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OBJECTIVES

Our objectives are:

(a) to promote and ensure the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture of young people ages 16 to 30 in Wigtownshire and Dumfries and Galloway, through work with professional theatre makers, artists and craftspeople in Scotland;

(b) to promote and provide services for the advancement of the physical, mental and spiritual capacities, particularly the improvement of social skills, self-confidence and employability, of young people 16 to 30, in Dumfries and Galloway, through theatre making, performance, drama, script writing, music, filming and educational activities;

(c) to promote and ensure equal access for all to the performing arts in Stranraer, in Wigtownshire, and in Dumfries and Galloway;

(d) to promote equal opportunities and participation in theatre among young people by providing opportunities and activities for young people who do not easily have access to drama workshops, theatre and performance.

ANNUAL ACTIVITY

PCS’ annual output is varied, all geared toward nurturing, developing and honing young theatre makers’ ambitions and skills.

Our programme of activity included running a Mentoring Scheme, an Artist Development Lab Programme and creating, rehearsing and touring Productions.

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MENTORING

Our mentoring scheme is designed to help step-up young theatre artists 18-30 from Dumfries & Galloway INTO THE ARTS INDUSTRY.

Over an 8 month period we twin experienced artists with our young directors, writers, performers, live-artists… any aspiring young person that eventually wants to have a career in the performing arts.

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DEVELOPMENT LABS

WE RUN 3 ANNUAL LABS, CREATING A STIMULATING SAFE SPACE TO HONE AND DEVELOP ARTISTIC AMBITIONS AND PERFORMANCE IDEAS.

In Winter, Spring and Summer we run residential artistic development labs creating an immersive space to learn new skills, try out new ideas, find collaborators, make art and have a lot of fun…

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PRODUCTIONS

ALL OUR PRODUCTIONS COME FROM THE AMBITIONS OF THE YOUNG ARTISTS WE WORK WITH.

Our first production “REMOTE CONTROL” an autobiographical production based on a question about how the future of Stranraer’s young population is dictated by their remoteness... We toured the show across Scotland in 2018, supported by National Theatre of Scotland.

 

ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT LABS

PCS annually runs 3 Labs. Our aim is to create a programme that bridges the gap between youth arts / outreach work, professional training and the production of professional standard theatre.

 
 
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Lab 1

Young Artist Experimentation Lab

3 days, Winter

A space to experiment with early stage ideas...

A safe environment to try new forms of performance...

A place to begin to hone performance craft...

Our first lab took place in Wigtown, at the Print Room, supported by Wigtown Book Festival, Decmber 2018. We worked with 10 young artists from Dumfries, Stranraer, Ayr, Newton Stewart, Glasgow and Thurso.

Our first Lab was lead by our Artistic Director Drew Taylor and theatre artist/facilitator/director Fraser Macleod

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Lab 2

Young Artist Progression Lab

3 days, Spring

A space to further develop new ideas

A safe environment to challenge existing skills and continue development in new areas

A place to improve professional etiquette, begin to define arts practice and solidify production teams

Our second lab is also hosted in Wigtown, at the Print Room, supported by Wigtown Book Festival, and will happen in March 2019. We will be working with 15 young artists from Dumfries, Stranraer, Ayr, Newton Stewart, Castle Douglas, Glasgow and Thurso.

Our 2nd Lab is lead by our Artistic Director Drew Taylor, Theatre Artist/Facilitator/Director Fraser Macleod and Performer/Director/Teaching Artist Sarah Rose Graber

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LAB 3

Young Artist Training / Production Development

6 days, Summer

A space to create works-in-progress of new performances

A safe environment to continue training, further widening skill-sets with an array of experienced professional input

A place to showcase talents to the wider sector

mentoring

Our aim is to create a programme that bridges the gap between youth arts / outreach work, professional training and the production of professional standard theatre. We firmly believe that confidence in your art always stems from confidence in yourself, and understanding what the context of you and your art is… in the wider world. Our mentoring programme, devised with Clara Bloomfield aims to help step-up our young artists into the next phase of their careers…

10 young artists are matched with 10 experienced professional theatre makers, each working within the “ideal” job that the young artist has identified… The mentor and mentee receive expert training and draw up a Behavioural Boundaries Bond… and over the next 8 months the pairing meet 3 times… finally all 20 artists come together for an evaluative session.

Each meeting will be a safe space where our young artist can discuss their career progress and aspirations. The mentor listens, comforts and offers advice and support, and hopefully some ideas for practical ways to help our young artists step-up their current practice, closer to their goal in the arts industry.

If you’re a young theatre artist based in Dumfries and Galloway and you want to join the 2019/20 cohort of Mentees, email our Artistic Director Drew drew_taylor@hotmail.co.uk

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