Dates and Times
Thu 2 May 2019 at 7pm
Featured in our Spring 2019 programme. Browse the full season here.
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Presented by Harry Josephine Giles and Co.
A live jam of sound, visuals and poetry, telling the true story of a military drone’s life and fears. The Drone is part weapons system, part office worker, part tense background hum. The bleak humour and tender fury of Drone sees the unmanned aerial vehicle as the technology of a neurotic century, surveilled and surveilling, asking how anxious people can live as part of systems of such astonishing destruction.
Written by the Forward-shortlisted poet Harry Josephine Giles and performed by them with international sound artist Neil Simpson (Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo) and digital artist Jamie Wardrop (Beats, The Dwelling Place), Drone is the spectacular culmination of five years of work. Directed by Rob Jones (Egg, Super Awesome World), the performance is mixed new every night, a live cabaret band of three artists in three different media. Drone was first performed at Summerhall in the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, was supported for further development by Creative Scotland in winter 2017, and is touring Scotland in spring-summer 2019, with one London date.
Supported by Creative Scotland
Visuals by Jamie Wardrop
11th – 13th April – The Tron, Glasgow
2nd May – Camden’s People Theatre, London
9th May – Sound Archive, Orkney
10th May – Gable End Theatre, Hoy
4th/5th June – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
“A state of the nation address from a frayed electronic mind flying high above that nation and looking for a place to hit.” ★★★★ – The Scotsman
“Giles’ performance is exuberant, attractive and addictive to watch. Drone is a beautiful relic of the tragedy of human warfare” ★★★★ – The Skinny
“The scope of Giles’ poetry is vast, shifting between targets, strafing across twenty or so poems that detail the life of one drone, known as She. She, the drone, becomes a stand-in for us.” – Exeunt
About the company
Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Edinburgh. They have been featured in the SPILL National Platform, and programmed by festivals and venues including the Ovalhouse, Forest Fringe and Sprint. They co-direct the performance producer Anatomy, and have toured theatre across Europe and Leith.