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Flag


Flag

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Flag


Flag

What does it mean to be patriotic? 

 I have always had a complicated relationship towards British patriotism. On the one hand, I know all the words to land of hope and glory - and it has even brought tears to my eyes. On the other hand, I would feel uncomfortable with displaying a union jack. I would feel hesitant to wear one, and even more uncomfortable to wave one. And yet I wonder why? Why does it feel like it’s not all right to be proud of the country I come from, and what is so wrong with feeling patriotic? There seems to be an innate stigma attached towards people who love their country to be the same as racist and narrow minded islanders, but why should this negative connotation eclipse being allowed to feel patriotic... So..more tea anyone? 

Flag is a performance exploring national identity politics - including images associated with British patriotism such as Winston Churchill, the spice girls new labour era of british optimism, and the iconic 'keep calm and carry on' brand. These images are re-assessed to find out what they mean in a contemporary context. In Flag I want to explore how much British national identity is reliant on nostalgia for the past. It is also an exploration of the emotions that patriotism stirs within us - whatever nation we belong to, what is it that makes us sing along - and can inspire someone to live or die for the love of their country? 

This performance was originally supported by the Rich Mix Radical Ideas commissions  and since then performed at The Rich Mix, 2016 and Camden People's Theatre 18th and 19th April 2017. 

To read more about the making of this performance read my blog for CPT here

 

There's something brave and fine - and humorous, too - about her outpourings for such an emblem of a still united Britain - The Herald

Tossing chips from her breast in the name of Queen and Country..Dye's navigation of nationalism through a self interested celeb persona is especially potent - Only Skin 

Most of what the audience learnt wasn't what they were told directly, but how they responded to certain requests.. **** Female Arts

photography by Daniel Hughes

photography by Daniel Hughes

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Baby Face


Baby Face

Baby Face


Baby Face

Is Innocence really sexier than you think? 

I have been noticing knee socks, bunches, the smoothness of lips, the blushing of cheeks, the vulnerable tremor in a voice. I have been noticing models blowing bubble-gum with the nonchalant expression of a six-year-old, and how I change when I want to be attractive. What makes me act smaller than I am?    I am interested in the paradox of living in a society that condemns pedophilia, yet where the sexualisation of children and women as childlike is so apparent. Baby Face is a performance about the infantilisation of adult women and being a big girl. 

Performed at Camden People's Theatre, In Between Time Bristol as part of their New Bloods platform, and Buzzcut festival Glasgow. 

'A complex clever solo that doesn't dodge difficult questions' - The Scottish Herald 

'A Stand out Performance' - Glasgow Guardian

'Dye demonstrates, forcefully, powerfully, how cramped and debilitated women are by the cultural patriarchal infantilisation of female desire' - Maddy Costa

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Technophile


 Technophile 

Technophile


 Technophile 

                                   What happens when a human being becomes data? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technophile is a new performance by Aby Watson and Katy Dye (Public Service Announcement) with video design by Tim Reid. This new piece of contemporary performance is about the intimacy we hold with our personal machines: and the fact that we don’t know who knows what. We want to find out what happens to what we put out there in an age of digital surveillance. With our intimate, private and personal details becoming personal data, who are we really getting intimate with behind our screens? We are interested in finding out what happens when our personalities become commodities to be bought and sold, and when a human being becomes data. 

 We have begun the development of this piece as part of National Theatre of Scotland's 'Starter for Ten' residency commissions, which took place in February 2017, and we are looking to develop this piece further. 

To read more about this process read our blog for NTS that reflects upon our residency here. 

A short exploration has been performed as part of the Tron Theatre's 'Outside Eyes' and at Summerhall in Edinburgh as part  of Anatomy Arts 2016. 

photographs at NTS by Beth Chalmers, Tron theatre - Mihaela Bodlovic