A cast member uses his fingers to mimic a gun

The British Council supported six performances of David Greig's 'The Events' at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and a panel discussion as part of the Festival's Ideas Program Talks.

We supported the tour of 'The Events' to the Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut; the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio; and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2014. 

'The Events' is a play by renowned Scottish writer, David Greig. It was commissioned by the Actors Touring Company, featuring a local choir, and it premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2013. It deals with the major issues of community, understanding of the other, and how to cope in the wake of major traumatic events. Together with our partners, we created bespoke public programs to expand the conversation on these issues. 

Synopsis

'The Events' tells the story of Claire – a right-on, left wing female priest who leads a choir in a community setting. Claire experiences something terrible – a young man she vaguely knew turns a gun on those who ‘aren’t from here’ in an attempt to make his mark on society. The play follows Claire’s attempt to understand how someone could do such an awful thing, and how this leads her on a path to self-destruction. It focuses on the reaction of communities to acts of aggression and how hard it can be to move on. Ultimately, Claire finds peace, and retakes her place in the community.

Learn more about our discussion on the impact of art in mediating conflict:

Can Art Mediate Conflict? A Discussion

The British Council supported six performances of David Greig's 'The Events' at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and a panel discussion as part of the Festival's Ideas Program Talks.

The talk, 'Can Art Mediate Conflict', took place at the Yale Center for British Art. Participants included John Browne, the composer of 'The Events', and Byron Au Yong, the composer of Stuck Elevator (from Festival 2013). The panel was moderated by Derek Goldman, Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center and Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. The discussion reflected on the role of music in 'The Events' and approaches to negotiating hope and humanity through art.

Cathy Edwards, Director of Programming, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, said: ''The Events' was a wonderful project for us and a gift to our community, which has unfortunately known the kind of tragedy the subject of this play entails. The project in many ways exemplified the way a globalized world can respond to contemporary challenges in creative ways. We were thrilled to be able to partner with the British Council to bring 'The Events' to our audiences."

Media coverage included reviews in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Playbill.com and TheStage.com.

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