A night of live music in collaboration with The List – Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award winner Anna Meredith, alt-pop duo Bdy_Prts, Marnie (of Ladytron) and FOUND. Then a late-night programme with the awesome Rival Consoles and DJs taking us through til late. (Please note that Bossy Love have had to pull out)
The night’s theatre will be provided by Charlotte Hastings presenting Heroines, which explores expectations of gender, theatrical archetypes and empowered female voices through physicality, movement and text. The Mash Collective will gather an ensemble of emerging physical theatre performers to create a unique spectacle that pops up in different areas of the festival.
INTERROBANG?! will perform Ghosts of the Citadel, a contemporary and Leith-set retelling of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, as part of an interactive night of storytelling and music.
KinoKlub, Edinburgh’s surrealist pop-up cinema collective, will also be showcasing some of the best in surreal and experimental film.
The second night at Hidden Door, and we’ve got another night of live music in collaboration with The List with Scottish indie legends Idlewild, melodic duo Manuela, indie-pop from Hamish Hawk and alt-rock trio Dama Scout.
In the theatre, expect a unique spectacle as physical theatre performers from the Mash Collective pop up in different areas of the festival, Annie Lord’s Graft uses storytelling and projection to explore the boundaries and divisions between organisms and considers the human desire to gain control over nature, Charlotte Hastings’ Heroines, and Roanna Davidson performs EGO ET AL which explores the relationship we have with our ever growing ‘other’ existence in our online world.
Poetry and spoken word from Loud Poets, mixing music, poignancy and comedy, and FREAK Circus will be bringing an hour of astounding uninterrupted spoken word from the UK’s top performers.
Cinema screenings will be curated by Edinburgh Short Film Festival, bringing you the best contemporary Scottish, UK and international short films.
In the main auditorium, we will have a very special screening of one of the oldest animated feature films, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, with a bewitching live score by SiNK. Made in 1926 by German animator and director Lotte Reiniger, Prince Achmed is a beautifully crafted piece of storytelling based loosely on the Arabian Nights, told using a magical silhouette animation technique. Reaching beyond their usual instrumentation of violin, accordion and saxophone, SiNK have created a score that is in part composed and in part conjured; improvising and experimenting as Reininger did with shape and colour 90 years ago.
Spoken Word and Poetry from Jenny Lindsay and Flint & Pitch presenting a show of emerging talent, one-off collaborations, top music, spoken word, theatre and more. A delicious mix of talent takes to the stage with a line-up to send you happily into the following week.
Annie Rutherford & Rebecca DeWald perform Found In Translation, celebrating translation in all its forms and showcasing work which interweaves not only different languages but also different art forms.
Theatre includes Tam Dean Burn presenting an adaptation of Stuart Campbell’s Leith-set novel, John McPake and the Sea Beggars; and Theatre Sans Accents present their first original production Lost in Translation, which examines bilingualism as a journey across language and culture. There are also further performances of Charlotte Hastings’ Heroines; Annie Lord’s Graft and The Mash Collective.
Shoreline of Infinity present their Sci-Fi Cabaret – offering live performances of science-fiction prose, poetry, music, visual arts and entertainment from around the globe.
Rachel Plummer is joining forces with the acclaimed Scottish Clarinet Quartet to deliver The Parloure Guide to Exo Politics, a vintage sci-fi themed, multi-media performance on the subject of contact with alien life.
In the theatre, further performances from Rebecca Sharp & Philip Jeck – Rules of the Moon and Tam Dean Burn’s John McPake and the Sea Beggars.
Heather Marshall (Creative Electric) continues her interactive, endurance performance Sinking Horses, informed and performed by you.
Plus, the cinema will host a special feature (tbc) and a special event will focus on Leith and the Theatre.
The old Leith Theatre returns to its theatrical roots as the curtains rise on a truly excellent night of theatre from the incredible multi-award winning Grid Iron, who are bringing a new work-in-progress South Bend, and Ludens Ensemble present new performance Love based on William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnets’. Plus Tragic Carpet present Rendition, using puppetry, soundscapes, object, shadow and visual theatre to explore the collusion between the CIA and the British Government.
There is also more Spoken Word and Poetry with Sonnet Youth Takeover bringing us an unpredictable spoken word house party and there’s also Inky Fingers Spoken Word Showcase, supporting and encouraging writers, experimentation, and community.
Another night of theatre from plus the excellent Grid Iron performing South Bend, Ludens Ensemble’s Love, and Tam Dean Burn’s John McPake and the Sea Beggars.
Plus Poetry and Spoken Word from Andrew Blair’s The R-Pattz Facttz, an evening of poetry all about Robert Pattinson (yes, that one from Twilight)!
The cinema selections are chosen by intersectional feminist moving image online journal Dispatch Feminist Moving Image, focusing on works and exhibitions created and curated by women.
Final chance to see Grid Iron performing their new work-in-progress South Bend and Ludens Ensemble’s Shakespeare-inspired Love, plus Jamie And Lewis Wardrop’s Glasgow V Edinburgh. Also appearing is Clare Marcie asking What Would Kanye Do? – a solo performance project which follows the fantasies, fears and passions of aspiring rapper Marcy as she struggles to justify her irrational love for a divisive rap star.
There will also be performances from Kathryn Spence, curating an evening of dance, combining short contemporary dance pieces to create a diverse evening.
Cinema for the night is provided by Africa In Motion, making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent.
The final weekend at Hidden Door kicks off with another collaboration, with Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival presenting Werkha and Gnabgnab before headline slots from renowned rapper/saxophonist Soweto Kinch and 9-piece Riot Jazz with their twisted mix of funk, soul, hip hop and aggressive jazz. Then DJ Rebecca Vasmant take us into the wee small hours, bringing a fresh new twist to dance music with her love of jazz.
Plus cinema selected by Scottish Queer International Film Festival, joining us from Glasgow with the goal to get people watching, talking about, and making more queer films.
There’s also another chance to catch Roanna Davidson performing EGO ET Al and Clare Marcie’s What Would Kanye Do?
The penultimate night brings more multi-instrumentalist mayhem with Hidden Orchestra. Featuring a wide variety of guest musicians from different musical backgrounds, recorded separately, and combined by producer/composer Joe Acheson to create an ‘imaginary orchestra’ that doesn’t really exist. Plus Monkoora, Callum Easter, Gazelle Twin: Kingdom Come and late night DJs.
Plus cinema from unDependence Film Festival, harnessing the spirit of the Scottish referendum to deliver a programme of international shorts and features that deal with themes of dependencies, as well as Edinburgh Short Film Festival presenting the best contemporary Scottish, UK and international short film.
For Theatre we have Heroes’ Parlour, a newly devised piece of theatre and installation that investigates the simulated world of video games to test the bleeding edge of IRL human morality; Annie Lord’s Graft; Roanna Davidson’s EGO ET Al; Theatre Sans Accents’ Lost in Translation; and Clare Marcie’s What Would Kanye Do?
The final night, and bound to be a sell out as we witness a fantastic and unique collaboration between Hidden Door favourites Tinderbox Orchestra on stage with another cherished SAY Award winner, Kathryn Joseph. Scotland’s premier youth music orchestra close Hidden Door with a special show marking the launch of their debut album. Featuring contributions from hundreds of young people, the record is the culmination of 7 years of pioneering projects, productions and collaborations. Drawing on the orchestra’s work with the likes of Black Diamond Express, Dawanggang and Nigel Osborne, it combines a ferocious energy with an irreverent approach to genre and a real appetite for exploration.
For Theatre, it’s your last chance to catch Jamie And Lewis Wardrop performing Glasgow V Edinburgh; Heroes’ Parlour; and Theatre Sans Accents’ Lost in Translation
Plus we welcome back the graduation works of the very talented final year students at the Edinburgh College of Art’s Animation Showcase.