Edinburgh Festival Venue 125

MICHAEL MULLIGAN, Venue Manager, reports

Hello again from me, Michael Mulligan, the Venue Manager once more at artSpace@StMarks, for all three weeks of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Also back this year, will be Ross to run things on a day-to-day basis, and to look after the fantastic team of volunteers made up from members of the church.

Our programme this year is as diverse as previous years, with something for all.

In a major event for the venue, we have leading Scottish theatre company Stellar Quines, bringing 'The View from Castle Rock' by Alice Munro. All about the subject of Scots emigrating to Canada, it is linked to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and there will be nineteen performances over all three weeks. We also welcome the return of ‘Interrupt’ the Routine from London, with their wonderful hour-long spoof on old fashioned radio plays called 'The Gin Chronicles'.

As always, of course, the bulk of our performers are musicians and singers. This year we have both the Edinburgh Renaissance band and the Edinburgh Festival Ensemble, and the evergreen Royal Scottish Pipers Society.

Veteran Boys of the Lough, star Cathal McConnell, returns with friends for three shows of great folk and Celtic music.

Leading Australian contralto Rose Nolan presents 'Blissful Harmonies' which will be glorious in the superb acoustic of the church, and Sheena Jardine returns to play violin pieces from Dvorak to Handel, accompanied on piano by Steven Doughty.

An old favourite also returns for three fantastic evenings, with pianist Richard Michael and his improvisational takes on all things piano from jazz to wherever! Concert pianist Peter Seivewright is our star performer on the last Saturday evening, with a jazz themed classical night, which will include Gershwin's Piano Concerto.

Sundown Swing will be back to swing you through the big band sounds from Miller to Basie, and for the whole three weeks London-based singer Gary Bland presents his tribute to singing great Johnny Mathis.

Lawrence Dunn will have several concerts including Vivaldi's Four Seasons and, in another first for the venue, will have two late evening Saturday screenings of the classic silent movie 'Nosferatu' with live musical accompaniment.

Also new to us this year are the Wayfarers from Australia. Under the guidance of one of Australia's leading musicians, Judith Clingan, there will be six shows with three performances each of 'The Little Prince' and 'So Good A Thing'.

So there we are, there really is something for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you along, as either a volunteer, or audience member, or both. Here's to Fringe 2016 in our great central venue at St Mark's.

Full details of the programme at artSpace@StMarks will be available with the July edition of Waymark.