Scottish independence: Five-minute theatre shows across the country

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Media captionA montage of clips from the Great Yes, No, Don't Know Five Minute Theatre Show.

The National Theatre of Scotland is to stage one of its most ambitious shows ever in the build-up to the independence referendum.

The Great Yes, No, Don't Know Five Minute Theatre Show will be based at Oran Mor in Glasgow.

It will see 180 five-minute plays performed over 24 hours and across the country - all themed on independence.

The shows starting on Monday night will also be a fitting tribute to co-creator David MacLennan, who died last week.

Theatre producer David and writer David Greig wanted to offer a forum for all voices in the debate, whatever they had to say on independence.

And they were blown away by the ideas they were sent.

Some of the five-minute plays take a unionist view. Others are pro-independence. But plenty more are don't know.

Legendary work

And everyone has questions about what will happen next. Victoria Bianci's contribution Anthem To A Newborn will be the first play performed in the show.

Some of the plays will be performed live in venues across the country, others recorded and played online. And there's certainly variety.

The show is also a real tribute to David MacLennan, whose legendary work with 7:84 and Wildcat Theatre is woven into this.

He died before seeing the final production.

But the show he vowed would be of the people, by the people and for the people is a fitting legacy.

Writer David Greig said: "The whole referendum is about democracy, so with Five Minute Theatre, someone can perform a song in Stornoway which can be seen by audiences in Jedburgh in a way that totally demonstrates that experience of democracy."

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