Theatre Pops back up in Portrait Gallery

May 8 2014 | By More

Stellar Quines take Untaught to Shine to National Portrait Gallery

logo-untaught-pinkBy Thom Dibdin

For two nights only, Stellar Quines is bringing pop-up theatre back to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, in the form of five pop-up performances created by emerging theatre practitioners.

The project: Untaught to Shine has been created by Stellar Quines in response to the findings of Calm Down Dear the company’s recent research into gender inequality in Scottish theatre. This research identified a need for more opportunities for emerging female theatre practitioners.

Working in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland, Stellar Quines has placed five practitioners (or teams of practitioners) into the SNPG, where they they have created new pieces of theatre inspired by the women’s stories within the collection.

This includes the exhibition Out of the Shadow which represents women from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries who were unusual in their achievements at a time when most enjoyed few rights and freedoms – women who, like Isabella Ewing who features in this exhibition, were ‘untaught to shine’.

The aim of the project is for participants to achieve a short piece of high profile, site-specific theatre, self-produced from page to stage quickly and with maximum impact.

The participants are Pauline Lockhart, the FraeNaewhere team, Rebecca Sharp, Vanessa Coffey & Ishbel McFarlane and Victoria Beesley. Click through the links for details of their individual projects.

Join Stellar Quines for a journey around the gallery to experience all of the ‘Untaught to Shine’ performances on Thursday 8 & Friday 9 May at 7.30pm. Alternatively look out for individual pop up performances between 2pm and 3pm on Friday 9 May while the Gallery is open to the public.

Follow this link for tickets for the 7.30pm performance on Thursday 8 May:
Follow this link for tickets for the 7.30pm performance on Friday 9 May:


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