New Junction 25 production Anoesis
Teenage company one of Scotland’s most lauded theatre groups
Junction 25 may be made up of teenagers, aged between 12 and 18, but it’s also one of Scotland’s most lauded theatre groups. The company has been making its own brand of innovative, improvisational plays since 2005 and last year won a Herald Angel Award for its meditation on love and heartbreak, I Hope My Heart Goes First.
Their new production Anoesis is, like its predecessors, inspired by the group’s own experiences, this time in the world of education. Meaning ‘a consciousness that is pure passive receptiveness without understanding’, it will look at ‘the things we learn and are “taught” and the pressures faced,’ explains co-producer Jess Thorpe.
‘In the shows we make,’ she says, ‘the young people don’t play characters but are always themselves. The material is created from their own opinions, ideas and experiences, which is perhaps the reason the style is so particular. The personalities of the group are such a huge part of the overall energy of the show.’
The approach may be the same but, unlike previous shows, Anoesis will be performed to an intimate audience seated at a table, in an exam-like context. ‘It really feels like we are trying to do something new,’ Thorpe says. ‘The group selected the starting point as it was close to their hearts at this moment in time. It has been such an enjoyable process so far and one in which we have lots of rich and challenging discussions. We hope to inspire the same in our audiences.’
Tramway, Glasgow, Thu 8–Sat 10 Mar