Captivate Theatre started life as an afterschool class for children in and around west Edinburgh and since 2011 has grown to become and exciting and dynamic company of actors, musicians and technicians who have consistently performed work to a very high standard, in a recognisably distinctive style, culminating in their huge success during last year’s Fringe Festival.
Between July and August the company, numbering over a hundred people, will perform a repertoire of new work and contemporary and classic musicals.
This summer, in the prestigious setting of The National Museum of Scotland, Captivate presents Shakin' Shakespeare – a series by Sally Lyall and Tommie Travers. These hour-long Shakespeare adaptions with music, catchy songs and knockabout comedy are an exhilarating introduction to Shakespeare for children – and are great fun for adults too.
These productions are part of a bold programme which sees the company return to the magical Famous Spiegeltent, with the revival of the immensely popular Sunshine on Leith, featuring the songs of the Proclaimers, as well as Les Misérables and all-time classic Oliver!, which has become a favourite since it premiered in the 1960s.
The company also remains committed to working with younger children and teenagers, and Bugsy Malone will be the focus of a fantastic two week summer school at The Famous Spiegeltent.
So what makes Captivate different? The company has tackled a variety of productions from Oh! What a Lovely War, The Phantom of the Opera, RENT and Whistle Down the Wind; all are complex and challenging, both musically and technically, and have managed to offer audiences an experience that is thrilling, energetic and passionately executed. Clear, fluid and energetic direction combined with minimal staging, a powerful visual style and superb musicianship make for vivid and compelling theatre.