A Day Out At The Edinburgh Festival



At the beginning of August we put together our Humanist Guide to the Edinburgh Festival, highlighting the shows and events that we were particularly interested in seeing this year. We were lucky enough to get to chat to some of the acts featured in the programme.


We caught up with Kate Smurthwaite after her show Smurthwaite On Masculinity to discuss what it’s like to tackle the big issues through comedy. We’re thrilled to have Kate join us as our after dinner speaker at our Annual Conference and Gala Dinner so this was a great opportunity to discuss Humanism with her ahead of the big event.

We also got the chance to speak to Walrus Theatre Company, the team behind one of our top picks Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. This award winning play examines the issues of free speech and censorship in a way that we’ve never quite seen before. Imagining a world in which a government imposed word limit forces everyone to say no more than one hundred and forty words per day, the show focuses on one couple attempting to survive in this new hushed reality. Sam Steiner, Ed Franklin, Beth Holmes, and Euan Kitson discuss the human cost of being forced to say less.

Selfish, is a brand new poem written and performed exclusively for HSS by Edinburgh based performance poet Lloyd Robinson. We also chat to him about his experiences of religion, and how that influences his work.

We hope you enjoy this wee glimpse into the worlds biggest arts festival.


The Humanitie Podcast is the monthly audio update from Humanist Society Scotland. If there is anything you’d like us to explore we’d be happy to hear from you, so feel free to get in touch.

Make sure to book your tickets to see Kate Smurthwaite at our Annual Conference and Gala Dinner! The event will take place on Saturday 24th September at Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh, followed by the Gala Dinner at The Place Hotel, Edinburgh. You can find out more here.


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