FLÂNEURS Written & Performed by Jenna Watt
Music by Matthew Hicks
Lighting Design by Andy Gannon
Dramaturgy by We Are Magpie
Flâneurs premiered as part of Summerhall's 2012 Edinburgh Fringe program during which it received a Scotsman Fringe First Award.
In 2010, a close friend of Jenna's was attacked and mugged in London. Shocked to discover that bystanders witnessed the attack on her friend, Jenna struggles to understand what prevents witnesses of violent acts from protesting and asks whether 'one punch is enough' to provoke an intervention. Searching for answers, Jenna reflects on her own city, Edinburgh, and examines why particular urban areas gain and retain a reputation for being rough or even dangerous and asks, what can we do, if anything, to change our own psycho-geographic relationship to where we live.
Flâneurs is a touching and effecting story of friendship, violence and intervention, that explores the nature of violent acts in public spaces, from a pedestrian subway in Edinburgh to London's Overground. With first hand accounts from the Scottish Constabulary and victims of violence, Flâneurs uses simple projections, and a little flaneuring to expose and deconstruct the social psychological phenomena known as the 'bystander effect'.
"The larger the crowd, the less likely it is that anyone will intervene."
'A richly thoughtful show [...] with a quiet sense of poetry.'
'An affable, generous, and beguiling performance, it packs a punch.'
'A total breath of fresh air.'
'A piece of theatre that is important'
'Jenna Watt has created an intimate, compelling hour of theatre, sincere in intent yet almost playful in execution.'
The Public Reviews
Winner Scotsman Fringe First 2012
Shortlisted for the Arches Brick Award 2012
Longlisted for the Amnesty International Award 2012
Battersea Arts Centre - February 2014
Epic Festival : Cumbernauld Theatre 2013
Big Burns Supper : Dumfries 2013
Mayfesto : Tron Theatre 2013
Woodend Barn : Banchory 2013
Mayfest : Bristol 2013
Word of Warning : Contact Theatre 2013
Play Pieces : Inverness 2013
Traverse Theatre : Edinburgh 2013
Summerhall - Edinburgh Fringe Program 2012
Alasdair Satchel / Anne & Arthur Watt / Ashley Smith / Becky Leach / Ben Winger / Brian & Margaret Grant / Caitlin Skinner / Catherine Grosvenor / Christine Farquhar / Clare Duffy / Colin Bell / Dani Rae / Denis Vale / Eve Nicol / Finn Den Hertog / Gemma Paintin / Gilly Roche / Gregor Firth / Hannah Cornish / Hilary Wardle / Holly Hardy / Ishbel McFarlane / James Ley / Jeremy Woodhouse / John Naples-Campbell / John Lyndon / Jules Horne / June Rorrison / Kate Temple / Kieran Hurley / Kristina Johansen / Lindsay Attwood / Lindsay Rodger / Louise Stephens Alexander / Lucy McGlennon / Lucy & Nick Munro / Maria Oller / Mary Isaacs / Matthew Hicks / Mhairi Hetherington / Molly Innes / Morna Pearson / Neil Murray / Nick Kilby / Noelle O'Donoghue / Paula & Peter Hicks / Paul Jarvie & Nadia Ben Said / Rachel Moffat / Richard Kennedy / Ross Allan / Ross Mackay / Sarah Bragg-Bolger / Stef Smith / Steven Whyte / Stephen D'Agostino / Vicky Featherstone / Vicky Rutherford