Land Under Wave

Theatre (storytelling, music)

  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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 18 months


Three storytellers, trapped in the Otherworld, must perform their music and stories to earn their freedom. Which deserves to return to the human realm? The fair folk in the audience must decide! In this intimate and interactive show, the Young Edinburgh Storytellers (YES) Mark Borthwick, Ailsa Dixon and David Hughes navigate the mystery of emergence and becoming, blending their voices with music to explore queer identities and the rewilding of people and place. Modern Scotland's living lands contrast with the ancient otherness of the Faeries' Tír na nÓg (Land Under Wave). 'Magnificent' **** (

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is level access into the Centre from the John Knox House entrance. If entering using the main SSC entrance there are 9 steps up. Once inside there is a lift that can take customers down to the -1 floor which is the top of the raked seating. If not it is 16 steps down to the top of the raked seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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How and when to make an access booking

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  • 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

Helen 30 days ago

Immersive and interactive story telling which entertained and shed light on a range of topics. Highlight was define the fine salmon leap! And who doesn't love a show when you throw pine cones as a voting system. Not to be missed!

Lily 31 days ago

These enchanting storytellers are rich with wit, creative impulse, sensitivity, and a deep love for the beyond-human world. Weaving together themes of myth, animism, environmental justice, and queer identity, this show is everything that our world needs. I cried when the salmon returned home. May the stories and messages in this show spread far and wide. Thank you for a beautiful performance!

Emily C 32 days ago

Enchanting. So immersive that you really feel like you entered the world of the fairy people. The music gave me goosebumps.

Shze-Hui Tjoa 33 days ago

Just beautiful, very powerful and moving storytelling - probably my favourite thing I’ve seen at the fringe this year

Gregor 36 days ago

Brillant and entertaining story telling with audience interaction, well worth watching.

mkg 39 days ago

charming and lovely and captivating. Felt like a soft lullaby with three very adept performers / storytellers who held the space with ease and warmth. I saw it on a whim and would see it again!

Caitlin Davies 39 days ago

Had the pleasure of catching this show tonight. If you’re in Edinburgh, Young Edinburgh Storyteller’s “Land Under Wave” is an absolute must-see! Beautiful music, magical stories, and wonderfully interactive. Totally captivating and didn’t want it to end!

Morty 41 days ago

3 storytellers immerse you in their underworld universe with heartwarming stories about queer fairyfolks. The musical ambiance suits perfectly the mood. The spoken words are gently intense enough to make you drift out of reality and you will want to be part of the Fantasy world. The themes are contemporary but softly distilled so the mental images and captivation is not disturbed
A real joy

Alastair Haig 41 days ago

Simply Magical

Christine 43 days ago

Land Under Wave is a beautiful, engaging and relevant comment on themes which are demanding of our attention. Wonderful old stories told in the most entertaining and thought provoking way by three very talented young storytellers. The support they show for one another and their easy chemistry with their audience, combined with a stunning command of language makes it totally absorbing.
Definitely the best hour of my Fringe.

Frida 45 days ago

Brilliant show exploring the expansive and transformative love intrinsic in queerness through compelling stories and music. This wonderful witty trio of young storytellers will accompany you on a playful journey in the land under wave to sense the mysteries and beauties of our interconnectedness beyond the nature-culture divide. A beautiful invitation to free the richness in ourselves and of the world, and to embrace the involvement and change that all living bodies and forms hold and need to take care of. Not to be missed!

Charlie 45 days ago

Amazing show, at once gripping and calming, a beautiful marriage of spoken word and folk music underscore. The three performers bring such honesty and talent to their roles, and the lighting design is woven well into the show.

Emily 45 days ago

A lovely skilful show. I was gripped. Loved how clear it was that the performers had joy in their stories.

Lisa 46 days ago

Intriguing stories told without any unnecessary fuzz, concentrating on the beautiful art of spoken word. Lovely idea of how they include the audience and of waving together their different stories!

Leon Rae 46 days ago

A must see show for all! Absolutely incredible musical storytelling, combining elements of traditional folk tales with timeless, yet urgent concerns such as queer identity and desire, post-industrial society, and the need to respect the wild on its own terms. This show is simultaneously gentle and electric, weaving a captivating, interactive experience that forces the audience to acknowledge the harmful separation between human society, and the richness of the world around us that we often fail to see. Each storyteller brings their own unique style and tone, with their stories wonderfully connected through themes such as violence and forgiveness, taking-on and casting-off of forms, and the commonality of living things.

Holly 47 days ago

A throughly entertaining and engaging performance from 3 talented story tellers. The synthesis of music and tales will transport you to another world - not to be missed.

David 47 days ago

Magical hour spent with these three wonderful storytellers. Fusion of light, music and the spoken word create an enthralling experience, taking tales from ages past and highlighting their relevance in the modern world.

Svend-Erik Engh 47 days ago

Amazingly performed by the young storytellers. The old stories is given so much life and love. I enjoyed every second of the show!

Emily 48 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this amazing show. Three incredible stories performed by talented young storytellers. Not to be missed, it transports you to another world! Go to this show :)

Neil 48 days ago

Very entertaining hour listening to some unique stories that, while they are all different in style and content, contain similar themes that hold together to create an enjoyable show. The music and lighting all add to the atmosphere, and the way that the audience 'votes' for their winner is much more fun than just doing a show of hands. Recommended.

Rowan 48 days ago

A great show for lovers of folklore – immersive and inventive, it plays with the boundary between audience and performer, blending music and spoken word to create a vibrant, otherworldly experience.

Lisa Swinkels 49 days ago

Beautifully told stories that tie together spectacularly (I won't spoil it) made even better by the music. A fun and interactive performance that I highly recommend!

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

A beautifully inclusive combination of traditional music and storytelling, brought up to date for the 21st century.

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Binge Fringe (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

Enchanting, queer and poetic – Land Under Wave is a love letter to folktales and to those who love them.

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Binge Fringe Reviews (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

Enchanting, queer and poetic – Land Under Wave is a love letter to folktales and to those who love them.

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