Scottish Theatre Highlights: September 2021

Some September shows to sweep you off your feet, including Fringe reprises from Traverse, dance from Rambert2 and balletLORENT, and A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Article by Eliza Gearty | 01 Sep 2021
  • Theatre Highlights

Mask? Check. Hand sanitiser? Check. 24/7 spatial awareness? We're working on it... roll on tentative autumn season, cause we're vaxxed and ready to sit silently in a dark room!

There's some fantastic shows coming up at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre. Families with smaller children may wish to attend the incredible-sounding In The Night Garden (24-25 Sep) – who wouldn't want to see life-size versions of Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka? But if for some reason psychedelic giant puppets aren't your thing, balletLORENT's The Lost Happy Endings (15-16 Sep) is another family friendly alternative. Adapted from poet Carol Ann Duffy's original story, the show follows a wicked witch who steals the happy endings of our favourite fairytales. Narrated by Joanna Lumley, with an original score composed by Murray Gold and a spectacular set designed by Neil Murray, it's a guaranteed magical night out at the theatre.

Not quite ready to brave IRL theatres yet but still in the mood for some dance? Rambert2, the little sister to Britain's oldest dance company Rambert, will be strutting their stuff from 16 to 18 September: book tickets to live-stream the show at

If you missed popular Traverse shows Move and Still during the Edinburgh Festival season rush, you can catch up online. Move will be available to watch digitally until 7 September, while Still can be booked and streamed right up until 29 September. The Traverse are also hosting several brilliant sounding workshops for those inclined, from writers such as Natalie McGrath (1 Sep) and Uma Nada-Raja (15 Sep), whose workshop boasts perhaps the best title ever: Salon of Dystopian Curiosities. Book soon to avoid disappointment. 

If you're based in Glasgow, say goodbye to sandwiches scoffed in front of a Zoom call: A Play, A Pie and A Pint is back! The lunchtime theatre company is returning to its home at the Òran Mór, and it has some gems to kick off its autumn season, making up for lost time. They've packed no fewer than four shows into their September calendar, and each one sounds great: there's Morna Pearson's dark comedy Celestial Body (6-11 Sep), Lorna Martin's show Rose (13-18 Sep) about the Ayrshire-born greatest female footballer in the world, Johnny McKnight's modern drama Joke (20-25 Sep), and Andy McGregor's musical comedy A New Life (27 Sep-2 Oct). PPP's affordable prices mean you can get lunch, a drink and a show all for £15. Can't say fairer than that.