Departure Lounge 2017

Departure Lounge Festival is celebrating its 5th birthday, and not only do we have a bumper line-up of shows, workshops and talks, but we've also added a whole new festival to the bill - Arrivals! Departure Lounge will remain a hub for fresh and innovative performance and the following weekend Arrivals will showcase the best in new writing and young voices.

You’ll get your usual dosage of Edinburgh previews, as well as tried and tested work and a couple of brand new works-in-progress. We're also delighted to announce that we will be hosting Little Earthquake’s East Meets West Symposium and our family day will return to finish off the weekend with some exciting new work for young audiences.

We’ve kept our ticket prices low as we know artists and audiences aren’t always flush, so check out our weekender and day passes below. And if you just want to pop along to an individual event nothing costs more than a tenner! 

So save the dates, stockpile your sun cream and prepare for the hottest theatrical summer on record!

The Line-Up

Thursday 20th July

Talk - East Meets West Symposium, 11am - 6pm
An exciting new symposium for Midlands-based theatre-makers, brought to you by Little Earthquake.

20B New Performance - 20B by Jane English, 7.30pm
20B unearths the stories of a demolished building on a council estate in East London.

Declining Solo New Performance - Declining Solo by Two Destination Language, 9pm
A woman returns to visit her family home, and misses the one thing she values most: the father she remembers.

Friday 21st July

Workshop - The Director in the Devised Process with Justin Audibert, 10am
Freelance director Justin Audibert (How Not To Live In Suburbia, Raymondo, Wingman) explores the role of the director in a devising process.

Mobile New Performance - Mobile by The Paper Birds, 11am, 1.45pm, 5.30pm, 6.15pm, 7.15pm & 8pm
The Paper Birds’ second show in a trilogy about class in modern Britain.

Feel Good Talk - Feel Good Facts and Home Truths, 12pm
A panel discussion revolution that shines a light on theatre's glorious achievements and epic failures.

Big House Lunch Talk - The Big House Big Lunch, 1.45 - 2.45pm
A chance for programmers, artists and audiences to chat while you chow. Picnic on our indoor lawn and network with your peers and industry professionals.

Bullish Preview - BULLISH by Milk Presents, 3pm
Milk Presents drop a bull into a gender shop and hope it breaks everything. A wild show about not taming the minotaur within.

Captain Simon Unfinished Business / IGC Associate Artists - Captain Simon by Serious Business, 4.30pm
A wry, tender and anarchic exploration of sex, pornification and male inadequacy.

Eugenie New Performance - Pube by Eugénie Pastor, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm
An intimate, 45 minute one-on-one performance that explores our relationship with pubic hair and the reasons that inform the choices we make.

Launch Talk - The Big House Launch Event, 6.15pm
Find out about The Big House project, a programme offering business development support to performing arts companies and individuals through In Good Company.

Package Holiday New Performance - Package Holiday Performance, 7.30pm
We’ve offered one lucky company the chance to retreat to the Nottinghamshire countryside and develop their show at The HopBarn and then perform it at Departure Lounge.

Castle Rock New Performance - Castle Rock by Massive Owl, 9pm
Imagine if, instead of Rob Reiner making Stand By Me, the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's novella The Body, that David Lynch made a live art/theatre show of it.

Saturday 22nd July

Workshop - Workshop with Forced Entertainment, 10am
Forced Entertainment’s Creative Producer (Participation & Engagement), Hester Chillingworth, will offer an introduction to the company’s practice and core approaches to being on stage in post-dramatic work.

Eugenie New Performance - Pube by Eugénie Pastor, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
An intimate, 45 minute one-on-one performance that explores our relationship with pubic hair and the reasons that inform the choices we make.

Mobile New Performance - Mobile by The Paper Birds, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 5.45pm, and 6.45pm
The Paper Birds’ second show in a trilogy about class in modern Britain.

DadMan Unfinished Business / IGC Associate Artists - DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior by Notnow Collective, 2pm
Father walking down the street pushing a pram. He runs into a neighbour who remarks: “Giving Mum a day off?” Suddenly the ancient battle-horn is sounded, and the warriors are called to arms.

Lists Edinburgh Preview - Lists for The End of The World by fanSHEN Theatre, 4pm
a show composed entirely of lists, sourced from all kinds of people in all kinds of places.

Casket Case New Performance / IGC Associate Artists - Casket Case by Flickbook Theatre, 7.30pm
A show about our fear of death, dying and being dead. It’s about Jozey, who doesn’t really do anything that could possibly, even slightly, increase her risk of dying.

O No Edinburgh Hit - O No! by Jamie Wood, 9pm
A psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles, O No! borrows Yoko Ono’s art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic.

Family Day 22nd July

Strollercoaster by the egg and Bureau of Silly Ideas, 11am & 3pm
A specially-designed facility, where babies are wheeled into a visually and aurally stimulating environment.

Sentence Snatchers The Sentence Snatchers by Flat Pack Productions, 2pm
Weaving together audio collage, song, puppetry and magical storytelling, The Sentence Snatchers is a heart-warming and mischievous modern fairytale for ages 7+.

Dead Sea The Dead Sea by Louise White, 4pm
A family friendly performance looking to get all ages excited about saving our planet and looking towards the future.


Ticket prices:

Departure Lounge Friday Day Pass: £40 (£34 concessions)

Saturday Day Pass: £40 (£34 concessions)

Sunday Family Pass: £45 (for a family of four)

Weekend Pass (Fri & Sat) £70 (£60 concessions)

Weekend + Sunday Family Pass £80 (£70 concessions)

…and for individual Departure Lounge shows and events:

Shows £9

Workshops & Talks £7

Family Shows £8

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