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Imaginate Festival 2008

Imaginate is supported by the Scottish Arts Council as a Foundation Organisation.

Introduction
Theatre for Early Years
Theatre from Scotland
National & International Theatre

Introduction

The 2008 Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival (previously the Bank of Scotland Children's International Theatre Festival) runs from Saturday 24 May to Monday 2 June 2008 at venues across Edinburgh and then tours Scotland until Tuesday 10 June. With support from SAC, CEC, Bank of Scotland as well as trusts and foundations, the Festival offers over 14,000 children and young people in Scotland the opportunity to experience some of the best theatre in the world.

Kopergietery (Belgium) Beuysband ; Photo: Phile Deprez courtesy of Imaginate

In 15 fantastic family shows from home and abroad, Festival audiences will enjoy electrifying fairies, giant babies, scary wolves, performing fleas, an incredible lion and a rock 'n' roll boysband. The 2008 Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival is out of this world!

This year, for the first time, the Festival’s wide, hand-picked programme includes shows for children and young people from babies right up to 18 years and beyond.

Take a toddle on the funky side! Following on from the phenomenal success of last year's Baby Rave from Young at Art, the 2008 Festival opens on Saturday 24 May with We Dance, wee groove - a highly theatrical Scottish dance extravaganza for young clubbers aged 0-4 and their grown-ups!  For young people in the 14 plus age range, Scotland's TAG Theatre Company makes a welcome return to the Festival, giving young audiences a chance to see its brilliant and critically acclaimed production Yellow Moon written by David Greig.

Recently awarded support from the Scottish Government's Expo Fund, the Festival will showcase a programme of Scottish work that demonstrates the breadth of talent in this country to presenters and programmers from the UK and abroad. The Festival also welcomes a wealth of national and international companies from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Canada, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Denmark and Belgium. 

The 2008 Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival on Tour will visit Glasgow, Falkirk, Bathgate, Dumfries, Dunfermline, Stirling, Castle Douglas and Inverness.

Tony Reekie, Festival Director said  "Any festival of theatre for children and young people must strive to be as much fun as possible, and I believe that this year's programme is packed full of entertaining theatre of the highest quality from around the world. And entertaining theatre comes in many shapes and sizes; from the madness of a tiny flea circus to the heart breaking and inspirational tale of a caged lion to the physical exuberance of young people striving for fame, we hope to provide the excitement and breadth a festival needs with something, genuinely, for everyone."

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Theatre for Early Years

  • Scotland's Andy Manley in association with Starcatchers presents, My House, a very special show for ages 2 - 3 about a house where all is not as it seems.
  • From Canada, Théâtre de Quartier presents GlouGlou for ages 2 plus. An interactive performance enhanced by lights, music and sound. An irresistible sensory adventure for the very young
  • Dschungel Wien from Austria present Surprise, a beautiful piece of dance theatre for a young audience aged 2 and upwards.
  • Mala Scena from Croatia present Parachutists or On the Art of Falling, an amazing physical theatre performance about life's ups and downs for ages 3 and upwards.

Theatre from Scotland

Award-winning company Catherine Wheels makes a welcome return to the Festival with The Lion of Kabul, having delighted audiences last year with Hansel and Gretel. Inspired by a true story the Lion of Kabul is performed inside a purpose built structure to provide an unforgettable setting for a remarkable story. Age 8 plus.

  • Shona Reppe Puppets bring the utterly engaging creation of Olga Volt to this year's Festival. Suitable for ages 7 and upwards this extraordinary story is told with objects, light and shadow.
  • Scotland's TAG Theatre Company makes a welcome return to the Festival, giving young audiences  a chance to see its brilliant and critically acclaimed production Yellow Moon  for ages14 plus written by David Greig.  
  • Scotland's Andy Manley in association with Starcatchers presents, My House, a very special show for ages 2 - 3 about a house where all is not as it seems.
  • stillmotion and Starcatchers in association with Imaginate present We Dance, wee groove - a highly theatrical Scottish dance extravaganza for young clubbers aged 0-4 and their grown-ups!  With live DJ and dancers, it promises to be the grooviest gig at the Festival.

Compagnia Rodisio (Italy) The Wolf and the Goat ; Photo courtesy of Imaginate

National & International Theatre

  • The most unusual show at the Festival has to be The Flea Pit. This intimate performance takes place in a miniature, mobile theatre space in Festival Square. Come and meet some of the world’s smallest, strangest performers. You will be itching to see it! From Cahoots NI in Northern Ireland and suitable for age 6 plus.
  • Scamp Theatre from England bring their hit of last year's Edinburgh Fringe back to Scotland. Aesop's Fables written by Michael Morpurgo is a fantastic retelling of family favourites . For ages 5 plus.
  • English company Tangere Arts present Hood in the Wood, for ages 7 and upwards - an exciting storytelling performance with live music and lots of laughs
  • Campagnia Rodisio is an exciting young company from Italy. The Wolf and The Goat is a magical story about a wolf and a goat for ages 6 plus
  • From Denmark, the Festival welcomes back two wonderful companies with productions for ages 8 plus; Teatret MØllen with its captivating, reaffirming story about life and death, Whistle- Stop, and Teatret Fairplay/Gruppe 38 and their wonderfully funny chamber - opera, Next Door

The Festival is delighted to welcome back the award winning Kopergietery from Belgium with Beuysband  for ages 12 plus, a stunning visual tale of a band searching for fame. It fuses boy bands with the existential philosophy of German artist Joseph Beuys’.

For more information please visit the website: www.imaginate.org.uk
Tickets for all shows are now on sale: 0131 228 1404

 
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