Symposium

Different Stages International

This free event, in partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, was an an exciting opportunity to share and celebrate the tremendous success of playwrights, and their work, globally.

"How do we create new possibilities for creative co-production and two-way traffic, including more Scottish productions of new plays from elsewhere?"
(Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 2019)

It was a must-attend event for theatre professionals passionate about new writing on the international stage. Different Stages International was Livestreamed and BSL interpreted.

The event comprised:

  • A keynote speech, from David Greig, award-winning playwright and Artistic Director of Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre. David's speech can be viewed here.
  • Round table discussions facilitated by professional playwrights and theatre practitioners. These sessions allowed participants to share different experiences; models and practice; challenges and success stories - and get to know as many new people as possible.
  • An informal drinks reception offering the participants the opportunity to take conversations further and meet delegates they might not yet have had the chance to.

Playwrights, translators, promoters, producers, directors, dramaturgs and others, from all over the world, gathered for a vital conversation about the place of new writing internationally.

Delivered in partnership with The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Part of A Year of Conversation 2019.

David Greig

David Greig

International work has been at the core of my writing for over 20 years. I have worked as a dramaturg and mentor on projects with emergent and established writers in Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Spain, Greece, Australia and the USA. I have collaborated on making plays with theatre companies in Palestine (Not About Pomegranites), Spain (Airport) and Australia (Solaris). My theatre company Suspect Culture was set up to do international work and, throughout the 1990s and 2000s, our shows toured to Spain (Airport), Bulgaria, Greece (Mainstream) Brazil and Italy (The Golden Ass). My plays have been translated and performed in numerous countries and languages around the world including Korea, Japan, China, South Africa, Argentina, Russia, Slovenia and Germany.

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