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11 – 26 August 2017

Hepburn House Army Reserve Centre
89 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh

The Army invites you into ‘our home’, a real life Army Reserve Centre in Edinburgh’s New Town. Programmed and run in association with Summerhall, Edinburgh’s most daring and respected year-round multi-arts venue, Army@The Fringe is staffed by serving soldiers. Join us for a cutting-edge performance programme sparking conversations about what the Army is and what it stands for in 21st Century society.

What a privilege, in association with Summerhall, to be hosting Army @ The Fringe at our Reserve Centre, Hepburn House, East Claremont Street. For the first time in the Edinburgh festival’s 70-year history the Army will play host to the Fringe. We have an outstanding programme of talented artists across a spectrum of genres, who will draw from history and more recent experiences to stimulate conversations about war, conflict and our people living and working in Defence today. By opening our doors we aim to open festivalgoers’ minds to our diverse and inclusive family culture and the powerful bonds of belonging.

Brigadier Gary Deakin CBE Brigade Commander
51st Infantry Brigade
and Army Headquarters Scotland

For Summerhall’s Fringe programmes, we look for work which has something to say about the world we live in and which is saying it
in an interesting way. Our programme at the Army Reserve Centre fits that model, in a contemporary response to the long tradition of artists making work about war and conflict. The programme at the Army Reserve Centre includes work looking at memories of past wars, contemporary responses to more recent conflicts, and work which tries to give civilians an insight into the life of today’s soldiers. We look forward to working with the Army to present the programme and to welcome you to the Centre.

Verity Leigh
Festival Programme Manager Summerhall

To Writers, Directors and Producers

Army @ The Fringe would like to invite you to a tour of our theatre venue at the Army Reserve Centre in East Claremont Street and a discussion about how our 2017 programme in association with Summerhall was planned and delivered and how we’d like to support development of content for shows at Fringe 2018 and beyond.

The event is 1pm-3pm Thursday 24th August at Hepburn House, 89 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4HU. A light lunch will be provided. Click to download the full invitation and event information


Military Families

Artist Jenny Wicks worked with military families living in Forth Valley to explore the theme of identity. Participatory family sessions informed by conversation, letters, personal stories and family photographs formed the basis of a photographic and audio project.

Lesley Wilson

‘They said I’d be good at it.’ The story of a young female soldier’s journey through post-traumatic stress by award-winning playwright Lesley Wilson, developed in collaboration with the British Army. Originally developed with support from Tron Theatre Creative.

Tom Poulson, Alistair MacDonald, Susan Worsfold

Trumpet, electronics, text. One man’s love letters from the front line. Dennis Marshall wrote to his fiancée towards the close of WW2. Dennis’s grandson, trumpeter Tom Poulson, explores his letters in an extraordinary, immersive musical performance.

Utter, in association with The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

The brutally authentic story of four police officers struggling to remain in control as the community they serve disintegrates. Written by a former police officer, this immersive production shows the modern day police service laid bare.

The Mayers Ensemble

Come play with The Mayers Ensemble. Theatre and dance blend to explore boundaries, personal histories, gender, skin colour and how slavery helped found modern gynecological practice.

Flying Bridge Theatre

The last Durham Light Infantryman, a veteran of Ypres and Somme. What does it mean to survive, to be a hero, when all he wanted was to work with horses? ‘A truly superb play’ (

Rosie Kay Dance Company

A thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of five men and women serving on the front line. ★★★★★ (Scotsman). ★★★★★ Herald). ‘War from a female perspective packs a punch’ ★★★★★ (Observer).

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