The Red Room
- Kelly Apter
- 3 August 2009
This article is from 2009
For years, the Traverse has been synonymous with ground-breaking, innovative theatre. And while it regularly shows dance throughout the year, when it comes to the Fringe, it’s drama all the way. Until now. When the David Hughes Dance Company delivers its acclaimed take on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, it will be making history.
‘This is the first time that dance has been performed at the Traverse during the Fringe,’ says Hughes. ‘We were up against about 5,000 applicants who wanted to be part of their programme – so the pressure’s on!’
Poe’s 19th century short story centres on Prince Prospero and his friends, who cavort merrily in his abbey while a deadly plague ravages the outside world. Helping Hughes create this atmospheric piece is physical theatre director, Al Seed and a cast of dancers who specialise in contemporary dance, Indian classical and breakdance; a melting pot of styles that Hughes has enjoyed mixing.
‘It’s about the dancers keeping their own identities and being honest to their own disciplines,’ he says. ‘But also trying to embrace another discipline and come together as a company. It’s a fine balance and an exciting challenge.’
Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, 9–16 Aug (not 10), times vary, £16–£18 (£5–£12). Preview 8 Aug, 9pm, £11 (£5)