The world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a crucible for the creation of new and experimental work, a place where talent is often unveiled. The Kennedy Center's ON THE FRINGE: Eye on Edinburgh
celebrates the spirit of artistic entrepreneurship that exists in Edinburgh each summer in a showcase of some imaginative new work from that fertile environment. Presentations include theater, free performances on the Millennium Stage, performance art, and installations in the public spaces of the Center.
London Artists ProjectsBette Bourne inA Life in Three Acts
By Bette Bourne
and Mark Ravenhill
Directed by Mark Ravenhill
The 2009 Edinburgh Fringe First Award winner and Herald Archangel Award winner, A Life in Three Acts
is the story of celebrated performer and key figure in Britain's post-war gay liberation struggle Bette Bourne. A living, breathing history, the work is adapted from private conversations between Bourne and the playwright Mark Ravenhill. Now presented as a solo performance from Bourne, it follows his post-war childhood, to life in a Notting Hill drag commune of the 1970s, to his seminal role in the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in Britain and his world-famous BLOOLIPS gay theatre troupe and beyond. The performance is remarkably honest, humorous, and emotional. This is more than a memoir. It is a moving celebration of liberation. Recommended for mature audiences.
Performance Timing: Act I - 55 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act II - 35 min.