It's not often that an exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow can be recommended for schools, but Stage Fright, running until May 24, is a fun and thought-provoking show, suitable for more mature primary classes as well as secondary schools, colleges and teachers.
Not so much an exhibition as a series of connected interactive stage sets, all related to performance and the theatre, Stage Fright begins outside the entrance to the CCA with a sign that states: "Stage Door". Inside, visitors aren't sure if they've accidentally wandered into the backstage area of a theatre. But they haven't and you're free to scrutinise the dressing room of a group of actors who have left the table littered with make up, celebrity magazines, snacks, scripts and bunches of flowers; the mirror stuck with "Good Luck" cards that can be opened and read.
Don't be put off by the "Performance in Progress" sign - you are part of the "performance" and should proceed through the CCA cafe to the rest of the exhibition. This includes a spotlit cage with a live actor in it, performing one of a series of 37 forty-second dialogues which the actor repeats time after time, adding to it any mistakes that he or she happens to make (there are eight actors on a rota).
Next door is a chair and desk, set with an empty wine bottle and glass and a laptop, flanked by two screens, one showing a playwright writing, the other an actor speaking the words the playwright is writing, both seated at a desk... You get the picture. You can also change the words of the play that are on the laptop.
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