Summerhall Festival Press


June 15, 2017

70th Fringe plans to offer audiences an 'Alliance of Defiance'

Published in The National, 8th June 2017 A FORMER church will be flooded with 20 tonnes of water as it becomes a Fringe venue for the first time. Now the Leith Volcano, the ex-St James Church will host a “visceral” production of Chekhov’s The Seagull. The show is amongst almost 3400 events to be staged

June 15, 2017


June 15, 2017

Edinburgh Fringe launches massive 2017 programme

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June 15, 2017

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017: drop everything and book these

The 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme has landed. We’ll be diving in to its pages deeper at a later date, once we’re suitably armed with highlighter pens, snacks and emergency gin – but here are our top 10 picks following an initial, somewhat excitable, skim-read. 3. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything – Summerhall, 20.45

June 15, 2017

Edinburgh Festival 2017: What to see and where to go - The Guardian

Summerhall Summerhall’s Big in Belgium strand always produces some seriously good shows. This year it includes the latest from Ontroerend Goed, who explore the super-rich in £¥€$. The Catalan company Atresbandes bring Locus Amoenus, which explores the notion of paradise. From New Zealand comes Binge Culture with Break Up (We Need to Talk), a five-hour

November 5, 2016

Summerhall at #4 in The List's Hot 100 2016

Every year we all look forward to the List Hot 100 – mostly as it’s a really inclusive, exciting way to celebrate the awesome achievements of Scotland’s coolest and best’est’ artists and makers.We at Summerhall are really happy to be numero FOUR on the List Hot 100 2016 – (thank you!) and are massively proud

August 26, 2016

Summerhall winning streak continues at Total Theatre Awards in Edinburgh

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 Homes and (I Could Go On Singing) Over the Rainbow. Happy Hour triumphed in the

August 26, 2016

Summerhall confirms Edinburgh writing supremacy with four further Fringe Firsts

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 handed out this year. Earlier this week, it also picked up four prizes at the

August 25, 2016

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

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 Digital Festival), the soul of the festival resides almost wholly in the Old Town. It’s

August 24, 2016

Summerhall Posts 30% Ticket Sales Boom at Edinburgh Fringe 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 has already surpassed the total number sold in 2015. Director of the independent venue, Robert

August 21, 2016

Counting Sheep: A Theatrical Revolution

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 from the blaze? Between standing up to the army’s guns, or taking the path of

August 19, 2016

Five of the Best... Theatre Shows This Week

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 galvanising performance full of unexpected playfulness, with an emphasis on storytelling and the relationship between

August 19, 2016

Summerhall Adds to Fringe First Awards Haul

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 Southside venue. There are also two wins for the Traverse and one each for Pleasance

August 19, 2016

Edinburgh Festival Planner: Three Shows to See Today

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 austerity hit Greece – don’t match up. Childlike but never childish, it’s enacted a bit

August 18, 2016

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

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 awards. Summerhall has nominations in the emerging company/artist category, with site-specific show One Hundred Homes,

August 18, 2016

Rose Bruford Launches Year-Round Edinburgh Premises

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 now confirmed plans to use the space outside of the summer season. As well as

August 18, 2016

Total Theatre Awards Edinburgh Fringe Shortlist Announced

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 five categories which are physical and visual theatre; innovation; experimentation and playing with form; emerging;

August 18, 2016

The Total Theatre Awards Shortlist 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 Tourist Group Association Scotland | Summerhall Infinity Pool: A Modern Retelling of Madam Bovary Bea

August 17, 2016

Natasha Tripney’s Edinburgh picks: August 17

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 left to see, but the below shows are all well worth your time. Joan –

August 17, 2016

Sh!t Theatre: "We like embracing failure"

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 the phone box where locals smoke crack, is Windsor House. This is not luxury living.