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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'We want social housing, not social cleansing.' Facing skyrocketing rent and forced relocation out of London, 29 single mothers united to confront Newham Council’s gentrification of their hometown.
A story about the physiology of endurance – when our brains tell our bodies to stop – and the psychology of continuing. A story about preparing mind and body for a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles cycling, then running a marathon.
The worldwide smash-hit is back. You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s done something stupid. She finds it hard to be happy. You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. 1. Ice Cream 2. Kung Fu Movies 3. Burning Things 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose 5. Construction cranes 6. Me A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
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.
Growth is a comedy about growing up and manning up from rising star Luke Norris (So Here We Are, Royal Exchange; Goodbye to All That, Royal Court)
Mauro Paccagnella and Alessandro Bernardeschi
With their friendship and complicity spanning almost two decades, Mauro Paccagnella and Alessandro Bernardeschi meet again to dance together.
Happy Norway Day is a show structured around two people at a birthday party, interspersed with extracts of poetry from Pablo Neruda that instigates and charts the rise of affection between the two.
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.
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.
Jonny & the Baptists
A riotous new musical comedy epic about friendship, inequality and betrayal.
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.
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.
OOAAFLT mixes contemporary dance with storytelling and comedy to question what is cool these days. In this semi-autobiographical show Lewys considers which is more important to him: to be cool or to be himself.
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.
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.
Join Paines Plough’s Senior Producer Hanna Streeter and Producer Francesca Moody for a Q&A that will help you look beyond the Fringe and begin your journey into touring.
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.
Democracy's weak, the Establishment reigns.
The people they break, the 1% gains.
How can we live alongside such immorality?
Whatever happened to 'Peace, Love & Solidarity!?
The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble and Erin Siobhan Hutching
'Of course, you shouldn’t use "sign language".' Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together.
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).
Why do we stop playing? What might make us start again? All those guitars propped up in bedrooms. Voices only heard in the shower. Drum kits taking too much space in garages. It’s time to blow off the dust.
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.
Zöe Murtagh and Tory Copeland
Devised by Zöe Murtagh and Victoria Copeland, Sacré Blue is a performance piece confronting anxiety through poetry and storytelling. An uplifting performance about panic attacks based on personal experience and shared stories.
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.
Maliza Productions, in association with Tamasha Theatre Company
Split/Mixed is a captivating coming-of-age tale that tells the story of Eddy, a boy growing up in Rwanda during the 1990s.
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.
Every single day, he writes to her from his cell. She never answers. She never will. As four performers embody the mind of an abandoned prisoner, the unspeakable is realised in a fierce physical tension between loss and desire.
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.
Men have all the power. John and John keep hearing people say that men have all the power, but it doesn’t feel like that to them.
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!
Arturo Areimos teatras, Oskaro Koršunovo teatras and Aurora Nova
Offering a poignant and intimate insight into the maladies of corporate life, this contemporary adaptation of Falk Richter’s famous play, by the prominent Lithuanian director Arturas Areima, represents a new generation of theatre.
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.
Scott Turnbull (presents)
Where do all the dead pigeons go? I could give you the answer right now... but it would ruin the show. Between you and me... I’m still not sure. With felt-tip pens, and his ex-girlfriend's overhead projector, Scott Turnbull takes us on a journey through space and time.