A 1970’s caravan is the stage for outdoor performances, letting the audience escape into a wildly different world where no experience is ever the same. Visual Theatre incorporating puppetry, object, and physical theatre with live soundscapes to get lost in, no dialogue. ‘Swallow the Sea’s shows take delicate steps into the imagination’ (Guardian). ‘Perfectly pitched’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre offer a real Fringe experience – amusing, slightly bizarre and definitely memorable’ **** (BroadwayWorld.com). MadeInScotlandShowcase.com
A time-travel ride through the evolution of sexes, celebrating our diverse gender identities and sexualities. Packed with humour and DIY tech, this is a playful new take on sex education from the award-winning team behind Eaten. ‘Astoundingly original… nothing short of genius’ ***** (Sunday Herald, on Eaten). ‘Daringly inventive’ **** (Stage, on Eaten). An eye-opening experience for teenagers, and everyone who missed the sex education they deserved at school! ‘Utterly hilarious, while touching on serious themes… a masterclass in media-heavy performance art’ (Exeunt Magazine, on Sex Education Xplorers (S.E.X.) scratch performance). MadeInScotlandShowcase.com
Bogha-frois: Queer Voices in Folk (Scottish Gaelic for Rainbow) is a community of queer folk musicians based in Scotland and beyond. The community provides a platform for LGBTQIA+ musicians in the trad and folk arts to create performances and collaboration which reflect the queer experience. Showcased to rave reviews at Celtic Connections 2019 and 2020, the project featured on BBC Radio 6 Music as part of their Loud and Proud season. Performers include Man of the Minch, Radio Scotland Songwriter Award winner Mike McKenzie, composer and piper Malin Lewis, Marit Falt, and more.
Playing for the first time since ‘you-know-what’, Neil Pennycook and band take to the stage to perform material spanning Meursault’s entire back catalogue, as well as a few sly nods to future releases. Featuring a line up of familiar faces, this incarnation of the Meursault live band are champing at the bit to get on stage and deliver to the audience the unique musical blend that Neil and his cohorts are known for.
City Breakz is an outdoor pop-up hip-hop performance trail taking over unexpected places in city and town landscapes, where anything can become a dancefloor. Four dancers – each armed with a patch of linoleum and sound system – journey through urban environments, throwing shapes as they navigate the uneven surfaces and gradients of the city. Will they find each other in time for the final showdown? It’s hip-hop… but not as you know it. Funded by Creative Scotland Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance. Supported by: The Workroom, Merchant City Festival, The Brunton, Summerhall and Tramway Residency Programme.
Drawings of Dromedaries (and Other Creatures). Included in the spectacle are puffins, cats, frogs, French dogs, elephants and armoured creatures – a combination of new pieces and species and a batch selected from an extensive back catalogue. Includes some plant-based material and rhyming language. A performance devised to suit adults, but of interest to some nine-year-olds. ‘Awesomely mundane’ (Independent).
My Car Plays Tapes is the new storytelling show by John Osborne, about getting older, jobs, cars that don’t really work and how to make big decisions with your life. From the creator of John Peel’s Shed ***** (Scotsman).
Drawing on a deep lifelong immersion in diverse cultures and an array of pioneering experiences, Scotland’s ‘musical alchemist’ (World Music Report) offers a revelatory new vision for the art of solo guitar. In Pashyanti [Sanskrit: the junction point between the ordinary waking state and pure consciousness] Simon explores every facet of the instrument, from ‘shimmering, fluttering delicacy’ (List) and ‘shifting rhythmic complexity’ (Songlines), to ‘primal, multi-layered sounds’ (Caleidoscope). ‘Punjabi folk song, flamenco and Sephardic music, Sanskrit alchemy and Gaelic folklore… they all seem grist to the mill for Simon Thacker’ (Scotsman). MadeInScotlandShowcase.com
The stars are empty, the moon has fallen from the sky and the mountains are full of monsters. Barri collects newspaper clippings and listens to vinyl in her grandmother’s attic. Sam is trying to outrun a community support officer investigating the murder of several domestic badgers. Weaved from folklore and fable Every Wild Beast is about fear, fate and running away from really big scary things. Sell-out show, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016.
Sacred Paws don’t take things too seriously. You can hear it all the way through a conversation with its two members, guitarist Rachel Aggs and drummer Eilidh Rodgers, punctuated by rolls of giggles and thoughtful pauses, and you can hear it in the light touch they bring to their music. The Glasgow-based band bring that fun and light touch to Summerhall, performing songs from SAY Award-winning album Strike a Match and acclaimed follow-up Run Around The Sun, which showcase their unique blend of shimmering guitar riffs, snappy beats and swooning melodies.
Stanley Odd make music for people that get tongue-tied talking to girls; clumsy people that dance awkwardly in their bedrooms; people that are generally uncomfortable in social situations; those for whom fashion-sense is an oxymoron; avid readers of science fiction and comic books; anyone who prefers literary figures to viewing figures; disciples and architects of counter-culture. Stay Odd.
Kapil Seshasayee is a polymath and a true original talent, both as a songwriter and as a soundsmith, a one-man combination of Scott Walker, Blood Orange, Arca and Richard Dawson. Combining electronica flourishes evoking FKA Twigs with Indian Classical guitar ornamentations, stunning vocals and a penchant for unorthodox instrumentation such as the aquaphone. Building on his acclaimed debut album A Sacred Bore – featured in Pitchfork, VICE, BBC Introducing, The Guardian, The Quietus, and Rolling Stone India – Kapil makes a psychedelic crossover of R&B and avant Indian classical on his upcoming album, Laal.
Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter. Performing solo and as frontman of the New Outfit, Hawk’s ability to surprise, enchant and bewilder has secured his status as one of the more endearing figures on the Scottish contemporary music scene.
Carla J Easton is a brilliant songwriter, singer and filmmaker from Glasgow. Having released four critically acclaimed albums under her own name, Easton has been championed by BBC Radio 6 Music, performed at festivals internationally and toured with Camera Obscura, The Vaselines and Aidan Moffat. In 2018, she released the SAY Award shortlisted Impossible Stuff, produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen) achieving Record of the Day, Guardian Track of the Week and BBC Scotland Single of the Week. Her third album WEIRDO, released in 2020, has been described as ‘all volume needles buried in the red, glitter bursting from every chorus’.
Edinburgh’s community radio station EHFM celebrates three years on the airwaves with a special live show from local legend Other Lands. Having released on Firecracker Recordings and Athens of the North – as well as Rush Hour and Dekmantel under previous monicker Fudge Fingas – his catalogue ranges from meditative to euphoric, drawing as much from Ivor Cutler as it does from Detroit Techno. This rare outing will see Other Lands showing off his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, weaving past and present materials with help from some good pals.