This article is from 2008.


Bikers and breakers take it to the limit

Prepare for the ultimate in urban sports, as rival factions clash for control of the concrete jungle using skateboards, BMXs, breakdancing and free running instead of fists. Transgression grew out of the passion and skill of Edinburgh’s ‘urban free-sports’ community, first helping them to raise funds for their own indoor skate park, now presented as a dazzling display of skill from the park’s users.

‘Essentially what we’re trying to get across is that they are very disciplined practitioners in their own right,’ explains the show’s producer, Dougie Graham. ‘A couple of hours training a day is a reasonable level for an athlete, but these guys go way beyond that.’

Transgression also addresses the very real struggle to find enough space to practise these various disciplines, often clashing with the authorities in the process. Beyond the issues raised, Graham promises ‘non-stop movement, all very fast-paced and dynamic for the entire hour.’ Should be truly exhilarating.

C Soco Urban Garden, 0845 2601234, 1–25 Aug, 9.30pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£5.50–£9.50).


  • 3 stars

A dazzling display of skill from the BMXers, breakdancers and free runners of Edinburgh's 'urban sports' community that, while constantly thrilling, becomes repetitive. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe*.

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