Monday, July 28, 2014

Forget Fire at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Forget Fire
World premiere production devised by the company with J.C. Marshall

"The best story is the most fantastical story"

But when such a story on Facebook ends up making Jamie feel manipulated and powerless, she decides that getting offline is the only way to get back in control.

2012 Fringe First winners Pepperdine Scotland return to the Fringe with another world premiere, this time devised by the company with Scottish playwright J.C. Marshall.

Inspired by magical realism, Forget Fire weaves together the language of myth, science, and actual web content to explore what happens when the things we imagine take on a life of their own.

"Maybe empathy is like the tail. We'll evolve it away eventually"

Our pursuit of truthfulness and solidarity in the age of the internet moves through the crossing over places and along the paths and walls between worlds. It seeks sentries in this strange new landscape. Does technology create new challenges or just intensify age old struggles? Can we ever forget fire?

Building on the success of the past two years, Forget Fire draws on the strengths of both Scottish and American theatre tradition, continuing Pepperdine Scotland's commitment to international collaboration through co-creation by artists from both sides of the exchange.

Notes to Editors
J.C. MARSHALL has written for numerous theatres including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Tron, and Visible Fictions. As part of Slung Low she won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Award with the show 'Helium.' She is currently exploring the role of 'Artist As Public Witness' by being attached to both political campaign trails in the lead up to the Scottish Independence referendum. Her work explores how theatre can engage with ethics and philosophy.

PEPPERDINE SCOTLAND is the award-winning cultural and artistic exchange between Pepperdine University's Department of Theatre and leading members of the Scottish Theatre Community. Pepperdine has been performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1985, and expanded its Scottish presence in 2012 with this exchange, developed with support from Playwrights' Studio Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The inaugural production, Why Do You Stand There In The Rain? by Peter Arnott won a Scotsman Fringe First Award and subsequently toured Scotland in 2013.

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