Local Talent. International Context.
The Storytelling Centre’s curated Festival Fringe programme for 2017 has gone live, with 18 events hand-picked to ensure an eclectic mix of quality shows celebrating Scotland’s cultures and traditions.
As a venue with a warm, community welcome we strive to showcase entertainment that is usually fun, often challenging, and always encouraging human interaction and emotions.
Featuring three Made in Scotland Showcase events, the return of some favourites and some exciting new works – discover gems and support local this August.
Fri 4 – Tue 15, Sat 19 – Sun 20, Sat 26 – Sun 27 Aug
10.30am (50mins) | £8 (£6) (£24) (£5.50 SCS) | 3+
Preview: Thu 3 Aug | £6 (£4) (£16) | 241: Mon 7 & Tue 8 Aug Relaxed performance: Thu 10 Aug
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LAPIN
Le Petit Monde
Tania arrives from Paris for the World’s Tastiest Carrot competition! In her trunk she carries her garden, where Lapin and his carrot-hungry animal friends live. Oh la la! Performed in English with French language from the puppets. Made with support from Creative Scotland.
Fri 4 – Tue 15 Aug | 1pm (50mins) | £9 (£7) (£28 Family) (£6.50 SCS) 6+
Preview: Thu 3 Aug | £6 (£4) (£16) | 241: Mon 7 & Tue 8 Aug
AT A STRETCH
Jordan and Skinner
A wordless visual theatre production for young people and their families, following the story of two young women who meet, get stuck together with elastic and, despite their best efforts, fall in
love. Sharp physical comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre from the Fringe First award-winning Jordan and Skinner.
Fri 4 – Sun 20 Aug (not 10, 17) | 3pm (1hr) | £9 (£7) (£28 Family) (£6.50 SCS) | 8+
Preview: Thu 3 Aug | £6 | 241: Mon 7 & Tue 8 Aug
Signed performance: Fri 11 Aug
IS THIS A DAGGER? THE STORY OF MACBETH
Andy Cannon with Red Bridge Arts
By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon tells Shakespeare’s classic. ‘A tale of sound and fury, signifying first class theatre for everyone over eight’ (Herald). ‘Strikingly heartfelt and intelligent… immensely classy stuff’ (Scotsman). madeinscotlandshowcase.com
Thu 3 – Sun 27 Aug (not even days) | 5pm (55mins)
£12 (£10) (£40 Family) (£9.50 SCS)
241: Mon 7 Aug
MAIRI CAMPBELL: PULSE
Greengold Projects and Authentic Artists
Award-winning musician’s five-star show returns after a triumphant Fringe 2016. ‘Bare, unabashed honesty… you’ll feel transformed’ ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). ‘Mesmerising… an exhilarating blend of music, movement, animation’ (Scotsman). ‘Consummate, visionary musicianship’ (Herald). Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson.
Fri 4 – Mon 28 Aug (not odd days) | 5pm (1hr 15)
£12 (£10) (£40 Family) (£9.50 SCS)
241: Tue 8 Aug | Signed performance: Thu 10 Aug
LEAF BY NIGGLE
Puppet State Theatre Company
JRR Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece – the mystical tale of Niggle, a struggling artist with a long journey to make. Performed by Richard Medrington (The Man Who Planted Trees) with soundtrack by Karine Polwart and MJ McCarthy. ‘Enchanting one man show’ ★★★★ (Guardian).
Fri 4 – Mon 28 Aug (not 14, 21) | 7pm (1hr) | £15 (£12) (£11.50 SCS) 16+
Preview: Wed 2 & Thu 3 Aug | £10 | 241: Mon 7 & Tue 8 Aug
(MORE) MOIRA MONOLOGUES
Written and performed by Alan Bissett. Directed by Sacha Kyle.
She’s back! Single mum Moira Bell returns: a new instalment of Bissett’s hilarious and much-loved one-woman show. ‘The most charismatic character to appear on a Scottish stage in a decade’ ★★★★ (Scotsman). ‘Moira is a legend’ ★★★★ (Skinny). ‘It’s a – sometimes scary – pleasure to spend an evening in her company’ ★★★★ (Independent).
Fri 4 – Mon 28 Aug (not 14, 21) | 9pm (1hr) | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) 14+
241: Mon 7 & Tue 8 Aug
This is fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry. This is the spoken word revolution! A unique blend of poetry, live music and film, this is a brand-new LP show filled with comedy, tragedy and politics. ‘Throughout, there’s a humour, poignancy and most of all a confidence which serves to inspire’ (Scotsman).
Tue 15 – Sun 20 Aug | 5.30pm (50mins)
£8 (£6) (£24 Family) (£7.50 SCS)
Preview: Mon 14 Aug | £6
TURNTABLE | EDINBURGH
Michael John McCarthy with Red Bridge Arts
Records will be spun and stories will be shared as the audience gathers to choose a soundtrack for the city. Turntable uses multiple art forms to connect, reach out and share experiences with individuals and communities in an exploration of the ways in which music can enrich our lives. madeinscotlandshowcase.com
Mon 21 (8pm only) – Mon 28 Aug | 3pm (50mins)
£10 (£8) (£32 Family) (£7.50 SCS)
Preview: Mon 14 Aug | 8pm | £8 (£6) (£24)
An immersive audio-visual experience by Gaelic electronica duo WHɎTE. Their album Fairich, released in October 2016, contains new arrangements of rarely-heard 17th- and 18th-century Gaelic songs, as well as original compositions and has drawn comparisons with the likes of Sigur Rós and Martyn Bennett. madeinscotlandshowcase.com
Fri 18 – Sun 27 Aug | 1pm (1hr) | £10 (£8) (£32) (£7.50 SCS) | 12+
HOME IS NOT THE PLACE
Award-winning writer Annie George contrasts her grandfather’s struggles, shortly before India’s independence, with her own, as an immigrant.
Previous praise for The Bridge: ‘Rich and meditative piece’ (Scotsman). ‘An exquisite score’ (Herald).
Fri 4 – Mon 7, Sun 13 – Thu 17, Mon 21 – Thu 24 Aug | 1.30pm (1hr) £9 (£7) (£28 Family) (£6.50 SCS) | 12+
Preview: Thu 3 Aug | £6 (£4) (£16) | 241: Mon 7 Aug
THE ILLUSION OF TRUTH
Enter a world where Gods feast and wander through forests. Through ancient African mythology, performance storyteller Mara Menzies explores our relationship with truth, intention and powerlessness wrapped in the thin cloak of power. ‘Spellbinding’ (EdinburghGuide.com).
Fri 4 – Sun 27 Aug (not 14, 21) | 3.30pm (1hr 5)
£10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) | 14+
241: Mon 7 & Tue 8 Aug
ROBERT BURNS: ROUGH CUT
Rough Cut Robin Productions
Meet the real edgy bard. In crisis and contradiction but at full creative stretch. The man behind the myth, but one who wears many masks. ‘Raw, punchy and a universe away from shortbread tins’ ★★★★ (List).
Tue 8 – Sat 12 Aug | 1.30pm (1hr) | £9 (£7) (£28) (£6.50 SCS)
241: Tue 8 Aug
THE HEADLESS WOMAN AND OTHER DELIGHTS
Through live storytelling, peep-boxes and projection, the audience are drawn into a story circle where ancient tales of boggarts and mermaids hold hands with contemporary accounts of supernatural landscapes and uncanny visitors. A collaboration between storyteller Jacqueline Harris and artist Marjan Wouda.
Thu 17 & Mon 21 Aug | 3pm (1hr) | £10 (£8) (£32 Family) (£7.50 SCS)
FUAIGH – INTERWEAVING
Fuaigh Artist Collective
Gillebride MacMillan and a Gaelic choir perform Rona
Macdonald’s evocative play. Directed by triple Fringe First winner John Binnie, fusing Judy Parrott’s visuals with ritual and
landscape, exploring the separation of a South Uist woman from home.
Fri 18 – Sat 26 Aug (not 21 – 24) | 1.30pm (50mins)
£9 (£7) (£28 Family) (£6.50 SCS) | 14+
BONNIE FECHTERS – SONGS & STORIES OF HOPE & RESISTANCE
Morna Burdon presents inspiring stories and songs of women’s activism and struggle, from the Scottish witch killings to Vietnam, from “strikers in saris” to Zero Tolerance.
‘Deeply moving’ ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com).
Thu 10 & Thu 24 Aug | 7.15pm (2hrs) | £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) | 14+
The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart.
Enjoy live storytelling in the relaxed surroundings of the
Storytelling Court with special guest storytellers, Jacqueline Harris (10th) and John Nichol (24th) and an open-floor section for contributions.
Mon 21 – Wed 23 Aug | 8.30pm (1hr 30) | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) | 12+
THE STRANGE & THE EERIE: BALLADS AND STORIES OF AULD SCOTLAND
Scotland’s dark and mysterious past is hidden deep in its songs
and legends. Heather Yule, Jeanie Roy Collins and Alison Bell are Cantrip Teasel. Join them on their dangerous quest through ancient ballads and stories, accompanied by the atmospheric
music of the Scottish harp. Be prepared for murder and magic, ghosts and the terrifying unseen. There is nothing safe here…
Fri 28 Jul – Mon 28 Aug | Free
EXHIBITION: DRAWN TO EDINBURGH
The University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art
Themed around a sense of place and what makes Edinburgh unique, showcasing a variety of styles of illustration: iconic
buildings in the city, highlighting what makes Edinburgh unique for young learners finding their place and little-known gems of the
University’s special collections including shells from the Galapagos Islands brought back by Charles Darwin, and the original Penicillin mould discovered by former Rector Alexander Fleming.