August is usually a busy time for the theatre and entertainment industry in Scotland, specifically in Edinburgh and this year is no exception. The Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe are back after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus. These events do not only signify a return to normality for Edinburgh’s annual festival stint but also a return for theatre in Scotland. Most theatres in Scotland are currently rescheduled to re-open to full capacity in the beginning of September. Therefore, this year’s Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe are the test run for post lockdown live entertainment.
Of course, safety is of the upmost of importance for these events. The Edinburgh International Festival organizers have stressed that audience safety is central to the planning of the 2021 Festival, with measures including bespoke outdoor venues for increased ventilation at Edinburgh Academy Junior School, Edinburgh Park and the University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quad; audience members seated in bubbles spaced two metres apart; and shorter performances with no intervals. The programme also includes carefully planned indoor performances at the Festival Theatre, Traverse Theatre, The Lyceum Theatre and Dance Base.
The Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Fringe, Shona McCarthy states “The Fringe is always a remarkable feat, but this year, it’s nothing short of extraordinary. In the face of complex restrictions and enormous challenges, the Fringe community has created a diverse and engaging programme of over 700 shows to entertain us, bring us joy, and ultimately, do what culture does best: tell stories that help us understand where we are, what we’ve been through, and where we need to go.”
With these exciting announcements, we at Theatre Scotland are also pleased to announce that our team will be attending both the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe this year. This will be our debut year covering both these events. We look forward to covering the broad spectrum of both live and digital productions that are on offer. Over the next month our followers can look forward to reviews covering a wide array of genres, mediums and venues.
We are very excited and slightly emotional that finally, we have the return of live entertainment in Scotland. Bring on the festival!