National Ensemble 2019 – Act of Repair

Apps, social media and search engines – asking us to agree to terms and conditions. these companies are using our data – but so what?

Date of Activity: January – September 2019
Location: Aberdeen, Callander, Dumfries, Glasgow, Inverness
Age Range: 16-25

Act of Repair was a brand new piece of political theatre devised by the 2019 National Ensemble. The process began with conversations about Brexit and developed onto the artists’ concerns about emerging forms of capitalism – exploring the technological forces at work around us and on us in everyday mass media.

The Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble is a company of exceptional and innovative young theatre makers, aged 18-25, selected from locations across Scotland. The programme is a 6-9 month commitment, with members spending one weekend a month in different venues and locations throughout the country. These development weekends allow the young artists to collaborate with theatre professionals, to develop their skills and grow their networks, before intensively working as a company to create and perform a new piece of theatre for national touring during the summer.

“Bravo to scottish youth theatre for bending their creative genius to one of the greatest challenges of our time: an unprecedented surveillance economy that threatens freedom and democracy. lEt it be known that a new youth vanguard is ready to think critically, bear witness and, ultimately, say ‘no more!'”

Shoshana Zuboff, Author, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism


Andrew Gallagher
Calum Moore
Catherine Tausney
Chaya Gupta
Christopher Scanlan
Fraser Kelsey
Hannah Yahya Hassan
Isha Hakeem
Jamie Cowan
Katryn Muir
Laura Milton
Melissa Meighan
Michael Black
Phoebe Byrne
Rachel Bell
Rebecca Riddell
Ronnie Brodie
Ruaridh Mathieson
Stanley Treshansky
Tsen Day-Beaver

Creative Team

Brian Ferguson – Director
Davey Anderson – Dramaturg
Jen McGinley – Designer
Lewis Den Hertog – Video
Niroshini Thambar – Sound
Rachel Drazek – Movement

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