Army The Fringe Edinburgh Scotland Dance

The head of the Army in Scotland has welcomed performers in Edinburgh for the opening of the Army’s first ever Fringe venue.

Brigadier Gary Deakin CBE said this is a chance for the Army to engage with a different audience.

The Army reserve centre and drill hall in East Claremont Street has been temporarily transformed into Army @ TheFringe, a venue hosting drama, dance and other performance works.

Brigadier Deakin said:

“The Army in Scotland is delighted to be part of this, the world’s biggest arts festival, in its 70th year and to welcome all these first class acts and audiences to our venue, a working Army reserve centre in the hearth of the community.

“This is the Army’s first foray into the Fringe and, as Commander 51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland, I am really excited about this new venture.

"I hope it will give the wider community a chance to have a discussion about military life, about our people and our contribution to the community.”

Army The Fringe Edinburgh Scotland Dance
PICTURE: Brigadier Gary Deakin, Commander of Scotland's 51st Infantry Brigade, with the cast of "5 Soldiers" at the Army@The Fringe venue.

The Army is already well represented at the famous Tattoo this month but now it is to expand its operations into the Fringe.

Army @ TheFringe, in association with Summerhall, will present a series of acts, including '5 Soldiers: The Body Is The Frontline', 'Stand By' 'The Last Post' and 'What If I Told You'.

The shows address a range of issues including race and gender in the civilian world as well as ones focused on military life – today and in the past.

Lt Col Jo Young, the British Army's Officer for the Arts, spoke to Richard Hatch on Forces Radio BFBS to tell us about their two-week programme.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, which last year featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues.

Army The Fringe Edinburgh Scotland Dance