Æ’s Dark Road Project Revealed

Aug 26 2013 | By More

New Blog from Assistant Director on Rankin Play

Jo Rush (centre) in action. Photo © Scrapyard team

Jo Rush (centre) in action. Photo © Scrapyard team

By Thom Dibdin

All Edinburgh Theatre is very pleased to be teaming up with the Royal Lyceum to present a weekly blog from the brilliant young director and theatre maker Jo Rush.

Jo is Assistant Director on the opening play of the Lyceum’s Autumn Season: Dark Road. It’s the first ever play by crime writer Ian Rankin, who has collaborated by the Lyceum’s artistic director Mark Thomson on the script. Mark will be directing the production.

The Dark Road Rushes will be a weekly rehearsal-room blog from Jo in the run-up to the production’s opening night on Saturday September 28th. Jo is being supported in her role as AD on this particular production by the Federation of Scottish Theatre.

Keen-eyed readers of this website will recognise Jo’s name from her very well-received production of Hide and Seek, a devised piece of immersive physical theatre from her own Rush Productions which played at the Central Hall at Tollcross for a week during the fringe and which Æ reviewer Hugh Simpson said was: “a compelling production which shows this new company has great potential.” You can read his full review here: Hide And Seek.

Jo is an Edinburgh-based director and theatre maker. Besides Hide and Seek, her recent work includes: directing an experimental performance piece as part of the Scrapyard Project, performed at the Traverse; directing rehearsed readings at the Traverse’s Words, Words, Words new writing events; and curating and directing a series of short plays as part of Theatre Uncut.

Jo’s previous work as an assistant director includes 50 Plays for Edinburgh at the Traverse, The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society, also at the Traverse, and Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me with the Lyceum Youth Theatre, who she continues to work with regularly.

Dark Road plays at the Lyceum from 28 September to 19 October with previews on 25 to 27 September.

Full details of Dark Road on the Royal Lyceum’s website: www.lyceum.org.uk


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