News from north of the border

Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Dateline: 21st February, 2016

The National Theatre of Scotland

News starts with the late summer to winter programme from The National Theatre of Scotland which is marking its ten years.

Events include three world premières and an international festival of new work at Tramway.

Anything That Gives Off Light, a piece with a Scots-American cast looking at the relationship between Scotland and the USA, will play the Edinburgh International Festival in August.

This is a collaboration between The National Theatre of Scotland, Brooklyn-based the TEAM and the Edinburgh International Festival written by Rachel Chavkin, Davey Anderson, Brian Ferguson, Sandy Grierson and Jessica Almasy.

Two new plays in a double bill will be touring Glasgow and Edinburgh. Eve and Adam look at trans lives using personal testimony, storytelling, composition and mass digital media.

Created by Cora Bissett, Jo Clifford and Chris Goode with writing by Frances Poet, they will feature a score composed by Jocelyn Pook and video and set design by Jack Henry James.,

A digital global trans choir also features in Adam and trans and non-binary individuals are invited to participate irrespective of experience. The deadline for joining The Adam World Choir is 21 March; for details e-mail the Choir Project Manager, Leonie Gasson.

Home Away is a new international community festival of participatory arts that will take place in October at Glasgow's Tramway.

Built on the success of Home, Home Away presents an international programme with artists and organisations from Brazil, Australia, the USA and India, amongst others. Tickets go on sale in April.

The other big event for the autumn will be the completion of the National Theatre of Scotland’s new permanent facility, the Hoskins Architects–designed Rockvilla. Sited around Speirs Wharf in north east Glasgow, it is named in recognition of the area's industrial and social heritage.

The building's 3,700 sq.m (40,000 sq.ft) of space (over two levels) will provide a variety of spaces including rehearsal rooms, creative development spaces, a Learning and Community suite, a working wardrobe facility, production workshop and technical store, office space, meeting room facilities and social areas.

In the meantime the previously announced programme continues with the world premières of Told by an Idiot's brutal new comedy I Am Thomas (on tour, closing at London's Wilton’s Music Hall in April), epic outdoor participatory arts project telling the story of Aberdeen Granite, Oresteia–inspired This Restless House trilogy by Zinnie Harris and the first of a three-part new music cycle The 306: Dawn.

Hit Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour tours the UK including a return trip to Scotland, Ireland and USA whilst the tour of The James Plays finds the production at the Luminato Festival, Toronto in June.

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