Annie Saunders : Our Country

‘A striking dream world… one of the most ambitious pieces we have ever presented’ (Anna Woo, The Getty Villa). California’s marijuana country: the still-Wild West. Annie conducts a forensic exploration of ‘the facts’ about her outlaw weed farmer brother as this genre-bending work slips into disputed territory: childhood memories.

On at Summerhall from the 1st to the 26th at 17.15 in the Upper Church.

Soile Makela : The Sauna

Time: 17.25 Summerhall, Tech Cube O

In Finnish tradition, the sauna is a solemn place; a scene of cleansing, contemplation, birth and death. According to myth every sauna had its own spirit, whom visitors should care for and respect.

The Sauna is a story of an old woman whose intention to die is distracted by an irritating sauna spirit. This mythical creature evokes her physical memories and takes her through the chapters of her womanhood as she considers the end of her life.

The Sauna is a speechless mask and object theatre performance accompanied with live sound effects and original music.

Claire Gaydon : See Through

Part documentary, part live performance, part parody, part desperate as f*ck, Claire does everything she can to entertain her online audience. While remaining 100% totally authentically real. See-Through is an edited, unedited, live, pre-recorded, reality show that invites you to see behind the camera.

On at Summerhall from the 14th to the 26th at 11.45 in the Red Lecture Theatre.

David Fenne : Forget Me Nots

Forget Me Nots is a love story between a young Icelandic man and an English soldier. It’s about love, new priorities and the people that got hurt along the way. In a collaboration between Icelandic and British artists, it explores a little known story from our collective history.

On at Army @ the Fringe at 13.00 from the 12th to the 21st.

Bastiaan Vandendriessche : De Fuut

Winner of the Best International Performance Award at the 2017 Amsterdam Fringe and hit of the 2018 Brighton Fringe. Performer and playwright Bastiaan Vandendriessche’s gripping new play invites his audience to step into a darkly woven and deceptive story about his time as a leader of the Seascouts in Ghent six years ago.

On at Summerhall from the 8th to the 26th at 15.00 and 19.45 in the Upper Church.

Lauren Hendry : Tetra-Decathlon

The Tetra-Decathlon is a gruelling 14-event athletics competition, requiring a unique combination of skills to complete. Having never set foot on a running track in her life, Lauren Hendry decided to sign up for the event, joining only a dozen other women in the World Championships.

On at Summerhall from the 14th to the 26th at 11.55 am in the Cairns Lecture Theatre.

Nele Van den Broeck : Nele Needs a Holiday

A Belgian popstar moves to London to steal the job of British popstars. Luckily, austerity is there to stop her. A witty pop-opera about a girl called Nele who turns her life into a big international mess because she wants to be famous on the other side of the English Channel. On at Summerhall from the 1st to the 26th at 22.15 in the Upper Church.


Venue: Anatomy / Dissection Room corridor & stairwell, Summerhall

CAT (Creative, Aesthetic,Transgression) started life several years ago as a social media project.

The CAT mask became an emblem of protest spread via social media in 2014. CAT masks, handmade by artist, were adopted by “owners” who travelled the world posting selfies on Facebook and Twitter #proTestbed. ! Originally conceived as a protest against the threat to demolish the maverick architect Will Alsop’s arts venue, Testbed1, in London’s Battersea, the CAT defiantly took on new themes and personae first appearing on an interactive blackboard in The Doodle Bar @Testbed1. The artist’s protest highlighting Bahrain’s oppression of opposition groups received international TV coverage ! Responding to public demand, Jane Frere created her own protest blackboard in her Highland studio, drawing on darker issues from the blitzing of Gaza in 2014 and the Scottish referendum, to messages smuggled from jailed human rights activists in Bahrain. The artist’s latest response reflects the world’s rude awakening to the rise of altRight, anti-immigrant bigotry, BREXIT and TRUMP. In solidarity with the “Pussyhat Project” for the Women’s march in Washington, Jane’s proTestbed CAT has turned pink with rage.

Jane Frere’s first major international installation, ‘Return of the Soul’, received five star reviews at the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2008. She exhibited ‘Into The Void’ a series of paintings, photographs and printmaking drawn from her experience of living behind the Israeli apartheid wall and in Palestinian refugee camps across the region at Summerhall in 2013. Recently focusing on printmaking, her work, in collaboration with Will Alsop RA, is exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

David Rushton : Kurt Schwitters has left the building


On the 70th anniversary of Kurt Schwitters death The Times announced that Schwitters’ last (place of) work, the MERZ Barn in Elterwater, Cumbria might be bought by a Chinese collector and shipped abroad. Fifty years earlier the plaster wall Schwitters had built in the MERZ Barn was removed under the supervision of artist Richard Hamilton and reinstalled in the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle. In 2017 Robert McDowell acquired three more obviously portable Schwitters’ portraits to show at Summerhall. David Rushton converted Sanquhar’s lemonade factory into the MERZ Gallery and Residency, inspired by Schwitters’ reconstruction and fabrication and post-Schwitters interventions on the mobility and representation of work and place. Martin Green’s recent residency at the Sanquhar MERZ riffs on coincidence and similarity between Schwitters’ practice and his own both represented in ‘a new place’.

‘Kurt Schwitters has left the building’ explores what’s saved with art-work, what might be salvaged or re-built in reconstructing its stories and how these stories sustain or possess a legacy.

Thu 02 Aug 2018 – Sun 23 Sep 2018

La JohnJoseph : A Generous Lover

A Generous Lover is the true, and very queer tale, of one soul’s journey through the wasteland of mental illness, to deliver their lost love. Brimming with psychedelic proletarian prose, and trenchant wit, it recounts the pandemonium of navigating mental health services on behalf of a loved one, whilst being transfeminine, and occasionally mistaken for a patient. On at Summerhall from the 1st to the 26th at 16.10 in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre.

Marieke Dermul : European Citizen Popsong

Music’s power has erased boundaries before, but can it make us feel connected as citizens, even after Brexit? Last year, theatre maker Marieke Dermul researched if such a thing as a European identity or a common European sense exists. With this question in mind, she took a journey through Europe. By collecting opinions and musical input by citizens from all over Europe, lyrics became a collection of fears and doubts, music became a symbol of hope and the popsong for unity arose. This is that story.

18.00, Summerhall Red Lecture Theatre, 3rd to 26th August

Vincent Stuer and Valentijn Dhaenens : Unsung

The makers of BigMouth return with a thrilling, relevant new show, delving deeply into the politician’s life and exposing those juicy backstage scenes we all look for and asking why anyone seeks recognition in a job that is known to be the most unpopular ever. Valentijn Dhaenens’ performance unravels the DNA of the politician, creating a personage that mesmerises and repulses. While the world’s asleep, follow this political animal as he pulls into yet another hotel, peels off yet another white shirt, peps himself up for yet another speech. Today, we give you the all-time politician: the power junkie, rogue, strategist, but also the husband, father, and in the end, the very lonely human.
12.00, Main Hall, Summerhall, 3rd to 26th August

Tim Marriott : Shell Shock

After a long military career, life back on civvy street should be a breeze… right? Tommy’s observations on the absurdities of the everyday are “comic and convincing” (InDaily) and “fabulously witty” ( On at Army at the Fringe from the 10th to the 25th at 17.30.

Jhao-Chin Wing : The Delusion of Home

The Delusion of Home is a strong and original documentary-style depiction of everyday life in the Chiayi area of southern Taiwan, refracted through one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Oyster farming and Taoist funeral rites are as much of a touchstone as ‘King Lear’ in Our Theatre’s character-driven study of displacement, poverty, homelessness and the search for meaning and renewal. Live performance and projected photographs of the declining villages of Taiwan’s southern coastline are skilfully integrated to illuminate some stark human truths.

Summerhall, Tech Cube 0, 3rd to 26th August, 15.55

Low Pei Fen : Once Upon a Daydream

Sun Son Theatre return to Summerhall after the success of Heart of Darkness in 2017, welcoming you to a light-hearted world of live action and hand-crafted animation. Originally created by visual artist/actor Liu Wan Chun, this disarming show is a 21st century city fairytale, telling the story of a single woman who returns home after work every day to a world of the imagination. Hand drawn animation conjures up home as a safe but possibly confining place of salty tears and sugar water, bathroom karaoke and a mermaid alter ego who isn’t at all as ugly as she might sometimes feel.

Summerhall, Tech Cube 0, 14.40, 3rd to 26th August

Ruth E. Cockburn : Love Letters from Blackpool

Love Letters from Blackpool, a comedy theatre piece about love and Blackpool, originally commissioned by The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and subsequently nominated for Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival and Best Comedy Show at Greater Manchester Fringe, uses found love letters, original songs, poetry and audience interaction to answer the questions… What is love? On at Summerhall from the 1st to the 26th at 14.40 in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre.

Le Gateau Chocolat : Duckie

Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self acceptance at its core. Family-friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a classic tale of identity and belonging. Set in an animal circus, we join him on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions of the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths. Babes in Arms Welcome

Time: 14.00, Summerhall Main Hall, 1st to 12th August

Mark Jeary : Blackout

‘Blackouts were the worst. Blackouts made me forget… Thank God for blackouts.’ Meet the woman who finds herself urinating off the top of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh. The man who nearly burns down a stranger’s kitchen. The mother who almost beats her son to death in a drunken rage. Blackout is the honest, brutal, uplifting and darkly comic story of alcoholics, and ultimately of their hope in recovery. Scripted entirely from interviews with recovering addicts, including the writer.

Part of the Made in Scotland showcase. At the Old Lab, Summerhall, 16.20 3rd till 26th August

Cherie Moore : Valerie

Named stand-out cabaret of the year by the NZ Herald, Valerie is an inter-generational, interdisciplinary and interrupting piece of theatre reaching into the guts of family mythologies. Music, genetics, and storytelling combine to unravel one family’s history. A love letter from grandson to grandmother, this celebration of resilience is gig-theatre at its finest. Summerhall, Cairns Lecture Theatre, 21.15, 3rd till 26th August

Brigid Gallacher and Zach Pidd : PrehistoricPrehistoric

A blistering punk theatre gig about our civil liberties and our capacity to resist – with an original soundtrack played live. In Brisbane, Australia, 1979, Prehistoric follows Deb, Nick, Pete and Rachel as they meet at a gig, start a band, and find out – the hard way – why their town stays so quiet. Based on first-hand accounts of living, playing music, and making history under Queensland’s notoriously corrupt and brutal Bjelke-Petersen government, Prehistoric offers an iconoclastic and hilarious take on the pivotal ‘punk moment’ that still echoes today. On at Summerhall in the Demonstration Room from the 1st to the 26th at 21.15

Arthur Meek and Eva Prowse : Erewhon

An antique magic lantern projector, an iPhone 6 and a live musical score shine a new light on Samuel Butler’s classic sci-fi novel. A Victorian explorer discovers a colony of refugees; time travellers from the 21st century escaping their dependence on its technology. This delightful neo-historical head-scratcher playfully welds future, past and present into a glittering bracelet of time. A multimedia collaboration between Edinburgh’s own Magnetic North, and Kiwi playwright and newly-qualified magic lantern showman Arthur Meek. Featuring an original musical score played live by New Zealand pop powerhouse Eva Prowse. On at Summerhall in the Cairns Lecture Theatre at 13.25 from the 1st to the 26th.

Pierce Reid and Matthew McVarish : Love Song to Lavender Menace

After a sell-out run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party-boy Glen are back in this hit gay romantic comedy set in 1980s Edinburgh. Love Song to Lavender Menace is a funny, celebratory play about the radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop which began in the cloakroom of Scotland’s first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community. On at Summerhall from the 1st to the 26th at 12.55 in Tech Cube 0.

Hannah Mamalis : The Egg is a Lonely Hunter

Sophie works in a shop. She suffers from an irrational fear of eggs. Her nipples are behaving strangely and a black hole has appeared in her neighbourhood that could be / probably is a pervert. While precocious eight year olds and prophetic animals lurk around every corner, her dreams and reality begin to blur beyond comprehension or control. And worst of all, one of her favourite socks is missing. The Egg is a Lonely Hunter is a dark, comedic odyssey about beached whales, black holes and the redeeming power of eggs. Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, 14.45 3rd till 26th August.

Antosh Wojcik : How to Keep Time

What happens when memories disappear? Where do they go, and can we get them back? Using just his voice and a Roland TD-4KP electronic drumkit, Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of inherited Alzheimer’s on speech, memory and family. Poems become beats become glitches in time in a mesmeric display of live drumming and spoken word. On at Summerhall from 1st to the 26th at 10.15 in the Red Lecture Theatre.