Some of the stranger places to watch a show this Festival

This article is from 2012

Some of the stranger places to watch a show this Festival

Unexpected venues to enjoy Edinburgh Festival 2012

Vine Trust Barge

This floaty boat docked off Ocean Drive in Leith is home to an exhibition of contemporary Scottish painting.

Inverleith Allotments

Theatre production Allotment is, perhaps unsurprisingly, being staged at a genuine allotment. Thanks a lot … ment.

The Red Bus

This bona fide vintage London bus (with an open rear entrance and everything) hosts puppet shows for kiddies.

Sapphire Rooms

One of the few site-specific locations to house more than one show, this strip club is home to cabaret, theatre and visual art events.

Arthur’s Seat

Edinburgh’s own extinct volcano (well, one of them) hosts NVA’s Speed of Light and (at the summit) This Arthur’s Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie.


Meet two green-fingered sisters among the plants for a cuppa, a homemade scone and a major dose of sibling rivalry as Edinburgh company Nutshell returns with its darkly funny Fringe First award winner. The show is performed on real allotments, whatever the weather, so come prepared!

NVA's Speed of Light

Three short films reflecting on NVA's celebrated public art event Speed of Light.

Aurora Winterborn's Candid Cabaret

Candid Cabaret. Still floating on the huge success of 2011's Fringe debut, Candid Cabaret returns for its second year of Festival frolics. ThreeWeeks cabaret review awarded it a four star rating saying, ‘From Japanese men in morph suits recreating movie characters to spaghetti-eating opera singer Miss Louisa… Candid…

Exhibition of Contemporary Scottish Painting

A collection of contemporary Scottish paintings and prints by some of Scotland's most renowned living artists including Peter Howson, John Bellany, Karen Willis and Frank McFadden. Admission is free. All proceeds from sales will go directly to the Vine Trust. The Vine Trust is a Scottish charity which supports volunteers…

The Red Bus Puppet Shows

Charming, engaging entertainment for children under six on board our original 1962 double-decker Routemaster bus in the Meadows. The shiny red bus will appear each morning at 9am in the Meadows by the cricket pavilion and set up for the day, with puppet shows on the top deck. A wonderful trip to the circus for the very…

This Arthur's Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie

This is a show on top of Arthur’s seat, every day at 1pm. Sounds like too much effort? It is only a 45 minute walk from the Pleasance Courtyard, and is a totally unique (and funny) event at the most spectacular venue in Edinburgh. You can't afford to miss it. All ages. This Belongs to Lionel Richie.