It was hard for me to distinguish between politics and art. It felt like I was constantly having to choose one or the other when I saw them both integral fitting components. I realised after much struggle that if I was to continue on the road of art I couldn’t ignore the world we live in and that inexplicably includes, above all things politics.”
Adam Stevenson was born in Glasgow but grew up in the Lake District in England. On moving back to Scotland he soon discovered his love for all aspects of theatre and the arts. Adam, along with Deedee Ray (a jazz musician who he met in Fife) created the Little Bohems – a theatre company that have brought modern contemporary plays to small audiences in unique settings throughout the Central Belt and Borders.
The main reason for me to create the Little Bohems was to make sure that I was always working, but it’s also the advantage of writing your own plays to perform with actors you know in a company you create; that all the things you see wrong with society you can put into your plays and performances and when done right an audience can leave the little backstreet theatre hopefully with a mutual understanding of the playwright’s meaning. Art is the tool that more than any other the public are able to accept.”
Having worked with the National Theatre of Scotland and acting in the project ‘Bordering on Shakespeare’ in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Adam is clear on his intentions for the future.
I’m working right now on a contemporary piece on the classical Macbeth and there are three other scripts in the workshop process. With the exception of the Macbeth all the other plays aim to hold a mirror up to the public and touch on subjects like independence. It is my belief that if we are truly heading into a society of tolerance and democracy, if we are moving in a direction of equality and harmony, if these things are what we want to aspire to in the future then I see one obstacle in our way and that is being bound to the United Kingdom.
“There can be many ifs and buts yet I think the strongest argument about independence for me is the prospect of something better and that prospect can only be created if we’re given the chance to decide our own fate. Whether you have a like or dislike for the SNP it’s irrelevant because at the point of independence, for the first time ever in all our lives, we’ll directly be able to decide on the makeup of our future. It is the springboard for the rest of our nation’s life. I only see political union as an obstacle to the creative process of a future Scotland.”
“When I found out about National Collective I thought “Yes! This is what I’m about”. When I knew there were other artists and creatives with the same feelings and ideas as me I no longer felt lost. I think this is a great thing for Scotland. Art analyses the world and then lets the world see the verdict – whether it’s presented on canvass, stage, film or in writing it all contributes to creating a better society.”