This week Co-Director Charlotte and LAC Associate Artist Alex Patience head off to Canada for the first of two creative exchange trips. Part of our Women’s Room: North project, they will be setting out on a creative research trip to Ontario visiting Toronto, Kitchener and Sudbury to meet with fellow women theatre makers and playwrights.
Women’s Room: North is a new project between LAC and Pat the Dog Theatre Creation (Ontario, Canada). We were initially inspired by Pat the Dog’s The Women’s Room project – the first and only female playwright unit in Waterloo Region, created as a response to the need to hear the voices of women living and working in this rural area. For Women’s Room: North, we want to create a template for supporting the development of female artists based in rural locations through exchange visits, new commissions and discussions. Women’s Room: North will share best practices and networks through exchange, to increase skills, develop ideas and a new artistic vocabulary between professional female artists and organisations supporting artist development in Caithness and Northern Ontario.
During two Creative Exchange trips, each organisation will be accompanied by a local female theatremakers/playwrights. After meeting lots of Caithness and Highland based artists, LAC is working with Portskerra based playwright Alex Patience. Pat the Dog will be working with Taylor Graham – a writer, director, producer, and educator living in Cambridge, Ontario.
Both artists will produce a new short commission inspired by their trip. This will then be scratched at sharings in Caithness and Northern Ontario, and streamed internationally. Currently underrepresented in both Scottish and Canadian theatre, the voices of rural women will have the opportunity to take centre stage; supporting visibility and representation of voices and encouraging a diversity of dialogues in the theatre sector. We hope the project will seed support for future collaborations and productions between Northern Ontario and Caithness.
Follow Alex and Charlotte’s adventures in Ontario on Twitter here and watch out for a full report upon their arrival!
This project is funded by British Council’s New Conversation’s programme https://www.britishcouncil.ca/programmes/arts/new-conversations