Now's the Hour


Now's the Hour

In September 2014, the population of Scotland must decide whether they want their country to be independent. This follows teenagers creating a play to prepare for the decision.


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In June of last year,

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young people in Scotland were given power as never before.

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And it is absolutely right that they do have the opportunity

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to vote on the 18th of September next year.

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This year, for the first time in the UK,

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16 and 17-year-olds will vote in a national election

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which will shape the future of the country.

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It's not something that people this age usually get,

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so it's kind of a privilege.

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It's a big responsibility.

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I really want to make a difference.

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As Scotland's independence referendum rapidly approaches,

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these teenagers will create and perform a play

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to help make up their minds about how to vote.

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-Badgers.

-SHE LAUGHS

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-I was the original twerker!

-I am Scotland's First Minister.

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Can all this really help as they face what could be

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the biggest political decision of their lives?

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ALL: Now's the hour!

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In the heart of Glasgow city centre, Scottish Youth Theatre has been

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inspiring young people from across Scotland since the 1970s.

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These young people have been brought together

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because of a shared interest in drama and politics,

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and will spend their Christmas holidays putting on a play,

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which will help them get to grips with their feelings on the forthcoming referendum.

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Well, I am honestly undecided when it comes to voting.

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I don't know if I'm going to pick yes or no.

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When I heard we got the vote, I was like, "What's this?"

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I don't really know the arguments that well,

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so I'd like to find out more about it.

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With guidance from director Fraser McLeod and his team,

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the group will work on a devising a show, Now's The Hour,

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which will reflect and explore their diverse views on the referendum.

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Some of you are brand-new to performance, so, welcome.

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Please don't be scared. That's great. That's really exciting.

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The play is not about if they are going to vote yes or no,

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it's more about their hopes and aims and fears for the future.

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It's great for you guys to be involved in this.

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I think it's excellent that 16 and 17-year-olds are allowed to vote.

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I thought this would be a really interesting way to learn about it

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as well as having fun and meeting new people.

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SYT first mounted Now's The Hour in the summer of 2013,

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but this unique production will be devised and re-written by the new cast.

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CHEERING

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We've got "scenery"...

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With busy lives and exams on the near horizon,

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time for these young people is tight.

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They have just three short weeks to turn their questions

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on Scotland's future into a show fit for public performance.

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It's quite daunting, I'm not going to lie.

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I think when you've got a short period of time to do something,

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there's a bigger influx of ideas come out of that.

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So the accents are British cringe.

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The young cast won't be alone in their endeavours -

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writer David Cosgrove will be on hand

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to pull the final script together as the drama workshops evolve.

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Your contributions are absolutely vital to this.

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We can't make this without you all committing to being as honest

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and open as you can.

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I have to take away all the devising

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and the views that happen in the room

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and kind of meld them into a doable script.

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We're looking for things about

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the kinds of issues that you maybe don't know enough about,

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or you're concerned about.

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Before they get down to the business of creating a show,

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the cast have their first encounters with musical director Anna Schneider...

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And give your whole body a shake.

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..and choreographer Jayne Austin...

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Yes, it might be tough and you might get hot and sweaty.

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..who will put them through their vocal and physical paces.

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And tilt.

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And stretch your arms up and back. That's it.

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ALL SING: Ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma.

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Long. And to the side.

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And roll.

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ALL SING: # One, two, three, four Five, six, seven, eight

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# Seven, six, five, four Three, two, one. #

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Each of the participants has been asked to come up with a question,

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the answer to which would influence their personal decision on how to vote.

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How would our society improve if we voted no,

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and likewise if we voted yes?

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Will racism be tackled?

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Will people with disabilities get treated equally?

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What will happen to the NHS?

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Will promises become a reality?

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What will happen to free prescription?

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Will we have to change our currency?

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Will I have to pay tuition fees?

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Would a future Scotland be economically sustainable?

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You don't have to agree with it. Like, say you feel strongly...

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With their questions displayed on the wall, the cast are marking the ones they most want to discuss.

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It's really exciting cos there's points coming up that this group seem really passionate about.

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Amina, 15, Edinburgh. What would we have if we didn't use the pound?

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Why is that a question that kind of speaks to some people?

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When I was in primary, it was hard enough for me to learn what a pound was,

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-never mind what a euro is.

-LAUGHTER

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At 15 Amy is the youngest member of the group,

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and the only one who won't be able to vote in September,

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but that doesn't mean she's short of an opinion.

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Some of my friends are like,

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"What are you voting for? I'll vote for that if you vote for that."

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and I'm like, "You should really be voting for what YOU think."

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-I learned the pound and I like the pound.

-LAUGHTER

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One option, if we were to go option if we were to go independent,

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would be to have the pound. What's the other options?

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-Euro.

-The euro.

-Groat.

-Groat! The Groat has reared its head.

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-Bitcoins.

-Bitcoins?!

-Yes.

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-Is that an electronic...?

-Yeah, yeah, it's electronic money.

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-That'd be so cool! That wouldnae confuse me.

-LAUGHTER

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We are working with a group of young people who are very articulate

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and are very emotionally intelligent,

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and are respectful of each other's points of view.

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Will Scotland continue with free further education?

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That's a question that meant something to you,

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so, what? What does it mean to you?

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Education is the very backbone of society, and a society is

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where you have the right to live in the pursuit of happiness.

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That's what education should do.

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I'm not poor, but I'm not rich, and I don't think, like, yeah,

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we're turning 16 and 18 and stuff,

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and you're going to want to get a car and going to need to get all that.

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Maybe a couple of grand to go to uni.

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I'm Kieran from Fife and my question is - can the Westminster government guarantee

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that they won't be cutting our budget by £4.1 billion in the event of a no vote?

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There are some people who know this independence debate through and through, from every angle.

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It was fascinating. There's people that have read much more on it than I ever will, I think.

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The Scottish Parliament gets a block amount of money,

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and that's calculated through the Barnett formula that, of course,

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we contribute over our population share.

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But the thing is, the Barnett formula actually gives us more money

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than we give out in taxes, so we get more money than Ireland or Wales.

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So if you're looking at it in fairness then maybe

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we aren't quite as fair or as equal as the other countries in the UK.

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It's an old thing to say that we're subsidized.

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Scotland contributes its fair share.

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Ho ho! Yes! Ding ding!

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I find it a really difficult process because I have to be devil's advocate,

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because that's where some of the interesting points in creating drama's going to come out of it.

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Discussion over for now, it's time for the drama to begin.

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Fraser has split the cast into groups and asked them to improvise

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a scene based on where the country could be after the referendum.

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You only have to ask, you didn't have to throw a referendum,

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like a tantrum.

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They have just 15 minutes to create their sketch.

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We were given the requirements that it had to be about Scotland

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voting no towards the referendum,

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but still being in a good relationship with the UK.

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Yeah, yeah, that makes sense.

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And we decided to make it like a band.

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So the band is the UK, each person represents a country,

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but Scott, who is Scotland, wants to have a solo career.

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I'm going to be magical.

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We've decided to do like a kind of Jeremy Kyle, chat show kind of thing.

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-What has Scotland ever done wrong?

-Mr Scotland, here, Mr proud Scotsman here, he tried to leave!

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Scotland is more like, "Nothing has happened, nothing is wrong,"

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but then when you get down to it, you get England in

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and Ireland in and Wales, he notices what's going on now.

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I just don't understand how we're going to do it if it's a battle.

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We are hosting a celebratory dinner party for the yes campaign

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having had a successful referendum,

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but we plan to take it that tensions are bit high

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between the rest of the UK and Scotland.

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-APPLAUSE

-With the 15 minutes up,

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it's time to show each other what they have managed to come up with.

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If you could change one thing...

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I'll come to you first, Mr Cameron. If you could change one thing,

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what would it be?

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I would have treated you better.

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Ah, well, you should have thought about that, shouldn't you?

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-CHEERING

-Five, six, five, six, seven, eight.

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ALL SING: # God save our gracious Queen

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# God save our gracious Queen

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# God save our Queen. #

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It's OK, Scotland, you're being very brave. Very brave about this. LAUGHTER

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So, I think it's time to maybe see England's point of view.

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A big hand for England, please. APPLAUSE

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-Oh, get away from me!

-LAUGHTER

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What was really nice about that was just how quickly you did work.

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We're looking for seeds, we're looking for ideas,

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we're looking for concepts that we can maybe latch on and develop further.

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PIANO PLAYS "SCOTLAND THE BRAVE"

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Melody. "Land of my high endeavour."

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As well as brushing up on the political arguments,

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the group are going to have to pass muster as a choir,

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and have seven new songs to learn in just three weeks.

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Now what I want to do is hear everyone sing individually.

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I cannae sing to save myself.

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# High in the misty highlands

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# Out by the purple islands

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# Brave are the hearts that beat

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-# Beneath Scottish skies. #

-Good. Thank you.

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Who's next?

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Two, three, and...

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# High in the misty highlands

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# Out by the purple islands. #

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-I can't sing this, I'm going to embarrass myself.

-Don't worry.

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Three, and...

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# Towering in gallant flames Scotland my mountain hame

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# High may your proud standards Gloriously wave. #

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LAUGHTER

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-That was really bad.

-No, it wasn't. So, it's -

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# High may your proud standards Gloriously wave

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ALL: # Land of my high endeavour

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# Land of the shining heather

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# Land of my heart for ever Scotland the brave. #

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Good.

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To help shape the final show, the cast will be asked to write a letter to their future selves.

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They've been given some time to begin thinking about

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what their lives might be like in 20 years' time.

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We're asking them to express to themselves

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20 years in the future what their hopes, their fears, their ambitions are,

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for themselves and also for Scotland.

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And out of that will come a lot of the material

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that we'll use during the piece.

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One of my hopes is that I'm actually happy with my life

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and happy with where I'm going, good direction, good stability.

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Regardless of whether Scotland becomes an independent country,

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I hope that it like remains a healthy, hardworking and sustainable country.

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I hope, independent or not, Scotland can keep its culture.

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I hope Scotland can be more like Scandinavian countries.

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I hope we never forget who we are.

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We'll have more arts funding.

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We'll more prominent within world culture.

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That we still stay the same cracking country we are just now.

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How did you guys find it? Was it easy, difficult?

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I would really like to read this letter in 20 years

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and then think what I would change going back to how I am now.

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I think it was quite nice to talk about my family, thinking about

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what my parents will be like, and what my brother will be like.

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Can you go and put your notes and things away in your bags now. Do not lose these.

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And all of you need to have e-mailed David by end of play Wednesday

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with your completed letter.

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Homework set and minds on the future, it's time for the cast to head for home.

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At home in Dundee, 15-year-old Ellie is enjoying some free time

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with mum, Amanda, and thinking about what she's learned.

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I feel like I'm learning a lot about what side to pick,

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cos I am really undecided on how to vote so I think that

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listening to other people and what they think has really helped me.

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This is where Dad said he used to come.

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We're at Balgay Hill and you can see the entire layout

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of Dundee from here...

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and it's just so nice to look at

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and I like to just come here with family and friends and things.

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-It's really nice, eh?

-It is. It's lovely from here.

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I like the way the water looks from here.

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'It makes it difficult to decide. You don't know if anyone's

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'telling the truth cos everyone's like, "This is all great."

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'"This is all horrible." There's no middle ground.'

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It makes me worried because if I make a wrong decision, things could go badly for Scotland.

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You do see it.

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'I just hope that it's still a good place to live in,'

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whether we're independent or not, that we still get

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our good education and health and I like the way Scotland is.

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-I don't want it to get worse. I want it to stay nice...

-Yes.

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..and hope that it's a good place.

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For 16-year-old James, home is the West Highlands,

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on the banks of Loch Etive.

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Like Ellie, James is undecided on how he's going to vote

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and living in the country will be a big factor in making his decision.

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I think people from rural areas

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have got kind of an important part of Scotland's identity because

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we bring a different perspective of life to the table.

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I think that's because we don't get as many opportunities

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as Central Belt do

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and I think one of the things you could probably improve

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in rural areas is transport and infrastructure.

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I'm very much for equality of opportunities all over Scotland

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and I believe that's one of the ways that we could do that.

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Back in Glasgow, 16-year-old Zack has come back

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to his former primary school

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to reflect on what first got him involved in politics.

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I was dead into politics at a very, very, very young age.

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A lot of people were interested in like Spider-Man and so forth,

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I was interested in politics. That's quite a weird thing

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for a child to have.

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At the age of nine, Zack was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome

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which lead to problems throughout his primary school career.

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This little hill behind his old school was his place of refuge

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when things got tough.

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I was bulled for seven years of my life

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because of my disability

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and only up there I actually did find peace

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because beyond there, I had my own little slice of heaven.

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They called me every name in the book and the worst name I was ever called was Aspertic Boy.

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But the teachers did step in for me a lot.

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Zack's early experiences have informed his future ambitions.

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I want to speak up for people. I want to try and be a leader.

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The thing I really, really want,

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my hope for future independence, is that everyone gets equal rights.

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Men, women, people with disabilities,

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heterosexuals, homosexuals, it doesn't matter.

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The SNP are social liberals. No, no, no.

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Zack has his sights set on Scottish independence.

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His mum Linda, on the other hand, has more practical goals in mind.

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-Put it down.

-You put it down. On you go.

-Health and safety.

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-Fine. Fine.

-You're the one who wants independence!

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Start at home with being independent for yourself.

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You'll have to iron your own clothes in an independent Scotland.

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Well, in the last few days, I've been writing a letter

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to my future self in 20 years' time

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and that's brought a few issues to me

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that I'd never really thought of before, one of which is

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what my little brother's going to turn out like.

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It also made me think what Scotland's going to be like

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and how this might change.

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Here's a bit of my letter.

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"Right now, I feel that Scotland's a bit like a family.

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"A group of people, though their opinions may differ,

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"still try to look after each other.

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"It's a strong family, Scotland, so I hope it will always stay this way.

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"I want to be happy and successful, so don't mess it up.

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"OK?"

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The letter that I've written is to myself in 20 years' time,

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so I'll be 35 by that time. When I read it,

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I'm hoping that everything's going all right for Scotland and myself.

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Writing about it has really got me thinking more about it

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cos when I write it in words, it makes me think more.

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"Oh, wait. I never thought about that."

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"Dear me, I hope everything's all right in 20 years' time for us.

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"I just wanted to tell you what I'm thinking about at this time.

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"I hope that when you read this you're a teacher.

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"I hope that you're still close to your family.

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"All I can say is that whether we're independent or not,

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"it's the happiness of the Scottish people that really matters.

0:19:490:19:52

"From your 15-year-old self."

0:19:520:19:54

"A letter to my future self. I hope you're keeping well.

0:19:570:20:01

"My greatest ambition is to break the generic conventions

0:20:010:20:04

"with people with disabilities. I want to stand as a voice

0:20:040:20:08

"for those who have been shunned in Scottish society

0:20:080:20:11

"and therefore I want to be an MSP

0:20:110:20:14

"and a proud liberal and prove that all people matter."

0:20:140:20:17

Are we ready for this weekend?

0:20:290:20:31

ALL: Yes!

0:20:310:20:32

After a few days off, the cast are back and raring to go.

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This weekend, we've got a lot to do

0:20:360:20:38

because what we've got to do this weekend is create a show, all right?

0:20:380:20:41

This...is our set, OK?

0:20:410:20:45

This is not the complete finished set. This is a mock-up of it.

0:20:450:20:48

The audience will be over there.

0:20:480:20:50

What we need to do, before we start, is make sure everyone's ready

0:20:500:20:54

and raring to go. So, how should we do that?

0:20:540:20:56

Warm up!

0:20:560:20:58

MUSIC: "Hey Ya!" by OutKast

0:20:590:21:03

After a vigorous warm up, it's straight to work.

0:21:100:21:15

OK. What I'm going to ask you to do is one of you is going to start

0:21:150:21:19

reading your letters to your partner and when I say change,

0:21:190:21:21

the other person will then start reading their letter.

0:21:210:21:25

Fraser has asked the cast to swap letters with a partner

0:21:250:21:28

and read aloud from the other person's letter.

0:21:280:21:30

And three, two, one. Off you go

0:21:300:21:33

I hope that by the time it's 2034/35,

0:21:380:21:40

you've achieved your dream of...

0:21:400:21:42

I hope I'm living in a place that I'm proud to call home.

0:21:420:21:45

Regardless of the outcome of the independence vote,

0:21:450:21:48

the people of Scotland don't regret the vote.

0:21:480:21:50

It's allowing all the participants to hear little bits

0:21:500:21:53

or sometimes all of the letters of each other.

0:21:530:21:56

Do you have a job? Preferably one that you like...

0:21:560:22:00

There's a really nice sense coming out from all the letters

0:22:000:22:03

that they hope that Scotland will be a better, fairer, kinder society.

0:22:030:22:08

Feels like I'm writing to some other guy called Edan Hanson.

0:22:080:22:13

I think it actually helped me understand better.

0:22:130:22:16

This whole referendum isn't really about Scotland as a whole alone,

0:22:160:22:20

it's also about the individual person.

0:22:200:22:22

It's so relevant for me right now because I'm at the stage where

0:22:230:22:27

I'm going to leave school really soon

0:22:270:22:29

and I'm already thinking about my near future,

0:22:290:22:32

never mind 20 years' time when I'm going to be 37.

0:22:320:22:36

Dear me in 20 years' time,

0:22:390:22:41

I hope you're successful in your career

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and you're still playing football.

0:22:430:22:45

I hope you're a good father, have a lovely wife.

0:22:450:22:47

And I hope that the Scottish culture I take great pride in

0:22:470:22:50

remains virtually unchanged.

0:22:500:22:52

My ambitions are for a truly fair nation.

0:22:520:22:54

I've had type-one diabetes since age six

0:22:540:22:57

so I'm really hoping I get cured in future.

0:22:570:23:00

No matter what happens, I hope that Scotland shines and thrives.

0:23:000:23:04

I hope you're living the life you've always dreamed,

0:23:040:23:07

even if I don't quite know what that is yet.

0:23:070:23:09

You may be old and in your 30s, but don't forget...

0:23:090:23:12

eat, sleep, rave, repeat.

0:23:120:23:14

# I am the mountain

0:23:280:23:30

# I am the sea

0:23:300:23:32

# You can't take that away from me

0:23:320:23:36

# I am the mountain

0:23:360:23:38

# I am the sea

0:23:380:23:41

# You can't take that away from me

0:23:410:23:45

# You tear us apart

0:23:450:23:47

# With all the things you don't like

0:23:470:23:50

# You can't understand

0:23:500:23:52

# That I won't leave

0:23:520:23:55

# Living here

0:23:550:23:58

# And then you find out

0:23:580:24:00

# Where it all went wrong

0:24:000:24:04

# I am the mountain

0:24:040:24:06

# I am the sea

0:24:060:24:09

# You can't take that away from me

0:24:090:24:12

# I am the mountain

0:24:120:24:14

# I am the sea

0:24:140:24:17

# You can't take that away from me

0:24:170:24:19

# I am the mountain. #

0:24:190:24:22

APPLAUSE

0:24:240:24:26

-Or we can say it alternately.

-You can say the first two lines.

0:24:290:24:34

It's Sunday morning of what's been a packed weekend

0:24:340:24:36

and the cast have been tasked with writing sections of script

0:24:360:24:39

for the first time.

0:24:390:24:41

Today what we're doing is we're trying to create

0:24:410:24:43

the linking devices between all of the sections

0:24:430:24:47

that we were working on yesterday.

0:24:470:24:49

Are you managing to put some of your ideas into this too?

0:24:490:24:52

'The linking sections have been developed

0:24:520:24:55

'through the questions that the young people have to ask themselves'

0:24:550:24:58

in order to write their letters and really think about

0:24:580:25:00

what they want for the future.

0:25:000:25:03

Fraser has asked two of the groups to focus on Scottish stereotypes.

0:25:040:25:08

We were to do a rap or a rhyme

0:25:080:25:12

celebrating or undermining stereotypes.

0:25:120:25:17

I just love the start of it.

0:25:170:25:19

Basically, what we're doing is we're trying to write it

0:25:190:25:23

in Scots dialect. It's quite...

0:25:230:25:25

We thought it would be quite easy, but it's not at all.

0:25:250:25:28

Stereotypes are really funny.

0:25:280:25:29

Some people are like, "We're not like that. We're not like that."

0:25:290:25:32

But you can't deny that they're not funny.

0:25:320:25:35

Is it like...

0:25:350:25:37

C-O-O or would you still spell it "cow" and just say "coo"?

0:25:370:25:41

-I'm proud of Scotland, my home.

-OK.

0:25:410:25:47

The main thing is ginger hair, tartan, all the obvious things.

0:25:470:25:50

Fraser gave a task to acknowledge the stereotypes

0:25:510:25:57

and highlight the personal facts about Scotland.

0:25:570:26:02

Writing and rehearsing over,

0:26:030:26:05

it's time to tread the boards and share their work.

0:26:050:26:08

Us Scots, we're an odd wee bunch

0:26:090:26:12

Annoy us and you'll get a punch.

0:26:120:26:15

Some people may think of us

0:26:150:26:17

bagpipe-playing Stuart-tartan wearing ceilidh-dancing gingers.

0:26:170:26:21

And now we have the opportunity to make it what we want it to be.

0:26:210:26:25

We're kilt-wearing gingers who love Irn-Bru

0:26:250:26:28

roaming the fields with a Highland "coo".

0:26:280:26:30

Brave William Wallace.

0:26:320:26:35

Freedom!

0:26:350:26:37

ALL: It should be a country for the people.

0:26:380:26:41

While the cast have been rehearsing, the stage management team

0:26:480:26:51

have been hard at work on the set.

0:26:510:26:53

A glimpse of the finished set starts to make the show

0:26:530:26:56

seem a reality for the first time.

0:26:560:26:58

It makes me really excited to do the show now,

0:26:580:27:01

now that I know what we are doing it on.

0:27:010:27:04

So excited. It makes me go, "Wow."

0:27:040:27:07

We have got the hatches and things.

0:27:070:27:09

Yeah, the week's been really good.

0:27:090:27:11

It's just getting really close with everyone

0:27:110:27:15

and knowing them better and just getting all the scenes done.

0:27:150:27:18

It's really good.

0:27:180:27:19

With a hard weekend's work under their belts

0:27:220:27:24

and Christmas on the horizon, a celebration is in order.

0:27:240:27:28

MUSIC: "Wake Me Up" by Avicii

0:27:290:27:33

SHOUTING AND WHOOPING

0:27:360:27:38

ALL SHOUT: Merry Christmas!

0:27:510:27:54

15-year-old musician Amina is at home in Edinburgh

0:28:040:28:07

preparing for Christmas with Mum, Rosie.

0:28:070:28:11

In a few days' time, Amina will celebrate her 16th birthday

0:28:110:28:15

which has got her thinking about the future.

0:28:150:28:18

I think the main differences between adulthood and teenagehood are,

0:28:210:28:24

as an adult, you have more freedom of speech,

0:28:240:28:27

more opportunities to decide what goes on in your life

0:28:270:28:30

and in your country and you can make a difference much easier,

0:28:300:28:34

decide what happens, where you're going and your direction in life.

0:28:340:28:37

It will be really exciting to see if my dreams for what

0:28:390:28:42

I want to achieve in life match what actually does happen.

0:28:420:28:46

Amina's ambition is to become a professional musician

0:28:490:28:53

and to be part of the Scottish traditional music scene.

0:28:530:28:55

The things that make up my Scotland are language, our culture,

0:28:550:28:59

our traditions, our music in particular, our food,

0:28:590:29:02

our people, our country,

0:29:020:29:03

our landscape. Everything all rolled into one, really.

0:29:030:29:06

Traditional music seems very lovely. Everyone's so friendly.

0:29:090:29:12

Everyone knows everyone, You can just go along to a gig,

0:29:120:29:14

you'll recognise loads of people you know. It's so lovely. It's really nice.

0:29:140:29:18

It's the 27th of December

0:29:300:29:32

and the young cast have had three days off for Christmas.

0:29:320:29:35

With just seven full rehearsal days left before the final performance,

0:29:350:29:39

there's a long way to go.

0:29:390:29:40

With 22 members in the cast

0:29:430:29:45

and an ever-growing number of bit parts,

0:29:450:29:47

wardrobe supervisor Nicola has her work cut out.

0:29:470:29:50

I think we have seven or eight days until show time.

0:29:500:29:53

We've been told that we're looking for a haggis costume

0:29:530:29:56

and other things will involve...

0:29:560:29:59

I think there's a lab, a laboratory,

0:29:590:30:01

so there might be some white coats involved.

0:30:010:30:04

This is the thing with the devised piece. I can go so far with it

0:30:060:30:10

but until they devise a bit more I'm stuck waiting to know what it is.

0:30:100:30:15

Writer David has some news

0:30:190:30:20

that just might make Nicola's job a bit easier.

0:30:200:30:23

The full script has now been sent off.

0:30:230:30:25

We're waiting for it to start printing.

0:30:250:30:28

and then we'll start casting.

0:30:280:30:31

With good progress behind the scenes,

0:30:310:30:33

musical director Anna is working with the cast to finalise

0:30:330:30:36

an alternative version of a familiar song.

0:30:360:30:39

Haggis, whisky, shortbread too.

0:30:390:30:42

Scotland the Brave.

0:30:420:30:44

Scots or Jocks, we're all the same...

0:30:440:30:47

But there can be no show without a script,

0:30:470:30:49

and things in the office aren't exactly going to plan.

0:30:490:30:53

-What are we going to do?

-I don't know.

-It's Christmas.

0:30:530:30:55

-There's no paper.

-There's no paper anywhere.

0:30:550:30:57

-We can't do any scripts.

-Aaagh!

0:30:570:31:00

THEY SING

0:31:000:31:02

We are getting more paper delivered. Are you actually filming?

0:31:020:31:06

With paper sourced and the scripts finally printed, it's time

0:31:140:31:17

for the teenagers to learn which parts they will play in the show.

0:31:170:31:20

So the first characters to be cast.

0:31:200:31:23

The character of Shona will be played by Alana.

0:31:230:31:26

The character of the Texan American will be played by Zack.

0:31:260:31:30

The stage we're at now is we need to block the play as quickly as we can.

0:31:300:31:33

Usually, you would have a week or so to do that,

0:31:330:31:36

but we're on in a week so we have to do this in days.

0:31:360:31:39

The Tester will be played by James.

0:31:390:31:41

And Andy Murray makes an appearance so he will be played by Craig.

0:31:430:31:47

Haggis will be Amina.

0:31:470:31:48

THEY LAUGH

0:31:480:31:50

Mrs Scotland will be Amy.

0:31:500:31:53

The Coatbridge Bank will be Zack.

0:31:540:31:57

I've got to do a Welsh accent.

0:31:570:32:00

I've also got to do a Texan

0:32:000:32:02

and I've also got to do a Coatbridge accent.

0:32:020:32:06

-How are you going to practise haggising?

-I'm not sure.

0:32:060:32:09

You can't really.

0:32:090:32:10

Just eating loads of haggis and hoping that I'll turn into one.

0:32:100:32:13

Now, the Coatbridge and the Texan I might just get away with

0:32:130:32:16

but a Welsh?

0:32:160:32:18

So, so proud to be Mrs Scotland.

0:32:180:32:21

It's my calling in life.

0:32:210:32:24

I'm a bit disappointed in the parts I got but it's OK.

0:32:250:32:29

You could start a petition if you like.

0:32:290:32:31

I would like to, I would like to start a petition.

0:32:310:32:34

A polite disagreement.

0:32:340:32:36

-But unfortunately, this is not a democracy.

-Oh!

-Yes.

0:32:360:32:40

There's other points where it's direct to the audience, isn't it?

0:32:400:32:43

Parts allocated, it's time to knuckle down and start rehearsing

0:32:430:32:47

the play's first big scene.

0:32:470:32:48

ALL: What is Scotland?

0:32:480:32:50

The guidebooks go on about the hills and lochs and history and art

0:32:500:32:55

but there's got to be more to it than that.

0:32:550:32:58

The subject of this scene, Scottish identity,

0:32:580:33:01

is something the cast has plenty to say about.

0:33:010:33:03

It doesn't really matter, your accent

0:33:030:33:06

or, like, what colour you are,

0:33:060:33:09

what race you are.

0:33:090:33:10

To be Scottish, you simply have to like Scotland.

0:33:100:33:15

All the different kinds of cultures, languages, traditions

0:33:150:33:19

-and all of them welcome.

-Yes!

0:33:190:33:22

The stereotypical Scottish person is ginger, freckly, blue eyes,

0:33:220:33:27

pale skin and obviously I'm not that type of person.

0:33:270:33:30

I do count myself as Scottish

0:33:300:33:32

because it's the culture here that I've grown up with.

0:33:320:33:35

I've always been here.

0:33:350:33:36

-Gingers.

-Deep-fried Mars bars.

-Community spirit.

-The people.

0:33:360:33:41

I think, to be Scottish, is just be happy about the fact you're Scottish

0:33:430:33:48

and embrace the different aspects of it.

0:33:480:33:50

No matter how many landmarks or resources we have,

0:33:500:33:53

none of it would mean anything

0:33:530:33:55

if there was no-one left to use or enjoy all of it.

0:33:550:33:58

British people are, like, meant to be posh and fancy.

0:33:580:34:03

You know, tea and crumpets,

0:34:030:34:05

and then there's us and we're just like Irn-Bru and shortbread.

0:34:050:34:09

Food.

0:34:090:34:10

THEY ALL LAUGH

0:34:100:34:13

If someone said, "Are you Scottish?" I'd say yes.

0:34:140:34:16

If someone said, "Are you British?" I'd say yes.

0:34:160:34:19

Imagine what it would be like if the whole country was empty.

0:34:190:34:22

Not one single person in the whole of Scotland.

0:34:220:34:25

I know I don't sound particularly Scottish and that's fine,

0:34:250:34:27

but I'm very much Scottish and I'm proud of being Scottish.

0:34:270:34:31

THEY SING "SCOTLAND THE BRAVE"

0:34:310:34:34

Well done, well done.

0:34:390:34:42

Time to go home.

0:34:420:34:43

THEY CHEER

0:34:430:34:45

It's Sunday morning and, with just a week till curtain up,

0:34:530:34:57

the weary cast arrive for another full day of rehearsals.

0:34:570:35:01

-Edan? Great. So, Alice, are you here.

-I'm here.

0:35:010:35:04

-Great. Rosie?

-Here.

0:35:040:35:06

It is a week today which is a laugh but I'm quite nervous.

0:35:060:35:11

Now is grind time, it's now going to be study the lines, learn them,

0:35:110:35:16

get confident and give 100%.

0:35:160:35:17

Excellent.

0:35:190:35:21

Because it's such a short period of time, there's always going to be

0:35:210:35:26

hiccups or something but I do think it's going very well.

0:35:260:35:29

It's tiring but I'm really enjoying it.

0:35:290:35:32

Last night, Fraser and David set the cast some homework,

0:35:340:35:37

and it seems not everyone is ready to hand it in.

0:35:370:35:41

No dogs have eaten it yet, no?

0:35:410:35:44

We're already running way behind because people didn't do what

0:35:440:35:48

they were asked to do.

0:35:480:35:49

That took an extra 15-20 minutes.

0:35:490:35:51

'I had to just have a wee pep talk with them

0:35:510:35:53

'because the more lethargic they get, the slower everything's going to be

0:35:530:35:58

'so we just have to keep the energy up and keep positive about it.'

0:35:580:36:02

It'll be fine.

0:36:020:36:04

If I had played like you had just sang, it would have went like this.

0:36:040:36:09

And it's not just Fraser who's putting the pressure on.

0:36:090:36:12

Anna's not happy with their work today either.

0:36:120:36:15

Do you believe that I will survive?

0:36:150:36:17

Show me the sass and the drama in the eyes.

0:36:170:36:21

Show me this time that you WILL survive.

0:36:210:36:24

Experiences like this are good because it brings together

0:36:270:36:31

young people in a space where they can feel like they're valued

0:36:310:36:36

and their opinions matter, whereas I think more on the outside world

0:36:360:36:39

it's more, "Oh, you're younger, sit down, shut up."

0:36:390:36:43

Even though we've got the biggest stake in what actually

0:36:430:36:45

happens in the referendum.

0:36:450:36:47

All that stuff will be affecting our daily lives whether Scotland's

0:36:490:36:53

independent or not, whether we will have free tuition

0:36:530:36:58

and all that stuff will directly affect us.

0:36:580:37:01

'I don't want to think in 30 years' time that I wasn't

0:37:010:37:04

'well enough informed to make a good decision.'

0:37:040:37:06

But I think I have been on a journey and I've changed many times

0:37:060:37:10

between pro-independence and against independence.

0:37:100:37:15

# Did you think I'd lay down and die? Oh, no, not I... #

0:37:150:37:18

The front, and that's the back.

0:37:180:37:20

You'll see that there's a little net there.

0:37:200:37:21

If you can try

0:37:210:37:23

and catch your hair in the little net that would be really super.

0:37:230:37:26

With the casting announcements made,

0:37:260:37:27

costume designer Nicola has a lot more information to go on.

0:37:270:37:31

But with scripted rehearsals still in the early stages,

0:37:310:37:34

it will be some time before all the costumes can be ready.

0:37:340:37:38

Characters don't necessarily have full costumes

0:37:380:37:41

but they have something that represents their character.

0:37:410:37:44

For example Rabbie's got a wig.

0:37:440:37:47

One of the more elaborate costumes is for Amina's haggis outfit.

0:37:470:37:51

Cool, OK!

0:37:510:37:53

SCOTTISH JIG PLAYS

0:37:530:37:57

Do you think you're one of those actors that needs a costume

0:38:060:38:09

-in order to feel...

-I think so.

0:38:090:38:10

I don't really like haggis that much but I like the smell of it

0:38:100:38:13

and I don't smell of that at the moment which is a shame.

0:38:130:38:17

-Right if you want to go behind there and get changed?

-Right.

-Cheers.

0:38:170:38:21

Zack thought his character's accents were going to be his biggest

0:38:230:38:26

challenge, but he hadn't banked on a costume that would make him

0:38:260:38:29

larger than life.

0:38:290:38:30

-Now you're a man with presence on the stage.

-Oh, a lot of presence(!)

0:38:300:38:34

I look like Rick Perry.

0:38:430:38:44

MUSIC: THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

0:38:440:38:48

Texas!

0:38:500:38:52

Can I show you a Texan?

0:38:540:38:56

-How's that feel?

-It feels all right.

-Do you feel that you're Texan?

0:39:020:39:06

I'm from Texas!

0:39:060:39:08

Oh, lordy, lordy!

0:39:080:39:10

LAUGHTER

0:39:100:39:12

What we're doing is, we're doing the timeline today which is

0:39:150:39:19

a section of the play that makes us

0:39:190:39:22

look at how we've got to where we're at with this referendum debate.

0:39:220:39:26

So we look at key events that the young people have identified from

0:39:260:39:30

just before the Union of the Crowns.

0:39:300:39:32

Using music and short sketches, the scene creates a montage,

0:39:350:39:38

illustrating big moments in history.

0:39:380:39:40

It's 200 metres to the end and Mo Farah's in the lead!

0:39:400:39:44

And he's won!

0:39:440:39:45

THEY CHEER

0:39:450:39:48

# Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile. #

0:39:480:39:53

Good. That's better.

0:39:550:39:56

So, can we go from financial crisis? Is that all right? Great.

0:39:560:40:00

'At the start, a lot of them didn't feel they were informed enough.'

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But, yet, when they were encouraged to research and find out about

0:40:030:40:09

the debate, they are really energised and enthused by it.

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The final moment in the timeline is the subject the whole play

0:40:140:40:16

hinges on, and one that's never far from the young actors' minds.

0:40:160:40:20

ALL: 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

0:40:200:40:23

We don't know that much about politics yet

0:40:230:40:25

but I believe that we're definitely a generation that learns fast

0:40:250:40:29

and that we want to find out about it more.

0:40:290:40:32

God save me from the love of these people. Animals! Savages!

0:40:320:40:38

When my dad or my mum's talking about it now

0:40:380:40:40

I can actually input into the conversation and sometimes

0:40:400:40:45

I even know more than them about it which is quite nice.

0:40:450:40:48

Yeah, I've learned a lot of stuff.

0:40:480:40:50

# God save the Queen. #

0:40:520:40:55

I'll be able to look back at this in the future and say, yes,

0:40:550:40:59

I did contribute to this decision

0:40:590:41:01

no matter what the outcome of the actual referendum.

0:41:010:41:04

In respects to that, it's working really well.

0:41:080:41:11

It's clear that some of you have done some homework, which is good,

0:41:110:41:15

and learned those lines and things.

0:41:150:41:16

I feel that a lot of the characters that we're seeing

0:41:160:41:19

aren't characters yet.

0:41:190:41:20

I just need you to trust yourselves and go bigger with it

0:41:200:41:23

and try out stuff, OK?

0:41:230:41:25

If you do something that's really funny we'll laugh and we'll move on.

0:41:250:41:28

That's fine, OK?

0:41:280:41:30

But I would rather see you try things than give us nothing.

0:41:300:41:34

It's been a hard day,

0:41:350:41:36

but, in spite of that, the cast are still feeling positive.

0:41:360:41:39

It's been tiring but it's been as fun as it has been.

0:41:390:41:43

This is the harder bit but I think once we start knowing our lines

0:41:430:41:47

it's really going to get up on its feet and it's exciting.

0:41:470:41:50

We're asking a lot of them being in here over their Christmas

0:41:500:41:53

and New Year holidays.

0:41:530:41:54

They're all showing up even when they've got a bit of a flu or a cold.

0:41:540:41:57

They're all still coming in.

0:41:570:42:00

They're working really hard and they're just really dedicated.

0:42:000:42:03

It's fantastic.

0:42:030:42:04

The weary young actors head home to learn lines

0:42:100:42:12

and celebrate Hogmanay with their families.

0:42:120:42:15

15-year-old Amy lives in Glasgow and has been coming to her local

0:42:290:42:32

community centre in Royston since she was 11.

0:42:320:42:35

We're at the Spire and I've brought you here

0:42:360:42:39

because I started my first ever drama classes here.

0:42:390:42:43

What I'm enjoying about it is it's

0:42:460:42:48

so nice to just have a change of what kind of drama you do.

0:42:480:42:53

It's nice to learn a lot about something else

0:42:530:42:56

cos I know something about politics,

0:42:560:42:58

but I wasn't really too sure about it.

0:42:580:43:03

As the youngest member of the group, she will just miss

0:43:030:43:05

out on being able to vote, but has pretty clear views on the subject.

0:43:050:43:09

I don't think there's anything wrong with the way we're working now

0:43:090:43:13

so I don't see the point in trying to change it.

0:43:130:43:17

I think Royston is nice enough,

0:43:170:43:21

but some people kind of make it a little less nicer to live in.

0:43:210:43:28

If Scotland did become independent, it could go either way.

0:43:280:43:31

Royston could be all done up and become a great place to be

0:43:310:43:36

or it could just be forgotten about.

0:43:360:43:39

It's 2nd January, 2014.

0:43:530:43:56

With only three days to go, the cast

0:43:570:43:59

arrive at the Scottish Youth Theatre for the final leg of rehearsals.

0:43:590:44:03

-Happy new year, everyone.

-ALL: Happy new year!

0:44:040:44:07

MUSIC: "Scream & Shout" by Will.i.am feat. Britney Spears.

0:44:070:44:11

Great. Ready for some star jumps?

0:44:110:44:16

This is the point where we're starting to gear up ready

0:44:160:44:18

to move into theatre so we're getting to the point

0:44:180:44:20

where we need to just be running it with these young people so that

0:44:200:44:23

they feel confident what they're doing.

0:44:230:44:25

It's a really exciting stage to be at

0:44:250:44:27

but time is ticking

0:44:270:44:30

and the game is getting harder.

0:44:300:44:32

During the New Year break, David's been hard at work on the script

0:44:330:44:37

and has decided that some significant cuts need to be made.

0:44:370:44:40

Yes, that's much neater.

0:44:400:44:42

It's down to Fraser to break the news to the cast.

0:44:420:44:44

OK, can everyone pay attention, please?

0:44:440:44:47

So the first change is on page five

0:44:470:44:49

and it's in the undermining stereotypes poem.

0:44:490:44:53

The verse - "All true Scotsmen love haggis and whisky,

0:44:550:44:58

"and the wild Celtic women who tend to the frisky.

0:44:580:45:00

"Hardcore and mental and defo totes tough,

0:45:000:45:02

"you've not had a weekend if you're not feeling rough."

0:45:020:45:04

That verse is cut.

0:45:040:45:06

THEY GASP

0:45:060:45:07

I personally feel quite good because I don't have to change any

0:45:070:45:09

of my lines which is good because I just learned them off script.

0:45:090:45:13

While the cast get ready to do a run-through of the show,

0:45:130:45:16

the stage management team are in the studio theatre for the first time.

0:45:160:45:20

With opening night fast approaching, there's a lot to do.

0:45:200:45:23

The first thing really is for the lighting designer or technician

0:45:230:45:27

to rig the lights.

0:45:270:45:30

So, while they're working on the lights,

0:45:300:45:34

I'm putting together the framework for the set.

0:45:340:45:36

Back in the rehearsal rooms, the run-through's gone well

0:45:480:45:51

and the cast are reflecting on how

0:45:510:45:53

they feel as they approach their final days together.

0:45:530:45:56

I'm getting really sad that we only have two rehearsals left

0:45:560:45:59

and then the show and then it's all over.

0:45:590:46:02

THEY SHUSH HER

0:46:020:46:03

-No, we have to face this, right?

-Not now!

-We can't just push it away.

0:46:030:46:07

I'm a bit emotional again.

0:46:070:46:08

I'm excited to actually get into the studio now

0:46:080:46:12

and actually see how it's all going to take shape.

0:46:120:46:18

The cast are heading home for the evening,

0:46:200:46:22

but the working day is far from over for the SYT team.

0:46:220:46:26

Before they can be ready for tomorrow's technical

0:46:260:46:28

rehearsal with the cast, every lighting,

0:46:280:46:30

sound and audio-visual cue must be ready to go.

0:46:300:46:34

Do you just want to show me what's up there and what we've got?

0:46:340:46:38

It could be a long night.

0:46:380:46:40

The following day, the technical team are running behind

0:46:460:46:49

so Fraser makes the decision to move the morning's rehearsal.

0:46:490:46:52

The theatre's not ready, so to make best use of our time,

0:46:520:46:55

we're trying to get used to the quick costume changes,

0:46:550:46:57

so we're doing it out here where we have a bit of space.

0:46:570:47:00

No, darling, all you have is the wig.

0:47:000:47:03

Vocally, this will be good for the cast

0:47:030:47:05

because they're going to have to up their volumes, slow down,

0:47:050:47:08

all the notes we've been giving them in the small rehearsal room.

0:47:080:47:11

Never forget the real face inside.

0:47:110:47:13

ALL: The face of the nation that soon must decide.

0:47:130:47:16

I was the legend of Twerker!

0:47:190:47:22

Isn't that just super?

0:47:230:47:25

The haggis!

0:47:250:47:28

THEY SCREAM

0:47:280:47:31

The first dress rehearsal has come as a bit of a shock and the

0:47:310:47:33

reality of just how tricky the show might be is beginning to hit home.

0:47:330:47:37

I don't even have a costume change and I was just getting stressed.

0:47:390:47:42

The haggis costume is a nightmare.

0:47:420:47:46

I really did not know what side of the stage I was supposed to be on

0:47:460:47:49

at the time and I did not know when

0:47:490:47:50

I was meant to change into my haggis costume so it was really hard.

0:47:500:47:53

Most of our bits went well except for the fact

0:47:530:47:55

I have this massive, ginormous phone of which I've never had to

0:47:550:47:59

use before and I was like, "Where does this go?"

0:47:590:48:02

After two days of problems behind the scenes,

0:48:230:48:26

final preparations are under way for the technical dress rehearsal

0:48:260:48:29

and Fraser is anxious to get started.

0:48:290:48:32

It's quarter to seven, so we're only in until nine tonight

0:48:320:48:35

so we need to get a move on.

0:48:350:48:37

In the girls' changing rooms,

0:48:390:48:41

the focus is on last-minute preparations.

0:48:410:48:45

While the atmosphere in the boys' changing rooms

0:48:450:48:48

is a little different.

0:48:480:48:49

LAUGHTER

0:48:490:48:51

Why is he laughing?

0:48:530:48:55

This is the boys' changing room.

0:48:550:48:57

You've been here and you've seen how focused we are on this play.

0:48:570:49:01

I am Scotland's First Minister.

0:49:060:49:09

You know how everyone says they open their mouth

0:49:110:49:14

-when they put mascara on?

-I do.

-I don't.

0:49:140:49:16

I think everybody is a bit gutted for the fact that

0:49:180:49:21

they couldn't go in and get into the studio straightaway

0:49:210:49:23

so I think it's a bit scary knowing that we've only got today, tonight,

0:49:230:49:27

to get it good.

0:49:270:49:30

We are about to move into our tech for you lot,

0:49:300:49:35

but it's mainly to get all of the cues correct, OK?

0:49:350:49:39

The delays caused by technical problems have set things back badly.

0:49:410:49:45

By home time, rehearsals have barely reached the halfway mark

0:49:460:49:50

and the cast are beginning to feel nervous.

0:49:500:49:52

It's not going too well. We're only at the timeline, so...yeah.

0:49:520:49:57

And there's going to be an audience, like, tomorrow!

0:49:570:50:01

The next morning it's straight to the stage to re-start rehearsals.

0:50:010:50:04

# Oh, as long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive. #

0:50:070:50:10

But it's not long before the first mishap.

0:50:100:50:13

-Halt!

-What did you hurt?

-My shin.

0:50:160:50:20

Imogen has hurt her leg

0:50:220:50:24

but is far more concerned about how rehearsals are going.

0:50:240:50:27

There are still things going wrong.

0:50:270:50:29

The guitars aren't being amped, the mics aren't on.

0:50:290:50:32

Just everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.

0:50:320:50:35

# Although they may be parted

0:50:350:50:38

# There is still a chance That they will see

0:50:380:50:42

# There will be an answer Let it be. #

0:50:420:50:46

Right guys. Thank you very, very much.

0:50:460:50:50

The next time you do this it's in front of an audience.

0:50:500:50:53

It is a dress rehearsal, OK, but I want you to get through it.

0:50:530:50:57

The technical team will keep up with you.

0:50:570:51:00

Everyone is working their hardest.

0:51:000:51:01

Everyone is trying their best to get everything up and running.

0:51:010:51:04

It's just frustrating.

0:51:040:51:06

With just one last rehearsal left before the big night,

0:51:080:51:11

the cast set their props and ready themselves for the dress rehearsal,

0:51:110:51:14

which they'll perform in front of a small audience.

0:51:140:51:17

No, you're still not going high enough. Go up here and then tie it.

0:51:170:51:21

It'll be nice to have a good practice with our first kind of mini audience.

0:51:210:51:25

Onwards and upwards!

0:51:250:51:27

Oh, brilliant!

0:51:310:51:34

# Now I'm going home. #

0:51:340:51:38

After a difficult couple of days, the dress rehearsal goes well

0:51:390:51:42

and the cast's confidence is restored before the big night.

0:51:420:51:47

But do they feel their involvement in the show has helped to

0:51:470:51:49

prepare them as they approach their first ever vote?

0:51:490:51:53

I feel like I'm more informed on making my decision now

0:51:530:51:55

because everyone here's got such strong opinions.

0:51:550:51:57

I came in with an opinion of what I thought I was going to vote

0:51:570:52:02

and I've been swayed about now.

0:52:020:52:05

The more I think about it,

0:52:050:52:07

the more I think how different we are to anywhere else in the world

0:52:070:52:11

and I think if we were independent we could use that to our advantage.

0:52:110:52:14

I would vote no, because the uncertainty factor is

0:52:140:52:18

the clincher for me.

0:52:180:52:19

After three weeks of hard work, the hour is almost upon them

0:52:260:52:29

and friends and family arrive to share their big moment.

0:52:290:52:34

Jump in, jump out and whoo!

0:52:340:52:36

Before the show gets under way,

0:52:360:52:37

there's just time for a quick warm up

0:52:370:52:39

and a few last words of encouragement from Fraser.

0:52:390:52:42

Really incredibly proud that, the past couple of days,

0:52:420:52:45

when it's all been crumbling and going a bit wrong elsewhere,

0:52:450:52:48

you guys have kept it together.

0:52:480:52:50

We can't thank you enough for that.

0:52:500:52:51

-What time is it? ALL:

-It's show time!

0:52:510:52:54

-When's the hour? ALL:

-Now's the hour!

0:52:540:52:56

Go on and be bloody brilliant! Off you go, thank you. Good luck.

0:52:560:53:00

We were set a task.

0:53:200:53:22

We were asked to write a letter to our future selves.

0:53:220:53:24

-ALL:

-20 years from now.

0:53:240:53:26

To speak to who we think will be.

0:53:260:53:28

-And offer them our dreams and our fears.

-Our great good wishes.

0:53:280:53:31

-And our best of hopes.

-Our words of caution and the canniest of advice.

0:53:310:53:35

-Not just for ourselves.

-But also for our country.

-For our future.

0:53:350:53:38

-And one of the many possible Scotlands...

-..that might...

0:53:380:53:40

-..in time...

-..come to be.

0:53:400:53:42

-Out of the writing of those letters...

-Out of our fun...

0:53:420:53:45

-And new-found friends...

-Out of our hard work...

0:53:450:53:47

-And even harder thinking...

-Out of our shared experiences...

0:53:470:53:49

On all those dark evenings and early mornings...

0:53:490:53:51

Out of all that has come this show.

0:53:510:53:54

ALL: That we all want to share with you today.

0:53:540:53:56

The main reason behind doing this piece was to get people

0:53:560:53:59

thinking about it not just to pick a side, any side, but actually to

0:53:590:54:03

look into it and to think about it a bit more deeply.

0:54:030:54:04

2000, the Iraq war, the war on terror.

0:54:040:54:07

# Her face is a map of the world Is a map of the world

0:54:120:54:16

# You can see she's a beautiful girl She's a beautiful girl. #

0:54:160:54:20

But out of that obsession with sport,

0:54:200:54:23

a strange anomaly occurred in the Scottish gene pool.

0:54:230:54:26

After centuries of glorious failure,

0:54:260:54:30

a new sporting warrior arose.

0:54:300:54:33

AUDIENCE LAUGHS

0:54:330:54:35

Hello.

0:54:380:54:40

LAUGHTER

0:54:400:54:42

I'm the charismatic Andy Murray!

0:54:420:54:45

PHONES RING

0:54:460:54:49

Aye, what do you want?

0:54:510:54:53

This is the United States Federal Reserve. Now, Scottie...

0:54:530:54:57

-Can I call you Scottie?

-No, you bloody cannae!

0:54:570:54:59

LAUGHTER

0:54:590:55:01

They've all grown throughout this process in confidence,

0:55:010:55:03

especially about the subject matter

0:55:030:55:05

and hopefully feel a bit more empowered to go out

0:55:050:55:08

and find the answers.

0:55:080:55:09

We ask serious questions and all we get is rubbish from the pair of you.

0:55:090:55:13

-How come? That's a very good question.

-We want answers.

0:55:130:55:17

We've given you the answers in the white paper.

0:55:170:55:19

Toilet paper more like!

0:55:190:55:20

# May he sedation shush

0:55:200:55:25

# He's like a torrent's rush

0:55:250:55:29

# Rebellious Scots to crush

0:55:290:55:33

# God save the Queen. #

0:55:330:55:38

THEY SCREAM

0:55:380:55:40

ALL: Letters from our future self.

0:55:530:55:56

I hope Scotland is still a beautiful and multicultural place

0:55:560:55:59

that no other place in the world could imitate.

0:55:590:56:02

I want to live in a Scotland which supports equal rights

0:56:020:56:05

and can continue to flourish as a small country with big ideas.

0:56:050:56:10

I want to be proud to say that I am Scottish.

0:56:100:56:13

A vote is a letter to our future selves.

0:56:130:56:16

It is a promissory note about the kind of country we want to live in.

0:56:160:56:21

And about the price we're willing to pay to make that dream come true.

0:56:210:56:25

-Be clear on what you want for Scotland.

-And yourself.

0:56:250:56:28

ALL: Because the future of our nation is in our hands.

0:56:280:56:32

# I don't know if you can see the changes that have come over me...

0:56:390:56:45

The depth of some of the questions that they were trying to address,

0:56:450:56:50

they covered such a range of stuff.

0:56:500:56:54

I thought it was wonderful. Really, really wonderful.

0:56:560:57:00

# That's the reason why I seem so far away today...

0:57:000:57:06

They picked a lot of different opinions across.

0:57:060:57:09

It was really interesting

0:57:090:57:11

and it makes you think twice about the independent vote.

0:57:110:57:16

# Caledonia, you're calling me

0:57:160:57:19

# Now I'm going home. #

0:57:190:57:22

APPLAUSE

0:57:240:57:28

Genuinely one of the best experiences of my life.

0:57:470:57:51

I've learned loads about myself and others while I've been here.

0:57:510:57:56

I've always been open-minded, but it made you expand.

0:57:560:57:59

It made me listen to a bit more from the opposite side as well.

0:57:590:58:03

I'm so, so proud of what we've achieved.

0:58:030:58:07

I don't want to be missing all my Aberdonian and my Edinburgh

0:58:070:58:11

and my Dundee people.

0:58:110:58:13

And I'm going to cry again!

0:58:130:58:17

We had all of these different personalities,

0:58:170:58:20

just bursting out and I just thought it was great to have them all

0:58:200:58:22

in the same room together focusing on creating a thing for Scotland.

0:58:220:58:28

If I was asked today, I would definitely vote yes.

0:58:340:58:36

-I would vote no.

-I'd vote yes.

-I'd vote no.

0:58:360:58:39

-I'd definitely vote yes.

-I would vote no.

-I intend to vote yes.

0:58:390:58:44

-I'd vote no.

-I'd vote yes.

0:58:440:58:47

Vote yes or no because you feel that will make Scotland a better

0:58:470:58:51

place for everyone to live in.

0:58:510:58:53

Scotland is on the cusp of change. In September 2014, the population of Scotland, including 16- and 17-year-olds for the first time, must decide whether or not they want their country to be independent. With apathy and infighting amongst the adult electorate, how is a teenager to decide? Now's the Hour follows a group of teenagers as they join Scottish Youth Theatre to create and stage a play which aims to help them prepare as they approach what could be the biggest political decision of their lives.


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