VOICEMAIL is one of two Scotland projects that are part of Phone Call to the World – an international collaboration between Scotland, England, India, Palestine and South Africa exploring environmental crises through art, science and digital technology.
Throughout June 2021, Scottish Youth Theatre will be working with groups of young artists aged 14-17 from Aberdeen Performing Arts, Borders Youth Theatre, Eden Court, hidden route, Mull Youth Theatre and Theatre Royal Dumfries as they expand their knowledge of climate issues in local contexts and develop their own ecological theatre practices.
In response to a range of educational and critical science materials provided by project partners Explorathon, the groups will engage in a series of intensive bespoke workshops led by ecofeminist theatre-maker Isla Cowan and begin to craft their own, urgent voicemails for the Phone Call to the World digital hotline.
Isla Cowan is a Scottish playwright and theatre-maker, specialising in ecofeminist performance. Her work for stage includes: Daphne, or Hellfire (Pleasance and Assembly Roxy, 2019); Sno Wite and the Seven Dickenzians (Strange Town / Scottish Storytelling Centre, 2019); The View from Portobello ( LYT / Royal Lyceum, 2018), BANTER (LYT / Traverse, 2017); These Walls (Sweet Venues, 2017); Come Back to Bed (Fitzpatrick Theatre, 2017 ); Lily (Corpus Playroom, 2016); and poetic solo show Learning to Live (Espionage @ Laughing Horse, 2015). While Isla performs and directs much of her own work, she was also Assistant Director on GUT (Traverse / National Theatre of Scotland, 2018) and The Duchess [of Malfi] (Lyceum / Citizens, 2019). Isla was selected as one of four playwrights to be mentored at Hampstead Theatre as part of the 2019 INSPIRE playwrights programme and, in 2020, Isla's work made the Top 100 for Soho Theatre's Verity Bargate Award and the Shortlist for the Phil Fox Award from Outside Edge Theatre Company. Most recently, Isla’s monologue World Under Water was commissioned for Strange Town’s Lockdown Series and her new audio work ecotone premiered as part of Scottish Youth Theatre’s 2021 Making Space Online Festival. Isla is currently under commission from Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, making a series of spoken-word audio compositions responding to the theme ‘My Normality’.