Army@TheFringe returns to Edinburgh for 2019


11 June 2019
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Army@TheFringe is returning to Edinburgh for a third year with another programme of shows that explore life in and out of uniform.

Army@TheFringe is returning to Edinburgh for a third year with another programme of shows that explore life in and out of uniform. 

This year's themes include the experiences of women on the front line, the lives of female wartime medics, the recollections of York’s last surviving D-Day veterans and the importance of non-sexual touch in a digital world.

The company is also taking a highly innovative step with one production, the acclaimed Unicorns, Almost, by Owen Sheers, which has been specially adapted as an immersive audio experience and installation.

D-Day anniversary

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, Head of Engagement for the Army in Scotland, said: “Army@TheFringe has established itself as a venue that offers high quality performance art that asks serious questions about life in the armed services and about wider social issues.

“In the 75thanniversary of the D-Day landings we are also proud to be able to present Bomb Happy and Unicorns, Almost, which offer different perspectives on the struggle to liberate Europe, and the consequences for those who fought to defeat the Nazis.

“The recent admission of women into frontline roles was something that caused controversy. With that in mind we hope audiences will be interested in Dead Equaland Hallowed Groundwhich both reflect the determination of women from different nations and in different eras to offer their skills and services in times of conflict.

“At the same time we are delighted to have the chance to welcome Edinburgh’s Creative Electric withThe Happiness Project – with its diverse and inclusive cast and its dedication to put queer, working class and disabled people’s stories centre stage.”

Once again, the Army will be inviting audiences to join them in the historic Hepburn House Drill Hall in Edinburgh’s New Town, which will be staffed by serving soldiers and cadets. As in previous years there will be after show discussions in which the audience can raise questions with performers, directors and members of the Army.

For details of all the shows, visit the website.