ROUGH MIX is a paid creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development: a two-week practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas or new ways of working.

It brings together a small core group of practitioners from different disciplines and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. The practitioners work together with a group of performers and two early-career artists over a two week period before making a work-in-progress showing at the end.

We offer two prioritised places: one for an artist identifying as Deaf or disabled and one for an artist from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background. It is open to both experienced and early-career artists and selection is through an open call process.    

The next Rough Mix is scheduled to be in January 2021. As the usual format may not be possible, we are currently reviewing how this might happen under different circumstances. We will confirm the format in late September, when the application process will open. You can read about previous Rough Mixes below.

 “There just isn’t another programme out there in the UK (not just Scotland) that offers artists a chance to work at such an early stage and yet have so many creative and talented people involved.
Katherine Nesbitt (Rough Mix artist)

Previous residencies


Flavia Hevia (animator/puppeteer), Gavin Glover (puppeteer), Jenna Watt (theatre maker), Greg Sinclair (performance artist, cellist and composer), Uther Dean (writer).

Early-career artists: Kolbrún Bjort Sigfusdottir (playwright), Rachel Drazek (movement director and choreographer).

Performance ensemble: Apphia Campbell, Claire Eliza Willoughby. Elspeth Turner, Marion Geoffray, Nicholas Alban, Sean Hay. 

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Presented in partnership with Manipulate Festival and Summerhall with funding from British Council


AIlie Robertson (composer, Diego Bagagal (theatremaker), Lesley Wilson (playwright), Nichola Scrutton (composer/sound artist), Rosanna Irvine (choreographer)

Early-career artists: Bob Bennett (choreographer), Lise Olsen (sound artist)

Performance ensemble: Belle Jones, Danielle Tyrer, Ian Spink, Laurie Brown, Lorna Craig, Neil John Gibson

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Carl Bland (playwright/director), Julia Croft (Live Artist/theatre-maker), Morna Young (playwright and musician), Sacha Copland (choreographer), Sophie Bannan (visual artist).

Early career artists: Andrew Gunn (theatre-maker), Xavier Breed (choreographer)

Performance ensemble: Anya Tate Manning, Clare Marcie, Jag Popham, Ryan Dulieu, Rosie Tapsell, Tui Hofmann

The residency was led by Nicholas Bone, with support from Nisha Madhan.
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Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

Annie George (playwright/director), Caitlin Skinner (theatre maker), Flore Gardner (visual artist), Karl Jay-Lewin (choreographer), Ross Whyte (composer)

Early-career artists: Felicity Bristow (visual artist), Sue Scowcroft (visual artist)

Performance ensemble: Claire Pencak, Elspeth Turner, Laurie Brown, Scott Noble, Tim Barrow, Vivien Reid

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The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Arthur Meek (playwright), Katherine Nesbitt (director), Aminder Virdee (visual artist), Matthew Whiteside (composer), Marisa Zanotti (filmmaker)

Early-career artists: Jeni Reid (photographer), Sara Shaarawi (playwright)

Performance ensemble: Mhairi Allan, Cameron Mowat, Sarah Ord, David Rankine, Elspeth Turner, Richard White.

Stage Manager: Rachael Miller

Rough Mix Aberdeen was realised in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts and supported by the David & June Gordon Memorial Trust and Aberdeen City Council.


Sonia Allori (composer), Andy Cannon (storyteller), Su Grierson (visual artist), Rob Heaslip (choreographer), Alan McKendrick (playwright)
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Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tony Mills (choreographer), Claire Pencak (choreographer), Ian Spink (choreographer/director), Ian Waugh (film maker), James Wyness (composer), Morna Young (playwright)

Early-career artists: Matthew Collings (composer), Claire Eliza Willoughby (theatremaker)

Performance ensemble: Ben Clifford, Belle Jones, Brigid McCarthy, Kirstin McLean, Michael Sherin.

You can read blog entries here.

Tramway, Glasgow

 Christine Devaney (choreographer), Linda McLean (playwright), Janie Nicoll (visual artist), Miguel Rojo (theatremaker), Kate Temple (visual artist), Bill Thompson (sound artist)

Early-career artist: Sarah Bradley(theatremaker)

Performance ensemble: Ewan Downie, Kirstin McLean, Ian Spink, Patricia Kavanagh, Sean Hay, Sharron Devine  

It was part of the inaugural Rip It Up season at Tramway.

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Nicholas Bone – Director, Clare Duffy – Playwright, David Fennessy – Composer, Ronan O'Donnell – Playwright, Sans façon (Tristan Surtees & Charles Blanc) - Visual Artists, Marisa Zanotti - Choreographer & Filmmaker
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Ruth Barker - visual artist, Nicholas Bone - director, Catriona MacInnes - film-maker, Linda McLean - playwright, Ian Spink - choreographer/director

Early-career artists: Harry Wilson (theatre-maker)

Performance ensemble: Catherine Gillard, Veronica Leer, Kirstin Murray, Michael Sherin, David Walshe

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Nicholas Bone – Director, Clare Duffy – Playwright, David Fennessy – Composer, Ronan O'Donnell – Playwright, Sans façon (Tristan Surtees & Charles Blanc) - Visual Artists, Marisa Zanotti - Choreographer & Filmmaker
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