Community Projects

> The Trojans

a Trojan Women Scotland production
supported by Platform and Glasgow City Council

A brand new, haunting and uplifting adaptation of Euripides’ great anti-war tragedy, written and performed by a cast of Syrian refugees in Glasgow. Combining the original text with the cast’s stories of fleeing war and building a new life in Glasgow, this was the culmination of nine months of drama workshops.

“The importance of The Trojans remains with its startling use of theatre as a medium for measured commentary: breaking apart the predictable and monolithic narratives about displaced people, it speaks of family, hope and inclusion without ignoring the anguish and the tyranny. Victoria Beesley’s direction is lithe and direct, adopting the ritualistic ensemble of the classical choral ensemble to provide space for the individual tales.” – Gareth Vile, The List

Directed by Victoria Beesley
Written by Mariem Omari and the cast, with translations by Alaa Saloum and Sanaa Al Froukh
Movement Direction by Jennifer Edgar
Set and Costume Design by Alisa Kalyonova
Sound Design by Danny Krass
Lighting Design by Mark Doubleday
Assistant Director Vicky Mohieddeen
Stage Management by Kat Gormley
Produced by Charlotte Eager and William Stirling

> From Her to Her

a Terra Incognita production

A project created to mark the centenary of women in Britain first being given the vote. Terra Incognita worked with five groups from across Glasgow to explore the role women past and present have played in bringing about positive change on a local and national level. Workshops were co-facilitated by a group of visual artists and professional writers. Participants were supported to learn about women from Glasgow’s history who had campaigned against injustice, as well as sharing stories of women from their own families and communities who have brought about positive change.

The work was created by Castlemilk Seniors, Govan Community Project, Terra Incognita’s Young Carers Group, Champions for Change at Saheliya Glasgow and the Women’s Creative Company and was exhibited at South Block Gallery, Glasgow in November 2018

Created with support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Glasgow Connected Arts Network and Stellar Quines.

Produced by Victoria Beesley and Lisa Sangster

Working with Visual Artists: Ruby Pester, Rachael Walker, Alex McEwan and Jen Smith; and Writers: Maryam Hamidi, Mariem Omari, Cathy Forde, JC Marshall and Julie Brown.

 

> My City 

an Imaginate and Multicultural Family Base project

A project working with a group of refugee families living in Edinburgh and using theatre, puppetry and visual art to explore their relationships with the cities they know from life in Syria, Lebanon or Egypt and their new home, Edinburgh.

Over a series of workshops, families were encouraged to share their culture and stories about the cities and towns they come from. They also explored their new city of Edinburgh.

The project culminated in a public exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 8 – 22 July 2018, with all their experiences, memories and imaginations combined to create Edippo, an imaginary represented through their artwork.

Lead Artist: Victoria Beesley
Visual Artist: Yvonne Buskie
Puppetry and Visual Theatre Artist: Arran Howie

> Glasgow As I See It

Since 2014, Victoria has been working with a group of visually impaired adults who meet regularly to explore arts and heritage. Together, the group have created walking tours of Kelvingrove Park, the Botanic Gardens and the Gorbals; they’ve created a unique event that brought the spirit of Glasgow’s dancehalls back to life; they’ve worked with a cardboard artist to build a new sculpture for Glasgow and have most recently created Wayfinding – an exhibition of audio, tactile and visual art at the New Glasgow Society.

 

> Young Carers

Since 2015, Victoria has been working with a group of young carers in Glasgow’s southside. The group meet weekly to explore a variety of art activities and to take a break from their caring responsibilities. The group have created a professional touring theatre production and an accompanying installation, created visual art exhibitions and are currently working on their first music video.

 

> Hidden Footprints

an A Moment’s Peace Production

Hidden Footprints was a promenade performance through Merchant City inspired by the historical and contemporary voices of women in our city. 

Combining historical fact with personal reflections, we followed in the footsteps of the women who went before us. Sharing little-known tales from the past alongside contemporary musings on the spaces and people of Merchant City, this was a thought-provoking exploration of what these streets mean to us and what they represented to the women before us.

Created as part of the Merchant City Festival in 2017 and 2018.

Directed by Victoria Beesley