Leith Theatre Trust
Total project grant (euros)
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Mar 2020
Number of partners in project
Theaterlabor Bielefeld, Germany
Leith Theatre Trust, Scotland
Stowarzyszenie Teatralne A Part, Poland
In “Café Europa” artists and professionals from seven European countries will co-create a theatrical co-production in commemoration of the First World War, to be performed in Scotland, Germany and Poland. The co-production is an adaptation of fin de siècle Viennese satirist Karl Kraus’ masterpiece, “The Last Days of Mankind”: a devastating dramatic critique depicting scenes and characters from the First World War on a European scale.
The project brings a rich textual material together with experimental laboratory theatre traditions of the post-war period and will use film, physical theatre and innovative approaches to achieve a striking immersive experience for audiences and participants alike. We aim at bridging the divides between the local and the international as well as between professional and amateur cultural production.
The three performances will involve not only a cast of international theatre groups, but also local social actors from the respective countries. Community engagement will be a major part of the plan not only in terms of participation but also working towards legacy development.Kraus’ text is a basis for a contemporary theatre production that will combine international dramaturgy, creative direction, design and performance from artistic partners in Ireland, Serbia, Poland, Ukraine, Scotland and France.
The project will reflect themes of contemporary relevance, recognise the value of the material and the practice of dialogue, cooperation and mutual respect that is embodied in a collaboration of this scale, thus maintaining vital bonds between transnational creative communities. The performances of the production will be framed by screenings and a small lecture programme.
The whole project will take place from June 2018 to June 2019 with highlights in Scotland in November 2018, Germany in March and Katowice in June 2019.