The Lyceum Announces its first year of L20 artists

  • The Lyceum is delighted to announce the successful candidates for the theatre’s pilot artist attachment scheme, L20:
  • Following an overwhelming number of strong applications, the decision was made to increase capacity for this year’s scheme to 21, with the group including producers, designers, directors, writers, composers, choreographers and more
  • The scheme, set to take place over the course of 2021, will offer shadowing placement on a Lyceum project, workshops, one-to-one advice sessions with theatre creatives, invitations to rehearsals and readings where appropriate, access to staff able to advise on a range of areas including press, marketing, fundraising, producing, and more
  • Each participant will receive a £1,000 stipend to cover the time they dedicate to the programme with additional funds available to cover expenses such as travel and childcare.


The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to announce the names of the L20 – the theatre’s multi-discipline artists attachment programme.

The creatives we’re thrilled to welcome to The Lyceum’s pilot year are (alphabetically by first name):

Producer Alexandra Lort Phillips, previously a project manager working in media, social work, festivals and humanitarian work.
Theatre maker, clown and interdisciplinary artist Alice Cooper, who is passionate about using their arts practice to create a more sustainable future
Director Andrea Cabrera Luna, whose work with trained and untrained performers focuses on comedy and physicality
Playwright Andrew Thompson, whose work includes In Event of Moone Disaster (Theatre502 Award) and If We Don’t Grow Old Together We Can Only Grow Apart (Lyceum Youth Theatre)
Choreographer Tony Mills, previously trained as a veterinary surgeon and is now Artistic Director of Room 2 Manoeuvre, a dance company mixing hip hop, contemporary dance and physical theatre
Playwright Clare Duffy, who is interested in queer, intersectional-feminist, digital and immersive performance. She is the Artistic Director of Civid Digits C.I.C
Composer Daniel Padden, whose work includes the musical adventure WhirlyGig, which he co-directed
Playwright Ellie Stewart, whose plays include Hope and Joy, A Different Country and The Return
Director, playwright and prop-maker Emily Ingram, whose interests are in new writing and reworking of classics through disabled, queer and feminist lenses
Theatre maker and director Emma Lynne Harley, whose exciting work combines her skills as a cabaret performer, artist and stage manager
Scenic artist Eve Murray, a freelance scenic artist and designer working in theatre, film and events
Playwright and actor Gavin Yule, a member of Lung Ha Theatre Company and digital young artist with Birds of Paradise
Playwright Hammaad Chaudry, whose work – including An Ordinary Muslim, God Willing, Salaam, and Mr Bush, have been performed in the UK and America
Creative Producer Ida Casilli, a passionate promoter of new writing, creative learning and community engagement projects
Playwright Katy Nixon, short-story writer for magazine The Leither and author of plays Straight Outta Saughton, Then I Met You, and Fingers
Producer and playwright Laila Noble, currently Assistant Producer at Dance Base Scotland, was winner of the Scottish Arts’ Club ‘Bright Spark’ award in 2018 and runner up for Theatre Uncut’s Political Playwrighting Award in 2019 with Moonlight on Leith
Director Leonor Estrada creates visceral, political work that combines physical theatre, devising, testimonial theatre, video-art and performance
Designer Mamoru Iriguchi’s background is in zoology, informing his visually striking and surreally humorous work. In addition to design work, Mamoru created and starred in CATS-nominated Eaten
Director Niloo-Far Khan’s interest is in new writing, particularly in bringing a diversity of modern Scottish stories to the stage and screen
Choreographer Róisín O’Brien has been making work in Scotland since 2016 whilst also writing for dance-specific and national publications
Playwright Xana Marwick has trained with Playwrights Studio and BBC Writersroom, and has a particular interest in telling stories that have a sprinkling of magic-dust, about people who have been let down, left behind, or left out.


L20 is The Lyceum’s new artist attachment programme, bringing together an exciting of theatre artists. All based in the Edinburgh region, these diverse artists contribute a mix of disciplines, experience levels and personal experiences to the theatre. To help develop and support the L20, there are weekly meetings, career surgeries, quarterly workshops, dramaturgical opportunities and the chance to see The Lyceum’s productions.

This one-year pilot programme aims to put the artists at the heart, and will explore all the possibilities of Scotland’s major producing theatre. We hope the programme will energise both The Lyceum and our L20 artists – supporting the development of these artists and sparking new creative collaborations. The L20 will each be paid a stipend of £1,000 to cover the time they spend on the core learning activity of the programme.

In addition, one-to-one advice and support sessions with Artistic Director, Associate Directors, Producer, Literary Associate; invitation to join Lyceum readings, workshops, and rehearsals where appropriate; opportunity for access to Lyceum staff able to advise on specific areas, such as press, communication, marketing, fundraising, production, and creative learning will all be made available to participants.

The programme, where initially 20 creative people are invited to join The Lyceum for a year, was announced at the beginning of 2020 but implementation was delayed as the Covid 19 restrictions forced The Lyceum to rethink its creative programme. The scheme has been retained at the core of The Lyceum’s revised plans because the pandemic has also served to highlight the continued vital importance of development opportunities for theatre artists.


Artistic Director David Greig said: “The Lyceum is a producing theatre and, as such, we must constantly refresh and widen our pool of talent. L20 is a program intended to shake up that talent engagement process. For The Lyceum to make the most exciting work possible we need connections with local theatre-makers with big ideas, who feel at home on our main stage, and are confident working at the scale and ambition of a big city theatre. L20 is our chance to gather an exciting group of writers, directors, designers, composers, and producers - who all have a track record of making impressive small-scale work - to get to know them, and to help them take the next steps in their artistic careers. This will help The Lyceum secure our theatrical future, and we hope it will also contribute to Edinburgh’s wider theatrical life.

L20 is founded on the principle of connection. Artists from different backgrounds, experience levels, and disciplines will mix and share workshops, discussions and practical experiences. That mixing will spark interesting new connections and ideas. The Lyceum will endeavour to offer practical help to support those artists as they develop their ideas. The L20 group will learn about the details of producing work on big stages. They will also learn and spark off each other, and lastly but very importantly, The Lyceum will learn from them. Their politics, ideas, inspirations and lived experience will inform us as we try to understand the city and times in which we live, and work out what theatre is most needed in a post-pandemic world.

Connection was always the impetus for L20 but right now, it seems more important than ever– Covid 19 has had an isolating effect on artists, especially freelancers and it presents a real danger to a collaborative, constantly evolving art-form like ours. Across the world, theatre is asking itself What Next? – to answer that question we need a host of diverse voices. I hope L20 can be a part of that discussion.


L20 member Niloo-Far Khan said: “I have made a conscious effort to understand the way in which professional theatre venues work, as I believe that all parts of the theatre have to work together to make the best work and draw the best audiences. I believe being part of L20 could help me understand how different areas of the creative team work together to run the building as well as their individual and unique creative practises to develop new works. Having that one-to-one guidance will allow me to have a better understanding and hopefully a chance to ask advice on my own practise.”

L20 member Andrea Cabrera Luna said: “I’m delighted to be part of L20 and I look forward to meeting other local artists and engage with the Lyceum Theatre. Maintaining a sense of community and inclusion during this pandemic is crucial for the sustenance of our arts ecology.”


The Lyceum, the theatre industry, and the world has undergone momentous upheaval since the programme was initially formulated. The way The Lyceum creates theatre and shares art has been radically altered, and subsequently the programme has adapted to match, and will continue to be refined in light of what we are safely able to do throughout 2021.

As The Lyceum is beginning to make work again, we feel that we are now able to offer tangible professional development opportunities to artists. Much of the L20 programme will be run online, but we will offer in person opportunities and outdoor meetings where possible and safe. L20 will always comply with Covid regulations, and will be mindful of any individual requirements for additional precautions.

L20 is supported by Creative Scotland through its Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.



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