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Journeys Beyond previews at the Arcola Tent

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRIOR to dates at The Space in Edinburgh (August 4 to August 9), Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd and Wac Arts’ production of Journeys Beyond will preview at the Arcola Tent on July 4 and 5, 2014.

Song, dance and physical theatre combine to explore the myths and legends of the afterlife in this piece that asks: Is there a life after death?

Weaving together a range of myths and tales of the afterlife from Britain, Egypt, Mexico, Greece and the Caribbean, this surreal story is focused on a young woman on a quest to uncover the truth about the afterlife. As she delves and experiments further, will she return to this world or remain in the next?

Featuring performers from all over the world, this colourful piece from new company Wac Arts and Eclipse Theatre Company (Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show) explores the unknown, our attitudes to death and asks, if we die, will we want to come back to this world?

Written and directed by Stephen Medlin with the creative team and company, Journeys Beyond has additional text by George Devine Award-winning playwright Ché Walker (The Lightning Child, The Frontline, Shakespeare’s Globe; Flesh Wound, Been So Long, Royal Court).

The cast includes Irini Mando Argiti, Blaise Alert Duggan, Patience James, Eva Maria Kamp, Lula Mebrahtu, Rebecca Mitchell, Danielle Neville, Cavell O’Sullivan, Gianina Somaschini, Sophia Mackay Thomas and Rosie Wilson-Sidlauskas.

Stephen Medlin, Director, said: “I am proud to be part of such an original and exciting production and cast. They represent everything that Wac Arts is about and the partnership with Eclipse is the perfect springboard for them into the professional arena”

Dawn Walton, Artistic Director, Eclipse Theatre Company, said: “There isn’t a character, a space, an object or a feeling this gifted young company can’t show with little more than their talent. And they can act too. It’s pure theatre. Magical. I am delighted that Eclipse Theatre Company has its first co-production in the Edinburgh Festival with such fine work.”

Journeys Beyond has musical direction and arrangement by Rachel Bennett and choreography by Naomi Deira and Martha Stylianou with Patience James.

Journeys Beyond is suitable for all ages.

Tickets (Arcola Tent): £10 (£8) – available from the box office on 020 7503 1646 or online at www.arcolatheatre.com/.

Time: 7.45pm.

Tickets (The Space): £8 – £6 (concessions) – available from the box office on 0131 510 2399 or online at www.thespaceuk.com/.

Time: 7.35pm.

Running Time: 1 hour.

Also at the Arcola Theatre: Morphic Graffiti’s bold new interpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (until July 19, 2014) and Rashid Razaq’s new play The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes (July 23 to August 16, 2014).