Fringe funds bid for Israel and Palestine groups

David Greig. Picture: Greg Macvean
David Greig. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A £10,000 appeal has been launched is to enable Israeli and Palestinian theatre groups to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 without state support.

The initiative by Scottish playwright David Greig follows an Israeli show being forced to close last week because protests outside the venue disrupted other shows at the Underbelly.

A second Fringe production, by The Pola dance company from Israel, which starts on Saturday, is also threatened by planned demonstrations.

The groups are being targeted by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign because they have received money from the Israeli government. Two other Israeli shows at the Fringe – comedians Yisrael Campbell and Lanabati – have been left alone because they have not been state-funded.