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Online Open-floor, Storytelling

Guid Crack: Stories of Serendipity

Take your chances and count your blessings in an evening of serendipity with storyteller Linda Perttula. Linda draws inspiration from the myths and landscapes of Scotland and her native Finland, with a particular fondness for the weird and the funny! Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night continues online, with the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Exhibition

Exhibition: Another World is Possible

The exhibition will be displayed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Sat 29 Jan - Sun 6 March. No tickets required. Please note in Feb 2022 the building is closed on Wednesdays. Aberdeen People’s Press (APP) operated between 1973 and 1984, publishing a fortnightly alternative local newspaper, pamphlets and books, as well as providing a printing service for a wide range of radical groups, community newspapers, trade unions and campaigning organisations. Originating at a time of re-thinking culture and society which took place across the western world in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, the press was an activist hub, a space for calls to action and exploring new ways of living and working together. It was no accident that Aberdeen People's Press focussed on printing and publishing, for politics and the media have always been intertwined. In the early 1970s, a new generation of politically motivated do-it-yourself printers was appropriating techniques which had up until then been used principally in offices and administrations. Suddenly groups and individuals who for years had been ignored by mainstream media were 'getting into print'. This exhibition, curated collectively by Peacock’s Visual Arts, the University of Aberdeen Special Collections, and former members of Aberdeen People's Press, reminds us that many of the issues that were addressed by APP and radical activists of the 1970s are still being disputed today – and that collective action can change lives and society.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Book Launch, Live Indoor

March in Time - Book Launch

“Two women born a century apart, can each save the other before Time claims them both?” Join Mel for a blether about her exciting novel ‘March in Time’, a story of love, betrayal and triumph. There’ll be a short presentation, followed by a chance to ask her your questions. Remember to get your copy signed before you leave!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Storytelling

Stories on the Way: The Birds’ Wedding Day

It’s coming up to the Birds' Wedding Day and what better way to celebrate the love of our feathered friends than through story. Come and enjoy the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre where the amazing apprentice storytellers will share stories in praise of birds, of spring... and of love! Hosted by Janis Mackay. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Poetry

Loud Poets

Showcasing the top spoken word talent from Scotland and the UK! From laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that Spoken word has something for everyone. Join us for our Birthday show extravaganza as we launch our brand new, better than ever season! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Flock Doc & Roll

In this workshop we are going to learn and practice 3 of Michelle’s FAVORITE openings that all foster fun character work, ensemble work, and practicing listening with our whole bodies. Flocking, The Documentary and The Confession will allow us to strengthen many improv muscles including but not limited to having fun, being funny, and supporting each other as we then pull inspiration from what is created up top to build and say yes to worlds we love playing in. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Two Fun Forms

A crash course in a two fun forms: Road Trip and Cinematic Edits. Road Trip is a monoscene where everyone is together in a vehicle for the whole scene. Cinematic Edits is not a form as much as a convention. You make creative use of a "we see this person at their office" to change scenes. Teacher reserves the right to change one of these out on the day based on the vibe! But we'll do two forms! PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: What's Your Deal?

If you find yourself in scenes wondering 'what is my character's deal?' then there's a chance your audience are asking that question too! Learn tips and tricks for easily identifying your character's point of view - and how knowing it can enhance your scenes and help you find game easily. In this workshop you'll work on ways to explore this point of view and blow out that fun world you created. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: The Imposters & Track 96

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. The North and the South combine - with Shetland’s own The Imposters and London’s Track 96. EIIF favourites and the Shetland island’s premiere improv team - The Imposters are back and this time they’re bringing a guest monologist for a very special armando. Track 96 is London’s premiere hip hop improv group. Based on audience suggestions they’ll create a world of rhyme and rhythm. Get ready for this high energy party atmosphere. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Yer Da & Mudpies

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Get ready for Central Scotland’s Yer Da and LA’s Mudpies. Yer Da are known for their weekly WGIS show - Yer Da Presents - and will be debuting the first in real life performance of new format The Glen. Mudpies is a team of improvisers trained at the UCB theater in Los Angeles. They play a fast, loose and dumb Pretty Flower form and have performed in festivals all over the world. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: William and Gilliam

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Join Will Hines and Michelle Gilliam as they bring an hour of fast and fun twoprov to Edinburgh International Improv Festival. Both Michelle and Will have years of improv experience and run well loved improv schools - Michelle as the founder of MKEImprov and Will as the founder of World’s Greatest Improv School. They’ve performed together on Improv4Humans, How Was Your Week and now here’s your chance to see them live on stage. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Brouhaha & Jazz Police

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. This double bill of Edinburgh’s Brouhaha and Bristol’s Jazz Police . Brouhaha’s performers are masters of the montage and promise a show chock-a-block full of character, charm and creativity. EIIF favourites Jazz Police return after their performance at our 2020 festival bringing their high energy to the classic Harold format. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Macroscene

An evolved monoscene that shifts location as it goes with seamless, transformational edits in one macro-location, making our improv sets feel more like theater and less like disconnected scenes. This workshop will go over the form as well as the elements that make the form shine. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: One Day Harold

The Harold is an essential long-form structure created by Del Close that consists of a series of seemingly unrelated scenes with multiple beats that should magically connect by the end. This 6-hour workshop will focus on initiating strong ideas from monologue openings, playing character-based games, and working on simple, pattern-oriented group games in a fun, supportive environment. Previous improv experience is a requirement. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Say Yes, Say Who, Say No

The fundamentals of good improv acting, in order: SAY YES to your partner's offers at all times. SAY WHO you are, no matter how crazy things have gotten, And the most controversial but most crucial: be willing to say "no" to keep the intelligence of the scene HIGH. We'll do a lot of scenes that are an intense practice of agreeing with each other, but making big internal decisions to know who we all are! And a little "no" to keep it real. Walk out a better more confident improv actor from a teacher who had no natural talent and had to learn all this stuff from scratch. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Emotional Investment

Are you sexy? Do you know it? GREAT! Now why do we care? Is it because of a deep sadness of never truly being noticed in high school because everyone noticed your fit older brother and he stole all the attention? Whether or not your character ever says out loud the emotion that they are portraying it should be obvious, fun and add to the scene. Also saying it out loud is perfectly acceptable too because we do not have time to be coy in improv. In this workshop we will explore the basic emotions and expand on them to ground our characters into people that the audience can connect with, laugh at or with and want to see! PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Two Bit Dames & Michelle

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Get ready to meet Edinburgh’s Two Bit Dames and London’s Michelle. For only two people, Christine and Mara will introduce you to lots of characters in their monoscene show. Come and spend a night at Hotel Michelle. Centered around the staff and customers of a fictional hotel set in a location chosen by you, the audience. It's a five star hotel comedy from one of Hoopla’s most hilarious house teams. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: The Road Trip & Groundskeeper Willy Brandt

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. The women of Road Trip are coming together from across the UK to join up with Groundskeeper Willy Brandt from Berlin, Germany in this double bill. Starting online over lockdown, The Road Trip celebrates and highlights women led improv from across the United Kingdom. The diverse team features a range of talented performers: actors, clowns, stand-ups, poets, and of course, amazing improvisers. Joining them in this double bill are Groundskeeper Willy Brandt - representing Comedy Cafe Berlin - Berlin’s first international alternative comedy stage. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Couch & Slumber Party

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Join Glasgow’s Couch and London's Slumber Party for a double bill that'll bring good tunes and loungewear to the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The house team of the Glasgow Improv Theatre, Couch are known for their often sold out shows and Edinburgh Fringe show Cagematch. Get ready to add your favourite tunes to their playlist, as they’ll be using your Spotify suggestions to inspire their scenes. Next up - we're inviting you to join the coolest slumber party in town, so get your PJs on and your gossip at the ready! This honest, daring and unfiltered all female team from around the globe are about to start some rumours, and make you laugh in the process. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Brister & Claspell

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. You’ll know them from being UCB legends, some of World’s Greatest Improv School’s most loved teachers and now here’s your chance to watch them in action as Julie Brister and Sarah Claspell perform together at Edinburgh International Improv Festival. Bringing together their years of performing in some of the best known teams in UCB theatre history, this dream team will fill the Scottish Storytelling Centre with laughs. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Carpet & WePolak

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Get ready for World’s Greatest Improv School’s own Carpet and WePolak from the US and Poland. One of the original WGIS house teams from back in the day - Carpet bring together improvisers from across the globe in one glorious montage. This show will be celebrating the global lines that improv managed to cross when we all played together online. Together, Jeff Michalski and Monika Ozdarska are WePolok. With their unrivaled improv experience, this is certain to be a show you won’t want to miss. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Confidence Builder

What do you do when it’s just you and your partner on stage? When all of the focus and time and attention is just on the two of you? How do you sustain your base reality your games and not die from drowning in your own sweat when there’s no clean up crew? Oh and you’re supposed to have fun too!?!?! Let’s do some longer two person (mono and multi character/ TJ and Dave Style) scenes to build that confidence and get those reps in! PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Premise Initiations

Tough, but fun. You do an opening, and you pull an idea from it. Gets your scenes going with an unusual thing right away. But this approach brings new challenges to: don't assume you know what's coming, make sure you keep it real and heighten slowly. Master this and learn the approach to make improv that wins over non-improv audiences. This will go over a lot of "game of the scene" stuff like: first unusual thing, justification, heightening and exploring. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Greatest Group Games of All Time

This 3-hour workshop will focus on initiating and playing simple, pattern-oriented group games that harness the power of agreement and motivate you to commit like crazy. We will work on various styles and techniques that help get everybody on the same page and quell that tendency to talk over one another that plague many group scenes. You'll leave this workshop with some new and exciting ideas for group games! PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: MC Hammersmith & The Danes

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. From the mean streets of middle class west London, get ready to meet MC Hammersmith and say hello to The Danes. MC Hammersmith is bringing his live band to EIIF and with them comes an entire set of improvised hip hop comedy. Get ready for looping, auto-tuning, live sampling and spontaneous rhymes. Well known in WGIS, The Danes Thalia, Cameron, Flaviu, Halfdan, Martin, Sarah and Melissa are bringing their show from the WGIS Twitch all the way to the EIIF stage. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Ensemble

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Come and support this year's Ensemble Teams as they take to the stage. Ensemble Teams are created by improvisers from all across the world who meet for the first time during the Edinburgh International Improv Festival. For the first time we have TWO Ensemble Teams. Coaching them are the wonderful Katy Schutte and Mara Joy. We can't wait to see the magic these teams bring to the Scottish Storytelling Centre stage. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: VHS

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. From London, England comes your chance to see a new made up blockbuster movie from the VHS team. Based on the audience’s suggested title, VHS will bring you everything you loved about watching films on video tapes, including 80’s synthwave and all those times your mum accidentally taped over the movie. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: All Star Armando

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. A one-night only improv supergroup formed from this year’s festival headliners - Will Hines, Michelle Gilliam, Sarah Claspell and Julie Brister. One of the MUST HAVE tickets of the festival, a to be announced special guest monologist will tell personal tales from their life and our all star team will weave stories, characters and laughs together. A dream team of some of the most well respected improvisers in the business - the All-Star Armando is the closing show of the 2022 Edinburgh International Improv Festival. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Audacious Women Festival, Live Indoor

Guid Crack: Tales of Gallus Women

Join a group of six unmissable storytellers for a special Guid Crack session as we host the first live version of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night in two years. Part of the Audacious Women Festival, this is an evening of traditional, historical and contemporary tales about women who have drawn on their strengths, wisdom and wits to make their mark. Women whose legacies simply must be told and passed on to the women of today. Featuring: Rona Barbour who learned from birth the true value of storytelling; Emilie Barr who tells of ordinary women who used creativity and political activism to change Scottish perspectives; Beverley Casebow who carries a passion for Scottish history and culture; Anne Dignan whose sight loss journey compels her to share stories in the traditional oral way, preserving heritage and tradition; Lea Taylor a fun and engaging storyteller with two books published, Midlothian Folk Tales and Animals Beasties and Monsters of Scotland; and Elaine Robertson whose easy storytelling style effortlessly pulls her audience into the story magic.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Audacious Women Festival, Live Indoor

Tickbox

Tickbox is a semi-autobiographical play written by Lubna Kerr, who shares her parent’s story of coming from a comfortable life in Pakistan to Govan, Glasgow in the 1960’s. The play deals with issues of migration and identity and ask questions that are not often discussed. Where are you really from? How often do you get asked that question, or is it you who asks it? What difference does it make to people? Have things moved on in 2021 or is discrimination as prevalent as it was last century? What impact does stress have on our body and our mind? This event is part of the Audacious Women Festival. Combined Ticket Offer – purchase full price ticket for Viva Your Vulva & Tickbox to receive ticket offer of 2 for £15 (discount added in basket). A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Audacious Women Festival, Live Indoor

Viva Your Vulva

Viva Your Vulva is about the things which are hard to discuss, but that women need and want to know. Which is a vagina and which is a vulva? How can I stop my fanny from falling out? What is an orgasm and why is it sometimes easy and sometimes not? How do I stop wetting myself? Is this normal?! Come and hear evidence-based comedy about what women can reasonably expect from their bodies, where to take your bits if they are not behaving and why on earth no one told you this stuff before now. This show is evidence based and counts as CPD for healthcare professionals and is guaranteed to improve your orgasms* (*citation needed). Elaine Miller is a frank, factual, funny physiotherapist, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, an award-winning comedian and a recovered incontinent. Passionate about leaky ladies and vaginas which are tucked up where they belong, she has presented on women's health in Holyrood, Westminster, and the House of Lords. Elaine talks pish, sometimes on the radio, sometimes on the telly and often at bus stops. She won the Comedy Award at Fringe World, Australia in 2020 and is lead author on a paper examining using humour as a health promotion tool. She wants to change the world, one fanny at a time and she's starting with yours. 'The best line in any of our videos' (BBC Stories) 'As fierce as she is funny' 5* (The Scotsman) 'Off putting' (The Daily Mail) This event is part of the Audacious Women Festival. Combined Ticket Offer – purchase full price ticket for Viva Your Vulva & Tickbox to receive ticket offer of 2 for £15 (discount added in basket). A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Book Launch, Music

Not Ready for Love

Not Ready for Love is a collection of stories about childhood written by prize winning author Robert Swift. Robert will read extracts from two stories and one complete story, whilst well-known Edinburgh harpist Esther Swift will play and sing between readings. Ali Smith has written of one of the stories “I guarantee you will never forget The Gift”. Copies of the book will be on sale and all proceeds from the event and book sales will go to children’s charities, St Andrew’s Children’s Society and Adoption UK Scotland.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Poetry

Loud Poets

Showcasing the top spoken word talent from Scotland and the UK! From laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that Spoken word has something for everyone. Join us for more amazing poets and amazing poetry this March! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Tall Tales Oscar

Join us for the annual Tall Tales Oscar on the day before World Storytelling Day, hosted by 2021 winner Bob Mitchell. Scotland's annual tall tales storytelling competition is often hilarious, mysterious or just plain ridiculous, with ferocious fibs and fables performed live on stage by some of Scotland's finest storytellers. The audience will decides who wins the lucrative accolade of Oscar the Leprechaun! To enquire about taking part in this event please contact daniel@scottishstorytellingcentre.com A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and courageous solo show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. A Fringe First award-winner at 2019’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, adventurous new writing meets the warmth of a folk gig in this heartfelt and personal one woman show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and original songs taken from Rowan's brand new genre-melding debut solo album The Lines We Draw Together (The Guardian's Folk Album of the Month). Unravelling the joy and pain from a story of her grandmother’s youth in 1940's Germany, Rowan celebrates small acts of resistance and boldly asks a troubling question for our times: can hope for our future be found in the very darkest pockets of our history? ‘Utterly spellbinding singing and narration... and as the red dress’ true origin unfolds, the revelation will leave you quietly breathless’ (The Scotsman) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ ‘Sublime... a narrative stitched with the subtlety of an expert dressmaker... celebrates family, nature and the ties that bind and goes on to pack a fierce political punch.’ (The Guardian, Folk Album of the Month) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Scott Gibson: Rejoice

Scott Gibson (Edinburgh Award Winner, Scottish Variety Award Winner, Chortle Nominee), Glasgow’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning son, is touring once again with a brand new hour of darkly comedic storytelling. Delivered in his trademark, breathlessly inimitable style, Gibson guides you through the turbulent world of a global pandemic, as we are faced with our ideas of death and our fight to return to normal. Expect deep, dark and meaningful dives into the year just gone. Covering everything from life in lockdown to fighting off the black dog to home made sourdough. Gibson truly is one of the finest storytelling comedians in the country and this new offering is not to be missed. This year, the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner promises to give you a reason to ‘Rejoice’. ‘Riotously funny' ★★★★ The Herald ‘Gut-bustingly funny’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby ‘Gibson has a gift for comedy’ ★★★★ The Guardian ‘Irvine Welsh meets Billy Connolly’ ★★★★★ Evening Standard A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

Supper with Robert Burns

In the absence of a live show again this year, we are pleased to offer another chance to view Supper with Robert Burns, recorded in the Netherbow Theatre in 2021. Join storytellers and musicians to hear the life, poetry and songs of Scotland’s national poet and share in this informal and joyful supper at home with traditional food and tales. Let the Bard light up these tough winter weeks! Performed by David Campbell, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Mio Shudo and Donald Smith in Tam O'Shanter flow. Presented by TRACS, from the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Jan 2021. Cameras & Sound: Sandy McGhie (Channel 7a) Lighting Design: Maria Macdonald Director & Editor: Roddy Simpson If you wish to order some food for the occasion our friends and colleagues at The Haggis Box are offering 3 course meals for collection or delivery! Please book your food here. Only suitable for customers in the greater Edinburgh/Borders area.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Audacious Women Festival, Live Indoor

This River

Please note this event has been cancelled. This River is an interdisciplinary solo performance by Laura Hope Steckler about the journey of ageing, and the joys, sorrows and surprises therein. It is at once poignant, challenging, edgy, lyrical and suitable for adult audiences. Laura is an American performing-artist based in Scotland. Her performances evolve from the integration of eastern and western practices and the application of new technology with devised text and movement. She combines ritual, character and performative installation to weave stories from the interior of the body. This performance will be followed by an audience Q&A session. Choreography text & performance: Laura Hope Steckler Videography: Ruth Barrie Direction: Angus Balbernie laurahopesteckler.co.uk This event is part of the Audacious Women Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor, Storytelling

Guid Crack: Stories of Serendipity

Take your chances and count your blessings in an evening of serendipity with storyteller Linda Perttula. Linda draws inspiration from the myths and landscapes of Scotland and her native Finland, with a particular fondness for the weird and the funny! Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night continues online, with the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Exhibition

Exhibition: Another World is Possible

The exhibition will be displayed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Sat 29 Jan - Sun 6 March. No tickets required. Please note in Feb 2022 the building is closed on Wednesdays. Aberdeen People’s Press (APP) operated between 1973 and 1984, publishing a fortnightly alternative local newspaper, pamphlets and books, as well as providing a printing service for a wide range of radical groups, community newspapers, trade unions and campaigning organisations. Originating at a time of re-thinking culture and society which took place across the western world in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, the press was an activist hub, a space for calls to action and exploring new ways of living and working together. It was no accident that Aberdeen People's Press focussed on printing and publishing, for politics and the media have always been intertwined. In the early 1970s, a new generation of politically motivated do-it-yourself printers was appropriating techniques which had up until then been used principally in offices and administrations. Suddenly groups and individuals who for years had been ignored by mainstream media were 'getting into print'. This exhibition, curated collectively by Peacock’s Visual Arts, the University of Aberdeen Special Collections, and former members of Aberdeen People's Press, reminds us that many of the issues that were addressed by APP and radical activists of the 1970s are still being disputed today – and that collective action can change lives and society.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Book Launch, Live Indoor

March in Time - Book Launch

“Two women born a century apart, can each save the other before Time claims them both?” Join Mel for a blether about her exciting novel ‘March in Time’, a story of love, betrayal and triumph. There’ll be a short presentation, followed by a chance to ask her your questions. Remember to get your copy signed before you leave!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Storytelling

Stories on the Way: The Birds’ Wedding Day

It’s coming up to the Birds' Wedding Day and what better way to celebrate the love of our feathered friends than through story. Come and enjoy the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre where the amazing apprentice storytellers will share stories in praise of birds, of spring... and of love! Hosted by Janis Mackay. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Poetry

Loud Poets

Showcasing the top spoken word talent from Scotland and the UK! From laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that Spoken word has something for everyone. Join us for our Birthday show extravaganza as we launch our brand new, better than ever season! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Flock Doc & Roll

In this workshop we are going to learn and practice 3 of Michelle’s FAVORITE openings that all foster fun character work, ensemble work, and practicing listening with our whole bodies. Flocking, The Documentary and The Confession will allow us to strengthen many improv muscles including but not limited to having fun, being funny, and supporting each other as we then pull inspiration from what is created up top to build and say yes to worlds we love playing in. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Two Fun Forms

A crash course in a two fun forms: Road Trip and Cinematic Edits. Road Trip is a monoscene where everyone is together in a vehicle for the whole scene. Cinematic Edits is not a form as much as a convention. You make creative use of a "we see this person at their office" to change scenes. Teacher reserves the right to change one of these out on the day based on the vibe! But we'll do two forms! PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: What's Your Deal?

If you find yourself in scenes wondering 'what is my character's deal?' then there's a chance your audience are asking that question too! Learn tips and tricks for easily identifying your character's point of view - and how knowing it can enhance your scenes and help you find game easily. In this workshop you'll work on ways to explore this point of view and blow out that fun world you created. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: The Imposters & Track 96

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. The North and the South combine - with Shetland’s own The Imposters and London’s Track 96. EIIF favourites and the Shetland island’s premiere improv team - The Imposters are back and this time they’re bringing a guest monologist for a very special armando. Track 96 is London’s premiere hip hop improv group. Based on audience suggestions they’ll create a world of rhyme and rhythm. Get ready for this high energy party atmosphere. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Yer Da & Mudpies

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Get ready for Central Scotland’s Yer Da and LA’s Mudpies. Yer Da are known for their weekly WGIS show - Yer Da Presents - and will be debuting the first in real life performance of new format The Glen. Mudpies is a team of improvisers trained at the UCB theater in Los Angeles. They play a fast, loose and dumb Pretty Flower form and have performed in festivals all over the world. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: William and Gilliam

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Join Will Hines and Michelle Gilliam as they bring an hour of fast and fun twoprov to Edinburgh International Improv Festival. Both Michelle and Will have years of improv experience and run well loved improv schools - Michelle as the founder of MKEImprov and Will as the founder of World’s Greatest Improv School. They’ve performed together on Improv4Humans, How Was Your Week and now here’s your chance to see them live on stage. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Brouhaha & Jazz Police

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. This double bill of Edinburgh’s Brouhaha and Bristol’s Jazz Police . Brouhaha’s performers are masters of the montage and promise a show chock-a-block full of character, charm and creativity. EIIF favourites Jazz Police return after their performance at our 2020 festival bringing their high energy to the classic Harold format. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Macroscene

An evolved monoscene that shifts location as it goes with seamless, transformational edits in one macro-location, making our improv sets feel more like theater and less like disconnected scenes. This workshop will go over the form as well as the elements that make the form shine. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: One Day Harold

The Harold is an essential long-form structure created by Del Close that consists of a series of seemingly unrelated scenes with multiple beats that should magically connect by the end. This 6-hour workshop will focus on initiating strong ideas from monologue openings, playing character-based games, and working on simple, pattern-oriented group games in a fun, supportive environment. Previous improv experience is a requirement. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Say Yes, Say Who, Say No

The fundamentals of good improv acting, in order: SAY YES to your partner's offers at all times. SAY WHO you are, no matter how crazy things have gotten, And the most controversial but most crucial: be willing to say "no" to keep the intelligence of the scene HIGH. We'll do a lot of scenes that are an intense practice of agreeing with each other, but making big internal decisions to know who we all are! And a little "no" to keep it real. Walk out a better more confident improv actor from a teacher who had no natural talent and had to learn all this stuff from scratch. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Emotional Investment

Are you sexy? Do you know it? GREAT! Now why do we care? Is it because of a deep sadness of never truly being noticed in high school because everyone noticed your fit older brother and he stole all the attention? Whether or not your character ever says out loud the emotion that they are portraying it should be obvious, fun and add to the scene. Also saying it out loud is perfectly acceptable too because we do not have time to be coy in improv. In this workshop we will explore the basic emotions and expand on them to ground our characters into people that the audience can connect with, laugh at or with and want to see! PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Two Bit Dames & Michelle

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Get ready to meet Edinburgh’s Two Bit Dames and London’s Michelle. For only two people, Christine and Mara will introduce you to lots of characters in their monoscene show. Come and spend a night at Hotel Michelle. Centered around the staff and customers of a fictional hotel set in a location chosen by you, the audience. It's a five star hotel comedy from one of Hoopla’s most hilarious house teams. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: The Road Trip & Groundskeeper Willy Brandt

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. The women of Road Trip are coming together from across the UK to join up with Groundskeeper Willy Brandt from Berlin, Germany in this double bill. Starting online over lockdown, The Road Trip celebrates and highlights women led improv from across the United Kingdom. The diverse team features a range of talented performers: actors, clowns, stand-ups, poets, and of course, amazing improvisers. Joining them in this double bill are Groundskeeper Willy Brandt - representing Comedy Cafe Berlin - Berlin’s first international alternative comedy stage. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Couch & Slumber Party

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Join Glasgow’s Couch and London's Slumber Party for a double bill that'll bring good tunes and loungewear to the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The house team of the Glasgow Improv Theatre, Couch are known for their often sold out shows and Edinburgh Fringe show Cagematch. Get ready to add your favourite tunes to their playlist, as they’ll be using your Spotify suggestions to inspire their scenes. Next up - we're inviting you to join the coolest slumber party in town, so get your PJs on and your gossip at the ready! This honest, daring and unfiltered all female team from around the globe are about to start some rumours, and make you laugh in the process. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Brister & Claspell

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. You’ll know them from being UCB legends, some of World’s Greatest Improv School’s most loved teachers and now here’s your chance to watch them in action as Julie Brister and Sarah Claspell perform together at Edinburgh International Improv Festival. Bringing together their years of performing in some of the best known teams in UCB theatre history, this dream team will fill the Scottish Storytelling Centre with laughs. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Carpet & WePolak

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Get ready for World’s Greatest Improv School’s own Carpet and WePolak from the US and Poland. One of the original WGIS house teams from back in the day - Carpet bring together improvisers from across the globe in one glorious montage. This show will be celebrating the global lines that improv managed to cross when we all played together online. Together, Jeff Michalski and Monika Ozdarska are WePolok. With their unrivaled improv experience, this is certain to be a show you won’t want to miss. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Confidence Builder

What do you do when it’s just you and your partner on stage? When all of the focus and time and attention is just on the two of you? How do you sustain your base reality your games and not die from drowning in your own sweat when there’s no clean up crew? Oh and you’re supposed to have fun too!?!?! Let’s do some longer two person (mono and multi character/ TJ and Dave Style) scenes to build that confidence and get those reps in! PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Premise Initiations

Tough, but fun. You do an opening, and you pull an idea from it. Gets your scenes going with an unusual thing right away. But this approach brings new challenges to: don't assume you know what's coming, make sure you keep it real and heighten slowly. Master this and learn the approach to make improv that wins over non-improv audiences. This will go over a lot of "game of the scene" stuff like: first unusual thing, justification, heightening and exploring. PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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In-person, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Greatest Group Games of All Time

This 3-hour workshop will focus on initiating and playing simple, pattern-oriented group games that harness the power of agreement and motivate you to commit like crazy. We will work on various styles and techniques that help get everybody on the same page and quell that tendency to talk over one another that plague many group scenes. You'll leave this workshop with some new and exciting ideas for group games! PAY IT FORWARD If you find yourself in the position where you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another festival goer you can. You'll find the Pay It Forward option here and at checkout if you have added a workshop ticket to your basket. You can pay the cost of a place and we will gift the place to another improviser who might be in a situation where they cannot afford it at this time. This is not the option to use if you have been tasked with buying a ticket for yourself and a friend - this option is if you would like to gift a ticket to an anonymous improviser. The festival committee will arrange the ticket being used by another improviser. Thank you to Velvet Wells for the suggestion. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: MC Hammersmith & The Danes

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. From the mean streets of middle class west London, get ready to meet MC Hammersmith and say hello to The Danes. MC Hammersmith is bringing his live band to EIIF and with them comes an entire set of improvised hip hop comedy. Get ready for looping, auto-tuning, live sampling and spontaneous rhymes. Well known in WGIS, The Danes Thalia, Cameron, Flaviu, Halfdan, Martin, Sarah and Melissa are bringing their show from the WGIS Twitch all the way to the EIIF stage. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: Ensemble

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Come and support this year's Ensemble Teams as they take to the stage. Ensemble Teams are created by improvisers from all across the world who meet for the first time during the Edinburgh International Improv Festival. For the first time we have TWO Ensemble Teams. Coaching them are the wonderful Katy Schutte and Mara Joy. We can't wait to see the magic these teams bring to the Scottish Storytelling Centre stage. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: VHS

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. From London, England comes your chance to see a new made up blockbuster movie from the VHS team. Based on the audience’s suggested title, VHS will bring you everything you loved about watching films on video tapes, including 80’s synthwave and all those times your mum accidentally taped over the movie. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Edinburgh International Improv Festival

EIIF: All Star Armando

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is back for it's 4th year and we are IN PERSON! A mix of legendary headliners, performers from around the world and some of the highest quality improv you'll find in the UK, EIIF 2022 is shaping up to be the best one yet. A one-night only improv supergroup formed from this year’s festival headliners - Will Hines, Michelle Gilliam, Sarah Claspell and Julie Brister. One of the MUST HAVE tickets of the festival, a to be announced special guest monologist will tell personal tales from their life and our all star team will weave stories, characters and laughs together. A dream team of some of the most well respected improvisers in the business - the All-Star Armando is the closing show of the 2022 Edinburgh International Improv Festival. The festival will be following all Scottish Government Covid Guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants and audience. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Audacious Women Festival, Live Indoor

Guid Crack: Tales of Gallus Women

Join a group of six unmissable storytellers for a special Guid Crack session as we host the first live version of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night in two years. Part of the Audacious Women Festival, this is an evening of traditional, historical and contemporary tales about women who have drawn on their strengths, wisdom and wits to make their mark. Women whose legacies simply must be told and passed on to the women of today. Featuring: Rona Barbour who learned from birth the true value of storytelling; Emilie Barr who tells of ordinary women who used creativity and political activism to change Scottish perspectives; Beverley Casebow who carries a passion for Scottish history and culture; Anne Dignan whose sight loss journey compels her to share stories in the traditional oral way, preserving heritage and tradition; Lea Taylor a fun and engaging storyteller with two books published, Midlothian Folk Tales and Animals Beasties and Monsters of Scotland; and Elaine Robertson whose easy storytelling style effortlessly pulls her audience into the story magic.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Audacious Women Festival, Live Indoor

Tickbox

Tickbox is a semi-autobiographical play written by Lubna Kerr, who shares her parent’s story of coming from a comfortable life in Pakistan to Govan, Glasgow in the 1960’s. The play deals with issues of migration and identity and ask questions that are not often discussed. Where are you really from? How often do you get asked that question, or is it you who asks it? What difference does it make to people? Have things moved on in 2021 or is discrimination as prevalent as it was last century? What impact does stress have on our body and our mind? This event is part of the Audacious Women Festival. Combined Ticket Offer – purchase full price ticket for Viva Your Vulva & Tickbox to receive ticket offer of 2 for £15 (discount added in basket). A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Audacious Women Festival, Live Indoor

Viva Your Vulva

Viva Your Vulva is about the things which are hard to discuss, but that women need and want to know. Which is a vagina and which is a vulva? How can I stop my fanny from falling out? What is an orgasm and why is it sometimes easy and sometimes not? How do I stop wetting myself? Is this normal?! Come and hear evidence-based comedy about what women can reasonably expect from their bodies, where to take your bits if they are not behaving and why on earth no one told you this stuff before now. This show is evidence based and counts as CPD for healthcare professionals and is guaranteed to improve your orgasms* (*citation needed). Elaine Miller is a frank, factual, funny physiotherapist, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, an award-winning comedian and a recovered incontinent. Passionate about leaky ladies and vaginas which are tucked up where they belong, she has presented on women's health in Holyrood, Westminster, and the House of Lords. Elaine talks pish, sometimes on the radio, sometimes on the telly and often at bus stops. She won the Comedy Award at Fringe World, Australia in 2020 and is lead author on a paper examining using humour as a health promotion tool. She wants to change the world, one fanny at a time and she's starting with yours. 'The best line in any of our videos' (BBC Stories) 'As fierce as she is funny' 5* (The Scotsman) 'Off putting' (The Daily Mail) This event is part of the Audacious Women Festival. Combined Ticket Offer – purchase full price ticket for Viva Your Vulva & Tickbox to receive ticket offer of 2 for £15 (discount added in basket). A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Book Launch, Music

Not Ready for Love

Not Ready for Love is a collection of stories about childhood written by prize winning author Robert Swift. Robert will read extracts from two stories and one complete story, whilst well-known Edinburgh harpist Esther Swift will play and sing between readings. Ali Smith has written of one of the stories “I guarantee you will never forget The Gift”. Copies of the book will be on sale and all proceeds from the event and book sales will go to children’s charities, St Andrew’s Children’s Society and Adoption UK Scotland.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Poetry

Loud Poets

Showcasing the top spoken word talent from Scotland and the UK! From laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that Spoken word has something for everyone. Join us for more amazing poets and amazing poetry this March! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Tall Tales Oscar

Join us for the annual Tall Tales Oscar on the day before World Storytelling Day, hosted by 2021 winner Bob Mitchell. Scotland's annual tall tales storytelling competition is often hilarious, mysterious or just plain ridiculous, with ferocious fibs and fables performed live on stage by some of Scotland's finest storytellers. The audience will decides who wins the lucrative accolade of Oscar the Leprechaun! To enquire about taking part in this event please contact daniel@scottishstorytellingcentre.com A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and courageous solo show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. A Fringe First award-winner at 2019’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, adventurous new writing meets the warmth of a folk gig in this heartfelt and personal one woman show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and original songs taken from Rowan's brand new genre-melding debut solo album The Lines We Draw Together (The Guardian's Folk Album of the Month). Unravelling the joy and pain from a story of her grandmother’s youth in 1940's Germany, Rowan celebrates small acts of resistance and boldly asks a troubling question for our times: can hope for our future be found in the very darkest pockets of our history? ‘Utterly spellbinding singing and narration... and as the red dress’ true origin unfolds, the revelation will leave you quietly breathless’ (The Scotsman) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ ‘Sublime... a narrative stitched with the subtlety of an expert dressmaker... celebrates family, nature and the ties that bind and goes on to pack a fierce political punch.’ (The Guardian, Folk Album of the Month) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Scott Gibson: Rejoice

Scott Gibson (Edinburgh Award Winner, Scottish Variety Award Winner, Chortle Nominee), Glasgow’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning son, is touring once again with a brand new hour of darkly comedic storytelling. Delivered in his trademark, breathlessly inimitable style, Gibson guides you through the turbulent world of a global pandemic, as we are faced with our ideas of death and our fight to return to normal. Expect deep, dark and meaningful dives into the year just gone. Covering everything from life in lockdown to fighting off the black dog to home made sourdough. Gibson truly is one of the finest storytelling comedians in the country and this new offering is not to be missed. This year, the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner promises to give you a reason to ‘Rejoice’. ‘Riotously funny' ★★★★ The Herald ‘Gut-bustingly funny’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby ‘Gibson has a gift for comedy’ ★★★★ The Guardian ‘Irvine Welsh meets Billy Connolly’ ★★★★★ Evening Standard A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

Supper with Robert Burns

In the absence of a live show again this year, we are pleased to offer another chance to view Supper with Robert Burns, recorded in the Netherbow Theatre in 2021. Join storytellers and musicians to hear the life, poetry and songs of Scotland’s national poet and share in this informal and joyful supper at home with traditional food and tales. Let the Bard light up these tough winter weeks! Performed by David Campbell, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Mio Shudo and Donald Smith in Tam O'Shanter flow. Presented by TRACS, from the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Jan 2021. Cameras & Sound: Sandy McGhie (Channel 7a) Lighting Design: Maria Macdonald Director & Editor: Roddy Simpson If you wish to order some food for the occasion our friends and colleagues at The Haggis Box are offering 3 course meals for collection or delivery! Please book your food here. Only suitable for customers in the greater Edinburgh/Borders area.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Audacious Women Festival, Live Indoor

This River

Please note this event has been cancelled. This River is an interdisciplinary solo performance by Laura Hope Steckler about the journey of ageing, and the joys, sorrows and surprises therein. It is at once poignant, challenging, edgy, lyrical and suitable for adult audiences. Laura is an American performing-artist based in Scotland. Her performances evolve from the integration of eastern and western practices and the application of new technology with devised text and movement. She combines ritual, character and performative installation to weave stories from the interior of the body. This performance will be followed by an audience Q&A session. Choreography text & performance: Laura Hope Steckler Videography: Ruth Barrie Direction: Angus Balbernie laurahopesteckler.co.uk This event is part of the Audacious Women Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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