Taiwan Season: Fish

  • Accessibility:
    Signed Performance
    Hearing not needed
    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


Sign language meets puppetry in this engaging, BSL-signed production based on a short novel by the revered Taiwanese author Huang Chunming. Pinned to the expected delivery and unfortunate loss of a much-desired fish, the conflict between a grandfather and grandson unfolds in a touching, richly sensory experience aimed at – but by no means limited to – hearing-impaired audiences. Shinehouse Theatre specialises in creating inclusive, socially-conscious performances. Here in its European debut, it draws upon diverse skills to shine a warm and loving light on the subtly complex cultural values that can exist between the generations.

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs.
  • 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

Signed performances

  • Dates: 1 August, 2 August, 3 August, 4 August, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August, 20 August, 21 August, 22 August, 23 August, 24 August, 16 August, 15 August, 14 August, 13 August, 6 August, 7 August, 8 August, 9 August, 10 August, 17 August, 31 July
  • Interpreter: Built into the performance, by the cast - Integrated into performance
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

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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

Tim Duffy 27 days ago

Fish - 25/08/2019 Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival fringe 2019. *****

I was nearly in tears after 5 minutes. This was because I was experiencing a superb play with 5 artistic expressions of the same theatre and together it was more powerful than each of the 5 channels or ''ínter-tonguings" alone (the Scottish gaelic for translation is "Eadar-theangachadh" - literally ''between-tongues"). At the back was a screen showing English text to guide the audience who did not speak Taiwanese or BSL. Yes this text appeared too late to be read quickly enough to keep up with the action - if it had appeared just ahead of the action then maybe I could have read it all and used that - instead I found myself not bothering with that element and just trying to understand the BSL images because 3 of the actual actors were taking it in turns to sign for their colleagues' Taiwanese speech - the latter being channel number 3. Number 4 was the great use of painted boards brought in at appropriate times to describe the scene of the action e.g. farmhouse or forest. Number 5 was of course the puppet - brilliantly - used (particularly liked the use of panting to emphasise the cycling boy's breathlessness) to show the essence of human existence and expression. There is a review in the Student Newspaper (UNIVED) that gives this production only 3 stars due to the issue with the english text/too many channels to absorb at one time? In my opinion this was one of the special elements of this production so I give it 5 stars and would have given them 6 if they could sort the text issue so that we could use that channel as an equal part of the mix of the other 4.
I spoke to the production team after this (final) performance of the show and they explained that the Taiwan festival is no longer doing its innovative audience feedback forms they used to use in previous years, so they asked me to place my thoughts here ( first ever review as an Edinburgh resident - living near the wonderful Summerhall - after 35 years at the EIF/fringe....) if I felt strongly enough about them. I then asked why could 3 actual actors do BSL? They explained that Shinehouse theatre did specialise in theatre for the disabled and that they were trained in Taiwanese Sign language. So I asked was this not in BSL? And they said yes but they had all learnt BSL JUST for this production ( because Summerhall sensibly suggested this might be a good idea) . Wow - how is that for an inter-tonguing? How difficult is that to cross-learn? I then said I would give them 7 stars next year if they achieved my challenge - how about a puppet signing for itself...

Kate Gaul 44 days ago

Fish - Shinehouse Theatre (Taiwan. Republic of China) Puppetry, sign language. 40 minutes of divine story telling with some beautiful movement sequences as a team of seven on stage manipulated a puppet child riding a bike to find a fish, added sound effects, spoken and signed the text. It is a curious and naïve story but ended with a brutal darkness with the child beaten and outcast. Disturbing. Perhaps for Western tastes (I can’t be sure) after the curtain call the team retrieved the puppets and did a happy exit through the auditorium with another stunning bike riding sequence. 3 Remnants-of-Cheese. I love that there are SO MANY shows on in Edinburgh that it’s possible to create your own international festival each day.

Gene Yang 51 days ago

I was deeply touched by the show “Fish” presented by Shinehouse Theatre in Summerhall today. The leading role puppy Acha talked to his grandpa in my familiar Taiwanese I-Lan accent. The dialogues included Acha’s worrisome when leaving home, and the reminder words from elders to encourage us to hand-in.
The scenes reminisced me when we were waiting for the departing flights in the airport with parents, skyped with parents with tears when facing difficulties, all the advice from parents to encourage us to remain strong. Once we tried to bring some achievement or souvenir home to please our family members just like Acha did.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (3/5 stars) 28 days ago

Fish by Shinehouse Theatre as part of the Taiwan Season at Summerhall, is an attractive production which remains a curiosity rather than a vital piece of theatre. It is, of course, a mistake to review a show on the basis of what you expect it to be. However, in the...

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FringeReview 31 days ago

The plot is pretty simple: in 1960s rural Taiwan a young boy leaves his grandparents to return to his carpentry apprenticeship but his grandfather has one request, the next time the boy comes home he’d really appreciate it if the boy brought back a fish. I don’t want to spoil...

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The List (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

A classic Taiwanese short novel staged in a new experimental way...

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Seeing Dance (3/5 stars) 42 days ago

Delightful, engaging and very accessible, Fish is a fine way to spend a midday forty minutes or so.

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Radio Summerhall 44 days ago

Based on a short novel by Taiwanese author Huang Chunming, the story tells of the promised delivery of a fish to a man who lives in the mountains, by his grandson Acha. When a series of events prevent the arrival of the coveted fish, conflict arises between the poor grandfather and his equally poor grandson.
There is an air of serenity and tranquillity as the 7 strong cast sit barefoot dressed in soft, quiet colours as birdsong chirps in the background. Already the puppet figure of Acha is subtly manipulated as though part of the cast, testament to the co-operative mores of this young ensemble company.

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 46 days ago

The Taiwan Season brings a selection of diverse performances to the Edinburgh Fringe. Shinehouse Theatre take pride in creating accessible theatre and look to cover important subjects that bring marginalised and overlooked people to the forefront. Fish is based on a novel by Taiwanese author Huang Chun-ming and tells the...

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