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Just Start Here was held on the following dates in January 2018:

Friday 26 Jan – Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow

26/01/2018 – 26/01/2018

2:00 pm BSL (British Sign Language) performance

Sat 27 Jan – Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow

27/01/2018 – 27/01/2018

2:00 pm BSL (British Sign Language) performance

 

Just Start Here

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.

Just Start Here will take the form of a two day festival at Civic House, Glasgow featuring music from Bossy Love, Heir of the Cursed, performance from Hannah Lavery, Adura Onashile, Debbie Hannan, and Laurie Brown as well as food, discussion, provocation and cross art form experimentation.

 

Day tickets | Free | 2 – 5pm

Dinner by Laurie Brown | £6 | 3 – 5pm

Evening tickets | £6 | 7 – 11pm

Friday 26th January 2018 

Day (from 2pm)

If I had a hammer… (Discussion) (2pm – 5pm)

Halfway through the last century Bertolt Brecht proclaimed that:  “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” How are we doing with that? A series of discussions and provocations around the idea that artists might have a role in shaping the future, led by Richard Gregory, Artistic Director of Quarantine.

The event will take the form of a series of talks, provocations and discussions exploring the topics raised in “If I had a hammer…” With an opening provocation from Mark Stevenson, National Theatre of Scotland Futurist in Residence, and a panel discussion with contributions from Robin McAlpine (Common Weal), Zandra Yeaman (Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights) and Laura Waddell (Writer and Publisher).

Dinner by Laurie Brown (Performance) (3pm – 5pm)

Dinner is a series of performative, participatory meals looking at ritual, intimacy and the role of food in our lives. Over the course of a couple of hours participants will eat a pre-prepared meal together, observing certain rituals.

Evening (7pm – 11pm)

National Theatre of Scotland’s One Day to Play (Performance) 

The outcomes of 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).

The Drift by Hannah Lavery (Performance) 

The Drift is a journey through history, through Scottishness, through belonging, and through grief. It is an autobiographical spoken word show by Hannah Lavery, where she explores her legacy of being “mixed” in Scotland, left to her by her father and his mother, and their journeys.

Heir of the Cursed (Music) 

Kenyan born Beldina Odenyo Onassis’s performs under the guise of Heir of the Cursed. Her soulful music has the ability to make a room stand still and is influenced by the strange nuances of life, rooted in grief, Scottish weather, the constant and the inconstant.

Saturday 27th January 2018

Day (from 2pm)

If I had a hammer… (Discussion) (2pm – 5pm)

Halfway through the last century Bertolt Brecht proclaimed that: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” How are we doing with that? A series of discussions and provocations around the idea that artists might have a role in shaping the future, led by Richard Gregory, Artistic Director of Quarantine.

This event will be a practical workshop opened with a short talk from our Year of Young People project team, with participants breaking down into groups to further interrogate and discuss the central provocations of “If I had a hammer…”

Dinner with Laurie Brown (Performance) (3pm – 5pm)

Dinner is a series of performative, participatory meals looking at ritual, intimacy and the role of food in our lives. Over the course of a couple of hours participants will eat a pre-prepared meal together, observing certain rituals.

Evening (7pm – 11pm)

Ignorance is a Sweet Cup of Tea by Adura Onashile (Provocation & Performance)

A one to one performance about intimacy, about identity and about the perfect cuppa. Select a ten minute slot with Adura to discuss the intricacies and implications of tea drinking and have your provocation used in a further performance in the evening portion of Just Start Here.

Girl Meets Boy by Debbie Hannan (Performance)

“She was the most beautiful boy I’d ever seen.” A bright-eyed and form-bending adaptation of Ali Smith’s love story, Girl Meets Boy. A story about what it means to be in-between.

Bossy Love (Music)

Lauded as “One of the most exciting bands on the planet right now” by BBC, Glasgow based enigmatic duo, singer-come-mechanical scientist Amandah Wilkinson (formally Operator Please) and ex Dananananaykroyd drummer/ BBQ restaurateur John Baillie Jnr, Bossy Love aren’t your typical RnB/Pop pair. They’ve secured plays across BBC Radio 1Xtra, Beats 1 and Kiss FM and live Bossy Love are a force to be reckoned with.

All performance and discussion fully BSL Interpreted

Wheelchair Accessible

Latecomers will not be admitted

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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