Glasgow-based Ankur Productions has played a pioneering role in developing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic arts in Scotland. Set up in 2004, it mounts professional theatre productions, music and literature events and runs an extensive programme of community workshops.
Described by Joyce McMillan as “one of the few Scottish companies committed to working across all the cultures now represented in Scottish society” (The Scotsman, June 2008), Ankur encourages greater dialogue and exchange between people from different cultural backgrounds, whether they come from Lerwick or Lahore, Mogadishu or Mumbai. Our activities provide a bridge between Scotland’s various communities, as participants and audiences, and between the mainstream arts sector and BAME practitioners.
Ankur’s productions and events have attracted a growing following from all communities to venues such as the Citizens Theatre, the Tron, the Traverse, the Arches and the Centre for Contemporary Arts. Its 2008 Tramway production of Heer Ranjha (retold) was described as “one of the most original productions you'll see at the moment.” (Pauline McLean, BBC Scotland). Ankur's 2010 production Roadkill received several awards during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award and the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize.
"Their fusion of community work and ambitious productions is a leading edge within Scottish theatre." (Gareth K Vile on Ankur Productions, The Skinny)
|Phone Number||00 44 141 559 4935|
|Based in Scotland||Yes|
|Artistic Policy||Ankur Productions aims to transform the representation of Black and Minority Ethnic artists and Black and Minority Ethnic communities in the production, consumption and enjoyment of arts and culture in Scotland.|
Ankur aims to change the expectations, aspirations and perceptions of audiences and funders.
|Type of Work||Drama, Young People (13 yrs & above), Dance, World Music, Film|
|Scale||Middle Scale Venues, Small Scale Venues, Community Venues, Schools|
|Past Productions||2010: Playback, by D Anderson, dir. P Cunneen, The Briggait|
Roadkill, dir. C Bissett, Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre
2009: Love’s Time’s Beggar, dir C Bissett, Tron Theatre
Danny 306 + Me (4Ever), by D Greig, dir X Maclean & P Chaal, Tron Theatre
Mwanwashe, by T Sitholé, dir. A Ritchie, CCA
Vaisakhi Drums Behind Tenement Walls, by S Puri, dir. G Giesekam, CCA
2008: Mehfil II: Reem Kelani, Catriona Watt, Vida Kashizadeh, Shamim Azad, CCA
Scotland United II, The Arches
Feast, dir. C Bissett, Café Arta
Think Tank, dir. G Crichton, Out of the Blue, Drill Hall
Heer Ranjha (Retold), by S Khan, dir. D Singh,Tramway
2007: Scotland United, The Arches
Detainee A, by V Adams, dir. C Bissett, The Arches
Clarisa, by I Allende, dir. C Bissett, Scottish Storytelling Centre
A Festive Fairytale, dir. D Singh, G12
2006: Fewer Emergencies, by M Crimp, dir. D Singh, Citizens Theatre
2005: The Trial, by S Berkoff & F Kafka, dir. D Singh, Tramway
2004: Mehfil:Jackie Kay, Liz Lochead, Kishwar Naheed & others, Tramway
|Venues Visited Regularly||The Arches|
|Regular Funders||Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council|
Scotch Broth Productions
Catalyst Dance Management
Grinagog Theatre Company
Aiyana D'Arcangelo - Freelance Producer/Project Manager
Poorboy/The Bell Rock Co.
Talking Birds Theatre co
Barrfields Theatre Ayrshire
Susan Hay Consulting
Killearn Village Hall
Hawick Town Hall
Galashiels Volunteer Hall
Ayr Gaiety Theatre
The Touring Network Highlands and Islands, formally PAN
Susannah Jeffries - Freelance Project Manager
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