Scottish Storytelling Centre Listings

Upcoming shows at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.
Phone booking: 0131 556 9579
Website: https://scottishstorytellingcentre.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre. Pic: Thom Dibdin

A vibrant arts venue situated next to John Knox House – with which it shares a box office – with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events and festivals. Most events take place in the 99 seat Netherbow Theatre, which is accessible via lift.

Here, we list the theatre shows. Click on the name of the show or the Book Here link for more information and to go to its ticketing site.

May 2024

The Yellow Canary (Tashi Gore)
Part of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2024
Tue 28 – Sat 30 May 2024.

Tue: 1pm & 7pm; Wed/Thurs: 10am & 1pm.
Performance maker Tashi Gore uncovers the real-life journey her uncle Bernard took as a young Jewish boy, forced to leave his home city of Paris with just his parents and his pet canary for company. Book here.

June 2024

The Moira Trilogy (Alan Bissett)
Sat 1 June 2024.
Evening: 6.30pm.
Alan Bissett performs the complete, hilarious story of Falkirk’s Hardest Woman Moira Bell. Cleaner and single-mum Moira lets rip about her neighbour’s dug, blasting oot Diana Ross at the Scotia karaoke night, watching Scotland get gubbed (again), dealing with cheeky c**ts on the train, cleaning posh folks’ hooses, and, of course, surviving lockdown with only vodka, fags and her long-suffering BFF Babs for company. Book here.

Burn the Little Witches (Strange Town)
Fri 7/Sat 8 June 2024.
Fri: 6.30pm; Sat: 8.30pm.
AAsh fights to save her school as the council decide to close it, but rumours are rife: with only 20 pupils, someone must be leaving – but who? Written by Daniel Orejon. Directed by Amy Wilson. Performed by the Strange Town 11-14 group (Fridays). Book here.

Hacksilver (Strange Town)
Fri 7/Sat 8 June 2024.
Fri: 8.30pm; Sat: 6.30pm.

In 1215, in a sleepy Fife village, a quiet, anxious boy hears the voice of angels. Spurred on by his sister, poor Sholto finds himself at the head of a Children’s Crusade hoping to save the world. Written by Jen McGregor. Directed by James Beagon. Performed by the Strange Town 11-14 group (Wednesdays). Book here.

Monster Force! Engage! (Strange Town)
Sat 8/Sun 9 June 2024.
Sat: 3pm; Sun: 11.30am
Mum and Dad are asleep, and something is lurking under the bed… Who will battle the things that go bump in the night? Monster Force! Engage! On hand to save your bedroom, capturing Sockmonsters, Fartmonsters and more, nothing could possibly go wrong… right? Written by Tim Primrose. Directed by Catherine Ward-Stoddart. Performed by the Strange Town 8-10s group (Fridays). Book here.

The Astrolo-J Monologues (Jordy Joans)
Sat 29 June 2024.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Join Non-Binary Diva Jordy Joans at the afters in her very own living room for their first-ever interactive cabaret. Featuring original monologues about why dating men of all star signs doesn’t work and covering highs and lows of dating within Edinburgh’s queer community. Book here.

July 2024

LIFE  (Work-in-Progress)
Sun 7 July 2024.
Matinee: 3pm.
Estelle models for The Artist. Despite decades of experience, she has never sat for a session like this and with such an outcome, both unexpected and inevitable. Maria MacDonell (Miss Lindsay’s Secret) and Mark Coleman with a work-in-progress performance. Followed by a feedback session to which all are invited. Book here.

November 2024

Men Don’t Talk (SMHAF)
Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2024
Sat 16/Sun 17 Nov 2024.

Sat: 7.30pm; Sun: 2.30pm.
Three men find banter, bird boxes and biscuits in a fictional shed. Clare Prenton’s poignant, hilarious, moving and thought-provoking play explores the myth that ‘men don’t talk’, celebrating companionship, camaraderie and custard creams. Book here.