Best theatre to see at Summerhall

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  • 16 July 2019
Best theatre to see at Summerhall

Daddy Drag

Afrofuturism, drag kings and the Egyptian revolution feature in Summerhall's Fringe 2019 theatre programme

Summerhall has rightly made a name for themselves as the host of some of the most challenging and prescient theatre during the Fringe. This year features a mix of politically-charged shows, timely productions and other searing explorations into identity, politics and society.

Nightclubbing
Rachael Young
Rachael Young and her badass band of superhumans embrace Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in Nightclubbing; an explosive performance bringing visceral live music and intergalactic visions to start a revolution. Supported by The Eclipse Award.
Nightclubbing, Summerhall – Old Lab, Fri 2–Sun 11 Aug, 3.45pm, £12 (£8). Previews Wed 31 Jul, £5 & Thu 1 Aug, £8.

Daddy Drag
Leyla Josephine
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.
Daddy Drag, Summerhall – Cairns Lecture Theatre, Sat 3–Sun 25 Aug, 5.45pm, £10 (£8). Previews Wed 31 Jul, £5 & Fri 2 Aug, £8.

Best theatre to see at Summerhall

Nightclubbing / credit: Marcus Hessenberg

All Of Me
China Plate, Cambridge Junction and The Yard Theatre
An intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together with the dark. Caroline Horton reunites with director Alex Swift to bring you the show that happens after the curtain call, when the lights have gone down but the mess remains.
All Of Me, Summerhall – Main Hall, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 3.10pm, £15 (£10). Previews Wed 31 Jul, £5 & Thu 1 Aug, £8 (£5).

Before the Revolution
Temple Independent Theatre Company (Egypt)
The Egyptian revolution was not just about the desire to change the political system. It was 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.
Before the Revolution, Summerhall – Main Hall, Wed 14–Sun 25 Aug (not 19), 9.50pm, £10 (£8). Preview Tue 13 Aug, £8.

Cotton Fingers
National Theatre Wales
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 eighth amendment in Ireland, Cotton Fingers takes us on a journey from Belfast to Cardiff.
Cotton Fingers, Summerhall – Main Hall, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 12.15pm, £14 (£12). Previews Wed 31 Jul, £5 & Thu 1 Aug, £8.

Best theatre to see at Summerhall

Hold On Let Go

Hold On Let Go
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? Searching opens a can of worms. Luca asks, can we become memory champions?
Hold On Let Go, Summerhall – TechCube, Fri 2–Sun 25 Aug (not 7, 12, 20), 8.40pm, £10 (£8). Preview Wed 31 Jul, £5 & Fri 2 Aug, £8.

Like Animals
SUPERFAN in association with Tron Theatre
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.
Like Animals, Summerhall – Old Lab, Sat 3–Sun 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 2.15pm, £12 (£10). Previews Wed 31 Jul & Fri 2 Aug, £5.

Hold On Let Go

  • 3 stars

Unfolding Theatre stages this play about memory and what happens when we forget something important that could change the world.

Cotton Fingers

National Theatre Wales Aoife's hungry and bored. Cillian makes a mean cheese toastie. As 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…

Nightclubbing

Rachael Young Rachael Young and her badass band of superhumans embrace Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in Nightclubbing; an explosive 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…

All of Me

  • 5 stars

China Plate, Cambridge Junction and The Yard Theatre China Plate, Cambridge Junction and The Yard Theatre present All of Me by Caroline Horton. 'Hello, I thought I'd introduce myself properly. As is polite.' An intimate and absurd exploration of wanting to live, wanting to die and what can happen if we sit together…

Like Animals

  • 3 stars

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…

Daddy Drag

  • 4 stars

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…

Before the Revolution

  • 3 stars

Temple independent Theatre Company (Egypt) By mixing fiction and non-fiction, this performance transports the audience to the moment before the inevitable eruption, allowing them to understand and feel the causes that led to the revolution, within a specifically designed visual and soundscape. Language: Arabic with…

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