Icon Theatre, a Kent based, national touring company producing physical and visual theatre, come to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time to premiere their brand new production, RELEASE, at the Pleasance Dome (Kingdome) from 3- 29 August 2011.
At a time when two thirds of UK prisoners are said to re-offend within two years and when prison sentencing, probation and rehabilitation are facing controversial reforms, Release fuses high-energy physical theatre, an original score and mixed media to create an explosive yet moving insight into just how hard it is to go straight.
Six weeks after release, three ex-prisoners struggle on the outside as they attempt to reconnect with the people and the remnants of life they left behind. Kyle searches for work but finds offers from old friends more and more tempting; Hitesh cuts himself off from friends and family and dreams of the open road; while Becky has lied about her past and lives in constant fear of being found out.
In this fast paced and grittily contemporary production, the spoken word highlights the everyday problems facing ex-offenders in Britain’s 21st century society, while fluid and heightened movement delves beneath the surface to the deeper psychological scars that cause continuously negative patterns of behaviour.
The talented cast of three multi-role playing actors includes Shane Shambhu (Ramanujan in Complicite’s A Disappearing Number) and Verity Hewlett (Queen Victoria in Queen Victoria’s Men, Channel 4 & New Perspectives).
For the production of Release Icon Theatre has pulled together a creative team including Mamoru Iriguchi – Designer (London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009 Winner for Mincemeat, Cardboard Citizens), Nancy Hirst – Director (Young Vic, Yvonne Arnaud & Soho Theatre) and Ola Animashawun – Script Mentor (Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre & Head of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme), Steve Kirkham who collaborated as Movement Director during the development process (choreographer of Klub and Zero for Frantic Assembly, The Hanging Man for Improbable; and a long term collaborator with both Matthew Bourne and The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs)
The production has been created by the company through a two year process of research and interviews with ex-offenders, prisoners, probation officers, criminologists and hostel managers, as well as site visits to hostels, prisons and probation offices.
The project has had development support from the South Hill Park Arts Centre, the Pleasance Theatre, the Brook Theatre, the Toynbee Studios, an R&D award from Arts Council England South East and a work-in-progress showing at the Young Vic.
Venue: Pleasance Dome (Kingdome) (venue number 23)
Dates: Wednesday 03 to Monday 29 August 2011 (not Wednesdays – 10,17,24 August) / Previews 03 – 05 August
Performance Times: 14:00 / duration 75 minutes
Ticket Prices: Previews 03 – 05 Aug – £5
8, 9 Aug: 2-4-1 Day – £10
11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23 25, 29, Aug – £10
6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 Aug – £11
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This month it is really hard to pick and choose. As anyone in Edinburgh knows there are far more things on in Edinburgh this month than a sane person could go to. If we have missed your event out and you would like a mention then please put it in the comments box below!
Monday 1 August 2011
The Cameo’s Screen Arts Festival started last Friday (29th July) and continues this month until the 11th. Highlights include a screening of Atlantic Productions’ breathtaking CGI documentary FLYING MONSTERS, complete with a live satellite Q&A with Sir David Attenborough; a restored film of the classic 1966 production of Tchaikovsky’s SWAN LAKE, featuring the legendary partnership of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn; and a live transmission of Verdi’s opera NABUCCO from the stunning Teatro Antico Taormina in Sicily.
Tuesday 2 August 2011
Edinburgh New Town Cookery School begin a children’s two day cookery course starts today. They will be taught cooking skills using the best seasonal ingredients, cooking dishes that they can easily recreate at home. The children will be taught, and encouraged, to clear up and wash up as they go – something that every parent will appreciate! They will cook a simple lunch and they will take some of their cooked treats home. The hours are from 10.30 am until 3 pm.
Transport Infrastructure and Environment Committee of The City of Edinburgh Council meet today at 10a.m.
Wednesday 3 August 2011
Edmesh, who aim to provide support, information and friendship to people affected by M.E, is meeting at the Bisque Bar at 2:30pm.
Development Management Sub-Committee of The City of Edinburgh Council meets today at 10a.m.
Thursday 4 August 2011
Darts exhibition match Scotland V England featuring Premier League Champion Gary Anderson , Robert Thornton , Jamie caven and Colin Lloyd
Stageset by Mda Promotions & MC will be Sean Casey Poole. Taking place at Mood nightclub 1 Greenside Place Edinburgh
Tickets £15 And VIP tickets £30 Contact 07731 746 745 or Graeme 07843 116 640 for details Proceeds from auctions and raffles to be donated to CHAS.
Friday 5 August 2011
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo begins until the 27th of August. Performances are on Monday to Friday at 9.00pm (except Friday 5 August when the performance will start at 8.30pm) and on Saturday at 7.30pm and 10.30pm. There is no performance on Sunday.
For ticket purchase information visit http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/tickets.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins until the 29th of August. Visit http://www.edfringe.com/ for show and ticket information.
Saturday 6 August 2011
True Love, Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band will be performing Cole Porter’s most famous songs at 19 Elm Row. Buy tickets here or call 0131 556 6066.
Free Fringe Music at the Museum
Sat 6 – Fri 26 August
12:45 – 13:30 (drop in)
Each lunchtime, take time out in the transformed National Museum of Scotland to enjoy a musical celebration of our new World Cultures and Discoveries galleries with music from around the world. Featuring Dunya Duo, Zillia Trio, Duende, Jo Mango, Jennifer Port and many more.
In partnership with Live Music Now Scotland
Sunday 7 August 2011
Wheatfield Open Day will be held to prepare for this year’s Beautiful Scotland Competition. Come have a look at Wheatfield Backgreen Association’s award winning garden or help towards this year’s entry.
Monday 8 August 2011
Fringe by the Sea starts today and acts like The Poozies, Eddi Reader, Fish, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain are all taking part.
Tuesday 9 August 2011
The Broughton Spurtle are holding a hustings tonight, just a week before the city centre council by-election.
Policy and Strategy Committee of The City of Edinburgh Council meets today.
Wednesday 10 August 2011
At 4 o’clock this afternoon Can you Dig It? is on at the Botanics. Comedy songs about growing your own…..
Thursday 11 August 2011
The Edinburgh Interactive Festival takes place today and tomorrow at The Radisson Blu on The Royal Mile. “Edinburgh Interactive was created in 2003 as an annual event to celebrate the creative culture of interactive entertainment. EI is for developers, producers, professionals, creators, advertisers, thinkers, artists; facilitating links and creating a platform for discussion across the spectrum of interactive digital media. Through two days of conferencing and unique networking events, Edinburgh Interactive will connect you with the digital trendsetters of today and the upstarts of tomorrow. Come and be a part of EI where businesses, brands, creative leaders, and consumers come together in a truly inspirational setting.”
Friday 12th August 2011
The Foodies Festival is on In Holyrood Park this weekend.
Saturday 13th August 2011
Edinburgh International Book Festival begins until the 29th of August. .
Sunday 14th August 2011
The Edinburgh Renaissance Band is in concert this afternoon at 4pm at St Cecilia’s Hall Cowgate.
Monday 15th August 2011
FRISKY AND MANNISH
“Following on from our recent announcement that Ed Byrne will be the host of the Big Comedy Gala in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, we are delighted to announce the addition of Fred Macaulay (BBC Radio Scotland DJ, Mock the Week, etc) Rich Fulcher (of Mighty Boosh fame) and Frisky and Mannish (pop musical cabaret duo seen who have stormed the Fringe in recent years(Radio1 Breakfast show).
Tickets cost £20 and are on sale now from the Venue 150 @ EICC website or by calling 0844 847 1639.
Our aim is to raise £20,000 with one night of comedy. Forward this to a friend and help spread the word.
If you’d like more information on the event or the organisers, check out the website: www.bigcomedygala.com ”
Tuesday 16th August 2011
Bonhams have their Scottish Sale today starting from 11a.m. You can see what might be worth bidding for here.
The Health Social Care and Housing Committee meets today at The City of Edinburgh Council
Wednesday 17th August 2011
Edinburgh schoolchildren go back to school today…..All dates in the school calendar can be found here.
Development Sub-Committee of The City of Edinburgh Council meets today at 10a.m.
Thursday 18th August 2011
Outdoor film tonight at Hopetoun House. Super 8 is being shown in the grounds of the home of the Marquess of Linlithgow. We are hoping for good weather! Get your tickets and more information here.
Friday 19th August 2011
Chad VanGaalen at Sneaky Pete’s tonight at 8.00p.m.
Saturday 20th August 2011
Folk singer and songwriter Bert Jansch comes to Edinburgh. Pete Doherty and Noel Gallagher are amongst the stars who credit him as an influence. He will be at the Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street EH8 9JU.
Sunday 21st August 2011
Ian Murray’s Testimonial Comedy Gala Day at The Corn Exchange today at 12.30p.m. Ian Murray’s Testimonial Committee are pleased to announce the first event of Ian’s Testimonial Season, a Gala Comedy Day which will be staged on Sunday 21 August 2011
at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange Newmarket Road Edinburgh commencing 12.30pm
Acts confirmed include Channel 4s King of Comedy Andrew Maxwell, Former Sports Speaker of the Year John Gahagan, Scotland’s finest football impressionist Paul Reid, the outstanding Eric Davidson and football leg-end Bob Doolally
MC for the event is Radio Forth’s Grant Stott
Items to be auctioned at the event include a Derek Riordan signed Shaanxi Chan-Ba top
The event is being sponsored by Breken Inns – The McLean Family and Crabbies
Part of the proceeds will be donated to Bethany Christian Trust
Tickets priced £ 20.00 plus £ 1.00 Booking Fee are on sale at Hibernian Ticket Office and the Corn Exchange from Saturday 23 July 2011
A limited number of VIP Tables of 10 priced at
£400.00 are available see www.ianmurraytestimonial.net for further details
Monday 22nd August 2011
Leith folk singer Dick Gaughan appears at The Queen’s Hall tonight at 8 p.m.
Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Economic Development Committee of The City of Edinburgh Council meets today at 10a.m.
The Beardyman is at The Assembly Hall, and we have it on good authority that he is worth going to see! Shows at 23.30 so you might need a late pass.
Wednesday 24th August 2011
Calling all volunteer parents, could you help make a difference for young families? Many parents need help, friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young. Your experience as a parent can help other parents. Join us on our next Preparation course to be a Home-Stat volunteer.
Course starts on Wednesday 24 August 10am – 2pm and every Wednesday until 12 October.
For more information contact: Home-Start Edinburgh, West & South West, 108a-110a Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2NP.
Tel: 0131 347 2881 or email: email@example.com
Thursday 25th August 2011
The second Edinburgh International Marketing Festival is today, following the wide critical acclaim and considerable industry participation and media impact of the inaugural 2010 event.
Full council meeting today at The City of Edinburgh Council.
Friday 26th August 2011
Liverpool band Cast are playing at the HMV Picture House tonight at 7pm. Noel Gallagher of Oasis described watching the band live as a ‘religious experience’ – pray for your tickets, or buy them here.
Saturday 27th August 2011
Last year the sun was out and over 100 performers lined a mile of Portobello Promenade to entertain over a thousand people for The Portobello Big Beach Busk. Aiming for another mile of uninterrupted music, the organisers welcome musicians, jugglers, statues or robots, to sign up and come down to the beach at 12 noon. All kinds of performers are welcome throughout the event and it’s suitable for all the family. Let’s hope the sun is shining!
Sunday 28th August 2011
Dawn Flockhart is hosting a self-hypnosis course for £95. It offers support and guidance in exercises that allow you to begin to connect with and utilise unconscious resources. These are simple lessons in achieving altered states of consciousness that have been used with great effect to stimulate creativity, solve problems, achieve relaxation and improve health and well-being.
Monday 29th August 2011
Leith on the Fringe and the Book Festival both finish today…
But Jimeoin is still going strong on the Fringe and you can book tickets here.
Tuesday 30th August 2011
Finance and Resources Committee of The City of Edinburgh Council meet today at 10a.m.
Wednesday 31st August 2011
Development Management Sub-Committee of The City of Edinburgh Council meets today at 10a.m.
The Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee of The City of Edinburgh Council is meeting on Tuesday 6th August. There are 23 items on the agenda. We think there are some important issues and will be at the meeting to bring you a report afterwards. Some of the issues to be highlighted are as follows:-
- To respond to the motion raised that EHRC have written to the Council on four occasions since the decision was taken by this administration to charge £20 to access the Blue Badge Scheme.
- Consultation on the idea of non-mandatory speed reduction signage ie. employing the use of wheelie-bin stickers are other signage to encourage speed reduction.
- Report of the funding and promotion of reusable shopping bags.
- A report exploring how local traders might be supported in their recycling efforts, encouraging a more organised approach to recycling and service improvements to facilitate this.
- A report after investigation of the safety of the Lower Granton Road area, after a collision there earlier this year, proposed warning signs and speed indicators to warn drivers.
- A report on the motion regarding the proposal by Spokes to redesign the Meadows/Bruntsfield to Lothian Road corridor to make it more cycle, pedestrian and bus friendly.
- A report into the revised implementation project for the trams project and variation orders to be dealt with, discussion of objections to proposals received from residents in Ainslie Place and Great Stuart Street Area.
- Update regarding widening public access to city centre gardens.
- Update on progress in implementing the Council’s Allotment Strategy “Cultivating Communities: A Growing Challenge”; and to seek Committee approval to consult with plot holders on proposed new Allotment Regulations.
- Update on the quality of the city’s local environment, predominantly taking into account external validation surveys such as Cleanliness Index Monitoring System (CIMS).
- To inform the Committee of the response submitted by the City of Edinburgh Council to the High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future Consultation.
- To update Committee on progress made in investigating the potential for Priority Parking as a solution to commuter parking pressures.
- Amendments to nine hours parking areas, such as that around Inverleith Park, which are inconvenient for short-term parking. To improve flexibility it is proposed to amend the charging structure and remove the minimum stay requirement.
- Seafield Road and Craigleith to Botanic Garden Cycle Route – Commencement of Statutory Procedures to Permit Use of Footways by Cyclists.
- Report to seek approval on the proposals for a 20mph zone in the Coates area including the outcome of the consultation with heritage groups and other agencies on the detailed design of the scheme.
- A report on proposals for a 20mph speed limit pilot in South Edinburgh, approval was sought to commence the statutory procedure to promote the Traffic Regulation.
The meeting will be at 10am in the City Chambers.
The agenda is shown below
@ C eca, Venue 50, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, EH1 9DF
The next generation of entertainment from Japan is set to arrive in Edinburgh this August. The world premiere of SIRO-A’s TECHNODELIC COMEDY SHOW will take to the stage at C eca from WEDNESDAY 3 until MONDAY 29 AUGUST at 3.50pm.
SIRO-A’S TECHNODELIC COMEDY SHOW is a multimedia interactive show that combines live electronic music, comedy and human body performances with video projection technology and optical illusions.
Signature acts includes The Barcode Man, Human Layers, Movie Catcher, Box Man, Smash Fitter, and for the first time ever at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, audiences will see twinkleman, whose body movements sync perfectly with LED lights and electronic sounds. Every performance of SIRO-A’S TECHNODELIC COMEDY SHOW will be unique, featuring impromptu interactive segments with the audience, sampling their voices, images and mixing them in real time on stage.
SIRO-A, a six strong Japanese entertainment performance group from Sendai, Japan, was formed in 2002. The name SIRO-A, derived from the Japanese word ‘SIRO which means white or colourless, means to belong to no group or impossible to define.
SIRO-A performed to over 30,000 people at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo representing Japan. Edinburgh Festival Fringe will mark the first time they perform in Europe. Over the years they have performed at music festivals such as Summer Sonic 2010 and received various awards including the Bronze Award at GEISHA#7 and the Kindo Award at TOKYO COMP#2.
Over 22,000 visitors came to the National Museum of Scotland on the first day after a grand public opening on Friday 29 July. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, with vox pops showing that many were delighted and excited to be returning to the well-loved Museum. The final figure was 22,071.
Gordon Rintoul, Director, National Museums Scotland, said:-
“I’m delighted with such a fantastic number of visitors, and their reaction is testimony to the successful creation of what is now a world-class museum for Scotland, where people can see the world under one roof.”
The normal daily visitor figure to the Museum is 2,500 and the highest figure in recent history was 7,500 for a day during the exhibition Dinosaurs Alive! in 2006.
On-street celebrations began at 9.15am, with an animatronic T.rex dinosaur, dramatic Tidal Zone sea creatures, puppets on stilts and the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers. Grant Stott from Radio Forth, invited local child 11 year-old Bryony Hare to open the doors, prompting a fanfare, the unfurling of banners and “statues” abseiling from the roof of the building.
There were music and activities going on in the Museum throughout the day, including musician and instrument-maker Victor Gama in the Performance and Lives gallery, playing the instruments which he created especially for the National Museum of Scotland.
Most popular among the exhibits are the spectacular Wildlife Panorama, including animals such as the life-sized T. Rex, white shark and giraffe.
A new mentoring and development programme for emerging playwrights has been announced this week. Edinburgh-based theatre production company, Siege Perilous, is introducing the scheme in conjunction with its inaugural Writer-in-Residence Caroline Dunford.
The aim of the ‘Playwrights’ Development Programme’ is to help aspiring playwrights develop their writing skills. Up to six playwrights will be chosen for the programme. Playwrights will be invited to submit a single script or work-in-progress which will be used to determine the final selections. At the end of the programme, the developed work will be workshopped with the production company and a team of professional actors. There is the further possibility that a script will go into a full production.
“We are so pleased that someone of Caroline’s experience has agreed to become our first Writer-in-Residence and that she is so enthusiastic about this new initiative” said Siege Perilous General Manager Tina Finch.
Caroline commented that “There are a number of excellent mentoring programmes available but it is extremely rare to find one that offers such richness of support. Not only does the playwright get direct one-to-one mentoring with me rather than email exchanges, they also get feedback about staging the work and practicalities from an experienced Director and Producer.”
The Company is committed to running the programme for an initial 3-year period subject to evaluations from the first cohort of playwrights in this first year, and funding.
The programme to be operated in Edinburgh will be open for submissions for a 2-week period from 12th September, and any Scotland-based playwright will be eligible to apply. The playwright does not have to have been previously produced, but the work they submit should not have been professionally performed nor used as part of another mentoring scheme. Full details of the programme can be found at www.siegeperilous.co.uk
So today’s the day! The wedding of Miss Zara Phillips, who is thirteenth in line to the throne and Mr Mike Tindall takes place in the Canongate Church today. We are told they will tie the knot around 3 o’clock this afternoon, but there is limited opportunity for public viewing. So quite a different occasion from the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who married in London only three months ago, although many members of the Royal Family will be present. Hello have been banned from having an exclusive on the event but they have photos of some iconic weddings online.
Apparently the couple were partying in the city centre last night. Down-to-earth royal Zara Phillips and husband-to-be Mike Tindall prepared for their big day – with cocktails and partying with pals on George Street.
The couple were joined by a dozen close friends for a pre-nuptials celebration at the city’s Tigerlily hotel.
When the bar closed, the group headed downstairs to the hotel club, Lulu, where they declined VIP treatment and mingled with other revellers.
They capped their night by putting in a special request with the DJ, before letting loose on the dance floor when their tune, Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO was played.
David Johnston, director of Montpeliers (Edinburgh) Ltd, which owns Tigerlily and Lulu said: “They had a fantastic night and were unbelievably grounded.
“When Tigerlily closed they headed downstairs to Lulu. Our security people accompanied them, but Zara’s group were insistent they didn’t want VIP treatment, even though we offered it.
“They said they’d be perfectly happy just to have a couple of tables and were happy mixing with the rest of the crowd.
“All of our staff who were dealing with them said they were lovely, lovely people and it was clear the group were comfortable together and were having a really good time.”
22,000 visitors flocked through the doors of the National Museum of Scotland yesterday to examine for themselves the renovations to the building which have cost almost £50m. Did you go? What did you think?
Restalrig has its own festivities today when they stage The Restalrig Festival.
The BBC report that around 450 cannabis plants have been removed from a house in Ferry Road, and a man has been arrested and charged with drugs offences.
Marco Biagi the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central is hosting a surgery in Stockbridge on 5 August. More details here.
Feature race at Musselburgh’s Carnival Race Night fixture tonight is the £12,000 BlackRock EBF Conditions Stakes, one of three qualifying races for the Betfair Bonus Scottish Racing Series finals in September.
Course specialist Bryan Smart will be fancied to maintain his lucrative strike rate at Musselburgh with Excelette, a speedy filly which broke her maiden tag at Chester 11 days ago in the hands of Royston Ffrench, who retains the ride.
Excelette will be hard to beat but the value lies with the well drawn Class Monitor. The Elaine Burke trained juvenile created a big impression when scoring in decisive style on his racecourse debut at Beverley and the Middleham trainer has her team in peak form.
Racing gets underway at 6.00 with the BlackRock Amateur Riders Handicap. Leading amateur Simon Walker teams up with Keith Dalgleish’s recent dual winner Jewelled Dagger, but this confirmed front runner will be pressed for the lead by Oddsmaker.
The pair may well set the race up for Jim Goldie’s Toshi who likes to come late and will be partnered by the experienced Carol Bartley. Toshi returned to winning form over hurdles at Perth last time out and is back to a nice mark.
The locally owned Argentine will be a popular choice for the 5f BlackRock Handicap at 8.45. Trained near Haddington by George Foster, Argentine has not won for two seasons but the Foster horses have now struck winning form and Argentine caught the eye with a strong finishing second at Hamilton on his latest appearance.
Adding to the carnival atmosphere, there will be large fairground rides, trampolines, a roundabout, face painters, stilt walkers and a tattooist, with Radio Forth’s Roadshow providing pre and post race entertainment.
Gates open at 4pm, the first race is at 6pm and the last race is at 9.15pm, with music continuing until 10pm
Musselburgh Racecourse commercial manager, Sarah Montgomery, said: “At the height of the holiday season a Friday evening at the races is an excellent way to kick-start the weekend and our carnival night should appeal to locals and holidaymakers alike.
“We have a competitive card with seven races, a good selection of entertainment for all ages, and weather permitting we should get a decent turnout.”
Still Spinning sees Mick Groves perform three shows, weaving together songs and stories from thirty years at the peak of the folk business, including the folk revivial in the sixties, many television series and specials in the seventies, 30 plus albums and tours of West Africa, Australia, USA, Canada and Europe throughout.
The Spinners were defined by their ability to fill the UK’s largest concert halls and get audiences singing along to their wide repertoire, encompassing traditional ballads, Caribbean riffs and new songs that have become folk standards. Somewhat sniffed at by the folk music purists, the ‘other fab four’ nevertheless introduced a generation of young people to the richness and diversity of traditional music. Mick is now based in Devon and is an active member of the local folk scene, as well as still recording CDs.
On May 22nd 2011, The Spinners received a lifetime achievement award from the Acoustic Music Festival of Great Britain.
Still Spinning is at 7.30pm on 11th, 12th and 13th August at St Brides centre in Dalry. Tickets are available through the Fringe and Queen’s Hall box offices at £8 (£6 concession). It’s not quite folk, but it’s most definitely entertaining!
We have two free tickets for the show on either the 12 or 13 August to give away.
Answer the following question by email, putting in the subject line ‘Competition – Still Spinning’
The question is:- Who was the fifth member of The Spinners? (clue – the person is not in the photo!)
You have until 12 noon on Friday 5 August 2011 to send an email to us with your answer. Good Luck!