The National Theatre of Scotland reveals stellar Blabbermouth line-up
The National Theatre of Scotland has revealed the latest details of contributors to Blabbermouth, a unique twelve-hour event to celebrate Scotland’s contribution to world literature which will be performed on the eve of the Referendum.
Leading Scottish actors, Peter Mullan, Alex Norton, Colin McCredie, Douglas Henshall, Elaine C Smith, Julie Wilson-Nimmo are now taking part in this epic celebration of Scottish writing.
They are joined by writers, commentators, journalists, campaigners, artists, activists and composers including Dave Anderson, Peter Arnott, Anne Bonnar, Patrick Doyle, David Fagan, Iain Finlay Mcleod, Cathy Forde, Tommy Gorman, Theo Van Heijnsbergen, Craig Hogg (Generation 24), Richard Holloway, Kieran Hurley, Alexander Linklater, Susan Mansfield, Tricia Marwick, John Scott Moncrief, Alan Spence, Julia Taudevin and Alison Walker.
PJ Moore, Horse Macdonald, Findlay Napier, Cora Bissett and Katie Mackenzie are confirmed as additional guest musicians who will provide musical numbers in between the spoken word contributions. Previously confirmed musical acts include: MC Soom T, Lorraine McIntosh, and Ricky Ross who performing alongside the in-house Blabbermouth band made up of well-known Scottish musicians; Annie Grace, Neil McDermott, Cat Myers, Gav Prentice, Karine Polwart, Inge Thomson and Sarah Hayes & Joe Rattray of Admiral Fallow.
Blabbermouth is an one-day event taking place on the eve of the referendum, creating a moment in time to celebrate Scotland’s contribution to the world through its written word. Over a 12-hour period, more than 100 of Scotland’s greatest texts will be read live by some of the country’s politicians, schoolchildren, journalists, teachers, workers and students, novelists and performers. The only proviso they have been given is that whatever they choose to read, it has to have been written by a Scot.
Alongside the spoken word and music there will be a pop- up food and drink festival in the Quad of the Assembly which will include stalls from some of the country’s finest food producers and drinks tailored to reflect the occasion. The food and drink will be provided by Wild Dining and LA Events.
More than 60 people will be taking part in this extraordinary event and reading their favourite pieces of Scottish writing. Alongside the most recently-confirmed names are Amal Azzudin, Tam Dean Burn, Sir Harry Burns, Juliet Cadzow, Morven Christie, Emma Clifford, Janice Galloway, Stephen Greenhorn, David Greig, Scott Hames, Gerry Hassan, Kathleen Jamie, Paul Laverty, Liz Lochhead, Joyce McMillan, Aonghas Macneacail, Ewan Morrison, Ian Pattison, Lesley Riddoch, Anneika Rose, Ricky Ross, Gerda Stevenson and Jonathan Watson.
Also taking part are Rory Docherty, Nathan Epemolu, James Kane, Annie Lennox and Margot Smith who are members of BBC Scotland’s Generation 2014 project.
From royal correspondence between Queens in the early 1600s to contemporary Scottish song lyrics, famous comedy routines and inflammatory polemics, ecstatic sports commentaries and inspirational speeches, social comment and romantic poetry, Blabbermouth will provide an alternative and wide ranging, mosaic-like presentation of Scotland’s cumulative written word legacy on a remarkable day of readings and live music performances.
The event will be divided into four, two and a half hour sessions and every session will feature live music. As well as tickets for the individual sessions there is also a special ticket available for those who want to join the company for the full 12 hours.
Blabbermouth is a unique chance to celebrate Scotland’s contribution to the world in the final hours before the referendum.
National Theatre of Scotland associate director Graham McLaren said: “On the eve of the independence referendum, I want to create a moment for us to simply celebrate Scotland and its contribution to the world, in its own words, read by its own people.”
Blabbermouth is curated and conceived by Graham McLaren. Graham is currently an associate director of the National Theatre of Scotland, where his previous shows include A Doll’s House, A Christmas Carol andMen Should Weep. In July 2014 he directed the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Tin Forest Festival at the South Rotunda, part of the Games-time Festival 2014. His production of Joe Corrie’s Fife mining community classic In Time o’Strife is currently touring the UK.
Final line-up and schedule to follow at www.nationaltheatrescotland.comand full list of contributors to date below.
View the trailer here:
Full line-up confirmed to date: Dave Anderson, Peter Arnott, Amal Azzudin, Anne Bonnar, Tam Dean Burn, Sir Harry Burns, Juliet Cadzow, Morven Christie, Emma Clifford, Patrick Doyle, David Fagan, Cathy Forde, Janice Galloway, Tommy Gorman, Stephen Greenhorn, David Greig, Scott Hames, Gerry Hassan, Theo Van Heijnsbergen, Douglas Henshall, Richard Holloway, Kieran Hurley, Kathleen Jamie, Paul Laverty, Alexander Linklater, Liz Lochhead, Aonghas Macneacail, Colin McCredie, Iain Finlay Mcleod, Joyce McMillan, Susan Mansfield, Tricia Marwick, John Scott Moncrief, Ewan Morrison, Peter Mullan, Julie Wilson-Nimmo, Alex Norton, Ian Pattison, Lesley Riddoch, Anneika Rose, Ricky Ross, Elaine C Smith, Alan Spence, Gerda Stevenson, Julia Taudevin, Alison Walker and Jonathan Watson. Also participating are BBC Generation 2014 participants: Rory Docherty, Nathan Epemolu, Craig Hogg, James Kane, Annie Lennox and Margot Smith.
Box office Information
Wednesday 17 September 2014 – Assembly Hall, Mound Place, Edinburgh
Blabbermouth 1 – 12.00pm – 2.30pm/ Blabbermouth 2 – 3.00pm – 5.30pm
Blabbermouth 3 – 6.30pm – 9pm/ Blabbermouth 4 – 9.30pm – 12am
Each performance is approx 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Tickets – £10/£8 (concession)/ Concessions – Senior Citizen, Student, Disabled, Companion, Unemployed, Under 16s, Equity/Bectu/Scottish Society Playwright.
Book for all 4 – Get a day ticket for £30 (£20 concession)
Age Guide: 14+ Box Office: The Hub +44(0)131 473 2000 /hubtickets.co.uk/
Full details at www.nationaltheatrescotland.com
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