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Universal Comedy is seeking Freelance Support Workers to provide assistance to our Comedy Tutors at our workshops, courses and events across the central belt of Scotland.

Universal Comedy provide a wide range of workshops and courses using comedy to improve the lives of young people and adults with long term ill health, who are isolated in their community.

This post would potentially suit BA Community Arts graduates (or similar) as organisational skills are required.  The post holders would be required to have their own car and be flexible to travel to a variety of projects across the central belt of Scotland.  They will be reimbursed for their travelling expenses.

Our workshop sessions are usually 2 – 3 hours long and normally during the day, although some evening work may be required.

The post holder will be responsible for reporting income earned to H.M. Revenue and Customs, and paying their own tax and National Insurance contributions.

Salary:           £30 – £50 depending on length of session

Hours:            2 – 3 hrs sessions

Time Scale:  On-going

Location:       Across the central belt of Scotland

Start:              As soon as possible by negotiation

Terms:           As this post involves working with/contact with vulnerable people, any offer of employment will be confirmed following the company’s procedures and policies with regards to obtaining references and enhanced disclosure status.

If you are interested in the position of Freelance Support Worker, please send in your CV and covering letter detailing your skills and experience.

To request a Job Description please e-mail or telephone 0141 564 1200.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th October 2013 at 17:00


StudioLab is a unique crossover project which allows University Of The West Of Scotland  students from across  all programmes in the School Of Creative & Cultural Industries  to collaborate together to create a live recorded TV Programme.

Over the past  7 weeks, as part of their CSA Research Project, 4th Year Contemporary Screen Acting Students have been tasked with creating a 30-45 minute piece of TV Drama. They are devising , workshopping ,  and will finally  record this programme  live on Weds 11th December.

To do this requires the support and help of students from other programmes to chronicle and record the work. We will be continuing with StudioLab next Trimester at UWS so  if you are a student in the UWS School Of Creative & Cultural Industries and are Image interested in taking part as a Designer, Producer, Director, Runner, Camera Operator, Musician, Digital Artist, Screenwriter or whatever your chosen specialism may be, please come along to our first meeting.

Every Weds, 1.30 PM TV Studio 1, UWS Ayr.

Please email me at [email protected] to book a place.

This gig has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.

Singer/Songwriters David Ward Maclean and Edwina Hayes make a welcome return to Ashfield Village Hall, by Dunblane.Friday Nov. 1st , 7.30 pm.  +BAR+

Tickets £7.00 on the door or from Fineprint, Beech Road, Dunblane.

David Ward Maclean “Great stuff ” Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

Edwina Hayes ” Sings like an angel ” Nancy Griffiths.

For more details email [email protected]

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Movement Artist Scott Houston at UWS Ayr Open Day

Are women playing a full role in Theatre in Scotland?  A quick look around suggests ‘no’.  On the one hand, all theatres profess to have an ‘equal opportunities policy’ on the other hand, the Review of Theatre in Scotland last year showed that fewer than half actually monitored that policy.  Recent research by Equity shows that opportunities for female actors are shrinking.

Does this matter?  After all we can see women everywhere in theatre, in marketing, management, front of house and other roles.  Are women just not interested in running theatres or taking a lead creative role?  What affect does this have on the work and on what audiences see?  How does this differ from the situation elsewhere in the UK and Europe?

Come and debate and discuss at Traverse 2 - 26th September 6pm -7.30pm with a glass of wine in the bar afterwards.

Blythe Duff in "Marco Pantani"

Blythe Duff in “Marco Pantani”


  • Max Beckmann, Equity Organiser, Equity
  • Christine Hamilton, Arts Consultant and Author of the Review of Theatre in Scotland 2012
  • Blandine Pelissier, founding member of the H/F Association for Gender Equality in Culture in France

The event is FREE but please book a space via the Traverse Box Office or call 0131 228 1404

Supported by Equity, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Scottish Society of Playwrights.  Organised by Christine Hamilton, Consulting - 

Thanks to the Traverse Theatre for their support.

Lorne Boswell
114 Union Street
G1 3QQ
0141 248 2472

The Theatre and Performance Research Association National Conference 2013  takes place in the Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland from Weds 4th-Friday 6th of Sept.


Full details can be found HERE 

I’ll be assisting my friend and colleague, the  freelance Arts Consultant Christine Hamilton with her contribution to the Keynote Panel Event in the Stephenson Hall at on Weds 4th of Sept.

I’ll be performing  from 3 selected pieces by writers Pamela Carter and David Greig.

To quote from the TaPRA programme :
“Each member of the panel has been asked to reflect on how the practices and insights of contemporary theatre and performance might help to inform, broaden or indeed reconfigure the cultural and political discourses around possible independence in Scotland and accompanying notions of national identity. How might the mental and imaginary landscapes of theatre and performance-making offer productive ways of (re) thinking our views about self-determination, democracy and cultural production in a local, national and global context in the early 21st century.
Ben Harrison (Co-Artistic Director of Grid Iron)
Goran Golovko (Vice-Dean, Arts Academy, University of Split, Croatia)
Christine Hamilton (Freelance Arts Consultant, Glasgow)
Chair: Mary Brennan (Dance & Performance Critic for The Glasgow Herald)”

Hope to see some of you there. Rumour has it I will be around at the wine reception at The Arches at 6.30 pm. Image

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