Drone is a live jam of sound, visuals and poetry, telling the story of a military drone’s life and fears. The Drone is part weapons system, part office worker, part tense background hum. The bleak humour and tender fury of Drone sees the unmanned aerial vehicle as the technology of a neurotic century, surveilled and surveilling, asking how anxious people can live as part of systems of such astonishing destruction.
Written by the Forward-shortlisted poet Harry Josephine Giles and performed by them with international sound artist Neil Simpson (Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo) and digital artist Jamie Wardrop (Beats, The Dwelling Place), Drone is the spectacular culimination of five years of work. Directed by Rob Jones, the performance is mixed new every night, the three artists making a live cabaret band for an intense and groundbreaking multimedia poetry show.
Drone has performed at Buzzcut (Glasgow) the Scottish Storytelling Centre (Edinburgh), the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Shoreditch Town Hall (London), Raven Row (London), Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Camden People’s Theatre (London), Sound Archive (Kirkwall), Gable End (Hoy), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh). In August 2019 we will perform at Summerhall in the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase.
Harry Josephine Giles is the writer and performer of Drone. They are from Orkney and live in Edinburgh. Their latest publication is The Games from Out-Spoken Press, shortlisted for the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. They are studying for a PhD at Stirling, co-direct the performance producer Anatomy, and have toured theatre across Europe and Leith. harrygiles.org
Stephanie Katie Hunter is the producer of Drone. Having trained in producing, performance and facilitation, she has a multi-disciplinary practice focussed on curating space for exploration. She has worked as a Producer for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glas(s) Performance, and Anna Krzystek. stephaniekatiehunter.com
Rob Jones is the director of Drone. He makes theatre, sound, video and games. He has directed performances by Paper Doll Militia, Amy Conway, and Enormous Yes and designed for Aby Watson and Mammalian Diving Reflex. robwpjones.com
Neil Simpson is the composer and live musician for Drone. He has performed across Britain and Europe since 2003. And, on four of the islands in the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh. His work can be found at monroviadurain.bandcamp.com, and at neilasimpson.myportfolio.com
Jamie Wardrop is the visuals designer and live VJ for Drone. He is Glasgow based artist, designer and theatremaker. He has created live visuals for events including Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, musicians including Basement Jaxx and Amy MacDonald, and theatre-makers including Kieran Hurley and Solar Bear. Jamie has produced and toured his own immersive production, The Dwelling Place from 2015 to 2019, for Cryptic Nights Summerhall, the Edinburgh Fringe, Hidden Door Festival, Eden Court and a rural tour of the Highlands. jamiewardrop.com
Flint & Pitch Productions, directed by Jenny Lindsay, provides the marketing and PR for Drone. The company was established in 2016 to provide a much-needed platform for emerging, Scottish spoken word, theatre, live literature and music acts alongside a best of established artists. From multi-act, late-night Revue showcases to producing long-form spoken word theatre; innovative book launches to large-scale Variety Nights, Flint & Pitch has swiftly established itself as a lynchpin of the Scottish live literature scene. flintandpitch.com