Press Cuttings & Reviews

2016


Summerhall winning streak continues at Total Theatre Awards in Edinburgh

The Stage by David Hutchison
26th August 2016

Edinburgh fringe venue Summerhall has scooped four prizes at the Total Theatre Awards, continuing its dominance of awards at the festival this year. The award for emerging companies and artists was presented jointly to two of the venue’s shows:One Hundred …


Summerhall confirms Edinburgh writing supremacy with four further Fringe Firsts

The Stage by Thom Dibdin
26th August 2016

Summerhall has continued its awards domination at Edinburgh, garnering a further four Fringe First prizes. This brings its tally of The Scotsman’s awards for new writing on the Edinburgh Fringe up to an unprecedented 10, more than half the 19 …


Natasha Tripney: Gender, housing and a birthday party – farewell to the fringe

The Stage by Natasha Tripney
25th August 2016

The topography of Edinburgh Festival Fringe shifts every year. Venues close, others spring up in their place. The streets subtly rearrange themselves. In recent years, following the closure and change of ownership of the Assembly Rooms (now home to the …


Summerhall Posts 30% Ticket Sales Boom at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

The Stage by Thom Dibdin
24th August 2016

Edinburgh Fringe venue Summerhall – currently sweeping the awards ceremonies at the festival – has posted ticket sales up 30% on the same time last year. It means that, with a whole week of the fringe still to run, it …


Counting Sheep: A Theatrical Revolution

Fest by Evan Beswick
21st August 2016

Have you ever had to choose between joining a revolution or standing by? Between hastening the fall of a state or protecting its institutions? Between throwing a brick or putting it down? Between tending those wounded in fires, or running …


Five of the Best… Theatre Shows This Week

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner
19th August 2016

1 Us/Them A show for young people about the 2004 Beslan school siege may sound an unlikely proposition, but Belgium company Bronks pull it off in this extraordinary piece of theatre starring two young actors. This is an engrossing and …


Summerhall Adds to Fringe First Awards Haul

The Stage by Thom Dibdin
19th August 2016

Summerhall’s domination of the awards at the Edinburgh Fringe continues with week two of the Fringe First prizes. Three of the seven awards given this week by the Scotsman newspaper for new writing on the Edinburgh Fringe go to the …


Edinburgh Festival Planner: Three Shows to See Today

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner and Brian Logan
19th August 2016

Eurohouse 10.05am Summerhall (until 26 August) One of those quirky and rewarding shows that the fringe sometimes throws up, this collaboration between Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca investigates how the dream of the EU and the reality – particularly for …


Summerhall Adds to Edinburgh Awards Glory With Nine Total Theatre Awards Nods

The Stage by Matthew Hemley
18th August 2016

Productions from Edinburgh Fringe venue Summerhall dominate the Total Theatre Awards nominations for this year. In total, Summerhall productions have picked up nine nods. Last week, the venue received the most prizes in the first week of the Fringe First …


Rose Bruford Launches Year-Round Edinburgh Premises

The Stage by David Hutchison
18th August 2016

Rose Bruford College has launched a year-round new performance and training venue in Edinburgh. The drama school has been presenting performances and workshops in the Upper Church space inside Summerhall arts centre throughout this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but has …


Total Theatre Awards Edinburgh Fringe Shortlist Announced

What's On Stage by Daisy Bowie-Sell
18th August 2016

The shortlist for this year’s Total Theatre Awards have been announced. After assessing 528 shows across all performance categories at the Edinburgh Fringe, judges have drawn up a shortlist that consists of 26 productions. Seven awards will be given across …


The Total Theatre Awards Shortlist 2016

Total Theatre by Total Theatre
18th August 2016

Shows by an Emerging Company/Artist This Award is supported by Farnham Maltings Greater Belfast Little King and Tron Theatre in association with Traverse Theatre Scotland | Traverse (I Could Go On Singing) Over The Rainbow FK Alexander with Okishima Island …


Natasha Tripney’s Edinburgh picks: August 17

The Stage by Natasha Tripney
17th August 2016

We’re hitting the midpoint now. A lot of shows have been watched. A lot of stars doled out. A lot of gin drunk (well, maybe that’s just me). There’s still a lot of digging to do, a lot of things …


Sh!t Theatre: “We like embracing failure”

Fest by Tim Bano
17th August 2016

Welcome to Woodberry Down, a colossal “regeneration” project in Hackney, slicing the skyline in a thick cluster of concrete and glass. Every apartment has underfloor heating, and there’s a even a lake for kayaking. Just down the road, however, behind …


Edinburgh Festival Planner: Three Shows to See Today

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner and Brian Logan
17th August 2016

Josie Long and Martin Williams: Investigations 12pm, Stand Comedy Club (until 28 August) Comedy on the fringe can take many forms: wrestling, therapy, fine dining. So why not investigative journalism? The well-loved DIY standup Josie Long teams up with Guardian …


Counting Sheep: The Polyphonic Protest Show That Puts You Inside Kiev’s Maidan

The Guardian by Mark Fisher
17th August 2016

in the morning of 21 January 2014, Marichka Kudriavtseva was all set for the biggest day of her career. The Ukrainian singer had three gigs in a row lined up in Kiev. But on her way to have her hair …


Edinburgh Fringe Performers Swept Up in 2016’s Political Whirlwind

The Guardian by Mark Lawson
16th August 2016

Most would agree that timing is vital to the comedians in Edinburgh this summer. But, this year, it has also proven crucial for political dramatists. For the past two festivals, Scotland has known exactly where it was in the legislative …


Dad Jokes, Chilcot and Pleasuring a Cucumber: My Day as an Edinburgh Performer

The Guardian by Alexis Petridis
15th August 2016

It is half past midnight and I am at the Edinburgh festival fringe, pretending to masturbate a cucumber in a variety of elaborate ways. Under ordinary circumstances, this would seem like a fairly remarkable state of affairs, but then you …


Edinburgh Festival Planner: Three Shows to See Today

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner and Brian Logan
15th August 2016

Goggles 2pm, Pleasance Courtyard (until 29 August) Edinburgh is full of young companies making fluffy, whimsical theatre, and at first sight This Egg’s two-hander about love, friendship and breaking free seems to be just one more. But there are hidden …


Shameless and Subversive: The Feminist Revolution Hits the Edinburgh Fringe

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner
14th August 2016

Smashing the patriarchy has never seemed quite so much fun as it does in Hot Brown Honey (Assembly Roxy), an all-female cabaret-style show from Australia that takes on gender, sexism, colonialism and race with a raucous glee, while giving a …


Edinburgh Theatre Review – A Week of Masks, Music – and a Swiped Notebook

The Guardian by Kate Kellaway
14th August 2016

The Edinburgh fringe is like a game of Scottish whispers, I think, as I sit on the train north. You have to listen out – as well as making your own choices. With 3,269 shows in 294 venues this year, …


Summerhall Shows Dominate Initial Fringe First List

What's On Stage by Daisy Bowie-Sell
12th August 2016

Three of the six shows awarded a Fringe First today were at Summerhall The initial Fringe First winners have been announced after the first week of the Edinburgh Fringe. The Scotsman gives out the awards, which are in recognition of …


Summerhall Dominates First Round of Fringe First Awards

The Stage by Thom Dibdin
12th August 2016

Summerhall has bagged half the Fringe First awards given out by the Scotsman newspaper in the first week of the Edinburgh Fringe. The venue hosts three of the six productions recognised in the awards, which celebrate new writing on the …


10 Things to Do in Edinburgh

Vogue by Christina Miller
11th August 2016

If you’re spending summer vacationing this year, the Scottish city of Edinburgh is an excellent option. There are some unmissable things you need to tick off your list, from the best coffee in town, to where to get your culture …


Edinburgh Festival Planner: Three Shows to See Today

The Guardian by Brian Logan and Lyn Gardner
11th August 2016

Bilal Zafar: Cakes 3.40pm, Just the Tonic at the Mash House (until 28 August) Bilal Zafar won the prestigious New Act of the Year award earlier this year, after which you might expect he’d hit Edinburgh eager to show off …


Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Remember To Breathe

The Edinburgh Reporter by John Kennedy
10th August 2016

Grapevine gossip (the life-blood of The Fringe) about a particularly recommended show has just caught the receptive ears of The Edinburgh Reporter – we take the plunge… Like the famine driven diaspora of her Irish ancestors, playwright Orla Murphy, became …


Another chance to see … Edinburgh shows gambling on repeat success

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner
10th August 2016

It takes time to create a buzz around a festival show, and soon the run is over. Bringing a hit back can give companies a publicity head start – and a cash boost to their next venture. But there’s no …


Jonny & The Baptists: A bit of politics and ping pong

Three Weeks by Chris Cooke
8th August 2016

Rock solid ThreeWeeks favourites Jonny & The Baptists return to the Fringe once again with a brand new show about inequality and the wealth gap. Which might sound a little serious, though this musical comedy duo have demonstrated before that …


People of the Eye

Solarbear.co.uk
8th August 2016

This August The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble will be performing their first full production, People Of The Eye as part of the Northern Stage Programme at Summerhall. In addition they have teamed up with Fringe Central to provide a number …


Edinburgh Festival: 7 Shows To See This Week

WOW 247 by WOW 247 Team
8th August 2016

The first full week of the Edinburgh Festival means there’s a wealth of cultural delights to indulge in. Here we take a look at some recommended shows for the next seven days. Monday: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs The Scottish …


Edinburgh Fringe Festival: The weird, the whacky, and the wonderful

The Sunday Herald by Saul Sorooshian
7th August 2016

An aubergine, a naked magician and Jesus Christ on a BMX stroll into a bar … is this the start of a strange joke? Well, yeah, but it is also some of the performers you might find at The Last …


Edinburgh festival planner: three shows to see today

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner and Brian Logan
7th August 2016

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons 12.10pm, Roundabout @ Summerhall (until 28 August) Last year, playwright Sam Steiner’s debut show was in the hottest room on the fringe, but it (and the audience) will have room to breathe now that it …


Best New Scottish Music to Listen to in August

The List by David Pollock
5th August 2016

You’re going to have to indulge us on two counts with this month’s carefully selected round-up of Scottish musical highlights, we’re afraid. The first; it’s obviously August, and try as we might, we just can’t avoid filling half of what …


Bringing Circus Back

The List by Gareth K. Vile
5th August 2016

The revival of circus at the Edinburgh Fringe – from the creation of the Circus Hub as part of Underbelly’s portfolio of venues to the inclusion of more intimate shows in venues like Summerhall – reflects an international trend towards …


Natasha Tripney’s Edinburgh Fringe picks

The Stage by Natasha Tripney
5th August 2016

The Stage’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe team – Paul Vale, Stewart Pringle, Nick Awde, Gerald Berkowitz, Brian Cooper and myself – will be reviewing a huge array of shows over the next few weeks. In the meantime here are a few …


Festival shows are too English-language dominated, says venue chief

The Herald by Phil Miller
4th August 2016

The owner and director of one of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s biggest venues has lamented the domination of the English language at the festival. Robert McDowell, who with his family bought the former Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies building …


Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Our Pick of the Bunch

The Stage by Natasha Tripney
4th August 2016

Little ripples. That’s how it starts. Little ripples getting bigger. And then suddenly you’re eye to eye with a dinosaur. The Edinburgh Fringe is the T-Rex of arts festivals and it has a way of creeping up on you. For …


Edinburgh Festivals 2016: Our Top 5s

3rd August 2016

Our section editors narrow down their Edinburgh Festival picks to an tick-’em-off-as-you-go top five; here are their music, books, comedy, art and theatre selections Best Music at the Edinburgh Festivals 1) Anohni: Hopelessness “A scream of fury against the evils …


The Americans Are Coming

Exeunt by Nicole Serratore
2nd August 2016

None of my other theater festival travels have ever compared to Edinburgh in August. By scale alone EdFringe dwarfs most other events. But even more than size, the fact that you could see children’s theater, performance, comedy, and circus all …


What to See at the Edinburgh Festivals 2016

Exeunt
2nd August 2016

Cadging lifts, begging spots on sofas, scouring Gumtree, getting scalped by Virgin Trains: the annual struggle to get to Edinburgh’s festivals is upon us. But just before we all embark on a month-long theatre adventure, here’s a handy collection of …


30 reasons you need to go to the Edinburgh Festival this year

The I
1st August 2016

This venue has arguably grown to become the Fringe’s most exciting theatre hub. Highlights this year include Blank (6.30pm) by acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, which will feature performers encouraging audience members to fill in gaps in the script; Macbain …


Three to See 2016: Shows With Parental Involvement

Three Weeks by Caro Moses
30th July 2016

Bricking It | Underbelly Cowgate | 4-28 Aug (pictured) A show in which an actual father and daughter actually swap jobs sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Pat is a 73 year old builder, his daughter Joanna is a 29 year old …


Edinburgh Festival Guide: Accessible Venues

The List by Rowena McIntosh
29th July 2016

Venues helping to make the festival more inclusive, with accessible spaces and programmes featuring signed, captioned, relaxed or audio described performances Charlotte Square The Edinburgh International Book Festival has a fully accessible site for wheelchair users with level access or …


Three to See 2016: Musicians Gone Theatrical

Three Weeks by Caro Moses
29th July 2016

Wind Resistance | Rehearsal Studio, The Lyceum Theatre | 5-29 Aug There are a few musicians at this year’s Festival who have broadened their performances to something that fits into the theatre programme, and we find that quite intriguing. In …


Crouches back in Edinburgh to engage in the family business

The Herald by Neil Cooper
26th July 2016

WHEN Tim Crouch brought his show The Author to the Traverse Theatre in 2010 as part of that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, his dissection of the right to be offensive onstage provoked several walk-outs. While this was in part a …


From Judy Garland to Evel Knievel: 15 Sure-Fire Edinburgh Festival Hits

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner
26th July 2016

Edinburgh is not cheap, and an awful lot of shows that look promising in the programme turn out to be duds. But the shows listed below have all been seen either by me or a member of the Guardian reviewing …


Edinburgh 2016: The 12 most promising shows at this year’s Fringe and International Festivals

The Independent by Holly Williams
21st July 2016

It’s the world’s biggest arts event – and this year the Edinburgh Fringe festival is host to 3,269 shows over the month of August. To that you can also add the Edinburgh International Festival, with a strong programme this year …


Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 10 key venues

The Scotsman
21st July 2016

Whether you’re looking to see a show are not, these venues are at the heart of what makes the Fringe such a lively and widely admired celebration of culture This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take place across 294 venues, …


Edinburgh Fringe 2016: The 12 most promising shows at this year’s festival

The Independent by Holly Williams
21st July 2016

It’s the world’s biggest arts event – and this year, the Edinburgh Fringe festival is host to 3,269 shows over the month of August. To that you can also add the Edinburgh International Festival, with a strong programme this year of music, …


You’re So Physical! Ed Fringe 2016 Round-up – Physical Theatre, Circus & Cabaret Highlights

Total Theatre by Dorothy Max Prior
21st July 2016

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 is fast approaching, and the very first thing to say is that the Total Theatre Awards are happening once again, hurrah! Established in 1997, the Awards have blazed a trail of recognition for independent artists and companies …


Extreme measures: acts that have gone to crazy lengths for their art

The List by Claire Sawers
20th July 2016

They say great art often comes from great pain. The pain may vary: a sliced-off ear, a broken heart, living in squalor, 24 hours without a reliable Wi-fi connection, but the basic notion is the same. Sometimes, the artist must …


Fringe at Summerhall Preview

TV Bomb by Kirsten Waller
15th July 2016

Unlike many of the city’s other venues, Summerhall seems to undergo a less all-encompassing change in August. It’s not that it doesn’t put on a host of challenging, thoughtful and imaginative productions – it’s just that it does the same thing the …


EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A – Meet Fred

Broadwayworld.co.uk
15th July 2016

BWW speaks to Fred the puppet about his upcoming starring role in “Meet Fred” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. What can you tell us about your show Meet Fred? Well, I can tell you what it says on the flyer, …


Edinburgh festival 2016: comedy shows that should deliver

The Guardian by Brian Logan
12th June 2016

Robert Newman There aren’t many shows on the fringe that I’ve seen already – it’s not that kind of festival. Of those I have, I can cheerfully recommend Legally Brown by one half of the Aussie duo Fear of a Brown …


Edinburgh festival 2016: what to see and where to go

The Guardian by Lyn Gardner
8th June 2016

If you were to stick a pin in the Summerhall programme you would be almost certain to come up with a show that would surprise and delight in equal measure. Check out the curated programmes from Paines Plough and Northern …


Edinburgh Fringe: Five shows to see at Summerhall

The Skinny by Amy Taylor
26th May 2016

Our resident agony aunt and somewhat cynical theatre critic picks her five must-see shows from this year’s Summerhall Fringe programme As general manager Sam Gough joked to a bar full of journalists, PRs and performers,Summerhall’s 2016 programme is one without a …


Trident debate to take centre stage at Edinburgh Fringe

The Scotsman by Brian Ferguson
26th May 2016

The debate over whether Britain’s nuclear weapons should be based in Scotland is set to take centre stage at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A new play exploring the arguments for and against the Trident missile system will be based …


Tim Crouch revival and Roundabout return lead Summerhall fringe season

The Stage by David Hutchison
26th May 2016

A revival of Tim Crouch’s play Adler and Gibb leads the Edinburgh Festival Fringe season at cross-arts centre Summerhall. Nearly 1,700 performances of 120 separate shows will be staged at the venue in August, with the return of Paines Plough’s …


Roundabout and Northern Stage return to Summerhall for Fringe 2016

The List by Kirstyn Smith
26th May 2016

Summerhall’s Fringe programme has a reputation for gathering together innovative and diverse people and productions and chucking them into the melting pot that is Edinburgh throughout August. This year – Summerhall’s sixth – is no exception, with its 2016 Fringe …


Summerhall reveal 2016 Edinburgh Fringe programme

The Skinny
26th May 2016

Summerhall have announced details of their theatre and music programmes for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The multi-arts venue’s sixth Edinburgh Fringe programme features nearly 120 shows from a host of acclaimed producers and artists. The main Summerhall programme features …


Grandaddy to Headline Summerhall’s Fringe Gig Series

Wow 247 by Nick Mitchell
25th May 2016

Summerhall have put together another strong line-up of live music for their Edinburgh Fringe programme in August, with reformed space-rock grandees Grandaddy the stand-out name. Other acts confirmed for the Newington venue’s festival roster, organised by year-round gig series Nothing …


Tim Crouch revival and Roundabout return lead Summerhall fringe season

The Stage by David Hutchison
11th May 2016

A revival of Tim Crouch’s play Adler and Gibb leads the Edinburgh Festival Fringe season at cross-arts centre Summerhall. Nearly 1,700 performances of 120 separate shows will be staged at the venue in August, with the return of Paines Plough’s …