- Elliot Roberts
- 29 July 2016
This article is from 2016.
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.