Press


August 23, 2017

Nominees for The Filipa Bragança Award announced

The Filipa Bragança Award will recognise the best female solo performance by an emerging artist on the Fringe. Gilded Balloon are delighted to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Filipa Bragança Award, named... [more]

The Stage / August 23, 2017

Six years after its launch Summerhall is my pick for venue of the fringe

What has happened at Summerhall? During my nine-day stint at Edinburgh this year more than half the shows I saw were somewhere in the venue (if you strip out the Edinburgh International Festival and the still mostly... [more]

Edinburgh49 / August 22, 2017

A Girl and a Gun

Louise Orwin is one savvy film buff and her one-woman show, A Girl and a Gun (the title of which is derived from Jean-Luc Godard’s notorious quote “All you need to make a film is a girl and a gun”) is sixty... [more]

The Times / August 22, 2017

Eaten

If there were awards for best Fringe costume I’d expect the one that Mamoru Iriguchi designed for this charming and funny children’s show to be on the shortlist. Big, cuddly and clever, it enables the... [more]

The Stage / August 21, 2017

Nilaja Sun win Stage award for Pike St performance

Bristol-based theatre company the Wardrobe Ensemble has won The Stage Edinburgh Award for the second time, following its success for its 2015 production 1972: The Future of Sex. It was awarded the 2017 prize for its... [more]

Ed Fest Mag / August 21, 2017

Velvet Petal: Bedroom

Oh to be young. Velvet Petal: Bedroom celebrates youth and beauty through a mesmerising ever changing contemporary dance performance with a thumping electro pop soundtrack. Curious and vulnerable, confident and... [more]

Broadway Baby / August 21, 2017

5 Soldiers

Nestled in the artsy comfort of the Fringe bubble, it is all too easy to forget about the murmurings – or in some cases, bellowings – of war that have been thrown back and forth across our doorstep this past month.... [more]

The Reviews Hub / August 21, 2017

Heather

It’s been a while since Shakespeare asked us to ponder “what’s in a name?” but these and other questions take new shape in Heather. In it, a children’s author experiences overnight success, while harbouring... [more]

The Stage / August 21, 2017

Stand by

"The job is fucked." The phrase rings through Adam McNamara's four-handed Scottish police drama Stand By like a refrain. Presented as part of Army @ the Fringe, an arts programme hosted jointly by the Army and... [more]

EdFestMag / August 21, 2017

Black Mountain

Trying to fix their relationship, Paul and Rebecca visit a mountain top lodge, escaping the reality of their own life after Paul has had an affair with a woman named Helen. From the outset, we witness the strain between... [more]

The Scotsman / August 21, 2017

Locus Amoenus

However, they’re about to die – in 55 minutes, captions on a screen tell us – when a rabbit will wander on to the track and cause a fatal crash. “So, now you know the ending,” the captions wryly quip. And... [more]

Musical Theatre Review / August 21, 2017

Shortlist revealed for Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The shortlist of ten nominated shows for Musical Theatre Review’s inaugural Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been announced today. In the 70th anniversary of the Fringe, Musical Theatre... [more]

The Stage / August 21, 2017

Mouthpiece

Cass is a writer who has lost her voice and can't get out of the bathtub. Her mother has just died and she needs to deliver the eulogy, but she's warring with herself over what to say. Did she actually know her mother... [more]

Three Weeks / August 20, 2017

Pike St

Nilaja Sun hits the stage with all the force of the hurricane that’s about to hit the Pike Street residents. Her astonishing one-woman performance shines a light onto a collection of vibrant lives, shown before they... [more]

The Scotsman / August 20, 2017

No Show

The snazzy costumes and smiling faces are all present and correct, but right from the start there’s something off-kilter about this circus show. For one thing, it takes place in a dark, low-ceilinged room in... [more]

The Guardian / August 20, 2017

Mouthpiece

A woman struggles to get to the microphone to make a speech and is physically restrained by another who also grabs for the mic but is sabotaged. When these women do open their mouths, they find they have no voice. In... [more]

The Stage / August 20, 2017

Summerhall takes home three Fringe Firsts in second week of awards

Summerhall has dominated the second week of the Scotsman’s Fringe First award winners. The venue was the recipient of three out of seven awards in week two of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for The Shape of the Pain,... [more]

Broadway Baby / August 20, 2017

Amy Conway's Super Awesome World

Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World is a hidden gem of the Fringe that starts off all fun and games (literally) before delving into an account of living with depression that is so heartfelt and honest that it left this... [more]

The Stage / August 20, 2017

The Class Project

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord has lost her voice. Or rather she’s lost the voice of her home. She no longer speaks with a Wolverhampton burr. Privately educated, unlike her siblings, she has acquired a voice that allows her... [more]

British Theatre / August 20, 2017

Out of Love

The ups and downs of being “best friends forever” are explored in Elinor Cook's engaging new play, Out of Love. Darting back and forth chronologically, the drama cleverly peels away the layers in the deep friendship... [more]

The Wee Review / August 20, 2017

Lift to Experience

It’s been 16 years since Texan band Lift To Experience last performed in Scotland. The band split up soon after and reformed last year to play the Guy Garvey curated Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre in... [more]

The Scotsman / August 20, 2017

Nothing

If you’re looking for early-morning existential angst, Pelle Koppel’s adaptation of Janne Teller’s award-winning novel is full of wry, humorous, self-knowing hopelessness. With fittingly arch performances,... [more]

The Stage / August 17, 2017

The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2017 start with win for All We Ever Wanted’s Marc Graham

Actor Marc Graham has become the first winner of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2017 for his performance in All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. The play, by Hull-based company Middle Child, is running at the Roundabout in... [more]

August 17, 2017

Total Theatre Award Shortlist

Total Theatre have just released their shortlist for the 2017 awards. We are excited to announce that 11 of the 22 shortlisted are Summerhall shows. The Total Theatre Awards participate in a peer led, peer-to-peer... [more]

The Wee Review / August 17, 2017

Hinds

The headline band tonight are from Madrid Spain, however Hinds create indie rock that sounds closer to Scotland than anywhere else. The band take influence from Orange Juice, The Pastels and Teenage Fanclub and would... [more]

The Reviews Hub / August 17, 2017

Pike St.

It’s unlikely that you’ll see a better performance at this year’s Fringe than that of Nilaja Sun in Pike St. at Summerhall. A hurricane is about to hit the Lower East Side and Sun weaves through the... [more]

The Guardian / August 16, 2017

Palmyra

The woman beside me in the audience has been entrusted with a hammer. From the stage Bertrand Lesca is demanding she hands it over to him. At the back of the stage Nasi Voutsas is imploring her not to do so, his eyes... [more]

Plays To See / August 16, 2017

Workshy

Workshy is a one-woman, autobiographical account of the working life of the Scottish performance artist and curator Katy Baird. Katy has worked various customer services jobs at Burger King, Job Centre Plus,... [more]

Ed Fest Mag / August 16, 2017

salt.

Brutal and breath-taking are the only real ways to describe Selina Thompson’s haunting one woman show. salt. details her own journey retracing the route of the transatlantic slave trade from Britain to Ghana, Jamaica... [more]

Ed Fest Mag / August 16, 2017

The North! The North!

The unassuming Christopher Harrisson welcomes his audience warmly to Summerhall. A slight smell permeates the old lecture hall as we clamber into the aisles, and there is a distinct feeling that we have entered into a... [more]