Tuesday, 16 August 2011


ELEGY is a new theatre work inspired by interviews with gay Iraqi refugees in Damascus in Syria, who fled mass killings in Baghdad. It tells a moving story of unrequited love, loss and exile and is being performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Performed on a bed of 700 items of discarded men’s clothing, Elegy reflects the tragic reality of over 700 hundred homophobic murders at the hands of militia groups in a so-called ‘liberated’ Iraq. The piece is based on interviews conducted by Human Rights Watch and photographs of award winning photojournalist Bradley Secker. It is directed by Douglas Rintoul and performed by Complicite actor Jamie Bradley, with music specially composed by award winning composer Raymond Yiu.

A trailer for Elegy is viewable at http://www.vimeo.com/27342369 and the work has already garnered great notices, being described as "stunning" by Marie Colvin in the Sunday Times. The team behind it have taken a very difficult and little known current situation, homophobic murders in Iraq, and put it into a form by which the audiences can connect with these complex and harrowing narratives.

Elegy has been made possible by a philanthropic gift from an inspirational woman, Mariann Wenckheim, and a grant from the Performance Rights Society Foundation for Music.

ELEGY @ Whitespace (venue #116), 11 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh. EH1 3NT
Aug 10 - 15, 17 - 22, 24 – 28 @ 20:30 (70 mins)
Tickets: £10.00 (£7.00)
Box Office: http://www.edfringe.com/ or Tel +44 (0)131 226 0000

Press enquiries: Emma Cameron, email emma@transport-theatre.eu
Phone: +44 795725233
TRANSPORT’s work includes the acclaimed revival of David Greig’s Europe at the Barbican and Dundee Rep and upcoming UK and European tour of Tena Stivicic’s play Invisible.

press details (c) the producers and team behind Elegy.