Visiting Arts Producers Breakfast 2015 taking place this August in Edinburgh is presented in partnership with Creative Scotland and provides the opportunity for 200 UK and international producers, programmers and creators with a passion for international and intercultural performance to come together, make new connections and sow seeds of collaboration, exchange and partnership for the coming year.
The theme for this event will be “Art & Politics” and we will be holding a discussion on the topic between three incredible guest panel speakers who we are delighted to announce. Read on below to find out more about them…
Meet the speakers
David Greig is an acclaimed and award-winning playwright, whose plays include The Events(Traverse, Scotland and Young Vic), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Tron, National Theatre of Scotland), Midsummer (Traverse, Soho and Tricycle), Dunsinane (RSC at Hampstead and National Theatre of Scotland), Damascus (Traverse, Scotland and Tricycle), Outlying Islands (Traverse and Royal Court), The American Pilot (RSC), Pyrenees (Paines Plough), The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Woman He Wonce Loved In The Former Soviet Union (Donmar Warehouse and Paines Plough) and The Architect (Traverse). Adaptations include Creditors (Donmar Warehouse), The Bacchae (Edinburgh International Festival), Tintin In Tibet (Barbican, Playhouse and UK tour), When The Bulbul Stopped Singing (Traverse Theatre, – Amnesty International Award; TapWater Award and Herald Angel), Calugula (Donmar Warehouse) and Peter Pan (National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse and Barbican). Greig wrote the book for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opened in the West End in 2013.
David Greig’s work for children and young people includes: The Monster In The Hall (TAG Theatre Co-Glasgow, 2010), Yellow Moon (TAG Theatre Co. Glasgow, 2006 – TMA Award for Best Show for Children and Young People 2007 and Brian Way Award for Best Children’s Play 2007), Gobbo (National Theatre of Scotland, 2006) Dr Korczak’s Example (TAG Theatre Co. Glasgow, 2001). He has also written extensively for radio. He is currently writing two screenplays for Hillbilly Films / BBC. He is also under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.
Greig is recognised as a significant political commentator in contemporary Scotland, involved in the debates over Creative Scotland, 2012 and the Scottish referendum in 2014.
Rabab Ghazoul is a visual artist who is interested in exploring the performative and the conversational, in context of our negotiations of the political. In a practice that works across the boundaries of gallery and public realm, she is drawn to the use and generation of text, which features heavily across her practice. Her projects also draw on participatory processes to explore the nuance of private and public affiliation – the impacts of wider (political) frameworks upon the personal, or the daily. Artworks often make reference to found footage or existing ‘texts’, from a news media interview to an existing artwork, as a means of revisiting or re-staging recent historical ‘moments’. Drawing on different media and processes – video, installation, text, performance, public realm intervention and encounter – much of her practice emerges in response to spaces of dialogue; indeed artworks often take the form of conversation pieces, lasting a day or a year. Within her wider practice – which sees her organising events, performances, walks, gatherings, debates – her activities are drawn to, and engage others in, a rethinking of what words such as ‘community’, ‘belonging’ or ‘democracy’ might mean.
Born in Mosul, Iraq, she has lived and worked in Cardiff, Wales, since 1993. She is currently exhibiting her most recent work – a three channel video work titled ‘It’s a long way back (Chilcot/Part 1)‘ – as part of the Iraqi Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. The exhibition, running until November 22nd, is curated by Philippe Van Cauteren and commissioned by the Ruya Foundation.
Sanjoy K Roy
Sanjoy K Roy established Teamwork Films and Teamwork Arts in 1989, a highly versatile production house with wide ranging interests in the performing and visual arts, social sector and films and television.
He is the Managing Director of Teamwork and has directed and produced over 1000 hours of a wide range of films and television shows, including drama series, game shows, newsmagazines, and lifestyle programmes. He has received the National Award for Excellence and Best Director, for the film `Shahjahanabad The Twilight Years’. Teamwork designs and produces 23 annual Arts Festivals across 21 cities in 13 countries including Cairo, Cape Town, Durban, Chennai, Chicago, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Jaipur, Jerusalem, Mumbai, London, New Delhi, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, Tel Aviv, and Vancouver, including the worlds largest literary gathering – The annual Jaipur Literature Festival.
Sanjoy K Roy was invited to direct and design the Closing of the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival 2006 – Melbourne, The Asean Heads of State Summit in 2013 & was an advisor to The Kennedy Centre’s, Maximum India Festival. He is a founder trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust working to provide support services for street and working children in the inner city of Delhi where over 55,000 children have benefitted from education, training and residential services over the past years. The White House recently presented him the US Presidents Committee of Arts and Humanities award for an International Organization. He is advisor for the arts and diversity for numerous Government and Non Governmental organizations across the world.
In 2001 Nazli was awarded an Arts Council England Bursary to train as a theatre director at Leicester Haymarket Theatre under the joint artistic leadership of Paul Kerryson and Kully Thiarai. Whilst at Leicester Haymarket Theatre she gained a five star review from the BBC for her original new work called Safe Passage. Nazli then went on to become Staff Director at Derby Playhouse working on small scale touring and developing her interest in creativity, diversity and equality.
In 2004 Nazli founded ZENDEH with the support of the Scottish Arts Council, and in 2005 was awarded an Amnesty International Commendation at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her production of Waiting Room by Isabel Wright. Nazli began to develop the ZENDEH Method as her directing work took her into partnership with Visiting Arts and the British Council, in Scotland, England and Iran. Between 2003-2007 Nazli was Visiting Lecturer and Director at Queen Margaret University. In 2006 through to 2007 Nazli was Associate Director at Theatre Workshop Edinburgh. Nazli has freelance directed theatre, short film and radio for a range of national companies in the UK. As a performer in recent years she has appeared in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, and Horizontal Collaboration. She has created and directed all ZENDEH’s shows to date. She presents CINEMA at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, before touring the work.