Hidden Door Festival @ Leith Theatre

There’s nothing better than having a great, wee arts festival on yer doorstep and no, I’m not talking about the Fringe. The Hidden Door Festival is an alternative programme of events which has been on the go now for four years. Luckily for me, this year it’s being hosted at Leith Theatre.  This gorgeous building has been closed to the public for almost three decades and after a great deal of restoration work by Leith Theatre Trust is now ready tae rock once more! Cue the Hidden Door festival commandeering it for it’s annual, May jubilee of new and emerging art, music, theatre, film, spoken word and mischief-making!

This year’s event has featured some fun, installation art by Lotte Fisher whose delightfully bonkers world of Tenzing has taken up residence in the old toilets of the building.

Tenzing by Lotte Fisher, installation artist at Hidden Door Tenzing by Lotte Fisher at Hidden Door Hidden Door 2017, Tenzing by Lotte Fisher

Other acts have included an excellent spoken word evening hosted by Flint & Pitch and multi, award-winning, site-specific theatre company (and Leith locals), Grid Iron whose play, South Bend has been picking up rave reviews already. This year’s musical artists have been particularly impressive in Bossy Love, Hidden Orchestra, prolific composer, Anna Meredith the compelling, Kathryn Joseph (check out her thoroughly mesmerising version of Radiohead’s Street Spirit) and the mighty Idlewild who headlined the opening night.

Hidden Door Festival 2017, Leith

The vibe is really nicely, chilled-out with local, independent food vendors and a bar selling cheeky libations ahoy to keep yer laughing gear lubricated.

The spirit of Hidden Door is for me, embodied in the way they use unusual venues with the past few years seeing them take over a disused lighting factory and the dilapidated, arches on Market Street by Waverley Station (since transformed into shiny, retail units). This year’s venue is a particular gemstone though and having the performances breathing life back into the place is a wonderful sight to behold. I would urge everyone to get behind the events being held here and support the Leith Theatre Trust.  It needna’ be hidden any longer.

Hidden Door Festival at Leith Theatre

This year’s festival runs from Friday 26th May until Sunday 4th June. http://hiddendoorblog.org/

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