Non SCA Events - Edinburgh

Chinese themed performances from this year’s Fringe


Theatre:  SINK   Xinxi Du 

Based on the true story of the Chinese Writer Lao She


Space Triplex The Prince Philip Building 19 Hill Place Edinburgh EH8 9DP


The Space@Surgeons Hall, Nicholson Street EH8 9DW  various dates


Theatre : STRUGGLE  Zhejiang Yiwu Opera Heritage Protection Centre

Traditional versus experimental; Chinese traditional opera- Wu Opera.

Lauriston Halls 28 Lauriston St EH3 9DJ   Aug 21-27


Music: MY JOURNEY THROUGH CHINA Dong Yi, Chinese Zheng

A journey through the spirit of China 


Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, EH8 8BN   Aug 18


St Andrew’s & St George’s West, 13 George Street 18,21-23 Aug


Variety : Chinese Arts & Cultural Festival Day One and Two

Wuhan Peking Opera Troupe  12 & 13 Aug

Venue 150 at EICC 150 Morrison Street EH3 8EE


Children’s Music :The Magical Trip of a Bead Stories from China

Beijing Fengtai No 1 Primary School 

Venue 150 at EICC 150 Morrison Street EH3 8EE  10 Aug


Children’s Music : The Story of China

Beijing Student’s Art Troupe 

Venue 150 at EICC 150 Morrison Street EH3 8EE  8-10 Aug


Children’s Music : Stories from China 

Beijing Student’s Art Troupe 

Stockbridge Church 7b Saxe Coburg Street, ED3 5BN 4-10 Aug


Debuting at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a brand-new adaption of an iconic Chinese play in Mandarin with English subtitles

The Y-Y Company presents


The original play was written in Mandarin and has proved one of the most influential masterpieces of modern Chinese drama. It carries the same value and impact in China as Shakespeare’s canon does in the English- speaking world. The play was first staged in the Beijing People’s Arts Theatre in 1958. After the author Lao She’s death in 1966, Teahouse survived despite the Cultural Revolution, being widely performed again after 1985.  The narrative is set in the “Yutai” teahouse in Beijing and focuses on the experiences of the manager Wang and his customers. The drama brings alive social transitions from the twilight of Imperial China to the dawn of the People’s Republic.

The reason of this reviving and bringing it to the Fringe is to explore an alternative way of staging – achieving a stronger and more effective communication of the story with English speaking audiences. The problem, clear from reviews of past productions in the UK, is that the subject as first dramatized failed to intrigue and even confused audiences.

Recognising this, our adaption will tell the story through the memory of the teahouse manager, Wang. This dramatic shift in perspective transforms the play from realism to hyperrealism: characters, plots and sets are all made richer with messages open to the complexities of reflection and interpretation.” – The Y-Y Company

Translation had previously been another challenge: this adaption re-works the dialogue to achieve crisp storylines and characterisation based firmly in the original.  

The aim of The Y-Y Company is to explore the tensions between text and form. We have brought together an international interdisciplinary team to create and to perform. The company has performed adaptions in the past, such as Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck. We use the play as a textual platform on which rest physical, musical and digital elements. These are emphasised as equally important in terms of dialogue, movement, sound and visual imagery. In performance, literary tropes are not the only form of storytelling. The company is therefore actively exploring and challenging such an approach to iconic texts. For this adaption, The Y- Y Company is in collaboration with Fenyce Ltd., which produced the digital projection of Jean Abreu’s Blood. We are, finally, delighted to have the talented Kevin Shen in the key role of Wang – Kevin was the lead in Yellow Face at the National Theatre in 2014. 


Venue: Greenside at Nicolson Square (Venue 209) Emerald Theatre

Tickets: Full £10, Concession £8

Dates: 14th – 18th of August 2017

Time: 16:50 (1hr)

Box Office: 01316186967



Events:  From Shanghai with Love

Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries 25,26 Aug

Discover elegant, enduring and evolving Qipao Fashion, Shanghai Style

1840s to 1940s. Glass of fizz included! 25 & 26 Aug

University of Edinburgh Playfair Library Old College South Bridge EH8 9YL


A production from the National Theatre of China is appearing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Luocha Land is billed as a thrilling physical theatre piece with 12 performers and a striking original score, set in a dystopian future where the laws of good and evil have been reversed. Fusing elements of traditional Chinese puppetry and Nuo Opera (but with a decidedly modern approach to choreography), the piece received rave reviews at its premiere in Beijing and is about to open in France for a limited run before it comes to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Performances are at 5.50pm daily from the 2nd - 12th August at C, Adam House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR. Tickets are available from or 


Chinese Culture and Art Festival from AACCEE

supported by the Chinese Consulate in Edinburgh


Asian Association Culture Commerce and Education in Europe


Tickets from the Fringe box office : tel 0131 226 0000

1 . Performance: Divine Melody from Chinese Fiddlers

Performers: Shanghai Yangpu Children'€™s Palace Students'€™ Art Troupe

Genre: Chinese music and dance

Time: 11/08/2017 15:00-16:00

2. Exhibition: Journey to the West

Performers: Henan Province Artists Association

Genre: Art exhibition

Time: 14/08/2017 12:00-17:00

3. Performance: Li Yuan Fei Ge (The song in Pear Orchard), Hua Mulan



GAHAMA Culture and Arts Centre

Zhengzhou Linguaphone English Training Centre


Traditional Chinese Opera, Songs, Children'€™s musical

Time: 14/08/2017 14:00-15:30

4. Performance: In a Place Afar, The Song of the Silk Road

Performers: Beijing Dream Stage International Art Group

Genre: Operatic repertoire

Time: 14/08/2017 19:00-21:00

5. Performance: Traditional dance and Rock music

Performers: Shanghai Fengxian Students'€™ Art Troupe & Brahma

Genre: Chinese Traditional Dancing & Rock music

Time: 19/08/2017 15:00-16:00