FAIL: Ages 14 - 18

Part of Scottish Youth Theatre's Summer Courses 2019

Mon 8 - Sat 8 - 27 July, 10am - 5pm, later on performance evenings.
Artist Eoin McKenzie
Course Fee: £450 
I must not get it wrong. I must not get it wrong. I must not get it wrong. I must not get it wrong. I must not get it wrong. I must not get it wrong. I must not get it wrong. I must not get it wrong. 
What if we could re-imagine our failures as opportunities for growth? 
Or see them as positive processes of change? 
Can we re-interpret our own shortcomings as the things that might provide us strength? 
How many times do we get it wrong before something even better than we could have imagined happens?
Where do we go from here? What do we do next? How do we recover?
Taking failure and change as a starting point, this 3-week project will explore different processes of working with, generating, writing, and performing text. Utilising found text, persona, automated writing processes, collaborative writing, spoken word, and deep listening, everyone involved will collaborate on creating a text-based performance to be shared with audiences at the culmination of the process. 
Exploring the ways that we – humans – emotionally, mentally, and physically reconcile with failure – a natural human experience – we will create the following: 
  • An expulsion of past failures and the emotions that linger 
  • A celebration of our shortcomings 
  • An embrace of all the ways in which we are far from perfect 
  • A reckoning with our need to be impeccably excellent 100% of the time 
  • An invitation to change it all

Eoin McKenzie is a performance maker and director from Glasgow who works across contemporary theatre, live art, and writing. His work is interested in how we experience and shape the world around us and how the process of making performance can renegotiate our human narratives in search of more compassionate and caring modes of being in the world. Eoin is excited by thematic ideas of impermanence, transcendence, failure, and chaos.  

Eoin is an associate artist at Platform where he is developing his new work, All Or Nothing, as part of his selection as one of Imaginate's Launchpad artists for 2018/19. He also directs the Platform Young Company with Gudrun Soley and presented their most recent production Shaking The Habitual at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Chrysalis Festival ( **** -


Eoin regularly collaborates, directs, and performs with other artists and companies and has most recently worked with Glas(s) Performance, Edinburgh International Festival, Hidden Giants, Mamoru Iriguchi, and Aby Watson.  


Eoin is looking forward to exploring the potential of the written word in the live moment through performance experiments, task-based theatre-making, and collaborative approaches.  


Please note that bursaries are available if cost is a barrier. You can also pay by instalments.
If you have any concerns about the cost or instalments then please get in touch so we can organise a plan that suits your requirements.

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Course fees  £450

Payment instalment dates are: £150 initial payment £150 due 1 June, £150 due 1 July

Before booking please note that payments are non-refundable or transferable


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