Five Minute Theatre | Protest

On May 1 2012, the National Theatre of Scotland hosted the second Five Minute Theatre event with a general theme of “protest”. Members of the public – whether theatre professionals, amateurs or simply with an interesting idea could submit their proposals for a piece of five minute theatre on that theme which would then be streamed online.

Announcing the evolution of the initiative Marianne Maxwell, Five Minute Theatre producer said: “Five Minute Theatre in June 2011 was a joyous celebration of theatre in all its many forms. Inspired by the imagination and creativity of that first event, we are excited to develop and expand what Five Minute Theatre can be for performers, theatre-makers and audiences.”

The successful pieces for the opening salvo were performed live at the Tron theatre in Glasgow, pre-recorded in front of a live audience, and also performed live were there was a facility for live broadcast.

The protest-themed Five Minute Theatre event was  timetabled to coincide with the National Theatre of Scotland and Play and Pie and Pint’s One Day in Spring season at Òran Mór. The live performance hub at the Tron is also part of its Mayfesto season.

All performances were linked to the protest theme, whether global political protest or personal protest in the private sphere.

Running Time:

24 hours

Five Minute Theatre | Protest

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