IRISH ARTISTS HEAD TO EDINBURGH
Over 150 performances of Irish theatre and dance along with appearances by Irish writers will take place at three Edinburgh Festivals next month, with the support of Culture Ireland.
The Edinburgh Showcase programme is a key part of Culture Ireland GB18, a yearlong focus of presenting Irish arts across Scotland, England and Wales.
Success at Edinburgh has led to many international opportunities for Irish artists over recent years and this year’s lineup promises to add to these achievements. In promoting Irish artists and their work, Culture Ireland acknowledges the vital support of the three Festivals (Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe & Edinburgh International Book Festival), venues such as Dance Base, Summerhall and Traverse and the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh.
The Irish work heading to Edinburgh includes Druid’s powerful staging of one of the most iconic and significant plays of the 20th Century, Samuel Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot” at the Edinburgh International Festival (The Lyceum, 3-12 Aug), and Ballet Ireland’s modern re-telling of the timeless classic “Giselle” at the Edinburgh Fringe (Dance Base, 3 – 19 Aug).
Other work featured at the Edinburgh Fringe includes new Irish writing with Mark O’Rowe’s “The Approach", presented by Landmark Productions (Assembly Hall, 2 – 26 Aug) and featuring three of this generation’s finest performers; “Class" by Iseult Golden and David Horan, in association with the Abbey Theatre (Traverse Theatre, 2 – 26 Aug); Eva O’Connor’s “Maz and Bricks” by the triple Fringe First and Olivier award-winning Fishamble: The New Play Company (Summerhall, 1 – 26 Aug) and "My Left Nut" written by Michael Patrick and Oisin Kearney (Summerhall, 1- 26 Aug) . Multidisciplinary work at the festival includes Liz Roche Company’s “WRoNGHEADED" (Dance Base, 3 – 19 Aug) which merges film, voice and movement, and Malaprop Theatre’s award-winning “Everything Not Saved” (Summerhall, 1 – 26 Aug).
Nine Irish writers - both established and emerging - will be featured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (which runs August 11-27). The writers appearing with the support of Culture Ireland include: Eileen Battersby, John Boyne, Helena Duggan, Derek Landy, Paul Lynch, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Malachi O’Doherty, Donal Ryan and Darren Shan.
Since 2005, Culture Ireland has presented the works of more than 80 Irish companies and 120 Irish writers at the Edinburgh Festivals. Culture Ireland will host its annual Networking Reception where Irish artists meet with international promoters and presenters. This year’s event, scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 6 August, is a key moment in the Showcase programme and has an excellent track record of developing international contacts for the Showcase artists.
Full details of Culture Ireland’s Edinburgh Showcase Programme (ISSUU Version) are available here.
A schedule of performances is available to download here.
For more information on Culture Ireland GB18, please visit cultureireland.ie/gb18.