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FESTIVAL
PROGRAMME
2016

Welcome to Summerhall. Here, in our unique home in Edinburgh’s
former Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, we offer engaging,
challenging, and exhilarating visual arts, theatre, dance, music,
literature and education for people of all ages.
“An incredible venue”
The List

We host diverse programmes of visual
and performance art throughout the
year as well as events, parties, other
festivals, workshops – even weddings!
Summerhall also provides workspaces
for artists, innovators and community
organisations as well as encouraging
the creation and application of new
technologies in our high tech hub
- the TechCube.

Summerhall is for everyone. Whether
you are engaging with our exhibitions,
catching the best in avant garde
European theatre, grabbing something
to drink in the Royal Dick bar or simply
soaking up the atmosphere in our buzzy
courtyard, there is something for you to
explore, discover and most of all, enjoy,
this Festival and all year round.

Cover image - The fossilised skeleton of a Radiolarian protozoic single cell organism. Amongst
the very first forms of life on earth, the Radiolaria lived in the sea in the lower Ordovician
geological period, as much as 485 million years ago. This image of their incredibly intricate
and advanced skeleton - much smaller than a grain of sand - was produced using an electron
microscope at 1700 x magnification. Photographer: Linnea Rundgren, Radiolaria.

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FESTIVAL WELCOME
VISUAL ARTS
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FESTIVAL
WELCOME
In 2016, our internationalism has once again been tested
by a political referendum questioning the position of our
country in the world. Seventy years ago in 1947 the first
Edinburgh Festival was created to 'heal wounds of war
through the languages of the arts’, and here at Summerhall
we exist to keep faith with that mission, to explore ideas
which are common to all humans with a spirit of openminded internationalism.
The work we present offers entertainment and amusement,
but we know that enjoyment of the arts is a serious business
to many. At Summerhall we meet interesting and wonderful
people from around the world as we participate in our
shared international culture, exploring our sense of place
and purpose in the world and connecting directly with one
another. In our programme are artists and shows from more
than 30 countries whose work touches on crime and
punishment, the housing crisis, feminism, the EU, nationalism,
the media and terrorism.
We’re proud of a festival programme which maintains the
diversity, internationalism, risk and surprise our audiences
expect, with partnership projects from Beyond Borders,
Aurora Nova, Northern Stage, Big in Belgium, Rose Bruford,
the Demarco European Art Foundation, Made in Scotland and
Paines Plough. Once more, our year-round music programme
Nothing Ever Happens Here makes Summerhall one of
Edinburgh’s hubs of varied and exciting live music from
across the world in August.
This year, most especially, we celebrate Joseph Beuys who
worked with Richard Demarco and myself many times here
in Scotland. It’s a year of anniversaries; the 30th of Beuys’
death, the 50th of the Demarco Gallery’s foundation, and the
70th Edinburgh Festival (although that anniversary officially
arrives in 2017). Our Beuys/Demarco show supplements the

directly related exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of
Modern Art. A significant figure in the artistic history of this
city, Beuys’ legacy is stronger than ever and we, along with
the Demarco European Art Foundation consider Summerhall
to be part of that legacy.
To complement the Beuys/Demarco exhibition we present
the first Scottish overview of the seminal Artist Placement
Group, with which both Beuys and Demarco had strong links.
The five other contemporary art exhibitions which make up
the programme symbolise the importance of artists such as
Beuys, Demarco and APG members in redefining the role of
the artist, and their influence on contemporary practice.
We strongly advise everyone to see the Surrealism exhibition
at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which is world
class and the most sensational art exhibition in Scotland in
recent decades.
This year we will also be showing items from the festival’s
history which we hope will build towards creating an
Edinburgh Festival Museum. Summerhall is a multi-arts
venue, a place for interdisciplinary research and education,
which is open all year round as Europe's largest private arts
centre. We host and produce nearly 800 shows and events
annually and receive over half a million visitors. The festival
never decamps from here, we are a cultural village that in
August becomes a cultural town. We hope you will be
inspired and entertained by the work we’re privileged to
do, and we hope your experiences here will make 2016 a
year to remember.

Robert McDowell
Summerhall Director

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VISUAL
ARTS

© Haroon Mirza; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photography: Ken Adlard

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NOISEMAKER
This year’s visual arts programme focuses on the artist as
Noisemaker, looking at the artist’s role as communicator,
acting at times as mediator or agitator in the imparting
and exchanging of information. The arrest and subversion
of sound, dialogue, gestures and text come to the fore, with
installations centred on the position and tools of the artist
in communicating and creating experience.
Production and position play a key role, with the exhibition
Context is Half the Work. A Partial History of the Artist
Placement Group emblematic of this. The first overview of
this seminal group in Scotland, the exhibition explores the
Artist Placement Group’s (APG) activity, with placements in
industry and public organisations. They re-positioned the
role of the artist, making the case that artistic practice and
knowledge would no longer be confined to the studio and
gallery, but could be extended to act upon societal
organisation and decision-making processes.
The emergence of the APG concept took place against the
backdrop of an on-going discourse about ‘dematerialisation’,
moving away from an object-based understanding of the
work of art towards site-specific work, social relationships
and information. The APG changed the history of conceptual
art and influenced many contemporary artists including
Laure Prouvost, who in the past has worked closely with
artists Barbara Steveni and John Latham (co-founders of the
APG) as Latham’s artist-assistant. Key works from Prouvost’s
practice feature in her exhibition Monolog, which uses the
chemistry of written and spoken language, gesture and
imagery to immerse and direct the viewer to look beyond
what the installations and our lives present to us.
The questioning of cultural forms and norms comes
into play within the exhibitions. Sound artists Mark Fell
and Haroon Mirza present solo exhibitions which expose
the expansive nature, and therefore limits, of conceptual
art and installation experience. Fell’s mathematical,
analytical and academic approach to producing is
paired with philosophical explorations of the self in
Diagramming The Listener whilst Mirza’s sculptural
soundscape Adam, Eve, Others and a UFO reflects on
our digital environment, engineered to generate a spatial
examination of sound.

Performative activity and play continue to be central themes
in Summerhall’s visual arts programme. Tamsyn Challenger
returns to present her new installation Hyper Bowl. Similarly,
to Prouvost, Challenger examines truth and fiction, her
immersive work and one-off performance scrutinises the
exaggerated, and at times, false vocabulary, used to
characterise artists and their works. Duo Pester and Rossi
maintain the challenging of social conventions through
visual puns, using their feminist approach to examine the
body, sexuality, daily rituals and interactions, responding
to the cave-like Room Under The Stairs Gallery.
The programme is bookended by exhibitions paying
homage to the legacy of Joseph Beuys and the Demarco
Gallery, co-produced by Robert McDowell, Summerhall’s
Director, and Richard Demarco, former Director of the
Demarco Gallery and Director of the Demarco European Art
Foundation based at Summerhall. The Demarco Gallery was
at the vanguard of creating a dialogue between artists and
place, through its European exploration programme,
Edinburgh Arts. Demarco and Beuys had strong links to the
Artist Placement Group - Barbara Steveni and John Latham
were Edinburgh Arts participants, and other members
exhibited as part of the Demarco Gallery exhibitions
programme. In 1977 Beuys invited the APG to discuss
artist-with-government placements at Documenta 6 in
Kassel, bringing the group to the attention of the German
government. This led to exchanges with the government,
and the first international artist-with-government placement.
The Beuys/Demarco exhibition highlights groups, networks
and individuals, and their ground-breaking approaches,
elevating interdisciplinary methodologies, paving the way
for artists to continue to noise up contemporary practice.
Holly Knox Yeoman
Exhibitions Programmer

Exhibitions are free
4 Aug – 30 Sept 2016, 11:00 - 18:00
Preview: 3 Aug, 19:00
Please note Context is Half the Work. A Partial History
of the Artist Placement Group is extended till 5 Oct.
This exhibition can also be accessed via the Hope Park
Terrace entrance.

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Roger Coward, superimposed research charts created during his placement with the Department
of the Environment, Inner Area Study Birmingham, Small Heath, 1975 Courtesy: Roger Coward

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MONOLOG

Laure Prouvost
Laure Prouvost presents a series of video works focusing on the relationship between
the physical body and the spatial limits of the screen. These individual works spill
and react against one another to form surreal narratives that play with truth and
fiction through the interplay of her hands, voice, instructions and materials. Prouvost’s
works are disorientating, yet their visceral quality and vocabulary speak of identifiable
human traits, immersing the viewer in their humour and anxiety, and expressing an
appetite to look beyond what the work and our lives present to us.
Instructions and prompts play a key role in Prouvost’s dialogues, and are repeated
throughout the galleries. Films such as Monolog explore divergences between spoken
language and written text, with the intertitles of the film becoming Sign paintings
- black and white texts arrested from the screen and brought into the exhibition
space - to direct the audience.
Communication is subverted whilst films such as I need to take care of my conceptual
grandad, acknowledge her position as an artist. Prouvost was an assistant to the
conceptual artist and former Artist Placement Group member John Latham. In the film
she pays homage to Latham, who was infamous for his work with destroyed books,
particularly one instance at a party in which he and his guests chewed up a copy of
Clement Greenberg’s Art and Culture which they spat out, fermented and returned
to St Martin’s library in a test-tube. In the film Prouvost attempts to massage body
lotion into a Latham monograph in an act that is suggestive of ideas related to
artistic influence and inheritance, and is both caring and destructive.
Prouvost’s non-linear threads of storytelling suggest a necessity to share and maintain
an open, and at times, cynical awareness of communication in contemporary life.
Yet, far more seductively, the artist offers an invitation to the viewer to assert their
authority in experiencing the work, which acts as a universal symbol of the yearning
for a deeper understanding of the world around us.
Laure Prouvost was born in 1978 in Croix-Lille, France. She lives and works in London,
UK and Antwerp, Belgium. After receiving the 2011 Max Mara Prize for Women,
Prouvost was the first French artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize (2013).

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ADAM, EVE, OTHERS
AND A UFO
Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza has won international acclaim for installations that test the interplay
and friction between sound, light waves and electric current. An advocate of
interference (in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption), he creates
situations that purposefully cross wires. He describes his role as a composer,
manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon, to make it dance to
a different tune and calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, vinyl
and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks to behave
differently. Processes are left exposed and sounds occupy space in an unruly way,
testing codes of conduct and charging the atmosphere. Mirza asks us to reconsider
the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music, and draws into question
the categorisation of cultural forms.
This installation Adam, Eve, others and A UFO was first shown in a solo exhibition at
Lisson Gallery in 2013. A UFO-circuit is equipped with eight LEDs and placed in the
centre of the room. From there, cables run to eight, circularly arranged, yet nonidentical speakers (one branded ADAM and another EVE). The electric current that
causes the short flashing, brightening or dimming of the LEDs creates different
sounds, audible through speakers, which are controlled by a computer programmed
by Mirza to form a minimalist electronic piece of music. The dark grey foam on the
walls, which generates a recording studio atmosphere, and the carpet are used to
reduce reverberations and keep the sound in the centre of the room.
Haroon Mirza was born in London in 1977, where he lives and works. His work was
included in the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, China (2012) and the 54th Venice
Biennale, Italy (2011), where he was awarded the Silver Lion. He was awarded the
Northern Art Prize in 2011, the DAIWA Foundation Art Prize in 2012, the Zurich Art
Prize in 2013, the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize in 2014 and the Calder Art Prize
in 2015.

© Haroon Mirza; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photography: Ken Adlard

CORNER GALLERY

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CONTEXT IS HALF THE WORK.
A PARTIAL HISTORY OF THE
ARTIST PLACEMENT GROUP
Artists include Ian Breakwell, Roger Coward, Garth Evans, David Hall, John Latham,
George Levantis and Barbara Steveni and others
Curated by Naomi Hennig and Ulrike Jordan in dialogue with Barbara Steveni
4 Aug - 5 Oct 2016
The Artist Placement Group (APG) was founded in the UK
in 1966. The group initiated and organised placements for
artists within industry and public institutions where they
would research and develop ideas for projects in-situ.
According to the APG principle, artistic practices and
knowledge no longer needed to be confined to the studio,
but the reach of the artist could extend to commercial,
industrial and government contexts in order to contribute
to social and organisational processes at all levels.

Context is Half the Work. A Partial History of the Artist
Placement Group explores seven paradigmatic APG
placements; it includes research material, video works,
art works and documentation of the group’s activity, raising
questions still relevant for present day context-based artistic
practices. These include sculptor Garth Evans’ two-year
fellowship at the British Steel Corporation (1969-70), David
Hall's TV Interruptions, broadcast on Scottish Television in
1971, George Levantis’ journeys on the container cargo ships
of Ocean Fleets Ltd (1974-75), Roger Coward’s placement
with the Department of the Environment (1975) where he
worked with inhabitants of a Birmingham neighbourhood,
and John Latham’s association with the Scottish Office
(1975-76). Negotiations with the UK Department for Health
and Social Security (DHSS) led to two placements for Ian
Breakwell, and other artists associated with the APG.
The first took place within a psychiatric hospital (1976)
and the second was an interdisciplinary APG/DHSS
research project which led to the development of an
audio-visual therapy method for dementia-afflicted
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patients (1978-79). In addition, a selection of Barbara
Steveni's contextualizing video walks and interviews with
women protagonists of the time will be shown.
The acclaimed exhibition curated by Naomi Hennig and
Ulrike Jordan in dialogue with APG co-founder Barbara
Steveni debuted at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin
in 2015 (12 September – 8 November). The second iteration
of the exhibition staged at Summerhall is the first Scottish
exhibition giving an overview of this seminal group and
related works, and is reworked in order to highlight the
APG projects that took place in Scotland.
Public Engagement Programme
Panel Discussion: Includes APG members Roger Coward,
George Levantis, Barbara Steveni and Art Historian Dr. Jo
Melvin. Screening and round table discussion: Led by
Research project: Rewind Artists Video in the 70s and 80s
and its archivist Adam Lockhart, and producer Anna Ridley.
A seminar in four parts - I. Art and Aesthetics, II. Landscape
and Ecology, III. Natural Heritage & Community, IV. Future
Bing, organized by Ross McLean, Reiko Goto and Tim Collins,
featuring artists and humanities scholars. For further details
please see website.
In association with LUX and Rewind.

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Above
The Sculpture - Vacant State, exhibition view
between 6, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1971 Courtesy:
Barbara Steveni
Left
George Levantis on board of a cargo vessel
during his placement with Ocean Fleets Ltd., 1975
Courtesy: George Levantis
Right
Art as social strategy in institutions and organisations
APG panel discussion with Austrian artists and
corporate and government representatives, Museum
Moderner Kunst, Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna, 8. June
1979 Courtesy: Rolf Sachsse and Ros Sachsse-Schadt

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HYPER BOWL

Tamsyn Challenger

OMG, this ingenious brand new best-ever installation by dynamic, polymath,
“artist agitator” Tamsyn Challenger will be housed in the spectacular, cavernous,
intuitive basement space at our world famous venue Summerhall. A concept such
as ‘Hyper Bowl’ comes around once in a lifetime and could be the greatest
contemporary art work of a generation.
“I am literally dying to see the historic construction of a sculptural ‘bowl’ that
holds a soup of re-fabricated text.” (Mary Beard might have said this, BBC, 2016)
The meteoric rise of hyperbole is the game and we are the players. 'Hyper Bowl'
will house the most amazing live performance event of the festival on Sunday 21st
Aug in which legendary poets battle it out with top comedians, writers and art
critics to see who is the hyperbolic bomb. Hero, icon, poet and sought after lecturer
Colin Herd will be the ring master, participants will include Elvis, Arthur Smith,
Stephen Fry, Cleopatra, Brian Sewell, Gracie Fields, Joan Rivers, Dali, George Clooney,
Dorothy Parker and Liza Tarbuck (some participants tbc). #RIPsubtlety
Tamsyn Challenger’s award-winning exhaustive practise has led to her being
described as “the next Tracey Emin”, alongside many other young female artists.
Commercially ambiguous, her thrilling ‘outsider’ status has seen her crowd pleasing
installations internationally applauded and placed in the Guardian’ s Top 5.
A journalist said of her recently that “she is the most famous, unfamous artist on
the planet right now”, adding that he wasn’t sure that he could think of that many
famous visual artists. During her seminal 15 year residency in London she was the
innovator behind the now celebrated and globally renowned ‘Haringey Set’. She
is one of the last artists ever to breathe the sacred ‘Bacon Air’ left circulating the
defunct Colony Rooms in Soho. A “Challenger” by name and nature, DON’T
MISS THIS UNMISSABLE ARTIST WHILST SHE’S STILL ALIVE.
“breathtaking” “heart-wrenching” “superb”

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DIAGRAMMING
THE LISTENER
Mark Fell

Mark Fell’s Installation draws from interests in geometry, time, technology and the
self, and how these shape and sustain one another. With algorithmically controlled
sound and light Fell’s work is both experientially direct and conceptually ambiguous,
referencing cognitive neuroscience, contemporary philosophy, underground music
cultures and radical politics. As with other pieces in this series, his work is not so
much about its materials or meanings, but an examination of their reciprocal
disturbance: how experience and the self are constructed, how understanding is
both produced and inhibited.

Diagramming The Listener, Performance
Summerhall Curated, Braw Gigs and Nothing Ever Happens Here
present Mark Fell, Okkyung Lee and Carl Michael von Hausswolff
17 Aug, 20:00, Dissection Room.
Fell curates an evening of sound and music performance that is dense, austere and
laconic, perfectly suited to the ambience of the Dissection Room. The evening
features Fell’s own productions, and solos from composer Carl Michael von
Hausswolff and cellist Okkyung Lee.
Mark Fell is an artist and producer based in South Yorkshire and is half of the duo
SND. Okkyung Lee is a cellist/composer/improviser based in New York, who
developed her unique language by pushing and blurring the boundaries of
contemporary cello and improvisation. Carl Michael von Hausswolff is an artist
and composer based in Sweden, using recording technology as his main instrument.
See page 59 for ticket details.

MACHINE SHOP

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Sonakinatography, composition III: implementation for indefinite non-linearity, Raven Row, 2016

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Pester and Rossi

Grounded in sculptural performance, the duo Pester and Rossi create installations
and live works that question interaction and social behaviour, challenging perceptions
of the everyday. The artists incorporate outlandish DIY costumes and props, working
with an anarchistic and feminist approach, responding to the conditions of their
surroundings. Pester and Rossi use sculptural props, colour and performance, creating
absurd gestures and humorous interventions to question the world around them and
to imagine a new.
Using visual puns, irony, bawdiness and satire as devices to interpret, engage and
subvert the everyday, Pester and Rossi explore the duality between their bodies, as
objects, and their relationships with and to particular sites. Often building temporary
structures and wearable sculpture, which they must negotiate within; the artists set
themselves boundaries and limitations, examining the body, sexuality, social norms
and rituals.
Ruby Pester and Nadia Rossi have been working together since graduating in 2008
from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, receiving degrees in
Fine Art and Time Based Art respectively. Pester and Rossi currently live and work in
´ & the Tubes. They also produce
Glasgow and are part of the artist group Fallope
and facilitate participatory projects in partnership with local arts, education and
community organisations. Working site specifically, responding to locations and
communities, exploring the relationship between media, artist and society.

THE ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS

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BEUYS/
DEMARCO

Curated by Robert McDowell

Joseph Beuys, one of the great artistic
geniuses of the 20th century died in
1986, forty years ago. To this day he is
exhibited more than any living artist
and there continue to be hundreds of
exhibitions dedicated to featuring Beuys
across the world.
Richard Demarco introduced Joseph
Beuys and many others of the
international avant garde to Scotland.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the
Demarco Gallery, an appropriate time
at which to celebrate Richard Demarco
and his artistic collaborations, friendships
and critical dialogues through exhibitions
which also acknowledge the 40th
anniversary of Edinburgh Arts
(exploration programme) and the 25th
anniversary of the Demarco European
Art Foundation, based at Summerhall.
Across the UK this year there are several
exhibitions celebrating the legacy of
Joseph Beuys. These include The Tate’s
exhibition of sculptures and vitrines and
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern
Art presentation of drawings,

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photographs and other works
highlighting the unique collaboration
between Demarco and Beuys.
At Summerhall we are delighted to be
extending that exhibition with much more
in six Gallery rooms including hundreds
of photographs, multiples, facsimiles,
films and research material. Beuys’s
last work in Edinburgh was The Poor
House Doors – New Beginnings are in
the Offing (1981) assisted by Demarco,
and Scottish artists George Wyllie and
Dawson Murray. The piece is now housed
in the Monchengladbach's Stadtisches
Museum and will be referenced in the
Summerhall programme.
When in Scotland Beuys also worked
closely with critic and art historian
Caroline Tisdall and Robert McDowell,
the founder of Summerhall. Indeed
Summerhall is inspired by Joseph Beuys
and Heinrich Boll’s concept of a Free
International University for Creativity
and Interdisciplinary Research so, in
many ways, the building itself is a
testament to the ideas of one of the
world’s most important artists.

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PERFORMING
ARTS

Welcome to Summerhall’s 2016 festival
programme. We’re very proud that so
many brilliant theatre-makers from all
over the world now see Summerhall as
the natural home for their work;
especially work which is risky, engaging,
has something to say about the world
we live in and which is pushing at the
boundaries of what theatre can be.
Complementing our own curated
programme, our ongoing partnerships
with Aurora Nova, Big in Belgium, Paines
Plough and Northern Stage bring
brilliant programmes of work from the
UK and around the world to Summerhall.
We begin a new partnership this year
with Rose Bruford College of Theatre
and Performance, in whose programme
of graduate work you might spot some
of the stars of the future. Closer to
home, the second festival programme
for our year-round music initiative,
Nothing Ever Happens Here, presents

exceptional world-class music live in
our Dissection Room.
The live experience is always at the
heart of every festival - those
memorable moments of connection,
shared insight or emotion that only
happen at a live event. And with
Summerhall’s 2016 programme you’re
invited once again to be part of the
story – whether that’s by helping a
performer to make a new show every
night, listening to stories, holding a
performer’s hand, allowing yourself to
be taken on a journey through what is
real and what is fake, or dancing your
socks off at a music gig.
We look forward to welcoming you to
Summerhall this August.

Verity Leigh
Festival Programme Manager

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PERFORMANCE:
THEATRE, DANCE
AND MUSIC

Photo: People of the Eye, The Deaf and
Hearing Ensemble and Erin Siobhan Hutching.

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4D CINEMA

(I COULD GO ON SINGING)
OVER THE RAINBOW

Mamoru Iriguchi

FK Alexander with Okishima
Island Tourist Association

Sporting a screen and a projector around his face, Mamoru
Iriguchi turns himself into a mobile cinema. He explores
what is live and what is pre-recorded, fixed eternally on
film, and looks at what liveness means when technology
blurs actual and virtual realities.
Winner of the Autopsy Award.

With live accompaniment from Glasgow-based noise band
Okishima Island Tourist Association, FK Alexander sings
along to the recording of the last time Judy Garland ever
sang Over The Rainbow, four months before her death.
Stand hand in hand with FK, and witness others do the
same. This performance is an intimate interactive live
experience of undivided attention and love, for an audience
of 20 at a time.
Winner of the Autopsy Award.

“ The sheer craft and invention… this is a
really cunning, witty work that makes
the brain cells spark with delight.”
The Herald

“ Iriguchi’s haunting, whimsical reflection
on the life of Dietrich, driven by brilliant
use of technology”

“ FK Alexander's I Could Go On Singing
is desperate, moving, distressing and
beautiful too.”

The Scotsman
CAIRNS LECTURE
THEATRE

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
12+

£9/£7/preview £4

17:50, 60 mins

BASEMENT

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20.15, 60 mins

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A MAN STANDING

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Theatre de l’Ancre with Wallonie-Bruxelles Theatre-Danse
Jean-Marc Mahy went to prison at the
age of seventeen. He spent nearly 20
years detained, three of them in solitary
confinement. On stage with performer
Stephane Pirard, Jean-Marc describes
the prison, humiliation, isolation and
madness that was to come...
A Man Standing is the true story of a
man fighting for his life, an honest and
passionate testimony made by JeanMarc with the aim to stop other young
men from following his path. A complex
ode to hope and courage that drives us
to remain standing, against all the odds.

“ A bold and
powerful play. ”
James Ridgeway, solitarywatch.com

OLD LAB

14+

£12/£8/family £30/preview £10/£8

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ADLER & GIBB

Tim Crouch and the Royal Court Theatre
In preparation for the film role of a
lifetime, an actor goes to extreme
lengths to dig up the truth. Her subject
is the celebrated artist, Janet Adler, who
rejected the art world in favour of a
private life.
A re-staging of the notorious Royal
Court play, this is the story of a raid – on
a house, a life and a legacy. From the
real to the unreal, fake to true and
theatre to film, the play marries Tim
Crouch’s fascination with form to a
compelling story of misappropriation
and death. Written and directed by Tim
Crouch. Co-directed by Andy Smith and
Karl James.

“ Hilarious,
harrowing and
maddening ”
HHHH Time Out

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PERFORMANCE 25

ALL IN

BILDRAUM

Atresbandes

All In is a wild ride through vastly different worlds where
everyday situations take unexpected turns into the absurd
and intimate. Dictatorships, nightclubs, national anthems,
education and self-help manuals in an epic journey that
makes you wonder how free we are from the tyranny of
the crowd. Atresbandes bring striking visuals to their
characteristic blend of physical theatre and meditative text
in a darkly playful exploration of the millennial condition.
A brand new show from the young Catalan company,
previously seen at Summerhall in Festival 2013 with Solfatara.

Atelier Bildraum, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan,
Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Theatre Royal
Plymouth in association with Summerhall
Architect Steve Salembier and photographer Charlotte
Bouckaert use architectural models, live photography,
sounds and music to take the audience on a trip between
2D and 3D. Beginning in the reality of the theatre space the
journey moves through remembered and reconstructed
spaces as visual storylines slowly unfold - like browsing a
photo-album created on the spot. The two performers act
as technicians of the imagination to compose an audiovisual
story live on stage. A brilliantly original, award-winning
show where the past and present seem to coincide and the
audience themselves gradually develop the connections in
between.

“ Uproariously rude and discomfiting.”
“ It is in between your ears, but above all in
your imagination, that the story takes shape.”

Donald Hutera, The Times (on Solfatara)

Theaterkrant.nl
OLD LAB

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26 PERFORMANCE

BEYOND PRICE
Jack Klaff

Jack Klaff performs highlights from those shows which couldn’t make it to
Summerhall for this Festival. An insider’s view. We’ll commemorate some of
2016’s anniversaries. We'll see Jack as fornicating pandas, dubbed Carry On
characters, a jolly but dangerous Boris Johnson, a verse-speaking Mandela and
tap-dancing robots. Klaff will provide his usual visceral, hard-hitting material,
along with almost illegal dollops of fun. A powerful celebration of the live art
of the Theatre.

“ An object lesson in how to do a one-man show… Five stars aren’t enough.”
The List (on Bosom Buddies)

DEMONSTRATION
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Jack Klaff

Summerhall invites leading critics and renowned practitioners to discuss the
state of criticism and reviewing today. As coverage of the arts is being
curtailed in all media, can online coverage meet the need for intelligent
reviews of the theatre and other art forms? Are informed, experienced critics
essential for artists, producers and venues to produce the most worthwhile
work, reach the audiences they deserve and even keep going? An essential
and timely debate during the Edinburgh Festival season. Don’t miss it.

CAIRNS LECTURE
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BORDERLINES - ASYLUM MONOLOGUES
Beyond Borders Scotland & ice&fire Theatre

"This waiting for the Home Office to decide - me, I always say that it is a
diplomatic form of torture … they are torturing us mentally, and that’s the
worst." As part of Borderlines, a multi-arts programme engaging with issues at
the heart of today’s society, Beyond Borders proudly presents ice&fire Theatre
with a rehearsed reading of its new verbatim script exploring the experience of
asylum seekers in Scotland. The stories follow refugees and asylum seekers on
their journey across many walls and borders as they travel to our backyard - and
the hurdles they continue to face once they arrive here. Each performance will
be followed by a short Q&A.
CAIRNS LECTURE
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CRITICS

PERFORMANCE 27

BLANK

Nassim Soleimanpour with Aurora Nova
Known for plays without directors, sets
and rehearsals, the acclaimed Iranian
playwright Nassim Soleimanpour takes it
to extremes in his new play Blank. Each
night the gap-riddled script is to be
completed by a new performer and a
live audience.
The play becomes a story machine to
share the life story of the playwright,
the performer and a random audience
member. Blank celebrates the
communal and elusive nature of theatre
as audience members shout, laugh,
gasp and collaborate to write the
evening’s story, a story that will never
be told in the same way ever again.

“ Wildly unpredictable
and completely
unforgettable. ”
New Zealand Herald
(on White Rabbit, Red Rabbit)

ANATOMY LECTURE
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28 PERFORMANCE

BUBBLE SCHMEISIS

CAMILLE

Nick Cassenbaum.
Directed by Danny Braverman (Wot? No Fish!!)

Kamila Klamut

Bubbemeises is Yiddish for a grandmother’s story, a tall
story, an old wives’ tale. Writer and street performer Nick
Cassenbaum and his musicians invite you to enjoy a
bubbemeises in the warmth of the Canning Town Schvitz,
East London’s last authentic bath house. Amongst the
steam and ritual Nick will take you on a journey to find the
place he belongs. Schlapping through summer camps,
barber shops and Spurs games, will Nick find what he was
looking for? Bubble Schmeisis is full of intimate and personal
true stories about identity, home and getting schmeised
(washed) by old men.

Camille Claudel was a sculptor and artist. She was also the
sister of Paul Claudel and the lover, creative collaborator
and muse of sculptor Auguste Rodin. After the end of her
relationship with Rodin she suffered a nervous breakdown
and was confined to an asylum by her brother. She spent
the last 30 years of her life there. Kamila Klamut’s
performance, based on fragments of Camille Claudel’s
letters, explores her life and work using text, sculptural
costume and live music by Ewa Pasikowska. Kamila Klamut
is a co-founder of award-winning Theatr ZAR and a regular
collaborator with Song of the Goat Theatre and the
Grotowski Institute.

Produced by Nick Cassenbaum and Robin Rayner, featuring
musicians Dan Gouly, John MacNaughton, Josh Middleton &
Tom Baker.

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15:00, 60 mins

Supported by The Grotowski Institute, the Adam Mickiewicz
Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute in London and the
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh.

CAIRNS LECTURE
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PERFORMANCE 29

COUNTING SHEEP: A
GUERRILLA FOLK OPERA

CUNCRETE

Rachael Clerke & The Great White Males

Lemon Bucket Orkestra in
association with Aurora Nova

A drag king punk gig about architecture and idealism!

A rousing call to arms, created by Mark and Marichka
Marczyk and led by guerrilla-folk party-punks Lemon Bucket
Orkestra. Based on the creators' first hand experiences
during the 2014 Kiev uprising, Counting Sheep invites you
to lose yourself in the events that changed the course of
Ukraine's history forever. Sing, march, protest, dance, eat,
help, recoil, fight, laugh, cry - this is immersive theatre at
its most gripping. Sung entirely in traditional Ukrainian
polyphony, Counting Sheep is an electrifying exploration
of human resilience.
Be part of the show on the ground floor (includes food) or
watch from the balcony.

A dysto-utopian noise about The Man!
A no-wave musical about how we ended up in this mess!
Hosted by washed up architect/proto-god figure Archibald
Tactful (2014 IdeasTap Underbelly winner Rachael Clerke)
and accompanied by anti-virtuoso punk band The Great
White Males, Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully
noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built
environment. Expect original music, grotesque posturing,
sharp suits and cement in a concrete room.

“ Extraordinary.” - Times Literary Supplement

“ As close as one could get to experiencing a revolution
without actually putting your life on the line.”

“ A fearless young performer.” - The List on Rachael Clerke

Torontoist
KING’S
HALL

14+

Also at 14:00 on 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

20.00,
75 mins

Ground Floor

£20/£18/Balcony £13/£12/Preview Ground Floor £17/Balcony £10

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30 PERFORMANCE

DENTON AND ME

DON’T PANIC! IT’S
CHALLENGE ANNEKA

Sam Rowe and Macrobert Arts Centre
in association with Showroom
1944: Fastidious diarist Denton Welch writes with
astonishing honesty about his obsession for reckless landboy Eric. 2011: A young writer is given the diaries by a
family friend and discovers echoes of his own life within.
This multi-layered, stunningly designed show weaves
together writer and performer Sam Rowe’s autobiography
with the writing of Denton Welch (1915-1948), a fascinating
figure in queer literary history, and favourite of Alan
Bennett, William S Burroughs and John Waters.
madeinscotlandshowcase.com

“ Amusing, complex and forthright.”
HHHH The Herald

on the button

Bum-bag? Check. Luminescent shell suit? Check. Positive
attitude in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges?
Hell yeah! Inspired by real-life stories, Don't Panic... presents
a frank, funny and open exploration of a topic that too often
remains taboo: the challenge of overcoming anxiety. Awardwinning company on the button fuses live performance with
video footage and animation to explore the neurological
processes behind anxiety disorders and the personal
challenges involved in coming to terms with them.
Supported by Anxiety UK and developed with researchers at
University College London.
Post-show discussion on Tuesday 16 August with leading
researchers and members of the Anxiety UK team.

“ A must see.”
HHHHH One Stop Arts for No Place Like

ANATOMY LECTURE
THEATRE

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15.05, 75 mins

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PERFORMANCE 31

DIVE: CU NEXT TUESDAY CABARET
Dive

Edinburgh’s finest purveyors of weirdo cabaret and decadent performance
parties take up a Tuesday night festival residency. Cherry-picking the
queerest pick & mix of the Fringe, with live performance, music, spoken word,
circus and all the madness of the festival season every Tuesday night.

“Just the kind of thing a fringe festival worth the name should be trafficking in.”
HHHH The Scotsman

Photos Used with Permission from the Demarco
European Art Foundation

DISSECTION
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EMBALLAGE

Leeds Beckett University, Richard Demarco Archive and Aletia Upstairs
Emballage refers to Tadeusz Kantor’s concept of wrapping, a utilitarian action
taken from the most mundane reality of everyday life. This outcome of an
imaginative reworking of the Richard Demarco Archive is supported by Leeds
Beckett University’s PhD research programme. The piece is informed by the
work of Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, Rose Finn-Kelcey and Bobby Baker,
while exploring Shakespeare’s Macbeth along with the autobiographical,
archival narratives of the performers and the audience participants. Audience
members are encouraged to participate in the performance-installation, to
navigate the spaces as they wish and to share memories from their own archives.
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FRENCH AUTHORS AT THE FRINGE
Cross-Channel Theatre

Cross-Channel Theatre is an initiative aiming at promoting new French writing
in the UK. Working with British practitioners, Cross-Channel Theatre selects
new plays in French and translates them into English. They present three
rehearsed readings of fresh new work by French writers: 14:35 Going Through,
by Estelle Savasta. Translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith, directed by Omar
Elerian. PG. 16:15 It’s Christmas so deal with it, by Pierre Notte. Translated by
Simon Scardifield, directed by Omar Elerian. 12+. 20:45 Country, by Pedro
Kadivar. Translated by Simon Scardifield, directed by Mark Maughan. 18+
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32 PERFORMANCE

FASLANE

Jenna Watt in association with Showroom
Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or
Faslane, situated 40 miles outside
Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear
missile programme: Trident. With family
having worked in Faslane all her life,
and with friends protesting at the gates,
Fringe First-winner Jenna Watt explores
what happens when the personal and
political collide.
Drawing upon interviews with
individuals at the front line of the
nuclear debate, Jenna navigates her
own journey through the politics,
protests and peace camps.

“ One of the most
inspiring pieces of
live performance
art you will ever
have the pleasure
of experiencing. ”

RED LECTURE
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HHHHH The Skinny (on Flaneurs)
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PERFORMANCE 33

DOUBTING THOMAS

GRAEME STEPHEN’S METROPOLIS

Grassmarket Projects

Graeme Stephen with Zapp 4 and Tom Bancroft

Thomas McCrudden, a man with a tortured and violent past
but with hope for a different future, tells his own story. It’s a
complex and moving story about abandonment and the
stress of being forced to take on multiple roles, in Thomas’s
own words, "…none of which were me! When I was growing
up, I wasn’t able to accept love, and that created not just a
man without a conscience or empathy. It created a monster.”

Award-winning Scottish composer Graeme Stephen
presents the world premiere
` of his score for the 1927 silent
film Metropolis. The movie is a pioneering futuristic classic
by German auteur Fritz Lang. The screening features a live
soundtrack performed by the composer, innovative string
quartet ZAPP 4 and acclaimed drummer Tom Bancroft.
Metropolis is Graeme Stephen’s seventh film score. His
composition for FW Murnau’s Sunrise won the Innovation
Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards.
madeinscotlandshowcase.com

Devised and created by multi-award winning director
Jeremy Weller (6 times Edinburgh Festival Fringe First
Winner) of The Grassmarket Project.

“ [It's] Stephen’s far-reaching guitarist-composer’s
voice, now vast and scary, now dreamily delicate,
now devilishly catchy, that’s making this strain of
his output so enthralling.”
The Herald

CAIRNS LECTURE
THEATRE

16+

£10/£8/family £20/preview £5

19.20, 70 mins

RED LECTURE
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34 PERFORMANCE

HAPPY HOUR

Mauro Paccagnella & Alessandro Bernardeschi/
Wooshing Machine supported by Wallonie-Bruxelles
Theatre-Danse
With their friendship and complicity spanning almost two
decades, Mauro Paccagnella and Alessandro Bernardeschi
meet again to dance together. Their dance takes its
inspiration from Claudio Monteverdi, Bob Dylan and Italian
pop music and delves into the memories of these two
teenagers from 1970s Italy, born of the union of TV and
infamous politics. A dance performed by two bodies of the
same age, almost the same weight, with more or less the
same bald patches and the same wrinkles.

“ This is postmodern, interdisciplinary dance, a slithering,
minimalist and disjointed comment on the romantic
excesses of the classical tradition. Irreverent, at times
deliciously insane, and as sharp as it is funny.”
British Theatre Guide

DEMONSTRATION
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HOW NOT TO LIVE IN SUBURBIA

Annie Siddons

5 years ago in the middle of a shitstorm of life events, artist,
single mother and committed urbanite Annie Siddons found
herself living in suburbia by accident. This hilarious, honest
and brutal show with films by Annie and live artist Richard
deDomenici, is the story of the loneliness that ensued and
Annie's earnest, but wrong footed attempts to cure it.

“ Shiningly original narrative…moving and macabre.”
HHHH The List on Raymondo

“ Untamed, brilliant writing… A one woman rollercoaster ride.”
HHHH Fest on Raymondo

14+

£12/£10/family £36/preview £10/£8

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PERFORMANCE 35

HEADS UP

I’M DOING THIS FOR YOU

Kieran Hurley with Show And Tell

Never Mind the Noise / Haley McGee

A city. Just like this. Right now. A woman staggers home
after a two-day bender. A finance worker preaches doom
outside Caffe
` Nero. A priest who doesn’t believe in God
stares blankly at the endless disasters on the TV news. In
just one moment, all their worlds will end. Multi awardwinner Kieran Hurley (Beats, Chalk Farm, Hitch), with an
original sonic score by Michael John McCarthy, weaves a
picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking
what would we do if we found ourselves at the end of our
world as we know it.
www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

A new performance by Haley McGee. Blending storytelling,
live art and improvisation, this show is a big romantic
gesture. He’s an aspiring stand-up comedian. Today is his
birthday. The audience is her gift to him. It’s a surprise: ‘You
get comedy and cake. I get to correct a mistake.’ Funny,
uncomfortable and a little bit sad, I’m Doing This For You
explores the extremes to which a person will go in the name
of obliterating her loneliness.
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts
Council.

“ Acutely invigorating... Sharp beyond belief...
A hilarious, haunting show.”
Coast, Halifax - Top 10 Plays of 2015

“ A tremendous piece of storytelling.”

“ fearless, raw talent”

HHHH The Guardian (on Beats)

OLD LAB

CBC Radio
16+

£11/£10/preview £8

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I USED TO HEAR FOOTSTEPS
Jack A. G. Britton

A haunted solo documentary theatre performance with the gripping and
suspenseful nature of a classic ghost story. Jack tells of his return to a
supernatural childhood tale and his consequent search for answers. The
investigation reveals the history of a curious house on Winchester Road, the
families that lived there and a potential poltergeist interfering with an already
conflicted space. As the set takes on a spectral life of its own the lines
between normal and paranormal become increasingly blurred. Jack Britton is
a contemporary performance maker who uses storytelling, low-fi technology,
and physicality to create contemplative and individual work.
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IF THERE’S NOT DANCING AT THE
REVOLUTION I’M NOT COMING
Julia Croft

A rich contemporary performance collage of film scripts, pop songs,
advertisements, elaborate costumes and dance all stretched, teased, shattered,
and reassembled to challenge the treatment of women’s bodies as spectacle in
popular culture. If there’s not dancing… uncovers the collective fantasies
underneath these bodies, intervenes and explodes them into feminist confetti.
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KARMANA, SONGS OF THE ROMA
Simon Thacker and Justyna Jablonska

Scottish virtuoso guitarist and composer Simon Thacker returns to create a new
Romani musical journey in this dazzling world première featuring reimagined
Gypsy songs and original works inspired by Indian, Balkan and Spanish traditions.
Thacker is joined by the outstanding Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska and one of
the Roma Gypsy tradition’s finest exponents, singer and violinist Masha Natanson.
Embracing the incredible talents of three diverse musicians and one of the
world’s great song traditions, Karmana (Sanskrit for ‘performing anything by
means of magic’) features music of a rare emotional directness and spontaneity.
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PERFORMANCE 37

IT FOLDS

Brokentalkers & Junk Ensemble
A blindfolded boy violently swings a
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stick at a pinata.
A choir of ghosts
gatecrash a child’s birthday party. The
front and back ends of a pantomime
horse can’t see eye to eye. It Folds is a
poignant, humorous portrait of death,
grief, beauty and the extremes of the
human condition from two of Ireland’s
leading performance companies.
A multi award-winning show fusing the
distinctive choreography of Junk
Ensemble with the innovative
theatricality of Brokentalkers. Both
companies are Project Arts Centre
Artists. It Folds is a co-production with
´
LOKAL
Festival Reykjavík. Supported by
Culture Ireland.

“ A tale of dark
secrets and
high whimsy. ”
HHHH The Irish Times

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LETTERS TO WINDSOR HOUSE

MACBAIN

Sh!t Theatre with Show And Tell

Dood Paard, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre
Royal Plymouth in association with Summerhall

A loophole in the Postal Services Act says you can open
other people’s mail under certain circumstances. This is that
certain circumstance… Songs, politics, dodgy landlords and
detective work: another potentially felonious show by the
award-winning Sh!t Theatre for Generation Rent.
Commissioned by the Harlow Playhouse. Supported by Arts
Council England.

Macbeth and Kurt Cobain and Lady Macbeth and Courtney
Love inspire a pitch-black comedy about unbridled
ambition, hunger for power and an addiction to intoxication
and ecstasy. Macbain is a triptych of hilarious interviews
with the pop stars, a freaky fast-forward puppet version of
Macbeth culminating in a merciless symbiosis of grunge
royal couple Cobain-Love and the king and queen of
Scotland. In their 22 years of creating work together, Dood
Paard have forged a reputation as one of European theatre’s
most ground-breaking companies.

“ A young company who are really finding
their own distinctive voice.”

“ A dark poem about two people tormented by fear
and guilt, intoxicated by fame and lust for power,
feverishly seeking solace with each other in their
half-drugged state.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“ The rising stars of performance art.”

Volkskrant

HHHH The Daily Telegraph

ANATOMY LECTURE
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LAST CALL

Het nieuwstedelijk, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions,
Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Summerhall

A teenage girl runs away from home to the city. Nobody notices but is there
actually someone looking out for her? Belgium’s foremost graphic novel artist,
Philip Parquet, and playwright/director Adriaan Van Aken’s urban adult comic
book is brought vividly to life, fusing together live voices, dynamic video,
projection, sound and music into a thrilling after-dark fantasia of theatre and
art. Part of the Big in Belgium programme, producers of Tourniquet (2013),
Looking for Paul (2014) and The Great Downhill Journey of Little Tommy
(2015), you won’t want to miss this year’s late-night cult Fringe show.
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LOST IN BLUE

Debs Newbold with Nimble Fish
A man, deep in a coma, hides out in the bedroom of Vincent Van Gogh while
his teenage daughter struggles to understand her part in the accident that
put him there. Paintings, pigeon racing and a family about to implode meet in
this vital, gripping story, told using innovative sound technology and gatecrashed by Vincent himself. Moving and funny, Lost In Blue is a dynamic fusion
of spoken word and performance storytelling created and performed by Debs
Newbold, Storyteller for Shakespeare's Globe, and directed by John Wright,
co-founder of Told by an Idiot.

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MAIRI CAMPBELL: PULSE

Greengold Projects and Authentic Artist Collective

A homecoming in viola, voice, animation and storytelling, Pulse is the story of
Mairi Campbell's quest to heal cultural wounds. From classical training at
London’s Guildhall, to love and danger in Mexico and discovering step-dancing
in Cape Breton. Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson.
www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

“On a stage bare but for a rough-hewn pendulum – its flat stone culled from her
family’s croft – Campbell opens her throat in a spirit of belonging that is ancient
and modern, and life-affirming for all of us.” HHHH The Herald
OLD LAB

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40 PERFORMANCE

MEET FRED

MUNGO PARK - TRAVELS IN
THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA

Hijinx Theatre in association with Blind Summit

'Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of
prejudice' (David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide
International Festival). A cloth puppet fights prejudice every
day. Fred just wants to be part of the real world; get a job,
meet a girl. However, when threatened with losing his PLA
(Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out
of his control.
Contains strong language and puppet nudity.

“ Striking visual inventiveness - both funny and poignant.”
BritishTheatreGuide.info

Dogstar Theatre Company (Scotland) and Mungo
Park Arts Centre (Denmark)
Mungo Park was an idealistic 18th century Scottish explorer
who led expeditions to West Africa to chart the River Niger
and investigate tales of vast wealth. This tragi-comic,
theatrically daring Scottish-Danish co-production examines
anew Europe’s colonial legacy through his adventures and
misadventures. Written by Martin Lyngbo and Thor Bjorn
Krebs, directed by Martin Lyngbo and featuring Matthew
Zajac as Park.

“ Hilarious and radical.”
Politiken, Denmark

“ A highly entertaining, moving and brilliantly
produced piece of theatre.”

“ accessible, political and unashamedly emotional.”

WalesArtsReview.org

OLD LAB

HHHHH The Herald (on The Tailor of Inverness)

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PERFORMANCE 41

MIKEY AND ADDIE

by Andy Manley and Robert Alan Evans, Produced by Red Bridge

It’s hard to tell when your life will change. The day you wake up normal,
but end up falling far from everything you’ve ever known. Spinning into
nothingness. Today is that day.
A funny, heartwarming story of a boy who slowly uncovers the truth.
Guaranteed to captivate adults and children alike, from the creator of White
and writer of The Voice Thief.
www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

“Delivered with irresistable humour.”- The Herald
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OF, OR AT A FAIRLY LOW TEMPERATURE
Lewys Holt

What is meant by being cool? Does anything else matter? Are acronyms in?
OOAAFLT mixes contemporary dance with storytelling and comedy to
question what is cool these days. In this semi-autobiographical show Lewys
considers which is more important to him: to be cool or to be himself. Lewys
wanted to be cool for a long time but in recent years has found things that
are more important to him; mostly dance.
Supported by Dance4, Yorkshire Dance, Camden People’s Theatre,
Attenborough Arts Centre and Arts Council England.
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NANCY’S PHILOSOPHER

performed by Kelly Burke, written by David Black,
directed by Andrew Dallmeyer
He was one of the great men in 18th century Europe. She was one of the
celebrated beauties of Georgian Edinburgh, and less than half his age. They
fell in love. Edinburgh was scandalised; London was astonished; Paris was
titillated. The story of the doomed relationship of David Hume and Nancy,
daughter of Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Robert Ord, has been largely lost
to Scottish history - until now. Kelly Burke, whose previous one woman show
Zelda was a 2006 Fringe hit, unlocks the secret.

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ON THE CONDITIONS AND POSSIBILITIES OF HILLARY
CLINTON TAKING ME AS HER YOUNG LOVER
Arthur Meek with Show Pony

Would the chances of Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 US Presidential
election be enhanced if she took a young lover? Richard Meros BA has done
the research and is here to tell us that, to save democracy from itself, Mrs
Clinton needs to take a young lover - and that he’s the manifestly destined
millennial for the job. He’s winning hearts and swinging voters, but time is
running out. This barkingly plausible state-of-the-nation address premiered
at La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York.

“a riot of brilliance.”- theatreview.org.nz
RED LECTURE
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ONLY BONES

Kallo Collective in association with Aurora Nova
Only Bones is an award-winning new production by New Zealanders Thomas
Monckton and Gemma Tweedie and Finland-based physical theatre company
Kallo Collective. Only Bones uses body manipulation and bendy physicality to
create an original piece of physical theatre. Its quirky low-tech aesthetic
involves one performer, one technician, one light, no text, and a stage area of
little more than 1m². With head-juggling and jellyfish this is a hypnotic show
about a lot, using very little.

“...extraordinary inventiveness created by a limitless imagination…” - (TheatReview.org.NZ).
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PARTY TRAP

Show And Tell with Ross Sutherland

A television journalist and politician clash live on-air. What begins as a
traditional interview slowly unfolds into a waking nightmare. A trap has been
set: which side will walk into it? Party Trap is a darkly comic play experienced
entirely in palindromic form.
Written by Standby For Tape Back-Up and Radio Four star Ross Sutherland.
Directed by Rob Watt. Music by Jeremy Warmsley. Commissioned by
Shoreditch Town Hall.

“One of the stand-out shows of the Fringe this year.”HHHHH The Stage, on Standby For Tape Back-Up.
CAIRNS LECTURE
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PERFORMANCE 43

ONE HUNDRED HOMES

Yinka Kuitenbrouwer, DRIFT, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan
Productions and Theatre Royal Plymouth

Yinka Kuitenbrouwer visited more than a hundred people. She talked with
them about the idea of home. With the help of snapshots, quotes and biscuits,
Yinka created a new story. One Hundred Homes is an ongoing performance;
each time that Yinka performs the play, she also visits people from the area,
adding their stories to her archives. During her stay at the Fringe, Yinka will
continue to develop the piece with Edinburgh locals, artists, and visitors. Join
Yinka in her new Edinburgh home, a small wooden cabin specially built in
Summerhall’s Courtyard, to experience an intimate performance.
OLD
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OUTSIDE THE BOX, A LIVE SHOW ABOUT DEATH
Full Circle

Warning: This show might change your life...and your death. Liz Rothschild is
a performer, Death Café facilitator and funeral celebrant whose green burial
ground was awarded Cemetery of the Year 2015. This taboo busting show
draws on a deep well of experience to challenge us to consider how we
approach death in our society. Outside the Box combines mercurial tales and
miraculous truths with a hint of history and some pithy commentary on the
funeral industry. “Talking about sex doesn't make you pregnant, talking about
death doesn’t make you die.”
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PIANOMORPHOSIS
Will Pickvance

Photo: Peter Dibdin

Part recital, part metamorphosis. Renowned Fringe virtuoso and wit, Will
Pickvance (Anatomy of the Piano) returns with his trademark pianistic
expression and yarn-spinning charm. Reliving encounters on pianos across the
world, with improvisations that take in Bach, Fats Waller Radiohead and more,
how does the spontaneous maverick make his own enduring impression?

“…the 88 key genius - half-man, half piano, [Will Pickvance] uses the piano like a ventriloquist
uses their dummy or as a dressage rider uses their horse…”- Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3
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REMEMBER TO BREATHE

SNAKES AND GIANTS

Figure 8 Productions / Scary Biscuits Promotions

The Flanagan Collective and Joanne Hartstone

Nominated for Fishamble Best New Play Award at Tiger
Dublin Fringe 2015.
'I signed up for lessons – ignoring the tiny voice inside that
insists I am betraying you.' Recent Irish emigrant Maeve is
learning to swim in a pool in post-earthquake New Zealand.
As self-confessed 'swimaholic' coach Doreen eggs her on,
Maeve must battle the water and an unresolved dilemma
with Johnny, her much-loved father back home. Mixing
serious themes with warm humour, Remember to Breathe is
a deeply moving play about moving home and moving on.
Supported by www.cultureireland.ie

A brand new fantastical fusion of spoken word, dance and a
heavy, soulful soundtrack from the critically acclaimed,
international award-winning company behind Beulah,
Babylon and Fable. A nation loses itself in the crowd. A
defiant love breaks all bounds. A woman dances wildly on the
cliff edge. Winding together three distinct narratives, Snakes
and Giants is an expansive journey, a search for our kin.

“ A play of hidden depths.”

The Herald, on Fable

“ hauntingly sad, chillingly beautiful.”

HHHH Irish Times

DEMONSTRATION
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“ Stratospheric, charming, quietly anarchic.”

The Scotsman, on Beulah

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PERFORMANCE 45

SQUIRREL STOLE
MY UNDERPANTS

STORIES TO TELL IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

The Gottabees

Francesca Millican-Slater

In this poignantly silly adventure tale for families, Sylvie is
sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment
her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favourite
piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an
entire world emerges from her laundry basket. Will our
lonely heroine rescue her underpants? Join us for this
adventure to find out! An ingenious, wordless story featuring
physical theatre, puppetry, and a giant pile of clothes.

'I’ll take you through the night. Its highs, its lows. Those
frustrations. Turn on the light. Look at the time. We’ll
populate the long dark hours and the small light hours with
stories.' Start your day with a live late night radio show for
those that can't sleep, aren’t asleep. Instead of records, this
DJ is spinning stories that exist between dusk and morning.
Small stories, odd, true, funny and familiar, reflecting the
night hours themselves.

“ Francesca Millican-Slater is the sort of
charming, intelligent performer you fall
in love with immediately.”

“ Kids Fringe doesn’t get much
better than this.”
HHHHH CBC News

Honour Bayes, The Stage

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MADE FOR
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TELL ME ANYTHING

TAIWAN SEASON: THE
ADVENTURE OF PUPPETS

On The Run with Show And Tell

When David was 15, he loved punk, house parties and
poetry. Most of all, he loved Kate. Kate has an eating
disorder. But David knows he can make her better. On The
Run return, following the five-star sell-out success of their
debut, So It Goes, with a raw, personal performance about
love, masculinity and growing up. Solo performed by David
Ralfe. Directed by Chris Harrisson. Commissioned by
Shoreditch Town Hall.
Tell Me Anything is the winner of the 2016 Pulse Festival
Suitcase prize.

Puppet Beings Theatre

A family show guaranteed to tickle the child in all of us. Two
engaging and skilfully silly actors bring to life an array of
ordinary objects, conjuring a DIY universe full of raucous fun
and inventive play. Here a mop becomes a puppy, a
hammer can turn into a horse and a home-made ship flies
high in the sky. It’s all about taking what’s near to hand and
then letting your imagination go. Direct from Taiwan, this
modest, charming and creative performance is an invitation
to keep dreaming while you’re wide awake.

“ My favourite show of the Fringe.”
HHHHH The Times on So It Goes

“ This young company have a very bright future.”
HHHH The Telegraph

RED LECTURE
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THE CASTLE BUILDER
Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet

An emotional and hard rocking journey
into the hearts and souls that exist on
the outer limits of creativity and
building regulations, The Castle Builder
tells the true story of an inmate in a
Norwegian psychiatric institute who
over 5 years built a castle on a remote
headland. The show spirals outwards
into tales of other outsider artists;
inspired to build gigantic extraordinary
structures, alone, in secret and without
artistic validation from the real world.
Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet re-imagine
these stories and tell them with visceral
live music, dancing, projection, heartfelt
storytelling and chewed bread
sculptures.

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ROBERT NEWMAN:
THE BRAIN SHOW

THE DWELLING PLACE

Jamie and Lewis Wardrop

Robert Newman with Phil McIntyre Entertainments
After volunteering for a brain-imaging experiment meant
to locate the part of the brain that lights up when you’re in
love, Robert emerges with more questions than answers.

“ The Brain Show is a delight.”

Be transported into an abandoned cottage on the Outer
Hebrides. Brothers Jamie and Lewis Wardrop invite you to
experience their swirling surround multimedia performance,
teasing out the jarring sense of absence and the loss of a
profound island culture found in a humble island home.
Striking live visuals, electronic sound and the words of the
great highland poets in an immersive, limited capacity
performance installation.

The Daily Telegraph

“ …reminiscent of Boards of Canada and the Radiophonic
Workshop, with the hallucinatory quality of a fever
dream, and yet it has a gritty sense of defiance, of
survival and keeping the spirit of Old Scotland alive.”

“ Newman combines proper scientific
argument with dazzling shafts of wit.”
The Times

AcrosstheArts.co.uk

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THE
LOUNGE
A DANGEROUSLY UNSTABLE

FARCE ABOUT GROWING OLD
Inspector Sands

97 years go by in a flash. An afternoon
lasts an eternity. In a care home lounge
somewhere off the A1, Marsha Hewitt
begins the last day of her life. But she
cannot go quietly. As the radiators burn
and Jeremy Kyle blares, rivalries,
relatives and murderous impulses jostle
for space on the Axminster carpet. By
teatime, a riot is brewing. The awardwinning Inspector Sands (Hysteria, If
That’s All There Is) shine a spotlight on
how we cope or fail to cope with
ageing.

“ They are brilliant
and reckless, precise
and inventive,
intelligent and frank…
Don’t miss them! ”
NewYorkTheatreGuide.com

Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts
Award, The Sackler Trust and using
public funds from The National Lottery
through Arts Council England. Produced
by China Plate. Commissioned by
Harlow Playhouse. Supported by South
Street Reading and Artsdepot.

“ I laughed until I cried. ”
The Guardian (on Hysteria)

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THE ROAD TO HUNTSVILLE

UBU ON THE TABLE

Stephanie Ridings

Theatre de la Pire Espece
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‘I’m trying to understand why British women fall in love
with men on death row. I’m corresponding with Jonny,
incarcerated in Texas. I’m trying to understand how the
death penalty fits into our world. I’m trying not to be
judgmental.’ The Road to Huntsville explores
unconventional love, state homicide and challenging
preconceptions. Stephanie Ridings is a writer and
performer. She was awarded the 2014 Peter Brook/Mark
Marvin Award for her most recent work, Unknown Male,
at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

In this award-winning adaptation of King Ubu by Alfred
Jarry, anything goes as Poland's fate is sealed on a table
top! Starring the Bottle as Pere
` Ubu, the Hammer as Bordure
and the Big Teapot as King Wenceslas, assorted kitchen
equipment finds a new life as two performers hammer out a
small-scale fresco of grandiose buffoonery. With hundreds
of performances around the world, this is the UK debut for
acclaimed Quebecois company La Pire Espece.
`

“ Subversive energy.”
HHHH Le Soleil

“ An exceptional writer.”

“ Hilarious object hijacking.”

Behind the Arras HHHHH (on Unknown Male)

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THE LADY VANISHES

WAVES

Dudendance Theatre

Alice Mary Cooper

Offsite and outdoor performance installation inspired by
Victorian spirit photography and belief in the afterlife. Set
in a unique location in the Scottish Borders, Dudendance’s
new production is a ghostlike vision with white dressed
figures emerging through the landscape around Haining
House and grounds. The slow meditative pace and
sculptural quality of the performance unfolds like a dream
around the audience who discover different views of the
performers through and into the landscape. Featuring live
vocals by special guest Fiona Soe Paing.
Please meet in the Summerhall foyer to take a bus at 19.00.
The journey time is approximately 60 mins and you will be
dropped back at Summerhall at approx 22:15.

The story of young Australian Elizabeth Moncello, the
unofficial inventor of the famous butterfly stroke. Growing
up on an island, Elizabeth dreams of learning to swim, but
has only a school of fish, penguins and other amphibian
friends to teach her. Her determination, wit and courage
help her defy the tide of expectation and discover her
hidden strengths. An intimate theatrical event combines
highly expressive storytelling, delicate movement and
splashes of humour to tell Elizabeth’s amazing tale of a life
fully lived. A true delight for audiences from eight to 80.
Performance in French on 24 August.

“ Enchanting … an object lesson on how the art of
story-telling can transport us into another world.”

“ Profound and poetic.”

NZ Herald

HHHH The Herald

MEET IN
LOBBY

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US/THEM

BRONKS, Big in Belgium, Richard
Jordan Productions, Theatre
Royal Plymouth in association
with Summerhall
In September 2004, during a school
hostage drama in Beslan, the greatest of
evils (terrorists) chose the greatest
good (a group of children) as their
victim. Us/Them is not a
straightforward account of this terrible
drama, but is about the entirely
individual way children cope with
extreme situations. With humour and a
matter-of-fact approach, it contrasts the
views of children with those of adults.
Brussels-based BRONKS is one of
Belgium’s leading theatres for young
audiences. A lightness of story-telling,
breathtaking scenography and a strong
cast creates a thrilling theatrical
experience not to be missed.

Cobra.be HHHH
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“ …unlike what often happens
with such serious topics in
the theatre, not only were the
parents convinced, but the
children in the audience were
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EUROHOUSE

Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca, co-produced by FellSwoop Theatre

Two performers - one Greek, one French - dance and shout, cry and sing,
agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse. A darkly comic look at the
EU’s founding ideals and what got lost along the way. Made in transit
between Greece and the UK.

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UNDER ICE

Arturo Areimos teatras, Oskaro Koršunovo teatras and Aurora Nova
Offering a poignant and intimate insight into the maladies of corporate life, this
contemporary adaptation of Falk Richter’s famous play, by the prominent
Lithuanian director Arturas Areima, represents a new generation of theatre.
Distilled from more than hundred hours of research and imbued with a dark
and gritty aesthetic, Under Ice is an alienating yet universal mirror of the things
we run from, and the things we are. Never comfortable, always relevant. 'One
of the leading and most original directors representing new voices today', says
Lithuania's iconic director Oskaras Korsunovas (Fringe First award 1990).
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VOICES IN YOUR HEAD
Radio Summerhall

An original on-line radio thriller premiering at this year’s Fringe. Sit back, relax
or alternatively walk about - even take a trip in a bus - as you listen to Voices
ln Your Head bring a playful psychotic twist to the classic radio drama. The
play is available free as a download only from 1 August until 31 August. Go to
www.radiosummerhall.com/viyh/ and experience the festival in your own
(head) space and in your own time.

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54 PERFORMANCE

WORLD WITHOUT US

Ontroerend Goed, Arts Centre Vooruit Gent, Theatre
Royal Plymouth & Richard Jordan Productions in
association with Summerhall
We could hardly imagine it: no
mortgages, no knitting scarves, no
swimming pools, no butterfly strokes
and no honey kept in glass bowls.
Animals would no longer be stuffed,
skyscrapers no longer built, no more
suicide and no mathematics. There
would be no more talk about the old
days, about what's possible. There
would be no more words. It would
never happen. We'd find a solution. A
world without us. Multiple Fringe First
winners Ontroerend Goed return to
Edinburgh with their new solo piece
about the end of humanity and what
comes after.
Performed by Valentijn Dhaenens
(BigMouth, 2012) from 3-14 August
and Karolien De Bleser (Sirens, 2014)
from 16-28 August.

“ [World Without Us] is not only
very beautiful, it’s also a poetic
summary of Ontroerend Goed’s
body of work, always trying to
make different realities shift
into one another, to allow
fiction and reality to pervade
each other. ”
Theaterkrant.nl

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Nothing Ever Happens Here is Summerhall’s year round music programme. With regular gigs in the atmospheric
Dissection Room, a legacy from the building’s former incarnation as The Royal Dick Veterinary School, its aim is
to celebrate and promote the very finest in local and international musicians by giving them a venue that is
both intimate in proportion but grand in feel. Nothing Ever Happens Here is a chance to see some of the world’s
finest artists in a very special venue, in an all standing no sitting experience like nothing else at the Fringe.

Fri 5 Cosmic Disco Nights
Sat 6 Kathryn Joseph
Sat 6
Wed 10
Thu 11
Fri 12
Fri 12
Sat 13
Sat 13
Mon 15
Wed 17

& The Anchoress
Soulsville “Especial”
Rachel Sermanni &
Matt Norris & the Moon
Willis Earl Beal &
Myles Manley
Orkestra del Sol &
The Jellymans Daughter
Grown-Ups
White & Bossy Love
Rhythm Machine
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Mark Fell, Okkyung Lee
and Carl Michael
von Hausswolff

All the above events happen in our Dissection Room

Thu 18 Richard Dawson & Nev Clay
Thu 18 Mount Kimble (DJ)
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Sat 27
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Sun 28

& Hi+Saberhagen
The Soul Foundation
Rhythm Machine
Broken Records
& Adam Stafford
Suuns & Support
Grandaddy & Support
Kevin Morby & Support
ESKA & Support
Mediterraneo
Withered Hand & Chris T-T
NJTOS & Wolf
Summerhall Closing
Party presented by
Firecracker Records

56 NOTHING EVER HAPPENS HERE

COSMIC DISCO NIGHTS
Get ready to get Out There with Summerhall, as we launch our rich and
eclectic month of Nothing Ever Happens Here festival gigs with this mindblowing, one-of-a-kind club event. In the company of boundary-smashing
Edinburgh music promoters and long-time friends of Summerhall Braw Gigs,
the sound is synthesised German kosmische rock, lithe Italo disco and a
varied dose of pan-continental disco futurism. With special international
guests, to be announced.

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KATHRYN JOSEPH & THE ANCHORESS
Winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2015, Aberdonian singer
Kathryn Joseph’s ‘bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled’ is a
hauntingly affecting DIY record for piano and voice. Regarded as one of
Scotland's best-kept secrets, Joseph’s other-worldly vocal has earned
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comparison to Joanna Newsom and Bjork,
while her muse takes in love, loss,
being a mother and womanhood in the 21st century. Support comes from
hotly-tipped Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress, aka Catherine AD,
whose acclaimed debut album ‘Confessions of a Romance Novelist’ has seen
her praised by Manic Street Preachers and Peter Gabriel, and asked to support
Simple Minds at arenas across Europe.
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SOULSVILLE “ESPECIAL”
Soulsville is Edinburgh's home of deep funk, latin rhythms and rugged blues, a
one-stop-shop for those who have an ear for a groove and a desire to dance
into the wee hours. With a special guest appearance at Summerhall, the
Soulsville crew gets heavily into the festival spirit with tropical cuts of afro,
cumbia, latin disco and boogie for a night that brings the heat of the tropics
to the Edinburgh Fringe. Body movement essential…partner optional.
Intercontinental Tropical vibrations incoming!

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RACHEL SERMANNI AND
MATT NORRIS AND THE MOON
Hailing from Carrbridge in Strathspey, young singer, musician and songwriter
Rachel Sermanni is an enduring and unmissable presence on the Scottish music
scene, marking out her own alternative folk territory. Stripped down and
acoustic, the better to hear the richness and maturity of her voice, her live
show has been honed by hundreds of nights onstage. A sometime support act
to Mumford & Sons, Elvis Costello and Rumer, she has released two studio
albums, including last year’s ‘Tied to the Moon’, one live album (recorded in the
Yukon, only 100 miles south of the Arctic circle) and a handful of EPs. Support
comes from the Edinburgh-based folk group Matt Norris and the Moon.
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WILLIS EARL BEAL & MYLES MANLEY
“I turned myself into a myth as a survival mechanism,” enigmatic bluesman
Willis Earl Beal once told the Guardian. It’s no pose; eschewing fame, he grew
up in Chicago, was court-martialled out of the army, became homeless, went
on X-Factor in the US, bounced himself out of it fairly quickly, and hates the
machinery of being ‘famous’. As evidenced by last year’s most recent album
‘Nocturnes’, his rich, open-hearted blues and soul is sometimes born of hard
times, but never less than unfailingly honest. Dublin’s Myles Manley plays arch
indie-pop in support.
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ORKESTRA DEL SOL
Orkestra del Sol, a joyous reinvention of brassy street music, has left a trail of
pummelled dance floors across India, Australia, China and a host of European
countries. The nine-piece Scottish live favourites fuse samba, Balkan gypsy
polka, New Orleans marching band swagger, Slavic waltzes and a good dose
of Latin carnival into a genre they refer to as ‘honkstep’. Their thrilling live
shows are packed with big, beautiful brass arrangements, an irrepressible love
of the theatrical and a roguish sense of humour. Prepare to be thoroughly
entertained.
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GROWN UPS
An exclusive vinyl club night for the more fully-fledged music fan, DJs
Kinghorror and The Spotlight Kid create an amazing mash-up of grooves from
the last six decades perfectly crafted for dancing. Expect sweets, treats and
tip-top tunes a-plenty...

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WHITE & BOSSY LOVE
Having built a reputation as one of the finest live bands in Scotland, Glasgow’s
WHITE are rapidly gathering fans as audiences across the country get to share
the experience. Fronted by Leo Condie, an arch and dynamic singer who’s
equal parts Jacques Brel, Nick Cave and Billy Mackenzie from The Associates,
their songs – check out Living Fiction, Future Pleasures and Fight the Feeling –
are propulsive disco-pop anthems. Support comes from Bossy Love, the synthpop duo formed by ex-members of Operator Please and Dananananaykroyd.

“The kind of full-blown space wig-out Bowie would be proud of.”- NME
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RHYTHM MACHINE
Rhythm Machine is your weekly Late night Utopian Getaway featuring Kakashi
Miyamoto + Dj Yves’s fourth world selection alongside their special friends
bringing their liveliest, energetic art and visions to life in the Green Room..
Dive into their Concrete Jungle!

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BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY
In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los
Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station looking to reconnect with the
culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of
track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms
and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers. Kicking off their
Shine a Light tour with this special gig at Summerhall, they’ll be playing songs
from the journey, along with favourites from their own back catalogues.

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MARK FELL AND GUESTS
Summerhall Curated, Braw Gigs and NEHH present…
Mark Fell curates an evening of sound and music performance that is dense,
austere and laconic. It features Fell’s own productions, and solos from
composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff and cellist Okkyung Lee.
Fell is an artist and producer based in South Yorkshire and is half of the duo
SND. Lee is a South Korean cellist/composer/improviser based in New York,
who developed her unique language by pushing and blurring the boundaries
of contemporary cello and improvisation. Von Hausswolff is an artist and
composer based in Sweden, using recording technology as his main instrument.
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RICHARD DAWSON & NEV CLAY
Rising up from the bed of the River Tyne, hear a voice that crumbles and soars,
that’s steeped in age-old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the
mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour who’s at once charming
and abrasive, his shambolically virtuosic guitar stumbling from finely wrought
tunes to spidery swatches of noise. He’s labelled as folk, but he prefers to think
of himself as an experimenter in “ritual community music”; whatever the
terminology, his four-track 2014 album ‘Nothing Important’ deserved the huge
acclaim it drew. Support comes from fellow Newcastle troubadour Nev Clay.
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MOUNT KIMBIE (DJ) & HI + SABERHAGEN
One of post-dubstep’s brightest lights, Mount Kimbie helped to draw the
bass-heavy genre forward into more mellow, reflective sounds. Their debut
album ‘Crooks & Lovers’ arrived on Hotflush in 2010 and the follow-up ‘Cold
Spring Fault Less Youth’ (2013) saw them signed to the hugely influential
Warp label, cementing the English duo’s place as one of the forefront
electronic acts of their day. Support at this DJ show will come from Glasgow’s
like-minded Hi & Saberhagen, a late-night beat-making duo signed to the
excellent Huntleys + Palmers label.

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THE SOUL FOUNDATION
The Soul Foundation crew return to Summerhall with an explosive, threevocalist live set of beloved Motown tracks, new renditions of Northern Soul
dancefloor classics and assorted covers with a heavy dose of groove
attached. The whole night will embrace the musical tone set by the band,
with DJs playing the records of everyone from Holland-Dozier-Holland to early
‘70s disco pioneers. Also performing live, we welcome the delicious four-part
harmonies of The Harmonettes, while the Divas Dance Troupe provides some
nostalgia with a Top of the Pops-themed mash-up dance routine.

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BROKEN RECORDS & ADAM STAFFORD
Big favourites at Summerhall and of the wider Scottish live scene, Edinburgh’s
Broken Records bring their expansive, soaring mix of indie-orchestral elation
and melancholy to the venue, combining the raw energy of Springsteen and
the drama of Arcade Fire. With three albums under their belts since 2009 (the
first two released on 4AD), the sextet have spent 2015 working relentlessly on
brand new material for their upcoming, as yet untitled, fourth album. This will
be their first live outing for over a year, and a unique chance to hear much of
this music played for the first time. Support comes from prolific Falkirk
musician and filmmaker Adam Stafford.
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SUUNS & SUPPORT

Montreal-based Suuns have just released ‘Hold Still’, their third studio album since
the turn of the decade. Signed to Secretly Canadian and big critical favourites
back in their home country, they play music which strikes a fine balance between
the affecting and the sinister. Based on controlled minimalism, whether they’re
playing chiming electric guitar or surging, dark synthesisers, singer Ben Shemie’s
voice floats in sonic amber, a time capsule relic of our disengaged times.

“Their most restrained and finely detailed record to date.” Drowned in Sound on Hold Still
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GRANDADDY & SUPPORT

Summerhall is pleased to present what’s sure to be one of the highlights of our
Nothing Ever Happens Here programme this August, as five-piece Californian
alternative indie-rock icons Grandaddy return to Scotland. With a downhome
attitude and a rich streak of psychedelic experimentalism in the same vein as
Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips, their first three records in particular – 1997’s ‘Under
the Western Freeway’, 2000’s ‘The Sophtware Slump’ and 2003’s ‘Sumday’ – are
viewed as modern classics. They reunited in 2012, and last year revealed that a
new record is in production.
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KEVIN MORBY & SUPPORT

At the age of 28, Texan singer-songwriter Kevin Morby has crammed a lot in. For a
time he was the bassist in Brooklynite indie-rock group Woods and then for half a
decade the driving force, alongside Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls, of The Babies.
Putting that group on hiatus to concentrate on their solo careers, this year has
seen Morby release ‘Singing Saw’, his third album of thoughtful and delicately
anthemic indie-rock introspections.

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ESKA & SUPPORT

Eska Mtungwazi, one of music's best-kept secrets until her eponymous debut
album was nominated for the Mercury Prize last year, has built an inimitable
reputation as a session performer through her work with such legends of the game
as Grace Jones, Cinematic Orchestra, Zero 7 and Bobby McFerrin. Welcome proof
that more experienced artists can push open doors through force of their sheer
talent, her Matthew Herbert-produced debut record has allowed her own unique
soul sound to rise up and take flight.
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MEDITERRANEO FESTIVAL EDITION 2016
As Summerhall’s very own celebration of Mediterranean and world music,
Mediterraneo is bringing Africa, Cuba and Southern Italy crashing into the building
for a huge festival edition of their concert series. Expect a night of live Italian
pizzica, Zimbabwean Jit-jive and Afrobeat tangled with Cuban salsa, with three
bands and 20 musicians taking to the stage. Pizzica, tarantella and tammurriata
exponents The Badwills are joined by Rise Kagona (formerly of the Bhundu Boys)
and his mighty Jit Jive Band, with seven piece Afrobeat, Caribbean and Cuban
rhythm aficionados Pocioon
´ de Fe rounding off the night.
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WITHERED HAND & CHRIS T-T

Withered Hand is the musical alias of Edinburgh based Dan Willson, a feature of the
city's DIY music scene for many years. Dan came late to singing and songwriting at
the age of 30, in a period of crisis between the death of a close friend and the birth
of his first child. The resulting material, much of which went on to become his first
album ‘Good News’, was praised for its depth and startling honesty, and won him
unexpected accolades from the likes of Rolling Stone magazine. The follow-up ‘New
Gods’ was released in 2014.
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NATIONAL JAZZ TRIO OF
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Not jazz, nor a trio and not entirely Scottish, The National Jazz Trio Of Scotland,are Bill
Wells, (piano laptop), Aby Vulliamy (vocals, viola), Kate Sugden (vocals, marimba),
and Gerard Black (vocals). They are currently working on their fourth album.
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SUMMERHALL CLOSING PARTY
PRESENTED BY FIRECRACKER RECORDS

One-off night curated by Firecracker Recordings, the Edinburgh label with
international reach and acclaim, specialising in oddball house, techno and
electronics. Their handmade collectable editions, produced since 2004, regularly
top the ’Best Of’ lists. Celebrate another festival season with outer-national dance
music present and past from a full Firecracker crew all night long plus special
guests Les Gracies.
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“Something strange and delightful has
landed... it's Paines Plough's new portable
Roundabout auditorium, a colourful,
comfortable, spaceship-like venue..”
Evening Standard

“The loveliest venue at the Fringe.”
The List

Roundabout is a new kind of theatre. A beautiful, intimate in-theround pop-up amphitheatre with immersive surround sound and
dazzling lighting. Roundabout flat packs and pops-up across the
UK - the world's first plug-and-play theatre. Now in its third festival
season at Summerhall, Paines Plough is proud to present three
brand new plays from some of the most exciting writers in the
country, the return of international smash hit EVERY BRILLIANT
THING and an eclectic programme of guest companies and artists
bookended every day by the Earlier/Later programme.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING
Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre

The worldwide smash-hit is back. You're six years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad
says she's 'done something stupid'. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start
to make a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything worth
living for. 1. Ice cream 2. Kung fu movies 3. Burning things 4. Laughing so hard
you shoot milk out your nose 5. Construction cranes 6. Me. A play about
depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.

“Heart-wrenching, hilarious... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see.”
HHHH The Guardian

ROUNDABOUT

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I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY
Paines Plough and Half Moon

Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be.
The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And
they’ve just discovered they have superpowers. Which is lucky, because
someone needs to protect the world from the Darkness, an evil overlord with
plans to turn everything to ice. Join our three heroes on an epic quest to save
the planet in this brand new play from award-winning writer Katie Douglas.

ROUNDABOUT

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GROWTH

Paines Plough

“That? That’s. I mean. Yeah. It’s a lump in a bag of lumps. I mean. It’s normal.”
Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off.
He’s successfully ignored his lump for two years but it’s starting to get in the
way – cramping his style and, worse, affecting his sex life. So now there are
pants to be dropped, and decisions to be made... it's a real ball-ache.
Growth is a comedy about growing up and manning up from rising star Luke
Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye to All That, Royal Court).

ROUNDABOUT

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LOVE LIES AND TAXIDERMY

Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd
This is a boy meets girl story. Son of a Polish taxidermist meets daughter of a
failing ice cream salesman at a medical research facility in Merthyr Tydfil. First
date in Tesco and things are going well. But it's difficult to fall in love when
your parents need saving from themselves, their weird hobbies and the threat
of a prison sentence. An offbeat love story about Mr Tutti Frutti, a stuffed owl
and the struggle to fit in from writer Alan Harris (BBC Radio 4, National
Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru).

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EARLIER/LATER
Paines Plough

A series of early morning and late night one-off shows and events. In the
morning it’s coffee and croissants with readings, talks, workshops, debates,
insights and special guests. At night bring a pint for exclusive performances
from the hottest artists and companies in town: theatre, comedy, music,
rumbles, shenanigans and much more. Get your fix of fresh ideas, brave new
work and rip-roaring performances. Kick start your morning and round-up
your evening in Roundabout.
The EARLIER/LATER line-up will be announced via @painesplough.
ROUNDABOUT

Ticket prices / Age ratings vary

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ALL THE THINGS I LIED ABOUT

Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis in association with Soho Theatre

Would the world be a better place if we were all honest? Fringe First winner
Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) is giving a TED talk on the science of
lying. Well, that’s not quite true. TED haven’t actually asked her to do one –
yet. From duping her sister into drinking wee to repeated infidelities, Katie
unpicks her history to confront humanity’s obsession with fibs.

“Warmly and fuzzily recommended.”
The Independent on Dirty Great Love Story HHHHH

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ALL STAR COMEDY IN AID
OF STV CHILDREN'S APPEAL
Fly By Night Productions

Join award-winning comedian Des Clarke at the recording of a brand new
stand-up TV show featuring the comedy stars of today and tomorrow. This
unique comedy experience features the very best stand-up talent from around
the world. Proceeds from the performances will go to the STV Children's
Appeal. This series will be broadcast on STV later this year.

“Des Clarke is so funny it's almost painful to watch him perform. Genius in action.” Metro
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GHOST QUARTET
Dave Malloy

Ghost Quartet is a haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky. A camera
breaks and four friends drink, in four interwoven narratives spanning seven
centuries: a warped fairy tale about two sisters, a treehouse astronomer and a
lazy evil bear; a retelling of Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"; a purgatorial
intermezzo about Scheherazade; and a contemporary fable about a subway
murder. Murder ballads, doo-wop, Islamic adhan, and raucous campfire drinking
songs collide in this chamber musical from Dave Malloy, composer of the
Broadway-bound “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”.
ROUNDABOUT

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JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: EAT THE POOR
Jonny & the Baptists

In 2009, David Cameron forgot how many houses he owned. Within five
years, homelessness had doubled. Setting out to explore the gap between
rich and poor, Jonny & the Baptists’ lives turn upside down when Jonny
betrays Paddy for financial gain. As Jonny enjoys a wealth of parties with
Andrew Lloyd Webber and marries Jerry Hall, Paddy falls into homelessness.
A riotous new musical comedy epic about friendship, inequality and betrayal.
Stars of The Now Show and BBC Live At Television Centre.

“'Spirited comedy... broad, daft & punchy.” HHHH The Guardian
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LEMONSLEMONSLEMONSLEMONSLEMONS
Walrus

Walrus’ award-winning, sell-out show returns to Edinburgh in Paines Plough’s
Roundabout. The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime.
But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out.
This two-person show imagines a world where we’re forced to say less. It’s
about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in
the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons,
lemons, lemons, lemons.

“About as promising as debuts get.” Time Out
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SCORCH

Prime Cut Productions

For those who don’t feel like they’re in the right life, online is a place to be
yourself. On there it’s more real than real life. Out in the real world though,
things can be very different. A play about first love through the eyes of a
gender-curious teen and based on recent court cases, Scorch examines how
the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines. Written by Stacey Gregg
and winner of Best New Play at the 2015 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards and
The Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZiBBie award for Best Theatre Script 2016.

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NORTHERN STAGE AT SUMMERHALL 67

Northern Stage is delighted to return to Edinburgh and
Summerhall this year. Our artists are taking on some huge
questions and ideas; ranging from the politics of housing and
poverty, through the human struggles of creating community,
negotiating gender, living with disability, anxiety and grief and
not forgetting the vast questions of ‘are we alone in the
Universe?’ and ‘What does happen to all the dead pigeons?’
Rage, Beauty, Joy, Music and Death, 7 times a day, Northern
Stage at Summerhall.
Lorne Campbell, Artistic Director, Northern Stage

600 PEOPLE
Third Angel

'We step out of our solar system, into the universe, seeking only peace and
friendship…' So says the message from the human race on the Voyager spacecraft.
But is there, y'know, anybody out there? Alex talked to an astrophysicist to find
out. This is what he learned: Stellar wobble. The mirror test. Fermi’s paradox.
Enhanced humans and murderous dolphins. Stand-up meets astrophysics in this
entertaining and deceptively simple show about huge ideas, exploring the stories
we tell to understand our place in the cosmos and what it means to be human.

“Wow! Completely stunning!” “Genuinely mind-boggling!.”- (Audience feedback).
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LUNG
'We want social housing, not social cleansing.' Facing skyrocketing rent and
forced relocation out of London, 29 single mothers united to confront Newham
Council’s gentrification of their hometown. From the streets of Newham to the
Houses of Parliament, this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre is
adapted from the real-life testimonies of the most under-represented and
prominent voices on the political spectrum – providing a truthful retelling of the
Focus E15 Campaign, Britain’s housing crisis and how one group of women
refused to be marginalised. This is the beginning of the end of the housing crisis.
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EQUATIONS FOR A MOVING BODY
Hannah Nicklin

A story about the physiology of endurance – when our brains tell our bodies to
stop – and the psychology of continuing. A story about preparing mind and
body for a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles cycling, then running a marathon. About the
people who share that journey with us – family, coaches, friends, ex-boyfriends
– and the people we swim, ride and run alongside. What carries us to the finish
line? What’s left at the end of 141 miles of swimming, cycling and running?

“So interesting, engaging and relatable. Beautifully human.”
(Audience member).

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PEOPLE OF THE EYE

The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble and Erin Siobhan Hutching

'Of course, you shouldn’t use "sign language".' Inspired by real events, this
personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world.
A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds
families together. Using projections, sound, live performance, and creative
accessibility, this unique, poignant performance is about memories, feelings
of isolation, and finding the joy in difference. Selected for London’s acclaimed
NOW’16 Festival. This piece is accessible to D/deaf and hearing audiences
through the use of British Sign Language, spoken English and creative captioning.
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PUTTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
Unfolding Theatre

Why do we stop playing? What might make us start again? All those guitars
propped up in bedrooms. Voices only heard in the shower. Drum kits taking
too much space in garages. It’s time to blow off the dust. We’re putting the
band back together! Part riotous gig, part tender storytelling, Ross Millard (The
Futureheads), Maria Crocker (Frantic Assembly, Open Clasp) and Alex Elliott
(Northern Stage) reveal epic emotions within people’s relationships with
music. Features a house band of ex-players. Fancy joining?
Visit unfoldingtheatre.co.uk.
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SACRÉ BLUE

Zoe¨ Murtagh and Tory Copeland

Sacre
´ Blue is a performance piece confronting anxiety through poetry and
storytelling. An uplifting performance about panic attacks based on personal
experience and shared stories. It’s a bubble bath, a protest, a slice of toast, a
balloon. There’ll be punk music, popcorn and some clumsily explained analysis
of neural pathways. Let’s make something happen, even if it is just in this
room right now. We like to think of it as being a bit like a riot organised by
your nan.

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TWO MAN SHOW

A co-production between RashDash and Northern Stage
in association with Soho Theatre
Men have all the power. John and John keep hearing people say that men
have all the power, but it doesn’t feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are
making a show about Man and men. Because we all need to pull together
now. We want to talk about masculinity and patriarchy but the words that
exist aren’t good enough. So there’s music and dance too. Fringe First
winners 2010 and 2011 return with a playful new show about gender and
language. Two women play two women playing two men.
Please note at points during the show performers will be naked.
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WHERE DO ALL THE DEAD PIGEONS GO?
Scott Turnbull, co-produced by ARC Stockton
and Northern Stage, in association with Greyscale

“Where do all the dead pigeons go?” I could give you the answer right now...
but it would ruin the show. Between you and me... I’m still not sure. With felttip pens, and his ex-girlfriend's overhead projector, Scott Turnbull takes us
on a journey through space and time. This frolic of cartoon and comic reason
miraculously weaves science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce…
It's weird, fast and inventive. Pigeons in this show are fictional and bear no
relation to pigeons existing or dead.
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70 ROSE BRUFORD

ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE OF THEATRE AND
PERFORMANCE AT SUMMERHALL
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance,
London’s International Drama School, is arts
university in residence at Summerhall for the next
five years. World-leading training, practice
and research will be the focus of our work in the
Upper Church space. Graduate company work
and international guest artists form the core of this

year’s festival programme. We are pleased
to be presenting, for the first time in the UK,
the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas
Richards from Italy with their productions, a
conference looking back at their history and a
five-day workshop.

THREE

Wrongsemble
Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears, three
beers, three musketeers... Three actors weave together three famous tales, all
featuring the elusive number three. Brought to life in a flurry of original live
music and brilliantly energetic storytelling, see the yarns of Rumpelstiltskin,
Goldilocks and Grimm’s Three Wanderers re-told as never before. A brand
new piece for everyone aged 3+
Developed with support from Arts Council England and the West Yorkshire
Playhouse.
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PEACE, LOVE AND SOLIDARITY!
British Intervention

Democracy's weak, the Establishment reigns.
The people they break, the 1% gains.
How can we live alongside such immorality?
Whatever happened to 'Peace, Love & Solidarity!?
What does it mean to be British today and what will it mean tomorrow?
We have 60 minutes left to save the ideas of 'Peace, Love & Solidarity!’
It may not be long enough.
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SYLUM

Blue Dog Project

Enter into a kaleidoscope of worlds; places and times where we expose the things
that frighten us. The Sad Clown, The Entertainer, The Shell Woman; in living characters
we uncover the facets of ourselves that are normally concealed. Lives unlived will be
laid bare, and dreams distilled through movement and song. ‘When I dance with you and I will dance with you – you will forget yourself. You will forget who you are. But,
when we dance you will know me. And, for a brief time, you will know who I am.’
UPPER CHURCH

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LINES

Pangean Productions

The London Underground handles over four million passengers every day. Half the
population of a multicultural capital scurry beneath the city to travel together. A
chorus of nine become hundreds of passengers from all walks of life. Using spoken
word poetry, they create the tones, mechanisms and inhabitants of the tube as they
journey through the veins of the city.
UPPER CHURCH

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THE LOST GAME
Decoupage Collective

Every single day, he writes to her from his cell. She never answers. She never will.
As four performers embody the mind of an abandoned prisoner, the unspeakable is
realised in a fierce physical tension between loss and desire. Using live music,
physical theatre and text, Decoupage Collective depict the prisoner’s
subconscious, blurring the line between reality and illusion.
UPPER CHURCH

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WE THOUGHT WE HEARD FIREWORKS
38 Buried Roses

In 1967 Tadeusz Kantor created The Panoramic Sea Happening; now, the time locked
in the old, well-preserved barrel is calling us to visit again the same shore. Together
again, and again, let us see Nicolas Poussin’s meeting with the black figure standing
on the paper beach. ET IN ARCADIA EGO he writes in the sand.

UPPER CHURCH

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THE TRIAL (AFTER KAFKA)
People Zoo Productions

Josef K. wakes up one morning, hungry and disconcerted, only to find himself
arrested. He is not told why, nor by whom. He does not get to eat his
breakfast. And so begins The Trial. A grotesque and darkly comic adaptation
of Kafka’s classic novel tracking one man’s struggle against a malicious and
faceless power. Fighting against ritual humiliation, impenetrable secrecy and
unfathomable procedure, can Josef K. prove his innocence? Directed by Craig
Sanders, adapted by Evelyn Roberts and Matt Holt.

UPPER CHURCH

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REMEMBERING SHAKESPEARE (FILM)
Directed by Cecilia Rubino. Produced by Peter Lucas

Sneak peek at a new documentary film that asks two simple questions: ‘What
lines of Shakespeare do you remember and why?’ The documentary engages
participants and audiences in a dialogue about memory, memorisation and why
Shakespeare’s words, 400 years after his death, are still so important to us. Shot
mostly in New York City with a wide range of people who share a passion for
Shakespeare, the film explores new ways of thinking about memory in our digital
age, where learning things by heart is increasingly rare. Q&A with director
Cecilia Rubino afterwards. See www.rememberingshakespearefilm.com
UPPER CHURCH

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AUDITIONS AND INTERVIEWS FOR
ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE MAS AND BAS
At our open auditions, interviews and information sessions you will find out
about the wide range of MA and BA Performance and Design, Management
and Technical Arts degree courses available at Rose Bruford College of
Theatre and Performance, London’s International Drama School. Please book
a free audition and interview at www.bruford.ac.uk/summerhall for the dates
and times listed below.
UPPER CHURCH

17+

FREE

5-7 Aug, 11:30, 90 mins/15-16 Aug, 15:30, 90 mins

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THE WORKCENTER OF JERZY GROTOWSKI AND THOMAS RICHARDS IN
ASSOCIATION WITH ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE OF THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE

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THE LIVING ROOM

Home is a place in which we welcome one another. By starting from this
fundamental action, that can take place in any living room, we enter an
investigation into how the potentialities of performance can both enrich and
be enriched by daily inter-personal relations and realities. How can our room
come alive? Within our meeting in Upper Church a performative event
unfolds, structured and precise, a living stream of actions based on work with
songs of tradition, as well as texts exploring what it takes to awaken
ourselves, the other, and the world.

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PRESENTATION OF FILM DOCUMENTATION
OF JERZY GROTOWSKI’S AKROPOLIS
Carla Pollastrelli, Co-Director of Fondazione Pontedera Teatro from 1993 to
2012, will introduce and present video documentation of Akropolis. An
outstanding realisation of Grotowski's Laboratory Theatre, Akropolis had its
premiere in Opole (Poland) in 1962 and was also performed at the Edinburgh
Festival in 1964, having a profound impact worldwide. Pollastrelli will also take
the audience on a journey through Jerzy Grotowski’s life and creative process,
with a specific focus on the work he carried out between 1959 and 1969 with
the Laboratory Theatre Company.

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PRESENTATION OF FILM
DOCUMENTATION OF JERZY
GROTOWSKI’S THE CONSTANT PRINCE
Carla Pollastrelli will introduce and present the video documentation of The
Constant Prince (1965), the performance that gained Grotowski and the
Laboratory Theatre its greatest international fame, thanks to the extraordinary
performance of actor Ryszard Cieslak.
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L’HEURE FUGITIVE (IN FRENCH, NO SUBTITLES)

A woman comes face to face with her overwhelming need for revolution. Does she
long for a rendezvous? Her fantasies become action as she is carried through a
series of metamorphoses, incarnating the voices of French female poets anchored
in history.

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THE UNDERGROUND:

A RESPONSE TO DOSTOEVSKY
Dostoevsky’s analysis of the human psyche meets the performing arts research
of the Workcenter. A battle ensues which gives birth to an event that embodies
comedy, grotesque and Art as vehicle.

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THIRTY YEARS OF THE
WORKCENTER: A RETROSPECTIVE

Thomas Richards guides us through the phases of the Workcenter’s performing arts
research, interweaving analysis, screenings of film fragments and discussion. The
event carries us from the Workcenter’s earliest works with Grotowski to their
ongoing enquiries concerning the craft of the actor/'doer', and how their research
connects with wider society.
£7/£5
16:00-18:30 (2 hours and 30 minutes)
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WORKSHOP: THE ACTOR/CREATOR
LED BY THOMAS RICHARDS

The Actor/Creator, a workshop conducted by Thomas Richards and Workcenter
company members, uncovers the creative potential of each participant through
work on connections between precision and organicity, tradition and individual
work. Participants will experience the approach to voice, impulse and action which
has been at the heart of the Workcenter’s research for the last thirty years.
To apply, please send a current CV and letter of intent to info@theworkcenter.org
UPPER CHURCH

10:00-17:00, 7 hours daily

30 August - 3 September (5 days)

18+

Workshop Fee: £399 (limited to 16 people). For information and to apply www.theworkcenter.org

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RYOKO TAMURA
It's The Final Funch Time - Possibly the longest running
exhibition ever.
Since 2013 Summerhall's Ryoko Tamura has presented a
new FUNCH drawing every day. This Festival, is its final
show.
This is Paw Paw the polar bear off to work he goes. Paw
paw has a weakness for Scotch eggs, Pork pies and
Sausage rolls. Koko, his Ninja wife, provides him with a
healthy Funch everyday - a Fantastic lunch, which includes
the Wuckwich - Wonderful sandwich, and a piece of fruit
(although Paw Paw still secretly eats a sausage and bacon
double-er at the Summerhall cafe every morning... maybe
you can spot him...). With the Wuckwich, Koko also
provides him with a drawing of the day, which can be seen
in the red Funch box that Paw Paw is holding outside the
Summerhall Cafe. It's Funch Time.
You can see their adventure so far on:
http://ninjapen.tumblr.com/wuckwhich (2014)
http://thefunchtime.tumblr.com(2015)
You can see more of Ryoko Tamura's work on
http://www.ryokotamuraninjaillustration.com

LIBRARY GALLERY
CORRIDOR

FREE

LOCKED IN: THE
DISTILLERY ESCAPE
Locked In

The Locked In escape game makes its Fringe debut. Gather
your team of clever people (between two and five players)
and prepare to be mentally challenged. Work together as
you undertake an interactive experience solving the mystery
behind who is plotting the downfall of Pickering's Gin. Your
team have an hour or less to find and solve clues... and most
importantly save the gin. Go on, get Locked In, with only
your mental agility to get yourself out. If you loved The
Crystal Maze, this is for you.

SUMMERHALL
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2-5 People

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READINGS
Jack Klaff

Throughout the Festival, Summerhall will be presenting public readings of
scripts. For the most part the texts being read aloud will be blueprints for
future productions on radio, TV, film or the stage. Actors who are working in
Edinburgh at Festival time will be recruited to read these plays, some of
which will be conventional, some of which will be bizarre, some of which will
be kooky, all of which will be well worthwhile.

SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

THE ZOOM CLUB STUDIO

Roving Reporters in association with The List
13-16 year olds - leap into photojournalism this Edinburgh festival season and
see your final work published in The List magazine!
Participants will review shows with support from established writers and
critics and capture the festival buzz and hidden stories working to a real-life
photojournalism brief with support from professional photographers.
Participants will receive Arts Award certification on successful completion of
the five day course. All materials are provided.
bookings@lensonlegs.co.uk

THE ZOOM CLUB,
SUMMERHALL

13+

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10:00-17:00 (daily)

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A PICKERING’S GIN JOLLY
Pickering’s Gin

The stage is set. Join us for a tour of Summerhall Distillery as we raise the
curtain on how award-winning Pickering’s Gin is made. We’ll meet you in the
Summerhall Courtyard before introducing you to the curvaceous delights of
our stills, Gert and Emily. If you’re lucky you may even see them in action.
There’s also room for audience participation: you’ll get to sample our full
range of gin, metres from where it was distilled, before enjoying a
complementary Pickering’s and tonic straight from the gin tap back at the
Airstream Cocktail Bar.
SUMMERHALL
DISTILLERY

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80 VENUE

THE VENUE
SUMMERHALL CAFÉ

Our cafe
´ opens early for breakfast; soup,
sandwiches, cakes and pastries are served all
day as well as great coffee, tea and a variety
of cold drinks. Easily accessible and very
family-friendly, it’s an ideal place to come
and browse our programme!

THE ROYAL DICK

RADIO SUMMERHALL

The Royal Dick Bar and Restaurant offers
great food in a special ambience with eclectic
decor that mixes arts and antiquities from all
over the world. The extensive drinks menu
features two drinks made within the walls of
Summerhall itself:

THE COURTYARD

BARNEY’S BEER - brewed in the original location
of the brewery that stood there before the
Vet School was built.

Radio Summerhall is an online station
dedicated to promoting the arts in Edinburgh
all year round and showcasing a wide range
of interesting music from jazz and blues to
reggae, ska and soul. During the Fringe we
chat to the creative minds behind the shows
at Summerhall and upload short interviews to
our site at www.radiosummerhall.com Listen
to them either before or after you see their
performance for added insight and context.
www.mixcloud.com/radiosummerhall

From early til late, the Courtyard is the perfect
place to relax and enjoy the many delights of
Summerhall. A range of street food stalls offer
fantastic food to fill famished festivalers and
families. Enjoy the vibrant and electric
atmosphere of our Courtyard Bar, and its
great range of drinks, as you ponder over
what to see next.

PICKERING’S GIN - distilled 23m from The Royal
Dick and piped direct to the bar, based on a
recipe that dates back to 1947.
SUMMERHALL TV- Summerhall TV is an arts

SUMMERHALL SHOP
Tucked inside the cafe for browsing over
lunch or a coffee, the Summerhall Shop
offers more than just books
and posters.
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oddities is supplemented at festival time
with merchandise from our visiting artists.

COURTYARD SHOP
The Courtyard Children’s Shop offers
things for all of your little ones (and not so
little) to keep them entertained whilst you
take a break and have a look through the
programme. Treat the kids to lunch & snack
boxes, toys, games and, most importantly…
bubbles!
New from 2016 our courtyard shop will
offer some box office services.

channel dedicated to capturing the visually
weird, the socially radical, and the artistically
wonderful including Summerhall’s theatre
and gallery spaces, libraries, micro-museums
and archives.
www.summerhall.tv

OPENING HOURS

Box Office:

0131 560 1581

The Courtyard Bar 11:00 - Late

General:

The Courtyard Shop 10:00 - 20:00

0131 560 1580

Summerhall Cafe
´ & Shop 09:00 - 19:00

www.summerhall.co.uk

The Royal Dick 11:00 - Late

@summerhallery
facebook.com/summerhalledinburgh
@summerhallery

INDEX
(I Could Go on Singing)
Over the Rainbow
22
4D Cinema
22
600 People
67
A Man Standing
23
A Pickering’s Gin Jolly
75
Adam, Eve, others
and a UFO
8-9
Adler & Gibb
24
All In
25
All Star Comedy in Aid
of STV Children's Appeal
65
All the Things I Lied About
65
Beyond Price
26
Beuys/Demarco
18-19
Bildraum
25
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
59
Blank
27
Borderlines Asylum Monologues
26
Broken Records
& Adam Stafford
60
Bubble Schmeisis
28
Camille
28
Context is Half the Work.
A Partial History of the
Artist Placement Group
10-11
Cosmic Disco Nights
56
Counting Sheep
29
Critics
26
Cuncrete
29
Denton & Me
30
Diagramming
the Listener
14-15

Dive: CU Next Tuesday
31
Don’t Panic, it's Challenge
Anneka!
30
Doubting Thomas
33
E15
67
Earlier/Later
64
Emballage
31
Equations for a Moving Body 68
Eska & Support
61
Eurohouse
53
Every Brilliant Thing
63
Faslane
32
Film Documentation of Jerzy
Grotowski's Akropolis
73
Film Documentation of
Jerzy Grotowski's The
Constant Prince
73
French Authors at the Fringe 31
Ghost Quartet
65
Graeme Stephen's Metropolis 33
Grandaddy & Support
61
GrownUps
58
Growth
64
Happy Hour
34
Heads Up
35
How (not) to live
in Suburbia
34
Hyper Bowl
12-13
I Got Superpowers
For My Birthday
63
I Used to Hear Footsteps
36
If there's not dancing
at the revolution, I'm
not coming
36

I'm Doing This For You
It Folds
Jonny & the Baptists:
Eat The Poor
Karmana: Songs of Roma
Kevin Morby & Support
Kathryn Joseph &
The Anchoress
L'Heure Fugitive
Last Call
Lemons Lemons
Lemons Lemons Lemons
Letters to Windsor House
Lines
Locked In the Distillery
Lost in Blue
Love, Lies and Taxidermy
Macbain
Mairi Campbell: Pulse
Mark Fell
Mediterraneo Festival
Edition 2016
Meet Fred
Mikey and Addie
Monolog
Mount Kimble (DJ Set)
& Hi + Saberhagen
Mungo Park - Travels
in the Interior of Africa
Nancy's Philosopher
National Jazz Trio
of Scotland & Wolf
Of, Or At A Fairly Low
Temperature

On the Conditions and
Possibilities of Hillary Clinton
taking me as her Young Lover 42
One Hundred Homes
43
Only Bones
42
Orkestra Del Sol
57
Outside the Box
43
Party Trap
42
Peace, Love and Solidarity!
70
People of the Eye
68
Pester and Rossi
16-17
Pianomorphosis
43
Putting the Band
Back Together
68
Rachel Sermanni
with Matt Norris
& The Moon
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Remember to Breathe
44
Remembering Shakespeare
72
Rhythm Machine
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Richard Dawson & Nev Clay
59
Rose Bruford
College Auditions
72
Sacré Blue
69
Scorch
66
Snakes and Giants
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Squirrel Stole my Underpants 45
Stories to Tell in the
Middle of The Night
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Soulsville Especial
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Summerhall Closing Party
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Sunns & support
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Sylum
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Tell Me Anything
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Thank you to all the companies, artists and performers
who have worked so hard to make Summerhall a festival
within a festival this year. It is their collaboration with the
excellent Summerhall staff that makes this a venue like no
other. We hope you will continue to come and see what
Summerhall has to offer all year round.

The Adventure of Puppets
The Brain Show
The Castle Builder
The Dwelling Place
The Lady Vanishes
The Living Room
The Lost Game
The Lounge
The Road to Huntsville
The Soul Foundation
The Trial (after Kafka)
The Underground:
A Response to Dostoevsky
Thomas Richards
Workshop
Thirty Years of
the Workcenter
Three
Two Man Show
Ubu on the Table
Under Ice
Us/Them
Voices in Your Head
Waves
We Thought We
Heard Fireworks
Where Do All the Dead
Pigeons Go?
White & Bossy Love
Willis Earl Beal &
Myles Manley
Withered Hand & Chris T-T
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0131 560 1581
General:

0131 560 1580
info@summerhall.co.uk
www.summerhall.co.uk
1 Summerhall Edinburgh EH9 1PL

www.roomeightdesign.co.uk

Box Office: