Nearly Human

Theatre (music, performance art)

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  • Pleasance Dome - QueenDome
  • 11:50
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 0+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Perhaps Contraption
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strobe lighting.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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


How unlikely is your fleeting existence? This nine-piece, multi award-winning progressive brass band embark on a curious audio-theatrical journey. Replete with intricate rhythms, enormous choral harmonies, dynamic choreography and ruminations about stars and happenstance. This is gig-theatre which contemplates our baffling origins and the tiny stories entwined within. Bursting with triumphant horns, fascination and wonder. ‘Completely extraordinary’ (BBC Radio 6 Music). ‘High-energy progressive brass’ (Guardian). In praise of Perhaps Contraption’s previous album Mud Belief: ‘A glorious symphony of strangeness that embraces and reconfigures such diverse influences as contemporary classical, jazz, post-minimalism and the avant-garde’ (R2 Magazine).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Main queue inside Dome at left of building. 5 steps up to the space or Level access to left of venue — ask staff for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    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

TinaC 89 days ago

This is a spine tingling, sublime & wonderful musical offering. Exploring biology, spirituality & the cosmos - it is such a special & uplifting show. LOVED it

Les Reid 90 days ago

Brilliant! Bursting with energy, musical invention and ideas. The show is thought-provoking as it considers human origins and development, and yet it is also enjoyably entertaining as the songs and music swirl over changing rhythms and rich harmonies. What a talented group they are, Perhaps Contraption! They deserve every success.

Helen Stone 92 days ago

Loved this, highly recommended! It was so slick and well put together, and brilliantly performed. I really want to see it again.

Aliss Pollock 92 days ago

I loved this so much I saw it twice! An absolute gem of a show, full of wonder and joy and awesome music. The performers are incredible players as well as singers - they take you on a celebratory journey through cosmic harmonies and you can't help but be drawn into their energy. A truly unique and uplifting experience - I've never seen anything like it before at the Fringe!

Julie Phillips 94 days ago

4* out of 5* from me. Entertaining but I’ve found many 5* shows that have entertained us more. But clearly others have enjoyed this more than me. Go see for yourself. 4* is high from me

Kindall Goble 98 days ago

Superlatives don’t suffice. It’s, where do we come from, what are we made of and the story of hydrogen set to a rip roaring brass works and oscillating choral riffs wrapped up in constant movement. Mind blowing sonic exhilaration done with consummate skill and humour. Surprise. This could be the best performance you’ll see at this year’s fringe.

PHILIP HEALING 98 days ago

Quite possibly the best thing we’ll see this visit. Full of wonder, life, joy and energy. This is a group with huge talent and passion who take you on a journey. A fantastic escape. Cancel whatever you need to cancel and see this instead. You’ll be in my debt. That’s how brilliant it is.

karen motyl 98 days ago

Weird but wonderful show - compelling and completely bonkers. Well worth seeing.

Joyce Cohen 99 days ago

I am a performer at the Fringe this year and I saw this show the other day. I cried and smiled my way through it. It is such a wondrous, creative, profound experience. Don't miss it!!!

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Exeunt 91 days ago

Nearly Human is the first ‘theatre thing’ (as a member of the band describes it at the end) by brass ensemble Perhaps Contraption. The slightly vague description is fitting – mixing descriptions of the journeys the atoms in our bodies take through the universe with song and movement, the show...

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

Nearly Human artfully balances the rigour and discipline of its score with an uninhibited spontaneity of sound and movement. You feel at once as though you’re watching something meticulously created and beautifully chaotic.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

Nine-piece brass band, Perhaps Contraption, make their first foray into theatre with this concept piece expressing the wonder of atomic theory and human physiology, through the medium of massed brass, percussion, tranquil harmony singing and recorded recitations. ...

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Total Theatre 100 days ago

Nearly Human is Perhaps Contraption’s first venture into theatre after having worked for nearly a decade as musicians. In Nearly Human, the band explores the infinite complexity of the universe with various brass instruments, drums, a guitar and a xylophone (used by Catherine Ring to deliver a cracking solo); to...

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The List (4/5 stars) 108 days ago

Compelling hour somewhere on the cusp of jazz and theatre...

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