Annual Report

Year: 2018/2019

In 2018/2019 the Company carried out a year-long research and development programme engaging with many organisations, groups and communities across the West of Scotland. This work was informed by the recent Community Empowerment Scotland Act (2015) and to refresh and inform our artistic mission. This work was subsequent to major consultation with Renfrewshire Council on its UK City of Culture Paisley 2021 bid.

In the year we carried out the following engagement activities:

  • Meetings: 137
  • Organisations: 30
  • Participants: 1,510
  • Hours: 400

We also delivered a number of live performances over the year:

  • Glasgay Archive Publication Launch: 14 Feb 2019
  • Notorious – Lauren Barri Holstein Co.: 11 May 2019
  • P Project – Ivo Dimchev: 18 May 2019
  • Cuckoo – Jaha Koo: 22 May 2019
  • Listening Party – Asrun Magnusdottir: 22,23,24 May 2019
  • In-Cube Creative Crafts Trail (12 events): 5, 6 July 2019
  • Paisley Youth Arts Festival (55 events): 1-15 Sep 2019
  • Paisley Art Institute – 131st Annual Exhibition: 5 Sep-20 Oct 2019
  • Jesus Queen of Heaven: 30 Oct-2Nov 2019
  • O Evangelho Segundo Rainha Do Ceu: 31 Oct 2019
  • Untitled 2009: 2 Nov 2019

Total Audiences: 15,903

Where they came from:

Following:

Combined following 149,504 – across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Issuu, Mailchimp, Website.

Total Reach: 1,338,396

Employed & Engaged: 71 artists + 24 volunteers

Annual Accounts to 31st March 2019

Visual Arts Officer 

indiemccue@outspokenarts.org

Indie has joined the team recently after graduating from Gray’s School of Art. Indie has extensive experience in working with emerging artists. Indie brings with them a knowledge and contact base of emerging artists of varied backgrounds as well as experience in the community arts field – having performed themselves at GOMA with ‘Dial A for Whispers – Talk is Cheap’ and having worked with Look Again Festival, VictoriArt and Grampian Hospitals Art Trust. Indie has recently worked closely with John Walter as a chaperone for the artists’ work ‘The Fourth Wall’ with Look Again’s 2019 Festival. The narratives of people with protected characteristics are of extreme importance to Indie, specifically the narratives of queer and trans people. In their post as Visual Arts Officer, Indie will take care in developing creative programming, forming and maintaining vital relationships with communities and emerging artists.

PR & Marketing Manager 
marketing@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 847 1122
Lisa re-joins the Company after a spell of working on major events such as the Mackintosh Festival and other work with Glasgow’s Merchant Square.  Lisa brings a wealth of experience in public relations, advertising, publishing and press campaigning.

Engagement Manager
alphonsoharrison@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 847 1122 | M: +44(0)759 891 1026

Alphonso joined the Company as initially our Administrator in April 2007. He was previously Ticketing Director for NFL Europe League’s Scottish Claymores and England Monarch’s American football teams. He was also Box Office Manager for Promenade Production’s The Big Picnic at Harland & Wolff Engine Shed. Alphonso most recently worked for US military defence contractor Northrop Grumman. in his newly reformed post Alphonso will look after most aspects of artists, communities and participants engagement activities as well as programme and event management.

Creative Director/CEO & Company Secretary
steventhomson@outspokenarts.org
T: +44(0)141 552 7575 / 847 1122
M: +44(0)776 272 2460

Steven has worked in the professional performing arts since 1983. He has worked at Glasgow’s Tron, Tramway, King’s and Mitchell Theatres as well as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He followed that with a large scale project, The Big Picnic, with Bill Bryden and Promenade Productions. He worked subsequently for the Scottish Claymores and from 1998-2003 he was Administrative Director for New Moves International Ltd, producers of the New Territories festival. He ran the Glasgay! festival from 2004-2014 and subsequently transition the company into Outspoken Arts Scotland. He has also consulted, as a Creative Producer, for Renfrewshire Council supporting its Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid and an Event Legacy plan 2018-2022.  Steven is also a lay committee member of the Paisley Art Institute.

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

WRITTEN BY JO CLIFFORD

FILM BY ANDREA SPISTO

Since its explosive premiere at Tron Theatre in 2009 ‘The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven’ has suffered mass protests and condemnation in the UK and threats of violence and attempts at censorship in Brazil. Simultaneously, the play had a HUGE impact on the world, the LGBTQ+ community and hundreds of lives, inspiring many people to be themselves.

Exactly 10 years on, Jesus, Queen of Heaven is returning to continue sharing the important message of LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. Between Tuesday 29th October and Sunday 3rd November, Queen Jesus Productions will host a series of events marking the anniversary – including both the original production performed by Jo Clifford and a Scottish premiere of the Brazillian version, ‘O Evangelho Segundo Jesus, Raihna do Ceu’ performed by Renata Carvalho.

Queen Jesus – standing up to hate for a decade

Since its explosive premiere at Tron Theatre in 2009 'The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven' has suffered mass protests and condemnation in the UK and threats of violence and attempts at censorship in Brazil. Simultaneously, the play had a HUGE impact on the world, the LGBTQ+ community and hundreds of lives, inspiring many people to be themselves.Join us to celebrate this milestone in theatre history with a MOMENTOUS mini-season. Back at The Tron exactly 10 years on from the controversial premiere in 2009 > https://www.queenjesusproductions.com/miniseasonFilm by Andrea Spisto.

Posted by Jesus Queen of Heaven on Friday, 27 September 2019

JESUS, QUEEN OF HEAVEN

  • THU 31 OCT – SAT 2 NOV. 7.45PM. [£11) book now
  • Signed performance: FRI 1 Nov
  • TRON THEATRE, 63 TRONGATE, GLASGOW G1 5HB

O EVANGELHO SEGUNDO JESUS, RAHNA DO CEU

  • A SCOTTISH PREMIERE
  • WED 30 OCT, 7.45PM. £15 [£11) book now
  • TRON THEATRE, 63 TRONGATE, GLASGOW G1 5HB

Untitled 2009 – The Cast

Untitled 2009 is a new play about a controversial 2009 GoMA – Glasgow Museums exhibit.

Written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood.

2.30pm, Saturday 2 Nov, The Tron, Glasgow. Tickets £8.50 book here

Part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven at Tron Theatre this Oct/Nov. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland.

Nelly Kelly – They/them

Nelly is a trans, non-binary playwright, performer maker and drag artist. They have a masters with distinction in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow and are a former Playwrights Studio Scotland mentored Playwright. Their works unapologetically sets out to take up space to put queer life and culture centre stage, with a particular focus on Trans identities.

Recent credits include; Queersa Gay: Fields of Gold, Buzzcut, CCA Glasgow (creator/performer). Haus of Gay, Queer Theory, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Glasgow (drag art collaboration), The Dogwood, Pride Plays, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh (writer), Sacramental, Mintworks, Guest Projects London.

David Wood – He/him

David is a director and theatre-maker based in Glasgow. Originally hailing from Ayrshire, at the core of his practice is a desire to open access to the arts, regardless of economic or social background. David has worked alongside a number of Scotland’s leading theatre companies, including Bard in the Botanics, Capall Dorcha, Borderline and Visible Fictions. His work, though varied, often focuses on new writing, work for young audiences and queer theatre, topics particularly close to his heart.

David graduated with an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text (directing) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a recipient of the Dewar Arts Award and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Recent director credits include: Perfectly Norman (Puppetry Scratch Night); Play Me Out, A Word Please and Last Orders (Overlap Theatre Company) and A Beginner’s Guide to Populism (NoLogoProductions).

Associate/Assistant director credits include: A Ladder to the Stars and The Hidden (Visible Fictions); Playthrough (Borderline); Channelling Jabez (Play, Pie and a Pint) and Taming of the Shrew? (Bard in the Botanics)

Bel Pye – They/them

Bel graduated from BA Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2015. Since then they have been living with several chronic illnesses, which is a full time job in itself! They have also worked with the education team at the Citizens Theatre and had their visual art work exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London.

Adam Kashmiry – He/him

Adam is a performer, a trans activist, and an inspirational speaker. He has made his professional debut as an actor in a theatre production called ADAM as part of the Fringe 2017. The play won the Fringe First award, the Scottish arts club award and was shortlisted for Amnesty’s international award for free speech. Adam won a Herald Angel award for his role in the play as well as being nominated for an Offies award 2018. Adam appeared on TEDx Glasgow 2018 and talked about stereotypes and the issues Trans people face. He has a YouTube channel in which he talks about his Transition and any related topics.

Goose Masondo – They/them

Goose is a Glasgow-based performer originally from Argentina/South London and currently studying at the University of Glasgow, in their third year of a Theatre Studies and English Literature degree. Primarily a musical theatre actor, Goose trained at Laine Theatre Arts and British Youth Music Theatre before coming to university, and is super excited to have their first professional role in a play, especially one so close to their heart.

Saerlaith Robyn McQuaid-O’Dwyer – She/her

Saerlaith is a theatre and performance maker, facilitator, curator and DJ. Their work includes two shows for the Dublin Fringe Festival, Cuomo (2013) and (Not) Belonging, (2015), and performance work in Dublin, Glasgow and Rotterdam. She founded the Trans Live Art Salon, a collective and arts platform for trans artists in Ireland in association with Live Collision, co-facilitated TLAS’ festival residency with Robbie Blake, won the Spirit of Fringe, Spirit of Project Award at Dublin Fringe 2017 with TLAS’ chill space and trans art festival, the Fully-Automated Luxury Gender Oasis, and curated a programme of trans work at Live Collision International Festival 2018. More recently, she has graduated from Trinity College Dublin’s Drama and Theatre Studies course, and moved to Glasgow.

Bibi June – They/them

Bibi June is a Glasgow-based poet, theatre maker, and performer. They co-founded and run spoken word theatre company In The Works. Their work focussed on liminal identities, social injustice, and alternatives to capitalism. Their first pamphlet ‘Begin Again’ was published by Speculative Books in 2017. Bibi has created and performed in several collaborative shows, including ‘A Matter of Time’ (2017) and ‘The 900 Club’, the latter of which received 4* and 5* reviews for its debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2019, they toured their newest collaborative spoken word theatre show ‘Make/Shift’ throughout the UK & Ireland.

Sadie Godiva – She/her

Sadie hails from Coventry, and arrived in Scotland, via Germany, more than six years ago. Now in her seventh decade, her passions, apart from performing, include playing lawn bowls and railway modelling. She is the proud parent of two adult children, who are both totally supportive. Her attraction to theatre started as a nine year old, when she witnessed her first Gang Show (at the now demolished Coventry Theatre) and was besotted by the spectacle. It’s been downhill ever since!

In Motion Theatre & Ferguslie Park Events Week

Tannahill Centre, Ferguslie Park, Paisley 14-18th October 2019

Do you want to learn something fun and new? Get involved in this funded week of workshops/events at The Tannahill Centre for the residents of Ferguslie Park. Refreshments/lunch provided and there will also be a creche/childcare as it’s during the October School Week. To get involved as a group or an individual email: lisa@inmotiontc.co.uk or contact Jamie Mallan at The Tannahill Centre. More info here: www.inmotiontc.co.uk

Lindy Hop Dance Workshops (Wednesday 16th October at 1-3pm Main Hall)

Fun, informal sessions of dance from the 1920’s – 1940’s with director and dancer, Allie Butler. You don’t have to be a dancer to do this, as long as you have a sense of fun and are ready to try something new! You will listen to music and learn some easy and enjoyable dance steps as a group. Taking jazz music and dance as the inspiration, the session will involve a low key warm up, exercises to get your body moving to music followed by a short, low impact and uncomplicated routine to a song, or make up your own version if you prefer!

Song Writing Workshops – Create a song as a group and have it played! (10am – 2pm Ferguslie Library)

Have you wanted to write a song but don’t know where to start?!  Come along and join Warren McIntyre of the band the Starry Skies.  You write a line he plays a chord, someone else writes a line, he plays a chord and  so on, so by the end of it a new song will have been written to be performed or perhaps more than one!  No experience is necessary so come, unlock your ideas & have your voice heard!

Podcasts – Have your Voice Heard!

In Motion are putting together a series of Podcasts with communities across Scotland so their voices can be heard about all things that actually matter to them.  We would love the people of Ferguslie Park to be the starting point for this. Whatever your age, come along to a safe, comfortable environment to do this and meet Cameron McGarva, voice over artist and presenter of the podcasts, and tell us what your home and the town you live in means to you.

Friday Social – Friday 18th October (12.30pm – 3pm, Main Hall)

On Friday 18th October, everyone can come together for lunch, some music, dance and a chance to catch up with friends. Put your dance skills to use, have your song heard by others or just come along to join in the atmosphere – all ages welcome.

Theatre TripTuesday 22nd October at 7.30pm

Join us on a theatre trip to Paisley Arts Centre on Tuesday 22nd Oct 7:30pm to see The Citizen Theatre’s new production of Fibres about a family and the shipbuilding industry – tickets and transport will be provided from The Tannanhill Centre to Paisley Arts Centre and back again. 20 tickets available – contact lisa@inmotiontc.co.uk if you or your group would like to attend.

East End Murals

Sat 31 August, 2-4pm, The Lagoon, Paisley PA1

A live painting event with local artist, Peter Stewart to test ideas for a new series of community murals in Paisley’s east end.

Come along take part, share stories and ideas about the area and try your hand at designing or painting.

All ages welcome.

FREE – no tickets required.

an original work by Peter Stewart