Guy Masterson's Troupe Set for Edinburgh EncoreDate: 1 June 2001
Guy Masterson's award-winning production team (GMPS) are to present another programme of works at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The company, which has been touring internationally for a decade, has previously picked up four Scotsman Fringe First awards. This year their stint will contain two acts from the USA and five from the UK, embracing three one-woman shows.
Among the offerings from GMPS at Festival 2001 will be Masterson's own rendering of Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas (pictured). Featuring poetry and short stories from the Welsh writer, Fern Hill follows on from Masterson's acclaimed solo setting of Thomas' Under Milk Wood. Other presentations from the company include a return for the 1998 award-winning musical Moscow, relating the story of three men locked in a theatre to rehearse Chekhov's Three Sisters.
Elsewhere, Masterson's physical theatre adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm will be realised by Lizzie Wort. Following the success of his Adolf piece, Pip Utton will premiere a new work, Resolution, in which a man is forced to challenge conceptions of justice. Scottish cabaret diva Terry Neason, winner of a Herald Angel Award, stars in her own Slaps 'N' Tickles cornucopia, whilst American harpist Deborah Henson-Conant brings her Fantasies blend of music and tall tales.
GMPS was founded in 1991, after British born Masterson had performed widely in Los Angeles and subsequently attended LAMDA. The company has also developed notable ties with New Zealand Theatre companies, resulting in a number of the country's works receiving an Edinburgh Festival airing. Previous GMPS Fringe hits include Skin Tight and Americana Absurdum.
Also confirmed for this year's Fringe is a new production from Suspect Culture, the artistic team behind Mainstream and Candide 2000. Entitled Casanova, the drama concerns an internationally renowned artist exhibiting his final works, but a cuckolded husband lies in wait. The play will be performed as part of the British Council Showcase.
- by Gareth Thompson