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The Huffington Post / August 9, 2012

Ghosts at Summerhall

I’m performing my solo show, “Mother Tongue,” at a venue called Summerhall, Edinburgh’s newest and biggest arts venue. Summerhall is located in the former Royal School of Veterinary Studies (nickname: The Royal Dick, after it’s founder William Dick, and still the name of the café/bar). My gay BFF is convinced that this is a good

The Socialist Worker Online / August 8, 2012

Theatre that battles against the Edinburgh Fringe money makers

Mark Brown picks out some encouraging signs of resistance to the commercialisation of the Edinburgh arts festival. Taken together, the cultural programmes that take place in Edinburgh each August and September amount to the biggest arts festival on the planet. The programme for the Festival Fringe alone dwarfs those of other famous festivals, such as

The Skinny / August 7, 2012

Remember Me @ Summerhall

***** – 5/5 stars Remember Me is a surreal performance as confusing as it is proactive. Using imagery that evokes a Man Ray photograph, light and darkness juxtapose to give an intimate vision. Taking place in Summerhall’s aptly named Black Tent, the audience is confronted with what appears to be a large glass fronted black

Edinburgh Guide / August 7, 2012

How A Man Crumbled Review

**** – 4/5 stars Summerhall’s Demonstration Room, an old Dick Vet lecture theatre, is the suitably strange setting for Clout Theatre’s latest production, How a Man Crumbled. Its peeling walls looked like their dust had landed on the three actors’ faces as they stood frozen in nervously menacing poses against the wall like folk stuck

A Younger Theatre / August 7, 2012

Edinburgh Fringe Review: The Shit

Actress Silvia Gallerano perches on the edge of a stool that is taller than she is. Microphone in hand, she is completely naked aside from the shocking red lipstick adorning her lips. She mumbles the Italian national anthem, her smooth voice crisp in the cold of the Summerhall performance studio. In those first moments it

The Stage / August 6, 2012

Detention

When teacher leaves the classroom, three naughty Chinese schoolboys in detention abandon their lines – “Be a Good Student!” – to burst into mock-rock and wild oriental gestures. When a pretty female classmate joins them, they boisterously compete for her attention with gymnastic flings and pretend serenading, but she prefers to dance in traditional flowing

What's On Stage / August 6, 2012

Michael Coveney: Edinburgh feels the pinch at Assembly

Nica Burns thinks there might be a five per cent drop in fringe theatre ticket sales this year. Comedian Stewart Lee thinks the Edinburgh Comedy Festival — a banner for the “big four” of Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly — is too commercial. And Tommy Sheppard, the former deputy secretary of the Scottish Labour

The List / August 5, 2012

Festival Food: Venues

The best places to grab a bite to eat within Festival venues such as the Traverse and Bristo Square. Jamie’s Italian, Assembly Rooms The redeveloped George Street institution now features the Festival’s grandest venue dining, courtesy of Mr Oliver. Traverse Bar Café, Traverse Theatre Food, drink and gossip at the Festival’s premier theatrical hangout. Urban

The List / August 5, 2012

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival 2012 - events round-up

Edinburgh’s Festivals have pretty much everything, but fashion is not something that has been given centre stage. Until, that is, the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, with four days of events centered around Summerhall, including talks,workshops and exhibitions. Professor Ludovica Lumer talks about identity and self-image in Dressing the Self: Art, Fashion and Neuroscience (Summerhall, Thu

Theatres Trust / August 5, 2012

Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue Summerhall ready for the long haul

A big hit on last year’s Fringe, Summerhall is just one of several August-only venues looking to become year-round operations At Summerhall, once known to Edinburgh as the old Royal Dick Vet College, they’re rushing against a start-of-Fringe deadline to build a brand-new entrance to the huge building, all fresh wood and glass doors. It

Scotsman on Sunday / August 5, 2012

Festival preview: Macbeth

With its themes of greed and power, the 13 Macbeths at this year’s festival are testament to the Scottish play’s timely relevance, whether set in the Middle East or on Inchcolm Island, writes Tim Cornwell. IT’S the story of dictatorship, a model of the consuming quest for power and the fate of bloody dictators from

All Media Scotland / August 4, 2012

Made Here: summerhall.tv

www.summerhall.tv is an internet TV channel operating out of Edinburgh’s new arts centre, of the same name. It reports the arts – including books, performance and film – mainly in Edinburgh and further afield too. Comprising short news items and longer interviews, the channel has access to archive from various former Scotland-based local TV channels

All Media Scotland / August 4, 2012

Arts internet TV channel launches in Edinburgh

AN Edinburgh-based internet TV channel has launched, dedicated to the arts, books and film. Summerhall TV takes its name from a new, multi-arts centre in the capital that was formerly the Royal Dick Veterinary School. With archive to draw on from former local TV initiatives – Edinburgh Television (from 2000-2002), Channel Six Dundee (from 2000

The Week / August 3, 2012

Edinburgh Fringe: six good reasons to visit the festival

THE EDINBURGH Festival kicks off today with more than 40,000 performances and 2,500 shows. Here are six Fringe acts that arts critics are looking forward to, from ‘sexy, stoner clowns’ to a 24-hour solo act. 24H If 24H was an event at the Olympics, it would be the marathon, says The Independent. The title describes

The Guardian / August 3, 2012

Edinburgh Festival 2012: fun after midnight

Summerhall Established in 2011 by 81-year-old festival impresario Richard De Marco, Summerhall was once the Royal (Dick) Vet School but is now Edinburgh’s hippest – and strangest — arts hub and Fringe venue. It’s a magnet for adventurous night owls, catering for the truly sleep-avoidant this festival season with “24h”, a one-man Fringe play running

STV / August 3, 2012

Festival bulletin day Two: Flyers flood town and Phill Jupitus plays dead

It has begun. The Fringe is shifting up a gear for the weekend as most shows have their first public outings tonight. Among those in top gear already is Phill Jupitus. He showed up at The Stand’s press preview on Thursday night with five minutes of hilarious quick-fire reactions to questions from the crowd. We

The Scotsman / August 2, 2012

Preview: The Stranger, Summerhall

Existentialist masterpiece The Stranger is brought to life by Morten Kirkskov. Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, author Albert Camus explores what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.” The Stranger, Summerhall, Aug 3-14 , various times, £12 (£10)

The Scotsman / August 2, 2012

Summerhall’s hip new venue doubles its offering

THE New Jersey writer and performer Jillian Lauren scored a world best-seller with her book on life in a Brunei harem, Some Girls. But she changed her subject matter from high-class prostitution to family life. Her one-woman show Mother Tongue comes to at Summerhall, the new Edinburgh art centre established this year in the former

The Scotsman / August 2, 2012

Preview: Puellae, Summerhall

Shieldinch to Summerhall. That’s the journey River City favourite Nalini Chetty takes this Festival. Chetty and Edinburgh actress Samara MacLaren, team up at the old Dick Vet school to tell the story of Tess and Neve. A pair of 29-year-old, privately educated and successful young women, they appear to be worlds away from their gawky

The Guardian / August 2, 2012

What to see: Edinburgh Fringe special

Why stick a pin in the Fringe brochure? Here are my top tips from deep inside Edinburgh – and a few pieces of advice for anyone approaching the festival for the first time. As I’ve said before, looking for great Edinburgh shows is like looking for a few needles in a haystack. That’s the reason