Journey to the Magical World – not panicky (Hughie McIntyre)

A middle-aged white man wearing a stripey jumper looks calmly and thoughtfully down the River Clyde towards the sea. The Kingston Bridge spans the Clyde in an arch behind him. Buildings can be seen behind the Renfrew Ferry on the other side of the water.
The River is where my Heart is - Image Credit: Jassy Earl
A middle-aged white man wearing a stripey jumper looks calmly and thoughtfully down the River Clyde towards the sea. The Kingston Bridge spans the Clyde in an arch behind him. Buildings can be seen behind the Renfrew Ferry on the other side of the water.
The River is where my Heart is – Image Credit: Jassy Earl

Walking, for me, is like walking into another dimension, another world. It can take you back in time. In Journey to the Magical World I followed the river in the Campsie hills where I used to live down to where it joins the Clyde. I invited my collaborators to join me on this journey. We also followed the Clyde down to the sea. Later I performed parts of this journey to let audiences experience this other world too. 

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.