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Stellar Quines Theatre Company facilitates the creative work of women in Scottish Theatre. The company aims to discover, nurture, produce and promote the work of women playwrights, directors, actors, designers and technicians and give special attention to work which is of relevance to women.

The writer is at the heart of their work. Women’s voices from all over the world bring an international perspective to Scottish Theatre'.  Stellar Quines' work 'celebrates the magic, seduction and illusion that is theatre'.

‘A company with amazing depths of energy, maturity and skill’ (Scotland on Sunday)

Filming Three Thousand Troubled Threads; Photo: John Nichol Filming Three Thousand Troubled Threads; Photo: John Nichol

Stellar Quines Theatre Company was formed in 1993 to reflect the energy and experience of women in Scottish Theatre. They foster a working environment that results in communal ownership of brave and high quality theatre.  Embracing new artforms in the development of their work, they explore the boundaries between conventional theatre and dance, music, physical theatre and new media.

Stellar Quines collaborates very closely with Scotland’s theatre training institutions and supports the development of future theatre practitioners.  They open out our creative processes and hold numerous workshops and guest teaching sessions.

Stellar Quines' Activities

Rehearsal Room

Stellar Quines’ Rehearsal Room is a well-established initiative held twice yearly.  It enables writers to be more proactive in the development of their text using audience feedback as a major element of the process. It provides a platform for showcasing new plays and developing audiences, keeping them informed and involved. It is also a showcase for potential co-producers and promoters.

Stellar Quines is delighted to collaborate for the first time with the Playwrights' Studio Scotland to take its Rehearsal Room series out of Edinburgh. Rehearsal Room 9's two days at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow will offer our west coast counterparts an opportunity to contribute to the development process of two exciting new plays.

For details of the events at both the Traverse Theatre and the Tron Theatre, contact the venues or email info@stellarquines.com

Rehearsal Room 9 Image; Photo: 59 Ltd


In May 2005 Stellar Quines unveiled An Evening with Stellar Quines, an exciting new ‘work in progress’ that outlined their artistic vision for the future and included a special fundraising auction. At the event Stellar Quines launched a new musical Kabaret show inspired by the European cabaret style popularised by the likes of Jacques Brel and Marlene Dietrich. 

Image from Kabaret; Photo: Marc Marnie

Kabaret is both elegant and sharp-witted, by definition flexible and eclectic.  It stars the hugely talented Una McLean and Jennifer Rhodes, a rising star of musical theatre.  Also performing will be musical director and composer Hilary Brooks.

Kabaret is available for touring from June 2005.  For booking information contact Alexandra Stampler-Brown on 0131 248 4847 or email astampler@stellarquines.co.uk.

Three Thousand Troubled Threads

The Edinburgh International Festival 2005 will see the world premiere of Three Thousand Troubled Threads by Chiew Siah Tei.

This co-production between Stellar Quines, the Byre Theatre and the Edinburgh International Festival is the first production of a Chinese play written by a Chinese playwright living in Scotland.

Set in present day Glasgow, Three Thousand Troubled Threads tells the story of Ying, a young second generation Chinese woman stranded between cultural identities.  The colourful play will integrate filmed sequences with live action and will incorporate the many languages the characters bring to her story.

Altar with sticks; Photo: Yoon Jung Bae

Perfect Pie

Touring in spring 2006, Stellar Quines will present Perfect Pie by Judith Thompson, directed by Maureen Beattie.  It will be Maureen Beattie’s second time working as a director, after her directorial debut in Good Things by Liz Lochhead which has been successfully touring Scotland in autumn 2004.

Of the play, Maureen Beattie says: 'Meeting Judith while I was performing in Toronto confirmed everything I thought and felt about this glorious play.  I identify with the characters, looking back over their lives and trying to understand how the choices they’ve made have led them to the place they are now.'

Perfect Pie was publicly read at Traverse Theatre as part of Rehearsal Room 7.

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Related links
* Stellar Quines
* Playwrights' Studio Scotland
* Traverse Theatre
* Tron Theatre
* Edinburgh International Festival
* The Byre Theatre
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