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  • 12 February 2007

Stage Whispers

It might be a little while before we see Cora Bisset on a Scottish Stage but she will be lending her talents to a section of our theatre world that might well put them to good use. The outreach company Ankur, which encourages the participation of ethnic minority communities in the arts in Glasgow, has recently extended its activities to Edinburgh. A succession of workshops will be made available for 9-17-year-olds at Leith Academy and Leith Community Centre. Charges are modest with concessions available. For places phone Ankur on 0141 248 8889

The company has achieved a good deal in an environment where not enough has been done to foster minority participation in the arts. We’ve heard a lot of brave words from the likes of the Scottish Arts Council, local councils and the Executive about the need for this kind of work, but these bodies, with a couple of exceptions, have been Home Office-like in their inertia after the speeches. Still, Ankur has achieved a good deal in this atmosphere, and the company’s piece slated for late this year about Glasgow’s Asian gangs problem is awaited with interest. Perhaps through the work of professionals such as Bisset, now holding the post of drama outreach director, and others, we’ll soon see more professional artists from ethnic minority communities.

Meanwhile, that hub of creativity, the Arches, has announced a summer residency open to any interested artists who might be keen to develop new work. The basement and studio spaces are available from Monday 2-Thursday 12 July, while a studio theatre is also available from Friday 13-Saturday 14 July for a work in progress or full show as a result of the lucky company’s work. There are some expenses and access to the company’s technical support at the time. All an interested artist of theatre or related discipline has to bring is their ideas. To hear more, you can send your proposals on to Jackie Wylie at the Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL.

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