Bus shel­ter talk in­spires new show

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A new theatre show in­spired by con­ver­sa­tions over­heard in bus shel­ters in Aberdeen will open next week.

Artist Kate Steen­hauer is team­ing up with cre­ative writer Shane Stra­chan on the ini­tia­tive.

Dur­ing the show, Ms Steen­hauer draws live on stage and Mr Stra­chan per­forms a text made up of con­ver­sa­tions.

Mr Stra­chan said the show, named The Shel­ter, seeks to cap­ture all the types of con­ver­sa­tions they have heard.

He said: “Ev­ery time we’ve gone out onto Union Street to gather ma­te­rial for the show we’ve come across some­thing sur­pris­ing or un­usual in­clud­ing lovers’ tiffs, po­lit­i­cal rants, mo­ments of con­fronta­tion and emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

“The show seeks to cap­ture all of this through the text I per­form, which flits around in a jazz-like man­ner, while Kate’s cap­ti­vat­ing paint­ings are pro­jected large-scale centre stage as she cre­ates them.”

Lesley Anne Rose, head of artis­tic de­vel­op­ment at Aberdeen Per­form­ing Arts, said they liked the project “im­me­di­ately.”

She said: “We are pleased to be sup­port­ing lo­cal artists Kate and Shane in creat­ing this new work in­spired by real-life sto­ries from the streets of Aberdeen.

“The Shel­ter fits per­fectly with our artis­tic am­bi­tions for Freshly Squeezed Pro­duc­tions and the artists and new work we cham­pion, sup­port, com­mis­sion and pro­duce through it.”

A show­ing of the work in progress will take place at The Lemon Tree next Thurs­day at 6pm.

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