Summerhall Lab

The first Summerhall lab ran from 11 – 15 December 2017, featuring Volcano, a collaboration between Greg Sinclair, Kate Temple & Ann Thallon.

The second Summerhall Lab ran from 12-16 February 2018, featuring Closed Doors, a collaboration between Belle Jones and Lauren Gilmour & Audrey Tait of Novosound.  Closed Doors is part of our 2018 Festival Fringe programme.

Closed Doors

Belle Jones in collaboration with Lauren Gilmour and Audrey Tait

Closed Doors

A unique, genre-defying collaboration between award winning musicians Lauren Gilmour and Audrey Tait and playwright Belle Jones, Closed Doors mixes spoken word and music to weave together the stories of several residents of a troubled and divided urban neighbourhood. Thrown together as their block of flats is evacuated during a serious police operation, three very different matriarchs speculate as to what the cause of the incident is. In doing so their prejudices and preconceptions about one another rise to the surface and are challenged, just as their similarities become apparent. Inspired by the vibrant yet notorious district of Govanhill, Glasgow, the show is an exploration of how disparate communities can and do live literally on top of one another in multicultural Scotland.

Blending soaring vocals with theatrical verse and catchy piano melodies underscored by exhilarating drums, Closed Doors looks at questions of identity, heritage, community and isolation.

Volcano

a collaboration between Greg Sinclair, Kate Temple & Ann Thallon

Volcano

Greg, Kate & Ann have been exploring the volcanoes in our city, and the volcanoes inside us. They present an exploding, erupting, multi-artform investigation of hearing loss, that asks the question, ‘What is it like to live with the volcano?’
Greg Sinclair is a musician and performance artist who makes work in collaboration with children and others. Kate Temple is a visual artist and theatre designer whose practice incorporates installation, sculpture, drawing, video, writing and performance. Ann Thallon has a lifelong interest in performance and is determined that her severe hearing loss will not bar her from continuing access and participation. The three artists met during Artlink’s ‘Let Loose’ project, on which Greg and Kate asked Ann to respond to the written instruction ‘be a volcano’.  During the Summerhall Lab week they are developing ideas for a performance based on her explosive response, which will also be an anthem to Edinburgh, Scotland’s volcanic heart.