Assembly Roxy's year-round programme offers a distinctive approach to performance
- Gareth K Vile
- 8 February 2019
Popular Fringe venue aims to have a presence in Edinburgh throughout the year
Although the Roxy has been a familiar venue during the Fringe, it's currently being reinvented by Assembly as a year-round space with a distinctive approach to performance. Luke Holbrook, currently programming Assembly Roxy, is very clear that it's aiming to become a strong presence in the capital. 'We're working to present a programme with consistency so that audiences know we're here and that there's always something to see,' he says. 'In a short space of time, a consistent programme has emerged due to the demand from artists in Edinburgh for spaces at our scale.'
The season has a double strategy, Holbrook continues. 'The Roxy is beginning to emerge as a venue where the work of some of the most innovative and diverse Scottish companies and artists can be found alongside some of the UK's boldest touring companies.' From Tragic Carpet's site-specific and intimate study of Rendition, through Kith's exploration of identity and migration, to the latest piece from London-based but globally alert Tamasha, the season combines familiar touring companies and emerging, and established, local performers.
'To have a venue with three very different spaces that can showcase that work in Edinburgh year-round is incredibly exciting,' Holbrook adds. 'Edinburgh has such a vibrant theatre scene, but space for artists is precarious. As rich as the theatre, dance and comedy scene is in Edinburgh, a diversity of spaces is crucial to making a diverse range of work. Ultimately the beneficiaries of that breadth of choice will be the audience.'
Assembly Roxy's spring programme runs until Fri 17 May. Find out more about the full programme.