A sneak peek into Edinburgh International Festival 2023’s diverse theatre offerings

Here’s a preview of the theatre offerings at this year’s much anticipated Edinburgh International Festival.

Running 4 – 27 August 2023, This year’s event promises to be a captivating showcase of international and local talent, boasting an eclectic mix of performances that will immerse audiences in a world of creativity and emotion.

With an impressive line-up that spans genres and cultures, theatre enthusiasts are in for a treat as they witness groundbreaking works and timeless classics take the stage.

Dusk (UK Premiere) – Christiane Jatahy’s Dusk comes to the UK, drawing inspiration from Lars von Trier’s acclaimed film Dogville. This thought-provoking adaptation delves into the complexities of human relationships, challenging perceptions and leaving audiences pondering long after the curtains close.

FOOD (European Premiere) – Geoff Sobelle, the master of absurdism, presents a visually stunning and immersive performance that takes audiences on a reflective journey of why and how we eat. Prepare to be enchanted by this captivating exploration of our most basic human ritual.

FOOD, Edinburgh International Festival © Maria Baranova
FOOD, Edinburgh International Festival © Maria Baranova

Life is a Dream – Cheek by Jowl unveils a radical new version of the Spanish classic, Life is a Dream. Expect a thought-provoking interpretation that breathes new life into this timeless tale, showcasing the company’s unique and innovative storytelling.

As Far as Impossible (UK Premiere) – Directed by Tiago Rodrigues, As Far as Impossible is a multilingual performance that draws inspiration from the powerful testimonies of International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders staff. This emotionally charged piece sheds light on the human spirit’s resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

The Lost Lending Library – Punchdrunk Enrichment brings an immersive show catered for young audiences. Prepare to be transported into a magical world filled with mystery, adventure and captivating storytelling.

Trojan Women – The National Changgeuk Company of Korea mesmerizes audiences with a fusion of Greek tragedy and the ancient Korean form of musical storytelling, pansori. Trojan Women delivers a compelling retelling of this timeless classic, bridging cultures and captivating hearts.

Thrown – National Theatre of Scotland presents Thrown, a powerful show written by Glasgow-based writer, actor and movement specialist Nat McCleary. Directed by Johnny McKnight, this performance promises a unique blend of emotions and artistry.

Dimanche, Edinburgh International Festival © Virginie Meigné
Dimanche, Edinburgh International Festival © Virginie Meigné

Dimanche – Witness a stunning visual spectacle as Focus Company/Chaliwaté Company combines puppetry, video, mime and clowning in the performance of Dimanche. Prepare to be enchanted by this magical journey of the imagination.

The Threepenny Opera (UK Premiere) – Barrie Kosky’s production of The Threepenny Opera with The Berliner Ensemble promises to captivate audiences with its razor-sharp wit, compelling characters and unforgettable music.

For more information and tickets, visit eif.co.uk

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.