Audio described shows at the Edinburgh Fringe
Theatre and dance performances with audio description for blind or visually impaired audience members
This article is from 2015.
Festival programmes like to describe themselves as having ‘something for everyone’ – a claim that is in fact false if there isn’t the option of audio described or signed performances.
We've rounded up performances at the Fringe with audio described options below. Some shows offer audio description throughout the run (The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Wendy Hoose) while others do so on specific dates.
Can I Start Again Please
A play about our capacity to process traumatic experiences and the ability of language to represent it. Bilingual performance in English and British Sign Language with a MP3 available in advance that includes a description of the set, design concept and other useful visual information.
Summerhall, Wed 5–Sun 30 Aug, 2.50pm, £8–£10 (£6–£8)
The Solid Life of Sugar Water
Written by Jack Thorne, who has written for Skins, Shameless and Glue, The Solid Life of Sugar Water is a tale of love, loss and sex. All performances include audio description and creative captioning.
Pleasance Dome, Wed 5–Sun 30 Aug (not 12, 17 or 24), 4pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9)
Pirates and Mermaids
Solo show following the story of Cameron and Eilidh who live on opposite sides of the world and keep in touch through their mobiles.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Mon 10, Mon 17 & Mon 24–Mon 31 Aug, 11.15am, £10
Drink! The Musical
Original songs about how alcoholism affects people performed by a 30 strong cast of service users, staff and family members.
Sweet Grassmarket, Fri 14 Aug, 12.50pm, £8 (£6)
Give Me a Reason to Live
Choreographer and dancer Claire Cunningham presents a solo piece exploring issues of religion, religious art, judgement of bodies and quality of life.
Dance Base, Sat 15 Aug, 3pm, £10 (£8)
18 Foot Story
University of Hull’s Z Theatre Company present the story of John, a troubled young man who writes stories to escape his demons.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Mon 17 Aug, 5.25pm, £5 (£3)
A frank sex comedy written by Johnny McKnight that includes audio description, BSL and animated subtitles in the comedic style of the production.
Assembly Rooms, Mon 17–Sun 30 Aug (not 24), 3.30pm, £15 (£13)
Set in the world of high finance where material success reigns supreme, Crash is the story of a city stock trader rebuilding his life.
Traverse, Fri 21 Aug, 6.45pm, £18 (£13)
Olivier Award-winning writer Stef Smith looks at the extremes of everyday life and the urge to self-destruct.
Traverse, Sat 22 Aug, 7.30pm, £20 (£15)
Stopgap Dance Company present a contemporary piece that questions our notions of co-existence.
Zoo Southside, Sun 23–Mon 31 Aug, 2.10pm, £12 (£10)
Backstage in Biscuit Land
Tourette performer Jess Thom brings back her acclaimed 2014 show, a mix of comedy, puppetry and singing where two shows can never be the same. All performances are audio described as audio description is written into the show.
Pleasance Courtyard, Mon 24–Sun 30 Aug, 5pm, £9–£11(£7--£9)
For Now, I Am
Marc Brew presents a solo dance piece about his experience as a performer. It is a companion piece to Remember When, which recalled memories from before the car accident which changed his life, and body. We reviewed it earlier this year.
Zoo Southside, Wed 26 Aug, 5.45pm, £12 (£10)