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First 2018-19 FST Bursary Awards Announced

We are delighted to announce the first batch of awards for FST’s 2018-19 bursaries.

Assistant Director Bursaries awarded:

Nima Maria Aida Séne will assist Stewart Laing on his upcoming production of The End of Eddy. A coproduction between Stewart’s company Untitled Projects and the Unicorn Theatre, the show is an adaptation of a novel about a young boy born into poverty, bullied for being gay, and reflects on sexuality, class and power.

Connor Bryson will work with Solar Bear on The Arrival for autumn 2018, which is inspired by Shaun Tan’s graphic novel with the same title. Featuring a cast of D/deaf and hearing actors, the show will be accessible to D/deaf and hearing audiences, and those with English as an Additional Language.

Eve Nicol will undertake an Assistant Director placement on What Girls Are Made Of by Cora Bissett. Eve will work on this world premiere production with an award-winning team, and the show will be presented as the Traverse Theatre Company’s mainstage production as part of the Traverse Festival 2018 and the Made in Scotland showcase.

Producer Placement bursaries awarded:

Andrew Jeffrey will work with Mhari Robinson and Independent Arts Projects across a programme of productions for young audiences. This will include supporting remounts of Eaten, Waves and The Bean Counter at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and working on project delivery and presentation of two Scottish tours: Frozen Charlotte’s NESTS by Xana Marwick and Snap Elastic’s Puffin.

Conner Milliken will work with Feral Arts on a variety of projects including Liquid Sky – a new multi-artform collaboration, VOID which will have a 2 week run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland showcase, and the Liz Aggiss / Slap and Tickle Tour.

Laila Noble will work with Ed Littlewood Productions Ltd / Scene Change Productions, Nutshell Theatre and A Joke Productions Ltd. She will be mentored by Ed Littlewood through the staging of four productions: A Good Enough Girl, Heroine, (which is part of the Made in Scotland showcase), Handfast and A Joke.

Speaking about the latest bursary awards, FST’s Director Jude Henderson said:
‘FST’s bursary schemes invest in the future of our industry by working with our members to help create opportunities for producers and directors to develop their careers in Scottish theatre and dance. As always we received a strong set of applications and thanks to our Creative Scotland funding, together with vital backing from the host organisations, we are very happy to be able to support these six placements. Nima, Connor, Eve, Andrew, Conner and Leila will gain valuable learning and development experiences, working on an exciting range of productions with some of Scotland’s finest theatre companies and producers.’

Supported by funding from Creative Scotland, FST Bursaries help Scotland-based artists build up their experience by financially supporting their attachment to an established performing arts company. Bursaries require a joint application by the recipient and the host organisation and funding rounds run twice per year. The next round of bursaries will open for applications in September 2018. For further information, visit our Bursaries and Funding webpage.

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