FK Alexander with Okishima Island Tourist Association
With live accompaniment from Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association, FK Alexander sings along to the recording of the last time Judy Garland ever sang Over The Rainbow, four months before her death.
Sporting a screen and a projector around his face, Mamoru Iriguchi turns himself into a mobile cinema. He explores what is live and what is pre-recorded, fixed eternally on film, and looks at what liveness means when technology blurs actual and virtual realities.
Théâtre de L’Ancre
Jean-Marc Mahy entered prison at the age of seventeen. He spent nearly 20 years detained, three of them in solitary confinement. On stage with performer Stephane Pirard, Jean-Marc describes the prison, humiliation, isolation and madness that was to come...
Join us for a tour of Summerhall Distillery as we raise the curtain on how award-winning Pickering’s Gin is made.
Tim Crouch / Royal Court Theatre
A re-staging of Tim Crouch’s notorious Royal Court play, this is the story of a raid – on a house, a life and a legacy. From the real to the unreal, fake to true and theatre to film, the play marries Tim Crouch’s fascination with form to a compelling story of misappropriation and death.
Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis in association with Soho Theatre
Would the world be a better place if we were all honest? Fringe First winner Katie Bonna (Dirty Great Love Story) is giving a TED talk on the science of lying.
At our open auditions, interviews and information sessions you will find out about the wide range of MA and BA Performance and Design, Management and Technical Arts degree courses available at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, London’s International Drama School.
Jack Klaff presents presenting highlights from those shows which couldn’t make it to this Festival.
Known for plays without directors, sets and rehearsals, the acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour takes it to extremes in his new play Blank. Each night the gap-riddled script is to be completed by a new performer and a live audience.
Written & Performed by Nick Cassenbaum. Directed by Danny Braverman (Wot? No Fish!!)
Bubbemeises is Yiddish for a grandmother’s story, a tall story, an old wives’ tale. Amongst the steam and ritual Nick will take you on a journey to find the place he belongs. Bubble Schmeisis is full of intimate and personal true stories about identity, home and getting schmeised (washed) by old men.
Kamila Klamut’s performance, based on fragments of Camille Claudel’s letters, explores her life and work using text, sculptural costume and live music by Ewa Pasikowska. Kamila Klamut is a co-founder of award-winning Theatr ZAR and a regular collaborator with Song of the Goat Theatre and the Grotowski Institute.
Lemon Bucket Orkestra in association with Aurora Nova
A rousing call to arms, led by guerrilla-folk party-punks Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Based on the creators' first hand experiences during the 2014 Kiev uprising, Counting Sheep invites you to lose yourself in the events that changed the course of Ukraine's history forever.
Rachael Clerke and the Great White Males
Hosted by washed up architect/proto-god figure Archibald Tactful (2014 IdeasTap Underbelly winner Rachael Clerke) and accompanied by anti-virtuoso punk band The Great White Males, Cuncrete is a gratuitously sleazy and joyfully noisy critique of alpha-masculinity and the built environment.
Sam Rowe and Macrobert Arts Centre in association with Showroom
This multi-layered, stunningly designed show weaves together writer and performer Sam Rowe’s autobiography with the writing of Denton Welch (1915-1948), a fascinating figure in queer literary history, and favourite of Alan Bennett, William S Burroughs and John Waters.
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Inspired by real-life stories, Don't Panic... presents a frank, funny and open exploration of a topic that too often remains taboo: the challenge of overcoming anxiety.
Thomas McCrudden, a man with a tortured and violent past but with hope for a different future, tells his own story.
Jenna Watt in association with Showroom & Contact
Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, or Faslane, situated 40 miles outside Glasgow, is home to the UK's nuclear missile programme: Trident. With family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Fringe First-winner Jenna Watt explores what happens when the personal and political collide.
Ghost Quartet is a haunted song cycle about love, death, and whisky.
Mauro Paccagnella and Alessandro Bernardeschi
With their friendship and complicity spanning almost two decades, Mauro Paccagnella and Alessandro Bernardeschi meet again to dance together.
Kieran Hurley with Show And Tell
In just one moment, worlds will end. Multi award-winner Kieran Hurley (Beats, Chalk Farm, Hitch), with an original sonic score by Michael John McCarthy, weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking what would we do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it.
5 years ago in the middle of a shitstorm of life events, artist, single mother and committed urbanite Annie Siddons found herself living in suburbia by accident.
Paines Plough and Half Moon
Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers.
Jack A. G. Britton
A haunted solo documentary theatre performance with the gripping and suspenseful nature of a classic ghost story.
A rich contemporary performance collage of film scripts, pop songs, advertisements, elaborate costumes and dance reassembled to challenge the treatment of women’s bodies as spectacle in popular culture.
Brokentalkers & Junk Ensemble
It Folds is a poignant, humorous portrait of death, grief, beauty and the extremes of the human condition from two of Ireland’s leading performance companies.
Never Mind the Noise / Haley McGee
Blending storytelling, live art and improvisation, this show is a big romantic gesture.
Jonny & the Baptists
A riotous new musical comedy epic about friendship, inequality and betrayal.
Het nieuwstedelijk, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth
A teenage girl runs away from home to the city. Nobody notices but is there actually someone looking out for her?
This two-person show imagines a world where we’re forced to say less. It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons.
Sh!t Theatre with Show and Tell
A loophole in the Postal Services Act says you can open other people’s mail under certain circumstances. This is that certain circumstance.
The London Underground handles over four million passengers every day. Half the population of a multicultural capital scurry beneath the city to travel together. Each carriage is inhabited by cross sections of society; countless combinations of class, race, and opinion meet in a space in which you can barely whisper.
Locked In Edinburgh
Work together as you undertake an interactive experience solving the mystery behind who is plotting the downfall of Pickering's Gin.
Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Clwyd
An offbeat love story about Mr Tutti Frutti, a stuffed owl and the struggle to fit in from writer Alan Harris (BBC Radio 4, National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru).
Dood Paard, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Macbeth and Kurt Cobain and Lady Macbeth and Courtney Love inspire a pitch-black comedy about unbridled ambition, hunger for power and an addiction to intoxication and ecstasy.
Greengold Projects and Authentic Artist Collective
A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling, Pulse is the story of Mairi Campbell's quest to heal cultural wounds.
Hijinx in association with Blind Summit
A cloth puppet fights prejudice every day. Fred just wants to be part of the real world; get a job, meet a girl. However, when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control.
Andy Manley, Rob Evans and Red Bridge
Mikey is a sunny boy. He lives alone with his mum. Mikey's mum has a secret. It’s not well kept. Everyone knows it. Everyone except Mikey. Addie is a good girl. She doesn't tell lies. Her father makes sure of that. Addie tells the truth. It's what you have to do. Isn't it? It's hard to tell when your life will change. The day you wake up normal but end up falling far from everything you've ever known. Spinning into nothingness. Today is that day.
Dogstar Theatre Company (Scotland) and Mungo Park Arts Centre (Denmark)
This tragi-comic, theatrically daring Scottish-Danish co-production examines anew Europe’s colonial legacy through his adventures and misadventures.
Nothing Ever Happens Here
Step into an interstellar kosmische zone the likes the Capital has never seen to launch Summerhall’s amazing musical programme this August.
Richard Meros BA has done the research and is here to tell us that, to save democracy from itself, Mrs Clinton needs to take a young lover – and that he’s the manifestly destined millennial for the job.
Yinka Kuitenbrouwer, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Join Yinka in her new Edinburgh home, a small wooden cabin specially built in Summerhall’s Courtyard, to experience an intimate performance. One Hundred Homes is an ongoing performance; each time that Yinka performs the play, she also visits people from the area, adding their stories to her archives.
Kallo Collective in association with Aurora Nova
Only Bones is an award-winning new production by New Zealanders Thomas Monckton and Gemma Tweedie and Finland-based physical theatre company Kallo Collective. It uses body manipulation and bendy physicality to create an original piece of physical theatre.
Liz Rothschild is a performer, Death Café facilitator and funeral celebrant whose green burial ground was awarded Cemetery of the Year 2015. This taboo busting show draws on a deep well of experience to challenge us to consider how we approach death in our society.
Show and Tell With Ross Sutherland
Party Trap is a darkly comic story set in the near future, told entirely in palindromic form. It’s the debut play by Standby For Tape Back-Up and BBC Radio Four star Ross Sutherland.
Part recital, part metamorphosis, this is the new solo performance by renowned Fringe virtuoso and wit Will Pickvance (Anatomy of the Piano, Alchemy of the Piano).
Figure 8 Productions / Scary Biscuits Promotions
Mixing serious themes with warm humour, Remember to Breathe is a deeply moving play about moving home and moving on.
Phil McIntyre Entertainments
After volunteering for a brain-imaging experiment meant to locate the part of the brain that lights up when you’re in love, Robert emerges with more questions than answers.
Prime Cut Productions
A story of first love through the eyes of a gender-curious teen, Scorch examines how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines. Inspired by recent court cases, Scorch won Best New Play at the 2015 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.
The Flanagan Collective and Joanne Hartstone
A brand new fantastical fusion of spoken word, dance and a heavy, soulful soundtrack from the critically acclaimed, international award-winning company behind Beulah, Babylon and Fable.
An ingenious, wordless story featuring physical theatre, puppetry, and a giant pile of clothes.
Blue Dog Project
A congregation of strangers, brought together by the need to give body, voice and space to their other selves – to explore the lives unlived and words left unspoken.
Puppet Beings Theatre
A family show guaranteed to tickle the child in all of us. Two engaging and skilfully silly actors bring to life an array of ordinary objects, conjuring a DIY universe full of raucous fun and inventive play.
On The Run with Show And Tell
On The Run return, following the five-star sell-out success of their debut, So It Goes, with a show about love, hopeless devotion and growing up. Directed by Christopher Harrisson (Rhum and Clay).
Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet
An emotional and hard rocking journey into the hearts and souls that exist on the outer limits of creativity and building regulations, The Castle Builder tells the true story of an inmate in a Norwegian psychiatric institute who over 5 years built a castle on a remote headland.
Jamie and Lewis Wardrop Present
Be transported into an abandoned cottage on the Outer Hebrides. Striking live visuals, electronic sound and the words of the great highland poets in an immersive, limited capacity performance installation.
97 years go by in a flash. An afternoon lasts an eternity. In a care home lounge somewhere off the A1, Marsha Hewitt begins the last day of her life. But she cannot go quietly. As the radiators burn and Jeremy Kyle blares, rivalries, relatives and murderous impulses jostle for space on the Axminster carpet. By teatime, a riot is brewing. The award-winning Inspector Sands shine a light on how we cope, or fail to cope, with ageing.
‘I’m trying to understand why British women fall in love with men on death row. I’m corresponding with Jonny, incarcerated in Texas. I’m trying to understand how the death penalty fits into our world. I’m trying not to be judgmental.’ The Road to Huntsville explores unconventional love, state homicide and challenging preconceptions.
People Zoo Productions
Josef K. wakes up one morning, hungry and disconcerted, only to find himself arrested. He is not told why, nor by whom. He does not get to eat his breakfast. And so begins The Trial.
The Völvas is an international feminist performance ensemble.
Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears, three beers, three musketeers... Three actors weave together three famous tales, all featuring the elusive number three.
Théâtre de la Pire Espèce
In this award-winning adaptation of King Ubu by Alfred Jarry, anything goes as Poland's fate is sealed on a table top!
BRONKS, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth
In September 2004, during a school hostage drama in Beslan, the greatest of evils (terrorists) chose the greatest good (a group of children) as their victim. Us/Them is not a straightforward account of this terrible drama, but is about the entirely individual way children cope with extreme situations.
Alice Mary Cooper
The story of young Australian Elizabeth Moncello, the unofficial inventor of the famous butterfly stroke. An intimate theatrical event combines highly expressive storytelling, delicate movement and splashes of humour to tell Elizabeth’s amazing tale of a life fully lived. A true delight for audiences from eight to 80.
A ludicrous and inventive interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of the Yorkshire siblings as inspiration. With only a handful of props, two performers deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves.
Ontroerend Goed, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit, Richard Jordan Productions, Summerhall
Multiple Fringe First winners Ontroerend Goed return to Edinburgh with their new solo piece about the end of humanity and what comes after.