Solidarity with #Paris

Nov 15 2015 | By More

Theatres light up Blue, White and Red

Edinburgh venues the Usher Hall and the Playhouse were lit up in the colours of the French tricolour on Saturday night.

They were acting in solidarity with the people of Paris following the attacks the previous day. Over 120 people were killed by gunmen, including 89 at the 1,500-seat Bataclan hall.

The Usher Hall. Photo Michele Agius -

The Usher Hall. Photo: Michele Agius –

Shirley Manson, lead singer with the band Garbage who were playing the Usher Hall on the last night of their 20th anniversary tour, broke off during the gig to declare her condemnation of the attacks.

The Playhouse on Saturday Night. Image: Playhouse

The Playhouse on Saturday Night. Image: Adam Knight – @AdamBKnight

The Playhouse was also lit up in solidarity. General Manager Adam Knight tweeted an image of the facade with a quote from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” – lines also used in the musical’s finale.

The venues were acting in concert with public buildings around the world. Edinburgh Castle was lit up successively in blue, white then red, before going dark for an hour.


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