Secret Edinburgh festival escapes

This article is from 2015

Secret Edinburgh festival escapes

Our round-up of the best shows in Edinburgh being performed in 'secret' locations this August

Just as you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, in Edinburgh during August you shouldn't judge an event by its venue – which is maybe why certain shows, screenings and club nights have decided to keep their locations shrouded in mystery. These site-specific happenings either lead trusting audiences to an unknown locale before the metaphorical curtain rises or wait until you've purchased a ticket before revealing the destination.

The latest work by Jethro Compton is set in an isolated lighthouse in the sea off Cornwall. Isaac is under threat from a fierce storm when the demons of his past begin to emerge from the darkness. Sirenia blends Celtic folklore with a modern tale of love, loss and solitude. Performed in a site-specific location against the Edinburgh skyline, capacity is extremely limited.
C nova, 0845 260 1234, 5–31 Aug, 7.25pm & 8.25pm, £11.50–£13.50 (£10.50–£11.50).

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco
Who knows where you'll end up on this silent disco meets walking tour? Everyone wears the headphones provided so they can enjoy Guru Dudu's commentary as well as a mix of dance tunes from the 70s to the noughties. Bust out some interpretive dance moves at local landmarks and help bring spontaneous flash mobs to the streets of Edinburgh.
Grassmarket East, 226 0000, 7–31 Aug (not 12, 18, 24, 27), 2pm & 7pm, £10–£15 (£8–£10).

The Warehouse
A late-night party with very limited capacity in a secret location in the centre of Edinburgh: it's never been used before, and never will again. As well as mystery, there'll be DJs from the capital's club nights, a 5am licence, sound and light installations and state-of-the-art visuals.
Location revealed to ticket holders 24 hours before event, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Aug, 11pm–5am, £12–£15.

Hula House
Set in a brothel, this intimate show by Permanently Visible Productions blends performance with verbatim multimedia gathered from sex workers. The company aim to challenge societal ideas of selling sex and reveal the real women behind the stereotype. Meet at Zoo Southside box office for 10-minute walk to the venue.
Zoo Southside, 662 6892, 12–23 Aug (not 17 & 18), 8pm and 10pm, £13.50 (£11). Preview 11 Aug, 8pm, £7 (£5).

The HandleBards: Secret Shakespeare
Actors and cycle enthusiasts the HandleBards invite their audiences to get on their bikes before pedalling together to a secret location for a Shakespearean performance. The bards play all the parts and use their bikes to power various surprises and contraptions 'on-stage'. If you don't fancy heading to the secret location, you can also see them perform Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Botanics.
Bedlam Theatre, 629 0430, 18 & 19, 25 & 26 Aug, 5pm, £18 (£15).

Moonlight Cinema Tour: Secret Cinemas
Enjoy the silver screen by the light of the moon in an intimate garden in the heart of Edinburgh. Films shown include The Wolf of Wall Street, Pretty Woman and The Hangover. Moonlight Cinema are also bringing the snacks with street food, classic cinema refreshments and drinks available on site.
Location revealed to ticket holders two weeks before event, 07734 779 788, 21–23 Aug, 7.15pm, £9 (£6).

Secret Shakespeare

The HandleBards Join the HandleBards on their bikes and cycle to a secret location in Edinburgh for a Fringe experience unlike any other. The HandleBards do Shakespeare differently. Reaching the Fringe after a 1500 mile cycle from London and performing with eight very sore legs, the four 'Bards present Shakespeare's plays…

Moonlight Cinema Tour: Secret Cinemas

Enjoy the silver screen by the light of the moon, as Moonlight Cinema head out on tour. The cinema is set up in an intimate garden in the heart of Edinburgh with street food, drinks and classic cinema snacks available on the night. The precise location of the event is revealed to ticket holders two weeks in advance.

The Warehouse

For four dates across the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, an abandoned warehouse is transformed into a fully functioning party with light installations, state of the art visuals and a 5am alcohol license. DJs taking to the decks include Izzy Demzky (Musika), Kieran Apter (Tweak) and Simon Bays (Hector's House).

Jethro Compton presents Sirenia

  • 4 stars

Jethro Compton Productions Alone in a lighthouse in seas off Cornwall, a storm is approaching. Isaac tries to find shelter, but the rising ocean brings with it a presence from his past. As the storm rages, Isaac must confront the demons that emerge from the darkness. From Cornish writer Jethro Compton, Sirenia merges…

Hula House

  • 2 stars

Permanently Visible Productions Ever been to a brothel… No? Welcome to the Hula House! Enter our world and meet the women behind the stereotypes. See how sex really is our business. You pay, we’ll play… Challenge yourself, step inside, we might surprise you. ‘Voyeuristic in a way you don't first expect’ (Rachel Porter).

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tour

David Naylor Extended season until 06 September. Daily tours of spontaneous flash mob dancing through the streets, interpretative dancing around local landmarks and lots of crazy interaction with onlookers. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the hilarious commentary from Guru Dudu and the dance mix of…