Whilst Life For Beginners steams into its third week at Theatre503, we are getting mighty excited about our next four week production. Elegy, a poetic love letter to the victims of homophobic murders that regularly take place in ‘liberated’ Iraq, was devised and created by TRANSPORT, and had its first success at the Edinburgh Fringe in summer 2011.
Now back for a UK tour which kicks off at Theatre503 this October, TRANSPORT are one week into rehearsals with a brand new leading man, Sam Phillips.
Douglas Rintoul, director of Elegy and one half of TRANSPORT, explains, “Following an intense first week of rehearsals for Elegy at the Jerwood Space, we’re taking a few days out to add new material to the script, have a few more conversations with Amnesty and Skype our inspiring contact in Turkey who fled Iraq two years ago. Meanwhile, our new and rather adorable actor Sam Phillips is off learning some of the one hour long text that he’s got to perform in just over three weeks. He’s pretty calm at the moment.”
Doug continues, “We’re also feeling impassioned… Newsnight has just aired a major report about the plight of gays in Iraq. Suddenly there’s a lot of interest in the play.”
To watch the Newsnight report, please click here. (report begins at approximately 30 minutes in).
Elegy runs at Theatre503 from Tuesday 9th October to Saturday 3rd November 2012, with performances Tuesday to Saturday at 19.45 and on Sundays at 17.00.