Six Hit CS Funds

July 2, 2017 | By | Reply More

Creative Scots funding for Edinburgh theatre

Snails, simians in space and time travel are among the themes of six theatre projects from Edinburgh-based companies and individuals that have been awarded a funds in Creatives Scotland’s latest round of Open Project grants.

Two of the awards are to help companies deliver adult work that is to appear at this year’s fringe. The four remaining are theatre for children, two of which are to tour work further afield and there two major grants to create new work.

Woke, by Apphia Campbell, will be at the Fringe 2017. Publicity image

A total of 45 projects from individual artists, musicians, fashion designers, writers, poets, theatre makers, festivals and organisations working across the Scottish arts, screen and creative industries shared over £800,000 of National Lottery money in May.

The first fringe show is Matthew Leonard Hall’s My Name Is Irrelevant, the story of a man dealing with loneliness in a busy world. Hall gets £4.5K to stage this spoken word theatre show which is a collaboration with composer and musician Jim Harbourne.

Writer and performer Apphia Campbell is to get £7.5K to stage Woke at the fringe, a play that focuses on the American Civil Rights movement. The piece will explore parallels between the current Black Lives Matters movement and the 2014 Ferguson riots following the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Caroline Bowditch is to get £9.8K to perform her promenade piece for under fives, The Adventures of Snigel, at festivals across the UK this summer. Tortoise in a Nutshell will get £12K to deliver Flutter, a co-production with Aberdeen Performing Arts at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.

science fiction storytelling

Of the major awards, the storyteller, performer and children’s theatre specialist Andy Cannon will get £49K to research and develop Space Ape – the story of Yorick.

This is a new science fiction storytelling performance that will take young audiences on a journey through art, science, and philosophy, and on a mission with a very special ape. The show will be performed as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival and will tour as part of Puppet Animation Scotland.

Rick Conte, the puppeteer who has been touring The Man Who Planted Trees since 2006, will get £53K to support a new theatre adaptation of HG Wells’ The Time Machine for over ten year olds and their families. Created by Conte and Matt Rudkin, dramaturgy will be provided by Shona Reppe and Andy Manley. It will tour in spring 2018 supported by an education package created by Elspeth Murray.

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