Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Scottish Storytelling Centre
43–45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
  • Telephone 0131 556 9579
  • Seasonal times Sep 1–Jul 31: Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; closed Sun. Jul 1–Aug 31: Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; Sun noon–6pm.
  • Admission Free entry to SSC; John Knox House £5 (£4; children £1; under 7s free).
  • Email
  • Website www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com
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Scottish Storytelling Centre

A stylish contemporary building appended to the 15th-century home of Protestant reformer John Knox, housing materials relating to Scotland's rich oral culture. Located on the Royal Mile, the Centre incorporates historic John Knox House, the 99-seat Netherbow Theatre and the George Mackay Brown Library, and is the headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network. It is also home to the Storytelling Café, and is heavily involved in festival events throughout the year.

Events at this venue

There are 23 events at this location

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Beware the Beasts

Shona Cowie Scotland was once full of magical beasts, absolutely full of them: bog goblins, dragons, naughty fairies, brownies, bony-backed horsemen… all sorts. For the last 200 years they’ve kept themselves to themselves but recently, with lockdown and humans quietly stuck in their homes, the beasts have become braver…

Fri 5 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 9 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 13 Aug

Figures of Speech

Ready for an adventure? Let our expert guides take you on a journey, exploring the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature. Covering six universal themes (music…

Thu 30 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £14 (£12; £10 Early bird) / 0131 556 9579

Fri 1 Jul

Times to be confirmed / £14 (£12; £10 Early bird) / 0131 556 9579

Sat 2 Jul

Times to be confirmed / £14 (£12; £10 Early bird) / 0131 556 9579

…and 151 more dates until 30 Nov

Figures of Speech: Future

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern…

Fri 22 Jul

£14; £10 Early Bird / 0131 556 9579

Fire Is Not the Only Element

Morna Burdon Full of laughter and tears, this is poetry as entertainment. Punctuated with true-life stories and song. Packed with humanity, compassion and pithy observations on life. From womanhood to war, from class and punk to love, and the beautiful game. Moving, funny, gaspingly honest. Expertly written and performed.

Wed 17 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 18 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 19 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 21 Aug

The Girl and the Dragon

Suitcase Storytelling Company Get ready for a fantastical show to warm the heart and bring joy to people young and old alike. Join our hero Toral on the adventure of a lifetime as she swims uncrossable rivers, braves impassable forests and scales unclimbable mountains, all to fight a great and terrible dragon. Performed…

Thu 4 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 (£2) / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 21 Aug

Green Knight

Debbie Cannon Christmas at Camelot: a monstrous green warrior issues an unwinnable challenge to Arthur's finest knight. But what if the story was retold by the woman at its heart? A one-woman version of the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Winner of Best Female Actor award at Buxton Fringe 2018.

Sat 6 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 8 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 14 Aug

Heal and Harrow

Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl Hugely acclaimed on its release in album form, Heal and Harrow pays a humanising tribute to the victims of the Scottish Witch Trials. One of the darkest periods of Scotland’s history: an estimated 2,500 people were executed, 80% of which were thought to have been women. This new writing is…

Mon 22 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 23 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 24 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Is This a Dagger?

Andy Cannon with Red Bridge Arts By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon returns to the Netherbow stage to tell Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again. 'A tale of sound and fury, signifying first-class theatre for everyone…

Thu 4 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 28 Aug

Loud Poets: Best of Fringe

Loud Poets Showcasing the top spoken word talent the festival has to offer – from the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that spoken word has something for everyone. Each show features a unique line-up and Loud Poets’ classic fist-thumping…

Fri 5 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 11 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 28 Aug

The Man Who Planted Trees

Puppet State Theatre Company This multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono's classic environmental tale by Puppet State Theatre Company has been touring internationally for the past 14 years, with repeat appearances at the Sydney Opera House and Off-Broadway. A unique blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring…

Fri 5 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 9 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 10 more dates until 29 Aug

Miss Lindsay’s Secret

Maria MacDonell Come in. Shut the door. Open the box. What’s inside? A museum curator finds hidden letters binding Glenesk to Canada’s Klondike gold rush. But should she tell their intimate secrets? A true tale of sewing and 1900s sexting, revealed by the Curator, the Musician and the Man: Maria MacDonell, Georgina…

Thu 4 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 8 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 10 more dates until 28 Aug

Mohan: A Partition Story

Niall Moorjani A timely piece of theatre for 2022, which is the 75th anniversary of the Partition in India. Mohan: A Partition Story is a piece of oral storytelling which retells renowned storyteller Niall Moorjani’s Grampa’s experiences. With first-person telling from Mohan’s perspective the performance is moving…

Thu 4 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 16 Aug

Moira in Lockdown

Alan Bissett / Sacha Kyle She’s back! Following two hilarious instalments of The Moira Monologues (Fringe First Winner 2017) Falkirk’s Hardest Woman faces her toughest challenge: surviving a pandemic with only vodka, fags and BFF Babs on Zoom. Take that, Bear Grylls! Journey through the highs and lows of lockdown with…

Wed 3 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 4 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 23 Aug

The Not So Ugly Duckling: A Play for Grownups

Jo Clifford and Maria MacDonell We think we know this story. But when two older women retell a familiar tale, they find dark places and unanswered questions. Entering life's gloriously chaotic duckpond, they celebrate the pains and joys of lives well-lived. Maria MacDonell and Jo Clifford write and perform this novel…

Thu 11 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 13 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 16 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 27 Aug

Out in the World – The Hidden History of Irish Emigration

Across generations, Irish LGBTQ+ people have emigrated and found opportunities to live and love abroad. This summer, the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh and our partners will celebrate the hidden history of Irish love and emigration through a range of exciting events an exhibition and events.

Fri 1 Jul

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0131 556 9579

Sat 2 Jul

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0131 556 9579

Sun 3 Jul

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0131 556 9579

…and 21 more dates until 24 Jul

Robert Burns: A Life in Songs and Poetry

Poosie Nansie Burns Club Join Edinburgh’s prestigious Poosie Nansie Burns Club in this their centenary year for a lively celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. Featuring a selection of his familiar and lesser-known works in an exciting collaboration of music, song and poetry linked by…

Wed 10 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 11 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sagas and Seascapes

Nordic Viola Norse stories form the inspiration for this performance by Nordic Viola. Award-winning Irish composer Linda Buckley’s Aud draws on the Icelandic Sagas. Lillie Harris’ Elsewhen seeks to capture the strangeness, wonder, and melancholy of Orkney’s ancient sites, whilst in Carry His Relics, Orkney composer Gemma…

Mon 15 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 16 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 17 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

A celebration of live storytelling and imagination uniting Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Performance, workshops, talks and children's events radiate out from the capital with guest storytellers from across the globe.

Fri 14 Oct

Times to be confirmed / 0131 556 9579

Sat 15 Oct

Times to be confirmed / 0131 556 9579

Sun 16 Oct

Times to be confirmed / 0131 556 9579

…and 45 more dates until 30 Nov

Thunderstruck

David Colvin Thunderstruck is an international award-winning production concerning the legacy and mythology of a Pitlochry bin man, who flew beyond the summit of his art and changed Scottish music forever by defying established tradition and pushing to the absolute edge of what was possible. Take whatever romantic notions…

Wed 3 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 4 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 29 Aug

Traditional Tales of Scotland

Scottish Storytelling Centre Scotland is a land of myths and legends. From fairies and selkies, to castles and kelpies, these stories have inspired writers, storytellers, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Join us for a relaxed and fun storytelling session with some of Scotland's best storytellers as they share…

Fri 5 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 28 Aug

The Village and The Road

Tom Pow and The Galloway Agreement A personal and collective story about rural depopulation, told through storytelling, live music and theatre. Tom Pow draws on his travels for this emotive journey exploring abandonment of the countryside, refugee crises and the great thinning of the natural world, whilst The Galloway…

Wed 17 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 18 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 19 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 29 Aug

Wee Seals and Selkies

Janis Mackay In this delightful family show, storytelling and music combine to create an enchanting performance, evoking Scotland's northern seashores. The Wee Seal is the true tale of a seal born in the storyteller’s garden, while The Selkie Girl is a retelling of the much loved magical selkie myth, blending fiddle music…

Thu 4 Aug

Library at Fringe

£8 (£2) / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£2) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Library at Fringe

£10 (£2) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 13 more dates until 28 Aug

With The Devil’s Assistance

Shona Cowie and Neil Sutcliffe Sit down, I’ll tell you a story. Maggie Osborne made a deal with the devil to bring prosperity to the high street, and built a business in just one night with Auld Horny himself. The deal was a cracker and the town boomed, so the people burnt Maggie alive. The deal broke though and whilst…

Thu 4 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 28 Aug