Three short films about the creation of a new production that combines words, music and dance to give expression to The Age of Anxiety, performed on the Eastgate stage on 28 August 2021.


Words feed into a new production that combines words, music and dance to give expression to The Age of Anxiety.

Stage 1 Words:  The trailer features tutor Clare Prenton and writers Pat Goodacre,  Anita John and Cath Shepheard.


This is Stage 2: Words into Music.  The trailer features writer/musician Trish Timmins performing Postcards.

The next stage of the project is Music into Dance and is being rehearsed  to prepare for filming.

The culmination of the project will be a filmed live performance.


This is Stage 3: Music into Dance. In the final part of this series of features, dance artist Sara Boles and some of the dance participants share their process and reactions to creating a unique piece of choreography in time for a live performance on Saturday 28 August.

Arts in the Age of Anxiety 
Just as Scotland started its post-Christmas lockdown, the Eastgate boldly launched a project with the aim of creating a live performance reflecting life stages, to be performed in the theatre at the end of summer.
Arts in the Age of Anxiety involves a different groups of  writers, dancers and musicians working separately and then together to explore their feelings about and responses to, the various forms of anxiety that affect life in these extraordinary times.
Stage 1 – Words  this film is an insight into the work of Clare Prenton who led a group of 10 writers, to develop their ideas in a series of zoom sessions.

Stage 2 – Words and Music

In this short feature Trish Timmins explains the inspiration behind Postcards, her song  that developed out of the same zoom sessions with tutor Clare Prenton and the Acting Up writers group.

Stage 3 – Music and Dance

In the final part of the series, dance artist Sara Boles discusses her experience leading a diverse group of dancers, creating a unique choreographic response to music and working together throughout the summer towards a one-hour LIVE performance on Saturday 28 August at the Eastgate Theatre.

This project is supported by funding from Creative Scotland.