In the run up to this year’s Fringe Edinburgh49 is showcasing companies looking to crowdfund their shows using Kickstarter. If you haven’t figured out the format yet, check back through our previous 4 installments here; here; here and here.
Drawing on myths and legends from Britain, Japan, Mexico, Greece as well as the Caribbean, and performed by an all-female cast hailing from 5 continents, veteran Fringer Cavell O’Sullivan’s Journies Beyond promises a comic/tragic integration of dance, song, text and physical theatre exploring a variety of differing cultural takes on the afterlife.
If you are looking to spot a star in the making Wac Arts is a sure starting point. From its hub based at the Old Town Hall in London’s Belsize Park, the company has helped launched the careers of, amongst others, 1996 Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), 2004 Oscar nominee Sophie Okenedo (Hotel Rwanda), world famous jazz musicians Courtney Pine and Julian Joseph and four Mercury and Mobo Award winners including Ms. Dynamite and Zoe Rahman.
This Is Where We Live
Bristol-based Paperbark Theatre Company aim to bring contemporary Australian scripts on the international stage. The company’s founders, Shaelee Rooke and Oliver de Rohan are Australian actors and theatre-makers who met while training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Their aim is to bring Vivienne Walshe’s Griffin Award-winning play, This Is Where We Live, to Edinburgh and New York.
The script follows two outback high-school students, Chris and Chloe. He’s a middle-class, wannabe poet; she’s from the wrong side of the tracks. Together, they discover the possibility of escape from their dead-end small town hell.
A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Transforum Theatre is drawn from the students and alumni of the Kent State School of Theatre and Dance, Ohio. Their goal is to provide opportunities for students to pursue their passions and explore their creativity while developing new works of art in theater, dance, poetry, script writing and more.
A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales is a collaborative piece of theatre that combines and expands upon a handful of the classic tales. Transforum’s ensemble promise to employ a unique multitude of theatrical muses such as shadow puppetry and magic to speak to the imaginations of all ages.
Have a look at the other potential shows we’ve previewed: Kat Woods’ Belfast Boy; Finn Anderson’s Alba; A Scottish Musical; The Wrong Shoes Theatre Company’s The Anima Project; Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of My Voice; Ian Harvey Stone’s The Devil Without; The Red Oak Theatre Company’s Funny Girl; Luc Valvona’s The Improvised Improv Show; Dogstar Theatre’s Factor 9; and Unprescribed by almuni of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
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