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THE SOAKING OF VERA SHRIMP to Play Edinburgh Fringe


Rosie & Me in association with Live Theatre presents THE SOAKING OF VERA SHRIMP. A compelling, moving and funny solo-show about a girl with a remarkable gift. Written by Alison Carr | Directed by Rosie Kellagher, THE SOAKING OF VERA SHRIMP plays The Pleasance, 5-31 August 2015 (not 18).

In the midst of an almighty rainstorm, Vera Shrimp discovers she has a remarkable ability. Vera can 'read' raindrops, each one having soaked up an emotion from those their water has come into contact with. But when her mother dies and her father struggles to cope, Vera's special gift takes on a darker and more urgent significance.

Part science lesson, part presentation, part storytelling, The Soaking of Vera Shrimp is a funny, playful and poignant solo-show about the love, grief, hope and determination of a girl whose family and everything she's ever known are disintegrating around her.

Fresh from the sell-out success of her A Play, A Pie and A Pint Fat Alice, former Traverse 50 writer Alison Carr brings her new play to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Currently making a name for herself with her unique voice and distinctive style, this up-and-coming playwright's other work includes Paines Plough's Come To Where I'm From (Live Theatre and the Southbank Centre); A Wondrous Place (Northern Spirit, tour - ???? The Guardian) and Dolly Would (BBC Radio 4).

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp was awarded the 2013 Live Theatre/The Empty Space Bursary Award, awarded to innovative artists interested in exploring different ways in which text and performance can be brought together. The play was previewed at Newcastle upon Tyne's Live Theatre last year, with audiences hailing it "elegant, sweet and touching", "funny and heart-breaking". The Empty Space director Natalie Querol called the show "beautiful".

Director Rosie Kellagher has made work with companies including A Play, A Pie And A Pint, Open Clasp with Frantic Assembly, Soho Theatre, the Southbank Centre, Live Theatre, Vanishing Point, The Arches and Traverse theatres. Her production Tir Nan Og won the MTM Award for Best New Musical at the Edinburgh Festival and she is a previous winner of the Arches Award for Stage Directors. She has also adapted literary classics including A Christmas Carol for the stage and directed drama for BBC Radio. Later this year, Rosie will take up a new position as Literary Associate at the Traverse Theatre.

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Listings information

Attic, The Pleasance, 5-31 August 2015 (not 18), 12:45pm

Previews 5-7 Aug £6

£7.50 (£6.50) 17, 24-25, 31 / £9 (£8) 10-13, 19-20, 26-27 / £9.50 (£8.50) 8-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 | 44 (0)131 556 6550

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