David Greig, Elaine C Smith and Kevin Williamson join Yestival. We will be announcing the dates they will be appearing shortly.
David Greig was born in Edinburgh. His plays include Europe, The Architect, The Speculator, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Outlying Islands, San Diego, Pyrenees, The American Pilot, Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee, Damascus, Midsummer [a play with songs], Dunsinane, The Monster in the Hall and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. In 1990 he co-founded Suspect Culture to produce collaborative, experimental theatre work. His translations and adaptations include Camus’s Caligula, Euripides’ The Bacchae, Strindberg’s Creditors and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
Elaine C. Smith is a Scottish actress and comedienne. Her television credits include Rab C. Nesbitt, Two Thousand Acres of Sky and 55 Degrees North. For many years she was a regular in pantomime at the Kings’ Theatre, Glasgow, starring alongside Gerard Kelly in performances such as Aladdin, Mother Goose and Sleeping Beauty. More recently, she has appeared in her own seasonal show, 12 Nights of Christmas at the Oran Mor, Glasgow. From March 2012, she played Scottish singer Susan Boyle in the musical I Dreamed a Dream, based on Boyle’s life and rise to fame.
Kevin Williamson is an Edinburgh-based author, poet, publisher and cultural activist. In 1992 he founded the radical publishing house Rebel Inc which for 5 years was an imprint of Canongate Books. In 2007 he co-founded Bella Caledonia with Mike Small. In 2011 he co-founded Neu! Reekie! with Michael Pedersen which puts on regular cultural salons, is a record label, and soon-to-be publishing house. He scripted and performed in a 2011 Festival show about the radical side of Robert Burns and recently exhibited 8 short art films inspired by Donna Summer.