HOME At Edinburgh Festival

2-13 August | Edinburgh Festival

Liz Richardson’s Gutted, a shameless show about love, laughter, and loos, has already enjoyed two successful runs at HOME as well as playing at hospitals. Liz has got an embarrassing problem, and these yogurts aren’t helping. Her body’s acting up. Co-produced by HOME and the Conker Group.

3-27 August | The Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival

Jack Rooke, whose Good Grief show, co-commissioned by HOME, debuted at least year’s Edinburgh Festival before being adapted for BBC Three and BBC Radio 4, takes his new show, Happy Hour, to The Underbelly. With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year-old nan, Sicely, invite you to the happiest town in Britain, where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne. Celebrating finding happiness after tragedy, Rooke’s critically acclaimed debut blends comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved and the state of welfare for grieving families. Another HOME co-commission, with the Soho Theatre, Happy Hour explores what happiness now means in a society where the pressure to ladder-climb is damaging underprivileged young people.

4-28 August | Zoo Monkey House, Edinburgh Festival

YESYESNONO’s 5 Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist is a one-man show performed by Sam Ward, who was the assistant director on HOME’s acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts last year as part of his MA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, University of London. A play about what it means to encounter each other in this technological age, 5 Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist follows one man as he manages to self-sabotage his valiant attempts to communicate and reach out to those around him.

5-26 August | Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival

Javaad Alipoor’s The Believers Are But Brothers, co-commissioned by HOME, Transform Festival, and Ovalhouse, is a bold one-man show which examines what it is to be a young Muslim male today. We live in a time where old orders are collapsing, from the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy and extremist groups rip through 20th century political certainties. Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment; without the money, power and sex they think they deserve. This crisis of masculinity leads them into an online world of fantasy, violence and reality. The show also plays as part of HOME’s Orbit Festival in Manchester, 9-12 October.

14-28 August | Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival

Spanish theatre company Little Soldier present Derailed, an unpredictable, urgent theatrical counter-protest about changing the world, as seen at HOME’s ¡VIVA! Festival in 2016 and co-commissioned by HOME. Derailed comes complete with a rock band who will embark on the live recording of a concept album about social change through the use of elements of physical theatre, storytelling, intimate confession and live music: “Derailed is about politics and rock & roll. (Or maybe it’s just about rock & roll). This is not an advert. We’re not campaigning for a political party. We’re not sure what we think or what we want. We don’t even really know how to play these instruments. There are strong convictions but no plan. Just yet. Little Soldier presents a show about how to change the world. Hopefully. Maybe.”