Universal Arts Festival and Quarter Too Ensemble is delighted to present Wojtek: The Happy Warrior at New Town Theatre (from 6 – 30 August) as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Happy Warrior has been inspired by the true yet unbelievable story of an Artillery supply unit of the Polish Army Corps who had a very unusual member in their ranks: Private Wojtek (which means ‘he who smiles at war’ or ‘Happy Warrior’ in Polish), an orphaned Syrian Brown Bear cub who was adopted by the Polish soldiers whilst stationed in Persia (now Palestine).
Before he ends his days in Edinburgh Zoo, watch Wojtek wrestle, ride in army trucks, set sail for war and aid the fight in the largest land battle in the war, as the company bring a ragtag selection of army issue objects to life.
Through ensemble storytelling, live music and playful physicality they conjure an imagining of events that highlight the nature of friendship and empathy amidst the chaos of war.
Wojtek in his time in Edinburgh Zoo became famous amongst Poles living in Britain. Like his Polish friends, he was a refugee who would never return to his homeland and thus became a symbol to all those who experienced wartime displacement.
This family show is presented by a large storytelling ensemble with live integrated music.
The Quarter Too Ensemble grew from an informal actors’ group sharing practice and training together. Small commissions in fairytale storytelling for Bromley Churchill Theatre’s Creative Learning Department has developed into small-scale touring of work for young people and a growing reputation for theatrical experiences that are immediate, flexible and provocative. One cast member played the role of ‘Preacher’ in the Medal of Honor the console game.
Wojtek: The Happy Warrior is part of the Universal Arts (Edinburgh) programme of international theatre, music and dance at Fringe 2015. Universal Arts has been programming and producing award-winning Fringe productions for 26 years – HERALD ARCHANGEL AWARD WINNERS 2009 for 20-year track record of top international theatre at the Fringe; “dedicated to quality” Daily Telegraph; “a long record of welcoming quality international work” The List
Wojtek: The Happy Warrior
New Town Theatre
96 George Street, Venue 7, EH2 3DH
6 – 30 August
Ticket prices: Previews 6 & 7 August £7
£11 (£9) Family ticket £30
Box office 0131 226 0000