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There is no place like Home – but what is it? What does home mean if you don’t have one? Or if it is a place you are scared to be in or to leave? Can you really feel at home if it is temporary or there is a constant threat of eviction? This latest production from Active Inquiry tells different stories of home in Edinburgh… 

Being Liza

Being Liza

A new play with music by Rachel Flynn. Being Liza is an original story about a girl in a pivotal transition of her life, discovering who she really is behind the mask of an icon. Frances Edwards is Scotland’s premiere Liza Minnelli tribute act… 

CROW

CROW

CROW is the genre-defying new stage show and new album by vocalist Bird Radio – 'folk-horror of the darkest hue' (fRootsMag.com) – based on poetry from Ted Hughes’ 1970 masterpiece on grief, Crow: From The Life And Songs Of The Crow... 

Find Your Way

Find Your Way

Returning to the Edinburgh Fringe in partnership with Just Festival. We have come a long way from being a research project proving the beneficial effects of singing in a choir on well-being... 

Connected Lives

Connected Lives

Baz, Muyemba and Poppy are isolated and feel alone – in a city of half a million people. How is this possible? What has caused this isolation? How and where can they make connections again? In partnership with The Bethany Christian Trust, The Alma Project and Shakti Women's Aid, Connected Lives explores the complex reasons that people become isolated including addiction, domestic violence, mental health difficulties and homelessness... 

Take Refuge Under My Shade

Take Refuge Under My Shade

This contemporary dance piece performed by Claire Henderson Davis and Bettina Carpi follows the interweaving stories of three pregnant women: a Syrian woman refugee journeying to the UK, a British woman describing her struggle with poverty, and the biblical story of Mary visiting Elizabeth to share her good news... 

Sounds from Gold Coast

Sounds from Gold Coast

African rhythms and harmonies in gospel arrangements performed by Ghanaian a cappella sensation. Passionate singing accompanied by dance steps and anecdotes will take you on an unforgettable journey into the heart and soul of the African continent... 

We Are

We Are

A high-octane hour of drumming, singing, storytelling and dance. Los Angeles all-woman band Adaawe premiere their new show, bouncing hip multiculturalism off their own ethnic roots from Africa to the Middle East to Morocco to Panama to the USA... 

We Are

We Are

A high-octane hour of drumming, singing, storytelling and dance. Los Angeles all-woman band Adaawe premiere their new show, bouncing hip multiculturalism off their own ethnic roots from Africa to the Middle East to Morocco to Panama to the USA... 

bloominauschwitz

bloominauschwitz

This odyssey for the migrant era takes us through the great storm of 20th-century history in the company of literary hero Leopold Bloom. Escaping from his famous novel in search of a tribe to call his own, Bloom attempts to conjure his true identity... 

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak was a Polish doctor and writer, who passionately championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love. Dr Korczak’s Example is set in 1942 in the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, where food is scarce, tempers rise and everyone wants to survive... 

Sounds from Gold Coast

Sounds from Gold Coast

African rhythms and harmonies in gospel arrangements performed by Ghanaian a cappella sensation. Passionate singing accompanied by dance steps and anecdotes will take you on an unforgettable journey into the heart and soul of the African continent... 

The Island

The Island

The Island is an award-winning and acclaimed apartheid-era play written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona. Set on Robben Island and telling a moving story celebrating hope, passion and resilience... 

Freedom

Freedom

Based on the true story of a Ugandan orphan, Amelia, whose parents died in a house fire. Freedom powerfully depicts the themes of sex slavery, domestic violence and misogyny set against the backdrop of life in 1980’s Uganda... 

Mental Notes from HarmonyChoir

Mental Notes from HarmonyChoir

Following last year’s debut sell-out performance, HarmonyChoir once again bring you an evening of inspirational and uplifting music. HarmonyChoir formed over a year ago as part of a project to demonstrate the positive effect of singing on mental health and well-being... 

Equilibrium

Equilibrium

Equilibrium combines traditional acoustic instruments with digital technology to create new music inspired by the history, culture and landscape of Scotland. This approach enables musicians with disabilities to take an equal part in the composition and performance of new music... 

Freedom

Freedom

Based on the true story of a Ugandan orphan, Amelia, whose parents died in a house fire. Freedom powerfully depicts the themes of sex slavery, domestic violence and misogyny set against the backdrop of life in 1980’s Uganda... 

100 Years of Balfour

100 Years of Balfour

Dramatised reading of letters exchanged between the British, Palestinian and Zionist parties 100 years ago sheds more light on the events that led to the present geopolitical relations in the Middle East... 

Lal Batti Express (Red-Light Express)

Lal Batti Express (Red-Light Express)

Kranti (Revolution) empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agents of social change. In 2014, Kranti's girls wrote, directed and performed a play in dozens of theatres and festivals, helping to change the mindsets of thousands of people about sex workers and their children... 

Seriously Funny

Seriously Funny

Spare an hour for quality comedy that educates and entertains! Comedians are joined on stage by Edinburgh's researchers to explore local and global issues of healthcare, gender identity and current politics... 

Nocturne

Nocturne

Inspired by the natural, emotional and spiritual migrations that occur after nightfall, Nocturne uses Indian dance and music to summon the different facets of the night: the natural world of flora and fauna, the emotional world of anticipation and longing, and the heightened spiritual potency of pre-dawn... 

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase explores identity and the consequences of displacement as it follows Iranian teen Mimi’s involuntary return to her war-torn homeland after a happy childhood in Barcelona... 

The Furnace

The Furnace

A setting of the story of the three holy children from the Book of Daniel for choir, soloists and a string orchestra. Sung in English, Latin, Greek and Hebrew, the piece examines how political spin and propaganda are often at odds with the truth of a situation, resonating with the many troubles in societies across the world today... 

Do You Mind?

Do You Mind?

HarmonyChoir (and special guests) will bring you an evening of inspirational and empowering music! HarmonyChoir is a group of singers, some of whom have experience with mental health symptoms... 

My Neighbourhood

My Neighbourhood

This show is a colourful personal journey from my birth city of Vienna to Ethiopia by foot, then into the lives of Cairo’s rubbish collectors, whom I met during this pilgrimage. After finishing my walk in Axum, I returned to Cairo and lived with the Zabbaleen... 

Hotel Europa

Hotel Europa

As audiences members we almost always experience performance in a passive and inert way. Sitting satisfied in a large group watching others perform for us, we are allowed to interpret the work as we are directed to, or however else we wish... 

Equilibrium

Equilibrium

Equilibrium was formed by Drake Music Scotland in 2014, in response to demand from disabled musicians looking for more opportunities to write and perform music that identifies with traditional Scots music... 

Discovery!

Discovery!

BE United’s Discovery! is a musical celebration of culture, diversity, creativity and harmony. Created and performed by local young people and artists from different countries around the world, specifically West and South Africa and the UK... 

Al-Rowwad: Beautiful Resistance

Al-Rowwad: Beautiful Resistance

Beautiful Resistance promotes human rights through creative and non-violent responses to the armed occupation of Palestine. Meet Dr Abdelfattah Abusrour, founder of the Beautiful Resistance and architect of Al-Rowwad Cultural Association in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem... 

Acting Alone

Acting Alone

Acting Alone is a thoughtful, introspective piece of solo storytelling in which actor Ava Hunt reflects on the suffering of the Palestinian people and the frustration she feels at not knowing how to help... 

Being a Dad

Being a Dad

2016 is the Year of the Dad and it’s all about the difference a great dad can make to children’s well-being, confidence and educational attainment. Children, families and society as a whole benefit from the positive involvement of fathers, but many fathers, especially disadvantaged young fathers, willing to be positively involved in the lives of their children, are routinely denied that possibility... 

Roma Holocaust

Roma Holocaust

‘Extraordinary playing by the double bassist Michael Cretu’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Cretu comes from a 300-year-old Roma musician family. His ancestor Petrea Cretu was the violinist of Braila (Romania) and his uncle Johnny Raducanu is considered the father of Romanian jazz... 

Bach to Baby Family Concert - The Soulful Cello

Bach to Baby Family Concert - The Soulful Cello

The critically acclaimed classical concert for baby, tot and you returns to Edinburgh! Children can dance, roam about and listen to music while you take a moment for yourself and enjoy an exhilarating performance... 

Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture

Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture

Counter Culture is a very clever show; so clever that it took me halfway through it to realise that the title is quite a good joke. Set in a department store on a dreary December day, the show quickly introduces a host of eclectic characters, all played by the superb Katie O’Kelly... 

Richard III
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Richard III

I have seen several performances of Richard III; Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen on film, and Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic, but Emily Carding’s portrayal of the king who murders his way to the English throne is in a league of its own... 

Mad Women in my Attic!

Mad Women in my Attic!

Join a woman – and her multiple personalities – on a journey through the twisted corridors of her mind, where you’ll meet some of the mad and quirky women of musical theatre and celebrate your own gift of insanity... 

Celtic Kirtan

Celtic Kirtan

We present songs and chants blending a Celtic spirituality with Indian Kirtan style chanting form. The dialogue is in the music. Find a moment of tranquillity with the enchanting tunes of Irish folk music... 

Afropella Night

Afropella Night

An a cappella concert with a unique sense of indigenous African rhythms, beats and sounds all of which are vocally generated. A musical journey into the spirit of Ghana. 

For Big Boys Only

For Big Boys Only

Uncover the linguistic layers of a Russian doll! Hear yourself in Nastya Rybachuk's contemporary, provocative and witty verses. Great showcase of pop-art poems premiering in Edinburgh this summer...