artsdepot in Edinburgh!
| Fri 10 Jun 2016
This August five companies supported by artsdepot are heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor, theatre company Inspector Sands, performance makers ThisEgg, dance artist Rhiannon Faith and theatre makers Bootworks Theatre will all be presenting new shows at the festival. We’re proud to have had a chance to work with these incredible artists and are wishing them the best of luck for their runs!
Our amazing Circus Artist in Residence Ockham’s Razor will be presenting their thrilling circus show Tipping Point at C Scala 3 - 25 August.
After receiving fantastic reviews at its premiere as part of London MIME Festival, we were lucky enough to welcome Tipping Point to artsdepot and witness this mesmerising performance first hand as part of CircusFest. With the audience drawn in close, you’re practically part of the action, as the performance veers from catastrophe to mastery. The five performers, enclosed within the circle of the stage, transform simple 5 metre metal poles into a rich landscape of images.
“Ockham’s Razor push themselves to the limit in a terrific show that wields lethal-looking poles to blend circus acrobatics, playground games and trust exercises." The Guardian
“Their feats are, without question, impressive - exhilarating to watch, both thrilling and nerve-racking - a spellbinding performance.” The Stage
We’re proud to have supported award-winning theatre company Inspector Sands’ new show The Lounge, which will preview here on 28 July before heading to Summerhall 3, 5 - 14, 16 - 27 August.
Having seen an early preview at South Street Arts Centre in Reading we know that The Lounge is something special. The award-winning Inspector Sands create theatre that is irreverent, emotionally charged, often tragic, usually comic and always serious and The Lounge, a dangerously unstable farce about ageing, encompasses this.
Set in a care home lounge somewhere off the A1, 97 year old Marsha Hewitt begins the last day of her life. But she cannot go quietly. As the radiators burn and Jeremy Kyle blares, rivalries, relatives and murderous impulses jostle for space on the Axminster carpet. By teatime, a riot is brewing.
This show really does shine a light on how we cope, or fail to cope, with ageing.
“Acutely observed, often surreal, and painfully funny” The Times (on If That’s All There Is)
“Brilliant, slippery, deliciously sharp and witty” The Guardian (on If That’s All There Is)
Having performed Goggles at both our Room and Regional Room festivals ThisEgg are definitely ones to watch out for in Edinburgh. They’ll be heading to The Pleasance Courtyard 3 - 15, 17 - 29 August.
Two performers. Two pairs of goggles. A fish tank. A quirky comedy about keeping afloat. Gemma and Josie had pet fish, Sunny and Boo. But now they are dead.
As they remember watching their pet fish live harmoniously in a bowl, Gemma and Josie wonder if they love each other as much as Sunny and Boo had loved each other. They think about whether it would be possible to love each other more. They think that might be too much, but then they think Goggles is about life, loss, loneliness and fish.
Although they haven’t quite raised enough for a real fish tank yet, you can expect fun, friendship and pond-ering, in this comic and heartwarming ode to friendship.
“This theatre company is definitely one to keep an eye on” Edinburgh Spotlight
Back in November Rhiannon Faith presented her new show Scary Shit as part of our Room Festival programme and also recently joined us for a week in our Creation Space. Touring to various festival this summer, Scary Shit will be appearing at The Pleasance Courtyard, 3 - 9, 11 - 14, 16 - 21, 23 – 29 August.
Scary Shit is a show about friendship, being a woman and asking for help. Riding the rollercoaster of a moving and courageous real-life experiment, Rhiannon Faith and Maddy Morgan share their experiences after attending CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) sessions with the psychologist Joy Griffiths in order to learn more about themselves and maybe, just maybe, find a future free of fear.
Smashing the UK dance scene with quirky and outrageous dance theatre, Rhiannon Faith’s Scary Shit uses dance, theatre, comedy and therapy to help us imagine a life without fear. Honest, comic and moving, this brave performance is one not to miss.
“Bold, brave and moving” Lyndsey Winship Evening Standard
“A brilliant choreographer, a madcap mind and a cheeky little minx” Bryony Kimmings
“You go in the silly door and come out profoundly moved” Nicholas Minns, Writing About Dance
Bootworks Theatre are a group of artists who work in a range of disciplines and contexts. Back in May 2015 the company explored ideas for their new children’s show, The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad, at a Research & Development Residency at artsdepot. Following further development the company began touring the work and you can catch it at Pleasance Kids @ EICC, 10 - 14, 16 - 21, 23 – 28 August.
Building upon the huge success of their previous show The Incredible Book Eating Boy, the award-winning makers, Bootworks Theatre, present The Lose-O-Porium – an intimate space where all lost things live – and where Frank’s adventures can be enjoyed by small audiences of children and their grown ups.
Frank is an inquisitive chap with a big problem: what’s happened to Mum? Join Frank on his adventure to find her. There’ll be scavenger hunts, puzzles to solve and even some dancing to dubstep. This is a show about bereavement for young audiences and their families and sensitively asks how we cope when things go missing.
“Tackling difficult issues with a tender touch and lots of humour, this show is all about the things we lose and the things we find.” Curious Mum