During lockdown of 2020, with the theatre unable to open, Tron Participation had to look for new and different ways to engage with audiences. Thanks to funding from the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund (PAVRF) administered by Creative Scotland, we were able to develop a project that allowed us to take the Tron out to communities in a safe and socially distanced way.
Suitcase Stories saw three teams of freelance artists create professional mini street theatre experiences which were performed from a suitcase as pop-up events performed at the end of garden paths, in flat stairwells and on doorsteps.
We worked with three lead artists, Fiona Manson, The Audio Story Company and Diane Thorton, to develop and realise their ideas with support from dedicated teams of freelance creatives. The resulting Suitcase Stories – Front Row Cargo, The Happiness Collectors and Are Ye Dancin’? brought the magic of live performance to households across Glasgow in 2020 and 2021. All three Suitcase Stories were produced by Jordan Blackwood.
Although the Suitcase Stories project has now concluded, Tron Theatre has been delighted to see these artists take their pop-up pieces out on the road, and for the works developed as part of our PAVRF programme to have another life. The Audio Story Company further developed Happiness Collectors and it has subsequently entertained families across Scotland at a range of events, in schools, at festivals and in shopping centres. The project recently received funding from Creative Scotland to support a Scotland-wide tour. Are Ye Dancin‘? was presented at Imaginate Family Encounters in June 2022, at Glasgow’s most recent Merchant City Festival, and will embark on a tour of care homes in Autumn 2022.
Find out more about each of the three PAVRF project Suitcase Stories below:
Suitcase Stories was delivered with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, administered by Creative Scotland.
Illustration by Jamie Macdonald