Find your Voice in Theatre at Fringe Central 2018

On Friday 24 August, in partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, we hosted our now annual Network Day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

SDTN’s Network of colleges and universities were invited to the Pleasance Theatre in the afternoon to see Propeller; a show devised and performed by the 2018 Network Ensemble and directed by Caitlin Skinner.

The performance was followed by SDTN’s event Find Your Voice in Theatre held at Fringe Central. This event began with an invigorating discussion about what it means to make your own theatre and pave your way in the industry with an authentic voice. On the panel for this discussion, we were delighted to welcome the following industry professionals from the Scottish theatre world; Jemima Levick (Artistic Director, Stellar Quines), Judith Doherty (Producer and Co-Artistic Director, Grid Iron Theatre Company), Ben Harrison (Co-Artistic Director, Grid Iron Theatre Company), Jess Thorpe (Glas(s) Performance and Lecturer for Justice in the Arts at RCS) and Caitlin Skinner (Director of Propeller). 

What made this panel particularly special was that it was facilitated and led by our talented Network Ensemble participants. They astutely interrogated the theme of the discussion, asking questions like “what does it mean to have a voice in theatre and do you ever really find it?” and “has the battle for funding been something that has stifled your voice?”, proving themselves to be an insightful and curious representation of our nations next generation of actors and theatre makers. You can visit our project Twitter page @NetworkSDTN to read the highlights and the full discussion will be transcribed and available to download via our website very soon.

Colleges from Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife and Glasgow arrived by the bus load for the day to see Propeller and contribute to the discussion. Students demonstrated a real engagement with the discussion by getting involved in the Q&A and were excited to be able to meet and Network with their peers and industry leaders at our reception afterwards.

It’s safe to say that the 2018 Network Day at the Edinburgh Fringe was a great success. The whole team at SDTN are grateful for the contribution and involvement from our Network members, peers in the industry and the staff at Fringe Central and the Fringe Society, who helped make it such a great afternoon. And a special thanks goes to this year’s Network Ensemble participants for being talented, professional and brilliant fun to work with. Here’s to an even bigger and better Network Ensemble project in 2019. More information on that coming soon.

Photo gallery courtesy of Robin Mitchell Photography.

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