The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show Full schedule announced

The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show Full schedule announced

The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show

Created by anyone, for an audience of everyone
Co-curated by David Greig and David MacLennan

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts and Arts Centre and Theatre, Aberdeen (ACT)

Streaming live over 24 hours on 23 June 2014, from 5pm
An evening of entertainment on 23 June at the Lemon Tree, 5pm-12am with pop-up performances throughout Aberdeen on 23 June.

The National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to announce the final line up and schedule for The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show and the seven live theatre hubs across Scotland, which includes the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen –a fitting tribute to the late David MacLennan.

A cross-section of selected The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Five Minute Theatre Show pieces from Aberdeen features the following:

Going Solo; Ten year olds Catriona Lang and Alice McAra have devised a piece about a young rich girl who, desperate for her independence, runs away. It isn’t long before she realises just how lucky she was. Catriona and Alice will be joined by their classmates from Ferryhill Primary School, Aberdeen.

Our Choice, Act Aberdeen will look at young people’s opinion on their right to vote at 16 and will feature a cast of young people aged 14-20 years old, with the performance taking place at Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre.

If At First; In a comedic piece of theatre by James Warrender, those who fought in the Scottish Wars of Independence meet in the afterlife to discuss the September 2014 referendum in Duthie Park.

The National Theatre of Scotland is working with local partners Aberdeen Performing Arts Company and Arts Centre and Theatre, Aberdeen (ACT )to deliver this opportunity and experience for the people of Aberdeen.

The schedule of over 180 submissions, which can be found at, includes poets, primary school pupils, film-makers, families, community groups, teenagers, visual artists, professional theatre-makers and expectant mothers, with ages ranging from three months to 80 years old. Their five minute dramas will be broadcast from across the globe from towns, cities, states and countries including Rutherglen, East Timor, Los Angeles, Lancaster, Texas, Leeds, Istanbul, New Jersey, South Australia, Edinburgh, New York, Mumbai, Inverness and Paris. Locations include a garden, a field, a car park, schools, bedrooms, a toilet, a pub, a library, a hospital, a beach, and the Falkirk Wheel, all streamed on the virtual stage for a global audience.

Alongside the virtual, online stage there are also seven hubs across Scotland where a wide selection of the pieces will be performed live as well as showing the live streaming. These are based in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dumfries, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There will also be roving crews capturing live performances in St Andrews, Angus, Prestwick, Stranraer and Falkirk.

The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show will present 24 hours of live scenes, songs, skits, rants and dramas, as a democratic dramatic response to the theme of “Independence”. The show will celebrate a momentous year and provide hundreds of answers to one very important question; allowing individuals to discuss what independence, means to them, and not purely in a political sense.

Alongside over 180 public submissions and 840 performers, at the Oran Mor hub, on 23 June from 5pm, a selection of live and streamed public submissions will be interspersed with solicited theatre works, written by co-curator David MacLennan, and performed by a group of four actors – Annie Grace, Julia Tauderin, George Drennan and Andy Clark. The group of actors will also be performing their own pieces which they will have devised as a group with director Graham Eatough. During the evening David Greig will also be hosting six 15 minute Q&As on the subject of ‘The past, present and future of Scottish political theatre’ alongside relevant guests.


As well as watching online via audiences will also be able to watch local performances at SEVEN live performance hubs in Scotland.

Scottish hubs are:

Glasgow:  Òran Mór (23 June) 5-11pm & Citizens Theatre (24 June) 10am-5pm
Dumfries : Electric Theatre Workshop, Dumfries 5pm-12am (23 June), 10am-5pm (24 June)
Aberdeen : The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 5pm-12am (23 June)
Inverness : Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 6-8pm (23 June)
Edinburgh : Leith Village Pub (23 June) 7-11pm & Edinburgh College (24 June) 9am-5pm

This year audiences will be able to watch The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show from hand- held devices as well as desktop computers.

Co-curated by David Greig (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Dunsinane, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and David MacLennan (A Play, A Pie and A Pint series at Òran Mór)

David Greig - co-curator of The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show says:

“'I have been blown away by the sheer range and quality of the ideas from The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show. Even in their rawest state, the submissions explode with thought, energy and humour. They capture the spirit of the moment at this crucial point in Scotland’s history.  The audiences are in for a real treat.

It has been a huge honour to work on this imaginative project with the late David MacLennan, one of the greats of Scottish theatre. Through the Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show his legacy continues to capture the imagination of the Scottish people.”

Before his untimely death on 13 June, David MacLennan, co-curator of The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show said:

"We are delighted that the invitation to take part in this imaginative and exciting show has provoked such a huge and enthusiastic response. The submissions reflect every possible view in the referendum debate and put together they are going to make a thoughtful, passionate, provocative and highly entertaining variety show; Theatre of the people, by the people, for the people."

Posted on Wednesday 18 June

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