Theatre (spoken word)

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  • Summerhall - Red Lecture Theatre
  • 19:10
  • Aug 17
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Harry Josephine Giles, Rob Jones, Neil Simpson and Jamie Wardrop
  • Warnings and additional info: Strobe Lighting
  • Accessibility:
    Signed Performance
    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


A live jam of music, video and poetry, this multimedia theatre show tells the true story of a military drone's life and fears. The Drone is a weapons system, an office worker, a background hum. The bleak humour and tender fury of Drone sees the unmanned aerial vehicle as the technology of a neurotic century, asking how anxious people can live as part of systems of such astonishing destruction. Drone is mixed new every night: a cabaret band of a video jockey, an electronic musician and a spoken word performer. 'A state of the nation address' (Scotsman). www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, follow access ramp around the front of the made in Adelaide bar, into the main reception, take a right down the corridor past the cafe and through the light-saber corridor. The Red Lecture Theatre (x) – 14 steps down to the space, a further 10 steps through the seating and onto the stage. There is lift access only with prior notice to Summerhall Management.
  • 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

Signed performances

  • Dates: 14 August, 8 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

Watch the BSL video

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 14 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: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • 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
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area

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

Craig A. Black 107 days ago

Drone is like a very well-crafted album, from the sound design to the poetics to the visual design and themes that run through. Everything is well balanced and works together in a magical way.

An all too relateable piece of performance art which, despite its high-tech and lo-fi technicalities, is understated in delivery, and deserves your time to see.

Penny 109 days ago

Not what I expected, but well done nonetheless. A fine performance, quite dramatic.

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FringeReview 94 days ago

There is a lot to love and admire about this piece. The entrance of Giles, the technology of it and the words are a more than decent start. There is a richness in the words, and they make you consider how outsiders within our own communities should be made to...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

The drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle. The drone is a person. The drone delivers instant death from miles away. The drone is intimidated by her line manager. Here is where we find ourselves, in the strange world concocted in the poetry of Harry Josephine Giles, who is one third...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

When Harry Josephine Giles catches the whining drone at the beginning of their multimedia cabaret, it’s like they’re squashing an insect, and when they release it at the end it’s like they’re letting go of a bird. Through Giles’ poetry, Jamie Wardrop’s restless video – sometimes sci-fi, sometimes like grainy...

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

The world we live in means death from above from afar. The disconnection between scores of people wiped out in so-called targeted strikes and those pulling the trigger in a bunker thousands of miles away is truly dehumanising. In Drone, the unmanned autonomous vehicle is humanised. 'It' becomes 'she' and she has...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 101 days ago

Sometimes after a hard day’s work you just need to blow off some steam. Harry Josephine Giles’ drone is no different – even if the work should happen to be targeted remote killing. She – the drone-girl whose universes Giles narrates at a pronoun’s remove – st...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 107 days ago

You hear her before you see her. Once you take your seat for Drone, it takes a moment or two before you realise the faint whirring sound in the room isn't emanating from Neil Simpson, the show's composer, who's sat in the corner behind a keyboard, but from the small...

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