The National Theatre of Scotland and Bank of Scotland are supporting of a new crop of emerging theatre makers.
Building on the success of the New Director and Emerging Artists programmes in 2011-2012, Emerge demonstrates the continuing committment of both companies to developing the emerging talents of writers, theatre-makers and directors in Scotland.
The artists are Eilidh Daniels, Catriona Lexy Campbell, Martin O’Connor, Adura Onashile and directorsDeborah Hannan, Rob Jones and Sarah Macdonald.
The Emerge programme offers support that’s tailored to each individual artist, giving access to a wide range of creative resources, as well as time and money, in order to allow them to fully concentrate and develop work in their chosen field.
Artists also get the opportunity to be part of the National Theatre of Scotland for the year with access to free tickets and opportunities to see the work the Company produces.
The National Theatre of Scotland invites audiences to come and share these artists’ work at its earliest stages at Emerge events, free and intimate evenings of performance programmed throughout the year.
The first Emerge event will be held at Glasgow’s CCA on Friday 20th July. Full details of Emerge events to be announced shortly.Follow us on Twitter for updates #NTSemerge.
About this year’s Emerge artists:
- Eilidh Daniels recentlygraduated from the first Queen Margaret University’s Drama and Performance course and has since written and performed in a her one woman show, Zona Morriate at the Bothan, Edinburgh , Comann na Comadaidh at Cottiers and at a National Theatre of Scotland Reveal scratch night. Eilidh has a particular interest in devising Gaelic speaking bilingual theatre and is keen to develop new contemporary Gaelic theatre in Scotland.
- Catriona Lexy Campbell has worked extensively as a writer, poet, actor and theatre artist, working predominantly in her native Gaelic. She has four published books and her collection of short stories for children, Sgeulachdan Eagalach Feagalach, won the award for the Best New Children’s book at the National Mod in 2009. She is currently working on new plays for Oran Mor, the BBC and Rural Nations. Catriona lives in Glasgow and has recently completed her term as the first Gaelic Associate Artist for the National Theatre of Scotland.
- Martin O’Connor is a performer and writer specialising in text-based performance and spoken word. He is interested in exploring authentic dialects and investigating how this can inform and inspire Scottish audiences. Since 2005 he has written and directed Playing Houses and Ch Ch Changes for Glasgay, Inner Circle for the Subway Festival and Daniel –supported by a Playwright’s Studio writer’s bursary. This year he has been working on a series on non-narrative performances that form a diptych entitled Theology.
- Adura Onashile is a Glasgow based theatre maker of Nigerian descent. Her mediums are devised work based on physicality, character and text. She has worked with the Young Vic Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Arcola Theatre, the National Theatre, London, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. She is best known in Scotland for her role in the multi-award winning Roadkill by Cora Bissett.
- Deborah Hannan trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before directing Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground, a large scale, site-specific imagining of the Grimm Tales and an interactive adaptation of Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus. Most recently Deborah assisted Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany on the National Theatre of Scotland’s Enquirer.
- Rob Jones began directing whilst studying at theUniversity of Glasgow. Since graduating in 2010, Rob has led independent arts company, Flatrate, creating contemporary theatre and grassroots arts events including directing The Belief Project, at The Tron in 2011. He has most recently assisted John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg on the National Theatre of Scotland’s Macbeth.
- Sarah Macdonald was the Artistic Assistant for the New Works New Worlds Festivalin Glasgow and Festival Director for STaG Nights: Boom and Bust theatre festival. Sarah has her own theatre company, Giddy Aunt, creating work for young people and she enjoyed success at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with A Stone’s Throw. She was recently awarded the Ideas Tap Innovators Fund for a collaborative project with Ankur Productions’ The Gaelic Laboratory which explores storytelling across a range of cultures present in Scotland today.