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Extinction Rebellion to take up residency at Summerhall during Fringe

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Environmental campaign Extinction Rebellion is to take up residency at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The movement will take over two spaces in the basement of the venue, curating a month of performance, visual art, films and documentaries themed around climate change.

Details of the programming is to be announced, with the overall aim of the exhibition to “encourage the public to engage with Extinction Rebellion’s demands”, which include calling on governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Other highlights in the Summerhall performance programme for 2019 include Cardboard Citizens’ Bystanders, telling stories of the lives and deaths of homeless people.

Theatre company Lung will examine the failures of the UK care system in Who Cares, while Ahmed El-Attar, director of the Arab Arts Focus season, will return to the fringe with his own work Before the Revolution.

Anoushka Warden will perform in her one-woman show about her mum joining a cult, My Mum’s a Twat, which previously ran at the Royal Court in London, in a new version directed by Debbie Hannan.

Other highlights include two productions from Rachael Young; Nightclubbing and Out, and Phosphoros Theatre’s Pizza Shop Heroes, about former child refugees settling in the UK.

National Theatre Wales will present Cotton Fingers, about a woman travelling to Wales from Ireland for an abortion, and Alan Harris’ For All I Care.

The programme also includes Caroline Horton’s All of Me, which is a co-production between China Plate, Cambridge Junction and the Yard, Chris Goode and Company’s Narcolepsy, Sh!t Theatre’s Drink Rum with Ex-Pats and Emma Frankland’s new show Hearty.

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