A scene from Up to Speed, which will be part of this year's Imaginate festival. Photo: Eoin Carey.
The Imaginate festival of theatre for young people has announced a programme of 14 Scottish and international productions for its 25th anniversary event this May.
New Scottish works at the Edinburgh-based festival include a new commission, Up to Speed, by Rosalind Sydney, and Grandad and Me from Glasgow-based The Letter J.
Imaginate director Tony Reekie told The Stage that Up to Speed has been in development for over two years, with Sydney working with other Imaginate-funded artists to hone the production.
He said: “There is a lot of very good work for children being made in Scotland, but there is just not enough of it. So we see it as our responsibility anything we can do to add to that mix.”
Meanwhile, Andy Manley, creator of the show White, which ran in Edinburgh in 2010, is collaborating with Ania Michaelis of Berlin-based early years company Theater o.N. on “a small story – eine kleine geschicht”. This is a new piece for children aged two to four.
International productions include A True Tall Tale from Danish company Gruppe 38, in which the audience lie in hammocks and watch the play unfold amongst projections above them.
The 2014 Imaginate Festival runs Monday 5 to Monday 12 May.