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Sunday, June 22, 2014

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

The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show
Full schedule and live theatre hubs announced featuring Dumfries performers

24 hours of theatre with over 840 performers and participants across eight countries
Schedule & Hubs Confirmed

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 Electric Theatre Workshop

Performed at various locations across Scotland, the UK, the world and the web
Streaming live over 24 hours on 23rd June 2014, from 5pm
With pop up performances throughout Dumfries and Galloway
And at Electric Theatre Workshop Dumfries 5pm-12am (23 June), 10am-5pm (24 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 Electric Theatre Workshop, Dumfries – 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 Dumfries features the following:
The Five Minute Soap Opera: Electric Theatre Workshop’s alternate history drama in five parts throughout the 24 hours. Set in a past quite different to our own, where international relationships have taken an unexpected turn. In-de-pen-dance; Sarah Ottewell’s Five Minute Theatre Show will come from a field in Moffat and will attempt to discuss the theme of independence through the medium of sheepdogs and their handlers.

What about the kids?; Kristen Layne from Dumfries will use her five minute theatre show to explore the theme of independence through the telling of a family where the parents are going through divorce proceedings.

Independence; Drama students from Annan Academy will give their thoughts and opinions on what might just happen if Scotland does become independent and what it will mean for them.

Secretly Edgy, A Hawick group organised by poet Sara Clark will perform their piece which features two companies in the Borders who are struggling to come up with an innovative way to market the Borders to the world. Surely they can come up with something better than Scotland’s leading Short Break Destination? As their traditional and progressive ideas collide, it emerges that there is a monumental elephant in the room...

Spark Goes out with a Shout, Founders of Treading the Borders Theatre Company, featuring a cast and crew of professional actors and playwrights, have devised a piece which features three famous woman from Scottish history discussing the referendum on The Chain Bridge between Paxton in The Scottish Borders and Horncliff in Northumberland. What will Muriel Spark, Lulu and Elsie Inglis have to say about it?
Catherine Major, Associate Director of Big Burns Supper Festival said: "People might think we’re mad doing 24 hours of live theatre but it’ll be amazing to see the work created by the groups in Dumfries & Galloway. The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Five Minute Theatre Show works perfectly for our region because you can watch and take part no matter where you are – every part of our region will be connected in one event. It’ll be a chance for the community to enjoy watching the shows too – we’re looking forward to people coming out to join in the fun."

The schedule of over 180 submissions, which can be found online here  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.

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.

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

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."

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