On the 30th of September 2017, Black Dingo Productions launch an arts hub in Merchant Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town called Annexe Arts that’s focused on dealing with practical and theatrical arts for young people.
Annexe Arts is committed to creating free opportunities for young people aged 11 – 25 to work with some of Scotland's best emerging theatrical talent in weekly and monthly sessions to develop their acting, writing, spoken word or technical skills. Regular events are planned to highlight and showcase the talents of our participants to Artistic Directors and agents from across Scotland. There will also be monthly events in which the theatre community of Edinburgh can engage and participate, continuing Black Dingo's commitment to developing new work in the city.
Starting on 2nd October will be Staged for Life Tech, a youth employability project committed to delivering free, accredited training for 16-25-year olds to learn skills in sound and lighting for live events. Then on 9th October there’s the Loud Poets Poetry Workshop that has slam-style poetry at its heart. 15th October sees Annexe Arts Writers, a seminar style workshop run by QMU Drama and Theatre graduate Dave Robb.
Annexe Arts Company involves two hours per week studying a particular theatre style or practitioner with artistic director Tyler Mortimer, whose work focuses on new writing. The company will perform showcase events at the end of term, allowing them to be seen by industry professionals and audience members.
Starting in February will be two sets of hour long classes. One for 11-13-year olds called Annexe Arts Juniors run by experienced theatre director and drama facilitator Sofia Nakou and the other Annexe Arts Seniors for 14-16-year olds run by Icelandic born director and playwright Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir.
There will also be weekly term based theatre workshops for a variety of young participants, with showcases of the work made during holiday breaks and a monthly performance night, except August and December, called Pitch Up that will be a mixture of new writing, monologues, poetry and anything else.