Press preview day: 11:00, Thursday 3 August
Full details of Northern Stage’s 2017 Summerhall programme have been announced.
Northern Stage return to one of the Fringe’s most critically acclaimed venues to host an ambitious new programme of work this August. For 2017, the Newcastle based company has teamed up with three other major producing theatres – Hull Truck Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse – to bring some of the best new work from across the North of England to the Fringe. All four theatres are involved in the selection process, bringing with them a wealth of pro-gramming and producing experience to present work from a diverse range of both up-and-coming and more established theatre-makers.
As part of the programme, The Mayers Ensemble and West Yorkshire Playhouse present What If I Told You, directed by multi Fringe First winner Chris Goode. Fringe first-timer Pauline Mayers is used to people making assumptions about her based on her gender, background and skin colour; it’s been happening all of her life. She invites her audience to spend an hour playing together to challenge boundaries, personal histories, gender and skin colour, carefully balancing dance and theatre and dispensing with traditional barriers between performer and audiences.
Northern Stage Artistic Director, Lorne Campbell: “It is with great excitement that we return to Edinburgh this year, not just to deliver an amazing, diverse and passionate programme of vital new theatre from across the north of England, but to begin a new collaboration that will evolve, expand and enrich our Edinburgh project for years to come. Northern Stage is delighted to begin a partnership between major northern venues to support, present and empower the best of the flourishing independent theatre sector.”
West Yorkshire Playhouse New Work Producer, Gilly Roche: “We believe that the north of England is home to some of the most innovative, generous and provocative theatre makers in the world. We’re delighted to partner with such an illustrious group of theatres to deliver a programme that is diverse, excellent and, we hope, truly reflective of the outstanding quality of the work being made in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East.”
Previous year’s programmes have included Open Clasp’s Key Change – winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, and the Fringe First Award-winning Going Viral by Daniel Bye.