The National Theatre of Scotland is marking Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018 by staging a major radical new festival of international performing arts, created by young people working alongside renowned Scottish, British and international theatre practitioners.

The Futureproof Festival sees 10 daring national and international companies working with local
young people to create 10 exciting new productions in 10 locations across Scotland from 28 September to 28 October 2018. In Inverness, theatre-maker, comedian, and disability-rights activist Jess Thom and her Touretteshero company will bring their project Hacks for the Future to Eden Court.

A special collaborative work, created with a selected group of disabled young people from across
Scotland, Hacks for the Future will be a one-day inclusive extravaganza of installations, performances, discussions and workshops for disabled and non-disabled young people looking at history and how we can creatively shape the future. Audience members are welcome to drop in and out of the space over the duration of the event.

Echoing the HOME project, which launched the National Theatre of Scotland in 2006, Futureproof’s
ten performance projects are unique to their location, sharing the experience of their young people
and celebrating the sparking creative energy of youth.

Young people’s stories, experiences and views on the world are being shared in radical theatrical
ways through audio headsets, the flying of kites, radio transmissions, installations, truck rides, fashion and dance. Supported by Event Scotland, the nationwide festival is co-curated and creatively
led by Lucy Gaizely of multi-disciplinary performance collective 21Common.

Futureproof Passport

As part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s commitment to engaging with young audiences, the
Company is piloting a new membership scheme for 14-26 year olds in 2018. The Futureproof
Passport gives young people access to £5 tickets to selected performances across National Theatre
of Scotland’s 2018 season. Nationaltheatrescotland/futureproof-passport
Futureproof is in association with Event Scotland.
Listings Information

Hacks for the Future
Dates: 20 October 2018
Venue: Eden Court

Times: 1 to 4pm
Ticket price: £5.50 / £3.50
Tickets available at
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About The National Theatre of Scotland

  • The National Theatre of Scotland is dedicated to playing the great stages, arts centres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations of Scotland, the UK and internationally. As well as creating ground-breaking productions and working with the most talented theatre-makers, the National Theatre of Scotland produces significant community engagement projects, innovates digitally and works constantly to develop new talent. Central to this is finding pioneering ways to reach current and new audiences and to encourage people’s full participation in the Company’s work. With no performance building of its own, the Company works with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. Founded in 2006, the Company, in its short life, has become a globally significant theatrical player, with an extensive repertoire of award-winning work. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.
  • Since 2010 Touretteshero has pioneered forms of creative engagement that promote increased inclusivity within the arts. A neurodiverse led organisation that produces innovative participatory events, stage shows and artworks that bring people together and build understanding. Previous partners include: Tate Galleries, The Wellcome Trust, Battersea Arts Centre, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Barbican Centre
  • The Year of Young People 2018 is the latest in the Scottish Government’s series of themed years, following the Year of History, Heritage and Archeology in 2017. The Year of Young People (YOYP 2018) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievement, valuing their contributions to communities, and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally, and globally. Central to the YoYP 2018 will be a celebratory events programme that puts young people at the heart of its development and delivery, creating new and valuable experiences for young Scots and the wider public, with links to the inaugural 2018 European Championships. This event is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. EventScotland is working with the events and festivals sector to develop an exciting portfolio of Year of Young People 2018 public-facing events which provide opportunities for young people to express themselves through a wide range of activity/. Over 200 young people throughout Scotland are currently being recruited to become YoYP 2018 Ambassadors. Ambassadors will ensure that people and organisations in their communities know about what’s happening and will lead on projects and activities to create events and opportunities to celebrate young people. The Year of Young People will have six themes which were developed in co-production with young people themselves
  • Participation: looking at how young people can influence public services and decisions which affect their lives
  • Education: Creating a stronger role for young people in shaping their learning Health and wellbeing: Supporting young people to lead healthier, active lives and have opportunities to learn about and improve their mental health and resilience
  • Equality and discrimination: broadcasting the value of young Scots, challenging negative perceptions of young people, and supporting young people to take leading roles in challenging discrimination in all its forms.
  • Enterprise and regeneration: Celebrating young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live
  • Culture: Celebrating young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts

Further information on what’s happening and how people can get involved can be found on
the new website or @YOYP2018 on Twitter.