Ghosts – Adura Onashile & National Theatre of Scotland

The image shows a street sign in Glasgow's Merchant City. The street name has been replaced by the word 'Ghosts'.
Image Credit: National Theatre of Scotland
The image shows a street sign in Glasgow's Merchant City. The street name has been replaced by the word 'Ghosts'.
Image Credit: National Theatre of Scotland

I am Glasgow.
Built with my blood,
My sweat, my dying.

A young man in 18th Century Glasgow, leads us on an atmospheric journey of 500+ years of resistance through the streets of the Merchant City down to the River Clyde.

Ghosts was an augmented reality walking tour of Glasgow’s city streets that used AR visuals, haunting storytelling and music to explore the myth of Scotland’s collective amnesia of slavery and racialised wealth, of empire and identity.

Experienced through a smartphone app during April and May 2021, Ghosts led audiences on a physical and emotional journey acting as a lament to lives lost and an impassioned call to action in the present day.

Written and Directed by Adura Onashile.

A National Theatre of Scotland Production.

https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/events/ghosts

Adura Onashile is an award winning Glasgow based actor, writer and director whose work is known to Scottish audiences, and has toured to India, Brazil, Trinidad, Jamaica, South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. She has worked with the National Theatre of Scotland, The Lyceum, The National, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Young Vic.

She has premiered two sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, winning the Scottish Arts Club and Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama in 2013 and 2016, a Fringe First Award, and has been highly commended for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech award.

Her BAFTA nominated short film, Expensive Shit premiered at the BFI London Film festival 2020, and has been shown in festivals internationally. The film won both the audience and critics award at the Glasgow International Film Festival.

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