Wee Night Out

Wee Night Out at Bute House

Since 2016 this special initiative, in partnership with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, has given a group of 10-15 year old children from Craigmillar the opportunity to embark on a journey of cultural agency.

With the festival director as their guide and facilitation by artist Lou Brodie, young people from Lyra and Sandy’s community centres attended selected productions at the 2016 and 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The young curators were then mentored about festival curation and the factors surrounding making choices for programming.


Following heated discussions about what they had seen and liked, the Wee Night Out group selected two productions that were included in our 2017 our festival programme.

Into the Water by Up & Over It and Evil by Folketeatret are vastly different but both powerfully demonstrate the ability of live performance to connect with young people. 

Evil played at Lyra Theatre in Craigmillar during the festival, to ensure the young curators’ friends and families had an opportunity to see the work they selected in their own community with a special event as part of the delegate program


In 2018 The Road That Wasn’t There by Trick of the Light & Zanetti Productions was selected and will again play at Lyra Theatre in Craigmillar during the festival. One of the performances will also be preceded by a special event hosted by the young curators as part of the delegate programme.