Israeli theatre company Incubator perform silent protest show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

This article is from 2014

Israeli theatre company Incubator perform silent protest show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

The show, which receives public state funding, attracted attention from pro-Palestine protesters

A ‘silent’ protest performance by Jerusalem-based Incubator Theatre was itself the focus of pro-Palestinian protests in Bristo Square on Saturday. Hip hop opera The City had been cancelled by Underbelly following noisy protests outside the McEwan Hall venue on its first evening, and despite attempts to secure a new venue for the work, Incubator Theatre have so far been unsuccessful.

The Israeli theatre company had become the target of protests by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign because it receives public state funding, although an Incubator spokesperson stressed that the organisation works with both Jewish and Arab communities in the city.

Incubator had publicised a ‘silent’ performance of The City for Bristo Square on Saturday afternoon, in protest at what they described as ‘having our freedom of speech taken away by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’. The protest performance itself was disrupted by further noisy but peaceful demonstrations by around 50 pro-Palestinian protesters, and the Incubator actors were protected by a ring of several police officers to allow their performance to continue.

Following the protest performance, an Incubator spokesperson said: ‘The protest obviously wasn’t quite as we planned, but we are happy we got “heard”. Now we are trying to find an available slot to do a stripped-down version of the show.’

Meanwhile, a fundraising Night for Gaza has been announced for Tue 12 Aug at the Assembly Rooms. Organised by Edinburgh-based collective Artists for Gaza, and raising money for Medical Aid for Palestinians, a British-based charity that delivers health and medical care to those worst affected by the current conflict, the evening’s line-up includes Frankie Boyle, Shappi Khorsandi, Shooglenifty, the Poozies, Dean Owens and the Bevvy Sisters. Tickets are available from arfringe.com.