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Comedy, Dark Comedy

An Evening With Mere Mortals

Two thrilling adventures in a double feature inspired by Hollywood blockbusters. Stjälkar: An everyday civil servant thrust into a global conspiracy. Can John Chesterton survive in this world of espionage, deception and murder? Inbound: Three heroes, one mission. Obtain the source of ultimate power, in a race against time and across continents, before it falls into the wrong hands, bringing about unimaginable destruction. An Evening With Mere Mortals moves at lightning speed, delivering a full-blown espionage thriller and a badass action romp in just under an hour.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

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Solo Show, Contemporary

Bambiland (written by Elfriede Jelinek)

In the game of televised warfare, it is unclear who's allowed to say 'we' anymore. One toy land is turned into another. Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek’s text dismantles the global media war machine as accounts of Iraq's invasion collapse into a child refugee’s memories of the Bosnian War. The violent act of representation is played back before our eyes on video and we find ourselves immersed in this battle of toy soldiers. It all comes back around, especially the wars.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Drama, Music

Comala, Comala

Join us for a sip of mezcal at this Day of the Dead-style theatrical experience. Juan Preciado made a promise to his mother on her deathbed: to exact revenge on his long-lost father. Follow his unique journey through the worlds of the living and the dead, fuelled by music and storytelling. Séance meets musical in this intimate reimagining of seminal novel Pedro Páramo, by mestiza playwright Conchi León. Featuring music by composer Pablo Chemor, rooted in folklore, performed using traditional instruments. This new, original Mexican musical makes its international debut, following a sold-out world premiere in Mexico City.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Dance

Common Is As Common Does: A Memoir

Fringe favourites 21Common return for a dance spectacular, mashing karaoke carnage and feats of physical endurance with chucking-out time at the Grand Ole Oprey. Using tropes of Western movies, it explores how poverty and violence shape a man. This is a deep and dirty dive into a family circle that more often resembles a ring of fire. Part saloon (there's crooner country classics), speakeasy (brush/scuffing danceathons) and bare-knuckle boxing ring (it's going to kick off`), join us in our Wild West sitting room with the ones who spit. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

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Comedy, Devised

Dante and the Robot

Alone in his miserable bedsit in a busy, bustling metropolis, Dante’s only companion is a house robot named She-bot. His girlfriend has left for Japan to disconnect from technology and live an older, simpler way of being. Dante is lost. Trapped in an unfulfilling job he hates, he embraces escapism by writing a film. As the screenplay emerges, we join a Spanish knight on a quest alongside his French squire, battling monsters and travelling epic landscapes. Gradually, Dante’s worlds begin to merge, overlap and intertwine around him.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 1

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Alternative Comedy, Artist(s) of Colour

Fernando and His Llama Friend

It's tough being a deaf kid. Why can't he speak or hear properly? The story of a Deaf Colombian boy who moves to Canada. Due to his deafness, Fernando struggles to understand teachers, and his hearing aid isn't reliable, making him a target for ridicule. Yearning to learn sign language, his school lacks resources. Upon meeting a deaf Llama, they bond instantly, embarking on a quest to reunite the Llama with its family, encountering communication barriers along the way. The show, in ASL with voice-over, features an all-deaf cast from Canada, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

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Dark Comedy, New Writing

Galahad Takes a Bath

'I got very little, little to no media training, so... Sorry!' Sir Galahad the Pure, Knight of the Round Table, son of Lancelot the Brave, is taking a bath. Even the chosen one needs a break sometimes, okay? But long soaks in the bath can lead to painful questions, and the cleaner Galahad gets, the dirtier he becomes. In this darkly comedic show about sex, jobs, and the Holy Grail, by the time Galahad gets out, he might not want to be so Pure anymore.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

Jack Goes to Therapy: A (Somewhat) Romantic Comedy

Jack is a 29-year-old Kindergarten teacher and a hopeless romantic. So when the love of his life leaves him for another man, Jack is heartbroken. Determined to find happiness by sheer willpower alone, Jack re-enters the dating world with a vengeance. Dating new men left, right and centre, Jack soon spirals out of control and finds himself in a therapist's office wondering, 'what now?' A critical and box-office sensation on premiere in Vancouver, Jack Goes to Therapy is a brilliant, enchanting, laugh-out-loud one-man play.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

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Solo Show, Drama

James Whale: Beyond Frankenstein

From Frankenstein to The Invisible Man, James Whale directed some of the greatest movies of all time. How did a working-class boy from Dudley end up in Hollywood? An expressionist and out gay man working in the studio system at the peak of Hollywood's golden age, his moment in the movie-land spotlight lasted little more than 10 years. Just who was James Whale? This one-person show shines a light on his life and work, examining a sense of otherness and the outsider, and how his films still resonate, 90 years on.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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New Writing, Musical theatre

Morag, You're a Long Time Deid

Morag's death left a silence in her place. When her Canadian granddaughter Sam inherits Morag's piano, Sam also inherits the mystery of her Scottish granny's story. An intimate letter composed of fragmented ballads leads Sam to uncover Morag's possible queerness and discover a voice of her own. This dynamic, experimental musical is a love letter to ancestors who "didn't fit" that playfully warps, disrupts and reconfigures traditional Scottish ballad singing. Audiences are invited on a journey where original compositions are interwoven with electronic loops to tell old stories anew.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Physical theatre, Family-friendly

Sawdust Symphony

Carpentry and circus collide. In Sawdust Symphony Michael Zandl, David Eisele and Kolja Huneck combine their passion for crafting, object manipulation and fresh wood. The piece explores the human desire to create: the process from vision to construction, the tragedy of work and the relationship between tools and humans. Obsessed characters discover and transform their space and themselves, transporting the spectator into a unique DIY experience. Sawdust Symphony is an intense dialogue between satisfaction, frustration and the smell of gasoline. Sawdust Symphony has been performed over 100 times across nine countries.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

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Physical theatre, Drama

Tennis

DON McEnroe and Björn GNU face each other once again in the ultimate duel we all have been waiting for! A nerve-wracking battle of finger knitting, tango wrestling, dirty tricks and the best 80s style, to be able to judge the other out. But who are we really fighting? Don't miss out on this action-packed, poetic hunt for true fighter's spirit. It's Wimbledon, 1980. Bloodsport, slapstick comedy and beautiful dance mixed up by two anti-heroes trying to untangle the net they themselves have entangled.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

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Solo Show, Interactive

The Best Man Show

The Best Man Show is an interactive and darkly hilarious wedding reception where comedian Mark Vigeant plays the Groom's brother Paul, who has been asked to give the toast at an untraditional polyamorous commitment ceremony. It starts out fun and silly, with your typical masculine roasting and ribbing – and slowly devolves into a drunken existential crisis where Paul tries desperately to understand what it means to love, but can't get over his own masculinity to recognise how lonely he is. Filled with laughter, singing, dancing, crying, screaming, clowning, bubbles, audience participation, and more.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

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Dance, Contemporary

The Flock and Moving Cloud

This August, Scottish Dance Theatre set the stage on fire with two of their most physically daring and dynamic works in an unforgettable evening of dance by two of the most-exciting female choreographers in the European dance scene: Roser López Espinosa and Sofia Nappi. Fasten your seat belt and get ready to take off as the dancers embark on a fascinating journey inspired by the migration of birds in The Flock, then experience the fusion of contemporary dance and traditional Celtic music in Moving Cloud. Part of MadeInScotlandShowcase.com.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

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Poetry, Theatre

The Funny Thing About A Panic Attack

Ben Kassoy brings poems from his spectacularly original book to life in this wildly entertaining solo show. Bursting with humour, heart and defiant wonder in the face of anxiety, The Funny Thing About A Panic Attack uses physical theatre, dance and traditional poetry reading to reveal the connections between mental health, art and pancakes. Directed by award winner Joanna Simmons (Mark Pleases You), The Funny Thing About A Panic Attack previewed in New York City (The Vino) and made its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival (The Broadwater) in Los Angeles.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 3

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Adaptation, Drama

The Signalman

Witness to a horrifying tragedy, a signalman is haunted by a mysterious figure standing by a railway tunnel. He’s sure it's a warning – but what is it warning against? Paragon Theatre Collective (Fake News, 2019 sell-out show) returns with this fresh and thrilling adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens ghost story. Written after Dickens himself survived a train crash, this version places the signalman at the heart of the story in a compelling solo show. 'Breathes new life into this haunting and spine-chillingly classic tale’ (TheatreAndArtReviews.com).

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Contemporary, Experimental

The Sound of the Space Between

In the darkness of grief, a man hears something calling. Something – or someone – is reaching out. But why now? And from where? Desperate for answers, he follows the sound deep into the Space Between. But the rules are different here, and time is running out. Able to manipulate the sea of sounds around him, can he piece together the truth before it's too late? What would we say to the people we've lost? A sonic adventure into the unknown using live sound manipulation technology as a gateway to a world beyond.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

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Comedy, New Writing

Unseen

Grab your "all access" pass into the mysterious world of Broadway's backstage! Follow veteran "star dresser" Pam as she works her magic through complex costume changes, confrontations and quirky actor demands, all while staying hidden in the shadows. When the stress of invisibility gets heavy, supportive allies rally and equip her to stand up, curse like a sailor and be seen. This may be a solo show, but Kimberly Prentice quick-changes her way through 30+ distinct characters as we follow Pam's hilarious, and sometimes harrowing, journey of working in the dark, unseen, while trying not to disappear.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 1

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Performance art, Devised

my home is not my home

Inspired by encounters with people on the margins of society, the performance dissects trauma and revival, pain and transformation. In a devotional setting of sinister rituals and acts of liberation, Madonna and Jesus appear as trash prophets. Surrounded by Paradise-Lost-iconography they deliver prayers for the outcasts and blessings for queer bodies. After their 2018 success with Baby Paradise, provocative German bambule.babys is returning to the Fringe with its new production. Alluding to feminist philosophy and politics of care, the piece is dedicated to all those homesick for a better world.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

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Comedy, Dark Comedy

An Evening With Mere Mortals

Two thrilling adventures in a double feature inspired by Hollywood blockbusters. Stjälkar: An everyday civil servant thrust into a global conspiracy. Can John Chesterton survive in this world of espionage, deception and murder? Inbound: Three heroes, one mission. Obtain the source of ultimate power, in a race against time and across continents, before it falls into the wrong hands, bringing about unimaginable destruction. An Evening With Mere Mortals moves at lightning speed, delivering a full-blown espionage thriller and a badass action romp in just under an hour.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

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Solo Show, Contemporary

Bambiland (written by Elfriede Jelinek)

In the game of televised warfare, it is unclear who's allowed to say 'we' anymore. One toy land is turned into another. Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek’s text dismantles the global media war machine as accounts of Iraq's invasion collapse into a child refugee’s memories of the Bosnian War. The violent act of representation is played back before our eyes on video and we find ourselves immersed in this battle of toy soldiers. It all comes back around, especially the wars.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Drama, Music

Comala, Comala

Join us for a sip of mezcal at this Day of the Dead-style theatrical experience. Juan Preciado made a promise to his mother on her deathbed: to exact revenge on his long-lost father. Follow his unique journey through the worlds of the living and the dead, fuelled by music and storytelling. Séance meets musical in this intimate reimagining of seminal novel Pedro Páramo, by mestiza playwright Conchi León. Featuring music by composer Pablo Chemor, rooted in folklore, performed using traditional instruments. This new, original Mexican musical makes its international debut, following a sold-out world premiere in Mexico City.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Dance

Common Is As Common Does: A Memoir

Fringe favourites 21Common return for a dance spectacular, mashing karaoke carnage and feats of physical endurance with chucking-out time at the Grand Ole Oprey. Using tropes of Western movies, it explores how poverty and violence shape a man. This is a deep and dirty dive into a family circle that more often resembles a ring of fire. Part saloon (there's crooner country classics), speakeasy (brush/scuffing danceathons) and bare-knuckle boxing ring (it's going to kick off`), join us in our Wild West sitting room with the ones who spit. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

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Comedy, Devised

Dante and the Robot

Alone in his miserable bedsit in a busy, bustling metropolis, Dante’s only companion is a house robot named She-bot. His girlfriend has left for Japan to disconnect from technology and live an older, simpler way of being. Dante is lost. Trapped in an unfulfilling job he hates, he embraces escapism by writing a film. As the screenplay emerges, we join a Spanish knight on a quest alongside his French squire, battling monsters and travelling epic landscapes. Gradually, Dante’s worlds begin to merge, overlap and intertwine around him.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 1

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Alternative Comedy, Artist(s) of Colour

Fernando and His Llama Friend

It's tough being a deaf kid. Why can't he speak or hear properly? The story of a Deaf Colombian boy who moves to Canada. Due to his deafness, Fernando struggles to understand teachers, and his hearing aid isn't reliable, making him a target for ridicule. Yearning to learn sign language, his school lacks resources. Upon meeting a deaf Llama, they bond instantly, embarking on a quest to reunite the Llama with its family, encountering communication barriers along the way. The show, in ASL with voice-over, features an all-deaf cast from Canada, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

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Dark Comedy, New Writing

Galahad Takes a Bath

'I got very little, little to no media training, so... Sorry!' Sir Galahad the Pure, Knight of the Round Table, son of Lancelot the Brave, is taking a bath. Even the chosen one needs a break sometimes, okay? But long soaks in the bath can lead to painful questions, and the cleaner Galahad gets, the dirtier he becomes. In this darkly comedic show about sex, jobs, and the Holy Grail, by the time Galahad gets out, he might not want to be so Pure anymore.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

Jack Goes to Therapy: A (Somewhat) Romantic Comedy

Jack is a 29-year-old Kindergarten teacher and a hopeless romantic. So when the love of his life leaves him for another man, Jack is heartbroken. Determined to find happiness by sheer willpower alone, Jack re-enters the dating world with a vengeance. Dating new men left, right and centre, Jack soon spirals out of control and finds himself in a therapist's office wondering, 'what now?' A critical and box-office sensation on premiere in Vancouver, Jack Goes to Therapy is a brilliant, enchanting, laugh-out-loud one-man play.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

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Solo Show, Drama

James Whale: Beyond Frankenstein

From Frankenstein to The Invisible Man, James Whale directed some of the greatest movies of all time. How did a working-class boy from Dudley end up in Hollywood? An expressionist and out gay man working in the studio system at the peak of Hollywood's golden age, his moment in the movie-land spotlight lasted little more than 10 years. Just who was James Whale? This one-person show shines a light on his life and work, examining a sense of otherness and the outsider, and how his films still resonate, 90 years on.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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New Writing, Musical theatre

Morag, You're a Long Time Deid

Morag's death left a silence in her place. When her Canadian granddaughter Sam inherits Morag's piano, Sam also inherits the mystery of her Scottish granny's story. An intimate letter composed of fragmented ballads leads Sam to uncover Morag's possible queerness and discover a voice of her own. This dynamic, experimental musical is a love letter to ancestors who "didn't fit" that playfully warps, disrupts and reconfigures traditional Scottish ballad singing. Audiences are invited on a journey where original compositions are interwoven with electronic loops to tell old stories anew.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

Event Image
Physical theatre, Family-friendly

Sawdust Symphony

Carpentry and circus collide. In Sawdust Symphony Michael Zandl, David Eisele and Kolja Huneck combine their passion for crafting, object manipulation and fresh wood. The piece explores the human desire to create: the process from vision to construction, the tragedy of work and the relationship between tools and humans. Obsessed characters discover and transform their space and themselves, transporting the spectator into a unique DIY experience. Sawdust Symphony is an intense dialogue between satisfaction, frustration and the smell of gasoline. Sawdust Symphony has been performed over 100 times across nine countries.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

Event Image
Physical theatre, Drama

Tennis

DON McEnroe and Björn GNU face each other once again in the ultimate duel we all have been waiting for! A nerve-wracking battle of finger knitting, tango wrestling, dirty tricks and the best 80s style, to be able to judge the other out. But who are we really fighting? Don't miss out on this action-packed, poetic hunt for true fighter's spirit. It's Wimbledon, 1980. Bloodsport, slapstick comedy and beautiful dance mixed up by two anti-heroes trying to untangle the net they themselves have entangled.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

Event Image
Solo Show, Interactive

The Best Man Show

The Best Man Show is an interactive and darkly hilarious wedding reception where comedian Mark Vigeant plays the Groom's brother Paul, who has been asked to give the toast at an untraditional polyamorous commitment ceremony. It starts out fun and silly, with your typical masculine roasting and ribbing – and slowly devolves into a drunken existential crisis where Paul tries desperately to understand what it means to love, but can't get over his own masculinity to recognise how lonely he is. Filled with laughter, singing, dancing, crying, screaming, clowning, bubbles, audience participation, and more.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

Event Image
Dance, Contemporary

The Flock and Moving Cloud

This August, Scottish Dance Theatre set the stage on fire with two of their most physically daring and dynamic works in an unforgettable evening of dance by two of the most-exciting female choreographers in the European dance scene: Roser López Espinosa and Sofia Nappi. Fasten your seat belt and get ready to take off as the dancers embark on a fascinating journey inspired by the migration of birds in The Flock, then experience the fusion of contemporary dance and traditional Celtic music in Moving Cloud. Part of MadeInScotlandShowcase.com.

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Main House

Event Image
Poetry, Theatre

The Funny Thing About A Panic Attack

Ben Kassoy brings poems from his spectacularly original book to life in this wildly entertaining solo show. Bursting with humour, heart and defiant wonder in the face of anxiety, The Funny Thing About A Panic Attack uses physical theatre, dance and traditional poetry reading to reveal the connections between mental health, art and pancakes. Directed by award winner Joanna Simmons (Mark Pleases You), The Funny Thing About A Panic Attack previewed in New York City (The Vino) and made its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival (The Broadwater) in Los Angeles.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 3

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Adaptation, Drama

The Signalman

Witness to a horrifying tragedy, a signalman is haunted by a mysterious figure standing by a railway tunnel. He’s sure it's a warning – but what is it warning against? Paragon Theatre Collective (Fake News, 2019 sell-out show) returns with this fresh and thrilling adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens ghost story. Written after Dickens himself survived a train crash, this version places the signalman at the heart of the story in a compelling solo show. 'Breathes new life into this haunting and spine-chillingly classic tale’ (TheatreAndArtReviews.com).

Location ZOO Southside

subvenue Studio

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Contemporary, Experimental

The Sound of the Space Between

In the darkness of grief, a man hears something calling. Something – or someone – is reaching out. But why now? And from where? Desperate for answers, he follows the sound deep into the Space Between. But the rules are different here, and time is running out. Able to manipulate the sea of sounds around him, can he piece together the truth before it's too late? What would we say to the people we've lost? A sonic adventure into the unknown using live sound manipulation technology as a gateway to a world beyond.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

Event Image
Comedy, New Writing

Unseen

Grab your "all access" pass into the mysterious world of Broadway's backstage! Follow veteran "star dresser" Pam as she works her magic through complex costume changes, confrontations and quirky actor demands, all while staying hidden in the shadows. When the stress of invisibility gets heavy, supportive allies rally and equip her to stand up, curse like a sailor and be seen. This may be a solo show, but Kimberly Prentice quick-changes her way through 30+ distinct characters as we follow Pam's hilarious, and sometimes harrowing, journey of working in the dark, unseen, while trying not to disappear.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 1

Event Image
Performance art, Devised

my home is not my home

Inspired by encounters with people on the margins of society, the performance dissects trauma and revival, pain and transformation. In a devotional setting of sinister rituals and acts of liberation, Madonna and Jesus appear as trash prophets. Surrounded by Paradise-Lost-iconography they deliver prayers for the outcasts and blessings for queer bodies. After their 2018 success with Baby Paradise, provocative German bambule.babys is returning to the Fringe with its new production. Alluding to feminist philosophy and politics of care, the piece is dedicated to all those homesick for a better world.

Location ZOO Playground

subvenue Playground 2

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