Dear Europe

Come together at SWG3 as diverse performances, food, film and music play us out of our old relationship with the European Union.

Challenged to explore their relationship with Europe, some of Scotland’s most adventurous artists and theatre makers will present powerful, playful and provocative responses, signalling the end of an era.

National Theatre of Scotland invites you to join what could be a party? A wake? Or simply the last blowout? Who knows, but it is for one night only.

One Night, Many Voices

A collection of artists will work to create six performances in response to their feelings around our relationship with Europe and the different countries within it.

moving through shadows, a film by NIMA SÉNE and DANIEL HUGHES with concept by Adura Onashile, featuring Ifi Ude.

Nima Séne and Daniel Hughes will create a filmed piece exploring the experience of people of colour in present-day Poland alongside that of the Polish community in Scotland. Working with Polish/Nigerian singer Ifi Ude and theatre-maker Adura Onashile, the film will be inspired by the civil rights “red experience” in Soviet-era Poland.

Second Citizen, created and performed by ANGUS FARQUHAR with Cameron Sinclair (percussion) and Scott Twynholm (music and sound).

Second Citizen is Angus Farquhar’s battle to remain a member of the EU. How a shared history has shaped his life: the strands that cross from family deaths in the Great War, to touring Eastern Europe with industrial music collective Test Dept and now to writing to the Heads of every member State seeking adoption. For the first time in 30 years he will perform on stage with Cameron Sinclair, telling that story, driven forward to an intensive percussive sound finale.

d’tús maith is leath na h’oibre | a good start is half the work, created and performed by NIC GREEN and RUAIRÍ Ó’DONNABHÁIN.

Focussing on Ireland’s ‘special relationship’ with the UK, and the role the contested UK / Ireland Border has played in the current debate, National Theatre of Scotland’s Artist-in-Residence Nic Green and Irish choreographer Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin unite to create a cross border collaboration exploring the customs of boundaries and lines.

Cadaver Police In Quest Of Aquatraz Exit, created by ALAN McKENDRICK with Jules Buchholtz (dramaturg) and performed by Anna Lehr, Carrie Skinner, Natali McCleary & Ross Mann plus special musical guests Smack Wizards (Chris Wallace, Claire O’Brien, Jack Mellin).

The problem with your country is that you make nothing other countries wish to buy. Except for your rock’n’roll, of course, some of that is super-nice, but really how far will this get you?” Alan McKendrick takes on this challenge, laid down by German artist Jules Buchholtz and creates a sci-fi jailbreak musical. The narrative follows the fortunes of the band Cadaver Police as they become the first international export out of a blockaded country after decades of total embargo. Marieluise Fleißer, Hito Steyerl, 2000AD magazine and contemporary octopus consciousness all provide suitable inspiration. Featuring live music from Glasgow avant-psych instrumentalists, Smack Wizards.

Death Becomes Us, created by LEONIE RAE GASSON with Susan Bear (music & sound), Sabrina Henry (design), and Beldina Odenyo (music). Performed by Beldina Odenyo Onassis (Heir of the Cursed) and a community chorus of European migrants.

Rae Gasson and her musical collaborators, including a specially formed community chorus of Scotland based European migrants, blend intimate audio performance with exuberant live music to tickle the senses whilst looking at our obsession with taking back control.

Aquaculture Flagshipwreck, created and performed by TAM DEAN BURN with Rachel Newton (music) and Tom Morgan-Jones (artist).

No slipper skipper or gentleman angler, Tam Dean Burn is wading into Scotland and Europe’s fisheries policies with a livebait performance. Aquaculture Flagshipwreck tackles new and ancient mariner music, trawls William Blake’s prophetic European images and casts a net wide across the continental shelf-life of capital’s insatiable appetite for the fruits of the sea.

Dear Europe will be hosted by Gary McNair.

Curated by Jackie Wylie and Stewart Laing.

A National Theatre of Scotland production in association with SWG3.

Running Time:

240 minutes

Accessible performances available:

  • Audio Described

  • Touch Tour

  • BSL British Sign Language Performance

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Recommended Age Guide:

Strictly 18+ only

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In 2018, young people from across the country worked with Scottish and international artists to create 10 new productions for our Futureproof festival. One year on, we asked the groups to reunite to create an artistic film reflecting on Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

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