Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental in association with Aurora Nova
A chair, table, and bar of lights become the imagined settings for invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon, KFC-smuggling in Palestine, and run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries in this engrossing look at the perplexing ins and outs of our fragile right of passage.
KunstZ, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Is this a story of extremes, of bi-cultural upbringing, or is it simply the story of all mothers and daughters? Sachli Gholamalizad, a young Belgian actress of Iranian descent, questions her troubled relationship with her mother.
Early Morning Opera
ABACUS is a baroque presentation delivered by Japanese cult-icon Paul Abacus about the future of national borders, the workings of contemporary persuasion, and our evolving relationship to the screens in our public and private spaces, including our pockets.
Part recital, part rehabilitation.
Genre-defying piano virtuoso and wit, Will Pickvance (creator of Anatomy of the Piano) has spent years grappling with his addiction to meandering piano solos and capricious musical mutations. Here he celebrates this very struggle, taking inspiration from Haydn's Creation through to Radiohead, with Fats Waller, Keith Jarrett and many others along the way.
Fiona Soe Paing
Off-world electronica and stunning live vocals merge seamlessly with 3D animation to evolve into a multimedia artwork. ‘Extraordinary vocals’ ★★★★ (Skinny). ‘Very, very cool!’ (Vince Clarke, Depeche Mode). Part of Made in Scotland Showcase.
Will asks Father Christmas for a spaceship - he gets a piano! This is a breathtaking adventure into the world of pianos, revealing where they come from, how they evolved and why they make a pretty cool Christmas present. Featuring Bach's cave piano, Beethoven's bad moods and a jam with 'Fats' Waller.
Spitfire Company in association with Aurora Nova
Internationally acclaimed performance from Herald Angel Award winner Spitfire Company influenced by the works of Václav Havel, especially by his play Audience and its legendary film adaptation. What happens when a brewer and a persecuted politician, alter ego of Václav Havel himself, meet on stage? Two actresses, a case of Czech beer, huge original masks and absurd humour.
Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah
This bold new work written by Sue MacLaine is both duet and duel as two languages, one signed and one spoken, which are stretched to capacity and the trust between narrator and interpreter tested.
Eastern Angles and Unity Theatre, Liverpool
The UK has split, London sits as a sovereign state, the country has divided. Entire regions, communities and families are left desperate for survival. A darkly comic new play by Molly Davies (Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre).
DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre
A baby chick is born and thinks the sky is falling down. On the way to tell the King, she meets Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky and Turkey Lurkey, but there's a shocking surprise! Chicken Licken grows up to be the Little Red Hen and asks her friends to help her make bread, but no one wants to play!
19th August 1978. Cinema Rex fire, Iran. Four-hundred and twenty-two dead. The year of Superman and an act of terror that sparked a revolution. Who will remember the dead? Shahrzad, a cat, bargains with Death for one more life.
Five women stand on a cliff-edge overlooking their village; a village which is soon to disappear. “Sometimes we need to do things like this; we need to step away from our daily lives, and look at them from a distance.”
During the early 70’s, Donald was a singer and dancer in the TV troupe, The Young Generation, and also appeared in West End shows. He later became a millionaire as a savvy antique dealer and owner of real estate. Sadly, Donald died of AIDS-related causes in 1992. Dusty died of breast cancer in 1999. Donald Does Dusty pays homage to them both.
Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company
The off-Broadway smash hit returns to Edinburgh. A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. ‘Heart-wrenching, hilarious ... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see’ (Guardian)
The Flanagan Collective
J runs so fast she bursts in to a million tiny pieces, her atoms unknitting themselves and spreading across the universe. Blair stands on a broken pier with a glass of white wine in one hand and a pint of Guinness in the other, looking up at the stars.
The Letter Room
Struggle, survival, sex, live music and a foot stomping, bath blasting, bone shaking hoedown. A wild tale about hope, and daring to have it, in the land of the downtrodden.
An investigation into what happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings. Intimate and funny, this play presents a lifetime of conversations, condensed into one hour.
An ARC Production written and performed by Daniel Bye
A new virus has broken out. Everyone in the world starts weeping. Why aren’t you affected?
A show about the spread of disease, of panic, and of ideas, from the award-winning maker of The Price of Everything.
Ultima Thule, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Filled with love and irony, DeWulf’s acclaimed Gomaar Trilogy combines thrilling storytelling and puppetry in a deeply human universal folk tale where discontent with life goes hand-in-hand with poetic panoramas of a village, a city and a family.
The Letter J
A young girl, missing her grandad, traces his footsteps on a magical adventure through time and space. A story of loss, longing and the treasures of memory and imagination. ‘Luscious-looking and tremendously moving’ ★★★★ (Scotsman). ★★★★ (Herald).
PaperMash Theatre and Tricycle Theatre
Violet Fox is a live and visual spoken word vegan solo artist and occasional collaborator. In this hilarious, award-winning comedy she tells the story of how her alcoholic, melancholic, mega diva mother ruined every childhood birthday.
Here Is the News from Over There (Over There Is the News from Here) – A Borderless Twitter Ballad Fresh from the Middle East
Creating an epic new ballad of the adventures of ordinary people over 22 frantic Fringe nights.
Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe
You’re the kind of person who never backs down from a fight. You were the kind of kid who licked the iron. The stories become who you are. This show is a conversation about whether that is useful.
Flight of the Escales
Inspired by real heartbreak stories now and then; some given, some found, some stolen. An act of public self-help, melodrama and poetic meanderings around our perpetual preoccupation with this pumping organ.
Dancing Brick and Soho Theatre
A stunning new play about a scientist with an unbelievable story to tell, a woman who doesn't know what to believe. A vibrant collaboration between the award-winning companies Dancing Brick and Soho Theatre.
Jonny accidentally told his toddler niece climate change would end the world. To stop her crying, the band promised to fix it... Multi award-nominated Radio 4 regulars. ‘Politically engaged... raucously silly’ (Guardian).
Open Clasp Theatre Company in association with Live Theatre
The prison van, fences high, a magpie. 'One for sorrow. Snatched the babies. The mother fought, but it was too big and flew too high.’ Devised by women from HMPYOI Low Newton and originally toured to male prisons.
February has taken away flight and plunged the town into perpetual winter. There's talk of war. Visual storytelling, sumptuous language and live music entwine in this bleak, beautiful adult fairy tale from multi award-winning Fringe regulars, Grid Iron.
Written and directed by Mona Bozdog, Performed by Nikoletta Thoma
Lost in Transition looks beyond the beautiful facade of diversity and into the struggles of a Romanian immigrant in Scotland while raising the obvious yet forgotten question of: What makes us stay here despite…
Duncan Macmillan’s award-winning smash hit play returns to Edinburgh in Paines Plough’s pop-up theatre Roundabout. ‘The most beautiful, shattering play of the year’ ★★★★ (Sunday Express).
Mark asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930's were here now what would they do to open up cities? How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds?
When Gaby disappeared from her Scottish home, it was assumed her Pakistani father had kidnapped her. Headlines were only momentarily silenced when it emerged that Gaby may have chosen to flee. '...absolutely gripping’ (The Scotsman).
Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative
Winner! FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award Best Play. Hilariously heartbreaking, Ndebele Funeral examines modern health care, crime, poverty and dreams through the aspirations and loss of three characters whose lives intersect in a Soweto shack.