Preview: Faslane

This article is from 2016

Preview: The personal and political collide in Faslane

credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

Jenna Watt's solo performance explores Scotland's nuclear missile base

Drawing its name from Scotland's operating base for the Royal Navy, and home to the Trident nuclear missile program, this solo performance by Jenna Watt explores the intersections between the personal and the political.

Scotland's hosting of Trident became a hotly debated topic during the political upheavals of the 2014 referendum on independence, as Watt explains: 'I became aware that I was desperately uninformed about this issue despite my family having worked in Faslane my whole life. I felt torn between what I wanted for my family and what I thought I wanted for my country.'

Having established herself as a bold theatre-maker with How You Gonna Live Your Dash and Flâneurs, Watt continues her collaboration with dramaturg Louise Stephens and draws upon the immersive sound design of composer Kim Moore. 'I knew I didn't want to use the aesthetic of nuclear war,' Watt says, 'so it felt natural to turn to sound design.'

In undertaking a topic at once global and deeply personal, Watt consciously rejects the didactic in favour of the dialectic, presenting years of research from all sides of the debate in order to offer 'a perspective that will be, at times, difficult for people with polarised views on the debate to swallow.'

Summerhall, 5-28 Aug (not 15), 7.15pm, £10 (£8). Preview 3 Aug, £8.


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Jenna Watt in association with Showroom and Contact. Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear missile program: Trident. With family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First-winner Jenna Watt explores what…