Monday 26-Friday 30 June
Disciples is a joyful, dynamic show created by an ensemble of women and non-binary performers who identify as D/deaf and disabled. Together they fiercely, passionately and honestly bring the stories of their bodies to life through music, movement, text and image.
The show is an act of collaboration by a group united by common themes; joy in the company of others, faith in ourselves and each other, what it means to trust, what movement, dance, energy and intimacy mean to us all together. It questions who gets to be the storytellers of our experiences.
The show is led by movement director Rachel Drazek and poet/playwright and performer Ellen Renton and devised with the ensemble.
The show will also feature a community choir who will perform with the ensemble, a different choir for each location the show tours to allowing us to connect with different communities who will add their voices to the work.
Disciples will be a joyous and powerful, intimate and tender experience for the performers and audiences to share together, exploring stories that are too often ignored in theatre and dance.
Rachel Drazek (She/Her) is a movement director and theatre maker. Her work covers theatre and film and includes extensive experience in education and community projects. Rachel is Performance coach for post-graduate Creative Musicians at Leeds College of Music and has an MA Movement from UCLAN. Her work includes Orbits for Birds Of Paradise (BOP) (short film in production) 2022 ; Come to Bed with Me for BOP & Battersea Arts Centre, made online during lockdown; Augumented for Sophie Woolley, national tour ; Purposeless Movements for BOP at Edinburgh International Festival ; Act of Repair for Scottish Youth Theatre’s National Ensemble; My Left/Right Foot for National Theatre Scotland ; Sunday in the Park With George for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ; If We’ve Never Been to the Moon for The Marlowe Theatre & national tour.
Ellen Renton (She/Her) is a poet, performer, and theatre maker from Edinburgh. Since performing her own work for the first time in 2015, she has read at venues including The Scottish Parliament, The Roundhouse, and Leith Theatre, and at festivals such as Verve, and Norwich + Norfolk Festival. While always keeping poetry at its core, her work is varied and has included theatre, journalism, and multimedia collaborations. She was the recipient of Unlimited R&D Award 2021. Her poetry pamphlet, An Eye For An Eye For An Eye, was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2021 – it explores what it means to grow up a girl, and how this experience intersects with disability and visual impairment
Stellar Quines is an intersectional feminist theatre company based in Scotland. We believe theatre is a force for change, for collaborating with others and building inclusive coalitions. We create shows and provide opportunities and support for career development, both on stage and backstage, for creatives at all levels. We commission research and join forces with others to campaign for change. We take our work out into the community with projects that nurture creativity and invite action, all with the aim of achieving greater equality.