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Rough Mix Perth participating artists announced

This year’s Rough Mix (our multi-art form residency) will take place at Perth Theatre from 7–18 January 2019.

We have a great group of artists coming - Lesley Wilson, Diego Bagagal, Rosanna Irvine, Nichola Scrutton, Ailie Robertson, Bob Bennett and Lise Olsen. Find out more about some of them below.

Please join us if you can for a sharing of work at Perth Theatre on Friday 18 January at 6.00pm. Book a free ticket here.


Lesley Wilson
Lesley is currently Associate Artist at Perth Theatre and Writer in Residence at Rivendell Care Home. An award-winning playwright, she has had several short plays read and performed at theatres across Scotland. Prior to writing for theatre Lesley worked for many years as a social worker and counsellor and has an interest in using her work to give voice to those who are often silenced and invisible in society.

Her work has been shortlisted for The Kenneth Branagh Windsor Fringe New Writing Award, Scotland’s Short Play Award and longlisted for Theatre 503 Playwriting Award. In 2017 she was awarded a place on the Luminate and Magnetic North, Emerging Older Artists Lab at Cove Park where her writing inspired the cross-art installation Time Field which will be shown as part of the Luminate Festival at Platform in 2019.

Lesley’s work includes: WIRED Edinburgh Fringe 2017, 2018. A Woman A Crow A Giant and A Field at Tron Theatre 2016. In Her own Words at Birnam Arts 2017. And Another Thing…In Her Own Words 2 Birnam Arts and Perth Theatre 2018.

Lesley is developing a new project exploring ways of bringing to the light the hidden stories of the invisible army of older carers who look after loved ones at home. WIRED will be touring arts centres and barracks across Scotland from February- April 2019.

Diego Bagagal
Diego is a Brazilian awarded artist, co-founder and artistic director of MADAME TEATRO. Recently he was curator of the International Theatre Festival of Belo Horizonte, FIT-BH 2016.

He holds a post-graduate certification in ‘Creating Theatre and Performance’ at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). In 2011, he was considered a New Talent and Artist Revelation by the magazine Encontro: Brazilians of 2010 (publication 01/2011).

Rosanna Irvine
I'm a choreographic artist working in performance, installation, public art, digital media and writing – including written choreographic scores. These are presented in theatre, gallery and public spaces as well as on the page and online. While works are diverse in range they have in common a close working with attention and perception and a concern with the actuality of things and of situations. Relational processes are drivers in my making; the work is always in some ways collaborative. I am originally from Glasgow, left at age seventeen and returned decades later in 2016.

Works since returning to Glasgow include: Breath Pieces a hybrid artwork with multiple 'pieces' that was first shown in June at Tramway in the form of an immersive performance installation. It involves five performers, sound artists and a mobile audience. 'Pieces' presented included video installation, live sound works, a bespoke sound app, drawings and dance works - all formed through the actuality of the breathing breath. 'Gifts for the future' - a public art work that gives away £1000 to members of the public in exchange for future positive actions that are without monetary cost. 'Ah kissing' - a public art work performed by the public in public spaces - a choreography of the kissing of many diverse couples; surface/sphere a video installation in collaboration with choreographer Katrina Brown working with paper and charcoal creating large scale body prints and imprints.

I first trained at School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in the 1980s, lived and presented my work in New York and London. During this period (when I was known as Liz Irvine) I was co-artistic director with Martin Coles of Mobile Image Construction and danced with Rosemary Butcher Dance Company. I later lived in the quiet of Devon working in education - including as a primary teacher and secondary school dance teacher - and in community dance. I returned to art making in 2007 - supported through undertaking an MA at Dartington College of Arts (where I also taught) and then a funded PhD through artistic practice from Middlesex University. I continue to teach most recently as Visiting lecturer at GSA and as artistic and writing coach on the MA Choreography at Codarts Rotterdam.

Nichola Scrutton
I am a composer/improviser, vocalist and sound artist who focuses on distinct but interlinking fields of studio sound composition and soundscape, experimental vocal performance, improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaborations with writers and theatre-makers.

At the core of my practice is an ongoing interest in a) working with the voice as expressive or sonorous material, both in an abstract musical, sculptural sense and as an expression of identity through gesture and form, and b) making associations or connections with place and space through real/re-imagined soundscapes.

My studio compositions have been broadcast internationally, including at NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival, Framework Radio Estonia, Nuite Blanche Festival Futura, France, Undae/Thrmnphone, Spain. In 2013, I won the US International Alliance for Women in Music Pauline Oliveros Award for my work Post-Industrial Broadcast #1. Other select projects include: Night Vision, new work-in-progress; Rough Breathing performance project with clarinettist Alex South, recently developed through a CCA/AC Projects residency; Space/Time Residency with Magnetic North; solo performances at Beton 7 Festival, Athens, Video Jam at Colombo Arts Biennale, and BBC Radio 3 Exposure; Static Flux with writer Zoë Strachan, Exploring the Unknown with Vernon & Burns, Choreographers and Composers Lab, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds; UZ Arts Sura Medura artist residency, Sri Lanka; working with Sonic Bothy inclusive new music ensemble since Jan 2014; and an ongoing collaboration with writer Martin O’Connor – including Theology (nominated for a CATS Award Best Music and Sound Category) and the most recent production The Mark of the Beast (***** The Herald). I was awarded a PhD in electroacoustic composition from University of Glasgow for my portfolio ‘Hearing Voices’ (2009), which was supported by an AHRC scholarship. More info at:

Ailie Robertson
Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is a multi-award-winning composer and performer whose work crosses the boundaries of traditional and contemporary music. Winner of The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and 2nd in the Oslo Grieg Competition, Ailie has received commissions and awards from Creative Scotland, Enterprise Music Scotland, the CCA, Arts Council England, Culture Ireland, and Celtic Connections, along with residencies at the EIFF, Berwick Sound and CALQ Montreal. Ailie was nominated 'Composer of the Year' in the Scottish Trad Music Awards, and held a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship to work as Composer in Residence with the Haddington Pipe Band. She recently completed her PhD in composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She is also a multi-award-winning harpist, and has performed worldwide.

In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music, which was also selected for the Made in Scotland showcase. She won the inaugural ‘Achievement in New Music’ prize at the Scottish Awards for New Music 2017 for this work. In 2018 she has written new works for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bang on a Can, The St Magnus International Festival, Celtic Connections Festival and Ensemble Perpetuo amongst others.

Ailie has recently been announced as Composer-in-Residence for Sound Festival for the next three years.

Bob Bennett
I have recently choreographed my own dances with Scottish Dance Theatre at Dundee Rep. I worked alongside some amazing dancers which has fuelled my love of dance and physical theatre.

Lise Olsen

I am a responsive artist who works in-between a sphere of space and the sonic. By embracing uncertainty, I record sound and collect stories to create fragmented realities. My practice involves developing the technical and creative delivery of immersive sound experiences. I create compositions using field-recordings voice and stories. I am exploring different forms of awareness and perceptions of the liminal experience in an audible world. I have developed an awareness of concepts, discussing listening, the perception of the in-between and how it emerges through sound. I consider an immersive soundscapes creates an embodied experience, by opening up the possibilities of in-between-ness. Within the immersive soundscape, a dynamic interplay of in-between categories happens, for example, cause and event, objectivity and subjectivity and feelings in-between the strange and the familiar.

In 2017, I undertook a student placement at the McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum on a collaborative project called ‘The People’s Story’. This was a real turning point for my development as an artist. I began to embrace uncertainty. I documented and participated in different creative workshops with a wide variety of people. The work opened up a dialogue involving the public as co-producers of the sound work. Interpreting artefacts as a sonic identity of place by uncovering and recording stories in an exciting acoustic environment. During this project, I became interested in creating an ‘Ambisonic Soundfield’ by experimenting with a full-sphere surround sound technique. Using an exhibition space to play fragmented conversation by controlling museum sound recordings and placing them into a new spatial arrangement. Allowing the sound work to build its own narrative and giving the listener’s subconscious an opportunity to find significance, in-between noise and the sounds of human speech. Our experience of reality is changing…this has motivated me to widen my experiments with immersive 3D sound.

I believe Immersive 3D sound could add something special to a performance/theater production. My long-term aim is to develop and deliver Ambisonic sound for many different platforms including performance, installations and augmented reality. Since graduating from DJCAD, the University of Dundee with an MFA in Art, Society & Publics (2017) and a BA (Hons) in Art & Philosophy (2016). I have collaborated on a variety of sound projects, creating work for WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre in Dumfries and Scone Village in Perthshire.

I have just started a part-time PhD candidature at the University of Aberdeen. This complements my work as an early stage career artist. I have presented my research and sound compositions at many group events including, SonADA 2018: Rediscoveries 9: Aberdeen and The Sound Thought Festival 2017: CCA Glasgow.

Aotearoa (The Long, White Cloud)
Falling in step with the Deer Dancer


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Guest - J. Sharp Taking A Walk
07 September 2014
Very much enjoyed your show at the Brunton Theatre last night and the silent walk to start was an excellent addition, creating the perfect atmosphere....