SDTN Announces Propeller, The Network’s 2018 Production


We are pleased to announce that The Network’s 2018 production will be Propeller, Directed by Caitlin Skinner with a cast from Scotland’s Colleges and Higher Education Institutions.

Directed by double Fringe First winner Caitlin Skinner (Woke, At a Stretch, Hair of the Dog with Village Pub Theatre) and co-created by The Network Ensemble, a Scottish collective of emerging talent, Propeller is an exciting devised piece about power and the possibility of change. Yeah, the world sucks sometimes but you can’t do anything about it. Can you? This show says yes, yes you can. Maybe. If you ever feel frustrated about the way things are but don’t know what to do about it, this is the show for you.

Eight acting graduates from Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) colleges have been selected to create Propeller with Skinner – Cindy Awor (Glasgow Clyde College), Isla Fairfield (Fife College), Lottie Cuthbert (Edinburgh College), Owen Cummins (Fife College), Poppy Smith (Edinburgh College), Rachael Keiller (New College Lanarkshire), Ross Donnachie (New College Lanarkshire) and Sophie Maclean (New College Lanarkshire).

Caitlin Skinner comments,

“We’ve been out on the road with SDTN holding development workshops and auditions with graduating performers from around the country and I have found it very inspiring to meet so many of the emerging performers who are coming out of drama training in Scotland at the moment. I am absolutely thrilled that we have built such a strong and exciting ensemble and are in the process of building an equally exciting creative and production team. It is a huge gift for a director to get to work with performers, creatives and a production made up of graduates who are completely bursting with energy, ideas and talent and I can’t wait to see what we are going to make together.”

Propeller is the second production by The Network, following the success of Snowflake by Mark Thomson in 2017. In January 2017, the SDTN and Pleasance Theatre Trust announced a new initiative to support acting, performance and technical theatre graduates from Scotland’s Colleges and Higher Education Institutions, as they leave training and embark on their professional careers. The Network, a production ensemble supported by leading theatre professionals, now produce new work annually at the Pleasance during the Fringe.

SDTN works with industry professionals and organisations to deliver a range of training events and projects for drama students in Scotland. In 2018, Stellar Quines Theatre Company will also provide creative support to The Network Ensemble in the development phase of Propeller.

Lucy Vaughan, Director of SDTN comments,

“After a successful inaugural production of Snowflake by Mark Thomson, at Pleasance Above in 2017, The Network Ensemble is delighted to return to the Fringe with a brand new production, director, cast and creative team for 2018. The Network Ensemble provides a transformative experience for the participants from across Scotland, in working with a professional theatre Director and showcasing their work for three weeks in Edinburgh, at the world’s biggest arts Festival. The support we receive from our professional partners, and the Pleasance Theatre Trust in particular, contributes to a unique and highly sought after opportunity for our network’s graduates.”

Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance, says,

“The Pleasance are proud to be partnering with Caitlin Skinner and SDTN to support this exciting opportunity for the best young Scottish graduates as they create a brand new piece of theatre reflecting the world we live in, and participate in the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

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