Sad Eyes to Smile With

Theatre (new writing, lgbt)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio Described
    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

Description

Queer identity plus slam poetry divided by austerity and multiplied by three. It's odd socks, deadline chasing, ice cream, and brown envelopes from the DWP. It's the days when you can and the days when you can't and the days when you're eaten by angry. It's being hugged so tight you forget how to breathe. It's listening restlessly and choosing to dream. Sad Eyes to Smile With is representation without explanation grounded in the stories we tell ourselves to make the world okay. ***** (FringeGuru.com). 'Strikingly direct... beautiful, sometimes funny and always necessary' (StanzaPoetry.org).

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General venue access

  • Audio Described
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Up a large, wide staircase.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • 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


Audio described performances

  • Dates: 12 August, 13 August, 14 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August, 19 August, 20 August, 21 August, 22 August, 23 August, 24 August
  • Type: Integrated
  • 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.
  • More about this show: Listen to audio flyer

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 12 August, 13 August, 14 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August, 19 August, 20 August, 21 August, 22 August, 23 August, 24 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: Activising for Change aims to build a welcoming space during performances of Sad Eyes to Smile With. House lights will remain on at a low level throughout the performance, and whilst there isn’t a huge amount of space to move around within the studio itself, audience members should feel free to come and go as they please. Audience members are not required/expected to engage or respond but the majority of the piece is done in a direct address format with the performer addressing and making eye contact the audience. The performer is in close proximity to the front row of the audience. The piece contains heavily dialogue-driven scenes. A link to the show guide is listed in our Twitter and Facebook bio.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • 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 move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

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

Trevar Alan Chilver 112 days ago

Fantastically engaging piece of work, brilliantly executed, raw and authentic.

John Handscombe 113 days ago

This show is so beautiful. The words, the performance, the design, the captions - everything.

I was lost in somebody else's world for an hour. Sometimes it was painful, sometimes it was hopeful, always it was spellbinding.

This is what I come to the Fringe for. Brilliant.

Christina O'Beirne 116 days ago

A very powerful and compelling performance. Brilliantly scripted and leaves the audience with lots to contemplate about society and the way it operates. Thoroughly recommend.


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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

With last year’s acclaimed 147Hz Can’t Pass, Ink Asher Hemp explored what life is like when you identify neither as a man nor as a woman. In this, their new solo show, Hemp tackles topics that are more universal – yet no less personal to them. Halfway between a monologue...

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

It is rarer than you might imagine to find Fringe shows whose title accurately reflects the content. Sad Eyes to Smile With, by Activising For Change at Greenside @ Infirmary Street, is definitely one – a bittersweet piece whose sadness is nevertheless combined with a determination to keep hoping. Writer-performer...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

Activising For Change are an Edinburgh-based theatre group and the brains behind 2018’s emotive performance of 147Hz Can’t Pass, an intimate window into the experiences of living as a trans/non-binary person in the UK. Sad Eyes To Smile With touches upon similar themes but expands the discourse for 2019, brimming...

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