Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011

The National Theatre of Scotland is busier than ever at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

As well as staging two plays of our own for the full month of August, we are also proud to be working with a diverse range of partners to bring a number of productions to audiences in Edinburgh.

The Wheel (image by Gottfired Helnwein)

The Wheel, is the world premiere of a new play by Zinne Harris, directed by Vicky Featherstone, and is at the Traverse Theatre for the full duration of the Fringe. The play is set amidst a world in conflict and follows the journey of a young woman and a girl in their quest for survival. From 28 Jul – 28 Aug.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia HartThe Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart returns to Edinburgh pub, the Ghillie Dhu, following a sell-out Scottish tour early this year, glowing reviews and the award for Best Music and Sound for Alasdair Macrae at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland this month. From 2 – 27 Aug.

Also at the Traverse, The Monster in the Hall, written by David Greig and directed by Guy Hollands, is presented by the Citizens Theatre (a TAG production) with support from National Theatre of Scotland. The play is described as a low budget indie comedy musical about a girl on the verge of a nervous breakdown played out by four actors and a big fat motorbike which goes vrrooommm. . . From 4 – 28 Aug.

The Traverse also plays host to Last Orders, presented by David Hughes Dance Productions in association with National Theatre of Scotland. Described as an endless party, an ecstatic celebration teetering on the brink of nightmare Last Orders takes as its inspiration the tale of a 16th century Scottish cannibal . . . From 16 – 28 Aug.

Real Men Dream in Black and White, presented by Real Men at the Greenside venue, was originally produced with support from the National Theatre of Scotland as part of Exchange 2010. The play explores what makes a real man, and what it takes to become one, in a society increasingly uneasy with coming of age rituals and expressions of masculinity. From 5 – 20 Aug.

In partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the National Theatre of Scotland presents a world premiere performance of Fleckby artist and novelist Alasdair Gray, a retelling of the Faust story. This rehearsed reading features a glittering line up of literary stars including Will Self as Fleck and Gray himself as the Devil, as well as writers Ian Rankin, AL Kennedy, Janice Galloway, Alan Bissett and many others. Fleck is performed on Mon 29 Aug.

Finally, on Aug 20, the Scottish Performing Arts Symposium brings together the performing arts sector in Scotland to network and talk about achievements, goals and what is important to artists working in Scotland today.

Designed in response to a desire for the Fringe Society to engage with and address the needs of specific disciplines and sectors within the makeup of the Festival Fringe, this event aims to contextualise interesting trends and issues in the Scottish theatre and dance sector, both at the festival and within the wider industry.

Presented by the National Theatre Scotland’s Staging the Nation programme of talks, readings and discussions, with the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society as part of the Made in Scotland initiative.

Full booking details for all these events are available by following the relevant links. Booking fees may apply for some events.

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