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Stewart Laing

Stewart Laing (b. 1961 in Alyth, Scotland) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Laing is a theatre director and designer and is Artistic Director of the Glasgow based company Untitled Projects. Untitled Projects continually re-imagine what theatre can be: blending landscape, biography, novel, video, lecture, documentary, installation, interview, fashion, music, science and playwriting.  The company is interested in contemplating the future and works with academics and scientists to imagine how our current obsessions as a society might eventually play out. The company explores cultural history, completely reinventing its source material in the process, so it speaks loudly and clearly to our contemporaries. The audience is always at the centre of the work and is often to be seen as an involved presence in the projects.

Recent Untitled Projects include:  The End of Eddy (2018): the first English language stage adaptation of Edouard Louis’ best-selling French novel. Originally presented at Edinburgh International Festival, Unicorn Theatre, London, Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland as well as Scottish rural touring. The End of Eddy features in Melbourne International Arts Festival (2019) and the Next Wave Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music (2019). Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner (2013): a pioneering new performance that distilled and extrapolated James Hogg’s classic Scottish novel of religious obsession. A co-production with National Theatre of Scotland, it was originally presented at Tramway and Summerhall, then at Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland (2014), Ystad Theatre Festival, Sweden (2014 ) and the Edinburgh International Festival (2015). The Salon Project (2011 + 2013): a piece of immersive theatre, dressing the audience in full nineteenth century costume for a provocative evening of music, talks, video and conversation. The Salon Project was originally presented in a co-production with the Traverse, Edinburgh.  A second edition of The Salon Project was presented in 2013 at the Citizens, Glasgow and at the Barbican in London as part of SPILL Festival of Performance.

Other productions for Untitled Projects: Slope Redux Citizens, Glasgow and Traverse, Edinburgh (2014); An Argument About Sex, Tramway, Glasgow and Traverse, Edinburgh (2008); Slope, Tramway, Glasgow (2006); blind_sight, Tramway, Glasgow and Contact, Manchester (2004); and J G Ballard Project, Tramway, Glasgow (1998 - 2000).

For more information visit www.untitledprojects.co.uk