Lancaster writer set for Edinburgh Fring

Andrew Quick
Andrew Quick

A LANCASTER writer and director has told of his excitement as he prepares to represent Britain in front of a global audience at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Andrew Quick, who teaches theatre studies at Lancaster University, has been working with the Imitating the Dog Theatre Company – which he was instrumental in setting up in 1998 – on Hotel Methuselah.

The production, described as a contemporary ghost story, will be at Edinburgh’s Summerhall over the next week, as part of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase.

It tells the story of Harry, a hotel night porter somewhere in Europe, who can’t remember how he got to the hotel, or what he did before. He is not even sure that is his real name.

The company uses a digital film, design and physical performance to create off-kilter worlds in which public and private obsessions – identity, death, love and sexuality – are explored.

It was set up by theatre students at Lancaster University who were supervised by Andrew, and he has continued to work with them after they relocated to Leeds.

Andrew, 50, who lives in St Mary’s Parade with his partner Alice Booth and their 10-month-old daughter Violet, said the week would provide a chance to make contact with representatives from countries all over the world.

See the Lancaster Guardian (18-08-11) for full story.