Four years ago the Army launched Army@TheFringe as a way of sparking conversations about diversity and identity by hosting performances that offered insights on life in and out of uniform. Those discussions have never been more important.
Follow-up national Fringe events included a 2017 tour of Rosie Kay’s ‘5 Soldiers’ brought to Colchester by the Garrison working with the Mercury Theatre, and in the 2018 Armistice year, a special film screening at Colchester’s Firstsite of Akademi’s dance company’s ‘The Troth’, based on a WW1 Hindi love story, which was incorporated into Firstsite’s Theatre Opera response to their 14-18 NOW commissioned project.
For 2020, Army@TheFringe has been transformed and will offer a richly varied three-week programme of online workshops, readings, performances and discussions for the arts community and the public.
Rebadged as Army@The Virtual Fringe its focus will shift from hosting Edinburgh Fringe shows to providing practical insights and advice from a wide variety of emerging and established arts and cultural practitioners.
Between 10th and 30th August there will be more than 40 free online events – with Week 1 dedicated to film and photography, Week 2 devoted to theatre and Week 3 exploring poetry, books and visual art. For the complete programme, please see the link Army@The Virtual Fringe