Edinburgh Exile

I met up with the cast of Exile for a photoshoot. We had originally planned on going to the chalk mines to get a desolated location for the photos, but due to time constraints we found ourselves at Jesus College instead. Luckily for us there was some construction work going on, and some big piles of dirt that we could use for backdrop.

“I used to think I could just replant myself – that exile was a new garden in which to grow. But now my roots are rotting. I’ll stop being a tree and turn into sand.”

Six women meet in exile. They don’t know where they are. They don’t know when, or who, or why. Stuck in this place of placelessness, enclosed and without borders, they search in the sand for memories of home as their identity slips through their fingers. It hasn’t rained in weeks. Medea feels entitled to the last drop. Antoinette is trapped in the attic. Agave is haunted by the image of her son’s severed head. Samasti just got her period. Abhita thinks this is a joke. And Elaheh wants to write down the desert. As tensions run high and the water runs out, the women are forced to unearth their stories.

(Text from Camdram)

Posey Mehta
Emily Collinson
Ruby Kwong

We also did a series of portraits in another location at Jesus College, away from the dirt piles.

Sabrina Gilby
Niamh Curran
Min Ji Choi aka Wendy
Emily Collinson
Rute Costa

They are performing 14-26 August 2017 at Edinburgh Fringe. To see more Fringe related blog posts, check the Edinburgh Fringe tag on the blog.


Medea – Niamh Curran
Elaheh – Emily Collinson
Abhita – Ruby Kwong
Antoinette – Posey Mehta
Samasti – Min Ji Choi
Agave – Sabrina Gilby

Production Team
Writer – Rute Costa
Co-director – Faye Guy
Set Designer – Carina Harford
Co-director – Rute Costa
Producer – Ira Lee
Composer – Arthur Robijns
Assistant Producer – Francesca Cosslett
Choreographer – Elise Limon
Technician – Ana Pluskoska
Stage Manager – Eve Judah
Publicity Designer – Kieran Tam
Photographer – Johannes Hjorth
Associate Choreographer – Jonathan Ben-Shaul

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