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NEWS: ‘The Gaiety Theatre continues to support fresh talent with the New Scottish Companies Programme

In November 2020, The Gaiety, Ayr launched its first Artist Development Programme, a new Scottish Companies Programme led by Creative Engagement Directors, Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse with mentorship from established practitioners, designed to support the development of emerging theatre companies. The programme aims to nurture new voices and diversify the talent pool that the theatre works with.

They welcome; Clare and Lesley, Disabled Dance Artists, Clarty Burd Theatre Company, Poetic Justice Productions CIC, Siren Theatre Company and The Audio Story Company to the Artist Development Programme.

Jack Nurse, Creative Engagement Director said:

“We are delighted to welcome the New Scottish Companies to The Gaiety. We are thrilled with the exciting mix of disciplines, perspectives, forms and experiences that make up the programme.”

The Companies comprise:

Clare and Lesley, Disabled Dance Artists

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Clare and Lesley, Disabled Dance Artists are recent graduates from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.  They enjoy creating interactive works to teach life-skills through a multi-sensory approach. Aiming to simply make people smile through their movement and friendship, they value the importance of disabled voices within Dance, wanting to use their own experiences to educate other Artists and inspire young disabled people.

Clarty Burd Theatre Company 
Clarty Burd Theatre Company are an all-female company based in Edinburgh and led by Laila Noble and Emilie Robson. Winners of the Bright Spark Award 2018 and runners up of Theatre Uncut’s 2019 Political Playwriting Award; they are Clarty, Arty Burds with plenty to say and bird puns aplenty! Clarty Burd specialise in bold, dynamic, agitprop theatre with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

Poetic Justice Productions CIC

Poetic Justice Productions are an Ayrshire-based company led by Helen Aitken, Steven Duffy and Neil Smith with aims to increase access to the Arts for children and adults across Ayrshire. Poetic Justice Productions work with local people to develop work that is inspired by the history within their communities.

Siren Theatre Company

Siren Theatre are a Glasgow-based company creating genre-defying rallying cries turning traditional theatre on its head. It’s four founding members; Emma Lynne Harley, Lucy Harrower, Lauren Mitchell and Imogen Stirling are live performance artists from varied and eclectic backgrounds. Siren Theatre Company aims to harness their collective skills in poetry, storytelling and music in order to create unique audience experiences.

The Audio Story Company

The Audio Story Company are passionate storytellers who use immersive audio to create unique experiences for kids and big kids alike. We’d love to tell you that this company started as some magical brainwave, or a piece of genius thought… but we can’t. Like all great stories, we found ourselves in the middle of it without really knowing how we got there. This story, however, is based on love and necessity. The love for our nieces, and the necessity of Lockdown. Remember Lockdown? With our nieces being home-schooled, we wanted to give them an activity which didn’t involve looking at a screen. The very first Audio Story was born.

For more information about The Gaiety’s new initiative, and other current projects and shows please visit The Gaiety website at www.thegaiety.co.uk

REVIEW: Opera Highlights (Scottish Opera) – Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

Four singers, one piano, seventeen venues, Scottish Opera’s much-anticipated Opera Highlights returns (yippee!) and as always, it never fails to delight.

Director Daisy Evans has framed this year’s production as an electronically created playlist of opera gems. An “on-stage opera newbie” goes on an “emotional musical voyage” discovering, via Spotify and Google via Alexa, just how music has the power to move. Evans is a director to watch, and her staging undoubtedly adds greatly to the enjoyment of the evening. It’s funny, clever, accessible, inclusive, all the things that good theatre of any genre should be. It also looks great. A neon door and window and a few wooden crates serve as the only stage dressing, but coupled with the brightly coloured suited, booted and co-ordinating nail-varnished cast, it works brilliantly.

Freed from the constraints of remaining in a single character, the singers’ personalities are given the chance to shine in a variety of roles, and the warmth just radiates from the quartet. The acoustics in this small auditorium are as close to ideal as it is possible to get in a theatre and the voices give goose bumps. Soprano Sofia Troncoso, Mezzo Sarah Champion, Tenor Richard Pinkstone, Baritone Dawid Kimberg are exceptional as is pianist Jonathon Swinard.

The programme, designed by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark, delivers something for everyone. The range of composers, styles and moods, genuinely runs the gamut of human emotion.

Scottish Opera’s annual ‘Highlights’ tour, and indeed the whole of the company’s programming, is a model for how a national company should operate. A hands-down, five star, exemplary evening of entertainment.

Currently on tour to: Ayr, Drumnadrochit, Wick, Forres, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Lanark, Helensburgh, Dundee, Inverurie, Laurencekirk, Perth, Dumfries, Musselburgh and St. Andrews.

More information at Scottish Opera