SCOTLAND’S DNA is to be put under a theatrical microscope as a stunning multi-media production takes to the road as part of the Year of Natural Scotland.
Infinite Scotland explores the country’s contrasting landscapes, coastlines and cities in a groundbreaking project featuring breathtaking images, music, film and words.
‘Scotland small? Our multiform, infinite Scotland small?’ was a famously incredulous question posed by poet Hugh MacDiarmid, and inspiration for the show, narrated onstage by actor Blythe Duff and writer and broadcaster Kenny Taylor.
“Scotland’s environment and culture are inextricably linked strands of the country’s DNA,” explained Infinite Scotland producer Bryan Beattie. “We wanted to explore that, using images, music and words. Putting Scotland’s DNA under the microscope in this way helps open our eyes to what’s around us.
“There are remarkable things around us every day that sometimes we just don’t notice – and some things that we have just not been aware of at all. Sometimes looking at what’s around us in a fresh way can reveal something completely new about it.”
Infinite Scotland blends scientific eyes and artistic creativity with astounding results. Grains of sand under an electron microscope, revelations about the language of plants, ancient sacred places, rocks, trees, mammals, birds – discovering the life and landscape around us and how we have interacted with it over millennia is profoundly compelling.
The show features a backdrop of awe-inspiring images by National Geographic photographer Laurie Campbell, atmospheric live music composed by David Allison and the beautiful voice of Maeve MacKinnon. Films feature explorer Mark Beaumont, writers and broadcasters Richard Holloway and Muriel Gray, architect Malcolm Fraser and Gaelic singer & folklorist Margaret Bennett. Video and production designer John McGeoch has brought all the pieces together to create a spectacular multi-media journey across the beauty and wonder of Scotland.
Blythe Duff said: “I love watching a piece that blends different elements, so I am delighted to be part of Infinite Scotland. As a performer, the project draws on so many different talents; it appeals on many levels, from the stunningly haunting singing voice of Maeve Mackinnon, to the beautifully crafted music which underscores some powerful poetry, photography – and a few surprises.
“Having Scotland on their doorstep, the audience have a chance to interact, not only on the night but long after they’ve left the theatre… What’s not to like? It’s very exciting!”
Scottish Natural Heritage and Creative Scotland funded the project as part of the Year of Natural Scotland, which celebrates the country’s natural and historic landscapes.
Alison Bell of SNH said: “We are delighted to work with Creative Scotland to help bring this project about. It has given us the opportunity to explore how the amazing, internationally renowned nature of Scotland can inspire our creativity, and how in turn music and words help us to understand and appreciate the wonders of our natural world.
By bringing together artists and naturalists, Infinite Scotland has given us a new insight to what nature means to our lives. It’s a great introduction to our year long celebration of Scotland’s nature during 2013, Year of Natural Scotland.”
The website www.infinite-scotland.com will features material from the show and extra unique content. People will be able to link in online through social media and an Infinite Scotland app. The website and app will be launched on 28 January.
Tour dates are:
Monday 28th – Tuesday 29th January | Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 8pm | £15 | conc. £13 | Box office: 01463 234234 | www.eden-court.co.uk
Wednesday 30th January | The Music Hall, Aberdeen
7.30pm | £16 + booking fee | Box office: 01224 641122 | www.boxofficeaberdeen.com
Thursday 31st January | Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
7.30pm | £15 | conc. £12 | Box Office: 01592 611101 | www.onfife.com
Friday 1st February | Tron Theatre, Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections
8pm | £13 + booking fee | Box Office: 0141 353 8000 | www.celticconnections.com
Saturday 2nd February | The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
8pm | £15 | conc. £12 | Box office: 0131 668 2019 | www.thequeenshall.net
Sunday 3rd February | Dundee Rep, Dundee
7.30pm | £15 | Conc available | Box office: 01382 223530 | www.dundeerep.co.uk