The Garden

The Garden

The Garden is an off-site performance that takes place a short walk away from the Traverse Theatre. The performance space is located in a small room that has been converted into a kitchen... 

Am I Dead Yet?

Am I Dead Yet?

Death is an important topic and it affects everyone, obviously. Am I Dead Yet? uses storytelling, song and comedy to ask questions on death and ponder what would happen if medicine and science could keep you alive forever... 

Mwathirika

Mwathirika

Mwathirika is definitely an engrossing show. It is a puppet performance that looks at the consequences of war through the perspective of a child. The performance is presented by Papermoon Puppet Theatre who have travelled all the way from Indonesia to give the delighted audience the European premiere of Mwathirika... 

The Wild Man of Orford

The Wild Man of Orford

If you give a quick flick through the Fringe programme, it will be fairly obvious that puppetry is on the rise in the theatre section this year. The Wild Man of Orford fits perfectly into the medium... 

L'Enfant qui...

L'Enfant qui...

Jephan de Villiers may not be a familiar name to most, but after watching L'Enfant Qui it can definitely be said he is an interesting character. Villers was a French artist and sculptor and the inspiration behind this circus/puppetry performance... 

Fake It 'til You Make It

Fake It 'til You Make It

Bryony Kimmings is a theatre maker, performer and actor. Her boyfriend Tim Grayburn works in advertising. This may not seem like an obvious set-up for a theatrical collaboration, but when the subject matter is clinical depression, men's mental health and love, this unlikely pairing manages to work wonders onstage... 

The Dance Dome

The Dance Dome

If you walk past the front of Dance Base in the Grassmarket you will see a small white dome that looks like it should be in a fun fair. Inside this dome is a 360° cinema experience that celebrates the expression and exuberance of dance... 

The Portrait Firm

The Portrait Firm

The Portrait Firm takes place in a former lecture hall within the Summerhall venue. This is an important point to note, as the location and how the performers utilised the space had a major bearing on the overall enjoyment of the piece... 

Refugees of the Septic Heart

Refugees of the Septic Heart

Tom Dale Company present Refugees of the Septic Heart, a multimedia dance piece that combines projected video, motion graphics, thumping soundscapes and expressive and impressive dance... 

For Their Own Good

For Their Own Good

Death is the topic that the performance of For Their Own Good tackles head on. We are told the story of Scott (played by Jack Trow) and Tom (played by Jake Oldershaw) and how they both look at death from the personal perspective of farmers... 

Projector/Conjector

Projector/Conjector

Mamoru Iriguchi is an experimental theatre designer and multimedia performance maker; he is also a man with a television awkwardly attached to the top of his head. He is joined onstage by fellow performer Selina Papousteli and she has an ill fitting projector attached to her head... 

Sentinels

Sentinels

Thirteen statuesque performers stand on small boxes and sing in harmony. This is a compelling sight and a joy for the ears. Sentinels is told from the perspective of several idols including 'Nelson', ‘Eros' and the 'Cerne Giant'... 

Chaucer All Strung Up (The Franklin's Tale)

Chaucer All Strung Up (The Franklin's Tale)

As the audience enters the theatre, we are greeted by the enthusiastic performers who tell us that they want to make friends. They sit next to audience members and get incredibly familiar, yet their engaging personalities remove any discomfort from the situation... 

Conversations Not Fit for the American Dinner Table

Conversations Not Fit for the American Dinner Table

Conversations Not Fit For The American Dinner Table features a variety of characters that you would definitely not want round as dinner guests. The performance was written by Sol Max, a former speechwriter for a Congressional candidate... 

Lauder!

Lauder!

Marcin Bartnikowski and Marcin Bikowski are two versatile and engaging performers from Polish theatre company Teatr Hotel Malabar. Lauder! is their bold story of a boy who loses his father during the attack on the World Trade Centre... 

Liz Lochhead: Apple Says Aaah - and Other Poems, Pommes and People

Liz Lochhead: Apple Says Aaah - and Other Poems, Pommes and People

Liz Lochhead is the Scots Makar (the Scottish equivalent of the Poet Laureate) and she begins her performance with a poem from the perspective of an apple (entitled 'The Apple’s Song') by her predecessor and late contemporary Edwin Morgan... 

Monkey Poet - Love Hurts Actually

Monkey Poet - Love Hurts Actually

Forget the movie, Monkey Poet tells us that Love Hurts, Actually. Money Poet is a Free Fringe regular and a talented and eloquent performer with a strong political approach. By the end of the absurd and exuberant performance of Love Hurts Actually the audience is well aware of Monkey Poet's intentions and the issues he wishes to raise... 

Pants On Fire's Pinocchio

Pants On Fire's Pinocchio

Pinocchio is an overly familiar tale, however Pants on Fire present it in an unfamiliar way. This production takes influence from science-fiction, B-movies and American Culture presenting it with glaringly large puppets and a Dubstep soundtrack... 

Credible Likeable Superstar Rolemodel

Credible Likeable Superstar Rolemodel

Bryony Kimmings tackles the important subject of the sexualisation and commodification of childhood and the pressures that 7-12 year olds feel in the modern world. What makes Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model such a visceral, sensitive and touching performance is that Bryony takes to the stage with her 9 year old niece Taylor Houchen, presenting a perfectly articulated point with the potential victim of the topic directly on stage... 

Sonica Presents Robbie Thomson's Ecstatic Arc

Sonica Presents Robbie Thomson's Ecstatic Arc

From 11am to 6pm, Robbie Thomson's Ecstatic Arc is just a regular art installation in the Library Gallery in the Summerhall venue. However, at 7pm the installation transforms into an engaging and exciting piece of performance art that is an intriguing pleasure for the ears and eyes... 

Bonanza

Bonanza

Bonanza is a documentary film experience presented in a theatre space. The piece is heavily influenced by installation art, video art and film poems. The audience is presented with five films screens on which five individual films are projected... 

Killing Roger

Killing Roger

Roger is an old man with a whisky-soaked voice and nicotine-stained hands. His pale yellow skin and grumpy demeanour does little to make the audience warm to him. He is 87 years old and his health is declining as he sits alone in his grey and decrepit flat all day long smoking cigarettes and wasting his time in front of the television... 

Wot? No Fish!

Wot? No Fish!

Ab and Celie Solomons were a loving Jewish couple who experienced much happiness, joy and tragedy throughout their lives. Every week Ab would receive a pay packet and on the back of the envelopes he would draw a cartoon... 

Crying Out Loud presents La Poème

Crying Out Loud presents La Poème

At only thirty minutes long, La Poeme may seem short in length, but the performance manages to fit as many engaging images into this short time span as is humanly possible.Jeanne Mordoj is the lone performer onstage... 

We Will Be Free! The Tolpuddle Martyrs Story

We Will Be Free! The Tolpuddle Martyrs Story

We Will Be Free is an historical tale beginning in 1834 and is based on the true story of George and Betsy Loveless, prominent members of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. George was the leader of a group of six Dorset labourers who fought local landowners for better pay and working conditions... 

S/He Is Nancy Joe

S/He Is Nancy Joe

S/He is Nancy Joe is more than just an exuberant dance performance. At times this expressive and emotionally engaging piece feels like a real life graphic novel contained within an art installation... 

Ban This Filth!

Ban This Filth!

Alan Bissett is the writer and performer of Ban This Filth!, whose content tackles the issues of contemporary feminism so recently receiving the national spotlight, and asking questions on pornography, sex, censorship and empathy from either side of the gender divide... 

Have I No Mouth

Have I No Mouth

Fiedlen Cannon is one of the founders of Dublin based theatre company Brokentalkers. He is also one of the stars of Have I No Mouth. Fiedlen shares the stage with his mother, Ann Cannon and also his mothers therapist, played by Erich Keller... 

Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil is a performance with good intentions. Coming from the perspective that society can be oppressive and tell free individuals how and what to think in a democracy. The three performers in FULLfuse Theatre gel together with ease and effortlessly convey the overriding theme through narration, character and at times physical theatre and movement... 

Anthropoetry

Anthropoetry

Anthropoetry is a play on the word Anthropometry (a term used to describe measurements of the human body) and playing with words is exactly what this performance is all about.Poet Ben Mellor greets the audience as they enter the dark theatre space and then eloquently introduces his mute sidekick - the talented musician Dan Steele... 

Breaking News

Breaking News

Breaking News presents how people relate to the media and how news is reported, consumed, heard, read, watched and digested. Throughout the performance Va Va Voom Theatre expertly takes this concept and presents it with innovative and evocative puppetry, projected motion graphics, beautiful soundscapes and creative and interesting set design... 

Somnambules and the 7 Deadly Sins

Somnambules and the 7 Deadly Sins

The Karavan Ensemble are a group of performers, artists and musicians who construct challenging and original theatre productions with a variety of collaborators. With Somnambules & the 7 Deadly Sins, the Karavan Ensemble have developed a physical theatre piece with stunning visuals, fractured storytelling, bold music and intriguing physicality... 

The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity

The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity

The three players of Clout Theatre present The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity: an absurd tale involving suicide and the reasons individuals may commit such an act. Clout Theatre tackle the subject from the perspective of the dead, using comedy, physical imagery, horror and minimal set... 

This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise

The performance began in a small room to the side of the theatre space. This room is a former abattoir and meat hooks, veterinary equipment, a dissection table and intriguing cabinets have been left in the former Edinburgh University Veterinary School building that is now the Summerhall venue... 

HeLa

HeLa

HeLa tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a 31 year old black woman who received treatment for cancer in a racially segregated hospital in Baltimore, USA in 1951. Although the story is definitely a tribute to a young black mother, it is also the story of Henrietta Lacks' DNA and her legacy...