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Preview: Lifted at Edinburgh TheSpace@SurgeonsHall

Lifted returns to the Fringe to deal with issues of identity, immigration, racism and mermaids.

Triad Pictures presents:
By Sara Shaarawi and Henry Bell
Edinburgh TheSpace@SurgeonsHall
(venue 53 of Edinburgh Fringe)
Monday 8th  – Saturday 27th August 2016

'rich visual language...simple, true and excellent storytelling' - Broadway Baby

Lifted is a new dark comedy co-written by Henry Bell and Sara Shaarawi re-developed for Edinburgh Fringe 2016 at TheSpace@SurgeonsHall from Monday 8th  Saturday 27th August 2016.

In recent years' anti-immigration rhetoric has become a more and more mainstream in the political sphere and Islamophobia has risen exponentially. Against this backdrop two Asian men are in a Fife prison cell – how they have ended up there is a mystery. Lifted is a topical, funny and gritty drama where a Scottish Pakistani and a Kuwaiti Student from St Andrews are interrogated are they there for cooking meth, starting a new caliphate or just because they don’t fit in, as we learn their back stories we see how race, sexuality, religion and romance affects us all.

'The funniest, freshest, rawest, and most alive and kicking hour I've spent at the Fringe this year' Liz Lochhead

Lifted stars Livingston based actor Ikram Gilani and is co-written by Henry Bell and Sara Shaarawi. Henry is a poet, writer and book editor based in Glasgow. He recently co-edited A Bird is Not a Stone, a collection of Palestinian poetry translated into Scottish, English and Gaelic and runs a monthly poetry night in Glasgow.

Sara’s work includes Caucasian Chalk Circle (Bedlam, 2011);  Defunct Pig (Edinburgh Fringe 2012); One Day in Spring (Oran Mor/NTS, 2012); Theatre Uncut Amsterdam (Theatre Perdu, 2012); This Wide Night (Tron, 2014); Day One (Tron, 2014); Take the Rubbish Out Sasha (Oran Mor/NTS, 2015). And The War Hasn't Started Yet (Oran Mor/NTS, 2015) Niqabi Ninja (NTS/Platform, 2015).

Triad Pictures was created in 2013 by professional actor and producer Ikram Gilani. The theatre company aims to produce new writing, thought provoking original ideas and to showcase up-and-coming talent from Scotland. Their work includes theatre, musicals, poetry and pantomines. Lifted was the third collaboration between Sara Shaarawi and Ikram Gilani, (2012 EdFringe Defunct Pig), (2014 EdFringe Whoever Fights), and last year they brought Lifted part of the Free Fringe to big, and now they want to bring a re-developed version bigger and better to EdFringe2016.

Lifted is a fantastic, funny, fierce  piece of contemporary Scottish storyteling. Drugs, cops & transcendent moments on Iona. Go see.'- David Greig


Triad Pictures presents Lifted at TheSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW, Venue 53

5th -  6thAugust (Previews) 8th – 20th August (Theatre 2) - 11:05am (50 min)

22nd – 27th August (Theatre 1) - 8:05pm (50 min)

Tickets £6.50 Students £4.00
Book over the phone from 08 June 2016: 0131 226 0000
In person at The Fringe Box Office - 180 High Street, EH1 1QS or The University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre, 2 Charles Street, EH8 9AD. (Card sales only)
Tickets can be booked online at

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