Three opera singers, two brigadiers, one Army chef – and an actor in a pink suit

A reminder here that Army@TheFringe 2019 invites you to its media launch on Friday, 2 August at 10.00am.

This year’s central themes include diversity and the role of women in the Army. There are also productions commemorating D-Day.

World class queer feminist international soprano Teiya Kasahara and librettist Lila Palmer will be present alongside Brigadier Suzanne Anderson and Brigadier Robin Lindsay, Operational Head of the Army in Scotland, for a photo opportunity at Hepburn House, East Claremont Street, Edinburgh.

The historic Hepburn House Army Reserve Centre has been transformed into a Fringe venue hosting five shows. It is staffed by serving members of the Army – and now with a military chef offering field kitchen meals.

There will also be the chance to see and photograph the art installation that accompanies Owen Sheers’ play Unicorns, Almost.

  • Who: Costumed opera world class singers from Dead Equal, Brigadier Robin Lindsay and actor Nicholas Alban of Edinburgh-based Creative Electric (The Happiness Project).
  • What: Photos, tours and interview opportunities for the opening of Army@TheFringe. We can offer a variety of props and settings, including from the set of The Happiness Project, the WWII installation from Unicorns, Almost and the frontage of Hepburn House.
  • Where: Hepburn House, 89 East Claremont Street, EH7 4HU.
  • When: Friday, 2 August at 10.00am

RSVP would be hugely appreciated.

Lila Palmer, writer of the opera Dead Equal (who is also behind the Live Equal portrait photo exhibition of about women in the Army) will be available for interview as will Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, Head of Engagement for the Army in Scotland. Tours of the venue will be available.

If you wish to interview or photograph members of the other companies presenting shows at this year’s Army@TheFringe (in association with Summerhall) see, let us know, and we will help set them up.


  • Army@TheFringe is presented by The Army in association with Summerhall. Summerhall is working with the Army to present a diverse programme of performance which tells stories of life in and out of uniform.
  • Facilities at Hepburn House will include the relaxed and comfortable Mess Bar plus an Army Tuckshop.
  • Summerhall is at 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL. Email

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For media information contact Matthew Shelley at SFPR on 07786704299 or Matthew@ScottishFestivalsPR.Org or Martine McNee at 0131 310 4857 or 07990 564734 or