Upper Church in Summerhall is the home of our Edinburgh Acting Foundation Course as well as a venue during the Edinburgh Fringe.

2018 Edinburgh Fringe Events and Productions

We were delighted to host our third season of events and productions (listed below) throughout the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Upper Church in Summerhall.

Annie Saunders & Becca Wolff, Wilderness, Aurora Nova, Boat Rocker presents:

Our Country

Photograph credit: Ian Stroud

'A striking dream world... one of the most ambitious pieces we have ever presented' (Anna Woo, The Getty Villa). California’s marijuana country: the still-Wild West. Annie conducts a forensic exploration of 'the facts' about her outlaw weed farmer brother as this genre-bending work slips into disputed territory: childhood memories.

Performance dates: 1-26 August 2018

Compagnie Cornelius, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, RBC presents:

Nell Needs A Holiday: The Musical

A Belgian popstar moves to London to steal the job of British popstars. Luckily, austerity is there to stop her. A witty pop-opera about a girl called Nele who turns her life into a big international mess because she wants to be famous on the other side of the English Channel.

Performance dates: 1-26 August 2018


Come To Daddy

‘The children grabbed him (the father) and put him on the table. And he became the food. They took him apart, dismembered him. Ate him up. And so he was liquidated… the same way he liquidated his children.’ Louise Bourgeois, The Destruction of The Father (1974). Originally devised by the company and directed by Sammy Metcalfe. Come To Daddy: Live art mash-up of art history and family history, exploring the long journey to the here and now. The performance takes inspiration from the work of Polish theatre director Tadeusz Kantor and the Cricot2 Theatre.

Performance dates: 3-12 August 2018

Company of Wolves presents:


Scotland’s acclaimed Company of Wolves reimagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance. Fusing storytelling, movement and song, Achilles is the epic story of a man’s exorcism: a burning out of his grief, his rage and his humanity. Company of Wolves are a laboratory theatre company based in Glasgow. They make performance by experiment, using elements of theatre, dance, music and improvisation to craft unique and compelling pieces that speak directly to the times in which we live.

Performance dates: 3-12 August 2018


Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev's The Useless Room presents:

The Last One

The Last One is brutal physical theatre created by Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev. Evoked by the song of the last Kauai O’o bird, waiting for a response that will never come to its call for a mate.  Drawing on the metaphysically anxious writings of Polish artist and writer Witkacy to create a piece which fights against our inertia towards destruction.

Performance dates: 3 - 22 August 2018

Ur Medëa 

“It’s human; we all put self-interest first.”

Made in the UK and Georgia, Ur Medëa confronts our world of infinite choices, and moral relativism, with the consequences of remote clandestine wars and the distant awakening of a brutality that finds its way home back into our dreams of family. Merging traditional and contemporary live music, physical and dramatic action an ensemble of 16 international performers create a vivid, beautiful and haunting vision of the catastrophes we seek to deny in our pursuit of personal happiness. What happens in the past rarely stays in the past.

Performance dates: 7-11 August 2018


Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, RBC presents:

De Fuut

Winner of the Best International Performance Award at the 2017 Amsterdam Fringe and hit of the 2018 Brighton Fringe. Performer and playwright Bastiaan Vandendriessche’s gripping new play invites his audience to step into a darkly woven and deceptive story about his time as a leader of the Seascouts in Ghent six years ago. “The thing I love about Lolita is that you’re completely consumed and engrossed by the ardent passion of a man, who is forever doomed to crave something sinister, something twisted.” Using the power of theatre to be truly honest about his feelings of sexuality and unsettling desire wrapped up and buried within a charming persona, Vandendriessche asks his audience in these times of moral ambiguity if they believe that admiration is ever endless.

Performance dates: 8-26 August 2018

Seemia Theatre presents:

Evros | The Crossing River

Photograph credit: Arash Ashtiani

Follow Doaa who dreams of a better life amongst a backdrop of war, terror and enduring love. The boy from the local garden centre, whose tranquil existence amongst the flowers is torn apart. A mother who cannot keep her children safe. This immersive experience envelopes you into the current refugee crisis challenging the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’. Evros explodes with Seemia’s unique blend of storytelling, musicality and physical theatre. Devised with support from Arcola Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen and Arts Council England.

Performance dates: 13-26 August 2018


National Youth Theatre presents:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Following two critically-acclaimed sell-out runs, the National Youth Theatre present the Edinburgh debut of Mohsin Hamid’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist adapted for stage by Stephanie Street and directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah.

Drink tea in a Lahore café with Changez, as he traces his journey back from an America gripped with fear and retribution in the wake of 9/11. A tale for our times that speaks directly to a world that still lives in fear of the ‘other’.

Performance dates: 13-26 August 2018


Sunday's Child presents:

Get Rreel

The world’s biggest girl band Get Rreel are on the brink of collapse. They are at the height of their fame, and playing sold-out stadiums worldwide. But backstage their lives are crumbling. This documentary style physical theatre piece will give a window into their lives on their final tour, as they fight tooth and nail to save their careers and their relationships. Brought to you by award winning Irish company Sunday’s Child.

Performance dates: 14-26 August 2018

Prime Cut Productions presents:

East Belfast Boy


Meet Davy.  The things he sees. His streets. His mates. His girl and… The Boys.  With pumping techno, pulverising movement and street sharp poetry, East Belfast Boy is a cliché-free zone.  Directed by Emma Jordan. Choreography by Oona Doherty. Sound design by Phil Kieran. Featuring Ryan McParland as Davy

Based in Belfast, Prime Cut Productions is one of Northern Ireland’s leading independent theatre producers, last seen at Summerhall with the multi award-winning Scorch by Stacey Gregg.

Performance dates: 14-26 August 2018

Bert and Nasi presents:

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas 

Following the success of the Total Theatre Award-winning Palmyra and Eurohouse, Bert and Nasi present an exclusive work-in-progress showing of their latest piece.

Part open rehearsal, part durational performance, the final piece in this loose trilogy of work looks at the left through the prism of the right, considering the polarization of political debate and the rise of populism across nations; amid the ruins of unresolved conflict, Bert and Nasi explore whether we can still come together on common ground, however unsteady.

Performance dates: 25 & 26 August 2018

Rose Bruford at Upper Church (entrance via Hope Park Terrace)
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Edinburgh Acting Foundation Course

Our popular 20 week Acting Foundation Course will run from Summerhall from September 2018.