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)
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.
Presented in partnership with Manipulate Festival and Summerhall with funding from the British Council and Creative New Zealand
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
Presented in partnership with Perth Theatre/Horsecross and with support from the British Council
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.
Presented in partnership with Playmarket New Zealand, Playwrights' Studio Scotland and Basment Theatre with funding from Creative Bew Zealand and Creative Scotland
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
Presented in partnership with Eastgate Theatre
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.
Early-career artists: Eszter Marsalko (theatremaker), Alex Mackay (composer)
Performers: Brigid McCarthy, Claire Willoughby, Ewan Donald, Robin Hellier, Sean Hay, Sheila Macdougall.
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.
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.
Daniel Padden (composer), Nicholas Bone (Director), Lynda Radley (Playwright), Kate V. Robertson (Visual Artist), Ian Spink (Director & choreographer), Ros Steen (voice director),
Early career artists: Kim Moore (composer), Jamie Wardrop (video artist)
Peformers: Gill Roberston, Jack Webb, Julia Taudevin, Keith Macpherson, Kirstin Murray, Michael Sherin, Sheila Macdougall
Ruth Barker (visual artist), Nicholas Bone (director), Catriona MacInnes (film-maker), Linda McLean (playwright), Ian Spink (choreographer/director)
Early-career artist: Harry Wilson (theatre-maker)
Performance ensemble: Catherine Gillard, Veronica Leer, Kirstin Murray, Michael Sherin, David Walshe
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)