Theatre Listings

Aug
1
Wed
Another One @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 10:55 am
Another One @ Summerhall- Main Hall

Early-morning wordless drama from group Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, as part of the Big in Belgium programme. It’s about the art of tolerance and the art of being tolerated.

Unsung @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Unsung @ Summerhall- Main Hall

Return visit from BigMouth creator Valentijn Dhaenens, this time giving a forensic examination of a politician who is hooked on power and alienated from his friends and family. Part of Big in Belgium.

User Not Found @ Traverse at Jeelie Piece Café
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
User Not Found @ Traverse at Jeelie Piece Café

An off-site contribution to the Traverse’s programme, this site-specific play by Chris Goode uses headphones and smartphones to explore the digital legacy of someone who has died.

Love Song to Lavender Menace @ Summerhall- TechCube 0
Aug 1 @ 12:55 pm – 2:10 pm
Love Song to Lavender Menace @ Summerhall- TechCube 0

Lavender Menace was an Edinburgh bookshop that sold gay and lesbian publications for five years from 1982. For many, its very existence was a beacon of hope. James Ley’s funny and celebratory play evokes the atmosphere of that era. Part of Made in Scotland.

Propeller @ Pleasance Courtyard- Pleasance Above
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Propeller @ Pleasance Courtyard- Pleasance Above

A second ensemble of young Scottish theatre makers is fielded by the Network, an offshoot of the Scottish Drama Training Network. Working with director Caitlin Skinner, they ask whether it’s possible to change the world in an era of information overload.

Erehwon @ Summerhall- Cairns Lecture Theatre
Aug 1 @ 1:25 pm – 2:25 pm
Erehwon @ Summerhall- Cairns Lecture Theatre

Samuel Butler’s 1872 sci-fi novel, spelling “Nowhere” backwards, is adapted for the stage by New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek and directed by Edinburgh’s Nicholas Bone. Expect a time-travelling blend of 21st-century and Victorian technology.

The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 1 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother @ Summerhall- Main Hall

A mother-and-son double act from Glasgow’s 21 Common, featuring performance artist Lucy Gaizley and 15-year-old Raedie trying to straddle the generation gap through their mutual love of pop videos. Part of Made in Scotland.

Chase Scenes @ Canada Hub at King's Hall
Aug 1 @ 2:25 pm – 3:25 pm
Chase Scenes @ Canada Hub at King's Hall

Movies are full of chase sequences. This show has nothing but. Using live-feed video, it sends three women on a breakneck series of cat-and-mouse adventures to comic and alarming effect.

In For A Penny @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- NightClub
Aug 1 @ 2:25 pm – 3:25 pm
In For A Penny @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- NightClub

Libby McArthur ended up behind bars for failing to respond to her parking-fine demands. With help of playwright David Cosgrove, she brings to life the shoplifters, sex workers, lawyers and parking attendants she met on her journey into the judicial system.

Nina’s Got News by Frank Skinner @ Pleasance Dome- QueenDome
Aug 1 @ 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner @ Pleasance Dome- QueenDome

He made his name as a stand-up on the Fringe, now the popular TV face is back with his debut play. It’s about a woman who has something incredible to tell her ex-boyfriend and best friend – and it’s touch and go if they’ll believe her.

South Bend @ Gilded Balloon at the Mueseum- Auditorium
Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
South Bend @ Gilded Balloon at the Mueseum- Auditorium

It’s been a busy year for actor-turned-playwright Martin McCormick. After the Tron/NTS staging of Pa, Ma and the Little Mouths, he teams up with Grid Iron to tell the true story of his mis-matched transatlantic relationship with a woman who seemed to change personality.

Sitting by Katherine Parkinson @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Dining Room
Aug 1 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Sitting by Katherine Parkinson @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Dining Room

This Fringe, the star of The IT Crowd, Doc Martin,The Honourable Woman and Humans turns playwright. Katherine Parkinson’s first play is about a series of people sitting for their weekly portrait session, sharing their stories as they do so.

Blackout @ Summerhall- Old Lab
Aug 1 @ 4:20 pm – 5:20 pm
Blackout @ Summerhall- Old Lab

Return of Mark Jeary’s punchy verbatim-style collage of stories of euphoria, hedonism, recklessness, violence, hangovers and depression brought on by excess alcohol. Drawing on interviews with fellow recovering alcoholics, the playwright takes us beyond the first convivial drinks to the helpless blackouts. Part of Made in Scotland.

Build A Rocket @ Pleasance Courtyard- Beneath
Aug 1 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Build A Rocket @ Pleasance Courtyard- Beneath

Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre is best known for its long association with Alan Ayckbourn. Here, though, the company is making its Fringe debut with a play by Christopher York. It’s about a young girl on the brink of a big decision about her life.

Games @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Dining Room
Aug 1 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Games @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Dining Room

Henry Naylor, the comedian turned Fringe-First winning playwright, is back with the true story of fencer Helene Mayer who was selected as the Nazi’s token Jewish athlete for the Berlin Games. How different is the mood of the times in today’s Europe?

War With the Newts @ Summerhall- Basement
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
War With the Newts @ Summerhall- Basement

Times vary.

Karel Capek’s apocalyptic science-fiction satire is given an immersive adaptation by Knaïve Theatre with a surround-sound installation by sonic artist Robert Bentall.

The Political History of Smack and Crack @ Roundabout @ Summerhall- Roundabout
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Political History of Smack and Crack @ Roundabout @ Summerhall- Roundabout

True-life tales from the heroin epidemic of the Thatcher years when rioting erupted in cities such as Manchester. Ed Edwards’s play
is directed by Cressida Brown.

European Citizens Popsong @ Summerhall- Red Lecture Theatre
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
European Citizens Popsong @ Summerhall- Red Lecture Theatre

In an attempt to find unity in the current era of Brexit, Marieke Dermul has travelled Europe in search of words and music that could bring us all together.
This is the story of her quest for a common European identity. Part of Big in Belgium.


First Snow/ Première Neige @ Canada Hub at King's Hall
Aug 1 @ 6:10 pm – 7:40 pm
First Snow/ Première Neige @ Canada Hub at King's Hall

A transatlantic collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and Canada’s Théâtre PàP and Hôtel-Motel, this new play is about a family reunion in Québec where the right-and-left tensions of society at large come under one roof. The big question: who does the future belong to? Part of Made in Scotland.

My Left/Right Foot – The Musical @ Assembly Roxy- Central
Aug 1 @ 6:10 pm – 7:40 pm
My Left/Right Foot - The Musical @ Assembly Roxy- Central

Expect social satire aplenty as Birds of Paradise Theatre Company teams up with the National Theatre of Scotland for a musical about an amateur dramatic society trying to stage My Left Foot. By casting “the disabled,” they hope to comply with the equalities agenda – if only they could find some disabled actors. Part of Made in Scotland.

The Basement Tapes @ Summerhall- Former Women's Locker Room
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Basement Tapes @ Summerhall- Former Women's Locker Room

Award-winning New Zealand mystery about a girl making an unexpected discovery after the death of her grandmother. In the old woman’s basement, she finds a stash of tapes left to posterity.

Estinguished Things @ Summerhall- Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Aug 1 @ 7:25 pm – 8:25 pm
Estinguished Things @ Summerhall- Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Molly Taylor, whose Love Letters to the Public Transport System was a delight, returns to Scotland with the story of a neighbour who can’t resist peeking into the flat of a couple who have been together for 40 years.

Aye, Elvis @ Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre- Basement
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Aye, Elvis @ Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre- Basement

After entertaining lunchtime audiences at Glasgow’s A Play, a Pie and a Pint, actor Joyce Falconer has another run in Morna Young’s comic three-hander about a north-eastern Elvis impersonator. Hoping to escape the daily drudgery, she sets her sights on the Ultimate Elvis competition. Ken Alexander directs.

Status @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 1 @ 7:55 pm – 9:15 pm
Status @ Summerhall- Main Hall

Fringe favourite Chris Thorpe works with talented US director Rachel Chavkin to think about what happens when we deny our own nationality. How much do we depend on the stories of nationhood that have been handed down to us?

Square Go @ Roundabout @ Summerhall- Roundabout
Aug 1 @ 8:20 pm – 9:20 pm
Square Go @ Roundabout @ Summerhall- Roundabout

We’re used to seeing Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair as solo performers in their own shows, so it’ll be interesting to see how they got on sharing the stage with other actors in their new joint piece. Square Go considers the tensions and violence of the playground. Is this where toxic masculinity begins?

Where It Hurts @ Summerhall- TechCube 0
Aug 1 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Where It Hurts @ Summerhall- TechCube 0

The Grassmarket Project is championing the NHS in its 70th year by talking to local residents, carers and health professionals about their experiences.

One Life Stand @ Roundabout @ Summerhall- Roundabout
Aug 1 @ 9:45 pm – 10:55 pm
One Life Stand @ Roundabout @ Summerhall- Roundabout

Glasgow’s Eve Nicol teams up with Middle Child for an investigation of intimacy and relationships in a hyper-sexualised world of online dating. Music by James Frewer and Honeyblood in a show described as “gig theatre”.

Nele Needs a Holiday: The Musical @ Summerhall- Bruford at Summerhall
Aug 1 @ 10:15 pm – 11:10 pm
Nele Needs a Holiday: The Musical @ Summerhall- Bruford at Summerhall

Compagnie Cornelius field an all-female band for this tongue-in-cheek pop opera about a Belgian girl who dreams of finding pop stardom in London only to be sorely disappointed. Part of Big in Belgium.

Aug
2
Thu
Coriolanus Vanishes @ Traverse Theatre- Traverse 2
Aug 2 – Aug 24 all-day
Coriolanus Vanishes @ Traverse Theatre- Traverse 2

Times Vary. 


First time around, playwright David Leddy performed this absorbing solo show himself, playing a man struggling to find his soul as he contemplates his empty relationships with his loved ones and his colleagues in the arms business. As Leddy always intended, this new production is played by a woman (6 Characters in Search of an Author’s Irene Allan)without a word being changed.

The Greatest Play in the History of the World… @ Traverse Theatre- Traverse 2
Aug 2 – Aug 24 all-day
The Greatest Play in the History of the World... @ Traverse Theatre- Traverse 2

Times Vary. 


Julie Hesmondhalgh, a familiar face from Coronation Street and Broadchurch, stars in this modestly titled love story written for her by husband Ian Kershaw. It’s about a couple who look out of their windows one night and catch each other’s eye across the street.

Ulster American @ Traverse Theatre- Traverse 2
Aug 2 – Aug 26 all-day
Ulster American @ Traverse Theatre- Traverse 2

Times Vary. 


Playwright David Ireland imagines the explosive consequences of three ambitious artists coming together to put on a show: one is an American actor eager to connect to his Northern Irish roots, one is a director in search of a hit, and the third is a Northern Irish playwright trying to get her voice heard.

Underground Railroad Game @ Traverse Theatre- Traverse1
Aug 2 – Aug 26 all-day
Underground Railroad Game @ Traverse Theatre- Traverse1

Times Vary. 


Much raved-about award-winner makes its UK debut. Described by The Washington Post as a “scathing, shocking, incandescently original performance piece,”
it brings the shameful story of slavery into the classroom where teachers try to turn it into a game.


Another One @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:55 am
Another One @ Summerhall- Main Hall

Early-morning wordless drama from group Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, as part of the Big in Belgium programme. It’s about the art of tolerance and the art of being tolerated.

Heroine @ Assembly Hall
Aug 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Heroine @ Assembly Hall

Powerfully performed one-woman show by Mary Jane Wells about sexual abuse in the US army and the subsequent recovery process. Based on the true story of Danna Davis who spent ten years in the military. Part of Made in Scotland.

User Not Found @ Traverse at Jeelie Piece Café
Aug 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
User Not Found @ Traverse at Jeelie Piece Café

An off-site contribution to the Traverse’s programme, this site-specific play by Chris Goode uses headphones and smartphones to explore the digital legacy of someone who has died.

The Abode @ Underbelly, Cowgate- Big Belly
Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
The Abode @ Underbelly, Cowgate- Big Belly

The Abode – Pepperdine University

Every other year, the students of Pepperdine University in California collaborate with a Scottish writer to present a topical drama. This time, it’s the turn of Davey Anderson who tries to get to grips with the chip-on-the-shoulder mind-set of America’s “oppressed” white men.

Love Song to Lavender Menace @ Summerhall- TechCube 0
Aug 2 @ 12:55 pm – 2:10 pm
Love Song to Lavender Menace @ Summerhall- TechCube 0

Lavender Menace was an Edinburgh bookshop that sold gay and lesbian publications for five years from 1982. For many, its very existence was a beacon of hope. James Ley’s funny and celebratory play evokes the atmosphere of that era. Part of Made in Scotland.

Propeller @ Pleasance Courtyard- Pleasance Above
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Propeller @ Pleasance Courtyard- Pleasance Above

A second ensemble of young Scottish theatre makers is fielded by the Network, an offshoot of the Scottish Drama Training Network. Working with director Caitlin Skinner, they ask whether it’s possible to change the world in an era of information overload.

The Fishermen @ Assembly George Square Studios- Two
Aug 2 @ 1:20 pm – 2:30 pm
The Fishermen @ Assembly George Square Studios- Two

Fringe fixture Guy Masterson makes a single-handed, not to mention unseasonal, attempt on the Dickens favourite, showing off his acclaimed vocal prowess.

Erehwon @ Summerhall- Cairns Lecture Theatre
Aug 2 @ 1:25 pm – 2:25 pm
Erehwon @ Summerhall- Cairns Lecture Theatre

Samuel Butler’s 1872 sci-fi novel, spelling “Nowhere” backwards, is adapted for the stage by New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek and directed by Edinburgh’s Nicholas Bone. Expect a time-travelling blend of 21st-century and Victorian technology.

The Approach @ Assembly Hall- Rainy Hall
Aug 2 @ 1:25 pm – 2:30 pm
The Approach @ Assembly Hall- Rainy Hall

The Approach: Landmark Productions

Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe looks set to add to his tally of Fringe hits with this vehicle for Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan, three of his country’s finest actors. It’s described as a psychological puzzle and a devastating tragedy.

The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother @ Summerhall- Main Hall
Aug 2 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother @ Summerhall- Main Hall

A mother-and-son double act from Glasgow’s 21 Common, featuring performance artist Lucy Gaizley and 15-year-old Raedie trying to straddle the generation gap through their mutual love of pop videos. Part of Made in Scotland.

Ailsa Benson is Missing @ Assembly Rooms- Front Room
Aug 2 @ 2:20 pm – 3:20 pm
Ailsa Benson is Missing @ Assembly Rooms- Front Room

Ailsa Benson is Missing: Samara MacLaren

Samara MacLaren stars in a play about a 14-year-old girl whose best friend has mysteriously disappeared and instantly her priorities have to change.

Chase Scenes @ Canada Hub at King's Hall
Aug 2 @ 2:25 pm – 3:25 pm
Chase Scenes @ Canada Hub at King's Hall

Movies are full of chase sequences. This show has nothing but. Using live-feed video, it sends three women on a breakneck series of cat-and-mouse adventures to comic and alarming effect.

In For A Penny @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- NightClub
Aug 2 @ 2:25 pm – 3:25 pm
In For A Penny @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- NightClub

Libby McArthur ended up behind bars for failing to respond to her parking-fine demands. With help of playwright David Cosgrove, she brings to life the shoplifters, sex workers, lawyers and parking attendants she met on her journey into the judicial system.

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True @ Underbelly, Cowgate- Iron Belly
Aug 2 @ 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
It's True, It's True, It's True @ Underbelly, Cowgate- Iron Belly

The #MeToo movement has put sexual misconduct in the spotlight, but the story is not new.
Breach Theatre goes all the way back to court transcripts from renaissance Rome to consider the case of the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Nina’s Got News by Frank Skinner @ Pleasance Dome- QueenDome
Aug 2 @ 2:50 pm – 3:50 pm
Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner @ Pleasance Dome- QueenDome

He made his name as a stand-up on the Fringe, now the popular TV face is back with his debut play. It’s about a woman who has something incredible to tell her ex-boyfriend and best friend – and it’s touch and go if they’ll believe her.

The House @ Assembly George Square Studios- Two
Aug 2 @ 2:50 pm – 4:00 pm
The House @ Assembly George Square Studios- Two

Expect a high-density volley of language from the gifted playwright Brian Parks, reunited here with fellow American David Cavitto, not to mention Scotland’s Pauline Goldsmith. It’s about a couple who sell their dream home to the perfect buyers – only to discover that they have less than perfect intentions.

South Bend @ Gilded Balloon at the Mueseum- Auditorium
Aug 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
South Bend @ Gilded Balloon at the Mueseum- Auditorium

It’s been a busy year for actor-turned-playwright Martin McCormick. After the Tron/NTS staging of Pa, Ma and the Little Mouths, he teams up with Grid Iron to tell the true story of his mis-matched transatlantic relationship with a woman who seemed to change personality.

Sitting by Katherine Parkinson @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Dining Room
Aug 2 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Sitting by Katherine Parkinson @ Gilded Balloon Teviot- Dining Room

This Fringe, the star of The IT Crowd, Doc Martin,The Honourable Woman and Humans turns playwright. Katherine Parkinson’s first play is about a series of people sitting for their weekly portrait session, sharing their stories as they do so.

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