Royal Court programme announced at Edinburgh International Festival

Published on Wed 14 Jun 2017

The International Festival and the British Council has announced the full programme for Spirit of ’47, a co-curated programme celebrating international cultural collaboration at Edinburgh Festival, which includes New and Now, a series of international play readings from the Royal Court.

The New and Now series of play readings was developed through the Royal Court’s International Playwrights’ Programme and will be directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Royal Court Associate Directors John Tiffany, Lucy Morrison and Sam Pritchard. Writers include Natal’ya Vorozhbit from Ukraine, Zhu Yi from China, Guillermo Calderón from Chile, Dalia Taha from Palestine, Maya Zbib from Lebanon and  Laura Liz Gil Echenique from Cuba.

The Royal Court’s International Director Elyse Dodgson will be on a panel for the talk The Power of Plays, where journalists, writers and cultural commentators will discuss the unique ability theatre has to examine different perspectives, effect change and unravel layers of complexity in times of political turmoil.

Spirit of ’47 is based at The Studio on Potterrow, with additional events at the Usher Hall, Festival and King’s Theatres. It runs for 10 days during the International Festival from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 16 August 2017.

For the full press release click here.


New and Now

8-13 August 11.00am

£10 (fees apply)


The Power of Plays

12 August 1.30pm



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