Listings Mon 18 – Sun 24 Feb 2019

Feb 18 2019 | By More

What to see on Edinburgh’s Stages this week

There are big names and plenty of variety on Edinburgh’s stages this week, as the Jersey Boys return to the Playhouse, Ulster America returns to the Traverse and the SCDA One Act Festival flits in to the Church Hill Theatre.

In fact that SCDA festival, combined with the Pride Plays at the Traverse, makes for a huge number of different productions. That’s 18 different plays in those two festivals for starters.

For further into the future, see our listings pages: On Stage Next Week and On Stage the Following Week. The full listings of individual theatres can be found on the What’s On drop-down menu.

Assembly Roxy
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU. Phone booking: 0131 623 3030
Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End)
Wed 20 – Sat 23 February 2019
This production has been postponed
A performance about Stress – and figuring out why so many of us feel it to an unhealthy degree. It’s about fear, pressure, uncertainty. It’s about sadness and mental health and how we help ourselves. It’s about feeling like things are all A Bit Too Much and then the cat goes missing. Written and performed by Holly Gallagher and directed by Daniel Bye. Book here.

Jock Tamson’s Bairns
Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 February 2019
Evenings: 8pm (Central)
Part drag, part cabaret and part theatre, Jock Tamson’s Bairns is an immersive show where the audience is transported to an after hours gay bar and invited to speak their mind. No topic is taboo, but a respect for your fellow humans is compulsory.. Book here.

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Friday 22 February 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
The UK’s premier comedy drag show is back with a brand new hilarious fabulous glamorous show for 2019. Whatever your age, come along and join Mrs T and the “girls” for a truly magnificent night of dazzling costumes, side splitting laughter and a cast of unique characters singing and dancing all night long. Starring the sensational Paul Carroll as Mrs T, Lee Sanderson as Peggy Lee and featuring the Showcase International Dancers. Book here.

The Electrifying Mr Johnston & Bite Size
Saturday 23 February 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm
Mull Theatre with the world premiere production of this new play about one of Scotland’s great unsung heroes – Tom Johnston. Through incredible feats of engineering and political manoeuvring, he sought to transform the lives of everyone in the north of Scotland by bringing hydroelectric power to the Highlands and Islands. Book here.

Church Hill Theatre
33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
SCDA One Act Festival
Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 February 2019
Evenings: 7pm.
See preview: One Acts Ride Again for full details.

Competitive festival with 12 plays over four nights adjudicated by Dr Russell Boyce. Four teams will progress to Eastern Divisional Open Final and all youth teams will represent Edinburgh at the Eastern Divisional Youth Final.
Wednesday 20 Feb.
Mill Youth Theatre E: Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations; Arbery Productions: Bull; Harburn Players (NC): Someone For Dinner.
Thursday 21 Feb
St Kentigern’s YT- A: Antigone; Leitheatre Kirkgate: Where Are You Mary Rose?; Edinburgh Theatre Arts: Cagebirds.
Friday 22 Feb
St Kentigern’s YT -J: Just; Leitheatre Sunnyside: Zoo Story; Edinburgh Makars: Little Box Of Oblivion.
Saturday 23 Feb
Mill Youth Theatre Z: Zero For Young Dudes; Edinburgh Peoples Theatre: Our Boy; EGTG: The Actor’s Nightmare.
Book here.

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000.
Jasmin Vardimon’s : Medusa
Thursday 21 February 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Created on the coast of Barcelona and inspired by its marine life, Jasmin Vardimon presents her new work Medusa. Celebrating 20 years of the Jasmin Vardimon Company and one of the world’s leading female choreographers, this piece examines the gendered historical significance of Medusa; the myth, the symbolism and the philosophical idea of ‘reflection’. Book here.

Paul Carrack
Friday 22 February 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Paul Carrack, one of the most revered voices in music and a figurehead of soulful pop for decades returns with the new album These DaysBook here.

Balletboyz: Them and Us
Sat 23 February 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Applauded across the globe for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with two brand new works, both set to original scores by world-class composers. Book here.

King’s Theatre
2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
The Lady Vanishes
Mon 18 – Sat 23 February 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed & Sat: 2.30pm.
Æ review: ★★★★☆ Without a Hitch.

The Classic Thriller company with a new adaptation of the Hitchcock film. Socialite Iris is travelling home to England on the train when an accident introduces her to the mild-mannered Miss Froy. After her travelling companion suddenly disappears, Iris is perplexed to find that all the other passengers deny ever having seen her. Book here.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
Jersey Boys 
Tuesday 19 February – Saturday 2 March 2019
Evenings (not Sun 24): 7.30pm; Matinees Wed 20, Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm. 
The true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide. Featuring hit after legendary hit including Beggin’, December 1963 (Oh What A Night)Can’t Take My Eyes Off YouWalk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more. Book now.

Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404.
Ulster American 
Wed 20 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2019
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Fri 22 & Sat 2: 2pm (Trav 1) 
Winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award as well as a Scotsman Fringe First, the most talked-about show of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 returns fresh from a smash-hit, sold out festival run. Book here.

The Pride Plays
Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 Feb 2019
Evenings: 7pm (Trav 2)
Join Shift for Scotland’s first ever LGBTQI+ playwright festival, as part of LGBT History Month Scotland 2019. The six plays will be performed as rehearsed readings followed by a post-show discussion led by the director and playwright.
Thursday 21 Feb:
Experience – The Podcast by Steven Fraser
Hotel Eirene by Christopher Moore
Friday 22 Feb:
The Dogwood by Nelly Kelly
Bug-Eyed by Ross Wylie
Saturday 23 Feb:
Captivity by Drew Taylor
A Rom-Com by Gemma McGinley
Book here.



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