Fires Our Shoes Have Made

Theatre (spoken word, contemporary)

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  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    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


Excalibur, equipped. School, skipped. Six months ago, when they lost their mum, their names shot past the sun and echoed through the stars. Today they become the greats they’re destined to be. A journey through a city like London: one with trolls and warlocks, goblins and knives. For 13-year-old Jay and eight-year-old Saskia, this is the biggest quest of their lives. A mash-up of gig theatre, live foley and hip-hop-influenced slam poetry, this modern fable takes audiences to another world. Pound of Flesh won three awards at NSDF 2019.

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Restricted wheelchair access. Level access to ground floor foyer, box office, bar. Seated chair lift to upper floors (requires transfer from wheelchair). Temple space has four steps on entrance to space. Unadapted WCs on ground floor. On-street blue badge parking bay outside 14 Johnston Terrace. Assistance animals welcome. Assistance available – advance notice appreciated. For assisted bookings and to request assistance in advance phone 0131 581 5552. For this performance space: Seated chair lift to 2nd floor from foyer (requires transfer from wheelchair to chair lift at ground level, transfer from one stair lift chair to another at first floor level, and transfer back to wheelchair at second floor. Staff can carry an unoccupied manual wheelchair up the stairs while the wheelchair user uses the seated stair lift. Electric wheelchairs and heavy wheelchairs cannot be carried upstairs. If not taking the chair lift the space is accessed by two flights of stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 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

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

Harvey Grant 81 days ago

Absolutely phenomenal show. Very well written, executed and choreographed. The performance fits the space perfectly. All 4 performers put their all in to it and it payed off. One of the best performances I have seen hands down. Very well done to all involved.

Dianne McDaid 82 days ago

Very energetic and outstanding performance by all on stage.

Kim 82 days ago

Absolutely brilliant in every way. Get your tickets now!

Heather 82 days ago

Brilliant play, superb acting and music. Don’t miss.

Amy Davies 90 days ago

Fresh, powerful, exhilarating and exciting! This moving piece of gig theatre is my pick of the fringe. The company dealt with emotionally charged and complex issues with sensitivity and style.

Kate Felton 95 days ago

Very powerful story well presented with great energy. Emotional. Also, very professionally managed the tech issues. Loved it. Highly recommend this show.

Grace H 95 days ago

Great show today - they dealt with the technical issues like pros and it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the piece at all. Great theatre from a young company - really enjoyed it and it has made my day.

Rich 95 days ago

A dynamic and exciting performance with a topical storyline. Excellent show, thoroughly recommended!

Mark 99 days ago

Excellent performances all round with a strong story that keeps you engaged throughout. Original and inventive with lots of energy this is well worth an hour of anyone’s time visiting the Fringe.

Steve 100 days ago

High energy, high octane, thought provoking show. Five star performance. Find time to see it as it’s a real highlight.

Claire B 101 days ago

Excellent show with a great cast. Highly recommend!

Graham 101 days ago

A powerful show with a great cast, addressing some important contemporary issues. Highly Recommend

Josh M 101 days ago

Great show with superb performances and production. Would highly recommend taking the time to see it.

Sarah J 101 days ago

Outstanding performance, captivated throughout. I would highly recommend.

Kate Mott 101 days ago

A powerful hybrid show from a highly articulate writer. The actors are on centre stage throughout, accompanied by an awesome original score. This show should be top of your Festival list to go and see for the power of the acting and the fresh individualistic writing. Tell your friends and get your tickets. A must-see!!

Ellen M 102 days ago

This was the highlight of day 1 at fringe for us. A really original modern, energetic, interesting combination of spoken word and music. Really highly recommend!! The young fresh cast are really outstanding and the whole show has a refreshingly new feel. The writing is clever and unique - a real must for anyone wanting to see something really contemporary.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 79 days ago

Energetic. That’s the word that springs to mind as Pound of Flesh greet their audience enthusiastically, springing across seats to dish out hugs, high fives and nuggets of choice banter. That same dynamism is carried through into their spoken word-cum-hip hop-cum-fairy tale-cum-Bildungsroman, as the four members take us along on...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 81 days ago

An hour of joyous storytelling...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 81 days ago

An honest, unique and refreshingly sincere performance...

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 83 days ago

Part rap, song and spoken word – watching this show felt like seeing fantastic gig-theatre such as ‘Electrolyte’ in its first stages of development. Following two young siblings as they run away from home in London and exploring knife crime, loss and trauma, the show was full of both energy...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

Gig theatre is becoming a crowded field at the Fringe, making it hard to stand out. Oscar Sadler’s new addition to this genre, with original music by Mollie Tucker, is slight but promising, showcasing the energy and potential of young company Pound of Flesh. Taking place over just one day,...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

We are living through a renaissance of plays in verse, and if you need proof I can furnish few better than Fires Our Shoes Have Made by Fringe newcomers Pound of Flesh Theatre. Writer Oscar Sadler’s electric new script is rightly billed as ‘gig theatre’, the latter-day musical of the...

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