News From Nowhere @ The Festival of Politics!


News From Nowhere @ The Festival of Politics!

Friday 19 August 2016

The Scottish Parliament Cafe/ Bar, Edinburgh. 16:00 – 17:30

Flint & Pitch is delighted to announce the first production of 2016 – a special, commissioned event for the Festival of Politics!

‘News From Nowhere’ is a line-up of spoken word, theatre and music from top Scotland-based artists. Tales from reimagined cities; utopian dreams meet dystopian visions; how does our built environment affect our politics, our society, our culture? Come explore these themes at an event that promises to be entertaining, thought-provoking, provocative and playful in equal measure! Host Jenny Lindsay is joined by Bram E Gieben, Lake Montgomery, Rosanna Hall and Dog On A Swing for a late afternoon of collaborations and solo performances, inspired by the themes of William Morris’s novel News From Nowhere.


Bram E Gieben aka Texture - Photo by Bryce Powrie

Bram E. Gieben is a writer / performer and spoken word artist. In 2015 he became the Scottish Slam Champion, and produced his first solo show, EXNIHILO, with the Shift/ Collective, with a show that gained a 4-star review from The Scotsman. He makes music as Texture, writes and performs fiction with Writers Bloc, and considers himself an illegitimate Glaswegian.



Paris, Texas-born, globe wandering, soul singing, troubadour inspiration Lake Montgomery is a soulful songwriter whose songs “make your heart hurt happy!” She has performed all across Europe and the States and is now based in Edinburgh, where she is widely-regarded as one of the city’s most captivating live music acts.




Dog On A Swing is the pseudonym under which Ed Ritchie writes and plays music, based in Edinburgh. Sometimes solo, often collaborative, Ed creates brilliant understated songwriting in an earthy, sincere style. Two studio EPs- ‘On Love’ followed by ‘After Work’ can be streamed at Dog On A Swing’s set will also feature the stunning voices of Castle Chorus!



Rosanna is an award-winning Scottish playwright and cellist who has a Masters in Writing for Theatre and Performance. She enjoys working in a variety of ways including devising, live music collaboration, performance poetry, solo structured playwriting projects and other mischief. She particularly enjoys telling stories and devising characters that are unheard on the stage. As an artist, her work is inherently political and she will be debuting new work as part of ‘News From Nowhere.’


“News From Nowhere” will also feature, and be hosted by…


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Jenny Lindsay is one of Scotland’s best known spoken word artists. She has been writing and producing spoken word events since 2002. She was the Rally half of acclaimed cabaret duo Rally & Broad (2012 – 2016) and is the director of Flint & Pitch Productions. Her debut solo show ‘Ire & Salt’ gained a 4-star review from The Scotsman, and praise from the Orwell Society for her reinterpretation of Julia from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. “Full of hope, humanity and humour.” (The Scotsman)


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