ALL EVENTS | 07 August, 2018 Order by: Date / title

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Rose Bruford

Bruford Warm-Up Mornings

An opportunity to have some time and space for yourself and to prepare, recoup your energy and maximise your time at the Fringe meeting and working with other artists. Workshop leaders will include Gabriel Gawin, Niamh Dowling, Magda Koza, Company of Wolves, Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas and others.

_ Time: 09.30 (60 mins)

Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, Summerhall

Another One

“If you break my heart, I’ll break yours too.” This thrilling and inventive new work from one of Belgium’s most exciting young companies explores the world of both tolerating and being tolerated.

_ Time: 10.00 (55 mins)

Brush Theatre LLC

Woogie Boogie

BRUSH Theatre, last seen at Summerhall with The Overcoat, are back with another vivid and inventive show for younger audiences. A lonely boy Woogie and his troublemaking pet turtle Boogie experience their first sea adventure. What will happen to them in this beautiful but scary new watery world, and will they return home safely?

_ Time: 10.00 (50 mins)

Antosh Wojcik / Penned in the Margins

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia

What happens when memories disappear? Where do they go, and can we get them back? Using just his voice and a Roland TD-4KP electronic drumkit, Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of inherited Alzheimer's on speech, memory and family. Poems become beats become glitches in time in a mesmeric display of live drumming and spoken word.

_ Time: 10.15 (60 mins)

Chaliwaté Company and Focus Company

Backup

North Pole, 4 am. Under a snowstorm powerful enough to wrestle with a sequoia, a used-up van finds its way across the icecap. Three reporters land on the ice as if stepping on the moon for the first time. A bear stares straight at them. The team gets ready...

_ Time: 10.50 (30 mins)

LockedInEdinburgh Escape Game

Locked In Edinburgh: Escape the Distillery

1 group (2-5 players) per game - only 1 ticket required per group

Locked In Edinburgh escape game challenge to solve the mystery of who's plotting against the distillery. Play as a team and puzzle your way out, while saving the gin in the process! Summerhall's previously sold out escape show.

_ Time: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 19.00 (75 mins)

Two Destination Language

Fallen Fruit

In Fallen Fruit, as the Berlin Wall splits open in 1989, a girl looks forward to life beyond communism, a couple unravels, and 80s TV permeates everything. In 2019, Britain leaves the EU while Europe celebrates 30 years since the end of the Cold War.

_ Time: 11.25 (60 mins)

ACE-Production in association with From Start to Finnish

All the Lights Are On

A fearless play about the limits of hope and the consolations of reality, from Finland’s youngest and most irrepressibly talented new playwright

_ Time: 11.40 (60 mins)

Nina’s Drag Queens

Alma, a Human Voice

The Italian company Nina's Drag Queens explores drag queen aesthetics, blending songs, film extracts and lip-syncing with theatre, live acting and choreography.

_ Time: 11.50 (60 mins)

SKaGeN/KVS, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, Summerhall

Unsung

The makers of BigMouth return with a thrilling, relevant new show, delving deeply into the politician’s life and exposing those juicy backstage scenes we all look for and asking why anyone seeks recognition in a job that is known to be the most unpopular ever.

_ Time: 12.00 (75 mins)

Raw Material Arts Ltd In association with The Beacon

After the Cuts

Produced by Raw Material, in association with the Beacon Arts Centre. A dark comedy by Gary McNair, directed by Beth Morton. It's the future; just like now, but a bit more... well, shitey.

_ Time: 12.00 (60 mins)

James Ley

Love Song to Lavender Menace

After a sell-out run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party-boy Glen are back in this hit gay romantic comedy set in 1980s Edinburgh. Love Song to Lavender Menace is a funny, celebratory play about the radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop which began in the cloakroom of Scotland’s first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community.

_ Time: 12.55 (75 mins)

Darkfield

FLIGHT

Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to direct your attention to the on-board safety demonstration and ask that you give us your full attention. In the unlikely event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure alternative scenarios will be provided. Next of kin will be provided. Additional desserts will be provided. An extra pillow. Trumpets and gongs. Neither Heaven nor Hell is assured. We’re not responsible for your final destination.

_ Time: 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.00, 21.30 (30 mins)

Natalie Wearden

Performer:Maker

This event is free and unticketed.

Performer:Maker was originally produced to consider the fetishisation of the artist as a labourer; overworked and underpaid. The piece will exist both as performance and sculpture. It is a physical artwork activated by performance, and lives on even once the performance has ended.

_ Time: 13.00 (60 mins)

Futures Theatre

Never Vera Blue

Written in response to conversations with survivors of domestic violence and abuse, Never Vera Blue is a disorientating story of one woman’s journey to recover who she is.  From the city to the Kent coast, from a war-torn land to the pit of the stomach, Alexandra Wood’s new play explores just what it means to be made to doubt yourself and how to regain a sense of identity.

_ Time: 13.05 (70 mins)

A Prime Cut and Pan Narrans Co-production.

My Left Nut

The true, touching and hilarious story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down.

_ Time: 13.15 (55 mins)

Tin Can People

Katie & Pip

Katie & Pip celebrates the relationship between Katie, a 15-year-old Type 1 Diabetic girl and Pip, her five-year-old border collie, trained by Katie to save her life on a daily basis.

_ Time: 13.20 (60 mins)

Arthur Meek, co-produced with Magnetic North

Erewhon

This delightful neo-historical head-scratcher playfully welds future, past and present into a glittering bracelet of time.

_ Time: 13.25 (60 mins)

Katy Dye

Baby Face

In this brave and outlandish performance a grown woman attempts to be your baby to discover if innocence really is as sexy as we’re told it is.

_ Time: 13.30 (50 mins)

Rose Bruford

Come to Daddy

“The children grabbed him (the father) and put him on the table. And he became the food. They took him apart, dismembered him. Ate him up. And so he was liquidated... the same way he liquidated his children.”
Louise Bourgeois, The Destruction of The Father (1974)

_ Time: 13.35 (60 mins)

Le Gateau Chocolat

Duckie

Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self acceptance at its core. Family-friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a classic tale of identity and belonging.

_ Time: 14.00 (40 mins)

Ming Hon

Chase Scenes

Inspired by our collective nightmare of being chased and the manifestation of this in film culture and real-life experience, three women enact various chase scenes at a break-neck pace. In combination with video cameras displaying live-feed projections, a collection of props and costumes, the spectacle is both live and on screen.

_ Time: 14.25 (60 mins)

Sun Son Theatre

Taiwan Season: Once Upon a Daydream

Sun Son Theatre return to Summerhall after the success of Heart of Darkness in 2017, welcoming you to a light-hearted world of live action and hand-crafted animation.

_ Time: 14.40 (45 mins)

Ruth E Cockburn

Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters from Blackpool

Love Letters from Blackpool, a comedy theatre piece about love and Blackpool, originally commissioned by The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and subsequently nominated for Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival and Best Comedy Show at Greater Manchester Fringe, uses found love letters, original songs, poetry and audience interaction to answer the questions... What is love?

_ Time: 14.40 (60 mins)

Lisa Richards

The Egg Is A Lonely Hunter

The Egg is a Lonely Hunter is a dark, comedic odyssey about beached whales, black holes and the redeeming power of eggs.

_ Time: 14.45 (55 mins)

Actors Touring Company; Translator Purni Morell, Director Alice Malin.

Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure

Big Aftermath explores how lives can turn on a word and the allure of the self-destruct button. Comedy and tragedy collide in a play about what happens when one person wants to go and the other wants them to stay.

_ Time: 14.50 (60 mins)

The Flanagan Collective & Gobbledigook Theatre

Orpheus

A modern telling of an ancient myth, woven from hair-raising spoken word and soaring soul music. A tale of side streets, dive bars and ancient gods.  A story of death defying love from the creators of Fable and Beulah. Winner of the VAULT Festival Summerhall Award and Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award.

_ Time: 14.50 (70 mins)

People Show

The Last Straw

People Show are the UK’s oldest experimental theatre collective. Defying definition and constantly pushing the boundaries of live performance, the company continues to explore the world around us. Each show has been numbered. This is People Show 130.

_ Time: 15.00 (55 mins)

LUNG and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production

Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government's inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company LUNG investigate what really happened.

_ Time: 15.15 (70 mins)

Our Theatre

Taiwan Season: The Delusion of Home

The Delusion of Home is a strong and original documentary-style depiction of everyday life in the Chiayi area of southern Taiwan, refracted through one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

_ Time: 15.55 (50 mins)

La JohnJoseph

A Generous Lover

A Generous Lover is the true, and very queer tale, of one soul’s journey through the wasteland of mental illness, to deliver their lost love. Brimming with psychedelic proletarian prose, and trenchant wit, it recounts the pandemonium of navigating mental health services on behalf of a loved one, whilst being transfeminine, and occasionally mistaken for a patient.

_ Time: 16.10 (60 mins)

Aurora Nova presents Volker Gerling

Portraits in Motion

A flipbook might look like an ordinary but unusually shaped book, but appearances can be deceptive. Open it, flip its pages and you'll see a miniature movie. In Germany, home of Volker Gerling, the word for flipbook is Daumenkino – literally thumb-cinema.

_ Time: 16.15 (75 mins)

Company of Wolves

Achilles

Fusing storytelling, movement and song, Achilles is the epic story of a man's exorcism: a burning out of his grief, his rage and his humanity.

_ Time: 16.15 (45 mins)

Cliff Cardinal

Huff

Huff is the wrenching yet darkly comic tale of Indigenous brothers caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling with the death of their mother. Their dream world bleeds into reality, as they’re preyed on by The Trickster through hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home and his own fragile psyche.

_ Time: 16.15 (65 mins)

New Room Theatre

Blackout

Blackout is the honest, brutal, uplifting and darkly comic story of alcoholics, and ultimately of their hope in recovery.

_ Time: 16.20 (60 mins)

Willy Hudson

Bottom

Join Willy for a queer coming-of-age remix, as he questions if ‘bottom’ in the bedroom means ‘bottom’ in life - and whether Beyoncé can help put his love on top.

_ Time: 16.25 (50 mins)

New Perspectives Theatre Company

A Fortunate Man

This striking mixed media performance takes the pulse of GP practice then and now, continuing the conversation in the 70th year of the NHS.     

_ Time: 16.30 (60 mins)

A Hijinx production in association with Spymonkey

The Flop

Paris. 1650ish. Impotence is illegal. When a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. But can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop... from being one?

_ Time: 16.55 (60 mins)

Knaïve Theatre

War With the Newts

Witness the rise and fall of a new(t) capitalism. Deep in Summerhall’s basement, an ocean of opportunity arises as a new resource makes contact. Global risk and technological revolution come together in this immersive experience from internationally award-winning Knaive Theatre with surround sound installation by sonic artist Robert Bentall.

_ Time: 17.00, 20.15 (75 mins)

Annie Saunders & Becca Wolff, Wilderness, Aurora Nova, Boat Rocker

Our Country

'A striking dream world... one of the most ambitious pieces we have ever presented' (Anna Woo, The Getty Villa). California’s marijuana country: the still-Wild West. Annie conducts a forensic exploration of 'the facts' about her outlaw weed farmer brother as this genre-bending work slips into disputed territory: childhood memories.

_ Time: 17.15 (60 mins)

Teatteri Metamorfoosi in association with From Start to Finnish

The Sauna

In Finnish tradition, the sauna is a solemn place; a scene of cleansing, contemplation, birth and death. According to myth every sauna had its own spirit, whom visitors should care for and respect. The Sauna is a speechless mask and object theatre performance accompanied with live sound effects and original music.

_ Time: 17.25 (50 mins)

James Rowland

Revelations

My best friends, Sarah and Emma, asked me for my sperm. This is the tale of what happened after I gave it to them. A storytelling show about love, faith and trying to do the right thing. Made with Daniel Goldman and set in the same universe as Team Viking and A Hundred Different Words for Love.

_ Time: 17.40 (70 mins)

Malaprop Theatre

Everything Not Saved

The team behind last year's five-star double-bill, Love+ and BlackCatfishMusketeer, is back. This one's for anyone who wants to be tickled, provoked, or has a brain and has ever worried about what it's not telling them.

_ Time: 17.50 (60 mins)

Fishamble: The New Play Company. Supported by Culture Ireland

Maz and Bricks by Eva O'Connor

Triple Fringe First and Olivier Award-winning Fishamble’s Maz and Bricks tells the story of two young people who meet over the course of a day in Dublin. Maz is attending a ‘Repeal the 8th’ demonstration, while Bricks is going to meet the mother of his young daughter.

_ Time: 17.55 (80 mins)

Marieke Dermul, DeBrakkeGrond, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, TRP, Summerhall

European Citizen Popsong

Music’s power has erased boundaries before, but can it make us feel connected as citizens, even after Brexit?

_ Time: 18.00 (60 mins)

National Theatre of Scotland, Théâtre PÀP and Hôtel-Motel

First Snow / Première neige

BSL performances: 3rd 7th, 16th + 23rd. Captioned performance: 19th.

Isabelle summons her family back to their ancestral home in Québec. Despite their history, they come. Her right-wing brother Harry, daughter Mina, and Catherine, the rebellious baby of the family, who has her new Scottish boyfriend in tow. Then there's François, her adoptive son, and her long lost friend from her radical youth. It’s time to talk about the future. But who does the future belong to?

_ Time: 18.10 (90 mins)

Paper Doll Militia

Egg

Egg is a powerful and evocative new aerial theatre production from acclaimed circus theatre company Paper Doll Militia, a highly visual exploration of female fertility, sexuality and choice.

_ Time: 18.15 (60 mins)

Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev's The Useless Room

The Last One

The Last One is brutal physical theatre created by Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev. Evoked by the song of the last Kauai O’o bird, waiting for a response that will never come to its call for a mate.

_ Time: 18.30 (60 mins)

Zanetti Productions

The Basement Tapes

Following her grandmother’s death, a girl faces the overwhelming task of clearing out the basement. She discovers a series of mysterious tape recordings made by her grandmother. As she hears these tapes for the first time, things start to unravel...

_ Time: 18.30 (60 mins)

Samira Elagoz in association with From Start to Finnish

Cock, Cock... Who's There?

Cock, Cock… Who’s There is confrontational, unrestrainedly funny, deeply touching and formally simply virtuoso. Elagoz explores desire, the power of femininity and the male gaze in a world in which the virtual and the real are inextricably intertwined.

_ Time: 18.45 (65 mins)

Boaz Barkan

May I Speak About Dance?

A dancer dances, while another explains. A quirky performance-lecture about the problems of dance and meaning, referencing iconic figures in contemporary dance such as Yvonne Rainer, Tatsumi Hijikata and Jérȏme Bel, and getting tangled in non-dance, Butoh and somatic practice.

_ Time: 19.20 (50 mins)

Molly Taylor

Extinguished Things

Vivid and lyrical, Extinguished Things is a captivating exploration of what it means to spend your life with someone, and the nature of what you leave behind.

_ Time: 19.25 (60 mins)

Nick Cassenbaum

My Kind of Michael

Ever since he was a kid Nick has loved Michael Barrymore. In this heartfelt and playful tribute, Nick invites you to examine the turbulent relationship between showman and spectator.

_ Time: 19.30 (60 mins)

Nutshell

Handfast

The boiler's broken, the owl with the rings is missing, the celebrant's late and the band haven't turned up. Can Mona and Geoff still tie the knot and live happily ever after? This is a wedding you won't forget. An unmissable evening of ink-black comedy and brilliant performances.

_ Time: 19.40 (90 mins)

Novasound and Belle Jones

Closed Doors

Inspired by the reality of a multicultural neighbourhood in Glasgow, Closed Doors refuses to recognise genre boundaries as it tackles questions of identity, heritage, community and isolation with rigour and heart.

_ Time: 19.45 (60 mins)

Jim Harbourne

The Myth of the Singular Moment

With every choice we create a new universe. I make it, I don’t make it, I make it, I don’t. Two musician-performers take us on a fantastical journey that links four characters in interconnecting stories across the Multiverse.

_ Time: 19.45 (60 mins)

Rose Bruford

Ur – Medëa

Made in the UK and Georgia, Ur Medëa confronts our world of infinite choices, and moral relativism, with the consequences of remote clandestine wars and the distant awakening of a brutality that finds its way home back into our dreams of family.

_ Time: 19.45 (70 mins)

Chris Thorpe, Rachel Chavkin, China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz

Status

We all have a nationality.

Or almost all of us.

Status is a show about someone who doesn't want his anymore. About running away from the national story you're given. About who is responsible for that story and what might happen to it if you try to give it up.

Springing from globe-spanning conversations about nationality, Status is a journey of attempted escape – with songs.

_ Time: 19.55 (80 mins)

Sam Snedden

Running

It’s me running for an hour. That’s it. I’m just, running. Down the street, or maybe in the park…Look the route isn’t set yet, but I’ll be running the whole time and I'll, like, do my best y'know? But I’ll also just be myself, but like, faster than usual. I will be taking questions and although I fell over last time, I can’t promise that kind of gripping drama this season”

_ Time: 20.00 (60 mins)

Grassmarket Projects

Where It Hurts

A group of Edinburgh residents, carers and health professionals examine their experiences of seeking and giving care in the NHS. Grassmarket Projects return to Summerhall after the successes of Doubting Thomas and Doglife with another politically charged true life drama directed by six time Fringe First winner Jeremy Weller.

_ Time: 20.30 (90 mins)

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Behold: the eternal masterwork of puppetry for adults finally comes to Edinburgh! Willingly undergo a heart-wrenching parade of theatrical demises that will severely exacerbate your fear of death.

_ Time: 20.30 (70 mins)

Sean Mahoney

Until You Hear That Bell

Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds, Until You Hear That Bell is a story about ten years of amateur boxing and a changing relationship between father and son. Sean Mahoney is a spoken word writer and performer; this is his first solo show.

_ Time: 20.55 (60 mins)

Carys Eleri and Wales Millennium Centre

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)

Vivacious and hilarious, BAFTA Cymru nominee Carys brings her extensive research, along with buckets of Welsh charm (and oxytocin) to Summerhall in this intelligent and highly entertaining show.

_ Time: 21.00 (60 mins)

Elbow Room

Prehistoric

Prehistoric offers an iconoclastic and hilarious take on the pivotal 'punk moment' that still echoes today. Winner of Best Performance award – Melbourne Fringe Festival.

_ Time: 21.15 (75 mins)

Last Tapes Theatre Company

Valerie

Named stand-out cabaret of the year by the NZ Herald, Valerie is an inter-generational, interdisciplinary and interrupting piece of theatre reaching into the guts of family mythologies. Music, genetics, and storytelling combine to unravel one family's history. A love letter from grandson to grandmother, this celebration of resilience is gig-theatre at its finest.

_ Time: 21.15 (65 mins)

Dumbworld

Drive-By Shooting

This is a standing event that takes place outside.

Drive-by Shooting is a video and sound installation that blends opera, street art and animation. It appears as a stencil style animation on city walls with sound transmitted to wireless headphones. Created by John McIlduff and Brian Irvine. Featuring Doreen Curran, Sylvia O'Brien and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

_ Time: 21.30, 21.45, 22.00, 22.15, 22.30, 22.45, 23.00, 23.15, 23.30 (15 mins)

Love Is the Drug

Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl

Step into this unassuming Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where twisted storytelling and spectacular circus skills are shaken and stirred, with one part dark comedy, one part serenity and three parts hostility, hilarity and honesty.

_ Time: 21.55 (70 mins)

Compagnie Cornelius, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, RBC

Nele Needs a Holiday: The Musical

A Belgian popstar moves to London to steal the job of British popstars. Luckily, austerity is there to stop her. A witty pop-opera about a girl called Nele who turns her life into a big international mess because she wants to be famous on the other side of the English Channel.

_ Time: 22.15 (55 mins)