EdFringe22: Dance, Cabaret & Spoken Word

Aug 4 2022 | By More

Dance, Cabaret & Spoken Word, made in Edinburgh at EdFringe 2022

Edinburgh’s theatre companies have come back strong after the pandemic with 116 theatrical productions at the Fringe including many new shows and a handful of returning favourites.

Among these, we have picked out 11 shows from the Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus, the Cabaret and the Spoken word sections, which we think have a particularly theatrical element to them.

Kevin Quantum in Dark Matter at the Gilded Balloon

In order to make things clearer, we have divided the listing up into seven parts. On this page you can find an alphabetical listing of all the Dance, Cabaret and Spoken Word productions.

Here are links to the other listings:

Theatre by Edinburgh’s Amateur companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Grassroots companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Youth & Student companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Professional & Funded companies.
Musical Theatre & Opera
Children’s Theatre.


Ahead of the Curve
Unearthed Dance Company
Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
5 – 13 Aug: 19:40 (50 minutes)
Presenting an all new eclectic bill of contemporary dance work, Unearthed returns to the Fringe! An opportunity for dance lovers to delve into the energetic, charismatic and compelling nature of the company’s creative works. Further details.

Charlotte Mclean
Dance Base (Venue 22)
16 – 28 Aug (not 22): 18:00 (45 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Bold and brave
And is a tribute to all that has graced this earth. To everything. Thank you. And is a sacrifice to every emotion, even those we are yet to feel. And is an homage to: the cosmos, the minuscule, the magic and every meaningless moment. And is to observe, question, experience and fail. Further details.

Decision – An Irish Dance Play
Siamsoir Irish Dancers
Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)
5 – 27 Aug (not Suns 14, 21): 19:40 (50 minutes)
Edinburgh-based award-winning Siamsoir Irish dancers return with their fifth original show – an Irish dance play. Two very different sisters have a devastating decision to make which will test their relationship and change their lives. Told through rousing Irish dance with original music from TV and film composer Chris Tolley, this haunting and heart-warming story explores human nature when faced with loss. Further details.

Dreams of the Small Gods
Zinnia Oberski presented by Scissor Kick
Summerhall (Venue 26)
3 – 28 Aug (not 15, 22): 19:50 (50 minutes)
Dreams of the Small Gods tells the story of the awakening of Wild Woman. Naked, unselfconscious, she explores her surroundings. She passes through different states of consciousness – she is animal, human and goddess. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers
Éowyn Emerald & Dancers
Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)
5 – 21 Aug (not Suns): 13:50 (50 minutes)
Éowyn presents her acclaimed jazz dance. A buoyant look at how we can meet the challenges that cross us when we have someone to hold us up. ‘Emerald’s troupe is a real Fringe find’ ★★★★ (Scotsman). Further details.

Fire Is Not the Only Element
Morna Burdon
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
17 – 21 Aug: 17:00 (1 hour)
Full of laughter and tears, this is poetry as entertainment. Punctuated with true-life stories and song. Packed with humanity, compassion and pithy observations on life. From womanhood to war, from class and punk to love, and the beautiful game. Moving, funny, gaspingly honest. Further details.

Kevin Quantum: Dark Matter
KQ Productions
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
3 – 29 Aug (not 23): 15:30 (1 hour)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Magical genius
Kevin Quantum, trained by Penn & Teller, performs jaw-dropping illusions, taking you from belly laugh to intense confusion; transfixed to properly entertained. A night where stranger things unfold before your eyes. ‘Astonishing’ ★★★★★ (Edinburgh Evening News). Further details.

Remedy for Memory
Tess Letham and Stories Untold Productions
Dance Base (Venue 22)
23 – 28 Aug: 16:10 (1 hour)
A divine feminine fantasy broadcast live from the abstracted realms of a TV talk show. Tune in as four women explore cosmic wanderings, corporate wellbeing, discovery and desire. Join us in the search for the remedy. Further details.

Scene Africa
African Connections CIC
Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302)
3 – 29 Aug (not 15): 15:45 (1 hour)
Scene Africa celebrates African contributions to world culture through protagonist short stories intertwined with original music, dance routines and physical theatre. The ultimate South African experience presented by Morgan Njobo, director of five and four-star Fringe shows. Further details.

Sense of Centre
Jack Webb in association with Feral
Dance Base (Venue 22)
16 – 28 Aug (not 22): 15:40 (40 minutes)
Moving dance solo from award-winning choreographer Jack Webb. Dance, object manipulation and projection combine to explore our longing for home and connection. Compelling look at the body as a place of sanctuary from the modern world. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

Will Pickvance: Half Man Half Piano
Will Pickvance presented by James Seabright, directed by Owen Lewis
Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)
3 – 28 Aug (not Wed): 19:25 (1 hour)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Shimmering
New show from Edinburgh’s piano man. ‘Dexterity and inventive fusion of songs both classical and popular… singular blend of virtuosity and humour’ (List). ‘Combines epic musical improvisation, hilarity and intimate storytelling’ (ThreeWeeks). Further details.

White & Givan
Dance Base (Venue 22)
16 – 21 Aug: 19:00 (1 hour)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Dusted with gold
Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, mending broken pottery with gold or silver, Worn is an exquisite and emotive dance, that explores how the body is affected by our experiences, marks and scars that make us. Further details.


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