The Rotting Hart

Theatre (horror, lgbtq+)

  • Accessibility:
    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


A young man spends years in isolation when a stranger bursts into his life. Tall and proud and full to the brim. Now, despite resisting, the young man can feel something stirring inside him, and intrusive thoughts make him wonder whether the stranger's proud neck would fit between his growing canines… Predator or prey. Hunt or be hunted. A new queer horror exploring the history of homophobia in Spain and the ways ignorance and hate can transform men into wild beasts. ‘Orejon's performance is captivating…’ **** ( ‘...a stunning piece of storytelling…’ **** (Stagey Chaos).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is step free access at the John Knox House entrance of the building, the main entrance door for Storytelling Centre has 9 steps leading up to to it from street level. If not taking the lift there is then a total of 17 steps up to the library (9 steps, a landing, and then 8 additional steps). All guests enter library through same door once inside the building.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (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.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 9 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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

Neil 41 days ago

One of the best one-person shows I've ever seen. The actor made brilliant use of the space, making direct eye contact with several people, going up the aisle, never letting us lose interest. A very unique and talented performance.

Alejandro Romero 43 days ago

Absolutely brilliant. One of the best shows I've seen this Fringe. Orejón's mesmerising performance will trap you in this eerie story about a guy too young and naive to understand the animalistic nature of his desires.

C A Maitland 45 days ago

Absolutely spellbinding - the tragedy and horror of the piece were enthralling. The staging was brilliantly creative and the actor's performance entrancing. Sublime.

Cameron 46 days ago

The most cinematic show I've seen Fringe despite the fact that it's a one man show. Definitely the best show I've seen so far!!

Glenys Mclaren 47 days ago

One man show by very talented actor, fluent in both English and Spanish. It helps if you are as well, because there is a lot of Spanish involved. The script covers the legal situation regarding homosexuality throughout history in Spain, which was as bad as everywhere else. Its a lot to take in, especially with the magical realism of the young man turning into a dog and devouring his seducer who becomes a stag, let alone the sinister and sinful events believed to have happened at the nearby abandoned monastery. The actor skillfully holds your attention as you try to follow it all and in the hands of a less masterful performer it would have been dire.

Adrianna K 48 days ago

One person show but performed in such a wonderful way, that I felt like I did see the whole scenery that the actor described - Toledo mountains and the spooky monastery. It was an amazing experience and I was very much impressed both with the story and the performance.

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Corr Blimey (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

The Rotting Hart is led by the convulsing, feverish and shaking of Orejon’s performance propels it into a profoundly intimate, even unnerving piece of transformative theatre.

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Starburst Magazine (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

The Rotting Hart is a staggering show. This tragic story is both powerful and memorable and a must-see.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

It is Orejon’s physical performance that makes The Rotting Hart a memorable piece of theatre, from a fevered shaking on the floor as the audience files in, through graceful movement between stage and audience, to the physical contortion of his hands and feet during the transformation scenes.

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