Plutôt la Vie’s - A Clean Sweep

Company Profile

Plutôt La Vie is a Scottish touring theatre company with a European flavour producing imaginative, vibrant, entertaining and visually driven performances for touring throughout Scotland and abroad.

Driven by the unique collaboration of Tim Licata and Ian Cameron, Plutôt La Vie has delighted family audiences throughout Scotland with A Clean Sweep (innovative theatre that defies classification) By the Seat of Your Pants (sequence after sequence of inspired comedy…!) and First You’re Born a co-production with the Byre Theatre (a white-knuckle roller coaster ride into the surreal).

Plutôt La Vie also provides educational programmes for young people, community groups, professionals and families in a variety of settings.  We believe passionately in providing an educational experience that augments our performance work, resulting in an enhanced experience for our audiences, particularly students and young people.

Company History

2002 - Plutôt La Vie founded by Ian Cameron and Tim Licata.

2003 – Awarded Seed Funding from the Scottish Arts Council to develop A Clean Sweep.  Residency at Dance Base and support from the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh.

2004 – Scottish Arts Council funding to develop A Clean Sweep to full production.

A Clean Sweep tours to 22 venues throughout Scotland. Education programme accompanies the production.    

2005 - A Clean Sweep at Dance Base, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and The Ark, Dublin Fringe Festival, Young Fringe Programme.

2006 - A Clean Sweep tours to Theatre of the World Festival, San Diego State University.  Participation in Imaginate, Bank of Scotland International Children’s International Theatre Festival and Belfast Children’s Festival. First English Tour.

2007 - A Clean Sweep tours to Portugal, Serralves Foundation Festival of Visual Art, Porto. Further touring to Tron Theatre Glasgow, The Byre Theatre St. Andrews, Theatre Royal Bath; the egg,  Regal Theatre Bathgate and the Glasgow Inspiration Festival.  English tour (Dorset, Somerset and Devon). The Scottish Arts Council awards Plutôt La Vie funding for production and touring of First You’re Born. Imaginate Inspiration Fund grant to development a new work for young audiences for 2009.  Residency at Dance Base.  Plutôt La Vie becomes a company limited by guarantee and is granted charitable status by the Office of the Scottish Charity Register (O.S.C.R.).

2008 – Public and professional Clowning workshops. SAC funded New Work Development of By the Seat of Your Pants.  Outdoor Clandestine Clowning for Serralves Festival in Portugal. Negociations for First You’re Born co-production with the Byre Theatre.

2009 - Flik Flak; The Story of an Angel and a Demon for FEET FIRST, Edinburgh Winter Festivals.  First You’re Born co-production with the Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, also toured to Platform in Glasgow and Howden Park Centre, Livingston.  Clandestine Clowning for Byre Theatre Inside Out Festival 2009.

2010 – Co-production with Howden Park Centre to bring By the Seat of Your Pants to a full production for a national tour.

2011 – Awarded Creative Scotland funding for a Highlands and Islands tour of By the Seat of Your Pants May/ June 2012 – to include dates in Portugal at the Serralves Festival and the Imaginate children’s festival.

2011 – Awarded Creative Scotland funding to develop two new works: The Builders, by Line Knutzen, at the Traverse Theatre (presentation – 21st January 2012, Traverse Theatre) and The Architect and the Emperor, exploration and development at Howden Park Centre and Dancebase – presentation – March 31st 2012, Dancebase).

2012 – By the Seat of Your Pants Highlands & Islands tour

2013 – A Clean Sweep tours to Malaysia and Singapore, By the Seat of Your Pants English tour and Couldn’t Care Less co-production with Strange Theatre tours Scotland.

First You’re Born - cast members

Tim Licata – Artistic Director

Tim is a performer, director and teacher.  He has worked with companies such as:  Theatre Sans Frontieres, benchtours, Vienna International Theatre, House of Candles (New York), and Shakespeare Company Berlin.  Tim trained as a performer with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux in Paris and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago.  From 1998 – 2000 Tim led Clowning workshops and directed a performance of Bertolt Brecht’s play ‘Man is Man’ with Muslim and Serbian youth theatre groups in Bosnis-Hercegovina.  Tim also works for Hearts&Minds, an Edinburgh based arts-in-health organisation providing the Clowndoctors and Elderflowers programmes to health care units across Scotland.  He is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner and teaches Awareness Through Movement at Dance Base in Edinburgh.

Ian Cameron – Associate Director

Ian is a performer and director in physical theatre, puppetry and masks.  He trained as a visual artist at Central School of Art and Design in London and in theatre with Desmond Jones, Philippe Gaulier and Pierre Byland.  He has performed at the Royal National Theatre and the English National Opera.  As a performer/director/deviser, he has worked with companies including:  Triangle, Quicksilver, Clydebuilt Puppets, the Puppet Lab., Shona Reppe Puppets and Montreal based ‘Theatre Sans Fil.’  Ian also works as a clowndoctor with Hearts&Minds, an arts-in-health organisation based in Edinburgh.

Dani Rae – General Manager

Dani is a freelance producer, dramaturg and consultant.  She has worked with and for some of the UK’s leading arts agencies and theatre companies including: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Imaginate, Starcatchers, Gill Robertson, Wee Stories Theatre, Reeling & Writhing, Royal Lyceum, Errol White Company and Magnetic North.  Internationally, Dani has worked in Berlin with Chamaeleon Productions and Y2D Productions as booker and PR for their multi award-winning production LEO, and with Dublin based Brokentalkers during their run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 when she also was Operations Manager for Scottish Opera’s new Fringe venture, Paterson’s Land.
Dani also produces for Wolfgang Hoffmann’s Aurora Nova Productions managing Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit, for Live Theatre, Newcastle’s Captain Amazing and for Grinagog Theatre Company.  www.danirae.co.uk.

Melanie Jordan – Associate Artist

Melanie is a director, performer and workshop facilitator for youth and community theatre groups. Since graduating from Queen Margaret University in 2009, she has devised and performed with Organic Theatre in UK and Italy, directed for Twa Dugs Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Fringe and Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and returned to Queen Margaret University as a visiting lecturer in Drama and Performance.
Melanie performs and directs with Clownstepping and is co-founder of Scrapyard, an innovative new theatre project that provides professional development opportunities for theatre artists. Melanie is currently co-devising Torn with Faux Theatre, touring in 2014.

Plutôt la Vie Board Members

With a core company of artistic director and producer, supplemented by freelance specialists, the Board of Directors is the company’s principle decision-maker. The Board will: approve Plutôt la Vie’s overall direction and major policies; support Plutôt la Vie ‘staff’ in these policies; approve budgets and monitor financial activity; ensure the company is operating within the law and with good practice, and act both as Trustees of the registered charity and Board of Directors of the company limited by guarantee. Board members include:

Ben Fletcher-Watson – Chair – Freelance

Laura Tyrrell - Community Arts Coordinator, West Lothian Council

Tim Licata – Artistic Director, Plutôt la Vie

Ian Cameron – Performer/ Director/ Teacher.

Plutôt la Vie is generously supported by Creative Scotland