Ceilidhs (Scottish Dancing)

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (folk, interactive)

  • 9 Queen Street - Great Hall
  • 21:00
  • Aug 26
  • 2 hours
  • Suitability: 5+
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Edinburgh Ceilidhs
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Audience required to walk or move around during the performance
  • 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


With dance teacher and caller, Ken Gourlay, ceilidh band and bar. All dances walked through and called. Fringe groups welcome – you can promote your show. Good exercise, great fun. 'It's so joyful' (Audience review). www.edinburghceilidhs.net

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift at street level then another lift
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Platform Lift)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Mike Gillespie 97 days ago

Good fun but a grumpy and at times patronising caller.

Toby Williams 104 days ago

The venue was lovely, dancers were enthusiastic, musicians were talented... the caller was one of the most unpleasant and angry little men I've ever encountered. He would verbally bully people who didn't understand him over a speaker system, physically manipulate people who were standing looking confused, and generally acted like we were simply there as an inconvenience. Throughout the evening, he:

- told two women they couldn't be first couple
- decided that Canadians were loud and obnoxious based off a group of pre-adults
- verbally abused me after I told him I wanted to dance with my friends
- continually "shhhhed" us all like infants
- told us that "it's our time we're wasting"
- dismissed a show that he'd invited to speak based on the fact he didn't fancy the sound of it.

Keep the musicians, the venue, and keep getting nice people along. Lose the caller at all costs.

Anon 105 days ago

I am non binary and, after a couple of dances on the ‘female’ side of the routines, wanted to spend a dance on the ‘male’ side with my male partner. Seeing us, the caller came over and made my partner and I switch, physically making him swap sides with me in front of the entire room, before the dance could start. I was incredibly embarrassed and upset, so we left. Hopefully this hasn’t happened to anyone else, and doesn’t happen again. We were having a lovely time with the rest of the dancers, but that ruined the evening for the both of us.

Lynne Davis 112 days ago

Great fun in a stunning setting (and don't miss the impressive library where the bar is located). If the prospect of dancing with someone you don't know makes you break out in a cold sweat then it may not be for you, but if you're open to new experiences and don't mind getting sweaty then you'll have a great time. We enjoyed it so much that we went twice during our 4-day stay!

Mike Parsons 115 days ago

Busy, crowded, chaotic, hot, energetic and fun. If you've never tried it, try it. Most people start off novices and can pick it up as the tunes progress. Slightly surreal venue in the beautifully columned Surgeon's Hall with oils of mutton-chopped stern colonel dignitaries frowning down. Would recommend.

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