PREVIEW: [email protected] returns exploring life in and out of uniform

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A SHOW presented by Army Headquarters Scotland as a way of engaging with wider society through the arts and initiating discussion about soldiering will return to Edinburgh this summer.

[email protected] is returning for a third year at the Edinburgh Festival with another programme of shows that explore life in and out of uniform.

This year’s productions embrace everything from opera and drama to queer theatre.

The themes include the experiences of women on the front line, the lives of female wartime medics, the recollections of York’s last surviving D-Day veterans and the importance of non-sexual touch in a digital world.

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, Head of Engagement for the Army in Scotland

It is also taking a highly innovative step with one production, the acclaimed Unicorns, Almost, by Owen Sheers, which has been specially adapted as an immersive audio experience and installation. This will be performed during the second half of the Festival.

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, Head of Engagement for the Army in Scotland, said: “[email protected] has established itself as a venue that offers high quality performance art that asks serious questions about life in the armed services and about wider social issues.

“In the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings we are also proud to be able to present Unicorns, Almost, which offer different perspectives on the struggle to liberate Europe, and the consequences for those who fought to defeat the Nazis.”

The Army will be inviting audiences to join them in the historic Hepburn House Drill Hall in Edinburgh’s New Town, which will be staffed by serving soldiers and cadets.

As in previous years there will be after show discussions in which the audience can raise questions with performers, directors and members of the Army.

Most importantly it continues to build on its strong track record of presenting bold, high quality, independently produced performance art.

[email protected] is once again taking place in association with Summerhall, Edinburgh’s independent arts venue.

 
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