Summerhall Festival 2016: A Quick Review Roundup

Summerhall Press Coverage 2016

Summerhall Press Coverage 2016

The stars have come out and it’s only the first week of the Fringe! We’ve been really happy with the reviews we’ve had come in so far, and below is a quick roundup of just some of the press coverage that we’ve received so far.

An early favourite with the critics, was the school hostage drama, Us/Them, which details the circumstances of the 2004 Beslan siege, through the eyes of two children, and received five star reviews from The Guardian and The Stage and a great write up in Total Theatre.

Elsewhere, Kieran Hurley ponders a world on the brink of catastrophe in his new piece, Heads Up, which was praised by What’s on Stage for its “sharp staging” and its ability to offer hope to the audience.

Another one-man show, Sam Rowe’s Denton and Me, weaves the story of a unnamed man with the work of the writer, Denton Welsh, which received four stars in The Times. While Will Pickvance, and his “better half” – otherwise known as his trusty piano impressed Fest with his “whimsical, timeless tales.”

Described by Exeunt as “furious loud and aggressive”, Rachael Clerke’s Cuncrete explores gender, politics and bankers, as Welsh, as her drag king alter ego, Archibald Tactful, and his band, The Great White Males tear up toxic notions of masculinity with their trademark wit and power.

Death and our attitudes towards it form the basis of Liz Rothchild’s Talking Outside the Box – A Live Show About Death, earned praise for her engaging style, while It Folds explores grief through stories of lost and missing children, which Total Theatre praised for its “surreal exploration” of death.

The body has also been a popular theme at Summerhall this festival, with Hannah Nicklin exploring her physical and emotional journey as she trained for the Ironman the year she turned 30, which The Stage described as “unexpectedly moving”. Meanwhile, Growth, Luke Norris’ comedy about testicular cancer, was praised for making “light work of testicular cancer” by The Stage.

And finally, Paines Plough’s Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons was highly recommended by The Guardian!

What have you been to see? What would you recommend?