The Populars

Wed 31 Jul 2019 to Sun 25 Aug 2019

Appearing at SUMMERHALL at Edinburgh Fringe 2019, 31 July - 25 August

Join The Populars – four young performers who are throwing a dance party for a divided nation. They are looking to the future and wondering how it will feel when we get there. They have questions for you, things on their minds, and a playlist of great songs that tug at the memory and the muscle fibres. Tell them what you think of the atmosphere, where you last danced your heart out, and who you reckon is the coolest.

Expect sweat, sequins, and a thoughtfully upbeat take on what unites or divides us in these uncertain times.

"Participatory forms are where it’s at. They can enable people to encounter themselves and others in new ways – not just to think of themselves as consumers of cultural products but to experiment, in fun, low-stakes ways, with forms of agency and community, and thereby try on new ways of being for size [...] the show is haunted by Brexit without directly engaging it; instead, its animated hour of humour, intimacy, vulnerability and joy exemplifies a more open way of being" The Scotsman

"Listening to what theatre ‘should’ be, Volcano Theatre Company promptly ignores it and dances to its own beat. This is promenade theatre at its finest." Broadway Baby

"The Populars is about space; space filled by bodies, space left empty, space that’s yours or someone else’s, and breaking down the lines between these spaces, as well as the lines between everything else. The end result is a spectacular liminal space, where anything is possible." Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

"Volcano like to make theatre for people who aren't typical audiences: forceful, dynamic and visually impressive. After having a crack at Chekhov, they are going for the toughest nut to crack in a dance party about Brexit. In all of the uncertainty, this is a chance to dance away the chaos and imagine another way to be together and leap across the divides that are hemming humans into their imaginative and ideological cages." The List

The Populars


Banner image by Jorge |

Cast: Neal McWilliams; Elin Phillips; Mali Ann Rees, Rick Yale
Directed by Paul Davies
Movement Director: Catherine Bennett
Costume: Al Edge & Allie Saunders

Original Cast 2017: Roanna Lewis; Neal McWilliams; Elin Phillips; Rick Yale

The Populars is part of the This is Wales – Edinburgh showcase, an 11-show programme working across theatre, dance and circus with a unique Welsh quality that resonates globally.  The programme is presented by Arts Council of Wales and its in-house international agency, Wales Arts International, working with partners British Council Wales, and the Edinburgh Fringe Society.

A new artist development strand called Seeding for the Future will give established and emerging individual artists who have not attended the Festival before the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh and help Welsh companies to develop international opportunities.

Arts Council of Wales is also working in collaboration with climate change charity Size of Wales to help mitigate the programme’s carbon footprint.

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