In The Works group receives cash boost

Ross McFarlane. Photo: BiBi June (@BiBiJuneS)
Ross McFarlane. Photo: BiBi June (@BiBiJuneS)

A Barrhead-based spoken work theatre company has secured funding for performance works thanks to The Hunter Foundation.

Launched in May this year as part of the Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP2018.scot) celebrations, THF’s ‘100 Disrupters’ competition was set up to award 100 grants of £1000 to individuals or groups who are positively disrupting Scotland.

Sir Tom Hunter, founder of THF, was so impressed by the calibre of entrants, however, that he has awarded 113 grants to young people, aged from as young as six, to support their ambitions.

Sir Tom Hunter said: “We were very impressed by the many brilliant initiatives entered by young people in Scotland, and we are delighted to have awarded more than 100 grants which will help them to embrace their ideas.

“As our next generation of leaders, the ambitions of young people of Scotland need to be welcomed, and it was so positive to read all of the fantastic ideas that we were sent.

“We were encouraged to read that many of the ideas were to help and support others in need, and we are delighted to have provided them with grants to realise their ambitions.”

In The Works brings young poetry artists together with the aim to promote diverse, accessible and innovative spoken word theatre for audiences all around the UK.

Ross McFarlane, from the company, said: “We at In The Works are incredibly excited to receive funding from The Hunter Foundation for so many reasons.

“The funding will allow us to develop a new show that we have been planning for a while, and to then tour it around Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“The show itself will be written and produced by myself and Bibi June.

“As a new company, innovating within the relatively new artistic form which is spoken word theatre, it feels great to be able to hit the ground running like this.”

Ross continued: “While our creative team have been writing and producing shows together for a a year or so, this will be the first show that In The Works, as a company, will helm all the way from the early stages of receiving funding, to presenting the finished product on stage.

“And the money offered to us through the 100 Disrupters program will give us the time and space to make the show as amazing as we know it can be.”

The team behind the company are Bibi June, Shannon O”Neill, Ellen Renton, and myself. We are all young artists, Scottish performance poets, and theatre makers.

The group’s first production, The 900 Club, will premier at the Scottish poetry library between Aug 3-12 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

For more information on In The Works, visit www.intheworkstheatre.com.

For tickets for The 900 Club @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, visit tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/900-club.