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Literary Round up

24th Jul 2017

What's the word on the street for the best literary inspired shows, we hear you ask? Look no further because we've got you covered. From adaptations, to bastardisations, improvisations and intoxications there is something for all the literary lovers, the barmy and the bookish!

Not taking Classics too seriously... 

George Square | 1.30pm | More Info

After five glorious years of sold-out shows, Austentatious returns to Edinburgh! Join the all-star cast as they improvise a hilarious new Jane Austen masterpiece, based on a single audience suggestion.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
George Square | 10.15pm |
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Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearian classic with a single, entirely shit-faced cast member. What could possibly go right?

The Canon
Cowgate | 2.40pm | More Info

The Canon returns in its second edition. An irrepressible sketch show featuring an all-star cast of literary favourites, from Shakespeare to E L James. We're like SparkNotes, only funny.


Adaptations, bringing your favourites to life! 

Just William’s Luck
Cowgate | 10.50am | More Info

The invincible William Brown considers he is jolly well equal to solving most of life's trickier problems, although devising a plan to get the elder brothers of the Outlaws married off might be a considerable challenge... Shedload Theatre presents a love letter to Richmal Crompton's classic characters in a fresh and dynamic adaptation.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Cowgate | 11.10am | More Info

Dorian Gray, young and beautiful, sinks deep into a frivolous lifestyle of selfish abandon, seemingly unchanged by corruption and untouched by age. But, behind a locked door, beneath a heavy curtain, Dorian's portrait tells a different story... Oscar Wilde's classic novel is brought to life in a new adaptation by award-winning Box Tale Soup, featuring puppetry and a powerful original score.


Literature for the Little ones, and the rest of the family.

Alice in Wonderland
Cowgate | 12pm | More Info

Suitable for the whole family, Lewis Carroll's classic tale is brought to life by an acclaimed company using live music, puppetry and a liberal helping of fun. 

The Tales of Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddle-Duck
Circus Hub | 12pm | More Info

Escape to Beatrix Potter's wonderful world and enjoy her timeless tales of our favourite characters Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Award winning soprano and actress Michelle Todd and the Children's Classic Concerts Festival Ensemble perform Stephen McNeff's enchanting musical settings, which have delighted audiences across the world.


Di-verse Poetry for all poetic palettes! 

Matt Abbott: Two Little Ducks
Cowgate | 2.20pm | More Info

Native to a city that voted 66% leave, Abbott uses socio-political commentary and kitchen-sink realism to illuminate and explore the chaos behind Brexit. From the aftermath of the Thatcher years to overnight pie shops and MegaBus marathons, this is poetry for the underdog from one of our leading new voices. A warm, engaging, vital and visceral spoken word experience.

Rhymes with Orange
Cowgate | 10.40pm | More Info

​Prepare to have your preconceptions of poetry shattered as London's smash-hit stand-up poetry night Rhymes With Orange returns, fresh from last year's acclaimed sell-out run.

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright 
Cowgate | 9.20pm | More Info

We all want something to believe in. It's 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics, and skuzzy indie stardom. But can he keep it all down? Following the multi award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright's second verse play deals with love, loss and belief, against a backdrop of grubby indie venues and 80s politics. 

Posted by Nicki