Roundabout and Northern Stage return to Summerhall for Fringe 2016
- Kirstyn Smith
- 11 May 2016
This article is from 2016
Festival highlights for this year also include shows from Jenna Watt, Tim Crouch and Kathryn Joseph
Summerhall’s Fringe programme has a reputation for gathering together innovative and diverse people and productions and chucking them into the melting pot that is Edinburgh throughout August. This year – Summerhall's sixth – is no exception, with its 2016 Fringe programme featuring almost 120 shows, talks and special events covering subjects such as contemporary masculinity, the housing crisis, the Ukrainian revolution and the end of the human race.
Tim Crouch's Adler & Gibb, heads to Summerhall this year, as does Jenna Watt's Faslane. Sh!t Theatre’s Letters to Windsor House promises an intriguing mix of ‘songs, politics, dodgy landlords, detective work and opening other people’s mail’, and comedian Robert Newman’s The Brain Show is a cerebral piece exploring our brains in love. Plus Arthur Meek and Show Pony’s On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as her Young Lover already wins the prize for best Fringe show name.
In gig-based show Cuncrete, Rachael Clerke takes on the person of Archibald Tactful, exploring masculinity to a drag king punk soundtrack. Sam Rowe’s Denton and Me is semi-autobiographical, melding Rowe’s own life with the story of queer literary icon Denton Welch, who was an influence on Alan Bennett, William Burroughs and John Waters.
Paines Plough's Roundabout returns to Summerhall for a third year too, and Northern Stage will showcase their diverse political programme in TechCube. One of their shows is Lung’s E15, a documentary piece about 29 single mothers fighting against being forced from their homes by unaffordable rents.
Part of the Aurora Nova programme, Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit) presents Blank, an experimental piece of live writing encouraging new performers each show, as well as members of the audience, to fill in the blanks in the script. And Us/Them by BRONKS is based on the Beslan school siege, exploring the ways in which children respond to extreme situations.
Nothing Ever Happens Here – Summerhall's year-long music strand – returns for the Fringe with an exciting lineup that includes Mercury-prize nominated Eska, folkie Richard Dawson and experimental singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal. Plus, Scotland is represented by some of today's biggest and best: WHITE, Kathryn Joseph and Bill Wells show off their skills throughout the month.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fri 5 Aug–Mon 29 Aug. Summerhall tickets on sale from Thu 12 May.