British Council‘ın Edinburgh Festivalleri kapsamında, iki yılda bir düzenlediği ve Birleşik Krallık çağdaş performans sanatı için bir platform işlevi gören Edinburgh Showcase 20. yıldönümünde siyaset, pop kültürü ve trajedi teması ile, 21 – 26 Ağustos tarihleri arasında sahnede olacak. Birleşik Krallık tiyatro ve dans topluluklarının, çalışmalarını uluslararası destekçiler önünde sahneleyebilmesi için en büyük fırsat olan Edinburgh Showcase, katılan sanatçıların en yeni fikirlerini sahne ışıklarının altına taşıyor.
Politics, pop culture and tragedy feature in the 20th anniversary Edinburgh Showcase, the British Council’s biennial platform of contemporary UK performance, which runs alongside the Edinburgh Festivals from 21–26 August. It’s the single biggest opportunity for UK theatre and dance companies to introduce their work to international promoters and the 2017 programme shines a fascinating spotlight on the priorities and preoccupations of UK artists today.
It’s the single biggest opportunity for UK theatre and dance companies to introduce their work to international promoters and the 2017 programme throws a fascinating spotlight on what’s on the minds of UK artists today.
For the first time, the Showcase includes performances that are part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Playwright Zinnie Harris reimagines Greek tragedy with the dark story of a dysfunctional family in Oresteia: This Restless House for Citizens Theatre, while Forced Entertainment presents Real Magic, a chaotic cabaret act-slash-magic show about struggle, optimism and the desire for change.
“It’s wonderful to see so many artists – more than 50% of the programme – taking part in the Showcase for the first time,” says Neil Webb, Director Theatre and Dance at the British Council.
“The programme throws a spotlight on what’s on the minds of UK artists today”
These artists aren’t afraid to tackle difficult issues: Girls, a Talawa, HighTide and Soho Theatre production, tells of three young women who are kidnapped in Nigeria and examines how the West often turns a blind eye to the stories behind headlines. Liz Carr’s Assisted Suicide: The Musical explores a complex and controversial subject through the medium of musical theatre.
Kieran Hurley performs Heads Up, a solo show following the lives of four characters tussling with today’s society in the moments before an apocalyptic event. And in To Be Me, Julie Cunningham – who has danced with Michael Clark and Merce Cunningham’s companies – explores ideas around bodies and the loss of self to a soundtrack by Kate Tempest.
Other Showcase newcomers include Belfast’s Fringe First winning Prime Cut Productions, Rachel Mars bringing together choral singing and the London Riots, and Selina Thompson on the legacy of colonialism and slavery. Plus Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, which is also a BBC series and hip hop dance group Avant Garde Dance.
Companies returning to the Showcase include Kneehigh, making its first Edinburgh appearance in 13 years with The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, a visually rich piece directed by Emma Rice and inspired by the Russian artist Marc Chagall. Meanwhile, Swansea-based Volcano Theatre Company presents Seagulls, a Chekhov adaptation incorporating a real lake in a performance venue in Leith.