Hidden Door launches full festival programme

The full programme for this year’s Hidden Door has been revealed – with five days packed with dance, theatre, spoken word, art and music.

The multi-arts festival takes place 15 – 19 September 2021 on a covid-friendly outdoor space in the shadow of the Granton Gasworks in north Edinburgh, plus a vast industrial warehouse just across the road.

Alongside the live music line-up announced last month, we can now reveal everything we have in store for you. Also see our day by day breakdown to help you plan your visit!


Three theatre companies will be taking up residency in the warehouse over the course of the festival.

Tortoise in a Nutshell will be performing their much lauded FERAL, an innovative piece of live theatre combining puppetry, video and live sound every day from Thursday to Saturday.

Joining them on Saturday will be SALTY DOLLS, who will be reprising their Hidden Door live stream performance of !T’S TH!S (UTOP!A) described as a love song to the feminist manifesto.

On the same day, Delighters perform Cirqulation – “Obsession” a cabaret showcasing local emerging circus talent.


The dance programme includes The Yonis, a girl band inspired by punk movements, who perform either in their recognisable colourful outfits or as their alter egos The Bronis. 

Something Smashing will take place in the warehouse on Wednesday, bringing together dancers and musicians to improvise with each other’s practice.

Scottish-based Canadian choreographer Gwynne Bilski will perform and the wind, a piece inspired by a trip to the Outer Hebrides that celebrates nostalgia.

Róisín O’Brien will stage A falling ballet  for the first time at Hidden Door. The immersive performance encourages the audience to walk into the performance and see ballet from a new perspective.

A series of short dance films from performer Bridie Gane, Acclimatize explores human responses to the climate crisis. 

And Tony Mills AKA Room 2 Manoeuvre will bring his pop-up hip-hop performance City Breakz to the Gasworks site, performing among the festival-goers. 

Spoken word

As part of this year’s spoken word programme, Annie Lord will present Underpin. Inspired by the Gasworks, listeners will embark on a solo journey through the site following the audio installation.

There will be two live spoken word performances. Wax Lyrical, hosted by poet Iona Lee and DJ Nikki Kent is a spontaneous collage of spoken word, rap and music.

Jen McGregor will stage Meet Your Doom, a one-to-one spoken word experience combining tarot cards and storytelling.

Visual art

As well as the recent graduates whose art will be showcased in the warehouse, a number of artists have been commissioned to create visual work that will be dotted around the festival site, encouraging exploration and discovery.

These include Amy Kim Grogan, Susie Johnston + Louise Ritchie, Beth Shapeero + Fraser Taylor, Rhona Jack and Josie KO.


We’ll be building two stages on the gasworks site, allowing our live music acts to alternate in a non-stop relay each night.

Amongst the acts playing in the shadow of the epic Granton Gasholder will be Scottish indie legend Pictish Trail, electronic maestro Rival Consoles, electro-pop star Hannah Diamond, afro-funk mega-band Ibibio Sound Machine and Manchester-based indie band The Orielles, alongside rising stars from the UK and Scottish music scene. See the full music line-up and get ready to join us for a dance!

David Martin, Creative Director said: “Hidden Door has always set out to create an immersive experience for our audience, where they can explore a new place and discover new creative work. This might be discovering a new artist or music act they had never come across before, or it might even be experiencing an entire art form for the first time.

“By bringing contemporary dance, experimental theatre and spoken work together with live music and visual art, we hope we can build and develop audiences for art forms, and that people will find something they love that they just didn’t expect.

“With eighteen months of virtually no live events, this will be an opportunity for people who love the arts to pack it all in, surrounding themselves with experiences they love!”