Stepping Up, Stepping Out

In 2021, a group of women and girls from North Edinburgh, aged between 14-26, explored their experiences of the COVID pandemic through filmmaking.

A series of creative workshops with guest artists were developed to enable participants to make new friends, build their confidence and address their emotional resilience in a safe and supportive environment.

Stellar Quines worked in partnership with SHE Scotland and Stepping Stones to run this project, funded by Inspiring Scotland.

The project has returned for 2022. Watch this space to see what they create…

Inside the auditorium at the screening of the film Masquerade at North Edinburgh Arts - the film is playing on the screen and women are socially distanced in the raked seating. the photo is taken from the back of the performance space.
Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

Workshops and artists

The workshops allowed participants to be reflective while developing skills in writing, costume-making, directing and storytelling.

The product of their work was a short film, Masquerade, shot on location in Muirhouse with the participants working alongside a director to realise their final vision.

Thank you to the artists:

  • Playwrights: Nelly Kelly and Lynda Radley
  • Videographer: Jassy Earl
  • Theatre-maker and Director: Beth Godfrey
  • Costume-maker: Jessica Brettle
Brightly colour paper mask with tinfoil teardrops and wire over the nose and mouth


Masquerade Screening

On 26 June, the creators of Masquerade assembled for a screening of the film at North Edinburgh Arts.

Our Partner

Thank you to the team at Inspiring Scotland for their continued support for the Stepping Up, Stepping Out Project.

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Stellar Quines runs a range of projects working with young people, especially those who might not have had the opportunity to experience or make theatre before.

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A group of young women are standing backstage in a theatre listening to the crew talk about their work.