10 Things I Hate About A Cappella

Music (a cappella, pop)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
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The Songsmiths are pitching you the honest truth of what it's really like to be in an a cappella group. The highs, lows and off-key moments are certainly not to be missed. An eclectic mix of styles and enthusiastically executed dance routines is on offer. Prepare to be serenaded in your seat at The Songsmiths' debut performance at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Level access is via a different route across the courtyard of the Royal College of Surgeons, our box office can advise.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 14 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
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  • Additional information: Any audience members are welcome to vocalise throughout the performance. Difficult to access language in the script has been altered. Any audibly shocking or particularly loud moments in the show have been adapted. Less intense lighting will be used during the Relaxed Performance.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

Show does not feature:

  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Paul 5 days ago

Hailing from Leeds University, a first Fringe outing for The Songsmiths – a mixed a capella group comprising 6 men and 9 women. Engaging personalities with good volume and voice quality on the whole and some competent solos - a good deal of hard work and practice had clearly been put in. The show, however, didn’t reflect the title and was more about what they didn’t like about rehearsing than about the form itself (despite that being a perfectly good target for satire). I felt they made the show a bit too difficult for themselves by moving about far too much and some of the arrangements lacked clarity. Nonetheless, a jolly hour enjoyed by the audience … and us. Bravo!

Hannah Margerison 8 days ago

Sensational singing & incredible energy from every single cast member!! A must-see for seasoned accapella fans and new fans (like me). The Songsmiths have converted me to a true accapella fan and I can't believe this is their fringe debut. This is one not to be missed!!

A H 11 days ago

The concept was good, but it just didn't quite work. The group was too spread out, so we could only hear the people singing in front of us. Also there was a lot of movement, so the clomping of shoes on the wooden floor drowned out the voices much of the time. Good choreography though.

LC 11 days ago

Amazing show. Really really great. Lots of talent and well put together. Each person in the group knew their role in every single song and the links between them worked well (and that’s not easy to do!) I was especially impressed by the fact the there were no mics used at all- rarely done but worked well. Hubby (not a great fan of a Capella) said it was probably the best show we saw during the festival! Thank you for converting him!!

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 10 days ago

A relaxing and enjoyable performance...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 10 days ago

Nothing to hate about this performance...

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FringeReview 11 days ago

The 15 young singers of The Songsmiths from the University of Leeds take us through what they say they hate about a cappella, despite being an a cappella group.  The story is told in songs, seamlessly woven together with concurrent themes. The concert opens with a beautiful choral blending piece...

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