The Aberdeen Actors and Directors networking group was set up so that filmmakers, actors and theatre groups can hook up.
Chris Begg, director of Quids In Theatre Company, does just that. He turns up to each monthly meeting to promote the company’s productions, to collaborate and find new talent.
While Quids In isn’t involved in film, it’s an en equally vital part of the creative ecosystem that Kim Templeton and Jamie Rodden were trying to create when they set up the networking event.
The name for the theatre company came from the children’s entry fee of £1 that Chris set up for some of his Quids In productions.
The idea behind that is to make professional theatre production as accessible as possible to as many people – and their children, says Chris.
He works hard to find work for his company, whether that’s holding murder-mystery evenings in local venues, staging pantos, or taking a production on tour to the USA, Canada and Europe.
Heaven’s Gate, by Annie James, a play featuring the lives of passengers aboard the Titanic, is the production Chris is taking on tour this summer.
He’ll be visiting all the cities with strong links to the famous passenger ship that struck an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean on 15th April, 1912: New York, Halifax, Cobh in Ireland and Cherbourg, France.
And they’re playing the Edinburgh Festival for two weeks in the middle of that!
This is a great story for an Aberdeen-based theatre company. The bottom line: get yourself to the networking event if you want to find opportunities like this.