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#1 keysersoze

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 12:25 PM

I have a feeling that the National Theatre of Scotland will strike gold again this year with The Bacchae, in a new version by David Greig, which might just replicate the success of last year's outstanding 'Black Watch'. With John Tiffany directing this also, a visually stunning production can be expected and the return of Alan Cumming to the Scottish stage for the first time in 16 years is a very exciting prospect. The production will only be helped by the fact that the NTS have secured it a London run at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Other International Festival theatre productions just seem to be trying too hard to justify their status in this starchy, highbrow festival.
Fringe productions that could do well include Tam Dean Burn's 'Venus as a Boy', performed at the Traverse, adadpted from Luke Sutherland's novel, and again produced by the NTS. This too will play in London, at the Soho Theatre.
David Greig is in for an exciting August, with three of his plays being performed. Other than The Bacchae, he has a new play, 'Damascus', at the Traverse - directed by Philip Howard in his penultimate production before his resignation as Artistic Director - and 'Yellow Moon', a hit last year in Glasgow; revived at the Traverse.
The Traverse has, as ever, an exciting range of touring companies in residence, including Druid (a hit at the EIF a few years ago), Rough Magic and Paines Plough. Paines Plough have last year's well-received 'Long Time Dead' by Rona Munro and also have Mark Ravenhill writing seventeen short plays for early morning performances. The Traverse are also producing 'Night Time' by Selma Dimitrijevic and Tim Crouch's new play performed in an art gallery. New plays by Stewart Lee and Enda Walsh will be seen at the Traverse and the locaton for last year's 'Black Watch' - the Drill Hall - will be used for many of their shows.

Good reviews met the Comedian's Theatre Company with last year's 'Talk Radio' at the distinctive E4 Udderbelly and they return this year with two plays, 'Breaker Morant', by Kenneth Ross, again at the giant upside down purple cow, and 'Killer Joe' by Tracy Letts at the Pleasance.
Recent London fringe productions 'Forgotten Voices' and Jack Thorne's 'Fanny and Faggot' will play at the Assembly Rooms and Pleasance respectively.

As ever, Edinburgh will be an exciting place to be in August.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:50 PM

I was disappointed by Forgotten Voices in London..
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 11:52 PM

I was at the Traverse tonight.  David Greig's new play at the Traverse, 'Damascus', is outstanding. Very funny, moving and wordy (in a good way).  Its use of language is wonderful and the acting is superb, particularly from 'The Thick of It' star Paul Higgins in the lead.  Its use of lighting is subtle, and the live piano accompaniment is integrated perfectly.  The set is open, artistic and versatile when needed.  Even on the third preview, the direction is tight and effective, with the production already highly polished.  In spite of this, director Philip Howard was in attendance taking notes, and I expect the play to open to ecstatic reviews in a few days time.




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