National Collective Announces Edinburgh Festival Fringe Show


National Collective Presents…
Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre

Dates: Thursday 7, Friday 8 & Saturday 9 August / Thursday 14, Friday 15 & Saturday 16 August / Thursday 21, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 August
Time: 9.15PM-10.15PM

National Collective have today announced a series of events at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with iconic singer­-songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg amongst the confirmed performers.

Author and playwright Alan Bissett, singer-­songwriter, respected writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch, Aidan Moffat, award­-winning theatre­maker Kieran Hurley, and award­-winning poet Rachel McCrum are also amongst the confirmed acts, with many more to be announced.

Just weeks before Scotland’s independence referendum, “National Collective Presents…” will showcase a range of performers inspired by the question of Scottish independence. The events will take place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre at the heart of the Royal Mile.

From theatre­makers to troublemakers, poets to polemicists, activists to artists, National Collective will present the myriad of voices that are contributing to the question of how we build a better Scotland in a format designed to actively inform, enthuse and entertain in equal measure.

National Collective is dedicated to showcasing voices from beyond the mainstream, alongside well­known artists, writers and thinkers, with quality contributions to the debate. Each night will include personal stories, creative responses, audience participation and a surprise guest.

The event will come shortly after the National Collective Yestival tour, which will take art, culture and politics across Scotland as part of the summer of independence.

National Collective organiser Ross Colquhoun said,

“The Fringe is one of the foremost cultural events anywhere on the planet, and it’s only right that we use this as an opportunity to reflect on and engage with Scotland’s independence debate.”

“Every event will be different, and we will showcase a range of top artists and musicians who’ve been inspired by the independence debate. The events will all be broadcast online, to ensure as wide an audience as possible.”

“We’re delighted to welcome Billy Bragg, a widely renowned musician and left-wing activist, who will bring a fascinating international perspective to the programme.”

National Collective

Photograph by The Queens Hall.

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