Scratch Night Performers, writers and dancers are given ten minutes to try out their latest ideas on a live audience, who offer their feedback later on. See preview, left. Arches, Glasgow, Tue 22 Jul.
Much Ado About Nothing The second instalment in this year’s Bard in the Botanics season is a colourful promenade production, with Glasgow’s Botanics providing the perfect backdrop to Beatrice and Benedick’s verbal sparring. Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Fri 18 Jul–Sat 2 Aug. Preview Thu 17 Jul.
Fall (Previews) The third part of Zinnie Harris’ trilogy about the effects of war on ordinary lives focuses on the aftermath of a conflict and the attempt of a country and culture to move forward. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 24–Sat 26 Jul.
Pornography (Previews) The UK premiere of Simon Stephens’ new play, in which pornography is seen as a symbol of our disaffection, and isolation from others. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon 28 Jul & Sat 2 Aug.
The Tailor of Inverness Dogstar presents Matthew Zajac’s one-man play, which charts the eponymous Polish-born tailor’s life, from the horrors of World War II to old age in the Highland capital. Arches, Glasgow, Tue 29 & Wed 30 Jul.
New Electric Ballroom (Previews) Dublin-born playwright Enda Walsh follows up last year’s award-winning success, The Walworth Farce, with this tale of three ageing sisters in a remote fishing village, still trapped by romantic memories of their halcyon days at the titular night spot. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 30 Jul & Sat 2 Aug.
Writer Zinnie Harris presents stark reflections upon the battle fought for civilisation against the barbaric impulses created by late capitalism. The huge vision and ambition of this work make it necessary and important Festival viewing.'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.