A New Conversation: Performances
Curated by: G5A, Scottish Storytelling Centre and Divya Bhatia & supported by the British Council

“The role of the storyteller is to awaken the storyteller in others” – Jack Zipes


A New Conversation is G5A's first artist residency for Scottish and Indian storytellers and musicians in Mumbai.


This project is essentially about kick-starting an exchange of ideas and building artistic dialogues and relationships between young storytellers and musicians from India and the UK, that will endure way beyond the initial contact. 


Conceived as a co-curation and artistic collaboration between the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture - Official (G5A) in Mumbai and the Scottish Storytelling Centre (SSC) in #Edinburgh two artists from #Scotland and two from #India have been selected to collaborate on a new performance (or performances). And curators from both arts organisations will play instrumental roles in the process.


The immediate result of this first residency will be a performance, along with collaborative workshops delivered by the artists in communities/schools local to both G5A and the SSC. The exposure and development for all of the emerging artists involved will be wide ranging. They will enhance their expertise as storytellers, their team-working skills and their ability to adapt their work for international audiences. And getting immersed in a foreign culture will open their eyes to new stories and ways of working. While audiences will get to enjoy a new, experimental and collaborative performance that has been developed with joy and rigour.


Look forward to music, theatre, storytelling and more.

About the artist

Daniel Allison is a Scottish writer, storyteller, musician and workshop leader based in Midlothian. He has travelled, lived, and worked in African villages, Nepalese monasteries, and the Amazon jungle. He now shares the stories that he has found on his journeys with people of all ages and from all walks of life.

He is the director at Among the Wild Deer, a project under which he offers storytelling and musical performances and workshops. Through this, Daniel delivers storytelling and musical performances, tours, talks, coaching and workshops. He performs at many schools and events throughout the year and spends most summer weekends performing at festivals with his partner, the folk singer and musician Lally O’Keeffe. His regular collaborators include TRACS, The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Knockengorroch Festival, Eden Festival, Audio Soup Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, Noisily Festival, Dunbar Scifest, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Museum of Flight, Midlothian Library Service and An Lanntair.



Eilidh Firth Music is a Glasgow-based fiddle player specialising in Scottish traditional music. Eilidh grew up in Dundee and began playing the violin at the age of six. In 2013, she graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Bachelors of Arts in Scottish Music. Eilidh has been a member of the five-piece Scottish folk band ‘Barluath’ since 2011 and has performed at festivals and concerts in Germany, France, Denmark and the USA. She features on two Barluath albums, ‘Source’ (2012) and ‘At Dawn of Day’ (2015). 2016 saw the release of Eilidh’s first solo EP ‘Searchlight’ featuring Alistair Iain Paterson on piano and Alice Allen on cello. This four track EP showcases some of Eilidh’s own compositions and tunes from the Scottish and American traditions.


Eilidh is an enthusiastic teacher and is involved in projects with Fèis Rois, Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Musicworks project, Bishopbriggs School of Music as well as private teaching in Glasgow.



Mohammad Muneem Nazir [b. 1983] born in Srinagar, Kashmir, is a poet-singer-song writer and co-founder of the live act Alif. He writes poetry in Urdu and Kashmiri. Alif is a Fusion of contemporary music and poetry with ethnic sound. Alif's work of poetry and compositions is known for its colloquial references of the society. Winner of IRAA Award for the single "Like a Sufi", Mohammad Muneem also teaches Urdu Poetry at Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, a course called Sarir e khamma and has also co-founded muziclub.com, a music training services company. Alif has performed and featured its work around the globe



Sheena Khalid is a theatre director, writer and actor based in Mumbai. She is a founding member of the theatre company - Patchworks Ensemble. She has trained in Physical Theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA)


With Patchworks, she as co-directed and co-devised the shows “Ila” and “The Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape”. Ila is based on a lesser known myth in the Purans about a king whose gender is in accordance to the moon. Ila won the Laadli award in 2016 for Gender Sensitivity. Tape AKA Gentlemen’s Club is a unique cabaret style theatre performance about the lives of various drag- kings (a fairly unknown and unseen performance style in India). Other works include the site-specific projects "Importance of Being Earnest" and "The Weird and the Wonderful" and most recently "What's Done is Done" directed by Rajat Kapoor. Sheena teaches drama workshops for both adults and children.


A New Conversation is an artistic and mentoring collaboration between G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Mumbai and the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh (UK), supported by the British Council, The Scottish Government and Creative Scotland.

Two artists from the UK will collaborate with three artists from India, all 5 working with curators of the two organisations to develop a contemporary performance with music and theatre through a two week residency in Mumbai.

A New Conversation is conceived and creatively produced by Divya Bhatia from Mumbai.


The project will be documented by Neeraj Jain.

Neeraj Jain

Neeraj Jain is a filmmaker based out of Mumbai. He started his foray into filmmaking through school projects and small documentaries during his time in India. These documentaries involved traveling through the heart of Rajasthan to showcase fading arts. He also directed Maestro that shows the world of a quadriplegic orchestra conductor. He hopes that through his work he can capture people and places in a light that makes you, the audience, familiar with the unfamiliar.
Neeraj most recently worked on a documentary directed by National Award-winning director, Umesh V. Kulkarni. He has also worked as a part of the lighting teams for shows and movies such as Master of None, Gypsy, Elementary, Tully, and the upcoming Ocean’s 8.
Education - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2015)


Miriam Morris (Scottish Storytelling Centre)
Suruchi Pawar and Ishan Benegal (G5A)


Divya Bhatia
Divya Bhatia is an experienced, versatile and independent professional in the performing arts. He is Creative Producer and Strategy Advisor for G5A in Mumbai, advising on and developing the centre’s capacity to program and produce innovative new work in the performing arts in Mumbai and develop artistic collaborations within India and abroad.
He is also Festival Director of Jodhpur RIFF; visiting faculty at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - Applied Theatre Department (London, UK) and their International Collaboration Outreach partner and mentor for India (since April 2008); core faculty at ArtThink South Asia (ATSA), an Arts Management Fellowship Program hosted by the Goethe Institut and British Council, New Delhi (since March 2010).
His previous assignments include…Artistic Director, Aadyam theatre (2014-2017); Artistic Consultant, Creative Mentor and conceptual artist at the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow UK (2001-2003) & Festival Director, Prithvi Festival (1995-2002).
He is an actor, musician and is deeply passionate about bringing both contemporary and traditional arts to the wider community in India and abroad.


The Black Box

  • We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
  • Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
  • No Late Entries will be allowed
  • Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers