A wee bit of my interview on Al Jezeera
Where I answers some questions about Home is Not the Place, in Broadway World
Made in Scotland Showcase, Edinburgh Fringe
So my shows Home is Not the Place, and Twa – with visual artist Flore Gardner – are up and running in Summerhall, at Edinburgh Fringe, as part of the MiS showcase. Here’s a video interview with Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman newspaper’s chief theatre critic talking about the shows. The two shows are alternating daily, so two, hour-long scripts for me to keep in my head. It’s hard work but I’m getting through it, let’s just say. Wish me luck!
Joined a new steering group
Readings and new writing
Busy past few days. Performed in a rehearsed reading of ‘Maryland’ by Lucy Kirkwood at the Traverse (24/25 Nov), then directed and provided dramaturgy for a rehearsed reading of ‘We Need to Talk About Safe’ by Sophie Goode and Corinne Salisbury, edited from the testimonies of a broad range of women in Scotland, at Assembly Roxy (26/27 Nov). Both about male violence against women, and the latter about spaces in which women feel safe/unsafe. Even managed to squeeze in chairing an hour long panel on ‘Staying Connected to Your Roots’, for Scottish BAME Writers Network just before the ‘….Safe’ show. You can imagine I stayed connected to my bed (28 Nov)!
Here’s one I missed
‘Her words are beautifully lyrical, reverberating with an emotional depth that emanate through the camera and paint vivid images that remain with the audience long after the 40-minute run time.‘ THE WEE REVIEW
A lovely review of ‘Fragments of Home’ that I’d missed after it was re-streamed by Shedinburgh Fringe back in March.
Life in the Time exhibition
A couple of months back I did some writing workshops with women, for Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre in Glasgow. I turned some of their writing into very short films which are part of an exhibition Life in the Time, using some stock video, which daughter Eve edited and did the sound design for. To view the films (each approx. 1-2 mins long), click the link to the exhibition, which includes work by other groups on the project and, scroll down to the four thumbnails at the bottom of the page – starts with Intro and Between Two Worlds. Themes looked beyond participants’ experience of life during a pandemic to ‘a reflection on the past, an acknowledgement of our present and a message for the future: when all this is over, and forgotten. A message to generations to come and the future selves of the women who created this work. “We were not voiceless, it’s just no one was listening”’
Call to Adventure
Read my latest article Call to Adventure, about my thirty year journey in Scottish theatre, part of Bella Caledonia’s Many Voices project