How to see five shows for the price of one at Summerhall this Fringe…sort of


According to Statista, the average price of a theatre ticket in the UK in 2018 was £27.10. Now, at the Fringe you’re unlikely to find a ticket touching those numbers, but five shows for that price, with change to spare? It can be done, and here’s how.

On July 31st, the first day of Summerhall’s festival, almost all Summerhall shows will be £5. The rest of Edinburgh might still be cranking into gear but we will be ready and raring to go, with a stocked bar, wood-fired pizzas, and companies chomping at the bit.

Where To Belong, Anatomy Lecture Theatre 10.10-11.00

Start your day with this moving story of how to find your place in the world from queer Brazilian artist Victor Esses. Shortlisted for the Emerge performance prize, Victor juxtaposes three important journeys in his life – his mother’s journey from Lebanon to Brazil in 1975 as a refugee of the Civil War, Victor’s own journey to Lebanon for the first time in 2017, and his journey to his home city of Sao Paolo in 2018, showing his partner the city of his childhood under the backdrop of a new, hostile Government.

Or, for your first show of the day, you could join Colin Bramwell as he tries to prove the earth is flat in Umbrella Man, or take your wee ones to embrace their inner Sparkle.

Cotton Fingers, Main Hall, 12.15-13.15

From National Theatre Wales comes Cotton Fingers, a timely and politically-charged show about a journey from Belfast to Cardiff around the time of the historic referendum on the 8th amendment in Ireland. Writer Rachel Trezise won the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize back in 2006, and this play was originally commissioned for 2018’s NHS70 celebrations.

There’s also Mandy Tootill’s honest and fearless account of being diagnosed with breast cancer aged 30, Twin Peaks, and Rachel Mars’ thorough literary analysis of sexy letters from history: Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters.

Jonny Donahoe: Forgiveness, Anatomy Lecture Theatre, 14.30-15.30

From the writer of worldwide sensation Every Brilliant Thing comes a brand new show, his first in five years. Inspired by becoming a father for the first time, this work-in-progress is funny and joyful, examining whether and how we can break cycles of abuse that form and create a new narrative for ourselves.

Early afternoon also gives you the got hip-hop influenced contemporary art show FrontX from Belgium’s No Way Back Company, and the funny and poignant Like Animals from Glasgow’s own SUPERFAN.

Daddy Drag, Cairns Lecture Theatre, 17.45-18.45

Winner of this year’s Autopsy Award. Enter the evening with Leyla Josephine’s treatise on Dads: good dads, bad dads, joke-telling dads, barbecuing dads, dancing dads. A full-on smorgasboard of dads. Through her exceptional drag-king persona, Leyla unpicks what it means to be a father, whilst also penning a love-letter to her own.

Taking us into the evening, there’s also the debut solo show from Harry Clayton-Wright, Sex Education, and the first production from new Scottish theatre collective groupwork, The Afflicted, an explosive piece of dance theatre.

Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats, Main Hall 20.05-21.20

Multi-award winning superstars Sh!t Theatre have been celebrating / commiserating the final throes of being European by getting pished with Brits abroad – specifically in Malta, where they were invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture. Expect mystery, murder, musings on national identity in an ever-fractured world, and a decent amount of rum. CHEERS.

Also returning and taking centre stage at night is James Rowland, presenting his gorgeous Songs Of Friendship trilogy, and the return of Unfolding Theatre with Hold On Let Go.

So there you go. Five shows, £25, with time for breathers and snacks in between. Come along on the opening Wednesday and scan the programme, and laugh in the face of statistical analyses of UK theatre prices. Looking forward to welcoming you for another year.

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