The Shelter is a six-minute multidisciplinary “theatre” scene originally developed by artist Kate Steenhauer and writer Shane Strachan. It takes the form of a projected recording of Steenhauer drawing children at play in an Aberdeen bus shelter, alongside a recorded verbatim text based on real voices of adults in English and Doric performed by Strachan. The Shelter is about real life on the streets of Aberdeen. Sound and sight give different perspectives on the city’s bus shelters through a gradual accumulation of Japanese ink brush strokes in the hands of artist Kate Steenhauer and repeated snippets of ever-growing conversations performed by writer Shane Strachan.
Kate Steenhauer produces work on heritage, landmarks and industries. Drawings are created at unique locations, amidst the hustle and bustle – preferably with production in full swing – and transformed into contemporary images. She has won multiple awards including a Royal Scottish Academy award, and exhibits her work across the UK and Italy.
Shane Strachan’s fiction and theatre are focused on capturing the folk, language and landscape of the Northeast, particularly the fishing communities from which he hails, and he often writes in the Doric tongue. His work has been published in Gutter, Stand, New Writing Scotland and many more.