Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Current Projects

Performances in Edinburgh Festivals

This August we are excited to be presenting 3 different shows across the Festivals in Edinburgh - Hotel Europa, The Fair-Ground and Tales from the Hanging Captain. Please see information about these shows below and book some tickets to support us!


Hotel Europa

Inspired by events of the European crisis of the last few years, Hotel Europa brings together a European cast to tell the story of a middle class family who are affected by the austerity measures imposed by governments and the accompanying strive for more profit from an unreformed banking sector. Exploring the historical foundations of the current crisis, the piece invites the audience to ask themselves how we can challenge a neo-liberal ideology whilst living inside society based on these principles. Through forum theatre the cast stages the question: 'What would a different future for Europe look like?' Presented as part of the Just Festival.

WHERE: St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh
WHEN: 23rd August 21.30, 24th August 17.30 & 21.30, 25th August 16.30, 27th August 17.30
COST: £12/£10

Tickets available at

Hotel Europa


The Fair-Ground

The Fair-Ground

Presented as part of our Spect-Act project (see below) our latest piece of Forum Theatre explores and uncovers the vale of fairness that is used to cover up injustices in our society. The play asks how we enable injustice to continue and how we can break the everyday rituals that feed it. Presented as part of the Just Festival.

WHERE: St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh
: 17th & 19th August 6pm
COST: £8/£6


Tales From The Hanging Captain

Tales from the Hanging Captain

The latest show from our Flashback Drama Group exploring the history of Leith Docks. All details available on our Flashback page




"I want the Spectator to take on the role of Actor and invade the Character and the Stage. I want them to occupy their own space and offer solutions" Augusto Boal

Spect-Act is a two-year project with the goal of developing a network of Theatre of the Oppressed companies in Edinburgh. The techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed blur the lines between actor and audience and offer a space for dialogue and building knowledge.

Active Inquiry has been working with groups from The Bethany Trust, Shakti Women's Aid and The Alma Project to create unique pieces of theatre exploring issues of relevance to the participants.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our public event on 21st May.

The podcast from this event is now available. For more information about getting involved with Spect-Act please contact us.



This on-going project in partnership with The Thistle Foundation has now been funded by the Scottish Government for three years with the aim of rolling the programme out across Scotland. Working in schools across Edinburgh and Midlothian this project uses drama work with disabled young people to explore thoughts, emotions, concerns, opportunities and options in the transition from school.


This project brings together Theatre of the Oppressed companies from across Europe for training and sharing of practice. We have also developed an International Play, Hotel Europa [download pdf booklet], which explores the European crisis and the difficulty of challenging neo-liberal capitalism from inside the system. Hotel Europa will be performed in Edinburgh in August 2016 as part of the Just Festival.

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