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Locked in the Small Animal Hospital

Locked in the Small Animal Hospital

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. Strange reports state that the unhinged Dr C. Lion never quite hung up his lab coat. While the doctor is stalled in another part of the building, you must enter the dingy office of Dr C. Lion, find out what he has been up to and put an end to his insidious behaviour. Continue Reading

The Second Copy: 2045

The Second Copy: 2045

From out of the future, dissolving himself in fiction, the character of Youness Atbane observes the dynamics of contemporary art in Morocco. As a witness in a documentary made in 2045, he is interviewed on his position as a Moroccan artist and turns this into the subject of his performance. In view of this, Atbane creates a fictional archive about Moroccan art production from the millennium to 2015 and frees facts from their trap in present-day logic. Continue Reading

A Strange New Space

A Strange New Space

Amira is obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an astronaut. One night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. Amira has to pack her bag for the intergalactic trip that she’s been waiting for... A Strange New Space is an imaginary voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real life journey as a refugee. A non-verbal, physical show for the whole family using puppetry and original music from the maker of hit show The Tap Continue Reading

Slut

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… Slovenly, sexually liberated, promiscuous – these are just some of the labels given to women who do not fit into defined cultural mores and instead express individualism. These, along with issues of sexual grooming, stereotyping across race and cultural perceptions, are explored in this provocative new Kathak dance-theatre piece. Made in association with women’s groups from Birmingham, Continue Reading

Taiwan Season: The Backyard Story

Taiwan Season: The Backyard Story

Let your imagination run as the jackets, shirts, dresses and trousers make friends and form relationships, reflecting those between parents, children and others. When you get home, can you make your clothes come to life like this? Taiwan’s first black-light object theatre company, Puppet Beings Theatre, seek to summon back the innocence of childhood and inject fresh vitality into children’s theatre by using everyday items and combining the contemporary with traditional puppet arts. Continue Reading

Taha

Taha

Taha Muhammad Ali is the beautiful optimistic picture of the Palestinian people – of all of us. In his beloved verses, Taha documents hopeful survival after 50 years of loss – loss of his home, his lover, his friends and his shop in Saffuriyeh in Galilee. Adapted from Adina Hoffman's book My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness and based on the poet’s works, writer-performer Amer Hlehel has created a tour de force solo performance interweaving Taha’s singular and exquisite poetry Continue Reading

Last Resort

Last Resort

Last Resort is the alternative future for Guantanamo Bay. You’ll sit in a deckchair, you’ll get a rum cocktail on arrival and you’ll feel the sand between your toes. Performed in a secret enclave in the Summerhall basement, 2Magpies Theatre will take you through the tropical haze on a unique multi-sensory package holiday. This is an extraordinary rendition and it is all-inclusive. The waterboarding has stopped, the noise has been turned down and the base has been reclaimed as a holiday Continue Reading

Eaten

Eaten

What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well. So Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello. A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Meanwhile, Lionel’s breakfast wants to say hello... from his bottom! Eaten invites children and grown-ups to the fascinating world of the food web. Eaten asks, what should we eat? And who should eat Continue Reading

Séance

Séance

Glen Neath and David Rosenberg’s new project, Séance, builds on the success of their previous shows, Ring and Fiction. But this time it takes place inside a completely dark shipping container. ‘Séance is Rosenberg and Neath’s best collaboration to date, a creepy and manipulative miniature which unsettles and makes you question not just your senses but what you actually believe’ **** (Lyn Gardner, Guardian). Séance explores the psychology of a group of people who have been Continue Reading

Eggsistentialism

Eggsistentialism

Looking down the barrel of her final fertile years, one modern woman goes on a comical quest to uncover the ifs, hows and crucially the whys of reproducing her genes. Thinking outside the box in an effort to decide what to do with her own, eh, box, no stone is left unturned in this journey of extremes. Family, fertility experts, fortune tellers, philosophers, daytime radio and the dark recesses of the internet; all are consulted as she tries to figure out – should making a life for oneself Continue Reading

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