FIVE up and coming arts companies have landed major support from a new scheme being run by Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre.

The New Scottish Companies programme offered production teams throughout Scotland the chance to be given £1000 and access to all of The Gaiety’s team and contact book.

It was devised by Creative Engagement Directors Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse with the goal of offering mentorship to up and coming companies. Five companies were successful in being given the support.

They are: Clare and Lesley, Disabled Dance Artists, recent graduates from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

They enjoy creating interactive works to teach life-skills through a multi-sensory approach.

They aim to educate other artists and inspire young disabled people. Poetic Justice Productions are an Ayrshire-bas ed company led by Helen Aitken, Steven Duffy and Neil Smith with aims to increase access to the arts for children and adults.

They produce original dramas and have big plans for an Edgar Allan Poe festival in Irvine, where the author spent time as a youthClarty Burd Theatre Company are an all-female company based in Edinburgh and led by Laila Noble and Emilie Robson.

Winners of the Bright Spark Award 2018 and runners up of Theatre Uncut’s 2019 Political Playwriting Award, Clarty Burd specialise in bold, dynamic, agitprop theatre with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

Siren Theatre are a Glasgow-based company creating genre-defying rallying cries turning traditional theatre on its head.

It’s four founding members; Emma Lynne Harley, Lucy Harrower, Lauren Mitchell and Imogen Stirling aim to harness their collective skills in poetry, storytelling and music.

The Audio Story Company are passionate storytellers who use immersive audio to create unique experiences for kids and big kids alike. Sarah and Calum developed the company during the first Lockdown with content ranging from audio adventures and live pop-up performances to educational resources. 

The programme also includes eight masterclasses with directors and producers associated with the Gaiety and the opportunity to pitch ideas to professionals.