Curriculum for Excellence Resources

Communication is at the heart of this empowering performance. Examining the ways in which we connect, despite what seems like barriers such as language and culture, this engaging show allows for a leap into learning around society, relationships, and our connection to each other. This lends itself to exploring topics in Social Studies and Health and Wellbeing.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Social Studies
I can discuss issues of the diversity of cultures, values and customs in our society. SOC 2-16c

Health and Wellbeing
I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them. HWB 1-01a

I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others. HWB 1-05a

Expressive Arts
I have experienced the energy and excitement of presenting/performing for audiences and being part of an audience for other people’s presentations/performances. EXA 1-01a / EXA 2-01a / EXA 3-01b

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Expressive Arts
Health and Wellbeing
The Lyceum Studio
Duration: 50 min
Seating: Benches and Cushions
The Lyceum Studio
30B Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX
  • Thursday 30 May 13:30
  • Thursday 30 May 18:00
  • Friday 31 May 10:00
  • Friday 31 May 16:00
  • Saturday 1 June 11:30
  • Saturday 1 June 14:30

Kish Kush traces the journey of two characters as they progress from solitude to connectedness. Separated by a three-foot high paper wall bisecting the space, with the audience sitting in the round with only a partial view of the stage, the performers face the universal theme of cultural and linguistic differences. One speaks English, the other a mix of Hebrew and Arabic.Through the manipulation of symbolic objects, shadow games and sounds, they gradually come into contact and get to know each other, finally tearing apart the delicate wall and emerging more accepting and trusting. At turns humorous and profound, challenging yet hopeful, Kish Kush offers a unique and eloquent portrayal of diversity.

Since the show’s groundbreaking premiere in 2013, Italy’s Teatrodistinto has presented it worldwide in dozens of languages, each time to critical and public acclaim.  

A well-considered vision of how people meet each other, how communication works and what obstacles are involved.”  Theaterkrant

Access Information

  • Set design: A white paper square floor, with the audience sitting all around. Very minimal and basic.
  • Performers: 2 men performing two strangers , speaking two different languages.
  • Lights: First 15 minutes played with low lights and shadows. Additional 35 minutes played in full white light.  
  • Experience: It is never loud. No interaction with the audience, although the audience is sitting very close to the performers.
  • Capacity: 160

Supported by the Italian Institute of Culture in Edinburgh

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