Culture Ireland’s annual showcase at Edinburgh Festivals features more than 30 productions

Culture Ireland’s annual showcase at Edinburgh Festivals features more than 30 productions

Culture Ireland’s annual showcase at Edinburgh Festivals features more than 30 productions

Over 30 artists and companies will present their work as part of Culture Ireland’s annual showcase at the Edinburgh Festivals, the world’s most important international platforms for Irish artists to gain international recognition for their work and to generate further touring opportunities. 

2012 will be the sixth year that Culture Ireland has supported a programme of Irish work at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Irish artists have consistently achieved popular and critical success at these annual events, winning a succession of Fringe Firsts, Herald Angels and the coveted Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.

Three productions in the Edinburgh International Festival are featured in this year’s Culture Ireland showcase including the Gate Theatre’s production of 'Watt' by Samuel Beckett, the compelling and provocative Camille O’Sullivan in a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic poem ' The Rape of Lucrece', and the world premiere of Silviu Purcarete’s version of Swift’s 'Gulliver’s Travels', featuring an original score by Shaun Davey.

Four contemporary Irish choreographers will present their work at Dance Base as part of Culture Ireland’s annual dance showcase at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  The Liz Roche Company’s production of 'Fast Portraits' and Ponydance’s 'Anybody Waitin’' will be presented alongside 'Driftwood', a new work by emerging Irish choreographer Luke Murphy, and the Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland production of their site-specific piece, 'What the Folk!'

The Festival Fringe will also feature the award-winning Tumble Circus with their latest show 'This is what we do for a living' and Jack L makes a welcome return to Edinburgh with his new show, the '27 Club'.

Over 20 authors have been confirmed for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, the largest Irish programme to date.  Featured artists include John Banville, Kevin Barry, Eoin Colfer, Anne Enright, Seamus Heaney, Claire Kilroy and Colm Toibin. To mark the special relationship between Dublin and Edinburgh as UNESCO Cities of Literature, Culture Ireland will also present 'Last Orders', a unique evening of stories and songs, curated by Maureen Kennelly.

Click here to download a PDF of the Culture Ireland Edinburgh 2012 brochure.

Posted: 10.07.12