Everything I See I Swallow

Theatre (circus)

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  • Summerhall - Demonstration Room
  • 18:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Shasha and Taylor Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Nudity, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility: 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


Everything I See I Swallow is a provocative examination of a mother/daughter relationship, set against a backdrop of shifting attitudes to empowerment, feminism and sexuality. In a world where #MeToo and #TimesUp have become rallying cries against female sexual harassment, how does a woman defend the objectification of her own body and the gaze from those around her? How are the lines drawn and how is the rope tied? Fusing theatre and aerial rope work with the erotic art of Japanese rope bondage, shibari, Swallow is an unusual and compelling encounter.

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  • 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

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Francisca Morton 81 days ago

5***** !
This show is a masterpiece and deserves every bit of its Fringe First award.
Well paced, thought-provoking and accomplished. Raises questions for us all around sexuality/pleasure/power, objectification and female empowerment. Fantastic! Go see! Then discuss!

C Williams 84 days ago

I was so excited to see this show and it is visually stunning. The aerial work is gorgeous and the movement in general is technically lovely and well-used. Sadly, the rest was lacking for me. The total lack of acknowledgement of intersectionality, beyond a token reference to polyamory, felt really jarring in a play that ostensibly deals with feminism. I have a feeling this play will appeal to a very middle-class, cis demographic who find on-stage nudity groundbreaking enough to make up for a lack of substance.

Linda Wilkinson 90 days ago

An amazing piece of theatre and acrobatics. In what is called a post-feminist age the piece brings into stark contrast how little has changed within patriarchy, and how a younger generation than mine (I am 67) are defining anew what it is to be a woman, how to claim their freedom. It is a contentious and haunting piece. The ropes which serve as illustrators of bondage and umbilical belonging between the mother and daughter on stage are acutely and poignantly used. I cannot rate this more highly. Go see it.

Loui 93 days ago

I went to see this with my mum and we both really loved the show. It was incredibly thought-provoking, well-scripted and well-acted. The acrobatic work was incredible! Most importantly it got us talking about how we face the challenge of balancing enjoying female sexual empowerment with fighting against objectification. It made us examine our own feminism and possible generational and individual differences in perspective.

Amy Beddows 98 days ago

This show was stunning. Visually amazing, the actors are incredible acrobats and it told a very complex and challenging story about objectifiction vs empowerment. Loved it.

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Everything Theatre (5/5 stars) 79 days ago

There’s something about this performance that will stay with you for a long time, beyond the gorgeous acrobatics and the sensuality of Shibari. Its force is in the conversation that, reflected by physical elements, evolves to reveal a significant transformation in the way we see feminism. Little is actually spoken, yet everything is shown in a visually captivating masterpiece.

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 81 days ago

Everything I See I Swallow features three sets of ropes. Two standard aerial cords and a hoop strung with the silk strands used for shinbari – Japanese rope bondage. Two very different traditions are represented, fitting for the tension pulled taut between the two performers. Maisy Taylor and Tamsin Shasha...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 81 days ago

In the demonstration room in Summerhall, a girl is suspended from the ceiling, bound in an elaborate shibari knot pattern like an enormous spider. Her mother, dressed in a hot pink trouser suit steps forward a...

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The Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 82 days ago

A beautiful performance to watch, Everything I See I Swallow provokes a discussion of feminism that welcomes all women to reconsider their own idea of what it means to be empowered in 2019.

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The Circus Diaries 83 days ago

Fierce, unapologetic, thought-provoking and radical as fuck, Everything I See I Swallow may not be the circus show you wanted, but it’s the circus show you needed. It proves that circus doesn’t have to choose between entertaining and meaningful – it can hold onto both concepts and then some. It can showcase physical strength and flexibility without compromising a powerful message; it can show us what the human body can accomplish while also challenging us to consider what our minds can achieve.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

Everything I See I Swallow is a sumptuous visual and intellectual performance combining aerial rope, shibari and brilliant performances. Entering the Demonstration Room at Summerhall the audience are immediately immersed in an almost subterranean atmosphere. Olivia, played by Maisy Taylor, is suspended with red rope from the ceiling and Tamsin...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 85 days ago

The whole show was a mixture of theatre and aerial rope work and it is visually magnificent. With one black rope and one white rope, these two very talented actors – sorry artists – have created a thought-provoking, expressive, masterpiece that depicts women fighting for control over their sexuality and the challenges of being objectified in a world where the rules are being rewritten.

It’s the battle of two generations fighting for a way to work together to ensure their relationship whilst fulfilling both sides happiness and comfort. It was moving, it was unexpected and shocking, but it worked against the grain to give audiences a visually, unique experience.

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UK Theatre Web (3/5 stars) 86 days ago

The spectacle is impressive and entertaining.

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The Independent (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

While it can be next to impossible to keep up with the dozens of shows happening amid Summerhall’s darkened Victorian lecture theatres, the following give a broad overview of the kind of work that might be found there. Collaborating for the first time, writers and performers Tamsin Shasha and Maisy...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Ever since she was a child, Olivia (Maisy Taylor) has been told she is beautiful. Quickly, she learned to see beauty as belonging to the beholder and grew up feeling her body was not her own. ...

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FringeReview 90 days ago

The opening of this show is dramatic with a performer hoisted up and entangled in ropes, while another struts back and forth below. The visual is stunning and the play unfolds with a plethora of points of view about the objectivity of the body and more. The generational element is...

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Total Theatre 92 days ago

‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution!’ It could be the cry of a rebellious daughter, but here it’s the embattled mother who utters anarchist-activist Emma Goldman’s famous words. Her daughter is more inclined towards quoting extreme body artist Orlan… Everything I See I Swallow...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

An exciting, thoughtful and heartwarming show...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

Its poignancy was rare and tantalising...

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Radio Summerhall Reviews 93 days ago

Shasha and Taylor don’t pretend to have all the answers, but this work – provocative in the sense that it will provoke discussion and argument – is an intelligent, thoughtful way to open that discussion.
My only quibble is that the Summerhall programme put a 16+ rating on this. I would suggest that it’s something every teenage girl in the country should see. And probably take their mum, too. I don’t give star ratings, but if I did, this one would rate 5.

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Theatre Weekly 94 days ago

"Everything I See I Swallow is compelling. The performances from both Tamsin Sasha and Maisy Taylor keep the audience gripped throughout."

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 95 days ago

As you enter the theatre for Everything I See I Swallow one of the actors is dressed in a severe, hot pink suit, the other tied up in a web of red robe, suspended from a gymnastics hoop. The commentary on female body image is immediate, and so this satire of...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Something special is about to happen - we know this deeply and cerebrally as we enter stage to the mesmerising image of Maisy Taylor intricately entwined in shibari ropes, barely visible through stage mist. This is juxtaposed with the stark figure of Tamsin Shasha writing on a board ‘Don’t Look...

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The List (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Feminist ideas collide and combine in intimate aerialist piece...

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