NEW INCK is a theatre company working collaboratively to tell the hidden stories that often go unnoticed. Theatre can share new perspectives and create space for conversation which is what our work invokes. Originally created by Natalie Arle-Toyne, Scenes Unseen was New Inck's first production, in association with the Tron Theatre, which brought together unseen gems from Alan Ayckbourn, Patrick Marber and Athol Fugard, with world premieres from emerging Scottish playwrights which was hailed by critics as ‘...that rare beast...a bold theatrical experiment that is also remarkably entertaining’ (Times****) and ‘a fascinating evening of theatre.’ (Scotsman ****). Sarah Rose Graber was brought on board as Co-Artistic Director, moving the company into a new chapter of artistic growth and added a focus on original productions created by the artistic team.
SARAH ROSE GRABER
Sarah Rose Graber is a multidisciplinary theatre artist working between the US and UK. She attended Northwestern University in Chicago studying theatre and received her acting certificate from RADA in London. Graber is a Circumnavigator Scholar Grant winner having traveled around the world to South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, the US, and the UK exploring theatre for social change. She was named one of “15 Women to Watch in 2015” by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and was awarded a prestigious US-UK Fulbright Grant in 2013 to work with professional theatre companies across the UK researching devising based practices and making interdisciplinary theatrical experiences. She is the recipient of the MacArthur International Connections Fund for her production of Reprise which was performed both in Chicago and Glasgow as part of National Theatre of Scotland's Home Away Festival.
In the UK, Graber has worked with the National Theatre of Scotland (TIN FOREST, GRANITE, HOME AWAY, EXCHANGE 2018), Playwrights’ Studio Scotland (STAGE TO PAGE), Fuel (THE ROOF), New Inck (SCENES UNSEEN, GOLD DUST), Tron (TRON 100 FESTIVAL), the LIFT festival (TURFED), Scottish Youth Theatre (NEBULA, BIT BY BIT, CREATIVE SPACES, STEALING STARS), Surge (DIRTY LAUNDRY CAMPAIGN) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (HUNTING OF THE SNARK).
Graber is a lover of travel and enjoys working across cultures. Her work often takes on a feminist perspective, explores issues of social change and plays with humour.
Natalie Arle-Toyne is an Actress, Singer, Writer and Producer based in Scotland. She has her MA Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), studied acting at the Uta Hagen Institute, HB Studio, in New York, and has her BA in Psychology, Drama and Jazz & Popular Voice from the UND.
Most recently, Natalie's short story Sumbridge Drive won the John Byrne Award Sept 2019. Natalie played Mrs Boeuf in the CATS Award winning production of Rhinoceros at the Royal Lyceum and for the Edinburgh International Festival in a co-production with Turkey’s DOT Theatre. She also features as Siobhan in BAFTA nominated Only You, Harry Wootliff’s directorial debut which will premiere later this year. She can be seen as Eve in the pilot Fail for Comedy Unit and BBC and Dr Bicknell in River City (BBC).
Some of her theatre credits include Eddie and The Slumber Sisters for National Theatre of Scotland/Catherine Wheels, Arabian Nights at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Til Death Do Us Part for Solus Productions, Dulcinea in Don Quixote at the Oran Mor, Angelina in The Sound of Cracking Bones for Stella Quines/Visible Fictions, Prudy Pingleton in Hairspray for the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in their Summer Season production, Marta in Sondheim's Company (Insideout Productions), Rafaella in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Insideout Theatre Productions).
Natalie is a fine cook and enjoys feeding people. She also loves traveling and has two one-woman shows which tour the world and will soon be taking her from Livorno to Montenegro to Haifa.
In development, "My broken Finger, Your Broken Leg" (working title) is a piece of tragi-comic gig theatre for 14 and up written by Natalie Arle-Toyne with music by Oğuz Kaplangi and direction by Sarah Rose Graber.
An excerpt was shown at the Traverse Theatre on the 6th November 2019, as part of Imaginate's Scratch That!
Hayley accidentally turns from outsider to class counsellor, and begins to use her classmates’ stories at open mic events with her guitar - first as stimuli for her songwriting, moving towards a gallus airing of their secrets.
The play looks at the adage, ‘my broken finger is the same as your broken leg’ - the idea that all pain is equal and valid when contextualised. But can we really equate the pain of a betrayal in a disintegrating friendship, with the struggles of a refugee who has seen horrors and arrives in a new country with nothing? Is pain truly equal? How do we navigate our own personal horrors in a world that is seemingly going to hell?
Sara Shaarawi's "Lelah" and Siobhan Reilly Nicholls "The Sitting Month" were chosen by audience and panel, to be taken forward for a week development and a work-in-progress showing in the final stage of Scenes Unseen in Jan 2017, in association with the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
Scenes Unseen looks for new writing to compliment world premieres from established names. Our past projects have unearthed world-premieres from Alan Ayckbourn, Patrick Marber, DC Jackson, Douglas Maxwell, Sue Glover and Athol Fugard.
New Inck teamed up with playwright Ros Borland on GOLD DUST which culminated in a successful event at the Dalmellington Community Centre. It included several scenes from the larger production, protest chants by local school children, the Dalmellington brass band, interactive exhibits displayed by the Scottish Mining Museum and a soup kitchen with thanks to Tunnocks for the gift of teacakes and caramel bars.
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Sarah Rose Graber Joins New Inck
After previously directing our productions of Scenes Unseen, Gold Dust and leading multiple new work developments, we are delighted to bring Sarah Rose Graber on board as Co-Artistic Director of New Inck. Her experience of working internationally, growing new ideas into full productions, and staging multidisciplinary collaborative projects is an ideal fit for the aims of the company in our next phase of artistic growth.
Graber says, “It’s a true honour to join the New Inck family and gain an artistic home in the UK. I’m incredibly proud to be part of a company that creates new work and features voices that haven’t been heard. I look forward to sharing these important pieces with our audiences and engaging in conversations that tackle big topics.”
When Natalie Arle-Toyne created New Inck, she wanted to produce new work by emerging and established writers. Over the years, the success of the company has allowed the never before seen work from Alan Ayckbourn, Patrick Marber, DC Jackson, Douglas Maxwell, and Athol Fugard to be staged. With Graber as a new addition, New Inck is looking forward to creating more original work and creating productions on a larger scale.
When asking about what this change will bring to the company, Natalie Arle-Toyne says, “New Inck is ready for this new surge of energy and I am excited to be partnering with such a creative force in Sarah Rose Graber. I can’t wait to announce the new projects and partnerships we have lined up.”
Co-Artistic Directer, Sarah Rose Graber, and Serendipity
Sarah Rose does a Ted Talk -
Serendipity: creativity through happy accidents
Often in creative processes there is a moment when we are surprised by an accidental discovery which allows things to click differently than anticipated. In these moments, happy accidents can lead to surprising and innovative developments. Sarah Rose Graber discusses how serendipity has shaped her work as a theatre artist and how we can invite serendipity into our own lives. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx