Starter Artists 17/18

In 2016, the National Theatre of Scotland marked its tenth anniversary by launching a brand-new development opportunity for Scottish artists. We are delighted that the Starter programme is returning for 2017/18.

The Starter programme offers eight artists a funded residency of £2,500 to help them develop their skills, networks, and explore a new idea for a piece of theatre. From more than 170 applications, eight ideas were selected which represent the breadth and scope, imagination and ambition, of a vibrant cross-section of Scotland’s diverse theatre-making community. Involving approaches that range from script-writing and text based work; to puppetry and visual theatre; to experimental and choreographic work; to street theatre and work for children and young people. The artists will explore topics as diverse as Chinese takeaways, race and police brutality, Gaelic audio and visual installations, and the medieval Scottish tradition of flyting.

The Starter artists selected are (in image, from left to right):

Nima Séne
Nima Séne is a performance maker from Berlin based in Glasgow. Their work questions, interrogates and celebrates obscure and known experienced facets of identity. Their agency lies in making the invisible visible, the undesirable desirable, the unknown known and the complicated, complex. Their work as a maker and as a performer/actor is situated in dance, music, film, visual art and performance. They currently work in Glasgow (spoken word and queer club performances, Transmission Gallery, acting in new Scottish short films, latest project “Bloody Love”), Berlin (Tangente Company) and have recently completed the Arts Admin BANNER graduate award scheme in London.

Diane Thornton
Diane trained as an actor at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh and Ecole Philippe Gaulier, London. She started off acting in London before joining an international crew of theatre-makers creating performances with communities in Kosovo and Bosnia. Those projects and her work with Contacting the World committed her to socially engaged and collaborative performances.
She performs regularly as a Clowndoctor and Elderflower with Hearts&Minds. She is co-founder of Tenterhooks, making outdoor performances and wild play projects such as the interactive family show ‘Call of Nature’ and the intimate walkabout ‘Dance wi’ the Deil’. Diane lives on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll.

Iain Craig
Iain Craig is an animator, illustrator and set designer based in Glasgow. Originally from the north west Highlands and a native Gaelic speaker. His work in theatre has included creating animation, set design, illustration and graphic design for companies including A Moment’s Peace, Theatre Gu Lèor, Starcatchers, Imaginate, Macrobert and he was storyboard artist for the National Youth Theatre Commonwealth Games Athlete’s Village opening ceremony performance.
In 2013 Iain was Visual Artist in Residence at Lyra Theatre in Artspace. He is also an Associate Artist with Imaginate, having recently competed a 11 week residency with Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce in Edinburgh, working with Primary 6 to create an installation-led story telling development piece.

Daniel Livingston
Daniel Livingston is a multi-skilled theatre-maker who has worked across the U.K. and internationally. He has worked on many different productions in many different roles from director, designer, scenographer, makeup artist to actor and performer. He has worked professionally with notable theatre and film companies such as Channel 4, Citizens Theatre, The Arches and Cirque du Soleil.
He is also co-founder of Inkblot Collective. Along with his professional work he has delivered many different workshops for young people to professional artists. His work merges different art forms together to create a strong visual performance.

Louise Ahl
Louise Ahl is a Glasgow-based artist originally from Sweden, making experimental and choreographic performance work. She creates both solo and collaborative multi-art-form pieces. In 2010 she began making work with her performance persona Ultimate Dancer, who was born as a half-joke/half-critical/wholly-serious attempt to explode and lovingly re-manifest the art form of dance.
Louise’s work is dedicated to pushing at the edges of choreography, performance and visual art, working away from narrative based performances, instead making ambitious and detailed thematic concepts for work to exist in, using movement, voice, light, sonics and language.

Sean Wai Keung
Sean Wai Keung is a poet, performer and spoken word artist. His interests lie in the intersections between forms and he often utilises chance elements into his work. In 2013 he was awarded the Farrago Zoo Award for Best Debut Performance and his debut poetry pamphlet, to be released later this year, won the inaugural 2016 Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition. He has worked in London, Norwich and Glasgow, where he currently resides.

Sara Shaarawi
Sara Shaarawi is a playwright, translator and performer from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow. She has had her work performed at the Tron Theatre, Traverse, Village Pub Theatre, Platform and the CCA. Sara also took part in the Playwrights Studio Scotland’s 2015 Mentoring Programme and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Breakthrough Writers programme in 2016, and is one if the recipients of the 2017 New Playwright’s Award.
Other credits include dramaturg, performing and translation for ‘One Day in Spring’ (Òran Mór /National Theatre of Scotland) and ‘Here’s the News from Over There’ (Northern Stage).

Hardeep Pandhal
Born in Birmingham, Hardeep Pandhal now lives and works in Glasgow, having graduated with a MFA from The Glasgow School of Art in 2013 with the support of a Leverhulme Scholarship Award. He was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2013), the Glasgow International Open Bursary (2013), the Catlin Art Guide (2014) and the Drawing Room Bursary Award (2015).
Recent shows include a solo show ‘Hobson-Jobson’ at Collective Edinburgh (2015) and groups shows ‘The Vanished Reality’, Modern Art Oxford (2016) and ‘Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore Absurdity’, Harris Museum, Preston (2016).




Header image: Starter Artists 17/18. Image by Jassy Earl.

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