Dust, and all that… is a performance event which combines elements of immersive theatre with dance, live music, new writing, a recorded soundscape and video. It is a collaboration with Magnetic North Theatre Company.
Viewers walk alone through a series of rooms, glimpsing fragments of stories - videos playing on screens in abandoned rooms, photos pinned on the wall, lists of names, locked doors, piles of furniture and objects all alluding to memories left behind – before arriving in a large room where someone sits unravelling gold thread which is spun like cobwebs around the space……, is it a waiting room, a holding centre, purgatory?
Dust plays out a series of fragmented scenes which repeatedly disperse and materialise - giving insights into and different perspectives on the lives of the 8 people already present in this place.
A simple dance begins to emerge, passing from person to person, from cast members to audience. The performance culminates in a final shared, transcendent moment that leaves everyone with their own impressions and understanding of what has happened, asking them to consider what they’ll leave behind as they head back out into the cold.
'This was the perfect experience to have on my last day of work for the year... It was lovely coming into a space away from the commercial Christmas buzz outside. As well as being intrigued and swept along by the performance, it allowed me time to reflect… ' Audience member at work-in-progress showing, December 2013
Directed by Christine Devaney and Nicholas Bone
Creative team includes:
Playwright: Linda McLean
Actors: Alison Peebles and Sean Hay
Composer and Musicians: David Paul Jones, Luke Sutherland and Michael John McCarthy
Designer: Karen Tennent
Performers: Ian Spink, Brigid McCarthy and Emma Snellgrove
Video Artist: Jonathan Charles
Dust, and all that… was presented as work-in-progress in and around the Dissection Room at Summerhall in December 2013. Supported initially by the National Theatre of Scotland, Dance Base and Magnetic North’s Rough Mix programme, it has been further supported by Creative Scotland and Summerhall.