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Theatre practitioners are Unplugged and Unleashed

In March 2009 the Scottish Arts Council and Federation of Scottish Theatre awarded their first Unplugged and Unleashed bursaries for theatre practitioners.

The awards to Lorne Campbell, former Associate Director of Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre and Graham Eatough, Artistic Director of Suspect Culture gave them that crucial resource – space and time – to take their practice in new directions.

As applications open for Unplugged and Unleashed 2009/10, we catch up with Lorne and Graham to find out how the bursaries have supported their work.

Lorne Campbell

Lorne Campbell received the £5,000 bursary for mid-career artists and used the funding to buy time to research and develop ideas he had been working on for some time but never had the time to fully explore. Lorne explains: ‘The grant allowed me time to sit back, evaluate and evolve my work, and work in new ways.

It led to a week-long rehearsal and development workshop at the Tron and I was astounded by the difference it made for me and the people I was working with to have the parameter change of not having to work towards a production.’

Traverse Theatre touring production in rehearsal

Lorne has since secured a fellowship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Warwick University and is in the process of forming his own company Greyscale Theatre Company.

Graham Eatough

Performance in Progress from Stagefright at CCA by Graham Eatough

Graham received an award of £25 000 for established practitioners and started work on his project in May 2009.  Graham’s year-long project is aimed at developing work which combines theatre and the visual arts, Graham explains: “The bursary is perfect timing for me as I have recently finished working full time for Suspect Culture.

"The bursary gives me the time to establish a new practice and develop partnerships within the visual arts. The work is still at early stages and I am hoping to present my work in May 2010.”

New Bursaries for 09/10

The bursaries were developed in response to demand from the professional sector for support that represents a long-term investment in the artistic vision of Scotland’s theatre artists.

The Unleashed and Unplugged bursaries support one of the core aims of the Scottish Arts Council -  to support artists in Scotland to fulfil their creative and business potential and we have partnered with the FST for a second year to offer the bursaries.

Application details

The 2009/10 Unplugged and Unleashed bursaries are now open for applications. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be downloaded from the Federation of Scottish Theatre website:

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