Ideas Exchange 2019

13 February 2019
  • Photo by Beth Chalmers
The Studio at Festival Theatre
  • Wednesday 13 February 14:00
Booking information

Places are free but limited, please book using the Eventbrite link above.

Before Ideas Exchange, we are hosting a discussion about adapting existing works for new audiences from 11.30am - 1pm at Festival Theatre.  Find out more and book your free place here.

Wednesday 13 February, 2 - 5pm

Ideas Exchange is an event showcasing new works-in-progress for young audiences by artists based in Scotland. Come and join us at The Studio in Edinburgh to see new work, offer feedback and network with peers.

The programme for 2019 will be:

Chan urrainn dhomh falach nad theangaidh / I can’t hide in your tongue (age tbc)
Rona Dhòmhnallach/Rona MacDonald

Chan faigh thu faochadh bhon teiche, ge brith an ann bho fhuadach neo cogadh a tha thu a’ ruith, tha na rudan air an robh thu eòlach uaireigin, a-nist, coimheach.  Tha e ceart, ’s e an fhìrinn a th’ ann, mar as fhaide air adhart a tha sinn a’ siubhal, ’s ann as motha a tha sinn a’ fàgail rudan air ar cùlaibh.  Tha seo ceart a thaobh stuth fiosaigeach am broinn baga-siubhail ach dè eile a tha air chall air nach eil thu mothachail 's nach urrainn dhut a ràdh?

’S e seo pìos leasachaidh le teacsa, gluasad agus lèirsinn a tha a’ coimhead air na tha a’ tachairt nuair a chailleas tu do theanga mhàtharail aig aois òg.  Nuair a dh’fheumar gabhail a-steach do cultar nas làidire na an cultar againn fhèin, dè th’ anns an fhèin-aithne fhalaichte againn a thig air ais oirnn, gus ceann a' mhaide a chumail rinn? 

In the anguish of flight, whether through clearance or war, what was once familiar becomes strangely unfamiliar.   It’s true, the further you go the more you leave behind; true of possession in a backpack, but what has slipped away that you can’t quite put your finger on?

This is a development piece with text, movement and visuals which looks at the consequences of losing your indigenous language at an early age.   As we assimilate into a predominant culture, what is it about your increasingly hidden and forgotten identity that comes back to bite you?

Rona is currently working with Imaginate as Gaelic Artist in Residence funded by Taobh na Pàirce, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland and Imaginate. 

A Stranger Came Ashore (Family)
Luke Kernaghan                              

Mollie Hunter’s novel “A Stranger Came Ashore” is a classic of Scottish children’s literature - a thrilling adventure set against the backdrop of the Shetland Isles folklore and mythology. Blending puppetry, music and dance, this exciting adaptation will bring Mollie Hunter’s tale to vivid life for the whole family. Young Robbie believes the mysterious and charismatic survivor of a recent shipwreck may actually be the King Of The Selkies, intent on luring Robbie’s sister to his underwater kingdom. As the Up Helly Aa festivities loom, with their amazing disguises and fire-lit traditions, Robbie must fight against the forces of darkness and, with the help of his grandmother and her knowledge of ancient magic, confront this stranger who came ashore…

Working on it (Family)
Vince Virr

Working On It is a new dance theatre piece being developed for performance in non-theatre spaces.  A physical and dynamic work by Barrowland Ballet’s Associate Artist Vince Virr and dance artist KJ Clarke-Davies.  It is based around the theme of identity with direct influences from Vince’s artistic exploration at the PUSH+ Home Lab.

Two in a Barrel (age 8 – 13)
Ruxandra Cantir and Sarah Rose Graber

Two in a Barrel is a clown inspired, physical theatre piece for young audiences that explores the questions - How do we share space and limited resources in hard times? Are the most creative solutions found when working together or alone?

After seeing Annie Edson Taylor become the first person to successfully go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel, Riri and Moku are inspired to go on their own journey. The two adventurous girls hopped in their barrel and floated away until they got stuck on an island of rubbish. So now, here they are - arguing over the last apple they have left, in very close quarters. Riri the optimist trinket collector and Moku the sarcastic germaphobe are constantly at odds. But will they manage to work out the mess that surrounds them?

This piece aims to put the two quirky female characters at its centre, explore proximity as a source for comedy, and invoke environmental awareness and activism.