Four Days Festival `The Political in Theatre`
Participants in the Café Europa project “The Last Days of Mankind” from Germany, Poland, France, Ireland and the Ukraine, together with local Scottish artists, organized a four-day mini-festival of European theater, showing their ideas of theater and performance. The whole thing was curated by Siegmar Schröder of Theaterlabor.
Focus of the festival was “Theater as activism”
Among the Scottish artists involved were the punk poet Rodney Relax and the “Scotsman Fringe First Award” winner John McCann, who performed his one-man show on Rev Iain Paisley. In addition, the play `Paul` was first shown in English
Day 1: 1. November
7.30pm About Café Europa.
Members of Theaterlabor Bielefeld introduce the EU project Café Europa, and discuss international
collaborations from the past.
9.00pm DUPed – John McCann – Dundee, Scotland
Scotsman Fringe First winner John McCann presents DUPed, his one man show about the
Rev Ian Paisley. Based on interviews with campaigners, activists and journalists this docudrama
explores Paisley’s legacy.
10pm Tell Them Our Names – Smashing Times – Dublin
A screening of a short film about five women during World War One recalling moments of bravery,
sacrifice and love amidst the horrors of war.
Day 2: 2. November
7.30pm Dance With Playing – Plavo Pozoriste – Belgrade, Serbia
Internationally renowned Serbian company Plavo Povoriste in a performance which
8.30pm Trust and Terror, Rodney Relax, Edinburgh, Scotland
Performance poet Rodney Relax is a stalwart of the Scottish literary scene. His work tackles
politics, ideology and human rights with humanity and humour.
9.30 pm How to Explain the Tangent Art to a Dead Frog,
Association Arsene, Paris, France
The Tangent Art is a series of dada-ist performances based on imaginary artists such
as Duchamp Duchamp, Marcel Duchamp’s brother, who is also a butcher.
Association Arsene explore the common ground between theatre and fine art with an
anarchic sense of humour.
Day 3: 3. November
7.30pm A Media Festival in East Ukraine, Kultura Medialna, Ukraine
Members of theatre group Kultura Medialna discuss the role of storytelling and theatre in Dnipro,
East Ukraine and how their activities change the face of the city.
20.00pm Spect-act Gavin Crichton Active Enquiry, Edinburgh Scotland
Gavin Crichton, of Active Enquiry presents a short film about Spect-Act, a two year project to
create a network of Theatre of the Oppressed working with three companies focusing on addiction,
domestic violence and mental illness.
21.00pm Paul, Theaterlabor, Bielefeld, Germany
A performance about the relationship between a father and his autistic child.
It is a story of everyday life, misunderstanding, love and hate, unexpected progress and hope.
Day 4: 4. November
4pm Rehearsal fragments
A look at the different approaches to the material in
Karl Kraus’s epic work The Last Days of Mankind.
5pm International Co-operation, Leith Theatre, Scotland
An open discussion about the way European theatre makers have worked together on
7.30 Extracts, Teatr A Part, Poland
Members of Teatr A Part, Krakowice offer a look at its frank and fearless approach to
8.30pm Secret Ministry of Pestilence, Edinburgh, Scotland
Mark Zygadio, of the Scottish avant garde theatre group Secret Ministry introduces its theatrical
investigation into the Black Death, of 1347, which explores the peculiar behaviours and beliefs
we develop around disease.
21:30 Maps of Identity. Anton Romanov, Dnjepropetrowsk, Ukraine
An exploration of the way storytelling examines identity in times of conflict.
Secret Ministry of Dreams 7 by Ronnie Galloway
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