Theatre about Scotland coming to the Fringe in 2019

Theatre about Scotland coming to the Fringe in 2019

Suffering from Scottishness

From hip hop and football to Adam Smith and ABBA, a host of shows are celebrating all the colours of Caledonia this August

It isn't entirely unfair – although it is deliberately provocative – to say that much of Scottish theatre dwells on the conditions and experience of being Scottish. Whether this is a necessary reflection on a nation caught between Brexit and independence, or a self-indulgent pity-party, it does seem more than appropriate that the Edinburgh Fringe gives a platform to those subjects that are immediately relevant to the local citizens, and that visitors from around the world can use theatre as a means of appreciating the culture beyond the stage.

Ane City
Elfie Picket
Assembly Roxy – Downstairs, 31 Jul–26 Aug, 2.20pm
Winner of the Assembly Roxy Theatre Award, Ane City is a one-woman show from emerging company Elfie Picket. Told through the Scots language, thoughts from Rabbie Burns and a guitar, Tay wanders around Dundee reflecting on her own identity. Alcohol, ABBA and late-night revelations combine to explore belonging and hope.

Bible John
Poor Michelle
Pleasance Courtyard, 31 Jul–26 Aug (not 13), 3.50pm
The case of a murderer who frequented Glasgow's Barrowlands Ballroom – which is still open and remains an iconic venue – remains unsolved half a century after three women were killed. The suspect had a habit of quoting the Old Testament, and over the years his story has been woven into the urban legends of Scotland's greatest city.

The Brooklyn Scotsman
Loose Endz
Hill Street Theatre, 2–25 Aug, 7.30pm
Scottish hip-hop has become a dynamic force in the past decade, representing both pop, hardcore and experimental variations on the form. Loose Endz follow the adventures of one rapper who decides to migrate to one of the homes of hip-hop, Brooklyn.

Theatre about Scotland coming to the Fringe in 2019

If You're Feeling Sinister: A Play With Songs

Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window
Fair Pley
The Stand's New Town Theatre, 19–25 Aug, 3.40pm
Fresh from its success as part of Glasgow's famous Play, Pie, and a Pint programme, Stuart Hepburn's comedy celebrates the life and laughs of a Scottish legend. Murray's absurdist humour became a mainstay of Scottish radio during the 1970s.

Resurrecting Bobby Awl
Brian Catling
Summerhall, Anatomy Lecture Theatre, 31 Jul–25 Aug (not 1, 12, 19), 4pm
Brian Catling is RA sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker, academician and performance artist, and his script explores the life of a 19th century street urchin and reinserts his forgotten biography back into Edinburgh's mythical history.

If You're Feeling Sinister: A Play with Songs
Avalon and BBC Arts in association with Tron Theatre
Gilded Balloon, Doonstairs, 31 Jul–26 Aug (not 12), 3.45pm
Rising Scottish writer and director Eve Nicol adapts the classic Belle and Sebastian album for the stage. A group of outsiders are preparing to pull off Glasgow's greatest-ever heist, while reflecting on shame and their fear of being left behind.

Theatre about Scotland coming to the Fringe in 2019

Ane City

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Saltire Sky Theatre
Wee Red Bar, 2–26 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 7.30pm
From their name, through their logo, to the subject of their debut success (football), Saltire Sky take 'flying the flag' for Scottish theatre very seriously. Following the adventures of fans of Hibernian FC as they follow their team to the final of the Scottish Cup, 1902 is a rare combination of performance, football and – even for the Fringe – a local tale of bevy and the emotional rollercoaster that is fandom.

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand
In Company and Edinburgh Business School
Panmure House, 1–25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 4pm
Smith's influence is international, if not necessarily always respected, but 'the father of capitalism' was a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment and his ideas have ensured a Caledonian flavour to the growth of modernity. This production takes place in the home of the philosopher, adding a rare depth of historical resonance.

Suffering from Scottishness
Kevin P Gilday
Assembly Roxy, 31 Jul–26 Aug (not 7, 13, 20), 5.10pm
On the very edge of theatre – equal parts immersive experience and focus-group exploration of identity – spoken word artist Gilday takes on the independence referendum by imagining the kind of questions that would be needed for a Scottish identity test and finds the humour and irony in notions of patriotism and nationalism.

Second Honeymoon
Edinburgh People's Theatre
Mayfield Salisbury Church, 2–17 Aug (not 4, 11), various times
A couple decides to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary by revisiting the Ayrshire guest house where they spent their honeymoon. Made famous by the comic Jimmy Logan, this script is a classic of Scottish humour, and the EPT have been presenting their programme of plays in Lothian for over seventy-five years.

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Saltire Sky Theatre Saltire Sky's hit debut show is back. Follow these fearless young Scots in their quest to see their heroes lift the Scottish Cup. Laughter, tears and bevy are guaranteed in this electric piece of new writing. Saltire Sky provide an access-all-areas approach to working-class life, growing up Scottish…

The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Aug

Wee Red Bar Main Space

£12 (£10) / 0131 651 5859

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Wee Red Bar Main Space

£12 (£10) / 0131 651 5859

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Wee Red Bar Main Space

£12 (£10) / 0131 651 5859

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

In Company Theatre Productions and Edinburgh Business School What would happen if the lost papers of a genius were recovered in the modern day? Four actors present a dramatisation of the life and works of Adam Smith, performed in the house in which he lived and died. Join Jean Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Robert Burns…

Panmure House, EH8 8BL

Thu 1 Aug

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Ane City

Elfie Picket and Assembly present Tay has returned to her hometown of Dundee for a summer of relaxation, drinking and self-discovery. But first, she has to get through a night out with her friends, hitting the streets of Dundee. From tacky pubs with seedy bouncers to revelations on the McManus steps with Rabbie Burns…

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Downstairs

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Downstairs

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Downstairs

£12 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 26 Aug

Bible John

Poor Michelle and the Pleasance 1969 at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow, three women are murdered by an Old Testament-quoting serial killer, nicknamed Bible John. He has never been caught. 2019, four women bound by their obsession with true crime want to change that. Immersing themselves in the world of Bible John…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Pleasance Above

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Pleasance Above

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Pleasance Above

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 26 Aug

The Brooklyn Scotsman

Loose Endz Entertainment A teenage Scottish rapper leaves home to pursue his dreams across the Atlantic in New York City. Venturing into the unknown, Stevie finds himself living in one of the roughest ghettos in Brooklyn, where he will encounter sex, violence, drugs and so much more. A brutally honest coming-of-age…

Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Aug

Dunedin Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 6522

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Dunedin Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 6522

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Dunedin Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 6522

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window

Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club Chic Murray was the comedian’s comedian. In a career that took him from an engineer’s apprenticeship in Kincaid’s shipyard, Greenock, to the top of the bill at the London Palladium, Chic was a complete one-off. Dave Anderson as Chic, Maureen Carr and Brian James O’Sullivan recreate…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 19 Aug

Grand Hall

£15 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

Grand Hall

£15 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 21 Aug

Grand Hall

£15 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 25 Aug

If You're Feeling Sinister: A Play with Songs

Avalon and BBC Arts in association with Tron Theatre He was exhausted by life. She was tired of waiting for it to begin. Now Boss and Kid are on the run. A reckless artist waiting to be found and an academic looking to lose himself could pull off Glasgow's greatest heist if they can keep their hands off one another and…

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Doonstairs

£10 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Doonstairs

£10 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Doonstairs

£14 (£13) / 0131 622 6552

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 26 Aug

Resurrecting Bobby Awl

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…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£8 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£15 (£14) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 25 Aug

Suffering from Scottishness

Kevin P Gilday Citizen Scotland cordially invites you to take part in a focus group that will define the very future of the nation – for better or worse. An immersive theatrical experience that confronts the unique absurdity of Scottish identity. Award-winning writer and spoken word artist Kevin P Gilday (Sonnet Youth…

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Downstairs

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Downstairs

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Downstairs

£12 (£11) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 26 Aug

Second Honeymoon

Edinburgh People's Theatre Set in an Ayrshire guest house in the 1960s, this hilarious comedy follows a week in the life of Mr and Mrs McIlroy who have chosen to revisit where they had spent their honeymoon 25 years earlier. With laughter right from the opening line, Second Honeymoon is certainly a comedy classic. This…

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