Monday, 15 June 2015

New psychological and physical play by Rhum and Clay at EdFringe 2015

Following on from their previous Edinburgh Festival Fringe production of The Man in the Moone, up-and- coming physical theatre company Rhum and Clay present their bold new play 64 SQUARES - inspired by Stefan Zweig’s The Royal Game - at the Big Belly, Underbelly Cowgate, this year. The play explores one man’s search for a lost identity as he unravels distorted and fragmented memories through a deceptively simple game of chess….

64 SQUARES marks a new departure for Rhum and Clay – it’s the first time one of the company – Chris Harrisson - has concentrated solely on writing and directing. It’s also the first time the company has committed to participation in the Festival’s Relaxed Performances, for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or learning disabilities. Says Chris; ‘Having more space to write and bringing in new people to perform alongside Matt Wells and Julian Spooner has enabled us to create a piece of work we feel is a cut above, something which has more structural complexity. And we’re more than ready for the challenge.’

Chris continues; “We have always been interested in identity and our relationship with the past as well as a person’s place in the world, be it a dystopia, modern Britain or the mists of memories. So the issues raised in Zweig’s work around the possibilities – through the game of chess - of re-discovering memory and a sense of self lost through trauma provided us with huge dramatic potential.”

Big Belly, Underbelly Cowgate 
Dates: 6-30 August (excl 18) 
Time: 7.30pm 
Tickets: £6 previews, £9/8 mid-week and £10/9 weekends 
Box Office: 0844 545 8252

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