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Aftershow

Celebrating Leith Theatre’s legacy and supporting its bright future. 

Through our identity work on Edinburgh International Festival’s Light on the Shore programme, we saw the potential in a charity exhibition to raise the profile of Leith Theatre, a historic live music venue that has recently been the focus of a community led campaign to reopen it on a permanent basis.

Inspired by the unique musical history of Leith Theatre, we created a series of hanging banners, each a response to one of the acts that have played at the venue over the years (from its heyday in the 1970s through to its recent renaissance).

Taking cues from community banners and Leith’s tradition of artist murals, this was a visual celebration of Leith Theatre’s proud musical heritage, from Thin Lizzy’s career-defining early performances to AC/DC’s electrifying 1976 show, from Anna Meredith’s intoxicating compositions to Young Fathers’ triumphant gig on home turf earlier this year.

A collection of souvenir merchandise complemented this exhibit, including Riso prints, tote bags and limited-run tee-shirts, not only giving gig-goers a unique memento of their Light on the Shore experience but also raising funds – with all profits raised going back towards the ongoing transformation of this historic venue.