With the Surge Festival in Glasgow and the Edinburgh Fringe Upon us, there are lot's of exciting shows and events going on in Scotland! Also, check out some of the tasty training and job opportunities below.
Best wishes, SJ Couzens, Articulation Co-ordinator.
This playful new aerial show from All or Nothing and Room 2 Manoeuvre delves into the world of superheroes and beyond! In their quirky circus universe, two performers explore what it means to be a hero. The dynamic duo tackle the darker side of life in the spotlight and the pressures of being a role model with a never-ending list of enemies.
The Chosen is about dying and so is also about living and time: how we choose to live in the face of dying and how we think about dying.
Increasingly, as medicine advances, knowledge of imminent death has become a reality for everyone.
From the shifting perspectives of both the Chosen and those close to them, this piece is a personal reflection on experiencing the time left to us. A reference to The Rite of Spring – the “chosen” is to be sacrificed, but also special or honoured. Created by award-winning artistic director Kally Lloyd-Jones.
Magic Gareth: Man vs Balloon:
The Family Magic Show
3rd - 17th August
CC Blooms, Edinburgh
Witness a magical extravaganza where you will marvel at The Biggest Balloon in the World and risk your dryness at the ultimate game of Water Pistol Roulette! All live on stage in front of your very eyes! Man vs Balloon is the ultimate family show featuring magic tricks galore, comedy shenanigans and, of course, The Biggest Balloon in the World.
Betty is a bit of a dog in the manger. She really enjoys controlling others and they don’t like it one bit. She doesn’t dare live life to the full herself, and she always enjoys trying to dampen the enthusiasm of anyone with a real zest for life. When Betty’s non-identical twin sister dies and she starts to lose control of her own life, she will have to adapt to her changed circumstances or be miserable. How will she react?
Deficit is a new piece of devised theatre that exposes the magical realism of our everyday lives. We follow five vibrant characters as they explore the many facets of the human condition. Through playful and intimate movement and dance, we watch them deconstruct their own metaphors.
Incorporating original short film and groovy sound, join us as we push the boundaries of traditional physical theatre with profound self awareness and accessibility. Don’t worry, you’re allowed to laugh.
Transfigured is a sounding together of all things, a diapason, a cacophony of understanding. Performers and audience step across the threshold of knowledge,
out into the world together.
In the year 2002, a pack of cards was thrown from a car window and over a hedge.
The pack burst open in the air and the cards were scattered across the landscape. Some of the cards landed face up. The hand dealt on that day has moved out and forwards into this moment. They have become manifest. They have something to say. Pick a card, any card...
Ultimate Dancer in association with Take Me Somewhere: For now we see through a mirror, darkly
13th - 24th August
Greenside at Nicolson Square, Edinburgh
This mystical dance performance is about the connection between what we see and what we believe. It includes an evocative voice-over, which describes and interprets that which is present but cannot be seen. The description is an accessibility function for visually impaired audiences but also functions to give access to understanding the abstract content for those who are sighted.
A visually striking and funny world, which can be placed under the slogan of its favourite motif - a smiling snake, a dying sun and the gentle droppings of unclean slime.
Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo Fargion:
Extremely Pedestrian Chorales
20th - 25th August
The commonplace experience and movement language of the pedestrian as an act of beauty, meaning and gentle comedy. Based on the sublime harmonies of JS Bach’s famous Chorales, it pitches them into our present day lives with just a dash of punk-ish irreverence. A beguiling mix of high and low art.
This year’s Fringe features work from a record 63 countries, including 206 shows from mainland Europe. With themes ranging from climate change to true crime, space to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic identity, this year’s festival tackles the most topical issues in the world today and brings together the best upcoming talent, well-known names, new venues and international work.
The Aerial Edge Circus Convention is an annual event that brings together the circus community from far and wide. With a huge variety of workshops ranging run by world-class circus performers and instructors, this convention is the largest event of its kind in the UK: a non-stop weekend of circus workshops for everyone from absolute beginner to professional level.
This convention is a great opportunity to try out new skills that you may never before had the chance to! With workshops ranging from Swinging Trapeze and Doubles Silks to Acrobatics and Handstands there is something for everyone at the Aerial Edge Circus Convention.
Circus Zyair is proud to present a colourful and action packed hour and a half show with high energy acts from all over the world.
The 2019 tour is a dazzling combination of circus, music and laughter. With a heated big top and an electric atmosphere from start to finish Circus Zyair promises to be a truly magical experience for the whole family.
A new death-defying and extreme circus is descending on the UK. As part of its European tour, Circus Extreme is bringing some of the most talented performers in the world for a one-of-a-kind performance that's been five years in the making. The show will be housed in the UK’s largest state-of-the-art, climate-controlled circus big top.
Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat, when you're not falling off it with laughter.
MA in Arts, Cultural and Festival Management
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Deadline: 9:25am on the 1st August
Designed to meet the professional development needs of those wishing to improve their managerial or career prospects in the arts and cultural sector. Funded places available from SAAS.
This course will interest people who would like to work in a managerial role within Arts, Culture or Festival management. You can chose single modules, or the whole course, as part of your personal and professional development. Part-time and full-time courses are available.
The course will stimulate your understanding and develop your knowledge of contemporary issues affecting cultural management, exploring how to best create the conditions for excellent arts to flourish. It balances practice with theory to enable students to develop a broader and deeper understanding of the processes of arts management.
This acclaimed course will show you how to make plays with young people. It explores how to create the conditions needed for meaningful collaboration and a step by step guide for how to turn source material into a finished play. It includes a practical evening session with Company Three members.
Who is it for? Theatre-makers, teachers, writers, facilitators, artists, choreographers, musicians, youth workers, producers and anyone who is interested in meaningful artistic collaboration with young people.
Cost: £350 (subsidised places and 2 part payment plans available)
Application: Send your CV and a short email (400 words) before the deadline stating why you would like to attend the course and to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Told by an Idiot: The Role of the Director in the Devising Process 2019
30th September - 4th October
Jerwood Space, London
Led by Told by an Idiot’s Artistic Director Paul Hunter, this workshop will offer you a unique insight into creating and directing work from scratch, and the opportunity to enhance and refresh your practice.
The role of the Director in the devising process isn’t always straightforward. Often there is no script, no clear starting point, and sometimes almost nothing to go on. The Director has to assume a variety of roles and be extremely flexible and adaptable, with the actual act of directing often taking place late in the rehearsal process. All this apart it can be the most rewarding experience a Director can ever have.
This fascinating workshop will examine in depth the role of the Director throughout a collaborative writing project. By exploring some of the crucial aspects of devising, including establishing trust, creating a playful atmosphere, liberating the performer, generating material (verbal and physical), editing and the relationship with a team of designers, participants will gain a unique insight into Told by an Idiot’s devising process from a Director’s perspective.
The course is suitable for established and emerging directors and performers, who have an interest in directing.
The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants scheme has been designed to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people.
Their vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose.
Preference will be given to innovative projects that share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation. In particular, those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation offer small grants of £2,000 - £7,000 to local and national charities or not-for-profit organisations that address rural and urban deprivation within the UK. Within these two main headings, the Trust are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of Community Support Arts, Education and Heritage.
Small Grant applications can be made at any time through the year and will receive a final decision within 4-6 weeks.
BBC Casting: Children’s' TV Entertainer with Circus Skills Required
Deadline: 31st July
BBC are looking for a great performer for preschool audiences for BBC Children’s In House Productions.
Somebody who is an all-round entertainer, presenter and performer with a strong physical presence, enthusiasm, natural charisma and funny bones. They will need to have a broad skill set, with physical expertise such as circus skills or theatre training, with a flair for singing, dancing, and natural comic timing.
They must have confidence and want to and have the ability to connect with a young audience. They must have had performing experience in the areas that we are looking at.
Casting will be done via self-tapes (ASAP) and possible casting at the end of August beginning of September 2019 (casting in London/Manchester TBC).
Recent photo and CV.
A quick video telling us about yourself, your skills and experience.
A video showing your skills.
Cirque Delmar: Performance Opportunity
Deadline: 31st July
Ground acts and general staff with own accommodation and transport required for season 2020 in UK. All performers and staff must have the right to work and travel in the UK. All ground acts are considered.
ShoutOut is a festival of visual and performing arts calling out the violence and prejudice that many face on a daily basis in direct response to community concerns raised at Citizen’s Assemblies and Youth Assemblies held throughout Newham and the East End of London.
The festival is a forum for the community to explore the underlying causes and effects of prevailing social concern arising from oppression, hate and prejudice.
Applecart Arts is accepting submissions from visual artists, performers, theatre companies, actors and musicians who feel they have, or are developing, work which relates to themes surrounding youth crime, the sex trade, violence against women, gender, sexual or racial prejudice.
Are you an emerging contemporary circus talent looking to launch your circus career and have you at some point in the last five years trained in circus in Bristol/UK?
The open call for candidates for the second annual Richard Award for Circus Arts in now open and closes on 5 August 2019. with the shortlist announced in September. This prestigious award was created in 2018 in honour of Richard Ward (1945- 1999) founder of the UK’s first professional circus school in Bristol in 1986, which evolved as Circomedia in 1994. The Award was created by Audrey Michel and Helen Crocker each co-founders of Bristol’s professional circus schools in 1986 and 1994 respectively. A panel of circus industry professionals as a Jury will shortlist seven acts from the applicants to perform at the Richard Award live final on 16 November 2019 at Circomedia’s Portland Square circus venue in Bristol/UK.
Shortlisted finalists will be supported by Circomedia’s lighting and rigging crew to present themselves at their very best. The programme will be a diverse mix of acrobatics, balancing, aerial skills, clowning, juggling – and maybe the odd hula hoop routine thrown in for good measure. The winning act on the night which will receive a prize of £750 and be ‘crowned’ with the Richard Award trophy 2019. They will also have their name engraved on the Richard Award trophy plinth, which is on permanent display at Circomedia’s Portland Square venue.
All acts will benefit from help and materials to develop their performance skills and promote their work. Agents, producers, managers and festival programmers will watch the showcase final, keeping a keen eye out for the ‘next big thing’ in contemporary circus.
Traverse Theatre are seeking to engage an experienced Artistic Director to lead the company.
They are looking to welcome a visionary, driven individual who can set out an ambitious five-year programme against the organisation’s vision and mission, and develop new work of artistic excellence with a focus on audiences.
This role will work closely with the Director of Creative Development and the senior management team, requiring planning and financial skills alongside commercial awareness.
As part of ongoing efforts to expand the range of voices on stages and individuals in the audiences, Traverse Theatre are seeking to engage an experienced and inspirational Creative Development Director.
This new role gives huge scope to develop and deliver the next generation of Scottish new writing talent to our stages and those around the world.
The role will nurture existing relationships and develop new collaborations across the communities of Edinburgh, Scotland and internationally and will be expected to travel across Scotland and beyond.
The Doctor Will See You Now:
Edinburgh Festival Special
Are you a deviser or a devising company? Are you stuck? Wrestling with stuff in your process?
Why not book a free appointment with the Idiot Doctor and chat your ideas through (confidentially of course). Paul Hunter, Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot will talk through your creative project with you, act as a sounding board for ideas and offer advice and guidance.
Paul will be at the Festival in early August so get in touch if you have a devising-related dilemma and would like to book a free 20-minute appointment with him while you're in Edinburgh.
SAVE THE DATE: 5th annual Creative Europe panel and networking reception in Edinburgh
6pm - 8pm on the 22nd August
Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland invites you to take a moment during one of the largest international celebrations of culture to reflect on how and why we collaborate across borders, and to shine some light on success stories of European collaboration.
Hear insights and reflections from speakers who are experienced in developing and running European and international projects, and continue the conversation over a glass of wine and nibbles.
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