Helen Paris and Caroline Wright / Escalator East to Edinburgh
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?
Little Dog Barking Theatre
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!
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.
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.
Pieter De Buysser, Margarita Production, Richard Jordan Productions and Theatre Royal Plymouth
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.
The Little Clarendon Group
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.
Caroline Smith / Escalator East to Edinburgh
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...
Feng Dance Theatre (Taiwan) / Performance Infinity
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.
Come on an odyssey of the sky with the Fiancée of Danger. The true story of one woman's yearning for the limitless skies.
Dogstar Theatre Company
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.
30 Bird / Escalator East to Edinburgh
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.
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.
Ryan Van Winkle and Dan Gorman
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.
auMents Visual Dance Theater
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.
Big in Belgium, Theater Aan Zee, Richard Jordan, Drum-Plymouth, Summerhall
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 / Escalator East to Edinburgh
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?
Teatro Delle Moire
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.
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.
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.
Tom Frankland and Laura Mugridge
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.
By Mark Ravenhill
A provocative new thriller from award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill written for the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre Company.
Neutrinos / Norwich Arts Centre / Escalator East To Edinburgh
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.
Slip of Steel / Susanna Hislop
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.
Langasan Theatre (Taiwan)/Performance Infinity
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.
Gary Kitching and Co in association with Greyscale
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).
Aurora Nova presents Geoff Sobelle
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.
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...”
Badac Theatre Company / Escalator East to Edinburgh
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.
Charioteer Theatre and Vxx Zweetz
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.
20 Stories High
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.
Gareth Farr / Royal Exchange Theatre
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.
KILN (formerly Kindle Theatre)
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).
Electric Theatre Workshop
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.
Scottish Dance Theatre
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 and Rosana Cade in association with The Arches
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)
'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.
Ross Sutherland with Show And Tell
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).
KILN (formerly Kindle Theatre)
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).
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!
Director: Peter McMaster Performers: Gary Gardiner, Nick Anderson, Murray Wason
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.