Fringe administrator Mhairi Mackenzie-Robinson
_ All the fun
of the fringe
On 11 August 1991, Edinburgh will
image and, in a Jekyll and Hyde bout of schizophrenia, till itseli with street artists, noise, colour and enough advertising leatlets to replenish a tropical raintorest. In otherwords, it’s time Iorthe Fringe to begin. Announcing this year’s programme, Fringe Administrator Mhairi Mackenzie-Robinson described the event as ‘a law unto itseli’. She had anticipated a smaller Fringe than in recent years, due mainly to the Gull Warand the recession, but a late burst oi bookings means that there is a drop at only 27 groups on last year. Once again, Edinburgh in August looks set to experience its usual population boom. But oi course size isn’t everything.
once again try to shake all its staid old
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3 scotching the myth that it is merely the ; home of amateurs and students on their . ; summer holidays. This year over halI oi ,
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same regard as the protessionals.‘
productions, including an open air Cymbeline on Calton Hill and two versions of Macbeth that cast an eye on
Joseph, star of TV’s Birds OI A Feather. j Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer bring the
one-oil acoustic session. Oddest entry . in the programme has to be Cynthia Payne At Home at 4.30pm in the
Mackenzie-Robinson was also keen to stress that prolessional involvement In the Fringe is continuing to rise,
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the companies are tully prolessional and 69 per cent have some prolessional element. In all, the Fringe will bring a total 01210 UK and world premieres to Scotland. ‘I thinkthis shows the Fringe is still regarded as a very good showcase Ior new work,‘ she says. ‘It also still holds a role as an
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Man with a Stick and various meat products up north tor a Big Night Out, while on the music side, Roddy Frame and Edwyn Collins will join Iorces tor a
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The Fringe Box Ottice at 180 High Street, Edinburgh opens Ior counter sales on Mon 29 July. Telephone sales
postal sales are already underway.
i I GLASGOW FAIB: The last growing Glasgow Fair Summer Festival has acheived something at a coup by attracting world lamous travelling
theatre company Footsbarn to the Fair * this July. The company‘s appearance
will be one at only tour in the British leg at an acclaimed world tour. A truly
international cast will pertorm a
show-tent production oi A Midsummer i Night‘s Dream on Glasgow Green at
8pm Irom 12—16July.
I ABTS CONFERENCE: The Convention : oi Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
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(SALVO) have joined torces to organise a major conference on the arts in Scotland, to be held in Aberdeen from 14—16 October 1991 . The conterence will look in detail at the role at local government in the forthcoming Charter iorthe Arts, which will set out a policy tor the arts over the next decade.
I ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION: Inhabitants at certain Scottish towns may have been surprised recently to see a giant laboratory rabbit hopping into their neighbourhood. ‘Vanity the Bunny' was undertaking a Scottish tour to lobby Euro MPs over EC policy that will cause the death and suffering ot tens at thousands oi animals in cosmetic tests each year. New EC
the seventeen day period trom 10 to 26
legislation on the issue is due to go beiore the European Parliament Environment Committee shortly. Ken Collins, MEP tor Strathclyde East and chair at the Environment Committee has recently received a petition containing over two and a hall million signatures calling Ior a ban on cosmetic testing.
I BALLOONS GROUNOEO: Jonathan Monk, a final yearstudent at Environmental Art at Glasgow School at Art decided not to open the 1991 degree show with a mass balloon release (The List Art News 150) after pressure from a local animal wellare group. Animal
Concern (Scotland) claimed that debris lrom balloons could be eaten by marine and grazing animals causing their deaths, and that partially detlated balloons were the equivalent at pollution in the environment.
I BOOK FESTIVAL: Jenny Brown, director at the Edinburgh Book Festival since 1983, hands overthe otiice to co-director Shona Munro in September. Ms Brown will continue to work tor Scottish Television, where she is presenter of Scottish Books. The programme tor this year’s testival has just been published and includes an international line-up at some 200 writers from Czechoslovakia to Canada taking part in 344 ditterent events over
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