The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

Dialogue Productions

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations support the bold artistic initiatives pursued by the London-based Dialogue Productions theater company.

Dialogue Productions, drama training and intercultural dialogue

The theater company Dialogue Productions was created in 1996 with the aim of developing cultural dialogue between the United Kingdom and Germany. The company quickly expanded its mission to include cultural exchange on a broader European and international scale. To this end, it prepares English-language productions of selected plays that are often unknown to the British public. The company notably helped discover the Francophone playwrights Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt and Wajdi Mouawad. Performances by Dialogue Productions typically explore contemporary themes, cultivating reflection on current social, political and cultural issues.

The Foundations and Dialogue Productions: paving the way to cultural diversity

Dialogue Productions has identified theater as a privileged platform for intercultural dialogue. The Foundations share their desire to encourage exchange by helping the British public discover the creativity of alternative artistic traditions. Since 2007, the Foundations have assisted in bringing the play M. Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur’an by Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt to London’s Bush Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival. In 2008, they renewed their support for a production of Wajdi Mouawad’s Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons performed at the Soho Theater.

Both plays received enthusiastic reviews from London critics. In 2010, the partnership embarked on an exciting new project with the production of Scorched, also by Wajdi Mouawad. Directed by Kevin Spacey, it was performed at the Old Vic Tunnels, a new and atypical space in the renowned Old Vic Theatre. This original play talks about life and death and the horrors of civil war throughout history. In addition, Dialogue Productions fulfills a social and educational mission by offering free workshops in London schools, which pick up on the themes that are explored in its plays.