Home Away Conference
£4 – £30
Home Away Conference

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25 Albert Drive

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Designed for employees of arts organisations, teaching artists, creative learning practitioners, funders, policy makers and students, Home Away is the National Theatre of Scotland’s first ever festival of participatory arts. Featuring a five day conference programme of panel discussions, workshops, presentations and games, hosted by leading arts organisations and facilitators.

Day pass tickets cost £22 (full price) and £19 (concessions) and include access to up to two daytime conference sessions and two performances each evening. The new productions have been created by ten new participatory companies from Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi, Brisbane, Jamaica, Chicago, Tomintoul & Glenlivet, South Uist, Dundee, Glasgow and a transgender choir assembled across the world wide web. There is also a special Sunday Day Pass at £30 (full price) and £26 (concessions) which offers access to all the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival sessions and the evening performances on the Sunday.

Have a look at the conference programme below - and click the "Tickets" button to choose which days you'd like to attend - once you've selected Checkout, you'll be able to confirm or choose your sessions before you pay.

If you have any problems booking tickets or have any questions please contact Adam McDougall on adam.mcdougall@nationaltheatrescotland.com or 0141 221 0970.


4.30pm – 6.00pm     |     Tramway 4     |     HOME AWAY WELCOME
Simon Sharkey:  Associate Director (Learn), National Theatre of Scotland   |   @NTS_Simon

Delegates congregate to meet each other and begin the conversations that will evolve throughout the duration of the festival. Inspired by the show 99…100, the audience will be led by Simon Sharkey through a series of questions and instructions to explore degrees of separation, commonality, shared experience, difference and, most importantly, what is possible when we encourage serendipity through meeting strangers.
Simon is an Associate Director of National Theatre of Scotland and one of the inaugural members of the senior management team. He has led the Learn Department since the inception of the company.  His previous work includes Granite, To Begin, The Tin Forest, Jump, Extreme, 99…100 and several other international cultural exchanges for National Theatre of Scotland. Most recently he has been travelling throughout Scotland and internationally, developing a wide range of projects for communities.


10.00am – 11.00am   |   TRAMWAY 4    |     Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
Jo Clifford:  Playwright, Performer, Transwoman, Father and Grandma   |   @JoCliffordPlays

In the first of four sessions presented by the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival today, the acclaimed playwright explores the impact of prejudice and stigma on transgender people – and how telling your own story, as Clifford is doing with her next show, Eve, can have a transformative effect.

Jo Clifford is the author of about 90 plays, adaptations and translations, many of which have been performed all over the world. Work Includes Losing Venice, Ines de Castro, Light In The Village, Life Is A Dream, Celestina, Every One, Faust Parts One & Two, & The Tree Of Knowledge and Great Expectations. Recent revivals of her work include Great Expectations; Anna Karenina; Ines de Castro The Opera (music by James MacMillan) and The Gospel According To Jesus Queen Of Heaven. Her new play: Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde recently toured the UK, and she is performing Jesus Queen Of Heaven internationally throughout 2016. She is an Associate Artist of Chris Goode and Company.  She is a proud father and grandmother.


11.15am – 12.30pm   |   TRAMWAY 4    |     Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
Amy Conway:  Theatre-maker and performer     |     @amyjcon
Beth Morton:  Theatre-maker and director     |     @bethmorton83
Ross McKay: Artistic Director, Tortoise in a Nutshell    |   @MrRossMcKay

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is supporting three new theatre projects that explore depression – Super Awesome World is about computer games, Funky Town is a community-based project telling stories from people across Scotland, and Fisk is a parable about a man who falls in love with a fish. Come meet the creators – Amy Conway, Beth Morton, and Ross Mackay from Tortoise in a Nutshell – to find out more.
Amy Conway is a theatre-maker and performer based in Glasgow. In the past year, I-HAPPY-I-GOOD, an immersive one-to-one performance about deafblindness, toured to On The Verge, Liverpool in association with Conflux; 30:60:80, a verbatim show exploring maternal histories and intergenerational difference, toured Scottish theatres with support from Creative Scotland; and Super Awesome World, an interactive show that invites the audience to become Amy's fellow adventurers in her quest for good mental health, began development with support from the Tron Theatre. 

Beth Morton is a Glasgow based theatre-maker and director. She has worked as assistant director on productions with the Tron Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Pachamama, and Manchester Royal Exchange and has most recently directed for A Play, A Pie and A Pint at Oran Mor and devised and directed Platform Young Company’s spring show. She is currently working on a production with In Motion Theatre Company. Beth likes to explore human nature in her work and challenge ideas of identity.

Ross MacKay is artistic director of Tortoise in a Nutshell. The Edinburgh-based visual theatre company is dedicated to creating theatre that inspires and ignites the imaginations of its audience.   Tortoise in a Nutshell has toured multi-award winning work extensively throughout the UK and internationally. In its five-year history the company has delivered performances across 78 cities in 7 different countries throughout the world. They are currently co-producing Fisk with Teater Katapult from Aarhus, Denmark. 


2.00pm – 3.30pm   |   TRAMWAY 4    |    Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
Laura Cameron-Lewis:  Artist, Producer, Writer, Musician   |   @lauraclewis
Shona Reppe:  Theatre-maker, Artist     |     @shonareppe
Stelios Kiosses:  Psychotherapist, TV Presenter   |   @SteliosKiosses

Can you combine a research project on compulsive hoarding with a compelling piece of musical theatre? Theatre-makers Laura Cameron-Lewis and Shona Reppe have teamed up with hoarding expert Stelios Kiosses to do just that. Here they discuss the making of How The Light Gets In, a powerful combination of shadow puppetry and song to be performed by Camille O’Sullivan.
Laura Cameron-Lewis co-founded the Fringe First winning ensemble Highway Diner, and has gone on to work as a dramaturg, director, producer and programmer. She was a core creative on the award-winning multi-arts project, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, and also founded Edinburgh’s first virtual festival, (g)Host City. When not making her own work she has spent many years supporting other artists, as director of purpose-built dance space The Work Room and, most recently, as Head of Dance for Creative Scotland.

Shona Reppe creates small scale theatre for children and their families. Shona formed her company in 1996 and since then has created and toured multi awarding winning work across the world. Her most recent productions include Magic Sho and The Curious Scrapbook Book of Josephine Bean. 
Shona’s collaborative and design work includes designing the show White in 2011 with Andy Manley and Catherine Wheels followed by HUFF, an art installation for children based on The Three Little Pigs.


4.30pm – 6pm   |   TRAMWAY STUDIO   |     Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
Gareth Vile:   Theatre Editor of The List, Host of VileArts Radio and Blog   |    @garethkvile
Pamela Carter:  Playwright and Dramaturg
Dr Peter Byrne:  Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at Newham University Hospital, R.D. Laing Specialist

A maverick figure in psychiatry – and still controversial – R.D. Laing is the subject of a new play by Pamela Carter, currently in development with the National Theatre of Scotland. Psychiatrist and R.D. Laing specialist Dr Peter Byrne will join Pamela and host Gareth Vile to talk about the thinking behind the play and discuss authenticity, biography and ‘madness’ in theatre.
Pamela Carter is a playwright and dramaturg.  Her plays include: Lines; Fast Ganz Nah/Almost Near; Skåne; What We Know; Wildlife;  The Last of Us; and for Stewart Laing’s company Untitled Projects - Slope, Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner, An Argument About Sex (After Marivaux). She has also made work for the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Dance Theatre, LIFT, the Young Vic, and Malmö Opera House amongst others. With Vanishing Point Theatre, she has made Interiors, Saturday Night, and Tomorrow. Pamela also works in opera, film, dance and visual arts. 

Gareth K. Vile is a sometime student, sometime critic and all-time whinger. He tries to make criticism art and comic books criticism, when he isn't hiding from his supervisors at Glasgow University. Gareth is the theatre editor of The List and also blogs wild critical theory. 

4.30pm – 6.00pm   |   TRAMWAY 4    |  
Chrissie Tiller:  Author of The Participatory Arts Alphabet   |   @chrissietee

Chrissie Tiller is a leading practitioner, writer and thinker in collaborative and social arts practice. After 12 years running the MA in Participatory Arts at Goldsmiths, alongside her own practice, she currently works globally as an advisor, evaluator and teacher in this field. This includes her lead role for the Northern Faculty of Social Art – funded by four Arts Council England Creative People and Places programmes – and external expert on participation for the EU Voices of Culture and Academy of Participation programmes.

8.00pm – 8.30pm     |     TRAMWAY MEZZANINE 
Come and meet some of the people behind the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and find out more about its tenth year programme.


3.00pm – 4.00pm   |   TRAMWAY 4    |   
Catherine Cassidy:  Director of Education, Scottish Ballet   |   @scottishballet

A discussion on the development and delivery of this innovative initiative. Scottish Ballet is spearheading a ground-breaking 18 month pilot Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme, delivered in partnership with Dance Base. This initiative is focused on enabling those with Parkinson’s to experience the benefits of dance and creativity, improving balance, spatial awareness, confidence and fluidity in movement.

Ahead of this discussion session, there are 4 delegate places available on a first-come-first-served basis, to observe Dance For Parkinsons workshops taking place earlier this day, at:
•    11.45am – 1.00pm
•    1.45pm – 3.00pm
If you’d like to observe either of these sessions, please contact Adam McDougall:  adam.mcdougall@nationaltheatrescotland.com
Since 2010, the Education team at Scottish Ballet have planned and delivered a wealth of exciting activities including the introduction of the 'Wee' performances for early years families, Scottish Ballet's International Youth Exchange programme, weekly dance classes and a performance company for 100 elder dancers each week, the Anserinae and Hothouse choreographic programmes and the Dance for Parkinson's Scotland project.
Before joining Scottish Ballet, Catherine Cassidy worked as the Artistic Director of Topiary Dance Company making dance for children and young people across the West Midlands and then moved back Scotland to take up the post of Professional and Community Dance Manager at The Space in Dundee.


4.30pm – 6.30pm   |   TRAMWAY 4     |   
Simon Sharkey:  Associate Director (Learn), National Theatre of Scotland   |   @NTS_Simon

The world is shrinking. Our sense of belonging, our place in the world and access to “community” is challenged daily. Broadcast and social media, politics, climate change, migration, micro and macro economics, technology are all changing the way we connect, the way we live our lives. As we move into what is referred to as “The Shift Age,” what part can art play in shaping and changing this new paradigm. What part can art play in finding a sense of Home and making us comfortable with the idea of being Away? What do we mean by Home and Away?

You create the questions, you drive the debate, you find the challenges and set the agenda for future conversations. You leave the symposium with a promise to seize the opportunity to change things for the common good.


2.00pm – 4.00pm   |   TRAMWAY 4   
Hosted by Simon Sharkey:  Associate Director (Learn), National Theatre of Scotland   |   @NTS_Simon
Featuring:  Wendy Smith, Geraldine Pilgrim, Synergy Theatre, Nic Green, Raheel Mohammed (Maslaha), Ann Gallacher, Catrin Evans, Streetwise Opera, Krystel Khoury and Mahatat Collective.

1 topic.  10 speakers.
20 slides each.  20 seconds each slide. 
A quickfire feast of information and inspiration.

This popular format for sharing and networking will highlight some of the newest and most exciting participatory arts projects from across Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world.


Wendy Smith, Director of Learning and Participation at Sage Gateshead tells us about working with Newcastle Football Club to engage young people via sport and art.

Theatre-maker and visual artist Geraldine Pilgrim is developing Sitting Comfortably, a Jerwood choreographic award to research and investigate the memory of movement in older people, how their body may remember happiness and joy as well as grief and loss, and how these movements including getting up from a wing back chair to engage with the world can be utilised.

Neil Grutchfield, Synergy Theatre Project:
Established in 2000, Synergy Theatre Project works towards rehabilitation and resettlement with prisoners, ex-prisoners and young people at risk of offending through theatre and other related activities whilst placing the wider issues surrounding criminal justice in the public arena. Synergy's work is founded on the belief that theatre can be transformative and challenges perceptions of both prisoners and society, building a more positive future. Synergy is committed to artistic excellence, believing it to be an integral part of achieving this purpose.

Theatre-maker, Nic Green:
TURN is a performance project created especially for the Govan Dry Docks. Across three significant evenings in the September lunar calendar, a composition for bells and voice will ring out from the Docks, as the low tide turns. Bringing together radio broadcast speech, a bespoke choir and a series of hand-cast bells made in and with the people of Govan. TURN will be a unique performance of people, place and accoustic instrumentation.  

Raheel Mohammed (Maslaha)
Maslaha aims to change and challenge the conditions that create inequalities for Muslim communities. Muslim Girls Fence: an initiative seeking to challenge misconceptions about Muslim girls through fencing, Muslim Girls Fence is a collaboration between Maslaha, British Fencing and Sport England aiming to challenge misperceptions of and raise aspirations amoung young Muslim women, in light of complex discrimination experienced by this group on the basis of both faith and gender. The initiative will also break down conceptions of fencing as a  white-dominated elite sport that is not accessible to young people of all backgrounds.

Anne Gallacher, Director of Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival
Luminate is held from 1st to 31st October across Scotland each year. . The festival brings together older people and those from across the generations to celebrate our creativity as we age, share stories of ageing and explore what growing older means to all of us.  Each year, there are activities all over Scotland - from art workshops and dance classes to music performances and authors' events - and you will find Luminate in theatres, galleries, community halls, care homes and lunch clubs, as well as events online that take us to audiences everywhere.

Catrin Evans (A Moment's Peace Theatre Company), working with communities affected by land use, looking into access to and ownership of land and how it impacts communities in urban and rural settings. A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company was founded in 2004, to create an artistic platform to express and explore political and social concerns. Over the last ten years, the Company has evolved into a multi-artform theatre company with a reputation for creating and delivering high quality, relevant and accessible work across Scotland and beyond.

Streetwise Opera: With One Voice was an unprecedented occasion: the first time in history that an event for homeless people was part of official Olympic celebrations. Part of the London 2012 Festival and hosted by the Royal Opera House, With One Voice saw 300 performers who had experience of homelessness come together from around the UK to showcase their talents. Echoing the international ethos of the Olympic Games, the event also featured films made by and about homeless people from around the world and helped to start to the first ever global network of arts and homelessness organisations.

Cultural anthropologist and dance practitioner Krystel Khoury:
Hope-School Skaramagas Refugees Camp is an independent and inclusive school funded by a group of Syrian refugees for the children refugees who recently arrived to Greece regardless of their nationality. It was initiated out of the belief that education is a basic human right for all and not a privilege. It started under a tent in Piraeus port. Today, it operates from Skaramagas Refugee camp and counts more than 600 children. So far more than 20 refugees volunteering teachers are providing classes along other volunteers from Greece and the rest of the world contributing to the sustainability of this adventure and planting everyday seeds of hope in the children hearts.

Mahatat Collective, Cairo:
The Opera on Balconies performances enabled people on the streets of Port Said, Damietta, Mansoura and Cairo to enjoy this genre of music in a way that is different from its typically known and recognized style. Passersby heard the music ranging from tunes of lovable shows to classical sounds, providing a pleasant distraction from their everyday routines.


4.30pm – 6.30pm   |   TRAMWAY 4
Scottish Refugee Council    |    @scotrefcouncil

Scottish Refugee Council host a session on their experiences of using arts and creativity in the integration of refugees in Scotland.

Join refugees and artists as they embark on an exciting new participatory arts project Share My Table exploring public perceptions and contemporary media portrayals of refugees and their real life experiences, often hidden behind today’s headlines. Delivered in partnership with Tramway and The Hidden Gardens, Share My Table will culminate in a series of immersive public performances and a visual art installation in 2017, centred on sharing food, music, movement and storytelling.



3.00pm – 4.00pm   |   TRAMWAY 4   
Chrissie Ruckley:  Development Officer, Creative Scotland
Rachel Blanche:  Participatory Arts Policy Consultant

Chrissie Ruckley works for Creative Scotland, the national body for the funding and development of the arts, as project lead for ArtWorks Scotland and The Art of Learning. The programmes cover quality, skills development, connectivity, teacher development and evidencing the efficacy of the arts for learning. Chrissie trained as a visual artist and followed this with a Masters in Theatre for Development.  In interim years she has been a goat herder and charcoal maker in Corsica and toured on foot with a horse-drawn theatre company in Scotland and Hungary.

Rachel Blanche is a cultural policy specialist and academic.  Having started her policy career as a diplomat and analyst in London and overseas, since her return to Scotland in 2002 Rachel contributed to Scottish cultural policy developments and has served on the Scotland Committee for UNESCO.  Currently a tenured lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Rachel has worked closely with Creative Scotland and Artworks to develop and take forward new understandings of quality in the participatory arts. 


4.30pm – 6.00pm   |   TRAMWAY 4
Stephen Stenning:  Director of Culture and Development, British Council    |    @stephenstenning

The British Council recognise that Scottish artists and creative practitioners have a long tradition of community arts and socially engaged practice.  Equally, Home Away demonstrates the wealth of long-standing and meaningful international links.  Stephen Stenning (British Council) welcomes a panel of practitioners and managers of international, socially engaged and community arts practice, to facilitate a discussion around arts for social change with an international perspective.

The session will address:
•    The power of socially-engaged art practice for honest and mutual engagement that can offer a path to identifying, exploring and addressing social and economic challenges
•    Identify and explore approaches and practices that are an essential part of high quality community arts work
•    Explore  effective and dynamic ways to approach international collaborations
•    Discussion of relevant performances within the Home Away programme

British Council will also present We Built This City on Rock and Roll, a report on the British Council’s Culture and Development work from independent artists’ perspective.
During the session we will aim to gather a strong database of those already working internationally and those who want to in the future. This will be available for delegates to access after the event.


Stephen Stenning works for the British Council as Director of Culture and Development, a global programme highlighting cultural responses to development challenges and the protection of cultural heritage. Prior to this role, he was Regional Arts Director, Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo, Egypt (2011-2015).

Stephen joined British Council having established an impressive track record of running and programming successful arts organisations and festivals around the UK, including as Director of Edinburgh Mela (part of Festivals Edinburgh), Senior Producer of UZ Arts in Glasgow and Chief Executive of Aberdeen International Youth Festival. In the latter role, he produced ‘Home’ - one of the productions that launched the National Theatre of Scotland.  He is also a published playwright and theatre director.

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