Electric Theatre Workshop creates a climate for performance innovation, nurturing artists on their journeys to turn ideas into exciting and ambitious pieces of work. Make Performance brings together emerging artists in an intensive incubation process. In a week long residential in a remote location, they receive mentoring and masterclasses from creative professionals who help to dig deep into the possibilities of their creative idea. Each artist goes on to develop their ideas into a finished piece.

The story so far…

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Jordan Chisholm

Jordan, Herself & Id

Jordan set out to do an autobiographical piece of live art which investigated mental health and its effect on her own life. Could her mother’s insanity be super-sanity? Jordan wrote and performed the show, which incorporated physical theatre, audio and performance art. It debuted at Big Burns Supper 2014 as part of the New Performance programme, where it moved audiences with its heartfelt story-telling and gut-wrenching honesty.

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Catherine Major

Wee Betty

Wee Betty is a solo show that tells the story of rural Dumfries & Galloway and what its future might be. Written in local dialect, it follows a 16 year-old who feels like she’s going nowhere a 60 year-old who’s quite happy where he is. Wee Betty started as a simple conversation with a retired farmer during the Make Performance residential in Langholm. A brief chat about the changes he had seen in the rural community swelled into an in-depth exploration of Catherine’s experiences of growing up and living in the countryside – its joys and its challenges. The play debuted in May 2014 as part of Spring Fling and the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.

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