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.
This is an allegorical piece currently under development. It is a collaboration between Kenneth, Laurie, and myself placing each discipline as equal instigators of the production.
Originally inspired by an early viral video turning ten years old, our production tells an episodic story of how a machine grew through manipulating civilians’ actions. These civilians break the lessons learned in the 20th century which lead to the rise of tyrants and political corruption. The intention is for an audience to learn how machines, or regimes, are built: when you see how something is made, you can learn how it is unmade.
“The heavy crawl towards dystopia.”
“It was worrying relatable and darkly comic. Brilliant!”
“The music and images make you feel physically uncomfortable.”
“It’s that sort of laugh as the world burns feeling”
“Roald Dahl on steriods.”
We want the final production to be dark, synthetic, and claustrophobic, ultimately opening into silence and tranquillity. The event will be an exploration of form, finding a cross between narrative and installation. The sound should spill out of the studio and inspire nervous jitters in the waiting audience.
We are currently seeking further development opportunities as we continue to build the final product. For more information, conversations, or to see more of our plans, please drop any of us an email.
Photographs from Tron Theatre’s Outside Eyes Autumn 2018 by Mihaela Bodlovic