Fuelfest theatre festival at Glasgow Tramway
- Yasmin Sulaiman
- 16 November 2012
Work from David Rosenberg, Lewis Gibson, Inua Ellams and The Simple Things in Life
Since 2004, theatre company Fuel has worked with a range of artists – from the exiled Belarus Free Theatre to Perrier Award winner Will Adamsdale – to produce challenging and exciting theatre for global audiences. And in 2012, the company has brought together a range of their current shows to create Fuelfest, which began in Liverpool in March and takes up residence at Tramway in November.
'We work with a really exciting range of different artists and have a number of shows available to tour at any one time,' says Fuel producer Christina Elliot. 'The idea behind Fuelfest was to take these shows to a venue and group them under a festival banner so audiences can make the link between shows, and hopefully come and see something they might not otherwise have chosen.'
Fuelfest's programme includes three plays: Ring, by Shunt co-founder David Rosenberg, Make Better Please by Lewis Gibson and Uninvited Guests, and Black T-Shirt Collection by Inua Ellams. There's also two digital installations, two sheds from The Simple Things in Life – the site specific work first performed at Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens in 2011 – and even a launch party featuring Miaoux Miaoux.
The company plan to tour Fuelfest – it's already slated for Bristol's Old Vic in Spring 2013 – to open up new audiences for Fuel's work across the country. And Elliot is excited to see how audiences in Glasgow will react.
'It's not just a series of shows in theatres,' she explains. 'Ring is an experience that takes place in complete darkness, and the audience listens to what's happening on headphones. Make Better Please is a really unusual example of audience participation in that the show is about news stories that have been chosen by the audience members on that day. Hopefully anyone who's interested in new theatre will have a really good time.'
Tramway, Glasgow, Tue 20–Sun 25 Nov