Facebook Live: In Conversation with Counting & Cracking and Edinburgh International Festival

05.04.22 | Blog

Facebook Live: In Conversation with Counting & Cracking and Edinburgh International Festival

Hosted by His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

We hosted an ‘In Conversation’ with Counting & Cracking’s playwright S. Shakthidharan and Fergus Linehan, Festival Director, Edinburgh International Festival, moderated by Skinder Hundal, Director Arts, British Council on Thursday, 7 April 2022, 13:00 – 13:45pm (BST).

This year, the Australian Government is supporting the largest ever Australian contingent to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival.

From Sydney-based theatre company Belvoir, the award-winning production of Counting & Cracking is one of the festival’s landmark events and a highlight of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22. Counting & Cracking follows the journey of one Sri Lankan Australian family over four generations, from 1956 to 2004. In the course of telling this family’s epic story of break up and reunion, the narrative also tells the tale of two countries: Sri Lanka post-independence and Australia as an immigrant nation.

The UK / Australia Season 2021 – 22 is the largest ever cultural exchange between the two nations. More than 100 in-person and digital events taking place at venues and festivals across the UK including Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival and more. ukaustraliaseason.com #UKAUSeason

Edinburgh International Festival is the world’s leading performing arts festival, featuring the finest performers from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. eif.co.uk #EdIntFest

Counting and Cracking is a work of international ensemble theatre. It features a world-class cast of 19 performers hailing from six different countries: Australia; Sri Lanka; India; Malaysia; New Zealand and France. It follows the journey of one Sri Lankan-Australian family over four generations, from 1956 to 2004. In the course of telling this family’s epic story of break up and reunion, the narrative also tells the tale of two countries: Sri Lanka post-independence and Australia as an immigrant nation. belvoir.com.au

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