Our inaugural PickAxe Scratch event will look at the battle for resources, tackling personal responsibility on a macro scale, and exploring why the very biggest issues are the often hardest ones to care about. When it comes to personal action, why are we so passive on issues that coud tear apart the fabric of society, for example sleepwalking into Brexit, or constantly forgetting to care about climate change? With the enviornmental sword of Damacles hanging over us all the time, what key questions about humanity are stirred up by the rise of the far right in response to the migrant crisis?
Simmering with fresh new thinking and challenging ideas, PickAxe Scratch offers audiences a snapshot of three creative performance responses to a provocation, developed in partnership with a philosopher from the University of Glasgow, who will deliver this provocation as part of the evening. A platform for artists and audiences to come together, to help challenge and interrogate the society around us and to champion art as a powerful vehicle to help encourage social change. It will also offer a compelling insight into the process of developing new work and give artists feedback to continue with its development.
As with all PickAxe events, everyone is welcome to speak but no-one is required to, all opinions are valid, and the bar is always open.
Doors are at 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Jenna Watt is an award winning director and playwright, who creates small to mid-scale multi-disciplinary theatre works that combine the practice of live art and more traditional theatrical forms, and is best known for creating works that explores sociopolitical issues. Her works include Faslane; winner of a Scotsman Fringe First and Summerhall Lustrum Award 2016 (Contact Manchester, Showroom) How You Gonna live Your Dash (Showroom / Platform Easterhouse) and Fringe First award winning Flâneurs (Summerhall, Battersea Arts Centre, Tron Theatre). Jenna has worked with companies including; The National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, Magnetic North, Unlimited Theatre, Buzzcut Glasgow, The Arches and Forest Fringe. "One of Scotland's most interesting performers and theatre makers…" -Daily Record
Belle Jones, with Lauren Gilmour & Audrey Tait
Belle Jones trained as an actor at the RSAMD where she won the Percival Steeds Prize for Spoken Word and the Norah Cooper Mulligan Award for Verse Speaking . She has worked for theatre companies including Plutot la Vie, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Wee Stories, Magnetic North, Catherine Wheels and Citizens Theatre. She has also worked for BBC Radio 4 and STV. She has had two poems and a short story published, and was a mentored playwright with the Playwrights’ Studio in 2015 during which time she received funding from Creative Scotland and the Tom McGrath Trust to develop a mixed mefia piece called Shame. She was also a finalist for the Tron Theatre’s Progressive Playwright Award in 2016.
Lauren Gilmour is one half of award-winning band Bella and the Bear (Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2015 - Best Newcomer, Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage Award 2016) she had also performed with Fittings Multi Media Arts.
Audrey Tait is a musician, music producer and founding member of successful Glasgow bands: Rio Callaghan, Hector Bizerk and The Miss's. She has toured internationally and was a finalist in the "Hit Like A Girl" worldwide drumming competition in 2014. She has worked on 2 Birds of Paradise productions and has been involved in the making of a number of short films.
Jenny regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. She has been described as “a distinctive voice, full of fire and passion,” (Scottish Review of Books) and as “full of hope, humanity and humour.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis,The Scotsman). She was the ‘Rally’ of acclaimed literary cabaret Rally & Broad (2012 – 2016) and was the BBC Slam Champion in 2012. Her 2015 debut solo show Ire & Salt which explored power, artistic autonomy and empowerment, received a 4-star review from The Scotsman, with Gutter Magazine saying “Lindsay’s approach is defiant – belligerent even – taking to the stage as if staging a coup…Her coup is real: for a politically-rooted self-expression that many would doubtless prefer mute.” She has recently launched a new spoken word project ‘Flint & Pitch Productions’.
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