Playing with Books

Playing with Books

Using performance and music to discuss books on stage is highly appealing and we offer innovative events which play with the idea. Our partnership with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre takes three of the most talked-about books of the year, Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project, and James Kelman’s Dirt Road, and creates short dramatic presentations. Amongst the other events in this strand are renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie, Ishbel McFarlane’s interactive Plan, where you get to take part in creating a New Town; cellist and composer Greg Sinclair, who turns your thoughts into your very own musical performance; and a collaboration between virtuoso pianist David Greilsammer and author David Mitchell, who take two grand pianos and Mitchell’s words to deliver a UK premiere performance.

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Sunday 13 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Inspired by an obscure 80s novel, actor and writer Mark Kydd has woven together fact and fiction to create There Were Two Brothers, an intimate, funny and heartfelt show about his experience of growing up gay in Scotland. Join Kydd for an unexpected...

A Piece of You

Monday 14 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Monday 14 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Inspired by an obscure 80s novel, actor and writer Mark Kydd has woven together fact and fiction to create There Were Two Brothers, an intimate, funny and heartfelt show about his experience of growing up gay in Scotland. Join Kydd for an unexpected...

A Piece of You

Tuesday 15 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

A Piece of You

Wednesday 16 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

A Piece of You

Thursday 17 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

Aidan O'Rourke, James Robertson & Kit Downes

A Tune and a Story a Day

Thursday 17 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke was inspired to write a tune a day for a whole year as a musical response to James Robertson’s book, 365, itself a collection of stories written on, and for, each day of the year. One year on, join O’Rourke and...

Lord Fox

A Tale for Our Times

Thursday 17 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

From songmaker Kirsty Law, author Kirsty Logan and contemporary harpist Esther Swift comes a dark and transporting new performance, Lord Fox. Inspired by the traditional tale of seduction, curiosity, violence and revenge, this show is a contemporary...

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