The North East at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe

Published: 8 July 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The following are the North East shows that we know of which are going to the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.


Alice Birch and Clean Break Theatre Company created [BLANK] for National Theatre Connections, the annual showcase for young peoples’ theatre from across the UK. Now Birch and the Northern Youth Theatre Project, based in Newcastle, have adapted it and it will be performed by NYTP at theSpace Triplex—Studio (Venue 38) in The Prince Philip Building, 19 Hill Place, from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 August 2019 at 17:05, running for 50 minutes.

Offering "an unflinching insight into the lives of children without adults" the play asks what do teenagers do when adults can’t be there for them? How will they cope with life’s emotional and practical challenges? What happens when they can’t?

An Evening with Savvy B

Hannah Walker brings her popular show to The Stand in York Place on various dates and times between 2 and 19 August.

Savvy B is Hannah Walker’s alter ego and together they take a comic look at who we become when we drink and what it takes to sparkle. The show features live drinking, the re-release of Hannah’s single that she made when she was sixteen (and thought was really good) and a hearty mouthful of public shaming.

The Good Boyfriend

The Woolly Sheep Theatre Company from Barnard Castle is taking a new play by Rob Wilson to Venue 36, thespace on North Bridge, from 2 to 10 August, (not 4) at 13:40, running for 45 minutes.

A murder mystery exploring relationships where anyone could be the perpetrator. Will Inspector LeFevre, through his love of music, apprehend the villain? Are you the next Miss Marple or Poirot? Do you have what it takes to solve the crime? Join the music-loving detective as he investigates this evil deed.

High Trees

Little Buttons Theatre takes a new play by Angel Lloyd to Greenside @ Nicolson Square from 12 to 17 and 19 to 24 August at 17:30 (55 minutes)

Memories erased. Identities taken. Strange sounds bubble outside the room, triggering dreams that might just ensure our misfit friends have enough clues to piece the puzzle together before impending doom... Love. Affection. Anarchy. Inspired by the works of Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) and Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I), High Trees is a tale of guilt and compassion, a "darkly humorous two-hander that simmers with ominous bite". Featuring the music of Buddy Holly, Marc Bolan, Japan and John Lennon.

Hold On Let Go

Unfolding Theatre in association with LittleMighty presents a new show about memory with original songs by Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park), choreography by Liv Lorent MBE and dramaturgy by Selina Thompson (salt.) at Summerhall from 31 July to 25 August (not 1, 7, 12 or 20 August) at 20:40 (1 hour).

Hold On Let Go invites audiences to discover a new kind of memory champion. One that admits how much they’ve forgotten. One that bakes bread, dances on tables and might possibly get sucked into a black hole... It's a show that holds up how fragmentary and partial our memories are—both as individuals and as a society. To ask questions about how we might behave right now, if we are more conscious of how little we are holding in our memories. It’s a show that takes us on a journey that starts in a kitchen and travels to the farthest reaches of our entire universe.

Kurl Up and Dye

NUTS Theatre (Newcastle University Theatre Society’s Edfringe company) takes its latest production to theSpace @ Surgeons’ Hall (Venue 53) from 2 to 10 August at 18:05 (45 minutes).

This dark comedy takes us to Kurl Up ‘n’ Dye, a warm and friendly though largely unsuccessful Yorkshire beauticians. The salon, run haphazardly by Sarah, Michelle, Amanda, and Jo, receives a wide range of regulars—though none as loyal as 93-year-old Mrs Clarke. When a simple bikini wax leaves her dead on the table, the women go to unusual lengths to cover it up and save their beloved beauticians from closing.

The Life of Riley

This play from Cramlington, which premièred at Northern Stage, runs at theSpace on the Mile from 12 to 17 and 19 to 24 August at 11:05.

It’s the story of the life of Riley, a non-verbal autistic but with a voice that needs to be heard.

The People’s Boat

Newcastle-based Moaning Toad brings its new show to Greenside @ Infirmary Street from 2 to 24 August at 21:00 (50 minutes).

One dinghy. Lost at sea. Four disillusioned knob-heads, on a ludicrous voyage into national identity, isolationism and Ginsters Pasties. On a crusade to somewhere sunny, the quartet encounter rough winds, choppy waters and trouble with their neighbours. After weeks and weeks of parlour games and pissing overboard, food is running out and patience is wearing thin. Their destination is as yet unknown, but wherever it is they're taking Britain with them...


Live Theatre, Jake Orr Productions and HighTide take Charlotte Josephine’s play, which premièred at this year's Elevator Festival at Live, to Assembly Roxy, from 31 July to Monday 26 August (not 12) at 18:35.

A father and daughter caught in a cycle of addiction, trying. Despite everything. They’re really trying. They almost work together, beautifully, and the almost is intoxicating. A story about a father-daughter relationship which explores the need for these two people to connect with each other when they don’t have the language to do so, but to love each other in the way they truly want to would involve forgiving the unforgivable—is that really possible? Exploring shame, addiction and relationships, Pops is about trying.