Asylon Theatre celebrates diversity by producing multicultural theatre. Based in Edinburgh and originally Polish, we identify with the Scottish capital’s international identity. Just as the ebb and flow of migrating citizens has helped forge Edinburgh’s unique culture, so our cross-cultural partnerships have fostered a wide variety of unique productions. We believe that in our new connected world each individual story is symptomatic of a bigger whole. We can be at once Scottish and European, Polish and global.
Our core aims are:
- to create thought-provoking theatrical works that stimulate people’s imagination and dreams;
- to explore cultural experiences between people, their histories and their forms of expression in performance;
- to educate, inspire and stimulate children’s and young adults’ appreciation for theatre and drama;
- to entertain and enrich audiences from local communities and further afield;
- to promote Polish literature, art and culture.
Asylon Theatre was founded in 2008 by director Marta Mari and arts manager Edyta Kania to produce and promote multicultural theatre projects. The company began by producing theatre for Scotland’s Polish community, including a staged reading of Mrozek’s Wieczor w Dobrym Towarzystwie and a translated adaptation of Ireneusz Iredynski’s The Third Breast. We have since vastly expanded our audiences, working with people from all over the world to produce a diverse range of performances. These include the site-specific I’ve Been Looking For You My Whole Life on StageCoach Buses, the deeply moving testimony to loneliness Touch, and a unique children’s play about the ash-dieback fungus called Fraxi Queen of the Forest.