Directed by Nicholas Barton-Wines
Written by Laurence Motherwell
Designed by Kenneth MacLeod
Performed by Amy Kennedy
Devised by the Company
Supported by Tron Theatre, Glasgow
I don’t want to be a Glitch.
I’m telling you I don’t want to be a G̸̡̧̨̣̯̘̠̥̻̿̏͜͝l̶̩͇̗̼͇͋́͂̎͌̈́̄͑͗̚̚͜ͅi̶̛͖̦͗̈́̊̉͐͘͘͠ţ̶̤͎̣͙̮̤͒̓͊̇̇̀c̴͎͉͊h̷̢̼͚̫̠̘̲͂͜.̶̨̢͕͉̰̗̣̣͛͂̔̓̌͆́͝
The throbbing heart of the city is being taken over. Its people subjected to the cries of a new way of living. As the machine takes control it creates noise throughout the city.
“This noise is information.
It is other people. It is governments. It is incomprehensible. It is fear.
Fragments down our throat with an inexorable force.
As the world shrinks. We have to swallow it whole.”
People ignore the machine in the hope that it will destroy itself, but it only gets louder, luring them in.
Created by Bandwidth, a uniquely-structured collective of theatre makers Nicholas Barton-Wines (director/co-creator), Kenneth MacLeod (designer/co-creator), and Laurie Motherwell (playwright/co-creator).
We place design in a co-leader position within the creative process, deviating from the traditional director-led/script-led processes where design is added later. By placing direction, design, and playwriting as equal instigators, simultaneously leading and responding throughout, we offer an exciting alternative the usual model of theatre available to Scottish audiences. We believe our unique structure creates compelling, innovative, and visually-striking ways we can tell stories.
Informed by historical and contemporary research, we are devising an allegorical story of a machine’s arrival in a fictional city which gives rise to a new regime powered by noise and misinformation: NoMa.
Described in our public scratch as “worryingly relatable and darkly comic”, NoMa will feature a fluid mix of projection, movement, text, and object theatre to drive the narrative. Through this lens we will create a visceral performance which allows audiences to recognise and better understand the concepts of populism and tyranny in our imagined world, relating these experiences to our real world.
“The heavy crawl towards dystopia.”
“The music and images make you feel physically uncomfortable.”
“It’s that sort of laugh as the world burns feeling”
“Roald Dahl on steriods.”
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Photographs from Tron Theatre’s Outside Eyes Autumn 2018 by Mihaela Bodlovic