Red Tap/Blue Tiger, an award-winning new play by The Albion Company, is one of five shows that Greenwich Theatre is packing up and taking to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer
The Albion Company will perform Richard Vincent’s Red Tap/Blue Tiger – a darkly comic play about fatherhood – at Greenwich Theatre on Saturday 26 July, before transferring it to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which runs from 1-25 August.
‘There’s a really industrious, strong work ethic behind [The Albion Company],’ said Vincent, ‘There’s a young Kenneth Branagh thing going on and it’s wonderful to see.’
‘To be associated in any way with Kenneth Branagh is incredibly humbling because he’s a big hero of mine,’ said Elliot Brown, who is directing Red Tap/Blue Tiger, ‘and to get recognition from Simon Stephens, who works extensively with the Royal Court, confirms we are doing something quite exciting. The momentum of support has been overwhelming. For us it was most important to get Greenwich on board because that accredited it all.’
The play follows Norton, who on the day of his 21st birthday finds out the abusive father he’s lived with all of his life is not his biological father. It is a black comedy about fatherhood, growing up and Smoky Bacon crisps.
James Haddrell, artistic and executive director at Greenwich Theatre, said: ‘The Albion Company boasts an impressive list of supporters, including Olivier Award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens, they have the potential to be one of the most significant interventions in new writing over the next decade.
‘This year we’re supporting five shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, including one that we’ve produced ourselves called Keeping Up With the Joans, a new play by an award-winning writer called Philip Meeks and starring Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire) and Katy Manning (Dr Who).’
You can also see Broke, by The Paper Birds, at Greenwich Theatre before it heads off to Edinburgh. Broke was created through verbatim interviews with people about their experience with money, including different kinds of debt.
‘This will be the fourth year I’ve been to Edinburgh,’ said James. ‘The first year we worked on one show, then five and last year we worked on nine, winning an award and getting some great national reviews. I’ll be seeing four or five shows a day in Edinburgh, it’s a lot of work but I absolutely love it.’
The five shows going to Edinburgh are Keeping Up With The Jones, Hot Cat, Broke, Red Tap/Blue Tiger and Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story. Three will also play at Greenwich Theatre: Broke (Friday 25 July, 8pm, tickets £8.50), Red Tap/Blue Tiger (Saturday 26 July, 8pm, tickets £8.50) and Keeping Up With The Joans (Tuesday 26 August to Saturday 30 August, tickets £18.50/£16).
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