Strange Town Youth Theatre announce live performance and video installation event

Strange Town Youth Theatre announce live performance and video installation event

Strange Town's performance of Jaq and the Beanstalk at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, December 2019 / credit: Andy Catlin

Multi-artform project Generation Z: The Future is Unwritten has been created by 120 young people and will culminate in a live promenade around Leith

Founded in 2008, Strange Town is a performing arts charity based in Leith, Edinburgh, which helps young people fulfil their creative potential. Billed as their most ambitious endeavour to date, multi-artform project Generation Z: The Future is Unwritten is a large-scale project that's been backed by Creative Scotland and has involved five months of fruitful artistic effort.

This collaboration between more than 120 of Edinburgh's young people (aged eight to 18) incorporates theatre, movement, spoken word, film and sound. The end result is a live promenade performance and video installation event, which will be unveiled at Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Edinburgh's Dalmeny Street on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 June.

Supported by the company's emerging playwrights and directors and guided and mentored by industry professionals, members of Strange Town were responding to the stimulus 'Can Young People Change the World?', with the eight groups gathering for weekly online digital drama workshops and face-to-face creative sessions. Their work touches on a range of topics, including isolation, technology, identity, generational division, the Black Lives Matter movement, climate change, protest, the notion of an ideal world, kindness, the challenge of getting your voice heard, and Covid-19.

Strange Town Youth Theatre announce live performance and video installation event

Strange Town at Monkey Barrel Comedy / credit: Andy Catlin

The hour-long promenade event will be put on for 20 socially distanced audience members three times a night in three separate spaces. The entire audience will be brought together to experience a live performance from six actors, before being split into two groups who will be presented with film and audio material. A second socially distanced and ticketed event will involve an eight-minute video projected onto a wall on Dalmeny Street that includes a specially choreographed movement piece. And on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June a film of the live event will be available to purchase, alongside a variety of additional video, audio and written material.

Steve Small, co-creative director of Strange Town and producer of Generation Z: The Future is Unwritten, has said: 'The Gen Z project is a testament to the hard work put in by everybody involved in the company. Despite the challenges and difficulties of the pandemic, watching the enthusiasm, skill and pride with which the production team has undertaken this task and having seen how the young people have adapted and risen to the challenge, as well as the range and quality of the work they've produced, it's impossible not to feel massively encouraged.

'Despite the dark days of the lockdown restrictions, we hope better days are coming. People will always find a way to be creative. Thanks to the funding from Creative Scotland, Generation Z: The Future is Unwritten's mix of indoor and outdoor and digital work means that everyone will be able to enjoy it wherever they are. We hope it will create some much-needed hope and enjoyment for 2021.'

To find out more and purchase tickets on a pay-what-you-can basis, visit strangetown.org.uk.

Generation Z: The Future is Unwritten

Performing arts youth charity Strange Town hosts a live promenade performance which responds to the stimulus 'Can Young People Change the World?'