Meet the Family Stoytime Company for 2017

The Family Storytime Company is part of our Pathways programme - a commitment  to stretch young people’s theatre making skills, experiences and ambitions.

The performers will be blogging as they go so please click the blog links on their right to see how they are getting on

The Company features 5 emerging artists who will devise and perform each tale. So without further ado -may we introduce our company for 2017!

Aimee Buchanan

About me!

Hi! I'm Aimee, and I'm super excited to be a part of Family Storytime!  I'm currently pursing a joint degree at the University of Glasgow in Film and Television and Theatre Studies, where I plan to focus on children's television. After a stint in New York City, working with feminist theatre company Girl Be Heard creating theatre for teens, I'm really looking forward to shift gears and start developing innovative and engaging theatre for younger audiences.

Favourite childhood book and character

I've always loved fairy tales, my favorite being The Princess and the Goblin, by Scottish author George MacDonald--mostly because I've always wanted to be the Goblin Queen.

 Harriet Rafferty 

 About me

 I’m a local comedian and actor living in Glasgow and have performed in several festivals both as an act and as part of an ensemble including the Scottish Student Comedy Festival, GICF and the Edinburgh Fringe (where I played a singing cat in a madcap gangster comedy about dogs!)
I’m really looking forward to being part of the Family Storytime Company this year and getting to write songs and come up with new interpretations of memorable characters for the Storytime audience. 

Favourite childhood book and character
My favourite story as a child was the Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss, it was bright and colourful and probably informed my love of poetry and silly rhymes. I also have a soft spot in my heart for Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh; I just wanted to give him a big hug to cheer him up!

 

 Jen Athan

 About me

 I am originally from the north east of Scotland and have recently moved to Glasgow to pursue music. I have been composing a range of different styles of music for six years and play a variety of different instruments. 

I am looking forward to creating new and exciting repertoire for the Family Storytime Company and  combining my love for music and song with my passion for telling stories. 

Favourite childhood book and character

My favourite character when I was growing up was Alice in Wonderland. I loved how curious and brave she was when trying to establish the world around her. My favourite childhood tale was The Boy who Cried Wolf, simply because it was an unforgettable story that also conveyed a powerful message about telling the truth. 

  David Gillan

  I am a performer, director, facilitator and designer who infuses my practice as a magician to create new and exciting work. 

I am a recent graduate of the Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, receiving the Drama in Education award in 2016. 

I have had the pleasure to work with a variety of companies such as Vox Motus, Surge, Plutot La Vie, UZ Arts, Love Music and SPAN. 

I love to perform in new and exciting places and have had the pleasure to perform all over; at festivals, cabaret nights, musical halls, from street to stage and even on a ship! I enjoy taking my shows to as many people as possible.  

I am very excited to be part of the Family Storytime Company. I find it fascinating to explore the science of the stories we are going to tell. I think as a team we can create very engaging, educational and entertaining performances. 

Favourite childhood book and character

My favourite character when I was younger was Bilbo Baggins from the book The Hobbit. Bilbo has an adventurous ambition and kind heart which made him a compelling and inspirational character to me. 

My favourite story is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

  Tara Glenn

   As well as being a member of Family Storytime, I also perform with the Young Company at Dundee Repertory Theatre, with our upcoming show being a devised piece entitled No Offence, But... Mokita showing in July 2017. Since leaving school aged 16 I have spent the past year studying Acting and Theatre Performance at Edinburgh Telford College. I've also trained on numerous short courses at institutions such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Youth Theatre and more recently with Norwegian based theatre company Rogaland Teater in Lille, France. 

My training begand at an early age when I began attending my family's theatre company from the age of 2. This intense performance mechanism saw me gain training not only in acting, but theatre production, as I acted as stage manager with Macbeth and Rona Munro's Bold Girls aged 12. 

My favourite character I've played so far was Helena from A Midsummer Nights Dream performed at the Royal Conservatoire in 2015. Director Andrew McGregor had me panting like a dog during a tumultuous scene between myself and Demetrius, it was a lot of fun! 

I am delighted to be making and touring theatre with Family Storytime and look forward to sharing our work with audiences!

Favourite childhood book and character

My favourite childhood books were the Meg and Mog series. I remember playing Meg in a production as a child and was subsequently a witch for many consecutive Halloweens. I adored her clumsiness and her befriended cat Mog.  

 

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