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HOTLINE, a free new play by telephone

Commissioned by Tron Theatre and devised by Produced Moon, Meghan Tyler and Nima Séne, HOTLINE is a new play inspired by the legendary conversation from the White House to the moon between Richard Nixon, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. HOTLINE is accessed by individuals dialling in from their phones, and like a game, lets them choose how the story continues.
HOTLINE play image Tron Theatre and Produced Moon.

HOTLINE will be a playful and fun, post-dramatic adaptation of the first phone call to the moon with a mission to bring ‘peace and tranquillity to the earth’. Using the intimacy of a phone call, HOTLINE is a new kind of theatre for a world in the midst of a pandemic where isolation is imposed, and theatres are closed.

The play offers audiences a feeling of connection, warmth and wonder as an antidote with characters such as The Almost First Black Astronaut, the All-Powerful Moon Bitch and the much-loved Buzz Aldrin.

Audience interaction is a key feature of the work which feels like a game as much as a piece of theatre. The play is fast-moving and dynamic, lasting between 15 and 20 minutes and can be played multiple times to reimagine the story.

HOTLINE is being devised in a collaborative writer’s room with the initial ideas for the piece developed through a research and design process with young people supported by Platform, Glasgow.

HOTLINE is completely free to experience. People can sign up to receive the phone number by email or text when the play opens or just retrieve the phone number from the Tron website and dial in.

HOTLINE has been commissioned by Tron Theatre with funding from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund administered by Creative Scotland.

It will be available free in the UK.

Creative Team
Anthony Simpson-Pike Dramaturg he/him/they/them
Daisy Douglas Producer, COMMISSIONED Projects, she/her/they/them
Kevin Scott Software Developer, Sleekwater Software, he/him
Leonie Rae Gasson Joint Lead Artist and Co-Artistic Director, Produced Moon, she/her
Meghan Tyler Joint Lead Artist she/her/they/them
Melanie Frances Joint Lead Artist & Co-Artistic Director, Produced Moon, she/her
Nima Séne Joint Lead Artist, they/them
Sarah Thom Gob Squad, Artistic Mentor, she/her
Suse Bear Sound Designer & Engineer, she/her
Teka Wreka Graphic designer, he/him
Viviane Hullin Artistic Producer, Tron Theatre, she/her

The interactive phone system is being created by Sleekwater Software.
Platform Glasgow: https://www.platform-online.co.uk/

COMMISSIONED is for Scottish artists and companies to create innovative work for audiences, supporting new projects to be delivered and presented to audiences outside of our building in new and exciting ways. Tron Theatre’s mission for COMMISSIONED is to champion innovation and support work that we might not normally be able to due to our programming requirements. Three projects will be presented to audiences in the coming months under this strand of programming activity.

Tron Theatre Ltd is supported by Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council and is a Scottish Registered Charity SC012081


Show dates: Call in anytime between 26 February and 6 March 2020
Venue: free of charge from your own phone
Duration: 15 to 20 minutes

Further details to follow…


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