- Online (4)
- Summerhall (4)
- Summerhall / Anatomy Lecture Theatre (1)
- Summerhall / Demo Room (1)
- Summerhall / Demonstration (1)
- Summerhall / Gallery Bar (2)
- Summerhall / Old Lab (6)
- Summerhall / Red Lecture Theatre (4)
- Summerhall / Tech Cube Zero (1)
- Summerhall / TechCube 1 (1)
- Summerhall/ Dean's Office (1)
- The Meadows by Summerhall (1)
- The Studio, Festival Theatre (4)
This circus piece explores themes of faith, sexuality, addiction and human connection. Blending Chinese pole with visual and physical theatre, it tells the story of two queer men, their chance meeting through a dating app and the social and personal barriers they desire to overcome in seeking happiness and fulfillment.
MOČ/ THE POWERLjubljana Puppet Theatre // Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana
Returning to MANIPULATE two years after their visit with the extraordinary Open The Owl, festival favourites Ljubljana Puppet Theatre return with Moč, an intimate puppet-object miniature exploring power, weakness and control.
AFTER METAMORPHOSISLewis Sherlock and Ali Maloney
Is Gregor Samsa a bug wishing he was a man or a man wishing he was a bug? AFTER METAMORPHOSIS is a high-octane, visceral reworking of Kafka’s classic tale that weaponizes the surrealism of the original text into a wild rumpus; a satire of conformity.
BIRDIEAgrupación Señor Serrano
Following their critically acclaimed performance of A House in Asia at MANIPULATE Festival in 2017, Spanish masters of micro-cinema Señor Serrano return with a blistering new work. Birdie is a multimedia performance with live video, objects, scale models, 2000 mini animals, wars, smugglers, a massive migration and three performers handling this messy world with wit, criticism and commitment with humankind.
THE YELLOW CANARYTashi Gore, Will Gore & Ross Mackay
Returning to MANIPULATE with a live presentation of this special show, The Yellow Canary is both an epic true story and a leap into the imagination of a young child desperate to escape the horrors of war, exploring love, loss and what it means to flee your home.
DINNER WITH… LARDSLARDS & guests
Join us for a dinner party with a difference – an anarchic artistic meal hosted by some of your favourite MANIPULATE artists. Dinner with…LARDS is a warm and entertaining dining cabaret with original live music and prime cuts of nonsense. A joyous evening of bite-sized silliness, lightly seasoned with absurdity, and packed full of LARDS.
BETWEEN EARTH AND MOONNoah Tomson & Rober Segura
Inspired by Italo Calvino’s surrealist story, the Distance of the Moon is a Scottish-Argentinian collaboration, a storytelling piece exploring loneliness, nostalgia, connection and human relationships. This intimate piece will be performed simultaneously in Argentina and Scotland.
SANDDaniel Livingstone and Petre Dobre
A highly visual work-in-progress performance exploring the story of the mythical Sandman, who puts people to sleep by sprinkling magic sand in their eyes, invoking beautiful dreams or the darkest of nightmares. The work will blend theatrical styles to bring the Sandman’s world to life though movement, object manipulation and shadow puppetry.
One night, slipping through the liminal spaces, three nameless people download Tor, leave grandmother’s house and run for their lives. From “strikingly bold” theatre collective Snap – Elastic, EAT ME is a luscious, incendiary theatre show about unconventional love, chaos, control and the shifting complexities of power.
EIDOS // RULES TO LIVE BYSuzi Cunningham
A double bill of performance veering between anarchy, punk music, heroism and how idolatry and loss can shape a life. Two works from Scottish dance artist Suzi Cunningham celebrating transformation, a bid to be unforgotten, a dance of rules, constriction, sugar highs and suffocation.
SNAPSHOTS & INDUSTRY DISCUSSIONMANIPULATE Festival
Get a first look at exciting new visual theatre works from five Scottish artists, presented here in the early stages of their development. Featuring puppetry, object theatre, physical theatre and dance, the lineup promises insight into the process of a diverse group of artists working with a wide range of techniques.
Following its online work-in-progress presentation at MANIPULATE in 2021, Kasia Zawadzka returns with this full production of her powerful aerial and physical theatre performance using the Japanese art of shibari (rope bondage) exploring mental health, cycles of repetition and the struggle to break out.
SHORT & SWEETThick and Tight
Thick & Tight present Short & Sweet, an amuse-bouche platter of 7 new works designed to excite, provoke and satisfy. Created by critically acclaimed, Rambert-trained dance duo Eleanor Perry & Daniel Hay-Gordon, this thoroughly modern variety show mixes dance, drag, lip-syncing and satire.
DINNER WITH… PLUTOT LA VIETim Licata & Natalie Toyne
Join us for a dinner party with a difference – an anarchic artistic meal hosted by some of your favourite MANIPULATE artists. Tim Licata & Plutôt La Vie invite you to an evening of illusion where everything may not be what it seems… a mesmerising evening of intimate performance including song, spoken word and, of course, magic.
(LE) PAINJD Broussé
(Le) Pain is about breadmaking, physical heroics, growing up queer in a boulangerie in the south of France, endings and new beginnings. It involves circus, dance, storytelling, Béarnaise folklore video, karaoke and laughter.