The End of Eddy

The End of Eddy

The End of Eddy is a heartfelt, autobiographical play based on the book En Finir avec Eddy Bellegueule by Édouard Louis, in which the author shares experiences of his difficult youth growing up in a working class family in a village in Northern France and his struggle coming to terms with his sexuality... 

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: The Semi-finals

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: The Semi-finals

18 of the most exciting young performers from across Europe compete for one of the world’s most prized titles: Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.  

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus, by the Philippe Saire company, didn't live up to its initial promise. This is an ultra-violet light show performed by two live dancers, aimed at adults and children (7+)... 

Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis

Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis

 

The Tin Soldier

The Tin Soldier

It’s a real shame temporary roadworks make accessing this show’s venue ever-so-slightly off-putting; also, that the venue is still relatively new, especially when it comes to putting on festive fair, and is up against highly marketed venues such as the King’s... 

Thingummy Bob

Thingummy Bob

There’s a wonderful clarity to Linda McLean’s short play Thingummy Bob, a firm favourite with Scotland’s leading theatre company for people with learning disabilities, Lung Ha Theatre Company... 

Real Magic

Real Magic

To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show – as they endlessly revisit moments of defeat, hope and anticipation... 

Classic Album Sundays

Classic Album Sundays

The Incredible String Band’s second album, 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, is widely recognised as a cultural milestone in psychedelic folk music. To celebrate its 50th anniversary Classic Album Sundays present an intimate album listening experience... 

Contesting the Spirit of Unity

Contesting the Spirit of Unity

Conductor Bruno Walter said that the first Edinburgh International Festival was a ‘magnificent’ experience, which ‘renewed human relations’ after the war. But not everyone felt included... 

Fire Down Below

Fire Down Below

As Britain emerges from the Second World War, change is afoot in the far-flung Empire. In the Caribbean, debates about self-determination intensify. At the same time, economic challenges lead many to migrate, causing issues of citizenship, and crises of identity and culture... 

Voicelessness

Voicelessness

Voicelessness is a delicate story of determination and hope, told through mingled voices, viewpoints and times, powerfully poignant in its simplicity. It is created by exciting new Iranian director, writer and performer Azade Shahmiri... 

Reflections on Syria

Reflections on Syria

A rare opportunity to experience work created in the most challenging of contexts. Six years into a complex conflict, artists from Syria present their stories and memories through film, music and theatre, taking us beyond the headlines and offering fresh perspectives on how war is affecting Syrian lives... 

Speech (Discurso)

Speech (Discurso)

Guillermo Calderón returns to the subject of Chilean president Michelle Bachelet in a new version of this extraordinary monologue. A previous version of the monologue was presented in Spanish at the Festival in 2012 as part of Villa + Discurso... 

There Is No One Between You and Me

There Is No One Between You and Me

A woman returns to a hometown she no longer recognises in this haunting new play from Dalia Taha. Over the past 20 years, the Royal Court’s International Playwrights’ Programme, with the support of the British Council, has encouraged emerging writers in all parts of the world to address subjects that they felt were urgent in their societies... 

The Power of Plays

The Power of Plays

Journalists, writers and cultural commentators discuss the unique ability theatre has to examine differing perspectives, effect change and unravel layers of complexity in times of political turmoil... 

MINEFIELD

MINEFIELD

It’s hard to tell what kind of show MINEFIELD is trying to be. No one can deny that director, Lola Arias, is bold for choosing to have six veterans, three from each side of the Falklands/Malvinas war, appear together on stage to discuss their accounts of the war... 

You Never Touched The Dirt

You Never Touched The Dirt

This subtle and witty play tackles the breathtaking economic transformation of China, the dreams it enables and those it crushes. Over the past 20 years, the Royal Court’s International Playwrights’ Programme, with the support of the British Council, has encouraged emerging writers in all parts of the world to address subjects that they felt were urgent in their societies... 

New European Songbook

New European Songbook

Unique collaborations between established European musicians and artists recently arrived in the continent bring you the newest sounds of Europe today. Respected European musicians join artists already celebrated in their homelands who have recently travelled to Europe, to create new musical dialogues, showcasing the diverse cultural and musical talents within a continent in flux... 

The World in One City

The World in One City

A Scottish Documentary Institute production for the Edinburgh International Festival directed by Anne Milne and produced by Noe Mendelle. In 1947 the Edinburgh International Festival brought together artists and audiences to look to the future, mend bridges, and to encourage a new exchange of ideas and culture which was both profoundly international and rooted in the city of Edinburgh... 

Drainage Alley

Drainage Alley

This story of a quiet alleyway in Havana explores Cuba poised on the cusp of opening up to the world. Over the past 20 years, the Royal Court’s International Playwrights’ Programme, with the support of the British Council, has encouraged emerging writers in all parts of the world to address subjects that they felt were urgent in their societies... 

Ghalia's Miles

Ghalia's Miles

Fleeing Lebanon in the hope of building a new life in Europe, Ghalia makes an extraordinary journey through the Middle East. Over the past 20 years, the Royal Court’s International Playwrights’ Programme, with the support of the British Council, has encouraged emerging writers in all parts of the world to address subjects that they felt were urgent in their societies... 

Arts in the Aftermath of Conflict

Arts in the Aftermath of Conflict

What narratives must begin when a war has ended and how does society protect itself from slipping back into conflict? This discussion explores the role of artists in post-war contexts and the critical space that needs to be claimed in order to counter a return to paranoia and injustice... 

Bad Roads

Bad Roads

A harrowing and bitterly funny new play about Ukraine at war – seen through the eyes of the women fighting, reporting and enduring the conflict. Following Bad Roads there will be a discussion with all the writers from the series, hosted by Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court... 

War Dialogues

War Dialogues

Does the placement, presence, and input of artists need to be re-negotiated and re-imagined in the context of contemporary crises? Artist David Cotterrell is joined by a panel of leading artists and experts, including Lola Arias, director of MINEFIELD, to explore the changing role, responsibility and challenges of witnessing and responding to modern conflict... 

Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections

Fergus Linehan, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival and Graham Sheffield, Director Arts of the British Council discuss global citizenship and culture as a connecting spark... 

Martin Creed's Words and Music

Martin Creed's Words and Music

Artist, musician and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed invites you to a delightfully nonconformist evening of words, music and more, as he takes up residence for the 2017 International Festival...