Welcome to ZOO Venues' programme

The only place to find out all you need to know about ZOO Venues' 2013 Edinburgh Fringe programme - our 12th year at the world's biggest arts festival.

Within these pages you'll find full details of all our shows on our Festival Fringe bill, plus the latest videos, images, reviews and news from all our companies.

ZOO Venues' theatre programme combines fresh new takes on classics with cutting edge new writing - and a huge amount of imagination

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World-class international dance companies and rising choreographic talents from across the spectrum of styles and techniques

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The most inventive genre on the Fringe, with beautiful, brilliant and bizarre work from around the world

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Imaginative and interactive tales for children of all ages - and plenty of entertainment for their parents too

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Following the hugely successful 2008 season, the Czech Centre once again bring a beautiful collection of the very best Dance from the Czech Republic.

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ZOO Shows of the Week

Out Of His Skin Squally Showers 33

That Is All You Need To Know The Red Tree S/He Is Nancy Joe

Fancy something different? Six shows put in the spotlight every week.

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ZOO Venues launches outstanding 2013 season

ZOO Venues remarkable 2013 season brings together familiar faces and fresh new talent in a carefully curated programme of some of the finest dance, theatre, and physical theatre to be found on the Fringe. Acclaimed festival favourites Little Bulb premier their new work Squally Showers alongside the up-and-coming Wardrobe Ensemble’s 33, follow up to the runaway success of 2011’s Stage Awards nominated Riot.


Home grown dance talent is in plentiful supply as Altered Skin, Tavaziva and James Cousins are joined by Place Prize winning Lost Dog and this year’s audience vote winner H2 dance. Meanwhile, from further afield, internationally acclaimed Tantahorse head up a specially selected trio of acts from the Czech Republic that promise to be just as unmissable as the Czech Centre’s 2008 ZOO season.


Adding a healthy dose of chaotic musical fun to the bill, The Demon Barbers join forces with break and folk dancers to create The Lock In, a show the Telegraph are calling a riotous display of ‘blazing energy and joyous ingenuity’. And if that gets you in the mood for a bit of a knees up, award winning multi-instrumentalist troupe Fine Chisel combine foot-stomping live music with playful and heartfelt drama in Dumbstruck.


2013 also sees the return of two of the most respected and popular companies fresh from brilliant international tours who call ZOO their Edinburgh home away from home. 2Faced Dance bring their new work Out of His Skin, a visceral, awe inspiring look at the world of adrenaline junkies charged with a bold energy and an exhilarating blend of break and contemporary dance. We also welcome back Idle Motion, a young company who we’ve watched go from strength to strength in recent years. Based on the untold stories behind wartime Bletchely Park and the team that cracked the enigma code, new piece That Is All You Need To Know looks set to be their best yet.


Director of ZOO Venues James Mackenzie said ‘At ZOO we pride ourselves on offering something just a little bit different from the usual fare at the Fringe, and our 2013 season is no exception. A commitment to diverse but uniformly excellent, innovative and extraordinary work over the past decade has fostered some of the UKs most exciting young companies, brought cutting-edge international acts to Edinburgh audiences, and given a home to world-class dance. As ever, this is a programme which will surprise, amaze, but above all inspire.’

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