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Duo team up to launch Edinburgh Fringe theatre

Petra and Gilly

Entrepreneurial duo Petra Wetzel, founder of the West Brewery, and Gilly Bain, founder of YOURgb Events, have joined forces to launch a new venture for the Edinburgh Fringe.

The New Wee Theatre’s first programme will be produced at The New Town Theatre (Venue 7) at Freemason’s Hall on Edinburgh’s George Street throughout this year’s Fringe.

Describing its offering as ‘classic Fringe made modern’, The New Wee Theatre aims to combine the classic Fringe appreciation of international theatre with a new, eclectic mix of performance disciplines.

Amongst highlights this year will be: performances from renowned musician Michelle Shocked; the European premiere of the documentary on writer Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously; the unseen and underground films of director Ken Russell and a host of cutting edge new plays.

Ms Bain said: “The New Town Theatre, will be the place to hang out, enjoy a day of theatre, film, music and comedy at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe We are dedicated to continuing the legacy of this gorgeous venue by hosting an eclectic programme that has something for everyone.”

Ms Wetzel added: “I’ve long been involved in programming live music and comedy at WEST On The Green in Glasgow, and when I linked up with Gilly at last year’s Fringe, it became very clear very quickly that we work well together. And when the opportunity arose for us to put on a theatrical programme for The Fringe I jumped at it!”

The enterprising duo are joined in the new venture by Lach, a New York-born, Edinburgh-based performer, radio presenter, writer and producer, as creative director and producer.

He said: “I’ve been a performer for the last five years of the Fringe and it’s a thrill to be on the producing side this year. We’ve had a blast creating a very exciting programme with a uniquely underground edge that, coincidently, reflects the Fringe theme this year of ‘Defying convention’. We’ll be doing that to the hilt.” 

Photo: Petra Wetzel and Gilly Bain (contributed)

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