Tickets for performances at the Gayfield Square venue are now available on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website with the line-up featuring carefully selected and innovative work by new and emerging theatre makers.
Theatre Arts Exchange will be kicking off the festival with their spectacular in-house production The Haberdasher, a sumptuous new show about the search for identity, belonging and soft furnishings. Bursting at the seams with gorgeous visuals and cheeky physicality it promises to leave audiences intrigued (and well-fitted for curtains).
Another of the world-premieres is papercut- by Thrust, a searing and intense new play about reaching into the void which is extraordinary and devastating, offering a forensic and unflinching X-ray of human connection.
Nicola Stammers (Artistic Team) said: “We wanted to create a new kind of venue at Edinburgh Fringe, one that would empower theatre makers to bring their most ambitious and innovative work to a festival that is one of the most exciting, but also the most challenging, in the world.
“What makes Theatre Arts Exchange different from other venues is that we have more time, technical resources and expertise on offer to our companies. There’s no such thing as too ambitious – as our audiences will discover!”
Other shows to look out for include Timon of Athens by the Rendered Retina Theatre Company which sees one of Shakespeare’s least talked about plays explored as both a comedy and tragedy in this genre hopping adaption with original songs, 18 hats, three performers and everything above coming out of a box.
Meanwhile, Sonder by Broken Chair features a hugely talented group of third-year Middlesex students fresh from their sell-out debut at Brighton Fringe, who present a breathlessly physical exploration of how it feels to be alone.
Bruce Adams (Artistic Team) said: “We’re particularly excited to be giving a platform to some incredibly exciting emerging theatre companies like Broken Chair and Theatre Imaginers who share our values of collaboration, innovation and ambition. It’s theatre from the ground up.”
The venue, which takes over two galleries at Gayfield Creative Spaces will be staffed in part by Middlesex University Theatre Arts students, supported by staff, who will gain invaluable experience working at a new Fringe venue, putting their comprehensive training to use at what has become the biggest arts festival in the world. Many of the professional shows include Middlesex staff and graduates as well as a line-up of free performances from current Masters students.
Part of the School of Media and Performing Arts, Theatre Arts at Middlesex has long held a reputation for the teaching of theatre as a dynamic and collaborative art form, taught by world-class practitioners and researchers with alumni who go on to break boundaries and shape the future of theatre.
The full programme of performances at Theatre Arts Exchange can now be viewed at: www.theatrearts.exchange, with lots more news and info on Twitter @TheatreArtsEx.
You can find out more about BA and MA Theatre Arts at Middlesex University at: www.mdx.ac.uk/theatrearts.