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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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'.
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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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...”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
'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.