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The Dreamer by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko has it’s European premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe

“Its flowing beauty depicts a poetic landscape…When you lower your head, you immediately fall into it, just like Alice falls into the rabbit-hole. What you see and what you experience goes beyond your imagination.”Audience member

  • THE DREAMER, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko, is Gecko’s first international co-production.
  • The show is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Peony Pavilion, the work of his contemporary, Tang Xianzu (1550-1616).
  • Ipswich-based physical theatre company Gecko celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a new associate show as part of British Council’s Shakespeare Lives.
  • The Dreamer premiered in China in October 2016 winning Best Stage Design – 2016 One Drama Awards, China.
  • The European Premiere is 2 – 15 August at the Pleasance Grand
  • PRESS PERFORMANCE Thursday 3 August at 1.30pm

www.china-drama.com  / www.geckotheatre.com / @GeckoTheatre / Facebook.com/GeckoTheatre1

The prestigious Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in China has teamed up with Gecko to stage a new piece of work – THE DREAMER – inspired by two playwrights considered the most influential in their respective countries: William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu.

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre is the only national performing arts company in Shanghai. Famous for its new Chinese-language dramas, as well as performing English-language classics in Chinese, its impressive team of actors, directors, writers and other creatives works across various venues in the French Quarter of the city. This is the company’s Fringe debut and the first time the ensemble has worked using physical theatre techniques.

Gecko is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company, led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav, established in 2001. In 2016 it won the Peter Brook Equity Ensemble Award and this production sees ensemble members Rich Rusk and Chris Evans lead in the creation of an associate show for the first time.

2016 marked not only the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death but also that of his Chinese contemporary, Tang Xianzu. Dreams were a leitmotiv for both writers and THE DREAMER reimagines a dream sequence, inspired by The Peony Pavilion and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Focusing on strong female characters within both plays and exploring the topics of magic, humour and love in classic Gecko style, the show blends emotionally driven movement, a spine-tingling soundscape and striking visual storytelling to bring a new twist to these classic works.

“An amazing show! For its unique performing style, distinct stage design and music, The Dreamer is the most impressive show I’ve ever watched!”Audience member

Created by Gecko’s associate director Rich Rusk and devising performer Chris Evans (Gecko’s: The Overcoat, Missing, Institute, The Time of your Life, The Wedding), The Dreamer is an international collaboration between Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko, created as part of British Council’s 2016 Shakespeare Lives programme. The Dreamerpremiered on 7 October at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre.  

Amit Lahav, Artistic Director said: “Gecko has been touring to China since 2010 and audiences in the country are very fond of the company. It was extremely exciting to work on our first international co-production with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and their ensemble.

Rich Rusk and Chris Evans have been working with Gecko for 15 years between them and I’m thrilled to see them take the lead on this very exciting international collaboration.”

Rich Rusk, Gecko’s Associate Director said: “It was a huge highlight to work on Gecko’s first international collaboration with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre which celebrates the international appeal and power of both Shakespeare and his contemporary, Tang Xianzu. We have created a Gecko-style visual feast, and invite our audiences to dive into the world of dreams and unleash their imagination. This co-production is a first of its kind for us so it has been very exciting to be a part of it.”

Chris Evans, Movement Director said: “Gecko has been my home for the past six years, where as a maker and performer I’ve been able to throw everything I have into a show, and see how that process throws back at me challenges and ways to develop. This project enabled me to pull together these skills and provocations. The experience of making a whole production, taking responsibility for it and believing in our decisions as co-creators has been the most transformative experience of my career. “

Alex Wu, Producer at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre said: “Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre has continuously been seeking to work with creative and ground-breaking artists from all over the world. After witnessing the success of Gecko’s touring productions Missing and The Overcoat in China, SDAC warmly invited Gecko to present a cross-cultural dialogue between the two giants in western and eastern theatre – William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu – and discover the emotional connection between classics and modern people, aiming to bring energetic and profound theatrical work to both Chinese and British audiences, as well as audiences in other corners of the world.”

Neil Webb, Director of Theatre & Dance at the British Council said: “Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre has been an important and trusted partner in our work in China for many years. Gecko meanwhile has appeared in several of our Edinburgh Showcases and toured extensively around the world, including in China. I am delighted to see these world-class organisations celebrating the profound influence of such world-class playwrights. And I look forward to seeing the finished work presented to audiences in China and the UK as part of our global Shakespeare Lives programme.”

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Elixir – the smash hit zombie spectacle returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

Elixir
Elixir

Elixir

Thought science wasn’t sexy? Enter Elixir, making a killer return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With a potent mix of chemical balance and imbalance, new school death defying acrobatics, old school slapstick and an injection of Australian testosterone, Elixir will challenge perceptions and set pulses racing.

Elixir is circus with a difference! Uninhibited by cliché or expectation, subversive and hilarious, this all Australian production follows the story of three enthusiastic, slightly bumbling yet skilfully acrobatic scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life. The mayhem that follows is a beautiful mix of incredible acrobatics and impeccable comic timing. The scientists test their concoctions on themselves, and the madness that breaks loose in the laboratory is the perfect mix of amazing acrobatics, comedic misadventure and an engrossing narrative.

More than just jokes, thrills and spills, Melbourne based Head First Acrobats have re-crafted the smash hit 2016 show that sees them not only raise the dead but throw them, spin them and test whether zombies can bounce. Acrobats fly five metres into the air on the teeterboard, spin upside down on the mesmerizing cyr wheel, perform incredible one-arm handstands on wobbling canes and balance on nothing but their heads on the swinging trapeze.

The three members of Head First Acrobats (HFA) are all graduates of the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). Based out of Melbourne, the award winning entertainment company provide world-class circus and physical theatre performance. Elixir is the first show from the company which toured internationally in 2016 to sell out shows and rave reviews. Elixirwas voted in the top 10 shows of Adelaide Fringe in 2015, and won the First and Foremost Entertainment award in its UK debut at Brighton Fringe 2015.

High powered acrobatics, a brilliant stumble of slapstick and a shimmy of burlesque” (The Herald)

‘Raucous, late night circus with mesmerising skill’ (TheReviewsHub.com)

Overwhelmingly fun atmosphere” (Edfest.com)

www.headfirstacrobats.com

Twitter: @hfacrobats

Facebook: HeadFirstAcrobats

Instagram: @headfirstacrobats

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Underbelly and Head First Acrobats present:

Elixir

Venue: The Beauty, The Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Dates: Fri 4th August – Sat 26 August, (not 9th, 14th or 21st), 22.15pm

Prices:

Aug 4, £10

Aug 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, £12.50 (£11.50)

Aug 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, £14.50 (£13.50)

Running time: 60mins

Tickets available at www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk and www.edfringe.com

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Cicolombia to bring explosive Latin circus to the Underbelly Circus Hub in Fringe premiere of Acéléré

Acéléré
Acéléré

Acéléré

Circolombia delivers guts, grace and gusto, direct from Bogota to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time. Celebrating Colombia’s rich diversity with voices, dance and spectacular raw, infectious energy – Acéléré is no ordinary circus!

Having taken London’s Roundhouse by storm with their explosive debut show Urban, this electrifying troupe will bring their unique and visceral performance style to Edinburgh with Acéléré.

Inspired by Colombia’s diverse communities, Acéléré features the sheer power of 14 of the most talented performers across the country. Delivering world-class, gravity defying performances coupled with mind-boggling skill and a willingness to take terrifying risks on stage, Acéléré promises a show audiences will never forget. Many of the artists trained and graduated at the National School of Circo Para Todos (“Circus for All”), a school that supports young people at risk in Colombia through circus training. The young company includes some of the most revered circus performers in the world.

Best described as a ‘circus concert’, music plays a prominent role throughout. With daring circus artists singing and rapping live whilst performing their skills, the music is not just important, it’s essential. Acéléré showcases incredible circus skills performed with an infectious energy and extraordinary dynamism that constitutes the hallmark of Circolombia’s artists. This coupling of a powerful, original soundtrack and live performance alongside raw, wild individual and collective energy garnered by the 14 strong troupe creates a genuineness and authenticity that is rare in contemporary circus.

Felicity Simpson (Circolombia Director and Creative Producer) began her career as a circus performer in England and Europe before moving to Brazil, where she founded Intrepida Trupe during the 80’s, bringing circus to totally new platforms – musicals, opera and open-air. She spent the next 20 years using circus to pioneer new innovations in business and education. Felicity co-founded Circo Para Todos, the first professional circus school in the world specifically dedicated to underprivileged children, which became in 2005 Colombia’s National Circus School, a key institution in South America for world circus training and where she remains Chair. In 2006 she created Circolombia ltd.

Renato Rocha (Acéléré Theatre Director) bouncing nonstop from Brazil, Renato has been developing an international career since 2010. In London he has created shows for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Roundhouse and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). He has also created shows for the Marseille International Biennial of Arts, the National Theatre of Scotland.

Jose Henry Caycedo Casierra (Creative leader)
Jose Henry is an amazing award winning artist at the major circus festivals around the globe, such as Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and Wuhan China. One of CIrco Para Todos, (Colombia’s National Circus School) first graduates, his outstanding enthusiasm in developing circus arts is nonstop, alternating between performing contracts, Artistic Tutor and a vital role in the creation of Colombian contemporary Circus.

An adrenalin-fuelled mix of strength, skill and daring, a great night out” TimeOut ****
These audacious artistes both blow the mind and stir the heartSunday Express ****
A sexy tangle of muscular limbs” Evening Standard ****

www.circolombia.com

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Acéléré by Circolombia

Circolombia in association with Underbelly

Venue: The Lafayette, The Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Dates: Mon 7th August – Sat 26 August, (not 9th, 14th, 21st), 9.15pm
Prices:

Aug 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, £19.50 (£18.50)

Aug 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 £17.50 (£16.50)

Running time: 60mins

Tickets available at www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk and www.edfringe.com

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Circus Hub returns bigger and better with an incredible international line-up at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

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The Jurassic Parks returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe along with two brand new shows

Jurassic Park 2015
Jurassic Park 2015

Jurassic Park 2015

Following the success of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, Superbolt Theatre returns this summer with two shows:

The Jurassic Parks is an updated version of the sell-out, multi award-winning, laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic. Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family – Terry, Jade and Noah – embark on a journey to a misty past. Where, when things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs. A theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia and a moving reminder of the ones we love.

Mars Actually is Superbolt’s brand new show, fresh from sell-out previews and winning the Origins Award for Outstanding New Show at VAULT Festival 2017. By the light of the Sun, By the gaze of the moons, We stand together. As red planet dwellers, Wiser for the errors, Of our Earthly ancestors. With truth, love and care, We breathe without air.Chuck, Gracey and Conway are here on Earth to tell you about life on Mars, Actually.

The Producer and Director team behind these two shows also bring you Mental, a show about one son’s exploration into his mum’s mental health. At a time when mental health is increasingly making the headlines, yet still so many are unable to speak about their experience for fear of stigma, this show tells a personal story that will get people talking.

 Superbolt Theatre’s Artistic Directors and Performers are Maria Askew, Frode Gjerløw and Simon Maeder. Their work tours internationally, with Dinosaur Park recently playing at Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, followed by an extensive UK tour. Past productions include Centralia, Piatto Finale and The Uncanny Valley.

LISTING INFORMATION
THE JURASSIC PARKS
Venue:  Assembly Roxy, Upstairs, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Venue 139)
Time:  19:00
Running Time: 65mins
Age Guidance: PG
Dates: 2 – 27 August, playing in rep with Mars Actually. Preview 2 August.
Tickets: Preview £8; 4, 6, 10, 15, 17 & 23 August £10 (£9); 8, 12, 19, 25 & 27 August £12 (£11).
Bookings: www.assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint
Web: www.superbolttheatre.com  Web: www.assemblyfestival.com  Twitter: @superboltplays
Facebook: /superbolttheatre
MARS ACTUALLY
Venue:  Assembly Roxy, Upstairs, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Venue 139)
Time:  19:00
Running Time: 65mins
Age Guidance: PG
Dates: 3 – 26 August, playing in rep with The Jurassic Parks. Preview 3 August.
Tickets: Preview £8; 5, 9, 16, 22 & 24 August £10 (£9); 7, 11, 13, 18, 20 & 26 August £12 (£11).
Bookings: www.assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint
Web: www.superbolttheatre.com  Web: www.assemblyfestival.com Twitter: @superboltplays
Facebook: /superbolttheatre

 

MENTAL
Venue:  Assembly Roxy, Downstairs, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Venue 139)
Time:  17:05
Running Time: 60mins
Age Guidance: 14+
Dates: 2 – 27 August. Previews 2-3 August. No shows Mon 14 and Mon 21 August.
Tickets: Previews £8; 4-6, 9 & 10, 15-17 & 22-24 August £10 (£9); 7 & 8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 August £12 (£11).
Bookings: www.assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint
Web: www.mentalshow.uk  Web: www.assemblyfestival.com   Twitter: @thementalshow
Facebook: /thementalshow

 

 

 

Sue Perkins, Sara Pascoe, Richard Herring and many more shows announced as part of Pleasance’s Edinburgh Fringe 2017 line-up!

The Pleasance Edfringe 2017 Line up
The Pleasance Edfringe 2017 Line up

The Pleasance Edfringe 2017 Line up. Click on the image to check the details.

Sue Perkins, Dave Johns, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster and The Wrestling join over a hundred new shows announced as part of the Pleasance’s 2017 Edinburgh Fringe line-up

  • “The epicentre of the Fringe” (wow247), the Pleasance Theatre Trust announces spectacular come-backs from Sara Pascoe, Richard Herring, Sue Perkins, Dave Johns of I, Daniel Blake, The Wrestling and many more as part of its Edinburgh Fringe 2017 programme
  • A further 132 shows go on sale today joining 25 shows already available on www.pleasance.co.uk including comedian Katy Brand, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and French comedy dance spectacle Tutu.
  • The Pleasance celebrates 33 Years on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have commissioned a brand new type of mobile theatre for Venue 33.

www.pleasance.co.uk / @ThePleasance / www.facebook.com/ThePleasance

New shows on sale on 20 April:

COMEDY

1 Woman, A High-Flyer And A Flat Bottom: Samantha Baines / 2017 Chortle Student Comedy Awards Final / Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised / Angela Barnes: Fortitude / Annie Sertich: How To Not Kill Yourself For 30 Days… And The Next 330 / Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 / Briony Redman: Theory of Positivity / BUTT KAPINSKI / Catriona Knox: Adorable Deplorable / Chris Betts: Bewilderbeest / Colin Hoult/Anna Mann in How We Stop The Fascists / Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.) / Darren Harriott: Defiant / Dave Johns: I, FILLUM STAR / Doug Anthony All Stars: Near Death Experience / Ed Gamble: Mammoth / Ellie Taylor: This Guy / Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre / Fast Fringe / Garrett Millerick: The Devil’s Advocate /Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary / Giants: For An Hour / GOODBEAR / Great British Mysteries / How to Be Good at Everything / Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X / Ingrid Oliver: SPEECH! / Ivo Graham: Educated Guess / James Acaster: The Trelogy / Jayde Adams is Jayded / Jenny Bede: EGGTIME / Joe Sutherland: Model / Actress / John Robins: The Darkness of Robins / Jon Pointing: Act Natural / Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead / Kae Kurd: Kurd Your Enthusiasm / Kat Bond: Loo Roll / Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian / Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult / Kwame Asante: Open Arms / Late Night Gimp Fight / Lloyd Griffith in: Undated / Luke Kempner: Take A Long Hard Luke At Yourself / Mark Watson: I’m Not Here / Me & Robin Hood / Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe / Michael Stranney: Welcome to Ballybeg / Murder, She Didn’t Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery / Natalie Palamides: Laid / Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour / Nick Helm: MASTERWORKS IN PROGRESS ’17 / Nina Conti / Phil Dunning: The House of Pigs / Phil Jerrod: Submerged / Phil Wang: Kinabalu / Phoebe Walsh: I’ll Have What She’s Having / Pierre Novellie / Pippa Evans: Joy Provision! / Police Cops In Space / Rachel Jackson: Bunny Boiler / Red Bastard: Lie With Me / Rhys James : Wiseboy / Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I’m 50! / Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend / Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads / Sean Patton: Number One / Sisters: White Noise / Stuart Laws Stops / Sue Perkins Live! in Spectacles / Suzi Ruffell: Keeping It Classy / Tessa Coates: Primates / Tez Ilyas: Teztify / The Andy Field Experience / The Comedy Reserve / The Free Association: JACUZZI / The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches / The Not So Late Show / The Wrestling / Tom Allen: Absolutely / Tom Lucy: Needs To Stop Showing Off In Front Of His Friends / Twayna Mayne: Black Girl

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE PLEASANCE’S EDFRINGE2017 LINE UP

CHILDREN’S SHOWS

AnimAlphabet The Musical / Ella Enchanted / Future Perfect / Mavis Sparkle / Small Laces / The Giant Jam Sandwich / The Star Seekers

DANCE, PHYSICAL THEATRE & CIRCUS

Form / Skin / The Ping Pong Ball Effect

THEATRE

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) / Alan, We Think You Should Get A Dog / All Quiet on the Western Front / Ballistic / Bare Skin on Briny Waters / Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show / Big Bite Size Lunch Hour: Best Bites / Cathy / Confabulation / Curse of Cranholme Abbey / Derailed / DIGS / Education, Education, Education / Finding Nana / Flesh and Bone / From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads / Girls / Goody / Gutted / Home / Ingo’s War / Me & My Bee / Meeting at 33 / Monster / Not About Heroes / Odyssey / Our Man In Havana / Part of the Picture / Pip Utton: Greatest Hits / Plan B for Utopia / Replay / Rhapsodes / SAPIENS / Snowflake by Mark Thomson / Suspicious Minds / Testosterone / The Damned United / The Duke / Translunar Paradise / What Goes On In Front Of Closed Doors / What if the plane falls out of the sky?

 

On Thursday, 20th April Pleasance Theatre Trust announces 132 more shows on sale with an array of exciting newcomers and Festival favourites highlighting the pages of Edinburgh Fringe 2017 programme.

The Comedy programme welcomes back to the Pleasance Great British Bake Off host and a celebrated comedian Sue Perkins, Live at the Apollo and Frankie Boyle’s Autopsystar Sara Pascoe along with the Pleasance and Max and Ivan’s sell-out, Edinburgh Comedy Awards-winning spectacular The Wrestling. Following the remarkable success of I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s latest film, its award-winning star Dave Johns brings his stand-up comedy back to the Pleasance. His last show was in the Pleasance Attic in 1999!

Joseph Morpurgo returns with a hotly anticipated follow-up to his Edinburgh Comedy Awards-nominated 2015 smash hit, and comedy legend Richard Herring celebrates the 30thanniversary of his first Fringe with his 40th show in his 50th year (alive). Older and wiser? Or just older?

Comedy A-listers such as Nick Helm, Pippa Evans, Doug Anthony All Stars, Dane Baptiste, Gary Delany and Matt Forde are also back at the Pleasance this August as is, for the third time, James Acaster, five times Edinburgh Comedy Awards-nominee! James brought his last three shows to the Pleasance (Recognise, 2014; Represent, 2015; Reset, 2016) and has since taken TV by storm, having appeared in everything from Live at the Apollo to Have I Got News for You to Mock of The Week!

Deanna Fleysher’s alter-ego Butt Kapinski presents a show at the Pleasance following her (his?) successful run at the Adelaide Fringe. Also, Adam Riches is back after his five-star sell-out 2015 show with all new material: The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches.

Among the Pleasance debuts this year are three great double acts: The Death Hilarious, Welsh comedy duo, Sisters: White Noise and Great British Mysteries, a live mockumentary investigating monsters, myths and Noel Edmonds. Also making their debut is Tom Lucy who supported Jack Whitehall on tour, going solo for the first time from sketch double act Watson and Oliver – Ingrid Oliver, Phoebe Walsh of the cult sketch group Oyster Eyes, Darren Harriot who has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Centraland brilliantly astute British-Kurdish comedian Kae Kurd.

In the Theatre programme, Cardboard Citizens come to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time with a legislative theatre version of Cathy, following their one-off theatrical re-staging of Ken Loach’s seminal work Cathy Come Home at the Barbican last July and a successful forum theatre tour last autumn. Bristol-based Wardrobe Ensemble bring their new show Education, Education, Education, marking their Pleasance debut!

The Theatre programme also presents a couple of outstanding shows supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017, including A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)written by Jon Brittain. Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund-supported theatre show Flesh and Bone by Unpolished Theatre also makes its Fringe debut this year at the Pleasance and graduates of the Pleasance’s “XYP” scheme Incognito Theatre return with their sell-out 2016 show All Quiet on the Western Front.

20th April sees four more shows go on sale as part of the British Council Showcase: Girls, Home, Plan B for Utopia and Testosterone. Pleasance also welcomes Sapiens, a new show from the Pit Theatre which is directed by David Byrne, the artistic director of the New Diorama Theatre. Worklight Theatre, who won a Fringe First award for their show Labels in 2015, come back to the Pleasance with a new production, Monster.

Theatre Ad Infinitum, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, bring their critically-acclaimed shows Translunar Paradise and The Odyssey back to Edinburgh Fringe.

The Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) and Pleasance Theatre Trust have developed a new initiative to support Acting, Performance and Technical Theatre graduates from Scotland’s Colleges and Higher Education Institutions as they make the transition from training to industry. The initiative will see a new show produced for the Pleasance’s Fringe programme every year. This year’s production is Snowflake, directed by Mark Thomson, former Artistic Director of the Lyceum Theatre Company. More details to follow soon!

The Children’s programme includes Tall Stories presenting their Future Perfect: can Dominic change the past and make his future perfect? This is Tall Stories’ second show on sale, joining a musical adaptation of one of the best-loved books in The Gruffalo’s Child.

These 132 titles join the 25 Pleasance shows already on sale which included award-winning comedian Katy Brand and French dance troupe Tutu with their rhythmic and humoristic maelstrom. Multi-award winning four strong, five-star sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop is back with their new material presented as Volume 3. Winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017 title Alasdair Beckett-King presents his debut solo show and Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee Brennan Reece returns to the Pleasance following a sell-out UK and Australian tour. Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017 and following a sell-out run at the 2017 London International Mime Festival, Theatre Re presents Nature of Forgetting, a powerful, explosive and joyous piece about what is left when memory is gone.

Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance said: “The Pleasance programme this year is truly spectacular, the work on show the very best. For seventy years the Festival Fringe has been a window for some of the greatest artists in the world. This year the Pleasance programme stands up alongside the very best of those.”

Earlier this year the Pleasance Theatre Trust announced the celebration of 33 years at Venue 33 (Pleasance Courtyard) through a commission of a brand new type of mobile venue. From an initial innovative concept created by Triple E the final pop-up 120 seat-capacity ‘Project 33’ is a design collaboration between Triple E and The Pleasance. The Venue will launch at the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Theatre Show in June before going on to host eight shows a day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the all new Pleasance Beside. Following the festival, the structure will move to the Pleasance in London where it will form a new rehearsal and performance space.

Performers taking advantage of the new space include Bennan Reece, Angela Barnes, Tez Ilyas, Rose Matafeo and the Free Association with JACUZZI.

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Cardboard Citizen’s critically acclaimed hit Cathy Returns for Edinburgh Festival Fringe run

Cathy
Cathy

Cathy

Following its hugely successful UK tour, acclaimed theatre company Cardboard Citizens comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time with its critically acclaimed production Cathy, featuring the original cast.

Cathy premiered last autumn following Cardboard Citizens one-off theatrical re-staging of Ken Loach’s seminal work Cathy Come Home at the Barbican. Inspired by the iconic film, award-winning playwright Ali Taylor’s (Cotton Wool, OVERSPILL) new play continues Cardboard Citizens exploration of the state of housing and homelessness. The powerful and emotive show, which transfers to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Cardboard Citizens’ 25th anniversary year, is directed by Cardboard Citizens Artistic Director Adrian Jackson and explores how life might be for a Cathy today.

Based on true stories, this timely reflection looks at the social and personal impact of spiralling housing costs and the challenges of forced relocation out of city centres experienced by many people on council waiting lists.

While the UK tour featured a Forum Theatre section, following the performance of the play, Edinburgh audiences will experience a similar style of interactive theatre called Legislative Theatre. This will offer audiences a chance to voice their opinion at every performance, take action, express their views and contribute to the proposal of new housing laws. The new format follows the high-profile performance of Cathy at the House of Lords earlier this year when the company presented to MPs the top five housing laws suggested by audiences on the UK tour.

Reprising their roles in the show are: Alex Jones, Amy Loughton, Cathy Owen and Hayley Wareham.

First broadcast in 1966 on the BBC, Cathy Come Home, the inspiration for Cathy, depicts a young family’s slide into homelessness. The first screening of the film led to public outrage at the state of housing in Britain and became a defining cultural landmark, demonstrating the power of art to effect social and political change. Of the Cardboard Citizens staging last year, Ken Loach said: “There are more people made desperate by having no home now than when Cathy Come Home was first made. Then, we still had council housing… Now, we only have the market. And the market has failed. It gives us luxury apartments in tower blocks for investors while families live in over-crowded single rooms. The lesson from Cathy is that we need to plan – for council housing, for secure jobs alongside the houses and for a proper infrastructure for schools and healthcare. All the rest is propaganda.”

Cathy premiered in October at London’s Pleasance Theatre with The Stage commenting in its four star review: “At a time of escalating house prices and entrenched inequality, a touching and troubling productions like this may be just as urgent now as they were half a century ago.

As with all Cardboard Citizens productions, a proportion of tickets for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe run will be made available to people with experience of homelessness at £1.

Cathy follows Cardboard Citizens’ Home Truths, which features the world premieres of nine new plays exploring the history of housing. The season runs at The Bunker in London until 13 May. More information can be found here.

Adrian Jackson (director) is the Founder, Director and Chief Executive of Cardboard Citizens. Adrian founded Cardboard Citizens in 1991 and since then he has directed over 30 productions for the company, devising and writing many of them including Pericles and Timon (with RSC) The Beggar’s Opera (with ENO),The Lower Depths (with London Bubble), Mincemeat (winner of Evening Standard award) and Home Truths (currently running at The Bunker in London).  He directed his own play, A Few Man Fridays at Riverside Studios in 2012, and Kate Tempest’s Glasshouse in 2013. In 2013 he also wrote and performed an intervention in Elmgreen/Dragset’s installation Tomorrow at the V & A. Adrian also teaches the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology all over the world.

Ali Taylor (playwright) trained at the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme. His first play Cotton Wool at Theatre503 won the 18th Meyer Whitworth Award. Ali went on to be one of the winners of ‘Metamorphosis08’, a new play competition run by the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, for his play Overspill. It was performed at the theatre before transferring to Soho Theatre. His writing for young people includes two plays for Polka Theatre: Sticks and Stones and an adaptation of The Machine Gunners (shortlisted for the Brian Way Award). His work also includes Conspiracy (RWCMD/Gate Theatre), Under My Skin (Pegasus Theatre), Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre) and his radio plays for BBC Radio 4 including Eight Feet High And Rising and Cinders.

Alex Jones (multi-role male) is best known for his role as Clive Horrobin in the long running BBC Radio 4 Contemporary drama The Archers and subsequently Archers & Ambridge Extra, as well as over 100 other radio plays including Heartlands with BBC Radio 4 producer Jane Marshall, The Old Curiosity Shop and Albion Tower (winner of the Gold Sony Award). Recently he played Keith Loader in BBC’s Doctors, other television and film includes Jane Eyre, Fourth Arm, The Specials, Birds Of A Feather, Back Up, Boon & Hardcases, Faster, Harder, Longer and the BAFTA nominated film Rhubarb And Roses. His theatre credits include Shakespeare And Various Irish Extracts for the University of Birmingham (dir. Gwenda Hughes), The Mysteries at Coventry Cathedral for Belgrade Theatre (dir. Barry Kyle), Gilgamesh (dir. Claudette Bryanston), I’m A Minger (dir. Amy Bonsall) and productions at Birmingham Repertory Theatre including Of Mice And Men, Swamp City, Ash Girl and The Tempest.

Amy Loughton’s (multi-role female) theatre credits include: Dear Uncle, Neighbourhood Watch (both Stephen Joseph Theatre/No 1 Tour/59E59 New York), A View From The Bridge (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick), Peter Pan (New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent), Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle Theatre), Nation (National Theatre), Apart from George(Finborough Theatre), Blueprint for Write by Numbers (Bike Shed Theatre), Sergeant Jackson in Almost Near (Finborough Theatre), Theatre Cafe Festival (Company of Angels) and The Killing of Sister George (Dramatic Productions). Her film credits include British features Crowhurst (Great Point Media) and Aux (Evolutionary Films). TV credits includeTalking to the Dead (Sky/Warp Films), EastEnders, Holby City and Emma (all BBC).

Cathy Owen’s (Cathy) theatre credits include: Home Truths (Cardboard Citizens, The Bunker), This Wide Night (Clean Break, Soho Theatre UK Tour), The Last Valentine(Almeida), Silent Engine (Pentabus, Fringe First Winner), Kolbe’s Gift (Leicester Square Theatre), Edwina: A Cautionary Tale for Grown Ups (The Stadsteatern, Stockholm, BAC),Mother Courage and her Children (National Theatre of Wales), A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Almeida UK Tour), Macbeth (Ludlow Festival), Shrew’d: Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed (Arcola), Marisol (Southwark Playhouse). Her Television credits include The Bill (TalkBack Thames); Casualty; Crown Prosecutor (BBC) and The Life and Death of Philip Night (YTV/Waller Films).

Hayley Wareham (Danielle) trained at the Oxford School of Drama. Work since graduating includes: This Secret Life (Tour) Strawberry Starburst (Brockley Jack Theatre) and Is This Rape: Sex on Trial (BBC3). Hayley has just completed the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab.

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LISTINGS INFORMATION

Cardboard Citizens presents

Cathy

Venue: King Dome, Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Dates: Wed 2 August – Sat 26 August, (not 9th, 14th, 21st), 3.30pm
Prices:

Aug 2 – 4, £6.50

Aug 5 – 8, 11 – 13, 18 – 20, 25 & 26, £11.00 (£10.00)

Aug 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24, £10.00 (£8.50)

Aug 15 & 22, £8.50 (£7.50)

Running time: 90mins

Director: Adrian Jackson

Writer: Ali Taylor

Dramaturg: Sarah Woods

Researcher: Alison Cain

Assistant Director:  Emilia Teglia

Designer:  Lucy Sierra

Lighting Designer: Mark Dymock

Sound Designer:  Matt Lewis

Tickets available at www.edfringe.com or www.pleasance.co.uk

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Unpolished Theatre awarded Pleasance’s Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund

Unpolished Theatre
Unpolished Theatre

Unpolished Theatre

Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady’s Unpolished Theatre, established in 2016, is announced as the winner of Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund for theatre. Its first ever show Flesh & Bone will premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017.

At the very heart of the Pleasance’s curated programme at both the Festival Fringe and at the Pleasance in London, is the development arm of The Pleasance Theatre Trust, Pleasance Futures. The Pleasance’s enduring mission is to provide a launch pad for the very best emerging talent and the brightest new ideas. The Pleasance Theatre Trust has provided financial support to up and coming talent both on and off stage through a number of Pleasance Futures projects such as Kidzone, Young Pleasance, XYP, Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund and various co-productions.

The Charlie Hartill Special Reserve is a designated, rolling Fund towards the production costs of bringing selected projects to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and consists of two strands: comedy and theatre.

The Pleasance is delighted to announce the winners of the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund for theatre as Unpolished Theatre, selected from the largest ever number of applications.

Unpolished Theatre was created by Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady in 2016 alongside the idea of their first production Flesh & Bone which they will now premiere at the Pleasance this coming August.

Flesh & Bone was performed at the Etcetera Theatre in December in its initial version, but the company are planning extensive re-writes before the Fringe. It will be the company’s debut on the Fringe.

Elliot and Olivia studied together at Drama School in Bournemouth and forged a brilliant working relationship and friendship creating work throughout and afterwards. In early 2016, both back home in London, Elliot wrote a short film called Stick Up which Olivia produced and which garnered quite a bit of attention, going viral on the internet and gaining 2.2 million views on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stickupmovie/). In the same year, both Elliot and Olivia were in a production of East by Steven Berkoff and remembered their shared love of his style. Once the run had finished they were afire with ideas and energies that needed put onto a stage, igniting a similar style to Berkoff but with contemporary ideas and subject matters.

And so Flesh & Bone was conceived. Flesh & Bone gives the gritty residents of an East London Tower Block a stage, through their wickedly eloquent voices and their outpourings of uberly bloated tongue, we are thrust into their stories, held by the scruff of the neck, and made to listen.

Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance said: “Having received over 100 applications, we are thrilled to announce Unpolished Theatre’s Flesh & Bone as the recipient of this year’s Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund. As a company making their ambitious first show, they will benefit from not only the experience of presenting it at the Edinburgh Fringe, but also developing their company with support and mentoring from the full Pleasance team. Flesh & Bone has an electricity and eloquence rarely seen from such a young company.”

Elliot Warren, writer, co-director and performer in Flesh & Bone said: “This fund seriously means the world to us. We have never performed at Edinburgh and it is a life-long dream to be at The Pleasance. The fund allows us to create a fantastic show and dedicate our time to making it the best it can be on and off the stage. We don’t have investors and we don’t have much money, just a show that is itching to be seen!”

The purpose of the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund is to offer financial support to the writers, directors, technicians, producers and performers of the future to give them an opportunity to hone their talents and present a show at the world’s biggest arts festival.

The Fund was established in 2004 in memory of Charlie Hartill, a writer, performer and for eight years a Festival Fringe director, who died in January of that year.

The recipient of this prestigious Fund is awarded a prime slot at the Pleasance during Edinburgh Festival Fringe, mentoring from the Pleasance’s administration and technical team, and in-kind support up to the value of £10,000.

The winners of Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fun for comedy will be announced soon.

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The Pleasance celebrates 33 Years on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and commissions a brand new type of mobile theatre for Venue 33

Many of the entertainment industries brightest talents have cut their teeth in Edinburgh in August at the Pleasance. This year an innovative new mobile venue joins the bright ideas presented on the world’s stage this summer.

Tickets for 25 Pleasance shows now on sale including:

Alasdair Beckett-King, Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show, Brennan Reece, Colin Cloud, The Cambridge Footlights International Tour 2017, Chris Turner, Ed Night, Gein’s Family Giftshop, John Hastings, Josh Pugh, Katy Brand, Lauren Pattison, News Revue 2017, TAPE FACE, The Noise Next Door, Rachel Parris, Sara Schaefer, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Simon Amstell, The Gruaffalo’s Child, The Showstoppers’ Kids Show, The MidnightBeast, The Nature of Forgetting, The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit, and TUTU: Dance In All Its Glory.

 This festival in celebration of 33 years at Venue 33 The Pleasance Theatre Trust has commissioned a brand new type of mobile venue. From an initial innovative concept created by Triple E the final pop-up 120 seat-capacity ‘Project 33’ is a design collaboration between Triple E and The Pleasance. The Venue will launch at the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Theatre Show in June before going on to host eight shows a day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the all new Pleasance Beside. Following the festival, the structure will move to the Pleasance in London where it will form a new rehearsal and performance space.

A first major UK application for Triple E ModTruss™, the award-winning Meccano-style construction system, Project 33 will provide a taller, more theatrical and more comfortable alternative for the courtyard-based Pleasance Beside.

In contrast to the prefab cabins which preceded it, limited to 8ft to fit through the archway access, Project 33 will arrive flat packed and pop-up to provide a 14ft internal height which will greatly enhance the lighting, production and performances in the space.

Tickets go on sale this week for the new venue, Pleasance Beside alongside 25 others across the Pleasance’s 23 spaces. Those lining up to make the most of the new facilities and possibilities in Pleasance Beside include Brennan Reece.

A host of other great acts are also now on sale including Alasdair Beckett-King, Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show, Brennan Reece, Colin Cloud, The Cambridge Footlights International Tour 2017, Chris Turner, Ed Night, Gein’s Family Giftshop, John Hastings, Josh Pugh, Katy Brand, Lauren Pattison, News Revue 2017, TAPE FACE, The Noise Next Door, Rachel Parris, Sara Schaefer, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Simon Amstell, The Gruaffalo’s Child, The Showstoppers’ Kids Show, The Midnight Beast, The Nature of Forgetting, The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit, and TUTU: Dance In All Its Glory.

Anthony Alderson, Director of Pleasance Theatre Trust, said: “For 33 years venue 33, The Pleasance, has crammed the most fun we could find into the maximum number of spaces around the Pleasance Courtyard and more recently beyond. This year we’ve taken a plunge and invested in a brand new, state of the art modular theatre designed specifically for the Courtyard venue and which we think provides really exciting opportunities for the work of the Pleasance Theatre Trust both in Edinburgh in August and in other places throughout the year. This summer 8 shows each and every day will have a bigger and better space than we could previously offer them, and audiences will have a chance to experience not only the bright minds on stage but the bright minds that conjured up this modular theatre at Triple E. Come and check it out!’

David Edelstein, Managing Director at Triple E, comments: “The history of The Pleasance is all about making the most out of found spaces and exploiting available sites for performance with the tightest of budgets. The Pleasance has never commissioned a bespoke venue before, but Director Anthony Alderson was immediately enthusiastic when I explained our ModTruss™ theatre solution, Project 33, which we will build and hand over at the ABTT Theatre Show.”

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James Seager: Les Enfants Terribles’ Producer on Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the LET Awards and more

James Seager
James Seager

James Seager

James Seager and Oliver Lansley are the masterminds behind Les Enfants Terribles. Their previous work includes multi-award-winning, international stage shows, including Dinner at the Twits, Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Vaudevillains. James Seager is Les Enfants Terribles’ Producer.

Last week I had a phone chat with Seager. We talked about the origins of their partnership. He says, “We met fifteen years ago, working on a Shakespeare play – As You Like It – and we are truly great friends. We direct together and have similar tastes,” he laughs. “We come up with ideas and 95% of the time it works, usually we are on the same page.”

Seager and Lansley recently announced the winners of the annual LET Awards. Nominees took part in a showcase at Greenwich Theatre. “It’s been pretty magic. The standard was the highest we have ever seen. We had over one hundred applicants – of which we shortlisted ten companies. All of them were brilliant and it was a very difficult decision to choose one winner.” 

Two winners were selected, Rendered Retina and BoonDog Theatre. Both will receive a performance slot at the Pleasance as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, £1000 cash as well as mentoring. “Rendered Retina are young, fresh and enthusiastic,” he says. “We could tell that they have a passion and genuine love for theatre. A lot of the decision was down to mine and Olly’s instinct; we felt that they could really benefit from our mentorship. What Rendered Retina did was inventive, slick and clever. Their work showed a great deal of potential for development. Both companies stood out.”

The Rendered Retina boys: Tom Mangan, Jordan Choi and Alex Mangan are upbeat about their recent win, “We are so honoured to have been offered this opportunity! The LET Awards gave us the chance to meet some incredibly talented artists and performers, and for that we are very grateful. We are excited to receive mentoring from LET, as well as the chance to showcase our work at the Edinburgh Fringe,” says Choi.

The winners of the LET Award 2017. Oliver Lansley, James Seager, (Tom Mangan, Jordan Choi, Alex Mangan - Rendered Retina Theatre Company) and Matthew Dwyer. Credit Anthony Hollis.jpg

The winners of the LET Award 2017. Oliver Lansley, James Seager, (Tom Mangan, Jordan Choi, Alex Mangan – Rendered Retina Theatre Company) and Matthew Dwyer. Credit Anthony Hollis

It’s behind Les Enfants Terribles’ love of facilitating opportunities for emerging talent, particularly the LET Awards, where their work shines. “This is the sixth year we’ve done this and there are two main ways in which we help. One is creatively; direction, storytelling and writing. Secondly: on a productivity level, we find that new company’s want more help with finance and accommodation. I.e. the nitty gritty and boring things involved in taking a show to Edinburgh. We have fifteen years under our belts of taking work to Edinburgh Fringe, so we are in a position to guide them. It’s quite expensive! Time slots, venue hire, accommodation, flyers, PR etc – it all adds up,” cautions Seager.
Les Enfant Terribles are providing an invaluable service for emerging talent.  It’s brilliant. Really very brilliant indeed. They have just announced The Stepladder Award, which is designed to support developing fringe theatre companies making original work. The emphasis of the award is on supporting a company to mount a professional tour of their Edinburgh Festival Fringe show and building their company profile and structure from the roots.

Taking a show to Edinburgh Fringe is no mean-feat. Balancing ambition with breaking even is nearly impossible, other benefits of appearing at Edinburgh are infinite. “The experience – its intense putting on a show and taking it to Edinburgh – it is a huge learning-curve,” says James. “It’s important to be there meeting new people, raising your profile and showcasing work where all the important people working in this industry are in one place. “

If the output of dynamic work is anything to go by, 2017 will see Les Enfants Terribles progress on to even more innovative projects. “As well as the Step Ladder programme, our sister company Les Petits Theatre Company have the stage adaptation of David Walliams’ ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’ out on a U.K Tour. ‘Alice Adventures Underground’ is back at The Vaults from April. We also have a brilliant outdoor show doing the Festival circuit over the summer and a really exciting show opening in London in October.” He pauses: “So, watch this space.”

ALICE’S ADVENTURE UNDERGROUND OPENS AT THE VAULTS ON 25 APRIL 2017

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