Dundee young people helping to Futureproof the city with short film for YOYP 2018

Futureproof Festival launch by the National Theatre of Scotland in May
Futureproof Festival launch by the National Theatre of Scotland in May

Young Dundonians are making a short film in and around the city this week as part of Futureproof – a Scotland-wide festival of theatre and performance in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

RADIAL is being filmed at five locations in and around the city including the Tay Bridge, Tentsmuir Forest, Tay mudflats and West Ward Works.

The young people have been styled by acclaimed local fashion designer Hayley Scanlan.

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and Back to Back Theatre (Australia) as part of the Futureproof Festival, RADIAL will be screened on October 17 at the Bonar Hall, Dundee, supported by Dundee University.

Regional screen office TayScreen is assisting the production. Project Manager Julie Craik said: “It’s just so fantastic that in Scotland’s Year of Young People, the National Theatre of Scotland chose Dundee for this production, especially as we have one of the highest populations of young people in Scotland”.

Playfully re-imagining video art, dance, music and fashion, RADIAL is a “music video portrait of a community and landscape in motion.”

Exploring themes of diversity and opportunity it is being filmed using a circular camera track.

The young people are also working closely with Scottish artist Robbie Synge to create the final piece.

The film will also be shown at screenings in arts venues and community centres across Dundee.

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Theatre of Scotland, said“Futureproof will unleash young Scottish creative energy across the nation.

“This international festival places radical participatory theatre practice at the forefront of theatre-making in Scotland whilst celebrating young people’s place in society and at the heart of cultural life.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Futureproof is taking the ethos of the year to heart by ensuring young people are front and central.”