Friday 23 June 2017

Jane Austen and Thomas Edison: what do they have in common?

 "Edison": 18 & 20 July at the Pavilion Arts Centre

The short answer to our own question is that you can original productions about them by touring American companies at this year's Buxton Fringe. Chamber Opera Chicago will be at the Art Theatre, New Mills on 16 July for their musical drama based on Jane Austen's "Persuasion". This will be a special night out and a perfect excuse to visit New Mills' lovely theatre. For one night only, book your tickets at Buxton Opera House.

"From Philadelphia, USA’s vibrant theatre scene comes "Edison".  Following a sold out University production in Philadelphia, USA and a successful run at the Prague Fringe Festival, Edison finds its next U.K. tour stop at the Buxton Festival Fringe with future tour stops including the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Edison is made possible, in part, by the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA.

This genre­bent, spiritually invigorating play explores the American dream, the American immigrant, and a box of Cracker Jacks. Alternating between the fluorescent shine of an industrious America and the faded glimmer of a forgotten home: hypnotic factory foreman, Thomas Edison, puppeteers the employees of the Edison company in chronicling the life of “the man who invented the 20th century,” Nikola Tesla. Meanwhile, the bitter feud between Edison and Tesla bubbles up at the water cooler and culminates in one of the biggest stand offs in scientific history. Join our assembly line and experience the fire and brimstone of a scientific revolution.

Static Assembly's vigorous collision of corporeal music and movement fuses with Joshua Logan Walker’s text in a brilliant synergetic concoction. Michael Calcott (Fringey Bits, Prague Fringe) says of Sandy d’Oria’s direction, “The staging is clever, inventive. It is no easy task moving that many actors around a small stage and it works.”

See "Edison" at the Pavilion Arts Centre on 18 & 20 July. Tickets available from Underground Venues.

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