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Interview with Civic Scratch artist: Barnsley’s own Hayley Youell from The OUTFIT Collective

We gain an artist’s insight into performance scratch nights; where companies try out their new work for a public audience, in an interview with Barnsley’s own Hayley Youell from The OUTFIT Collaborative - ahead of the Civic Scratch on Thursday 28 April.


How did you find out about Civic Scratch?

I found out about the Civic Scratch through Ian [Morley, Theatre Programmer at The Civic] and the opportunity became part of my project as Artist in Residency [The Civic also supports local aspiring artists every summer through their Civic Artist in Residency Programmed (CARP); offering space and can support small bursaries]. The application process was straight forward and communication clear.


What are you hoping to achieve from the performing in the Civic Scratch?

The Scratch is a great opportunity to share and test out ideas. Central to my current work is research and collaboration, I am excited to engage people again in this process. I hope to use feedback to inform how we further develop the work, both conceptually and in building and creating an experience. I am particularly intrigued to see how audiences will respond to some different elements of sound design we have been experimenting with.


What do you think other aspiring artists can achieve from performing at the Civic Scratch?

For aspiring artists, it will provide inspiration, clarity and new connections.


What do you think the audience will enjoy from attending the Civic Scratch?

From my previous experience of Scratch Nights at the Civic, the audience can expect an intriguing feast of work. It’s refreshing and empowering as an audience member to be part of a two-way process and dialogue with the artists in shaping a new piece of performance/theatre. It’s almost as if you are being treated to a pre- preview, an insight to the artistic process and the guts of an idea.


The Civic Scratch night gives Northern based emerging artists and companies a chance to try out their new work in front of a public audience, and gain feedback to develop it further.

The five artists testing out their new shows at the Civic Scratch on Thursday 28 April are North East dance theatre company Company of Others, Manic Chord Theatre and Paper Whale from West Yorkshire, The Bare Project from Sheffield, and Barnsley’s own The OUTFIT Collaborative.

The audience reserve their tickets for free and ‘Pay What You Can Afford’ on the night based on what they feel the performances were worth, the proceeds are then split equally between all artists and The Civic.

For more information and to book visit the Civic Scratch page or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.