Tim Crouch revival and Roundabout return lead Summerhall fringe season

The Stage / David Hutchison

A revival of Tim Crouch’s play Adler and Gibb leads the Edinburgh Festival Fringe season at cross-arts centre Summerhall.

Nearly 1,700 performances of 120 separate shows will be staged at the venue in August, with the return of Paines Plough’s portable Roundabout theatre as well as fringe programmes by Northern Stage and Big in Belgium.

Adler and Gibb, which premiered at the Royal Court in 2014 starring Denise Gough and Amelda Brown, will run at the venue for the full three-and-a-half week duration of the fringe.

Elsewhere, Paines Plough’s portable Roundabout theatre will host nine shows and plays, including four of the company’s own productions.

Love, Lies and Taxidermy will be staged in a co-production with Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clywd, while a new production of Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan – co-produced with Pentabus – will also run at the venue.

Paines Plough will also produce Growth – a new play by Luke Norris – and new show I Got Superpowers for My Birthday, in a co-production with Half Moon.

Meanwhile, Northern Stage will present eight shows at Summerhall including E15 by Sheffield-based company Lung – co-written by Helen Monks, star of Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves.

The company will also host the return of Rash Dash after a four-year break from the fringe, who will present new production Two Man Show.

Summerhall’s theatre programme over the fringe season will also see new work by renowned companies including Sh!t Theatre, Inspector Sands, Blind Summit and Hijinx, with the latter two presenting their new puppet-based co-production Meet Fred.

Last year’s Fringe saw around 200,000 people attend a show at Summerhall, which is now in its sixth year as a fringe venue.

Describing the season, the venue’s producer Verity Leigh said: “You’ll see work about imprisonment, misappropriation, terrorism, crime, punishment, death, ageing, refugees, Europe, political, sexual and national identities, science, neurology, mental health, colonialism, home, memory, family, and luckily – given that that all sounds a bit dark – love, in lots of different forms.”

For the first time, students from Rose Bruford College will present a season of work at the venue across the duration of the fringe.

Summerhall general manager Sam Gough explained that the drama school “will now have a home at Summerhall for this summer and beyond, where future talented young performers will experience the thrill of Edinburgh and the fringe for the first time”.