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.

Imagined Theatres

Visions of the World on Stage

Thursday 17 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Imagined Theatres is a unique flight of fancy, a daring project of the imagination. Inspired by Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges, American theatre maker Daniel Sack asked 121 writers and artists to respond with new visions of the world, no more than...

A Piece of You

Friday 18 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

Friday 18 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...

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Saturday 19 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...

Charles Causley 100 Years

A One of a Kind Performance

Sunday 20 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Born a century ago, Charles Causley's legacy and influence continue to this day not least in the work of today's presenter Roger McGough. Causley's former home, Cyprus Well, is now a centre where writers, musicians and artists are supported by The...

Caroline Brothers & Oliver Emanuel

From Page to Performance

Thursday 24 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Hinterland by Caroline Brothers is a story about two displaced children, homeless and invisible in a foreign land. Playwright Oliver Emanuel has taken this book and, mixing graphic novel with diorama, adapted it for the stage, drawing the audience into...

Dirt Road by James Kelman

A Theatrical Exploration

Saturday 26 August 8:00pm - 9:30pm

In his latest novel, James Kelman explores the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love, the lure of the open road and the power of music. Today, in a co-production with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre, we present a theatrical exploration of...

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