Welsh Theatre Takes Centre Stage at the Fringe; There Will Be a Strong Welsh Presence on the Streets of Scotland during the World Famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Karen Price Speaks to Some of the Artists Showcasing Their Latest Works Centre Feature

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), July 25, 2008 | Go to article overview

Welsh Theatre Takes Centre Stage at the Fringe; There Will Be a Strong Welsh Presence on the Streets of Scotland during the World Famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Karen Price Speaks to Some of the Artists Showcasing Their Latest Works Centre Feature


Byline: Karen Price

THROUGHOUT August the eyes of the world are on Edinburgh as anyone who's anyone in the arts world arrives in the city for the festival.

Well not just one festival - two to be precise.

The Edinburgh International Festival was launched in 1947 to celebrate the performing arts.

During the same year, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was formed as an alternative. It's now the world's largest arts festival and it's become renowned as a hotspot for comedy as well as theatre.

As in previous years, 2008 will see plenty of Welsh input at The Fringe, as the alternative festival is now lovingly dubbed.

Chris Ricketts, artistic director of Cardiff-based ShermanCymru,will be in Edinburgh to see the world premiere of the company's latest production, Deep Cut.

Previewing this weekend in the Welsh capital, it is based on the real-life tragedy at the Deepcut army barracks.

It is now almost 13 years since Private Cheryl James from Llangollen died from gunshotwounds at the barracks - one of four young officers found dead in similar circumstances.

An inquest returned an open verdict into her death and in 2006 an independent review concluded that all of the deaths were "probably self-inflicted".

Now, as her parents Des and Doreen James, continue fighting for a public inquiry, their harrowing story has been picked up by Swansea-based playwright Philip Ralph.

Deep Cut explores the investigation into the deaths of the soldiers and it also provides particular emphasis on the impact that 18-year-old Private James' death in 1995 has had upon her parents.

During the last few years, Ralph has been researching and developing the play and has conducted many face-to-face interviews with the families involved, including the Jameses, and professionals with views on the way in which the deaths were investigated. He has also considered in detail public records.

Deep Cut receives its world premiere at the TraverseTheatre in Edinburgh on July 31. It will run at the venue for three weeks and the Jameses will travel to Edinburgh for one of the performances.

It will be the first time Sherman Cymru - which was formed after Cardiff's Sherman Theatre merged with production company Sgript Cymru - has had a presence at The Fringe.

"It's very important for us to be there as it's such an important festival," says Ricketts. "And we are delighted to be at the Traverse, which is one of the premier venues.

It will be a great profile for the company and the piece (Deep Cut) deserves it."

Ricketts approached the Traverse with the script for Deep Cut.

"They read it and came back to us with the invitation."

He is now looking forward to audiences' reactions to the piece.

"We can show them that this is the quality of production which we aspire to achieve through all of our work.

"The important thing is to have the right piece to go to Edinburgh and, for me, a lot of it is being in the right venue where we know our work will be seen.

"We hope to have an on-going relationship with the Traverse and take our work there at other times of the year as well as stage work from the Traverse here in Cardiff.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Welsh Theatre Takes Centre Stage at the Fringe; There Will Be a Strong Welsh Presence on the Streets of Scotland during the World Famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Karen Price Speaks to Some of the Artists Showcasing Their Latest Works Centre Feature
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.