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Bloggers invited to get a first look of My Shrinking Life

My Shrinking Life

Social media users are invited to join us on for an exclusive first look at My Shrinking Life.

The social media call takes place at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow on Friday 7th September, at 10.45am for a 11.00am start.

Get the first peek of an exciting world premiere collaboration between one of Scotland’s leading actors, directors and theatre/film makers, Alison Peebles and European experimental theatre-maker, Lies Pauwels (Knives in Hens)

It was during rehearsals for David Greig’s The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union, when a creeping numbness and too many falls led Alison to her doctor and an eventual diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis.

My Shrinking Life created from interviews with family, friends, colleagues and the medical profession, examines the journey Alison has been on physically and emotionally since that first diagnosis in 2001.  Despite her limitations, even because of them, My Shrinking Life is a very physical piece of theatre, performed by Alison and three dancers; Katie Armstrong, Thomas J Baylis and Hanna Stanbridge. Two additional child actors will play Alison’s younger self. Celebratory, irreverent and sometimes surreal, it is the story of Alison and her shrinking life.

At the social media call, you will be free to capture scenes from the show and will meet some of the team involved in the production. You’ll even receive tickets to the preview performance on Saturday 8th September at 7.45pm.

Previous social media call participants have uploaded Flickr albums, vlogs, sketches, collage, tweets and blog posts based on content they’ve collected from the events. However you share your interests online, we’d love to see what you can create by giving you access to the production.

Places are limited so if you would like to attend please register in advance by email eve.nicol@nationaltheatrescotland.com or Twitter @NTS_Eve.

Find out more about the show here.

Have a look at what other social media call attendees have created here.

My Shrinking Life – in rehearsal from National Theatre of Scotland on Vimeo.

The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of My Shrinking Life tours to Byre Theatre, St Andrews, from 27 & 28 Sept, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 2 & 3 Oct and Eden Court, Inverness 5 & 6 Oct.

For more information on the show and tour please visit www.nationaltheatrescotland.com

Reviews of Knives in Hens

Knives in Hens | photo by Peter Dibdin

Knives in Hens (photo by Peter Dibdin)

There was I thinking Knives in Hens was one of those plays that didn’t change much from production to production . . . Belgian director Lies Pauwels obviously hasn’t read the rule book.

Pauwels lets the story look after itself while her setting, crisply realised by designer Chloe Lamford, is both a modernist stage – most of the dialogue is delivered through microphones – and an end-of-the-pier funfair. . .

Pauwels matches the primal forces of the play with the primitive pleasures of the fairground, be it the flexing potency of the muscle man or the preening sexuality of the peep show.
The Guardian * * * *

A vaulting horse sits next to a mini carousel on which assorted bodies collapse. Three microphone stands are lined up in front, enabling actors Duncan Anderson, Susan Vidler and Owen Whitelaw, plus dancer Vicki Manderson, to be heard above the din, be it with a Tammy Wynette classic or a Piaf showstopper as the action erupts into a hell-for-leather maelstrom that looks part Olympic gymnastic display, part demented mardi gras.
The Herald * * * *

In this new touring production, the Belgian director Lies Pauwels has not so much staged the play as exploded it to the four corners of the stage and reassembled it in a new, raunchy and disturbing form.

Once again, the National Theatre of Scotland have defied expectations to create a production that reinvents [David] Harrower’s play as the kind of classic text on which directors can unleash their imaginations.
The Scotsman * * * *

Susan Vidler is immense as the unnamed ploughman’s wife, caught between her husband and the village miller. Her hatred of the Miller is tempered by his articulacy and ability to write, while her faithfulness to her husband is destroyed by his own love of his horses.

. . . a thoroughly satisfying and intriguing reinterpretation of a modern Scottish classic.
The Stage

Lies Pauwels and The National Theatre of Scotland have created a production that can only add to the play’s reputation and have created utterly absorbing drama at the Traverse. There’s a name for this sort of thing and that’s brilliant.
TV Bomb * * * * *

Despite productions abroad numbering in their hundreds, the play has had only one professional revival in Scotland before now. So there is a logic in inviting a director with a European sensibility to show the home audience this modern classic afresh.

And fresh it certainly is.

. . . this thrillingly theatrical production, acted with tremendous commitment, builds moments of real tension. It’s a challenge to anyone who likes their theatre cosy, predictable and polite, but that seems exactly like the kind of challenge the NTS should be laying down.
Northings/ Hi-Arts

National Theatre of Scotland announces 2011 season

National Theatre of ScotlandThe National Theatre of Scotland announces details of its 2011 Season.

The Company marks its fifth birthday with a series of activities under the banner of Staging the Nation.

Staging the Nation will see the National Theatre of Scotland developing the conversation that began amongst Scottish artists and audiences decades ago and culminated five years ago when the Company was created.

Featuring a wide-ranging programme of projects, events and activities throughout the year, the Company will stage:

  • Scottish classics in new productions
  • site specific works
  • international collaborations
  • large scale international tours
  • a five week residency at the Traverse Theatre
  • scratch pieces by emerging artists
  • major new writing and adaptation commissions
  • and a boutique Christmas classic.

There are several thrilling cross-cutting strands running through the year. The key strand for the Company is one of partnerships – across the country, across fellow theatre companies, venues and art-forms and across the wider business community. Another of the National Theatre of Scotland’s main strands for 2011 is the highlighting of major themes urgent today in Scottish public life – our languages, the role of education in the arts, the challenging of our society’s views on disability and our ageing population.

Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland - Pioneering Partnership

As a tangible demonstration of collaboration between the arts and business community, the National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to announce a brand new two year Pioneering Partnership with Bank of Scotland, enabling the further development of emerging creative talent.

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director & Chief Executive, National Theatre of Scotland

National Theatre of Scotland Artistic Director & Chief Executive Vicky Featherstone said, “As a Theatre Without Walls it is rare that any one person in Scotland is able to experience the true range and scope of the work we do. This programme for the calendar year 2011 is a great example of that breadth and variety as we aspire to be a truly great National Theatre for all the people of Scotland.

“This work is only made possible through the great partnerships we have nurtured over the last five years with theatres, with artists, with local authorities and schools, with the Government and now with the Bank of Scotland.

“This milestone year for National Theatre of Scotland coincides with times of great change in our world and more than ever we must look to the artists and to the shared experience of theatre to open our imaginations to the possibility of what we can achieve together.”

The 2011 season includes the following:

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
, a cautionary tale for a cold winter’s night written by David Greig and directed by Wils Wilson.

a five week residency at the Traverse Theatre which presents work by leading Scottish and international artists at various stages of the creative process. Reveal includes a new production from Pol Heyvaert and Robert Softley (Girl X), an exploration of language and identity by Iain Findlay Macleod (Somersaults), five new plays from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina adapted by some of Scotland’s most talented young playwrights in a co-production with Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint, as well as new work from Molly Taylor, Gary McNair and Martin Travers.

, a large scale, multi-discipline, community project in partnership between The National Theatre of Scotland and Aberdeen City Council.

, David Greig’s sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Roxana Silbert, was originally presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at London’s Hampstead Theatre in 2010. The production receives its Scottish premiere at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in May 2011.

Knives in Hens
has been widely acknowledged as a modern Scottish classic since it was first staged at the Traverse Theatre in 1995 as playwright David Harrower’s first professionally produced play. It has since been staged in 25 countries around the world. This new production will be directed by leading Belgian theatre artists Lies Pauwels.

Autumn tour

Truant a major new production involving young people and professional actors which explores family values, the challenges of modern parenting and the place of children in society. Written and directed by John Retallack and sponsored by ScottishPower.

Tall Tales for Little People
by Gerry Mulgrew after Duncan Williamson. A long-awaited resurrection of one of Communicado Theatre Company’s most loved and fondly remembered shows – for all the family.

Men Should Weep
Ena Lamont Stewart’s landmark 1947 play set amid the crippling poverty of Glasgow’s infamous tenements in the 1930s. Directed by Graham McLaren.

October/ November
The Missing is a brilliant merging of reportage, social history and memoir by one of Scotland’s most acclaimed writers. Andrew O’Hagan clears a devastating path from the bygone Glasgow of the 1970s to the grim secrets of Gloucester in the mid 1990s. Written and adapted by Andrew O’Hagan, and directed by John Tiffany.

27, Abi Morgan’s new work for the National Theatre of Scotland is a meditation on religious faith and the question of what the future may hold for any or all of us. Directed by Vicky Featherstone.

Winter 2011
A Christmas Carol, a boutique re-telling of one of the world’s best-loved winter fables. Scottish director Graham McLaren creates his own adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas ghost story whose timeless message will be brought exquisitely to life by actors accompanied by eerie puppets from the workshop of master puppeteer Gavin Glover.

The National Theatre of Scotland website will will have full performance dates and times, as well as all ticket details and booking information as it becomes available. Please keep checking for updates.