Presented by Contact + Word of Warning
####In Brief In 2010 a friend of Jenna’s was the victim of a violent attack. Shocked to discover there were bystanders at the scene, Jenna created Flâneurs in an attempt to explore why we choose to intervene or not, and asks whether ‘one punch is enough’ to provoke an intervention. Flâneurs is a new piece of theatre that explores the nature of violence in our cities and attempts to deconstruct the ‘bystander effect’.
The larger the crowd, the less likely it is that anyone will intervene…
Watch trailer here.
Winner of Scotsman Fringe First Award 2012.
There will be a post-show discussion.
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 Londonʼs Overground.
Reflecting on her own city, Jenna 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 psychogeographic relationship to where we live. With first-hand accounts from the Scottish Constabulary and victims of violence, Flâneurs uses simple projections, psycho-geography and a little flâneuring to expose and deconstruct the social psychological phenomena known as the ‘bystander effect’.
####Who is she?
Jenna is a Scottish live artist, theatre-maker and director.
Flâneurs premiered at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Fringe 2012. Her other works include It’s Ok, It’s only Temporary; the apple smashing piece and Little Vikings Are Never Lost.
Jenna has directed and created work for National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, The Basement — Brighton, Camden People’s Theatre, Artlink, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company, Forest Fringe, The Arches, Imaginate Festival Fringe for Families, National Review of Live Art and North Edinburgh Arts.
####What people have said about her
A 4* review of Flâneurs at Contact is here.
4* A richly thoughtful show.
Utterly charming and surprisingly light-hearted.
Give Jenna Watt an hour of your time, a projector and a toy giraffe: she’ll change your whole outlook. Immense.
That casual air of Watt’s stage presence, however, conflicts violently with the questions she is forcing us all to ask ourselves: am I a bystander, or am I a flâneur? These questions lead to a twist ending that will truly leave you dizzied.
The Tom McGrath Trust, Summerhall, National Theatre of Scotland, Forest Fringe, The Arches, The Basement, Tron Theatre.