Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre

Theatre (puppetry)

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  • Summerhall - Courtyard
  • 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:10, 13:55, 15:15, 15:55, 16:35, 17:15
  • Aug 25
  • 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 5+
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • 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 2 years


From the absurd to the moving, magical, funny and intriguing. Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre gives an escape from the norm and plunges audiences into a different world. Shadow and tabletop puppetry, object theatre, poetry, installation and live soundscape give a rare opportunity to experience intimate all-immersive theatre in the tiniest of settings with the smallest of audiences. 'Hauntingly beautiful sound and imagery', 'simple yet powerful imaginary world', and 'the gem of the Fringe' (Audience reviews, 2018).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: When facing the main entrance, follow the pavement around the building to your right, take a left onto Summerhall Place then another left into the courtyard via access ramp.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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

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

Benjamin Peterson 113 days ago

Small, fairly charming, amateurish but usually in a good way, this is the kind of grassroots entertainment that makes the Fringe great. Virtuoso puppetry it aint, but then, it doesn't particularly have to be.

AP 114 days ago

Saw the "Northern Journey" show. No kind of puppetry was involved even by a broad, imaginative, open definition. Prerecorded poetry / narrative oscillated between the pretentiously abstract and childishly literal. Immersion and sense of illusion were broken or never engaged in various ways through the execution of the performance ("puppeteer" talking directly to audience, bringing hands very visibly into the scene, using a flashlight that instead of selectively drawing attention to small segments of a scene lit up the whole caravan, etc.) as well as the amateurishly constructed depictions that constituted background / scenes. Might just work as a show for under fives if the spoken narrative wasn't so abstractly poetic and presented an engaging children's story instead.

Colin George 116 days ago

The Fringe provides opportunities to see performances of many scales and genres. However it is often the small scale and intimate pieces that captivate. An old caravan in the corner of Summerhall's busy courtyard, an audience of six (at most) and a slightly homespun feel. Tiny shadow and little wooden puppets coupled with a live 'soundtrack' of haunting vocals make this a world away from the frenzy around you - it brings a different sense of perspective of the Fringe. Worth a 15 minute breather!

Chris Green 121 days ago

The venue is unprepossessing - a small caravan in a forgotten side passage of the Summerhall site. However, what happens within the caravan is something else as the audience file into the perfect little theatre inside. The Swallow the Sea company are performing a number of different productions during the course of the festival which vary in tone and style. We saw Jemima Thewes' stunning 'Journey', the simple story of a young girl's magical experiences as she is cast adrift in the outside world told through beautifully effective shadow puppetry and in one stunning scene by the puppeteer manipulating a tiny puppet through an open hatch in the screen. All this is accompanied by Jemima's breathy sound effects and gorgeous singing and chanting. If all the other productions are like this one then prepare to be enchanted!

Mike Parsons 127 days ago

This was OUT THERE!! Very small audience in an old-school caravan, the puppets reminded me of 80s children's shows like Trumpton/Campbellwick Green and very folkly & natural sounds. Very trippy in a great way. Very different to anything else I've seen or am likely to see. Loved the experience.

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Radio Summerhall Reviews 116 days ago

Tucked away in a corner of the courtyard beside the Royal Dick Bar is one of these treats that makes Summerhall such a special place to be during the Fringe. It is the blue caravan painted with the big foamy waves that belongs to puppet company Swallow the Sea.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

The intimate, quirky and experimental feel is a refreshing antidote to the increasingly mainstream nature of so many of the productions presented in Edinburgh during August. Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre offer a real Fringe experience - amusing, slightly bizarre and definitely memorable.

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