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Alma Mater is Fish & Game’s site-specific performance-for-camera tour created for Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Scotland Street School. With an original musical score from John De Simone and in collaboration with a range of Glasgow-based artists, Alma Mater engages with themes of childhood and the coercive, civilising power of education.

Individual audience members use portable video screens to explore the school and encounter traces of performances past. In its pioneering form, the work makes the encounter with Mackintosh’s architecture come to life, vividly evoking the unseen human dimension of the building.

‘The intricacies of the camerawork, the nuances of behaviour, all connect superbly to the building and its previous life – would that Alma Mater could be a more permanent part of what the museum offers.‘ Mary Brennan, The Herald

‘One of the first Scottish-made shows not only to use an audio soundtrack but also a hand-held video presentation running on an iPad, to guide audiences through a promenade experience. It emerges as a strange, haunting event.’ Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman


Created by Fish & Game

Directed by Robert Walton

Produced by Eilidh MacAskill

Cinematography by Anna Chaney

Music by John De Simone

Performed by Lucy Gaizely, Albie Gaizely-Gardiner, Lyla Gaizely-Gardiner, Raedie Gaizely-Gardiner, Gary Gardiner, Becki Gerrard, Malcolm MacAskill, Susan MacAskill, Fiona Manson, Sam Phillips, Thom Scullion, Jodie Wilkinson, Kevin Wratten

Key Grip by Shona Mackay

Music Performed by Ensemble Thing

Helena Flint, Viola, Ross McCrae, Trombone, Voice, Ed Lucas, Double Bass, Paula Fischer, Piano, Jay Capperauld, Tenor Saxophone, Shona MacKay, Voice, George Kastanos, Alto Saxophone, Richard Merchant, Trumpet

Conducted by Oliver Searle

Thanks to John Bulloch, Jennifer Dowds and all the staff at Scotland Street School Museum, RSAMD’s Digital Film and TV dept, Nick Millar and all at IETM-Glasgow, all the company for generously giving their time and energy to the project.

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