Cultural Exchange Programme


          This summer 3 youth members of The Realistic Theatre Company of Edinburgh will be flying to Kansas City, Missouri to participate in an exchange programme with Ibsen Dance Theater Company of Gladstone, Missouri.  Conceived by Barb Frank, Marketing Manager of Realistic and former Kansas Citian,  the exchange programme consists of a youth exchange between the two companies. Realistic's members will participate in Ibsen's production of "Barnum" on July 10th, 11th, and 12th after rehearsing with the Kansas City theatre company for 2 weeks prior. Ibsen Dance Theatre Company will be sending 5 young people to Scotland to participate in Realistic's Fringe production of "The Railway Children", August 10th - 29th.
          Besides participating in the productions, each group will be treated to the cultural activities of the city in which they visit. Activities of interest to teenagers of any country will be enjoyed. The Scottish young people will be in The States during the 4th of July holiday season and will also attend an American baseball game. The American young people will be in Edinburgh during Festival time, the world's largest cultural event consisting of, all at the same time, The International Festival, The Festival Fringe, The Tattoo, The International Film Festival, The Book Festival, and The Jazz Festival. They should be kept very busy enjoying European culture at it's best.
          If your theatre company, or a theatre company you know of, would like to participate in an exchange programme with Realistic for next summer, please contact us.  We would be happy to discuss it with you.
          Watch for pictures to be posted as we get them of the exchange.


June 24th - Scottish young people leave for Kansas City
June  25th -  First day of rehearsals for Scottish youths
July 5th - Singing of the National Anthem before Kansas City Royals                              baseball game by the Scottish young people
July 10th, 11th, 12th -  Performances of "Barnum"
July 14th -  Scottish young people return to Edinburgh

July 28th - American young people arrive in Edinburgh
July 29th -  First day of rehearsals for American youths
August 6th & 7th -  Performances at Aberdour Festival
August 10th - Fringe performances begin
August 12th -  American young people return to Kansas City

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