The Observer Effect
Every move you make
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you
We’re watching you, watching us, watching you, watching us, watching you….
We watch you because we love you. Because we want to protect you, keep you safe, make sure you’re not doing anything dangerous. And we need to make sure you’re not an extremist, or a rebel, or a weirdo. So please, just pretend we’re not here. Dance like no-one’s watching. (We will be).
Originally created for National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange Festival 2016, The Observer Effect is a darkly entertaining look at how we’re watched, how we watch others, and how it effects all of us. It explores voyeurism and the ever-present surveillance of our daily lives, and asks; if there’s no privacy, are we ever truly ourselves?
Director – Peter Lannon
Assistant director – Stephen Arthur
Performed by Charlotte Boswell, James Crampton, Christopher Jackson, Calum Moore, Poppy Smith, Rachel Sweeney and Kate Walsh
Lighting and set design – Andrew ‘Saint’ Paul
Photos by Jassy EarlPast work