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Army to buddy up with Summerhall for Edinburgh Fringe

Rosie Kay Dance Company's 5 Soldiers. Photo: Tim Cross
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The army is to have its own venue at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time.

Promising “cutting edge theatre and dance”, Army@TheFringe will see Hepburn House Army Reserve Centre, in East Claremont Street, transformed into a temporary performance space staffed by military personnel.

Army@TheFringe is in association with fringe organisation Summerhall and will explore issues including equality and diversity in military life.

Programming will include Rosie Kay Dance Company’s 5 Soldiers: The Body Is the Frontline, with the full schedule to be announced soon.

The initiative is part of an army drive to engage with the public “in new, open and creative ways”, and to spark conversations about its role in the 21st century and reflect on its place in history.

Gary Deakin, commander of the 51st infantry brigade, said: “Having a venue at the world’s biggest arts festival gives us an unparalleled opportunity to engage with people in new ways.

“As well as having superb shows from this country and overseas, there will be discussions and other events. Army@TheFringe will allow us to have entirely different conversations about our place in society and the issues affecting all of us in a rapidly changing world.”

Kay, added: “We are thrilled to be bringing 5 Soldiers to the Edinburgh Fringe with the support of the army.

“If someone had told me when I started the research for this work nine years ago, that this would be the result I would never have believed them. Attitudes to the arts and to engagement in the army have changed dramatically, and we are proud to be reaching more audiences in new ways through this work at the Fringe.”

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