More Theatre for Edinbugh

2nd April 2008

The Stage reports on the line-up for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival (8-31 August), which features a programme with 11 theatrical productions.

World premieres of a major new ballet by Matthew Bourne and a new piece of verbatim theatre by David Harrower are among the highlights of this August’s programme, which will also see the return of Scottish Opera to the EIF. …

Highlights of the programme include Haris Pasovic’s East West Theatre Company transplanting Nigel Williams’ Class Enemy from south London to Sarajevo and Harrower’s 365 One Night to Learn a Lifetime, which concerns a halfway house for children leaving care homes. This EIF co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland will be directed by NTS artistic director Vicky Featherstone.

Theatre Company TR Warszawa brings two pieces – Dybbuk, which questions Poland’s relationship with its Jewish population in the 20th century, and a Polish translation of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian National Theatre’s Jidariyya is an adaptation of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem of the same name about finding the beauty in life.

Heiner Goebbels is currently developing another of EIF’s world premieres – I Went to the House But Did Not Enter.

His collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble will use iconic 20th-century texts by TS Eliot, Maurice Blanchot and Samuel Beckett as his source material.

There is also a lively dance programme and two productions from Scottish Opera.

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