The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show Is coming to Aberdeen...

The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show Is coming to Aberdeen...

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

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

The National Theatre of Scotland, Aberdeen Performing Arts Company and Aberdeen Arts Centre are putting the call out to theatre-makers young and old, experienced and amateur, the Yes, No and undecided, to take part in the National Theatre of Scotland’s epic THE GREAT YES NO DONT KNOW FIVE MINUTE THEATRE SHOW. This 24 hours live performance broadcast  via the five minute theatre website is celebrating a momentous year for Scotland and hoping to provide hundreds of answers to one very important question.

The National Theatre of Scotland is encouraging the people of Scotland and beyond to have their creative say in the most important decision in the Country’s history in modern times.

Professional or not, old or young, the Yes, the No and the Undecided, absolutely anyone can take part by writing, devising, directing, performing and producing a piece of theatre, five minutes long.  There are no set skills requirements; no required qualifications other than a good idea, dramatic flair, and some bravery!

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Sunday 23 March.
 
Full information on how to apply

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.

Director of Programming & Creative Projects, Ben Torrie says:

"The National Theatre of Scotland's five minute theatre is such an innovative and accessible platform for showcasing a huge range of new and exciting theatre, and the context of the historic decisions being made in Scotland this year should give this project an extra edge. APA is delighted to be a hub venue for this project, and it is fantastic to be given the opportunity to showcase some of the excellent new work being created in the North-east."

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), The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show presents a series of live scenes, songs, skits, rants and dramas, as a democratic dramatic response to the theme of “Independence”.

The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show will be a one day event, filled with over 200 micro theatre shows, all performed in front of live audiences. Theatre makers from Scotland and beyond – professional, amateur and first-time - will be invited to make and perform a piece of theatre, just five minutes long, to be streamed on the virtual stage www.fiveminutetheatre.com for a global audience. In addition to viewing the mini-productions via the online platform, there will be five performance hubs across Scotland, an additional five across the UK and up to five more internationally.

As well as using venues to broadcast from, the National Theatre of Scotland will also be sending out roving crews who will travel across Scotland throughout the 24 hour period to help facilitate theatre- makers, with filming and streaming on location, and unlike in recent years participants can now self-broadcast and watch from a hand-held phone or tablet, on any platform.

First rolled out in 2011 to celebrate the company’s fifth birthday, Five Minute Theatre has been staged on three separate occasions, with those events attracting 1570 performers, aged 5 to 76, from 53 countries, producing 325 pieces theatre pieces for a combined live audience of 5900 and online audience of over 80,000. In 2012, Five Minute Theatre received the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland Award for Best Technical Presentation.

This brave and groundbreaking event has subtly changed the landscape of Scottish theatre forever.”  The Scotsman

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

“'The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show will be an extraordinary celebration of democratic and creative spirit in Scotland. Over one tremendous day in June we'll bring together hundreds of plays, sketches, songs, polemics and poems made by groups around the country as well soliciting input from some of Scotland's best writing and writing and performing talents.  The show takes the Scottish Variety tradition and propels it into the internet age. The live hubs around the country and beyond will provide an exciting environment for lively debate, one-off performances and thoughtful reflection. At this key moment in the nation's history it's a way for the Scotland to speak to itself - not in formal political tones - but in a relaxed, rambunctious, celebratory and personal way; and crucially, it's a chance for everyone to contribute, not just a political or artistic elite.
It's going to be a special event and whether you find yourself listening to a song from Skye at four in the morning, watching a show in a live hub, or enjoying a laugh in the comfort of your own home with a dram beside you, it's bound to be full of memorable moments. Don’t just come along - take part!”

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

'The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show  in 2014 has a similarly ambitious reach to touring the village halls of the Highlands and Islands as The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil did in 1973. I hope this show will provoke, entertain and bring Scots together at this momentous moment in our shared history and whatever your view at the end of it will help you to understand those who don't share it."

The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show is part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Dear Scotland 2014 season of theatre, debate and celebration. The Company is inviting audiences to take part in Dear Scotland, not only by coming to events but also through sharing their thoughts about Scotland in 2014. Audiences in Glasgow will be given a postcard with the greeting line, Dear Scotland on which they are encouraged to share their rants and regrets, love letters or break-up sentiments, advice or demands, hopes and dreams, and then to send the postcard back for free to the National Theatre of Scotland. The responses will be interlaced to create a living record of this momentous year.

The public submission process is now open and submissions will close on Sunday 23 March at 5pm.

A full programme of performers, productions and venues will be confirmed in Spring 2014.

Posted on Wednesday 12 March

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