A new family focused Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue for 2011 – Leith On the Fringe
Leith On The Fringe at Out of the Blue Drill Hall is a unique new family focused Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue with the Leith and wider Edinburgh community very much at its heart. It will open its doors to audiences for the first time from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 28 August 2011.
Inspired by the work of the many artistic companies that call Leith home, LOTF is an extension of the Edinburgh festivals network; with two performance spaces (a 190 seat main theatre and a 90 seat studio) presenting aerial and circus shows, theatre, family shows, music, performance workshops and cabaret, a box office, a cafe and a bar; all at the Out of the Blue – Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street, Leith.
Though the full programme for LOTF at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to be announced at the beginning of July but there’s certainly already enough shows that take our fancy in the programme that will see us paying Leith a few visits during August. Tightlaced Theatre’s From the Lilypad is a perfect choice for children and This Twisted Tale from The Paper Doll Militia looks an interesting combination of theatrical performaces incorporated with acrobatics and aerial skills.
Performances inlcude diverse range of artistic disciplines, the long term aim of the venue is to be best known as Edinburgh’s main hub for showcasing circus, aerial and street art of the highest quality; as well as the more diverse arts, physical theatre and dance disciplines. Organisers envisage it becoming the main platform for home grown and global talent working across these disciplines to present work, run workshops and network during the Fringe and throughout the year.
Situated in the heart of Leith, a short distance from the city centre, LOTF will provide a home to both local performers and international acts during the four weeks of the Fringe.
The team behind LOTF are determined to increase footfall to Leith during the Fringe, promoting it as a place ‘where great things happen’. The venue has been programmed in such a way as to dictate a morning, afternoon or evening well spent; encouraging audiences to make the short trip to Leith, arriving early or staying on in order to take advantage of the available workshop and performance packages and the drinks and food promotions on offer at local bars and restaurants.
The LOTF team want Leith to benefit from the venue’s existence and are particularly keen that local residents and the business community feel a sense of ownership of the project as a result. LOTF will become an umbrella organisation that supports and promotes Leith as an affordable and exciting alternative destination during the Fringe and throughout the year. It also plans to develop other venues in Leith into performance spaces; organise performances, workshops and master classes at the venue all year round and build an annual multi-faceted programme of cultural events throughout Leith.
There is also a definite business focus to LOTF. The team are keen to build collaborative working partnerships between Leith based businesses and local arts organisations and individual artists in order to successfully produce and promote cultural projects and events in Leith. You can contact them for further details.