Playing with Books

Playing with Books
This brilliant theatrical journey into books returns, bringing stories to life in the most unexpected ways right in front of your eyes. This year we have lined up events featuring hip hop, opera, music and more, plus special performances involving artists from Rwanda, South Africa, Australia, and of course Edinburgh. Our partnership with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh continues with special one-off performances exploring three of the most interesting books of recent years: Isabel Greenberg’s graphic novel The One Hundred Nights of Hero; Mexican superstar Yuri Herrera and his noir classic Signs Preceding the End of the World; and Scotland’s own literary leading light Ali Smith with her much-loved How to Be Both.
 
What’s more, we have our first digital event. Presented in partnership with Fire Exit and written by David Leddy, The Right Kind of Chaos is a unique book where, over a 10-day period, readers receive a series of strange, unsettling instructions via the text messaging service WhatsApp. A mysterious political strategist who claims to be an old friend teaches you how to survive in the land of the free. Combining digital technology with innovative storytelling, rich socio-political research and a uniquely unnerving emotional punch, The Right Kind of Chaos is like fragmented poetry for a disjointed digital world. Sign-up is easy (and free): text the word 'SUBSCRIBE' to +44 7411 228363 on WhatsApp and follow the cues.

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

A Theatrical Exploration

Saturday 11 August 17:15 - 18:45

A gorgeous follow-up to her graphic novel The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, Isabel Greenberg’s The One Hundred Nights of Hero is set in the same world. It's a rich tapestry of folk tales and myths highlighting a secret legacy of female storytellers. We...

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Gaelic Books Council: 50 Years

Saturday 11 August 19:00 - 20:00

The Gaelic Books Council celebrates 50 years of Gaelic writing and publishing this year. Join them for a showcase event and immerse yourself in a cornucopia of images, songs, music and Gaelic literary readings. With a star-studded line-up including...
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The Hidden

An Interactive Theatre Experience

Monday 13 August 14:00 - 15:30

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The Hidden

An Interactive Theatre Experience

Monday 13 August 18:00 - 19:30

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The Hidden

An Interactive Theatre Experience

Tuesday 14 August 14:00 - 15:30

The Hidden

An Interactive Theatre Experience

Tuesday 14 August 18:00 - 19:30

We’ve partnered with acclaimed Glasgow-based theatre company Visible Fictions to present a meticulously crafted dramatic interactive theatre experience, created by Dougie Irvine and Cameron Hall.
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The Hidden

An Interactive Theatre Experience

Wednesday 15 August 14:00 - 15:30

Life & Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee

Playing with Books

Wednesday 15 August 20:30 - 21:30

In partnership with the Man Booker Prize and Story Machine Productions we present a live show based upon Life & Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 1983. In a country riven by war, Michael K sets out from his home in...

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