Award winning director Caitlin Skinner joins The Network Ensemble for Fringe 2018

The Scottish Drama Training Network and Pleasance Theatre Trust today announced that the award-winning director Caitlin Skinner will direct The Network Ensemble’s production for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018.

Edinburgh based, Caitlin is the Artistic Director of new writing pub theatre company Village Pub Theatre, one half of visual theatre duo Jordan & Skinner and Director with new writing theatre company Pearlfisher. In 2017 she directed two productions for the Edinburgh Fringe: Woke (Apphia Campbell/Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Fringe First winner) and At a Stretch (Jordan and Skinner – Three Weeks Editor’s Award winner).

The Network Ensemble was established last year by the Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) in partnership with the Pleasance Theatres Trust’s Pleasance Futures, as a new industry standard training pathway to the Creative Industries for theatre and production design graduates trained in Scotland.

SDTN works with Industry professionals to deliver a range of training events and projects. In 2018, Stellar Quines Theatre Company will also provide creative support to the Network Ensemble in the development phase of the production.

The Ensemble provides an annual platform for graduates from across Scotland to experience the challenge and excitement of making work to a professional standard for the Fringe. It supports the participants, especially those from outside the central belt, to access opportunities by being part of the world’s largest Arts Festival.

In 2018, The Network will return to the Fringe with a new production directed by Caitlin Skinner who will assemble a new ensemble of performers and creative team, drawn from the cohort of students leaving Scottish Further Education Colleges and Higher Education Institutions.

Acting and Performance students will be invited to take part in a series of development workshops with Caitlin in January and February, with auditions for the Ensemble taking place in March and April.

Technical Theatre and Production Design students will also be invited to interview for roles with the production team.

Speaking about the Network Ensemble, Lucy Vaughan, Director of SDTN said:

“We are delighted that Caitlin, one of Scotland’s most exciting young Theatre Makers, has accepted our invitation to make new work with the Network Ensemble for the Fringe in 2018. We aim to create new opportunities for emerging artists to make work with Industry professionals and to be able to tell the stories that are important to them to a wide audience.”

Speaking about The Network, Caitlin Skinner said:

“I am very happy to be working with SDTN and the Pleasance on this project. I think The Network Ensemble is a fantastic opportunity to galvanise Scotland’s emerging talent and I am really thrilled to be able to create a new original show with them this year.”

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Jemima Levick of Stellar Quines said:

“The SDTN production is a really exciting contribution to the Festival Fringe scene, as well as being of real importance and value for our sector as a whole. These emergent artists are our future, and as an organisation that works to inspire women and girls, we are intrigued to hear what their collaboration with the brilliant Caitlin Skinner, has to say about the world as it is now. We look forward to supporting the project as it develops in the coming months.” 

Banner Image: Graduate Production Ensemble 2017, Dominic Martin Photography
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