Scottish tour, and Nehru Centre London 2015
Edinburgh Fringe 2014, A Glasgow 2014 Commission
The Bridge is a compelling and inspiring piece of visual theatre, a solo play framed by award-winning, Edinburgh-based writer Annie George’s quest to uncover the remarkable story of the short life and lost work of her grandfather PM John, a poet and author from Kerala, in the years just before India’s Independence from British rule in 1947.
“…an excellent storyteller…a captivating piece…” TV BOMB
Constructed from family memories and through one surviving poem, John’s story comes to life, and is interwoven with the fortunes of his family, their struggle to survive after John’s death, the journeys they took, across continents, and to new lives and opportunities, through emigration to the UK in the late 1960s.
“Pulsed along by an exquisite score…an elegiac multi-media tone-poem.” THE HERALD
It evokes our fascination with hidden histories, touching on how language and culture informs our identity and the importance of telling stories. Connecting present day Scotland to late colonial India, The Bridge is a poetic, poignant play about personal and political independence, which considers the experiences that shape us, what home means, and how we can live forever.
Written and performed by Annie George
Composer ~ Niroshini Thambar
Design ~ Alice Wilson
Director ~ Sarah MacDonald
Images by http://www.lunaria.co.uk
“…a rich and meditative piece of family history, full of insight into the complex relationship between Indian culture and the idea of modernity, as it played out in the 20th century….a powerful act of remembrance” THE SCOTSMAN
WHAT AUDIENCES HAVE SAID:
“Moving and compelling visual theatre.”
“Rich storytelling…gorgeous design and dreamy scents.”
“Gorgeous show. Go see…”
“Really beautiful… Highly recommend you go to see it…“
“…a brave and beautiful piece of writing.”
“Beautiful…and touching.” GEORGE AZA-SELINGER, LITERARY MANAGER, NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND
“Definitely recommend…this is a beautiful show.” VIRGINA RADCLIFFE, LICKETY SPIT
“Beautiful show.” SIMON HART, PUPPET ANIMATION SCOTLAND
“Excellent show, well worth seeing. Poignant and thought provoking….”
“Beautifully executed play…”
“A truly magical piece of storytelling!”
“…it was so beautiful. So spellbinding in its story and its acting, so tender and powerful…its images are still rippling through my mind!”
In 2015 The Bridge was the first production by a South Asian writer based in Scotland to receive funding to tour by national arts agency Creative Scotland.
A 20 for 14 Commission