Devised by Produced Moon, Meghan Tyler and Nima Séne

In 1969 a rich white guy in the White House rang the moon in search of peace and tranquillity. It’s 2021… time to reopen the phone line.

HOTLINE was a lunar adventure on your phone where you got to choose how the quest unfolded. Through one call you’d solve puzzles with NASA’s Least Consulted Consultant, play truth or dare with ambitious octogenarians, dream with the Almost Astronaut, and hear from time-bending civil rights visionaries. Play the game right and you might just have reached the moon herself. 

HOTLINE was a free interactive phone line best experienced using headphones and an ambitious and innovative piece of interactive theatre. Whether you wanted to softly whisper hope into the cosmos or boldly lead an escape from NASA HQ, HOTLINE was what you needed it to be. 

The HOTLINE is now closed. HOTLINE ran from 26th February – 6th March 2021.

Produced Moon have provided a digitised version of the script as a guide, which you can navigate through via the hyperlinked text. If you would find this useful, click here.

Produced Moon, co-creators and performers
Produced Moon is a collaboration between queer theatre maker Leonie Rae Gasson and digital artist Melanie Frances. Produced Moon’s work exists at the intersection between theatre and technology making interactive performance for the digital age. Work includes making MANIFEST, a community drag king flash mob exploring disobedience in public space supported by Arts Council England and an immersive 360 VR film WE ARE IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY which explores youth rage and climate change made with a cast of teenagers. Produced Moon are based between Glasgow and London. Their work has been presented at Platform, Glasgow; the Science Gallery, London; Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh; the Nuffield, Southampton; the Marlborough, Brighton; Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh; Rich Mix, London.

Meghan Tyler, Joint Lead Artist
Meghan Tyler trained as an actor at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a playwright, she has been a recipient of Channel 4 Playwrights’ Award supported by The Traverse Theatre, a recipient of the New Playwrights’ Award with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, and been part of The New Playwrights ’Programme with The Lyric Theatre, Belfast. At the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, her play Crocodile Fever took the Traverse Theatre by storm. Meghan currently has a residency at The National Theatre.

Nima Séne, Joint Lead Artist
Nima Séne is a transdisciplinary performance makerworking with curation, directing, writing and producing in the boundaries between theatre, film, live art, music and poetry. Séne worked with filmmaker Daniel Hughes on Beige B*tch (2018) commissioned by Contact (Manchester) Live Art UK & Diverse Actions and a three screen documentary moving through shadows (2019) for NTS’s Dear Europe project. Currentcollaborators and projects include Joana Tischkau’s PLAYBLACK, Brownton Abbey, Engine Room at National Theatre of Scotland, Sophiensaele Berlin, DMSUM (Deutsches Museum für Schwarze Musik und Unterhaltung) and are consulting Sanctuary Queer Arts.

Alicia Matthews Sound design of the Moon
Anthony Simpson-Pike Dramaturg
Binita Walia PR (The Space in Between)
Daisy Douglas Producer, COMMISSIONED Projects
Evan Ifekoya Cast
Hannah Jarrett-Scott Cast
Kevin Scott Software Developer, Sleekwater Software
Leonie Rae Gasson Joint Lead Artist and Co-Artistic Director, Produced Moon
LAPS (Ladies As Pimps) Cass Ezeji & Alicia Matthews as the Moon
Meghan Tyler Joint Lead Artist
Melanie Frances Joint Lead Artist & Co- Artistic Director, Produced Moon
Nima Séne Joint Lead Artist
Sarah Thom Gob Squad, Artistic Mentor
Susan Bear Sound Designer & Engineer
Teka Wreka (Impromptu Glasgow) Graphic Design

Platform contributors:
Sonique Noreiga, Lloyd Darko and Oreoluwa Sarah Adetoun Oshin
Brenda, there is light in our lives, it’s just around the corner.
Isabel Kean, a resident of Easterhouse since 1966.
Jean, originally from Saddleworth, West Yorkshire, now living in Barlanark, east end of Glasgow.
Joyce Hennessy
Mags Connelly, a resident of Easterhouse.

The interactive phone system is created by Sleekwater Software.
Produced in association with Platform Glasgow.

HOTLINE is being delivered with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, administered by Creative Scotland.