Companies announced for iF Platform

Stopgap are really excited to announce the final companies and artists who have been chosen to perform as part of the iF Platform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2015

The iF Platform (Integrated Fringe) is a unique opportunity for companies and artists producing work with disabled and non disabled artists. It will showcase the best integrated work from the UK at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 23 – 30 August 2015 to coincide with the British Council Showcase. 

Joining Stopgap performing Artificial Things in Edinburgh next year will be:

Jo Bannon - Alba

Alba is about paleness, blending in and standing out. Combining elements of contemporary opera, blinding light, choral sound, proximity, invisibility and movement to create a visual poem that explores the multiple narratives we inherit, construct and acquire in relation to our own identity. 

Alba explores the stories we tell of ourselves and the stories told about us. The myths we inherit and the ones we embody, the identities we cannot shake off and so instead perform.

Marc Brew Company For Now I Am 

An intimate, new dance solo Stripped back - for the first time since his car accident in 1997 - Brew will create a work that engages directly with his body as it is now - investigating and exposing his changed form. Exploring themes of what it is to be broken, reborn, purified, to reconcile being in the world in an entirely new way, to build a dialogue with a body transformed.  Brew confronts his most essential aspects, in this distilled form.

Rowan James – Until I speak 

Rowan James is a hip-hop and punk inspired performance poet. This is a show about labels, self identity and perception with a focus on spoken word with the aid of beat boxer to bring the content and lyricism to life. Focusing on the lack of aspirations within society around learning difficulties and disabilities. It considers how we as society judge an individual’s worth and how society’s views and behaviour can impact an individual, self belief and identity. The show aims to question how we as a society can acknowledge the inspirational qualities of people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Tourette’s Hero Backstage in Biscuit Land 

Jess Thom has Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological condition that makes her say ‘biscuit’ 16,000 times a day. Frank, funny and fearless; combining storytelling, comedy and puppetry. With the promise that no two shows are ever the same, it offers an intimate, life-enhancing glimpse into Jess’s unique perspective on life laughter and lamp-posts and tells a powerful story about the nature of theatre itself.

The iF platform is part of a Strategic Touring partnership led by Stopgap Dance Company and The Point. Supported by Embrace Arts, University of Bedfordshire and Zinc Arts. Its aim is to raise the profile of Integrated work.