Clare Gaydon brings her critically acclaimed show "See Through" to Manchester for the first time on 21st July, performing at Waterside as part of its annual 10 day arts Refract Festival. Presented by Gaydon with her back to the audience, See-Through examines identity, validation and the cost of sharing in the digital age.
All you need is a camera, an internet connection and something to say. Last year, 34% of young people voted YouTuber as their top career choice. Claire was intrigued. She decided to have a go. Part documentary, part live performance, part parody, part desperate as f*ck, Claire does everything she can to entertain her online audience. While remaining 100% totally authentically real.
See-Through is an edited, unedited, live, pre-recorded, reality show that invites you to see behind the camera.
We were given an exciting opportunity to interview Clare Gaydon ahead of her show opening this Sunday!
Szymon: Hello, introduce yourself.
"Hello! My name’s Claire and I’m bringing my current solo show See-Through to Waterside Arts Centre Sunday 21st July 7pm. I guess my first taste of theatre was when I was part of my local youth theatre club in Lincoln (where I grew up). Then when I was 18 I went to East 15 Acting School in London to train as a professional actor."
Szymon: Where did the idea for this show come from?
"I was actually trying to make a show about something else at the time. I devised a scene with a teenage girl (basically a teenage version of myself) recording a YouTube video. The visual set up was the same as See-Through, my back to the audience and the live footage projected on the back wall. Then I came across the survey statistic that 34% of young people chose YouTuber as their top career choice. I started watching videos out of curiosity, my initial question being ‘why, why do they want to do this?’ As I came across more and more confessional content I started thinking about the desire to connect and and how, as a theatre-maker who uses partly autobiographical material, I totally identify with that too."
Szymon: Why with your back to the audience?
"I wanted to explore empathy. Watching someone through a screen is a completely different experience to seeing someone face to face in the flesh. I wanted to mimic the way we interact with YouTubers online."
Szymon: What do you want the audience to feel or how do you want them to react?
"The show doesn’t condemn or praise YouTube culture, but it does highlight areas that are problematic.
Szymon: What do you feel like being part of the REFRACT festival at the Waterside Arts?
"I feel excited! The program for Refract looks ace and it’s cool to be part of that."
Szymon: Any advice you'd give to teens wanting to go into theatre arts?
"Hmm...I guess my advice would be to always follow the fun! Working in the theatre industry is difficult for many reasons so it’s important to remember that we do it because we love it. I would also say that this industry is built on people helping each other out so don’t be afraid to reach out for some advice. Most people will be happy to have the opportunity to help."
Clare brings her critically acclaimed show "See Through" to Manchester on 21st July for one night only performing at Waterside as part of its annual 10 day arts Refract Festival.
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