Recommended Age Guideline 14+, All shows suitable for D/Deaf audiences

Scotland has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe. One of the highest rates per head of population in the world. In communities across the country, families, loved ones, and clinicians support people experiencing substance dependency.

Multi-award-winners Tortoise in a Nutshell present Concerned Others, an intimate tabletop performance that shares the stories of critically underheard voices. Accounts that paint us as a nation struggling to fully recognise a culture of judgement, ignorance and misunderstanding surrounding addiction and substance-related death.

Immersive soundscapes, shoebox installations, turntables, micro- projection and 32mm figures combine to create a multi-textured piece exploring a defining crisis.

Notes: death, strong language, substance use and violence


Neil Webb, Director Theatre and Dance, British Council and one of Made in Scotland 2023 panelists, talks about the reasons why Concerned Others was selected to be a part of the MiS showcase.

Summerhall, Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL view map
August 2nd & 3rd

Preview 14:45 (45m) | £10

August 4th - 9th

14:45 (45m) | £15 (£13)

August 10th

Relaxed Performance 14:45 (45m) | £15 (£13)

August 11th, 12th & 13th

14:45 (45m) | £15 (£13)

Aug 13th

Audio Described: 14:45 (45m) | £15 (£13)

August 15th - 20th

14:45 (45m) | £15 (£13)

August 22nd

Relaxed Performance 14:45 (45m) | £15 (£13)

August 23rd - August 27th

14:45 (45m) | £15 (£13)

Aug 24

Audio Described: 14:45 (45m) | £15 (£13)


Creative Credits

Deviser/Performer Alex Bird
Producer Arran Howie
Assistant Producer Hannah Draper
Production Manager Elle Taylor
Composer Jim Harbourne
AV Designer Lewis Den Hertog
Lighting Designer Andrew Gannon

On Tour


Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

  • August 2nd & 3rd
  • August 4th - 9th
  • August 10th
  • August 11th, 12th & 13th
  • Aug 13th
  • August 15th - 20th
  • August 22nd
  • August 23rd - August 27th
  • Aug 24

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