Night-time revellers in Glasgow are set to be movie stars for a night - in one of the flagship productions to staged by the National Theatre of Scotland as it enters a new era with a "futurist in residence."
Members of the public will feature as unscripted co-stars in Super Night Shot, a multi-screen film “in which the city becomes a film star for a fantastical mission.”
It will be filmed on the city’s streets by four performers armed with video cameras exactly an hour before it is shown to audiences at free outdoor screening events.
Due to be staged over at least two nights in August, Super Night Shot, which is billed as “an experience halfway between theatre and film,” is among the first shows unveiled by new NTS artistic director Jackie Wylie.
Other highlights include a revival of Edwin Morgan’s version of Cyrano de Bergerac and a comedy-musical inspired by Oscar-winning film My Left Foot, starring disabled artists.
A new outdoor adaptation of best-selling book The Reason I Jump will be staged in a series of mazes created in a children’s wood in Glasgow’s west end, while the Traverse Theatre’s much-loved musical comedy hit Midsummer will be reimagined at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Created by Berlin-based collective Gob Squad, Super Night Shot has been staged early 200 times around the world since 2003. It celebrates “unplanned meetings with strangers and delights in the randomness of urban existence.” A member of the public will star in a climatic final kissing scene.
A spokesman for Gob Squad said: “Both comical and moving, Super Night Shot attempts to elevate the banality of everyday life into the glamour and glitz of a big screen blockbuster. It’s a completely unpredictable show that elevates the everyday into the epic and plays with your perceptions of the familiar. Anything can happen, and usually does.
“The film begins exactly one hour before you come to watch it when the four performers meet, arm themselves with their video cameras and start them simultaneously.”
Ms Wylie, who was appointed last October, said: “The actors will be creating a live film starring the people of Glasgow, which will be shot all across the city at the time of night when that amazing energy happens. The point where the filmmaking ends is where the theatre begins.
“Were going to be reliant on the joyous community of the people of Glasgow. We can’t say where it will be shown, but it will be a free event and there will be an opportunity for everyone to see it.”
Meanwhile NTS said it believed the entrepreneur, author and broadcaster Mark Stevenson was possibly the first ever "futurist" to be embedded within a theatre company.
A spokeswoman said: "He will enable the National Theatre of Scotland to understand the questions the future is asking of them and help Scottish theatre and Scotland address those questions."
Ms Wylie added: "This is a wide-reaching year-long nationwide programme that builds on the National Theatre of Scotland’s founding principle to be a theatre for everyone with a renewed focus for 2018 on celebrating young people and their vital contribution to our nation’s artistic life.
"We want to thrill and entertain audiences in Scotland and beyond, to encourage participation in cultural life and look to the future of what theatre can be.
"At the core of our 2018 season is a celebration of the brilliance of Scottish work. We also welcome artists from beyond our borders who we know will excite Scottish audiences and inspire our local artists."
NEW SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
THE Rocket Post: Scotland’s celebrated mobile cinema, The Screen Machine, goes on tour with a film of a new play based on the true story of German scientist Gerhard Zucker’s ill-fated attempt to set up a rocket-based postal service in the Western Isles in 1934.
The Reason I Jump: The best-selling Naoki Higoshida book becomes a site-specific promenade performance and interactive installation in a specially-created labyrinth of mazes designed for the Children's Wood and North Kelvin Meadow in Glasgow’s west end.
Futureproof: Scotland’s “Year of Young People” will see the staging of 10 brand new productions created by a team of 14-24 year-olds who will be joining forces with 10 leading companies and artists from around the world. Echoing NTS's famous launch event Home, shows will be staged in Shetland, Dundee, Ayrshire, Moray, the Highlands, Fife, Aberdeen, Paisley, Edinburgh and Polmont Young Offenders Institute, in Falkirk.
Citizen of Nowhere: A month-long series of events in Dundee, including theatre commissions, discussions and debates, inspired by Theresa May's infamous observation that "if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere," and in response to “new realities like Brexit, Trump, populism and political strongmen.”
Cyrano de Bergerac: NTS joins forces with the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh to revive Edwin Morgan's Glaswegian-Scots translation of the classic play, which will make its debut at the Tramway arts centre in Glasgow, a new home for the "Citz" while it is being overhauled over for two years.
Midsummer: David Greig and Gordon McIntyre's Fringe hit for the Traverse Theatre will undergo a radical restaging for its debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in August, with the "great lost weekend of bridge-burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, bondage miscalculations, midnight trysts and self-loathing hangovers" unfolding in The Hub, where Alan Cumming and Meow Meow have performed over the last two years.