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Yesterday I met David, Woodend Barn’s Box Office & Marketing Coordinator to discuss marketing The List Trilogy in and around Banchory. The visit turned out to be a delightful day out. Wooden Barn Arts Centre has so much to offer! If you are considering going to see The List at Wooden Barn on Tuesday the 3rd of September, I would recommend making a day out of it. The gallery stays open until 4:00pm weekdays, which showcases a diverse programme of local, national and international artists through exhibitions, residencies, projects and participation.
Buchanans, the Bistro, offers fairtrade coffees, loose tea and herbals, excellent soft drinks as well as cakes and pastries. A flexible food offering is available from 12 noon for lunch and lighter meals. And from 6pm the café bustle slows and the mood changes; candles are lit, wine boards are available and the evening menu comes into play. They now also brew their own beer.
The view from the Bistro is spectacular. Behind the Bistro there is a wild garden that’s definitely worth a stroll in, revealing the myriad activities of birds and insects and less obvious animals like little moles.
There are spaces for parking, and also three bus routes that pass the venue from Aberdeen (201, 202, 203). Check out their website, facebook, or twitter for updates on the Arts Centre…and all the beautiful food David and his colleagues are so lucky to have during breaks!
By: Caoimhse O’Dea
The Carousel is the sequel show of our award-winning production The List. During this year’s Fringe we are presenting a rehearsed reading of The Carousel at Summerhall on Tuesday 20 August. Book early to avoid disappointment, as there is limited seating for this unique event.
Nothing can stop the carousel. Following on from The List, The Carousel is the second part of Québec dramatist Jennifer Tremblay’s trilogy of plays (translated by Shelley Tepperman) exploring three aspects of the same woman’s life. While driving to her dying mother’s bedside, the woman calls upon the spirit of her dead grandmother. And so begins a quest, wending through a labyrinth of memories. The List was born from a suffering that was organised and measured, The Carousel is a beating heart in love. This rehearsed reading stars Maureen Beattie and is directed by Muriel Romanes.
The Carousel is a journey that builds and shatters the certainties of a woman marked by a pitiless landscape. But ultimately, joy prevails, in a final ride on the carousel.
“Becoming a better person
that is, someone who suffers less and less until they don’t suffer at all
can be a lifelong quest.
That should be the quest of every human life.”
This rehearsed reading will take place at Summerhall in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 20th August at 2pm. Tickets are £6 full price / £4 concessions and can be purchased through Summerhall website or by calling their box office on 0845 874 3001.
By Caoimhse O’Dea
On Sunday 9 June the 11th Annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2013 was held at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. The CATS celebrate the best achievements in Scottish theatre, and this year their 10th anniversary coincided nicely with the Traverse’s 50th.
Despite the brilliant sunshine, at 3pm the Traverse Bar was crowded with theatregoers and professionals sipping sparkling wine and chatting until the ceremony began shortly after 4pm.
This year Joyce McMillan hosted along with her special guest presenter, playwright and artist John Byrne, and together they announced the winner of each of the ten categories, with a total of 26 productions up for an award.
At Stellar Quines we were particularly excited as we were nominated in two categories for our production of The List; for Best Female Performance (Maureen Beattie) and Best Production, which we took home! Including Joyce, the judging panel was 13 strong and, with so many fine productions to be up against, we were thrilled and honoured to win Best Production.
When accepting the award Stellar Quines’ Artistic Director, Muriel Romanes, said of The List:
“…what we tried to do with The List was to make it a simple and effective piece of work … sometimes making it simple makes it more effective and maybe we proved that a little bit.”
After the ceremony, the party continued in the Bar for a lavish celebration of the Traverse’s 50th birthday.
To find out more about the other winners and nominees, visit the CATS website.
By Hannah Glen
Stellar Quines is committed to encouraging the protection of the environment. If you will be traveling to any of the performance venues of The List, you might want to consider going green and car sharing. Below are two companies which have been recommended to Stellar Quines by Creative Carbon Scotland:
Lyn Gardner’s review of The List in The Guardian gives the show a smashing four stars!
Everything about Muriel Romanes’s production is just so, including John Byrne and Roland Fraser’s design – a curved, beaten-copper panel whose greenish tinge hints at the countryside. Projected on to it are images of trees, their witchy, finger-like branches encroaching on the tiny model house perched precariously on a chair. But the really magnificent thing is Maureen Beattie’s mesmerising and thrillingly unforgiving performance as a woman who cannot forgive herself.
Catch the full review.
Stellar Quines is delighted to have won both a Fringe First and Herald Angel for The List. Here’s what they look like!
The Scotsman claim that:
The strength of the production comes from the way it illuminates the small details of domesticity and motherhood, which nevertheless link in to primal emotions. It’s about small things, and how sometimes a small thing can turn out to be the biggest thing of all.
Catch the whole review here.
The Herald claims of the The List
Stellar Quines have produced a thought-provoking study of action, consequence and the foibles of human behaviour.
Read the full review here.