Ciara at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Linda Grass in Ciara. Photo by Dave DeGagne of dbphotographics.

Linda Grass in Ciara. Photo by Dave DeGagne of dbphotographics.

Ciara by David Harrower

August 18 – 20, 22 – 26 at Venue #28: The Playhouse Space (10033 – 80 avenue)

An interview with Amy DeFelice.

Describe your show in one sentence.

Daughter of Glasgow gangster is pulled back into his criminal world.

Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description of your show?

Ciara (Linda Grass) and her husband have stepped away from the violent and destructive world of her gangster father, she now runs a small commercial art gallery.  Just as she helping a once infamous painter get his life together and is inspiring his new work, a violent incident involving her family’s criminal connections pulls her back into a Glasgow criminal power struggle.

What themes are explored in Ciara? What do you hope audiences will leave with?

The struggle between creative and destructive forces, what constitutes power and how is it best wielded, how the story of a family can also be the story of a city.

You produced a play from the same playwright, David Harrower last year (Good With People) – what draws you to his work?

I find David Harrower’s writing nuanced and thoughtful, his is engaged in questions of how we live. The audience experiences a rich emotional journey in all his plays. His plays are smart and funny.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

This dark fairy tale was one of the biggest successes of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, where critics praised its “wry humour, pure tragedy and utterly compelling lyrical narrative”  There is an intimacy in a well-written One Person show.

The 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 17 – 27. Get your tickets at starting August 9.

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