The Mariner's Song

Spoken Word (poetry, storytelling)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


Calling all adventurers! Following their critical success at last year’s Fringe (selected as’s Editors’ Pick), KinkyFish return to Edinburgh with The Mariner’s Song, and once again invite you to join writer-performer Rajan Sharma as he navigates classical mythology, family history, and his own experience crewing on a deep sea challenge. In this intimate spoken word performance contemplating humanity’s primal connection to oceans, rivers and seas, prepare to brave the elements, sail stormy waters, and embark upon a lyrical voyage through the ages... Will you answer the Mariner’s call? 'Wonderful storytelling' **** ( 'Beautiful and hypnotic' (ThreeWeeks).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter from George IV Bridge, with a couple of steps to enter the building. A temporary ramp is also available. The Studio is located downstairs, via a single width staircase. A lift is also available. The audience enter in the middle of the auditorium. There is a single row with level access, with further seating accessed via a raked centre aisle.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Lift (Platform 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

Ayla Kesim 146 days ago

The unusual voyage of a man through myths and personal history told by a superb storyteller. He had the audience spellbound with minimal props and made them all want to follow the mariner's call.

Chris Eason 151 days ago

A fantastic show that was the perfect start to my day. The way that the story was told encouraged you to relax and imagine letting you mind dift along with the story. A perfect show for bringing a little bit of peace in a sea of chaos perfect for any audience any time. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

AdrianDeane Brannen-Jurgenson 156 days ago

I didn’t know that I’d given up hope on a theatrical experience like this at the Fringe until I walked into The Annex at Paradise Green’s venue for The Mariner’s Song. For the first time in two weeks I could hear my own thoughts clearly and brightly and warmly. Throughout the one-man storied, poetry offering, I heard my own possibilities, my own language and my own infinite options, where before I had not been aware that I was perhaps choking back my own disquiet. The simplicity of this hour-long voyage is sometimes ordinarily charming, sometimes mesmerizingly inspiring (out of the teller’s tale and distractingly into my own), and at all times completely open and welcoming. I am grateful to the Kinky Fish Drama team for the reminder of a part of me I had not believed in enough to listen to, for a time. If this resonates with you in any way, I highly recommend The Mariner’s Song, and I’d be very open to conversation about it, as well!

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 156 days ago

Rajan Sharma creates an epic tale that relaxes you into the waters of human history and charts a course right to the present day. He maintains the tone and words and voice of the great legends throughout. This includes everything from the Big Bang to a modern day man standing...

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