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STAGE TUBE: Elinor Cook Chats PILGRIMS World Premiere at HighTide


In the video below, playwright Elinor Cook speaks about Pilgrims, which will premiere at HighTide Festival 2016 in a co-production between HighTide, Theatr Clwyd and Vicky Graham Productions in association with The Yard Theatre!

Elinor Cook's new play Pilgrims won her the 2013 George Devine Award. Tamara Harvey, Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, will direct Steffan Donnelly, Jack Monaghan and Amanda Wilkin in the production which premieres at the tenth annual HighTide Festival of new plays from 8 - 18 September before moving to the Yard Theatre in London from 20 September - 15 October and then Theatr Clwyd from 18 - 29 October.

"You just want to stick flags on virgin territory and claim it as your own." Dan and Will climb mountains. Aged 18, they climbed Everest. Their pictures were in the national papers. They were legends. Rachel studies folklore. She's writing a PhD about men like Dan and Will, their impulse to climb, to overcome, to claim. Rachel isn't interested in being a character in Dan's story. She intends to make her own. But with the thrill of a climb just days away, it's not just principles, but people, in danger. Pilgrims is a play about friendship, betrayal, and man's desire to conquer the world.

Elinor Cook won the 2013 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for Pilgrims. Her play The Girl's Guide to Saving the World was produced by HighTide as part of their festival in April 2014, directed by Amelia Sears. This Christmas her adaptation of Mac Barnett's book Extra Yarn runs at the Orange Tree Theatre. Her other plays include Ten Weeks (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama at Gate Theatre), Microwave (short-listed for the Old Vic/Theatre 503 Award for new writing), The Boy Preference (National Theatre Connections), The Circle Game (Old Vic New Voices Time Warner Ignite 3 recipient and performed at Latitude Festival) and This is Where We Got to When You Came In (co-written with non zero one and Bush Theatre). She wrote an episode The Secrets, which was directed by Dominic Savage on BBC One.

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