PRESS RELEASE: Our friends in the North

Press preview day: 11:00, Thursday 3 August  
Northern Stage return to one of the Fringe’s most critically acclaimed venues to host an ambitious new programme of work this August.  For 2017, the Newcastle based company has teamed up with three other major producing theatres - Hull Truck Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse - to bring some of the best new work from across the North of England to the Fringe. All four theatres are involved in the selection process, bringing with them a wealth of programming and producing experience to present work from a diverse range of both up-and-coming and more established theatre-makers.      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Northern Stage Artistic Director, Lorne Campbell: “It is with great excitement that we return to Edinburgh this year, not just to deliver an amazing, diverse and passionate programme of vital new theatre from across the north of England, but to begin a new collaboration that will evolve, expand and enrich our Edinburgh project for years to come.  Northern Stage is delighted to begin a partnership between major northern venues to support, present and empower the best of the flourishing independent theatre sector.”

Ric Watts, Senior Producer, Royal Exchange Theatre: “Northern Stage’s Edinburgh programme has become a vital platform for artists from across the North of England to present their work at the world’s largest arts festival as part of a collective of passionate artists and companies. We are thrilled to join Northern Stage at Summerhall and become part of a new collaboration, alongside Hull Truck Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, championing bold voices from across our regions.”

West Yorkshire Playhouse New Work Producer, Gilly Roche: “We believe that the north of England is home to some of the most innovative, generous and provocative theatre makers in the world. We’re delighted to partner with such an illustrious group of theatres to deliver a programme that is diverse, excellent and, we hope, truly reflective of the outstanding quality of the work being made in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East.”
Hull Truck Theatre Artistic Director, Mark Babych: “We are thrilled to be working with our partners across the North to showcase and celebrate the incredible range and diversity of voices that articulate the passion and concerns of artists responding to the world. It's vital, energetic and powerful work that further embeds the North as a place of thrilling creative adventures for our times.”
Previous year’s programmes have included Open Clasp’s Key Change - winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, and the Fringe First Award-winning Going Viral by Daniel Bye. Full details of the 2017 programme will be announced in May.
Notes to editors
Northern Stage makes ambitious, intelligent, enjoyable theatre. The company has a reputation for reviving classic plays in fresh adaptations and creating bold new work. It has been one of the UK’s most popular national touring companies for the last 20 years. Alongside its own work, Northern Stage presents the best regional, national and international theatre. Its extensive Creative Residencies programme supports local and national theatre-makers to develop their work at Northern Stage and a year-round programme of projects and events encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in making theatre. Northern Stage also hosts a venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, presenting some of the most interesting theatre from across the north of England.  
Hull Truck Theatre is an award-winning producing theatre right in the heart of Hull, making thrilling work of exceptional quality with a distinctive northern voice. Inspired by our city, we tell powerful human stories that resonate with our times. We make work with local people, programme the very best in live performance and build partnerships with others to create a vibrant and dynamic cultural hub for Hull that is inspiring, creative and welcoming.    
Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre transforms the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them. Our historic building, once the world’s biggest cotton exchange, was taken over by artists in 1976. Today it is an award-winning cultural charity that produces new theatre in-theround, in communities, on the road and online. Exchange remains at the heart of everything we make and do. Now our currency is brand new drama and reinvigorated classics, the boldest artists and a company of highly skilled makers - all brought together in a shared imaginative endeavour to trade ideas and experiences with the people of Greater Manchester (and beyond). The Exchange’s unique auditorium is powerfully democratic, a space where audiences and performers meet as equals, entering and exiting through the same doors. It is the inspiration for all we do; inviting everyone to understand the past, engage in today's big questions, collectively imagine a better future and lose themselves in the moment of a great night out.  
West Yorkshire Playhouse has a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leading UK producing theatre. The theatre is a cultural hub, a place where people gather to tell and share stories and to engage in world class theatre. From large scale spectacle to intimate performance the Playhouse develops and makes work for the stage, for found spaces, for touring, for schools and community venues. Alongside work for the stage the Playhouse is dedicated to providing creative engagement opportunities, building and running sustainable projects that reach out to a diverse range of communities. Supporting new and emerging artists is key and the theatre provides creative space for new writers, directors and individual theatre makers to refine their practice.
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• Helen Fussell / 07801 369 778  and Sharon McHendry / 07970 178 643

Published on 03/04/2017 13:27:49

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