Adapting to Change – not panicky (Euan Hayton)

In this image Euan, a youngish white man wearing a blue shirt with a green buff around his neck stands laughing in front of a red traffic light in an urban street (in Paisley).
Paisley Picture - Image Credit: Jassy Earl
In this image Euan, a youngish white man wearing a blue shirt with a green buff around his neck stands laughing in front of a red traffic light in an urban street (in Paisley).
Paisley Picture – Image Credit: Jassy Earl

In Adapting to Change, my part of the not panicky project, I first led my collaborators round the peace garden at Barshaw Park in Paisley. I wanted them to witness how lovely a place it is. Sometimes I like to go there and just close my eyes and connect with nature. I also witnessed my collaborators connections with places that were important to them. Later I performed selected parts of these processes in a performance in the James Arnott theatre in Glasgow. The piece for me was about adapting to living and working in the COVID-19 pandemic and raising awareness about the climate crisis.

not panicky is a small collective of neurodivergent performers who formed during COVID-19 as part of an ecological performance practice as research project led by Rachel Clive at the University of Glasgow. During the first lockdown the collective worked together outside, witnessing each other’s connections with the rivers and landscapes we live with, sharing stories and exploring strategies for managing anxiety, nurturing positive relationship with both human and nonhuman and experimenting with adaptive performance processes in the time of a global pandemic.