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George Dillon's 21st Anniversary Season
@ Edinburgh Fringe 2011

One Man, Six Shows!

Berkoff’s Graft – Tales of an ActorBerkoff’s HellDostoevsky’s Dream of a Ridiculous ManThe Gospel of MatthewThe Gospel of Matthew by CandlelightThe Man Who Was Hamlet

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of his solo debut, and in what will be his fifteenth year in Edinburgh since he first performed on the Fringe as a student in 1982, George Dillon will be performing a punishing schedule of six solo shows for two performances each in various venues across the city, from 22nd to 27th August 2011. All six have received five-star reviews in previous years.

Winner of a Herald Angel Award and nominated for The Stage's Best Actor Award in 2000, Berkoff's Graft - Tales of an Actor blows the whistle on the reality of the acting profession. At once a cautionary tale and a masterclass in acting, more than one critic described Graft as a ‘must see’ inspiration and deterrent for young actors.

George Dillon first came to attention performing in Berkoff's plays Decadence and Greek in the mid 80s. In 1992, after seeing his first solo show, Steven Berkoff gave George an unpublished manuscript for one of his stories, but even he was astonished by what Dillon did with Berkoff's Hell, a horribly funny dirge of loneliness and a unique theatrical tour-de-force.

Short-listed for the Independent Theatre Award in 1990 (as part of an appropriately named triple bill, Stunning the Punters and other stories), Dostoevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man is a timeless dystopian parable of human nature, a roller-coaster of optimism and pessimism accelerating to a stunning conclusion which is paradoxically uplifting.

9/11 and the wars that followed were the backdrop to Dillon's translation and staging of The Gospel of Matthew, which won him a second nomination for The Stage's Best Actor Award in 2003. This year the show can be seen in two versions: a multi-media format with video, lights and music and, for the first time in Edinburgh, 'unplugged' as The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight in the beautiful setting of St John's Church.

Five star reviews were the norm last year for Dillon's performance of his own play The Man Who Was Hamlet, telling the story of leading Shakespeare Authorship challenger, Edward de Vere. Berkoff was so impressed he arranged for the show to transfer to London.




Berkoff’s Graft – Tales of an Actor

Winner of a Herald Angel Award in 2000, and acclaimed in ten countries, George Dillon’s performance of Berkoff’s Graft - Tales of an Actor is both a savage caution against entering the theatrical profession and a unique master-class in the craft of acting: an inspiration, a deterrent and a ‘must-see’ for young would-be actors.

From the acerbic pen of theatre legend, Steven Berkoff, comes the life story of Harry, a good actor and a dedicated artist, who is often out of work, rejected and desperate to practise his craft. From his first audition to enter drama school to his final curtain at Leicester Square, Graft unflinchingly exposes the reality and questions the sacrifice.

George Dillon has worked on 12 productions of Berkoff's work including 3 productions with Berkoff (twice as Assistant Director) and 4 World Premieres of Berkoff's writing staged by Dillon.

***** (Metro)

***** (BritishTheatreGuide.info)

‘One show all Edinburgh hopefuls should see!’ (Guardian)

‘The most compelling storytelling you will see!’ (Herald)

‘Berkoff: Brutal, compassionate, brilliant... acutely painful and appallingly funny!’ (Richard E Grant)

‘The best example to watch how to perform is George Dillon.’ (Steven Berkoff)

George Dillon in Berkoff's Graft - Tales of an Actor
Award winning cautionary tales about theatrical life and masterclass in acting.
Venue# 278 Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (0131 220 5911 www.spotlites.co.uk):
Tue 23rd & Thu 25th (17.45-19.20)

Buy Tickets for Berkoff's Graft - Tales of an Actor @ edfringe.com

George Dillon in Berkoff's Graft - Tales of an Actor

George Dillon in Berkoff's Graft - Tales of an Actor
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Berkoff’s Hell

For Sartre Hell was other people, but Berkoff's Hell is about ultimate loneliness. The ever-failing Harry looks back over his solitary life and feels sorry for himself.  Very very sorry.  Sitting alone and naked in a dim light, his disembodied voice blending with an evocative musical score, Harry/Dillon wallows in a self-pity so extreme it provokes outbreaks of laughter.  This pathetic vision of despair builds to a devastating final line which is both awfully sad and horribly funny.
Premiered to astonished audiences and ecstatic reviews at Edinburgh in 1992, George Dillon's perfomance of Steven Berkoff's Hell is a totally unique theatrical tour de force.

***** (BritishTheatreGuide)

‘Disturbing, dangerous theatre!’ (Guardian)

‘Dillon’s vulnerability summons the Beckett in Berkoff..’ (Times)

‘Unique and fascinating from its monotone opening to killer final line.’ (List)

‘Nothing short of brilliant!’ (Evening News)

‘One cannot be unaffected by Dillon's virtuoso performance. It is a tour de force in which the actor and his material become one and the fusion of life and theatre is complete.’ (Scotsman)

George Dillon in Berkoff's Hell
A funny and moving plunge into the despair of loneliness.
Venue# 278 Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (0131 220 5911 www.spotlites.co.uk):
Weds 24th (17.45-18.20) & Fri 26th (18.50-19.25)

Buy Tickets for Berkoff's Hell @ edfringe.com
George Dillon in Berkoff's Hell

George Dillon in Berkoff's Hell
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Dostoevsky’s Dream of a Ridiculous Man

A would-be suicide dreams of paradise and awakes to bring the world a message in George Dillon’s legendary solo staging of Fyodor Dostoevsky's final masterpiece.

Though written more than a hundred years ago, Dostoevsky’s Dream of a Ridiculous Man is a timeless dystopian parable of human nature, a lament for our follies and our collective drive towards self-destruction. His address to the audience starts slowly, but the roller-coaster of optimism and pessimism accelerates to a stunning conclusion which is paradoxically uplifting.

August 1990. In the few hopeful months between the fall of the Berlin Wall and Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, George Dillon arrived in Edinburgh with Stunning the Punters (and Other Stories) directed by Laurence Boswell. The triple bill, featuring Dostoevsky’s Dream of a Ridiculous Man, received extraordinary reviews and marked the beginning of a 21-year career as a solo performer.

***** (BritishTheatreGuide)

‘Compelling theatre: make haste to catch it!’ (Times)

‘Nowhere in the world will you hear a sharper sermon about human frailty this Sabbath. This is the craft of acting carried to a pinnacle of virtuosity.’ (Scotland-on-Sunday)

‘I am applauding an unapologetic display of virtuosity until the blood runs. He has the vocal precision of a Gielgud, the physical presence and skill of Marceau, and a heart, mind, and attack that are all his own.’ (Guardian)

‘One-man theatre at its most intelligent and most powerful. Don't wait to be told about it - go and see for yourself!’ (Whats-On-in-London)

George Dillon in Dostoevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man
21st anniversary production of George Dillon's legendary solo debut.
Venue# 278 Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (0131 220 5911 www.spotlites.co.uk):
Weds 24th (18.30-19.25) & Fri 26th (17.45-16.40)

Buy tickets for Dostoevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man @ edfringe.com
George Dillon in Dostoevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man

George Dillon in Dostoevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man
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The Gospel of Matthew

***** The performance at EICC@venue150 on Monday 22nd is now a charity benefit.
Buy tickets in advance or Pay-what-you-can on the door, collection afterwards and ALL proceeds go to SAMARITANS *****

A virtuoso one man performance of the greatest story ever told! George Dillon's acclaimed portrayal of Matthew's angry apocalyptical Jesus is intense, humorous and very human.

Inspired by an encounter with Bob Geldof at Euston Station, created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus - not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God.

Matthew’s Gospel was traditionally considered the earliest account of the life and teachings of Jesus and was composed soon after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. With our world once more engulfed in religious conflict spreading from the Middle East, Matthew’s apocalyptic vision is as relevant, inspiring and terrifying today as when it was written.

The Gospel of Matthew, translated and performed by George Dillon, is one of six shows that George Dillon is performing in Edinburgh in celebration of 21 years of solo work. In Edinburgh it can be seen in two versions: as a multimedia performance - with video projection, stage lighting and music by Charlotte Glasson and Stuart Daye; and ‘unplugged’ as The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight in the beautiful setting of St John’s Church.

***** (ThreeWeeks)

‘Mesmerising one-man show of sheer brilliance!’ (Argus)

‘Brings out levels of meaning rarely heard in pulpits.’ (Church-of-England News)

‘The radical message has never sounded so revolutionary, straight-forward, obvious and utterly sensible!’ (Scotsman)

George Dillon in The Gospel of Matthew
A stunning multimedia solo performance of the greatest story ever told.
Venue#150: Venue 150 @ EICC (0844 847 1639 www.venue150.com):
Mon 22nd (17.00-18.35)
Venue#278: Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (0131 220 5911 www.spotlites.co.uk):
Sat 27th (20.40-22.15)

Buy tickets for The Gospel of Matthew @ Venue 150 @ EICC @ edfringe.com

Buy tickets for The Gospel of Matthew @ Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall @ edfringe.com

***** The performance at EICC@venue150 on Monday 22nd is now a charity benefit. Buy tickets in advance or Pay-what-you-can on the door, collection afterwards and ALL proceeds go to SAMARITANS *****

George Dillon in The Gospel of Matthew

George Dillon in The Gospel of Matthew
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The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight

Witness the greatest story ever told... as Jesus's followers first heard it... in a darkness illuminated purely by candlelight and the Word!

Highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous, Dillon’s epic, impassioned performance of his own translation of the first Gospel portrays Jesus not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but a contemporary raging fighter for God.

A rare chance to hear the Gospel from beginning to end in the beautiful setting of St John's Church.

An award-winning performer, an original translation, a unique and unforgettable experience.

***** (ThreeWeeks)

‘Simply shattering!’ (Baptist Times)

‘Has a visceral, biting, colloquial power that is quite stunning.'’ (Stage)

George Dillon in The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight
An masterful telling of the first Gospel in a beautiful setting
Venue #127: St John's Church (0131 473 2000 www.festivalofspirituality.org.uk)
Wed 24th & Fri 26th (21.30-23.10)

Buy tickets for The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight @ edfringe.com
George Dillon in The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight

George Dillon in The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight
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The Man Who Was Hamlet

Who really wrote Hamlet? That is the question! Was it the work of a barely literate grain merchant and moneylender from Stratford? Or was it the dramatic autobiography of a disgraced and disgraceful nobleman?

With a brilliant script and a five-star performance, award-winning actor George Dillon reveals the comical, tragical and utterly scandalous history of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who many believe was the true 'William Shake-speare'.

Courtier, swordsman, adventurer, playwright and poet, Edward de Vere’s life had many striking echoes of Shakespeare’s most famous character. He was hailed as the best of the secret court writers, but no plays bearing his name have survived and his poetry stopped after the first invention of... 'William Shake-speare'. So was de Vere the role model for Hamlet... or was he really the author?

The Man Who Was Hamlet, written and performed by George Dillon, directed by Denise Evans, with original music by Charlotte Glasson, is one of six shows that George Dillon is performing in Edinburgh this year in celebration of 21 years of solo work.

***** Amazing! Electrifying! Wicked!’ (FringeReview.co.uk)

***** Transporting, subtle, spellbinding, compelling, charismatic, wry and moving.’ (FringeGuru.com)

***** Excellent! Worth seeing both as education and entertainment.’ (BroadwayBaby.com)

‘Must see! Clever script, masterful performance!’ (Stage)

‘It's easy to see why Dillon's performances have made him the toast of Edinburgh.’ (BritishTheatreGuide.info)

‘One of the most compelling performances I have seen at the festival.’ (Steven Berkoff)

George Dillon in The Man Who Was Hamlet
The tragi-comic history of Edward de Vere, the 'real' William Shakespeare?
Venue#3: Assembly George Square (0131 623 3030 www.assemblyfestival.com):
Mon 22nd (20.00-21.30)
Venue#278: Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (0131 220 5911 www.spotlites.co.uk):
Sat 27th (17.45-19.15)

Buy tickets for The Man Who Was Hamlet @ Assembly George Square @ edfringe.com

Buy tickets for The Man Who Was Hamlet @ Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall @ edfringe.com
George Dillon in The Man Who Was Hamlet

George Dillon in The Man Who Was Hamlet
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