The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company presents, in association with Edinburgh International Festival, the World Premiere of
Wind Resistance by Karine Polwart
directed by Wils Wilson, dramaturgy by David Greig
4 August – 21 August 2016
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company is delighted to announce that it is presenting the World Premiere of Scottish singer, songwriter and composer, Karine Polwart’s new theatre gig, Wind Resistance, as part of the world renowned Edinburgh International Festival this August.
Wind Resistance is the first production that will feature The Lyceum’s new Artistic Director, David Greig, (as Dramaturg) since his appointment and reunites Greig with site-specific theatre-maker, Wils Wilson. Their previous work together includes the hugely successful The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, the internationally acclaimed Scottish folk-theatre fable that has toured four continents and nine countries.
Wind Resistance will be performed in The Lyceum’s ‘Rehearsal Studio’, a new, bespoke venue created in the theatre company’s own rehearsal space to provide an intimate and unique setting for this fusion of music and theatre.
Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog south-east of Edinburgh. From this windy plateau, Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, birdlore and personal memoir. Ideas of sanctuary, maternity, goose skeins, Scottish football legend and medieval medicine all take flight, in this compelling combination of story and song.
David Greig, Dramaturg on Wind Resistance and incoming Artistic Director at The Lyceum says:
"Karine is a mesmerising musician and singer but she’s also an incredible storyteller. She can take us deep into ordinary lives, into nature, into history with a couple of well-turned lines. Wind Resistance is above all a wonderful piece of writing.
It’s exciting to be able to showcase Karine’s talents and explore and develop this new theatrical form in my first project as Artistic Director at The Lyceum, with the International Festival. I”m also very excited to open The Rehearsal Studio for this new Lyceum show and I look forward to welcoming and sharing this unique space with audience members.”