See-Through on tour
Monday 4 March 2019
Shows - Tours
Written and performed by Claire Gaydon, See-Through starts a short tour this week, stopping-off in London at Vault Festival and Camden People's Theatre.
Image courtesy Vault Festival
Claire Gaydon's See-Through starts a tour this week, stopping-off in the London area at Vault Festival from 8 to 9 March, and Camden People's Theatre from 23 to 27 April.
In a 2017 survey, 34% of young people chose YouTuber as their top career choice; one year later, the highest earning YouTubers were reporting burnout, anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue.
Inspired by the 34%, Claire Gaydon set up her camera to see how hard being popular could be.
Blurring the lines between reality and fiction, this edited, unedited, live, pre-recorded reality show reveals the addiction in validation, and the pressures of performing for an algorithm that values clickbait over nuance, rating you highest when you're sharing your lowest, darkest moments.
Presented with her back to the audience and a camera on her every move and innermost thought, Claire Gaydon invites the audience backstage with a YouTuber who promises to be engaging, entertaining and absolutely 100% authentically real.
Claire Gaydon said ...
"When a third of a generation want to work in the same industry you can't help but be curious.
I definitely see the allure - be your own boss, do what makes you happy and have fun, basically everything we've been taught to aspire to.
I'm used to working in an oversubscribed profession, but when a profession is that oversubscribed how do you make yourself stand out from everyone else?
I wanted to understand more about the conscious and unconscious strategies YouTubers might use to try to increase views/subs and how that journey could look and feel."
Claire Gaydon is a theatre-maker and performer creating work in the East Midlands and London.
She specialises in creating research-driven, multi-disciplinary solo performance blending live art, storytelling and multimedia.
Claire is Associate Artist at The Old Church in Hackney and one of Camden People's Theatre's 2019 starting blocks artists.
Previous work includes Somebody I Used to Know and Remy.
Jaz Woodcock Stuart and Grace Gibson are the associate directors on See-Through.
Jaz Woodcock Stuart is artistic director of ANTLER as well as an independent theatre-maker and director.
She is currently making a show at Performance Laboratory Salzburg 2019, a MITOS21 project at Thomas Bernhard Institut and is also assistant director on Ivo van Hove's All About Eve.
She was a JMK Award finalist in 2016, a Genesis Future Directors Award finalist in 2017, and the RTST Sir Peter Hall Directors Award finalist in 2018.
Grace Gibson is a theatre-maker and director.
She recently directed Within Reach (Young Vic, Taking Part) and was the Associate Director of See Me Now, which was a part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017.
Her solo show, How to Drown a Fish toured the UK last year and her past collaborators have included Tim Etchells and movement director Imogen Knight.
Cast and creatives
Written and performed by Claire Gaydon
Associate Directors - Jaz Woodcock-Stewart and Grace Gibson
Music - James Jacob
Additional video production - Joe Brett
Producer - Phoebe Wall-Palmer
Venues and dates
VAULT Festival, London
Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN
Doncaster, DN1 3BU
23 - 27 April
Camden People's Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2PY
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter's Quarter, Derby DE1 2NF