Funny, provocative and bleak – Yet another Junction 25 show well worth watching.
Mary Brennan, The Herald
watching you watching me watching you watching you watching me watching you watching me watching you watching me watching you watching me watching you
This is how it starts…
If you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself
George Orwell, 1984
This performance premiered at Tramway, Glasgow on the 20th & 21st March 2015.
The idea for 5.9 Million came out of an urgent desire expressed by the group to respond to a culture of contemporary surveillance and its increasing role in every aspect of young people’s lives today. From CCTV to Facebook it seems that we are always in the spotlight and there is always someone watching. Everything we do is recorded, documented, archived and nothing is forgotten. But what does this mean? Is there such a thing as a right to privacy anymore?
The concept of the work was that an audience of 6 at a time entered the space and were led to wait outside a black curtain which led to a small room. This marked the beginning of a journey during which the audience were led around ten seperate rooms to encounter ten performances lasting 3 minutes each. Each completely different – each a reflection of watching and being watching – there were many unexpected surprises along the way…
5.9 Million was an exciting project for us in lots of ways, not least because it fell on the 10th anniversary of Junction 25 as a company for young performance makers In Scotland. In light of this significant milestone the project also included a huge amount of creative input from a wide range of Junction 25 participants past and present. The producer of 5.9 Million (and Junction 25) was a graduate, one of the outreach facilitators was a graduate, the stage designer was a graduate ( studying architecture at Strathclyde University) and the sound designer was a current member of the company (studying sound production at Glasgow Kelvin College). And in December, halfway through the process, we invited a group of over 20 graduates of the company to watch a scratch performance of the work, help us discuss ideas and further develop the concept.
It felt like a real team effort.
We are really proud of 5.9 Million as we felt it was a real attempt for the company in continuing to experiment with form, in playing with the boundaries of what theatre can be and in using it to present the ideas and opinions of young people living in Scotland today.
The Scotsman 4 Stars – https://joycemcmillan.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/
Credit – Alistair Gourlay