March: Locked down as everyone was for the first wave of the covid pandemic in Scotland.
Feb: Working with artist Ryan Cunningham in Toronto, Canada with British Council Momentum programme. We outlined plans for a June 2020 exchange in which Ryan would present work-in-progress on his project featuring Pegahmagabow, a Canadian First Nations soldier, politician and activist, who fought in World War I and on return to Canada campaigned for the rights of First Nations people.
We were awarded support from Culture Service Project Fund (Promoting Access) in partnership with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 19/20 in order to develop our Leith project in the context of the amalgamation of Leith into Edinburgh 100 years ago.
Jan: We met with William Haddow, local author, who wrote the novel ‘Leithers‘ tracing a Leith family through the centuries and optioned the material for adaptation.
We secured the use of facilities at Leith’s Ex-servicemens’ Club on a weekly basis for rehearsal and meeting space for project development.
Feb-April: Working with Pearlfisher, Philip Howard and Caitlin Skinner’s company on early stages of funding and planning for a touring project.
Feb-October: Programming WOW What Now? Perth 2019 with Horsecross Arts, taking place on Saturday 5th October. A day of action and conversation about gender equality, building on the work of Women of the World, WOW Foundation – founder Jude Kelly OBE.
April- August: Working with Lauren Booth’s Fringe show Accidentally Muslim as associate producers for the world premiere of her self-produced autobiographical show charting her life and the experiences that led her to follow Islam.
June-October: Working with Lubna Kerr, Scottish Pakistani comedian and actor, producing her work-in-progress project Tickbox, funded by Creative Scotland’s Create Inclusion Fund
June-December: Working on Leith Theatre-Yard Heads workshop and script development project, collaborating with Citizen Curator to investigate the potential for North Edinburgh Performing Arts Informal Network and the sort of work that could emerge from it.
March-ongoing: Working with musician Joseph Malik and his new ensemble ‘Out of the Ordinary’ filming and recording their progress, including live performances, working with film-maker Glenda Rome who filmed this performance of the singe Take a Left at the Voodoo Rooms, directed by John Paul McGroarty.
Produced and directed major European Cultural Co-operation project production of The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus with co-director Yuri Birte Anderson, a full-scale production featuring the Tiger Lillies and 27 performers from seven European countries at Leith Theatre, on the centenary of the Armistice of World War One.