Declan is a brand new take on the Traverse Theatre’s 2019 hit production Mouthpiece about class, culture and appropriation. Through film footage, animation and audio, the audience are placed in the protagonist’s shoes, to show Edinburgh as he sees it.
17-year-old Declan’s Edinburgh isn’t the one the world knows and celebrates. Rather than theatres, galleries and concert halls, his days are spent on the outskirts of the city protecting his little sister, avoiding his mum’s boyfriend and making sense of his world through his drawings – that is, until he meets Libby, a playwright who takes his story and puts it on stage for all to see.
Frank, unflinching and filled with unexpected humour, Declan is an exhilarating and immersive film. It moves the spotlight away from those doing the talking, to those being talked about, asking whether it’s possible to tell someone else’s story without exploiting them along the way.