A sensual adaptation of The Lover by Marguerite Duras fusing spoken word and intimate dance, will bring smouldering heat to the stage when the show opens at The Lyceum on January the 20th.
- Alison Carr – Until Its Gone
- Deb Jones – Hairum Scarum
- Drew Taylor- WIlson – I’m Sorry You’re Offended
- Gemma Stroyan – Girls Who Squat
- Laura Tansley – I didn’t know ’til later that it didn’t have to mean anything
- Samara Maclaren – Bun
- Sue Gyford – Girls! Vagina! Trousers!
We had over 40 submissions from our open call out and through VPT regulars so congratulations to everyone who was selected and thanks to all those who submitted but weren’t successful on this occasion.
Scottish Dance Theatre is seeking an Asian Male Performer for a co-production with Stellar Quines and Royal Lyceum Theatre
Scottish Dance Theatre are casting a lead male dancer/performer role for an upcoming production of The Lover, a unique collaboration between Royal Lyceum Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre and Stellar Quines.
Bringing together two of Scotland’s leading Artistic Directors, Fleur Darkin and Jemima Levick, for the first time, in the first ever UK stage adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ work, The Lover is a sensual adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras.
Set in 1920s Vietnam, detailing her affair as a teenager with an older, wealthy Chinese man, The Lover will fuse spoken word and contemporary dance, as well as French, Chinese and English, in a performance by one actress and four dancers.
This is a paid job opportunity and we will be offering a freelance contract following Equity guidelines.
When: Individual audition workshops will be held on Friday 6th October in 30 minute slots between 11am – 7pm. Auditions will be by invitation only.
Where: London, UK. Studio location information will be sent out to invited applicants.
Invited dancers will meet with the directors privately to work with text and movements. You may be asked to show a short self-made solo or current movement study.
Further interviews/dialogue, if required, will be carried out on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th October via phone.
- All performers must:
- Have at least 3 years professional performance experience with a specialisation in contemporary dance practice
- Be comfortable with partial nudity
- Have a playing age of 30+ years old
- Be available between 11 – 22 December 2017 and 3 January – 3 February 2018 for rehearsals and performances in Edinburgh, Scotland.
To Apply: Please send your CV and an image of yourself, a link to online video footage, and a covering statement outlining your experience and why you would like to participate, to
Deadline for applications: 3pm Wednesday 4th October 2017.
We will respond to you by 12noon Thursday 5th October with details of studio location for those invited.
The Village Pub Theatre and Stellar Quines are collaborating to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11th 2017 by presenting an evening of short plays responding to the theme ‘the role of the girl’.
All plays will be accompanied by playwright home-baking and presented in the Village pub, 16 South Fort Street, Edinburgh. Tickets £3 on the door. Doors 7.30 for 8pm start.
The National Theatre Scotland, The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Society of London Theatre, Federation of Scottish Theatre, and Stage Directors UK are among the organisations backing the creation of a new company aimed at tackling discriminatory working practices towards parents in the sector.
Parents in Performing Arts, which started life as a campaign in 2015, will become a limited company supported by 31 of the UK’s leading performing arts companies as part of a bid to maintain a longer term presence in the industry.
Having committed to supporting PIPA’s goal of enabling parents and carers to maintain successful careers across the sector, it is hoped that these organisations will lead the field in new ways of working.
PIPA’s work has so far included a report into best practice which found that eight out of 10 self-employed theatre workers had to turn down work because of caring responsibilities.
Co-founders Cassie Raine and Anna Ehnold-Danailov said developing PIPA from a campaign group into a limited company was necessary to “address the scale of change needed” and to ensure that its work and research could continue.
The 31 partner organisations include the 18 that helped PIPA form a consortium last year – led by the Old Vic and including the Donmar Warehouse, Equity, Stellar Quines and English Touring Theatre – as well as new supporters.
Unions BECTU, the Musicians’ Union and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain are among the other new partners, as are Shakespeare’s Globe, Nottingham Playhouse, National Theatre Wales and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
Raine and Ehnold-Danailov said: “Our work with the consortium showed that the current situation for carers needs a long-term voice working in partnership with the performing arts sector, developing strategies to provide organisations with solutions to ensure we get the best people staying in the workforce.”
They added that becoming a limited company would allow PIPA to continue developing itself as the “go-to resource for research, knowledge, strategy and solutions”.
National Theatre director Rufus Norris said: “Access to work for all, including carers and parents, is crucial to the log-term sustainability of the performing arts. I’m excited to be exploring with PIPA how we can remove existing barriers that those with caring responsibilities may have faced and help shape new working practices at the National Theatre.”
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.
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).
Jaimini speaks to Janice Forsyth on BBC Radio Scotland about how her life in Dundee sowed the seeds for her new play, The Last Queen of Scotland with a live performance from Rehanna MacDonald.
Listen Here from 1:30:00
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.
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.”
“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
- Meet Jackie Crichton, one of our new Board Pioneers
- Scotsman preview – Fleur Darkin & Jemima Levick on blending theatre & dance in their production of The Lover
- Stephen McGinty, Sunday Times, chats to Fleur Darkin & Jemima Levick in rehearsal
- Neil Cooper of The Herald meets Jemima Levick & Fleur Darkin in rehearsal
- A bumper year for Stellar Quines!