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Three To See 2019: Poetic Shows

By | Published on Saturday 3 August 2019

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three poetic shows.

Rachel Long, Tania Nwachukwu & Hibaq Osman | Charlotte Square Gardens | 18 Aug
There’s lots that’s poetic all over the various festivals. But poetry is very much at home in a book, so I thought we’d head over to the fabulous Edinburgh International Book Festival for the first choice in this category. This event features Rachel Long, who founded Octavia, a poetry collective for women of colour, in response to the lack of representation in literature and academia. She appears alongside Tania Nwachukwu and Hibaq Osman for what promises to be an hour of excellent poetry. Listing here.

Illegal | Underbelly Cowgate | 1-25 Aug (pictured)
“An American artist must decide whether to overstay her visa or give up her chance to become a UK citizen. A Guatemalan graduate must decide whether to make the dangerous trek to America. As their parallel stories intertwine, two young women discover how far they’ll go to get what they need… and who they’ll hurt by becoming illegal”. This one’s from the Fringe theatre programme, and it’s a dramatic narrative poem written by Jessica Phillippi following an eight year period of dealing with the immigration process. Listing here.

The Mariner’s Song | Paradise in Augustines | 12-24 Aug
I chose this one on account of the fact that we absolutely know how good it is, because we saw it when it was on at the Fringe last year, and it was excellent. So, yes, we are very happy to see it back again this year to delight more Fringe-goers. Writer-performer Rajan Sharma uses classical mythology, family history and his own experience crewing on a deep sea challenge to create an intimate and poetic performance exploring humanity’s relationship with the oceans, rivers and seas. We described it as “beautiful and hypnotic”: expect something lyrical and captivating. Listing here.