Every Word Was Once an Animal

Theatre (contemporary, devised)

  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Signed 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


The show starts when a person comes on stage, walks to the microphone, talks. The person who is going to do all of this is good at opening scenes. If you open the show, you set the tone for the whole show. It's a big responsibility: if the first lines are well done, it's magic. The beginning can't go on forever. The rest of the show has to happen. Forget what you just read. Half a truth is often a great lie.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: The level access is via the rear or the builiding. There are 16 steps from the street level to the seating.
  • 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: 21 August
  • Interpreter: Adrian Bailey - Stage Right
  • Type: BSL
  • 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.

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

Ben 35 days ago

Quite possibly the fringiest show I have ever seen.

Julian 45 days ago

Disappointing and somewhat pointless. I think I've seen almost all their shows over the last decade and recommend their other show at C space but this is very weak and poor value for money at this price.

Ray Nedzel 49 days ago

This review starts with the word, "this". This is not a review.

From the opening line, the deconstruction of this show was marvelous, and it was spun around the driest comedy of the festival, I'm sure. Plus there was a special guest performance. Each step "Everyword Was Once an Animal" was took a delight for me.

Fabian 50 days ago

Ceci n'est pas une pièce de théâtre.

Very abstract, smart, funny. It's quite low energy so don't go into it expecting giant explosions or dance numbers - it's more philosophical. Also, bring water since it gets hot in the theatre (which I was disappointed to learn is NOT an actual zoo with animals).

The performers all have a fantastic sense of timing which makes them able to achieve some great, minimalist-feeling comedy. It's very silly and kind of sweet. Also you get a souvenir.

Colin George 51 days ago

Clever and funny performance that explores the concept of.... performance. Ontroerend Goed never disappoint. Should be on every 'must see' list.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

The world-famous Belgian company Ontroerend Goed are Edinburgh regulars and this show takes their measured postmodern theatre to a new place.

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

A meta-theatrical odyssey that constantly keeps you on your toes with wry amusement, this is a play that toys with what it means to tell a story.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 51 days ago

“The suspense is terrible; I hope it will last,” said Oscar Wilde (quoted famously by madcap character Willy Wonka). Truer words couldn’t be spoken about Every Word Was Once An Animal, the meta masterpiece challenging you to figure it out, brought to the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe by brilliant and inventive, world-renowned Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed.

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