Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Theatre (music, storytelling)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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 courageous new work by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. Adventurous new writing meets the warmth of a live gig in this heartfelt and personal show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and genre-melding original songs. Unravelling a story of her grandmother's youth in 1940s Germany, Rowan celebrates small acts of resistance and boldly asks a troubling question for our times: can hope for our future be found in the very darkest pockets of our history? 'Vivid songwriting and composing... spectacularly beautiful' (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is level access from the john Knox building, If entering using the main entrance there are 9 steps. Once inside a lift that can take customers down to the -2 floor which is the bottom of the raked seating. If not it is 16 steps to the top of the raked seating then 15 steps to the front row.
  • Wheelchair access type: 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.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Tom Heller 32 days ago

This is a remarkable show and I can recommend it highly for anyone who enjoys a good story well told - who enjoys superb musicianship and who wants to be stimulated to think about so many issues. This is a highly personal story - but it contains a multitude of universal themes such as the relationship between generations, the futility of war, the ways that the commonplace can illuminate a magnitude of general themes. Rowan tells the story at a delicious, measured pace. It's calm, thoughtful and it's international setting is highly relevant at a time when the UK seems hell bent on retreating from contact with our European cousins.

Kay Cook 32 days ago

Exceptionally well-crafted, thoughtful and intense show which I would highly recommend. I was totally engaged from start to finish by this beautiful exploration of personal and family history which feels so moving and relevant in our current times. I knew Rowan's music and singing would be superb as I have seen her perform with folk band Lady Maisery, but I had no idea she is also such an accomplished storyteller, weaving the different threads of her narrative to create a powerful connection with the audience.

jane ellis 34 days ago

Hugely recommend this. Quietly precise storytelling, not a word is wasted and each thing loops back to something else. The audience just sat in their seats afterwards and didn't move.

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 25 days ago

This is a personal show, one of family history and how it is shaped by the environment around it, a show of lovingly detailed descriptions and snapshots of moments in time. It’s also a show about music; the script doesn’t simply feature it, the original songs punctuate speeches and give...

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

Dispatches on the Red Dress by Rowan Rheingans at the Storytelling Centre, is one of the increasing number of productions coming from the folk scene that meld theatre, storytelling and music; it can certainly hold its head up with the best of those. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Rheingans, who has performed...

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The Scotsman (5/5 stars) 29 days ago

Rowan Rheingans treads a circular path round a stage, evoking the route she takes when walking round the village in Germany where her grandparents still live. ...

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Radio Summerhall 29 days ago

the Fringe, even when you’d marked them down as things to see before it had even started.
I’m awfully glad I did get to see this, though, and I unreservedly recommend it to you as a must-see, whatever you’ve got marked down to go to, add this one in.

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The List (3/5 stars) 30 days ago

Folk songs in the key of war...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 31 days ago

Multi-instrumentalist folk singer and storyteller, Rowan Rheingans, makes an unassuming entrance to the stage, begins picking gentle rhythms on one of her banjos – yes, there are two banjos (and two fiddles, and a guitar) – and the audience collectively leans...

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