How do we affect the land on which we live?
What can we do to make our own mark?
We are all here – at this time. Here. Now
We were asked to deliver a project for the National Theatre of Scotland with young people from Lochgilphead in Scotland in response to Half Life a large scale site specific performance they were doing with NVA in the area. And so we teamed up with visual artist Rachel O’Neill, video artist James Leadbitter, musician Brian James and 100 S3 students from Lochgilphead High School to create HERE.
We thought about what it meant to be local in a place that was popular with tourists for its history and heritage. We created a map of the area with large red dots marking a place that was personally significant to each of the young people on the project. We then created large versions of the dots and placed them around the landscape with text on them which explained why the place was so special. Tourists were then encouraged to use the map to go on an alternative route – a route made up of individual memories and personal histories of the area, the things you would never ordinarily know.
HERE culminated in a large scale performance piece in the grounds of the High School that was about to be demolished. It was a way of marking a moment in history that involved those people in that time.
This project was commissioned and managed by the National Theatre of Scotland