Four Theatres And Four Writers Unite to Reveal Attitudes Towards Europe
As the Euro collapses and the European Union fractures, Birmingham Repertory Theatre is joining forces with three other leading theatres from across Europe to create a unique piece of theatre revealing varying attitudes towards Europe across the continent.
The four theatres, Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK), Dresden State Theatre (Germany), Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz (Poland) and Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia) will each work with one of their country’s leading playwrights – Steve Waters, Lutz Hϋbner, Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk and Tena Štivičić.
The writers will collaborate to create a multi-authored, multi-lingual play based on research and interviews in their own countries. The play, currently titled Four Cities, Four Stories will tour to each country in 2013.
Stuart Rogers, Executive Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said: “With the current state of affairs in Europe this project couldn’t be more timely. As the very future of our continent is at stake, it’s vital that artists and the general public, as well as politicians and economists, have a chance to make their voices heard in the great European debate.
This very exciting project will allow community members from Birmingham, Dresden, Zagreb and Bydgoszcz to express their views on Europe through the work of four leading European playwrights, and The REP is delighted to be the lead partner on the project.”
Steve Waters, UK playwright also said that “it will be an exciting opportunity to work with other writers from different countries to develop the piece over the next year. In that time who knows what will happen to the EU?”
The world premiere of Four Cities, Four Stories will take place in Zagreb, Croatia in March 2013, with performances in the UK in October, 2013. The project is funded with support from the European Commission.