Just Start Here

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A celebration of new work and Scottish artists, part of Engine Room.

Just Start Here will take the form of an exciting and collaborative two day festival in Civic House in Glasgow, a new learning space for progressive forms of city development run by Agile City. It will include new work-in-progress pieces of theatre, one-on-one performance, discussions, lunches, provocations, music, dance, visual art and cross art form experimentation.

Just Start Here will explore: race, ritual, food, family, tea, queer identities, grief, activism and cross-art form making. It will include new work by Debbie Hannan, Laurie Brown and Hannah Lavery, one to one performance about intimacy, about identity and about the perfect cuppa by Adura Onashile. Music from Heir of the Cursed and DJs from Grassroots Glasgow. There will also be opportunities for artists from across art-forms to share practice and seed new cross-art-form work, curated by Ashanti Harris (Project X) and Camara Taylor (Transmission).

Just Start Here is a playground for Scottish artists: a space to share and generate ideas, art and provocations, and to spark new collaborations across art-forms. Just Start Here is a celebration of new work: a curated and supported platform for bold, vital work to find its feet in front of an audience.

Just Start Here is a party: an opportunity for artists, audiences and communities to come together to encounter something new and just have fun.

Line Up (more to be announced soon…)

Adura Onashile – Ignorance is a Sweet Cup of Tea: A one to one performance about intimacy, about identity and about the perfect cuppa.

Debbie Hannan – Girl Meets Boy: A bright-eyed and form-bending adaptation of Ali Smith’s love story

Grassroots Glasgow DJs: A DJ training programme which aims to improve representation in electronic music by providing support to women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Hannah Lavery – The Drift: a spoken word/ storytelling show, which deals with the aftermath of Hannah’s father’s death.

Heir of the Cursed – Gig: She makes songs influenced by the strange nuances of life, rooted in grief, Scottish weather, the constant and the inconstant.

Laurie Brown – Dinner: a series of performative, participatory meals looking at ritual, intimacy and the role of food in our lives.

One Day to Play – A paid opportunity for four artists to experiment across art-forms and to generate a brand new idea, curated by Ashanti Harris (Project X) and Camara Taylor (Transmission).

In November 2018 National Theatre of Scotland will partner with Aberdeen Performing Arts on a Just Start Here festival in Aberdeen that will include a day of climate change creative action, as part of Season for Change 2018 led by Julie’s Bicycle, Artsadmin and Battersea Arts Centre.

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Just Start Here image by Megan McEachern

 

One Day to Play

One Day to Play is a paid opportunity for four artists to experiment across art-forms and to generate a brand new idea, curated by Ashanti Harris (Project X) and Camara Taylor (Transmission). Artists will be facilitated and guided and over the course of one day will work towards presenting the seed of a brand new idea at Just Start Here on the 26 January in Glasgow.

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