Theatre (contemporary, devised)

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  • Summerhall - Red Lecture Theatre
  • 14:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Vacuum Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Signed Performance
    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


A dark comedy about the epic battles and alliances within the psyche and the beautiful power of the mind to protect itself from pain. Max wants to tell you a story, he's not sure why or even who he is; savage, peacekeeper or critic. But he's hoping you'll be able to help. From award-winning writer Kit Redstone, writer of Testosterone: 'A refreshing, genuinely smart piece of work full of undercutting humour' (Lyn Gardner). Passengers uses ensemble theatre to charter the labyrinth of the mind and invites you to see the self in a whole new way. British Council Showcase.

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, follow access ramp around the front of the made in Adelaide bar, into the main reception, take a right down the corridor past the cafe and through the light-saber corridor. The Red Lecture Theatre (x) – 14 steps down to the space, a further 10 steps through the seating and onto the stage. There is lift access only with prior notice to Summerhall Management.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 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

Signed performances

  • Dates: 14 August
  • Interpreter: Yvonne Waddell MA - Not Selected
  • Type: NotSelected
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

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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
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  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
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Alasdair Dickson 28 days ago

Legs Akimbo Theatre Company for a new generation.

Sean Davis 35 days ago

Passengers (****)
Three actors play three separate personalities of the playwright: brash, over-considerate, and thoughtful. The play works well as he tries to find a way to deal with the three in a way that allows him to function fairly normally in society. The use of a scaffold as a metaphorical prison was an inspired device that the show uses to good effect in many scenes.

This was the 35th most enjoyable of the 113 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Greg 49 days ago

Intelligently deals with DIssociative Identity Disorder with more than enough content to be entertaining and thought provoking throughout. A stellar performance from all three actors in an empathetic and accessible production.

One to watch.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

Light enough to be compelling...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 28 days ago

A dark circus of bodies, metal, and sensuality - purely landmark theatre....

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 31 days ago

Those who read anarchic Dundonian comic the Beano in their youth will be well aware of the Numskulls, a cast of cartoon figures who steer a person's mind and senses from inside their head. ...

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 31 days ago

It's easy to make snap judgements when entering a theatre space. The first visual of Passengers is one such moment. Three neon tracksuit-clad figures hanging from a makeshift climbing-frame and bopping to music suggests many things, few that would hint at the fantastic movement and storytelling about to come.Based in...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 34 days ago

We’re told that ‘Max needs a firm hand’, as the performance launches with three actors clad in balaclavas. They perform deliberate, synchronised movements in a dramatic ensemble inspired by the writer’s experiences with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Kit Redstone has written this piece beautifully; each character representing different aspects of Max’s...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 34 days ago

Passengers is a beautifully directed dark comedy about mental health and the battles within the mind. The educational values and relevance of this performance in today’s society is incredibly high.

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Exeunt 39 days ago

Three performers, wearing brightly coloured tracksuits and Day-Glo balaclavas, clamber over scaffolding that is part prison, part climbing frame. They dance. Are they having fun or are they trying to escape? They start to tell us the story of Max, a character who never appears onstage. Max has been taken...

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

Three masked figures climb and swing on a cube of scaffolding in synchronised movements to the rhythm of a pounding beat. Finally exhausted, they strip off their masks and take a moment to review the situation. Max has really done it this time. They are very worried about him. It...

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FringeReview 42 days ago

If you are familiar with sub-personality theory, internal family systems therapy (IFS), or perhaps just the film Inside Out, the premise of Passengers will chime with you. In a nutshell, IFS posits that our consciousness is made up of a central self and a number of personalities.  In a healthy...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 44 days ago

Physicalising the exhausting, throbbing struggle when parts of your mind do battle with each other, Passengers is a probing look at both dissociative identity disorder and a divided self through physical theatre. Max has had a violent episode in a cafe after being served the wrong sandwich. Revealing itself slowly,...

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The List (4/5 stars) 49 days ago

Confronting trauma as a team...

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