First Edinburgh International Festival & Fringe Shows Confirmed as National Theater Reveals 2022 Lineup

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The shows, the first confirmed theater productions for Edinburgh in August, are part of the National Theater of Scotland’s (NTS) plans for the year.

The theater’s lineup for 2022 will also include a play based on the little-known true story of an African man sold into slavery in Jamaica to a wealthy Scottish plantation owner, John Wedderburn, and brought back to work on his Perthshire estate.

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Opening in October at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Enough of Him will explore the relationships between Joseph Knight, who would win a historic court battle in Scotland to secure his freedom, and John Wedderburn, his wife and a Scottish domestic servant. He fell in love.

Adura Onashile will play the title role in a new version of Liz Lochead’s adaptation of the Greek tragedy Medea. Image: Peter Dibdin

Uma Nada-Rajah, an NHS nurse who has become one of Scotland’s writing talents in recent years, has written Exodus, a dark fringe comedy billed as “bold, satirical and outrageous” by NTS.

Focusing on the fierce prime ministerial ambitions of Home Secretary Asiya Rao and her fierce adviser Phoebe, it is said to “blatantly ridicule systems of power.”

Nada-Rajah said: “The starting point of the play is a Home Secretary who is in the middle of a public relations campaign on the Dover shoreline and lo and behold, a baby washes ashore. The question that arises in my mind is what would they do in that situation.

“The rest of the play grows out of this idea that the baby is alive and that this Home Secretary must manage and manage the situation and take the baby with them through the rest of the political events of the day.

Alan Cumming will launch a new dance performance inspired by the life of Robert Burns at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. Image: Laurence Winram

“I love comedy and there’s something about whether political satire is relevant in 2022 and how you satirize something that satirizes itself.”

Cumming will present the dance and theater show Burn at the International Festival before a tour of Scotland and a move to New York.

He said: “At first I was very intrigued by this idea of ​​how men deal with their desire. I saw that in him. You didn’t handle it very well or you didn’t control it.

“Over the last six months, we’ve really been concentrating on Robert Burns’ letters as our main source material. He talks in his letters that passion is something incredibly important, but difficult and devastating for him.”

Actor Alan Cumming is working with choreographer Stephen Hoggett on his new Robert Burns-inspired dance and theater show, Burn.

Adura Onashile will play the title role in a new production of Liz Lochhead’s adaptation of Medea, almost 20 years after its Scottish premiere.

NTS will return to the stage next month with a new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic horror story, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which will be presented to a live audience at the Leith Theater and will also be will air in theaters.

Musicians Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly are composing the score for a new stage musical adaptation of Peter Mullan’s award-winning comedy-drama Orphans, which will premiere at the Armadillo in Glasgow in April.

Uma Nada-Rajah’s political satire Exodus will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
Enough of Him will explore the little-known true story of Joseph Knight, an African man sold into slavery in Jamaica to a wealthy Scottish plantation owner, John Wedderburn, and brought back to work on his Perthshire estate. Image: Peter Dibdin

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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