Summerhall

Upper Church in Summerhall is the home of our Edinburgh Acting Foundation Course as well as a venue during the Edinburgh Fringe.

Acting Foundation Course

Our popular 20 week Acting Foundation Course will run from Summerhall from September 2018.

For course and application details plus information on free workshops please visit the course page

 

 

2017 Edinburgh Fringe Productions

We were delighted to host our second season of productions throughout the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Upper Church in Summerhall.


Hero - Rokkur Friggjar

What drives young people to join violent organizations? How does the atmosphere in which we grow up change us as people? A show about the effects constant propaganda has on young people, focusing on war propaganda in particular. It follows eight youths through 10 years of their lives, seeing how their relationships, dreams and plans are affected by a war that rages around them. The show explores the fear of The Other, anything that’s different from what we are used to. In this case, The Other is a nation with whom our protagonists are at war.

Performance dates:
4-14 August


 

Screaming Body – Découpage Collective

Screaming Body has been created by the two performers Léa Richard and Lucy Callagher, director Marie-Laure Hay and composer Holly Khan. As an ensemble, we are striving to recreate the original story of Medea with intimacy and immediacy, visually translating the tale through physical illustrations and through a playful, yet profound relationship between the two performers who remain present together throughout the duration of the piece.

Performance dates:
4-14 August

 

Cockamamy - Louise Coulthard
 


 

Cockamamy. Adj. Ludicrous or nonsensical. Alice and her granddaughter Rosie are a team. They live together, eat together, watch Countdown together. Until things start to become ludicrous. Nonsensical. Cockamamy is a heartbreaking, hilarious story about companionship that explores the reality of living with dementia. A compelling new play, this sell-out show previewed at The Camden Fringe Festival last year.

Performance dates:
4-14 August

 

The Crossing Place – Romantika

Late-night in Upper Church. The first performance based on the poems of Swedish Nobel Prize in Literature-winning Tomas Tranströmer. A fast-paced, visual and highly physical theatre piece exploring loneliness, anxiety and desire. Devised in Estonia.

Performance dates:
4-27 August
 

 

The Black That I Am - Julene Robinson

The Black That I am explores blackness, gender, sexuality, religion and Jamaican nationalism. It is seen through the lens of individuals from different backgrounds confronted with the gaze of their own realities, causing introspection and awareness of herself as “other”. Four monologues delve deep into aspects of different Jamaican identities. It follows the personal journey of the Jamaican experience and steers the audience through the many and sometimes difficult and political terrains of what it means to be Jamaican in and outside of Jamaica. The narrative constantly embodying Sankofa: looking back to go forward.

Performance dates:
17-27 August

 

 

The Vagina Dialogues – The Völvas

The Völvas is an international feminist performance ensemble. The Vagina Dialogues is a cabaret-style theatre and variety piece that includes a series of episodic monologues, duologues, and movement pieces set to live music. The work is innately feminist, humorous, grotesque and, let’s face it, a little bit nude in its approach.

Performance dates:
17-27 August

 

Rose Bruford at Upper Church (entrance via Hope Park Terrace)
Summerhall, Box Office,
1 Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL.
Box office enquiries: 0131 560 1581

 

 


We were also privileged to host the 'Big in Belgium' season at Upper Church.