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“There is certainly not a very wide gulf between free thinking and... ahem... free love.” 
― Henrik Ibsen, Rosmersholm


and welcome to the Theatre Directors Scotland February newsletter! As always, bringing you our latest news, exciting shows, a lovely new Member of the Month, and great opportunities. 

So what is new with us? Caro Donald, who has been an invaluable member of the TDS Management Committee in the past couple of years, has had to step down due to professioal commitments. While gearing up for the EIF 2020 programme launch on 18th March, Caro will remain a champion of TDS and continue to support strategic development of Directors in Scotland, especially those with caring commitments. As a mother of two children, she has first-hand experience of the challenges that it can bring. We would like to say our heartfelt thanks to Caro for sharing all her expertise with us during this initial phase. To find out more about what she's up to, skip to our Member of the Month section below.

The new TDS Book Club had its first meeting last month at the National Library of Scotland. We had a lively chat with a group of practitioners including actors and directors, discussing Jerzy Grotowski's Towards A Poor Theatre. Later this month, we will run a practical workshop on Grotowski but this section is open to subscribed TDS members only. Stay tuned for future open-to-all Book Club meetings!



Of course there are loads of shows on, all directed by fabulous talent, but we won't tell you about all of them. The entries below were submitted through our newsletter call out. Feel free to drop us a line if you want to be included in our March Newsletter. 

Home Is Not The Place
Fri 21st & Sat 22nd Feb, 8pm (65 min)
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
£12/£10.50/£9/£5/£1, book here.

Where do I belong?  What defines me?  Where is home? 
Poetic, poignant solo show by award-winning, Edinburgh-based writer Annie George, which tells the remarkable story of the short life and lost work of her grandfather Kerala poet PM John, shortly before India’s independence; and contrasts his struggles with her own, as an immigrant in the UK. 
Drawn from family memories, with ‘an exquisite score’ by Niroshini Thambar, projections, and testimonies of both Annie and John, Home is Not the Place considers how experiences shape us, what home means and how we can live forever.  An intimate story of personal and political independence, painted on an epic canvas. 

Directed by Annie George.

The Bingo Hall Gets Torn Down
Monday 24th Feb, 7.30pm
The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
£6, book here.

On the last day of the bingo before it shuts, Trina plays for the ‘Biggest. Jackpot. Ever.’ This work for the
stage asks the questions: How do we describe community? What do we do when it seems to all be
coming down around us?
Featuring performances by Elaine MacKenzie Ellis, Angus Fleck, and James Keenan, The Bingo Hall Gets
Torn Down is presented as a script-in-hand performance with an opportunity for audience feedback.

Directed by Daniel Gee Husson.

Cavalleria Rusticana
Tues 3rd - Sat 7th Mar (not 5th), 7.30pm (75 min)
Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh
£15/£7.50, book here

Edinburgh Studio Opera is proud to present Cavalleria Rusticana, a passionate story of love and jealousy set to Mascagni’s beautiful score.

Conducted by Will Conway and directed by Jen McGregor.


Here are some opportunities with approaching deadlines: 

Deadline: ongoing Jane Hobson production photography - Book now for Fringe publicity shots!

Deadline: 15th Feb Lyra Commissions

Deadline: 24th Feb Edinburgh Gathering of BAME Artists and Creatives



Caroline Donald

Caroline leads on the Edinburgh International Festival’s extensive creative learning and community engagement work, and in the last two years has refocused the engagement work of the festival to connect directly with Children and Families, Young People, Communities, and the Creative sector locally and internationally. Taking a step away from making work to focus on making work work, Caroline is committed to connecting artists and audiences in meaningful, authentic, and innovative ways. She is inspired by Patrick Geddes who said ‘think global, act local'.
Previously she worked for Horsecross Arts, Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall as Head of Creative Learning and before this worked extensively as a Theatre Director, practitioner, performer and facilitator for organisations including Traverse Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Citizen’s Theatre, Thickskin, LIVE Theatre, and youth theatre and youth arts companies across Scotland.  As Training and Participation Manager, she was formative in establishing the National Festival of Youth Theatre, Chrysalis Festival and national training programmes for Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.  She is also a trained make-up artist!
Originally from Northern Ireland Caroline has lived and worked in the Creative Sector for over 20 years.  She is passionate about connecting people, good stories and supporting artist and creative sector development. She is a mentor for Edinburgh Professional Arts Development, and Leith Academy, and participated in the Southbank Centre Women of the World Festival Cultural Leaders programme.


Thanks for reading - hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Theatre Directors Scotland



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