ABOUT FLINT & PITCH

AIMS

Flint & Pitch Productions was established in 2016 by director Jenny Lindsay, a spoken word poet, performer, programmer and promoter who was one-half of cult literary cabaret Rally & Broad (2012 – 16). It was set up partly to continue the stellar work of Rally & Broad in showcasing spoken word to new audiences, popularising the art-form and championing new voices alongside established literary and performance talent, and partly to explore new ways of taking spoken word to new spaces, particularly into theatre spaces.

With a firm commitment to paying all artists who take to Flint & Pitch’s stages, at all levels, alongside a love and passion for creating innovative showcases and unique formats for shows, Flint & Pitch has since firmly established itself as a vital part of the burgeoning spoken word and live literature scene in Edinburgh and beyond.

PAST EVENTS

From October 2016 – July 2017, Flint & Pitch was grateful to receive Creative Scotland funding towards the costs of a diverse series of  seven “Revue” shows at The Bongo Club, as well as towards the cost of the scene-changing “Flint & Pitch Presents” series at The Scottish Storytelling Centre, which focused on providing a new platform for touring spoken word theatre alongside local support artists.

In addition to this core funded project, Flint & Pitch also programmed events for the Scottish Book Trust, the Festival of Politics, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Hidden Door and, notably, the Lyceum Theatre, with the Lyceum Variety Nights gaining 4 and 5 star reviews across the board.

Moving into Year 2, Flint & Pitch is delighted to continue providing new spaces and platforms for spoken word, theatre and music, alongside a great range of partners over the next year. Keep an eye out for our upcoming events! As a small organisation with big ambitions and a core team who all have a passion for live literature of all kinds, we welcome event commissions from partners and organisations who share these goals.

THE CORE TEAM!

JENNY LINDSAY

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(Director/ Programmer, promoter, compere. Photo credit: Ryan McGoverne)

Jenny Lindsay has been writing, performing, programming and promoting spoken word in various ways since 2002. As both a performer and writer as well as a programmer, Jenny has been widely credited with championing spoken word artists in Scotland over the last 15 years, providing many acts with their first experience of professional platforms, popularising the art-form through a dedication to booking excellent acts in new spaces (first with The Big Word {alongside Anita Govan & Jem Rolls} 2002 – 2008), Is This Poetry? (2010), and alongside Rachel McCrum with Rally & Broad (2012 – 2016), “providing a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene.” (The List). Though spoken word is Jenny’s primary passion, she has a keen eye on the emerging music scene in Scotland and enjoys bringing multiple art-forms together under one roof in any event she programmes.

CAMERON FOSTER & SIAN BEVAN

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Co-comperes

(Photo credit: Chris Scott)

Cameron Foster was co-host of The Flint & Pitch Revue series from Jan – Jun 2017, as well as being the admin assistant and graphic designer for the Creative Scotland funded project from Oct 2016. He is also an experienced events host through his work with the Saltire Society and LeithLate. Sian Bevan was co-host of the groundbreaking Lyceum Variety Nights and is a regular compere of events across Edinburgh as well as being a writer, comedian and performer.  In Year 2, all Flint & Pitch events will be hosted with warmth and wit a-plenty by Sian, Jenny, Cameron and combinations thereof!

CHRIS SCOTT

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(Documentation)

Chris Scott is a well-kent face on the live literary scene in Edinburgh, providing documentation of many events over the last 7 years. He is the core photographer for Flint & Pitch events, as he was of Rally & Broad before it, providing excellent coverage that tells the story of all of our events.

Other folks!

Flint & Pitch also benefits from excellent event and promotion assistants who assist on an ad-hoc basis, as well as a core of supportive venues for potential events.

Most importantly, and above-all: with a solid base of excellent spoken word poets, theatre-makers, literary poets, musicians and songmakers to draw from, all of our events are carefully curated to provide a memorable experience for audiences and a great platform for our artists to share their work. With a firm commitment to showcasing the best of new spoken word alongside established acts you’ll also find us on the scout at many local poetry and music events! We also welcome pitches from potential performers: see the Open Call page for more info!

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events soon! See the Upcoming Events page for our forthcoming shows.