Anatomy is a regular performance cabaret based in Edinburgh. We bring many different sorts of artforms and many different sorts of artists together for events to surprise, shock and delight. For details on the accessibility of our venue, and how we can support you to be part of Anatomy, see our Accessibility page. For our next event, read on.

A muddy picture of a slimey waste site. Text is superimposed in black and green: full text below.

ANATOMY #15: PICNIC AT THE PLAGUE POOL
we’re back
Summerhall, Edinburgh, 22 September, 8pm
with live things about good disease, bad health, and glorious physical failure

featuring Emma Ainsley & John Phillips, Nusch Bourne & Serafima Mehovich, l33hz & Area Known, Emma Jayne Park & Nik Paget-Tomlinson, Luna & Callum Macaskill, Chris Sav, and sweætshops.

and stuff and nonsense from yr hosts ali maloney & harry josephine giles

£7

Come frolic with us on the shores of disease. Pack up your tablets, serums and therapies for a picnic by the edge of the bubbling plague pool. Bathe in the anthropocidal fungal wash. Be baptised in pestilence. Hold hands in a dance of decay while monkey grinders dribble lopsided shanties from their rusting crank organs. Take a walk down the promenade through pollution and rot. And be certain not to miss the Punch & Judy show, performed by marionettes carved from the Professor’s very own bone and tissue, dangling in a cavity in his chest. Bring a towel.

ANATOMY is a quarterly live art cabaret based in Edinburgh’s Summerhall. Our first multi-genre romp is Picnic at the Plague Pool.

Featuring astonishing work in dance, sound, costume, movement, spoken word, film and more from across the UK.

WITH Emma Ainsley & John Phillips, Nusch Bourne & Serafima Mehovich, l33hz & Area Known, Emma Jayne Park & Nik Paget-Tomlinson, Luna & Callum Macaskill, Chris Sav, and sweætshops.

PLUS slime and silliness from your congenial congenital hosts, Ali Maloney and Harry Josephine Giles.

AND British Sign Language interpretation throughout from Yvonne Waddell.

Buy tickets from Summerhall now: £7!

For more information on the acts, read on:

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Two people in white boiler suits and blue medical gloves. One, standing tall, with a white beard, carries a toolbox. The other, stepping forward, carries a large pair of scissors.

ainsleyphillips
Cellulitory Investigations

Artist/musician collaboration ainsleyphillips investigate, adorn and celebrate each other’s flawed and aging bodies.  Over the course of the twenty minute piece, they cut away coverings, working on each other’s bodies – painting and sculpting to creatively enhance the raw material of each other.  A dark, layered soundscape envelops their intimate performance.  Expect exposure, flaws, wobbly bits and lacy adornment – it’s intense, vulnerable, dark, messy and funny.

lastingfriensdship
A chaotic series of quotations about friendship in celtic script, piling on top of each other, and a quote watercolour of a bird.

Nusch Bourne & Serafima Mehovich
Lasting Friendship

A thoughtful collection of Quotations on friendship to inspire, encourage, and remind us of the value of true friends.

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A fleshy chaos of digiutal distortion and artefacts: pink, red, black, white.

l33hz & Area Known
Merge

Before and after care. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Shower and wash you face with mild soap. Shampoo your hair. Remove all make-up. This includes mascara. Males facial shaving must. Do not cream your face afterwards. Remove all jewellery. Your medication will be given to you afterwards and ordered. Take medications as prescribed. Plan your time required. Take nothing valuable. No significant advantage in terms of the ultimate cosmetic results.

herebeforenow
A solo dancer in dungarees, moving energetically in a small living room.

Cultured Mongrel (Emma Jayne Park & Nik Paget-Tomlinson)
Here Before Now

We have all ‘been here before’. With hindsight it is easy to see history repeating itself but what happens when life throws you an unimaginable challenge? Exploring grief, change and our relationship with home, Here Before Now combines movement and text with live music created from everyday objects by composer Nik Paget-Thomlinson.  The performance invites the audience to come on a journey of remembering, evaluating where we are in life and exploring why that even matters.

An ink illustration: a cloaked figure in a  deathbird mask grasps a waif-like woman with red hair, coughing blood.
An ink illustration: a cloaked figure in a deathbird mask grasps a waif-like woman with red hair, coughing blood.

Luna & Calum MacAskill
Consumption

You romanticise and tempt it. You bargain and lament it. You dice with and dance it. It follows and consumes you.

cephalopod
A squid (which is to say, a bearded person wearing yoghurt carton eye goggles) is in bed, fully under the blanket, next to some basic wood-effect furniture.

Chris Sav
The Selected Kraken Films

A selected screening of Chris Sav’s cephalopodic comedy sadness.

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A person with a brown bob and tight top grasps the microphone closely; a £1 sale sticker is on their forehead.

sweætshops
decomposing

(delete wherein appropriate) To: Mr/Ms/Mrs/Mx/Dr/Prof/Sir HAPPY BIRTHDAY! WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY. YOU ARE THE 8 BILLIONTH CUSTOMER! YOU ARE INVITED TO: A BBQ PARTY/A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ……… ………. to be held at 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/12 am/pm on 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/21/22/23/24/25/26/27/28/29/30/31 of Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec. Please let us know of your attendance. From/Lots of Love sweætshops XOXOX

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