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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Make Performance Kicks off in Langholm

A ground breaking talent development project is underway in Dumfries & Galloway which will develop the regions emergent performance makers and allow the region to cultivate theatre and performance resources into the next decade.

Make Performance – which is being delivered by Big Burns Supper & Electric Theatre Workshop is taking six performance makers on a year long journey to create six new original theatre productions in a project which has been described nationally as ‘extremely innovative’.

The project further supports national and international appraisal of the emerging arts scene in Dumfries & Galloway which has caught the attention of local authorities throughout Scotland. It places the artist, producer and maker as decision maker in a process of partnership between organisations, communities and agencies like Dumfries & Galloway Council and Creative Scotland

Make Performance is one of those projects which demonstrates that sea-change in direction to attract artists to come home and make work in their native region, in art forms that are less explored than the visual arts or craft which has dominated the rural landscape, and made the region a place where artists have become an integral part of our rural landscape. Several international artists are taking residence alongside the emerging artists in regional first – providing Dumfries & Galloway with a unique opportunity to connect to the International Stage.
From Woman and a Scarecrow at The Abbey Theatre

Taking place at The Buccleuch Centre in Langholm, visiting practitioners include international director Selina Cartmell from The Abbey Theatre (Ireland) who will provide mentoring in Directing to the emerging talent. Rob Drummer from The Bush Theatre in London will be contributing as a Dramaturg to help evolve the ideas. Award winning Live Artist Bryony Kimmings (Total Theatre Award, Fringe First) has been supporting artists to connect with the some of her work which has been wowing audiences throughout Europe. Artists will eventually connect with the work of National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
From Sex Idiot 2 - Bryony Kimmings

The performance lab runs for one week and will culminate at the end of 2014 where the six works will be realised. The project is funded by Creative Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council and supported by CABN. Partnership venues include Buccleuch Centre (Langholm), Fullarton (Castle Douglas), Mill on the Fleet (Gatehouse), Cat Strand (New Galloway).

Venues who are interested in supporting the project should contact

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