Signed performances at the Edinburgh Fringe
Theatre, comedy, spoken word and children’s shows with British Sign Language
This article is from 2015.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs / Credit: Kitty Walker
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 signed performances and shows at the Fringe below. Some shows are signed throughout the run (Can I Start Again Please, Storm in a Teacup, Cinder-Ella) while others have specific dates.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs
Science comedy from mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney.
Assembly George Square, Thu 13 Aug, 6.30pm, £10
The most famous eyebrows in comedy return with a delightful sense of the absurd.
EICC, Fri 14 & Fri 21 Aug, 7.30pm, £17.50 (£15)
Daniel Sloss: Dark
The Scottish comedian, now all grown up, takes a darker turn with his new show.
EICC, Sat 15 Aug, 10pm & Thu 20 Aug, 8.40pm, £17.50 (£15)
Craig Hill: Playing With My Selfie!
High camp buffoonery from the kilted comedian.
EICC, Sat 15 & Sat 22 Aug, 7.15pm, £14.50 (£12)
Ray Bradshaw: I Dare Ray to…
Find out how comedian Ray Bradshaw fared when he gave up a year to complete dares sent to him by strangers on the internet.
Gilded Balloon, Sun 16 & Sat 29 Aug, 4.15pm, £10 (£8)
Adam Hills: Clown Heart
Presenter of Channel 4’s The Last Leg offers energetic rants on modern life.
Assembly Hall, Sun 23 & Sun 30 Aug, 7.30pm, £15 (£14)
I Hat Lenny Henry – 50p a Ticket
Comedian Norm Rocher muses on Zimbabwean politics and Keith Chegwin’s Naked Jungle.
Thu 27 & Fri 28 Aug, Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 10.20am, 50p
Reworking of the classic fairytale with puppetry, magic and integrated sign language.
Pleasance, Wed 5–Sun 23 Aug (not 12, 17), 10am, £6.50–£7.50 (£6-£7)
Our Teacher’s A Troll
Paines Plough and Half Moon present a funny tale about terrible twins whose new headteacher is green and scaly.
Summerhall, Sat 22 Aug, 11am, £10 (£8)
The Secret Life of Suitcases
Office worker Larry’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of a flying suitcase.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Sat 22 Aug, 3pm, £9
Edmund the Learned Pig
Edmund the pig tries to save Bonaparte's Travelling Circus and Marvellous Menagerie from ruin. Billed as ‘Suitable for vegetarians, carnivores and the Deaf’ as BSL is integrated into the performance.
Summerhall, Mon 24–Sun 30 Aug, 11.20am £12 (£8)
Cabaret / Dance / Spoken Word
Cat Loud’s Big Night In
Catriona MacLeod sings about moving to the big city in search of excitement and fame in this ‘sexy-ish, cosy-ish kind-of cabaret’.
Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, Sun 9 & Sun 16 Aug, 1.55pm, free
Shift/ – A Best of Spoken Word
New work by Rachel Amey mixing spoken word, poetry and theatre.
Summerhall, Thu 20 Aug, 9.30pm, £6
Falling In Love With Frida
Intimate performance exploring the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo.
Dance Base, Thu 20, Sun 23, Wed 26, Thu 27 & Fri 28 Aug, 6pm, £10 (£8)
Plan B for Utopia
Playful dance theatre work by Dundee-based company Joan Clevillé Dance exploring the notion of utopia and the power of imagination.
Dance Base, Wed 26 Aug, 12pm, £10 (£8)
Rowan James: Easy for You to Say
The hip hop and punk-inspired poet, who was diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty and speech impediment, probes the effects of a society obsessed with normality.
Zoo Southside, Thu 27 & Sat 29 Aug, 4pm, £10 (£9)
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.
Summerhall, Wed 5–Sun 30 Aug (not 10, 17), 2.50pm, £8–£10 (£6–£8)
Storm in a Teacup
Darkly comic performance about three sisters in their 80s fighting to keep their independence. BSL incorporated, deaf accessible performance.
Spotlites @ The Merchant’s Hall, Thu 6–Sat 15 Aug, 4.40pm, £7.50
ZENDEH present a performance exploring the 1978 Cinema Rex fire in Iran, with the aid of Shahrzad – a feral cat.
Summerhall, Sat 8, Sat 15, Sat 22 & Sat 29 Aug, 10.45am, £10 (£8)
The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven
A mix of storytelling, spoken word and ritual as familiar stories are reimagined by a transgender Jesus. BSL interpreter: Yvonne Waddell.
Summerhall, Sat 15 & Wed 26 Aug, 10.45am, £12 (£10)
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)
A battle of ideas and ideals when two Grandmasters of chess clash.
Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Tue 18 Aug, 1.50pm, £8 (£6.50)
Devised by women from HMPYOI Low Newton, Key Change is a raw portrayal of life in a women's prison.
Summerhall, Sat 22 Aug, 12.30pm, £12 (£10)
Fake It ‘til You Make It
Edinburgh Fringe First winner Bryony Kimmings’ new work about clinical depression and men, made in collaboration with her partner Tim who kept his severe clinical depression a secret for the first six months of their relationship.
Traverse, Sun 23 Aug, 1.30pm, £18 (£13)
Every Brilliant Thing
A new play exploring depression from the perspective of a six year old whose mum has been hospitalised.
Summerhall, Sat 22 Aug, 2.05pm, £17 (£12)
The Human Ear
Lucy is forced to confront the messy inner workings of sibling love when a man appears on her doorstep claiming to be her brother.
Summerhall, Sat 22 Aug, 3.35pm, £15 (£10)
Poet Hannah Jane Walker and theatremaker Chris Thorpe collaborate in a show about the stories that form our identities.
Summerhall, Sat 22 Aug, 3.55pm, £12 (£10)
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)
In a time of global anxiety, erratic weather and political unrest, a couple are running out of time to have a child.
Summerhall, Sun 23 Aug, 3.35pm, £17 (£12)
Darkly comic new play set in a dystopia where people from the north and south are alienated from one another and London reigns as a sovereign state.
Summerhall, Sun 23 Aug, 5.05pm, £16 (£14)
A meditation on growing old, dementia, needing care and needing to care.
Traverse, Wed 26 Aug, 6.45pm, £20 (£15)
Set in the world of high finance where material success is increasingly important, Crash is the story of a city stock trader rebuilding his life.
Traverse, Thu 27 Aug, 6.45pm, £18 (£13)
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.
Pleasance Courtyard, Thu 27 Aug & Sat 29 Aug, 5pm, £10 (£8)
The tale of World War One chaplain Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy who shared his faith and his fags in equal measure.
Palmerston Place Church, Fri 28 Aug, 7.15pm, £11 (£9)
The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy
Each play in the trilogy is a story in its own right, showing the journey of a woman on a path of discovery about her past, her family and herself. BSL interpreter: Yvonne Waddell.
Part I: The List, Assembly Roxy, Fri 28 Aug, 12.20pm, £12.50 (£11)
Part II: The Carousel, Assembly Roxy, Sun 30 Aug, 12.20pm, £14.50 (£13)
Part III: The Deliverance, Assembly Roxy, Sun 30 Aug, 2pm, £14.50 (£13)
Am I Dead Yet?
Performers Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe tell stories and sing songs about death, dying and how we don’t talk about it enough.
Traverse, Fri 28 Aug, 11.15pm, £18 (£13)
The Cranston Fiddle
The story of the Cranstons of Haddington – an ordinary family who suffered great loss during the First World War.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Sun 30 Aug, 3pm, £10
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