Electric Dreams
Jack Dome, Pleasance Dome, 5th – 30th August, 3.50pm, (Venue 23)

Three-times Scotsman Hot Show recipients (To The End of The World, Clockheart Boy, The Pearl) return to Edinburgh with their explosive new piece inspired by the ideas in Naomi Klein’s ground breaking book, The Shock Doctrine.

Rose can’t remember the first 18 years of her life. What happened to her?

Seeking to unravel this mystery she turns investigator, piecing together her history from fragmented memories, documents and dreams.

Using live music and video, Electric Dreams journeys from 1950’s Canada to the Iraq war; but does exploring the past offer a warning for the future?

an imaginative joy to behold” ****, The Scotsman on The Pearl



Am I Dead Yet?
Traverse Theatre, 18th – 30th August, (11.15pm apart from 20th/26th performance at 11.30pm) 

Death is no longer a moment. It is a process. A process that can be reversed.

Two friends, talking (and singing) about what happens when we die, how we think about dying and, most importantly, how some of us might be brought back.

Performed by Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe, Am I Dead Yet? is filled with stories and songs about death and dying, and about how we don’t talk about it enough.

A brand new show from 'the excellent Unlimited Theatre' (The Guardian), inspired by research into contemporary developments in resuscitation science, and made in collaboration with Emergency Care professionals.


Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015.




The Encounter

Inspired by the novel Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu
Director and performer Simon McBurney
Design Michael Levine
Sound Gareth Fry
Lighting Paul Anderson

Edinburgh International Festival (EIF)
Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre
8th – 23rd August 2015
2.30pm / 7.30pm

Twenty years ago Simon McBurney was given a book.

Written by a Romanian who escaped the Ceaușescu regime to reinvent himself as a Los Angeles screenwriter, the book, Amazon Beaming, tells the story of photographer Loren McIntyre, who, in 1969, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that changed his life, bringing the limits of human consciousness into startling focus.

Taking Petru Popescu’s account of McIntyre’s journey as its compass and using binaural technology to build an intimate and shifting world of sound, Complicite’s new production is an exploration of nature, time, and our own consciousness.

A Complicite co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, the Barbican, London, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre Vidy- Lausanne and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by Sennheiser.

Headphones will be worn by the audience throughout this performance.

Approx 2 hours 

Age guidance 12+


To book tickets: 

Visit the EIF Website: http://www.eif.co.uk/2015/encounter#.VYAOikKyWpM 

Call the EIF Box Office: 0131 473 2000

The Mechanical Animal Corporation

The Mechanical Animal Corporation
The Temptation of St Anthony 
Summerhall, 13th – 30th August, 9.15pm, (Venue 26)

THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY is inspired by the ancient legend of a man who spent 35 years in solitude in the Egyptian desert. This Wellcome Trust-supported ensemble performance explores, through song and body, landscapes where mental health and religious experience collide. 

How to treat a religiously-orientated mental illness? This is a problem faced today by psychiatrists in treating patients who believe they are possessed by spirits. Is there a limit to what Western medicine can heal, when faced with a dark night of the soul? With insight from psychiatry and anthropology, this show plunges soul-first into the human experience of spirit possession.

A PANEL TALK, exploring the show's themes with views from the creative team and psychiatrist Dr. Hugh Grant-Peterkin, will take place on Monday 17 August, 3.30pm, at Summerhall. Tickets are £3 and can be purchased from Summerhall box office.

THE MECHANICAL ANIMAL CORPORATION is a Bristol-based company, led by director Tom Bailey (Nightwalk, Bristol Mayfest / National Trust; Death & The Ploughman, Tobacco Factory Theatres).  In addition to Wellcome Trust support, Egypt-based research into St. Anthony was conducted in residence with El Warsha theatre company, Cairo, supported by The British Council Egypt and Arts Council England. 



Sparkle and Dark

Sparkle and Dark
I am Beast
Pleasance Courtyard, 5th – 31st August, 3.20pm, (Venue 33)

 What happens when the wildest parts of your imagination take control? Yearning for escape, Ellie journeys through a flickering world of bewitching friends and comicbook superheroes. But as the walls of her new world begin to blur, Ellie must finally face the truth behind her fantasies.

Following on the acclaimed success of ‘Killing Roger’, Sparkle and Dark return with a visually stunning exploration of the power of grief and childish imagination, using original live music and life-sized puppetry.

A post show Q & A will be held in the space after performances on Monday 17th and Monday 24th August. 

I AM BEAST is currently being developed with support from an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust and funding from the Arts Council.