Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival announced its programme today. Quite exciting stuff. Top picks are:

  • Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, by Monteverdi. Ithaca becomes a Johannesburg hospital. “Opera singers, musicians, half life-sized puppets and animated film come together to retell the Greek myth Ulysses.” Produced in conjunction with South African puppet company Handspring (of Warhorse fame).
  • The Last Witch, by Rona Munro. Historical account of Scotland’s last witch trial, held in 1727. Commissioned for the festival.
  • The Testament of Cresseid. What did Cresseid (aka Cressida, Criseyde) do after Troilus and Cressida? Based on Robert Henryson‘s work of 1590.
  • Faust, by Silviu Purcarete, after Goethe. Large scale work, industrial music, pantomime, huge cast. Promises that we will be “assaulted by a vision of base instincts as you’re drawn (literally) into Faust’s apocalyptic nightmare of life and death. Agony and ecstasy in a land of orgies, torture and murder.”