Francis the Holy Jester


Saturday 18 October, 7.30pm, Summerhall

Mario Pirovano performs Francis the Holy Jester by Dario Fo

This is a rare opportunity to see Dario Fo’s monologue, performed by his close friend and leading interpreter of his work, Mario Pirovano.  Written by Fo against a background of political corruption in 1990s Italy, Francis The Holy Jester draws from historic texts and folk tales to bring to life medieval Italy in classic Commedia dell’arte style, both comic and moving.
 Actor Mario Pirovano – Dario Fo’s former apprentice – performs with unique zest, playing cardinals, soldiers, farmers, traders, and the saint himself, in a virtuoso solo performance which engages directly with the audience.  ​

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: I’d much rather be in morally squalid Berlin

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German artist Isa Genzken and fringe venue Summerhall are standouts

“Thank the dark gods for Summerhall, a true fringe venue whose name suggests the sinister Summerisle in the Hebridean horror film The Wicker Man, and whose mad exhibitions in sprawling corridors and basements fully live up to this promise. Here at last, Edinburgh shows that it too has a wild side. The ruinous grandiosity of the place is like the much-mourned Berlin art squat Tacheles. And Isa Genzken meets, if not her artistic match, then definitely a fellow decadent spirit in an exhibition of stuffed wolf heads, sleazy digital shots of sensual flesh, literally cocky paintings and rude religious art by avant garde hero and pioneer Genesis P-Orridge. Throbbing gristle is everywhere in this encounter with a lion of counterculture. Here are Mr and Mrs Hyde for real.

Edinburgh has the making of a real art city, if only it curbs its virtuous side. Dr Jekyll, sadly, was never the creative one.”

– From Jonathan Jones, The Guardian Thursday 31 July 2014

Summerhall Festival to beam into cinemas with Hibrow


Hibrow, the digital arts pioneers, will join forces with big screen giants, ODEON, to take the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, out of its cobbled confines and into a cinema near you with a series of special screenings throughout August.

Hibrow Hour, generously supported by Arts Council England, is a series of daily performances at Summerhall, throughout this year’s Fringe. Book tickets for the live events.

Rupert Thompson, Artistic Director at Summerhall commented:

We are delighted that Summerhall will be hosting this live cinematic fringe first – beaming the festival to audiences across the UK. We are immensely proud of the programme of festival events this year – and delighted to be working with theatre innovators Hibrow on this project.

Eight of these new shows, spanning theatre, comedy, opera and visual art, have been specially designed to be transmitted via satellite to selected ODEON Cinemas nationwide. Hibrow Hour represents an exciting new digital frontier for the legendary festival: three brand new plays by young theatre-makers, an opera from an internationally recognised artist/filmmaker, comedy acts curated by two of Britain’s most celebrated comedy producers, and a show from the inimitable Steven Berkoff who epitomises the Festivals dedication to talent and innovation. All designed to bring to cinema audiences the excitement of the festival. Each 90 minute programme will also include exclusive coverage of the Festival at large in a specially produced featurette.

Is your local cinema on our list? Have a look below.


Summerhall Box Office for live events: 0131 560 1581
ODEON Box Office: 08712 244 007

  • Basingstoke: Churchill Way West, Basingstoke RG21 6PG
  • Bath: Kingsmead Leisure Complex, James St W, Bath, Somerset BA1 2BX
  • Birmingham Broadway Plaza: 220 Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8LP
  • Bournemouth: Westover Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BZ
  • Brighton: West Street, Kingswest, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2RE
  • Cardiff: The Red Dragon Centre, Hemingway Rd, Cardiff CF10 4JY
  • Dundee: Douglas Rd, Dundee, Tayside DD4 7SN
  • Dunfermline: 1 Whimbrell Pl, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 8EX
  • Edinburgh: 118 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 8BQ
  • Edinburgh: Westside Plaza, 120 Wester Hailes Rd, Edinburgh, EH14 3HR
  • Glasgow Quay: Springfield Quay, Paisley Rd, Glasgow G5 8NP
  • Guildford: Bedford Road, Surrey. GU1 4SJ
  • Hull: Kingston Park, Kingston St, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU1 2TX
  • Kilmarnock: Queen’s Dr, Kilmarnock, Ayreshire KA1 3XF
  • Kingston: The Rotunda, Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1QP
  • Leeds, Bradford: Gallagher Leisure Park, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD3 7AT
  • Lincoln: Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln LN1 1YS
  • Liverpool: 14, Paradise Street, Liverpool, Lancashire L1 8JF
  • London, Covent Garden: 135 Shaftesbury Ave London WC2H 8HA
  • Manchester: The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS
  • Milton Keynes: The Point, 602 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3NB
  • Norwich: Riverside Leisure Park, Wherry Rd, Norwich NR1 1XA
  • Oxford: George St, Oxford OX1 2BL
  • Sheffield: Arundel Gate, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1DL
  • Newcastle: Silverlink Retail Park, Osprey Dr, Wallsend NE28 9NP
  • Southampton: Leisure World, W Quay Rd, Southampton SO15 1RE
  • Tunbridge Wells: Knights Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3UW
  • Warrington: 100 Westbrook Centre, Warrington, Cheshire WA5 8UD
  • Wimbledon: Victoria Crescent, 57 The Broadway, London SW19 1QB

New menu at The Royal Dick!

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The Royal Dick have just launched their new menu! The set menu has been aimed to be competitive in price and packed with flavour and seasonal produce. This will change every two weeks, so keep coming back to us!

Our homemade burgers will change weekly too, please do let us know which is your favourite one.

Follow us on Twitter (@theroyaldick) and follow us on Facebook and let us know what you think.

Please note that tables of six people or more will be asked to use the set menu and we recommend booking a table in advance.

The RD team.

Summerhall launches Festival 2014 programme

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Over 150 exciting theatrical and visual arts experiences
1 – 24 August 2014

Mark Ravenhill, Steven Berkoff, Alison Jackson, Paines Plough, Northern Stage, Hibrow, Scottish Dance Theatre and Big In Belgium are just some of over eighty companies presenting work at Summerhall this August.

Our programme includes returning favourites and brand new shows, including co-productions by Summerhall such as Songs of Orwell Farm, from a new opera in development by Wyckham Porteous, and Return To The Voice, developed with the generous support of Creative Scotland, performing at St. Giles Cathedral by highly acclaimed Song Of The Goat whose Songs of Lear was the highest rated show in the 2012 festival. This very moving new work is inspired by historic Scottish and Gaelic music and song.

Work from Taiwan to New Zealand, Spain and back again to the fantastic Made In Scotland programme, Summerhall presents a tantalising collection work from around the globe. No debate goes unturned – so start reading – and get booking!

Summerhall’s galleries will be showing internationally renowned artists, Susan Hiller, Claude Closky, FAILE & Bast, Genesis & Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, Kennardphillipps, Tamsin Challenger, themuch loved and sorely missed Caroline McNairn, Wim Delvoye, Gary Baseman, Antonio O’Connell, August Rebetex, Birgir Andrésson, Peter Howson, Oliver Jennings & Devodama, and Ignaz Cassar, and as ever festival eminence Richard Demarco with a suite of exhibitions in the Demarco European Art Foundation wing at Summerhall, and many others.

Avant-garde musicians and performance artists, Genesis & Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, present Life As A Cheap Suitcase, their first solo show in Britain since 2003. It includes large collages and paintings from The Pandrogyne Project, shown here for the first time in Europe.

Susan Hiller brings Re-Sounding & Other Works that combines sound frequencies and visual patterns translated from radio waves emitted by the Big Bang. Claude Closky’s 10, 20, 30 & 40% is a new installation made for Summerhall of drawings that challenge traditional ways of displaying framed artworks.

Brooklyn-based collaboration FAILE & Bast bring their video games, pinball machines and foosball specially programmed to a psychedelic level in FAILE & Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade Edinburgh 2014. Recalling the age of arcade games, contemporary punk rock and graffiti culture, this neon-laden, mixed media installation lets audiences interact with the works.

Collaboration Kennardphillipps have been making art responses to the invasion of Iraq since 2002. They will also perform Demo Talk, a talk that becomes a physical demonstration of methods employed to make art protests against morally corrupt power.

Not all of this year’s programme takes place in Summerhall – new venues will pop up around the old Veterinary College and some will be offsite from Portobello beach, the EICC to St Giles cathedral. Paines Plough’s Roundabout in collaboration with Northern Stage and Summerhall will take over the back courtyard at the venue with a 170 seat bespoke theatre space set in the round.

A Walk at the Edge of the World takes audiences on a short, silent walk to start the show and out of water invites audiences down to the water’s edge in Portobello at sunrise and sunset throughout August. New spaces at Summerhall including The Street and The Loft will host works designed specifically for the space such as Future RuinsTheatre on a Long Thin Wire whichinvites audiences in alone, with no actors to experience theatre you don’t see – just a phone that might ring.

Summerhall is delighted to partner with Barrowland Ballet for two dance works, Tiger Tale and Tiger, telling through dance how a family’s world is upended when a tiger appears, performed in a specially built space at the EICC, 150 Morrison Street.

Elvis will be in the building at Summerhall this festival in Ellie Stamp’s Are You Lonesome Tonight? A solo interactive performance which explores Ellie’s lineage to Elvis Presley. Also look out for appearances from Elvis himself (via Italy) around the venue throughout August!

Shakespeare also makes an appearance in the powerful Gaelic translation of Macbeth – Macbeatha from White Stag Theatre and David Walker and in new play Shakespeare, His Wife and The Dog (Bated Breath Theatre Company),about one sleepless night in Stratford it is played by real life couple Philip Whitchurch and Sally Edwards.

New Wave Feminism is explored in several shows from across Europe. Ontroerend Goed’s Sirens emotes on society’s assumptions of ‘the weaker sex’; Sister, the true story of siblings exploring feminism and choice; performance artist Caroline Smith bringing new work Birdwatcher’s Wives and Margaret Thatcher, Virginia Woolf and Marilyn Monroe come together on stage for the first time ever in How Does A Snake Shed Its Skin. Fringe-award winning company 30 Bird bring Domestic Labour: A Study In Love and sifts through the dust of the Iranian baby boom.

Family is all we got – with Standby For Tape Backup (Show and Tell) in which a grandson listens in to his grandfather’s recordings, and a dark and honest portrayal of the effect of trauma on the younger members of the family in Every Brilliant Thing from Paines Plough.

Our performers do not shy away from big political debate. Britannia Waves The Rules from the Royal Exchange Theatre shows how a young man is profoundly changed by his experiences in the army. Electric Theatre Workshop looks at the political rise of the far right in today’s Scotland in Blood Orange. In the centenary year of the outbreak of WW1 Badac Theatre Company makers of visceral theatre perform The Flood an intense, at times horrific exploration of love and war. The National Theatre of Scotland join Brooklyn’s The TEAM in a work-in-progress called in The Scottish Enlightenment Project, which plunges the murkiest depths of national myth-making.

Theatre companies also take on social politics, from the carbon footprint of having a baby (LungsPaines Plough), the number of things we accumulate Replaceable Things (Ensemble Things) and The Object Lesson from Aurora Nova, a company with a festival history famous for thrilling surrealism, see the complexity in the everyday objects we cling to. Landscape with Skiproads (Pieter DeBuysser, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Margarita Productions, Drum) and Dogstar Theatre Company explore the greatest medical disaster in the history of the NHS in Factor 9.

Sticking with the political agenda, Sh!t Theatre’s Guinea Pigs on Trial looks at selling oneself to medical science, The Dispute (Hibrow Hour) toy with 18th-century French playwright Marivaux’s story of the recreation of the Garden of Eden with four teenagers for 6570 days and the voyeurism of modern day reality TV. Physical theatre looks at the plight of the Italian ILVA steelworkers in 2012 with Made In ILVA The Contemporary Hermit and Teatri ODA’s Invisible Walls from Kosovo, looks at isolation caused by bureaucracy, prejudice and social trappings and continues the tradition of giving potentially isolated artists a voice in Edinburgh.

Referring to the horrific and recent phenomenon of pirate kidnappings – The Initiate (Paines Plough) looks at a myriad of surrounding issues with a London based Somali taxi driver getting involved in the rescue of a British couple that have been seized by Somali Pirates.

Interpreting literary classics we have Wuthering Heights with an all male cast, a mash-up using puppetry of Chekhov and T.S. Eliot in The Waste Land Sisters and Charioteer Theatre and Vxx Zweets bring their own Faustian pact to the stage in Light Killer.

As ever – the festival fringe is an opportunity for breaking new ground with technology and companies around Summerhall are doing just that. Tales from The MP3 (20 Stories High) promises to set the Demonstration Room alight with live music, poetry and beatboxing all from young people’s MP3 players – it’s time to be honest! Lands of Glass by Unfolding Theatre brings the world of Alessandro Baricco to the UK for the first time with a glass instrument orchestra, featuring the Sauvignonblancophone.

Raise a glass to the God of Wine with 2b Theatre’s The God That Comes – a wine-soaked rock’n’roll cabaret celebrating Bacchus in all his forms – starring Juno award-winning Hawksley Workman. With fifteen minutes out of the fringe hubbub – Viewmaster is a personal slideshow journeying to a distant land and back again by Ryan Van Winkle and Dan Gorman. The undeniable Pumajaw are back with Song Noir: The Director’s Cut and will be conjuring their unique blend of multi-media with Film Noir and some of the most well-recognised soundtracks from ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ and more.

Our family and children’s programme grows bigger each year, and this year Matilda writer Dennis Kelly’s Our Teacher’s A Troll (Paines Plough), Curious Seed’s Chalk About, which starts with all wee audience members getting arty on the floor of the Dissection Room and 2013 Summerhall Festival returning hit show Innocence from Scottish Dance Theatre. Death, Duck and Tulip (Little Dog Barking Theatre) about a duck who strikes up an unlikely friendship with death and the highly visual physical theatre piece Malasombre by auMents Visual Dance Theatre – heavy-metal kids welcome at the visual fairytale for you and a grown up or two.

We are delighted to host fourteen acts from the Scottish Government’s Made in Scotland programme, nine from Arts Council England’s Escalator East to Edinburgh, Big In Belgium returns and award-winners including the C&C Company Winner of the Jury Prize HiverÔclites Avignon Fringe 2014, and the outstanding programme of events from Hibrow.

Hibrow Hour is a new hour-long performance showcase at Summerhall. Every performance of the Hibrow Hour will be broadcast live and uninterrupted online daily from the festival with a variety of work ranging from new drama presented by the next generation of theatre-makers to work from more established artists including Steven Berkoff, Alison Jackson and Peter Howson OBE.

The work, which will be streamed around the country and the world, will include MAKA – three brand new pieces for stage from the UK’s most promising writers, actors and directors; Hibrow In-Conversations with world-class names gathered from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and further afield and Summerhall’s first ever comedy outing – Wednesday’s Hibrow Comedy Hour, curated by Jilly Guteridge and Van Keeling. A programme brimming with promise and much more to be announced – watch this space.

Artistic Director Rupert Thomson said:

“We are thrilled that so many artists are so keen to be a part of Summerhall’s Festival and to ensure 2014 is a fantastic year for our audiences. I am also hugely grateful to the team here and our many supporters of all that we do.”

Visual Arts Curator Paul Robertson said:

“This year’s range of national and international exhibitions will intrigue, cause debate and sometimes even shock. Once again Summerhall is THE place to be this August.”

All tickets for Summerhall Festival 2014 on sale from Thursday 5th June at and Box Office enquiries 0131 560 1581

Summerhall to host FOURTEEN Made In Scotland shows

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The sun is shining (occasionally) the weather is lifting (to seventeen degrees on occasion) and that can only mean one thing – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is ready to descend once more.

We are very excited to announce that no less than fourteen Summerhall shows have made it onto the Made In Scotland programme which works with Scottish artists at the festival to promote their work to the world – and enable all to see the best of Scottish.

Here’s a wee run down of what to look out for!

Biding Time (remix) are back with their blend of song, screen and silent disco. Our shortest show Viewmaster will take you around the world in 15 minutes in a personal slideshow for your eyes and ears only by poet Ryan Van Winkle and sound artist Dan Gorman.

Chalk About take note or two from the theatre book with chat and we get a chance to see the ‘perfect scene containing everything one could wish for’ – what’s not to get excited about? One for all the family – come ready to draw. Also in the dance programme you will find an intimate space between artists and performers in Miann by Fleur Darkin and Scottish Dance Theatre featuring 4-piece musicians The One Ensemble.

The Scottish play goes back to the roots of Scottish language with a highly theatrical performance in Gaelic – to which all are welcome. MacBHEATHA is brought to Summerhall by White Stag and David Walker. Theatre blurs boundaries when Sisters Anna and Rosana perform together an unflinchingly honest autobiographical play about their experiences – we’re delighted to welcome the show that started its life at the Behaviour Festival at The Arches, Glasgow.

In music we welcome a whole host of incredible musicians – from guitar virtuoso Simon Thacker’s Ritmata – bringing the world music experiences of four musicians to life on stage. Originally a Celtic Connections commission Fiona Rutherford brings Sleep Sound – inspired by the structure of a night’s sleep. Another returning act from Fringe 2013 (and very welcome it is too) are Pumajaw. Song Noir returns with a blend of cult TV and film noir alongside a mind-bending live soundtrack of Pumajaw originals and a blend of scored film music from ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘The Night of The Deadly’.

Also in music and for three performances each, are both Replaceable Things and Undercurrents. Replaceable Things is two works combining spoken word and electronic soundtracks by Ensemble Thing. Amy Duncan’s Undercurrents is a deeply moving show featuring Amy alongside a string trio, harp, base and percussion.

Over at the EICC we partner with Barrowland Ballet on two shows, Tiger Tale and Tiger. Tiger Tale, for age 7+ sees a family’s world tip upside down at the arrival of a tiger – alongside Tiger which explores the issues anew for adults as the older sibling of the duo of shows. Both highly site specific shows see Barrowland Ballet inhabiting a cage that both defines the movement of the dancers and captures the chaos and comedy of being a family. Both insightful stories of family relationships.

For that moment where your feet grow weary and the fringe seems insurmountable, Michelle Burke invites you into her memorabilia-bedecked living-room for songs and yarns. Step Into My Parlour for a moment and discover what it’s all about over a sherry.

Lots more news on our fantastic Festival 2014 to come over the next few weeks – watch this space….

Summerhall Historical Fiction Festival Returns for 2014

Historical Fiction Festival

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Summerhall Historical Fiction Festival, the event will return this May. Organised by historical authors Allan Massie and Iain Gale, and sponsored by Baillie Gifford, Thomas Miller Investment and Pickering’s Gin, the festival will run over the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May.

Having celebrated Walter Scott last year, this year’s opening event follows on by marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, Waverley. It will be followed by James Robertson talking about God and the Devil in Scottish fiction.

On Friday Robert Harris will speak about his latest widely acclaimed novel on the Dreyfus case.

A writers’ forum will examine the difficulties of portraying WWI in fiction and Elizabeth Speller, author of the well received WWI novel At Break of Day, will speak.

The wars of Bruce and Wallace are discussed by two of the doyens of the subject in fiction, Robyn Young and Robert Low, both of them heirs to the tradition of Nigel Tranter.

Another panel of experts will discuss the portrayal of Jacobites in fiction, while on a broader theme Andrew Greig speaks about his novel drawing on the Border Ballad of “Fair Helen” and Rosemary Goring on her take on the aftermath of Flodden. Debra Daley will also talk about Turning the Stones, her evocative tale of mystery and intrigue set in 18th century London.

The weekend is completed with an exhibition of the watercolours and etchings of Olivia Gill, recently commissioned by Michael Morpurgo to illustrate an edition of War Horse.

Waterstones are to feature the festival in windows across Scotland.

For more details on speakers and events and to book tickets please visit the website

The Latest Tasty Offerings from The Royal Dick

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We, The Royal Dick, have launched our brand new and totally delicious menu. The set menu has been aimed to be competitive in price and packed with flavour and seasonal produce. This will change every two weeks, so keep coming back to us!

Our homemade burgers will change weekly too, please do let us know which is your favourite one.

Follow us on Twitter (@theroyaldick) and follow us on Facebook and let us know what you think.

Please note that tables of six people or more will be asked to use the set menu and we recommend booking a table in advance.

The RD team.

Mysore Classes at Summerhall

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Summerhall Yoga are offering a 1:1 Mysore course taught by Christopher Conn.

In this class there will be a very small group of people (maximum 8). Each person is given individual attention and is helped to progress at their level. Therefore people who are complete beginners, to those who are more advanced, can attend and benefit from Christopher Conn’s great depth of knowledge. Christopher Conn is an advanced practitioner and international teacher of Ashtanga, he has just arrived back from India to teach this authentic course.

This is a 4 week course starting 5th March from 6.40pm till 8.10pm. Cost – £25 (10% off for students). For more information and to book please visit:

85A: Renegade Maskerrade Video


Back in December, 85A Collective brought us the Edinburgh premiere of Judd Brucke’s industrial-horror film: ‘CHERNOZEM’, casting a cinematic shadow as trenchant and visceral as they come!
After the showing, 85A held the provocative ‘Renegade Maskerrade’ – an explosive barrage of highly charged live performances, knee-dropping music and blood pulsing DJs… featuring: ‘Jacob Yates & The Pearly Gate Lock Pickers’ – an hypnotic ‘Doom-wop’ band of towering rhythm + stentorian sound!

We now have footage from the fabulous event which you can see below:

Animal Antics – Happy Chinese New Year!

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We have been celebrating Chinese new year in the Yellow Room and on the 15th of Feb we will be marking the end of the festivities with a sensory play day to celebrate the lantern festival (Chap Goh Mei). All our Animal Antics friends have been busy preparing lantern garlands, trying out Chinese calligraphy, painting plum blossom pictures whilst learning all about Chinese culture.

We’ve even made our own pagoda and this coming weekend we plan to build our own finger puppet theatre and tell the story of the Chinese zodiac through our hand made puppets. Come join us for a day of sensory play with lights, music and puppet theatre on Saturday 15th in the Yellow Room.


 Click here for more information on opening times for this fun activity we have lined up!

Les Amis d’Onno Vintage Cabaret

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“An Auction of the late Captain Cuthbert Cruickshank’s Collection of Curios”

Les Amis d’Onno bring their unmissible brand of Vintage Cabaret to Summerhall, Edinburgh. Les Amis d’Onno’s Vintage Cabaret offers all the charm and ambiance of a bygone era, the family run show is good old fashioned entertainment at its very best.  This year’s show features an eclectic mix of new and regular acts including Escapology, Performing Dogs, Knife Throwing, Magic, Music, Song and Dance! The performance will take place in the Demonstration room and for these three shows only will include two of Les Amis d’Onno’s beautiful performing horses!

Sam Gough from Summerhall said:

“The show appeals to all ages, whether it’s the sense of nostalgia or the sheer delight of having never seen the likes before. Together with the troupe’s dedication to the preservation of this performance art, the demonstration room is the perfect unusual venue for bringing live horses into the show”

Jedburgh based Les Amis d’Onno are the UK’s premier equine-canine stunt team and during the summer months can be seen in their own shows and performing at country shows.  They have recently kick-starter projected the funding for new escapology tank by offering unique experiences such as lessons in stunt riding and Jousting!

Southdean Hall, Scottish Borders 01/02/2014

“What a fantastic night at Southdean Hall! Full to capacity, and kids shouting themselves hoarse with excitement as knives were thrown at glamorous girls, arrows fired by an ‘incompetent’ Frenchman, and music, dancing and slapstick antics entertained us all. Les Amis d’Onno are a lovely bunch of folk, don’t hesitate to see them if you get a chance!”

DARK WOULD Catalogue


World-leading poets and text artists explore the maze of living and dying in The Dark Would. Contributors: Jenny Holzer, Richard Long, Susan Hiller, Tom Phillips, Simon Patterson, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Tony Lopez, Richard Wentworth, Caroline Bergvall, Lawrence Weiner, Fiona Banner and many others, including outsider artists.

Curator Philip Davenport says :

“This is an extraordinary gathering that asks what it is to have a body and to lose it. Perhaps this is best done by people for whom language is itself a state of in-between-ness… artists who use language and poets who are artists. Here, the material of language is a metaphor for human material, our own bodies. Whether poets, homeless people, outsiders, or art stars – we all have to find our way through the dark.”

As well as showing work from the living, there will also be ‘answering’ works by dead artists and poets including Stéphane Mallarmé, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Joseph Beuys – and (via mediumistic link) William Blake.

The Dark Would exhibition is curated by poet Philip Davenport, in response to his language art anthology of the same title.

Catalogue conception and design Steve Giasson

Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your foreign language conversation skills in small groups with experienced tutors in The Royal Dick Bar at Summerhall.

Spanish on Tuesdays, French on Wednesdays and German on Thursdays all from 2 to 3pm.

Yakety Yak


The National Script Library of Scottish Community Drama


The National Script Library of Scottish Community Drama is located in room 3:6 on the top floor of the Taconic building at Summerhall Arts Centre. The library started in 1936 with scripts in a suitcase and now contains well in excess of 20,000 one-act and full-length play scripts – Classic Theatre, Modern Drama, Pantomime, Musicals, Youth Theatre, Out-of-Prints, Unpublished Work and Theatre Archives –  all available for perusal and loan to SCDA members and to ‘Friends Of The Library’. Contact for details of the Friends scheme.

Choosing your next play?  Want scripts for a workshop or reading group?  Researching amateur theatre in Scotland?

Visit the National Script Library page to peruse the catalogue available as an Excel spreadsheet or pdfed Doc. (Please don’t try to print it – it is over 1,100 pages. ) Postal service also available.

Opening times are Tuesdays 2.15pm to 7pm and Wednesdays 3pm to 6pm or by special arrangement with the Librarians via or 07799408608.

Rupert Thomson, Artistic Director of Summerhall is voted into The Hospital Club 100 list 2013.

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The results are in for this year’s h.Club100, a search for the most innovative creatives working in the UK today.

The h.Club100 in association with the Guardian Culture Professionals Network is the Hospital Club’s annual search for the most influential, innovative and interesting people in the creative and media industries.

A total of 300 individuals made it to the shortlist for this year’s list, and over the past four weeks the public have been voting to determine who makes the final cut. The results were announced last night at a ceremony in London.

Rupert, the only Scotland based creative on the list, has made it to the final 10 in the Theatre and Performance category alongside the likes of actor Helen Mirren.

Summerhall Winter Visual Arts Launch – 6th December 2013

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Join us on the 6th December between 7-9pm for the launch of Summerhall’s Winter Visual Arts programme.

An opportunity to explore Summerhall and meet the artists and members of staff involved in the exhibitions.

To continue the evening’s celebrations Summerhall is hosting Glasgow’s 85A Collective’s provocative ‘Renegade Maskerrade’ - an explosive barrage of highly charged live performances, knee-dropping music and blood pulsing DJs… featuring: ‘Jacob Yates & The Pearly Gate Lock Pickers’ – an hypnotic ‘Doom-wop’ band of towering rhythm + stentorian sound! Refreshments will be provided by The Royal Dick Bar and Edinburgh’s Narcissus Flowers and Plants have supported the event with unique and inspirational floral arrangements.

Exhibitions include:

The Dark Would

The world premiere of the text-art exhibition The Dark Would, curated by text-poet Philip Davenport. Internationally acclaimed artists and poets explore the puzzle of living and dying in The Dark Would. Includes work by: Fiona Banner, Richard Long, Simon Patterson, Susan Hiller, Tony Lopez, Sarah Sanders, Jenny Holzer, Richard Wentworth, Caroline Bergvall, Ron Silliman, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Lawrence Weiner – and many others.

There will be performances during the launch by Sarah Sanders and Stephen Emmerson.

Jerry’s Map

The first exhibition of this internet sensation outside of the USA, Jerry’s Map is 50 years in the making. It is a sublime fictitious world continually evolving through the imagination and creativity of Jerry Gretzinger.

We also have exhibitions from current and previous studio holders. Deirdre Nicholls sculptural busts in Beyond Surface: In Search for the Soul and Sally Webber presents installation works in An Inexact Science. 

We have a wide ranging programme featuring international as well as Scottish-based artists such as Ryoko Tamura whose exhibition Funch appeals equally to adults as well as children to 1950s subculture photographs by Julie Howden in The Throwbacks: Obsessed about the 50s.

The programme spans both contemporary and historical art. Manchester’s Two Little Birds produce Boys Keep Swinging, a group exhibition centred upon current societal issues from the male perspective to a collection of romantic minimalist James Lee Byars ephemera from the Heart Fine Art collection based at Summerhall.

 We hope you are able to join us for this December event highlight!


Summerhall’s Creative Director nominated for the hClub100!

The hClub100 in association with Guardian Culture Professionals Network is a national search for the most innovative, interesting and influential people in the British creative and media industries.


This year, our own Creative Director, RUPERT THOMSON, has received a nomination for top innovator in the category ‘Theatre & Performance’! He is also the only Scottish-based nominee within this area.
You can help promote Summerhall and vote for RUPERT here!

Summerhall & Barney’s Beer Festival Programme

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This weekend Summerhall hosts its second beer fest of 2013. After the rip-roaring success of the first beer fest in May, it’s back, and bigger, with all and more for the same ticket price.

Friday & Saturday night take the traditional beer festival and give it that Summerhall flavour – beers on tap range from US Sierra Nevada, Swedish Micro-brewer Nils Oscar, Weihenstephan from Germany; this festival focuses on many beers that are not available elsewhere in Edinburgh. Styles on tap include Barney’s two new brews Eteaket Lapsang Porter, and Barney’s Extra Pale alongside four regular Barney’s, also for sampling will be Stouts, Belgium‐style Nøgne, IPAs and the charmingly named Thornbridge Sequoia and the Salamander Mudpuppy.

On Sunday, we mix things up a little, with the same beers, but more food – and kids come free. Wild Rover will be serving their own take on the Sunday lunch with a Pheasant Plucker’s Pie (Pheasant breast, George Bower’s haggis and beetroot pie, encased in homemade pastry and served with creamy mash) and Wild Rover Chowder (Naturally oak-smoked haddock, cooked in our own fish stock and served with Scottish leeks and spuds). A special session of Animal Antics, the Summerhall drop-in play and create sessions for parents and little’uns aged 0 – 6 years,  will run from 2pm – 5pm. Bring friends and family along, sample a few beers, and relax into the festival atmosphere.

What to expect! Get the festival lowdown. Tickets £8 available here.

Friday & Saturday from 6.30pm – Midnight

  • **Over 20 beers including Reigeler, Sierra Nevada, Rauchbier vom Schlenkerla, Haverlee and the Barney’s line-up**
  • Souvenir Summerhall & Barney’s Beer Festival glass WITH A BARNEY’S IN IT
  • Food from Wild Rover (Halloumi Heaven Wrap, Ultimate Stag Burger)
  • Fresh Bratwurst and Pretzels
  • Music from the Jazz Pygmies
  • The Brew Lab – interactive brewing experience
  • Merchandise – hoodies, hats and much much more
  • Strictly 18s and over
  • Sat night only Paper Doll Militia will be taking to the rafters of the Dissection Room

Sunday from 2pm – 8pm

  • **Over 20 beers including Fruh Kolsch, Dark Star Original, Nils Oscar Imperial Stout, Nøgne and the Barney’s line-up**
  • Souvenir Summerhall & Barney’s Beer Festival glass WITH A BARNEY’S IN IT
  • Food from Wild Rover (Wild Rover Chowder, Pheasant Plucker’s Pie)
  • Fresh Bratwurst and Pretzels
  • Merchandise, hoodies, hats and much much more
  • The Brew Lab – interactive brewing experience
  • Music from the Jazz Pygmies
  • The return of the edfringe Piano-Beer-Bike
  • Animal Antics 2 – 5pm
  • Kids come free with paying adults


The Beer Festival is back!

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It’s back! By popular demand the second Summerhall beer festival. Same price. Same place. This time it is bigger, with more beer, in fact our master brewer and libation curator Barney says there are too many beers and styles to mention!

But to start, there will be a variety of home-grown beers supplied by Barney’s as well as many guests from the US, Germany, Belgium & Scandinavia.
Located in our unique Dissection Room and in the now infamous ‘Hut’ we will be entertaining you with music from The Pygmies – featuring Steve Kettley & Slawek Justinski as well as other oddities that scream Summerhall – there may even be an appearance from the famous festival fringe Beer-Piano-Bike!

There will be an interactive brewing experience – “The Brew Lab” and a re-appearance from the very popular Bratwurst and Pretzels freshly prepared on site.

Friday and Saturday the beer festival will see you in ’til the witching hour.
Sunday’s session will include more independent food options and we open our doors to families, kids come free but can’t drink the beer! Come along for lunch and have an afternoon of discovery.
Of course your ticket price includes access to these wonderful beers, entertainment AND your limited edition, collectors edition souvenir glass… oh yes, it will have a Barney’s in it!
Click HERE to be taken to the box office page.

The Novel Cure

The Novel Cure

Word on the street is that reading a novel can cure your cold. Or hangover, depression, headache and heartache. Join us on the 14th of December from 7-9pm for a unique chance to find out exactly how from author Ella Berthoud who has released the much acclaimed The Novel Cure, an A-Z of Literary Remedies.

For the cure of the inability to get out of bed, you should read:

Bed by David Whitehouse

“Perhaps you have a headache or a hangover. Perhaps you hate your job and have declared a Duvet Day. Read this novel once, and then during subsequent attacks of the condition you will need only a brief dip to send you leaping out from under your duvet.

Malcolm Ede has stayed in bed for so long that his skin is as ‘white as an institution’. He is inspired of sunlight, and drained of life. Cared for and fed by his hopelessly devoted mother, his dreamy dad and his broken brother, he is the planet around which they orbit. Unless you fancy being unable to even meet your hands together to pray for escape, read this and get up, out of bed, right now.”

From The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud.

Simon Garfield: The Art of Letter Writing

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This week, we will be looking at the letter by one of the best English poets and writers of the 20th century, Ted Hughes, for his wife, Slyvia Plath.  Do not miss out on Simon Garfield’s talk on ‘The Art of Letter Writing’ at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on the 12th December at 18:30 – 20:00. Tickets are now on sale and remember to bring your opinions with you to this talk!


To Sylvia Plath 
[October 9 or 10, 1956]

“Who does Salinger copy? or Eudora Welty? All the good ones have invented their own manner in their own private rooms. If you write whatever attracts you, and you write it as hard as you can, and as rich, then you can’t miss, and a pox on your imitators who will be the new breed of outnumbering gnats.

Just write it off, in your own way, and make it stand up off the page and jump about the room – then even if you’re writing about your Aunt Aegrotat’s animated carrots it will sell.

The B.B.C. have accepted my Yeats Programme and that I shall be hearing from Carne-Ross in a day or two. Good. Joy in fact. I will tell you the day as soon as I hear then you can prepair a decamping.

We’ll stay the night in a hotel. And I shall kiss you into blisters.

You are beginning to knit your poems together unchallengeably.

I love you, Sylvia, all day, all night when I can’t sleep. Thinking about you and just blankly missing you has brought me to a standstill. I love you I love you I love you. Love love to my wife Ted.

Donald Carne-Ross is a ‘Talks’ producer at the BBC.”


Summerhall’s Award Winning Fringe

It has been a bumper Fringe for our companies here at Summerhall winning, and gaining nominations for awards across the board. Here’s a wee countdown of where we’re at so far.

HeLa from Adura Onashile in association with Iron-Oxide, won the Scottish Arts club/Edinburgh Guide Award for best Scottish play. Titus from Macrobert took the second runner up spot making the awards something of a Summerhall affair.

The final week of the festival fringe saw Scotsman Fringe Firsts for the moving and darkly comic For Their Own Good, United Artists, and the mesmerising Freeze from Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Drum Plymouth, Theater-aan-Zee with Summerhall. Week one of the Scotsman Fringe First Awards saw recognition heaped on Feral by Tortoise in a Nutshell which had been wowing audiences at Summerhall since it opened.

The Total Theatre Awards saw Summerhall residents nominated across a number of categories and some success to sweeten the deal even further. In the Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form category Bonanza by Berlin scooped the top prize and was described as  “brilliant, adventurous & mesmeric”. Meanwhile in the Physical/Visual category the runaway success of the Fringe, Company Non Nova’s L’Après-midi d’un Foehn – Version 1 (Crying Out Loud in partnership with Summerhall), was declared the winner.

Jack Klaff won the editor’s award from festival fringe reviewing stalwart Three Weeks for his one-man-show Out To Lunch.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful shows and companies who were nominated and received awards this year it’s been a dynamic, innovative and thrilling programme.

Do take the time to scroll through our FIVE STAR reviews for so many festival shows, from The Times, The Herald, Three Weeks, British Theatre Guide and more…

Richard Demarco awarded European Citizen’s Medal

Richard Demarco received his European Citizen’s Medal on Monday 19th August. A ceremony was held at the European Parliament Office, with Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson, who nominated him, presenting him with the medal.

Richard Demarco was the co-founder of the Traverse Theatre, and later set up the Richard Demarco Gallery, which helped to promote cultural links with Eastern Europe.

The Demarco European Art Foundation is currently exhibiting at Summerhall where it replays its  Italo-Scottish Pavilion from this year’s Venice Biennale, entitled ‘Italo-Scotland in Europe, Europe in Italo-Scotland’ following on from the exhibition “Scotland in Europe” at Scotland House, Brussels in 2011.


‘Bag’ yourself a ticket for the 2013 Fringe sensation: ‘L’Après-midi d’un Foehn – Version 1′

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Due to popular demand we have now added three extra performances of Company Non Nova’s amazing L’Après-midi d’un Foehn – Version 1!

This will be the last chance to catch the UK premiere of the show that is blowing both audiences and critics away this festival!

This is the moment that the plastic bag begins its own life! An ethereal and magical performance art piece, accompanied by the music of Debussy to create an experience of true wonder. A piece performed by ‘plastic dancers’, propelled by currents of air to lyrical music: l’Après-midi d’un Foehn transports the viewer to a world where the laws of gravity no longer exist and boundless adventures await. A beautiful journey that ignites the imagination.
Extra performances are at 3.15pm on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of August.près-midi d’un Foehn transports the viewer to a world where the laws of gravity no longer exist and boundless adventures await. A beautiful journey that ignites the imagination.

Tickets available at Summerhall Box Office or click here.

Education, Colonialism and ‘Quad’

Miriam McDowell & Fay Butler

Not only is the building bursting with live and visual arts this festival, but we also have an eclectic programme of talks, panels and workshops to encourage challenging debate and discussion in the midst of the Fringe.

On the 15th, panel discussion, Must Try Harder, hosted in conjunction with the Glasgow youth theatre group Junction 25, opened up a discussion about Scotland’s educational system. Points raised included questions over the quality of teaching, pupil feedback, contrasting teaching styles in primary and secondary schools and the overwhelming expectations to go to university. Panelists included Helen Mackie (previously Head of St George’s Girl’s School), Marilyne Maclaren (former Education Convener), Iain Johnstone (director, writer and actor in One Giant Leap, Wee Stories) and cast members Jack, Stan and Becca, who currently pursuing their aspirations at music school and university, from Junction 25’s play Anoesis.

On the 16th, Katie Kitamura discussed her critically acclaimed novel Gone to the Forest over tea and cake in our Dissection Room. Led by Peggy Hughes (Programme Director of the Dundee Literary Festival) the discussion debated the themes of gender and colonialism in her novel, as well raising questions about the writing process, publishing and the influence of technology over writers today.

On the 17th, we took a bit of time out to look more closely at what we actually see on stage. A term that gets ‘thrown around’ a lot especially during the festival is “Physical Theatre” and we were joined by Simon Murray, former Director of theatre at Dartington College of Arts and current Theatre Studies lecturer at the University of Glasgow, who was able to shed some light on what physical theatres are, how they are used and whether they really exist.

Simon trained in Paris in the late 80s with Phillipe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux, former pupils of the renowned Lecoq School of International Theatre and masters of physical theatre. In his talk Simon contextualised physical theatre with a beautifully simple overview of its development throughout the 20th century and illustrated this with some video footage including Lecoq and his pupils in a movement class and a glimpse at the work of Pina Bausch, a leading influence on modern Tanztheater.

Simon’s talk sparked lots of discussion amongst the audience, challenging us to review the lines between live arts, visual arts and physical theatre. The question and answer session revealed just how closely physical theatres overlap with other art forms when we consider Samuel Beckett’s play Quad or one of our own festival shows, Robbie Thomson’s installation Ecstatic Art. Could these be consider physical theatre?

This event was an excellent insight into physical theatre and of interest to performers, choreographers and equally anyone who enjoys watching theatre and dance.

Don’t worry if you missed these events, there are still more exciting workshops, talks and panels to come during the festival and beyond!

Thoughts on our Children’s Programme

By Anu Selva-Thomson,  Head of Education and Children’s Programme

This year, Summerhall’s programme for children explores a wide array of themes. From politics, gender, literature and science to questions about self, other, life , responsibility and even death, our programme attempts to engage young audiences with the sorts of ideas that the world around them is constantly engaged with – the sorts of ideas that will shape the kind of ‘grown-ups’ they will become.

I have incredible respect for the people who make work for children. The best work comes from a deep commitment to honesty, hope, responsibility and most importantly (and admirably) to taking risks. The companies that are performing children’s work at Summerhall this festival do all of the above and often, with a simple and unassuming elegance.

onegiantleap 1One Giant Leap, by Wee Stories is a play for young audiences ten years and up and very cleverly challenges the very fundamentals of our formal education system asking questions about what knowledge really is and how important it is to contextualize what we teach and learn – epistemic questions that we all need to carefully consider, regardless of age.




Titus Fish & Sky.3 (1)Titus, by Macrobert, is a powerful piece that revolves around a young boy standing on the roof of a building contemplating whether to jump. It’s a courageous piece of work that doesn’t shy away from showing young audiences how delicate life can be and it was an absolute delight watching a young boy of about 8 give it a standing ovation, all on his own accord.




après-midi un foehn 1L’apres-midi d’un Foehn- Version 1 by Company Non Nova is a breathtaking piece of work. Amongst the many things that this work is, it is also a homage to artistry and fragility and to the brutality and transience that can often accompany beauty. It’s a risky piece of work for audiences of 5+ because adults expect children’s work to end ‘happily ever after’.  Must it always though? It was wonderful seeing children leave this show asking a myriad of ‘why?’ questions and to hear so many dedicated parents really engaging with their children about the ideas the performance raised.



Logo-yurtakids-brush-freeYurtakids selection of Italian work is again, incredibly diverse.  Unleashed _Scatenati  by Scarlettine Teatro might too hastily be reduced by some as a potential health and safety risk but the idea of creating an environment of tranquility and reproducing sounds reminiscent of the mother’s womb solely with (safe and secure!) chains, items we often associate with danger,  is not only inventive but also sheds light on the way people somehow manage to  find ways to stereotype just about everything. The Story of a Man and his Shadow by Principio Attivo Teatro explores mortality through mime and clowning – wonderfully clever, as it unearths those subtle links between comedy and tragedy. Cinderella by Factory Compagnia retells the story of Cinderella drawing inspiration from traditional Commedia dellarte but delving into gender and body politics – a shy and awkward prince, a stepmother in drag, on stilts, who ‘hovers’ over the stage and audience, ugly sisters who represent what is ugly about society’s expectations of women (insert a few jokes about ample or lacking  bosoms and buttocks) and a fairytale ‘princess’ who makes the first move on Prince Charming! Yurtakids! two other shows The Red Bike and 24583 Little Creepy Wonders similarly explore social and political themes.


Innocence 5Fleur Darkin who choreographed Scottish Dance Theatre’s Innocence, told me how important it was to her to study and incorporate the early learning pedagogies of Jean Piaget and Jerome Bruner in the work. The belief that children have an innate capacity to make sense of the world and that they possess the ability to interact with their environments in intelligent and highly cognitive ways is very much in line with the early childhood philosophies we are inspired by here at Summerhall. Scottish Dance Theatre’s commitment to devising and developing this beautiful work for children so that it extends beyond just the time they spend in the theatre is highly laudable.


Our audiences have had a host of incredibly supportive comments and praise for the companies we are working with this year and our thanks go out to them and all the reviewers who have picked up on these themes and celebrated the shows. As always, we are honoured and humbled (yet again) to encounter artists who make work that is courageous and meaningful. We have another week to go before the festival comes to a close, we hope you’ll come, with your families, to contribute to the wonderful vibe here at Summerhall.

Summerhall gains 13 Total Theatre Award nominations

Congratulations to the 13, yes 13, wonderful Summerhall shows that have been nominated for a Total Theatre Award. This represents more than a third of all the shows nominated. The announcement was made today and reflects not only the quality but the diversity of the programme we’re running this year.

Across categories ranging from physical visual theatre to emerging companies and artists performers at Summerhall are represented and representing for their craft. Here is the list in full.


Shows by an Emerging Company/Artist

Freeze! (Belgium & Netherlands)
Nick Steur Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Drum Plymouth, Theater-aan-Zee,(Summerhall)

La Donna è Mobile (England)
RemoteControl (Summerhall)

The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity (England)
Clout Theatre (Summerhall)

Physical/Visual Theatre

La Poème (France)
Company Bal / Jeanne Mordoj, presented by Crying out Loud (Summerhall)

L’Après-midi d’un Foehn – Version 1 (France)
Company Non Nova, presented by Crying out Loud (Summerhall)

Feral (Scotland)
Tortoise in a Nutshell in co-production with Cumbernauld Theatre (Summerhall)

Tourniquet 2013 (Belgium)
Abattoir Fermé, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Drum Plymouth, Summerhall (Summerhall)

Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form

Anoesis (Scotland)
Junction 25 (Summerhall)

Beating McEnroe (England)
Jamie Wood (Summerhall)

Bonanza (Belgium)
Berlin, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Drum Plymouth, Summerhall (Summerhall)

HeLa (Scotland)
Adura Onashile in association with Iron-Oxide (Summerhall)

Major Tom (England)
Victoria Melody / Farnham Maltings / Harlow Playhouse/ Escalator East to Edinburgh

Solfatara (Spain)
Atresbandes (Summerhall)

The Total Theatre awards ceremony takes place on the 22nd of August when the judges will announce up to six awards across three categories including 1 Award for an Emerging
Company or Artist. Watch this space!

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Summerhall’s Five Star Fringe

Our Fathers

It’s been a five star festival for us here at Summerhall this year with 12 of our shows so far, being awarded maximum stellar love by journalists and reviewers.

Anatomy of The Piano was hailed as an “exquisitely charming and woozily surreal one man show” and “certainly one of the more original offerings on the Fringe this year” by the Quotidian Times. Three Weeks magazine dished out all available stars for Breaking News (An absolute marvel!), Our Fathers (Wonderful) Feral (a must see!) and Out to Lunch (something really special). has been almost as impressed praising L’Apres-midi d’un Foehn and Wot! No Fish! Although L’Apres-midi d’un Foehn is ostensibly a children’s show the reviewer noted, “It was not just the children who were entertained: laughter could also be heard from the older generation.” Wot! No Fish! Deeply moved the reviewer who wrote, “the touching and powerful imagery brought me close to tears and put my heart in my mouth“.

The Edinburgh Guide’s top choices were Cinderella and Titus. The Yourtakids! production of Cinderella was described as “exquisite theatre that envelops the audience in magic and transcends language. Simply wonderful!” Titus meanwhile, “sucks you in and leaves you breathless.” The Edinburgh Reporter’s all star review of Edinburgh Science, Edinburgh Magic declared it “a show to savour – full of genuine Edinburgh charm and wry, self-deprecation – and sometimes gritty candour too“. Zdenka Fantlova’s account of surviving the holocaust, The Tin Ring, is performed by Jane Arnfield, who gives “a tour-de-force performance” according to the British Theatre Guide.

Tourniquet 2013, by the Belgian company Abattoir Fermé, was lavished with high praise as well as five stars in The Skinny. The three cast members are described as giving “a performance so powerful it is overwhelming” making the show “intensely terrifying, and absolutely brilliant“.

Scottish Poetry Library’s Children’s Collection at Summerhall

“O Frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”  Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll  News Piece photo

We are delighted to announce that Summerhall’s Children’s Play Room now hosts a fantastic children’s poetry-book collection from the Scottish Poetry Library.

There are over 70 poetry-books to choose from for all age ranges. The collection is hand-picked by Julie Johnstone at the Scottish Poetry Library and has something for everyone, whether you enjoy the traditional children’s verse of Robert Louis Stevenson and Lewis Carroll, or the contemporary works of Carol Ann Duffy and Jackie Kay.

Come and join us at Animal Antics to make use of this special collection. Also look out for poetry related activities coming up from September.

Summerhall theatre programme expands

Week two – the Summerhall theatre programme expands with some of the stand-out shows for 2013 premiering alongside one of 2012’s biggest events.

Council of Handmade Crap’s The Portrait Firm kicks off their fringe run in week two on Monday 12 at 13.00 daily in the Cairns Lecture Theatre.

Projector/Conjector by Mamoru Iriguchi also opens in the Cairns Lecture Theatre this week with performances at 21.30 daily.

Big in Belgium’s programme grows at Summerhall with Parkin’Son at 18.05 daily by Guilio D’Anna and Nick Steur’s Freeze at 18.15.

The effervescent Made in China premiere new work Gym Party in the Red Lecture Theatre daily at 18.30.

La Merda (The Shit) returns after storming Fringe 2012. A chance to see the show that set the festival alight last year. 12.30 daily in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre.

Summerhall show Feral wins Scotsman Fringe First

FERAL 2013 Tortoise In A Nutshell (c) Amy Downes (crop 3)

Week One – Summerhall picks up its first Scotsman Fringe First Award. Tortoise in a Nutshell in co-production with Cumbernauld Theatre received a Fringe First Award for Feral.

“This mesmerisingly inventive show presents unrest as a symptom of public policy that puts profit ahead of community.” ★★★★ Mark Fisher

2013 with Feral is the company’s third year at the Festival Fringe, and tells the story of a small seaside town using a cast of hundreds and a white set complete with helter skelter and arcade. Exploring what happens when community turns in on itself and how that comes about, the company manipulate tiny puppets around their home town, relaying parts of the action onto a large screen above the stage, picking out detail from the hairdressers to the butcher, baker and Victorian lighting emporium.

is on in the Demonstration Room every day except for Tuesdays at 8pm until August 25.

Award Winning Shows Return to Summerhall


The Summerhall Festival programme for 2013 includes two award-winning theatrical performances from 2012 that will be making a return to Summerhall this year.

The List last year won a Fringe First award as well as a Herald Angel during last years Fringe run. It is presented by Stellar Quines Theatre company, whose aim is to ‘celebrate the energy, experience and perspective of women’.

The List stars Maureen Beattie who plays a woman struggling to adapt to rural life and feeling ‘increasingly isolated, she keeps life in order through obsessive list making’.

The Shit : Image © Thoras IbrahimovicLa Merda or “The Shit” can let the awards speak for themselves: Edinburgh Fringe Sell Out Show 2012, Fringe First Award 2012 for Writing Excellence and The Stage Award 2012 for Acting Excellence. La Merda is a show that promises to make an impact on it’s audience from the get go. Silva Gallerano dominates the stage while portraying a ‘‘young’, ‘ugly’ and literally naked woman [who] reveals her bulimic, revolting and public secrets as she struggles with obstinacy, resistance and courage for her own celebrity breakthrough in the society of Thighs and Liberty’.

If you missed these two knock out performances last year, we strongly recommend you add them to your must see list for Fringe 2013.

HeLa Review: Iron- Oxide

HeLa_-_Lancet_ReviewEISF2013_-_Peter_RanscombeWe would like to share this recent first class review of HeLa by Iron – Oxide, the famous science journal, who rarely review theatrical performances. HeLa is ‘an all consuming story, intertwining genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership…’

Showing throughout the festival, and you can buy tickets for it here.

Hela Review by Peter Ranscombe, click image to enlarge.

Breathing Earth – Susumu Shingu’s Dream, UK premiere

Breathing Earth – Susumu Shingu’s Dream will have its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 26th June at 18.00 in Filmhouse 1, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh. The second screening is on Sunday 30th at 12.40 in Cineworld.

The film is produced by Skyline, Edinburgh and Filmpunkt, Cologne and is Skyline’s fourth collaboration with the director, Thomas Riedelsheimer.

Thomas will be with us on the 26th and we are working on Stefan Tolz, co-producer. The film is shown in the Directors’ Showcase and has been nominated for the Audience Award.

The programme says:

This charming , eloquent film looks at an artist who wants to create a wind-powered community.The story of how Susumu Shingu moves from sculpture to architecture, and why he wants to do it, brings us into contact with a passionate environmental story, a moving exploration of creativity, and a remarkably sweet and engaging human being. The artist’s lifelong “dialogue with the wind and with water” is evoked through beautiful, lustrous imagery and the wisdom of a man who has lived a long life with his eyes wide open.

Public Sales open Monday 3rd June at 10am. Filmhouse members’ sales 10am Thursday 30th May.

This is Thomas’ third film to be shown at EIFF. Rivers and Tides, Andy Goldsworthy working with Time premiered in 2001 and Touch the Sound – a Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie in 2004
Book early and vote early and often.

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Festival Intro by Rupert Thomson, Artistic Director


We have a very strong programme at Summerhall this year. I’m not just referring to the quality of the art on offer, but also to the astounding breadth of subject matter it tackles.

From ritualistic horror and challenging meta-theatre, to discussions about dissection and death, we’ve put together a programme that will unashamedly nudge audiences towards the point where the worlds of art and science collide. This excites me.

There is little better than a festival environment, where there is an atmosphere of carnival, camaraderie and risk, all conducive to people trying something new, to urge them to explore more artistically intense offerings.

We’ve worked to lay these aspects on at Summerhall this August, with joyous concerts and great bar, cafe, and children’s areas for you to come, enjoy, and surprise yourself.

Rupert Thomson – Artistic Director, May 2013

For details of performances and ticket booking
visit the Summerhall August Festival website →

Nile Rodgers & Jean Pierre Muller: An Indigo Night in F


Summerhall is very excited to announce that over two nights on the 21st and 22nd June we play host to music legend Nile Rodgers for ‘Indigo Night’, a unique collaboration between Rodgers and Belgian artist, Jean Pierre Muller.

Nile Rodgers has written more hit songs than you can believe, and his impact on popular music of the last forty years is inestimable. Classics include Chic singles like Le Freak and Good Times, and his collaborations take in the likes of David Bowie (for Let’s Dance), Sister Sledge (for He’s the Greatest Dancer and others), and this year’s biggest selling single so far, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.

The event – featuring spoken word, visual art, and music – is a world premiere, and an important development of the major 7×7 project shown to acclaim during the Summerhall 2012 Festival.

7×7 is a cross-arts collaboration between neo-pop artist Muller and seven musical luminaries – Nile Rodgers, Robert Wyatt, Mulatu Astatke, Archie Shepp, Sean O’Hagan, Kassin and Terry Riley.

Full Details and Tickets

John Fahey Film Screening Postponed

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Due to unforeseen issues, the film screening and performance scheduled for the 15th February is cancelled. The screening has been rescheduled for Wednesday 20th February.  Booked tickets are still valid for this new date, and refunds are also available from the Box Office. The Wee Rogue will be performing on the 20th. Apologies for the inconvenience the date change is out with the organisers control.

The Royal Dick now open everyday from 11am


Summerhall’s Royal Dick is open to the public from 11am till 11pm Sunday through Thursday, 11am till 1am Fridays and Saturdays. Food available from noon till 10pm.

Behind the bar is a great selection of spirits and wines and a new and exclusive beer, Summerhall Pale Ale by Barney’s Beer, our resident craft brewery. Barney’s now occupies the oldest part of the Summerhall campus home to the original eighteenth century Summerhall Brewery, The Royal Dick stocks a range of Barney’s beers.

The bar serves a wide range of  excellent food including braised Scottish blade of beef with onion puree and pearl barley risotto, fillet of scrabster landed cod with mussel, smoked bacon and mussel chowder and saffron potatoes to our range of sharing plates.

With top quality food, great drinks and all day coffee – there is no better place to be  than at The Royal Dick. For further information and to reserve tables call 0845 874 3000.

Jean-Daniel Magnin writes about Summerhall in Theatre Rond Point Electronic Revue


Et en effet Summerhal est restée une école vétérinaire. Mais pour artistes. La métamorphose s’est achevée cet été, lors du dernier festival d’Edimbourg : dans les 500 salles que compte ce centre d’art à nul autre pareil, vous trouverez une douzaine de galeries, des scènes pour les concerts, une dizaine d’espaces réservés au théâtre, une bibliothèque, plusieurs collections d’art contemporain, un nombre infini de lieux de lecture, de rencontres, de projections ou d’ateliers d’artistes, une revue d’art, des restaurants bien sûr… et bientôt une crèche.

Read the full article here:

French  (Original)
English (Google Translation)

Braw Gigs at Summerhall in The List Magazine’s ‘Top Music, Artists and Events to look out for in 2013′


‘Now onboard with the music programming at Summerhall, as well as booking gigs in the usual mix of scuzzy and unusual venues, the Scottish DIY music promoter Braw Gigs begins the year with a performance from the Pan-signed, Helm, aka Luke Younger – a sound artist and experimental musician based in London. Expect ‘glacial drone meditations, reconfigured gamelan clusters, and howling walls of organized feedback, all coalesced in a post-industrial fashion’.
Helm, Sat 19 Jan, Summerhall, Edinburgh; High Wolf + guests, Tue 29 Jan, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

The List Magazine December 2013

Read full article here

Neil Cooper of The Herald newspaper previews the current Summerhall exhibitions

Set design for Lady Gaga's Monster Ball World Tour (c) Es Devlin

‘When Lady Gaga embarked on the early stages of her Monster Ball tour in 2009, it marked the provocative pop princess’s crossover into the major league, with a spectacular show described by some as the first ever pop electro opera.

In its look, however, Monster Ball also unwittingly formed a bridge between a pub theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, art-punk band Wire, the Royal Opera House, lingerie label Agent Provocateur and the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. All of these, including Monster Ball, featured the work of theatre designer Es Devlin. Fans can get a taste of her work for Monster Ball in Transformation and Revelation: Gormley to Gaga – Designing For Performance, an exhibition of 33 British designers which opened at Summerhall in Edinburgh this weekend.’

Read the The Herald’s preview of the current Summerhall exhibitions

Troy Holmes of The Student Newspaper previews the new Summerhall exhibtions


‘This week we were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of Summerhall’s ten new exhibitions while they were installing the new shows and to meet with the lovely Stephen Thorpe, assistant curator and painter.
The exhibitions opening on December 15 include the V&A’s Transformation & Revelations: From Gormley to Gaga stage design exhibition, Summerhall’s very first painting exhibition, some previously thought ‘lost’ photographs of Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol and an artist’s premonition of his own death………’

Read full article here

Tinderbox Fest at Summerhall gets 4/5 stars from The List Magazine

Photograph by Istvan Maygar

‘Set in the cavernous Summerhall, colour coded arrows navigate labyrinthine corridors to four main performance spaces, all filled with divergent discoveries. An old lecture theatre hosted a self pegged ‘acquired set’ from Broken Records frontman Jamie Sutherland, who, bereft without his band, used the intimate setting to test new pop friendly material and end with a cover of Bill Fay‘s ‘Be Not So Fearful’. Upstairs multi-instrumental funketeers The Black Diamond Express brought a retro musical touch to the show, duetting with the next act, samba drummers Pulse of the Place, as they lined the balcony above. Up and coming Edinburgh four piece The Dark Jokes‘ energetic performance was a highlight, while fellow capital-dwellers North Atlantic Oscillation‘s glacial, swirling soundscapes hurtled to a rockier, more momentous edge as their set progressed.’….

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4/5 Star Review in the Herald for ‘The End of The World’ at Summerhall

End of the World

An excellent 4/5 star review by Kate Mollison of The Herald newspaper.

“It was only ever going to be a one-night thing, the end of the world.

As it happens the Mayans appear to have miscounted, but that’s not really the point. This site-specific music and theatre event curated by Red Note and directed by Andy Arnold did the December 21, 2012 date proud.

As a one-off it was a hefty undertaking: new script, new music by four composers, six compelling storytellers and an impressive ensemble cast of about 30. Summerhall featured heavily, too; we were led around the corridors basements, operation theatres and dark-panelled libraries of the former Dick Vet School – at one point we were locked into industrial-sized cages – and the peeling clinical walls and remnants of surgical equipment added a post-apocalyptic vibe of their own.

What I liked about this show was its balance of profundity and tongue-in-cheek. Even without an exclamation mark the title has cult-classic pastiche to it. Quasi-zombies skulked around corners: hardly sinister, but good fun and nicely done. Yet at its best Oliver Emanuel’s whimsical Edinburgh-based vignettes drew attention to the beauty of the prosaic – a fine message to take home from the apocalypse.

Ambient sounds by John Harris set up the dramatic action with scrunchy string chords here, searching cello lines there. The bulk of the music came in concert setting at the end: Hanna Tuulikki’s Sea Saw the Circle was simple, lilting and fey; Colin Broom weaved radio clips – the snippet of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was a nice touch – into his haunting, fragmented score; chopping up Beethoven’s Heiliger Dankgesang was a bizarre move, but the world’s end is probably license enough to cut and paste; and Gareth Williams closed the night with an anthemic show song, fabulously schmaltzy. Why not go out to a good tune?’

4 stars


Come and work with us!

JOB: Programme Coordinator (Part-time)

Summerhall is seeking a Programme Coordinator to assist with developing and implementing arts and arts education programmes and events.

Applicants should have a strong personal interest in the arts and education and commitment to helping others participate in the arts. They should also have excellent communication skills, good time management skills and ability to work to tight deadlines.

Please find all additional information, including specific requirements as well as key terms and conditions in the attachment below:

Please submit the completed equalities form with your application.

This post is with Capital Arts Ltd, which heads the programming branch of Summerhall.

Summerhall Winter Programme now available

Summerhall Winter Programme

Welcome to the Winter 2012 Edition of the Summerhall Programme. There’s an almost bewildering choice of things to see and do from cutting edge visual art exhibitions that range from a showcase of the craft of British theatre and set designers to never before seen images of Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol at play. We also present an eclectic programme of avant-garde music and innovative performance featuring the weird, the wonderful and the unexpected. Not to mention one of the best Hogmanay Parties in town.

Download Summerhall’s Winter Programme (PDF)

All our Exhibitions are free and non-ticketed and tickets for events are available from Summerhall Box Office unless otherwise indicated.

Please note: The Summerhall Galleries will be closed on the public holidays that fall over the festive period.

The TechCube Opening

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The TechCube offically opened in Edinburgh on Thursday 13th December 2012. TechCube @ Summerhall is an innovative new space for technology startups in Edinburgh where they can rapidly expand their business and technology at the hub of Edinburgh’s tech scene.


Royal Dick Bar now open

Royal Dick Bar interior

You’ll be delighted to know that The Royal Dick at Summerhall is now fully for business. Serving great cocktails, wine and our own specially brewed beer.

The Royal Dick is open everyday throughout December from 11am till 1am. For further information please email

Summerhall’s Online Box Office is now open!

Summerhall is happy to announce that tickets for certain events can now be purchased online through our event’s pages. The events on sale now through the Summerhall Box Office are:

2013 events will shortly be announced so keep checking out our Facebook page and website posts.

Limited disabled access this weekend

Please note. Summerhall currently does not have any disabled access to the first floor and above due to the lifts being out of action. This will affect the W3L wrestling this evening and access to the Ou Ou Ou, PhG and Louise Gibson exhibitions. We do apologise for this inconvenience.

Alex Salmond visits Tech Cube

First Minister Alex Salmond visited the TechCube at Summerhall to launch a new prize fund. The fund, which can be up to £50,000, is to be awarded to young entrepreneurs in a bid to launch or accelerate their business. In an economy where businesses are facing difficult times, this is a great opportunity for new business start ups. Managing Director, Dr. Jamie Coleman discusses the First Minister’s visit and TechCube’s ambition to be Europe’s most significant tech hub.

A night of live music, dance and entrancing stories at Summerhall


Summerhall and The Badwills present Mediterraneo: a night of live music, dance, and entrancing stories woven in through the rhythms of tarantella and flamenco. With 15 musicians taking the stage, dance workshops and live visuals, the event promises to fuel your most remote dancing instincts.  December 1st from 8pm till 1am.

Anatomy returns to Summerhall on 14th December


Edinburgh’s night of cutting edge art returns to Summerhall with another line-up of performance in all its wonderful and myriad forms. A contemporary take on the music hall variety show, ANATOMY is a platform for performance artists of all disciplines. Beyond scratch, it creates a stage for risk-taking performance and breath-taking theatrics in Edinburgh’s exciting new multi-arts venue, Summerhall, within a historic anatomy lecture theatre.

Anatomy 3 at Summerhall on 14th December, tickets £6.

Catalan Film Festival


CinemaAttic, in collaboration with Scotland’s Catalan Centre presents its first focus season on Catalan cinema to see light in Scotland, 29th November till 17th December. Representing a period of special prosperity for Catalan cinema, the programme of activities includes nine days of films in five venues across Edinburgh. By this we want to clarify that our main focus is cinema. That this festival is only intended to open up new ways of understanding life and approaching Spanish cinema regardless of its geographical ground hence no display of political views is to be related to the films’ exhibition. All films have been subtitled in English.Academy awarded works and even a 3D documentary will be part of the programme.

Catalan Film Festival at Summerhall:

Listening to judge Garzón (2011), by Isabel Coixet

Bicycle, spoon, apple (2010) by Carles Bosch

The Best of Catalan Short Films: Gaudí Awards I


Edinburgh Artist wins worldwide art competition

Stephen Thorpe

Edinburgh based-artist Stephen Thorpe, one of the resident artists at Summerhall, has beaten off competition from 3,500 other artists world-wide to win a prestigious competition held by Saatchi Online (the website linked to London’s famous Saatchi Gallery).

The competition entitled “Places and Spaces” invited artists from all over the world to submit examples of their artworks to the website where an online public poll selected the 50 best works and a final decision on the best artwork was decided upon by a jury of Saatchi experts as well as world famous artists: Kirstine Roepstorff and Matthias Weischer.

Thorpe’s massive canvas painted in oils is called “False Histories and Confusions in Time 1886″ and shows an interior landscape of a room where a slightly ominous figure appears to be approaching the viewer amidst deliberate optical illusions which play with perceptions of space. The 12 by 10 foot work will now be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London in a future show and the artist will win an award of $1,000.

Thorpe will also be exhibiting a solo show of his large painterly works and some new neons at Summerhall over the Xmas period beginning 14 December 2012 until 24 January 2013. That exhibition will be called “Once it is in you it never goes away.”

Thorpe has previously won several awards for his paintings (see below) and is an Assistant Curator at Summerhall as well as combining that role with a full-time career as an artist.

Profile: Born in Margate, England (1981), Thorpe moved as a child to Scotland. Having traveled the globe extensively throughout his early twenties, Thorpe graduated in 2010 from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen with a First Class degree in Painting. Upon graduating, he has received the Alexandrina McKenzie Legacy and the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) New Contemporaries Award. At the New Contemporaries 2011 exhibition, Thorpe was awarded the (RSA) Sir William Gillies Bequest and the (RSA) The Skinny Award.

Most of his early work was produced in his studio at Blair’s College, Aberdeen, where he curated two solo exhibitions and displayed work of other artists. He has given artist talks in the UK and international schools and has most recently returned from a research trip in Brooklyn, New York. Since the founding of Summerhall in January 2012 Thorpe has been a resident artist and in August 2012 was appointed Assistant Curator to Edinburgh’s latest arts venture and was part of the team which won several awards for its visual arts and theatre contributions during the recent Edinburgh International Festival.

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New exhibition programme

Johnny Cash at San Quentin State Prison 1969. © Jim Marshall LLC

Summerhall’s new exhibition programme is themed on art and music. From the life and times of Johnny Cash captured by legendary photographer Jim Marshall, the graphic art of the Rock Against Racism movement to new experimental musical installations by Harry Whalley and Lauren Heys.

A rare exhibition of ‘Review OU’ including original artworks and a chance to hear the OU recordings series. Photographs of Bob Dyaln by Barry Feinstein. The music and art of Kommissar Hjuler und Mama Baer and a new exhibition by Jonathan Freemantle and Frode Bolhuis.

The galleries open from 11 am to 6 pm each day.

Scottish Business and Culture Meeting


First “Scottish Business and Culture Meeting” at Summerhall, Edinburgh on Thursday, 27th September 2012, 9.30am-4.30pm. Doors open 8.30am with coffee.

“Seeking Artiscient Growth: through Finance, Engineering and Cross-Cultural Engagement”

Following a very successful Arts Festival programme at Summerhall, this is a first “Scottish Business and Culture” meeting to be held at the former Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, now called Summerhall.

We are bringing together experts in Education, Finance, Engineering, Arts and Humanities to discuss problems – recognised on all sides – such as low economic growth, and jobs.

What are the blockages? How can these be overcome by changes in our business culture to strengthen growth in Scotland/UK and Europe and the quality of growth.

Colin Sanderson, Artiscience Summerhall, explained: ‘Artiscience is the integration of arts and sciences: irrespective of whether one thinks of the liberal arts, the fine arts, or of industrial and commercial arts.

Artiscient growth, therefore, would be achieved by employing all the arts at our disposal integrated with every appropriate science.

This requires a good knowledge and understanding of the condition of the arts and sciences in all markets. For thereby we may see where our own competitive advantage lies, and the best opportunities for beneficial collaboration.’

The meeting has been organised with the help of many individuals and organisations, notably with the Institute of Directors in the person of Ilse van den Meijdenberg, Chair, IoD Netherlands, who said: “Most IoD members are exporters and the IoD is strongly supportive of businesses forging links across national boundaries. This meeting of experts provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, share best practices, and find the tools and knowledge needed to improve collaboration between Scotland/UK and the Netherlands in European and Global markets.”

The organisers have taken inspiration from William Adam, Senior Adviser to the Knowledge Economy Network (KEN), Brussels, an eminent engineer with enormous experience in company turnarounds, as a pioneer manager of Venture Capital in Europe, and an advocate of leadership training for entrepreneurs.

William Adam said: “Successful management in global business today, often with teams drawn from several nations and from a variety of disciplines, requires a broad base, – a balance of liberal arts and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It also needs a high degree of financial knowledge and acumen (instinct). We also need to embrace the concepts of Operational Research developed in the Second World War and taken into civilian life after the War by those like Stafford Beer and Peter Drucker. Failure in any one of these means failure overall in what is a highly complex and fast-changing world.”

Of the vision behind this initiative, Robert McDowell, macroeconomist said: “Political economy is a complex culture of accounting identities that most commentators treat cavalierly. The European crisis is a cultural one of Europe’s own making, and evidences cultural prejudices first and economic realities a long way behind!”


  • Robert McDowell, Applied Macroeconomist and Artist, Summerhall
  • Colin Sanderson, Artiscience at Summerhall
  • William Adam, Senior Advisor to KEN (
  • Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Stirling (
  • Derek Waddell, CEO, Edinburgh Research and Innovation Ltd; Director of Research Services and Commercialisation, University of Edinburgh (
  • John Waddell, MD, Archangel Informal Investment Ltd, Edinburgh (
  • Pat McHugh, SIB, Investment Director, Scottish Enterprise (
  • Ties Elzinga, Exec. Dir., UK & Ireland at Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency
  • Gareth Edwards, Principal, George Watson’s College, Edinbugh (
  • Iain MacLeod, Prof. Emeritus, University of Strathclyde, incoming Pres. of IESIS
  • Gordon Masterton, VP Jacobs; Pres. IESIS; past Pres. ICE (;
  • Leonard van Nispen, Advisor International Business Investment, and Theo Stevens, Director, Brainport Development, Eindhoven (
  • Jonathan Corney, Prof. and Head of Product Design and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde; nominated by Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor (
  • Christopher Harvie, Prof. for British and Irish Studies, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Henri Masson, Prof. Dr. Ing., Expert for Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development Issues & S-E Impact Assessment for the European Parliament, Antwerp, Maastricht and London
  • Ann McDonagh Bengtsson, Group Management Development Director, Reed Elsevier (
  • Ilse van den Meijdenberg, Chair, Institute of Directors, Netherlands

For further information please contact Colin Sanderson,

Macbeth on Inchcolm island at the Edinburgh festival – audio slideshow

Summerhall announces Festival Clubs line-up

Summerhall are happy to announce the line-up for their first three Festival Club nights for this year’s festival. Featuring some very alternative Cabaret and some very exciting performance in the unique surroundings of Summerhall’s atmsopheric Dissection Room, the Festival Club is not to be missed at any price. (But it’s free, because we’re nice like that.)

Highlights include performances from Temper Temper, Alan Bissett and glasgow-based Fish & Game.

Festival Club throughout August;

21, 22 & 25 August: Festival Club (watch this space, yet to be confirmed) 

Festival Club is a late night cabaret in Summerhall’s unique Dissection Room, featuring a mix of international music, performance and spoken word talent (and anything else that takes our fancy). A gathering place for artists and reprobates, phoney intellectuals and wise fools, to make merry and celebrate artistic endeavour in a louche yet lively environment.

We hope to see you there, and share a beverage or two. (As well as some world-class performance.)

Summerhall TV is live!

Summerhall TV

An Arts channel dedicated to capturing the weird, radical and wonderful. Summerhall are pleased to announce that Summerhall TV, a channel developed by the Local Institute of Local Television, has now gone live.

Summerhall.TV provides up-to-date news and commentary on the arts in Scotland together with interviews with artists and authors broadcast on local TV in Scotland from 2000.

A note about the launch from David Rushton,

We couldn’t have got this far without the commitment and enthusiasm of Alicja Pawluczuk, Lee Richardson, Vivien Kinnear, Kim Miller, David Jack, Clara Valerio, Richard Ferguson, Emily Molloy, Robert McDowell, Paul Robertson, Richard Cross and Marc & Charlie at Factotum – and everyone we’ve interviewed.

We’ve coverage of artists, authors, performers, filmmakers visiting and working in Scotland as well as previews of the Festival backed up by a ‘features’ catalogue of local arts filmed since 2000.

We have an Archive section that will carry interviews and short films to complement the libraries and archives at Summerhall.

To find us go to and you can follow the story on and if you ‘like’ what you find please pass the word to your friends.


‘The Project Room’ is a small permanent gallery space located in Summerhall which is dedicated to displaying works or installations by emerging artists.

The room is a former small laboratory office (rectangular in shape with a high ceiling) and is situated within the PhG (Phenotype Genotype) exhibition of historical avant grade material which is on display all year round.

Working professionals who define themselves as “emerging full time artists” are welcome to submit proposals for exhibitions and other uses for this space. Usually the space will be made available for use for a period of up to two months for any particular project.

For details of The Project Room in the immediate please email:

The Demarco Archive and Art Collection comes to Summerhall

The Demarco Archive

From August 2012, the Demarco Archive and Art Collection will be housed at Summerhall, the capital’s newest major centre for the arts.

The Demarco Archive and Art Collection is like no other – it is a living archive and total art work, a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ recording the events and ideas of thousands from all cultural fields and more than sixty countries. At Summerhall, the Demarco archive will be an ever-changing group of exhibitions linking with many British and foreign cultural institutions and universities. These will be added to by other collections that will come to Summerhall temporarily or permanently.

In this year’s festival the Demarco Archive exhibition links especially to Southampton Solent, Arts University College Bournemouth, The York St. John University with Bar Lane Studios, with Bath, Kingston, Stirling, St. Andrews, Dundee, Edinburgh and Rose Bruford Theatre School, and also the Art Academy of Wroclaw and National Film School of Poland in Lodz amongst others.

We will mark the recent deaths of thirteen artists and collectors prominent in the Demarco Archive: the Scots: Robert Callender, James Howie, Gavin Scobie, Gerald Laing, Bill Scott (RSA President), and George Wyllie; English: Richard Hamilton; Poles: Zdzislaw Jurkiewicz and Jerzy Nowosielski; Germans, Sigmar Polke and Angela Weyersberg; and Italians: Count Panza di Buomo (foremost collector of Abstract Expressionism) and Paolo Cardazzo (most important patron of video art).

2012 is the 40th anniversary of the first Demarco Gallery ‘Edinburgh Arts’ programme (in the Edinburgh International Festival), and of Tadeusz Kantor’s first Cricot 2 Theatre showing in Edinburgh (in ‘Atelier 72’ with Museum Sztuki celebrating Poland’s post-war avant-garde).

Next winter is the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of The Traverse Theatre to be celebrated in a programme to recall its early years. The Demarco Foundation is also planning a European Pavilion for the Venice Biennale and at year’s end a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw showing the international scale of the Archive.

Summerhall Film Programme

Boro in the Box

Film events in all their guises will infiltrate this year’s arts programme at Summerhall, from political documentary and experimental drama to Polish animation and one-off live events offering inspiration and food for thought to Edinburgh festival goers.

Expanding on our partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Summerhall will be celebrating the wild inventiveness of Polish Animation. An opportunity to explore the surreal, sometimes political and often hilarious work of Poland’s internationally renowned animators. There will also be a special event dedicated to one of the country’s most famous and controversial filmmakers Walerian Borowcyck with a screening of several of his influential animations accompanied by Boro in the Box, a new 40-minute re-imagining of his life that premiered at Cannes in 2011.

Also as part of this partnership Summerhall will show three documentaries from Guide to the Poles, a series of films produced as part of Poland’s EU presidency in 2011 which explore rock music, fashion and Polish Himalaism during the Communist era.

Addressing current international political events Summerhall will present 7 thought-provoking films from the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, the first festival of its kind in Jordan. Taking place over 3 days the event will explore ideas around revolution, identity and censorship.

Double Take places film within the broader context of what Summerhall has on offer this August by responding to the themes that weave through this year’s programme. Join us for five thematically linked double bills, aimed at encouraging discussion and reflection. It will also be an opportunity to discover unsung cinematic gems from around the world including the rarely screened experimental film David Holzman’s Diary and dark Czech comedy The Cremator.

And finally look out for several one-off events from local film groups including Screen Bandita, the Edinburgh art collective who breathe new life into abandoned film through projectors and gramophones and the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema who’ll be enthralling audiences with an atmospheric film and music event.

Full details of the programme will be announced in mid-June 2012.