The Cultch is reaching across the globe for its latest series – East Van to Edinburgh – bringing five dynamic shows from Vancouver to audiences in the UK, Canada, and all around the world from now until August 28, 2021.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest celebration of arts and culture. Every August, Edinburgh welcomes a diverse line up of artists, performers, and creatives and the city’s venues, like ZOO, which operates multiple venues at the Festival every year, would usually host thousands of shows, and sees hundreds of thousands of patrons over the span of the festival. However, with the cancellation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2020, due to the pandemic, the ZOO team launched ZOO TV, a new online streaming service for theatre and dance.
This year, The Cultch, in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions, is thrilled to present five of East Vancouver’s most impactful digital shows on ZOO TV as a unique series running alongside Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Curated by The Cultch’s Executive Director, Heather Redfern, and award-winning British artistic producer, Richard Jordan, East Van to Edinburgh will feature four shows from The Cultch’s innovative 20/21 digital season—The Darlings, do you want what i have got a craigslist cantata, The Boy in the Moon, and 1 Hour Photo—plus, Inside/Out: A Prison Memoir, Patrick Keating’s real-life story. Each of the five selected shows had very successful runs in Vancouver, and are now being presented for the first time to Edinburgh audiences, ready to break new ground and generate greater visibility for British Columbia artists and companies on the national and international stage.
1 Hour Photo
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct), in collaboration with The Cultch, Richard Jordan Productions, and ZOO.
Acclaimed writer and performer Tetsuro Shigematsu (creator of hit play Empire of the Son) tells the story of Mas Yamamoto, whose life was swept up by major currents of the 20th century. An award-winning work from Canada’s leading Asian theatre company saturated with the most vivid colours of our times.
do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata
By Bill Richardson, Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, in collaboration with The Cultch, Richard Jordan Productions, and ZOO
Your personal ads, set to music! Join a hilarious cast of wild and wacky characters from the Craigslist community attempting to buy and sell online, while longing and searching for human connection. One of the most popular and critically acclaimed musicals to come out of Vancouver in the last decade.
Inside/Out: A Prison Memoir
Patrick Keating, in collaboration with The Cultch, Richard Jordan Productions, and ZOO
Patrick Keating’s captivating new play is the real-life story of years spent in and out of Canada’s penitentiary system; a story about a man’s search for community: the community of the street, the community of prison, and of the theatre.
The Boy in The Moon
Neworld Theatre, in collaboration with The Cultch, Richard Jordan Productions, and ZOO
British premiere of the hit play written by Emil Sher and based on Canadian journalist Ian Brown’s memoir of life with his son. This deeply moving story about one family’s struggle raising a child with severe disability asks vital questions about the values we ascribe to human lives, our own, and of those around us.
The Darlings: A provocative evening of drag from Vancouver
Queer Based Media, in collaboration with The Cultch, Richard Jordan Productions, and ZOO
Meet The Darlings! Canada’s multi-disciplinary, non-binary drag performance collective whose boundary breaking works challenge conventional drag, exploring genderqueer, nonbinary, and transgender experience through the use of movement, poetry, performance art, theatre, and immersive/interactive installation that has shocked and stormed the Vancouver cabaret and theatre scene.