Teenage Trilogy’s development began in 2015 during a residency at Aaben Dans (Denmark), when Christine Devaney (Artistic Director, Curious Seed) started to think about what it is like to be a teenager now in comparison to her own teenage years; in turn, leading her to consider how older generations would respond to this question.

Since then, Christine and visual artist David Maxwell have initiated and documented many conversations with teenagers and their families from different cultures and backgrounds about what it means to be a teenager both now and in the past. 

Teenage Trilogy has been developed through these conversations in residencies at Aaben Dans (Denmark), St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre (Australia), Krokusfestival (Belgium), Imaginate (UK) and an ongoing residency with ThinkArts (India). Since 2017, Curious Seed has been working with innovative digital designers D Fie Foe (Jonathan Charles) to develop a digital project for the performances and online, including video work for the Teenage Trilogy installation and as part of the live performances.

 Working the camera at our Teenage Tutorials shoot

Working the camera at our Teenage Tutorials shoot

 Riso print workshops at Out of the Blueprint

Riso print workshops at Out of the Blueprint

 Teenage Tutorials shoot with Christine

Teenage Tutorials shoot with Christine

Since 2017, Curious Seed has been working with innovative digital designers D Fie Foe (Jonathan Charles) to develop a digital project for the performances and online, including video work for the Teenage Trilogy installation and as part of the live performances.

The conversations from the residencies sparked an online digital project, Tell It Like It Is, collating selfie videos from teenagers around the world in an online archive of real teenage opinions, asking them what it’s really like being a teenager today. Some of the videos are featured in the video work in the live performances, and all are available to view on our online channel- submissions are still open for anyone aged 13-19 who would like to take part!

Christine, David and Jonathan also worked with a small group of local teenagers at Lyra, Craigmillar, as Teenage Advisors to develop a pilot project of Teenage Tutorial videos exploring the challenges teenagers face and ways of combating these.

The group went on to undertake risoprint workshops at Out of the Blue Print, designing and producing a limited edition Teenage Trilogy fanzine, which will be available at the performances with donations going to Stem4 Teen mental health charity.

You can now head over to our Youtube channel to see the tutorials and selfie videos- and if you'd like to submit your selfie video for Tell It Like It is- head over here for information and how to submit!