Theatre (contemporary, physical theatre)

Add to favourites
  • Summerhall - Former Womens Locker Room
  • 16:30, 17:15, 18:30, 19:15
  • Aug 25
  • 25 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Group: Mercimax, Swiss Selection Edinburgh
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes
  • Accessibility: 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 2 years


Eight ordinary people stand before eight spectators. But how ordinary are they really? Can you trust how people look and what they say? What makes someone a suspect? With a diverse cast of eight accomplices drawn from the Edinburgh community, this intimate play of truth and deception challenges the judgements we make about the people we pass every day. 8:8 combines physical theatre and whispered secrets in an unsettling performance for just eight audience members at a time. Appearances can be deceptive. Part of Pro Helvetia's Swiss Selection Edinburgh.

Please note that while all media gallery content is provided by verified members of the event, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not review or approve this content before it is posted. Reports of inappropriate content or copyright infringement can be directed to [email protected].

General venue access

  • Accessible entry: From the main reception you can either take the stairs (10 steps) underneath the main stair case and into the basement or the lift just off from the main reception.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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

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

Enrico 95 days ago

8:8 (*****)
Best show I've seen so far! You rarely have the opportunity of experiencing such intimacy with performers, but here you do. This is an experience that will stay with me for a long time. It starts with a slow and simple geometrical choreography I assume to build silence, attention and lock the exterior world out of the room. As the show progresses you get to hear some facts about the performers and eventually some secrets whispered to your ears as you can watch on their faces their emotions. The link between intimate story, emotions, told and untold is just magical.

Colin George 95 days ago

This is a wonderfully simple 'show'. 8 performers, 8 audience members, a bare room, 16 chairs, 8 sets of headphones. It is up close and very personal - at first disquieting and uncomfortable - 8 performers moving in silence, where do you look, who do you look at, who are they, what part are you expected to play..... As they reveal their biographies (true, partially true, or not) one's first impressions are challenged (or perhaps not).

This is not a show where you can hide as a member of the audience - whilst you are a voyeur you are also an integral part of the piece. If this puts you off then don't be, it is worth overcoming any reticence you may have to experience what is a very intriguing but almost too short a piece - however with audiences this small it looks to have already sold out the rest of the run.

Lesley Warner 96 days ago

☆☆☆☆☆ This is an amazing show. Set in the former women's locker room of the old Dick Vet College, now Summerhall, 8 actors perform for an audience of 8 people. After some silent movement round the space, the actors all share some information about themselves, which may or not be the truth. All sound interesting, intriguing. Then each one sits opposite an audience member and, in an audio recording delivered via headphones, speaks to us about themselves, sharing facts and feelings in an extraordinarily intimate way. I'm not going to say what Robert told me, but I feel hugely priviledged to have heard his story.

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

In a modestly-sized square box of a room, eight audience members gather and sit in a row, facing inwards. ...

Read the full review

The Skinny (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

8:8 is weird from the outset. Eight performers stand in front of an audience (of eight – get it?), and without moving or speaking, they stare us down. It begins to feel a little uncomfortable. A few people titter. Eventually the performers start to move around the room, jumping and...

Read the full review

The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 93 days ago

8:8 makes for both uncomfortable and engaging viewing, although ‘viewing’ is perhaps too distant a term. In a small performance space, a maximum of eight audience members sit in a row as eight performers enter. And stare at us. This goes on for an interminable period and immediately forces the...

Read the full review

Broadway World (5/5 stars) 99 days ago

8:8 is certainly not a work for the faint-hearted - not necessarily because of content, but because of the immense closeness between audience member and performer. Some will find it uncomfortable, others will enjoy the sense of connection.

Either way, 8:8 is an intriguing, intimate and intense piece that may encourage you to think differently about those around you.

Read the full review

Fest (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

Eight audience members; eight performers. They file in, and there's nothing to do but stare at them. The man in the flamingo t-shirt with the bare feet. I don't trust him. They turn – give us sight of all angles. Hang on: the lady with the curly hair has a...

Read the full review

Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 102 days ago

All I can say is this piece is nothing more than an ultra-simplistic work of genius. A love letter to raw human communication, 8:8, even in its weakest moments, completely engulfs the audience in its complexity and delicacy. And probably the most beautiful thing about it is that there will be an entire spectrum of differing experiences and opinions on this piece, and you can only really judge it for yourself. And I wholeheartedly recommend that you do.

Read the full review

British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 103 days ago

This short piece of devised experimental theatre manages to both intrigue and baffle, and at a mere twenty-five minutes long, it's not a great ask of patrons to participate in what is plainly a live art installation.Ruminating on the nature of a variety of aspects, the piece allows eight patrons...

Read the full review

The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 106 days ago

One of four Swiss shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Mercimax’s abrupt, intense experience takes us quickly into a stranger’s soul. Eight people sit in a line – that’s the audience – and eight stand at different distances, just staring. At first, you notice their faces. Their sizes and shapes, ethnicities....

Read the full review

The List (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

Eight performers meet eight audience members in an intimate reflection on judgement and compassion...

Read the full review

Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 108 days ago

There are probably quite a few shows at the Edinburgh Fringe where there are as many performers on stage as there are people in the audience, but rarely is that out of design. 8:8, courtesy of Mercimax as part of Pro Helvetia's Swiss Selection at the Fringe, takes the idea...

Read the full review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Please login to add a review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.