It’s August, and theatre would normally be celebrating its annual shindig at the fringe. But this year the fringe comes to your own living room with a number of initiatives including a weekly Friday line-up of comedy and cabaret from the Fringe Society itself. Zoo Venues are not one of the biggest fringe venues but it is one of the most consistently interesting featuring boundary busting offerings and outlier shows. And this year you can watch it all from your own front room. If you want outlier then tune into Graeme Leak’s Ewetube: an Infinite Eco-Opera which live streams from 12 noon each day offering harmonised sheep choruses and bird song from a field in deepest Stirlingshire. Or check out Ontroerend Goed’s Loopstaion, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein with the dance piece Lol (Lots of Love), Bootlicker and CHILLDXDDY’s binaural video, Fix and Foxy’s Rocky! Featuring a dead pig, a politician and an actor, YesYesNoNo’s durational participatory piece on regret and things we never said, Message Not Sent, and much much more. There is good stuff every single day with work from Imitating the Dog, The Wardrobe Ensemble and more.
An online Edinburgh Fringe streaming service for pre-recorded performances, films and live-streams of theatre and dance, including firm Fringe favourites and classics from the last twenty years at ZOO. The curated online programme of performances is in lieu of an in-person festival in August this year following the postponement on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In what would have been the venue’s twentieth year at the Fringe, ZOO has programmed a dynamic online festival spanning theatre, dance, music, poetry and live art. All content is free to access and available worldwide; audiences will be encouraged to donate directly to each performing company or artist. The programme includes several world-renowned companies returning to ZOO: multiple Fringe First-winners Ontroerend Goed present Loopstation, a large-scale homage to humanity’s habits and routines which has never been seen at the Fringe before. Celebrated company imitating the dog present their adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and The Wardrobe Ensemble are back at ZOO with Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, aimed at ages 0-7.