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: 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

Joyce McMillan - Online / August 2, 2012

Edinburgh Fringe – All Year Round?

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 rambling 100-room building, all fresh wood and glass doors. It won’t replace the fine old stone doorway facing out towards the Meadows; but it will provide a new way

Bella Caledonia / August 2, 2012

Let the Summerhall revolution begin!

Tonight’s the night. Its the grand opening of the new Summerhall arts complex‘s festival programme, in conjunction with The List magazine’s annual festival shenanigans. This will be the first time most of the 1,500 guests will have seen what is happening within Summerhall and anyone who hasn’t been there yet should prepare to be absolutely

The Scotsman / August 2, 2012

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

The Edinburgh Reporter / August 2, 2012

Fringe Venue: Summerhall

Most of the larger Fringe venues are long-established and regular festival-goers will have trekked a well-trodden route between the Pleasance, Assembly, Gilded Balloon, et al. So when a major new venue arrives on the scene, it is an occasion to be savoured. Summerhall made its first appearance as a Fringe venue in 2011, with a

Artlyst / August 1, 2012

Edinburgh Art Festival Prepares To Outshine Itself With Major Exhibitions

This year the ninth annual Edinburgh Art Festival prepares to outshine itself with major exhibitions by leading international artists including Dieter Roth at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Philip Guston at Inverleith House, Tim Rollins & K.O.S. and Donald Judd at Talbot Rice Gallery, Melvin Moti at National Museum of Scotland, Rachel Mayeri at Edinburgh College of

The Skinny / August 1, 2012

Fringe 2012: Dance

This year’s Festivals offer a plethora of innovative and challenging new takes on the artform of dance – we take a look at some of the most exciting shows on offer. Although the Dance and Physical Theatre section of the Fringe brochure remains around the same size every year, more companies are acknowledging movement as

The Skinny / August 1, 2012

Film at the Festival: Double-bills and Polish cinema at Summerhall

The moving image continues to be conspicuous by its absence from Edinburgh’s August arts festivals. But if you make your way to The Royal Dick you’ll find Summerhall summer programme bursting with cinema. We preview two of its film strands. Double Take For film fans, there’s nothing more indulgent than a double bill. Okay, apart

The List / July 31, 2012

Archie Shepp interview

The legendary sax-man talks bagpipes, gospel and reggae before his Summerhall show. Archie Shepp came to prominence in the mid-1960s as a leading light of the black avant-garde, playing with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Don Cherry, among others. John Coltrane sponsored Shepp’s contract with Impulse! records and invited him to play on the monumental

The Guardian / July 31, 2012

Arts head: Sorcha Carey, director, Edinburgh Art Festival

From the British Council to BBC break-ins, Sorcha Carey talks about directing the Edinburgh Arts Festival. Could you tell us a little bit about the Edinburgh Art Festival? We are Scotland’s largest annual festival of visual art, with an unparalleled offering of major exhibitions by leading Scottish international artists shown alongside the best early career

The Scotsman / July 31, 2012

Marilyne MacLaren swaps the political fray for the Fringe

SHE was one of the most controversial and outspoken characters at Edinburgh’s City Chambers over the last decade. Now, just weeks after leaving the capital’s political scene, Marilyne MacLaren is about to enter the fray of the Fringe. The capital’s former education leader is to produce a show at one of the festival’s hippest new