National Theatre of Scotland's Five Minute Theatre Returns

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Free tickets are now available for Five Minute Theatre's live hub at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow on 1st May.

60 FIVE MINUTE PRODUCTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD SCHEDULED FOR
LIVE PERFORMANCE AND ONLINE STREAMING BETWEEN 6PM AND MIDNIGHT

at WWW.FIVEMINUTETHEATRE.COM

A GLIMPSE INTO FIVE MINUTE THEATRE: ‘PROTEST’: 

Who’s protesting?  Five Minute Theatre protesters are celebrated playwrights, primary school children, teenage drama groups, community theatre projects, professional theatre companies, accomplished actors, 1st year HNC acting students, opera singers, aerial artists, amateur theatre-makers and one-man-bands, dancers, feminist collectives, musicians and cyclists…

What are they protesting about?
  Body hair, death, penguins, threesomes, sustainability, smart phones, independence, government, apathy, Protestantism, social norms, Catholicism, banks, love, kettling, war, ice lollies, homelessness, feet, the media, Granpaw Broon, censorship, cutbacks, drivers…

How are they protesting? 
Through drama, dance, physical theatre, performance poetry, puppetry, aerial performance, human Punch & Judy, song, improv, monologue, video, Q+A, flashmob, kettling, music, opera, verbatim, theatre-on-wheels…

Where are they protesting from? 
From the Middle East to Easterhouse, from Malibu to Midlothian, from Beijing to Bristol, from London and Lancaster, Musselburgh and Milan…

In which venues are they performing? 
Church halls, nightclubs, theatres, outdoor amphitheatres, school halls, dance halls, studios and community centres…

Site-specific locations include: 
A seaside cottage, a demolished theatre, an empty shop, an outdoor bubble bath, style bars, football pubs…

Scottish Five Minute Protests come from:  Aberdeen, Alexandria, Ayrshire, Bo'ness, Buckhaven, Coatbridge, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Glenrothes, Halbeath, Midlothian, Musselburgh, Newport on Tay, Orkney and Port Skerra…

English Five Minute Protests come from:  Bristol, Lancaster and London…

International Five Minute Protests come from:  Malibu, California; Milan, Italy; Beijing, China

Provocative, democratic, delightfully random and logistically audacious, the National Theatre of Scotland’s first 2012 instalment of Five Minute Theatre is scheduled for Tuesday 1st May, 2012.  Following the success of 2011’s 24 hour extravaganza, Five Minute Theatre returns for five shorter digital and interactive bursts this year, each exploring a different theme. First up is the theme of ‘protest’, with 60 mini theatre productions – from all over Scotland, the UK, and the rest of the world – lined up to stream live between 6pm and midnight on 1st May. 

Tickets are now available for the event’s live hub, The Victorian Bar at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.  The event is free, but advance booking is highly recommended via the Tron Theatre box office on 0141 552 4267. Between 6pm and midnight, the various live, live-streamed and pre-recorded performances will play on-stage and on-screen to a limited capacity audience in the bar, with a further audience of thousands expected to experience the event online at fiveminutetheatre.com.  Both the live and live-online audiences are encouraged to interact through the live chat facility at www.fiveminutetheatre.com and via twitter, using the hashtag #fiveminutetheatre.

With performances from both amateur and professional theatre-makers aged 8 – 75, productions vary widely in their approach to the theme of ‘protest’, from the highbrow and the serious, to the satirical and the surreal.  Human, animal and mineral are all represented, their various remonstrations, objections and defiances taking place against a mindboggling range of environments, eras and global locations. 

The live and streamed performances at the Hub event are part of the Tron Theatre’s Mayfesto season, and this instalment of Five Minute Theatre is being produced alongside the National Theatre of Scotland’s and A Play, A Pie and A Pint’s One Day in Spring Season at Òran Mór, which explores protest in the context of the Arab Spring.

The National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to be reunited with media partner, stv.tv for this new season of Five Minute Theatre broadcasts.

Marianne Maxwell, Five Minute Theatre Producer, says:  Five Minute Theatre in June 2011 was a joyous celebration of theatre in all its many forms. Inspired by the imagination and creativity of that first event, we are excited to develop and expand what Five Minute Theatre can be for performers, theatre-makers and audience.

Robert Dawson Scott, Editor of stv.tv, says:  We really enjoyed being a part of Five Minute Theatre. STV is part of Scotland’s wider creative community so we are delighted to continue our online relationship with the National Theatre of Scotland into 2012.

TICKETS FOR THE LIVE THEATRE HUB EVENT AT THE TRON THEATRE ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE TRON THEATRE BOX OFFICE ON 0141 552 4267.

*** Due to the live, spontaneous nature of Five Minute Theatre and the logistical challenges associated with live streaming across such a wide geographical area, performances and scheduling within the 6pm – midnight window may be subject to change ***

FOR FURTHER PRESS INFO/IMAGES/INTERVIEWS/FOOTAGE, CONTACT:

Emma Schad, Press Manager 
Tel: +44 (0) 141 227 9016/ +44 (0)7930308018 
E: emma.schad@nationaltheatrescotland.com

Adam McDougall, Press and Marketing Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 141 227 9231 / +44 (0)7783 153157 
E: adam.mcdougall@nationaltheatrescotland.com

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.  Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating over 160 productions in 125 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.  The company has performed to over 710,000 people, across three continents.

Five Minute Theatre:  On June 21st 2011, the National Theatre of Scotland celebrated its fifth birthday with the very first Five Minute Theatre. For 24 hours 1000 people from all over the world created a unique online theatrical experience. With over 200 five minute performances shown back to back during 24 hours, the event gathered 6300 unique viewers from 51 countries who visited the site 22,000 times. Since June those 207 individual shows, all performed in front of their own live audience, have been watched a further 33,000 times, creating a total Five Minute Theatre virtual audience to date of 55,000.

One Day in Spring is a season of new work from the Arab world, curated by David Greig.

The centrepiece of the season is six lunchtime ‘A Play, A Pie and A Pint’ shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh written by artists living through turbulent political times in Lebanon, Morocco and Syria.  One Day in Spring also presents work by artists from Egypt as part of Tron Theatre’s Mayfesto and welcomes the return of National Theatre of Scotland’s ground breaking 5 Minute Theatre which will focus on the international topic of Protest.

Contact: ADAM MCDOUGALL
Phone: 01412279231
Email: adam.mcdougall@nationaltheatrescotland.com
Website: http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com

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