will need to create one. If you would prefer not to submit a form via google please email Rebecca Davis with Village Pub Theatre in the subject title (Rebecca is on annual leave until the 18 September and will reply to queries promptly on her return).

Rebecca Donnelly performing in The Last Queen of Scotland

Rebecca Donnelly is delighted to be performing at the Fringe for the first time with Stellar Quines, performing in Patricia Panther’s role in The Last Queen of Scotland on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August.

Her credits include : Still Game Live, Taking the Next Step, Glasgow Girls, We Will Rock You and Britains Got Talent. Rebecca loves being apart of a Scottish story and hopes you enjoy it too.

Jaimini Jethwa speaks to the Scotsman

When the official took Jaimini Jethwa’s passport on her arrival at Kampala, he looked at it for a long time. As he handed it back to her, he said only two words: “Welcome home.”

“Traditionally, Indian culture isn’t really interested in history in that sense,” she says. “I think they feel it’s much more important to move forward, their priority is to take care of their children. My dad has also got quite an African philosophy and approach to things. He doesn’t want to speak about Idi Amin. He says: ‘Why did you write about him?’”

It’s a story about identity, Levyck says, and how it’s sometimes not straightforward, like being a Ugandan Asian who speaks with a broad Dundonian accent. “Scotland is a changing nation, it’s becoming more integrated, it’s a very open nation, a very outward-looking international country, this felt to me like a really international story but with its roots really firmly stuck in something really local.”

Read the full article here

Jaimini Jethwa on BBC Reporting Scotland

“Maybe it’ll give the next generation of people a different perspective of who they are in the world and instead of sort of hiding and running away from things they could maybe step up and own their history.”

Jaimini Jethwa writer of Last Queen of Scotland speaks to BBC about how she has turned her family history into a show. Watch Here from 23:35



Join the team – Company Administrator


Stellar Quines retains a unique position within the cultural ecology of Scotland, as one of the few arts organisations whose primary occupation is concerned with the role of women and girls.

Our vision is to be Scotland’s leading touring theatre company, inspiring excellence in women & girls supported by our mission to Celebrate the value and diversity of women and girls by making brilliant theatre, provoking change, nurturing artists and empowering participation.

Stellar Quines is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee having no share capital. It is governed by its charitable objects and Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The Company Administrator will be responsible for the efficient and effective administration of the company, supporting the team to deliver current aims & objectives and ensuring the smooth running of the company.


  • 2 years professional experience in an administrative role.
  • Experience in office management including establishing and maintaining procedures and operating systems (including working with external suppliers), reviewing and managing policies, health and safety and legal compliance.
  • Book-keeping experience, and/or experience of managing an accounts system such as Xero.
  • Proficient IT skills ideally in Mac and PC, with working experience in the Office 365 suite.
  • A keen eye for detail and a conscientious work ethic.
  • Calm and confident with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • An interest in the work of Stellar Quines.

Stellar Quines is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly applications from people returning to work returning to work from parental/caring responsibilities and black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates.


  • £22,000 (pro rata FTE), 21 hours (0.6 of a full time 35 hour equivalent), permanent payroll position based in the Stellar Quines office.
  • Line managed by the Producer
  • Interviews will be held 29 – 31 August and appointments are expected to be made in September 2017, with post starting in October (flexible).
  • Further information: CA APPLICATION PACK.FINAL

To apply please send the following documents to
by 12pm 18th August 2017:

  • A current CV (max 2 pages, including referees)
  • A letter that includes; why you are an appropriate candidate for the post, answering the Company Administrator Job Description – COMPANY ADMINISTRATOR_JD.
  • Please also tell us how you found out about the post.

If you would like to have an informal chat about joining Stellar Quines please contact Rebecca Davis (Producer) via email at or call 0131 229 3851.

Jaimini Jethwa Pecha Kucha Night

Jaimini Jethwa born in Africa grew up in Scotland, Dundee. Writer, Yoga Instructor, Live music producer, Video Producer, Abertay University, filmmaker, short films screened at Edinburgh fringe festival and playwright with upcoming production Last Queen Of Scotland produced by Stellar Quines and in association with Dundee Rep and National Theatre Scotland. Jaimini talks to Creative Dundee about her experiences.

Jaimini Jethwa PKN

Social Media/Digital Intern vacancy


During this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe the company will be presenting The Last Queen of Scotland by Jaimini Jethwa, commissioned and supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep. Part of

We are seeking a Social Media/Digital Intern to support the play’s presentation during the Fringe through designing and implementing campaigns to deliver targets outlined in our marketing plan.

Do you have:

  • Experience in designing and implementing targeted social media campaigns across a range of platforms including Facebook and Twitter?
  • Experience developing campaigns using Google adwords?
  • Experience of writing copy and creating content for social media platforms?
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and develop your skills in any of the above areas?
  • Ability to work independently (some out of office work will be required.)
  • An interest in the work of Stellar Quines?

Stellar Quines is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.


  • £960 fixed fee 1st – 31st August 2017. P/T (3 days a week), flexible, freelance contract. Some non-office based working required.
  • Line managed by the Producer

Informal interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 31 July with an immediate start Tues 1st August 2017.


To apply please send the following documents to rebecca @
by midday Monday 24th July 2017.

  • A current CV (max 2 pages, including referees)
  • An accompanying letter describing why you are an appropriate candidate for the post
  • Please also tell us how you found out about the post

If you would like to have an informal chat about this internship please contact Rebecca Davis, company Producer at rebecca @ or 0131 229 3851.

This post is supported by Made in Scotland. Made in Scotland is a curated showcase of high quality performance from Scotland at the world’s largest arts festival, made possible by support from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. It is a partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the Scottish Music Centre and Creative Scotland.

Stellar Quines are recruiting for new Board Members

NEW 12 month fixed period board pioneer position
Deadline: 4th August 2017 at 17:00

Stellar Quines is seeking a pioneer to join their board of directors for a fixed 12 month term starting in September 2017. This position provides an opportunity to volunteer for a charity in a unique way, whilst gaining an insight into how theatre companies are governed! We are committed to representing a diversity of voices on our board. For this new role the company is welcoming applications from 18–30 year olds, who have little or no experience of sitting on a Board.

Interested? Download the YOUNG PIONEER DESCRIPTION then get in touch! e-mail with the title: “Board Pioneer – Expression of Interest” on or before 4th August 2017 with the following details:
• Full Name, Address, Phone Number and Occupation.
• A brief note on why you’re interested and what relevant skills you could bring
(500 words max).

No qualifications are needed, other than a commitment to the aims of the company.
If you would like to have an informal chat with us please contact Lisa Sangster (Vice
Chair) at

Deadline: 4th August 2017 at 17:00

Stellar Quines are looking for enthusiastic and committed Trustees to help shape our strategic direction and oversee the delivery of our business plan priorities.

We are seeking Board Members with:

  • An understanding of and interest in the aims and objectives of Stellar Quines
  • Understanding of and/or passion for theatre and the wider artistic and cultural landscape.
  • Calm and confident with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Interest in gender and gender inequality
  • Ability to make rational, realistic and sound decisions based on consideration of all the facts and information available
  • Willingness to contribute relevant professional experience to the work of the Board

We are particularly keen to recruit people who could bring knowledge and expertise to the Board in the following areas:

  • HR and/or Solicitor dealing in employment law
  • Fundraising and development
  • Education, Creative Learning and Arts Participation
  • Experience as Company Secretary


APPLICATION PROCESS To apply please send the following documents to by 4th August 2017 at 17:00.

  • A current CV (max 2 pages)
  • Accompanying statement describing why you are interested in the role and how you meet the criteria provided above. (max 750 words)

Alternatively these documents can be posted to Lisa Sangster, Vice Chair of the Board, Stellar Quines Theatre Co, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX.

If you would like to have an informal chat about joining Stellar Quines Board please contact Lisa Sangster (Vice Chair) via email at

Timeline for appointments:
Deadline for applications – 4th August
Panel Sift – week commencing 14th
August Informal meetings with shortlisted candidates – week commencing 28th August
Announcement – September 2017


The 2017 Made in Scotland showcase at the Fringe launches

Neil Hanna Photography 07702 246823

Stellar Quines joined over 20 other theatre, dance and music companies at the launch of the Made in Scotland 2017 showcase last week.

Neil Hanna Photography 07702 246823

Jaimini Jethwa and Rebecca Davis (Stellar Quines) meet Fiona Hislop at the Made in Scotland launch

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, announced the companies and artists selected for the 9th year of Made in Scotland – a curated showcase of music, theatre and dance performed during the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom of expression.

This year’s showcase will support 24 shows at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe who have been chosen by a panel of experts from the Scottish and international performing arts community.

Stellar Quines will present The Last Queen of Scotland as part of the showcase, and writer Jaimini Jethwa joined several other performers in sharing extracts of their work with launch guests.

The wealth of talent working in Scotland’s performing arts sector is reflected in a strong line-up of companies, ensembles and artists including; National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Dance Theatre, Gary McNair, Capercaille’s Donald Shaw, Andy Canon, Stellar Quines [The Last Queen of Scotland], FK Alexander, WHYTE, Dogstar Theatre Company, Pauline Goldsmith, Capella Novella, Withered Hand, Iklan, Savage Mansion, Joan Clevillé Dance, Caroline Bowditch and Company, Sean Shibe, Modern Studies and Lomond Campbell, Utter, Tom Poulson, children’s favourites The Polar Bears, MJ McCarthy and Red Bridge Arts, Apphia Campbell, Robbie Thomson and Cryptic.

Since its inception in 2009, Made in Scotland has funded 125 companies, ensembles and artists to showcase over 180 shows. The onward touring fund has enabled 65 productions to tour across six continents, visiting over 35 countries.