Pathetic Fallacy

Theatre (multimedia, contemporary)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed 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 performer steps out of the show for personal reasons. Every day, a different stand-in from the festival takes on the central role to replace her. They receive all their instructions for how to do the show live, onstage. A hyperactive green screen is the backdrop for this show about the weather. Landscape painting, small talk, meteorological science and pathetic fallacy – the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things, like the weather – come together in this curious and hopeful work. From the makers of the award-winning international hit How to Disappear Completely.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Enter through the main doors of the church.There are 10 steps into the space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 14 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

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

Simon Feegrade 85 days ago

It's luck of the draw with this one as it's a different performer each time. When I went, sadly it didn't work very well at all and the performer wasn't very good or engaged, leading to a poor show.

Gregory Wells 93 days ago

Get a chilled out bamboo cup, fill it with happy tea and go see an important, informative and entertaining Pathetic Fallacy.

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The Independent (3/5 stars) 87 days ago

Around the corner at the King’s Hall, Summerhall also presents a series of works from Canada, of which Pathetic Fallacy is one; although, themed around a sense of climate emergency, it isn’t really “performed” at all, in a traditional sense. Instead, creator Anita Rochon has decided to cut down on...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

This new piece from award-winning Canadian company the Chop takes audience participation to new heights. For ecological reasons, Anita is reducing her carbon footprint by not attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. In her place, a random performer who is already in Edinburgh is chosen each day to present...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

Pathetic Fallacy, at heart, has a Unique Selling Point—the show’s creator, Anita Rochon, isn’t actually in Edinburgh. She’s decided to reduce her carbon-footprint by not flying across from Canada to Edinburgh for the duration of the Fringe, instead relying on a locally-based performer – a different one every performance –...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

Pathetic Fallacy is performed unseen by a new performer every day, a now very familiar format on the Fringe. The show's creator Anita Rochon would perform, but she is reducing how much she flies, and so a stand-in Anita is required. For this performance, comedian Daniel Connell steps up, often...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 95 days ago

Pathetic Fallacy‘s creator, Anita Rochon, cannot actually take part in her show: she’s trying to fly less, for fear of hurting the earth. So instead, she has roped in another Fringe performer – today it’s Australian comic Sam Taunton – to perform in front of a green screen while she...

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The List (3/5 stars) 98 days ago

An examination of our relationship to weather in the face of potential climate catastrophe...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

Obscure at times but incredibly thought-provoking, Pathetic Fallacy illustrates how weather permeates through every aspect of our lives from the physical and religious to its depictions in art, literature in m...

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

Vancouver-based Anita Rochon is deeply concerned about climate change. So much so she set herself the challenge of creating a touring show which didn’t involve dumping tons of carbon into the atmosphere. She decided she, herself, could not tour.  The solution she came up with is a curious fish, a...

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