Moliere’s classic comedy is one of the great originals that have been remade, adapted, musicalised and everything else-ised over the years. But, as with most classics, the original is still the best, and this is the original, brilliantly and wittily adapted by Roger McGough! The plot: a power hungry impostor uses fear and religion to gain power… with ridiculous and fabulously entertaining outcomes. Could this be relevant today? Bede’s Drama has an enviable reputation for producing brilliant and innovative productions, and these young dramatists are among the best in the universe (says Tartuffe himself, so it must be true!)

Ubu Roi

Stagger me sideways! King Ubu, usurper to the throne of Baloney, carries a mop instead of a sceptre and dreams of his pâté de dog. Meanwhile, he liquidates enemies and friends. Under his reign citizens face unbearable taxation and crippling whimsy, until someone calls for revolution… Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi is an absurd comedy which caused riots and launched the European avant-garde. Ludens Ensemble transform Ubu into a big old bash. Featuring interactive videos, live DJ, puppetry, shadow play, object manipulation and four actors who move about and say things. Supported by the Cyprus High Commission.

War Pig

The war breaks out. Juan, a young private, and the virile Captain Fidel Castra are stranded alone in the most complete solitude, far from the front line. The enemy is approaching… They are awaiting the orders… The show alternates intense violent moments with lighter poetical instants in the style of comic trash. It is a politically incorrect and caustic show that involves the art of pantomime and plays on different genres; burlesque and art performance. Not to be missed!


In-Between: languages, careers, sexual preferences… Lisa shares her life contradictions on stage, in English as another weirdness! She is so off the wall, that she’ll make you feel normal. Stand-up in English, by a French girl and her accent. Her little thing: her interaction with the audience, that makes the show a different experience each time. She performed in Paris, New York, Tel Aviv, Geneva, etc and each time, encountered the same warm welcome from the audience.

Claude Bourbon : Medieval and Spanish Blues – Guitar and Songs

Not a same ol’ same ol’ gig! Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of The Thumb! ‘Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45’ (Bob, Tucson). ‘A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso’ (Altadena News, USA).

Behind Our Skin

When Camille transfers to London, she finds herself blissfully following a well-travelled road. She left her country to discover and grow, yet her reality slowly narrows. But when complications with her baby arise, she needs to truthfully engage with the society that has welcomed her. Naysam arrives at seventeen in France as a foreign student with a suitcase and a heart filled with books – thinking she will finally live the stories of her favourite fictional characters, and find a home. But the reality of immigration documents, economic and social survival quickly take the best of her.

First Timers! Free Combat Fitness/Kickboxing class with free food after!

  • Lauriston Gardens entrance, walk diagonally right through double doors & will see us. Chalmers St entrance, walk diagonally left, through the doors at end, down the stairs, take a right, walk all the way along through double doors and will see us.
  • New to group? – It will be an introduction to kickboxing and our unique combat inspired fitness. It will assume no prior fitness level and be suitable for everyone. All you need is comfortable clothes and trainers.

    There is a free, private car park accessed via Lauriston gardens (closes 1.55pm) and there are changing rooms, toilets, showers and a water fountain. Plan is to meet at 11.50am inside the school. I will send directions and further details a couple days before to those who RSVP YES.

    Straight after the class, everyone from the class will visit McSorley’s bar on Forrest Road. Malone’s reserve private tables at the front for us, provide free food (platters of ‘pub’ food) and offer us cheap alcoholic or soft drinks for those that want.

    Bring friends (can work together and there’s a reward if you do) but it’s equally fine on your own too.

    You’ll have the opportunity to socialise with about 25 (additional from the meetup RSVP total) people during and after the class. There’s around 150 active members training each week in the club.

    What you see on meetup is just a tiny fraction of everything going on as we have lots of other classes and lots of social events but we invite people this event first where we will tell you about everything else going on. All spaces will go so RSVP YES now to avoid disappointment 

    *** Street Self Defence Class *** Saturday 17th June https://www.meetup.com/Fitness-and-Fun-in-Edinburgh/events/240633233/

    If want to go to this event bring £15 cash  

Prévert : Piano & Poetry – Free

This original one-man show entitled Prévert: Piano and Poetry, was created and interpreted by the 20-year-old French concert pianist Alexandre Prévert. It is a concert show that combines major works for classical piano with poetry, staged in a simple fashion that is accessible to all audiences. It is an invitation to go on a musical and poetic voyage, focusing on great composers such as Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Ravel, Debussy and Kurtàg.

Piano Duo Terra Nova

Piano four-hands programme by two young French artists. Performing: The Four Seasons in Buenos Aires (Piazzolla), Hungarian dances (Brahms), Slavonic dances (Dvorak). Pierre-Bastien Midali and Elodie Griscelli have performed in France, UK and several other European countries, as well as in Argentina. Winners of the 2016 International Piano Competition in Brest, France, they have also independently won many prizes and are accomplished solo and chamber music performers in their own right.

La Maladie de la Mort d’Après Marguerite Duras

Every day the same ceremony is held: a hotel room, a man, a woman. A sea between them. He pays her, she gives in. Multimedia show between electro-theatrical performance and choreography under video surveillance. Performed in the original French or in English translation: check website for details. Made in partnership with: DICREAM, CNC, CNL, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.