Published: 18/03/2014 09:08 - Updated: 18/03/2014 15:00

Take five minutes to focus on referendum

National Theatre of Scotland, Aberdeen Performing Arts Company, Aberdeen Arts Centre, The Great Yes No Don't Know Five-Minute Theatre Show, Five-Minute Theatre, Independence Referendum


THE National Theatre of Scotland, Aberdeen Performing Arts Company and Aberdeen Arts Centre has put out a call to theatre-makers young and old, experienced and amateur, the ayes, the nays and the undecided, to take part in a National Theatre of Scotland epic linked to the independence referendum.

APA's director of programming and creative projects, Ben Torrie, said: "The Great Yes, No, Don't Know Five-Minute Theatre Show – a 24-hour live performance broadcast via the Five-Minute Theatre website in June – will celebrate a momentous year for Scotland and it hopes to provide hundreds of answers to the question the electorate will answer on Thursday, September 18.

"The National Theatre of Scotland's Five-Minute Theatre is such an innovative and accessible platform for showcasing a huge range of new and exciting theatre.

"The context of the historic decisions being made in Scotland this year should give this project an extra edge.

"APA is delighted to be a hub venue for this project, and it is fantastic to be given the opportunity to showcase some of the excellent new work being created in the North-east."

The National Theatre of Scotland is encouraging the people of Scotland and beyond to have their creative say in the most important decision in the country's history in modern times.

Professional or not, old or young, Yes, No or undecided voters, absolutely anybody can take part by writing, devising, directing, performing and producing a five-minute long piece of theatre.

There are no set skills requirements; no required qualifications other than a good idea, dramatic flair, and some bravery.

The show will be a one-day event packed with over 200 micro-theatre shows, all performed in front of live audiences streamed on to a global audience.

There will be five performance hubs across Scotland, an additional five across the rest of the UK, and up to five more internationally.

And roving crews will travel across Scotland throughout the 24-hour period to help facilitate theatre-makers with filming and on-location streaming.

And, unlike previous years, participants will be able to self-broadcast and watch from a hand-held phone or tablet, on any platform.

Full details on how to submit a piece for inclusion are available online at and on the Get Involved website at

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Sunday, March 23.

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