A new site-specific theatre production based on interviews with leading figures in the newspaper industry in the UK and a a theatrical investigation into the current crisis in newspaper journalism in the UK.

Mother at the Trampery, London
3rd - 21st October 2012

Belfast Festival
26th October - 4th November 2012

The project has been put together as rapid response to the unfolding events of recent months in the newspaper industry. The project will be updated throughout the rehearsal and performance period to reflect the current state of play.

It is a collaboration between National Theatre of Scotland directors, John Tiffany and Vicky Featherstone, Andrew O'Hagan, novelist, playwright, journalist and contributing editor on the London Review of Books and three leading UK journalists, Paul Flynn, Deborah Orr and Ruth Wishart.

The creative team includes: Davey Anderson as Associate Director, Lizzie Powell as Lighting Designer, Janice Borgos as Costume Designer and Lisa Bertellotti as Design Associate.

The cast includes: Maureen Beattie, John Bett, Billy Boyd, James Anthony Pearson and Gabriel Quigley

Leading journalists, past and present, from the following newspapers have given interviews to date: The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Record, The Daily Star, The Guardian, The Herald, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, The Observer, The Scottish Daily Express, The Scottish Sun, The Scotsman, The Sun, The Sunday Mirror, The Sunday Times, The Times and The Telegraph.

These interviews will be transcribed, edited and structured into a piece of site- specific theatre to be performed in an empty floor of a media office block in Glasgow. The promenade production will explore the recent past, present and future of newspaper journalism in the UK and beyond and will be woven through with fact, anecdote, strong opinion, passion and theatricality.

Previously performed:
26 April to 13 May 2012
The Hub at Pacific Quay, Glasgow

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