Theatre (comedy, new writing)

  • Leith Arches - Ground Level
  • 17:00, 19:30
  • Aug 19-24, 26-29
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Saltire Sky Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing


Saltire Sky is back! The multi award-winning 1902 takes an access-all-areas approach to working-class life in Scotland as we follow four young wannabe football hooligans in their quest to see Hibs win the Scottish Cup Final. Pub theatre at its finest, this immersive production has sold out its last four Fringe runs and is back for a fifth after receiving the prestigious Bobby Award from Broadway Baby last year and winning the OffFest Short Run Award 2022! Grab a pal, grab a pint and get yourself along to see this electric piece of new writing.

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Albert Lin 22 days ago

Lads lads lads. An engaging and intimate view of on working-class Edinbrugh. About taking the burdens upon yourself, friendship/trust, and family. Expect the intensity of violence and the show can vary between comic or tragic depending on your perspective. 5/5

david scott 29 days ago

Pure brilliance. Perfect complement to Sunshine on Leith, perfect contest to junk like 2nd Summer of Love. Not clear why we're using TheLeithArches, but things can only grow
. They already have.

Jenni 35 days ago

Only show I've managed to get to at the Fringe and I'm glad I went. Don't be put off by the football relevance as this show is so much more. From laughing to awkwardness to sadness it had it all. Absolutely worth a visit and the Arches was the perfect venue for this production. Cast were all great and could see they put their heart into ever word. Go see it!

Erin Maguire 37 days ago

I can’t speak highly enough of this show. Whether you’re a football fan or not, it’s a must see! The story and set are fantastic - and the performances were absolutely stellar throughout. It was definitely the highlight of our trip to the Fringe!

Eric Whitelaw 42 days ago

I saw this show last year and i watched again this week. Explosive, emotional, heart-warming. 1902 once again exceeds expectation with new faces in the cast, new jokes but the same smashing energy as always. Last time on the Fringe, it's a MUST SEE!!

Isabelle Morgan 42 days ago

This show was excellent and a must see at the Fringe regardless of whether you are a sports or Scottish football fan or not ! The cast and performance within Leith arches were extremely engaging throughout the whole show. They had the entire audience laughing and arrested. Brilliant show which is embedded within the community and place of which it tells it’s story. We had many locals and Hibs fans at the play right after the team had one a game in the last minute at the stadium up the road. This only added to the experience

HJR 43 days ago

Just brilliant. The first show I saw right at the start of the festival this year, and up there with a couple of others after a week of seeing as much as we could fit in. Great venue too.

Sue Ruszka 45 days ago

Wow. I was blown away by the raw, authentic acting talent and the brilliance of the script to the extent that I think this was probably the most powerful and compelling performance and piece of writing I have ever seen. The intimacy of the immersive setting leaves no room for any acting lapse and the performers were quite simply, brilliant. You do not need to be a Hibs fan to be gripped by this play (I am not even a football fan) - the story reels you in with such persuasive acting that for me, I believed in every one of the characters and almost forgot I was watching a play. Kudos to all the actors including the Musician who very subtly was intrinsic to the performance, providing the “glue” throughout.

Wesley Middleton 46 days ago

Just wrote a long rave review that doesn’t seem to have posted, so, briefly this time: this show was flat-out, full-on excellent, from the story to the performances to the use of the space - and that’s from an American who knows nothing about Scottish football and couldn’t understand a lot of the dialogue. Last year at the Edinburgh Fringe, so catch it while you can! Great work @SaltireSkyTC!

Joanne Hughes 46 days ago

Absolutely fabulous! Emotional roller coaster of laughs, sadness, fear and anger. One of the best theatre productions the fringe has to offer.

james stuart 48 days ago

This is a must see play in my opinion. The characters are so well portrayed, they could easily be found in a local Leith pub in real life! The research that has gone into this must have been intense to get the characters as accurate as these guys are! The venue is ideal and to be so close to the action just adds to the enjoyment and makes you actually feel part of the show! Well done to all involved, so good we are planning back to see it again before our holiday is over! Ten out of ten!!!!!

Natasha Bauld 49 days ago

Absolutely outstanding show!! I went on Saturday and took my friend last night. I cried both times. It’s such a raw emotion engaging performance and as a hibs fan I remember how emotional I was back in 2016. Even if you aren’t a hibs fan you would definitely enjoy this as it’s like you are part of the show and really get caught up in it all. Loved it and will be trying to get to see bits and pieces at some point :)

Nicole 51 days ago

This was my second time seeing the show, the first being 5 years ago. It was engaging from start to finish with very intense scenes one minute to bringing laughs with light hearted moments the next. A must see for any fellow Hibees. Well done to all involved!

Ally Yates 51 days ago

Brilliantly performed. I was enthralled from start to finish. Powerful, sad, funny, moving, and occasionally menacing. Best show I’ve seen in a while.

Terence Begley 52 days ago

Really enjoyed the show, got to admit that I’m not a Hibs fan but the story and acting were superb. Well worth a visit

Michael Ward 53 days ago

Best show I’ve seen in a while and highlight of the Fringe so far for me. Loads of belly laughs but interspersed with riveting moments of depth and a powerful narrative. Highly recommended.

Declan Sorley 53 days ago

Go see this show. I’ve seen it 5 times, it’s never the same twice. The new cast members add a freshness and a vibrancy that breathes new life into a timeless script. Being from Islington, I see a lot of theatre and have witnessed the Birth and Death of many masterpieces over the years but this show trumps them all, it may be a few years before we can call it a classic but “1902” will be remembered by all who experience it and I would urge everyone to catch it before it goes.

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Mickey Jo's Theatre Blog (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

An undeniably powerful piece boasting a full complement of committed, performances that prompt equal parts hilarity and terror

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