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The Backyard Story by Puppet Beings Theatre 4–27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 11.45am, £10. Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £6.

Summerhall favourite Puppet Beings Theatre (The Paper Play, The Adventure of Puppets) conjures up the innocence of childhood and injects fresh vitality into children’s theatre. In The Backyard Story, a red balloon

breathes life into clothes that have been hung out to dry by competitive

neighbours. Jackets, shirts, dresses and trousers make friends and form relationships, relecting what happens between parents, children and others. Audiences of all ages are invited to let their own imaginations run free. When you get home, can you make your clothes come to life too?

Ever Never

by Co-coism 4–27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 4.25pm, £12 (£10). Preview 2 Aug, £8.

Ever Never is a semi-autobiographical performance rooted in the personal journey of Co-coism director Chien-Han Hung. Deeply affected by her father’s death and living abroad, on her travels she found aircraft cabins mysterious spaces where the past could be intercepted and fragments of forgotten memories

rekindled and brought to life.

Also drawing upon the experiences of playwright Chi-Chun Feng and the production’s cast and creative team, the airport and aeroplane become places out of time for (cid:3)ve strangers. Up in the air, past and present collide and coalesce into sensitive and heart- felt physical theatre.

Heart of Darkness

by Sun Son Theatre 4–27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 3.15pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £6.

In Heart of Darkness, Sun Son Theatre fuses bold physicality and delicate emotions, evocative instrumentation and expressive vocals, to explore the inner self. The performance was inspired by choreographer Pei-Fen Low’s grandmother, and the notion of

human existence being gradually gnawed by time. It features dance, music, symbolic objects and ritualistic imagery as a means of examining a woman’s journey through life her hidden aspirations, expectations, ambitions and fears. It asks: are the paths we choose irreversible?

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