WHEREAS some spent the weeks between the Brexit vote in June 2016 and the election of Donald Trump that November in an increasingly aghast stupor, performance duo Two Destination Language were creating their new piece Manpower, which is touring across Scotland this autumn.

Originally developed as a playful work about the diversity of “how people can be males in the contemporary world”, Bulgarian artist Katherina Radeva and Scottish artist Alister Lownie found their piece needed an overhaul in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.

“It was right to change the show,” says Lownie, who is based in the Borders with his partner Radeva. “That playful piece was beginning to feel quite drowned out by a sea of bullying male voices on the political landscape both here and in America.”

The pair were on a working residency in Portugal when the result to Leave came through.

To a soundtrack of era-defining songs, the piece centres on a wooden structure being made live on stage by Lownie while Radeva tells him her views on the British working class.

The piece is less about pushing a particular side of debate, and more about the use of language and the changing roles and expectations of men in recent decades, Lownie explains.

“With both Europe and Trump, the debate wasn’t so much about positive values, it was quite negative, with people laying claim to the idea of ‘taking back control’,” he says. “That’s an idea that in itself is quite a traditionally male, hierarchical view of how a society might be built.”

With Lownie working on his DIY construction for most of the piece, the majority of Manpower’s words are spoken by Radeva. Her on-stage character has split audiences, says Lownie.

“She is a bit of a Thatcherite figure,” he says. “A faultline can appear in the audience between people thinking the piece is satirising those views, or supporting them. That’s what we’re trying to do, create a little bit of space to talk about those differences.”

“It’s not about what side you’re on, it’s about beginning to find ways of talking to one another across those divides, about sparking conversations which might not have happened otherwise.”

Oct 11, Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness, 8pm, £6 to £14, lytharts.org.uk; Oct 24, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, 8pm, £10 to £12, beaconartscentre.co.uk; Oct 25, Platform, Glasgow, 7pm, £8.50, £5, £4 concs, www.platform-online.co.uk; Nov 28, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, 7.30pm £14, £12 and £6 concs, www.eastgatearts.com. www.twodestinationlanguage.com