Two resident artists developed original work with the support of their mentor Lou Brodie, which were then presented as works-in-progress as a part of APA's Light The Blue Festival. The emerging artists that participated in the Aberdeen residency were:
Rachel is a director and producer from Aberdeen. After graduating from North East Scotland College, she directed and produced several short films before completing her drama studies at University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness. Rachel used her Making Space residency to explore media in theatre.
Niamh is a performance student from Aberdeen with a passion for devising. She studied at North East Scotland College and went on to complete her degree at University of West Scotland. Niamh used her residency to create a solo performance based around Feminism and Equality, with the goal of entertaining and inspiring a wide audience, particularly young women.
And they were mentored by:
Niamh and Rachel were supported through their residency by Lou Brodie, a multi-disciplinary theatre artist originally from Renton on the West Coast of Scotland. Lou graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 200, and has collaborated with companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, Southbank Centre, Platform Glasgow, Imaginate, Perth Theatre and Horsecross Arts, Mammalian Diving Reflex and Nic Green.
At the heart of Lou's work is the desire to make space for conversation through creative action. You can read more about her work here.
Between January and March 2019, a group of six artists and collectives working between SYT Studios in Glasgow and Dundee Rep developed new performance work with the support of their mentor. Their pieces were then shared as works-in-progress as part of Dundee Rep Stripped. The artists and collectives that participated in the Glasgow/Dundee residency were:
Annaliese Broughton is a theatre-maker from Ayr. Her performance sought to confront issues relating to mental health, femininity and celebrity culture by poetically experimenting with moments from her personal life and the myths that surround an icon.
Jordy is an Edinburgh based artist who specialises in contemporary work/queer art. He developed a performance piece focusing on lung transplants and the journey through it.
Mirain is originally from Wales. Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2015 she has shared her time between Wales and Dundee. Society and culture are the main inspirations for her work, with a strong belief in making art for social justice.
Mark is a writer and actor who was born in Edinburgh and now living in Midlothian. For Making Space, he created a performance centred around Scotland, Scandinavia and the oil industry.
Niamh is a Dance Artist originally from Dublin, Ireland and currently based in Dundee. During Making Space she developed an interactive dance theatre show about giants and shared legends between Scotland and Ireland.
Andrew, Kirsten and Mitchell are a group of Acting and Performance students, from the Southside of Glasgow and Cumbernauld. They have a strong interest in making thought-provoking theatre that challenges ideas.
And they were mentored by:
The Glasgow/Dundee residents were supported through their process by Drew Taylor-Wilson, a director, writer, and young artist development specialist. Drew makes socio-political performance with participants at all levels of experience (or none). He has worked with National Theatre Scotland, Dundee Rep Engage, Aberdeen Performing Arts, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and San Francisco Repertory Theatre.