Young theater makers to stage Bryony Kimmings ‘Revolting’ at Traverse Theater

From Edinburgh to Glasgow, from Dundee to Inverness, 20 young people from 15 different locations across Scotland will come together to present Revolting by an award-winning performance artist and renowned theater maker Bryony Kimmings for one night at Theater Crossing on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

This youth advice production turns this piece from page to stage, having first accessed the piece by working on it remotely dramatizing the season two program of Positive Stories for Negative Times, produced by Wonder Fools in association with the crosses. This will be the first time the company will meet in a physical space; transform the piece into a live work.

Revolting is a self-generating paint-by-numbers game that asks you to imagine a new system, a new world, a fair world, with better prospects and more equality… and flying cars and free money and loads of dance and pizza parties and climate change solutions. It’s for anyone feeling helpless and in need of a little hope this spring.

Positive stories for negative times launched as a first season in August 2020 as part of the Traverse Festival digital program, and was created as a direct response to the lack of physical spaces for young people to take part in performances, and the detrimental impact this was having on their mental health and well-being. An impressive 2,607 young people and 282 bands from the Outer Hebrides to Madrid, and York to Quebec performed the first season plays – leaving room for a new crop of artists and bands to get involved later this summer. Submissions for Season 1 are still available on the project’s website.

The second season, aiming to engage an even wider network of people aged 6 to 25, was created with the aim of coming together, embarking on new processes and changing the way people think about theater for young people. Wonder Fools and the Traverse Theater have once again co-commissioned a new group of the UK’s most eminent artists to create new work relevant to the here and now, which included Bryony Kimmings, who boosted projects creative for young people around the world. Participating groups were based in countries such as the UK, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the USA, making this a fully international project.

With reference to Revolting presented by young people, Bryony Kimmings shares,
“I’m so thrilled to have the Wonder Fools Youth Board present their unique take on Revolting at the Traverse, it’s a place close to my heart! The best thing about being part of this collection of work is that the access to the pieces is free! Young people are the key to saving this planet…if I can inspire them to take a stand and change the things that are wrong, then my work as an activist writer works!”

Speaking about showcasing works from page to page, Wonder Fools said:
“The Positive Stories Youth Board was created to ensure young people have a voice in the theater landscape and specifically in commissioning new plays; from working with writers on early ideas to dramaturging plays.

We are thrilled to see one of these plays brought to life by the Traverse Theater Youth Council. They are such a brilliant, crafty and talented group of theater makers and seeing them connect and collaborate in real life for the first time will be a joyful and celebratory moment for all.

Tickets are £5, with a £3 concession, in line with the company’s philosophy of making theater accessible to all
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