News and update about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

Ferment flies the flag for the South West with record number of artists at Edinburgh Fringe

This August, Ferment are taking the largest number of productions to Edinburgh in its seven year history, supporting eight shows across the festival. Offering tailored advice, and working closely with artists through the development process, Ferment is able to help showcase work at the Edinburgh Fringe – one of the many ways the department are able to advocate the very best of the South West and continue to develop these vital local voices.

Bristol Old Vic Ferment

The Ferment supported projects at this years’ Edinburgh Fringe Festival are:
The Castle Builder, Vic Llewellyn & Kid Carpet
Dame Nature: The Magnificent Bearded Lady, Tim Bell and Havoc Theatre
The Hours Before We Wake, Tremolo Theatre
Cuncrete, Rachael Clerke & The Great White Males
Shaedates: Or How I Learned To Love Myself, Shaelee Rooke
Spill: A verbatim show about sex, Propolis Theatre
Eurohouse, Nasi Voutsas & Bertrand Lesca, co-produced by FellSwoop Theatre
We are Brontë, Publick Transport

Ferment is the artist development department of Bristol Old Vic. A year round quest to find, support and nurture local talent, Ferment provides South West artists with an opportunity to explore their theatrical ideas in an ongoing dialogue with audiences. Working with exciting devisers, directors, writers, dancers, musicians, poets, puppeteers and live artists, Ferment invites artists whose work spans genre and form to experiment, play and make the theatre of tomorrow.

Artist Tim Bell, who is presenting Dame Nature at the festival, said: “Ferment supports artists in just the right way; the freedom to think, the space to try things out, and the platform from which to talk about your work to a larger audience. The approach to every artist is different. They’ve asked me difficult questions and then given me the support to answer them. I think that my show is braver, bolder and ultimately better because of it.”

Cuncrete creator Rachael Clerke said: “Ferment have supported Cuncrete from its inception; from a vague idea over a coffee, through rehearsals, work in progress showings, and final production. Working alongside a brilliant team within a renowned venue like Bristol Old Vic makes me feel supported as an artist in Bristol, and further afield. I’m not sure this show would have happened without Emma and Helen’s belief in my desire to make this bizarro thing!”

Emma Bettridge, Ferment Producer added: “Ferment is awfully proud of the rich mix of work found across the South West region, and of the individual voices which inspire us. Our aim is to constantly try to assist theatre-makers, to give them the best possible opportunity to take their work to the next level, presenting a show at the Edinburgh Festival is one step in this direction.”

Other events this year

Ferment artists to present work on Bristol Old Vic Theatre stage for the first time this week.
Ferment takes over the Theatre between 26 – 30 July. Presenting work-in-progress from faces both familiar and unknown, the much lauded festival of new projects will provide local artists the opportunity to present this early-stage work on the Theatre stage for the first time. This exciting moment allows both Ferment and the artists involved a chance to explore how to make work for the Theatre stage, and what that could mean for these new show ideas at an early stage of development.

From Made in Bristol graduates (Stephanie Kempson’s Sharp Teeth Theatre) to Bristol favourites (Kid Carpet, Sam Halmarack) to established theatre companies (Theatre Ad Infinitum – co-artistic director George Mann is Bristol Old Vic’s Associate Director*), July Ferment sees artists to open up their creative process and share ideas with an audience.

Other artists sharing work this week include: Jonny Fluffypunk, FellSwoop Theatre, Postcard Productions, Laȉla Diallo and Jules Maxwell.

The full schedule can be found here: bristololdvic.org.uk/ferment2016

Ferment Elsewhere
This Autumn, the Ferment developed The Terrible Things I’ve Done will play at the Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol. For the past year, Invisible Ink have been collecting the true stories of the terrible things we do in preparation for this public confessional. Revel in the funny, awkward and poignant world of people’s deepest darkest secrets.

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Paines Plough Announces the Return of its EARLIER/LATER Roundabout Programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

EARLIER/LATER returns to Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Summerhall this August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, after a successful series of events in 2015.

This year the EARLIER mornings will be filled with free industry workshops, aimed at introducing stage lovers to the professional world of theatre.  Leading experts in areas such as casting, producing, directing etc will hold concise, 45/60 mins long sessions that aim to lift the curtain and allow people to see behind the scenes and into diverse career opportunities within the theatre industry.  Workshops will be held by experienced professionals including Soho Theatre Casting Director Nadine Rennie and Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve.

LATER will be filled with an eclectic late night line up of modern poetry sessions, live music, theatre, comedy and scratch nights.  The line-up includes award-winning writer Rob Auton’s The Sleep Show, following on from 2015’s The Water Show and 2014’s The Face Show; a new work in progress from Josie Long with Every Brilliant Thing co-writer Jonny DonahoeTamasha theatre company’s Split/Mixed, a captivating one-man show about a boy growing up in Rwanda in the 90s; and the return of Poleroid Theatre’s Write It: Mic It, an eclectic performance platform for the UK’s best emerging and established playwrights, comedians, spoken word artists and sketch groups.

Paines Plough’s EARLIER/LATER series offers an amazing opportunity for Festival audiences to discover some of the UK’s most up and coming and exciting new performance makers, and a dynamic space for artists to develop their work.  Paines Plough is the “UK’s national theatre of new plays” and renowned for discovering and championing exciting new artists.  Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons by Sam Steiner and Walrus Theatre returns to the daily Roundabout programme after premiering at EARLIER/LATER in 2015.

The Programme

Poleroid Theatre presents
Write It: Mic It

After four years at Vault, Live Theatre, Hackney Attic, Manchester Castle Hotel, Wilderness Festival & Standon Calling, Poleroid Theatre’s acclaimed open ‘write’ platform returns for its second year at the Roundabout!

Triple Off-West End Award nominated Poleroid Theatre bring together the UKs most exciting emerging artists, offering audiences a sneak peak into new work at the first stage of its development and snippets of the best shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.

Artists include KATIE BONNA (Dirty Great Love Story/Soho Theatre), LUKE COURTIER (Musical Comedy Award Finalist 2015), MIXED DOUBLES (Dave Comedy Shorts Winners), TOM GILL (Kate Tempest Award Winner), PHOEBE ECLAIR-POWELL (Soho Theatre/Verity Bargate Award Finalist) & LAUGHING STOCK(Sketchfest Audience Choice Winners).

Tamasha Theatre presents
Split/Mixed

A Portrait of a Boy and a Country.

Split/Mixed is a captivating coming-of-age tale that tells the story of Eddy, a boy growing up in Rwanda during the 1990s.

Writer/performer Ery Nzaramba brings to life nearly a dozen characters, merging memories into a compelling narrative exploring kinship, cultural expectations and self-discovery, weaving the fantastic with the ordinary in his search for a singular voice.

Eddy’s memories of home and his changing country merge into a narrative that explores the search for personal identity of those who grew up during the genocide in Rwanda.

Josh Coates
Get Yourself Together 

One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying. A show about being ill and being fit for work. A show about the DWP and being from Bolton. This is a show that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue.

Part stand up, part spoken word and part teenager in his room pretending he’s in a punk band, Get Yourself Together is the new show from Royal Exchange supported artist, Josh Coates.

PLAY Theatre Company presents
PLAY: Edinburgh

Hold on to your hats, it’s PLAYtime!

Award-winning theatre company PLAY champion a new approach to new writing, with an emphasis firmly on collaboration. We’ve brought together some of the industries’ brightest and best – 4 writers, 4 directors and 10 actors – to share a PLAYroom. Starting with a completely blank slate, they have just two weeks to collaborate, devise and create four brand new PLAYs.

Art with Heart presents
Declaration 

Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round.

Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood Dr. thought it was sugar. Her current Dr. thinks its ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do?

Declaration examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences and the faces we wear to fit in. With autobiographical comedy, storytelling and conversations with audiences, Art with Heart take you on vibrant and daring adventure.

Obviously We Only Want the Best for our Daughter

You’re sitting down to eat when there’s a knock at the door.  A couple introduce themselves.  They make their way inside. They seem at home here. You seem to have a lot in common. In fact, there’s something vaguely familiar about them.

The first showing of a new play by Joe Harbot (The Boy On The Swing, Arcola). Directed by Kay Michaels(Pelican’s Daughters, Shakespeare in ShoreditchRIFT).

Barrel Organ present
Nothing

Barrel Organ’s award winning debut production returns to Edinburgh after selling out in 2014. Nothing is much more than a series of monologues. It is about – among other things –cupcakes, action films, crap television, shitting, sex, buses and stalking. It is about alienation and being young.

“This young company are the future”– Lyn Gardner

Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe: We Need To Talk (work in progress)

Josie and Jonny are two lefty comedians who often get told they are preaching to the choir, living in a bubble and listening only to a social media echo chamber. They see themselves as optimists who want to make things better. That’s what they think their politics is.

If you think lefties are naïve and immature, or you don’t agree with how they see the world, come along, let’s talk.

Let’s try and be kinder to each other.

Let’s argue, but without being dicks about it.

This is a show about politics and identity and by the end of it; maybe, we will have sorted everything out and can just have a singalong.

Tap Tap Theatre present
Hansel and Gretel 

There’s one for the kids as well, with an EARLIER performance from Tap Tap Theatre: the people that brought you Captain Morgan and Handmade Tales.

Rose and her brother Ollie are going on an adventure. A big adventure. As big as the ones in storybooks. Bigger. With a rucksack stuffed with Hula Hoops and no sense of direction, follow brother and sister as they journey deeper and deeper into the forest. Climb in to the walking boots of adventurers past. Watch the forest come alive in front of your eyes. As they get loster and loster, what will they find? A boisterous and bold big adventure with an even bigger heart.

Tap Tap Theatre return to the Fringe with their spin on Hansel & Gretel, a fast and funny treat for the whole family. Featuring live music, suitable for ages 4+

Tongue Fu presents
Tongue Fu

The UK’s sharpest poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks from the Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman). Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown- XFM; Pick of the Week- BBCR4), it is one of the UK’s liveliest and largest spoken word shows: a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation.

With special guests from across the fringe.

Theatre Uncut presents
Theatre Uncut: Refugee

‘Theatre’s rapid response unit’ (Guardian)

Fringe First winners Theatre Uncut return with 6 brand new international short plays, responding to the refugee crisis, by British, Turkish & Danish writers including award winning Sabrina Mafhouz & Athia Sen Gupta. These plays were created in collaboration with Danish Teater GROB for the Copenhagen STAGE Festival.

A discussion with invited, expert guests will follow the performance.

Not Too Tame presents
TuckShop

Previous Roundabout collaborators Not Too Tame invite you to sample their TuckShop, a pick of new work from some of NTT’s favourite writers and a mix of our trademark electrifying energy, blended to create a new writing night with a twist. A night that’s not too well behaved, a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. So satisfy your sweet tooth, come get your fill and tuck into a night of fun, excitement and guaranteed good company!

Bang Said The Gun present
Bang Said The Gun

Bang Said The Gun is poetry for people who don’t like poetry. Voted the best poetry night in the UK by the Times, Bang Said The Gun has made poetry cool again.

A rollercoaster of emotions, it’s loud, raucous, political, trivial, serious and very funny. Normal rules do not apply here. Featuring a rich mix of the best and freshest talent, they will grab you by the collar and drag you into another world.

As recommended by Kate Tempest, ‘It’s like mud wrestling with words’, or as ex poet laureate, Andrew Motion puts it ‘BSTG is a vortex of energy and enthusiasm.’

Rob Auton presents
Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

Rob Auton has been standing up and saying things to audiences since 2008.

This show is about sleep. It is suitable for those who have slept. Following on from 2012’s The Yellow Show, 2013’s The Sky Show, 2014’s The Face Show, 2015’s The Water Show, award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton returns with 2016’s The Sleep Show.

The Workshops

Producer Workshop

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting its first series of Producer workshops at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Here at Paines Plough we are always looking for ways to demystify how we go about commissioning, producing and touring new plays, in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers.

Thinking about touring your show after Edinburgh? Join Paines Plough Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a first steps workshop on how to tour.

General Management Workshop 

Paines Plough is delighted to be hosting our next series of General Management workshops in Roundabout.

This workshop is a chance for anyone interested in working in theatre as a General Manager, or in Finance or Administration, to find out more about the profession.

The session will be a discussion and Q&A with members of the theatre community that work in General Management. Full panel list to be confirmed.

Acting / Directing Workshop 

Join Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director James Grieve in a workshop on working in-the-round. Looking at classic texts and new plays, this is a snapshot look at playing the most exposing, exhilarating and energising of all configurations – the round. Come on down to Paines Plough’s pop-up amphitheatre Roundabout for a quick and dirty guide to 360° theatre. Open to actors, directors and other interested parties.

Casting Workshop with Nadine Rennie

Casting Director Nadine Rennie, of Soho Theatre, joins us in Roundabout for a morning Q&A. Having worked with Writers from Dennis Kelly to Shelagh Stevenson, and Directors from Max Stafford Clark to Roxanna Silbert, Nadine has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Whether you’re a budding young Casting Director, or an actor looking to find out more about the process and get advice, come along and join us for a morning of insight into casting.

Nadine has been Casting Director at Soho Theatre for the last ten years;  working on new plays by writers including Dennis Kelly, Roy Williams, Shelagh Stevenson, D C Moore, Steve Thompson, Vicky Jones and Oladipo Agboluaje. Directors she has worked with include Rufus Norris, Roxanna Silbert, Indu Rubasingham, Michael Buffong, Max Stafford Clark, Paulette Randall, Tim Crouch and Steve Marmion.

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Spooky, Poe-esque DARKTALES written by Tim Arthur, starring Andrew Paul and Sean Ward returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, plays at Pleasance Once from 3 August – 29 August

Horror-thriller Darktales is the scariest show at the Fringe! 21 years ago audience members gasped, screamed, fainted or had to leave the theatre. This chilling, creepy play explores the myths and the stories that scare us at night, and the two men who write them. The conversation becomes a sinister exchange, a dark rivalry – but the men are linked by more than their writing – there is a strong smell of sexual jealousy! And the mysterious Lucy looms over their stories. Confronting each other by demonstrating the power of each of their writing styles, slowly reveals a dark secret, leading to a terrifying conclusion.

TIM ARTHUR’s revised version of the script that terrified Fringe audiences updates the story for new audiences, but its haunting tales remain as chilling and as terrifying as before. Drawing inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft you may think you know where Darktales is going, but it has scary surprises and twists up its sleeve.

Darktales is written by Tim Arthur, former editor-in-chief of Time Out Magazine and will be directed by the double Olivier Award nominee DAN CLARKSON, one half of the duo behind Potted Potter – an internationally-acclaimed, Harry Potter experience.

Andrew Paul and Sean Ward in Dark Tales

Andrew Paul and Sean Ward in Dark Tales. Click the image to book your tickets.

ANDREW PAUL, the familiar TV face most famous for his role as P.C. Dave Quinnan in The Bill will take on the role of Alex Crowley, the Professor.

Jack Langton, his ex-student, is played by SEAN WARD, who terrified the residents of Coronation Street as Callum Logan. Although Callum was brutally murdered in September 2015, he is currently haunting the residents of ‘The Street’, the Platt family to crisis as Sarah Platt has just given birth to his baby and believes he is alive!

CARRIE MARX plays the mysterious Lucy – the reason for Alex and Jack’s meeting. Carrie is an actress, singer and writer who has recently taken part in Secret Cinema productions to great acclaim.

MORE ABOUT THE TEAM
Andrew Paul – Alex Crowther
Andrew Paul is a familiar TV face, best known for playing P.C Dave Quinnan in ‘The Bill’ and Billy Boothe in ‘Where The Heart Is’. Most recently Andrew played the villainous Dan Jones in ‘Coronation Street’.
Other Television & Film credits include Casualty; Dracula; Lewis; The Telemachy; EastEnders; Holby City; Missing Persons; Inspector Morse; A Vote for Hitler; Gentlemen and Players; Bellman and True; Slinger’s Day; Mrs. Capper’s Birthday; The Ties of Blood; Tripper’s Day; The Pirates of Penzance; The Setbacks; Going Out; The Day of the Triffids; Time of My Life; The Sweeney; The Losers; Premiere; Out; Scum; Shadows; 2nd House; Shades of Greene; and Alan Parker’s Film Bugsy Malone.
Andrew has also worked extensively on stage, his credits include: The Perfect Murder (Mill at Sonning); Sherlock Holmes & The Ripper Murders (UK Tour); The Infidel (Stratford East); Double Death (UK Tour); The Devil at Midnight; (UK Tour) Dry Rot (UK tour); Von Ribbontrop’s Watch (Watford Palace); Blame (Theatre Royal York/Sphinx); The Maintenance Man (UK Tour); Confusions (Theatre Royal Windsor); Things We Do For Love (National Tour/ Theatre Royal Windsor); Cider With Rosie (Queens Hornchurch); Are You Sitting Comfortably (Farnham); When Your Bottles Gone in SE1 (Soho Theatre); Groping for Words (Croydon Warehouse); If You Want to Know What Heavens Like (Albany Empire)and Remember Me (Theatre Royal Stratford).

Sean Ward – Jack Langton
Sean is most well-known for playing bad boy Callum Logan on Coronation Street, appearing – and being murdered – in the show’s live episode to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Other acting credits include Our Girl (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Accused (BBC), The Royal (ITV), The Bill (ITV), Island at War (ITV). Film credits include: Away Days (Red Union) and Cheeky (Xingu Films). Directing credits include: A Touch Of The Kissys (short film) and The Marivaux – Birds and The Bees (music video). Producing credits include: Cardboard Boy (short film) and Netsky – The Whistle Song (music video).

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Carrie Marx – Lucy
Carrie is an actress, singer and writer. She trained at ALRA.
In 2016 Carrie took part in two Secret Cinema productions, to great acclaim.
She is the founder and performer in the comic three part harmony group THE SEGUE SISTERS, who have worked extensively on the comedy and cabaret circuit, as well as television and radio. She wrote the Segue Sisters musical (’Jailbirds’) in 2010, which enjoyed success at the Edinburgh Fringe and subsequently toured.
Carrie has also worked extensively with comedy legend Arthur Smith, appearing as a tap dancing bear in ‘Arthur Smith’s Cobbled Up Shambles’ and Rebekah Brooks in ‘Arthur Smith’s Pissed Up Chat Show’. She then spent two years touring ‘Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen Vol2’, which was also recorded for BBC Radio 4.
Other theatre credits include Jurassic Park the Musical, Canal Cafe Theatre; The Boy Who Was Woody Allan, Pleasance Islington; Dracula, Leicester Square Theatre; Death Ship 666!, Edinburgh Fringe, Jermyn Street and Leicester Square Theatre; Newsrevue, Canal Cafe Theatre

Dan Clarkson – Director
Best known for being one half of the double act Dan and Jeff, creators of Potted Pirates, Potted Sherlock, the Olivier-nominated Potted Panto and the Olivier-nominated Potted Potter. Dan has presented on CBBC and other TV credits include Where The Heart Is (ITV), Coronation Street (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV), Big Brother’s Little Brother (C4).
Theatre credits include: Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Little Shop of Horrors and Art.

Tim Arthur – Writer
Tim Arthur started at Time Out Magazine as UK Content Director before spending three years as Editor-in-Chief and 2 as Global CEO, leaving the company in 2015. He presents a radio show for BBC Radio London and runs Successful Human Being, a media company which aims to work with inspiring people to help them to inspire people to make positive changes in their lives.
Tim’s work as a playwright includes the original Darktales, Bold Nelson’s Praise, Silver Ghosts and Spitfires, Sunny Side of the Street and This Year Will Be Different.

National Theatre Wales brings Wonderman, Yuri and A Good Clean Heart to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre & British Council Wales will present three shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August, showcasing some of Wales’ best artistic talent.

National Theatre Wales will team up with multi-award-winning theatre company Gagglebabble to createWonderman, a brand new gig-theatre production that celebrates some of the darker, adult stories written by Roald Dahl, who was born in Cardiff in September 1916.

Wonderman, 3 - 28 August 2016, #Wondermanfringe

Wonderman, 3 – 28 August 2016, #Wondermanfringe

Wonderman tells the story of a WWII RAF pilot Dahl, who finds himself in a hospital bed, badly injured. He slips in and out of a world of dreams, hallucinations and nightmares, down the strange and unexpected corridors and rabbit holes of Dahl’s mind. It will combine original music performed by a cracking live band, grisly plots, soaring imaginings and thrilling twists and turns, all injected with a wicked sense of humour.

Fresh from winning the Wales Theatre Award 2016 for Best Playwright in the English Language, Alun Saunders’ funny and moving play, A Good Clean Heart, marks an Edinburgh Fringe debut for his newly-formed theatre company, Neontopia, alongside Director, Mared Swain.

A Good Clean Heart is a moving coming-of-age story about two brothers raised by different families, and who speak different languages, and is performed with animated subtitles in both English and Welsh. It’s a co-production between Wales Millennium Centre and Neontopia in association with The Other Room and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, with National Theatre Wales and British Council Wales, and was originally produced by and premiered at Cardiff’s pub theatre The Other Room.

And one of Wales’ leading theatre companies, August 012, will be making its Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut (with Chapter Arts Centre) with Yuri; a high-pitched, absurd yet sobering farce by French playwright Fabrice Melquiot that examines the conflict between an infertile couple desperately struggling to make sense of the world around them.

Melquiot published the original play, Youri, in 2011. In 2015, it was adapted into Welsh and English by award-winning Welsh writer Daf James. It will be performed at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff as part of its Edinburgh Preview Festival, 26th-30th July, and will be performed in Edinburgh in English (with flashes of Welsh) by the same cast.

This will be National Theatre Wales’ third visit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, following sell-out runs of The Dark Philosophers (with Told by an Idiot) in 2011, and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price in 2013, which won the inaugural James Tait Black Award for Drama.

Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, said: “National Theatre Wales is delighted to be returning to Edinburgh to showcase and celebrate some of the wonderful and diverse work that makes up Wales’ rich theatre landscape. It will enable a UK-wide and international audience to experience fantastic Welsh talent, and will highlight our ongoing commitment to original and exciting new work through collaboration and partnership.”

Wales Millennium Centre’s has also presented two other productions at the Edinburgh Fringe – I’m With The Band by Tim Price, a co–production with Traverse Theatre, and Man to Man, which received four 5-star reviews in 2015.

Louise Miles-Crust, Head of Programming at Wales Millennium Centre said: “We are really excited to be teaming up with National Theatre Wales & British Council Wales on the Made in Wales strand this year, presenting three diverse and high quality pieces that truly represent some of the best that Wales has to offer. As Wales’ national cultural centre is very important for us to be able to take the best of Wales to the world and the Fringe certainly goes a long way to achieve that.”

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Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

Paines Plough, the UK’s leading new writing company, is delighted to announce full cast and creative team for its Roundabout 2016 productions.

Accomplished stage and screen actors Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush will form an ensemble to perform the company’s three new plays which will premiere from 5 to 28 August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring the UK.

The productions will be directed by Paines Plough’s Joint Artistic Director, George Perrin with Sound Designer Dom Kennedy and Lighting Designer Prema Mehta completing the creative team.

ROUNDABOUT 2016

ROUNDABOUT 2016

Remy Beasley is best known for playing Beyonce Evans in Sky1’s recent Welsh set comedy drama Stella, written and starring Ruth Jones MBE (Gavin and Stacey). Recent stage credits include playing the lead role in the National Theatre Wales’ festive theatre-gig The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion, created by Gruff Rhys, Wils Wilson and Tim Price.

Richard Corgan, is also well known for his TV credits playing the lead role in BBC Wales’ drama Baker Boy as well the BBC medical drama Doctors. Recent stage credits include TOM: A STORY OF TOM JONES THE MUSICAL (2015). Richard received a Scotsman Fringe First in 2013 for his performance in the one-man show Gardening: For the Unfulfilled and Alienated.

Andy Rush will soon appear in ID2: Shadwell Army, (the sequel to cult 90s film I.D.). Recent stage credits include the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lyric Hammersmith acclaimed production of TIPPING THE VELVET (2015). Previous Paines Plough credits include the critically acclaimed Tom Wells play Jumpers for Goalposts (2013).

Sound Designer Dom Kennedy and Lighting Designer Prema Mehta recently worked together on Sabrina Mahfouz’s hugely popular garage-influenced drama With A Little Bit Of Luck which is currently touring the UK.

The three new plays are; Growth, a comedy about growing up and manning up by rising star actor/writer, Luke Norris; Love, Lies and Taxidermy, an offbeat love story about trying to fit in by renowned Welsh writer Alan Harris and I Got Superpowers for My Birthday, a magical quest for ages 7+ from acclaimed Scottish writer Katie Douglas.

2016 marks the third year of Roundabout, Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium. The Roundabout season will preview from 19 – 24 July at Hackney Showroom in London before taking up residency once again at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 5 – 29 August, hosting over 225 performances over 24 days before touring the UK this Autumn.

Having brought hit productions including Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing, The Human Ear and 2014 Fringe First winning The Initiate to the Fringe in previous years, the pop-up venue within a venue at Summerhall is becoming the place to debut exciting new writing and theatre.

Roundabout will bring together three Paines Plough and partners’ world premieres, the return of international hit Every Brilliant Thing and a host of visiting companies and productions, with two further premieres. EARLIER / LATER, Paines Plough’s early morning and late night series of one-off shows, events, workshops and more will also return.

The packed daily programme includes relaxed performances, as well as captioned and BSL interpreted performances.

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ROUNDABOUT TOUR DATES 2016

 

Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Full listings information

Three Paines Plough grown World Premieres:

A Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd production – World Premiere

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

By Alan Harris

This is a boy meets girl story. Son of a Polish taxidermist meets daughter of a failing ice cream salesman. At a medical research facility in Merthyr Tydfil. First date in Tesco and things are going well.

But it’s difficult to fall in love when your parents need saving from themselves, their weird hobbies and the threat of a prison sentence.

An offbeat love story about Mr. Tutti Frutti, a stuffed owl and the struggle to fit in from writer Alan Harris (BBC Radio 4, National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru).

5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 24, 26, 28 August

1.35pm (70mins)

A Paines Plough production – World Premiere

Growth

By Luke Norris

“That? That’s. I mean.

Yeah.

It’s a lump in a bag of lumps.

I mean.

It’s normal.”

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.

He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the way. Cramping his style and worse than that – affecting his sex life. So now there are pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made… It’s a real ball ache.

Growth is a comedy about growing up and manning up from rising star Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye To All That, Royal Court).

6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 August

1.35pm (70mins)

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production – World Premiere

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

By Katie Douglas

Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers.

Which is lucky because someone needs to protect the world from The Darkness. An evil overlord with plans to turn everything to ice.

Join our three heroes on an epic quest to save the planet in this brand new play for ages 7+ from award winning writer Katie Douglas.

5 Aug – 21 Aug (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

11.00am (45mins)

All performances of I Got Superpowers For My Birthday are Relaxed Performances.

Joining these three new productions from Paines Plough and its collaborators are a further seven works of fresh, funny, poignant, brilliant theatre, comedy and music.

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production

Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Following an international tour, the hugely acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe will embark on its third nationwide tour in autumn 2016. A sell-out success at Fringe 2015, this play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love has won plaudits around the world, Every Brilliant Thing will return to the UK in Edinburgh before going out on tour.

Saturday 6 – Sunday 28 Aug (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

3.15pm (60mins)

Prime Cut Productions presents

Scorch

by Stacey Gregg

For those who don’t feel like they’re in the right life, online is a place to be yourself.

“Happiness. Aching, constant, consuming- on there it’s. More real than real life. I’m honest on there. I’m being honest.”

Out in the real world though, things can be very different. A story of first love through the eyes of a gender-curious teen Scorch examines how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines.

Inspired by recent court cases Scorch won Best New Play at the 2015 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards and Best New Play at the Writer’s Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards. It brings the very talented young actor Amy McAllister, with already many stage and tv credits to her name to Festival audiences.

Friday 5 – Sunday 28 Aug (not 9, 16 or 23)

6.05pm (60mins)

Fly By Night Productions for STV

Des Clarke’s All Star Comedy

Join award-winning comedian Des Clarke at the recording of a brand new stand-up TV show featuring the comedy stars of today and tomorrow.

This unique comedy experience features the very best stand-up talent from around the world.

Proceeds from the performances will go to the STV Children’s Appeal. This series will be broadcast on STV later this year.

“Des Clarke is so funny it’s almost painful to watch him perform. Genius in action.” (METRO)

“Frighteningly talented.” (CHORTLE)

Tuesday 16 August

2.00pm, 5.00pm and 8.00pm (1hr50mins)

Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis production in association with Soho Theatre – World Premiere

All the Things I Lied About

by Katie Bonna

Would the world be a better place if we were all honest?

Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) is giving a TED talk on the science of lying. Well, that’s not quite true. TED haven’t actually asked her to do one – yet.

From duping her sister into drinking her wee to repeated infidelities, Katie unpicks her history to confront humanity’s obsession with fibs.

Previous work:

‘Restores your faith in human nature and the Fringe’ **** (Telegraph)

‘Laughs are frequent, unsignalled….. brilliant.’ **** (Times)

‘Bonna puts in a simply dazzling performance’ (Stage)

Friday 5 – Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9, 16 or 23)

4.40pm (60mins)

Ghost Quartet presents

Ghost Quartet

by Dave Malloy

Ghost Quartet is a haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky. A camera breaks and four friends drink, in four interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries: a warped fairy tale about two sisters, a treehouse astronomer and a lazy evil bear; a retelling of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”; a purgatorial intermezzo about Scheherazade; and a contemporary fable about a subway murder.

Murder ballads, doo-wop, angular bebop, Chinese folk, Islamic adhan, and raucous campfire drinking songs collide in this chamber musical from Dave Malloy, composer of the Broadway-bound Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

9pm (65mins)

Supporting Wall presents – World Premiere

Jonny & the Baptists: Eat The Poor

In 2009, future Prime Minister David Cameron forgot how many houses he owned. Within five years, homelessness had doubled. A riotously funny musical epic about inequality, friendship and betrayal. Satire, silliness and song combine in the latest show from Jonny & the Baptists, multi-award-nominated stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show – fresh from a critically-acclaimed 40-date UK tour.

**** ‘Superbly crafted… very funny’ (Metro).

**** ‘Wickedly amusing’ (The Times).

**** ‘Gigglesome wordplay… broad, daft and punchy’ (The Guardian).

**** ‘A seriously funny dose of satire’ (The Stage).

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

7.35pm (60mins)

Walrus presents

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

By Sam Steiner

Walrus’ award-winning show returns to Edinburgh in Paines Plough’s pop-up theatre Roundabout.

‘Let’s just talk until it goes.’ The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. This two-person show imagines a world where we’re forced to say less. It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons.

“About as promising as debuts get.” – Time Out

Friday 5– Sunday 28 August (not Tues 9th, 16thor 23rd)

12.10 (60mins)

Following the run in Hackney and Edinburgh, Roundabout will tour to eight corners of England bringing audiences three brilliant new plays produced by Paines Plough alongside a range of specially programmed music, comedy, locally created work and arts activities for all in week long pop-up festivals. Starting in Salford, Roundabout tours to Margate, Lincoln, Kendal, Barnsley, and Stoke before finishing in Luton in late October (full details in notes).

Paines Plough’s Roundabout Tour dates for 2016 including Edinburgh Festival Fringe

On sale dates for Roundabout will be announced in due course
19 – 24 July – Hackney Showroom
Box Office: 020 3095 9758
www.hackneyshowroom.com

5 – 29 August – Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Box Office: 0131 560 1580
www.summerhall.co.uk

8 – 11 September – The Lowry, Salford
Box Office: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

22 – 25 September – Margate Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01843 292795
www.theatreroyalmargate.com

29 September – 2 October – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Box Office: 01522 837600
www.lpac.co.uk

6 – 9 October – The Brewery, Kendal
Box Office: 01539 725133
www.breweryarts.co.uk

13 – 16 October – The Civic, Barnsley
Box Office: 01226 327000
www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

20 – 23 October – Appetite, Stoke on Trent
Box Office: 01782 454404
www.appetitestoke.co.uk

27 – 30 October – Revoluton, Marsh Farm Estate, Luton
Box Office: 01582345555
www.revolutonarts.com

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887, Edinburgh International Conference Centred

Edinburgh International Festival

887 /Ex Machina

887 is written, designed, directed and performed by Robert Lepage. Lepage is often described as a visionary director and playwright; It would seem he is one of theatre’s best people. Does he occupy that space by accident? Does he hell. Nothing about this performance is left to chance.

This was the first show I had ever seen of his… It’s not perfect but its high points are great enough to compensate for odd sequencing and occasional framing misfires. His examination of memory gleans magical childhood memories, the unconscious mind and the importance of remembering. The inventive set transforms from the childhood address at 887 Murray Avenue in Quebec City, to a taxi and then a diner, and these transitions are infused with finesse and an accomplished cinematic fluency. There is some seriously skilled execution of technology that compliment the remarkable storytelling.

But the personal tale blends life story and critical commentary, while questioning identity. Generally, men have not been able to talk about emotional histories of their relationships with their fathers (or lack of), Lepage breaks open some of these silences. His father had served in the navy and later in life as a taxi driver working all hours to provide for his family. Lepage reconstructs and presents a childhood that seems to summarise an emotional structure in his life- a framework of loss, grief and the quest for greater closeness to his father. What is now needed is for more men to start excavating, in public, the sediment layers of their own history. It is a story of displacement as a way of understanding male life crisis – you get the sense that this part lecture and part autobiographical performance could galvanise a radical disjuncture in helping some men to deepen their conscious critical reflection.

At two hours and fifteen minutes (no interval) the piece loses momentum. That’s a frustration; it is not a performance-destroying problem. It’s a stripping away of the onion-skin layers of memory and the difficulties in this approach lie in the assumption that there is a stable, coherent identity, or a kernel of ‘I’-ness just waiting to be uncovered.

A Doll's House

A Doll’s House

Over a prismatic theme, Lepage determinedly equates memory with autobiography, political history, ego and ritual and achieves a delicate balance between frivolity and spiritual gravity. It’s a spectacular performance. At times witty, while at other times, reflective, thoughtful and quite tragic. Are men born manly? This is a detailed investigation of gendered identity using Lepage’s personal history to explore specific themes of identity and manliness. In doing so he offers some positive challenges to the psychological and social forces active in all of our development. There is lots to be excited about here.

Problems with this review

1. Where are the jokes? There could at least be a GIF.

2. Too bogged down in ‘grand’ theories about masculinity.

3. Some of the punctuation is probably slightly wrong

4. You’re likely to be better off with Matt Trueman’ review for WhatsOnStage or Lyn Gardner in The Guardian, both of which deal with the points above and, undeniably, do so with considerable aptitude.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 – vlogs

Vlogs

  1.  Day 1 at Edinburgh Festival with journalist Mark Fisher (The Guardian)
  2. With Jake Orr ( A Younger Theatre)

3.  I caught up with Amit Lahav (Gecko Theatre Company) in a bar at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, who’s show Institute is playing The Pleasance.

4.  Edinburgh Fringe Festival Vlog featuring Kirsty Housely, Co-director of The Encounter (Complicite)

5.  Featuring Lyn Gardner

6.  I caught up with Charlie and Louis from Circus company Barely Methodical Troupe who are presenting Bromance at the Circus

7.  Chit chat with Associate Director of Proteus Theatre company at Ed Fringe.

8.  Rather randomly, I bumped into Britain’s Got Talent winner Susan Boyle at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.