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Fri 28 Jan 2022 - Sat 05 Feb 2022

MANIPULATE Festival

Venue

Summerhall
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

MANIPULATE Festival presents the very best of Scottish and international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film to adult audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. The Festival aims to engage and challenge our audiences with high-quality visually led work which pushes boundaries, plays with form and challenges perceptions.

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Fri 28 Jan 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sadiq Ali

Venue

1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

It’s Ahmad and Steve, not Adam and Eve! This circus piece explores themes of faith, sexuality, addiction and human connection. Blending Chinese pole with visual and physical theatre, it tells the story of two queer men, their chance meeting through a dating app and the social and personal barriers they desire to overcome in seeking happiness and fulfillment.

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Sat 29 Jan 2022 - Sun 30 Jan 2022

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre (Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana)

Venue

Demonstration Room

Returning to MANIPULATE two years after their visit with the extraordinary Open The Owl, festival favourites Ljubljana Puppet Theatre return with Moč, an intimate puppet-object miniature exploring power, weakness and control.

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Sat 29 Jan 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

MANIPULATE Festival

Venue

The Meadows

Connect with other puppeteers, enthusiasts and producers to share and exchange ideas, whilst strolling through Edinburgh’s Meadows. Whilst being a great practical way to connect with other professionals no matter the current pandemic restrictions, walking and talking has also been shown to increase creative thinking, as well as to encourage honest and productive conversations.

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Sat 29 Jan 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lewis Sherlock and Ali Maloney

Is Gregor Samsa a bug wishing he was a man or a man wishing he was a bug? AFTER METAMORPHOSIS is a high-octane, visceral reworking of Kafka’s classic tale that weaponizes the surrealism of the original text into a wild rumpus; a satire of conformity.

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Sat 29 Jan 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tashi Gore

Venue

Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH91PL United Kingdom
Phone:
01315601580

The Yellow Canary is both an epic true story and a leap into the imagination of a young child desperate to escape the horrors of war, exploring love, loss and what it means to flee your home.

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Sat 29 Jan 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

LARDS & Guests

Venue

The Gallery Bar
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

Join us for a dinner party with a difference – an anarchic artistic meal hosted by some of your favourite MANIPULATE artists. LARDS PICK ‘N’ MIX, a warm and entertaining dining cabaret with original live music and prime cuts of nonsense. A joyous evening of bite-sized silliness, lightly seasoned with absurdity, and packed full of LARDS. LARDS create the perfect visual cabaret setting for racuous dinner time fun. Drawing on their combined specialisms in clown, bouffon, character work and visual/physical theatre they celebrate liveness, risk and intense joy!

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Sun 30 Jan 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

MANIPULATE Festival

Venue

The Meadows

Connect with other artists, enthusiasts and producers to share and exchange ideas, whilst strolling through Edinburgh’s Meadows. Whilst being a great practical way to connect with other professionals no matter the current pandemic restrictions, walking and talking has also been shown to increase creative thinking, as well as to encourage honest and productive conversations.

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Sun 30 Jan 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm

Noah Tomson & Rober Gonzalez

Venue

Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s surrealist story, the Distance of the Moon is a Scottish-Argentinian collaboration, a storytelling piece exploring loneliness, nostalgia, connection and human relationships. This intimate piece will be performed simultaneously in Argentina and Scotland.

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Sun 30 Jan 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Petre Dobre & Daniel Livingston

Venue

Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

As Surge bursary awardees we are delighted to present Daniel Livingstone and Petre Dobre’s work in progress piece Sand in its first presentation to the public. “Sand” is a story telling of a very old mythical being – the Sandman, like many myths, have many different tales about them from across the globe. Some see him as a trickster, others a demon. Some see him as a hero and to a few he is a God, the God of Dreams and of Stories.

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Mon 31 Jan 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Suzi Cunningham

Venue

Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

“A celebration of transformation, a bid to be unforgotten, a dance of rules, constriction, sugar highs and suffocation. Rules To Live By is a rebellious aspiration to a hero’s punk anarchy.  EIDOS is a tribute to Suzi’s grandmother, who was a punk in-her-own-right. She is the hero, the stalwart, Suzi’s personal Vivienne Westwood, the treasure hunter and the curio-with-a-cause. This double-bill veers between anarchy, punk music, heroism and how idolatry and loss can shape a life. “

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Wed 02 Feb 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Various artists

Venue

Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

Get a first look at exciting new visual theatre works from five Scottish artists, presented here in the early stages of their development. Featuring puppetry, object theatre, physical theatre and dance, the lineup promises insight into the process of a diverse group of artists working with a wide range of techniques.

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Thu 03 Feb 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 6:35 pm

Kasia Zawadzka

Venue

Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

A powerful aerial and physical theatre performance using the Japanese art of shibari (rope bondage) exploring mental health, cycles of repetition and the struggle to break out.

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Fri 04 Feb 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tim Licata & Natalie Toyne

Venue

The Gallery Bar
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

Join us for a dinner party with a difference – an anarchic artistic meal hosted by some of your favourite MANIPULATE artists. Tim Licata & Plutôt La Vie invite you to an evening of illusion where everything may not be what it seems… a mesmerising evening of intimate performance including song, spoken word and, of course, magic.

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Sat 05 Feb 2022 @ 10:45 am - 11:45 am

MANIPULATE Festival

Venue

The Meadows

Connect with other animators, enthusiasts and producers to share and exchange ideas, whilst strolling through Edinburgh’s Meadows. Whilst being a great practical way to connect with other professionals no matter the current pandemic restrictions, walking and talking has also been shown to increase creative thinking, as well as to encourage honest and productive conversations.

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Sat 05 Feb 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

MANIPULATE Festival

Venue

Red Lecture Theatre

Celebrating extraordinary and award-winning female and non-binary animators from around the globe, MANIPULATE is delighted to present Animated Womxn for the second year running. The programme features work employing a wide range of techniques, textures and styles and includes some of the most decorated shorts in this year’s festival season.

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Sat 05 Feb 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 8:55 pm

Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen

Venue

Red Lecture Theatre

My Favourite War is an animated documentary telling the personal story of its director, Ilze, about her growing up in the Cold-War USSR. It is an exciting coming-of-age story about finding one’s own identity, truth and loyalty. The film is about choices a girl has to make in a very young age, then getting wiser and finding courage to speak out. This screening is in Latvian with English closed captions.

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Thu 19 May 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Company of Wolves

Venue

Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

Brutus and Cassius fear Caesar will crown himself king. But when they kill Caesar, they unleash forces that threaten to tear their world apart. Five actors immerse us in Shakespeare’s play, creating a world on the brink of crisis, teeming with crowds and politics: a wild ride from the streets of Rome to the steps of the Capitol, from whispers in the night to outright war.

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Fri 20 May 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Company of Wolves

Venue

Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
Phone:
0131 560 1580

Brutus and Cassius fear Caesar will crown himself king. But when they kill Caesar, they unleash forces that threaten to tear their world apart. Five actors immerse us in Shakespeare’s play, creating a world on the brink of crisis, teeming with crowds and politics: a wild ride from the streets of Rome to the steps of the Capitol, from whispers in the night to outright war.