The Happiness Project
2019’s festival has now ended and we’ve already got our minds on next year’s programme. Take a look below for more information on the shows we hosted this year.
THE STORY OF BOOKS
A one man play by Owen Sheers, directed by John Retallack, about the life and work of WWII poet Keith Douglas.
Let an immersive set and Dan Krikler’s ‘wonderful performance’ (Margaret Atwood) take you into Douglas’ world, from childhood through four engagements to fighting in the Western desert and his death three days after D-Day aged 24.
This is the story of the accelerated development of a poet and his desperate race to see his words in print before time runs out.
2-10 August (not 5th) | 13:15, 15:15 & 17:15
11 August | 13:15 only
13-25 August (not 11th or 19th) | 13:15
A verbatim play about ordinary young men in extraordinary times.
Bomb Happy evocatively brings to life the powerful testimonies of five Normandy Veterans, inexperienced young conscripts, who find themselves part of one of the most dangerous operations of World War II. As the action unfolds, memories – humorous and harrowing – collide, allowing a close-up experience of life on the frontline, whilst wives’ accounts highlight the lifelong impact of PTSD.
Veterans will be in attendance for Friday and Saturday performances, giving audiences an opportunity to meet them after the show.
13-25 August (not 19th)
14:20 (Tues-Thurs) | 15:40 (Fri-Sun)
The Happiness Project explores our need for non-sexual physical contact in our highly digital era.
It features scenes of graphic reality TV binge-watching, Whitney Houston and spooning. We’re not sure if any of it will make you happy but it’s worth a try.
Performed by a diverse, inclusive cast, The Happiness Project places queer, working class and disabled people’s stories centre stage.
Edinburgh’s Creative Electric make accessible, socio-political contemporary performance. Previous projects include the award-winning Church of Broccoli (Leith Late, Kelburn Garden Party) and Leith Is Where The Heart Is (Hidden Door).
2-25 August (Fri-Sun only)
The Shift Theatre
From Serbian snowfields to deserts in Afghanistan, four women unite across a century.
Lilian, a surgeon in her fifties denied service in the Australian army in WW1 joins The Scottish Women’s Hospital. In WW2, Australian radiologist Mary finds herself the only woman among 3000 British troops in the Middle East. In Iraq doctor Tam, plagued by dreams of fleeing war-torn Saigon, reconciles her own refugee experience. Catherine, on active service in Afghanistan, reflects on the remarkable women who paved the way.
Hallowed Ground comes to Army @ The Fringe fresh from an Australian tour.
13-25 August (not 19th)
Palmer and Hall Music
The unsung stories of women medics in combat through time are given voice in a new opera directed by Miranda Cromwell.
This pioneering production weaves together gripping testimonies gathered from contemporary servicewomen of the Royal Army Medical Corps with the forgotten true story of nurse Flora Sandes, a British medical volunteer on the Allied front who joined the fighting and won the Serbian Army’s highest medal for valour in World War I.
Written by Lila Palmer with music by Rose Miranda Hall featuring the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Tickets include admission to Live Equal, a portrait exhibit by acclaimed photographer Wolf James.
2-25 August (not 5th, 12th, 17th, 18th or 19th)