5 Minute Theatre goes live

Posted by to The Blog on June 17th

The rather wonderful NTS announces another startling, innovative and, hopefully, interesting project. Including work by Michael Pedersen, a contributor to our, less than august, pages…National Theatre of Scotland introduces


Five Minute Theatre


Created by anyone for a worldwide audience of everyone

33 Five Minute Theatre pieces

to be streamed from Edinburgh

Watch live from Adam House,

Chamber St, Edinburgh

5.00pm, 21st June till 5.00pm, 22nd June, 2011


Audiences will now be able to schedule their online viewing of the 33 theatre pieces from across Edinburgh and the Lothians, all of which have been allocated time slots.

The University of Edinburgh’s Adam House building on Chamber St. in Edinburgh is being used as a live hub where a selection of Five Minute theatre pieces will be performed and audiences will be able to watch other Five Minute Theatre productions being broadcast from around the world.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, Five Minute Theatre is an extraordinary 24hour live online theatre broadcast, taking place at http://www.fiveminutetheatre.com

Five Minute Theatre will feature over 1000 performers in eleven countries. Of the 235 successful entries, 202 will be performed in Scotland, thirteen across the rest of the UK, four in Europe and sixteen across the rest of the world.

Five Minute Theatre being performed live at Adam House, Chambers St. Edinburgh

Tuesday 21 June

7.20pm Why is oil so cheap?

Iain Johnstone

8.20pm Highborn

Cathartic Connections

9.15pm Top Deck

Roddy Cairns


Wednesday 22 June

12.10am Manifesto

Rupert Thomson

11.35am I believe in you…please make eye contact

Creative Electric

12.40pm What We Owe

Harry Giles

1.40pm  Mitigation

Brian Allingham


Tickets are available online at www.hubtickets.co.uk, by phone 0131 473 2000 and at Adam House on the day.


A cross-section of time slots includes the following:

Streamed online throughout Tuesday 21 June:

Knox Academy, Haddington, East Lothian is planning a day of theatre on Tuesday 21 June.  Five school groups whose performance proposals include a TV cookery show with a twist; tourists marooned on an island following the sinking of their cruise ship; a one to one confessional; a site-specific, physical theatre piece and a couples’ date night, will be streamed online throughout the day.


Streamed between 1-2pm on Wednesday 22 June:

In a Marchmont kitchen, Ben Fletcher-Watson will create an underwater world where everyday objects take on magical new forms. Ben describes how he hopes to achieve this: “an apron will become a manta ray, fish swim out of cutlery drawers and a chef’s hat transforms into a jellyfish.” The piece will feature  puppetry and song.


Streamed between 10pm-11pm on Tuesday 21 June:

John A Thoumire a freelance Edinburgh writer will see his production, The Book streamed online between 10pm-11pm on Tuesday 21 June. Filmed at Arthur’s Seat and John’s piece is a take on old Victorian Edinburgh ghost stories.


Streamed between 10am-11am on Wednesday 22 June:

Performance poet Michael Pedersen will be performing a production from Gorgie City Farm. The Last Supper is based on a conversation that occurs between a cow and a boy on his paper-round.


National Theatre of Scotland will be working in partnership with STV to enable eight of the successful Five Minute Theatre projects to be performed and filmed at STV’s studio at Pacific Quay, Glasgow. The 24-hour online event will be streamed live on the website especially created by the National Theatre of Scotland for the project. As well as STV’s own website: www.stv.tv on Tuesday 21st June. Individual entries will be hosted online by both on a specially designed micro-site and after the event.

The full 24hr schedule is available at www.fiveminutetheatre.com

Selection of Edinburgh and the Lothians time slots:

5pm – 6pm Voices in the Wind Inveralmond Community High
5pm – 6pm Blow All Your Troubles Away Rush Dance Company
6pm – 7pm Wizard of Oz Bathgate Youth Theatre
6pm – 7pm Pigs in Sh*t Stephen Welsh
6pm – 7pm Breathe Black and White Dance Co
6pm – 7pm Burnt Saffron Guid Scratch
7pm – 8pm Why is oil so cheap? Iain Johnstone
8pm – 9pm Dead Wrong By the Way! John Kielty
8pm – 9pm Highborn Andrew Simpson
9pm – 10pm Top Deck Roddy Carins
9pm – 10pm The Climb Jennifer Paterson
10pm – 11pm The Book John A Thoumire
12am – 1am Manifesto Rupert Thomson
12am – 1am Marchmont Odyssey: The Tale of Woeful Relations Robyn Hambrook
1am – 2am Eye for an Eye Jennifer Adam
2am – 3am Chopin in a Dustsheet Corinne Harris
2am – 3am Hangman Martin O’Neill
3am – 4am Miłosz in living pictures Robert Motyka
5am – 6am To my unborn child Electra Gouni
7am – 8am In my own words Gavin Crichton
8am – 9am Hello You… Sharron Devine
9am – 10am Barry’s Ballad Knox Academy
10am – 11am The Last Supper Michael Pedersen
10am – 11am Flesh Knox Academy
10am – 11am Love Drama Kirsten McGrossan
11am – 12pm I believe in you…please make eye contact Heather Marshall
11am – 12pm Secrets and Lies Knox Academy
12pm – 1pm What We Owe Harry Giles
1pm – 2pm Hold Onto Hope Love Knox Academy
1pm – 2pm Mitigation Brian Allingham
1pm – 2pm The Fish and the Moon Ben Fletcher-Watson
2pm – 3pm Cook! Knox Academy
2pm – 3pm The Saltire Angela Nisbet




2 responses to “5 Minute Theatre goes live”

  1. Neil says:

    An entirely admirable undertaking. NTS goes from strength to stength.

  2. jonathan says:

    yup. interesting stuff. Why is oil so cheap… i always wondered.

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