COMING TO THE 2010 EDMONTON FRINGE FESTIVAL…
BY MARK RAVENHILL
War’s hell is a world away! Or is it? Take a walking and be an to witness these 4 super-charged short plays at 4 secret venues. Don’t miss the Edmonton debut of this critically acclaimed, in-yer-face work that took the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s National Theatre by storm — there’s never been an Edmonton Fringe experience quite like it!
Featuring 4 pieces from the original work consisting of 15 short plays originally commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival and winner of the Fringe First Award, Shoot/Get Treasure/ Repeat exposes the effects of war on our domestic everyday life as we export freedom and democracy while withdrawing into the comfort of our homes and gated communities. Each play takes its title from a classic epic such as Paradise Lost and The Odyssey.
It’s not often that one stumbles across a truly unforgettable piece of theatre that has the ability to deeply move the entire audience and give them goose bumps in the process. — The Argus Brighton
Despite their brevity, each play has been a festival highlight. — The Times on Ravenhill for Breakfast at Edinburgh 2007
Ravehill is one of our most significant and consistently interesting living dramatists — The Times on Mark Ravenhill 2008
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MARK RAVENHILL BIO
Playwright Mark Ravenhill was born in 1966 in Sussex and educated at Bristol University, where he studied English and Drama. He was Literary Manager of Paines Plough, a company founded to develop new writing, from 1995 to 1997 and he was appointed Artistic associate at the National Theatre in 2002.
His first work, a ten-minute dialogue titled Fist, was staged at London’s Finborough pub theatre venue and caught the attention of Max Stafford-Clark, director of Out of Joint Theatre Company, who invited Ravenhill to contribute a full-length play. This became Shopping and Fucking, which opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in September 1996 and was followed by a national and international tour. His other works include Faust is Dead (1997); Sleeping Around (a collaborative writing project, 1998); Handbag (Evening Standard Award - Most Promising Playwright, 1998); Some Explicit Polaroids (1999) ; Mother Clap’s Molly House (first performed 2001); Feed Me (a radio play broadcast by the BBC in 2000); two plays for teenagers: Totally Over You (2003) and Citizenship (2006); and The Cut, which opened at the Donmar Warehouse, London in early 2006 with Sir Ian McKellen in the lead role.
Ravenhill’s work concerns itself with the anxieties and preoccupations of modern life, exploring themes such as the commodification of culture, the relentless impulsion to consume and the desire for instant celebrity.