A new spoken word show created by a Glasgow theatre company aims to explore hot button topics as it heads on tour around the UK and Ireland.
Make / Shift explores life as a twenty-something in 2019 through minimalistic theatre and Scottish performance poetry.
With no elaborate sets or props, the performers aim to use the theatre of the mind to bring audiences into the story.
Make / Shift takes on topics including queerness, generational conflict, and the pressures of capitalism, showing their effect on the two main characters.
The show tells a small story of friends trying to get by, all the while interrogating why it is so hard in the first place.
The show has been created and developed by In The Works, who earned rave reviews for their production The 900 Club at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Run by young artists Bibi June, Ross McFarlane, and Ellen Renton, it aims to promote diverse, accessible and innovative spoken word theatre.
They were awarded funding for the show by Creative Scotland and The Hunter Foundation, the latter naming the group among their 100 Disrupters programme, which awarded grants to young people across Scotland to support their ambitious ideas.
Make/Shift is currently touring spoken word events around the UK and Ireland, including dates in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, London, Dublin, Belfast, and Sheffield, with more to be announced.
The group will also perform The 900 Club at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Make / Shift, May 13, Dundee, Hotchpotch, 19:00, free admission; May 15th, Glasgow Drygate Brewery, 19:30, £5; May 16 – Edinburgh, Gilded Balloon, 19:30, £5