ALL EVENTS | 04 August, 2017 Order by: Date / title

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Locked In Edinburgh

Locked In the Small Animal Hospital

1 ticket for maximum 5 people (minimum 2 people)

Since closing its doors as a vet school in 2011, Summerhall has become a thriving arts hub full of exhibitions, installations and shows. Even so, some of the old operating rooms remain unused - or so we thought.

_ Time: 09.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 19.00, 21.00 (90 mins)

Teater V

Nothing

Pierre-Anthon realizes one day that nothing matters and therefore nothing is worth doing. To prove him wrong, his classmates begin piling things of meaning. And the more painful the sacrifice is, the more meaning it has... right?

_ Time: 09.50 (70 mins)

Summerhall Distillery

A Pickering's Gin Jolly

Join us for a tour of Summerhall Distillery as we raise the curtain on how award-winning Pickering’s Gin is made.

_ Time: 10.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00 (60 mins)

Rokkur Friggjar

Hero

What drives young people to join violent organizations? A show exploring the effects that constant propaganda has on young lives, focusing on war propaganda in particular. We follow eight youths through 10 difficult years, seeing how they change.

_ Time: 10.00 (60 mins)

Locked In Edinburgh

Locked in the Distillery Escape Game

1 ticket for maximum 5 people (minimum 2 people)

While the police question the staff of the distillery, it is up to you to figure out the location of the next attack, discover the identity of an insidious mole within the company and – most importantly – save the gin.

_ Time: 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00, 20.00 (90 mins)

Stages Theatre Group, Sri Lanka

Dear Children, Sincerely... Seven Decades of Sri Lanka

This show has been cancelled

An ensemble performance that travels back through seventy years of Sri Lankan history; through the recollections of those born in the 1930s, who lived through independence, insurrection, modernization and war.

_ Time: 10.15 (65 mins)

Al-Harah

Jihan's Smile

Jihan is an ordinary child who woke up one day to discover she lost her smile. The sun set, the moon disappeared, everything lost its colour, cold spread throughout the town. Jihan needs to find her smile again.

_ Time: 10.15 (60 mins)

Youness Atbane

The Second Copy: 2045

Set as a fictional documentary in 2045, the character of Youness Atbane observes the dynamics of contemporary art in Morocco. In view of this, Atbane creates an archive about Moroccan art production from 2000 to now.

_ Time: 10.15 (45 mins)

Big in Belgium/Richard Jordan Productions/Theatre Royal Plymouth/Summerhall

Bombastic Declaration of Love – Julie Cafmeyer

Old boyfriend photos, texts, poetry: struggling with her love life, Julie Cafmeyer experiences orgasms, despair, rejection and heaven. It's a coming of age story showing what theatre can be, and you're invited.

_ Time: 10.30 (60 mins)

Tessa Bide

A Strange New Space

Recommended for ages 4+ but all ages welcome. Relaxed Performances: 8th, 15th and 22nd

The life changing adventure of space-obsessed Amira that mirrors her real life journey as a refugee. A non-verbal, physical show for all ages with puppetry and music from the maker of The Tap Dancing Mermaid.

_ Time: 10.45 (45 mins)

Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre

How to Be a Kid

Every performance has captioning units available. Please call 0131 226 0002 or email accessbookings@edfringe.com to book a closed captioning unit.

Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again? A larger-than-life story of family, friends and fitting in from Sarah McDonald-Hughes. Warning: contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase.

_ Time: 10.45 (50 mins)

Sarah Louise Marhsall / Pyreism

Fete Worse Than Death

Artist and gardener Sarah Louise Marshall is creating an urban oasis in the front garden of Summerhall. A mini Eden, a slice of paradise, not lost but made entirely out of found materials. Curiosities and plants saved in order to see the real gold that can be found in what would otherwise be thrown away. The garden will host a variety of activities and games through community engagement.

_ Time: 11.00, 22.30 (180, 30 mins)

Découpage Collective

Screaming Body – Découpage Collective

An ensemble work, striving to recreate the original story of Medea. With intimacy and immediacy, visually translating the tale through physical illustrations and a playful, profound relationship between two performers who remain present throughout.

_ Time: 11.15 (60 mins)

Collective Encounter / Collective Ma'louba

Your Love Is Fire

Performed in Arabic with English surtitles.

Daily life in the Syrian war. The disappointed illusion that change is around the corner. It's about those who remain silent, who don’t take a stance but are then eaten up by inner conflicts.

_ Time: 11.30 (70 mins)

Puppet Beings Theatre

Taiwan Season: The Backyard Story

This show is recommended for ages 3 and older.

Let your imagination run as clothes on a washing line are brought to life by a magic balloon in a fusion of object theatre, contemporary and traditional puppet arts.

_ Time: 11.45 (45 mins)

Amina Khayyam Dance Co

Slut

I saw him looking at me when I danced. I saw the look in his eyes. I knew what he wanted to call me.. Sexuality, sexual grooming, stereotyping and cross-cultural perceptions are explored in this provocative new dance piece.

_ Time: 11.45 (55 mins)

Amer Hlehel

Taha

Taha Muhammad Ali is the beautiful picture of the Palestinian people – of all of us. In his verses, Taha documents survival after 50 years of loss – of his home, his lover, his friends and his shop.

_ Time: 11.50 (75 mins)

2Magpies Theatre

Last Resort

Please note the seating for this performance is deckchairs.

The alternative future for Guantanamo Bay: deckchairs, cocktails, and your feet in the sand. Performed in a secret enclave in the Summerhall basement, Last Resort takes you through the tropical haze on a unique multi-sensory package holiday.

_ Time: 12.00, 18.30 (60 mins)

Lauren Mooney

Service

This show has been cancelled

In 1896, Rosa Vaile's husband lost his job on the docks and then they lost everything else. Now their great-great-great-granddaughter would like to talk to you about class, work, mental illness, and how far we’ve come since.

_ Time: 12.00 (60 mins)

Walrus

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Performance on Aug 12th has captioning units available - please contact accessbookings@edfringe.com or 0131 226 0002 to book a closed captioning unit.

The average person says 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. A play about what we say and how we say it.

_ Time: 12.00 (60 mins)

Mamoru Iriguchi

Eaten

Schools Bookings - £5 per school pupil, 1 teacher free for every 10 pupils. Please book by calling Summerhall Box Office at 0131 560 1581

What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. Eaten invites children and grown-ups to the fascinating world of the food web. Eaten asks, what should we eat? And who should eat us?!

_ Time: 12.15 (55 mins)

Louise Coulthard

Cockamamy

Cockamamy comes to Edinburgh after a sell-out run at last year's London Camden Fringe. A heartbreaking, hilarious story about the companionship between Alice and her granddaughter Rosie. This compelling new play explores the reality of living with dementia.

_ Time: 12.30 (60 mins)

Joanne Ryan

Eggsistentialism

Funny. Tender. Moving. Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, an Irish woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the hows and whys of reproducing her genes.

_ Time: 13.00 (70 mins)

CanadaHub / Theatre Conspiracy with Aurora Nova

Foreign Radical

This performance is immersive and roaming. Please inform Summerhall Box Office on 0131 560 1581 if you have any access requirements.

Thirty participants are invited into an intriguing theatrical game exploring security, profiling, freedom of expression and privacy in the age of cybersurveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, debate and spy on each other. Farsi, Arabic, English.

_ Time: 10.30, 11.00, 13.00 (75 mins)

National Theatre of Scotland

How to Act

Internationally renowned theatre director Anthony Nicholl has travelled the globe on a life-long quest to discover the true essence of theatre. Today he is giving a masterclass, working with a hand-picked actor to demonstrate his unique methods.

_ Time: 13.10 (60 mins)

Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas

Palmyra

More performances added: click on the link in the copy

Following the success of EUROHOUSE, Bert & Nasi return with Palmyra, an exploration of revenge, the politics of destruction and what we consider to be barbarian. Palmyra steps back from the news to look at what lies beneath—and beyond—civilization.

_ Time: 13.15 (55 mins)

Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre

Out Of Love

Every performance has captioning units available - please contact accessbookings@edfringe.com or 0131 226 0002 to book a closed captioning unit.

Lorna and Grace are best friends forever. But when Lorna gets into university and Grace gets pregnant, they find themselves in starkly different worlds. A tale of friendship, love and rivalry spanning 30 years from Elinor Cook.

_ Time: 13.25 (70 mins)

AIK Productions / Turtle Key Arts

Love, Bombs and Apples

Funny, poignant, powerful political theatre from award-winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak, using comedy to bravely tackle problems facing the Arab and Muslim communities across the world.

_ Time: 13.30 (60 mins)

Shaymaa Shoukry / Yazan Iwidat

Arab Arts Focus: Dance Double Bill

These two new contemporary dance pieces from Palestine and Egypt question what it means to be Arab in today’s world. 'Mayhkomsh' tackles social judgement. 'Running Away' challenges cultural norms and burdens put on young Arabs' shoulders.

_ Time: 13.35 (45 mins)

fanSHEN

Lists for the End of the World

This is a show composed entirely of crowd-sourced lists, from all kinds of people in all kinds of places – including from you the audience as you queue up to take your seats. In Lists…, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the profound and the ridiculous sit playfully side by side.

_ Time: 13.45 (60 mins)

Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Upper-Church

On Ice – Suzanne Grotenhuis/De Nwe Tijd

In 2013, Suzanne won a Belgian theatre prize, spending the entire prize money on buying an actual ice skating rink. Why she did that will be revealed in her funny, absurd, moving show.

_ Time: 14.00 (75 mins)

Cumbernauld Theatre

The Gardener

Frank’s having trouble looking after himself. He’s not getting out much, not since his wife passed away, so he’s gone into a retirement home. Deeply intimate portrait of love, loss and the joys of amateur gardening.

_ Time: 14.30, 16.30 (55 mins)

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, presented by The Place

Border Tales

A satirical look at multicultural Britain, blending dance, dialogue and live music, this is a witty and poignant commentary on stereotypical thinking in post-Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast. ‘Superbly staged and performed’ (Telegraph).

_ Time: 14.40 (80 mins)

Young Vic Taking Part

Start Swimming

A Young Vic Taking Part Production. It’s small versus big. It’s pressures of the future. It’s everything being stacked against you and all options feeling equally terrible. One step away from disaster, there’s only one instruction: start swimming.

_ Time: 14.40 (60 mins)

The Thief of Baghdad

Becoming Scheherazade

Magic and reality collide as one British Arab navigates the voyages of Sindbad and tries to make sense of his own family's relationship to their migration from Iraq to the UK.

_ Time: 15.00 (50 mins)

Barrow Street Productions

Pike St.

Award-winning Nilaja Sun (No Child...) breathes life into a vibrant mix of Lower East Side neighbours as they prepare for a hurricane racing towards NYC.

_ Time: 15.00 (75 mins)

Binge Culture

Ancient Shrines and Half Truths

Please note this event takes place outdoors. Umbrellas can be provided.

Join performance alchemists Binge Culture on an immersive audio experience to discover the city's hidden gems and meet authentic locals. 'One of the country’s most exciting, direct and original theatre companies' (NZ Herald).

_ Time: 15.15, 18.15 (60 mins)

Sun Son Theatre

Taiwan Season: Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness fuses traditional elements with contemporary theatre in an exploration of the feelings and emotions of a woman gnawed by time and her hidden aspirations, expectations, fears, secrets and ambitions.

_ Time: 15.15 (40 mins)

CanadaHub / Quote Unquote Collective in association with Why Not Theatre and Aurora Nova

Mouthpiece

This show contains fog and flashing lights.

Two performers express the inner conflict within a modern woman’s head: push and pull, past and present, progress and regression. Interweaving acappella harmony, text and physicality, Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humorous and heart-wrenching journey into the female psyche.

_ Time: 13.30, 15.30 (60 mins)

Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Working Method – Enkidu Khaled

Can art save the world? Belgian theatre-maker Enkidu Khaled's award-winning show analyses and simplifies the complex process of making theatre. Using the experience of war, he empowers the audience, utilising their imagination and artistic expression.

_ Time: 15.45 (60, 90 mins)

Ellie Dubois

No Show

New contemporary all-female circus from award-winning company. No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures. For anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.

_ Time: 16.15 (60 mins)

Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Summerhall

Arm – Mireille & Mathieu

Gentle, poetic, cruel or comical; Mireille & Mathieu unpack their paraphernalia at a flea-market. Objects turn out to be bursting with stories where in this happy delirium of exploration and absurd experiments, nothing’s taken seriously.

_ Time: 16.20 (60 mins)

Co-coism

Taiwan Season: Ever Never

Humour and pathos collide in a mix of drama, music and physical theatre as five strangers on a plane find their flight rekindles fragments of forgotten memories.

_ Time: 16.25 (60 mins)

James Rowland

A Hundred Different Words for Love

A storytelling show about words and love and the word love. Set in the same universe as Team Viking.

_ Time: 16.30 (60 mins)

James Cousins Company, presented by The Place

Rosalind

There are flashing lights used during this performance.

The danced adventures of a Shakespearean heroine. 400 years later, Rosalind ventures through the modern metropolis: by day, ordered and traditional, by night, a neon wonderland.

_ Time: 16.30 (65 mins)

nabokov and The Marlowe

Box Clever

Moving, truthful and darkly comic, Box Clever by nabokov’s associate-playwright Monsay Whitney, with music performed by Avi Simmons, is a new play about one woman’s experience of a refuge and a mother’s commitment to do the best for her daughter.

_ Time: 16.40 (60 mins)

Barney's Beer Ltd

Barney's Brewery Tours

Welcome to Edinburgh’s longest established non-continuously operating brewery! Ever wondered what really goes on inside a brewery? You’re welcomed in to Barney’s Beer at Summerhall to do just that. You’ll be given samples of our most popular beers, shown the ins and outs of our small operation, and given a lesson on the history and science of our trade by one of our brewery professionals.

_ Time: 15.00, 17.00 (45 mins)

CanadaHub / La Messe Basse with Aurora Nova

Siri

An actress on stage with her iPhone’s personal assistant, Siri, as her only partner. In a precise game of question and answer, their exchanges expose the bizarre metaphysical dimension of the machine and blur the limitations between them.

_ Time: 17.30 (70 mins)

RiotBox Productions

Amy Conway's Super Awesome World

Join Amy on a videogame adventure like no other in a quest for sparks of joy in the darkness. A powerful, moving and humorous show for anyone that has ever battled their own demons.

_ Time: 17.40 (60 mins)

Christopher Harrisson

The North! The North!

A dark new myth about England, the bad things that happen to us, and the stories we make up in response. Highly physical storytelling and animation from the writer of sell-out hit 64 Squares.

_ Time: 17.50 (70 mins)

Dancing Brick, Paul Jellis with Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bush Theatre

Heather

A reclusive children's writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking: what matters more, the storyteller or the story?

_ Time: 17.55 (60 mins)

Louise Orwin

A Girl and a Gun

‘All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun’ (Jean-Luc Godard). Witty, fun and unflinchingly provocative look at women and violence in the media, starring Orwin and an unprepared male performer.

_ Time: 18.00 (70 mins)

Mark Thomas and Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd

Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future

Few could have anticipated the events of 2016 and where they'd lead. Mark and his audience gamble on their predictions for a hilarious, fantastical and sometimes accurate vision of the world.

_ Time: 18.00 (75 mins)

Dirty Protest

Sugar Baby

Being a small-time drug dealer is tough. Especially when your old man owes £6,000 to a loan shark who’s got a tattoo of Beyoncé on his neck. Comedy from acclaimed writer Alan Harris (Paines Plough, National Theatre Wales).

_ Time: 18.05 (55 mins)

Big in Belgium, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit, Richard Jordan Productions

£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed

Get under the skin of the well-to-do, the 1%, super rich, the ones who pull the strings, the faces we never get to see. For one night, you can take their chairs. You call the shots.

_ Time: 18.30, 20.30 (90 mins)

Malaprop

BlackCatfishMusketeer

BlackCatfishMusketeer isn’t about how the internet looks, it’s about how it feels. It’s about trust, doubt, closeness at a distance, worrying about your nudes being leaked and fearing that you'll die alone and your cats will eat you.

_ Time: 19.10 (60 mins)

Grassmarket Projects

Doglife

Following Doubting Thomas, Jeremy Weller (winner of six Fringe First awards) and Grassmarket Projects return with part two of the real-life trilogy with Thomas McCrudden: a former gangland enforcer struggling to change.

_ Time: 19.25 (70 mins)

Royal Court Theatre

MANWATCHING

Performance on Aug 12th will be BSL signed.

A funny, frank, and occasionally explicit insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a male comedian. MANWATCHING is a show about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex with men.

_ Time: 19.25 (55 mins)

Zanetti Productions

Power Ballad

Contains nudity.

Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, deconstructing gendered linguistic histories and ripping apart contemporary language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger and femaleness. From Julia Croft (If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming).

_ Time: 19.30 (50 mins)

China Plate, Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe

The Shape of the Pain

One woman attempts to articulate her experience of pain. Physical pain with no apparent cause. Also, she’s met someone and they want to make this work. A new show from this Fringe First Award-winning team.

_ Time: 19.30 (70 mins)

CanadaHub / Groupe Gravel / Lepage with Aurora Nova

Thus Spoke...

Thus Spoke… is an electrifying piece of existential pop from two of Montreal’s most celebrated artists. Playfully challenging the status quo, writer, Étienne Lepage and choreographer, Frédérick Gravel defy convention in this irresistible antidote to apathy.

_ Time: 19.30 (70 mins)

Will Pickvance

Pianologues (Will Pickvance)

Inside the mind of a pianist, looking out. Solos and stories from Will Pickvance, creator of sell-out Anatomy of the Piano and Pianomorphosis.

_ Time: 19.40 (60 mins)

Ace-Production / From Start to Finnish

Dates – At the Speed of Sound!

A sparkling comedy about first dates, followed by supersonic speed-dating to find that soulmate/casual partner/festival pal or bunch of unforeseen encounters (delete where applicable). All genders and ages (18+) welcome!

_ Time: 19.45 (75 mins)

Dogstar

The Sky Is Safe

They meet in Istanbul: she a Syrian refugee, he a privileged westerner. Identity and power, choice and its absence, beauty and brutality collide in this poetic response to the Syrian tragedy by Matthew Zajac.

_ Time: 19.45 (60 mins)

Viirus Theatre / From Start to Finnish

Ramy: In the Frontline

Live report with the Egyptian protest singer Ramy Essam. He was an iconic figure of the revolution during the Arab Spring and now tells the story of his life and his fight for a better world.

_ Time: 20.40 (75 mins)

Middle Child and Hull UK City of Culture 2017

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Leah and Chris were raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief they would be special. Gig theatre about when dreams don’t become reality, from the team behind the award-winning Weekend Rockstars.

_ Time: 20.45, 22.30 (75 mins)

Eggs Collective

Eggs Collective Get A Round

A show with lipstick on its teeth and Wotsits on its face. A rousing ode to friendship, kindness and belonging, set against the backdrop of a massive night out. Coming soon to BBC television!

_ Time: 21.10 (60 mins)

Katy Baird

Workshy

This is a show about work. Some people work to make money. Some people work to feel fulfilled. Some people don't work at all. Workshy is a powerful and honest portrayal of the relationship between class, labour and aspiration.

_ Time: 21.10 (75 mins)

Sh!t Theatre with Show And Tell

DollyWould

Oh look, 2016 Fringe First winners Sh!t Theatre again. What is it this time? Is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? Did the government do something wrong again? No, it’s a show about Dolly Parton. We f*cking love her.

_ Time: 13.15, 19.30, 21.15 (60 mins)

Civil Disobedience presents Roddy Bottum

Sasquatch: The Opera

Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen) presents the world premiere of a tragic and dark love story based on the folklore of Sasquatch, the elusive man-beast who silently stalks the forest.

_ Time: 21.15 (60 mins)

Ludens Ensemble

Ubu Roi

Stagger me sideways! It's King Ubu's party and you're all invited. Using video mapping, puppetry, object manipulation, live sound collage… etc, etc. Ludens Ensemble transform Alfred Jarry's anarchic comedy into an absurd carnival for our times.

_ Time: 21.25 (70 mins)

Kenmure Productions

Chill Habibi

A cabaret with the best performance the Arab World and Scotland have to offer! Expect words, music, comedy and otherness from new and established artists, including David Greig, Julia Taudevin and Karl Sharro.

_ Time: 21.30 (60 mins)

Nothing Ever Happens Here and Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo Opening Party

Mediterraneo brings Africa, southern Italy and Scotland crashing into Summerhall. Featuring pizzica exponents The Badwills, Zimbabwe jit legend Rise Kagona (ex Bhundu Boys), and Scottish psychedelic ceilidh maestros Awry.

_ Time: 22.00 (300 mins)

Romantika (SWE/UK)

The Crossing Place – Romantika

Late-night in Upper Church. The first performance based on the poems of Swedish Nobel Prize in Literature-winning Tomas Tranströmer. A fast-paced, visual and highly physical theatre piece exploring loneliness, anxiety and desire. Devised in Estonia.

_ Time: 22.30 (55 mins)