11th March 2014, 4:46pm
Festival provides new stage for one of Britain’s most daring dramatists
Festival provides new stage for 'The Events' A dramatist recognised as one of Britain’s most enduring, daring and engaging playwrights will appear at the University of Lincoln, UK, as part of a performing arts festival dedicated to his award-winning works.

Together with Actors Touring Company, David Greig will bring his celebrated production of The Events, which was awarded the title of ‘Best Theatre of 2013’ by The Guardian’s Stage series, to the Lincoln School of Performing Arts on 28th and 29th March 2014.

The Events, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2013, is a thought-provoking play that explores the ways in which communities heal after traumatic violence.

The production features a new local choir at each performance, with the Lincoln Cathedral Choir set to take to the stage alongside Actors Touring Company at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. The musicians will perform an extensive soundtrack, ranging from How Great Thou Art to Dizzee Rascal, yet will be unaware of the events unfolding before them, allowing the audience to share their genuine reactions to the shocking yet humorous script.

The Events will show at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre as part of the David Greig Festival, taking place from Monday 24th – Saturday 29th March 2014.

The week-long retrospective features professional and student-led productions, work-in-progress, performative responses and a concluding academic symposium, at which David Greig will appear in conversation with Professor Dan Rebellato, from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Greig, who is the first dramaturg for National Theatre Scotland and a prominent voice in contemporary Scottish culture, has seen his work performed at prestigious theatres nationally and around the world, including the Traverse, the Royal Court, the RSC and the National Theatre.

Throughout the festival, the public can enjoy a series of plays from his extensive catalogue, including a production of Dr Korczak’s Example by staff and pupils at North Kesteven School on Tuesday 25th March.

On Wednesday 26th March, there will be a student-led performance of The Architect, directed by University of Lincoln undergraduate Alex Watson. On Thursday 27th March, the public can also see a cast of students in The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, a production directed by last year’s winner of the Lincoln School of Performing Arts Student of the Year Award, Lucy Barrett.

Head of School Professor Mark O’Thomas said: “This Festival builds on the incredible work we have done in previous years with the Caryl Churchill, Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill festivals.  David Greig is one of our most important living playwrights and it is fantastic that Lincoln is able to host these major international events each year.”

On Saturday 29th March, the festival will culminate in a one-day symposium bringing together scholars, theatre practitioners and students to discuss David Greig as one of the UK’s most vital playwrights. Speakers include academics from the universities of London, Dundee, Chester, Winchester and Kingston, with a keynote delivered by Dr Clare Wallace from Charles University in Prague.

The symposium will be followed by the final performance of The Events, and a post-show discussion. To find out more about the festival and to book tickets for the performances, visit www.lpac.co.uk.
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