November 29, 2013

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,

November 26, 2013

Simon Garfield: The Art of Letter Writing

To book tickets click here   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
18:30 - 20:00

November 19, 2013

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

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

15 - 17 November 2013 November 14, 2013

Summerhall & Barney's Beer Festival Programme

Strictly 18s over. Sundays kids come free.
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

October 29, 2013

The Beer Festival is back!

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

October 15, 2013

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

August 24, 2013

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...

August 23, 2013

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

August 22, 2013

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

August 21, 2013

'Bag' yourself a ticket for the 2013 Fringe sensation: 'L'Après-midi d'un Foehn - Version 1'

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

August 19, 2013

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

August 17, 2013

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

August 14, 2013

Summerhall's Five Star Fringe

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.

August 13, 2013

Scottish Poetry Library's Children's Collection at Summerhall

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

August 12, 2013

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

August 10, 2013

Summerhall show Feral wins Scotsman Fringe First

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.

July 19, 2013

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.

July 17, 2013

HeLa Review: Iron- Oxide

We 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

June 5, 2013

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

May 29, 2013

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. 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.