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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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;

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

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 –

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.

Edinburgh Festival Planner: Three Shows to See Today

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 writer Williams on a show that fuses comedy with politics, exposing truth, and muck-raking beneath

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

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 done, she started getting worried calls from her bandmates in Kyky Shanel, who specialise in

Edinburgh Fringe Performers Swept Up in 2016's Political Whirlwind

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 diary. The 2014 fringe was full of plays about what it would mean if Scotland

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

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 don’t know the day I’ve had. I’m into my 12th hour of an audience participation

Edinburgh Festival Planner: Three Shows to See Today

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 depths in a hugely enjoyable story in which the performers also play two goldfish, and