From HOME to Edinburgh

Published: 11 August 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Swim presented by HOME & Echo Presents Credit: Chris Payne

Manchester’s HOME arts centre reinforces its status as one of the major theatre producers in the UK by creating a number of shows to be performed at this year’s Edinburgh festivals, with productions in both the International Festival and Festival Fringe.

One of the headline shows in the Scottish capital is the world première of poet and writer Jackie Kay’s acclaimed memoir Red Dust Road, co-produced with the National Theatre of Scotland.

The play follows Jackie as she navigates the challenges of growing up as a mixed-race adopted Scot.

Other shows either produced or commissioned by HOME going to Edinburgh are Class, which explores what it is to be working class; Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran, in which Javaad Alipoor puts the spotlight on entitlement and consumption in an ever-unequal world; SWIM which celebrates how outdoor swimming can comfort those going through personal grief; The Accident Did Not Take Place, a dance-filled deconstruction of digital information; and Roots, a catalogue of thousands of little-known folk tales, which plays at HOME for Christmas 2019.

“We are delighted to be taking so many productions to one of the world’s major cultural happenings,” explained Kevin Jamieson, HOME’s head of programming.