This summer, we’re reinforcing our status as one of the major theatre producers on the UK theatre scene by creating a number of shows which are currently at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, with productions in both the International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
One of the headline shows of the International Festival is the world premiere production of poet and writer Jackie Kay’s acclaimed memoir Red Dust Road (pictured here) co-produced with National Theatre Scotland.
The play follows Jackie as she navigates the challenges of growing up as a mixed-race adopted Scot, and teaches us that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love. Jackie is an MBE, the Makar – National Poet for Scotland – a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has picked up numerous awards for her novels and story collections. She is also a patron of HOME and Chancellor at Salford University.
Red Dust Road is at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh between 14 – 18 August, followed by a short tour of Scotland, before it comes to our stage 11 – 21 September.
The other shows either produced or commissioned by HOME at Edinburgh are Class (Assembly, 31 July – 26 August) in which HOME favourite Scottee explores what it is to be working class in a show, he says, “is aimed squarely at the middle class”; SWIM (Pleasance Courtyard, 31 July – 26 August) which celebrates how outdoor swimming can comfort those going through personal grief; the accident did not take place (Pleasance Courtyard, 31 July – 26 August) presented by YESYESNONO, a dance-filled deconstruction of digital information for the modern world; The Scotsman Fringe First winner Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (Traverse Theatre, 1 – 25 August; sold out), in which Javaad Alipoor puts the spotlight on entitlement and consumption in an ever-unequal world; and Roots (Church Hill Theatre, 9 – 25 August), a catalogue of thousands of little-known folk tales offering fascinating glimpse into the imaginations of our forebears, which plays at HOME for Christmas 2019.
In addition, HOME co-produced shows The Believers Are But Brothers, Javaad Alipoor’s examination of masculinity as seen through the prism of online political extremism, which was on our stage at HOME in October 2017 and was adapted for BBC4 earlier this year, is at the Assembly George Square Studios, 19 – 24 August; and Typical, a powerful new play by Ryan Calais Cameron confronting the daily tensions experienced by black men as they negotiate life, featuring Richard Blackwood and presented by Nouveau Riché in association with HOME and Soho Theatre, is at the Pleasance Courtyard, 31 July – 25 August.
“We are delighted to be taking so many productions to one of the world’s major cultural happenings,” explains Kevin Jamieson, our Head of Programming.
“Theatre is about telling a story, and all our shows tell fantastic human stories which are ever more relevant in today’s volatile and febrile society. To be able to be playing a major part in taking so many productions to Edinburgh, as well as then bringing them to our stages for our own audience, is precisely what HOME is all about.”
Kevin Jamieson, our Head of Programming, on Red Dust Road and some of the other HOME-produced shows which are at the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals.