City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

manipulate 2018

By edg - Posted on 09 January 2018

Event details
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 1:00pm - Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 10:30pm
Traverse Theatre
Dance Base

International, visual theatre, puppetry and animated film combine for the eleventh incarnation of the manipulate touring fest.

This year will see a world premiere, two European premieres, four UK premieres and one Scottish premiere with productions from Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy and the USA, as well as a strong selection of Scottish work.

A collaboration with Institut Français d’Ecosse will highlight the work of four acclaimed French ensembles with the usual eclectic mix of puppetry, visual and physical theatre.


For the first time, all the animated film screenings are presented together on the festival’s Edinburgh opening.

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival presents a selection of its favourite animated short films from those submitted over the past five years. The Bristol Festival of Puppetry provides a collection of shorts which reflect the expertise and experiences of women in puppetry and film today. Expect your senses to tingle as the Punto Y Raya Festival, a Spanish festival which fosters experimentation in visual arts using pure form, colour, motion and sound in abstract animated film, presents a selection of award-winning shorts.

Animator Alberto Vazquez will be presenting a selection of his acclaimed work in collaboration with Edinburgh-based films collective CinemaAttic, as well as Estonian animator, Ülo Pikkov who provides an intriguing and thought-provoking programme which explores the power of political protest.

After a long day watching films, Puppet Animation Scotland presents Puppets to Music, a selection of short music videos using puppet and object manipulation, and featuring the songs of The Bombay Bicycle Club, Feist, Katie Melua, John Ritter and Aesop Rock.

This first festival Saturday the Traverse Theatre will screen one full-length film, chosen by the audience in the lead up to manipulate. Voting is via the manipulate web site.


Compagnie à, one of France’s leading ensembles, kick starts the international theatre presentations with the UK premiere of the comedic Song of the Goat.

Animated children's toys convey humanity's dark side in Ariel Doron's satirical comedy Plastic Heroes.

Compagnie Gare Centrale from Belgium presents the UK premiere of Ressacs, and Glasgow based laboratory theatre ensemble, Company of Wolves, experiments and improvises with elements of theatre, dance, music and physicality in physical theatre piece Achilles.

The Italian company CEC Company presents two UK premieres, PeurBleu and Don’t be Afraid, a double bill of powerful dance and physical theatre inspired by classic texts from French literature.

Another leading Glasgow based artist, Ramesh Meyyappan, presents mental health comedy, Off-Kilter and D/deaf performer, Meyyappan creates work which offers D/deaf audiences a valuable and all too rare opportunity to engage meaningfully with a vibrant visual performance.

Sandman’s Sabine Molenaar pushes her body to its physical limits in the UK Premiere of Almost Alive, exploring the vulnerability, beauty and solace of inner private places.

Oceanallover similarly takes inspiration from the literal and the visceral.

On Friday, Vélo Théâtre's "The Frog at the Bottom of the Well Believes that the Sky is Round" and Flop & ATH Associés' "Dal Vivo!" will be stretching the bounds of live performance and Compagnie Akselere presents Sleeping Beauty, a personal interpretation for grown-ups of the darker elements of the Briar Rose fairy tale.

The last performances of this year’s festival are presented by the formidable forces of Plutôt la Vie, CLoWnStePPinG & Melanie Jordan with their "delightfully daft" Clown Cabaret Special Edition.

In Snapshots, audiences will experience a flavour of Scottish-based theatre makers’ current creative explorations and experiments and manipulate is also putting on a series of animation workshops.