Waiting for Godot

Edinburgh welcomes Irish talent this August

01 August 2018
3 min read

Irish theatre, dance and literature’s leading luminaries are Scotland-bound for the 71st Edinburgh International Festival.

A byword for world-class culture since 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival’s iconic artistic showcase has never lost its cutting-edge appeal. 2018 is no exception to the rule, with Culture Ireland supporting the very best of Irish artists headed north through its GB18 programme.

Internationally-renowned Druid Theatre bring Samuel Beckett’s enviable wit, absurdity and devastating humanity to the festival with Waiting for Godot. With Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes at the helm, it’s little wonder reviewers are proclaiming it “the freshest, funniest, most affecting production of the play you’re ever likely to see.”

Everything Not Saved extends an unusual invite to explore memory and reminiscence, or as creators Malaprop Theatre put it – to “feed the present to the past.” One of Ireland’s most dynamic new companies, this award-winning show wowed audiences at last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival.

The work of influential Dublin playwright Mark O’Rowe and Landmark Productions is set to grace the Scottish stage with The Approach. Starring the superb Cathy Belton, Aisling O’Sullivan and Derbhle Crotty, the trio simultaneously unfold a psychological puzzle and a desperate tragedy, through three riveting conversations.

Edinburgh-bound dance lovers will be floored by Ballet Ireland’s production of Giselle. Beautifully choreographed by French-Spanish wonder Ludovic Ondiviela, this utterly haunting re-telling of the classic tale bravely explores love and betrayal in new ways.

Reviewers are proclaiming Druid’s Waiting for Godot “the freshest, funniest, most affecting production of the play you’re ever likely to see.”

While film, voice and movement overlap to confront women’s rights and choices in Ireland with WRoNGHEADED. Presented by dance powerhouse, the Liz Roche Company, this urgent performance is driven by the rhythm of poet Elaine Feeny’s words, as dancers Sarah Cerneaux and Justine Cooper consume the stage to a backdrop of Mary Wycherley’s mesmeric film work.

The written word will enjoy the festival spotlight too, starting with appearances by authors of spellbinding young adult fantasy Darren Shan (Cirque du Freak series) and Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant series).

While bilingual (Irish and English) poetry and unique soundscapes will fill the air courtesy of Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s new poems, accompanied by Linda Buckley’s enveloping compositions.

Kilkenny author Helena Duggan, Booker Prize-winner Donal Ryan and winner of the International Dublin Literary Award John Boyne, will each be discussing their acclaimed works at separate events across the festival too. With genres as diverse as children’s adventure to thrilling studies of the national psyche, any fans of exceptional Irish writing are sure to revel in the opportunity to see these authors live.

An incredible chance to showcase Irish arts to a voracious international audience, these are just some of the unrivalled talents livening up Edinburgh this August 3-27, 2018.

Find out more about Irish acts in the programme at Culture Ireland and discover the full 2018 festival line-up at www.eif.co.uk