BLACKOUT is coming to the Edinburgh Festival this year, as part of the prestigious Made In Scotland showcase.
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Blackout is an honest insight into drinking and recovery, devised from interviews with recovering alcoholics, including the writer. Mark Jeary has set out to explore the nature of addiction, and to challenge some of our outmoded notions of what it means to be an alcoholic.
Alcoholics are much more complex than the stereotype of a group of people sitting round a table at a meeting on the verge of a drink. Blackout looks at real stories and real people, incorporating new stories with each new version. This year Mark Jeary has brought in the stories of a Palestinian woman who found whisky, but lost everything.
‘Blackouts were the worst. Blackouts made me forget… Thank God for blackouts.’
Meet the woman who finds herself urinating off the top of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh. The man who nearly burns down a stranger’s kitchen. The mother who almost beats her son to death in a drunken rage. Blackout is the honest, brutal, uplifting and darkly comic story of alcoholics, and ultimately of their hope in recovery. Scripted entirely from interviews with recovering addicts, including the writer.
Blackout is a hard-hitting, entertaining piece of theatre.
Audiences have found Blackout to be very powerful. Theatre-goers - particularly those who like new writing, have really enjoyed the piece. People in active addiction have told us they've found the show to be hopeful, those in recovery feel accurately portrayed and represented. Friends and family of those in recovery feel they understand their children, sister, brothers and parents far more than before. We are working closely with drug and alcohol partnerships across Scotland, to ensure as many people in these groups can get access to the show as possible. Blackout is different because it's socially engaged while still being world class theatre. It's changed lives. Which we think is amazing.
We had great reviews. But this is what audiences have said about the play, this echoes why we love doing it and why its important;
“The show was a real eye opener. I enjoyed listening to the truth they had to offer on recovery and the dark places addiction took them to. AMAZING.”
“Blackout was amazing. I could identify with so many things. "
“Thank you. You gave me inspiration to go into treatment”
“I thought it was brilliant and it has given me hope to get into recovery and beat my addiction”
Made In Scotland is a curated showcase presenting world class theatre, dance and music at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It's a privilege to be involved and represent Scottish theatre, and a huge opportunity to show our play to producers from all over the world. There are only twelve theatre productions selected nationally, so your support is essential in helping us really stand out.
This would give us the best chance of taking these important stories around the world.
BLACKOUT will be performed at Summerhall, Edinburgh between 1st August - 26th August 2018, you can buy tickets here: https://bit.ly/2rRiuHN
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Edinburgh shows are phenomenally expensive. Most cost upwards of £40,000 and very few break even. Your support in reaching our target will mean that everyone involved will be paid a normal wage at union rates for their time. That's all. There won't be a profit. We just believe its important to pay people for what they do professionally, and in return we'll get the best possible show for you, the audience.