Cultured Mongrel is the creative handle for the artistic practice of Emma Jayne Park; dancer, theatre maker, collaborator and micro-activist.
From her base in Scotland she works locally, nationally, internationally and as Associate Artist with The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival; one of the world’s largest social justice arts festivals.
‘High octane… energetic, witty and playful’ (The Skinny) Emma Jayne Park uses physicality as a catalyst for connection and makes performance that brings attention to the critical issues facing society today.
Tackling challenging themes, her work connects with audiences through its authenticity, honesty and underlying aim of creating spaces for dialogue about the complex matters that impact our everyday lives.
Her artistic research focuses on themes including identity, autobiography, authorship and re-authorship, rescaling performance, intersectionality and cultural change.
During the development of her commissioned work It’s Not Over Yet… a dance theatre piece exploring her experience of undergoing treatment for blood cancer, Emma developed several short text based scenes inspired by the form of stand up comedy.  During her time at Cove Park, she will work alongside Jenna Watt to explore the potential of writing a new theatre work inspired by these lived experiences.
Jenna Watt is an award winning Scottish theatre maker. Her works include Faslane; winner of a Scotsman Fringe First and Summerhall Lustrum Award 2016 (Contact Manchester, Showroom) How You Gonna Live Your Dash (Showroom / Platform Easterhouse), Scotsman Fringe First award winning Flâneurs (Summerhall).
Jenna’s directing and assistant directing credits include Tetra-Decathlon by Lauren Hendry, Our Fathers by Rob Drummond & Magnetic North, Remote by Stef Smith, Money the Gameshow by Clare Duffy & Unlimited Theatre, 27 by Abi Morgan & National Theatre of Scotland and Chekhov Shorts with Lung Ha Theatre Company.