Anna Lewis

Wales in Edinburgh 2017

CAITLIN

Light, Ladd & Emberton

Dates: 23-26 August, 12midday & 24 Aug, 18.30 (60mins)

Venue: Zoo at Lauriston Halls

A dance production based on the life of Caitlin, wife of Dylan Thomas. The audience

members seated in this circle of chairs are witness to her account of her history, re-living

it as she dances with her husband, sending the rest of the chairs flying as they drink,

bicker, fight and make love.

A circle of chairs. An AA meeting. Caitlin Thomas revisits her tempestuous life.

Light, Ladd & Emberton is a collective of three Wales-based dance artists - Deborah

Light, Eddie Ladd and Gwyn Emberton - together with creative producer Laura

Drane. They came together in 2014 to make Caitlin, which was originally commissioned for

the Dylan Thomas centenary by the National Library of Wales.

Through collaborative working, Light Ladd & Emberton creates original professional

performance work, with the aim of creating exciting and inspiring productions for

audiences in Wales and beyond, and to represent Wales and the UK on a national and

international stage. We draw on history and identity, predominantly of Wales, to create

productions with contemporary relevance and culturally engaged.

(F.E.A.R.)

Mr & Mrs Clark

supported by Chapter

Dates & Times: 4-20 August (except 9 and 15 Aug), 19.10 (60mins)

21-28 August (except 22 August), 11.45 (60mins)

Venue: Zoo

(F.E.A.R.) is a one-man show about constructed fear that asks directly if the world wants

us to feel safe. (F.E.A.R.) allows the audience to witness the vulnerability of a solo male

performer, Gareth Clark, in full confessional mode. Expect a rollercoaster of dark humour

and powerful storytelling that becomes ever more fevered when discussing the

uncertainties of Brexit, state security and dysfunctional ageing.

Mr & Mrs Clark make timely and politically charged performances. In 2015, they were

nominated for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award and continue to use their

creativity to make work that challenges the way we are governed.

FOLK & PROFUNDIS

National Dance Company Wales

Folk

20, 22, 23 & 25 August, 15.30 (30mins)

Profundis

21, 24 & 26 August, 15.30 (35mins)

Venue: Zoo

Inspired by 17th and 18th century European oil paintings, Folk presents a mix of surreal

and familiar scenes. It was created by NDCWales’ Artistic Director Caroline Finn, who

describes it as a piece about social dynamics, exploring how people behave in a group

environment.

Profundis by Israeli-born Assaf, is a provocative and sensual ensemble piece, challenging

how we interpret the meaning of the work that we make and see. It features whimsical

wordplay, vintage bathing costumes and an exotic soundtrack by Umm Kultum, Leonard

Bernstein and Alva Noto.

National Dance Company Wales is an award-winning company presenting work by some of the most celebrated international choreographers alongside creations by exciting new

Wales-based talent. Founded in 1983 as Diversions, the company took up residency in 2004

at the Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre. The Dance House is regarded as one of the

best dance production and rehearsal facilities in Europe and is the home and dance hub

for professional development and nurturing dance talent in Wales.

NOT ABOUT HEROES

Flying Bridge Theatre and Seabright Productions in association with Pleasance

Dates: 2-28 Aug (except Wed)

Time: 12midday (1hr15mins)

Venue: Pleasance Dome

Stephen Macdonald's Fringe First-winning play about the unique friendship between

celebrated WWI poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, who met at Craiglockhart

Hospital in 1917 and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. This

production won the Best Actor award at the Wales Theatre Awards 2015, and arrives in

Edinburgh this August fresh from a world tour, commemorating the centenary of both the

meeting depicted in the play and of the Armistice.

Flying Bridge is a Welsh theatre company based in Newport producing drama of the

highest quality for everyone. We want to celebrate, entertain inspire and provoke,

everywhere and anywhere. By bringing audiences together we hope to build bridges,

promote social cohesion and pride in the diversity of language and culture that has made

Wales what it is today.

THE REVLON GIRL

Pontardawe Arts Centre

Dates: 3-28 August

Time: 13.00 (1hr15mins)

Venue: Assembly Roxy

Fifty years ago, in the village of Aberfan, 116 children and 28 adults were killed after a

landslide slipped onto its primary school. In the aftermath, bereaved mothers would meet

to talk, cry and sometimes laugh. One night, they invited a representative from Revlon to

pay them a visit and give them beauty tips. This is a play about that meeting.

Pontardawe Arts Centre’s in-house productions leading to tours have included large cast

Shakespeare productions (which include a strong educational focus), family friendly

product and latterly new writing developing from the venue’s annual Script Slam. Whilst

the primary focus is to create the best possible product, care is taken to support artists to

build and grow through the provision of masterclasses and mentoring. In addition to the

productions the venue leads on, Pontardawe Arts Centre are happy to work in partnership

with companies via the provision of rehearsal space, small bursaries and expertise.

SEAGULLS

Volcano Theatre

Dates: 8-26 August (except Mon)

Time: 18.00 (75mins)

Venue: The Leith Volcano

Volcano bring their trademark physicality and invention to this design-led, physically

energetic performance of Chekhov's The Seagull, which toys with the boundaries between

site-specific theatre and black box production. Performed in the nave of St James’ Church

in Leith – renamed The Leith Volcano during this year’s Fringe – this radical production will

feature a flooded chancel, breathtaking choreography and an eclectic soundtrack

including Arvo Pärt, The Clash and Frank Sinatra.

Volcano Theatre is a small, energetic, responsive arts company with an ability to move

quickly and imaginatively to make things happen, and a track record in inspiring and

engaging others, working in partnership and setting big ideas in motion. We create and

tour high-impact theatre productions all over the world, as well as initiating and managing

projects ranging from temporary building transformations to festivals, residential

workshops, exhibitions, publications and public events. South Wales is the company’s

home – we are outward-looking Welsh internationalists with deep Swansea roots,

fascinated by the place we live and make work and its relationship to other places.

SEANMHAIR

The Other Room

Dates: 2-28 August (except Tues)

Time: 16.55 (1hr10mins)

Venue: Bedlam Theatre

Seanmhair (feminine, Scots Gaelic): grandmother. Pronunciation: shen-a-var.

A chance meeting between two children on the streets of Edinburgh unleashes a terrible

reckoning, leaving Jenny and Tommy forever bound together by blood and fate. Brutal and

beautiful, Hywel John's remarkable new play glimmers and cuts like a jewel, fusing raw

epic romance with guttural urban poetry to tell the story of a secret generational legacy

of love, violence and fury.

The Other Room at Porter’s is Cardiff’s pub theatre. It was founded by Kate Wasserberg

and Bizzy Day, in response to the exciting opportunity to develop an audience for drama in

the heart of Cardiff. An intense, purpose-built space with 47 seats, The Other Room

produces new work by Welsh and Wales-based artists and great modern plays and has fast

established a reputation for quality and daring. The Other Room won Fringe Theatre of the

Year at the 2016 Stage Awards and Best Production, Best Play, Best Director and Best

Actor at the recent Welsh Theatre Awards for their opening season in 2015. The theatre

was also shortlisted in the Arts category of the Cardiff Life Awards 2017. The Other Room

is currently led by Artistic Director Dan Jones, Associate Artistic Director Ben Atterbury

and Executive Director Bizzy Day.

SUGAR BABY

Dirty Protest

Dates: 4-27 Aug (except Tues)

Time: 18.05 (55 mins)

Venue: Roundabout @ Summerhall

Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff and living up to your family’s expectations is

tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the

allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy.

When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa.

Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day.

A new, one-man comedy from critically-acclaimed writer Alan Harris (Love, Lies And

Taxidermy, Paines Plough; A Good Night Out In The Valleys, The Opportunity Of

Efficiency, National Theatre Wales; How My Light Is Spent, Manchester Royal Exchange)

and award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest.

Dirty Protest is Wales’ award-winning new writing theatre company.

Launched in 2007, the company has produced over 300 new plays by over 200 established

and emerging writers, and staged sell-out plays in theatres and alternative venues, from

pubs and clubs, to music festivals, kebab shops, hairdressers and a forest.

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