Hidden Gems…

The last weekend of the Fringe is fast approaching and you still have time to get out there and explore all the corners of the festival and everything out there ! There are some unique venues this year that we have loved visiting –  two hidden gems that are well worth a visit if you can are :

ImageSwallow The Sea Caravan Theatre – Finishing up on Sunday 25th , this delightful little caravan is not to be missed. Parked up in the Summerhall courtyard, bringing you an escape from the hecticness of the festival and plunging audiences into a different world entirely. Shadow and tabletop puppetry, object theatre, poetry, installation and live soundscape give a rare opportunity to experience intimate all-immersive theatre in the tiniest of settings with the smallest of audiences. It is totally worth going to Summerhall just to see the caravan – make sure you book tickets in advance as seats are limited !

Image result for pianodromePianodrome – Also finishing up on the 25th August is the incredible Pianodrome – if you have never visited this amazing venue before – don’t miss out. The biggest small venue in town. This year their majestic 100-seater amphitheatre made entirely from upcycled pianos goes wild downtown in a post-industrial warehouse in Leith. Join them for new music, new writing, street food and drinks. All singing, all dancing, all welcome. Intimate. Epic.

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Pitch and ‘Pitt’ Perfect Pianodrome returns …..

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If you were lucky enough to visit the Pianodrome last year at the Botanics, you will be as excited as we are that it is returning to the festival – and this year in a new home within the Pitt Street Market…

The biggest small venue in town. This year their majestic 100-seater amphitheatre made entirely from upcycled pianos goes wild downtown in a post-industrial warehouse in Leith. Join them for new music, new writing, street food and drinks. All singing, all dancing, all welcome. Intimate. Epic. Drop in for live music and activities from 11am.

 

Kids are very much included in the jam packed schedule throughout August – see the full line up and details here – we’ve had a look and picked out some of the family friendly goodies over the month, but it’s definitely one to explore, the programme will be full of magical delights to unearth, and even popping by and playing the pianos or appreciating the wonder of the structure is well worth it….

Image result for the adventures of prince achmedThe Adventures of Prince Achmed with live score by Sink –

This is sure to be SPECTACULAR – with this animated film coming alive with the soundtrack being played right beside you – and the film being shown on FIVE screens in the round !!! Swirling, spiraling strings, saxophones, accordion, percussion and voice transport you to a world of conjurors and princesses, where Aladdin battles demons and nothing is as it seems. Lotte Reiniger’s classic and groundbreaking paper-cut animation is a delight for all ages.                                                                                 31st July – 4th August

 

Image result for tinderbox orchestraTinderbox  – If you’ve never seen the Tinderbox orchestra play, then please, please get yourself along to one of their shows at the Pianodrome – the combination of the venue and the orchestra is going to be tremendous. Tinderbox Orchestra’s spellbinding 20-piece band bring a set of original music, orchestral experiments and site specific performance to this unique venue. Featuring special guests and new collaborations for each show. Tinderbox Orchestra brings together some of Scotland’s leading young musicians across genres. Fiercely independent, they combine core values of inclusivity and togetherness with an ambition to hit the highest levels of creativity and originality.                                   4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August

 

image of eventI Piano – In this one-of-a-kind venue the piano and the little girl set off on their quest, searching from the North Pole to the bottom of the sea. They meet dancing dinos and monks on scooters, and explore everything from Beethoven to boogie-woogie, but will they findmusic? If music is in all of us, they will need all our help.                                      7th – 11th August 3pm