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Summerhall announces 2018 Edinburgh line-up

Last year’s programme gathered eleven Total Theatre nominations and six Fringe First awards for best new writing

Summerhall in Edinburgh
Summerhall in Edinburgh

Summerhall's Edinburgh 2018 programme has been announced, with appearances from companies such as Paines Plough, Sh!t Theatre and China Plate.

JG Ballard's dystopian sci-fi novel Concrete Island will be adapted in a dance, video and audio staging by V/DA and MHz in association with Feral called Void. Arthur Meek returns to Edinburgh with Erewhon, a re-interpretation of Samuel Butler's 1872 science fiction novel of the same name, while writer Molly Taylor will stage Extinguished Things, which looks at people who have spent their lives together.

Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin, the team behind hard-hitting show Confirmation reunite for Status in the season, while Fallen Fruit will look ahead to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2019.

Sh!t Theatre returns with Dollywould, while Séance creators Darkfield are back in their shipping container with Flight.

Paines Plough's Roundabout season includes Square Go from Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair, Luke Barnes' All We Ever Wanted Was Everything returns while Ed Edwards' piece The Political History of Smack and Crack is a Thatcher-era riot drama. The Roundabout space also hosts Eve Nicol's One Life Stand about intimacy in a connected world.

Paines Plough feature world premieres from Simon Longman (Island Town), Vinay Patel (Sticks and Stones) and Georgia Christou (How to Spot and Alien), all of which will be performed in rep by Charlotte O'Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.

The NHS is a focus in the programme this year, to time with the organisation's 70th birthday. McNair's After the Cuts imagines a future where the NHS doesn't exitst and A Fortunate Man sets John Berger and Jean Mohr's 1967 book alongside contemporary interviews with medical staff.

The venue's music programme includes a ten-day residency for Pussy Riot's Riot Days with a live performance of Maria Alyokhina's memoir of protest.

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