Over The Wall

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 22 Jun



George Peat, the new president of the Scottish Football Association, is calling for a new anthem to replace ‘Flower of Scotland’, which he described as ‘embarrassing’. But there may well be more than a few football fans who object to such a suggestion. Theatre director Jo Ronan examined our national anthem, among other things, in January’s successful An Evening of Political Song, elements of which are to be reprised for 7:84’s contribution to refugee week.

‘National pride can include an awful lot of things, it doesn’t have to be a singularity that binds people together, so it’s a good thing to make people consider possibilities for an anthem,’ she says.

‘The evening involves four final year RSAMD students working with two guest artists, Mark Rafferty and Arnaud Touanga, creating work using the image ‘over the wall’, which symbolises any kind of oppression. It uses theatre, music and song in a cabaret style,’ she says. ‘It will incorporate existing texts from the likes of Sophocles and Shakespeare, with a devised piece about an oppressed town.’

‘There’s also a video about why people treat asylum seekers the way they do. We’re trying to cross over different types of audiences and give people something they don’t expect,’ Ronan explains.

It looks set to be a varied evening that’s bound to entertain and raise awareness of an increasingly important issue.

(Greer Ogston)


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