theSpace Triplex

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theSpace Triplex was an exciting addition to our venue portfolio in 2015. Located right at the hub of the modern festival where Hill Place meets Nicholson St, next door to theSpace @ Surgeons Hall and across the road from theSpace @ Symposium Hall and the Festival Theatre. The venue offers three floors, two quite unique performance spaces and has been defined by the media as a very special venue at the heart of the Fringe.

The venue has hosted an array of theatre, dance, physical theatre, circus, acapella and music. The larger space known as ‘Big’ is ideal for large to mid-scale work and the ‘Studio’ very popular for music, cabaret, comedy and spoken word.

theSpace Triplex Shows

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Honeycomb Productions

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. With a vibrant score and book, this musical is a charming exploration of the highs and lows of adolescence.

Academy and Pitch Fight Present: Buy One, Get One Free
University of Bristol A Cappella Society's Academy and Pitch Fight

From television appearances to ICCA and Voice Festival semi-finals, these two groups have definitely made their mark. They now wonder if there could be one group to rule them all…

Alice
Theatretrain Theatre Company

Eighteen talented actors bring you a spectacular reinvention of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Alice does not fit in. On the eve of her 13th birthday, Alice is catapulted into the magical world of Wonderland. Alice needs Wonderland. It needs Alice.

All In: Sing Like Nobody's Listening
Yonge Guns Quartet

Fringe newcomers all the way from Canada, Yonge Guns brings all that influences them as musicians, teachers and accountants. With perhaps a little too much energy, a cappella has rarely heard barbershop like this.

And Then There's Me...
Caterham Rep

The world is full of wonderfully different people – dramatic, dreamy, daring and disturbing! A fun, energetic look at individuality and how we each fit into this dynamic population!

A Beginner's Guide to Populism
NoLogoProductions

Getting power is easy. Find out what the public care about and make their cause your own. Scare them senseless and you’re home and dry. Just make sure they don’t believe you. ★★★★ (LondonTheatre1.com).

Best of Broadway
American Performing Arts International

After sold-out performances and rave reviews at Fringe 2017, we're excited to return with this revue of Broadway hits! Join us as we bring the best of Broadway to the Fringe. A show not to be missed!

Best of Movie Musicals
American Performing Arts International

A great way to start off the day for those of us who love musicals! We’ll highlight the very best songs from the big screen. This revue has something for everyone and is sure to please.

Billy Joel: Piano Man Live!
Electric Wolf Productions

The best of the dynamic songbook of the legendary Billy Joel in under an hour. This loud, energetic five-piece band pay tribute to the iconic stadium sound of the original Piano Man.

Blaze Your Trail
American Performing Arts International

Universal Academy Charter School proudly presents this riveting hit new musical! Told through drama, music and dance, we tell the story of students blazing a trail to reach their dreams. This production will leave you spellbound!

Bluebelles Present: Girl Put Your Records On
The Bluebelles

The five-star a cappella sensations present a girls' night in! We invite you to a sleepover like no other: music ranging from classic jazz to modern hits, keeping your toes tapping all night!

Blueswater Presents: The Big Blues Showcase
Felipe Schrieberg

Every singer and member of our Blueswater Presents family, featuring 20 musicians, will be playing in a raucous showcase that presents the best blues music the Fringe has to offer. 2016 Fringe sell-out.

Blueswater Presents: The Roots of the Blues
Toby Mottershead and The Blueswater

Edinburgh bluesman Toby Mottershead presents an intimate acoustic exploration of blues, revealing how early guitarists inspired each other. 'Toby Mottershead is a commanding presence on stage' (Daily Record). ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com). ★★★★ (Scotsman).

The Bristol Suspensions present: Love Aca-tually
The Bristol Suspensions

Roses are red, violets are blue, The Bristol Suspensions have a show to do, but what happens when Cupid shoots his arrow into the rehearsal room?

Cadenza: Cambridge University's Premier A Cappella Group
Cadenza

Cadenza is Cambridge University's premier a cappella group. This multi award-winning group is famed for its beautiful arrangements, striking choreography, unique sense of humour and jaw-dropping mashups.

A Chinese Bestiary
Creative Me Children's Theatre

A little boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the inspiring stories of an old Chinese mystery book – Shan Hai Jing – which makes him a strong person.

Close Harmony Comes Alive!
Hampton Avenue

Canadian-based a cappella, close-harmony jazz quartet Hampton Avenue dazzles with their unique timbre, impeccable musicianship and jazz chops to boot. From fresh originals to cool standards, they're proud to be part of Sing! Edinburgh. www.hamptonavenue.com

Crave
Woodplayers

Deeply tender and sensuous, Sarah Kane’s Crave is set in an unnamed city from which voices and images spring. The play charts the disintegration of human minds under the pressures of love, loss and desire.

Duck Gutters
HIVEmcr

A twisted satire swirling around the greed and vanity that haunts the high class art world. A story set amongst priceless paintings, Oswald and his family learn what priceless art can really cost.

Dulce et Decorum Est: The Unknown Soldiers
Polymorph Theatre with Jan van der Black and Penny Gkritzapi

Tommy lost everything at the Somme in 1916. In 1941 he meets Ellen in an air raid shelter. Tommy's past and Ellen's present collide. Two strangers, two World Wars, one connection in hope.

EH16: Pyre
Nevermore Theatre

Edinburgh's dark history is plagued with horror within its own walls. EH16: Pyre takes a look at the lives of three woman who suffered at the hands of Edinburgh's darkest moments in history.

Eurydice
Grapple Theatre

In this adaptation by Sarah Ruhl of this mournful legend, we see Eurydice’s descent into the jaws of death. What she finds there, and what she learns about love, loss and memory, is the subject of this tender-hearted comedy.

Fast
Digital Drama

Washington State, 1910. "Doctor" Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast is a dark psychological drama questioning how far you would go to find the perfect cure.

From One Heart to Another
The Theatre Shed

From One Heart to Another illustrates the childhood lessons we remember when challenged to question how we see life. The Theatre Shed explores end of life and organ donation in an inclusive and inspiring way.

Girl World
Frisky

Pop-tastic, sex-mad battleground with no escape. Set in a hellacious no man's land with live band, dance and violence. 'Whirlwind of naivety, innuendo and fully-blown expletives... has its audience splitting at the seams' (AYoungerTheatre.com). From producers of Pussy.

The Great Song Cycle, Song Cycle
Joanna Wallfisch

A musical memoir about one woman's solo bicycle/music tour 1,254 miles down the west coast of the USA. 'With childlike certainty Joanna is an earth goddess singing her story' (CultureLifeFoodQuest.wordpress.com). 'Sublime and unique' (Telegraph).

Gutted
Sharon Byrne Theatre Company

Gutted – a black comedy about the tribulations of young Irish women working in a fish factory in 1980s Dublin. An energetic three-hander of emotion and the struggles of women dealing with issues of the then and now.

The Laurel and Hardy Story
Small Dog Productions

Laurel and Hardy – arguably the best comic duo ever. This two-man show celebrates their lives and career on and off screen, retelling their story from humble beginnings through songs and sketches.

Mandela Celebration
Mzansi Music Ensemble

Mzansi Music Ensemble performs the Mandela Centenary Celebration. Enjoy proudly South African entertainment, a music extravaganza of traditional African sounds, African jazz and Township big band sounds.

Night of Glass
Zion Dance Company

Lewis, numb, drops into the rabbit hole of his imagination in an ether world in VR glasses, images on screen and on stage. No longer discerning the difference. A dance/physical theatre debut from California.

The OS Map Fan Club
Helen Wood

Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast Helen Wood for a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble and celebrate the simple beauty of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show 2017. ‘Fun and touching’ ★★★★ (WestEndWilma.com).

Pomona
HIVEmcr

When Ollie's sister goes missing under mysterious circumstances, we are plunged into a dark underworld, wherein we encounter bizarre characters, uncover bitter truths and walk the blurry line between fantasy and actuality on an excruciating odyssey of torment…

Rock Choir Live
Rock Choir

Following a sell-out run in 2017, national phenomenon Rock Choir – the UK's largest contemporary choir, returns with an explosive repertoire of fun and uplifting pop and chart songs performed by members from across the UK. www.rockchoir.com

Semi-Toned: Sidetracked
Semi-Toned

Internationally renowned a cappella sensation Semi-Toned returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for its sixth consecutive year. Fresh from last year’s five-star, sell-out run, follow the burgundy blazer-clad group as they sing their way through a brand new show - Sidetracked.

The Spider Glass
The Big I Am

From chasing girls to catching spiders, James knows what's expected of him as a man. With humour and honesty, in the landscape of #MeToo he's now forced to face his complicity in the inherited story of masculinity.

The Storyteller's Apprentice
Bottled Imp Theatre

Join me, Loquacious, storyteller extraordinaire; my words weave with unique flair. Wondrous stories of adventure and hellfire; mystery, magic and desire. The tales I tell entertain and delight; astound, intrigue, and even fright! With my apprentice Stumps.

SuzanneVega&Me
Nadja Fischer and Mark Brown

When a singing tour guide from Hamburg meets an Edinburgh guitarist and they discover their shared admiration for Suzanne Vega and Gerry Leonard, a powerful tribute is born. Nadja Fischer and Mark 'Crazyhorse' Brown are SuzanneVega&Me.

Sweet Nothings
Sweet Nothings

Sweet Nothings are back and better than ever. Get your fix of sass as the girls showcase their best arrangements of the year, from golden oldies, to nineties throwbacks and this year's hits!

Tarzanne
Interplay Theatre

Adapted by Interplay, National Sensory Theatre, from the play by Greg Cullen, this multi-sensory theatre piece beautifully illuminates the story of a girl lost in a jungle at the age of two and reared by a family of chimpanzees.

Tinderella and the Seven Deadly Sins
FWP Productions

Ever felt like you were a princess in a fairy tale of Tinder-ella and the seven twats? Me too.

Treasure Island
Mate Productions

Multi award-winning MATE Productions' steampunk reimagining of this pirate classic. Adapted by Phil Willmott, with original music, spectacular design and swashbuckling battles; it’s a buccaneering adventure for all ages! Best of Liverpool Theatres 2012 and 2014. ★★★★★ (MadeUp.lv).

Trollbadour
Grant Sharkey

Anarchic, honest and witty, Grant travels the UK with his double bass performing songs that make half of his audience extremely glad and the other half extremely mad.

Two Dames, a Piano and a Whole Lot of Giggle Water
Vintage Vendetta Productions

These Roaring Twenties dames add their gin-soaked style to blues, barbershop, Broadway and beyond. ‘An hour of fun, silliness and wonderful renditions of classic hits’ ★★★★ (TheatreGuide.com.au).

Voices Only
FreePlay

Using nothing but two voices and innovative live looping techniques, FreePlay's virtuosic and genre-bending a cappella performance takes you around the world... all without leaving your seat. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council. Part of Sing! Edinburgh. www.freeplayduo.com

Wakey Wakey
Error 404 Theatre Company

A dark comedy about a dead wife, a widower, and his four terrible friends. Ignorant to the truth, alcohol and a few harsh words will reveal all.

The War of Jenkins' Ear
Aquila

Toby Jenkins hates boarding school. He doesn't fit in. When a new boy arrives and announces he is Jesus Christ, Toby is caught up in a vicious schoolboy war. Can a miracle save him?

When Judas Met John
Brothers Broke

Influenced by the meeting of Bob Dylan and The Beatles, Irish duo Brothers Broke compare, adapt and perform a bluesy fusion of songs by both artists, presenting a casual and engaging 40-minute show.

The Woman and the Canvas
Theatre Re and Fourth Monkey

Anna has been painting all her life but as she struggles for inspiration, her creativity becomes stifled. Her vivid imagination collides with childhood memories in an explosion of human experience.

Spaces

Big

We don’t mess about. We called it Big because that’s what it is! Big is our stellar performance space, back again for 2018. It’s a large black box configured as a large 8x5m floor stage with 130 seats and two rows of raised seating. The truss grid is 4m high and the apex of the arched roof above is easily as high again; it’s a veritable cathedral to the performing arts.

Audience capacity
130
Stage size
8x5m
Stage height
Ground level
Overhead clearance
4m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Small backstage space for quick changes and prop storage
Lighting facilities
A 4m high truss grid holds a basic yet flexible rig of conventional wash and spot lights, suitable for all types of performance, with LED parcans for colour.
Sound facilities
Full-range musical speaker system, designed for SFX, music playback and live sound

Studio

Smaller yet perfectly formed, theSpace Triplex Studio is a 63 seat thrust theatre. The stage of 4x3m makes it the perfect venue for small/mid-scale theatre, sketch, spoken word, cabaret, comedy, stand-up and music.

Audience capacity
63
Stage size
4x3m
Stage height
Slightly raised (2cm)
Overhead clearance
2.2m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Limited backstage space for quick changes and small prop storage
Lighting facilities
Simple lighting rig sufficient for most requirements
Sound facilities
Sound system suitable for playback of background music and sound effects