Tron Theatre Young Company
Martin is the current director of the Tron Theatre's resident young adult company, who have been making work together since 2012. In 2013 the Company staged Subject to Change which was invited to be restaged at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland launch of Chrysalis (a festival of theatre made for and by young people). In 2015 the company was relaunched with all new participants, and created a brand new performance, SHEEP, in February 2016, which was also restaged for the Chrysalis Festival later in the year.
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THU 4TH - SAT 6TH FEBRUARY 2016
TRAVERSE THEATRE (AS PART OF YOUTH THEATRE ARTS SCOTLAND'S CHRYSALIS FESTIVAL)
FRI 18TH -SAT 19TH NOVEMBER 29016
Come on. Are we all pretending this isn’t happening? He was the last guy we know to die. That soldier that turned up is probably going to someone else’s funeral and someone else’s after that. He’ll be deployed to turn up and pay his respects: make the widow feel good and then they won’t blame the state or the military or whatever.
Inspired by attitudes to war and militarization, from historical perspectives to current media representation, Tron Young Company have created a blistering new original work that asks questions of accepted roles for women and men in conflict, modern society’s use of propaganda, and what happens when war arrives on your doorstep.
'For then this town will have more dignity, and once again we’ll see that age return when there were women who were strong, true Amazons, whose deeds amazed the world.' Lope de Vega, Fuente Ovejuna
Through recorded debates, discussions and improvisations, we started to look at conflict in relation to our own lives – not something that happens elsewhere. We attempted to find a way to re-stage these recorded moments through verbatim performance. Members were given a research task and created their own material. We debated the wearing of poppies; the role of women as victim or simply wives/mothers of soldiers. We watched television adverts that commercialised fighting and death. We explored the idea of domestic and international. And we struggled with our own personal views and understanding of this complex and contentious topic.
Subject to Change (2013)
TRON THEATRE YOUNG COMPANY
THU 24 - SAT 26 OCTOBER 2013
YOUTH THEATRE ARTS SCOTLAND INTERCHANGE
THU 6TH MARCH 2014
"If the next generation of acting talent were to be found anywhere in Tron Participation, it was in this complex, and funny look at inter-personal relationships that featured a set of fantastic performances." (The Herald)
You know when you know that this wouldn’t really be happening in real life but it’s fine in the dream? Like that. It all made sense. It should have been weird and awkward but it was totally normal. Nobody reacted.
A therapist reveals confidential stories. A fortune teller is duped by a liar. A ghost story grows arms and legs. Jokes are told, dreams are recounted and anecdotes passed on as identities swap and the line between truth and fiction blurs.
Subject to Change explores what is lost and what is gained when a story is told and re-told.
Martin O’Connor has been working with the Young Company for a year. In that time they have experimented with different forms of storytelling, played with recorded sound and staged a small work in progress looking at gender politics. Subject to Change is the result of contextualizing the stories we told one another each week. We created a framework for each of the anecdotes and we have tried to keep the essence of our own characters and the stories we have told.