28/09/2018 - 28/10/2018
In association with Event Scotland
Co-curator Lucy Gaizely / 21Common
The National Theatre of Scotland is marking Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018 by staging a major radical new festival of international performing arts, created by young people working alongside renowned Scottish, British and international theatre practitioners.
Ten companies and artists specialising in daring new work will embed themselves in ten communities around the country, working with local groups of young people to co-create, design, develop and stage a piece of performance. Ten productions will then take place in cities and locations across Scotland as part of the Futureproof festival in September and October 2018.
Echoing the HOME project, which launched the National Theatre of Scotland in 2006, Futureproof’s ten performance projects will be unique to their location, sharing the experience of their young people and celebrating the creative energy of youth.
Ready to become the next generation of theatre innovators and instigators, a group of eight young people have been recruited to become National Theatre of Scotland’s inaugural Youth Project Team. The team of 14-24 year olds will influence and oversee not just Futureproof, but the company as a whole throughout 2018 by asking provocative questions of our work and practice.
Calling all 14-24 year olds. The Futureproof Passport will give young people access to £5 tickets to selected performances across National Theatre of Scotland’s 2018 season. To join the scheme click here.
Scotland’s Year of Young People is a year-long programme of events, activities and ideas giving Scotland’s young people the opportunity to show the world what they’re capable of. Throughout the year, festivals and cultural institutions will be putting young people’s voices front and centre locally, nationally and globally.
The company will engage a cast of teenagers in responding to Canadian sociologist Erving Goffman’s 1957 work, The Presentation of Self In Everyday Life, which was written following his year of ethnographic research living on Unst. The Presentation of Unst in Everyday Life will see the island’s young people deconstruct Goffman’s conclusions about their grandparents’ generation, exploring the theatricality of social interaction, both real and digital, in the 21st century.
Playfully re-imagining video art, dance, music and fashion, RADIAL is a collaborative film-making process resulting in a video portrait of a community and landscape in motion. Filmed using a circular camera track, RADIAL offers participants an opportunity to collaborate within a clearly defined artistic process then gather in a public setting for the screening of the completed work.
CAMPO will enlist the help of local young people to set up Wild Life FM: A live radio show on how to discover yourself through music, a raw exposition of what it’s like being young in Scotland today, and a chance for the voices of the young people of South Ayrshire to be heard.
Empathy Museum is set to bring their international touring hit A Mile in My Shoes to Scotland, where they will curate a whole new selection of audio stories from the community. Housed in a giant shoebox, this exhibit holds a diverse collection of shoes and audio stories that explore our shared experience. Visitors will be invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a young stranger whilst listening to their story.
Jess Thom is a theatre-maker, comedian, and disability rights activist, and will bring her Touretteshero project to the Highlands. Touretteshero will collaborate with disabled young creatives based in the Highlands to produce an inclusive extravaganza that showcases new talent and shares wide ranging perspectives. Expect playful activities, comic performances and creative conversations.
Musical artist Greg Sinclair will curate Lots and Not Lots: a concert of voice and movement performed by 12 local teenagers. Exploring concepts of fullness and nothingness the work will veer between an intricate tapestry of layered voices and bodies to moments of fragile still silence. The 12 young performers will act as a unit with occasional improvised vocal outbursts and flashes of absurdity that will dispel the illusion of perfection and give glimpses of the personalities within the ensemble.
Akhe, the celebrated “Russian engineering theatre” company from St Petersburg, are famed for their intricate, sinister, and wickedly stylish alternative worlds. They will work with young people in Aberdeen to weave together a humorous and energetic piece exploring life as a young person in Scotland’s north-east.
Documentary theatre specialists Rimini Protokoll will adapt their acclaimed project Do’s and Don’ts for local audiences in Paisley. The project will engage young audiences and will see a former articulated lorry, converted into a 50-seat roaming auditorium with glass walls, transform the whole town into a stage. Supported by Paisley 2021.
Scottish theatre company Glas(s) Performance (producers of award-winning young people’s company Junction 25) will work in residence in HMYOI Polmont. Working together with young people in custody they will look to explore questions of identity and inheritance in contemporary Scotland; What is the world we are living in today? What impact does it have on us? What impact can we have on it? What happens next?
Scottish dance company Project X will be working with young people in Edinburgh to develop a new piece of dance theatre performance, using different dance styles to explore themes of ancestral journeys and shared histories by communicating stories through movement.
Full dates, venue and booking details to be announced soon.
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