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National Theatre Of Scotland Offers Free Theatrical Events Including Caithness

16th February 2006

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A completely unique, never-to-be-repeated event: ten inspiring directors, ten surprising locations, ten brand new pieces of simultaneous site-responsive theatre created across the country to mark the launch of the National Theatre of Scotland.

In Aberdeen, Caithness, Dumfries, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness Shetland and Stornoway

With 10 directors - Graham Eatough, Scott Graham, Stewart Laing, Matthew Lenton, Kenny Miller, Anthony Neilson, Alison Peebles, Gill Robertson, John Tiffany and Wils Wilson.

The National Theatre of Scotland has commissioned ten of the best theatre directors working in Scotland today to each explore the theme of 'Home', one of the most evocative words in the English language. Each director will offer their own unique vision and interpretation, working together with artists and local communities and drawing inspiration and relevance from their surroundings. The 10 projects include physical spectacle, intimate story telling, multimedia installations, verbatim theatre, children's theatre, live music, documentary film and sound-scapes.

From shop fronts to tenements, museums to ferries, huts to factories, the range of spaces will reflect many different facets of Scottish life and demonstrate that theatre can happen just about anywhere. 10 unique theatrical encounters involving a hundred fiddlers on a ferry, a tower-block siege, a meditation on memory and death, a secret journey through the woods, asylum seekers in a derelict tenement, a dance in a 1950's ballroom, a Doll's House, First Minister's Question Time through the eyes of children, an octogenarian odyssey and a living photograph album.

Many of the projects are being created with the help of their local communities - involving young people, residents of care homes and tower blocks, craft practitioners, youth theatres and amateur performers.

10 locations, 55 performances and unforgettable theatre for 10,000 people.

HOME is a chance for people all over Scotland to join in celebrating the launch of the National Theatre of Scotland: a firework display of theatrical work set off across the country.

HOME Performances

HOME CAITHNESS - Former Caithness Glass Factory & Visitor Centre
Created and directed by Mathew Lenton
Living in an old people's home, Elsie entertains herself by interacting with the characters who appear to come out of her television. One night, she is visited by film characters from Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, inspired, she decides to make a break for HOME. Incorporating live and recorded music, film and physical performance, HOME CAITHNESS will be a highly visual, entertaining show about a spiritual odyssey home, performed in a vast and stunning location. HOME CAITHNESS will feature leading Scottish actors Myra McFadyen and Sandy Grierson, as well as performers and musicians from Caithness.

Caithness Glass Factory & Visitors Centre, Wick
Dates & Times: 23 - 26 Feb at 7pm and 9pm
Box Office: 01955 641270
Access info: Full access
Partner in Caithness: Grey Coast Theatre Company

HOME ABERDEEN - 48 Logie Place
Created and directed by Alison Peebles
48 Logie Place has been abandoned and boarded-up for a number of years - home only to the local pigeon population. An exciting creative team of Alison Peebles, Rona Munro and Ursula Clearly will transform this tenement and create a ground-breaking experience involving a guided tour throughout the rooms and series of theatrical encounters. HOME ABERDEEN will involve local community performers as well as experienced professional actors to perform the scenarios that will be built around the life and atmosphere of the distinctive area of Aberdeen.

Venue: 48 Logie Place, Aberdeen

Dates & Times:
21 - 26 Feb. Bus leaves Aberdeen Arts Centre at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm.
25 Feb. Bus leaves Aberdeen Arts Centre at 2pm, 3pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm

Box Office: 01224 641122
Access info: Please call the box office for access information

Partner in Aberdeen:
Aberdeen International Youth Festival and Culture & Leisure Services Team, Aberdeen City Council

HOME DUMFRIES - Loreburn Drill Hall
Created and directed by Graham Eatough
A powerful, multimedia exploration of home, memory and death bringing together sound, visuals and live performance in a unique installation that will encompass both audiences and performers. Inspired by Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs and interviews with elderly people from Dumfries.

The Loreburn, Newall Terrace, Dumfries
Dates & Times: 23 - 24 Feb at 7.30pm and 25 Feb at 5.30pm and 7.30pm
Box Office: 01387 253383
Access info: Full access
Partner in Dumfries: Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association

HOME DUNDEE - McManus Galleries
Created and directed by Kenny Miller
Kenny Miller will be transforming McManus Galleries into a 1950's dance hall experience with live performance and documentary film footage of interviews with local old people from a Resident Care Home in Dundee. These interviews will cover their memories and experiences of sex, drugs and clubs from their teenage years and HOME DUNDEE will recreate a theatrical youth culture experience from 50/60 years ago. A nostalgic journey through time and an unforgettable night out for the young at heart.

Venue: McManus Galleries, Albert Square, Dundee
Dates & Times: 24- 25 Feb at 7.30pm
Box Office: 01382 223 530
Access info: Full access
Partner in Dundee: Dundee Rep Theatre

a journey beginning at Brunton Theatre
Created and directed by Gill Robertson
Where do you go, who do you turn to when you're not welcome at home? In the only production specifically for children, Gill Robertson, Director of award-winning Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, has created an unforgettable theatrical experience - an enchanted winter's tale for all the family.

Audiences of HOME EAST LOTHIAN will meet at Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh to be taken to a secret location in East Lothian where they will become participants in a modern take on a familiar fairytale of fear, hope, strength and love in their search for answers that will lead them HOME.

Venue: The performance will begin at Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
Dates & Times: 23 Feb at 5pm, 24 - 25 Feb at 5pm and 8pm
Tickets will only be available through a free draw.
Telephone the ticket hotline on 0131 665 4960.
The draw will take place on Feb 14th
Access info: The production is partly accessible for wheelchair users
Audience info: Home is for adults and children from 8 - 12. Adults must be accompanied by children.

Partner in East Lothian:East Lothian Council Arts Service and Brunton Theatre

HOME EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall
Created and directed by Anthony Neilson
Scripted by children from West Lothian Youth Theatre.
A mock session of First Minister's Questions scripted by children between the ages of 10 and 12 years old and performed by a collection of Scotland's finest actors. An unusual and irreverent theatrical happening - part parliamentary occasion, part Mad Hatter's tea party, revealing the imagination, naivety and idealism of children and their uncensored insights into what they think government is all about.

Venue: The Queens Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh
Dates & Times: 25 Feb at 4pm and 7.30pm
Box Office: 0131 668 2019
Access info: Full access
Partner in Edinburgh: The Queen's Hall

HOME GLASGOW - 25, Soutra Place, Cranhill/Easterhouse
Created and directed by John Tiffany.
25 Soutra Place is an 18-storey tower block, an iconic landmark on the M8 out of Glasgow. HOME Glasgow will be an outdoor spectacular featuring abseiling, dance and live film creating a fantastical glimpse into secret lives.

Venue: 25 Soutra Place, Cranhill, Easterhouse
Dates & Times: 25 - 26 Feb at 5.30pm and 8pm
Box Office: 0141 781 2034 or e mail ntshome[AT]
Access info: Full access. Audiences are recommended to travel on buses provided or public transport (limited parking available).
Audience info: As some aspects of this performance are outdoors please wear warm clothing
Partner in Glasgow: Greater Easthouse Arts Company (GEAC)

HOME INVERNESS - Arts in Motion Creation Centre
Created and directed by Scott Graham
Home Inverness is a highly energetic performance inspired by a series of photographs of local families in their own homes which will be taken especially for this project. Directed by Scott Graham, Home Inverness presents lives lived on the edge, on the sofa, on the run, on the bed, all under one roof and performed within the walls of a cavernous, exciting new performance space.

Venue: Arts in Motion Creation Centre, Evanton
Dates & Times: 23 Feb at 7pm, 24 Feb at 7pm & 9pm, 25 Feb at 4pm & 7pm
Box Office: 01463 234 234
Access info: Full access
Partner in Inverness: Eden Court

HOME SHETLAND - The Northlink Ferry
Created and directed by Wils Wilson
On Shetland you are never more than 3 miles from the sea. For centuries, traveling by boat was the only way to get to or away from home in Shetland. Both an intimate audio journey and a dramatic live performance, HOME SHETLAND takes over the Lerwick-Aberdeen Northlink ferry in Lerwick harbour, from the hold to the cabins to the upper deck. Drawing on the intense feelings about home which are often experienced on a journey over the water, the flight paths of migrating birds, contemporary and archive images and the rich musical tradition of the islands, HOME SHETLAND will be created by a team of artists from both within and without Shetland and will involve local performers alongside a professional company. An evocative multi-sensory experience in a unique setting by a site-specific theatre specialist.

Venue: Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal, Northlink Ferry, Lerwick

Dates & Times:
23 Feb, 25 Feb at 12pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm and on 27 Feb at 11.30am,
12.45pm & 2.00pm
Box Office: 01595 692 114
Access info: Full access

Audience info:
As some aspects of this performance are outdoors please wear warm clothing

Partner in Shetland: Creative Links Office, Shetland Education Service

HOME STORNOWAY - 14 Church Street
Created and directed by Stewart Laing
An exploration of the home in miniature - a doll's house. Working with a team of model-makers, including local artists, the doll's house will be built in an open studio/shop front in Stornoway, where members of the public will be welcome to drop in and see what is going on. The performances will take the form of a guided tour through the miniature house from cellar to attic, reflecting on our relationship to our home, our memories of past houses, the secrets that may lurk in dark corners, as well as our aspirations for idealised living spaces. The "guided tour" will be presented in Gaelic with an English translation. An intimate encounter with an exquisite theatrical installation.

Venue: 14 Church Street, Stornoway
Dates & Times: 23- 25 Feb at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm
Box Office: 01851 703307
Access info: Full access
Partner in Stornoway: An Lanntair Arts Centre

For general information call the HOME Helpline on 0141 227 9003


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