Each of the performances took place at 19:30 and 20:30 in the exhibition space at CCA Glasgow, during the Phone Call to the World Interactive Exhibition. The series was a huge hit with audiences – many of the performances at capacity with more tuning into the livestream on Scottish Youth Theatre's social media.
For more information about each work, you can download the programme here. Alternatively, watch each of the recorded performances on our YouTube channel by clicking on the links above.
Also view a small gallery of photographs documenting the performances. More can be found on the Phone Call to the World project website.
During COP26, Scottish Youth Theatre was proud to amplify the voices of young people across the world as they responded creatively to the impacts of climate crisis in their place. As part of our British Council Creative Commission Phone Call to the World, young people from India, England, South Africa and Palestine – as well as Scotland – created new works which observe and testify, enacting and demanding change. As the project reached its culmination, Scottish Youth Theatre hosted an interactive exhibition and programme of activity at the CCA in Glasgow, from 2-13 November, ensuring their voices are heard.
Alongside the project’s international outlook, we wanted to reiterate our commitment to supporting Scotland’s young artists. As such, five micro-commissions were offered to Scotland-based performance-makers aged between 14 and 25. The artists were commissioned to make new work that is rooted in cultural, social and environmental consciousness, sitting at the intersection of the live and the digital.
These in-person performances crossed multiple artforms, encompassing live music, comedy, spoken word and interpretive dance. In response to the exhibition space and the moment of COP26 in Glasgow, the solo artists explored the multiple impacts of the climate crisis on identity, expectation, loss and futurehood that younger generations are and will experience across the world in the wake of global climate change.
We were delighted, as part of this commissions process, to work with:
Catriona Robertson is a freelance dance artist and choreographer from Motherwell, having previously studied at Trinity Laban. As an artist, her research is driven by the act of being vulnerable within her work, referring to personal experiences and universal emotions.
Catriona will be performing the work Bone as Soft, skin as concrete in the CCA on 12 November.
Bone as Soft, skin as concrete is a physical articulation of the relationship between the environment and the body. The intricate details create a tranquil experience which depicts both strength and fragility, as the artist allows the environment to form the movement.
Conall Ross is an eclectic singer/songwriter based in Tayside, Scotland. Developing a love of singing and performing at a young age, he pursued a career in the arts by studying a BA in Musical Theatre at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2019.
Conall will be performing the work Voices of a Dying Earth in the CCA on 6 November.
Set in a Westminster Select Committee hearing full of lethargic lawmakers, climate change deniers and unscrupulous lobbyists, Voices of a Dying Earth shows a young climate activist's attempt to make both his and his entire generation’s voices heard.
Jack MacGregor is a writer and director based in Inverness. His work combines documentary styles, live-cinema techniques, and bold visual approaches, exploring the crises of modernity and collapse through art.
Jack will be performing the work Amnesty in the CCA on 4 November.
Amnesty is a show that asks if we are still capable of forgiveness. This piece explores the two dominant forms of climate justice that emerge after the climate crisis is finally beaten. A choice between revenge and forgiveness.
Joe Hunter (they/them) is a writer, composer, spoken word artist and theatre-maker based in Scotland. They received a First Class BA Hons degree in Dance & Drama from Performing Arts Studio Scotland and are currently studying for their postgraduate degree in Playwriting and Screenwriting from the University of St Andrews. Joe is one of two co-founders of Moot Point Collective theatre company, a company platforming emerging young artists, with an emphasis on supporting those from underrepresented communities.
Joe will be performing the work Words on World's Ending in the CCA on 13 November.
Words On World’s Ending is a short spoken word piece focusing on the experiences of being a young person in a world that has been destroyed by others, as well as the parallels between climate denial and queerphobia. Written, composed and performed by Joe Hunter, accompanied by Robyn Lawrence, the piece asks ‘How can we afford to be young when we have been given so little time to live?’
Rumaisa Zubairi is a writer and medical student. She won the 2019 Poems for Doctors online slam and has been published in NHS poetry anthology These Are the Hands. She loves performing her work and is a happy cyclist.
Rumaisa will be performing the work Cyclosphere in the CCA on 5 November.
Cyclosphere presents a view from the saddle. Drawing on the artist’s own experience of navigating the roads, cycle paths and trails of Glasgow, this intimate part play, part poem explores the transformative power of cycling as a tool for positive change.