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Four Spotlites Shows Nominated for Amnesty International Award

By Irene Brown - Posted on 11 August 2015

Spotlites announce that four of their programmed shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival have been longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2015.

The Freedom of Expression Award is given to an outstanding play at the Edinburgh Festival carrying a human rights message. Every year Amnesty International honours theatre productions of excellent artistic merit which also build understanding and raise awareness about human rights. Entries are reviewed by Amnesty Ambassadors and a panel of professional theatre critics to shortlist.

The longlist includes:

By the Bi (24-28 August), by Blazing Change Players utilities a cohesion of modern dance, movement and spoken word. The show directed by Caroline Downs unravels how society's isolation of bisexual culture creates harmful and hurtful stereotypes of bisexuality that include confusion, greediness and promiscuity. By the Bi is an open platform that discusses not only the oppression of the bisexual community, but celebrates the beauty and individuality of its members. It is not only a show, but a proactive step forward in the movement for social equality. Blazing Change are a non-profit educational theatre company with a mission to create original, challenging, and dynamic dramatic works, which function as a platform for open dialogue about issues of social inequality within modern society.

I Am (23 – 31 August), LCP Dance Theatre are an award-winning professional dance company from London that draws awareness to human rights violations through dance. Choreographed by Artistic Director Joanna Puchala.I Am explores the sensual and spiritual journey of recovery of a trafficked victim. LCP aim is to bring awareness of inequality and violation of human rights around the world through the performing arts.

Bedsocks and Secrets (23 – 31 August) Dealing with the gritty, controversial subjects of dementia and care of the elderly, Bedsocks and Secrets explores the changing relationship between mother and son as her symptoms worsen and his feelings of guilt and isolation spiral. Dealing with real and current issues the play is a hard hitting and thought provoking journey through care of others. Red Diamond Theatre is run by Alison Stanley and Tracey Cadman who work extensively with the elderly and those with dementia.

The Star Rover (6-22 August), On the eve of his hanging, a death row convict sits alone with his memories. Despite years of relentless straitjacket torture, he remains defiant. Spurred by wild visions of past lives and the certainty that after it all something new awaits. Celebrating 100 years since the publication of Jack London's searing novel, this new stage adaptation by Shedload Theatre directed by David Green., with live music and physical theatre, salutes the incredible resilience and spirit of society's outcasts.

Plenty of time to catch these laudable shows.

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The panel have longlisted 71 productions they feel are inspiring audiences to think about human rights issues at this year's festival.

Members of the public can nominate a production for the Award until 20 August.

12.10.15, Momentum Venues
17 Border Crossing, Summerhall
A Borderless Twitter Ballad Fresh from the Middle East, Summerhall
A Reason To Talk, Summerhall
Antigone Now, Church Hill Theatre
Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy, Greenside
As Is, Bedlam Theatre
Bayou Blues, Venue 13
Bedsocks and Secrets, Spotlites
Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy, Just The Tonic
Black is The Color of My Voice, Gilded Balloon
Bloody Eastern Europeans, Quaker Meeting House
B-Orders, Underbelly
Boxed In, Pleasance Courtyard
By the Bi, Spotlites
Children Must Run, Greenside
Chris Cooke's Free Speech, SpaceTriplex
Cinema, Summerhall
Counting Stars by Aitha Sen Gupta, Assembly
Dark Lantern, Just Festival
Dawns Ysbrydion/ Ghost Dance, ZOO Venues
Death and the Maiden, Royal Scots Club
Denial, Just Festival
Don't Say That, theSpace
E15, Gilded Balloon
Echoes by Henry Naylor, Gilded Balloon
Fake It Until You Make It, Traverse Theatre
Gator Tales, theSpace
Heartbeats and Algorithms, Pleasance Courtyard
Help Yourself, Just Festival
Here Is the News from Over There (Over There Is the News from Here), Summerhall
How to Keep an Alien, Traverse Theatre
Human Resources, Summerhall
I Am, Spotlites
Katie O'Kelly's Counter Culture, Just Festival
Labels, Pleasance Courtyard
Les Inouis, Underbelly
Lost in Transition, Summerhall
Lunch, Just The Tonic
Magdalen, Paradise Green
My Mania, Church Hill Theatre
My Name is Rachel Corrie, theSpace
My Name is…, Summerhall
Ndebele Funeral, Summerhall
Nina Simone Black Diva Power, New Town Theatre
Odd Shaped Balls, SpaceTriplex
Pardon/In Cuffs, Traverse Theatre
Poetry Can F*ck Off, Summerhall
Reclaiming Vietnam, Greenside
Sequamur, Assembly Rooms
Since Maggie Went Away, theSpace
Skins and Hoods, Insitut Francais d'Ecosse
Smash It Up, Summerhall
Some People Talk About Violence, Summerhall
Tar Baby, Gilded Balloon
The American Soldier, ZOO Venues
The Beanfield, theSpace
The Christians, Traverse Theatre
The Dolphin Hotel, theSpace
The Kindness of Enemies, Royal Over Seas League
The Laramie Project, Church Hill Theatre
The Mountain Top, Venue 13
The Star Rover, Spotlites
Theatre Uncut, Summerhall
To Kill a Machine, ZOO Venues
Trans Scripts, Pleasance Courtyard
Undermined, Greenside
Walking the Tightrope: The Tension Between Art and Politics, Underbelly, Summerhall
Wilde Without the Boy, Assembly
With Their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero, theSpace