This rendition of National Ensemble focused on climate justice, with a new production entitled Once You See the Smoke. The production was intended to tour throughout Scotland in July 2020, but in light of COVID-19 in was reimagined as a radical digital performance. Read more about the new production here.
The 20 inspiring, emerging theatre makers that participated in National Ensemble 2020 were:
We were also delighted that the 2020 National Ensemble were led through the devising process by director Melanie Jordan.
Melanie is a Gaulier-trained director and theatre artist based in Glasgow, whose work has toured throughout Scotland and internationally. She is Physical Theatre Practitioner with Surge, and co-Artistic Director of feminist theatre company Jordan & Skinner, who have created several critically-acclaimed productions including Sanitise, At A Stretch and A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego. Jordan & Skinner are recent fellows with Barbican London and ArtWorks Alliance, investigating the relationship between activism and art. Melanie creates provocative physical performance in theatres and on the streets that exposes our shared humanity with curiosity and humour. Read more about her work here.