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Rhinoceros

Eugene Ionesco / Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh / DOT Theatre / Murat Daltaban / Zinnie Harris
3 - 12 August 2017
The Lyceum

In a sleepy French provincial town, a rhinoceros rampages across the market square. Another crushes someone’s cat.

A woman sounds the alarm: it is the townspeople themselves who are transforming into these raging beasts. As more and more of the citizens embrace their future as rhinos, just one man – the drunkard Bérenger – refuses to transform. But why does he feel so out of step with everyone else? And what will his refusal to conform cost him?

Eugène Ionesco’s classic 1959 play is an uproarious absurdist farce – and a chilling examination of conformism, nationalism, fascism and fundamentalism that has been compared with Orwell’s Animal Farm and Camus’s The Plague. It considers the countless ways in which humans are content to adapt themselves to new and horrifying circumstances, and give in to poisonous ideologies.

Alongside its piercing political insights, it is comic, thrillingly theatrical and deeply human, focusing on the unlikely hero of the everyman Bérenger, and the possibility of resistance to what might seem inevitable.

A historic capital city from the far south-east of Europe collaborates with another historic capital in Europe’s far north-west to create a show that speaks urgently to the whole continent, and beyond.

Edinburgh’s illustrious Royal Lyceum Theatre comes together with DOT Theatre of Istanbul, one of Turkey's most radical independent theatre companies, for a new Scottish/Turkish version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. This production is presented in a new version by leading Scottish playwright Zinnie Harris, directed by the celebrated founder of DOT Theatre, Murat Daltaban, and performed by a diverse company of actors from Scotland and Turkey. This is the first to be performed of three plays written or adapted by Zinnie Harris at the International Festival this year.


A defiant cry for our times

The Herald

Sometimes, a theatre show appears that not only captures the moment, but takes full possession of it, and slams it straight through the goalposts of the time we live in

The Scotsman



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  • Captioned:
    11 Aug 7.30pm
  • Running time: 
    2hrs approx (no interval)
  • Audio Described:
    12 Aug 2.30pm
  • BSL interpreted:
    12 Aug 2.30pm

Venue

The Lyceum

30b Grindlay Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9AX

Supported through the
Scottish Government's
Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

With additional support from

City of Edinburgh Council - 70 years as the Festival City logo

Access

  • British sign language
  • Audio described
  • Captioned performance
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    A co-production between Edinburgh International Festival and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in association with DOT Theatre Istanbul.

    A new version by Zinnie Harris
    Murat Daltaban Director

    Cast includes Robert Jack, Steven McNicoll, Natalie Arle-Toyne, Harry Ward, Myra Mcfadyen, John Cobb, Sally Reid, Esin Harvey, Ece Dizdar

    Oğuz Kaplangı Music
    Tom Piper Set and costume designer


    More information about some of the artists

    Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
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    DOT Theatre Istanbul
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    Zinnie Harris
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    Rhinoceros | The Scotsman

    August 7th 2017

    Sometimes, a theatre show appears that not only captures the moment, but takes full possession of it, and slams it straight through the goalposts of the time we live in ★★★★★

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    Review by: 

    Joyce McMillan
    The Scotsman

    Rhinoceros | The Arts Desk

    August 9th 2017

    with its wild, scabrous humour and its blazing, furious energy, it doesn’t disappoint ★★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    David Kettle
    The Arts Desk

    Rhinoceros | The List

    August 9th 2017

    Zinnie Harris's adaptation makes the most of the play's sharp, humorous writing and astutely shows that Ionesco's message is now as relevant as ever ★★★★★

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    Review by: 

    Adeline Amar
    The List

    Rhinoceros | The Herald

    August 6th 2017

    A defiant cry for our times ★★★★

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    Review by: 

    Neil Cooper
    The Herald

    Rhinoceros | The Independent

    August 10th 2017

    far smarter than a one-note topical satire ★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    David Pollock
    The Independent

    Rhinoceros | The Times

    August 7th 2017

    a fascinating and wildly stylish collaboration ★★★★

    Read the full review here

    Review by: 

    Ann Treneman
    The Times

    Original image by Christophe Cotichelli, adapted by Edinburgh International Festival

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    Grand circle (preview): £26 £22 £15 £10
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    Stalls boxes (preview): £22
    Upper circle (preview): £22 £20 £15 £10
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