Lyceum’s L20 artists

Jan 29 2021 | By More

All 21 Lyceum L20 artists announced

The Lyceum has announced the 21 creatives have been invited to join the pilot year of its multi-discipline artists attachment programme, L20, which will run through 2021.

The L20 programme is designed to “shake up” the producing theatre’s talent engagement process. The 21 successful candidates include producers, designers, directors, writers, composers and choreographers, all based in the Edinburgh region.

Director Niloo-Far Khan. Pic: Mihaela Bodlovic

The Lyceum says: “these diverse artists contribute a mix of disciplines, experience levels and personal experiences to the theatre. To help develop and support the L20, there are weekly meetings, career surgeries, quarterly workshops, dramaturgical opportunities and the chance to see The Lyceum’s productions.”

The programme has been delayed from 2020 but has been retained at the core of the Lyceum’s revised plans. With over 130 applications, including an “overwhelming number of strong applications”, the theatre increased capacity for the scheme this year to 21.


Artistic Director David Greig says: “For The Lyceum to make the most exciting work possible we need connections with local theatre-makers with big ideas, who feel at home on our main stage, and are confident working at the scale and ambition of a big city theatre.

“L20 is our chance to gather an exciting group of writers, directors, designers, composers, and producers – who all have a track record of making impressive small-scale work – to get to know them, and to help them take the next steps in their artistic careers.

“This will help The Lyceum secure our theatrical future, and we hope it will also contribute to Edinburgh’s wider theatrical life.”

Director, playwright and prop-maker Emily Ingram. Pic: Mihaela Bodlovic

The group includes director Niloo-Far Khan, who has brought a cutting edge feel to productions she has directed, and Emily Ingram who has created fascinating work with Some Kind of Theatre and, most recently, provided props for the scratch online Shakespeare project, the Show Must Go Online.

There are seven exciting playwrights involved as well as the multi-discipline theatre maker Alice Cooper, designer Mamoru Iriguchi, scenic artist Eve Murray, choreographers Tony Mills and Róisín O’Brien, and composer Daniel Padden.


Greig says: “L20 is founded on the principle of connection. Artists from different backgrounds, experience levels and disciplines will mix and share workshops, discussions and practical experiences. That mixing will spark interesting new connections and ideas.”

L20 members will get one-to-one advice and support sessions; invitations to join Lyceum readings, workshops and rehearsals where appropriate as well as access to staff for advice. But it is not just what the Lyceum can do to help the 21 creatives forward with their careers, says Greig, promising that the Lyceum will learn from them, too.

He said: “Their politics, ideas, inspirations and lived experience will inform us as we try to understand the city and times in which we live, and work out what theatre is most needed in a post-pandemic world.”

Playwright Clare Duffy. Pic: Mihaela Bodlovic

The 21 members of the 2021 L20 group.

Producer Alexandra Lort Phillips, previously a project manager working in media, social work, festivals and humanitarian work.
Theatre maker, clown and interdisciplinary artist Alice Cooper, who is passionate about using their arts practice to create a more sustainable future.
Director Andrea Cabrera Luna, whose work with trained and untrained performers focuses on comedy and physicality.
Playwright Andrew Thompson, whose work includes In Event of Moone Disaster (Theatre502 Award) and If We Don’t Grow Old Together We Can Only Grow Apart (Lyceum Youth Theatre).
Choreographer Tony Mills, previously trained as a veterinary surgeon and is now Artistic Director of Room 2 Manoeuvre, a dance company mixing hip hop, contemporary dance and physical theatre.
Playwright Clare Duffy, who is interested in queer, intersectional-feminist, digital and immersive performance. She is the Artistic Director of Civic Digits C.I.C.
Composer Daniel Padden, whose work includes the musical adventure WhirlyGig, which he co-directed.
Playwright Ellie Stewart, whose plays include Hope and Joy, A Different Country and The Return.
Director, playwright and prop-maker Emily Ingram, whose interests are in new writing and reworking of classics through disabled, queer and feminist lenses.
Theatre maker and director Emma Lynne Harley, whose exciting work combines her skills as a cabaret performer, artist and stage manager.
Scenic artist Eve Murray, a freelance scenic artist and designer working in theatre, film and events.
Playwright and actor Gavin Yule, a member of Lung Ha Theatre Company and digital young artist with Birds of Paradise.
Playwright Hammaad Chaudry, whose work – including An Ordinary Muslim, God Willing, Salaam, and Mr Bush, have been performed in the UK and America.
Creative Producer Ida Casilli, a passionate promoter of new writing, creative learning and community engagement projects.
Playwright Katy Nixon, short-story writer for magazine The Leither and author of plays Straight Outta Saughton, Then I Met You, and Fingers.
Producer and playwright Laila Noble, currently Assistant Producer at Dance Base Scotland, was winner of the Scottish Arts’ Club ‘Bright Spark’ award in 2018 and runner up for Theatre Uncut’s Political Playwrighting Award in 2019 withMoonlight on Leith.
Director Leonor Estrada creates visceral, political work that combines physical theatre, devising, testimonial theatre, video-art and performance.
Designer Mamoru Iriguchi’s background is in zoology, informing his visually striking and surreally humorous work. In addition to design work, Mamoru created and starred in CATS-nominated Eaten.
Director Niloo-Far Khan’s interest is in new writing, particularly in bringing a diversity of modern Scottish stories to the stage and screen.
Choreographer Róisín O’Brien has been making work in Scotland since 2016 whilst also writing for dance-specific and national publications.
Playwright Xana Marwick has trained with Playwrights Studio and BBC Writersroom, and has a particular interest in telling stories that have a sprinkling of magic-dust, about people who have been let down, left behind, or left out.


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