Summerhall's 7th year for Edfringe's 70th

Published: 11 May 2017
Reporter: David Chadderton

Edinburgh's Summerhall has announced a programme of 140 new and returning shows for its seventh year and the seventieth anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Regular collaborators Northern Stage, Paines Plough, Big in Belgium and Rose Bruford College will return to the venue, as will regular visitors Sh!t Theatre, Atresbandes, Ontroerend Goed, Fellswoop Theatre, China Plate, FK Alexander and Ridiculusmus.

Mark Thomas returns with A Show That Gambles on the Future, in which he tackles the "curse of 2016" by inviting his audience to gamble on their predictions for the world’s future. There will be a world première of Sasquatch, The Opera, composed, written and directed by Roddy Bottum of Faith No More, and the return to Edinburgh of Richard Gadd’s 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning piece Monkey See Monkey Do.

National Theatre of Scotland will present Graham Eatough’s How To Act and Scottish Dance Theatre will bring Velvet Petal, inspired by Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids and Robert Mapplethorpe's iconic Polaroid shots of '80s New York.

Sh!t Theatre will present DollyWould, a show about Dolly Parton, Jodie Foster produced Canadian show Mouthpiece will make its UK debut, Manchester’s Eggs Collective will perform Get a Round, Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan‘s Power Ballad promises part-performance lecture, part-karaoke party, Amina Khayyam’s new dance piece Slut uses the South Asian Kathak style to address sexual grooming and Joanne Ryan’s Eggistentialism is a tale of the politics of reproduction in contemporary Ireland.

Ontroerend Goed’s £¥€$ invites its audience into the lives of the world’s richest 1%, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance production Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain from an international perspective, Canada Hub's Foreign Radical sees an audience of 30 investigate and spy on each other, world première Your Love is Fire, part of the Arab Arts Focus season, by young Syrian author Mudar Alhaggi is a complex account of living in the midst of war, Fellswoop’s Palmyra looks at revenge, the politics of destruction and what lies beneath and beyond civilization and Proto-type Theater’s A Machine They’re Secretly Building takes its audience on a journey through the world of surveillance.

Summerhall will open for previews on 2 August 2017.