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Three To See 2014: New plays

By | Published on Saturday 2 August 2014

Rose Of Jericho

At its heart, the Fringe is really all about new theatre. And we’ll have none of that “but it’s a comedy festival” from the back thank you very much. So many great plays have premiered here over the years, and here ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses selects three new works worth checking out this month.

The Paper Birds are the company behind this particular piece of new writing, and they are a company I always make a point of looking out for on account of the fact that they always tackle important themes and create quality theatre, which always generates appreciative comments from our review team. This is a new verbatim production, based on interviews carried out throughout the UK during 2014, exploring what it means to be broke, from perhaps just feeling the pinch a little to ending up completely and utterly without resources.
Pleasance Dome, from 30 Jul until 25 Aug. Tickets here

The Interview
This looks dark, but apparently it’s comedic. Hard to believe that this sort of subject matter could be funny in any way, but you know, I believe they can make it work. It’s about the extraordinary rendition of a US citizen, the use on him of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ – ie, torture – America’s stupid gun laws, and the never ending cycle of man’s inhumanity to man. It’s been produced by a strong and experienced team, with a list of credits as long as three of my arms (they are very long arms, too), so I am expecting this to be quite an experience.
Underbelly, from 31 Jul until 24 Aug. Tickets here

The Rose Of Jericho
“Know what the difference is between a common criminal and a common soldier? The criminal gets to keep the DVD player. Private Nobody aids and abets the ransacking of a whole nation, and goes home empty handed”. This new play, written by Alex Martinez and performed by Kevin Hely sees a former soldier looking back at his childhood and assessing its impact on the key events of his adult life. Martinez, a novelist, playwright and screenwriter, has won commissions from Channel 4 and the BBC, so I can’t help thinking he’s got the skills. So, yes. Looking forward to this.
theSpace at Surgeons Hall, from 1 Aug until 23 Aug. Tickets here