Just Start Here: A Playground for Scottish artists


Looking for an injection of colourful, bold performance, music, food and discussion to cure your January blues? Then Just Start Here.

National Theatre of Scotland presents a two day festival featuring music from Bossy Love, Heir of the Cursed, Glasgow Grassroots DJs, performance from Hannah Lavery, Adura Onashile, Debbie Hannan, and Laurie Brown as well as food, discussion, provocation and cross art form experimentation.


Just Start Here is a playground for Scottish artists: a space to share and generate ideas, and celebrate new work. It's also a party: an opportunity for artists, audiences and communities to come together to encounter something new and just have fun.

Friday 26th January 2018

Heir of the Cursed (Music)

Kenyan born Beldina Odenyo Onassis’s performs under the guise of Heir of the Cursed. Her soulful music has the ability to make a room stand still and is influenced by the strange nuances of life, rooted in grief, Scottish weather, the constant and the inconstant.

The Drift by Hannah Lavery (Performance)

The Drift is a journey through history, through Scottishness, through belonging, and through grief. It is an autobiographical spoken word show by Hannah Lavery, where she explores her legacy of being “mixed” in Scotland, left to her by her father and his mother, and their journeys.

Dinner by Laurie Brown (Performance)

Dinner is a series of performative, participatory meals looking at ritual, intimacy and the role of food in our lives. Over the course of a couple of hours participants will eat a pre-prepared meal together, observing certain rituals.

National Theatre of Scotland’s One Day to Play (Performance)

The outcomes of a paid opportunity for four artists to experiment across art-forms and to generate a brand new idea, curated by Ashanti Harris (Project X) and Camara Taylor (Transmission).

If I had a hammer… (Discussion)

Halfway through the last century Bertolt Brecht proclaimed that: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” How are we doing with that? A series of discussions and provocations around the idea that artists might have a role in shaping the future, led by Richard Gregory, Artistic Director of Quarantine.

Glasgow Grassroots DJs (Music)

Performance from DJs from the training programme which aims to improve representation in electronic music by providing support to women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Saturday 27th January 2018

Bossy Love (Music)

Lauded as “One of the most exciting bands on the planet right now” by BBC, Glasgow based enigmatic duo, singer-come-mechanical scientist Amandah Wilkinson (formally Operator Please) and ex Dananananaykroyd drummer/ BBQ restaurateur John Baillie Jnr, Bossy Love aren’t your typical RnB/Pop pair. They’ve secured plays across BBC Radio 1Xtra, Beats 1 and Kiss FM and live Bossy Love are a force to be reckoned with.

Girl Meets Boy by Debbie Hannan (Performance)

“She was the most beautiful boy I’d ever seen.” A bright-eyed and form-bending adaptation of Ali Smith’s love story, Girl Meets Boy. A story about what it means to be in-between.

Ignorance is a Sweet Cup of Tea by Adura Onashile (Provocation & Performance)

A one to one performance about intimacy, about identity and about the perfect cuppa. Select a ten minute slot with Adura to discuss the intricacies and implications of tea drinking and have your provocation used in a further performance in the evening portion of Just Start Here.

If I had a hammer… (Discussion)

Halfway through the last century Bertolt Brecht proclaimed that: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” How are we doing with that? A series of discussions and provocations around the idea that artists might have a role in shaping the future, led by Richard Gregory, Artistic Director of Quarantine.

Please note, Friday and Saturday’s discussions will each have a different focus – details on topics and speakers to follow.

Dinner with Laurie Brown (Performance)

Dinner is a series of performative, participatory meals looking at ritual, intimacy and the role of food in our lives. Over the course of a couple of hours participants will eat a pre-prepared meal together, observing certain rituals.

Glasgow Grassroots DJs (Music)

Performance from DJs from the training programme which aims to improve representation in electronic music by providing support to women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

All performance and discussion fully BSL Interpreted

Wheelchair Accessible

Latecomers will not be admitted

Day tickets | Free | 2 – 5pm

Evening tickets | £6 | 7 – 11pm

Visit www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/production/just-start-here/ for more information and tickets. Join the conversation #JustStartHere / #NTSEngineRoom

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