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Summerhall names first artists in new work programme

Greg Sinclair and Kate Temple's show As the Crow Flies – their new work Volcano will be developed , with Ann Thallon in December
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Summerhall in Edinburgh has announced the first set of artists to take part in its new development programme.

Funded by Creative Scotland, the Summerhall Artist Development Programme will be offering time, rehearsal space and money towards the development of two pieces of work in what it calls Lab sessions.

Summerhall is also offering four weeks’ worth of free rehearsal space to artists as part of its Space scheme, and will be running two scratch nights, giving artists the chance to try out their ideas with an audience.

Four works have now been announced for development this autumn. The next round of the development programme will run in spring 2018, with the proposal process beginning in November.

C&O Dance has been selected to develop a piece about depression called Duvet Day, which will culminate in two performances on October 28 and 29 at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

Choreographer and performer Bridie Gane will also be given rehearsal space for a week to develop her first solo work One Hit Wonder, looking at the history of women in entertainment.

Virtual physical theatre artist Jessica Innes, will spend a week with Summerhall to develop Behind the Screen, a show exploring the effects of social media on teenagers.

Summerhall has also revealed that Volcano, a work by artists Greg Sinclair, Kate Temple and Ann Thallon will be developed over the course of a week in December, with a sharing of the work in progress on December 15.

Verity Leigh, programme manager at Summerhall, said: “We’ve been delighted – and slightly overwhelmed – by the numbers of artists and companies applying for this programme and by the quality of their ideas.

“At Summerhall we want to provide more opportunities for theatremakers to create and present work in Edinburgh outside of August, as well as at festival time. We believe that offering time and space to artists to make new work is an important way to support creative development, and hope this project will contribute to the sense of artistic community in Edinburgh."

The total cost of the programme is £24,275, which is funded by a grant of £14,795 from Creative Scotland, with the rest coming from Summerhall.

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