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Best theatre to see at ZOO Southside and Charteris

Best of the Southside: Theatre to see at ZOO

Century Song / credit: John Lauener

Featuring a Glaswegian girl's search for her father, anxious encounters on the Internet and meditations on heroism in the modern age

The diversity of Zoo's theatre programme at this year's Fringe reflects not only its international perspective and stylistic range, but also its exploratory themes of gender, connection, sport and conflict – to name just a few. So hie your way down south to the Zoo venues and relish in the celebratory colour of their theatre offerings.

[insert slogan here] (YESYESNONO)
In 2016, Volvo launched their Human Made marketing campaign. New adverts focused on individual human lives; school children, explorers, factory workers. Global sales increased by 20%. This is an attempt to do the same. A show about objects, the objects we use, the stories we tell about them, the way we consume them. With live music and video artistry, award-winning YESYESNONO return with [insert slogan here]: a fevered excavation of adverts, objects, memory and identity.
[insert slogan here], ZOO Charteris, Sun 5–Sun 19 Aug, 6.10pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12). Previews Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug, £7.

All These Things (Live Art Bistro)
Live Art Bistro take on ZOO Southside, doing what they do best: presenting 12 hours of transgressive and experimental performance by world-renowned artists. See preview.
All These Things, ZOO Southside, Wed 15 Aug, 5pm, £20 (£17).

Century Song (Volcano (Canada), Richard Jordan Productions in association with CanadaHub)
Volcano, the original co-producers of global hit White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, return with a new work of visceral beauty. Exploring 100 years of black women's unspoken history, Century Song takes us on a journey through performance, music, and animated art. Created by powerful Dora Award-winning soprano Neema Bickersteth, and Dora Award-winning collaborators Ross Manson (direction) and Kate Alton (choreography).
Century Song, ZOO Southside, Sun 5–Sat 18 Aug (not 8, 15), 3pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12). Previews Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug, £9.

Best of the Southside: Theatre to see at ZOO

Don't Kill Your Darlings
Don't Kill Your Darlings (Det Andre Teatret / The Other Theatre)
Award-winning actor Ingvild Haugstad from Det Andre Teatret tells the story of a person who retreats from the world after losing a soulmate to a freak raspberry accident. Puppetry, sketches and improvisation make up this heartfelt silly show by one of Norway's most unique performers. Nominated for Best Show at Bergen Fringe 2017.
Don't Kill Your Darlings, ZOO Charteris, Fri 3–Sun 26 Aug, 1.15pm, £10 (£9).

Elsie Thatchwick (CharliefromGroundforce Productions)
A new play written by Skye Lourie. Armed only with an address, a pack of Jammy Dodgers and a Scottish sense of humour, Elsie heads from Glasgow to Manchester in search of her father. Two actors and 20 characters drive this fast-paced dark comedy.
Elsie Thatchwick, ZOO Southside, Sun 5–Mon 27 Aug (not 15), 6.30pm, £10 (£9). Previews Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug, £8.

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist (YESYESNONO)
Sam wants to tell you about five encounters he had on Craigslist. Sam's anxious about how he gets to know people. This is a chance to get to know him. In exploring one person's attempts to know others, the show considers how a group of people in a darkened room can ever get to know each other. Desperately hilarious and achingly bleak, YESYESNONO's smash debut returns to ZOO for a limited final run.
Five Encounters on a Site Called Craiglist, ZOO Charteris, Mon 20–Thu 23 Aug, 6.10pm, £14 (£12).

Best of the Southside: Theatre to see at ZOO

A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery
The Forecast (Limbik)
In a backyard near you, in the not too distant future, four women from four corners of the globe float in mid-air. Fleeing war, poverty and environmental destruction they now have a new job: human garden ornaments. Inspired by George Saunder's short-story 'The Semplica Girl Diaries', The Forecast teems with stories, songs, secrets, shadows, giant dresses … and women hanging by a thread.
The Forecast, ZOO Charteris, Tue 14–Sun 26 Aug, 6pm, £10 (£9). Preview Mon 13 Aug, £7 (£6).

Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone (From the Gut Theatre)
It's 2005 and somehow Liverpool are back in the European Cup Final. From the Mersey to Turkey, the Reds will their team to glory. But can this ragtag Liverpool side topple giants AC Milan? Drawn from accounts all over the world, Istanbul is about Scousers, football, class and gender. The ultimate underdog story told by the fans.
Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone, ZOO Southside, Sun 5–Sat 18 Aug (not 15), 7.45pm, £10.50–£12 (£8.50–£10). Previews Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug, £7.

Jet of Blood (Civil Disobedience)
Brought to you by Civil Disobedience, Jet of Blood is the docudrama/ballet/opera/performance art/musical/protest piece you haven't been waiting for. Trigger warnings include but are not limited to: rape, graphic pornography, excessive drug use, violence, the musical styling of Miley Cyrus, self-mutilation, corruption, anorexia/bulimia and the not-so-unique true story of one 14-year-old boy in the oldest and most prestigious prep in North America. But in all seriousness, Jet of Blood is not for the faint of heart.
Jet of Blood, ZOO Charteris, Sun 5–Mon 27 Aug (not 15), 2.10pm, £10 (£9). Previews Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug, £8.

Best of the Southside: Theatre to see at ZOO

Passionate Machine
A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery (Michelle Zahner)
Michelle Zahner joyfully mixes storytelling, comedy and poetry to work out how being a superhero in the real world really works. How do you rescue people from depression or broken friendships? How do you fight cyclones, rabid llamas or the patriarchy? What do you call a boy damsel? And shouldn't there be a villain somewhere? A new hero finds herself dealing with media hype, impossible expectations and protest groups.
A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery, ZOO Charteris, Fri 3–Mon 27 Aug (not 13), 4.50pm, £10 (£8).

Passionate Machine (Rosy Carrick)
Featuring a diverse cast of real-life characters including David Bowie, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Rocky Balboa, and set against the questionable theoretical framework of your favourite time travel movies, fact and fiction blend to create an exhilarating story about letting go, having the courage to take the untrodden path, and finding yourself – literally. Writer, performer, poet and translator, Carrick has toured the world and now makes her Fringe debut.
Passionate Machine, ZOO Charteris, Sun 5–Mon 27 Aug, 3.30pm, £10 (£8). Preview Fri 3 Aug, £6.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Det Andre Teatret / The Other Theatre)
Fresh from selling out the National Theatre in Oslo, award-winning poet Fredrik Høyer from Det Andre Teatret tells his critically acclaimed story about life, marathon, ultra-runners and the rom-com The Holiday. All while running for his life on a treadmill!
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, ZOO Charteris, Fri 3–Sun 26 Aug (not 7, 8, 13, 15, 20–22), 2.15pm, £10 (£9).

A ZOO Southside
117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER
B ZOO Charteris
140 The Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

A story about life and running, told by its author while running on a treadmill.

A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery

  • 3 stars

Michelle Zahner A superhero story that refuses to be a comic book. Michelle Zahner joyfully mixes storytelling, comedy and poetry to work out how being a superhero in the real world really works. How do you rescue people from depression or broken friendships? How do you fight cyclones, rabid llamas or the patriarchy?

Don't Kill Your Darlings

Ingvild Haugstad tells the story of a person who retreats from the world after losing a soulmate to a freak raspberry accident, because who wouldn't?

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

YESYESNONO Sam wants to tell you about five encounters he had on Craigslist. Sam's anxious about how he gets to know people. This is a chance to get to know him. In exploring one person's attempts to know others, the show considers how a group of people in a darkened room can ever get to know each other. Desperately…

Passionate Machine

  • 4 stars

Rosy Carrick Remember P.E. kit. Cancel Free Trial. Call mum. Everyone writes instructions to their future selves. But what happens if the future starts writing back? Featuring a diverse cast of real-life characters including David Bowie, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Rocky Balboa, and set against the questionable theoretical…

All These Things

Live Art Bistro For one day only! Live Art Bistro take on ZOO Southside, doing what they do best: presenting 12 hours of transgressive and experimental performance by world-renowned artists. All These Things is for the brave and the curious. For people who want something that sits authentically outside of the…

Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone

From the Gut Theatre It's 2005 and somehow Liverpool are back in the European Cup Final. From the Mersey to Turkey, the Reds will their team to glory. But can this ragtag Liverpool side topple giants AC Milan? Drawn from accounts all over the world, Istanbul is about Scousers, football, class and gender. The ultimate…

Elsie Thatchwick

  • 3 stars

CharliefromGroundforce Productions 'Dearest Elsie, if you're reading this, I'm dead. I hope you're sitting comfortably. Below is the address of your father. He's alive… I know you're probably thinking I'm a right old fanny for naw telling you sooner… but better late than never. Love Nan. PS Dinnae forget tae feed the…

Century Song

  • 4 stars

Volcano (Canada), Richard Jordan Productions in association with CanadaHub Volcano, 'Canada’s explosive new writing company' (Independent). The original co-producers of global hit White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, and Scotsman Fringe First, multiple Edinburgh award winners return with a new work of visceral beauty. Exploring…

[insert slogan here]

  • 1 star

YESYESNONO In 2016, Volvo launched their Human Made marketing campaign. New adverts focused on individual human lives. School children. Explorers. Factory workers. Global sales increased by 20%. This is an attempt to do the same. A show about objects. The objects we use. The stories we tell about them. The way we…

The Forecast

Limbik In a backyard near you, in the not too distant future, four women from four corners of the globe float in mid-air. Fleeing war, poverty and environmental destruction they now have a new job: human garden ornaments. Tethered to their new reality (and each other), this four-way odd couple bicker, banter and are…

Jet of Blood

  • 3 stars

Civil Disobedience Brought to you by Civil Disobedience and that actor trapped inside the fur suit in Roddy Bottum's Sasquatch: The Opera, Jet of Blood is the documadrama/ballet/opera/performance art/musical/protest piece you haven't been waiting for. Trigger warnings include but are not limited to: rape, graphic…

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