DUNDEE REP UNVEIL NEW FESTIVAL FOR EMERGING ARTISTS

Rep Stripped is Dundee Rep’s new festival showcasing the best as-yet-unseen stories for the stage in a stripped back environment.

Taking place from Thursday 18 to Saturday 27 April 2019, Rep Stripped will give a unique opportunity for audiences to be the first to see new works and performances in the early stages of development. The Dundee Rep Ensemble will be performing, directing and writing as part of the festival - joined by actors, writers, directors, composers and theatre-makers from across the country.

With really affordable ticket prices and discounts for booking multiple events across the festival, Dundee Rep invites audiences to join the Ensemble and the exciting line-up of artists for something different and be the first to see new work that will one day be seen across Scottish stages.

Among the artists programmed are Oliver Emanuel and Gareth Williams (The 306 Trilogy, National Theatre of Scotland, 14-18 NOW and Perth Theatre) with preview extracts from their new musical A History of Paper; Blood of the Young (Pride and Prejudice*(*sort of), Tron Theatre and tour) with a work-in-progress of their next project inspired by Belleville Rendezvous; and Daniel Cameron (Playwright Studio Scotland Mentored Playwright 2018) with his new play CARAVAN. These new pieces will be developed and shared throughout the festival, giving audiences a snapshot of future productions.

At the heart of the programme is a series of SCRATCH events, showcasing a diverse range of short extracts from new plays and snippets from new devised work. Celebrating writers from or with a connection to Dundee and the surrounding area, the SCRATCH programme features Finlay Avison, Max Scratchmann, Michael Popper, Gavin J Innes, and Dundee Rep Ensemble member Emily Winter. Dundee’s Nunah Theatre Company and Third Thread Ensemble present a promenade physical theatre piece and new devised work respectively, whilst Dundee’s Shaper/Caper present a work-in-progress verbatim piece. Other writers from across the country include Isla Cowan, Sue Gyford, Rebecca Martin, Julie Tsang, and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir.

Beyond the SCRATCH programme, young artists from Scottish Youth Theatre & Dundee Rep’s Making Space project share new works-in-progress; Shakespeare.scot creates a site-specific Pericles; multi-award-winning Jordan & Skinner premiere a new show; and Tandem Writing Collective bring three new plays written on the theme of Discovery.

On Friday 26 April, STRIPPED LATES brings an evening of spoken word and poetry with a double bill from Imogen Stirling and Hotchpotch Presents - a Dundee-based collective of open-mic poets and writers with a final musical act culminating the evening.

Rep Stripped closes on Saturday 27 April with a full day of diverse events including a triple bill of solo SCRATCH works from Activising for Change, Rachel Jackson and multi-award-winning Jordan & Skinner. Tandem Writing Collective share readings of three short plays written on the theme of Discovery. National Theatre of Scotland Starter for Ten recipient Steven Fraser brings an interactive puppetry installation, whilst Dysconnect, an interactive theatre app about computational control is being trialed across the building. Beth Morton in association with Raw Material, Kidder Theatre Company and Finn Anderson & Tania Azevedo respectively share three works-in-progress as a result of residencies supported through Rep Stripped’s PILOT development offering.

Across the festival, Dundee Rep partners with National Theatre of Scotland with their Engine Room programme, offering workshops, career surgeries and a residency opportunity for designers and theatre-makers to engage with virtual reality. Playwrights’ Studio Scotland offer a workshop with Simon McCallum and a panel discussion asking ‘Where are all the playwrights in Dundee?’ with Robert Ballantine, Jaimini Jethwa, John McCann, Gary Robertson, and Sandy Thomson.

Rep Stripped is a new venture from Dundee Rep, designed to offer more opportunities for artists to share and receive feedback on their work at the early stages of development. Director Jordan Blackwood and producer Carla Marina Almeida received an overwhelming 150 applications from an open call-out to artists across the country - creating an eventual programme that sees up and coming theatre makers share a stage with established artists.