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Venue 40 Quaker Meeting House

Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh

Box Office Phone: (0131) 220-6109


Week 1 Mon 8 - Sat 13 August

A tailor sets out on a magnificent journey… a frog helps a princess in need… a young prince goes in search of a mysterious thief… a king gets lost in the forest… four tales that takes us along with the hero and heroine into the magical world of a quest…


The Valiant Little Tailor: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 - 10.45


The Golden Bird: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10.00 - 10.45


The Frog Prince or faithful Henry: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11.00 - 11.45


The Six Swans: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 11.00 - 11.45



Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone is the tragic account of a cursed king who has murdered his father, wed his mother and thereby destroyed his family.  This World Premier homage to Sophocles is a stunningly visual treatment of the great Theban Plays. A powerful blend of classical European and Asian Theatre creating a wonderful theatrical experience.

Tobias and the Angel is James Bridie’s lovely adventure story, a forgotten masterpiece by one of Scotland’s foremost playwrights.  Tobias, dog and disguised angel Raphael travel over mountains, meeting a crocodile, bandits, beautiful maidens and a demon.  Set in the Middle East and colourfully costumed.  A great family play.

Singing Harp - Tales of enchantment from the Brothers Grimm

Singing Harp presents time-honoured fairy tales and myths in enchanting, memorable productions.  Arabian princesses, crusty old  frogs, evil brothers, and magic foxes tell the story of Everyman’s struggle and triumph in the face of great obstacles.  The tales unfold through movement, storytelling, masks, marionettes, and live harp music. £5 (£3.50).

Oedipus; Oedipyus at Colunus; Antigone - Performance Exchange Theatre 14.30 - 15.30

We welcome back Performance Exchange for their ninth year, bringing their twelfth production to Venue 40. This London/Tokyo based touring company has developed an acclaimed reputation for their sublime and powerful blends of classical European and Japanese theatre, creating a stunning theatrical experience. Tickets £5.50 (£4.50).

Tobias and the Angel - Union Theatre 12.15 - 13.45

Union Theatre is an established theatre group based in Solihull, near Birmingham, England.  Its repertoire includes a wide range of classical and new plays, musicals, traditional entertainment and portable community theatre.  Previous productions Salad Days and Two Gentlemen of Verona received four star reviews. £6 (£5).

A Remarkable Story is a drama based on the aftermath of Pan Am Flight 103, its effect on people’s lives, and the search for redemption. The play is performed by students and graduates from the Syracuse University Drama Department in New York.

A Remarkable Story - Syracuse University Drama Department

Part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, the Drama Department offers BFA degrees in acting, musical theatre, design/technical theatre and stage management. Housed in the same facility as the professional theatre Syracuse Stage, the Department combines outstanding training with a variety of experience opportunities. £8 (£6)

Daily life in Bethlehem, Palestine, through the eyes of teenage Palestinian girls during the second Intifada.  A diary-writing project in English classes has led to this vivid dramatic realisation, showing how students have learned to cope with the negative and traumatic experiences of daily living, presented by the girls themselves.

Our Diaries Through the Wall - Stars of Bethlehem

The Stars of Bethlehem is the drama group of St Joseph’s School in Bethlehem, a multicultural school for Palestinian girls founded by the Order of Sisters of St Joseph in 1853.  You are unlikely to see another school-based company like this one at this year’s Fringe!

£6 (£4)

Alan Bennett’s cynical but irresistibly outrageous comedy featuring the Wicksteeds; a larger than life family  living in Brighton during the ‘70s  “permissive society”.  A comedy of manners and morality laced with black humour, poking fun at our vanity, pride and carnal desires.  Join the Wicksteeds on the ROLLER-COASTER OF LOVE!

Habeas Corpus - Edwards Theatre Company

Edward’s Theatre Company aims to produce a wide variety of work  and to present it to as broad an audience as possible.  The company returns to the Fringe after last year’s major success – Stephen Jeffries’ The Clinkand the more recent run away hit Stags & Hens (Willy Russell)

£6 (£4)