Edinburgh Fringe operator Assembly has added four new venues for its line-up this year, including a treehouse bar that doubles as a performance space.
Assembly runs a string of hub venues at the fringe, such as Assembly George Square, Assembly Roxy and the Assembly Rooms, with each housing several performance spaces.
In addition to this, new venues for this year’s festival include the Treehouse, a two-storey bar in George Square Gardens, which will stage two shows from cycling theatre company the Handlebards – Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.
The Bubble, a new small-scale space for theatre, cabaret and comedy, replaces the Omnitorium behind George Square Theatre, which is not in operation this year.
On George Street in New Town, home to the Assembly Rooms, the company will also have a 132-seat new black box theatre space, the Blue Room. Its programme includes Gandini Juggling’s new show Gibbon.
On the same street, Assembly has also created a high-level helter skelter, called Sip and Slide.
Sip and Slide has been built by theatre supplier Triple E, out of ModTruss, the same modular construction system used to create stage scenery.
William Burdett-Coutts, director of Assembly Festival, said: “To ensure Edinburgh maintains its reputation as a world-class destination and that audiences in their thousands continue to flock to the fringe in August, we need to constantly think about reinvention.