Theatre Hitlist

As the EIF joins the Fringe, we choose our pick of Festival theatre.

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This article is from 2009.

Theatre Hitlist

Diaspora
Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen’s multi-media epic about migration and cross-continental journeys. Playhouse, 473 2000, 15 & 16 Aug, 8pm, £8–£30.

Sea Wall
Subtle, hauntingly beautiful family tragedy, which playwright Simon Stephens vividly enhances by moving God onto the theatrical chessboard. Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, until 16 Aug, times vary, £10-£11 (£5-£7).

The Tartuffe
Belt Up blasts through the fourth wall in this irreverent adaptation of Moliere’s farce. C Soco, 0845 260 1234, until 31 Aug, 8.55pm, £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).

Trilogy
Joyous, life-affirming exploration into the state of contemporary feminism by Scottish theatre-maker Nic Green. St Stephen’s, 0141 565 1000, until 31 Aug (not 18, 25), 7.30pm, £12 (£9).

The Hotel
Daft, delirious hour of site-specific, interactive theatrical delight – exactly what the Fringe was made for. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 31 Aug (not 17), 4.15pm, £10.50–£13 (£9–£10).

Party
Tight, hilarious comic play about a gaggle of diverse characters struggling to form new political party, featuring the comic talents of Tim Key, Anna Crilly, Jonny Sweet and Katy Wix. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 31 Aug (not 17), 2.25pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).

White Tea
David Leddy’s new experimental piece treads the borderline between psychological study of denial and pure, almost camp melodrama. Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 31 Aug (not 18, 25), 2pm & 5pm, £9–£10.

Optimism
Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre adapts Voltaire’s 19th century satirical fantasy Candide, with Perrier-winning comic Frank Woodley in the lead role. Royal Lyceum, 473 2000, 15–17 Aug, 8pm (Sun mat 2.30pm), £10–£25.

Faust
Silviu Purcarete’s adaptation of the Goethe classic is an orgiastic carnival of sex and death. Lowland Hall, Ingliston, 473 2000, 18–22 Aug, 7.30pm, £20.

This article is from 2009.

White Tea

Fresh from its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes a multi-layered and sumptuous piece of visual theatre. Co-presented by Fire Exit and The Tron Theatre Company, the audience are invited to drink Japanese tea in a forest of origami and projections to watch as Naomi journeys to Kyoto in an absurd, eccentric…

Sea Wall

  • 4 stars

A heartbreaking story about family, grief and the things that can't be undone. Written by Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens ('On the Shore of the Wide World', 'Pornography'). 'Extraordinary... gripping' (Guardian).

Party

  • 4 stars

By Tom Basden. A new comic play about wanting to change the world but having no idea how and little idea why. With Tom Basden, Anna Crilly, Tim Key, Jonny Sweet and Katy Wix.

David Leddy's 'White Tea'

  • 4 stars

A complex, multi-layered piece of visual theatre from this ‘brilliant site-specific theatre-maker’ (Scotsman) with a ‘propensity for fearless experiment’ (Financial Times). The audience wear white paper kimonos and drink white tea as they sit within a cocoon of paper prayer flags, origami birds and lush projections of…

The Hotel

  • 5 stars

A comedy of sorts. Set in a building a short walk from Assembly Theatre, George Street. Directed by Mark Watson. 'The highest achiever the Fringe has seen this decade' (Times).

Trilogy

  • 5 stars

An epic interrogation of the complexities of being a woman today. Expect passion, beauty and 50 female volunteer dancers in this radical performance, delivered with rawenergy. 'A quirky, celebratory excursion into feminism' - ****(Herald). 'Joyous' (Guardian). **** (Scotsman).

Tartuffe

  • 5 stars

Edinburgh International Festival Award winners, Belt Up, return with their triumphant adaptation of Moliere's classic. 'This show will blow you away... an experience that will send a shot of electricity to the core of your heart' - ***** (Scotsman). www.nothingtoseehear.co.uk

Diaspora

The European premiere of a sweeping, multi-faceted production from director Ong Keng Sen, TheatreWorks and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra that explores memory, migration, assimilation and the triumph of the human spirit through music, video and live story telling. Supported by Homecoming Scotland, Visiting Arts, National…

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