AN ARTISTIC director is set to step down from her role to take on a new position overseeing the largest number of plays in the UK.
Jemima Levick’s new role will see her oversee the commissioning and production of 35 plays per year.
Starting in 2021 Levick will start her role as Artisitc Director for A play, A Pie and a Pint in 2021.
Levick joins from Stellar Quines, a theatre company based in Edinburgh which works to celebrate the value and diversity of women and girls.
Speaking of her move, Levick said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining A Play, a Pie and a Pint in the spring of next year – to continue the brilliant work of David, April and Morag, and take the company into the next phase of its existence.
“As an organisation that started out as ‘an experiment’, it has long punched above its weight .
“The opportunities it offers are infinite, and feels particularly important now, at a time when live performance has stalled.
“A Play, a Pie and a Pint has a big part to play to help theatre bounce back.
“While I’m delighted to be headed west, I am very sorry to be leaving Stellar Quines.
“It’s such a brilliant, vital organisation and one that has taught me a huge amount.
“I leave behind an exceptional staff team and board of governors, who I know will do all they can to work with the new artistic lead and take the organisation into its next chapter”
During her time with the Stellar Quines, she has directed a number of productions including This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, Bingo! The Lover and The Last Queen of Scotland.
Levick joins A Play, a Pie and a Pint where every week the company presents a brand new play at lunchtime at Òran Mór in Glasgow’s West End.
Colin Beattie, Executive Producer at A Play, a Pie and a Pint, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Jemima Levick to A Play, a Pie and a Pint as the company’s new Artistic Director.
“All shortlisted candidates for the position were outstanding, our board were seriously impressed and ultimately spoilt for choice.
“These are challenging times for theatre but Jemima’s vast experience and nous will serve her well, and we look forward to the magic she will undoubtedly bring to David MacLennan’s legacy at A Play, a Pie and a Pint.
“At Òran Mór we will work hand in glove with Jemima to ensure we hit the ground running when restrictions are lifted, and, with the public behind us, we know great success will follow.”
Sue Moody, Chair of Stellar Quines Board, said: “Stellar Quines has been so fortunate to have Jemima as our leader. For the last five years she’s inspired the company and taken us to new creative heights, supporting women and girls in theatre.
“She’s also opened up transformational spaces for women whose voices are often unheard. We wish her all the best in her new role where she will continue to be a changemaker for theatre in Scotland and internationally.”