Pleasance, Underbelly, Gilded Balloon and Assembly launch programme for Fringe 2015
- David Kettle
- 18 May 2015
This article is from 2015.
This year will see Underbelly move to George Square and launch a new Circus Hub
Their events might be up and for sale online already, but today marks the official launch for the Fringe’s ‘big four’ venues: Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly.
There are two big bits of venue news for the Underbelly. The Udderbelly, the venue’s giant, upside-down purple cow, moves to George Square for 2015 and 2016 due to the refurbishment of University of Edinburgh buildings in its traditional Bristo Square home. And the Underbelly add a brand new venue to its empire in the form of Circus Hub, two spaces on the Meadows that will showcase circus shows from the Czech Republic, Australia, Belgium, Palestine and the UK.
In response to the cancellation of last year’s The City, part-funded by the Israeli government, as well as events at London’s Barbican and Tricycle Theatre, the Underbelly presents Walking the Tightrope, a series of short political plays exploring freedom of expression by writers including Caryl Churchill, Neil LaBute, Mark Ravenhill and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Daily Show-bound Trevor Noah heads up Assembly’s comedy line-up, which also includes Adam Hills, Marcus Brigstocke, Mark Steel and Sarah Kendall. Assembly also expands its venues to include Murrayfield Ice Rink for the ‘immersive dance-skating experience’ Vertical Influences from Quebecois dance group Le Patin Libre, and a Korean season includes a 5000-year-old séance art-form and contemporary dance.
Among the Pleasance’s 237 shows, John Hannah stars in The Titanic Orchestra as a man claiming to be Houdini, Phill Jupitus stars as Arthur Conan-Doyle in the play Impossible, and there are the latest pieces from Philip Ridley (Tonight with Donny Stixx) and Jack Thorne (The Solid Life of Sugar Water). Reginald D Hunter, Jo Lycett, Felicity Ward and The Pin are among the Pleasance’s huge comedy offering.
The complete Fringe 2015 programme across all venues is announced on Thursday 4 June. See list.co.uk/festival for full listings.