Written and Directed by: Gerda Stevenson
With: Dave Anderson and Gerda Stevenson
First produced by A Play, A Pie and A Pint at Oran Mor, Glasgow, and now from Assembly on the Edinburgh Fringe - comedy and tragedy collide in Federer versus Murray, a powerful new play about bereavement and war on three levels: the private war between a couple in a long-term marriage, the public war of rivalry within sport, and political war between nations.
A beautiful study of human strength and fragility told through the lives of two very ordinary people, this moving and genuinely funny play unfolds as the (Switzerland versus Scotland) Wimbledon Tennis Semi-Final plays out on television. Federer versus Murray was described by one approving Edinburgh critic last year as 'a Virginia Woolf for the Scottish working class' and Michael Coveney in The Independent praised the two great performers for their 'stealth and restraint'.
Federer versus Murray features live music performed by saxophonist Ben Bryden - a 'Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2010' finalist, and winner of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Jam Competition.
Communicado is a Scottish theatre company, formed in 1983. Over the last twenty one years the company has presented well over thirty pieces of original theatre, and has played all over Scotland and the UK, as well as in Ireland, Germany, Holland, Turkey, Egypt, the USA , Canada, and Tanzania in East Africa.
This multi-award winning theatre company draws on the rich traditions of world theatre to create powerful ensemble drama. The dynamic interplay of language, movement and music is the company's hallmark. Under artistic director Gerry Mulgrew, Communicado has created many landmark productions, including Liz Lochhead's Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off and Edwin Morgan's Cyrano de Bergerac. The company is dedicated to exploring the art of theatre in all its aspects, to challenging its artists to take risks, and to giving its audience a good time.
The company has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival (“official festival”), has won six Fringe Firsts on the Edinburgh Fringe, four Edinburgh Evening News awards, the Hamada Prize, Glasgow Herald Angel award, and also the inaugural Prudential Award for British Theatre. Their productions of THE HOUSE WITH THE GREEN SHUTTERS and A WEE HOME FROM HOME have been televised for BBC Scotland, and JOCK TAMSON’S BAIRNS, commissioned for the opening of Glasgow 1990 Year of Culture, was the subject of a South Bank Show special documentary for ITV. The company was featured three years running at the Donmar Warehouse “Pick of the Fringe” in London’s West End, and also in London has appeared at The Place, The Almeida, The Drill Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.
"Bursting at the seams - a small drama about a large subject." - The New York Times
"Remarkable and universally resonany - it speaks to all of us about loss, denial, blame and escape." - Backstage, CRITIC'S PICK
"A simmering one-act!" - New York Post
"Entertaining, significant and commendably compact!" - Theatermania