From 8th October to 14th November, Transport, the critically acclaimed Folkstone-based theatre company behind Invisible, 1001 Nights and Elegy will present a new devised production, The Edge, with original music composed by award-winning Raymond Yiu. Inspired by real life narratives taken from the south coast of England and the Sundarbans in India and developed in collaboration with leading lecturer in coastal oceanography Dr Ivan Haigh, The Edge is an extensive exploration of climate change and migration. Based on an encounter between two people from different cultures that encompasses myths from the sea, the history of human migration, the formation of rivers and seas, the piece will be devised and directed by Douglas Rintoul and the creative team behind Elegy.
A woman steps into the English Channel. A man is swept up by a great storm in West Bengal. Two decades later their children meet on a beach by an English town that’s been abandoned to the sea. She’s training to swim the Channel. He’s a climate change refugee.
Powerful and poetic, The Edge is a love story between two people from different continents and cultures, connected by weather patterns and the shared experience of a radically changing world. Douglas Rintoul, Artistic Director of Transport Theatre was awarded the British Council Connections through Culture Award to visit the Sundarbans in West Bengal India where he worked with the Kolkata based theatre company Ranan, drawing real life narratives from an area directly on the frontline of climate change. The company also worked with young adults in Folkestone, developing an audio and visual work exploring narratives from the Kent Coast. Combining this quantative research from two different continents, Rintoul’s production questions what it really means to live on the geographical edge and explores the universal issue of climate change.
Developed in collaboration with leading lecturer in coastal oceanography Dr Ivan Haigh, with music by award-winning composer Raymond Yiu, The Edge will fuse text, movement, music and projection to transport its audience between continents, exploring the place where the sea meets the land.
In partnership with Kent Libraries, the tour will include a three day site specific run at Folkestone Library, Grace Hill. The production will be filmed in this creative venue and then released digitally to the public for National Library Day 2016.
TRANSPORT is an internationally minded arts company based in Folkestone. Positioned on a geographical border, the company’s focus is rooted in the near and far looking towards the channel and beyond.
IPSWICH, New Wolsey Theatre
Thurs 8 – Sat 10 October
7.45pm Thurs – Sat, 2.30pm Sat
Box Office 01473 295900
University of Kent
Fri 16 October
Box Office: 01227 769075
LONDON, Rich Mix
Sun 18 October
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
FOLKESTONE, Quarterhouse at Folkestone Library, Grace Hill
Weds 21, Thurs 22 & Sat 24 October
7.30pm Weds – Thurs, & 2pm & 6.30pm Sat
Box Office: 01303 760 750
BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory Theatres
Tues 27 – Weds 28 October
Box Office: 0117 902 0344
LONDON, Canada Water Culture Space
Weds 4 November
Box Office: 0208 692 4446
LEICESTER, The Y
Thurs 5 November
Box Office: 0116 255 6507
PORTSMOUTH, New Theatre Royal
Fri 6 – Sat 7 November
Box Office: 02392 649 000
CARDIFF, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
CAERDYDD, Coleg Brenhinol Cerdda Drama Cymru
Weds 11 November
Box Office: 029 2039 1391
SALISBURY, Playhouse The Salberg
Thurs 12 – Sat 14 November
7.45pm Thurs – Sat, 2.45pm Sat
Box Office: 01722 320 333
Monday 27th July 2015