Globophobia to open new Edinburgh theatre space

Oct 30 2013 | By More

As yet unnamed theatre pops open 7 November

Hazel DuBourdieu, Joseph Brown and Ashley McLean in the original production of Globophobia. Photo ©  Natalia Equihua

Hazel DuBourdieu, Joseph Brown and Ashley McLean in the original production of Globophobia. Photo © Natalia Equihua

By Thom Dibdin

Edinburgh’s newest theatre space, the 35-seat “Theatre With No Name” is to open next week on Thursday 7 November with a welcome return of fringe hit Globophobia.

The theatre is in Studio G1 at the Arts Complex in St Margaret’s House, London Road and is home to Black Dingo Productions. A name for the space will be unveiled at a launch party this Saturday, 2 November.

Globophobia, the first production from Edinburgh-based company Urban Fox Theatre, has been reworked slightly for the revival and runs at an extra 20 minutes.

Written by Dave Fargnoli and Lindsay Miller in collaboration with director Amy Gilmartin, from an idea of Gilmartin’s, it premiered at the Sweet venue in the Grassmarket this August.

Based around different kinds of fears – globophobia is the irrational fear of balloons – the tightly winding script explores the destabilising, debilitating effect which fear of any kind can have on an individual.

Over its 25 fringe shows it sold 92% of all tickets, with 21 shows sold out completely in the tiny box-space of a converted hotel room. The new theatre will provide a larger performance area, according to publicist Leila Frank

Frank told Æ: “The stage is 5m square and so far there are 35 raked seats with hopes to expand that to 45. There is also an overhead lighting rig and small sound system. The basic stage equipment includes four upright flats to create wing space.”

Black Dingo Productions is a not-for-profit organisation with a DIY ethic, according to founder David McFarlane. It supports Edinburgh’s emerging professional theatre talent year-round, is committed to making  theatre affordable at £5 a show, and takes theatre experiences beyond the city’s beaten track.

Following the performances at the Arts Complex, Urban Fox Theatre will tour Globophobia to the Old Hairdressers in Glasgow on 10 and 11 November. The company is one of those taking part in Edinburgh Unites: Theatre Uncut, at Summerhall on 15 November.

Details of the fringe version of Globophobia are available on the Urban Fox Theatre blog:

Thurs 7 – Sat 9 November 2013; 7.30pm (90 minutes).
Studio G1, Studio G21, Art’s Complex, St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, EH7 6AE
Tickets £5. Advance tickets from


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