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Access in Edinburgh this August

This August sees a number of iconic events in Scotland’s capital, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the International Book Festival.

This year we’re glad to see a fantastic range of captioned and subtitled events across August. Paines Plough are hosting two ‘Captioning on Tour’ workshops this year as well as 66 captioned performances available for 9 different shows. The captions will be available on a limited number of tablets, please book these 24 hours in advance of the performance.

The Captioning on Tour Workshops, in Roundabout at Summerhall we will give you a chance to have a go at it yourself, followed by a Q&A looking at sourcing the equipment, integrating captioning into the creative process, communicating with tour venues, and finding the right captioning partner for you.

The workshop will be running twice during the festival at 10-11am, Friday 3 and 24 August, Roundabout at Summerhall. Please RSVP using this form.

Throughout the festival Roundabout will also host 66 captioned performances:

  • All 19 performances of Vinay Patel’s STICKS AND STONES will be captioned. Book here.
  • All 19 performances of Simon Longman’s ISLAND TOWN will be captioned. Book here.
  • All 8 performances of Georgia Christou’s HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN will be captioned. Book here.
  • BLACKTHORN by Charley Miles will be captioned on 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 Aug. Book here.
  • TREMOR by Brad Birch will be captioned on 3, 10, 17, 24 Aug. Book here.
  • SUGAR BABY by Alan Harris will be captioned on 4, 11, 18 Aug. Book here.
  • DRIP by Tom Wells will be captioned on 22 & 26 Aug. Book here.
  • ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicols will be captioned on 8, 15, 22 Aug. Book here.
  • ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes will be captioned on 22 Aug. Book here.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival will be live subtitled by Stagetext with talks for Bruce Dickinson, Ruby Wax, And Tony Adams.

We will be subtitling a total of 11 shows, you can find the full listings here.  

To see everything being captioned at the Fringe Festival Edinburgh there are complete access listings on their website.


The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council