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Talent spotters, Karine Polwart, Political theatre

August 17th, 2016

Episode 1252 of 1302 episodes

With Kirsty Lang at the Edinburgh Festivals. How do shows make the transition from big on the Fringe, to mainstream success? Two talent spotters reveal what they look for when they come to Edinburgh. Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart discusses her award-winning Edinburgh International Festival show Wind Resistance, a love letter to the flora and fauna of her home terrain, Fala Moor just south of Edinburgh. A new play examines what happened during Ukraine's Euro Maidan revolution through an intense immersive experience. Creators, and husband and wife team, Mark and Marichka Marczyk explain why for them theatre was the best way to process what happened. And Viv Groskop reviews US/THEM, a play charting the Beslan siege of 2004 through the eyes of two children who were caught up in the violence.