Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boldly Going North; Northern Stage Are Crossing the Border This Month and Offering an Edinburgh Showcase for First-Rate Theatre from the North of England. Sam Wonfor Reports THEATRE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boldly Going North; Northern Stage Are Crossing the Border This Month and Offering an Edinburgh Showcase for First-Rate Theatre from the North of England. Sam Wonfor Reports THEATRE

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At this time of year, I've become accustomed to compiling a round-up of the North East talent heading north of the border to pepper venues at the Edinburgh Festival and associated Fringe with their eclectic entertainment wares.

And although I'm happy to report this annual pilgrimage is again under way, I'm equally excited to bring news of a more ambitious undertaking by one of the region's big theatrical hitters.

For the first time, Northern Stage will be taking residency in its own venue at the Festival Fringe. By now, St Stephen's Church, the former home of Edinburgh's celebrated Aurora Nova venue, will have been transformed to accommodate two purpose-built performance spaces.

From August 3 to 25, each will offer a platform for innovative theatre from the North East and wider North of England.

Highlights of the North East-bred programme include Oh, The Humanity, Northern Stage's revival (now co-produced with Soho Theatre) of five playlets by celebrated New York monologist Will Eno; Unfolding Theatre's Best in the World which considers what it means to be the very best at what you do (prompted by darts player Phil 'The Power' Taylor); and improv legends The Suggestibles who will provide one of many quirky single performances.

Other productions for your attention from further afield come in the form of Third Angel & Mala Voadora, with Chris Thorpe, who attempt to hold the whole world in their heads in What I Heard About the World; Edinburgh Fringe First winners of the last two years, RashDash, with their new show The Ugly Sisters; Monkeywood Theatre, an adaptation of Andrea Ashworth's memoir Once In A House on Fire; and Dan Bye's performance lecture The Price of Everything - an exploration of how we ascribe value to things, which is one of many works offering channels for gentle but direct engagement with audiences. …

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