Mini-festival Home Nations celebrates theatrical language from the UK
Works by Seamus Heaney, Dylan Thomas, Carol Anne Duffy and Liz Lochhead will be performed
The idea for this mini-festival of plays from around the Home Nations began with Edwin Morgan’s Dreams and Other Nightmares by Liz Lochhead, says the Tron’s artistic director, Andy Arnold, with its ‘brilliance’ demanding he show it with the eyes of the Culture 2014 carnival upon it. This soon fed into a desire to surround it with shows from elsewhere on these islands: Beowulf by Seamus Heaney, because Morgan's own version was one of his earliest works; Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, in this case a large-scale community production to fulfil the sizeable number of roles; and Carol Anne Duffy’s Grimm Tales: Arnold wanted Duffy and sought her out in the form of Wales’ Theatre Iolo’s production of the Tales.
‘What links all these pieces is tremendous theatrical language,’ says Arnold. ‘The spoken word is the basis of theatre performance, and all four pieces are bound by language which resonates with musicality and visual imagery.’ As this is a festival, there will also be a fringe, including a two-day poetry slam judged by Lochhead, Peter Ross and Bram Gieben, evening performance poetry with Lochhead, late night music in the Tron bar and an open submission playwriting event on the theme of the Commonwealth Games which has attracted entries from the UK, Canada, America and South Africa.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 17 Jul–Sun 3 Aug.