Turntable (2014 -18)
Michael John McCarthy and Red Bridge Arts
Created by Michael John McCarthy and Martin O'Connor
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
14th-20th August 2017
Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase
Touring Scotland in 2018
Turntable started when MJ McCarthy and his Great Aunt Kathleen - 55 years his senior - connected over a stack of vinyl. Since then the Turntable team have toured her record case around Scotland, inviting listeners of all ages to investigate its contents whilst reflecting on the importance of music in their lives.
Turntable has taken many forms in its development - beginning with a hosted group workshop where participants select records to play, share musical memories and reflect on the place of music in their lives. The team then toured a pop-up installation in a diverse variety of social spaces (cafes, libraries, arts centres, drop-in centres), inviting passers by and participants to browse a selection of LPs, select and play a record of their choice and engage in a one-to-one conversation with a Turntable host.
For the Fringe in 2017, the Turntable invitation was extended to the people of Edinburgh. The stories and memories gathered at workshops throughout the country informed the show, with a soundtrack chosen by the audience, and each night a special guest was invited along,
Turntable also Scotland in spring/summer 2018, and visited the Here and Now Festival in Mannheim, Germany. For full tour details please visit the Red Bridge Arts page here.
Michael John McCarthy – creator and performer
Martin O’Connor – co-creator and director
Rachel O’Neill – Designer & Collaborator
Alice McGrath – Co-creator and Producer
Matt Padden – Sound Design consultant
Nick Millar – Production Manager
Suzie Normand - Production Manager (tour)
Fi Johnston – Stage manager