Two dancers performing. Joel is in a wheelchair lying on his back, with his arms extended. Eve is above him balanced on the overturned wheelchair, her legs supported by Joel's arms.
Photo by Vik Singh Taak

Unlimited in Edinburgh

Every August artists, organisations and audiences flock to Edinburgh for the largest arts festival in the world, and this year Unlimited is taking part too! With our own events on offer, and plenty of chances to see work by our commissioned artists, we’ve put together a handy guide to ensure you don’t miss out. So get out your calendar (or Fringe app for the more technologically inclined) and add these to your list!

We are excited to be teaming up with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to host two panel events, bringing together leading voices within disability arts. These will be of particular interest to artists and other participants at the Fringe, each will be followed by relaxed networking sessions to facilitate further conversations and opportunities to connect with one another.

Each title links to a webpage where the venue, date and time is detailed.

Intersectional Identities at the Forefront21 August, 12pm

First up is a discussion surrounding intersectionality chaired by Tobi Kyeremateng, founder of the Black Ticket Project. Panellists will include theatre-maker, Bea Webster, along with Unlimited commissioned artists, Rinkoo Barpaga and award-winning playwright Cheryl Martin. Having previously commissioned Barpaga’s film about racism within the deaf community, and currently supporting Martin’s exploration of overlaps between gender and trauma, we can’t wait to hear their contributions on this vital topic.

Disabled Led Theatre Making22 August, 2pm

What happens when we put disabled people centre stage – not just as performers, but as writers, directors, designers and crew? What can the theatre sector learn from disabled-led creative processes?

Chaired by Michelle Rolfe, we’ll be hearing from director and dramaturg, Alyson Woodhouse, as well as our brilliant previously commissioned artist Chisato Minamimura. They will be joined by Joel Brown of Candoco Dance, whose writing on this topic has already been a hit on our blog this year!

Part of the Fringe Central Event Programme for Fringe participants, our panel discussions sit within the dedicated strand this year of ‘Breaking Down Barriers’. With another strand being ‘Health and Wellbeing’, other elements include mindfulness sessions, a Respite Room and a meet-up for disabled artists from our friends, Birds of Paradise.

Both our events are free, but we would recommend booking in advance so as not to miss out. 

Shows from our artists, alumni and friends

As well as learning and discussing, you’ll obviously want to check out some shows! Catch our commissioned artists and panellists in action:

Experience Joel Brown’s Unlimited Commission at The Emerald Theatre from 19-24 August. This acclaimed duet with former principal dancer of Scottish Ballet, Eve Mutso, draws on the number of vertebrae they describe as having between them: ‘Eve moves like she has a hundred, Joel’s spine is fused and he jokes he only has 11’. Having already been selected as one of The Guardian’s top picks, make sure to get your tickets now before they sell out.

Having recently commissioned ‘One Woman’, we are excited to catch another of Cheryl Martin’s pieces, Alaska. Bringing humour and song to a story of surviving growing up with depression, you can catch it at Summerhall.

We’ll also make sure not to miss another one of our recently commissioned artists, Jonny Cotsen, performing in Mr and Mrs Clark’s production of ‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ in the British Council Showcase.

Chisato Minimamura’s ‘Scored in Silence’, meanwhile, is an immersive sign-mime performance exploring for perspectives of deaf hibakusha – Japanese survivors of the atom bombs. Having had a sneak peak in London, we are excited to catch it.

Keeping you in the loop

As ever, our team will be keeping you updated of what we’re up to on social media, and what’s more we have selected blogger Charlotte Maxwell, to join us and cover our events, following our call-out for online content creators.

‘Both diversity conscious and incredibly northern,’ we have enjoyed reading Charlotte’s reviews on her Afronalysis blog, and look forward to seeing and reading about what she gets up to in Edinburgh.

We are putting together our list for Edinburgh Fringe, are you making disability-led theatre? We want to see it! You can get in touch with us at info@weareunlimited and tweet us @weareunltd