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Award winning play Girls coming to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Girls - A Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Soho Theatre production. Photo by THE OTHER RICHARD
Girls - A Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Soho Theatre production. Photo by THE OTHER RICHARD

Girls – A Talawa Theatre Company, HighTide and Soho Theatre production. Photo by THE OTHER RICHARD

Girls, the funny and fiercely passionate play by award-winning playwright Theresa Ikoko will make its Edinburgh Festival premiere in 2017. Telling the tale of three young friends who are kidnapped in Nigeria, Girls examines the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news.

“Why is everyone so bloody obsessed with hashtags?

Can you use it to shoot your way out of here?”

Three everyday girls, three best friends forever and three big issues: love, sex, religion. But when they’re kidnapped from home, their world is turned upside down. Hope and despair blur, jokes and fights become one, and the only hashtag that now matters is survival. Girls is a play about enduring friendship, the power of imagination and how the West often turns a blind eye to the stories behind headlines.

Theresa Ikoko wrote Girls when she became curious about the girls in the headlines, as well as those that are left unnoticed. With a background in criminology, Theresa works with gangs and serious youth violence offenders in the community, plus young women affected by gang and serious youth violence.

Theresa is a Talawa Writers’ Programme Playwright and continues to work closely with both HighTide and Soho Theatre.

Directed by Elayce Ismail (The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, Gate Theatre; Iphigenia Quartet: Chorus, Gate Theatre; Nanjing, The Yard), Girls won critical acclaim in its opening performances at London’s Soho Theatre, the Birmingham Rep and HighTide Festival in 2016. Girls follows Theresa’s debut play Normal, which was part of Talawa Firsts in 2014 and staged at HighTide Festival in 2015.

Girls was the joint winner of the George Devine Award (2016), the Alfred Fagon Award (2015), and was shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award (2015).  

@TalawaTheatreCo / @_HighTide_ / @sohotheatre / @TheresaIkoko



Venue: Pleasance 2, Pleasance Courtyard

Dates: Tuesday 22 – Sunday 27 August, 12pm

Age Recommendation: 14+

Running Time: 90 mins without interval

Prices: £12 / £10.50 weekend | £11/£9.50 weekday
Box office: | 020 7609 1800

Pleasance brings Requiem For Aleppo for a special, one-off charity performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Wednesday 16 August

Requiem for Aleppo
Requiem for Aleppo

Requiem for Aleppo

“Aleppo is no longer – all that is left are its stories”– Anonymous, Citizen of Aleppo

Following a sold-out world premiere of Requiem for Aleppo at Sadler’s Wells in April, this very special event takes place in Edinburgh on 16th August as part of the Pleasance’s programme for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.

In response to the human tragedy of Aleppo composer David Cazalet has written Requiem for Aleppo, a personal lament in music which fuses Christian liturgy with early Arabic poetry, mixing the beautiful voices of Juliana Yazbeck and Abdul Salam Kheir with more formal choral composition and counterpoint.

Choreographer Jason Mabana has set the ‘big, evocative score’ (The Times) to dance, bringing together a ‘crack team of international dancers’ (The Stage) to emphasise the truly international element of this piece. The result is a uniquely moving performance interwoven with powerful real life testimony of former residents of Aleppo. Following the sell-out world premiere of Requiem for Aleppo at Sadler’s Wells last April, this powerful collaboration between musicians, dancers and those affected by war is already creating waves and is coming to Edinburgh on 16th August before touring the Middle East. Now is the chance to see this exceptional collaboration, a collective expression of solidarity with the people of Syria, and a way of donating money to those suffering in Syria as all profits from ticket sales go to the internationally renowned charity Syria Relief.

Fringe audiences will see a slightly reworked version of Requiem for Aleppo with a couple new pieces added to the show. Also, for the Edinburgh production the company is joined by Jacob O’Donnell – BBC Dancer of the Year 2015.

Anthony Alderson, Pleasance Director said: “In the year of 70th anniversary of Edinburgh’s Festivals, festivals created to reunite Europe and the world through art and creativity following war, this piece is not only an expression of our unity and support for the people of Aleppo in a period of conflict but also a poignant reminder of why our festivals were founded and what they celebrate.”

The work introduces 12 dancers from across the world. Cazalet’s original music is a combination of Requiem Mass lyrics set to choral music, linked by Arabic poetry from the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, also set to music, and interwoven throughout with the voices of people from Aleppo telling their real-life stories – stories gathered from recent interviews and which have fed into the development of the work.

Syria Relief is the largest Syria focused charity registered in the UK. With a solid network of committed management and logistics staff on the ground inside Syria, Syria Relief operate in some of the most hard to reach areas of Syria, including besieged areas.

With this level of expertise on the ground, Syria Relief implements humanitarian projects inside Syria in a number of different sectors from education, healthcare, livelihood, protection to food security and sponsoring orphans in the most desperate areas. Syria Relief is directly supporting civilians and displaced communities while providing the tools and training to help them become self-sufficient in their altered circumstances. Since their work started in 2011, they have touched the lives of 2 million people distributing more than 75 million dollars worth of aid.

Composer David Cazalet said: “I want Requiem for Aleppo to be a reminder, now and ongoing, of the suffering of a people and what the world has lost. It is an appeal to our common humanity – an expression of grief articulated in movement, song and design. It is a refusal to pay silent witness to a humanitarian crisis”. Requiem for Aleppo is written in memoriam for the lives that have been lost, destroyed, dislocated and displaced, it is a lament for the destruction of a city of great sophistication, history and tolerance whose loss is humanity’s loss.”

The dancers taking part are Arabella Scalisi (Italy), Beno Novak (Slovenia), Elisa Chou (Spain), Hae Haeyeon Lim (South Korea), Ines Pinheiro (Portugal), Jessica Eirado Enes (Italy), Naima Souhair (The Netherlands), Raoul Riva (France), Rob Bridger (UK), Sarina Sitinjak (Canada), Simone Zambelli (Italy) and Wennah Wilkers (The Netherlands).

Further info on creative team can be found at

‘…duets of softly curving and mutually supportive intimacy are outstanding… this is a powerful statement of intent’ – The Times

“Requiem for Aleppo is more powerful than the biggest bomb” – Dr Elie Elhadj, former resident of Aleppo

“Requiem for Aleppo is a brilliant act of love, remembrance and empathy… a celebration of our common humanity, values and hope.” Fardous Bahbouh, Journalist & Oscar-winning documentary translator

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Chicos Mambo returns to the Fringe after 10 years with UK premiere of Tutu

Chico Mambo's Tutu
Chico Mambo's Tutu

Chico Mambo’s Tutu

“This is a crazy dance show with extraordinary performances.” France Bleu on Tutu

“It’s more than fun, it’s madness!” Point De Vue on Tutu

“It’s joyful, lively and totally hilarious.” Têtu on Tutu

“This is one for dance aficionados and those in search of an hour of solid comedy alike. Delightful.” The List on Chicos Mambo Méli-Mélo, Fringe 2007

The Chicos Mambo entertained critics and audiences at the Fringe in 2007 with its hit show Méli-Mélo II garnering awards and 4 and 5 star reviews. After hundreds of performances world-wide the company returned to Paris to create their new, off-the-wall and wild creation, Tutu.

Full of rhythm and humour, over the course of 20 scenes six dancers become icons of classical ballet, contemporary dance, and rhythmic, academic, or even acrobatic dance. Tutu is an invitation to those who love dance to experience familiar favourites in a lovingly feisty, fun way, or for those new to dance, an opportunity to explore some of the most famous and most significant works in the repertoire from Swan Lake to Pina Bausch… with a twist.

Packed full of colourful surprises that will wow and delight audiences, the company leads us through its theatrical and fanciful world. The six chameleon-esque men play all the roles – more than 40 characters that make us laugh, astonish and impress us.

Chicos Mambo is well known for its sense of humour as well as famous for its technical skills. This is dance at its versatile, atypical, irreverent, fun and artistic best.

Choreographer Philippe Lafeuille said, “After Méli-Mélo, Méli-Mélo 2 and hundreds of performances over the world, there was evi/dance for me to create a new show. A new choreographic delirium to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company. So Méli-Mélo 3? No… TUTU. Two syllables that sound like an invitation to dance. Two syllables that symbolize the Dance of Chicos Mambo. A dance in which to review the most significant works of the world, through the TUTU, a symbolic icon of the choreographic universe. TUTU is a movement game in order to reset the greatest choreographies of our time, in a spicy and kindly way.”

“Without a doubt the most surprising and joyful show of the season.” Figaroscope on Tutu

“Want to forget all the worries of your life […]? It’s easy, go admire the Chicos Mambo.” Marie France

“Such   ambitious parody takes talent and technique- both of which the Mambo boys have in spades… comedy aside, the dancing itself is hugely enjoyable” The Scotsman 4*, Fringe 2017

“A seamless flow of parody in which these extraordinarily versatile and endearing dance comedians nailed the foibles and affectations of everything from Ballroom to Bharata Natyam” The Sunday Telegraph, 5* Fringe 2017

Chicos Mambo
2-28 August (not 9, 15, 22), 4:00pm, Pleasance Grand
Edinburgh previews @ Pleasance Grand: 2 – 4 August, preview price £8.00
£11.00/9.00 – 14,21,28
£12.50/11.00 – 10,16,17,23,24
£14.50/13.00 – 5,6,7,8,11,12,13, 18,19,20,25,26,27
Twitter @TUTUchicosmambo

Chicos Mambo

The company was created 20 years ago, in 1994, in Barcelona when Philippe LAFEUILLE met two dancers: a Catalan and a Venezuelan. Their experience as dancers and their sense of humour developed this spicy spirit, which is present in their shows.

Their first show in 1994 was a real success in Spain and in France. It was recognized by the critics and the public, so much so that the group even won the price of « Company – Revelation » in many competitions (Terradicim, Butaca, Sebastia Gasch). This incredible success brought them to the Spanish TV channel TV3, for which they created more than 200 original sketches.

Their show Méli-Mélo, created in 1998, allows them to organize an international tour. Presented first in Spain, then in France, and in Italy, the show was also performed in Japan for a two months tour. They’ve already done it twice in Paris for a long period – three months in Théâtre Déjazet in 1999, and three months in Théâtre du Gymnase in 2000.

The success carried on with Méli-Mélo II, presented for the first time at Avignon’s Festival OFF, in France, in 2006. This sequel won the price of « Best International Show » at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and toured regularly in Europe and North America until 2013. Today, the Chicos Mambo are well-known in the world: from Paris to Japan, through Canada, Luxembourg, Scotland, Netherland and Italy.

Conception / Choreography: Philippe Lafeuille
Dramaturgy: Romain Compingt
Technical Director: Albert Penouel
Lighting: Dominique Mabileau
Soundtrack: Antisten
Costumes: Corinne Petitpierre assisted by Anne Tesson
Light manager: Armand Coutant
Stage Manager: Victor Valette
Wardrobe: Cécile Flamand
Zentaï: Corinne Barbara
Dancers: David Guasgua , Pierre-Emmanuel Langry, Julien Mercier, Guillaume Quéau, Vincenzo Veneruso, Stéphan Vitrano
Production/Distribution: VAL PRODUCTIONS Valéry Colin / Arnaud Sylvestre – [email protected]
Cie La Feuille d’Automne team: Françoise Empio / Matthieu Salas
Philippe Lafeuille – Conception and choreography

After discovering a work by Maurice Béjart, Philippe LAFEUILLE decided to study dance and entered the Solange Golovine Academy. Very quickly, he played roles in works by modern choreographers like Joseph RUSILLO and GOSS. As an artist capable of adapting, he danced in Madonna’s productions as well as in Rudolf Nureyev’s.

He started his career as a choreographer when he created the CHICOS MAMBO, where he was the principal dancer. With this company, he realises what he likes the most – turning dance into comedy! He is regularly asked as a choreographer to work on other projects. In 2011, he worked on the choreography of “Sleeping Beauty” with Corinne and Gilles Benizio (a.k.a. Shirley and Dino).

He is also a generous artist and the access to cultural activities holds a very important place in his career. Wishing to open more widely the access to choreographic creation, he manages projects including workshops in schools, and with associations of amateurs.

In 2011, he created a second company by the name of La Feuille d’Automne Company. Fond of interdisciplinarity, each one of his creations is a playground where he can mix dance, theatre, humour, and art… everything is possible!

Antisten – Soundtrack

Antisten is a sound and multimedia composer. He started his career as a duo known as Psykonote creating 2 albums and the soundtrack to a short film.

In 2004, Antisten continued his musical work on his own. Since 2006, he has dedicated himself to music composition and creating soundtracks for performance working with several well-known contemporary dance companies. He studied multimedia creating installations, connected to music, image and interaction between dance and music.

Corinne Petitpierre – Costumes

Born in 1966, Corinne PETITPIERRE graduated from the School of Arts and Techniques (stage design). With Yvan CLEDAT, her partner, she developed multiform and fun work, and also a taste for singular forms. Their works are shown in exhibitions at the Grande Halle de la Villette (2003, 2004 and 2007), at the Grand Palais (2009), or even at the FIAC of Paris (2012 and 2013). She also participates in the stage designing and costumes for some shows of the Geneva Opera (2006) and many other choreographers.

Dominique Mabileau – Lighting

Dominique MABILEAU creates, since 1979, lights for dance, opera and theater. Attached to music and lyrical theatre, she participated in universal creations of contemporary works, as well as baroque works reproductions.

Since many years, she also develops a personal approach as plastic artist, realising installations using the light. She collaborates in Philippe LAFEUILLE’s creations since 2006.

For TUTU, the company Chicos Mambo welcomes artists from different worlds: dance, theatre, mime… The cast for this production of TUTU is:

A National Center for Contemporary Dance graduate, David Guasgua joined Hervé Coubi’s company in 2006. He has also worked with choreographers like Gianni Joseph, Aniara Rodado, and Marcelo Murriagi. In 2013 he appeared as a guest with the Ecuador National Dance Company.

Pierre-Emmanuel Langry is a dancer and artist. He started his artistic career in theatre with the group Cabotins. He became acquainted with contemporary dance at the Rencontres Internationales de Danse Contemporaine (RIDC) and participated in the Professional Training of the artist and dancer Coline.

Julien Mercier is a dancer, artist and acrobat. He studied at the Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, before joining the Jeune Ballet. After training in aerial acrobatics, he participated in several shows (Mamma Mia!, Holiday On Ice…), events and circus performances.

Guillaume Queau started his artistic career in the Ballet Junior de Genève. He then joined the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet of New York for two years. Recently, he danced for Jacopo Godani in Frankfurt. He has had the privilege of performing the work of renowned choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Andonis Foniadakis, Jirí Kylian, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Thierry Malandain, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Stijn Celis, Ohad Naharin and others.

Vincenzo Veneruso trained in the Teatro Di Napoli Dancing school under Anna Razzi’s and M.I Fernandez Aguero’s leadership. He studied pointe technique with the masters L. Boy and G. Petrosino. He also took an internship in the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow. Vincenzo took part in numerous Teatro Di Napoli’ productions including: The Nutcracker (with J.Dronina and G. Picone), Giselle(with S. Zajharova and s. Polunin), Zorba the Greek and The Sleeping Beauty.

Stéphane Vitrano is a dancer, an artist and a teacher. After a classical training in the Conservatoire National de Metz, he improved his contemporary one in Paris and Montpellier (EPSE Danse). once he became a state graduate professor, Stéphane started to perform for different companies in France and in Switzerland. In 2006, he joined La Compagnie Alias in Geneva from where he explored physical and theatrical themes. Since 2011, he has been working with the Compagnie Gaillota, participating in all their productions, including their national and international tours, with plays such as L’homme à tête de chou, Le Sacre du Printemps, Yvan Vaffan and L’Enfance de Mammame.

Cirque Éloize return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time in 18 years with the award-winning Cirkopolis,

Cirque Éloize
 Cirque Éloize

Cirque Éloize

This August, Fringe audiences can enjoy Cirque Éloize’s stunning Cirkopolis at the Pleasance, an imaginative and funny show seen by over 450,000 spectators in 100 cities in 30 countries and which won the Drama Desk Awards for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2014.

This marks Cirque Éloize’s second time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and follows a critically-acclaimed 1999 run of Circus Excentricus.

With Cirkopolis, inspired by the legendary 1927 film Metropolis, Montreal-based Cirque Éloize takes its breathtaking blend of circus arts, theatre and dance to a highly-stylized metropolis setting, where twelve acrobats and multidisciplinary artists rebel against monotony, reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the factory-city as only they can. Accompanied by an original musical score, video projections and an inventive stage design, they live in a world where fantasy defies reality — the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of colour.

Cirkopolis was imagined as a crossroads—between imagination and reality, between individuality and community. The show is driven by the poetic impulse of life, the physical prowess of the circus and its humor, at once serious and light-hearted. Entering Cirkopolis is all about letting go and allowing yourself to be borne aloft by hope”, explains Cirque Éloize’s Artistic Director and Co-Director Jeannot Painchaud.

Since Cirkopolis began touring in September 2012, it has received rave reviews from the public and critics alike. The New York Times wrote “There aren’t more beautiful [shows than Cirkopolis]”, while the New York Post wrote “Extraordinary! There’s the circus, and then there’s Cirque Éloize. These guys are on a whole other level.” Perez Hilton said “If Christopher Nolan directed the circus, it would be CIRKOPOLIS. Moody. Sexy. A must-see!” and the Montreal Gazette described it as follows: “Cirkopolis is a wonder. This was to be expected, given that it is a Cirque Éloize creation.

When the show visited Europe, the reviews were equally enthusiastic, with The Stage writing “An impressively coherent production. Way more than simple entertainment!”.Cirkopolis was performed at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh in April 2015 to a great press response: “a wow with a capital W!” (EdinburghGuide), it leaves you with the distinct feeling we could all get up and try something new” (The Scotsman), “Wow! Wow! Wow! This really does what it says on the ticket, a full-blown spectacle of the best of modern circus” (Reviews Hub).

Cirkopolis is co-directed by Cirque Éloize Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jeannot Painchaud and co-directed and choreographed by Dave St-Pierre who danced with, among others, Marie-Stéphane Ledoux and Jacques Brochu of Mia Maure Danse. The show features set design and illustrations by Robert Massicotte, music by Stefan Boucher, acrobatic designs by Krzysztof Soroczynski, costumes by Liz Vandal who has designed for, among others, Cirque du Soleil and Backstreet Boys, lighting design by Nicolas Descoteaux who has worked with some of the greatest directors, including Robert Lepage and video projections by Robert Massicotte and Alexis Laurence. Make-up design is by Virginie Bachand, Renald Laurin acted as Drama and Acting advisor and Emmanuel Guillaume as Artistic Coordinator.


A driving force in the circus art reinvention movement, Cirque Éloize has been creating award-winning entertainment content for nearly 25 years and ranks among the world’s leading contemporary circuses. Cirque Éloize has taken part in numerous prestigious international festivals and has seduced both New York’s Broadway and London’s West End. Its productions are crafted for a wide range of audiences and have been embraced by over fifty cultures. In the last 24 years, Cirque Éloize’s eleven shows have proudly boasted more than 4,000 performances in over 500 cities and have been seen by over three million spectators.  In addition to its touring shows, more than 1,500 Cirque Éloize-designed events have taken place worldwide.

Cirkopolis by Cirque Éloize

4th – 28th August at 7.30pm in Lennox Theatre (Pleasance at EICC), excluding 9th, 16th, 23rd

Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Address: Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

Tickets on sale at: / 0131 556 6550 and / 0131 226 0000


Social media:

The Story of the Name

The name Éloize is literally charged with energy. Éloize is a word from the Acadian dialect that means “flashes of heat lightning seen on the horizon”. It is commonly used in the Magdalen Islands. The performers from Cirque Éloize’s first troupe all originated from these islands, located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, a little over 200 km off Quebec’s east coast, in North America. This lightning symbolizes the heat and energy which feeds the troupe’s spirit.

Cirque Éloize invites up-and-coming artists to visit. Today, the company employs more than 100 people.

Pronunciation: Cirque: [sirk] / Éloize: [el-waz]


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The Dreamer by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko has it’s European premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe

“Its flowing beauty depicts a poetic landscape…When you lower your head, you immediately fall into it, just like Alice falls into the rabbit-hole. What you see and what you experience goes beyond your imagination.”Audience member

  • THE DREAMER, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko, is Gecko’s first international co-production.
  • The show is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Peony Pavilion, the work of his contemporary, Tang Xianzu (1550-1616).
  • Ipswich-based physical theatre company Gecko celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a new associate show as part of British Council’s Shakespeare Lives.
  • The Dreamer premiered in China in October 2016 winning Best Stage Design – 2016 One Drama Awards, China.
  • The European Premiere is 2 – 15 August at the Pleasance Grand
  • PRESS PERFORMANCE Thursday 3 August at 1.30pm  / / @GeckoTheatre /

The prestigious Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in China has teamed up with Gecko to stage a new piece of work – THE DREAMER – inspired by two playwrights considered the most influential in their respective countries: William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu.

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre is the only national performing arts company in Shanghai. Famous for its new Chinese-language dramas, as well as performing English-language classics in Chinese, its impressive team of actors, directors, writers and other creatives works across various venues in the French Quarter of the city. This is the company’s Fringe debut and the first time the ensemble has worked using physical theatre techniques.

Gecko is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company, led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav, established in 2001. In 2016 it won the Peter Brook Equity Ensemble Award and this production sees ensemble members Rich Rusk and Chris Evans lead in the creation of an associate show for the first time.

2016 marked not only the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death but also that of his Chinese contemporary, Tang Xianzu. Dreams were a leitmotiv for both writers and THE DREAMER reimagines a dream sequence, inspired by The Peony Pavilion and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Focusing on strong female characters within both plays and exploring the topics of magic, humour and love in classic Gecko style, the show blends emotionally driven movement, a spine-tingling soundscape and striking visual storytelling to bring a new twist to these classic works.

“An amazing show! For its unique performing style, distinct stage design and music, The Dreamer is the most impressive show I’ve ever watched!”Audience member

Created by Gecko’s associate director Rich Rusk and devising performer Chris Evans (Gecko’s: The Overcoat, Missing, Institute, The Time of your Life, The Wedding), The Dreamer is an international collaboration between Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko, created as part of British Council’s 2016 Shakespeare Lives programme. The Dreamerpremiered on 7 October at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre.  

Amit Lahav, Artistic Director said: “Gecko has been touring to China since 2010 and audiences in the country are very fond of the company. It was extremely exciting to work on our first international co-production with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and their ensemble.

Rich Rusk and Chris Evans have been working with Gecko for 15 years between them and I’m thrilled to see them take the lead on this very exciting international collaboration.”

Rich Rusk, Gecko’s Associate Director said: “It was a huge highlight to work on Gecko’s first international collaboration with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre which celebrates the international appeal and power of both Shakespeare and his contemporary, Tang Xianzu. We have created a Gecko-style visual feast, and invite our audiences to dive into the world of dreams and unleash their imagination. This co-production is a first of its kind for us so it has been very exciting to be a part of it.”

Chris Evans, Movement Director said: “Gecko has been my home for the past six years, where as a maker and performer I’ve been able to throw everything I have into a show, and see how that process throws back at me challenges and ways to develop. This project enabled me to pull together these skills and provocations. The experience of making a whole production, taking responsibility for it and believing in our decisions as co-creators has been the most transformative experience of my career. “

Alex Wu, Producer at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre said: “Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre has continuously been seeking to work with creative and ground-breaking artists from all over the world. After witnessing the success of Gecko’s touring productions Missing and The Overcoat in China, SDAC warmly invited Gecko to present a cross-cultural dialogue between the two giants in western and eastern theatre – William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu – and discover the emotional connection between classics and modern people, aiming to bring energetic and profound theatrical work to both Chinese and British audiences, as well as audiences in other corners of the world.”

Neil Webb, Director of Theatre & Dance at the British Council said: “Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre has been an important and trusted partner in our work in China for many years. Gecko meanwhile has appeared in several of our Edinburgh Showcases and toured extensively around the world, including in China. I am delighted to see these world-class organisations celebrating the profound influence of such world-class playwrights. And I look forward to seeing the finished work presented to audiences in China and the UK as part of our global Shakespeare Lives programme.”

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Elixir – the smash hit zombie spectacle returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!



Thought science wasn’t sexy? Enter Elixir, making a killer return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With a potent mix of chemical balance and imbalance, new school death defying acrobatics, old school slapstick and an injection of Australian testosterone, Elixir will challenge perceptions and set pulses racing.

Elixir is circus with a difference! Uninhibited by cliché or expectation, subversive and hilarious, this all Australian production follows the story of three enthusiastic, slightly bumbling yet skilfully acrobatic scientists who attempt to create the elixir of life. The mayhem that follows is a beautiful mix of incredible acrobatics and impeccable comic timing. The scientists test their concoctions on themselves, and the madness that breaks loose in the laboratory is the perfect mix of amazing acrobatics, comedic misadventure and an engrossing narrative.

More than just jokes, thrills and spills, Melbourne based Head First Acrobats have re-crafted the smash hit 2016 show that sees them not only raise the dead but throw them, spin them and test whether zombies can bounce. Acrobats fly five metres into the air on the teeterboard, spin upside down on the mesmerizing cyr wheel, perform incredible one-arm handstands on wobbling canes and balance on nothing but their heads on the swinging trapeze.

The three members of Head First Acrobats (HFA) are all graduates of the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). Based out of Melbourne, the award winning entertainment company provide world-class circus and physical theatre performance. Elixir is the first show from the company which toured internationally in 2016 to sell out shows and rave reviews. Elixirwas voted in the top 10 shows of Adelaide Fringe in 2015, and won the First and Foremost Entertainment award in its UK debut at Brighton Fringe 2015.

High powered acrobatics, a brilliant stumble of slapstick and a shimmy of burlesque” (The Herald)

‘Raucous, late night circus with mesmerising skill’ (

Overwhelmingly fun atmosphere” (

Twitter: @hfacrobats

Facebook: HeadFirstAcrobats

Instagram: @headfirstacrobats



Underbelly and Head First Acrobats present:


Venue: The Beauty, The Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Dates: Fri 4th August – Sat 26 August, (not 9th, 14th or 21st), 22.15pm


Aug 4, £10

Aug 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, £12.50 (£11.50)

Aug 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, £14.50 (£13.50)

Running time: 60mins

Tickets available at and

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Cicolombia to bring explosive Latin circus to the Underbelly Circus Hub in Fringe premiere of Acéléré



Circolombia delivers guts, grace and gusto, direct from Bogota to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time. Celebrating Colombia’s rich diversity with voices, dance and spectacular raw, infectious energy – Acéléré is no ordinary circus!

Having taken London’s Roundhouse by storm with their explosive debut show Urban, this electrifying troupe will bring their unique and visceral performance style to Edinburgh with Acéléré.

Inspired by Colombia’s diverse communities, Acéléré features the sheer power of 14 of the most talented performers across the country. Delivering world-class, gravity defying performances coupled with mind-boggling skill and a willingness to take terrifying risks on stage, Acéléré promises a show audiences will never forget. Many of the artists trained and graduated at the National School of Circo Para Todos (“Circus for All”), a school that supports young people at risk in Colombia through circus training. The young company includes some of the most revered circus performers in the world.

Best described as a ‘circus concert’, music plays a prominent role throughout. With daring circus artists singing and rapping live whilst performing their skills, the music is not just important, it’s essential. Acéléré showcases incredible circus skills performed with an infectious energy and extraordinary dynamism that constitutes the hallmark of Circolombia’s artists. This coupling of a powerful, original soundtrack and live performance alongside raw, wild individual and collective energy garnered by the 14 strong troupe creates a genuineness and authenticity that is rare in contemporary circus.

Felicity Simpson (Circolombia Director and Creative Producer) began her career as a circus performer in England and Europe before moving to Brazil, where she founded Intrepida Trupe during the 80’s, bringing circus to totally new platforms – musicals, opera and open-air. She spent the next 20 years using circus to pioneer new innovations in business and education. Felicity co-founded Circo Para Todos, the first professional circus school in the world specifically dedicated to underprivileged children, which became in 2005 Colombia’s National Circus School, a key institution in South America for world circus training and where she remains Chair. In 2006 she created Circolombia ltd.

Renato Rocha (Acéléré Theatre Director) bouncing nonstop from Brazil, Renato has been developing an international career since 2010. In London he has created shows for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Roundhouse and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). He has also created shows for the Marseille International Biennial of Arts, the National Theatre of Scotland.

Jose Henry Caycedo Casierra (Creative leader)
Jose Henry is an amazing award winning artist at the major circus festivals around the globe, such as Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and Wuhan China. One of CIrco Para Todos, (Colombia’s National Circus School) first graduates, his outstanding enthusiasm in developing circus arts is nonstop, alternating between performing contracts, Artistic Tutor and a vital role in the creation of Colombian contemporary Circus.

An adrenalin-fuelled mix of strength, skill and daring, a great night out” TimeOut ****
These audacious artistes both blow the mind and stir the heartSunday Express ****
A sexy tangle of muscular limbs” Evening Standard ****


Acéléré by Circolombia

Circolombia in association with Underbelly

Venue: The Lafayette, The Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Dates: Mon 7th August – Sat 26 August, (not 9th, 14th, 21st), 9.15pm

Aug 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, £19.50 (£18.50)

Aug 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 £17.50 (£16.50)

Running time: 60mins

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Circus Hub returns bigger and better with an incredible international line-up at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

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The Jurassic Parks returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe along with two brand new shows

Jurassic Park 2015
Jurassic Park 2015

Jurassic Park 2015

Following the success of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, Superbolt Theatre returns this summer with two shows:

The Jurassic Parks is an updated version of the sell-out, multi award-winning, laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic. Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family – Terry, Jade and Noah – embark on a journey to a misty past. Where, when things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs. A theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia and a moving reminder of the ones we love.

Mars Actually is Superbolt’s brand new show, fresh from sell-out previews and winning the Origins Award for Outstanding New Show at VAULT Festival 2017. By the light of the Sun, By the gaze of the moons, We stand together. As red planet dwellers, Wiser for the errors, Of our Earthly ancestors. With truth, love and care, We breathe without air.Chuck, Gracey and Conway are here on Earth to tell you about life on Mars, Actually.

The Producer and Director team behind these two shows also bring you Mental, a show about one son’s exploration into his mum’s mental health. At a time when mental health is increasingly making the headlines, yet still so many are unable to speak about their experience for fear of stigma, this show tells a personal story that will get people talking.

 Superbolt Theatre’s Artistic Directors and Performers are Maria Askew, Frode Gjerløw and Simon Maeder. Their work tours internationally, with Dinosaur Park recently playing at Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, followed by an extensive UK tour. Past productions include Centralia, Piatto Finale and The Uncanny Valley.

Venue:  Assembly Roxy, Upstairs, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Venue 139)
Time:  19:00
Running Time: 65mins
Age Guidance: PG
Dates: 2 – 27 August, playing in rep with Mars Actually. Preview 2 August.
Tickets: Preview £8; 4, 6, 10, 15, 17 & 23 August £10 (£9); 8, 12, 19, 25 & 27 August £12 (£11).
Bookings:, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint
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Facebook: /superbolttheatre
Venue:  Assembly Roxy, Upstairs, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Venue 139)
Time:  19:00
Running Time: 65mins
Age Guidance: PG
Dates: 3 – 26 August, playing in rep with The Jurassic Parks. Preview 3 August.
Tickets: Preview £8; 5, 9, 16, 22 & 24 August £10 (£9); 7, 11, 13, 18, 20 & 26 August £12 (£11).
Bookings:, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint
Web:  Web: Twitter: @superboltplays
Facebook: /superbolttheatre


Venue:  Assembly Roxy, Downstairs, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU (Venue 139)
Time:  17:05
Running Time: 60mins
Age Guidance: 14+
Dates: 2 – 27 August. Previews 2-3 August. No shows Mon 14 and Mon 21 August.
Tickets: Previews £8; 4-6, 9 & 10, 15-17 & 22-24 August £10 (£9); 7 & 8, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 August £12 (£11).
Bookings:, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint
Web:  Web:   Twitter: @thementalshow
Facebook: /thementalshow