Futureproof Festival: The creative youthquake shaking things up across Scotland
- Deborah Chu
- 31 May 2018
Nationwide celebration of theatre and performance hands creative reins over to young Scots
The National Theatre of Scotland has revealed new details of its ambitious new festival, Futureproof, as part of Scotland's Year of Young People. Taking place from Friday 28 September to Sunday 28 October, the Futureproof Festival will stage ten unique performances in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, the Highlands, Moray, Paisley, Shetland and South Ayrshire.
Each work is created in collaboration between leading UK and international companies and local young people. The artists have been embedding themselves within the community in order to create a unique reflection of the lived experiences of young people from that area.
The diversity of Futureproof's programme reflects this commitment to telling authentic local and youth-led stories. A Mile in My Shoes by British company Empathy Museum is creating an exhibit of shoes and audio stories housed within a giant shoebox in Moray, which will encourage visitors to walk a mile in the shoes of a young local stranger and listen to their stories. Meanwhile in South Ayrshire, the Belgian company CAMPO will be staging a live radio show that asks young people to define landmark moments in their lives through music in Wild Life FM, whilst audiences in Edinburgh will be whisked away on a promenade through the Scottish Galleries of the National Museum of Scotland to uncover hidden and imagined histories in Chronicles.
There will also be a significant push to showcase of young voices that are often marginalised or silenced in contemporary theatre. For instance, the Scottish company Glas(s) Performance is working with young men in custody at HMYOI Polmont to explore questions of identity and inheritance in MOTION, whilst Jess Thom – theatre-maker, comedian, disability rights activist and co-founder of Touretteshero – sets up shop in Inverness for Hacks for the Future, an 'inclusive extravaganza' of installations, performances, workshops and discussions about how disabled young people can creatively shape the future.