PROCESSIONS 2018 took place on 10 June with mass celebratory participatory marches in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Why? To celebrate women getting the vote 100 years ago thanks to the suffragettes who put their lives on the line to achieve this. Thousands of women came from all over to gather and march – wearing the suffragette colours of green, purple and white – they took over the streets and their voices were heard.
The Young Women Lead Report
After three committee meetings, the final step in the Young Women Lead programme was to present the report to the Scottish Government. Some of the young women attended First Minister’s Questions on 31st May and presented everything that we have learnt and developed over the last few months, supported by Linda Fabiani MSP.
Stellar Quines invite you to write Letters to…a Woman Who Brings Me Hope in the Dark.
For our first edition of Letters to… we are celebrating our support of the Scottish Drama Training Network’s upcoming Fringe production Propeller, by The Network Ensemble, directed by Caitlin Skinner. Read more
On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork.
Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, the PROCESSIONS will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.
On Friday 18th May, I joined the rest of the Young Women Lead team for our third and final committee meeting in the Scottish Parliament building.
Anyone who has been following this blog series might be thinking at the moment that we seem to spend a lot of our time in committee meetings. Read more
Stellar Quines and Imaginate are co-hosting a PiPA event during this year’s Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.
It’s a great chance to share discussions and opinions about what it is like to be a parent or carer in the theatre and dance industry in Scotland, what challenges you might face and also what good practice you’d like to share and encourage.
We were excited to read about the plans announced this week that a memorial to commemorate Conscientious Objectors is to be installed in Princes St Gardens in April 2019.
The design will be unveiled as part of International Conscientious Objectors Day which is commemorated on 15 May and has been designed by Edinburgh artist Kate Ive. Her design will be unveiled at the Quaker House, Victoria Street, Edinburgh on 15 May. Read more
This is a great opportunity for young people to get a foot on the ladder of becoming a voice in the arts.
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society are looking for 10 young people from across Scotland, aged 16 – 21, with an interest in learning about and developing skills in creative criticism in performance. Read more
We Are Civil have put a call out for female writers to submit a piece of writing as part of their Persistent & Nasty series that will be read out at a live event at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) on June 28th.
This events is part of their script reading and debate series for the female-identified voice in stage and screen. Read more
Stellar Quines are seeking a talented and skilled person to fill the important role of Producer for a fixed term period of maternity cover.
Applications deadline: Friday 25th May 2018. Read more
The shortlist was announced today for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2018. We are delighted that The 306 Day has been included in the shortlist and has received a nomination for the beautiful music in the production composed by Gareth Williams, with Musical Direction by Claire McKenzie and performed by members of the Red Note Ensemble Read more
Stellar Quines is delighted to announce that Maureen Beattie has been appointed the new President of Equity, only the second female president in the union’s history.
Maureen has been an integral part of Stellar Quines history having appeared in many productions over the years, including The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy. Read more
On Friday 20th April, the Young Women Lead team met again in Parliament for our second committee meeting. This time, we were discussing the findings of our own researchers, and deciding on an action plan.
I was lucky enough to be sat at the table for this committee, which meant that
Mid-tour of the new Scottish musical, Bingo, Jo Freer stopped by for a cuppa and a chat. Join Jo and Brian in this Putting it Together podcast as they discuss what happens when you don’t get the lead role (and you’re five years old), touring America and, of course, dobber choreography.
THE FRAGILITY of female friendship, the sense of loss when babies arrive on the scene, the ticking of the biological clock . . .
There are a full house of themes contained in Bingo, a new comedy musical that’s set to appear in Glasgow.
And actress Jo Free is loving the chance
Catherine Grosvenor, Creative Learning Associate at Stellar Quines is working with the Scottish Drama Training Network on their Ensemble Project that will perform at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Recently, Catherine went to Aberdeen to provide dramaturgical assistance. Read more
YTAS Convention of Youth Theatre
I am just back from a brilliant two days at the YTAS Convention on Youth Drama. I met some amazing people, heard about all kinds of interesting projects involving theatre and young people, took part in stimulating conversations about values and ethics and ways of working,
GOOD NEWS BINGO! FANS – Betty has news for you!
Due to overwhelming demand in Glasgow we have added an EXTRA performance of Bingo! on Saturday 14 April at 2pm.
The evening performances are almost sold out – check with the TRON BOX OFFICE for latest availability and returns.
So don’t delay –
On Friday 9th March, the Young Women Lead team (introduced in previous posts) gathered for our first Committee Meeting in Scottish Parliament. This was a pretty exciting day, as most of our training thus far had been preparing us to sit around the table and really get to grips with some difficult issues. The issue taken forward from the previous training session was Violence Against Women – this had been narrowed down to focus on the challenges facing girls in schools. Read more
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go into rehearsals for “Bingo!” to shadow the Director, Jemima Levick. The placement came about after I applied for the Stellar Quines Board Pioneer position last year. In my application I mentioned that it was a long term goal of mine to have my own theatre company so Stellar Quines got in touch to say that, although the position had been filled, they would like to help me any way they could in continuing my professional development. Read more