We are Performance Collective Stranraer [PCS], a new organisation for the development of young rural theatre artists based in Dumfries and Galloway... And we are making our first professional production UNSUPERVISED ADULTING. The production is being created, rehearsed and touring in rural Dumfries and Galloway locations and we need your help to travel and house our team!
Dumfries and Galloway is the 3rd largest county in Scotland that has NO theatre arts training post 16! We want to show aspiring theatre makers that you can have a careers in the arts, it is possible... and we're providing as many training, development and employment opportunities as possible to integrate as many D&G artists into the professional sector.
We are a small organisation with a HUGE remit, travelling vast distances [over a terrible transport network] trying to reach hard-to-reach isolated young artists... So we need a bit of help.
UNSUPERVISED ADULTING is a new production authored by two founding PCS members, Stranraer based theatre makers Jarad Rowan and Draya Maria, recently part of the award-winning “The Brunch Club” created by Grid Iron and SDTN at this year’s Fringe Festival http://www.gridiron.org.uk/edinburgh-festival-fringe-2019-the-brunch-club/. Our production features a cast of performers from across Dumfries and Galloway, and our assistant director Ellie Stevens is a current Queen Margaret University student from Castle Douglas.
The project was birthed in a small rehearsal room in Wigtown in December 2018 as part of PCS’ first residential artistic development lab, and we’ve been working on mounting the production ever since [the image above was taken during our first lab].
UNSUPERVISED ADULTING is a physical comedy exploring the possibilities of mundane objects, the desolation of office temping and wondering when being an “adult” will eventually begin… Set in every dull office you’ve ever done a temporary contract in – we see four young employees wrestle with their daily tasks, dance through their sorrow to 90s bangers and find joy in an imagined life of a hungry stapler.
At present, the production is being performed in September as part of Wigtown Book Festival and at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries, with more tour dates soon to be announced.
[PCS Promo Photo by James Taylor-Wilson]
Since 2017, Performance Collective Stanraer has been working across D&G [and beyond] to try and enact change for young theatre artists from the region. We’ve worked with National Theatre of Scotland, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and a whole host of incredible professional theatre makers, including our amazing award winning Artistic Director, Drew Taylor www.drewmakestheatre.com. Under Drew’s guidance we have grown from strength to strength and this new production is a crucial showcase opportunity, increasing employability for performers who haven't had conventional artist training - it's an opportunity to show D&G communities that local artists can succeed and can make a brilliant professional production!!! We have received some successful funds to help us put on the show... but we've just not raised quite enough just yet.
Your donations will fund the expensive accommodation and travel costs for the tour, as well as providing our young team some money for subsistence. We offer a range of rewards for your kind donations… you could receive a range of special customised gifts from us: cushions, t-shirts, notepads… as well as free tickets to the show!
Here’s a few words from one of our team Jodie Robertson, about what this opportunity means to her:
Working as a part of a professional production in the creative industry and growing up in a deprived area with limited artistic opportunities are two opposites which often do not go hand in hand. For the majority of young people in the area in which I grew up, academic exam results were your main focus. You could not afford to do otherwise, in both senses of the word. Unless you aspired to teach an art, you were ushered away from such profound ambitions like ‘performing’.
Being given this opportunity means more to me than words will allow me to express. I often felt I didn’t meet the criteria when attending elitist and clique-driven drama groups due to my lack of experience and social standing. To work on this production has finally given me the chance to showcase my abilities that I have worked so hard on. Doubt is the curse of the creative arts and so to be taken under the wing of a professional in the industry and be given such an outstanding opportunity has been a beacon of hope, providing me with the belief that my time training and the effort put into my work has been valuable and worthwhile.
Thank you so much for taking the time to support this project, we can’t wait to see you on tour!