Arts performers remodel native faculty into dystopian competition venue

Scottish arts firm takes centre stage in on-line land initiative

Doppler, a efficiency by Grid Iron Theatre Firm. Picture Credit score – Duncan McGlynn

INNOVATIVE stage performers who use the nation’s panorama as their very own private theatre are reworking an Edinburgh highschool into the set for his or her latest Edinburgh Worldwide Competition manufacturing.

Grid Iron Theatre Firm – which specialises site-specific and placement theatre – will host immersive performances at Edinburgh’s Leith Academy for his or her new present, Muster Station: Leith.

The theatre firm featured on the newest episode of the Scottish Land Fee’s ‘The Lay of the Land’ podcast. The podcast is a part of the MyLand.Scot initiative which showcases prime examples of how land can be utilized in artistic methods to benefit from Scotland’s buildings and panorama.

The efficiency will see the Leith faculty turn out to be a muster station amid an oncoming tsunami. The performers and viewers will manoeuvre across the faculty all through the present – together with a scene within the faculty swimming pool.

Grid Iron utilises its environment in artistic methods to assist convey an idea or story to life, whereas difficult its viewers to consider the land and its potential. Places beforehand used to carry out embody Edinburgh Airport and the boat constructing islands of Norway.

Judith Doherty, Chief Govt at Grid Iron Theatre Firm stated: “To have the ability to remodel areas for main productions is extremely thrilling. Leith Academy has been a superb venue to work with and we’re wanting ahead to sharing this new present and idea with the competition viewers.

“Through the use of the assets Scotland has to supply, we’re capable of create a singular manufacturing set that in any other case wouldn’t have been doable in your typical present setting. Whenever you begin to look intently, there’s a lot alternative to maximise land and we might be responsible of taking this without any consideration.”

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Returning to Edinburgh’s Worldwide Competition for a 3rd yr, Grid Iron’s manufacturing begins on Monday fifteenth August at Leith Academy and runs till Friday twenty sixth August.

Based in 1995, the theatre firm has carried out in woodland, playgrounds and derelict buildings.

Roam, a performance by Grid Iron Theatre Company. Photo Credit -Richard Campbell
Roam, a efficiency by Grid Iron Theatre Firm. Picture Credit score -Richard Campbell

Hamish Trench, Chief Govt of the Scottish Land Fee stated: “Grid Iron Theatre Firm is utilizing creativity to benefit from Scotland’s land. By reworking settings across the nation, it’s encouraging its viewers to expertise land in fully new methods.

“Having featured on ‘The Lay of the Land’ podcast we hope that Grid Iron will encourage folks, teams and communities to look in a different way at how land might be owned, managed and used and assume creatively in regards to the fascinating and beneficial methods to benefit from Scotland’s land.”

MyLand.Scot options a variety of examples of how people and organisations have modified the land round them to remodel their communities from social media savvy farmers to competition house owners.

The Scottish Land Fee works to create a Scotland the place all people can profit from the possession and use of the nation’s land and buildings.

For extra info on Muster Station: Leith, go to: https://www.eif.co.uk/occasions/muster-station-leith#dates-and-times

For extra info on Grid Iron Theatre Firm, go to: https://gridiron.org.uk/

For extra info on MyLand.Scot, go to: https://myland.scot