What’s On at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017?

Woman in a silver snail costume smiles at the camera. She's wearing headphones and is surrounded by children.
Caroline Bowditch - Adventures of Snigel. Photo by Ruth Armstrong

What’s On at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017?

It’s June, and the performing arts world is gearing up for another Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Artists and companies from all continents, backgrounds and styles will be offering the biggest diversity of work in one place. Unlimited Project Manager Clara Giraud shares our list of things to see.

This year, Unlimited is looking forward to hosting ‘Beyond Tick Boxes’ – a panel discussion at Fringe Central. Bringing to the stage artists and organisations that have worked together to create significant changes to open up buildings to disabled artists and audiences, we hope to get an insight into the nuts and bolts of change-making. The one hour discussion will focus on lived experiences and ask what arts professionals in the room might take away to apply in their own practices, venue-based or not. It will move on into a facilitated networking event in the same building, so come join us to meet some like-minded people!

Also part of the showcase is Unlimited alumna Touretteshero’s performance of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Not I‘, taking a ground-breaking approach to a seminal piece of work.

The Made in Scotland Showcase includes Caroline Bowditch’s ‘Snigel and Friends’, a development of a project commissioned by Unlimited last year bringing an experience for the youngest of audiences ages 0-1.

Unlimited-commissioned artist Jackie Hagan’s work is featured too, as Graeae Theatre Company put on a play she wrote last year: ‘Cosmic Scallies’, performed all month.

Other highlights of performances by disabled artists or touching on themes of disability include:

‘Mia: Daughters of Fortune’, a Mind The Gap production, directed by Joyce Ngayu Lee

A Poke in the Eye and ‘The Morrell High Ground’ by Georgie Morrell

Hidden’ by Gary Thomas

Guardians of Imperfection‘, Dutch comedians at the Laughing Horse

Designated Driver’, comedy by Jamie MacDonald

Taking Flight’ by RoguePlay Theatre

Deaf Comedy Fam’ by Ray Bradshaw

Every Brilliant Thing’ by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company

Labels’ by Worklight Theatre

Lost Voice Guy: ‘Inspiration Porn’ at the Stand Up Comedy Club

The Shape of the Pain’ by China Plate, Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe

PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)‘ by Viv Gordon

Help!‘ by Viki Browne

Have you got anything to add to our list? Let us know by tweeting us @weareunltd or emailing james@artsadmin.co.uk. We can’t wait to experience all this brilliant work, and to hear your thoughts. Off we go to continue our careful festival planning!


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