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MANIPULATE Festival 2021

Wednesday 27 January @ 12:00 am - Sunday 7 February @ 11:30 pm
Wednesday 27 January – Sunday 7 February 2021 Puppet Animation Scotland    MANIPULATE Festival presents the very best of Scottish and international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film to adult

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Miss Lindsay’s Love In Lockdown

Written and performed by Maria MacDonell With Georgina MacDonell Finlayson and Alan Finlayson Length: 16 minutes Miss Lindsay’s Love in Lockdown is a short film about secrets, long concealed. What would you do? Would you tell? This is a film about a secret box of...

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Digging It

Digging It A new online Doric radio drama series by Euan Martin and Dave Smith Produced by North East Arts Touring Professor Bell has spent his career unearthing archaeological secrets, but one fabled artifact remains undiscovered: the Rhynie Quine's...

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RAPTURE Mini Bites

On World Theatre Day, Rapture Theatre launched Rapture Mini Bites a series of online, bite-sized performances. Every Friday they will publish online performances of a reading, speech, poem, song or dance routine! The series will be curated by Rapture’s Co-Artistic...

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creative activities for young and old

Play Dates

A NEW EIGHT WEEK ONLINE INTERACTIVE PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. National Theatre of Scotland in association with leading children’s arts organisations Starcatchers and Imaginate connects with families at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Play Dates is a fun...

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Lockdown Quiz Edition 6

We would like to thank Screen Memories Scotland for sharing this quiz with us. The answers are on a separate sheet so you can download and take the quiz yourself or quiz others at home, over video or even on the phone. Please feel free to download the quiz and share...

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we really appreciate your support 

We are extremely grateful to those of you who have continued to support our work by not requesting ticket refunds.

Our funders have been supportive of our ambition to deliver an alternative programme during this difficult and lonely time of social-distancing.

As a charity, our focus is on your well-being and the welfare of your community, as far as possible our online events and activities will be free to everyone.

The livelihoods of artists will be jeopardised due to this cruel virus, as a publicly funded charity we think it is vital that we continue to support artists through our live online programme.

However, to continue our work at a time when box office income has ceased will be extremely challenging. If you are able to support us with a kind donation, we and the artists we support, will be greatly appreciative.

latest news

BEM for NEAT Volunteer Promoter

NEAT are very proud to share the news that one of our Volunteer Promoters, Mel Shand, has recently been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queens Honours List.   Well done Mel! This is great news to start 2021 and we are very grateful for her hard work...

FST Appoints New CEO

Federation of Scottish Theatre appoints Fiona Sturgeon Shea as the organisations new Chief Executive Officer Fiona will join Federation of Scottish Theatre as Chief Executive Officer in March of 2021, leaving her role as Creative Director of Playwrights’ Studio,...

Forgotten Heroines of the North East

A new book, sponsored by the Doric Board, from playwright and author Mike Gibb featuring five women from very different walks of life who were all born in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The book costs £5.99 and will come signed. Available from the likes of Yeadons in...

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📣 Calling creative businesses in Scotland 📣

The Look Again Creative Entrepreneurship postgraduate short-course is fully funded and open for applications!

This six-week postgraduate level course is designed to support ambitious individuals, sole-traders, free-lancers and small company owners turn their ideas into reality.

This six-week postgraduate level course is designed to support ambitious individuals, sole-traders, free-lancers and small company owners turn their ideas into reality.

Developed in partnership with the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group at RGU, the course is all delivered online over March and April.

To find out about eligibility and how to apply, head to our website:

lookagainaberdeen.co.uk/creative-entrepreneurship-course
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NEAT are very proud to share the news that one of our Volunteer Promoters, Mel Shand, has recently been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queens Honours List.  

Well done Mel! This is great news to start 2021 and we are very grateful for her hard work and commitment to NEAT. 

Mel received this award for services to the Arts and to her community during the Covid-19 Response. During lockdown, Mel started a local community group to help others with shopping, collecting prescriptions as well as organising socially-distanced social contact with people who were on their own. The group sewed scrubs, face masks and bags to help the NHS. She also found time to paint three portraits as part of the ‘Portraits For NHS Heroes project’ artist from across the UK created and gifted portraits of NHS staff from a still image.  

Mel is an artist, photographer and playwright.  It was through her love of the arts that Mel discovered NEAT.  

“I’ve been with NEAT since 2007 I think, when it seemed like an excellent way to bring culture to our lovely village hall. In addition, as part of our Portrait of Our Time (POOT) project where I took 250 portraits of people who lived within the 4 joining rural parishes of Birse, Ballogie, Finzean and Strachan. We were fortunate to receive Lottery funding for this big community project from Heritage Lottery and they wanted to see evidence of preservation of oral history and traditions. So I took all the stories that Id gathered whilst photographing the families and turned it into a play called I’ve had another idea. I wondered just how hard it could be to write and direct about 150 people in an all singing and dancing production with a cast ranging in age from 3 - 85. Sometimes naivety is really the best help! So I set about writing the play and taking all the pictures and quite simply ran out of realistic time, and since we had promised the community a play I discovered NEAT and in advance of our own production, we hosted The Sun and The Moon and A boy called River! After that I was absolutely delighted to discover that lots of amazing companies were willing to travel, and I discovered lots about our audiences as well. I could pretty much rely on families to come, puppet shows were particularly popular.” 

Mel has been a Volunteer Promoter in Finzean for over 13 years and has promoted a host of diverse and engaging performances.  

“In over 13 years we have only had a couple of disasters - far more memorable shows stand out such as the All or Nothing Ariel Dance  who brought us Three’s a Crowd, and the Tasho Lhopo monks - 8 Buddhists who between them consumed 97 sausages and 4 litres of cola! (apparently what goes on tour stays on tour!)  

I am extremely grateful to Emyr and the NEAT team for all the support and fun we have had together over the years - life has changed hugely for the arts, but I believe that we can creatively come up with future solutions.”

NEAT are very proud to share the news that one of our Volunteer Promoters, Mel Shand, has recently been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queens Honours List.

Well done Mel! This is great news to start 2021 and we are very grateful for her hard work and commitment to NEAT.

Mel received this award for services to the Arts and to her community during the Covid-19 Response. During lockdown, Mel started a local community group to help others with shopping, collecting prescriptions as well as organising socially-distanced social contact with people who were on their own. The group sewed scrubs, face masks and bags to help the NHS. She also found time to paint three portraits as part of the ‘Portraits For NHS Heroes project’ artist from across the UK created and gifted portraits of NHS staff from a still image.

Mel is an artist, photographer and playwright. It was through her love of the arts that Mel discovered NEAT.

“I’ve been with NEAT since 2007 I think, when it seemed like an excellent way to bring culture to our lovely village hall. In addition, as part of our Portrait of Our Time (POOT) project where I took 250 portraits of people who lived within the 4 joining rural parishes of Birse, Ballogie, Finzean and Strachan. We were fortunate to receive Lottery funding for this big community project from Heritage Lottery and they wanted to see evidence of preservation of oral history and traditions. So I took all the stories that I'd gathered whilst photographing the families and turned it into a play called "I’ve had another idea". I wondered just how hard it could be to write and direct about 150 people in an all singing and dancing production with a cast ranging in age from 3 - 85. Sometimes naivety is really the best help! So I set about writing the play and taking all the pictures and quite simply ran out of realistic time, and since we had promised the community a play I discovered NEAT and in advance of our own production, we hosted The Sun and The Moon and A boy called River! After that I was absolutely delighted to discover that lots of amazing companies were willing to travel, and I discovered lots about our audiences as well. I could pretty much rely on families to come, puppet shows were particularly popular.”

Mel has been a Volunteer Promoter in Finzean for over 13 years and has promoted a host of diverse and engaging performances.

“In over 13 years we have only had a couple of disasters - far more memorable shows stand out such as the All or Nothing Ariel Dance who brought us Three’s a Crowd, and the Tasho Lhopo monks - 8 Buddhists who between them consumed 97 sausages and 4 litres of cola! (apparently what goes on tour stays on tour!)

I am extremely grateful to Emyr and the NEAT team for all the support and fun we have had together over the years - life has changed hugely for the arts, but I believe that we can creatively come up with future solutions.”
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Congratulations Mel on your contribution being recognised!

Well done Mel, congratulations x

excellent, well done.

Well done Mel Shand 😊

Congratulations Mel

Impressive.

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