Posted: 22 Apr 2018 04:45 PM PDT
On Edinburgh's stages this week…
Looks like it’s doubles week this week, with a pair of pairs of one act plays at the Roxy and the Wee Red, while Messrs Gray and Stott’s Double Feature sets off on tour.
The biggest noise is clearly the first of the returning summer blockbusters. War Horse is at the Festival – go see if you haven’t already says Hugh in his review (click here for a read) – but there are other returning hits, albeit of a less high-profile variety.
Down at the Brunton, Captivate is reprising its take on Stephen Sondheim's dark and chilling musical Sweeney Todd. Well worth a trip on the number 26 if you are not already in Musselburgh.
The first of the double bills is at the Roxy where The Edinburgh Makars have a contemporary version of Sophocles' Oedipus followed by Hands Across the Sea, a Noel Coward comedy about the gossiping Lady Gilpin.
The big new writing tip, however, is at the Traverse. For lunch there’s Rob Drummond weighing in with Eulogy for PPP, while in the evening – and on for a three week run – there is Frances Poet’s Gut.
Not forgetting that the Village Pub Theatre is going for fandom with an evening of short plays provoked by the sometimes creepy concept of the Number One Fan.
For younger audiences there’s the stage version of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' brilliant farmyard adventure What the Ladybird Heard at the Kings. The Brunton has previews for the latest Catherine Wheels show, Eddie and the Slumber Sisters, aimed at a slightly older audience and a coproduction with the NTS before it goes on tour.
Finally, we are rather torn for Saturday night pleasure. The ever weird and wonderful Clown Cabaret Scratch Night is at the Roxy as a bit of a warm up for next week’s clown festival, while Aulos Productions is taking over the Fireside Pub for what they are billing as a Monologue Slam. Pity the two events are not in a double bill themselves!
Wee Red Bar
Posted: 22 Apr 2018 09:17 AM PDT
Aulos innovates with comp and crowdfunding perks
Aulos Productions is holding an open monologue slam and offering free youth theatre workshops as a crowdfunder perk in its bid to raise funds to bring two productions to EdFringe 2018.
The Monologue Slam will be held on Saturday April 28 at the Fireside Bar, East Market Street. Held in the style of a poetry slam, it is an open competition between actors to be crowned Edinburgh monologue slam champion.
The company has also opened an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to raise £2000 towards venue and registration fees for its two EdFringe shows, Antigone na h’Eireann and Shakespeare Catalysts, as well as covering the costs of performing Antigone in preview at the Buxton and Greater Manchester fringes in July.
For every £30 raised through crowd-funding, the company pledges to run a free hour of youth theatre workshops for local children in the Edinburgh & Lothians area. Anyone donating over £30 can choose to donate their hour(s) to a specific Edinburgh local school or community group.
It is a flexible campaign, so all donations are guaranteed, but if the campaign reaches its target, the company is set to provide over 65 hours of free workshops over the course of 2018 and beginning of 2019.
The workshops will be led by James Beagon who, besides founding Aulos, is a professional youth theatre tutor currently working freelance with both Strange Town Theatre Company and East Lothian Youth Theatre.
In the Monologue Slam, each participant will perform one pre-prepared monologue from a play or film in front of the paying audience and a judging panel, made up of theatre professionals from across Edinburgh.
The best first round contenders will be selected to take part in a final round where each will be given a short time to prepare an unseen mystery monologue for performance.
Audience tickets will be available on the door or can be pre-booked via Eventbrite. Anyone wishing to take part in the slam should sign up asap – and at least before Thursday 26 April – through the sign-up form on Google Documents.
Antigone na h'Éireann
As previously announced (Brexit inspires Aulos' EdFringe show), Aulos’ main EdFringe 2018 show is Antigone na h'Éireann, a new adaptation of the Antigone myth by James Beagon set in Northern Ireland where a hard-border Brexit has severed Ireland in two.
Annie and her siblings will not let this stand. Driven by faith to resurrect the IRA, Annie battles to bring her family the honour they deserve. Yet an unshakeable shadow lingers over their journey as faith, family and factions collide: the shadow of their father and the memory of the Disappeared.
The company’s second EdFringe production, Shakespeare Catalysts, is an exploration of “change” in the modern world through a collection of different Shakespearean scenes. It will be staged in week three of the fringe as part of the Free Fringe at Espionage.
Listings and links
Antigone na h'Éireann in preview
Antigone na h'Éireann at EdFringe
Aulos IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign: www.indiegogo.com.
Aulos Productions reviewed on Æ: tag/aulos-productions.
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