Presented by Redbeard Theatre in association with Gilded Balloon Productions
By Henry Naylor
Directed by Michael Cabot (Angel) and Emma Butler (Echoes)
Avital Lvova (Angel)
Serena Manteghi, Rachel Smyth (Echoes)
First Performance April 12, 2017
Final Performance May 7, 2017
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Henry Naylor returns to this year’s Festival after the acclaimed Brits Off Broadway run of Echoes in 2016. Newly paired with Angel, these powerful and timely one-act plays tell the stories of women devastated by war, who find tenacity and triumph on their own terms.
Angel is a one-woman show inspired by the story of a modern legend; a female sniper, “the Angel of Kobani,” who held ISIS in check for over a year in war-torn Syria. Rehana, a young female law student, joined the resistance when the town of Kobani was besieged, and quickly discovered that she had a talent for killing. In the midst of the fiercest fighting since Stalingrad, it is alleged that she shot and killed 100 extremists. This made her particularly feared by ISIS, as they believe that if they are killed by a woman they cannot enter Paradise.
Echoes tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart. One is a Victorian pioneer woman, the other an Islamist schoolgirl. The former wants to build an Empire, the latter a Caliphate. Both women are idealists and intelligent adventurers who travel East to impose their views on unwilling peoples.
Echoes enjoyed critically-acclaimed and award-winning runs in Edinburgh, London, and Australia, and was a winner of the prestigious Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award 2015. After winning The Fringe First and the Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Award in 2016, Angel is currently on an extensive 2017 World Tour.
Angel and Echoes run one hour each. Both are performed, separated by one intermission.