Summerhall Festival Press


Broadway Baby / August 12, 2013

bread&circuses' Wot? No Fish!

Wot? No Fish!! is an inspirational story that shows how images, art and fine storytelling can touch lives and entertain.

The Guardian / August 12, 2013

Guardian - Festival Fringe Award Winners

Winners from around the festival include the young Scottish company Tortoise in a Nutshell, whose work, Feral, uses puppetry to examine the riots.

Three Weeks / August 12, 2013

Babakas Our Fathers

Spoiler alert! 'This totally charming experimental piece uses film, dance and comedy to have a good hard look at childhood and parenthood.'

Edinburgh Guide / August 12, 2013

Yurtakids! Cinderella (Cenerentola)

This is exquisite theatre that envelops the audience in magic and transcends language. Simply wonderful!

Three Weeks / August 12, 2013

Jack Klaff in Out to Lunch

This riveting one-man show is about as far from the ‘mainstream’ Fringe of comedians off the telly as you can get. And I loved it for that.

Art Review / August 10, 2013

Gregor Schneider intrigues audiences and critics

I rather cynically assumed I had Schneider pegged down and that nothing would shock me. I was wrong.

The Scotsman / August 10, 2013

Summerhall wins Scotsman Fringe First - for Feral by Tortoise in a Nutshell

You’ll find no better than Feral (★★★★) by Edinburgh’s Tortoise in a Nutshell. This mesmerisingly inventive show presents unrest as a symptom of public policy that puts profit ahead of community.

The Independent / August 7, 2013

Summerhall, Fringe venue 26

Described by some as the most overly hyped show of the Edinburgh Festival, Gregor Schneider heads the bill of visual artists at Fringe venue 26, Summerhall. Süßer Duft (sweet scent) does not, however, disappoint. Schneider brings his particular mixture of visual/sensory and performative elements together to produce a work that will linger long in the mind, I am sworn to secrecy but this is a work that you will not forget.

The Herald / June 24, 2013

Nile Rodgers and Jean Pierre Muller

When a large wooden painting of Cab Calloway’s face hung from the ceiling of Summerhall’s dissection room came crashing down, narrowly missing the star of this unique art and music collaboration, it could have proved disastrous. Nile Rodgers, however, brushed away the incident with the same charm that has seen him through a 40-year musical

The Independent / June 21, 2013

Nile Rodgers’ artistic battle goes live

Chic’s Nile Rodgers’ participation in the Edinburgh premiere of a new performance artwork promises to be his most unique project of 2013. Indigo Night is an extension of French artist Jean Pierre Muller’s 7×7, a series of sound installations featuring seven musicians (including Rodgers, Robert Wyatt and Terry Riley), which was shown at Edinburgh’s Summerhall

The Skinny / August 23, 2012

White Rabbit Red Rabbit @ Summerhall

There’s a tradition for the rookie’s first day at the foundry where he’s sent off to fetch a bucket of steam or get the glass hammer. I’ve now found the reviewing equivalent – going to see Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit. That’s because the play is impossible to review. What I can tell you

The Skinny / August 20, 2012


Edinburgh Guide / August 20, 2012

The List Review

The old sink in the corner of the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at Summerhall is the accidental prop that reveals the relentless handwashing just off stage by Maureen Beattie’s unnamed character before this European première of the play from celebrated Québec dramatist Jennifer Tremblay begins. The story is a narration of one woman’s anguished adjustment to

The Stage / August 20, 2012

Sumerhall picks up two Herald Angels

Two shows at Summerhall, the arts complex venue now in its second year, have received Herald Angels in the second week of the Edinburgh fringe. The Angels are awarded across the art forms by the Herald Newspaper to “recognise excellence in whatever field we find it”. Stellar Quines’ production of Jennifer Tremblay’s The List, staring Maureen

The Herald Scotland / August 20, 2012

Performances of the most powerful kind

In A festival in which headlines have been generated by big-scale, visually spectacular Polish productions of Macbeth (TR Warszawa’s cinematic show for the International Festival and Teatr Biuro Podrózy’s outdoor Fringe presentation on stilts), it is an ostensibly more modest piece, inspired by King Lear, which is most memorable. Songs Of Lear by Teatr Piesn

The Scotsman / August 20, 2012

Theatre review: Caesarean Section - Essays On Suicide

T BEGINS with the sound of smashing glass, clattering through the pitch dark of a black theatre tent at Summerhall; and when the light begins to return, the broken glass is being swept into a narrow, glittering trench of jagged fragments that runs like a river through the centre of the show.

The Herald Scotland / August 20, 2012

Together in eclectic dreams: behind the scenes at Summerhall

The first rule of Summerhall is that you don't talk about Summerhall.

Broadway Baby / August 16, 2012

Shirtwaist

Shirtwaist is a brilliant piece of grim theatre. It’s no easy feat to pull off a one-woman play based on a story as emotionally laden as that of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, but here the tragedy is communicated with acute sensitivity. If the play itself is too upsetting to be called a pleasure to

The Examiner / August 16, 2012

Dispatches from The Fringe - A charming Flaneurs pulls its punches

In playing in a lecture room at Summerhall, Flaneurs has found its natural home. Described as a piece of live art theatre, Flaneurs is indeed highly theatrical, but ultimately feels like a charming, if lightweight lecture. A Flaneur – someone who likes to ramble around a city in order to really get to know it

The Examiner / August 16, 2012

Dispatches from The Fringe - Visceral, vulnerable, The Sh*t is sheer brilliance

The sound of a woman murmuring, in what appears to be gibberish, hits you as you enter the Demonstration Room at Summerhall. Inside, seated on a small platform set on a pedestal about four feet off the ground, Silvia Gallerano sits naked with only a microphone. Her body twists as her voice struggles to get