theSpace on the Mile

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A venue since 2002, theSpace on the Mile boasts an unrivalled central location. Situated right at the heart of the Festival and part of our 7 theatre hub on the Royal Mile, it is located yards from the outdoor performance stages where thousands of theatre-goers gather daily. Hugely popular with audiences, the venue offers an established platform for theatre, musicals, improv, sketch, comedy theatre, cabaret and spoken word. It also boasts a fabulous on-site bar offering great food and drink offers during the Festival.

Awards! The venue has become known for its constant flow of awards, The Beanfield (Breach TC) winners of The Total Theatre Award for emerging Work, Territory (Fiddy West Productions) winning both the (NSDF) National Student Drama emerging artist awards for both Best Show and Best Ensemble and Bare and Crocosmia (Little Bulb Theatre) winning the prestigious Fringe First Awards. In 2016 the venue hosted some 450,000 theatregoers over the 21-day festival.

theSpace on the Mile Shows

10:31, MCR
Millennials and other terrible things

22nd May 2017, 10:31 pm. Manchester Arena. A multitude of voices and stories crowd the space, highlighting the socio-political consequences of the attack. Navigating these is Girl One, and her need to make sense of it all.

The 27 Club
Rebel Pigeon Productions and New Celts Productions

An art gallery: Nick's surrounded by the chaotic memories that brought him there – a host of artists, jilted lovers and ghosts of his past. As Nick’s world crumbles can he come to terms with the pressure?

Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger
Out Cast Theatre

Return of the filthiest love story on the Fringe. Two boys leap from one orgasmic, underpants-bursting adventure to the next until one asks the unthinkable: "Can we meet?" Polished, funny and moving.

Arrivals
Twelve Twelve Theatre and New Celts Productions

Tony and Mel are stuck in Budapest Airport with nothing but each other for company. Two strangers and four suitcases take centre stage in this twisted play about life, death and everything in-between.

baby-go-round
A Drunken Sailor

Time is ticking for Kate to have a baby. Georgia has a baby on board. Amy just wants to feed her baby. Come aboard baby-go-round airlines and the fertility rollercoaster of being – or not being – a mother.

Bacon
Double Edge Drama

Love that gives – and takes. Francis Bacon, the famous painter, forms a passionate relationship with a violent, volatile young man named George Dyer. Bacon is roused from his creative paralysis, yet this comes at a terrible price.

Beyond Glory
Redwood Productions

Set against the backdrops of the Vietnam War, World War II and the Korean War, Beyond Glory tells the stirring, emotional, and heroic true stories of eight recipients of America’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

Biscuit Barrel: Double Stuffed
The Biscuit Barrel

Biscuit Barrel return to Edinburgh with an even naughtier 69 sketches in the space of an hour! Mercilessly outrageous; always hyperactive. 'Fast, slick and very funny' ★★★★★ (The Derek Awards, Special Merit Award winner 2018).

Bitch, Antigone
Out Cast Theatre

Greece 487 BC. It's hot, dry and lanterns up on the campest, most outrageous telling of the classic Greek drama with some of the worst acting on the planet. One company’s desperate attempt to claim the glittering prize.

Blown Fuse
Fuzed Theatre Company

'It‘s becoming a status symbol today, the need to have a problem.' A debating competition looms, and six characters all have their arguments ready. Blown Fuse is a fast paced, witty and moving insight into life in 2019.

Bottoms Up!
Minotaur Theatre Company

Shortly after discovering that leaders of religions don't have to pay taxes, Wayne realises he is Jesus Christ reincarnated. In just one night, Wayne must convince his swarm of new followers he is the Son of God.

Bull
Cold Pizza Productions and New Celts Productions

Three employees. Only two jobs. Bad day to have a stain on your shirt. This dark comedy by Mike Bartlett shows the cruelty of human nature through bizarre power play, manipulation and vindictive honesty.

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights
Brickhouse Theatre Company in association with Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

This new musical tells of Heathcliff and Cathy, two lovers thwarted by family, society and God. A storm of vengeance brews over the moors as their passionate romance transcends life and death itself.

Chatroom
Light UP

Six teenagers communicate online. They talk about JK Rowling, Stephen Hawking, Willy Wonka and... suicide. Jim’s depressed and wants to end his life. Eva and William want to see him do it. A touching, funny and thought provoking play.

Clouds
Time & Again Theatre Company

In 1913, Winifred Baxter is determined to become the first Englishwoman to enter an air race, learning to fly amidst the chaos of the suffragette movement, a glorious garden party and far too much nephology, the study of clouds.

Conscious
Avoiding the Dustbin

Held captive in the laboratory where she was first conceived, the AI Alice was created to serve. But when Alice doesn’t play into the goals of the investors, she threatens to dismantle the system she was born to uphold.

Cruise to Hell
Eastend Theatre Company

Cruise to Hell: a dramatic true story. A family's holiday becomes a nightmare. A path of discovery: how medicines and anaesthetics can affect our mental health. Directed by Barbara Houseman. Ticket proceeds donated to charity, APRIL (www.april.org.uk).

Dark Play or Stories for Boys
NeonBox Theatre Company

An outsider at age fourteen, Nick discovers the pleasures of inventing fake personalities in the chat rooms of the World Wide Web and charms the gullible Adam into a cyber love affair.

Dear Mr Dead Head
Elektric Apple

Elektric Apple Theatre Company present Dear Mr Dead Head. Ten friends. One murder. Do they get away with it? Let us show you what the learning disabled community can do!

Degrees of Guilt
White Dog Theatre Productions

Jade is a much-loved baby, but her young mother is unprepared for motherhood and lacks support. Eventually, 17 floors up, Jade suffers catastrophic injuries. But is the question of culpability as straightforward as it seems?

Disenchanted
Stage Avenue Performing Arts

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that's anything but Grimm.

Do You Ever Get Scared?
Open Barn Productions

Six actors. Six parts and the roll of a dice. How can an accusation change a life?

Dodici Ballerini
Lossie Elite Dance Company

Prepare to be dazzled by the magical adventures of 12 masked dancers as they step into a mystical world where colour means power and sparkle means everything. Super powers, super heroes, super sparkle, super show!

Dorian Gray
The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre

Influenced by a society bewitched by self-obsession, Dorian Gray trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. But such hedonism has a cost, as this fast-paced thriller, set in the heady roaring 20s, so shockingly reveals.

Downton Shabby
Big Spirit Theatre Company

Join Lord Crawley and his family as they move from their country estate to a council estate. How will they survive?

EAST
HiveMCR

EAST provides a vivid snapshot of working-class East End life in the 1970s as Mike, Les and Sylv fight the torrent of their youth. Their violent escapades are told against the backdrop of their parent’s domestic lives in London.

Everyman
Goat Theatre

A contemporary re-telling of the 15th-century morality play which visits three lost souls at their final judgement. In the depths of their immorality all they have left is the light, and it is getting darker.

Fear Here and Terror There
The King's Players

What would you think of if I told you this was a play about radicalisation? Who would you picture? Where were they from – here, or there?

Fray Bentos
PerfAct

Inspired by true events, our story explores the two worlds that war creates, the battles at home and abroad. From the young men stranded in a tank in no mans land, to the loved ones left behind.

Ghostly Tales
Westonbirt School

Ghostly Tales are adaptations of Victorian supernatural short stories. Inspired by The Woman in Black, join pupils from Westonbirt School as they take you on a spine-chilling journey, combining live music and drama.

The Graveyard Shift
Quids In Theatre Company

Let Kreestan Sennakie take you on a journey to the dark side of magic. This Gothic, bizarre tale of Victorian magic is sinister and haunting, creepy and comical. Dare you arrive for The Graveyard Shift?

Hear Her Voice
Westwood Theatre Company

He had tried to silence her, but she would never let him.

Her
HiveMCR

Who can be a mother? What makes them a mother? Do we actually need one? On a day that was meant to be their mother's 50th birthday, the sisters are burdened by the notion of commemoration.

Horny Coo in a Tutu
Lossie Entertainment Academy and The Fabulous TT

A highland cow, a crab apple dance audition and a royal wedding... What could possibly go wrong? Move over Darcy Bussell!!

How to Mend the World (With a Student Play)
Drunken Brainstorm

This new comedy gives the audience a fly-on-the-wall view of the EATSONH university mixed arts and performance society trying to (misguidedly) modernise Arthur Miller's The Crucible. See the production meeting unfold in real time and witness the variety of concepts and ideas put forward.

In Her Corner
Tearin’ the Tartan Theatre and New Celts Productions

Set in Scotland’s capital, Claire is trapped by family loyalty in a circle of violence. Her heart is in boxing but is this her escape? What would you do if you were in her corner?

Jammy Dodgers
University College London Drama Society

A world with no problems, no power struggles, no Trump... but a system. Can we have a world with no issues, or is history destined to repeat itself? Jammy Dodgers explores how capable we are of starting over.

Jennifer B
The Fabulous TT and Lossie Entertainment Academy

Based on the best-selling book Jennifer Brown's Journey by Angie Langley, this brand-new musical by Tish Tindall tells the hilariously heart-warming story of the break-ups, make-ups and inspirational life-affirming f*ck-ups of the adorable Miss B!

Kemp's Jig
Blue Fire Theatre Company

Join Shakespeare's clown and Elizabethan superstar Will Kemp on his comic adventure as he Morris dances from London to Norwich. An Elizabethan roadshow based on Kemp's own book, The Nine Days Wonder. #kempsjig

The King of Ghosts: Zhong Kui
Q-fun Children Theater

This story is based on Chinese traditional myth, Zhong Kui.

Level Up
Full Breakfast Productions and New Celts Productions

Inspired by China’s social credit system, a near-future state strives for utopia by rewarding model citizens. But when real love is impossible to measure and doing good becomes an obsession, not everyone plays by the rules.

The Life of Reilly
Life of Reilly Productions

The Life of Reilly is a play which looks at the dynamics of a very ordinary family when they receive a diagnosis of autism for their son Reilly.

Love and Sex and All Things In-Between
yt2 Theatre

Funny, brutal and touching verbatim stories of "love" in all its magnificence and monstrousness.

Love Me Out: The Opera
Opera Kipling

100% my type on paper... or so they thought. Opera Kipling present an innovative re-imagining of Mozart‘s classic opera Cosi Fan Tutte set on the island of Ferrando.

Love/Sick
Hyacinth Theatre

For the romantic, the cynic and the sick of heart: Love/Sick is a play about the kind of love you won’t find in fairy tales. Dark, funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, happy endings are far from guaranteed.

Macbeth
Raiser Theatre

Brave Macbeth and his wife plot to kill King Duncan and take the Scottish throne. This fast-paced, stripped-down production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy speaks directly to our own divided times, where 'things bad begun make strong themselves by ill'.

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life
Blue Fire Theatre Company

How did a music hall sweetheart and pantomime star end up nothing more than a small blue plaque in Islington? Nelly Power takes you through a life lived in the shadow of Marie Lloyd. #upinthegallery

McNaughton
Jason Harvey

Steve Gooch’s piece centres around Daniel McNaughton, imprisoned for his botched attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Robert Peel. Lawyers want to use him as a test case for pleas of insanity in murder trials which became The McNaughton Rules.

Medea Speaks
Helikon Theatre Company

Medea Speaks is a rallying cry to take the conversation begun by #MeToo deeper and further. Franca Rame’s acclaimed interpretation of Medea is co-directed by author and campaigner Jennifer Nadel and Myles O’Gorman, and performed by Cathy Conneff.

Mirror Canon
Rebis / Performers: Virginia Morini, Lorenzo Travaglini

Where does your mind go while life happens? This performance will lead you on a journey inside of your own self, with an interactive approach to theatre with electronic music.

Mobile Phone Show
Twisted Tales

'Ladies and gentlemen, the performance is about to begin, could I please ask you all to turn your mobile phones ON. Thank you.' Twisted Tales bring Jim Cartwright's provocative black comedy to the Fringe.

The Moment
Here Dance

The Moment symbolises the longing to preserve childhood innocence that we experience as we move through life. Accompanied with the youthful endeavour to seek out new experiences and grow as we move between adolescence and adulthood.

Momento Sounds
Momento Sounds

Graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, multi-instrumentalists Momento will take you on a journey with upbeat, original and popular melodic tracks. Their set-up includes acoustic and electric violins, synths, sample pads and loop-station.

Mr Nice Guy
Cruyff Turn Theatre Company

Local celebrity Jeremy Shaw is shot on his way to work one morning. He finds himself questioning his morals whilst simultaneously bleeding out. Mr Nice Guy follows Jeremy's impact on others and his last hours of life.

Notes from Shetland to Shanghai
Sophie Rocks

Following her stunning 2018 Fringe debut, Sophie Rocks' audiences can be wowed by a moving musical and spoken narrative Notes from Shetland to Shanghai. A homage to immigrants worldwide which will leave you spellbound. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

Nothing Really Means Anything Anymore So Shut Up, Tim?
Oskar Schortz

After receiving a scathing audience review, failed performer Oskar Schortz attempts to explain why his arch-critic, Tim, was completely wrong – because in the 21st century, nothing really means anything anymore.

One Giant Leap
Chevron Theatre

It's 1968 and the USA is losing the space race. Under pressure from the president, NASA decide to film a fake moon landing instead. Can they pull off the greatest deception the world has ever seen?

One Good Beating
Raiser Theatre

Linda McLean's short play One Good Beating is a blackly comic account of a grown-up brother and sister who exact revenge on their violent father. Locking him in the coal shed as retribution for years of sniping, bullying and pain, they are both aching to use their fists on him for once. But he's not defeated. Yet...

Pan Breid
Central Belters

Welcome tae Camby! If ye need tae know anyhin' aboot roon here, there's five hings ye need tae remember: neds, fitbaw, shite, shoaps n' the cooncil. Stuck here when yer alive, trapped here when yer deid.

Parasites
Seesome Theatre and New Celts productions

Expelled from school aged 15, Alicia battles for her right to exist. Welfare and charities view her as the one thing everybody hates: a parasite. But who are the real bloodsuckers? Provocative dramedy from award-winning five-star playwright James Harker.

Relational, or A Writer's Misguided Guide to Loves Lost and Found
PacArts Alumni

A writer puts together a series of interactions between varying characters to explore the legitimacy of platonic relationships between men and women, which leads him and his characters to examine these relationships and find new truths.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Bede's

Triumphant Bede’s drama is back with this timeless hard-hitting comedy classic. A satirical parody of the rise to power of Hitler or, well any moronic ruthless despot! Come and see it!

Rhinoceros
Blackheath High School GDST

‘Fear is an irrational thing. It must yield to reason’. All over town, people are turning into rhinoceroses. One by one. Unexpectedly. Noisily… But why? Why? And who’s left to save the world?

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
The Television Workshop Salford

Meet Arthur: factory worker, smart talker and ladies' man bursting with a toxic mix of humour, drama and sex set to cause an explosion! BAFTA award-winning The Television Workshop from the Alan Sillitoe classic!

Section 28: The Legacy of a Homophobic Law
Ray Stafford and Andrew Lake


  1. David, struggling to hide his sexuality, confides in his English teacher – until the Local Governments Act drives a wedge between them. And so David makes a bold push back.

Shakespeare! The Panto
University of Bristol Pantomime Society

A side-splitting flashback to the 16th century, where the Bard of Avon is holding auditions for his newest show. Fusing classic pantomime with the works of the nation's best-loved playwright, it's so bard it's good.

The Shambles
Dead Duck Productions

University of York's premier improvised comedy troupe are back for their 12th year at the Fringe. Bringing you hilarious scenes, songs and games based entirely on audience suggestions – no two shows will ever be the same!

She
The Ivy Players

What does it mean to be a woman in today’s society? How does she tackle the obstacles life throws at her? Who is She? She explores what it is to be a woman, from the bloody to the beautiful.

She Shall Not Be Moved
Black Ginger Productions / Stuffed Puffin Productions

Set in a modern day witch trial, this piece is a meditation on what it means to be a woman; the challenges we face, and how they shape us into the women we become.

A Sherlock Holmes Mystery: The Baker Street Irregulars and the Case of the Stolen Portrait
PHTC – Putney High Theatre Company

Come and join Sherlock Holmes and The Baker Street Irregulars as they crack the case of the stolen portrait in 1887 London!

Shiver
Polly Waldron

Based on the totally unfounded tale of her great-great-grandmother, 'magnetic' (Telegraph) Polly Waldron serves up this rags-to-radicals tale. Buckets of horse sh*t, aristocrats on the run and irresistible urges overflow into the London of 1913.

The South Afreakins
The Impi Theatre Company / Robyn Paterson

Gordon and Helene are stuck in South Africa and their rut. When they finally immigrate to New Zealand, the result is hilariously heartbreaking as they discover "home" is hard to find. The sell-out critically acclaimed solo show.

The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family
The Impi Theatre Company / Robyn Paterson

When the family reunites for Gordon's birthday, buried emotions erupt. From the creator of The South Afreakins, this poignant comedic solo show explores the challenge of finding happiness when letting go is so hard.

Still Life by Noël Coward
Hart Players

Hart Players present Noël Coward's Still Life. Coward's account of flirtation, love and brief encounters shows us that life is full of meetings and departings and opportunities.

This Play Is Not About Me
Steve Rathje

This play is about dreams, where forgotten memories go and that sense you get when you can tell someone is staring at you – but it is not about me.

Top Trumps
Johnians XIV

A curious assortment of guests attend a dinner party hosted by a mutual acquaintance. When one of them disappears things quickly turn farcical to find out what happened. A debut at the Fringe featuring live music.

Untouchable
Chloe Kastner Dance Company

A diverse evening of taboo topics explored through dance. Untouchable tells the story of several different types of relationships mankind experiences. The story is told through the performance element of spoken word and contemporary dance. Two separate pieces result in a 40-minute show.

Up and Away
Carthage College Theatre Program

Aspiring YouTube star Madison McDoogle's attempt to rise out of poverty and isolation is threatened by drug abuse and addiction and serves as a timely call to action about the rising heroin epidemic and its impact.

Uppercut: A New Musical
Front Row Theatre

Clio has three months until the biggest boxing match of her life and must battle her emotions along the way. This heartwarming story reminds us not to compare ourselves to others, despite pressures from society.

Verity
Three Chairs and a Hat

Poor Verity. Ditched, hassled, threatened with the sack... and it’s still only Monday. Nia Williams’ musical is a glimpse of one woman's ordinary disasters. Songs, cocktails, online stalking and, if all else fails, a picture of a cat.

Volpone
Hoghead Theatre Company

Powerful forces of greed and deception clash in this explosive adaptation of Ben Johnson’s classic comedy. In an outrageous ploy to scam the wealthy elite of Venice, Volpone finds himself overwhelmed not only with riches, but betrayal.

Want Some More
Stage Strong Productions

Want Some More explores the harsh realities of living with a whole range of eating disorders from binge eating to diabulimia; retelling word for word accounts in Stage Strong Productions' hard-hitting show.

Spaces

Space One

Space One features a thrust stage. Seating 52 audience members, the space is suitable for most types of theatre.

Audience capacity
52
Stage size
5 x 3m thrust
Stage height
Slightly raised (2cm)
Overhead clearance
2.1m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Storage capacity in this space is limited, please talk to us with regards to your intended set and props and we will advise accordingly
Lighting facilities
Simple lighting rig sufficient for most requirements
Sound facilities
Sound system suitable for playback of background music and sound effects

Space Two

Space Two is the more intimate of the two mezzanine spaces with the audience located on two sides.

Audience capacity
55
Stage size
4 x 4m corner stage (triangular)
Stage height
Slightly raised (2cm)
Overhead clearance
2.3m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Storage capacity in this space is limited, please talk to us with regards to your intended set and props and we will advise accordingly.
Lighting facilities
Simple lighting rig sufficient for most requirements
Sound facilities
Sound system suitable for playback of background music and sound effects

Space Three

Space Three has a larger stage and offers a traditional ‘End On’ design. The space is a flexible platform for small to mid scale performance.

Audience capacity
59
Stage size
6x4m
Stage height
0.2m off the ground
Overhead clearance
2.5m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Storage capacity in this space is limited, please talk to us with regards to your intended set and props and we will advise accordingly
Lighting facilities
Simple lighting rig sufficient for most requirements
Sound facilities
Sound system suitable for playback of background music and sound effects