Created and produced by And If Not Now artists Philip Pinsky and Karen Lamond.
An immersive, reactive, sound and film installation.
National Museum of Scotland, 1 – 14 Nov 2021. 10.30 – 16.30
Event Space, Level 2
Free entry. Sign up on the day in the Grand Gallery.
We have become accustomed to being assaulted by noise and danger in our city streets. In fact, many of us are so used to this constant barrage of information that we don’t even notice it any more. The pandemic allowed us quietness, space, fresh air.
A chance to realise that we don’t have to live this way. A moment to consider how we can make our cities somewhere we would choose to go rather than places to run away from.
Confronted with a heightened version of a busy urban junction; heavy traffic, pollution and noise, you will walk through a sound and film installation, guided by a lighted path. As you do so, notice how your position in the room directly impacts the environment around you. Watch and listen as your actions transform one environment into another and end the experience with a vivid and tranquil re-imagining of how we could all live peacefully in our cities.
And If Not Now, When? is a spark to ignite a desire for change. A considered shift in behaviour not just for our own wellbeing but for the wellbeing of others. Together we can make a positive difference to the climate crisis, gain a better quality of life and change the course of our planet’s future.
Can we really wait and longer? And if not now, when?
And If Not Now is a new Edinburgh-based art collective formed by composer and sound designer Philip Pinsky (whose work with Grid Iron includes, Roam, Decky Does a Bronco, Leaving Planet Earth and many more) and photographer and film maker Karen Lamond.
Driven by a desire for social change they formed in 2019 and this, their first major work, is timed to coincide with COP26. Working with set designer Karen Tennent and Production Manager Roy Fairhead, And If Not Now, When? is a response to the urgency of the climate crisis in light of the changes wrought by the global pandemic.
“a mightily complex and disturbing meditation for our time, delivered with a light-touch brilliance – and a string sense of comedy – that never obscures the significance of the themes at hand… powerfully entertaining… it is a measure of the brilliance of Keith Fleming’s performance as Doppler that he encompasses every aspect of this hugely complex character with apparent ease and immense story-telling skill… flawless production”
“a sensory show, and immersive in the best sense of the word. The scent of campfire lingers and Nik Paget-Tomlinson’s sound design is everywhere, merging with the forest surroundings in subtle and ingenious ways. Becky’s Minto’s set is similarly in sync with the environment, adding to the natural stage rather than disrupting it. David A Pollock’s organic score further underpins the atmospheric, immersive nature of the experience… originally intended to debut in 2019 and postponed due to COVID, Doppler was well worth the wait.”
“beauty and magic”
“Grid Iron has brilliantly transposed this Norwegian tale, of a man who leaves his family to live in a tent, to the grounds of a National Trust for Scotland property. If there is one company well suited to adapting to the Covid pandemic it is Grid Iron. The Edinburgh specialist in site-responsive theatre is never seen in the same place twice. Inviting us to a woodland corner where we sit on socially distanced tree stumps is something we would have done anyway… a tremendous performance.”
“If you go down to the woods over the next couple of weeks, weather permitting, the surprise in Grid Iron theatre company’s long awaited new outdoor show comes in just how well an open space can work for such expansive material… an inadvertently timely study of one man’s self-isolation and the need to sometimes get back to nature… Despite the seriousness of the material, there is a lightness at play”
“Ben Harrison directs with nuance. He’s not afraid to bring the pace to a near standstill…, or to drive it forward with ferocity when required. His adaptation is clever too, punctuated by comic moments… a fascinating examination of modern masculinity and the relationship between father and sons”
“wonderfully cartoonish and darkly comic… The beauty of Harrison’s clever production is that it creates a brilliant balance between the character of Doppler (as the fixed, if somewhat unhinged, centre of the story) and the other characters (such as Bosse, the consummately named posh, reactionary eccentric). While Fleming gives a performance that is a perfectly calibrated combination of plausible rationale and wide-eyed lunacy, Tylor and Hay are at liberty to play the orbiting characters as gloriously colourful caricatures… an original, funny and thought-provoking piece of theatre.”
“funny, thought-provoking and deftly, adroitly sketched… It’s a polemic against capitalism, acquisition, superficial success… a timely reflection on the role we could and should be playing to support rather than thwart the planet we live on… In some ways this is a daft story but the stoic sincerity of the cast makes it magnificent… a fascinating live show.”
“one of this year’s most anticipated productions”
“Keith Fleming’s performance as Doppler is glorious in its energy and commitment.”
“this outdoor adaptation beautifully highlights the story’s central irony; that being one with nature is impossible, because humans always pull focus.”
Writer & Director:
Finance & Development Manager:
David A. Pollock
Musician and Live Foley:
Set & Costume Designer:
(2020 & Pre-rehearsal 2021):
Production Manager (2021):
Deputy Stage Manager:
Front of House Manager:
Support (Technical Support):
Production Design Assistant:
Rosie Bans / Delilah Rose Neil
Press & Marketing:
The Corner Shop Scotland
Paul Belmonte & Rachel Amey