Festival director Jonathan Mills has announced the programme for the 63rd Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) – the parent to the larger Edinburgh Fringe – which runs this year from 14 August to 6 September across the city’s major theatres, opera houses and concert halls.
In the wake of a box office crisis that nearly toppled this year’s festival and a subsequent ten percent drop in ticket sales, Edinburgh Fringe director Jon Morgan (pictured) announced his resignation today (28 August 2008), with immediate effect.
Morgan only took over the role last June (See News, 26 Mar 2008), but in a statement issued today, the former executive producer of Manchester’s Contact Theatre said that he’d been considering the move “for some time”. His decision, according to the statement, is not a result of failures at this year’s festival, but rather a personal choice so that he can return to his “first love” of producing.
The Bee, whilst just half of The Bird and the Bee at the Smirnoff Underbelly, is not noticeably so. Each play having been written by different writers means that you get, in effect, two different stories and two different perspectives. Continue reading
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Writer David Harrower spoke in an interview a month or so prior to this production about how most of the script was still unwritten at that time, as the truths being brought out by the young actors made most of his work seem out of touch with reality. Certainly, it is a frighteningly difficult task to try and encompass the varied experiences of the many teenagers in care in Scotland today in a balanced and yet dramatically interesting way, but the resulting collection of stories, abruptly-told tales of lost and confused youths making their first steps into the outside world, seems as if it could have benefited from a longer writing period. Continue reading
Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, which premieres today at the King’s Theatre, has been announced as the “biggest selling dance event” in the 61-year history of Edinburgh International Festival.
Over 11,000 people have already booked to see Dorian Gray, which is choreographer Bourne’s first new show in nearly three years, breaking the Festival’s previous record of 10,146 tickets for Mark Morris’s Hard Nut in 1995. A statement from the EIF said they expect that “total sales could reach a season capacity of 13,000”, which would mark an increase of nearly 30% on the previous record. Continue reading
Edinburgh hit Once and for all we’re gonna tell you who we are so shut up and listen, which today won a Fringe First in the final round of the Scotsman-run awards (See Today’s Other News), will transfer to south London’s Battersea Arts Centre this autumn, running for a limited four days on from 25 to 28 October 2008, following its UK premiere this month at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.
The new piece, from Belgian company Ontroerend Goed, gives teenagers an opportunity to say what they think about the world today. It shows 13 young people trying to get to grips with their lives. They are rebellious, behave aggressively, feel vulnerable, play like children, but are sometimes surprisingly adult.
The third and final weekly round of this year’s Fringe First Awards are announced today (22 August 2008) in Edinburgh, with five more shows being singled out for distinction. In total, 18 productions – out of 480 awards eligible shows premiered at this year’s festival – have been recognised with Fringe Firsts.
There were two more prizes for the Traverse Theatre today, bringing its Fringe Firsts total to seven for 2008. The physical theatre production of Once and for all we’re gonna tell you who we are so shut up and listen (pictured), performed by a group of 13 teenagers, is by Ontroerend Goed, the Belgian creators of last year’s The Smile Off Your Face, which also won a Fringe First. Slick, by Vox Motus and Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, concerns a skateboarding, tenement-dwelling nine-year-old named Malcolm. Continue reading