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Lifeguard
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2012
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Adrian Howells explores our complex and ambiguous relationship with water in this immersive theatrical experience.

In the intimate setting of the training pool at Govanhill Baths, Howells and actor/ dancer Ira Mandela Siobhan perform this new scripted piece, part devised from conversations with members of the local community.

Exploring the emotional and psychological effects of water, from its therapeutic qualities to our overwhelming fear of it, lifeguard re-evaluates the place of swimming in our lives as a health-promoting and life-saving activity.

Working collaboratively with Mike Brookes, Minty Donald, Rob Drummond, Jane Mason, Nick Millar and Nichola Scrutton, lifeguard offers a multi-sensory experience incorporating projection, sound and movement. Audience members will get wet.

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and the Arches in association with Govanhill Baths Community Trust.

5 - 27 October 2012

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Lifeguard

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The Last Polar Bears
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2012
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The Last Polar Bears tells the story of an old man and his dog, Roo, on a quest to the North Pole to see the polar bears before all the ice melts.

The production is an experiment in 'carbon-lite theatre.'

The Company is undertaking the four-week, 350-mile tour on bicycles, visiting primary schools in Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, East Lothian and Edinburgh. The play is performed in the natural light of school halls using puppetry and live music. The cast and crew are cycling on custom-built bikes, made from reclaimed bikes by Glasgow’s Bike Station. The cast will carry all costumes, set, props and personal belongings on their bikes throughout the tour. The bespoke vinyl panniers are made from recycled National Theatre of Scotland banners.

The play is directed by Joe Douglas, who also adapted the novel by Harry Horse.

Douglas writes, 'The idea is to tour a show across Scotland which, in its very form, engages with climate change'. Douglas is hoping to use the tour 'to take the temperature of how people are feeling about climate change.'

Throughout the tour, he will be conducting interviews and research as well as holding workshops with children.

As part of the production’s legacy, the National Theatre of Scotland is 'adopting' 17 Svalbard Polar Bears with the World Wildlife Fund to give to each of the primary schools on the tour.

The Last Polar Bears blog
National Theatre of Scotland page.

May - June 2012

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The Last Polar Bears

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Futurology: A Global Revue
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2007
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Futurology was a co-production with Suspect Culture, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Brighton Festival.

Futurology is a black comedy which tells the story of a conference of economists, politicians, protestors and mystics who come together to ask whether everything will be all right, and to make the big decisions, given that the future seems to be accelerating towards a changing climate, oil running out and renegade technologies.

    'Do you ever feel like a rabbit caught in the headlights?...In the future we’ll have cars that run on water, smart fridges that know what food you like, Google implanted in your head so you never need to actually know anything ever again. Meanwhile we’re left wondering how to act now. Is there something we should be doing? Is it OK to be doing nothing?'
Everyone seems to know what they are doing at this conference, except the delegate from the Sandwich Islands, whose home is sinking. For her, the conference is a struggle to negotiate politics, conference sex and learning how to play the game in order to save her homeland.

Futurology explores the big questions using dark humour, song, dance and ventriloquism.

    Director: Graham Eatough
    Dramaturg: David Greig
    Composer: Nick Powell
    Designers: Patrick Macklin and Ian Scott
    Lighting Designer: Ian Scott
    Associate artists include: Dan Rebellato, Renato Gabrielli, Mauricio Paroni De Castro, Andres Lima and Sergio Romano.

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The Wolves in the Walls
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2006
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The National Theatre of Scotland, in association with the Byre Theatre, presents The Wolves in the Walls, written by Neil Gaiman, and originally created with Improbable.

Lucy hears creeping, creaking, crumpling noises coming from behind the wallpaper and is convinced that there are wolves in the walls of her house. Her jam-making mother, tuba-playing father and video game obsessed brother think the noises are really mice, or rats or bats. But they are wrong and she is right as they will all soon find out. . .

Taken from the book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, and brought to life by a team of theatre-makers led by the National Theatre of Scotland's Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, Julian Crouch from Improbable, Nick Powell from Suspect Culture, and an unruly pack of actors, musicians and crazy puppets.

The production won Best Show for Children and Young People at the TMA Awards, 2006.

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The Wolves in the Walls

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In addition to the productions above, the National Theatre of Scotland co-produced HALF LIFE in 2007 with NVA.
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