Orlando – Edinburgh Festival

Virginia Woolf’s glorious ode to a lover, with an original soundtrack by Craig Armstrong and AGF, directed by Cathie Boyd, adapted by Darryl Pinckney and performed by Judith Williams.

Orlando opens with the hero as a young man in Elizabethan England, and follows his transformations of fortune, love and even gender in this multi-faceted, century-spanning quest for ‘life and a lover’. A poetic and sensuous journey self-discovery.

“The longest and most charming love letter in literature’ transformed to a stunning visual spectacle… demands to be seen not once, but many times”.

The Scotsman

Cathie Boyd founded Cryptic in 1994, and has directed & co-produced all performances to date. Her credits include Britten, Bryars, Dzinitis, Gounod, Kurtág, Kyriakides, Holt, Neil Martin, Sciarrino, Stockhausen and Viñao. Cathie was made a Fellow of NESTA to develop the visual staging of music through new technologies & in 2006 she directed live visuals for Stravinsky’s Firebird with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Judith Williams is a Glasgow based performer: actress, singer and dancer. She trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London supported by Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award and the Donald Dewer Arts Award. She has performed in award winning Theatre, TV and Film including: Peer Gynt, Sunshine on Leith (NTS/Dundee Rep), Hightimes (STV) and Peter Mullan’s Orphans. Her work as a vocalist includes recordings with PLM and collaboration with Micachu for the Peter Maxwell Davies Festival at the Royal Festival Hall.

Craig Armstrong was born in Glasgow and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has written scores for numerous films including Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, and most recently Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Peter Mullan’s new film, Neds. Craig has received an OBE for his services to music, two BAFTAs, two Ivor Novellos, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. He has also released several solo recordings and composed concert works for the RSNO, London Sinfonietta, Hebrides Ensemble and the Scottish Ensemble.

Antye Greie (AGF) is an East German singer and songwriter, performer, e-poet, calligrapher and digital media artist. Her work has been presented as live performances and installations throughout the world in festivals such as Ars Electronica, Linz, Sonar Barcelona, Transmediale Berlin and GRM Festival Paris. Her Westernization Completed won an Award of Distinction at the 2004 Ars Electronica festival. She runs the production company AGF Producktion.

Photograph by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

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