Concerned Others

Theatre (puppetry, multimedia)

  • Summerhall - Demonstration Room
  • 14:45
  • Aug 27
  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Tortoise in a Nutshell
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes and strong language. Contains references to violence, sexual violence, suicide and addiction.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio Described
    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 2 years


Scotland has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe. In communities across the country, families, loved ones, and clinicians support people suffering with substance addiction. Multi-award winners Tortoise in a Nutshell present Concerned Others, an intimate tabletop performance that shares the stories of critically underheard voices. Accounts that paint us as a nation struggling to recognise a deadly culture of shame, ignorance and misunderstanding surrounding addiction and drug-related death. Immersive soundscapes, shoebox installations, turntables, micro-projection and 32mm figures combine to create a multi-textured piece exploring a defining crisis. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase.

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General venue access

  • Audio Described
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go behind the Royal Dick Pub, past Barney's Beer and Pickering's Gin; in the back courtyard on your right hand side is the Demonstration Room.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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

Audio described performances

  • Dates: 13 August, 24 August
  • Type: NotSelected
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.
  • More about this show: Listen to audio flyer

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 10 August, 22 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

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
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer

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

Chris Grady 33 days ago

It took me a moment to focus on this as theatre rather than verbatim/ted talk, but I was quickly immersed in the micro worlds which were filmed for us life on stage and the beautiful object manipulation. It alerts us to the horrific drug death rates in Scotland compared to other nations in the UK and Europe. It offers very personal tragedy and rightly challenges the need to tackle the causes and sources. I was intrigued that almost all the voices we heard sounded highly educated, English or Australian accents, and I sensed predominantly white. Whilst I am sure all are living and working in Scotland the aural echo for me was rather 'posh english' raher than representative of the demographic and cultural mix of Scotland that I see around.. As this is part of Made in Scotland I will be fascinated to see whether this show 'exports' to other countries - or whether the company chooses to create other verbatim/aural versions exploring the more global challenges and making it multi-lingual too. Thank you for a deeply memorable piece of digital/spacial creativity exquisitely and precisely delivered by the solo artist.

Afshin Robin Rohani @fleefilm 49 days ago

Mesmerising documentary-style exploration of society's approach towards addiction.

And a wonderful & innovative set. Mind-blowing profoundness. The veneer of alcohol being a pleasant substance gets chipped away at.

Go see Concerned Others at #edfringe .


Brian Higgs 51 days ago

Five Star!
Dealing with a very difficult issue this is an engrossing show. The recordings of people affected by drug and alcohol abuse are very powerful, and are underscored beautifully by the music. The use of incredibly detailed models and tiny cameras is the hallmark of this production company and they have again used the presentation to wonderful effect.
Expect to be affected by this show. It hits hard!

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

A ‘must-see’.

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Financial Times (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

It’ll stick in your mind

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

Tortoise in a Nutshell’s new verbatim documentary, Concerned Others, at Summerhall all Fringe, uses puppets and animation rather than actors to bring its script to life.

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Lost In Theatreland (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

this is a show that you spend the rest of your day pondering.

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