Accessible Shows at Edinburgh Fringe

2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world, will be offering three captioned performances for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors this August.

The Wheel, 18 August, 1pm, Traverse Theatre (Venue 15)

National Theatre of Scotland presents this new play by award-winning writer Zinnie Harris.

Beatriz and her sister Rosa are happily preparing for Rosa’s wedding. Their world is turned upside down when the groom arrives, pitchfork rabble in tow, ready to occupy their farm. A little girl stumbles into their world, lost and looking for her father. In a moment of determination Beatriz takes the girl to find him – and so begins an unimaginable journey. Beatriz and her charge, in their need to survive, witness more than anyone ever should.

Directed by Vicky Featherstone, this unnerving new play asks whether it is possible to travel through a world in conflict and remain unaffected. With wit, spirit and dynamism the play draws us into the quest, enchanting and challenging us with the characters and situations we encounter along the way.

Slender Threads, 19-20 August, 5.15pm, Zoo Roxy (Venue 115)

A new dance theatre piece exploring the effects of cancer diagnosis on a family. Chickenshed continues to tackle difficult subjects with panache and verve. A stylish and engaging production with original music and multimedia.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, 24 August, 2pm, Traverse @ Ghillie Dhu (Venue 236b)

An afternoon of anarchic theatre, haunting folk music and strange goings-on, created by David Greig and Wils Wilson.

One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Come and be swept along on Prudencia’s enchanting dream-like journey of self discovery, filled with magical moments, devilish encounters and wittily wild karaoke.

Inspired by the Border Ballads, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart will move and amuse as the peculiar twists in the tale unfold around you. Watching the show with refreshment to hand is strongly encouraged.

Booking details

To contact a Box Office Access Assistant, email:; Tel: 0131 226 0002; Text Relay: 0131 226 0039, or speak to the access assistants in person at the Fringe Box office during all advertised Box Office opening hours.

Other accessible performances

There will also be a number of surtitled and BSL interpreted performances. For more information please click here.

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