Theatre (international, contemporary)

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  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 10:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Belgium
  • Group: Kopergietery, KGbe, Arsenaal/Lazarus, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, BiB, Summerhall
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


In the Faroe Islands' desolate landscape, a young person is found washed ashore. Adapted by Charlotte Vandermeersch and created with Lazarus and Fringe First Award-winners Kopergietery, Norwegian writer Johan Harstad's compelling and acclaimed novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? is turned into a musical, verbal and visual experience about love and losing it, about great talent and not using it and about a huge world losing its perspective. 'Charlotte Vandermeersch's adaptation combines great intensity, sensitivity, and light-heartedness, with music and beautiful film images fitting perfectly together' (Radio Klara, Belgium).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (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.

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  • 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
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  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
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Anthony Mitchell 63 days ago

This piece of theatre was utterly brilliant. Beautifully and tenderly delivered, the narrative was immersive and the incidental sound effects enhanced the story perfectly. The subject matter was thoughtful and at times provocative. The use of the subtitles was a touch of genius. I can say no more than 'go and watch it - and then watch it again.'

Nigel Morris 66 days ago

An outstanding performance and a thoroughly engaging story.

Jonathan Holt 67 days ago

This really is an incredible production. Compelling story, brilliant use of multimedia, fantastic music and expertly performed.

Most of all, this play flows superbly without ever feeling predictable. This might be a hard production to beat this year.

Lesley Warner 69 days ago

An enthralling production that ties in the with 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, interestingly focusing on Buzz Aldrin, not the first but the second man to step on its surface. The atmospheric musical and visual affects contribute to the overall weirdness of the story - well worth seeing.

Luc en Karen Goossens 70 days ago

Outstanding performance. Superb acting. The scene was set perfectly by a well thought combination of music, images and acting. It felt as if we were Mattias! A gentle funny moment from time to time, but above all a performance we talked about for days. Charlotte and the musician did a great job, all the more impressive as neither English nor Faroer is their native language. This show deserves your attendance.. A must see!

Ian Anderson 70 days ago

Quality of acting, singing, video backdrop, percussion and music were all excellent. This will stick in the memory, but ultimately the plot line wasn't refined enough to make for a really satisfying show.

Sean Davis 71 days ago

Buzz (*****)
With a huge video screen displaying the space race images and scenic landscapes a backdrop, and accompanied by a woman playing an odd assortment of instruments, an actress relates a tale of a Norwegian boy, Mattias, who idolizes Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. As the quirky story roams from Norway to the quiet Faroe Islands, the whole performance gels into Mattias’ surprising mix of contentment and social ineptness. Most memorable, and telling, are the events at a high school party where Mattias wears and homemade space suit and stalks the girl of his dreams.

This was the 4th most enjoyable of the 83 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Kate Gaul 75 days ago

Buzz - Kopergietery (Belgium) Edinburgh Fringe is possibly the only place where you get talking to a stranger in a line up at the entrance to a theatre, exchange recommendations and then go buy a ticket based on those recommendations. So, it was with “Buzz”. I wanted to like this show – no, I wanted to LOVE this show. A gentleman I got chatting with earlier this week told me how powerful it was with tears in his eyes. It’s a stage adaptation of a novel set in the Faroe Islands with a Buzz Aldrin overlay. There’s a fabulous filmic element that runs as a backdrop to the piece, live music, rain fell from the sky, intelligence and sensitivity – many, many great elements and layers but alas I couldn’t vibe with this one. 2 tiny Remnants-of-Cheese from moi!

James Carter 79 days ago

A remarkable and moving piece of theatre, with beautifully judged performance, soundscape and visuals. It's understated style draws you in and holds the emotional core of the piece like a precious crystal.

Penny 83 days ago

Intriguing weaving together of multiple stories, delivered by a talented actor and a creative musician. What a beautiful voice! Very enjoyable performance!

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Radio Summerhall 67 days ago

The journey of discovery is a fascinating one for the audience with top quality acting and music and the final moments are moving and compelling. Definitely worth seeing.

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 69 days ago

Johan Harstad’s Norwegian novel, on which this show is based, is all about the deliberate quest to be second best – to be ordinary. Mattias is obsessed with Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon. In Charlotte Vandermeersch’s adaptation for Belgian young people’s theatre company Kopergietery, that central idea actually...

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Sardines Magazine (4/5 stars) 69 days ago

Buzz is an adaptation of a Norwegian novel set in the Faroe Islands, and is presented by a Belgian company, another example of the opportunities offered by the Edinburgh Fringe for catching up on European theatre. It is a high-tech production using video, recorded sound and music, even real rain and live music to accompany the text.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 73 days ago

A body is washed up on the shores of the Faroe Islands, rain softly splatters on a coat, a video projection comes into view and live music fills our ears. Welcome to a multimedia masterpiece; a sensational hour about an ordinary life told in an extraordinary way.It begins the year...

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 74 days ago

A man lies face-down in the middle of an isolated road on the Faroe Islands, the rain pattering on his red rainslicker.  How did he come to be here? The story begins in 1986, the year everything goes wrong. The Swedish Prime Minister assassinated; Chernobyl; the Challenger space shuttle disaster. ...

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The List (3/5 stars) 75 days ago

Moving show about a life in second gear struggles to reach top speed...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 75 days ago

The interesting – and possibly underrated – business of being unexceptional is the subject of this new work by Belgian youth company and multiple Fringe First winners Kopergeitery. ...

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