FORMER ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCED AS VENUE TO STAGE WAR IN AMERICA
FORMER ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCED AS SITE-SPECIFIC VENUE TO STAGE THE ATTIC COLLECTIVE’S WAR IN AMERICA
The Festival City Theatres Trust, the charitable company that runs the Festival and King’s Theatres is delighted to announce that its new theatre company for emerging artists, The Attic Collective, will be staging the World Premiere of Jo Clifford’s War in America at the former Royal High School on Regent Road.
This is the first time that the building, also known as New Parliament House, has been used for theatre performance since it closed its doors as a school in 1968. Refurbished to accommodate a central debating chamber in the late 1970s, the building was mooted in the early 2000s as a potential home for the new Scottish Parliament. The City of Edinburgh Council have kindly allowed access for the debating chamber to be used for one week only to stage War in America, providing audiences a rare opportunity to gain access to this historic venue to witness a landmark event in Scottish theatre.
Written in 1996 by acclaimed Scottish playwright, Jo Clifford, War in America is a hard-hitting portrait of a degenerate European democracy, rife with corruption, hypocrisy, division and distrust, set against the backdrop of a religious war in America. It will open at the former Royal High School on Wednesday 24 May, with performances up to and including Saturday 27 May 2017.
Playwright Jo Clifford said: ‘I am so pleased that The Attic Collective are staging my War in America; and delighted that they have secured the former Royal High School for its World Premiere.’
The Attic Collective, launched in 2016 to provide unrivalled industry access and performance opportunities to a group of emerging actors aged 18-26, will present its first production at the King’s Theatre in January 2017 (27 & 28 Jan), an adaptation of the classic Greek comedy, Lysistrata.
The company, working with director Susan Worsfold and Creative Producer Catrin Sheridan, will present three productions in the course of the year- a classical, a contemporary and a musical performance. The inaugural year’s productions will conclude with a revival of Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera in September 2017.