rachel jury : writer
rachel.jury (at) racheljury.co.uk / 07811 394 058

Rachel is a writer, director, producer she fulfils most of these roles as Artistic Director for the cross-artfom organisation conFAB.

Biog
Rachel studied acting at East 15 Acting School, after which she has done a little less acting but a lot more writing, directing and producing. She is currently Artistic Director for the cross-artfom organisation conFAB. She escaped the deepest darkest depths of middle England and having tried out London and New York for size currently resides in Glasgow, Scotland.

Over the past eight years she has developed a range of works for the stage varying from one woman shows (I don't Want to Talk About It and A Thousand Kindnesses) to large scale musicals exploring contemporary social issues (The Gates, Miss Smith and Cocktail: fear, pain, power) to a musical oratorio (Music of Strangers). She has also developed verbatim theatre working with vulnerable communities (My Fabulous Tartan Frock, To Be Somebody).

Rachel is also a lapsed poet and has performed her work at a variety of locations across Britain and Europe from Brighton to Dundee to Dublin. Her poems and short stories have been published in: Chameleon, Nomad, Cutting Teeth, Citizen 32, Poetry Scotland, The Gay Read, Hidden City, Mookychick and her collection of poetry Laughin' Lesbians Vol 1.

She has worked for many years within the arts environment initiating, leading and managing a wide range of projects but with specific experience of cross-artform events that have brought together poetry, dance, theatre, music and film. In 2006 she received the Jackie Forster Memorial Pride Award for outstanding contribution to culture in Scotland.

Recent Work
Includes:
"I can think of several world-beating musicals that have started life with less, and gone on to global success" The Gates, Scotsman

To Be Somebody:
a multigenerational verbatim work with a school in Santiago, Chile exploring the issues surrounding at risk young people. September/October 2015.

A Thousand Kindnesses: a one woman show promoting kindnesses as an act of resistance against war. Premiered June 2015, Tron Theatre Glasgow, toured to Santiago, Chile 2015. Touring to Canada Montreal and Toronto June 2016.

"Breathlessly spanning the globe, Jury's stories are absorbing and powerful, harrowing and hopeful accounts alike brought to vivid life. There is, she suggests, always someone there, even in adversity." A Thousand Kindnesses, Across the Arts

Cocktail: fear, pain, power: verbatim music and vocal composition exploring the issues of Intra-Christian Sectarianism in Scotland, commissioned by West of Scotland Regional Equality Council 2015.

Music of Strangers: is an oratorio that mixes traditional and contemporary Roma and Scottish music. Toured across Scotland in 2013 and 2014.

Going Back Home: a two handed text based stage play based on the relationship between Nina Simone and Lorraine Hansberry. Two rehearsed reading at the Tron Theatre in 2012 and 2013. Full production October 2016, Summerhall Edinburgh.

I Don't Want to Talk About It: one woman live art work exploring the status of women in contemporary Britian. Premiered Arches Live Festival 2012, toured across Glasgow and Edinburgh 2013/14.

Miss Smith: the anti-poverty musical: is a musical that explores issues of social and economic justice in Glasgow today. Premiered at the Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow in Nov 2011, currently developing plans for a tour across Scotland in 2017.

The Gates: set in The Gateways, a small private members' club situated in a cellar of a shop, The Gates is a star crossed lovers' story which unfolds against the backdrop of gangster warfare. Following on from two sell out and highly acclaimed showcase productions in 2010-12 and the full production in October 2013 we aim to tour to London in 2017.

My Fabulous Tartan Frock: large scale verbatim work exploring issues around domestic violence, premiered at the Arches 2008 and toured across Glasgow 2009.

"Thank you for a wonderful show at the Tron on Friday night. It was a great, dramatic format to present some important awareness raising issues about the Roma and about the journey's they have had to make over the centuries. Really great original score from Andrew - captured the essence of their music without purloining it - very clever stuff - brilliantly played! The cast gave a superb show, very alive and engaging, wonderful principal singers too. I hope you get a chance to show it again - so pleased I was able to make it along!" Music of Strangers, Ninian Perry, Creative Director, Paragon