Beware the Beasts

Children's Shows (storytelling, solo show)

  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    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
The socially distanced performance of this show will take place on Thursday 11th August.
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Scotland was once full of magical beasts, absolutely full of them: bog goblins, dragons, naughty fairies, brownies, bony-backed horsemen... all sorts. For the last 200 years they’ve kept themselves to themselves but recently, with lockdown and humans quietly stuck in their homes, the beasts have become braver, now they’re back. For your protection, storyteller Shona Cowie introduces the most fearsome of these creatures, provides case studies from successful monster-evaders such as Granny and wee Jamie and will instruct you on the most effective ways to avoid being squashed, trapped in a rock or turned into a nugget.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There is step free access at the John Knox House entrance of the building, the main entrance door for Storytelling Centre has 9 steps leading up to to it from street level. If not taking the lift there is then a total of 17 steps up to the library (9 steps, a landing, and then 8 additional steps). All guests enter library through same door once inside the building.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 11 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Beware the Beasts is a participative workshop performance by Shona Cowie taking place in in a large room with seating in the round. The relaxed performance will also be sold at limited capacity to allow social distancing/ease of movement for audiences. Shona's performance will be responsive to whoever is in the audience at any given time. The major difference for a relaxed performance will be in the delivery style; the performer will be less hyped-up as a character and spend more time in the sensory moments of the stories. Shona is experienced in working in this way and enjoys it. Audiences will have permission/be encouraged to move around and become involved in the piece to the extent that they are comfortable to do so. Similarly the setup will be fluid with the performer moving around the entire space rather than a clearly delineated performance area/audience area. The performer is happy to admit latecomers and allow readmittance. Characters expressing anger may be reduced or the performer may invite the audience to show her how they look when they are angry - she will adapt accordingly. Light and sound are minimal.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • 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

Neill Cotton 1 day ago

Shona was amazing this morning... my two children were exhausted after a delayed, late flight into Edinburgh the previous evening but we knew we only had this morning to catch her last performance and I'm so glad for me, as well as for the children, that we did. Thank you for a magical hour of beautiful, imaginative, clever, kind, funny and engaging storytelling. You're the best!

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