NEUROSTAGES is a neurodivergent-led platform and space for artists, creatives, communities and industry professionals to find out more about neurodiversity in performance.
A two-day hybrid festival curated by the Scottish Neurodiverse Performance Network, the programme includes performances, provocations, film, workshops and discussions online, with a limited number of tickets available for in person attendance at CCA.
Find new perspectives with neurodivergent performers and artists as they share their experiences and practices to explore the question: how can embracing neurodiversity change theatre and performance for the better?
Enjoy new film work, hear about the unique creative processes of the artists supported by our NEUROSTAGES mentorships, delve into joyful facilitated workshops, and celebrate a constellation of neurodivergent artistry from Scotland and beyond.
NEUROSTAGES is curated by Aby Watson and Rachel Clive, on behalf of SNPN and is hosted by Aby Watson, Rachel Clive and Ivor MacAskill. Aby Watson is an artist, disabled dance maker, performer, and researcher based in Glasgow, Rachel Clive is a neurodivergent theatre practitioner, researcher, and teacher/facilitator, and Ivor MacAskill (he/they) is a queer, trans, neurodivergent live artist and theatre-maker based in Glasgow.
The programme involves work from a host of performers, companies and facilitators including: Jess Thom; Ivor MacAskill; Euan Hayton, Chloe Maxwell, Alison Mackenzie and Hughie McIntyre (not panicky); Sean Logan; Morna McGeoch; Jonathan Carlton and Andrew Robertson; Emma McCaffrey; Liselle Terret and Emma Selwyn (Not Your Circus Dogs Collective); Akshayee Shetty; Anne Kjaer; Neha Apsara; Steven Fraser; Heather Andrews; Susanna Dye; Jo Hauge; Leonie Rae Gasson; Sanjay Lago; Indra Wilson; Lesley Howard and Clare Adam; Rylan Gleave; Simone Seales; Hannah Yayha Hassan and Andrew Gallagher.
Rylan Gleave, Simone Seales, Hannah Yayha Hassan and Andrew Gallagher are the four mentees who successfully applied for a development opportunity with the festival and will be sharing the outcomes of their mentorship at NEUROSTAGES.
Films include: Harmonic Spectrum – produced and directed by Austen McCowan & Will Hewitt; Yearning: A Letter to Mum – concept and production by Neha Apsara; If You Could Touch Me Now – concept and production by Anne Kjær, performed by Robert Softley Gale and Anne Kjær, What it Feels Like by Steven Fraser.
NEUROSTAGES is delivered by the National Theatre of Scotland and SNPN, in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and National Autistic Society Scotland. Both the festival and SNPN have been generously supported and hosted by the CCA.
NEUROSTAGES marks the final phase of Limitless, a project that explores a framework for the engagement of autistic people in creative activity as artists, audiences and participants.
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