1-2-1 Surgeries

ASP - Surgeries

Being freelance or a self-producing artist can be hugely creative and exciting, but we also understand that it comes with its challenges and that sometimes having someone else to chat through ideas with, or ask advice from can be really valuable, especially if you aren’t able to welcome a Producer or Dramaturgy on board full time.

Enter our 1-2-1 Surgeries!


Producing Surgeries

From July 2021 our Producing team of Kirsty Somerville (Programmes Manager) and Laila Noble (Associate Producer) will be here to help with any producing questions or issues that you may have, from chatting through ideas for new projects to providing practical help and support for planning and fundraising.

Please approach us with any questions and queries you have and we will work to support you in the best way we can, either by providing written feedback, meeting with you or connecting you with another organisation in Scotland who may be able to provide further support and advice. We anticipate that our support will include:

  • Assisting with proof reading applications
  • Helping with budget layout and creation
  • Chatting through funding application questions and answers
  • Exploring performance or project ideas and what support Dance Base can provide
  • Supporting applications for Dance Base opportunities such as residencies and commissions

But please don’t feel limited by this – we are happy to chat about whatever you need and if we don’t have the answer we can introduce you to someone who will so please do get in touch!

Our 1-2-1 Surgeries will be available on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning each week from the beginning of July and run for 50 minutes.




You will be asked to send over a few sentences on what it is that you would like to discuss so that we can decide who is best suited to chat with you, and to decide if it is best to meet for a conversation or, if the support is with proof reading for example, to allocate this time to read over documents and send you some written feedback.


Dramaturgy Surgeries

As well as offering advice and support for the logistics and practicalities of developing work or freelance opportunities, Dance Base are also here to support the development of your artistic practice.

Building on the fantastic work of the Catalyst programme, Bush Hartshorn (Head of Catalyst) will be on-hand to provide Dramaturgy advice and support to you as you develop your creative work. He will be available to watch and reflect on work-in-progress (recorded or live) and provide thoughts and perspectives through 1-2-1 conversations, either as a one off on more regularly as you develop your work.

These 1-2-1 Surgeries will be available on Wednesday morning and afternoon each week from the beginning of July and run for 50 minutes. If this slot doesn't suit you please email Laila Noble with details of what time if best for you - Laila.Nobel@dancebase.co.uk 




Artistic Director Surgeries

Our Artistic Director is always open to hearing about the work and performances that Scotland’s dance community are creating and while you are welcome to contact them at any time to share your work and ideas, Dance Base’s Artistic Director will also be available for 1-2-1 conversation and reflection on your creative process and project or performance ideas each quarter for a full day

These 1-2-1 Surgeries will be available in September, December, March & June and details of the dates and how to book will be added here and promoted on our social media.


Meet The Team

Kirsty Somerville (she/her) is the Programmes Manager at Dance Base. With over 10 years' experience of working in festivals and artist development, Kirsty manages and delivers our Professional Programme of activity which covers everything from our termly residency programme to our support strands for emerging and established artists. She also produces our annual Fringe Festival each August with brings local and international artists to the Dance Base building. During her career, Kirsty has worked with organisations inlcuding Auckland Arts Festival, Christchurch Arts Festival, Cryptic and Take One Action Film Festival, and recently completed training to be an Accredited Coach with Relational Dynamics 1st.

Kirsty is passionate about the power of vibrant and creative storytelling, whether that is through dance, film, theatre or visual art, and is dedicated to helping bring these stories to the stage.


Laila Noble (she/her) is a Queer identifying Director, Producer and Playwright. Alongside her work as the Associate Producer for Dance Base, she is currently working as a Freelance Producer on Nutshell Theatre's Touring Fund Supported production of 'Allotment' by Jules Horne. She has been the recipient of an FST bursary for producing with Scene Change Productions and is a self-producing artist.

Laila is the Artistic Director of her company, ClartyBurd, who received the New Scottish Companies award from Ayr Gaiety Theatre this year. Awards include the Scottish Arts’ Club ‘Bright Spark’ award in 2018, runner up for Theatre Uncut’s ‘Political Playwriting Award’ and she is currently a finalist for the Hope Mill Theatre 'through the mill' playwriting prize.

Laila is a graduate from the University of Glasgow and Queen Margaret University, and is currently a member of the Lyceum theatre's L20 cohort of artists.


Bush Hartshorn (he/him) graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 1982 with a degree in Theatre Language. From that time onwards Bush has pursued a career as a community artist, dramaturge, performer , theatre programmer and artistic director in UK, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark . He is currently Head of Artist Development at Dance Base, Edinburgh . In 2009 he qualified as a coach in Relational Dynamics which has informed his work in mentoring dance artists.Since January 2015 Bush has been mentoring/coaching artists in Australia,Cyprus,UK,Spain,Czech Republic, Iceland,Norway, Sweden and Finland. Poland.This has all been underpinned by a lifelong commitment to Liverpool Football Club.

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