7 episodes

The premier season of Earwig presents six new pieces by Scottish based playwrights, commissioned especially to explore the possibilities of sonic theatre. Designed to be listened to on headphones, incorporating text, sound design and music, Earwig seeks to challenge, inspire, envelope and embrace its audience, inviting you deep into the inner world of its characters, placing you, the listener, at the centre of the drama.

Earwig: Sonic Theatre Podcasts Tron Creative Commissioned with Danny Krass & Finn den Hertog

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

The premier season of Earwig presents six new pieces by Scottish based playwrights, commissioned especially to explore the possibilities of sonic theatre. Designed to be listened to on headphones, incorporating text, sound design and music, Earwig seeks to challenge, inspire, envelope and embrace its audience, inviting you deep into the inner world of its characters, placing you, the listener, at the centre of the drama.

    Fortunes by Luke Sutherland

    Fortunes by Luke Sutherland

    Novelist, musician and playwright Luke Sutherland takes us on a journey in to Scotland’s dark colonial past. Following the death of his beloved grandmother, Raymond discovers a defaced family tree tucked away in her handbag. When his daughter picks up the research several years later, startling truths are unearthed regarding illegitimate children, witch-trials and the family’s involvement in Scotlands brutal slave trade. Drawing on the immediately recognisable form of podcast interview, Fortunes is a timely piece that puts the listener in the midst of family drama, as father and daughter are forced to confront their bloody heritage. 
    Creator/Sound Designer: Danny Krass
    Directed by Finn den Hertog
    Performed by George Anton, Saskia Ashdown & Ann Louise Ross
    Original music composed and performed by Allison Stringer
    Arrangement by Danny Krass

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

    • 17 min
    Slug Love by Jo Clifford

    Slug Love by Jo Clifford

    JO CLIFFORD’S Slug Love brings sex, identity, family relationships and the pitfalls of human nature into orbit around these curious, sensual, and thoughtful molluscs.  Through the boundless and innocent imagination of a child, JO is able to hone in on these creatures, and begin a conversation.  They speak of pleasure, patience and the limitations of language, but indicate the limitless potential for humans to slow down, open up, and be much more meaningfully together.  This is juxtaposed with experiences from JO’s own life, where openness, love and togetherness have been scarce in the culture and habits of the human world.

    Creator/Composer/Sound Designer: Danny Krass
    Directed by Finn den Hertog
    Performed by Jo Clifford, Harry MacDonald, Reuben Joseph & Jude Williams
    Original music by  Danny Krass

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

    • 15 min
    The Last Dance by Morna Pearson

    The Last Dance by Morna Pearson

    Morna Pearson, hits us up with her characteristic bone-dry and pitch-black wit in this week's episode.  Kate travels home to Elgin for Christmas to find the pitfalls of old friends, old habits, and cheesy nights out looming large.  Her troubled sojourn in Edinburgh haunts her, and mistakes and hard won lessons of early adulthood are tested as she finds herself back home once more.  Bubbling beats and twisted nocturnal atmospheres, underscore this bold experiment in Doric Rhyme.

    Creator/Composer/Sound Designer: Danny Krass
    Directed by Finn den Hertog
    Performed by Danielle Jam & Jack McCready
    Additional performances by Robbie Jack & Rosalind Sydney
    Original music by  Danny Krass

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

    • 8 min
    Tikka by Johnny McKnight

    Tikka by Johnny McKnight

    He’s just trying to cook a curry for the man he’s grown to love.  He’s been neglecting his maw, not calling, not joining in with zoom trivia.  Now, as he tries to build the nerve to say how he feels, it is her voice that comes to the fore.  Taunting him, criticising, teasing and above all telling the truth the way only a mother can.  Johnny McKnight’s exquisite and gentle comedy, rides waves of self doubt, insecurity and fragile romance, in one mans attempt to express his love for his friend and come to terms with the voices in his head.
    Creator/Composer/Sound Designer: Danny Krass
    Directed by Finn den Hertog
    Performed by Robbie Jack & Ann Louise Ross
    Additional performances by Reuben Joseph & Rosalind Sydney
    Original music by  Danny Krass
    Additional sound editing by Shaun Clark

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

    • 12 min
    There is still something yet to discover (or Baba Yaga comes to you - when you are sleeping) by Hannah Lavery

    There is still something yet to discover (or Baba Yaga comes to you - when you are sleeping) by Hannah Lavery

    Densely Poetic, uncanny, and wise, Hannah Lavery’s There is still something yet to discover is a walk in the woods like no other.  Fiercely contemporary yet timeless, this uncompromising  exploration confronts the impossibility of self-knowledge, the cruel and slippery elasticity of time, and the bewitching influence of folklore as it seeps through invisible gaps in our physical world and manifests in a dark and soulful waking dream.  Through this lens we see motherhood, domesticity, and social isolation anew, in a deeply personal and meditative sonic Poem.  Adding extra resonance are the singular and subtly dissonant sounds of Julia Reidy’s twelve string guitar.

    Creator/Composer/Sound Designer: Danny Krass
    Directed by Finn den Hertog
    Performed by Sharon Duncan-Brewster & Kathryn Joseph
    Guitar: Julia Reidy
    Original music by  Julia Reidy and Danny Krass

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

    • 13 min
    The Deadlift by Stef Smith

    The Deadlift by Stef Smith

    Stef Smith’s The Deadlift places the listener in the extreme present, inside the experiences of two women fighting for a way forward.  Injury, isolation, domestic inertia, and the strong hand of personal habits and history, all offer impediments.  But the steady and sometimes brutal logic of lifting weights offers a discipline, a practice, a path to progress, but also creates a space to reflect and to heal.  Part poem, part play, part meditation, performed by Ashley Smith and Renee Williams and with live percussion by Australian musician, Alon Ilsar, The Deadlift is the perfect place to begin Earwig Season 1.
    Creator/Composer/Sound Designer – Danny Krass
    Directed by Finn den Hertog
    Performed by Ashley Smith & Renee Williams
    Drums/Percussion: Alon Ilsar
    Original music by Danny Krass and Alon Ilsar 

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

    • 15 min

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