A duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Magic and puppetry allow us to deal with this difficult subject in a way that is elegant and thought provoking. A story for adults and children!
How would a group of children write a Fluxus inspired musical score? Leave your grown up sensibilities at the door and join this musical journey through the whims and wonders of childish imagination. ‘Delightful’ (The Scotsman).
A playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others, featuring dance, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for... ‘Brave, honest and delightful’ (The Scotsman). ‘Utterly engaging’ (The Herald). Part of Made in Scotland showcase.
A family drama simultaneously staging the first onset psychoses of a mother and son as they navigate stress and change with fantastical results. Performed to separate but adjoining auditoria, audible but unseen.
Two performers, hundreds of flowers and a heartfelt story of survival - with gypsy music. Award-winning. Audiences say 'a reminder that even in our darkest times there is hope', 'immensely powerful and life-enhancing', 'brilliant, original, energetic and beautiful'.
Kid explores the relationship between mother and kid through lighting, sounds effect, shadow and extraordinary movement. Box breaks the barrier of dream and reality, bringing the world into this magical box. Where dance transforms poetry into body language.
Catherine never left home. She took a one-way Ryanair flight to Gatwick in 2005. Now she's got a flat, a job, a Tesco clubcard. Tonight she's having a party, to mark all the moments of letting go.
Come on an odyssey of the sky with the Fiancée of Danger. The true story of one woman's yearning for the limitless skies.
A ‘furiously skillful’ (Västerbottens-Kuriren, Sweden) performance about the greatest medical disaster in the history of the NHS, the infected blood products scandal. Starring Stewart Porter and Matthew Zajac, multimedia theatre from the creators of The Tailor of Inverness.
War, bicycles and the withdrawal method. A love story: man and woman, east/west, the mundane and the monumental, the dust behind the bed and the Iranian baby boom. ‘Rich inventive theatricality’ (WhatsOnStage.com)
An artistic journey based on real life situations of isolation - impossibility to freely move, threats of existence to being trapped because of bureaucracy, prejudice or fear leaving invisible walls, if not created for us, created by ourselves.
A personal slideshow for your eyes and ears only. Poet Ryan Van Winkle and musician Dan Gorman lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land and bring you back in under 15 minutes. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase.
An emotionally dark, richly visual fairytale for adults and heavy-metal kids. How would you feel if your shadow took over your soul and began exploring its own desires and urges? Beautiful shadow theatre from the internationally acclaimed company.
Louise and Ans Van den Eede started off with Diderot’s novel, ending up writing a whimsical conversation between a man and a woman, 'who need to go somewhere else, urgently'.
Exploring Ellie's lineage to Elvis Presley, this solo interactive performance, created with neuroscientist research partners, utilises Ellie's skills in immersive theatre, game play and music to examine current methods that define and measure madness.
Day 6,570. The culmination of an experiment to recreate the Garden of Eden. Four teenagers locked away, never glimpsing another human face. Today they will be released. Director Emily Kempson reimagines Marivaux’s dizzyingly dark, erotic tale.
Bethan and Matthew share a dream: to end up together. They’ve taken chance out of growing old by planning their lives in great detail. But there's a problem: they’ve lost the plan for day one.
A new story, inspired by the Tale of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse from Fringe First Award winners Tom Frankland and Laura Mugridge.
KlangHaus is a 360° visceral, enveloping experience challenging conventions of the live gig.
An international multi-award winning masterpiece of physical theatre, an innovative example of “contemporary bio-mechanics”, a perfect combination of physical actions, music, live voice and video, exploring the condition of alienation of ILVA steelworkers.
No actors. No technicians. Just you. And a phone that might ring. This is the theatre you don’t see. 'The level of risk-taking is staggering' Total Theatre on Exterminating Angel.
Margaret Thatcher is on a diet. Virginia Woolf is in a bucket. Marilyn Monroe is reading the dictionary. A show about making a one-woman show when you are not one woman.
Ever heard a glass orchestra? This wonderful theatrical adaptation brings Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco’s imagined world to UK audiences for the first time. Features live music on glass marimbas, chimes, even a Sauvignon- blancophone. ‘Thrillingly talented people’ (The Guardian).
On a patch of green nowhere to be found here, two women provide a little comfort for one another. But how can they stay in a place that doesn't exist?
Landscape, memory and change explored in a performance starting with a short silent walk for the whole audience. Text Nicholas Bone, design Sans façon, performer Ian Cameron. ‘Works beautifully...’ (The Scotsman, on Walden).
Award-winning theatre from Denmark combining performance, dance and live music. A tightly choreographed and exquisitely orchestrated descent to chaos which has reduced audiences to both laughter and tears. Funny, provocative, disturbing and visually inventive with moments of great beauty.
Misa-Lisin means ceremonies in all seasons. Imagine the blowing wind stirring the grain, the mud wrestling from our childhood memory, the healing received from the ocean... Misa-Lisin, a performance shaped by the power of humanity and motherland.
With boxes stacked to the ceiling, actor-illusionist- inventor Geoff Sobelle unpacks our relationship to everyday objects - a hilarious, heartbreaking meditation on the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind. 'Entirely unique....thrilling’ (EdgePhiladelphia.com).
Set in the unspeakable nightmare of WW1 battlefields, switching between the visceral horror of war and an increasingly passionate and ultimately tragic love affair. An intense portrayal of the emotional and psychological effects of wars past and present.
Winner Jury Prize HiverÔclites 2014 Avignon, France. Suffering has no linear narrative: it hits us unexpectedly, unforeseeably, unstoppably. A two- person investigation on trying to survive this tidal moment, when pain becomes the driving force behind physical reactions.
A beautifully wrought tale of a passionate affair, operating on the ears as well as the heart. A playful dissection of the pathology of who we are. A sonic experience of neurosurgery. ‘Wildly imaginative’ (The Guardian).
Theatre at high octane speed, based on real events. The SDL try to shut down the local mosque, ending in a full scale riot. Blood Orange examines the turbulent rise of the new far right in modern Scotland.
Amy, a sex worker, and her sister Rosana, a shaven-headed lesbian, explore their differing sexual lives in this powerful performance examining feminism and choice. ‘Strange, beautiful, disturbing’ (The Scotsman). ‘Leaves you caught between laughter and tears’(The Herald). Part of Made in Scotland showcase.
Part piano recital, part fantasy lecture, Will Pickvance returns with his sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2013 show of virtuosity, dissection and surreal humour. 'Very funny, this man is the Will Pickvance of his generation' (Dylan Moran)
Sutherland takes an inherited videotape and remixes it live onstage, transforming old television into a dialogue with his late grandfather. ‘One of the stand out shows of the Fringe’ (Stage). ‘Touching, funny, linguistically thrilling’ (Exeunt).
A playful and mesmeric exploration of music, voice and cultural identity. Part cabaret, this show examines the lineage of one woman, with live music creating trance-like atmospheres. 'Fox's humour and passion, and Rocha's virtuosity, are unmistakable' (The Guardian).
‘Our tales are similar but the endings are different...’ The National Theatre of Scotland and Brooklyn's The TEAM unite for this new work in progress showing that delves into the murky depths of our national mythologies.
Braw Gigs, Cry Parrot and Summerhall are delighted to team up to present the Edinburgh debut from Awesome Tapes from Africa alongside Glasgow's Golden Teacher and David Barbarossa!
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will be making a rare UK appearance talking about her prandogeny project as well as her leading roles as a hugely influential musician and leading social activist in the fields of sexuality, identity and gender.
ECAM (School of Cinematography of Madrid) celebrates this year its 10th anniversary.
The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble dedicated to creating new works that examine the American experience through a process that includes physical and verbal improvisation, solo and group writing assignments, and character and movement compositions.
Two terrible twins rule their school until the arrival of a headmaster with scaly skin and a spiky tail. An outrageously entertaining comic caper from Dennis Kelly, the writer of Matilda The Musical.
A British couple are seized by Somali pirates. In East London, a Somali taxi driver decides to rescue them. A thrilling tale of altruism, greed and the search for how to belong by Alexandra Wood.
Meet Rita Grebe, a seven-foot woman who thinks she’s a bird. ‘Deliciously dark’ (The Guardian), Smith’s latest alter-ego is in plumage, hell-bent on turning the twitcher archetype on its head but things are never quite what they seem...
Lungs by Duncan Macmillan. A couple are deciding their future. They want to have a child for the right reasons. But what exactly are the right reasons? 'The most beautiful, shattering play of the year.' (Sunday Express).
Sh!t Theatre are trying to sell their bodies... to medical science. Delving into the murky ethics of Big Pharma, award-winning Sh!t Theatre ask: is guinea-pigging a good cure for an empty bank account?
A provocative new thriller from award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill written for the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre Company.
Following their gig in Edinburgh, ADF’s after-party comes to Summerhall with a live DJ set mixing featuring MC SoomT and some rare mash-ups. Not to be missed!
A rare chance to catch three of the innovators of urban intervention and ask them about their work and their history of being graffiti pioneers in the USA.
When Carl Jackson joins the army he sees it as a chance to escape the grim reality of his life. But when he finally comes home, it’s not as a hero but a changed man.
On stage, a collection of objects. They were there when we became who we are today. With these, a boy and his horse are on a search for a lost future. A joyful journey’s taking off.
This panel discussion will feature four young Scottish-based entrepreneurs from various backgrounds who will discuss how Youth is inspiring future generations through entrepreneurship.
Fringe University believes that the Edinburgh Fringe makes an excellent classroom. Come meet and network with other university professors from around the world planning to, or already using, the Fringe for educational purposes.
Join us in an exploration of nothing; from stalkers to cupcakes, pooing to daydreaming, as we ask what constitutes nothing? And what constitutes something? Nothing was the winner of four awards at NSDF 2014.
You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. You begin listing everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. 1: Ice Cream. 2: Rollercoasters. 3: Me. Written by Duncan Macmillan.
William has retired but all’s not well. In fact, Will’s losing it. Ann’s already lost it and what’s happened to the dog? A sleepless night in Stratford, the one hour traffic of our play.
Elvis lives! He has not left the building!
Elvis' Stardust is a short,melancholic rhapsody of small gestures, hidden glances and distant rhythms. Comical, poignant and ghost-like, amessianic star whose swift destruction left only stardust.
Talk followed by open discussion to explore parallels between ideas of Scottish Independence, UK leaving the EU, and wider contexts of Europe’s macro-economy and global influence? Is resurgent nationalism the new anti-globalisation? Is it beating a retreat from the internationalism we gained from the wreckage of two world wars that began a century ago? Are the tribes threatening the sack of Rome, again?
Europe's northern islands have a timeless, enchanting atmosphere shrouded in mystery, expressed in beautiful poetry and stories. How is this tradition continuing today? Please join us for this very special Trafika Europe launch event with visiting writers from several countries, co-hosted by Edinburgh's own Poet Laureate Ron Butlin!
Musician Louise Quinn and Grid Iron's Ben Harrison's immersive silent disco remix of singer- songwriter Thyme's journey through the fame- factory. '...a vital piece that's musically compelling throughout' (The Scotsman). Part of the Made In Scotland 2014
Throughout the festival Summerhall's Yellow Room Children's space will host Jolly Jungle, a drop-in play space for parents and carers to explore with their child. A perfect way to escape the festival fever and take a breather between shows, Jolly Jungle is brimming with toys, soft play, art and crafts and a story corner too for tiny tots, toddlers and pre schoolers to enjoy.
Now Until the Hour is a lyrical dramatic monologue starring the superb Jacquie Crago. In the spirit of Krapp’s Last Tape, this is one powerful stand before the dying of the light.
HiBrow and comedy curators Jilly Burnet and Van Keeling AKA JV Productions team up to storm the civilised environs of Summerhall with some of the festival’s finest comedians. ‘JV have an eye for comedy’ (Ian Hislop).
Please see full web entry for a list of contributing comedians!
Disturbingly funny story about a man and his troubled relationship with a psychic and her spirit guide. Living people can be cruel. The dead are easier to deal with. ‘Very funny for all the wrong reasons’ (WhatsOnStage.com).
The ancient Chinese game of passing the flower leads to the telling of nine surreal tales which each reflect a moment in which people get lost within their own lives.
Internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning Song of the Goat present a passionate theatrical performance inspired by ancient Gaelic and Scottish musical traditions: laments, psalms, songs of exile.
Daniel tried to end his life many times. He failed in funny ways. Join us in Uganda as we re-live his journey. A comic true story featuring live music from Bafta nominated Ganda Boys.
Operatic laments of a woman wronged are spliced and smashed together with heavy metal rages from her aggressor and the haunting lullabies of his mistress. The Furies is part gig, part performance spectacle, and as loud as it is beautiful.
At sunrise and sunset a poetic spectacle will emerge on Edinburgh’s local beach. Singers and swimmers strike out towards the water’s edge, looking towards the sea, eyes intent, searching the horizon. Is somebody lost at sea?
In this talk, Dr Rabagliati and Dr Doumas will explain their current scientific understanding of how children’s neurological and social development interact to produce these remarkable cognitive changes.
Are you a university student at the Fringe? Network with your tech, acting, management, producing peers – make connections! Come meet other university students at this meet and greet sponsored by Fringe University.
A free talk for ticket-holders for Return to the Voice. Song of the Goat’s director Grzegorz Bral and composer Maciej Rychły will be joined for a panel discussion by key collaborators based in Scotland.
Miann is an intimate collaboration between visionary choreographer Fleur Darkin, Linbury prizewinning designer Alexander Ruth and Glasgow four piece The One Ensemble. Performed by Scottish Dance Theatre's full company of exceptional dancers. Part of Made in Scotland showcase.
Two surprise guests each week chat on stage about life, art, the festival and everything else. Hibrow showcase the arts online: world-class names from theatre, music, dance, film and literature. Top name-dropping.
A unique journey through some of the best animation short films by Spanish and Latin-American filmmakers deeply influenced by the work of Norman McLaren.
Join Wilma and William on a journey underground as they discover a family of friendly, musical worms. The Worm is guaranteed to make everyone giggle, wiggle and love the squirmy wonders beneath our feet.
Loosely translated, charmolypi means “joyful sorrow”. In Greece, elderly people possess this quality due to life’s experience. “The water has to fall. Time passes drop by drop. World is in chaos. A minute of silence for the waiting ones...”
This is the story of a Faustian Pact. Mikail and HotCal, two young people with a peculiarity: they irradiate light. They are recruited by The Greek, a mysterious artist who wishes to steal their light by promising eternity.
'Irish stew for the soul' (ThreeWeeks). Five Fringe soirèes, five special guests, five unique album launches. Step into Michelle’s memorabilia-bedecked living room for songs, yarns and a complement of Scotland and Ireland's finest musicians.
With live music, poetry and beatboxing, 20 Stories High presents young people telling real tales from their MP3 players. With unflinching honesty, they discuss religion, sex, race friendship and family revealing challenging and insightful perspectives.
Award-winning, all-male interpretation of Bronte’s seminal text. Four men explore masculinity as they sing together, full-throated, on the dark expanses of the Yorkshire moors and dance optimistically to the howling tones of Kate Bush.
The content will centre around the exploration of sensitivity of touch, as well as the body’s inherent weight as a way into physicality, using body work techniques as an avenue into duet work.
Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and the outcome or solution. This teaches an infant, child, and, ultimately, adult to better function in and understand the world.
Night of the Moon Festival, a time of transformation, reunion and secret messages. Come share in a bilingual show of mythical and modern migration tales, with music, mooncakes and a rickshaw.
A powerful new adaptation, translated into richly atmospheric Gaelic. A two-person format throws fierce emphasis onto the blighted and deteriorating relationship between Macbheatha and his wife. Superb, passionate and driven performances, sexually charged and blazing with ambition. (The Scotsman). Part of Made in Scotland showcase.
A dark, tender, and funny lyrical narrative about brothers, escape, survival and love from playwright/performer Annie Siddons (Kneehigh, BAC) with an atmospheric live score by Marcus Hamblett. 'Wonderfully involving, witty and emotionally potent.' (Independent on Siddons).
Is this a man’s world? Beats North explores the soundtrack to our lives through the eyes and ears of two northern lads who are still trying to figure it out. By Luke Barnes and Ishy Din.
What is the theatre but a place for imagining other worlds? A theorist of the stage presents the staged reading of a collection of very brief conceptual performances all written in the language of the theatre about the nature of the theatre.
For 50 years acclaimed Portuguese theatre director Joaquim Benite showed that it is possible to fill venues outside Lisbon. Catarina Neves's award-winning film follows the last battle of an extraordinary man of theatre.
Following their sell-out Summerhall shows at last year’s Made In Scotland, this genre-defying quartet take a break from performing with Scottish Dance Theatre to perform a special one-off gig. 'A kaleidoscopic collision...sounds like absolutely no- one else' (Brainwashed.com).
An Imaginate discussion panel talking to theatre and dance makers in Scotland who have toured their work for young audiences internationally. What are the opportunities, what are the issues and what should you know?
We are the weaker sex. We can’t control our feelings; crying, sulking and suffering inexplicable mood-swings. We are either whores or saints. We’re good liars, using our bodies to get on in life. We’re sirens. The stage is ours.
Originally a Celtic Connections commission, Sleep Sound is new music inspired by the structure of a night's sleep. Lose yourself in this beautifully vivid soundtrack from an eight-piece ensemble. Part of Made in Scotland showcase.
Pumajaw intensify their unique musical journey into the twilight zone of cult TV and film noir, with spine tingling vocals, evocative soundscapes and mind-bending imagery. 'Bewitching'(Scotsman). ‘Wonderful’ (BBC 6 Music).
A unique playroom performance that invites 0-4 year olds (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination. Innocence is a magical theatrical journey led by Scottish Dance Theatre’s captivating dancers, with live music, songs, giggles and animal noises.
Fleur Darkin, Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director will enlighten the audience with her interest in, and passion for collaboration and how it lies at the heart of all her work.
A unique Fringe event: the world premiere screening of Steven Berkoff's recent live recording reading a personal selection of his own poetry about growing up in New York and his many experiences of working in America. Funny, moving and not a little indiscreet - a must for all fans of this theatre and film icon.
The God That Comes: a wine-soaked rock‘n’roll cabaret celebrating the god of wine and ecstasy! Starring Canadian Juno award-winning rocker Hawksley Workman. Part play, part cabaret, all bacchanalian. ‘He’s bringing sexy Bacchus’ (Globe and Mail).
Pest control and cake crumbs fuel a Tom and Jerry meets National Socialism battle. Stage four genocide as a dynamic allegorical struggle between man and mice played out in silence, squelches, slaps and traps.
WHAT NEXT? What’s the future of arts and culture in the UK? A free, public debate with key figures from the cultural / arts sector on what ‘art’ and ‘culture’ actually mean to people in Britain today.
The Mairi Campbell Ceilidh Band treat you to a special festival Midnight Ceilidh. Bring your friends for a night of fabulous fiddling with award-winning musician Mairi Campbell joined by Dave Francis on guitar and John Young on bass
Award-winning director Andrew Tsao brings his third world premiere to the Fringe. The Waste Land Sisters combines classics by Chekhov and T.S. Eliot with imaginative staging and puppetry in an examination of two legendary works.
The world premiere of a 20 min short film of Steven introducing his personal art collection, and discussing what art means to him and his work; followed by a live in-conversation event between Berkoff friend and collaborator Peter Howson, one of Scotland’s most eminent painters and the official UK war artist during the Bosnian conflicts, and legendary Edinburgh impresario and artist Ricky Demarco. A unique Festival experience which promises to be an unforgettable event.
Introduced by Alasdair Allan, MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, and Robert McDowell, with further remarks and brief readings by Editors Peter Mackay, Andrew Philip, Murdo MacDonald and Chris Agee
Inez lives in Rotterdam opposite the so-called Buttplug Gnome of Paul McCarthy. She thinks this work of art is ruining her street and she wants to travel to LA to meet McCarthy and take revenge.
'Irish stew for the soul' (ThreeWeeks). Five Fringe soirèes, five special guests, five unique album launches. Step into Michelle’s memorabilia-bedecked living room for songs, yarns and a complement of Scotland and Ireland's finest musicians.
Dr Ota, Dr Skarabela and Dr Auyeung will guide our discovery of some of the most surprising ways in which the linguistic and social environments help develop children's minds.
Showcasing two bold, extraordinary and unnerving new works that examine the human condition in the 21st century, composers John De Simone and Thomas Butler combine spoken word and cold electronic soundtracks with Ensemble Thing’s virtuosic instrumental performance. Part of Made in Scotland showcase.
Rising star Marieke Audsley directs a dazzling, whip-smart slice of Victoriana, the story of struggling illusionist Edwin Sleight who finds fame and fortune after joining forces with the quick- witted and light-fingered Iphigenia Hand.
Led by the visionary guitar virtuoso, experience exhilaratingly direct new music combining flamenco, Indian ragas, blues, Middle Eastern maqamat, African rhythms, soul stirring improvisation and dazzling composition in an effortless meeting of styles, cultures and traditions. Part of Made in Scotland showcase.
Edinburgh based singer/songwriter Amy Duncan showcases a new body of songs with string trio: harp, bass and percussion as part of the Made in Scotland showcase. ‘A deeply moving encounter with life’ (FolkWords.com).
Riotous night of live gypsy, klezmer and Balkan music, featuring virtuoso musicians, exquisite gypsy belly dancing, Balkan Beats DJs, live visuals, free shots of rakija Balkan plum brandy, costume boudoirs and more! Come indulge in the sounds, sites and tastes of the Balkans and party proper Balkan stylee OPA!
This Dissection Room Residencies Talk is all about exploring the work produced by the fantastic artists who form part of this years Summerhall artists in Residence.
This workshop will focus on a series of verbatim theatre exercises, using the ‘recorded delivery’ technique. Participants will learn about this documentary theatre performance technique, hear about the journey of Tales from the MP3 and see a short excerpt.
What is a multi-arts strategy? What is special about Summerhall? In terms of culture outside the home have the arts any major relevance in the twenty-first century? Do they directly influence anything truly vital or are they merely notes in the margins of history, however colourful and entertaining or not? Should we think of the arts as part of the bread of life or only as part of the circus of life?
Join Professor White Fang and Dr Gary, both accomplished dogs in their own right, in their acclaimed training seminar for humans who have 'lost their senses'. Audience members will be provided with a complimentary drink with their ticket.
Through a combination of monsters, demons, & the dysfunctional relationship with his father, Stasiu tries to overcome the harsh reality of his own existence as his life flashes before his eyes.
An Imaginate discussion panel talking to artists who make work with young people and non-professionals. Why are they interested in this and what advice do they have for other artists interested in doing this?
Artists working within the health service have been commissioned to create work that contributes to the clinical process. What part do patients play in the imagining and delivery of the work? How can we measure the success of artistic interventions in the health service?
From Here is a multi media, arts and heritage project created in collaboration with Lou Brodie, Lyra Theatre, Historic Scotland and young people from Craigmillar and Niddrie.
Through his exhibition and actions Thenu continues to express his belief that as humans we are condemned by passivity and that every human has a duty and an ability to make Peace. He is UZ Arts artist in residence in Glasgow . In conversation he will talk about his life and work in the context of contemporary Sri Lanka
The wonderful singer-songwriter Josephine Foster breathes new life into this old world: her many albums are celebrations of myth making, with ancient and modern images, themes, incidents and characters coursing through the songs beautiful realised narratives.
Edinburgh Fringe First winner & writer/performer Skye Loneragan installs herself in places & spaces of waiting and she shares the best of the line up with us for one night only.
Tanztheater Pina Bausch are turning 40 this year and we are using this anniversary to take stock and look back at four decades of dance theatre.
Heatsick is the project of musician and visual artist Steven Warwick, whose new album, ‘Re-engineering’, is out now on PAN. Jonnie Wilkes is a DJ, electronic musician and composer. He is one half of the international Optimo deejay team, and releases his own output under the Naum Gabo moniker.