Best theatre to see at the Pleasance

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  • 16 July 2019
Best theatre to see at the Pleasance

Fishbowl

Expect politically challenging works and uplifting adaptations from Pleasance's theatre programme

The Pleasance's theatre offerings at this year's Fringe brims with a colourful panoply of voices and stories, cementing Edinburgh's Southside as a hub for some of the most exciting new writing out there. From inventive reworkings of classic mythology to searing explorations of conflict both at home and abroad, don't miss out on some of the most thought-provoking shows coming to the festival this year.

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 and his victims, they try to solve the case, once and for all. Supported by the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund for Theatre.
Bible John, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Above, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug (not 13), 3.50pm, £10-£12 (£9–£11). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £7.

A Womb of One's Own
Wonderbox and the Pleasance
Funny, clever and politically challenging A Womb of One's Own follows 18-year-old Babygirl on her journey of self and sexual discovery, exploring the emotional rollercoaster that is an unwanted pregnancy and asking why it's still such a taboo. Supported by the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund for Theatre.
A Womb of One's Own, Pleasance Dome – 10Dome, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug (not 13, 22), 2.50pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £6.

Fishbowl
SIT Productions in association with Le Fils Du Grand Réseau
The funniest show in Europe comes to Edinburgh after a sell-out tour and a Molière Award for Best Comedy Play. Paper-thin walls barely separate three neighbours who strike up unlikely and moving friendships. The show packs a punch with technical genius, an incredibly realistic set, and tricks and surprises that shock and delight.
Fishbowl, Pleasance Courtyard – The Grand, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug (not 14), 1pm, £14–£17.50 (£12–£15.50). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £9.

Best theatre to see at the Pleasance

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds
Rhum and Clay in association with the Pleasance
Written with Isley Lynn (Skin A Cat) and inspired by Orson Welles' radio broadcast, The War of the Worlds explores the ongoing power of fake events to cause real reactions. Intense, unsettling and entertaining, this super-smart and multi-layered show proves that in dark times the truth is a precious commodity.
The War of the Worlds, Pleasance Courtyard – Forth, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug (not 14), 3.20pm, £13–£15 (£12–£14). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £10.

The Last of the Pelican Daughters
The Wardrobe Ensemble, Complicité, Royal & Derngate Northampton
Joy wants a baby, Storm wants to be seen, Sage wants to be paid, Maia doesn't want anyone to find out her secret and Granny's in a wheelchair on day release. Mum's presence still seeps through the ceiling and the floors. The Wardrobe Ensemble grapple with inheritance, loss and justice in this comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother's death.
The Last of the Pelican Daughters, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond, Sat 3–Sun 25 Aug (not 17), 4.40pm, £11.50–£13.50 (£10–£12). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £8.

The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People
Rhys Slade-Jones in association with the Pleasance and COMMON
An all-singing, all-dancing re-enactment of what Rhys's Mam wrote down 40 years ago. This frenzied one-man cabaret mixes stand-up, dance and good old-fashioned singalong to breathe life into his Mam's stories, and bring Treherbert rugby club back to life.
The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People, Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker One, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug, 2.15pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £8.

Best theatre to see at the Pleasance

The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

E8
The North Wall in association with the Pleasance
In a school for excluded pupils in Hackney, Bailey waits for a decision that could change her life, whilst her headteacher prepares to leave it all behind. Full of humour and heart, Marika Mckennell's timely new play gives voice to those who have fallen through the cracks in mainstream education. Directed by Fringe First Award winner Ria Parry.
E8, Pleasance Dome – QueenDome, Sat 3–Sun 25 Aug (not 14), 4.10pm, £10–£13 (£9–£12). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £8.

The Accident Did Not Take Place
YESYESNONO in association with the Pleasance
Somewhere on the other side of the world a plane is falling from the sky. You can see it on your laptop. You can watch it happening on Youtube. You can watch it burning on repeat. From award-winning YESYESNONO comes a summoning of hyper-reality, with a new guest performer each night.
The Accident Did Not Take Place, Pleasance Courtyard – Beside, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug (not 13), 1pm, £10–£13 (£10.50–£12). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £8.

A Brief History Of The Fragile Male Ego
Jordan & Skinner in association with the Pleasance
The multi award-winning Jordan & Skinner present a riotous new solo show that cuts to the bone of gender politics. Andrea has been giving her lecture but it's not been going well – previous events were marred by protests and she's hoping the open-minded audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will hear her out.
A Brief History Of The Fragile Male Ego, Pleasance Dome – AceDome, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug (not 14, 21), 4pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £7.

Best theatre to see at the Pleasance

A Brief History Of The Fragile Male Ego / credit: Jassy Earl

The Trojans
Trojan Women Project
Directed by Victoria Beesley and adapted by Mariem Omari from Euripides. A brand-new, haunting and uplifting adaptation of Euripides' great anti-war tragedy, The Trojans is written and acted by a cast of Syrian refugees living in Glasgow. With original writing by the cast. Translated by Alaa Saloum and Sanaa Al Froukh.
The Trojans, Pleasance at EICC – Pentland Theatre, Wed 7 Aug, 4.30pm, £15 (£10).

Bryony Kimmings: I'm a Phoenix, Bitch
Avalon Promotions
Bryony Kimmings hits the festival as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019, following a critically acclaimed extended run at Battersea Arts Centre. Kimmings weaves a powerful, dark and joyful masterpiece about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength. Combining ethereal music, personal stories, epic film and feats of human strength.
Bryony Kimmings: I'm a Phoenix, Bitch, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance One, Sat 3–Sun 25 Aug (not 12), 5.30pm, £15–£17 (£14–£16). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £12.

A Grave Situation
Young Pleasance
Armed with only five spades and Albert's trusty toothpick, will our grave-digging heroes tunnel back to Blighty in time to return Ethel's library book, see Ginger earn his wings and taste Daphne's Battenburg? Will Chippy get his girl and Bitsy outwit the Colonel? Chocks away for more exciting jolly japes!
A Grave Situation, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond, Sat 3–Sat 17 Aug, 3.15pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9). Preview Fri 2 Aug, £6.

Best theatre to see at the Pleasance

Birth

Birth
Theatre Re in association with Glynis Henderson Productions
Following a sell-out run at the London International Mime Festival 2019, Theatre Re presents a powerful, poignant and uplifting visual theatre piece with live music exploring the bond between three generations of women, their shared loss and the strength they discover in each other.
Birth, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond, Sat 3–Sun 25 Aug, 12pm, £12–£14 (£11–£13). Previews Thu 1 & Fri 2 Aug, £9.

The Incident Room
New Diorama Theatre in co-production with the Pleasance and Greenwich Theatre
New Diorama go behind the scenes and investigate the case that broke the British police force. Follow Sergeant Megan Winterburn as she joins hundreds of officers working around the clock to find the man known as the Yorkshire Ripper. With public pressure mounting, the investigation resorts to increasingly audacious attempts to catch one of Britain's most notorious serial killers.
The Incident Room, Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Two, Sat 3–Mon 26 Aug, 4.30pm, £12.50–£14.50 (£11.50–£13.50). Previews Wed 31–Fri 2 Aug, £8.

The Brunch Club
Grid Iron, SDTN and the Pleasance
Rebel, geek, emo, which were you? Or were you the popular one? Scotland's brightest new talents, The Network, take on the cliques in a homage to classic coming-of-age movies, with a soundtrack that will take you right back to the tears and triumphs of finding your place in the world.
The Brunch Club, Pleasance Pop-Up – Levels, Sun 4–Sat 24 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 8.15pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11). Previews Fri 2 & Sat 3 Aug, £7.

A Pleasance @ EICC
Lennox 1 @ EICC, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE
B Pleasance Dome
1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL
C Pleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ

The Accident Did Not Take Place

  • 3 stars

YESYESNONO in association with the Pleasance Somewhere on the other side of the world a plane is falling from the sky. You can see it on your laptop. You can watch it happening on Youtube. You can watch it burning on repeat. From award-winning YESYESNONO comes a summoning of hyper-reality. A new guest performer each…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Aug

Beside

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Beside

£10 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

Beside

£10 (£8.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

Bible John

  • 3 stars

Bible John 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's 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 and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

Pleasance Above

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

Pleasance Above

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Pleasance Above

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 26 Aug

Birth

A poignant piece of visual theatre with incredible live music, BIRTH comes to Pleasance following a sell-out run at London International Mime Festival 2019. This follows Theatre Re’s hugely successful The Nature of Forgetting which, following its Edinburgh run as part of the British Council Showcase, has toured the world…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£14 (£13) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 25 Aug

A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego

  • 3 stars

Jordan & Skinner in association with the Pleasance The multi award-winning Jordan & Skinner present a riotous new solo show that cuts to the bone of gender politics. Andrea has been giving her lecture but it's not been going well – previous events were marred by protests and she's hoping the open-minded…

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

AceDome

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

AceDome

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

AceDome

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

The Brunch Club

Grid Iron, SDTN and Pleasance Theatre Trust Rebel, geek, emo, which were you? Or were you the popular one? Scotland’s brightest new talents, The Network, take on the cliques in a homage to classic coming-of-age movies. Site-specific masters and seven-time Fringe First winners Grid Iron, in co-production with SDTN and…

Levels Café and Lounge, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

Levels

£12 (£11) / 0131 651 4824

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

Levels

£12 (£11) / 0131 651 4824

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Levels

£9 (£8) / 0131 651 4824

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 24 Aug

Bryony Kimmings: I'm a Phoenix, Bitch

  • 5 stars

Avalon Promotions Following a critically acclaimed extended run at Battersea Arts Centre, Grand Hall and an Offies 2019 win, I'm a Phoenix, Bitch by Bryony Kimmings hits the festival as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019. Kimmings weaves a powerful, dark and joyful masterpiece about motherhood…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

Pleasance One

£17 (£16) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

Pleasance One

£17 (£16) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Pleasance One

£15 (£14) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 25 Aug

E8

  • 4 stars

The North Wall in association with The Pleasance 'When you see a scar you know someone's had pain, but if you can't see it how would you know?' In a school for excluded pupils in Hackney, Bailey waits for a decision that could change her life, whilst her headteacher prepares to leave it all behind. Full of humour and…

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

QueenDome

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

QueenDome

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

QueenDome

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 25 Aug

Fishbowl

Winner of France’s Molière Award for Best Comedy Play 2017, Fishbowl now makes its UK premiere, bringing its farcical antics and physical comedy extravaganza to Pleasance Grand. In perfectly choreographed pandemonium, it follows the hilarious misadventures of three eccentric and lovable anti-heroes as they spectacularly…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Aug

The Grand

£17.50 (£15.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

The Grand

£14 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

The Grand

£14 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

The Incident Room

New Diorama Theatre in co-production with Pleasance and Greenwich Theatre It's 1975. The Millgarth Incident Room is the epicentre of the biggest manhunt in British police history. Follow Sergeant Megan Winterburn as she joins hundreds of officers working around the clock to find the man known as the Yorkshire Ripper.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

Pleasance Two

£14.50 (£13.50) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

Pleasance Two

£14.50 (£13.50) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Pleasance Two

£12.50 (£11.50) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 26 Aug

The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

Rhys Slade-Jones in association with the Pleasance and COMMON The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People is an all-singing, all-dancing re-enactment of what Rhys's Mam wrote down 40 years ago. This frenzied one-man cabaret mixes stand-up, dance and good old-fashioned singalong to breathe life into his…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Aug

Bunker One

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Bunker One

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

Bunker One

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 26 Aug

The Last of the Pelican Daughters

A comedy about four sisters who want very different things as they divide up their late mother's estate.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£13.50 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£11.50 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

Pleasance Beyond

£11.50 (£10) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 25 Aug

The War of the Worlds

  • 4 stars

Rhum and Clay in association with the Pleasance 'No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched…' But we did believe. Written with Isley Lynn (Skin A Cat) and inspired by Orson Welles' radio broadcast, The War of the Worlds explores the ongoing power of fake…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

Forth

£15 (£14) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 18 Aug

Forth

£15 (£14) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

Forth

£13 (£12) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 26 Aug

A Womb of One's Own

  • 3 stars

Wonderbox and the Pleasance 'Grandmamie, if no one touches my boobs before I’m 21 I’m going to explode all over the net curtains.' Babygirl is 18 and has just discovered sex, despite her Catholic upbringing. Just when her university life of drinking, partying and bisexual excitement begins, she discovers she's up the…

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Aug

10Dome

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 19 Aug

10Dome

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

10Dome

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 26 Aug

A Grave Situation

Young Pleasance The Pleasance's 'breathtakingly skilled ensemble' (Scotsman) present their brilliantly inventive comedy revival. Armed with only five spades and Albert's trusty toothpick, will our grave-digging heroes tunnel back to Blighty in time to return Ethel's library book, see Ginger earn his wings and taste…

The Trojans

Trojan Women Project Directed by Victoria Beesley. Adapted by Mariem Omari from Euripides. A brand-new, haunting and uplifting adaptation of Euripides’ great anti-war tragedy, The Trojans, written and acted by a cast of Syrian refugees living in Glasgow. With original writing by the cast. Translated by Alaa Saloum and…

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