From Start to Finnish 2016 – Theatre, Dance & Circus

From Start to Finnish is celebrating it’s 6th consecutive year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! This year we proudly present you a complete package of theatre, dance and circus performances, including ACE-Productions’s political satire The Chicken Trial, Carl Knif Company’s solo dance RED, and Circo Aereo & Thomas Monckton’s one-man circus comedy The Pianist.


The Chicken Trial, written by Finnish journalist and playwright Johanna Koljonen, directed by Swedish director Fredrick Lundqvist, is a political comedy inspired by the 2008 trial of art student Makode Linde, prosecuted for bringing a magician’s hat full of chickens to an animal-themed art event at a nightclub. This play will be performed by an all-Scottish cast at Pleasance Courtyard The Cellar between August 3 – 28, daily at 14:15 except for August 15 and 22.

RED Photo Yoshi Omori

Carl Knif’s solo RED is an intimate portrait of an individual struggling with an inner red alert. The performance is about extremes. You could call them emergencies of emotion. At times, it’s about life and death but mostly about life. This performance is a map. Knif has taken a red marker pen and pointed out moments in his life that have felt really meaningful, or the opposite, lost all their meaning. You can find this show at Dance Base between August 5 – 21, daily at 21:00 except for August 8 and 15.


After a big success at Fringe 2014, the solo comic contemporary circus piece The Pianist by Circo Aereo and Thomas Monckton is coming back to the Fringe for a second round. The show is centred on, in, under and around one of the most magnificent of all musical instruments: the grand piano. Accompanying this elegant apparatus is the poised pianist himself. Only he is so focused on impressing everyone that, before he realises it, his show has transformed from the highbrow concert he hoped for into a spectacularly amusing catastrophe. To salvage his somewhat unsalvageable dignity, the pianist draws on his imagination and comes up with some rib-tickling and absurd results. The Pianist will be performed at Assembly Roxy Central between August 4-29, daily at 12:25 PM except for August 10, 15 and 22.