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Cover image - Human brain synapses

Welcome to Summerhall in a world whose centre cannot hold. Summerhall at festival time is a place where everyone is welcome to experience new work, make new connections and encounter new ideas. But, it is not a ‘safe’ place. Good artists neither cosset nor protect anyone. Their job is to be fiercely independent, always challenging and never satisfied. Myths and stories since Adam & Eve or Prometheus show us how defiance of authority is essential in order to move forward. Without disobedience the story can't happen.

Every year as we look through the programmes of work across performance, visual art and music, we find interlinking and common themes. Every year our festival takes the temperature of where we are now and reports back. This year we see less focus on global and national politics and more work about identity and personal politics. All of you - the international performers and audiences coming here from across the whole world - make our festival what it is. Every year we discover from artists, audiences and producing partners how much more can be drawn into our programmes that is new and surprising and profoundly moving. Thank you.

Robert McDowell

Summerhall Director

drawn into our programmes that is new and surprising and profoundly moving. Thank you. Robert McDowell
drawn into our programmes that is new and surprising and profoundly moving. Thank you. Robert McDowell

WELCOME

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Summerhall is a venue for diverse programmes of visual and performing arts, at Festival time and throughout the year. It is a place for all kinds of events, parties, workshops, festivals, weddings and meetings. It is home to a varied community of creative artists and businesses, including a pub, cafe´ , brewery and distillery. We host all of this activity in our unique home; Edinburgh’s former Royal (Dick) Veterinary College. Our aim is to be a major cultural destination where audiences meet and mix and where artists and performers are inspired to make and present their best work.

Summerhall is for everyone. Whether you are engaging with our exhibitions, catching the best in avant garde theatre, grabbing something to eat in the Royal Dick bar or simply soaking up the atmosphere in our buzzy courtyard, there is something for you to explore, discover and most of all, enjoy, this Festival and all year round.

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FESTIVAL WELCOME

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VISUAL ARTS

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PERFORMING ARTS

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NOTHING EVER HAPPENS HERE

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ARMY AT THE FRINGE

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BBC RADIO

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ROUNDABOUT

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CANADA HUB

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BRUFORD AT SUMMERHALL

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THE ROYAL DICK

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THE VENUE

Box Office

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We are proud to present our visual arts programme for 2019. This year we continue to show art that is relevant to current political changes; art that is critical and art that takes a stand. We believe that artists’ voices are a vital contribution to public debate on the challenges of the modern world. We invite you to join us on an exciting journey as we open our doors to these brave and challenging projects.

Responding to the current climate crisis/emergency debate we have invited Extinction Rebellion (XR) to curate a month of visual arts, documentaries and discussions. We hope that the rooms of our Lower Galleries will be a place of meetings, dialogue but also of personal reflection and collective action. As XR state in their declaration: ‘As an environmental and social justice movement XR is first and foremost an act of imagination.’

Alan Smith (b. 1941) worked extensively as a painter and teacher, exhibiting in Europe and America for a number of years. In 1991, shortly after his 50th birthday, the artist made a conscious decision to remove himself from the public world of art. Now, after a life threatening illness, Smith has found the need to return again to the language of art and has completed

a new body of work: The New World, prompted by Tiepolo’s

Il Mondo Nuovo. The painting that inspired Smith was created

in Venice in 1791 when The Venetian Republic of a thousand

years found itself in its death throes.

“As I worked on this during 2016, I did feel a strong sense that Tiepolo’s "Il Mondo Nuovo", held a remarkably similar dilemma to the one we now face in our own Brexit Britain.”

Kasia Jackowska

Exhibitions Manager

Exhibitions:

25 July - 27 October 2019

Preview:

Using entirely new materials Smith has created digital images that reference the spirit of many of his works made over the last fifty years. A group of Smith’s earlier works is exhibited in Sciennes Gallery and many of them refer to his experience of living in Italy.

Such international links are crucial to the ethos of Summerhall and our founder and Director Robert McDowell references this in his forthcoming exhibition and study on Joseph Beuys and Leonardo da Vinci.

Art is indeed a dialogue that knows no borders and it can be a vehicle conveying this message as Jane Frere reveals in her new exhibition Exit - 100 days of Khaos. The word ‘khaos’ - derived from the Ancient Greek for abyss and chasm reminds us that Greece is a cradle of our culture, and democracy also has its roots in this part of Europe - the continent which now has been shaken by Brexit. Frere’s artistic statement contrasts passion and despair as she documents 100 days of the countdown to its initial date of 29 March 2019.

We are also delighted to announce the first solo exhibition in a public gallery by Andrew Sim: New Sodom Will Be a Shining City on a Hill. Presented in the Meadows Gallery, the artist (b.1987) exhibits a new series of pastel drawing on paper - a personal account of the challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community and on learning what it means to be a Queer person in 2019.

The message of climate emergency is reiterated by the showing of a selection of photographs by Josh Haner. The exhibition Carbon’s Casualties is presented in collaboration with Beyond Borders.

We are very pleased to welcome Paul Nesbitt as advisor to our programme of visual art. Paul founded and directed the acclaimed exhibitions programme at Inverleith House (1986 - 2016) and has been instrumental in presenting this year's exhibitions by Andrew Sim and Extinction Rebellion.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES:

CARBON’S CASUALTIES

Photography by Josh Haner Venue: Corner Gallery

The New York Times is proud to present Carbon's Casualties in collaboration with Beyond Borders.

Since 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer Josh Haner has worked across the globe documenting the pressing and wide-ranging realities of climate change. In dramatic drone footage coupled with still photography taken on the ground, Haner captures diverse environments as they are reshaped around the world while highlighting the intimate stories unfolding within them - weaving an intricate visual narrative of the ultimate legacy of climate change: the loss of our planet’s heritage.

Beyond Borders works in partnership with Summerhall to produce international cultural events as part of the Beyond Borders International Festival and other related events as part of the Beyond Borders Summer Cultural Programme. For more information about Summerhall at the Beyond Borders International Festival on August 24th and 25th, please visit www.beyondbordersscotland.com

Image Josh Haner © Josh Haner/ The New York Times

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THE NEW WORLD

Artist: Alan Smith Venue: Sciennes Gallery

Born in a Scottish Borders town in 1941 and son of a livestock auctioneer, Alan Smith studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art (1960 - 1964).

After his first job as a medical artist in Glasgow University’s Department of Medicine, he worked as a tutor in drawing and painting in Northern Nigeria during the mid-1960s. The outbreak of civil war in 1966 eventually obliged him to return to Edinburgh where in 1967 he established himself as a painter and part-time art teacher.

In 1969 Smith co-founded the Ceramic Workshop Edinburgh. This platform allowed him to explore his newly evolving practice as well as serving as a creative hub for artists. Out of the eventual closure of the workshop, with the help of the art lawyer Henry Lydiate and the agreement of the Workshop Committee, Smith converted the workshop’s remaining funds into the artwork, £1512. The Money Work went on to be internationally recognised and has played a large role in directing Smith's practice ever since.

In 1975 Smith removed himself to the remote and abandoned monastery of S. Ambrogio on a mountainside near the small city of Gubbio in Italy. In this secluded location, he worked extensively and was represented by the Veronese galleries, Studio la Citta and Galleria Ferrari. He exhibited in Europe and America for a number of years, during which time he returned to Edinburgh before finally settling in London in

1979.

In 1991, shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Alan Smith made a conscious decision to remove himself from the public world of art.

Now, twenty-three years on and after a life threatening illness in 2013-14, Smith has found the need to return again to the language of art and is at present completing a new body of work.

Using entirely new materials, in Smith’s ‘renaissance’ series - The New World - he builds digital images that reference the spirit of many of his works made over the last fifty years.

Passing through the first reflections and journeying deep into the space beyond the mirrors, are the searching eyes and gesturing figures hidden from us in Tiepolo’s 225-year-old

painting, Il Mondo Nuovo. Prompted by Tiepolo’s painting, The New World series depicts a journey in search of an answer; but as with the Tiepolo, no answers are found. Ancient ghosts mingle in the space between The New World and Il Mondo Nuovo, never meeting us, but sharing our mutual search for some hope and meaning in the face of an unknown ‘next’.

The year of Tiepolo’s Mondo Nuovo - 1791 - may have been of particular significance. The Venetian society republic of a thousand years, and one of the longest-lived forms of government the world had ever known, was now in its death throes - finally expiring six years later in 1797. Tiepolo must have sensed the coming of the end, and the uncertainties the future had in store. In this very private work, there is a searching for answers. Through the gestures of his actors, he expresses his own anxieties and uncertainties for his own future as well as that of his society in general: in Il Mondo Nuovo, every group and age of contemporary Venetian society is depicted.

A group of Smith's earlier works is exhibited alongside The New World.

earlier works is exhibited alongside The New World. Alan Smith, Flagellum, Courtesy of the artist ©

Alan Smith, Flagellum, Courtesy of the artist © Alan Smith

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VISUAL ARTS 05 Alan Smith, The New World , Courtesy of the artist © Alan Smith

Alan Smith, The New World, Courtesy of the artist © Alan Smith

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NEW SODOM WILL BE A SHINING CITY ON A HILL

Artist: Andrew Sim Venue: Meadows Gallery

Andrew Sim's new pastel drawings on paper document the shadow that growing up in the wake of the AIDS crisis, under Section 28, has cast on his experience of a new period of Queer Liberation.

His life as a Queer person has witnessed the transition from a society still bearing the scars of the AIDS epidemic (and a media backlash against LGBTQ+ people), through a period of ‘integrationism’ (which saw marriage equality and increased acceptance for some) - to a new period of Queer radicalism, community building, gender fluidity and a rejection of hetero/homo-normativity.

“How does Queer sex shed its association with death? Can we acknowledge the bodily realities of Queer sex while still experiencing it as lovemaking? How do we build Queer communities safe for radical gender expression? How far should Queer Communities isolate themselves in order to overcome the legacy of homo-normativity and integrationism?

Against this backdrop, Sim's drawings express the strains of a community being pulled between a forward-facing radicalism and the unresolved traumas of the past. He asks questions such as:

unresolved traumas of the past. He asks questions such as: How do we re-discover the spiritual

How do we re-discover the spiritual legacy and potency of Queer, gender-diverse identities? Is Queer marriage always radical or is it the hetero-colonisation of Queer love? Can communities bound by shared traumas and violence be joyful? Can Radical Queer Communities only ever exist in opposition to a hostile majority?”

These drawings are a personal account of learning what it means to be a Queer person in 2019; of being part of a community that is once again becoming strong enough to ask these questions, but is not yet sure what it will mean to answer them.

Courtesy of the artist and Paul Nesbitt / Auburn Sedition

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Andrew Sim, Small altar made from 6 pearls, (2019). Pastel on paper, 210 x 297mm. Courtesy of the artist, © Andrew Sim 2019.

Andrew Sim (b.1987) studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating with an MA (Sculpture and Environmental Art), in 2014. His drawings and paintings were exhibited as part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2018) and have been also been shown at several other UK venues. He is a Co-Founder/Director of Love Unlimited, a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery based in Glasgow which has a programme focus on the work of Queer artists. He lives and works in Glasgow.

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VISUAL ARTS 07 Andrew Sim, New Sodom under a God-proof space dome, 3000AD, (2019). Pastel on

Andrew Sim, New Sodom under a God-proof space dome, 3000AD, (2019). Pastel on paper, 21 x 29.7 cms. Courtesy of the artist, © Andrew Sim 2019.

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EXIT-100 DAYS OF KHAOS!

Artist: Jane Frere Venue: War Memorial Gallery

“From the outset the idea that we would have an ‘orderly’ Brexit was an anathema to me. My work here is a cry of despair as we collide and scramble blindly towards the 'EXIT' leading to where? Certainly an uncertain destination, perhaps the much feared cliff edge that will hurl us into the abyss.”

Two years ago Jane Frere created permanent murals at Summerhall reflecting the questionable links between Trump's presidential campaign in the USA and the electoral manipulation that led to a marginal victory for the Leave campaign. The artist wanted to highlight the extent to which our personal data has been used as part of a strategy to swing the referendum vote.

of daily documentation, charting her personal response during the 100 day countdown to 29 March 2019. Some of the daily postings became animated, with the help of Frere’s studio assistant and animator Georges Eloi Thibault.

As the tragic saga of Brexit continues with no clear direction and no consensus, the process is already costing the country billions and has impoverishing effects on individuals: both economical and spiritual.

Khaos, χάος - from Ancient Greek - emptiness, vast void, chasm, abyss.

Jane Frere, Heads on Twigs. Courtesy of the artist © Jane Frere

The whole world has now seen the ‘mother of parliaments’ imploding in irreconcilable self-destructive mayhem reflected in Frere’s recent work. Continuing to create pastel murals, and with other forms of media, the artist used Instagram posting hashtag #Exitkhaos as a novel means

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VISUAL ARTS 09 Venue: Lower Galleries 1 & 2 Extinction Rebellion (XR) exhibits at Summerhall during
VISUAL ARTS 09 Venue: Lower Galleries 1 & 2 Extinction Rebellion (XR) exhibits at Summerhall during

Venue: Lower Galleries 1 & 2

Extinction Rebellion (XR) exhibits at Summerhall during this year’s Festival Fringe, curating a month of visual art, films, documentaries and performances. Having come to public awareness during the International Week of Rebellion in April 2019, XR, along with other activists and campaigners, have finally broken through the wall of political denial to place climate change and species extinction at the forefront of our collective consciousness.

Drawing upon the power of the arts to communicate this state of emergency, XR’s Summerhall exhibition offers a space for personal reflection and collective action. It includes a selection of iconic images drawn from XR actions to date, works of art

Naomi Scott, End Oil Now, Courtesy of the artist © Naomi Scott

made in response to a public call-out, and a programme of talks, film screenings, workshops and performances.

The overall aim of the exhibition is to invite visitors to engage with XR’s three demands: to tell the truth about climate change and the ecological emergency, to call on governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and to create a Citizens Assembly to oversee the process.

As an environmental and social justice movement, XR is first and foremost an act of imagination.

We invite you to join us!

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JOSEPH BEUYS/ LEONARDO DA VINCI

Curated by: Robert McDowell Venue: Laboratory Gallery

Curated by: Robert McDowell Venue: Laboratory Gallery The third in Beuys in 1000 Items, a series
Curated by: Robert McDowell Venue: Laboratory Gallery The third in Beuys in 1000 Items, a series

The third in Beuys in 1000 Items, a series of exhibitions curated by Robert McDowell, explores Beuys’s connection to Leonardo da Vinci. For Beuys, Leonardo da Vinci’s Codices Madrid embodied the unification of art and science. He conducted extensive research on da Vinci’s notebooks and produced a series of drawings inspired by the discovery of two lost da Vinci sketchbooks in the 1960s.

Joseph Beuys: Drawings After the Codices of Madrid of Leonardo da Vinci in 1965 is shown as part of this exhibition, along with other works, prints, photographs, publications and objects of and about Joseph Beuys.

Image courtesy of Robert McDowell

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) saw art as central to all aspects of human existence. His work spanned sculpture, installation and performance and increasingly came to encompass social theory, environmentalism and political action.

Summerhall's Director, Robert McDowell, was Beuys's collaborator and teaching assistant in the 1970s. Richard Demarco, whose collections are at Summerhall, brought Beuys to Edinburgh many times in those years. Beuys died in 1986, but is widely recognised as one of the twentieth century's most influential artists, and he remains a major inspiration for Summerhall.

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ART AND HEALING

Curated by Demarco European Art Foundation

Venue: The Demarco Wing

ART AND HEALING, FROM DUNOON TO VENICE TO EDINBURGH

From the Burgh Hall in Dunoon, to La Scuola Grande di San Marco in Venice, to the Demarco Wing at Summerhall in Edinburgh, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Demarco Archive 1969 – 2019

Summerhall houses the Demarco Archive and is home to the Demarco European Art Foundation. Richard Demarco is credited with being a major force in the introduction of avant- garde art to Scotland, has been involved with Edinburgh’s festivals for over 50 years, and has inspired and promoted the work of generations of Scottish artists.

Image courtesy of Demarco European Art Foundation

Exhibitions from the archives will be open to the public as part of this year’s festival programme, with a focus on Art and Healing. The programme features Leeds Beckett University, the University of Venice and the University of Milan. A full programme is available at www.richarddemarco.org

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PERFORMANCE THEATRE, DANCE AND MUSIC

Welcome to Summerhall’s ninth festival programme. As we look forward to the start of our second decade, we are proud to have created a place in the landscape of Edinburgh’s festivals where artists can present world-class, ground- breaking work to audiences who want to try something new. We have learned and grown as an organisation and as we continue to mature, we will also keep innovating.

We are honoured that so many talented, innovative theatre- makers have chosen to present their work at Summerhall this August. By making and sharing work about what matters to them, from their different perspectives, places and histories, these artists give us all a reason to gather together, to experience something new and to celebrate human creativity and connection. This year the programme includes many works with themes of resilience and survival; stories from people who are meeting our challenging times head-on.

Our ongoing collaborations with other presenters and producers make us all stronger and enable us to bring you an international programme of inventive, rule-breaking performance for the ninth year running. We are happy to be able to help artists who might not otherwise be able to access the Fringe to take up its opportunities through award schemes funded by the generosity of our partners - the Autopsy Award (Leyla Josephine, p21) and The Eclipse Award (Rachael Young, p34).

We look forward to welcoming you back to Summerhall. We know that you will find plenty to explore, discover and enjoy.

Verity Leigh

Festival Programme Manager

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Image: Nelly Rodriguez

Image: Jorg Baumann

21 - MEMORIES OF GROWING UP

Mats Staub Part of Pro Helvetia’s Swiss Selection Edinburgh

When did you turn twenty-one? In this ambitious video installation, Mats Staub explores how world history is mirrored in personal memories. From Germany to South Africa, Australia to Scotland, he interviews more than 200 people from all age groups and backgrounds about their memories of the year they became an adult - then several months later, asks them to listen back to their words. With warmth, humour and poignancy, 21 - Memories of Growing Up is an urgent reminder that we have more in common than sets us apart. This Scottish premiere includes new interviews with Edinburgh residents.

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“ [I spent] four hours flicking through the faces… it’s addictive, and I could have spent four more.”

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Mercimax Part of Pro Helvetia’s Swiss Selection Edinburgh

Eight ordinary people stand before eight spectators. But how ordinary are they really? Can you trust how people look and what they say? What makes someone a suspect? With a cast of eight accomplices drawn from the Edinburgh community, this intimate play of truth and deception challenges the judgements we make about the people we pass every day. 8:8 combines physical theatre and whispered secrets in an unsettling performance for just eight audience members at a time. Appearances can be deceptive.

“ The Zurich theatre collective Mercimax presents a sophisticated play of truth and deception, appearance and reality.”

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ALASKA

Cheryl Martin

Alaska is a funny, magical trip to the moon, with singing and dancing thrown in: one woman’s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression. A raw and powerful performance, with humour, heart and soul, with stunning vocals and beautiful imagery in the storytelling. With one in four of us estimated to experience mental health difficulties at some time in our lives, this story touches everyone, whether first-hand or through family and friends.

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Sarah-Jane Scott

Sorcha LOVES weddings. Just like all the other girls in the parish, she’s been

dying for her big day since forever and ever. The thing is

away from her own reception. Perched on the edge of her perfectly planned life, Sorcha is pure ragin’ at the dawning reality that she has never really listened to herself. Can she ever go back? A darkly funny tale of fighting for love in rural Ireland and a lifelong quest to settle down.

she has just run

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BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A BRICK

Sean Mahoney

Following his 2018 Summerhall debut with Until You Hear That Bell, Sean Mahoney returns with a story about mental health and London. “I was young when I chose to love London. I decided to be in on the jokes pulled on me. Decided that everything happening here was serving a grand story. This love is less important than it used to be.”

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ALI & ALPO

Alpo Aaltokoski Company in association with From Start to Finnish

A beautiful wordless dialogue between Iraqi traditional music and Finnish contemporary dance. Iraqi oud lute virtuoso Ali Alawad and Finnish choreographer Alpo Aaltokoski had planned to collaborate on a new work which would contemplate the similarities and differences between their cultures. But the rejection of Alawad’s asylum applications dramatically affected the final form of the work. To avoid forced repatriation, Alawad fled Finland two weeks before the premiere and so takes part in the performance via video projection. The piece touchingly brings out the human experience of the consequences of increasingly restrictive asylum policies.

“ This intimate and intense performance brings a lump ”

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ALL OF ME

Caroline Horton & Co., China Plate, Cambridge Junction and The Yard Theatre

‘Hello, I thought I'd introduce myself properly. As is polite.’ Written and performed by Olivier Award nominee Caroline Horton, All of Me is an intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark. Caroline reunites with director Alex Swift (Mess, How to Win Against History) to bring you the show that happens after the curtain call, when the lights have gone down but the mess remains. Supported by UCL Culture and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

“ Comes perilously close to genius and announces Horton as a major, major talent.”

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BYSTANDERS

Cardboard Citizens

‘I was murdered once.’ Shocking stories (and wild speculations) about the lives and deaths of homeless people. A Windrush generation boxer, a Polish migrant marked with a tattoo, and a man with a bottle of gin and a television in his shopping trolley. Playfully serious and seriously playful. Last seen at the Fringe with Cathy in 2017, Cardboard Citizens return with an eye opening collection of homeless histories. Are we mere bystanders?

“ Essential viewing

Gripping, soul-wrenching stuff.”

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BEFORE THE END

Catherine Graindorge

Catherine Graindorge is a writer, theatre-maker and violinist. In April 2015, Michel Graindorge, Catherine’s father and a well-known lawyer and public figure in Belgium, passed away. Before he died, he asked Catherine to create a show for him. With words, images and music, Catherine tells his story but also opens up her own autobiography and her experience of grief, loss and caring for her father in the last months of his life.

“ Rich and vital material, shaped modestly by a daughter and an artist, in a way which intimately connects the personal story of a man and a family with the history of a country.”

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BEFORE THE REVOLUTION

Temple Independent Theatre Company (Egypt)

The Egyptian revolution was not just about the desire to change the political system. It was - most importantly - the expression of the accumulation of decades of oppression, deception, insecurity, violence, inefficiency and depression. Mixing fiction and non-fiction, Before The Revolution transports its audience to the moment of stagnation before an inevitable eruption. Cairo-based Temple Independent Theatre Company creates new Arab theatre that is sensitive to the contemporary context in both form and content. Previous work, also written and directed by Ahmed El Attar, continues to tour internationally.

“ A powerful piece in the form of a countdown depicting two decades of oppression until the uprising of 2011.”

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Kopergietery, KGbe, Arsenaal/Lazarus, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Big in Belgium, Summerhall

In the desolate landscape of the Faroe Islands, a young person is found washed ashore. Adapted by Charlotte Vandermeersch with Lazarus and Fringe First Award- winners Kopergietery, Norwegian writer Johan Harstad's compelling and acclaimed novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? is turned into a musical, verbal and visual experience about love and losing it, about great talent and not using it and about a huge world losing its perspective.

“ Charlotte Vandermeersch's adaptation combines great intensity, sensitivity, and light-heartedness, with music and beautiful film images fitting perfectly together.”

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COMA

Darkfield

Imagine the moment of waking up is actually the moment when your dream begins. In light of this new and strange reality, how can we save you from the unspeakable horrors which lurk in the dark recesses of your mind? The only cure we offer is a placebo and a promise. Please remember when you leave to take your body with you. DARKFIELD, creators of Seance and Flight, return to Summerhall with their new show in a completely dark shipping container.

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“ A perfectly programmed high-art theme park ride that spits you out into
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COMMUNITY CIRCLE

Trevor Lock

Trevor invites you to join him for a collaborative experiment to find out if there is such a thing as reality. Community Circle is a show which never begins which you won't want to end, and which leaves you feeling like you're friends with everyone in the audience. Take part in an immersive show like no other, or sit back, relax and watch the spectacle unfold.

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CONTRA

Written and performed by Laura Murphy, directed by Ursula Martinez

Drawing from circus, stand-up and live art, Contra is a solo-cabaret of contradictions. Fierce, witty and uncompromising, this highly physical show interrogates personal, social and historical occupations of the female body and explores - literally - where such bodies are positioned and how we are meant to look at them. Expect scenes of nudity, aerial acrobatics, and explicit references to mythical reptiles and female sexuality. Laura Murphy is a genre defying queer performance maker from Bristol who makes text driven and dynamic physical work, about things that she thinks need to be talked about.

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COTTON FINGERS

National Theatre Wales

Aoife’s hungry and bored. Cillian makes a mean cheese toastie. As her boredom and hunger are satisfied by half an hour in Cillian’s bed, Aoife’s life changes forever. As social and political upheaval grips her country, what hope does Aoife have to regain control? A timely, politically- charged show, written by award-winning writer Rachel Trezise at the time of the historic referendum of the 8th amendment in Ireland, Cotton Fingers takes us on a journey from Belfast to Cardiff.

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DIE! DIE! DIE! OLD PEOPLE DIE!

Ridiculusmus

The UK’s most enduring theatre double act, David Woods and Jon Haynes, attempt to reclaim humankind’s last taboo from imminent eradication in a paper-fine portrait of a timeless trio: cursed to eternal life without eternal youth. Last seen at Summerhall with Give Me Your Love in Festival 2017, Haynes and Woods project into 120-year-old versions of themselves in a seriously funny work about hanging on, dying and grieving, which has the fear of an ageing world population in its sights.

“ Somewhere between Beckett and Monty Python. ”

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GIVE ME YOUR LOVE

Ridiculusmus

Back for one show only, Give Me Your Love is a seriously funny play informed by medical research and real-life testimonies. Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in his kitchen. His friend Ieuan attempts to deliver him a capsule of MDMA as a cure for his post-traumatic stress. What follows is a head warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.

“ The dialogue as comically surreal as the situation is bleak and bewildering. ”

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THE ERADICATION OF SCHIZOPHRENIA IN WESTERN LAPLAND

Ridiculusmus

A last chance to see Ridiculusmus’s 2014 Fringe hit and the first part of their mental health trilogy. The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland is informed by a treatment for psychosis that has seen amazing results in Western Lapland. Ridiculusmus travelled to the region to study this radical new therapy as the starting point of their own creative journey.

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“ There’s something electrifying, yet oddly reassuring about this experience. A startling
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DADDY DRAG

Leyla Josephine

This is a show about dads. Good dads, daft dads, dads who wear slogan t-shirts, dads that put on barbecues, dads that tell dad jokes, dads that are bad at dancing. This is a show about dads who are absent and dads who are not very good dads at all. Daddy Drag asks us to consider how the relationships with our fathers affect us for the rest of our lives. Leyla Josephine attempts to understand what it means to be a father through her witty performance style, drag costumes and complex but unconditional love for her dad.

Winner of the Autopsy Award.

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CYST-ER ACT

Catherine Hoffmann

A messy Live Art musical probing into the bloody realms of the womb. What's it like to have your fallopian tube hacked off or to birth a 10lb cyst baby? Cyst-er Act is a new work written about Catherine Hoffmann’s personal experience of having an ovary removed, and the discoveries of other women’s womb difficulties. It uncovers lost knowledge about women’s bodies to a live score of ovary blues, punk and death metal with some gospel numbers thrown in. Catherine is joined onstage by her two Poly-Cysters. Expect slime, songs and speculums. Supported by Arts Council England, Metal and Ovalhouse.

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DRONE

Harry Josephine Giles, Rob Jones, Neil Simpson and Jamie Wardrop

A live jam of music, video and poetry, this multimedia theatre show tells the true story of a military drone’s life and fears. The Drone is a weapons system, an office worker, a background hum. The bleak humour and tender fury of Drone sees the unmanned aerial vehicle as the technology of a neurotic century, asking how anxious people can live as part of systems of such astonishing destruction. Drone is mixed new every night: a cabaret band of a video jockey, an electronic musician and a spoken word performer. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

“ A state of the nation address from a frayed electronic mind flying high above that nation and looking for a place to hit.”

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EVERYTHING I DO

One Two One Two

Everything I Do is a music-driven theatre piece made up of an album’s worth of songs about the universality of love, pain, and hope. It tells a story of love, loss, loneliness and the healing power of music, written and performed by musician Zoe N í Riordain. Everything I Do premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in a sold out run at Project Arts Centre, where Zoe N í Riordain received the award for Best Performer at the Dublin Fringe Awards.

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“ Anyone fresh from a bad breakup will recognise the sensations, oscillating between anguish and repudiation”

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EVERYTHING I SEE I SWALLOW

Shasha & Taylor Productions

Everything I See I Swallow is a compelling study of a mother/daughter relationship, set against a backdrop of shifting generational attitudes to empowerment, sex and feminism. Performed by Tamsin Shasha and Maisy Taylor, it uses aerial rope and shibari - the Japanese art of rope

bondage - to explore control, freedom and sexuality.

Where are the lines drawn and how is the rope tied? Commissioned by the Lowry.

“ Everything I See I Swallow is a fascinating and surprising examination of ideas and emotions that are as simple as they are complex”

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EJACULATION - DISCUSSIONS ABOUT FEMALE SEXUALITY

From Start to Finnish

Is female ejaculation the last taboo? A documentary performance about sexuality and desires by Essi Rossi and Sarah Kivi, based on interviews with women from various backgrounds and countries. Through a personal journey, the performance creates a safe space for self-discovery and explores the collective experience of female sexuality. As well as the sexual meaning of the word ejaculation, this piece explores its original meaning: a sudden verbal exclamation, an emotional outburst of words, the desire to be heard, in an honest dialogue about the most crucial questions of female sexuality.

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FIRST PIANO ON THE MOON

Will Pickvance

Adapting Mozart, Chopin and Scott Joplin for outer space requires a pianist to be specially equipped. Will has been doing some groundwork. As his schoolmates study for exams, he’s busy making preparations for his lunar recital. How will less gravity affect hand position? Do melodies get homesick? Stories come alive from the piano stool as Will builds variations on themes and experiments with ways to play. From the creator of critically acclaimed Anatomy of the Piano.

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FIRST TIME

By Nathaniel Hall, presented by Dibby Theatre with Waterside Arts

Can you remember your first time? Nathaniel can’t seem to forget his. To be fair, he has had it playing on repeat for the last 15 years. HIV+ theatre-maker, Nathaniel Hall, presents a funny and frank autobiographical solo show about staying positive in a negative world.

“ A truly remarkable story. ” Russell T Davies

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Lewys Holt

Footnotes are additional information at the bottom of the page which can add context for the reader. At other times they are frightening glimpses into what the author is really thinking underneath it all. Footnotes is a dance parody of an academic lecture which is frequently de-railed by footnotes that could entail any number of diversions including dancing, oversharing, surreal narratives or flirting. Footnotes plays on alternating nights with Phrases (below).

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Lewys Holt

Miscommunication and confusion are often things to be avoided but what if you just lay into them? What if there's actually nothing else? Phrases uses projections of stream of consciousness writing, improvised movement and discussions of communication to create a subtly humorous yet unnerving piece. Phrases plays on alternating nights with Footnotes (above). Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist whose practice also spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre, last seen at Summerhall in 2016 with Of, Or At, A Fairly Low Temperature (Fringe Review Hidden Gem).

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FOR ALL I CARE

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Clara and Nyri. Two very different women. Two complicated lives. Both having a very bad day. Mental health nurse Nyri’s woken up hungover with a younger man. Meanwhile, Clara has developed a compulsive wink and can’t remember if she’s taken her meds. Nyri needs to get to Ebbw Vale Hospital via Greggs, and Clara is dodging signs telling her - rather rudely - to kill herself, so she can get cracking with her shoplifting list for The Devil. Interweaving and unexpected connections collide in this fast-moving, touchingly funny one-woman show by Alan Harris.

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Cie No Way Back / Milan Emmanuel

Belgium’s No Way Back Company describes itself as existing on the border between hip-hop and contemporary art, between the street and the stage. FrontX’s director, former break dancer and street performer, Milan Emmanuel, brings together an ensemble of street performers he met on his travels around the world. With artistic practice including hip-hop, break dancing, Thai boxing, beat boxing and singing, and origins in Madagascar, Australia, Morocco and the Ivory Coast, the artists’ fascinating personal life stories are the main theme of the show.

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HEARTY

Emma Frankland

Bearing wings made of sharp knives and shooting fireballs into the air, Emma Frankland tackles the current fascination with trans lives and interrogates the controversial bio-technology of HRT. It’s messy, it’s on fire and it’s politically- charged. Double Fringe First winner Emma Frankland returns to Summerhall following the sell-out success of Don Quijote in 2013.

“ Emma Frankland’s euphoric Rituals for Change is a near perfect twinning of content and
“ Emma Frankland’s euphoric Rituals for Change is a near perfect twinning of content
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Unfolding Theatre

Alex is 56. Luca is half his age. Alex has an encyclopaedia in his head. Luca has one on her phone. Most of us forget most things, most of the time. What if we forget something important? Something that might make the world a better place? Last seen at Summerhall in 2016 with Putting The Band Back Together, Unfolding Theatre return with a new show about memory and what we pass on. Director: Annie Rigby, Writer and Performer: Luca Rutherford, Performer: Alex Elliott, Songwriter: Paul Smith (Max ï mo Park), Designer: Simon Henderson, Sounds: Mariam Rezaei, Choreographer: Liv Lorent, Dramaturg: Selina Thompson (salt.)

“ Fantastic - funny, big-hearted, moving and truthful. ”

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JAMES ROWLAND'S SONGS OF FRIENDSHIP

Tangram Theatre Company & James Rowland

For the first time James performs his multi-award winning trilogy of storytelling shows; Team Viking, A Hundred Different Words for Love, and Revelations back to back in one evening. As James weaves his stories in and out and through each other, come and experience his joyous hymn to friendship in all its messy glory as a single larger story with special extra bits throughout.

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TEAM VIKING

Tangram Theatre Company & James Rowland

Eight years ago, when Tom was diagnosed with cancer, he asked best mates James and Sarah to give him a Viking burial. This is the hilarious heart-lifting story about them doing just that. Team Viking is James Rowland’s electrifying debut storytelling show about love, loss and living life to the full.

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A HUNDRED DIFFERENT WORDS FOR LOVE

Tangram Theatre Company & James Rowland

Five years ago, at his best friends Sarah and Emma’s engagement party, James met the love of his life. Two years later, they broke up. After a sellout run in 2017, James returns to Summerhall to retell his tragicomic story about falling in love, landing broken hearted and your best mates being there to pick up the pieces.

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REVELATIONS

Tangram Theatre Company & James Rowland

Two years ago, James's best friends, Sarah and Emma, asked him for his sperm. This is the tale of what happened next: a storytelling show about trying to do the right thing, even when it involves taking all your clothes off. Revelations returns to Summerhall after a sellout run last year.

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McTernan Image: Cumbernauld TheatreImage: 28 PERFORMANCE JONNY DONAHOE: FORGIVENESS Jonny Donahoe Forgiveness is a

JONNY DONAHOE: FORGIVENESS

Jonny Donahoe

Forgiveness is a surprisingly funny and joyful work-in-progress about the cycles of abuse that form and affect who we are; if and how we can escape them and move on. Jonny Donahoe is the co-creator and performer of Every Brilliant Thing, which he performed more than four hundred times over four continents, including five months off-Broadway. The show was eventually filmed and screened on HBO. This is his first new solo show in five years.

“ Painfully honest, funny, joyous

possibly one of the funniest plays

you'll ever see, full stop. ” HHHH The Guardian on Every Brilliant Thing ANATOMY LECTURE
you'll ever see, full stop. ” HHHH The Guardian on Every Brilliant Thing
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LIPSYNC

Cumbernauld Theatre

Two performers simultaneously lip-sync one story, one script, and one life. But

only one of them is telling their own true life story

Lipsync is an intensely intimate exploration of living with an invisible illness. This work has been created as part of Cumbernauld Theatre's innovative Invited Guest programme which looks to draw out the extraordinary stories of everyday life. A new play about discovery, honesty and the joys of breathing. Cumbernauld Theatre returns to Summerhall after winning a Herald Angel for 2017’s sleeper hit, The Gardener.

Part-spoken, part sung,

“ most moving play of the year. ” HHHHH The Times (on The Gardener) TECHCUBE
“ most moving play of the year. ” HHHHH The Times (on The Gardener)
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LOUDER IS NOT ALWAYS CLEARER

Mr and Mrs Clark

Meet Jonny: teacher, father and football fan. He’s an artist, a campaigner, and he’s deaf. He wishes he could sing and loves to dance, but he can’t hear the music unless the bass is turned right up. Jonny grew up in a hearing family, surrounded by fear of the stigma of disability. Louder Is Not Always Clearer tells Jonny’s moving, funny story of disconnection, difference and desperation to belong. This one-man show is a starkly honest portrayal of a man seemingly confident, outgoing and popular, who is inwardly vulnerable and, at times, isolated. Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019 Performed using creative captioning, spoken English and BSL.

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LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

Demi Nandhra

Life is No Laughing Matter is a performance about mental illness, suicide and radical cure attempts. Part personal narrative, part social rant, part mess; Life is No Laughing Matter tells the exhausting and hilarious account of living with depression. Demi was told to eat a banana a day and think happy thoughts. Inevitably she got worse. So she bought Yoko the dog to save her. In a generous and painfully honest performance, Demi talks of causes, cures, and what happens when you eat 56 bananas. Expect shit metaphors, co-dependency, holy water and the one and only Yoko Ono.

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LIKE ANIMALS

SUPERFAN in association with Tron Theatre

A parrot says ‘I love you’.

A dolphin tries to speak.

A woman spends a lifetime trying to understand.

Like Animals is a funny and poignant investigation into love and communication in human (and not so human) relationships. Inspired by true stories of animal language experiments and performed by a real couple, it blends surreal comedy with moments of tenderness and vulnerability to explore the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone else. SUPERFAN is a collaboration between Ellie Dubois, Kim Donohoe and Peter Lannon.

“ It is a generously funny, ultimately moving display of grit, determination and athletic prowess.”

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ě ch Brtnick ý Image: Benji ReidImage: 30 PERFORMANCE Helen Murray MISS AMERIKA Spitfire Company Last
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MISS AMERIKA

Spitfire Company

Last seen at Summerhall during Festival 2015 with Antiwords, Total Theatre Award and Herald Angel winning Spitfire Company return with their new show. In a collage of music, text, photography and animation, Miss AmeriKa tells the story of a New York misfit and her experience of immigration, loneliness and dislocation. Its protagonist Mckenzie Tomski is a persona of the Czech performer Mirenka Cechova; an Everywoman representing all the outsiders who are standing in the shadows and dreaming the American Dream.

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“ Going to extremes seems to be a default position for any work
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MAN ON THE MOON

Keisha Thompson

The award-winning Man on the Moon journeys through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afrofuturism. Keisha communicates with her reclusive dad through books, letters and symbols. But when the letters stop coming she is forced to venture into his world. Using poetry, looped sounds and story-telling, this piece explores the impact of mental health on family dynamics. Prepare to jump from Manchester to the Moon as this story reaches for those answers that can often feel out of reach. Part of the British Council Showcase. Commissioned by STUN and Contact.

“ Man on the Moon is a poetic and eloquent piece of storytelling. ” HHHH
“ Man on the Moon is a poetic and eloquent piece of storytelling. ” HHHH The Stage
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MY MUM'S A TWAT

Showroom

“My mum wasn’t always a twat. But sometime after I turned 10, everything changed. She stopped taking me shopping. She regularly forgot my birthday. And she thought she could heal people.” After a sold out run at the Royal Court in January 2018, Anoushka Warden performs her funny and honest account of losing her mum to a cult in a new version directed by Debbie Hannan. A teen-spirited and gangsta rap fuelled survival guide to growing up with an actual twat for a mum.

“ An ultimately joyous testament to teenage resilience. ” Time Out + RED LECTURE £5/£8,
“ An ultimately joyous testament to teenage resilience. ” Time Out
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MOOT MOOT

Cade and MacAskill in association with Take Me Somewhere

Doppelganger DJs Barry and Barry are desperately seeking connection with the world beyond Two of Scotland’s finest live artists, Rosana Cade (Walking:Holding, Sister) and Ivor MacAskill (STUD, Alma Mater), spew out their dark and riotous take on modern day communication, as the identical hosts in a surreal phone-in talk show. Finding humour, warmth and despair in the absurd, they spin a thick web of cliches and catchphrases in their outer space echo-chamber, accompanied by a weird, wild soundscape by Yas Clarke. Part of the Made in Scotland and British Council Showcases.

“ spooky, sinister, skilful”

HHHHH Voice

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MY BEST DEAD FRIEND

Zanetti Productions

December, 1998. Dunedin. The bottom of New Zealand, the bottom of the world. High summer in a town where there isn’t a lot to do. Anya Tate-Manning & Isobel MacKinnon’s comedy about death, revolution, unfulfilled love, and a possum was the winner of the Summerhall award at Melbourne Fringe 2018. A true story about heart-breaking grief and enduring friendship, featuring a soundtrack ranging from The Verlaines to the Backstreet Boys, and the words of poets Tuwhare, Baxter and Maniapoto.

“ Extraordinary joys and sorrows, extraordinary rebellions and submissions.”

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NEITHER HERE NOR THERE

Created and hosted by Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes

Funny, intimate, political, a bit livid, powerful, powerless and patient. Sonia and Jo host a series of conversations that happen over 6 minutes. They have questions about how it’s all going: big questions about the world, small questions about the state of your garden. Complexity takes time, it requires multiple voices, many levels of expertise. They’d like you to join the conversation. Sonia and Jo are two middle-aged, award-winning, international provincial artists. Inspired by research undertaken by Frank Bock and Katye Coe.

“ A leap of faith.” Culture Colony

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MY NAME IS IRRELEVANT

Matthew Hall with Tortoise in a Nutshell

In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fiction and what is reality. A man gives a lecture about all of the people he has met in his life, but, as his stories escalate, words, music and visuals open up the inner workings of a confused brain. Written and performed by Matthew Hall, directed by Ross MacKay, with music composed and played live by Jim Harbourne.

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“ Hall's arresting poetic performance skilfully guides the
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NARCOLEPSY

Chris Goode and Company

In September 1996, Channel 4 screened a documentary about River Phoenix as a gay icon. One participant in that film was a 23-year-old Chris Goode. Chris’s new solo show uses the life and death of River Phoenix to look back on the turbulent experience of queer life in the 90s, including the intense summer of his first Edinburgh Fringe, twenty-five years ago. A compelling blend of documentary and fractured autobiography, Narcolepsy is a warmly intimate story about how we become who we are.

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OH YES OH NO

Louise Orwin

This is a show about having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics. About understanding what you want, and wondering how to ask for it. Award- winning performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions as she presents a surreal joyride through female sexuality and violence. Using recorded interviews and Barbie'n'Ken role-play, Oh Yes Oh No is a playful, confrontational look at sexuality and who gets to have a say in it. Steady yourself to rethink desire, and then watch Louise smash it all to pieces. Part of the British Council Showcase 2019

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NIGHTCLUBBING

Rachael Young

POST PUNK / POST FEAR / POST PANIC Rachael Young and her badass band of super-humans embrace Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in NIGHTCLUBBING; an explosive new performance bringing visceral live music and intergalactic visions to start a revolution. 1981: Grace Jones releases her landmark album ‘Nightclubbing’; her body is brown and soft. 2015: Three women are refused entry into a London nightclub; their bodies are brown and soft. WE are those women, we zoom

through galaxies and solar systems, travelling through time,

preparing for our moment to land Supported by The Eclipse Award

IT’S NOW!

“ Nightclubbing is a show of grit and glitter:

an uncompromising original tornado.”

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OUT

Rachael Young Performed with marikiscrycrycry. Originally created and performed with Dwayne Antony.

Defiantly challenging homophobia and transphobia, OUT is a duet - a conversation between two bodies, carving out a new kind of space, reclaiming Dancehall and celebrating Vogue culture amongst the bittersweet scent of oranges. “We’re shape-shifting in a bid to fit in; to be black enough, straight enough, Jamaican enough…” Embracing personal, political and cultural dissonance; this act of interdisciplinary self-expression smashes through normativity, summoning voices and re-enacting movements in an exhilarating mash-up of remembrance and re-invention. Supported by The Eclipse Award

“ a powerfully eloquent danced dialogue… performed with both calm reserve and concentrated intensity.”

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PASSENGERS

Vacuum Theatre

Max wants to tell you a story. He’s not entirely sure why, or even who he is; savage, peacekeeper or critic. Passengers, by award-winning writer Kit Redstone and directed by Jessica Edwards, explores the epic battles within the psyche and the beautiful power of the mind to protect itself, using ensemble theatre to invite you to see the self in a whole new way. Kit Redstone’s Testosterone was shortlisted for The Samuel Beckett Award, The Peter Brook Award and The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.

“ A refreshing, genuinely smart piece of work full of undercutting humour. ”

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PIZZA SHOP HEROES

Phosphoros Theatre

Four former child-refugees from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Albania working your average shift in your average pizza shop take us on a journey across time and continents to show how extraordinary they are. Having told their stories to social workers and courts as part of their asylum claims, these lived experience actors are now reclaiming them. From prisons in Libya and Greece, to imagined conversations with mothers, to raising future sons, they shine a light on masculinity and forced migration. Powerful, celebratory, resistant, revealing; refugees take centre stage.

“ Well-paced, engrossing and ultimately uplifting, as well as deeply humanising, telling the real stories
“ Well-paced, engrossing and ultimately uplifting, as well as deeply humanising,
telling the real stories behind the news, fear and statistics. ” HHHHH Western Mail
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RESURRECTING BOBBY AWL

By B.Catling Avalon and BBC Arts

Born in the nineteenth century, and kept in the toe of a boot hung above a fire, Bobby Awl grew to become a feature of the Fleshmarket Steps. Famous in his time, but wiped out of history by Messrs Burke and Hare, Bobby’s life had passed into the void, until his death mask was discovered by international artist and author of The Vorrh Trilogy, Brian Catling. Resurrected here using a blend of sculpture and performance, Bobby is back - a totem for all the crushed boys of Edinburgh who were transformed by poverty into violent survivors.

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SEX EDUCATION

Harry Clayton-Wright

One parent refuses to talk about sex. The other buys their child gay porn DVDs. Sex Education blends startling performance, moving storytelling, a no-holds-barred interview with Harry's mum and some good old-fashioned gay porn that his dad bought when he was 14. A show for anyone who’s wondered why they want what they want. Delivered with the candour and charm that have made him an acclaimed international touring success (Briefs: Close Encounters, Miss Behave’s Gameshow), join Harry as he delves into his sexual past, live on stage. Winner of the LGBTQ Brighton Fringe Award (2017).

“ Genius”

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SHIT

MILKE + Dee & Cornelius

SHIT is a compelling, raw and powerful piece which examines the intersections of class and misogyny. Patricia Cornelius’s play tells the story of three women, Billy, Bobby and Sam - each equally damaged, each unable to escape their destinies, each unloved and unloving, and yet bound to one another. After sold-out, award-winning runs in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin, SHIT makes its UK premiere at Summerhall.

“ Shit is provocative and tragic, bracing and bitterly funny. It's the sort of bold theatre that will have us confronting our own prejudices; that forces us to acknowledge these things of darkness ours.”

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SH!T THEATRE DRINK RUM WITH EXPATS

Soho Theatre in association with Show & Tell

“ Hilarious and heartbreaking. ”

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Multi-award winners Sh!t Theatre return to Summerhall with their new show/ excuse for getting drunk on stage. Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island-monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta. They went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found a lot more than they expected. From our small island in the sea to another small island in the sea, Sh!t Theatre found mystery and murder in the fight to be European.

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Lewis den Hertog Image: Brad GodaImage: 38 PERFORMANCE SPARKLE Honolulu Theatre for Youth supported by Catherine
Lewis den Hertog Image: Brad GodaImage: 38 PERFORMANCE SPARKLE Honolulu Theatre for Youth supported by Catherine
Lewis den Hertog Image: Brad GodaImage: 38 PERFORMANCE SPARKLE Honolulu Theatre for Youth supported by Catherine

SPARKLE

Honolulu Theatre for Youth supported by Catherine Wheels

Scottish theatre-maker Annie Cusick Wood worked with companies such as Visible Fictions and Catherine Wheels before moving to Hawaii where she collaborates with Hawaii’s Honolulu Theatre for Youth. This timely show, designed by Karen Tennent, celebrates diversity and the power of believing in yourself. Sparkle, who loves to dress in tutus, tiaras and sparkly dresses, finds on his first day of school that not everyone wants to let him shine. In this playful and poignant show, Sparkle discovers the joy of standing up for himself and being unique.

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SWALLOW THE SEA CARAVAN THEATRE

Step inside a converted 1970s caravan to find puppetry, shadows, absurd object theatre and live soundscapes. Escape into a wildly different world and experience intimate all-immersive theatre in the tiniest of settings with the smallest of audiences. Jess Raine, Jemima Thewes and Emma Brierley of Swallow the Sea will present three of their own pieces: Lamp, Journey and Up North. With the support of Puppet Animation Scotland, the caravan will also show 3 new works from other Scottish puppeteers: Twa Pirate Lassies by Fiona Oliver-Larkin, Shadow Bird by Mary and David Grieve and Finger Fatale by Ella Mackay. Full schedule: www.swallowthesea.com/where-and-when

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THE AFFLICTED

groupwork in association with ThickSkin, supported by Tramway

The Afflicted marks the first production from new Scottish theatre collective groupwork, led by co-directors Finn den Hertog and Vicki Manderson, whose previous work together includes the Fringe First winning Square Go and Light Boxes. In a small town in upstate New York a group of teenage girls starts behaving strangely - twitching and stuttering uncontrollably and without cause. Is it a case of mass hysteria? or something darker? Inspired by real events The Afflicted combines choreography, video and text in an explosive new piece of dance theatre from an international team of award- winning artists.

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TAIWAN SEASON: BOUT

Chang Dance Theatre

Taiwan’s Chang brothers (co-creators of Fringe 2018’s hit show Bon 4 Bon) bounce back with a dance that reveals fresh facets of their fraternal relationships and the rich possibilities - and inherent conflicts - of male bonding. Originally inspired by the ritual and physical rhythms of the boxing ring, this simply staged, unpretentiously eloquent new work is the physically deft and thoughtful expression of three contemporary young Asian men who communicate best through their bodies. By exploring their strong, if sometimes strained, personal connections, the Changs once again endear themselves indelibly to us.

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TAIWAN SEASON: FISH

Shinehouse Theatre

Sign language meets puppetry in this engaging, BSL-signed production based on a short novel by the revered Taiwanese author Huang Chunming. Revolving around the expected delivery and unfortunate loss of a much- desired fish, the conflict between a grandfather and grandson unfolds in a touching, richly sensory experience for d/Deaf and hearing audiences. Shinehouse Theatre specialises in creating inclusive, socially-conscious performances. Here, in its European debut, it draws upon diverse skills to shine a warm and loving light on the subtlety and complexity of generational differences.

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THE DESK

Reetta Honkakoski Company in association with From Start to Finnish

One teacher. Five students. Five desks. The Desk is a powerfully compelling physical theatre piece about a hierarchical, disciplined community. Director Reetta Honkakoski mines her personal lived experience of a cult to explore the seductive power of groupthink and to shed light on spiritual and political groups offering a structured worldview, hope and security. The Desk is a precise ensemble piece which exposes the universal mechanics of power in an entirely wordless performance.

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THE POPULARS

Volcano Theatre Company

Join The Populars - four performers who are throwing a dance party for a divided nation. They are looking to the future and wondering how it will feel when we get there. They have questions for you, things on their minds, and a playlist of great songs that tug at the memory and the muscle fibres. Tell them what you think of the atmosphere, where you last danced your heart out, and who you reckon is the coolest. Expect sweat, sequins, and a thoughtfully upbeat take on what unites or divides us in these uncertain times.

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“ In a postmodern age of unlimited content, it makes sense to sift through the rubble of culture in search of meaning as Volcano Theatre do. ”

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TO MOVE IN TIME

Tim Etchells & Forced Entertainment

Imagine you can travel through time. Backwards and forwards. What would you do? Go back into history to change the present? Get rich using knowledge of the future? Written by Tim Etchells and powerfully performed by Tyrone Huggins, To Move in Time is an unfurling trail of thought in which extraordinary and impossible fantasies are dreamt up, lived out and then discarded. An obsessive stream of consciousness, tangled and contradictory, the work combines Etchells’ text with Huggins’ powerful performance to walk a line between comic absurdity and melancholia.

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TRÖLL

Trick of the Light Theatre

It’s 1998. Otto is twelve but online he’s thirteen and he’s pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives with his mum, dad, and sister, a chain-smoking Icelandic granny, and an ancient malevolent troll that’s living in the wall From award-winning NZ company Trick of the Light Theatre (The Bookbinder, The Road That Wasn’t There) comes a lo-fi wi-fi fable in the vein of Stranger Things, combining storytelling, projection, and puppetry.

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TWIN PEAKS

Mandy Tootill

Twin Peaks is an honest and fearless account of being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. Faced with her own mortality, Mandy laughs into the cleavage of cancer. From sex with her girlfriend and a pair of Marigolds to a mannequin’s head called Celine, Mandy overshares it all in a show that is original, unsentimental and disarmingly funny. Nominated for Best Comedy Manchester Fringe and Best Comedy Performer Buxton Fringe 2018.

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TRAUMBOY

Daniel Hellmann Pro Helvetia’s Swiss Selection Edinburgh

Daniel is an artist. He’s also a sex worker. Through accounts of clients and their desires, Traumboy explores why he chose this profession, and why having sex for money is still considered taboo. Told with humour and honesty, this interactive performance challenges audiences to scrutinize their own sexual ideals and appetites, as Daniel performs different roles for his customers - and the audience. Where do your boundaries lie? Traumboy is performed on alternating nights with Anne Welenc’s Traumgirl: a performance from the perspective of a female sex worker. Traumboy has toured in ten countries.

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TRAUMGIRL

Anne Welenc Pro Helvetia’s Swiss Selection Edinburgh

Kim is an actress. She is also a sex worker, bartender, German, Polish and more. Which identity is most important? Traumgirl is a brand new, solo show about female sex work in all its forms - and who pays the price. Welenc takes an autofictional approach to explore what a woman is allowed to reveal about herself. Where do your boundaries lie? Created in response to Daniel Hellmann’s Traumboy, a performance from the perspective of a male sex worker, the two shows are performed on alternating nights.

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UMBRELLA MAN

Teuchter Company - Colin Bramwell

Umbrella Man is the story of a young man from the north of Scotland who tries to prove the Earth is flat: a tale of friendship, loss and conspiracy that will take you on a journey to the outer limits of common sense, and beyond. Written and performed by one of Scotland's most exciting new theatre- makers, Umbrella Man comes to Summerhall fresh from a critically-acclaimed tour of Australia and New Zealand. Don't miss this hilarious and moving piece of Scottish spoken-word theatre.

“ A beautiful amalgamation of story-telling, poetry, drama, comedy and music. A monumental triumph. ”
“ A beautiful amalgamation of story-telling, poetry, drama, comedy
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WHEN I FALL IF I FALL

Claire Dowie/Face to Face Theatre Directed by Colin Watkeys

Leaping barriers of age, sexuality and gender, Gloria prepares to dance the Can-Can one last time. Written and performed by the pioneering Claire Dowie, When I Fall If I Fall tells Gloria’s story, a story about growing up

feeling different and not fitting in

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WHERE TO BELONG

Victor Esses and Ellie Keel Productions

What makes a home for you? Victor Esses is Jewish-Lebanese, Brazilian, and gay. In 1975, Victor’s mother flees Lebanon as a refugee of the Civil War. In 2017, Victor visits Lebanon for the first time. In 2018, amidst the elections that will see Brazil choose a far-right president, he travels from London to S ã o Paulo to show his partner the city of his childhood. Where to Belong is the tender, moving story of these journeys. Start your day with an exploration of how to find your place in a rich and complex world of identities. Shortlisted for the Emerge performance prize.

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WHO CARES

LUNG

“The alarm rings. You take a breath. Then it starts.” Sitting at the back of the bus, skipping the lunch queue and skiving lessons. At school Nicole, Jade and Connor are just like everybody else. But when they get home, things are very different. Adapted from real-life testimonies, award- winning theatre company LUNG examine our failing care system, the impact of austerity and what happens when a child becomes the parent. LUNG return to Summerhall with the follow-up to 2018’s Fringe First and Amnesty International Award winning Trojan Horse.

“ The bravest and most astutely political of shows on up in Edinburgh this year. ”

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WORKING ON MY NIGHT MOVES

Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan

Breaking the rules, the patriarchy and the time/space continuum. A search for multiple feminist futurisms,a gesture to the impossible and an ode to the search for utopia. Working On My Night Moves is the latest live art work by award-winning artists Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan, two of the many minds behind previous Fringe hits Power Ballad (2017) and If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming (2016).

“ This is the real deal: othering, teasing, provoking. The tone moves between hysteria and terror, joy and despair”

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YOUR SEXTS ARE SHIT:

OLDER BETTER LETTERS

Rachel Mars

Total Theatre Award winning Rachel Mars returns after her gleeful sell-out hit Our Carnal Hearts - this time she’s unearthing the hot-as-hell letters from history that make sexts blush. Before tech, there were hand-written letters. And loads of them were proper filthy. Come! Take pleasure in James Joyce’s passion for arse, find out who sneaked her gay lover into the White House and bear witness to the best/worst sexts ever sent. This gloriously intimate, very funny and surprisingly moving new show is an erotic archive shot through with Rachel’s personal ventures in contemporary Queer kink.

“ Both hilarious, moving and a history lesson.”

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Image: Peter Dibdin 46 MUSIC In five years Summerhall's Nothing Ever Happens Here has grown from

In five years Summerhall's Nothing Ever Happens Here has grown from an idea to bolster Edinburgh's live music scene to become one of the best places to see exciting, live music in the city.

Over the last five Edinburgh Fringe Festival Programme's we have brought such luminaries as The Sun Ra Arkestra, Sun Kil Moon, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Grandaddy, Pussy Riot, Lift to Experience, Charlotte Church, Iceage, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Optimo and a host of other stellar live and club nights to our inimitable Dissection Room, whilst helping to provide a platform for young Scottish artists to perform at one of the world's most important multi arts festivals.

We are delighted to unveil this years programme, which wouldn't have been possible without collaboration with our partners 432 Presents, Braw Gigs, World Headquarters , Rhythm Machine, Balkanarama, Sneaky Pete's & Cryptic. We're positive there's something in here for everyone!

Jamie Sutherland

Nothing Ever Happens Here - Music Programme Manager

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ANDREW WASYLYK - THE PARALIAN

Nothing Ever Happens Here

Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Wasylyk brings his acclaimed new record The Paralian to Edinburgh. Conceptualised as part of an extended residency at arts centre and historic house Hospitalfield, The Paralian was released in April to rave reviews. Wasylyk was invited to create new music for Hospitalfield’s 19th-century Erard Grecian harp. Ideas were inspired by the building’s unique relationship with the looming North Sea horizon and field recordings gathered during study trips to Seaton Cliffs and Bell Rock Lighthouse.

“ Meditative and majestic, quieting the mind as it leads it through multiple journeys of
“ Meditative and majestic, quieting the mind as it leads it through multiple journeys
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BALKANARAMA

Nothing Ever Happens Here

BALKANARAMA is back at Summerhall this August with an incredible sell-out show. This riotous night brings you the best of tastes and sounds of the Balkans - expect superb live music, gypsy belly dancing, Balkan Beats DJs, bespoke live visuals, Balkan rakija, costume boudoirs and more.

“ You are hit by something utterly alive and you are able to see beyond the shiny instruments, wobbly bellies and rattling drums right into Balkanarama’s heart. And it beats fast and furious. ” The Skinny

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BROKEN RECORDS

Nothing Ever Happens Here

Celebrating 10 years since releasing their debut album on 4AD, Until The Earth Begins To Part, Edinburgh band Broken Records come to Summerhall for their only live date in 2019 to put on a special show celebrating the band’s four album back catalogue as well as a look forward to future releases. Expect old songs, new songs and a few surprises.

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BODEGA

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With wild minimalism and sharp wit, New York’s art rockers Bodega revitalise the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk- derived narrative songwriting. 2019 has seen the release of their live album Witness Scroll, a follow-up to their 2018 debut Endless Scroll.

“ bursting with intelligence, humour and ideas, BODEGA are the real deal.”

HHHHH DIY Magazine

“ Riot grrrl rant meets deadpan satire.”

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