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18 March 2015 Variety

New Director of Edinburgh Intl. Festival Debuts with Strong Theater Lineup

News piece about launch of EIF 2015. An Edinburgh International Festival preview.

THE new chief of the Edinburgh International Festival has announced a stellar theatrical lineup for his inaugural edition of the festival, with Robert Lepage, David Greig, Enda Walsh, Simon McBurney and Ivo van Hove (whose “Antigone,” pictured above, stars Juliette Binoche) among the 2300 artists from 39 nations that Fergus Linehan — previously of the Dublin Theater Festival, the Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House — has invited to appear in the August event.

10 March 2015 The Guardian

Blood Wedding

By Lorca/David Ireland. A Dundee Rep/Derby Theatre/Graeae review

“THAT'S what life is: conflict, misery and pain,” says EJ Raymond as Agnes, the tragic matriarch, in Lorca’s classic. She’s a woman who has lost a husband and son in a knife attack and who fears she is about to lose her remaining son as he marries into the family of the killers. Her bleak worldview is justified. And it’s through Raymond that we see the greatest connection to Lorca’s spirit in this upbeat but lightweight Dundee/Derby/Graeae collaboration. David Ireland’s adaptation has more to do with Primark, Sky+ and Strictly Come Dancing than the oppressive heat of rural Andalucía, but this unsophisticated woman, plain-speaking and blunt, reminds us that the play is rooted in myth.














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