ALL EVENTS | 21 August, 2017 Order by: Date / title

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Bred in the Bone Theatre Laboratory

Breakfast with Bred in the Bone: Clios' Story/Orpheus/The Ship

A contemporary triple-bill of adapted Greek mythology and new writing, written and devised by the company, exploring theatre performance through the physical, musical and poetic.

_ Time: 10.00 (60 mins)

Stages Theatre Group, Sri Lanka

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

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)

The Place

Liquid Gold

Drawing inspiration from Under The Vaulted Sky, created for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014, Rosemary has joined forces with film-maker Roswitha Chesher to create Liquid Gold is the Air.

_ Time: 10.30 (360 mins)

Prime Cut Productions

Scorch

For those who don’t feel like they’re in the right life, online is a place to be yourself. Out in the real world though, things can be very different. 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.

_ Time: 10.45 (50 mins)

The Letter Room

No Miracles Here

A tale of resilience, strength and the need to just stay on your feet, The Letter Room present a sweat-soaked marathon with Northern Soul. Packed with live music and wall-to-wall dancing, No Miracles Here is an anthem to feeling alive and keeping the faith. Supported by the RSC.

_ Time: 11.00 (60 mins)

Rachel Mars

Our Carnal Hearts

Award-winning theatre maker Rachel Mars and four belting female singers bring you a gleeful, hilarious, murky show about the hidden workings of envy, with a raucous chorus of music by Louise Mothersole.

_ Time: 11.00 (60 mins)

Julene Robinson

The Black That I Am

Herself as "other". An exploration of blackness, gender, sexuality, religion and Jamaican nationalism, seen through the lens of individuals from different backgrounds confronted with the gaze of their own realities. A one-woman show.

_ Time: 11.15 (60 mins)

Hanane Hajj Ali

Jogging

A 60-minute theatre performance: Hanan Al-Haj, a woman in her 50s and a Lebanese citizen, follows her daily routine of jogging to keep herself safe from obesity, bone diseases and anxiety.

_ Time: 11.50 (60 mins)

Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company

Every Brilliant Thing

The worldwide smash-hit is back. A play about depression and the lengths we go to for loved ones. 'Heart-wrenching, hilarious... possibly one of the funniest plays you will ever see' Guardian. 'Captivating' New York Times.

_ Time: 12.00 (60 mins)

The Völvas

The Vagina Dialogues – The Völvas

The Vagina Dialogues is a series of episodic monologues, duologues and movement pieces set to live music. The work is innately feminist, humorous, grotesque and, let’s face it, a little nude in approach.

_ Time: 12.30 (60 mins)

Javaad Alipoor

The Believers Are But Brothers

The old world orders are collapsing: from the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy extremist groups rip through twentieth century political certainties. Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment; without the money, power and sex they think they deserve.

_ Time: 12.45 (60 mins)

Darkfield

Séance

Séance (Glen Neath and David Rosenberg) is an intense sonic performance for twenty people at a time inside a completely dark shipping container. It lasts for fifteen terrifying minutes

_ Time: 13.00, 13.20, 13.40, 14.00, 14.20, 14.40, 15.00, 15.20, 15.40, 19.00, 19.20, 19.40, 20.00, 20.20, 20.40, 21.00, 21.20 (20 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)

Canada Hub / Theatre Conspiracy with Aurora Nova

Foreign Radical

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: 13.00 (75 mins)

Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre

Black Mountain

Rebecca and Paul are running away. Away from memories and mistakes. They’re trying to save their relationship. They need time and space. An isolated house in the country is the perfect place to work things out. But you can’t run forever. Especially when you’re being followed.

_ Time: 13.25 (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)

Selina Thompson Ltd

salt.

A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship to retrace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica and back.

_ Time: 14.30 (75 mins)

Proto-type Theater

A Machine they're Secretly Building

After Edward Snowden’s revelations, from what might be a news desk, a bunker under a mountain or a theatre, two people speak up, speak out and blow the whistle on the insidious machine of surveillance.

_ Time: 14.40 (60 mins)

Atresbandes

Locus Amoenus

Three strangers meet on a train, not knowing that in one hour, the train will crash and they will die. Their attempts to connect lead to misunderstandings as they race towards their final destination.

_ Time: 14.50 (60 mins)

Barrow Street Productions

Pike St.

Award-winning Nilaja Sun (No Child...) breathes life into a vibrant mix of Lower East Side residents in her latest solo show. At the heart of Pike St. is Evelyn. She’s balancing welcoming her Navy SEAL brother home, keeping her eccentric father out of trouble and providing electricity for her daughter on life-support. All this before a hurricane hits NYC. Pike St. is one of 2017’s unmissable shows.

_ Time: 15.00 (75 mins)

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

Mouthpiece

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: 15.30 (60 mins)

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

Ivona, Princess of Burgundia – Tibaldus

Unique and radical reworking of Witold Gombrowicz's (the Shakespeare of Poland) classic play. Fusing language, physicality and comedy, one of Belgium's most exciting young companies creates a thrilling contemporary retelling of a lost masterpiece.

_ Time: 15.45 (95 mins)

An ARC Production written and performed by Daniel Bye

Instructions for Border Crossing

A twelve-year-old girl sneaks across the border into her own country. Her parents watch her on a computer screen. The works of a half-forgotten performance artist seem to hold the key to bringing down a brutal system operating on our behalf and under our noses.

_ Time: 16.40 (75 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)

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)

Binge Culture

Break Up (We Need to Talk)

There’s no easy way to do this... An entire relationship lovingly created and destroyed over five hours. Come and go as you please and revel in the desperation, negotiation, devastation and emotional blackmail.

_ Time: 18.00 (300 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 in Cardiff and living up to your family’s expectations is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier.

_ Time: 18.05 (55 mins)

Graeae Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre

Cosmic Scallies

A witty and touching new play about class, friendship and absence, set in the forgotten town of Skelmersdale by award-winning writer and comedian Jackie Hagan. Shaun and Dent grew up best friends on the same council estate in Skem. Dent left, full of ambition, but 10 years later she’s back. Can Shaun convince her Skem is an inheritance better than any house?

_ Time: 18.30 (80 mins)

Royal Court Theatre

MANWATCHING

A funny, frank, and occasionally explicit insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man. MANWATCHING begins with a male comedian being given a script they have never seen before. They read the script out loud, sight unseen, in front of an audience. This is a show about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex with men.

_ Time: 19.25 (55 mins)

Trans Creative

You've Changed

When there’s no rule book, you just have to write your own… It’s 14 years since Kate O'Donnell transitioned and a lot has changed. However, where gender is concerned, are we still stuck in the dark ages? Through song, dance, hard-won wisdom and hilarity, You’ve Changed shines a light on the ins and outs and ups and downs of transitioning.

_ Time: 20.30 (60 mins)

Middle Child and Hull UK City of Culture 2017

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief they would be special. But what happens when dreams don’t become reality? Set over three decades, from Cool Britannia to Brexit Britain, this is gig theatre from the award-winning team behind Weekend Rockstars.

_ Time: 20.45 (75 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)

RashDash

Two Man Show

Men have all the power. John and Dan keep hearing people say that men have all the power, but it doesn’t feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are making a show about man and men, because we all have to pull together now.

_ Time: 22.15 (70 mins)

Nick Phillips

Werewolves

A village, Millers Hollow, is haunted by werewolves. Night falls and the innocent villagers are murdered in their sleep. By day, the villagers try to pick off the werewolves. Who will survive? A game of accusation, bluffing and assassination.

_ Time: 22.30 (60 mins)

Soho Theatre and United Agents

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

The Edinburgh Comedy Award winning show that “defined comedy in 2016” (Guardian) and earned a Total Theatre Award nomination for Innovation returns. Come and see the “hot ticket” (Evening Standard) of last year’s festival before it finishes its international tour here at the Edinburgh Fringe.

_ Time: 23.00 (60 mins)