A YEAR ago she was the toast of Cannes as one of the stars of Ken Loach’s award-winning whisky caper The Angels’ Share.
Now Jasmin Riggins is gearing up for a role at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – in a disused house in one of the city’s most deprived housing estates.
Although part of new venue Summerhall’s vast Fringe programme, Our Glass House will be staged at a secret address in Wester Hailes.
The show, which will take place in a uninhabited four-bedroom house, will be the first appearance of the River City star at the Fringe.
The show, a dark drama exploring issues around domestic abuse, has been backed by the police, the city council and the Scottish Government. It is being billed as “part theatre, part gig and part exhibition”.
The production, which will be played out before a maximum audience of 30, is based on testimonies from male and female survivors of abuse.
It is being brought to Edinburgh by Common Wealth Theatre after being road-tested in Bristol and Bradford, with a new cast for its Edinburgh run.
Ticketholders for Our Glass House, which will run from 13-21 August, will be met at the Whale Arts Centre in Wester Hailes by a member of the production team and led to the venue, which is being let to the theatre company by the housing association Prospect.
After letting themselves into the house with a key, audiences are left to roam around as the stories of six characters unfold before their eyes. The climax of the show is staged outside in the street.
The play is certain to evoke memories of Roadkill, director Cora Bissett’s multi-award-winning show on sex trafficking that toured internationally after its Fringe premiere in a flat on London Road.
Ms Riggins, who was an unknown before being cast by Ken Loach in The Angels’ Share, said: “I didn’t know much about the script at all before I went for the audition. I was really just told it was going to be about domestic abuse and was going to be staged in an old house.
“But the way it is staged just sounds totally different to a normal theatre production.”
Evie Manning, the show’s director, said: “The idea for the piece emerged last year when an ambulance was called for my neighbour and her young son in the middle of the day and revealed all of the horrific abuse that she had been suffering for years. “Her husband kept the house whilst she went into a refuge with her two young children, and no-one on the street spoke about it again. It just seemed so unjust.”