News and update about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

Bootworks Theatre Present The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad

Building on the huge success of critically acclaimed ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ (***** Scotsman 2011), Total Theatre Award-winners Bootworks Theatre create The Lose-O-Porium – an intimate space where all lost things live. And where Frank’s adventures can be enjoyed by small audiences of children and their grown ups.

The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad

The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad

Frank is an inquisitive chap with a big problem; what’s happened to Mum? Join Frank on his adventure to find her. There’ll be scavenger hunts, puzzles to solve and even some dancing to dub-step. Dealing sensitively with grief and loss, the show asks how we cope when things go missing. This interactive performance is presented within The Lose-O-Porium – an intimate space where all lost things live, and where Frank’s adventures can be enjoyed by small audiences and their grown ups.

Running Time: 60 mins | Suitable for ages 5+

Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, greenhouse, artsdepot and Worthing Theatres. Supported by The ShowRoom, University of Chichester, Stratford Circus & Worboys Productions. Funded by Arts Council England.

James Baker said; This show makes a conscious effort to depart from work for young people loyal to happy endings and starts with the presumption that children are already more aware of the complexity of the world than perhaps we give them credit for; that they’re aware that Mum & Dad sometimes fight, that people aren’t always nice, that it’s possible to fall-sick or even die without rhyme nor reason. It celebrates the idea that children aren’t made of glass and require wrapping in cotton wool. That kids are not just receptive, but intrigued and enquiring, when it comes to addressing those taboos, that us adults, might find difficult. This show celebrates the complexity of children as they grow up, and how little as adults we really understand. It asks questions about how a child might cope with the death of a mother, and reaches out to our child audiences in helping answer that question.
Listings Information:
Venue: Pleasance Kids @ EICC
Performance dates: Wed 10th- Sun 28th August
Time: 12pm (60 minutes)
Tickets: Full price (concession price) £8.50 (£6)
Pleasance Kids @ EICC
Wed 10th- Sun 28th August
12pm (60 minutes)
Box Office: 0131 556 6550
Pleasance Press Office;
Online booking:

The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad deals with death in the most precious, thought-provoking way for an audience of totally immersed children aged 5+ and their equally enthralled adults. Childrens Theatre Review

‘WHAT a delight this show is – a joy from start to finish.’
***** The Scotsman on ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ (Edinburgh Fringe 2011)

‘It is utterly, sometimes alarmingly, consistently magically, wonderful.’
Guardian on ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ (Edinburgh Fringe 2011)

Winners of a Total Theatre Award for Innovation 2010
Nominated for Total Theatre Award in Innovation & Experimentation 2009, 2015

About Bootworks:
Bootworks Theatre is a group of artists committed to making high quality and original theatre for unusual spaces. Our work appears anywhere we might be encountered; in cafes, garages, foyers, libraries tents, studios and pubs and we often design our own installations for to take place. We also publish articles and books that document both our practice, and work from like-minded artists and companies around the UK
Our work has been presented extensively across the UK including the National Theatre, the Southbank Centre, The National Museum of Scotland and once at a funeral. We’ve presented projects in 9 different countries worldwide in collaboration with the British Council; from a live silent film on the lake inside the Museum of Art in Kochi, to a 5-minute Oliver Jeffers adaptation for one child at a time at an orphanage of 78 children 4-hours drive outside of Cairo.
What draws us together is making performance that has its core focus on the person, intimate and nostalgic. And we aim to reach entirely new audiences with each new project that we develop; engaging audiences from all walks of life.

Concept; Bootworks Theatre
Directed by: James Baker
Devised by: James Baker, Robert Jude Daniels, Andy Roberts and Sophia Walls. With performance from Josh Mathieson.
Producer: Becki Haines
Writing; Nick Field
Sound Design; Dougie Evans
Animation; Trevor Hardy
Puppets: Amelia Bird
Lighting Design; Vince Field
Photography; Alex Brenner
Film; Rosie Powell

@bootworks | #NLTMVC |

The Honorable East End Company presents DUSTY HORNE’S SOUND AND FURY

The most famous foley artist you’ve never heard of… Dusty Horne.

It’s 1963.  The father of sound on film, Jack Foley, has inspired a generation of ‘foley artists’, pioneers upon the landscape of cinema history.  Dusty Horne is not one of them.

A laugh-out-loud aural extravaganza, Dusty Horne’s Sound and Fury is a journey through the magic of sound on film. From Hitchcock masterpieces to the B-movie fare of Roger Corman, you’ll hear thunderclaps, gunshots, broken glass and breaking hearts – and if you’re lucky, a hideous shriek from the odd crab monster or two.

Dusty Horne's horn

Dusty Horne’s horn

Watch – and even join in – as Dusty live-syncs dancing footsteps, murderous knife-slashes and creaking pirate ships with her rag-tag collection of madcap props, in a show which is bizarrely believable, innovative and triumphantly enjoyable.

Will Dusty keep her cool?  What does a radioactive spider sound like?  And should disaster strike and destroy her precious sound-reels (this may happen), will you, gentle audience, help to save her life’s work and salvage her foundering career?

Experience the subtle madness of this rarely-witnessed performance art, as Dusty moves like a dancer, drinks like a fish and bares her soul on her quest for artistic immortality. You’ll never listen to film the same way again…

“This is a perfect Edinburgh show… I bloody loved it!” Ellie Browning, Programming Developer at Riverside Studios

“I loved the concept, the energy, the audience participation – all so much fun” Sharon Burrell, To the Moon Productions

“Fantastic. That’s going to go down a storm in Edinburgh.” Lindsay Fraser, Fine Line Productions

To bring Dusty Horne to life, writer Frank Tamburin (Under Offer, Dave Shakespeare) and actor and co-creator Natasha Pring (The Love Project, Wraps) have studied foley techniques with Universal Sound studio and have been mentored by the fantastic, Emmy award-winning foley artist and performer Ruth Sullivan (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Dickensian, Downton Abbey, ENO’s The Magic Flute). Directed by Katharine Rogers. / @TheDustyHorne /


Dusty Horne’s Sound and Fury

The Honorable East End Company

Queen Dome, The Pleasance

2.30pm (60mins)

3 – 5 (£6.50); 16, 22, 23, 29 (£8.50 (£7.50); 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25 (£10 (£8.50)); 6 – 9, 12 – 14, 19 – 21, 26 – 28 (£11 (£10))


Fledgling Theatre presents World premier of They Built It. No One Came.

Neither of us were very charismatic. That was a problem.

Eight years ago Tobias and Alexander came together to form a spiritualistic commune based on their shared values of a peaceful and harmonious community. They are still awaiting their first members.

Chris Neels and Patrick Holt.

Christopher Neels and Patrick Holt. © Callum Cameron

The story is inspired by a New York Times article written by Penelope Green:

Fledgling Theatre Company is an international theatre company based in both London and Sydney, formed by Callum Cameron, Christopher Neels, Chris Huntley-Turner and Patrick Holt in 2013, all of whom graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Edoardo Elia, a talented musician and composer who moved to UK from Italy to study music at Kingston University, joins the cast for his first Fledgling Theatre show.

The company is known for creating raw and visceral theatre that explores all facets of the human condition, with physicality playing the crucial part in every show.

Fledgling Theatre’s previous shows include Modern Jesus (2014) focusing on the aftermath of a burst of aggression of a young Sainsbury’s employee and Jericho Creek (2015), a tale of religious fanaticism in colonial Australia inspired by the works of Nick Cave.

Previews 3rd/4th August at 3pm

Performances 5th-29th August at 3pm

Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Two

Suitable for all ages.

Artists’ biographies:

Patrick Holt (as Alexander) is a founding member of Fledgling Theatre. He trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His work in theatre includes Doctor Scroggy’s War (Shakespeare’s Globe), News Revue (Canal Café), Wolf Kisses and The Medium (both in Arcola Theatre). He’s been involved in both Fledgling Theatre shows: Modern Jesus (The Nursery, Southwark) and Jericho Creek (The Cockpit).

Callum Cameron is a founding member of Fledgling Theatre. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His credits include 1001 (Southwark Playhouse), In the City A Short Time Ago (Arcola Theatre), Story Project (Arcola Theatre), The Duchess of Malfi (The New Diorama Theatre), Richard III (Hiraeth Artistic Productions), Slingshot (Park Theatre),  NUTS (Proudfoot Films). He’s been involved in both Fledgling Theatre shows: Modern Jesus (The Nursery, Southwark) and Jericho Creek (The Cockpit).

Edoardo Elia was born in Modena, Italy and moved to the UK in 2009 to attend the undergraduate course in Music Technology at Kingston University. Since then he has played in many venues across the capital, including: Bar Vinyl, Solo Bar, Camden Proud, The Half Moon, Camden Rock, The Finsbury, The 100 Club, The Boogaloo, Stamford Bridge, Ye Old Blue Last and Blessings. He is passionate about folk-traditional music and in September 2015 released his first EP: FOCUS. Entirely self-produced, it was written, arranged and recorded between London, Kansas City, Amsterdam, Turin and was finally put together by Davide Cristiani at Bombanella Soundscape Studio in Maranello.

Christopher Neels (as Tobias)  is a New Zealand born actor currently based in London. He trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has a Masters in Contemporary Acting. He is a founding member of Fledgling Theatre Company. Theatre credits include Crooks (Colab Theatre), Tempest (Globe/ Sonnet Walks), Taming of the Shrew (Arrows and Traps – New Wimbledon Theatre), Winter’s Tale (Arrows and Traps – Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Arrows and Traps – Lion and Unicorn Theatre) and Bazaar (Arcola Theatre). He’s been involved in both Fledgling Theatre shows: Modern Jesus (The Nursery, Southwark) and Jericho Creek (The Cockpit) as both writer and director.


One Year Lease Theatre Company presents The European Premiere of Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally By Kevin Armento

An illicit affair between a high school maths teacher and her fifteen year-old student is told through the eyes of the student’s mobile phone. 

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally offers an intimate view as small choices pile up into indiscretion, and the student’s closest companion struggles to understand the complex human equation that emerges.  The story of an illicit affair between a student and his teacher is told from the viewpoint of his mobile phone in a breakneck journey from pockets to purses… One Year Lease Theater Company brings Festival audiences a daring, sexy, suspenseful and utterly unique coming-of-age story.

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. © Russ Rowland

Opening Off Broadway at New York’s 59E59 Theaters, Kevin Armento’s (Good Men Wanted – 2015 O’Neill National Playwriting Finalist/PlayPenn Finalist, 2015-2016 Ars Nova Artist-in-Residence, Companion Piece at Pleasance Theatre, London) new play thrilled audiences in its 2015 world premiere.

 “a supple fast-paced highly physical production” THE NEW YORK TIMES, Critics Pick

 “a gleaming portrait of our collective contemporary existence” AMERICAN THEATER WEB

 “for the inquisitive millennial who’s grown up in a technologically obsessed culture, it screams of novelty” HUFFINGTON POST

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally was commissioned and developed by the ensemble of One Year Lease Theater Company (Ianthe Demos, Artistic Director; Nick Flint, Associate Artistic Director) and presented at 59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director, Peter Tear, Executive Producer).

The cast includes Danny Bernardy (Shear Madness, Cougar! The Musical), Sarah-Jane Casey (What We Know, Skin Tight), Nick Flint (pool (no water), What We Know), Christina Bennett Lind (House of Cards, The Heart of Robin Hood, pool (no water)) and Devin McDuffee (About Face, Crocodile; Peter Pan and the Pirates. Film includes Lightning Bugs in a Jar).  The production features an original score composed and performed live by Estelle Bajou (Once – First National Tour, pool (no water)) – Bajou’s score for Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally was nominated for a 2016 Drama Desk Award for Best Music in a Play -, set design by James Hunting, associate set and props design by Olivia McGiff, lighting design by Mike Riggs and costume design by Kenisha Kelly. Directed by Ianthe Demos. Movement Direction by Natalie Lomonte. | Twitter: @OYLTheaterCo #AuntSally

 Pleasance Beyond, Pleasance Courtyard

Wed 3 – Sun 28 August (not Mon 15 or 22)

12.50pm (70mins)

£9 (£8) £11 (£10)



Let Them Call It Mischief presents DRACULA World premiere, by Danny Wainwright and Daniel Hallissey, based on Bram Stoker’s original story

We all know the Dracula story…or do we?

‘Dracula’ meets ’39 Steps’ meets ‘Black Adder’ in this hilarious take on the best-loved classic.
1897 : Join Count Dracula, the first Romanian immigrant, on his visit to England where he inadvertently strikes fear into the male establishment whilst seeking love in order to break his curse. Every minute is filled with dry humour, surprising twists, and downright silliness. Present is the undercurrent of the suffragette movement, as its powerful message begins to influence young female hearts. I have a cunning plan…

Cleverly fusing 19th century English gentry together with the modern world, Let Them Call It Mischief’s production is a funny and fast-paced retelling of a well-known Gothic tale, superbly portrayed by five actors taking on various characters.

Dracula by Let Them Call It Mischief.

Dracula by Let Them Call It Mischief. © Heather Pasfield

Known for their playful and imaginative approach to best-loved classics, Let Them Call It Mischief was founded in 2012 by Danny Wainwright, Stephanie Martin, Hilary Puxley, Flo Buckeridge and Tessa Gillett and has since produced four highly successful shows: The Alchemist at The White Bear in 2012, London Cuckolds in 2013, The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes, and A Christmas Carol in 2014, the latter three at the Pleasance Islington in London.

Dracula will be the company’s fifth show and their Edinburgh Fringe debut.

…audience members will revel in the boisterous hilarity.  The Stage on The Alchemist

This has trimmings galore and is by far the best staged version I have seen. Relevant, cheeky, modern and still insightful everyone should see this show. ***** London Theatre on Christmas Carol


by Let Them Call It Mischief  website / Facebook / Twitter

previews: 3 – 5 August at 3.30pm

performances: 6 – 29 August at 3.30pm (please note FIRST REVIEW DATE is 5 August)

Pleasance Courtyard, Beyond

Suitable for children 12+. Please note stage blood will be used.

To book tickets click here.

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Interview: What sort of man is Shôn Dale-Jones? 

Shôn Dale-Jones

Shôn Dale-Jones

Shôn Dale-Jones performs as part of Hoipolloi and under the alias of Hugh Hughes in jovial shows such as Things I Forgot | Remembered and Floating.

His work is quite good and people like him. His current show The Duke is a free show – with proceeds going to Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal. It has been well received, and after Edinburgh’s outing it heads to the Royal Court and Plymouth.

We ended up chatting about his favourite critic, an average day and the most beautiful theatre in the world.

Hello! Can you tell us about an average working day in the life of Shôn Dale-Jones and Hugh Hughes. And tell us how they differ. 
Shôn gets up around 6:30 am, puts on a tracksuit, eats some muesli and fruit, heads to his studio and writes until his belly needs lunch, then after lunch he reads what he’s written and decides what to do next.
Hugh rolls with life’s curiosities.

What is the most beautiful regional theatre that you have performed in?
Liverpool Everyman…It’s the best theatre in the world…

Do you feel an expectation that you’ll achieve similar level of successes working on some of the projects that you do?
I definitely try to start each project with a blank canvas.

How would you describe the cultural ecology in Wales in 2016?

The Duke is playing at the Pleasance in the heart of the fringe – what can audiences expect?
A funny and poignant comic story that’ll challenge what they value.


What three things should every good Edinburgh Fringe show have?
Commitment, commitment, commitment.

During the devising process, how long do you stick with a show that’s not working? Do you persevere or should it click instantly?
I think it’s good to try stuff out for a week here and there before going at it hammer and tongs…

It must be quite exciting, having written and performed in so many shows, to do something different and not charge (donations going to Save the Children) for The Duke. Is it different staging a free show?
Very. I’m surprised how liberating it is. It frees the mind to consider things other than the number of people in the audience and the amount of money clawed in at the box office.

With the way the industry’s changing, do you worry about the future of making theatre?
Yes. It’s really tough financially again. And audience habits are shifting. However, theatre is more vital now that the world is changing so radically and so rapidly.

Who’s your favourite critic and why?
My daughter, Josie. Because she’s sharp, clear and no nonsense!

Anything that you’d like to add? Cheers!
I love Steffi, my wife.

The Duke is at the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, until 29 August


Big Squirrel Productions present Alana by Stephen Scheurer-Smith at Edfringe 2016

Big Squirrel Productions


by Stephen Scheurer-Smith



Alana’s life had been great up until that day but then her world came crashing down with one phone-call

Recording artist Alana is suddenly alone when her mentor father is seriously injured in a road traffic accident. She becomes dependent on A&E doctor Kate, who is caring for her father, and when he dies her world is turned upside down by the arrival of her estranged mother Terry at the funeral.

Big Squirrel Productions premiered Alana, their third new play by Stephen Scheurer-Smith, at the 2015 Brighton Fringe and it was subsequently performed at Corpus Christi Playroom in Cambridge. The title role is played by professional actor Kattreya Scheurer-Smith who appeared in Big Squirrel’s previous Edinburgh productions as Daughter in A Middle Aged Man’s Uncertainty Theory and Eva in Chrysalis. Kattreya, who trained at UCLAN, has most recently filmed Coca Cola’s Arctic Summer commercial and a major Warner Brothers feature film.

Alana is directed by the author Stephen Scheurer-Smith. Stephen has been a playwright and actor for over thirty years and his plays have been performed worldwide.

‘An engaging and moving story graced with good performances and lovely live music’

Listings Information

Venue : C nova, venue 145, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Dates  : 14-28 Aug
Time   : 16:45 (1h00)
Ticket prices : £7.50-£9.50 / concessions £5.50-£7.50
C venues box office: 0845 260 1234/
Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 / 

Pembroke Players present Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland by Laurence Sterne, adapted by Will Dalrymple at Edfringe 2016

Pembroke Players

Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland

by Laurence Sterne, adapted by Will Dalrymple

Pembroke Players present Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland

Pembroke Players present
Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland

Tristram Shandy is launching a book tour, unfortunately he has no idea what he’s doing

Tristram Shandy’s sizzling autobiography has just hit the shelves and the author has announced a nation-wide tour: a theatrical extravaganza which captures the scandal, wit and wisdom of this instant classic. But Tristram has realised two things far too late: firstly, that he doesn’t know how to create theatre and, secondly, that he barely features at all in his own history.

After a debut run in Cambridge in 2015, Tristram Shandy is ready to take Scotland by storm. Join him for an evening of theatre like no other, and revel in sex, scandal, song, dance, love, and lies.

This masterfully adapted take on Laurence Sterne’s hilarious and groundbreaking novel will take you on a poignant and compelling tour through the life and many of the opinions of the eponymous anti-hero.

Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland is brought to you by Pembroke Players, the University of Cambridge’s most high-profile and renowned college drama society. Staging thirty productions a year in Cambridge, Edinburgh and abroad, in it’s prestigious sixty year history, Pembroke Players has launched the careers of many well-known figures both on the stage, screen and elsewhere.

‘An explosive, anarchic and all-together hilarious twist on the original nine volume epic’****Tab 2015

‘Every scene, in fact, glitters with more wit than lesser shows muster in an hour’ **** Varsity 2015

The Lincoln Company presents Happy Together by Kate Newman at Edfringe 2016

The Lincoln Company

Happy Together

By Kate Newman

Happy Together

Happy Together

The Lincoln Company return to the Edinburgh Fringe with new writing

Happy Together goes behind closed doors and explores the theatricality of one couple’s dysfunctional relationship. Alex is an aspiring actor, Jess is a lecturer in psychology. They will meet at the theatre, during this show, what follows is among the most unconventional love stories of all time. Set in both real time and the future, the audiences sees Alex and Jess acting together, falling for with one another, loving, hating and hurting each other.

Happy Together is all of the lies and facades that characterise modern romance, as we probe through the complex layers of Alex and Jess’s relationship, love, hate and Stockholme Syndrome come into play. Who is in charge; The ‘abuser’, the ‘victim’ or the writer?

Inspired by the work of Tim Crouch, Happy Together is Kate Newman’s first one act play. Initially performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Happy Together has been in development since September 2015. Kate attended a workshop at Derby Theatre, where Tim Crouch was able to give feedback and guidance on the developing script. Even at its earliest stage Crouch commented ‘It’s in a very interesting piece’.

The Lincoln Company is based at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and is supported by the University of Lincoln. The company is made up of graduates and students from the university and this is the 8th year they have performed at C venues during the Edinburgh Fringe. They present a varied programme of shows each year that includes new work and revivals. Previous shows include sell of productions of The Addams Family Musical (2015) and Sweeney Todd (2012). They have also presented award winning new devised theatre from associate artists including Eggbox and Flickbook Theatre.

Listings Information
Venue : C cubed, venue 50, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Dates  : 4-29 Aug (not 16)
Time   : 18:15 (0h55)
Ticket prices : £8.50-£10.50 / concessions £6.50-£8.50 / children £4.50-£6.50
C venues box office : 0845 260 1234 /
Fringe box office : 0131 226 0000 /

York DramaSoc presents Our Writer by Sam Essame at Edfringe 2016

York DramaSoc

Our Writer

by Sam Essame

DramaSoc @ Edinburgh Fringe

DramaSoc @ Edinburgh Fringe

Two characters are waiting for their writer to finish their script, unaware of his severe writer’s block.

Our Writer starts mid-narrative and ends before it’s finished. Our Writer is a comedy about two characters in a play, Morphine and Porcelain, who are waiting for their writer to finish their script. In a tragicomic twist, haven’t realised he has severe writer’s block, preventing him from finishing it. Porcelain, the more grounded of the two, is content to wait in hope of some change, but the irascible Morphine has other ideas about how to initiate change. If you’ve ever wondered what literary characters do when their writer isn’t watching, or contemplated how tragic it would be to have all your actions controlled by an all-seeing, all-commanding figure, this is the comedy for you.

A mixture of Beckett’s existentialist musings and Monty Python’s absurdist wit, this brand-new comedy will make you laugh, think, despair, then laugh at yourself for despairing at your thinking. Questioning the truth of their own reality the play poses the cyclical question of reality and the meaning of life under a useless creator. A theoretical mystery Our Writer evokes thought and discussion exploring the very depths of human creation through this anecdotal, hilarious, absurd play. In reference to the time-old theory ‘cogito ergo sum’, the piece takes us on a beautifully poetic adventure inside the world of our characters, with plot twists and narrative dysfunction, and, inevitable belly laughs.

A York based company, the team have together, and singularly worked on many successful productions. The York team are already very well known locally, and are on set to bring their fantastic production, with roaring success, to a national scale of recognition.