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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 Preview: Going Local!

2019 Marks the 72nd Annual Fringe Festival  and it all kicks off this weekend! The biggest arts festival in the world will take over every conceivable space in the city. It will run in tandem with the International Festival, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The International book Festival and The Arts Festival.

Whilst performers and companies from around the world make there way to the capital to show off there skills over the course of the three and half week melting pot of Theatre, Comedy, Music, Children’s Show, Cabaret and Musical Theatre there are many home grown productions worth looking at.

Captivate Theatre at The Fringe!

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One of the greatest success stories over the last decade of the fringe is the emergence of Captivate Theatre Company, starting with just three shows on the edge of town they now occupy the main theatre during the day at the Rose Theatre as part of Gilded Balloon, as well as there self written shows Romantic Romeo and Brave Macbeth which will be performed at Gilded Balloon at the Museum and Pleasance Courtyard respectively.

2019 will see the company produce a record breaking 10 shows! Returning from 2018 are the Smash hit successes “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “13 the musical” and “Brave Macbeth”. Joining them will be new productions of “Bugsy Malone”, “All Shook up”, “Romantic Romeo”, “Sister Act”, “Jekyll and Hyde” as well as “Oliver”. Oliver will see the company produce the acclaimed Theatre Royal Drury Lane Production.

Also in departure for the company they will present there first play on the fringe “Gregory’s Girl” will take to the stage of the basement theatre at the Rose and promises to be comedy gold.

Captivate can truly lay claim of having something for everyone so be sure to snap those tickets up.

Captivate Productions can be found at the Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Gilded Balloon Museum and Pleasance Courtyard.

Edinburgh Little Theatre Return!

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Long standing fringe venue, The Hill Street theatre was given a new lease of life in 2018 with the arrival of local company Edinburgh Little Theatre, it was such a success there back for 2019 with another blend of self produced productions and guest productions

Particular highlights include “American Idiot”, the Greenday rock opera that inspired a new generation into the theatre with its dystopian themes. Directed by acclaimed award winning director Liam Rudden it promises big things. Rudden will also direct the return of Sailor to the Fringe as “Thief” returns to Hill Street, for a play of raw emotional power this is the one to catch.

Elsewhere a charming original production of Oliver sits alongside summer pantomime with Mother Goose making a Fringe debut. Big musicals in the form of Avenue Q will also been offer.

All productions from ELT can be found at the Hill Street Theatre in the Newtown.

Edinburgh Music Theatre Double Bill

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Renown for it’s successful spring productions, EMT return with there annual offering for the Fringe, “Anthems” has become a regular feature of EMT’s fringe programme offering a selection of big show tune from both the West End and Broadway. There second offering is a departure from the usual Disney numbers to looking at the silver screen with “Movie Music”

Both productions will play each evening over the course of there 5 night run.

EMT productions will be performed at St Andrew’s and St George’s West.

Bohemians on the Fringe!

Long standing company the Bohs will return for just two days of the fringe with A Bohemian Fairy-tale, fusing together that magic of fairy tales with the music of kid friendly musicals including, Brave and Shrek.

It promises to be a charming evening in Stockbridge.

Bohemians will perform at St Stephens Church in Stockbridge.

The Burton goes to the west end

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In a departure for The Brunton theatre, located in the heart of Musselburgh just a short hop from Edinburgh City Centre, they are collaborating with local Producer and Musical Director Tommie Travers and presenting a new production of Lionel Bart’s Classic “Oliver”. This production based on the acclaimed Theatre Royal Drury Lane reimagining will feature a large cast of Local Performers. Backed with a professional production team and live orchestra you can be assured the west end will arrive on the east coast this Fringe.

Oliver will be performed at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh.

Elsewhere!

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There are so many more local companies to keep an eye out for! especially Interabang Productions who will bring there 5 Star production of “Being Lisa” to the Fringe for just 3 performances at St John’s Church in the heart of the west end of the city. This is one unmissible production.

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Bare Production are also back and have already sold out there run of “Addams Family” so keep an eye out for return tickets!

And Finally!

The shows and productions listed above are just the tip of the iceberg with so many local companies from with in the city and further afield delivering there contributions to the biggest arts festival in the world.  So get yourself ready, and get out there and see them.

We at Scotsgay Arts will continue to tweet throughout the Fringe and look out for our review of this years Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! But for all the Reviews, News and Goss from across the fringe head to SGFringe.com where a team of 12 hardy souls will be outdoing themselves to see the biggest and best of the fringe.

For tickets to All shows head to Edfringe.com

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Dance Horizons: Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform, PREVIEW

Dance Horizons present Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform

Innovations isn’t just a show, it’s an audience experience. An opportunity to explore new ideas and works by established and emerging dance-makers. This platform has developed to champion creative innovation in dance whilst celebrating diversity in artistic practice and exploration.

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform is making its way to the Studio with a packed evening of dance, presenting works by: Peter Twyman Dance, Unearthed Dance Theatre, Paul Michael Henry, Danns-Ed Company, Kate Jackson & Collaborators, Jennifer Scott Dance Company & Sandro Franchini.

One highlight of the programme is Peter Twyman Dance piece featuring Peter Himself,

Emotions By Peter Twyman

This solo work is a personal, physical exploration through a spectrum of human emotions experienced from anger. Delving into distorted forms of uncertainty, into the mental and physical longing for that one person to be there. Peter’s work draws upon personal experiences accompanied by a  modern soundtrack of self-expressive song choices which will transport you through his journey.

Peter Twyman trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance (Dundee) and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds) and has since gone on to perform internationally with companies including Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre, the Dutch National Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, White Oak Dance Company and Canadian Opera Company.

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Innovations strives to provide opportunities to artists at all stages of their career to present their work and ideas to audiences so immerse yourself in an evening of fresh and exciting work right here in the heart of Edinburgh.  For more information about Innovations and the works being presented as part of this platform, please visit www.innovationsdanceplatform.co.uk

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform, The Studio, Edinburgh, Friday 5th April for tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/innovations-contemporary-dance-platform

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SLO Presents My Fair Lady, Preview

SLO presents My Fair Lady, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 

Spring is in the air and the annual season of Local Amdram productions  gets under way with Southern Light opera being proud to present a beautiful new production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.

As with George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion from which it was adapted, My Fair Lady explores society’s prejudices toward class and gender while wrapped in a spectacular Lerner and Loewe score with memorable tunes such as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Get Me To the Church On Time!”

The story is familiar – world famous phonetics expert and upper class bachelor, Henry Higgins wagers that he can pass off Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, in high society as a duchess just by teaching her to speak proper English.

Lerner and Loewe created an instant hit which has often been referred to as “the worlds most beloved musical.” The original Broadway production opened in 1956 and ran for over six-and-a-half-years with a total of 2,717 performances, and won 6 Tony Awards. It was revived by the National Theatre in 2001 and last year saw an acclaimed return to Broadway.

The cast features Rebekah Lansley as Eliza Doolittle, John Bruce as Henry Higgins, Keith Kilgore as Alfred P. Doolittle, Alan Hunter as Colonel Pickering, Averyl Nash as Mrs Higgins, David Bartholomew as Freddy Eynsford-Hill and Judith Walker as Mrs Pearce.

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My Fair Lady is directed by Andy Johnston, Musical Director is Crawford Moyes, Choreographer is Louise Williamson.

Director Andy Johnston,  “It is the universality of the story that makes My Fair Lady such an unforgettable piece of theatre. The innate desire to make something of yourself, to improve your life and your future are very human themes that we can all relate to. What George Bernard Shaw had to say about class, perceptions of class and social attitudes rings as true today as it did when he wrote Pygmalion over a hundred years ago. Much is made of the central relationship between Higgins and Eliza. Is it a pupil/ teacher relationship? Is there any hint of romance? Do they end up together or not?

Shaw had very strong ideas regarding this and so did Lerner and Lowe – not always the same views. With this production, we have not set out to finally and irrevocably solve these conundrums, but to investigate and find the truth in this most complex of relationships. Well, our version of the truth!

It is not often you get to work on one of the genuine legends of musical theatre and our company of over seventy, backed by a huge backstage crew and a twenty-three piece orchestra have been working very hard to bring this classic tale to life for a new generation and I couldn’t be prouder of the entire team.”

SLO presents My Fair Lady, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th March, For tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/myfairlady

 

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King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Amdram Preview:

Scotsgay Arts was delighted to have been invited to pop along on a  chilly January evening to an exclusive preview evening of the Local Amateur Dramatic companies that will be performing on the hallowed boards of the King’s Theatre Edinburgh. Hosted by local directing legend Andy Johnston whose comedy asides gave the evening true charm, it was a joy to get just a small taste of what’s on offer across the season so lets have a little look!

Starting with SLO and My Fair Lady:

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My Fair Lady sparkles with wit, elegance and romance, telling the story​ of an Edwardian cockney flower girl’s transformation into the pride​ of London society. Southern Light’s beautiful new production will​ transport you from the streets where you live to the flower markets of​ London, the racecourse of Ascot and to the glittering heights of an​ Embassy Ball where everything is ‘Absolutely Bloomin’ Loverly’.​

Musical numbers include ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE, GET​ ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME, WOULDN’T IT BE LOVERLY,​ WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK and I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED​ TO HER FACE.​ My Fair Lady is a jewel in the crown of the great American musicals,​ written by Lerner and Loewe (Brigadoon, Camelot and Gigi) and based​ on George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’.

For tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/myfairlady

EDGAS presents The Mikado

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Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the company who brought you H.M.S Pinafore last year, present the timeless G&S classic, The Mikado. Widely regarded as the greatest comic opera ever written, The Mikado has delighted audiences across the world for more than 130 years.

Discover intrigue and romance in the Town of Titipu, where flirting is punishable by death. Nanki-Poo attempts to escape from the formidable Katisha and into the arms of Yum-Yum. However, Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner has other ideas – avoiding his own decapitation being one of them!

Featuring a five-star cast and orchestra, and packed with world-famous musical numbers including The Sun Whose Rays, Three Little Maids from School, and Tit-Willow, make sure to put this stunning production of The Mikado on your list – it’s certainly not one to be missed!

For Tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/mikado

The Bohemians Present The Wedding Singer.

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Join New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer Robbie Hart, sweet natured Julia, her best friend Holly and Wall Street bad boy Glenn in the 1980’s party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding, packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.

For Tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/weddingsinger

Our taster of all three productions showcased the wealth of talent that comes together from across the city to make these shows possible, and the joy and enthusiasm flowed across the footlights, so why not book those tickets now for a real of show and do your bit to support the theatrical life blood of Edinburgh.

 

 

 

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SQIFF: Shorts on Tour: Preview.

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival has announced it will tour a hand-picked selection of LGBTQ+ short films to venues across Scotland over the coming months.

SQIFF: Shorts on Tour opens at CCA Glasgow on 9 February before visiting a host of communities from Hawick to Inverness.

Headlining the programme is VISIBLE, created by Campbell X and Kayza Rose, who explore QTIPOC (queer, trans, and intersex people of colour) histories, challenging mainstream perceptions and sanitisation of legacies, and celebrating complexity, multiplicity, myths, gossip, and legends. Director Campbell X will be in attendance at several events for a Q&A. Other films refelect the diversity of queer stories from around the world, from a portrait of Nicola Stevens, who played in the first professional Australian Football League women’s game in 2017 to Abraham Naim aka drag queen Medulla Oblongata relating their story of escaping persecution for being gay in the Maldives and finding acceptance and community. The Glasgow screening will be followed by a panel with STUC’s LGBT+ Committee about their work and LGBTQ+ rights. The tour is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

Helen Wright, SQIFF Coordinator, commented: “It is really exciting for us to be able to share our Opening Night programme with a wider range of audiences around Scotland. We are priorisiting making connections with LGBTQ+ community groups in different areas to give them access to queer cinema and the chance to meet filmmakers and take part in discussions about issues the films raise.”

Sambrooke Scott, Film Hub Scotland Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support SQIFF to screen their short film programme at venues across Scotland. SQIFF is a vital film festival and have built a reputation over the last four years as an organisation who are forward-thinking and prioritise inclusion, diversity and representation. We hope this tour will allow a broader section of audiences in Scotland to engage with LGBTQ+ stories and take part in an exciting programme of films.”

Tour Details

CCA, Glasgow in partnership with STUC LGBT+ Committee, Saturday 9th February, 1pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Wednesday 13th February, 6.15pm. Tickets £5-7.50.

The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews part of Queerfest with Saints LGBT+, Friday 15th February, 6pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.

Cornucopia, Hawick in partnership with Scottish Borders LGBT Equality, Saturday 23rd February, 4pm. Free,

Ayr Town Hall in partnership with Ayr Film Society and Ayrshire LGBTQ, Sunday 24th February, 6.30pm. Free,

50 George Square, University of Edinburgh with MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation, Tuesday 26th February, 7pm. Tickets offered on a sliding scale of free to £8.

Macrobert, Stirling in partnership with Stirling University LGBTQ+ Society, Friday 1st March, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.

See www.sqiff.org for more information and to book tickets.

 

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Wasted Youth, Scottish Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh, Preview:

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Edinburgh based performance artist, DJ and Drag Performer Jordy Deelight  brings his brand new biographical one man show to Edinburgh for the first time. Where the art of Drag  is to create fantasy, this production will deliver the reality of a rather human journey.

So, what is Wasted Youth? Its A devised theatre performance featuring elements of drag performance and video footage.

“I go to bed every night and I look back throughout the day I had, making sure I called my friends and family in between to ask how their day was. I wonder if they’re ok, and if at any point they were lying to me, as not everyone has to be strong.”

Wasted Youth. A non-conventional drag show. A piece of media. A journey. The synchronicity method. A life sentence from the age of 2. Learn about Jordan as told by Jordy

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Jordan spoke to Scotsgay arts saying  “Wasted Youth asks the question, who is Jordy Deelight? As I seek to explore who is behind the make up using performance drag and multimedia projections. I am also delighted this performance will be fully BSL interpreted as I wish to ensure the performance is open to all.”

Wasted Youth takes to the stage on Wednesday 30th January at 19:30 at the Scottish Story Telling Centre on the High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Please note this production is strictly an 18+ event and under 18’s will not be permitted in the theatre.

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Theatre has always been the last uncensored space, a home in which creativity shines and boundaries can be pushed, its also the place where real human stories can be explored, wasted youth will harness the power of one persons journey through life and offer up the truth of the performer behind the lipstick and high heels and promises to be an unforgettable evening of theatre. Get those tickets now!

Wasted Youth, Scottish Story Telling Centre, Wed 30th Jan 2019 19:30 , For tickets from £7 go to: https://www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com/event-post/eventid/18579-wasted-youthssc19jmckwy/

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UK Pantomime Top 5 2018

We have previewed the very best of Pantomime and Christmas Shows from around Scotland, but we are also aware many travel further afield whilst visiting friends, family and loved ones and often check out the local theatre. There are over 500 professional pantomimes and Christmas shows around the UK and many hundreds more in church halls and community theatres the length and breath of the country. We have selected just 5 Pantomimes from out with Scotland that we believe are unique, special and worthy of your ticket money! You may or may not agree but we hope you visit your nearest theatre this festive season for a real treat.

Qdos presents Snow White, The London Palladium.

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Without doubt the return of pantomime in 2016 to the Legendary London Palladium has seen a new bench mark in production standards so much so the creative team have become award winners. 2018 see’s Dawn French starring in her panto debut alongside returning London Palladium pantomime royalty Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot joined by Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent & Flavia in Snow White, London’s must-see panto. Plus, West End and Broadway star Charlie Stemp returns, alongside Over the Rainbow’s Danielle Hope. From the same team behind last year’s Olivier Award-winning pantomime, Snow White will feature all the sparkle, scale and spectacle London has come to expect from the West End’s most lavish festive production in a show packed full of laughter, music, special effects and theatrical magic.

Qdos presents Snow White, The London Palladium. Sat 8th Dec – Sun 13th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://snowwhitepalladium.com/

Qdos Presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

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The biggest panto in the North must be the annual extravaganza at the Theatre Royal directed by Michael Harrison ( who also helms the London Palladium) and always acts as a test bed for ideas, effects that will pop around the country in subsequent years. 2018 sees Newcastle Theatre Royal’s brand-new must-see magical pantomime Goldilocks and the Threes, the big top family panto extravaganza, stars the much-loved panto trio of Danny Adams as Danny The Clown, Clive Webb as the Ringmaster and Chris Hayward as Dame Rita. The Theatre Royal pantomime is packed full of hilarious comedy routines, laughter, dazzling special effects and this year a new dimension, the most exciting circus acts in town including the petrol-fuelled hair-raising, Berserk Riders, who will be helping transform the Theatre Royal’s stage into the ultimate fusion of pantomime and circus, performing dare-devil stunts at over sixty miles-per-hour! This is truly a panto to see!

Qdos Presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Tue 27th Nov – Sun 20th Jan 2019 for tickets go to https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/panto-goldilocks

The York Theatre Royal Presents, The Grand old Dame of York, Theatre Royal York.

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York theatre royal legendary dame Berwick Kaler has announced his retirement from the frocks, but not before one final panto season which will mark his 40th Production, yes you read that correct 40 years of working as the Dame, that’s thousands of wagon wheels and a lot of bottles of brown ale given out. So this year is very a much a celebration of Berwick as well as Celebrating the traditional art of pantomime, the show will be a gag-laden, song packed extravaganza featuring stunning costumes, jaw-dropping sets and choreography to thrill. With performances up to 02 February, the York panto is not only a great festive treat, but also an ideal way to banish those January blues.

The York Theatre Royal Presents, The Grand old Dame of York, Theatre Royal York. Thu 13th Dec – Sat 2nd Feb 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/grand_old_dame_of_york.php#.W_sjvPZ2vIU

UK Productions Present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Malvern Theatre.

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UK productions are well known in England for producing story focused pantomimes with the magic and glamour of a big budget production all the essential ingredients for a classic pantomime. None more so that this offering at the Malvern Theatre. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stars the legendary Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, alongside Francesca McKean as Snow White, Aiden Banyard as the Prince, Philip Meeks (Legendary Dame) as Nursie… and back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James as the loveable Muddles!

UK Productions Present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Malvern Theatre. Thur 13th Dec – Sun 6th Jan 2019 for tickets go to: https://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/snow-white-seven-dwarfs/

Qdos Presents Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Firmly established as Northern Ireland’s biggest and most spectacular family pantomime, the Grand Opera House’s Festive show has entertained generations of families. With over 75,000 people attending the Theatre’s panto each year it’s never too early to book your tickets. Doomed to sell the family’s trusty cow, join Jack as he fights to save the beautiful Princess, outwit the evil giant and win the hand of the girl he loves! Jack and the Beanstalk stars the iconic May McFettridge as Dame May Trot, now in her 29th year in pantomime and double Olivier award-winning actor David Bedella as pantomime’s ultimate baddie, and the giant’s henchman, Fleshcreep. David played the role of Captain Hook in Peter Pan last Christmas, seen by over 75,200 people during its six-week run. Jack and the Beanstalk is packed with all the ingredients of a perfect Grand Opera House panto: a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, magic beans, bundles of audience participation, stunning scenery and special effects, and fabulous costumes.

Qdos Presents Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sat 1st Dec – Sun 13th Jan 2019. For tickets go to: https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/jack-and-the-beanstalk/

So there it is our 5 picks of the panto’s out with Scotland and or those in wales there is many a panto too including Beauty and the Beast at the New Theatre Cardiff you can find more info by going to: http://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what’s-on/beauty-and-the-beast/ Whatever panto you see this year have a ball its truly the most unique form of entertainment and one we should continue to embrace.