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‘The Sex Show’ at the Bongo Club

Birds do it. Bees do it. Even spoken word performers do it. Illicit Ink presents its steamiest show yet, with a sexy cabaret that promises to uncover your deepest desires, or at least read some poetry at you. Featuring the depraved talents of Kaite Welsh, CN Lester, Kirstin Innes, Alan Bissett, Kirsty Logan and Claire Askew Illicit Ink’s Sex Show is not to be missed.

Join Illicit Ink at the Bongo Club on May 3rd from 8pm. Tickets £5/£3.

Royal Observatory show: ‘Apollo 21: Lost Among Stars’


It’s 1975 and the Apollo programme – the golden age of space travel – is coming to an end. Tara Beckett is boarding Apollo 21, a dream come true. But soon after reaching orbit, the mission is thrown into jeopardy. Lost, alone, and running out of air, will she make it back to Earth or is she destined to wander between worlds forever? Performed by an ensemble cast, Illicit Ink Skyground explores the beauty, hostility and wonder of the cosmos through touching, funny and scientific storytelling.

Presented by Illicit Ink and the Royal Observatory  on Wednesday 15th April at 7pm. Tickets must be booked in advance via the Edinburgh International Science Festival Website.

Storytellers wanted for astronomy-themed show

Deadline: 28 January 2015 at 17:00

On Wednesday 15th April, Illicit Ink Skyground are running a show at the Royal Observatory as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival called ‘Apollo 21: Lost Among Stars’. The show will be a dramatic story about astronomy told by a diverse group of writers and performers and we’d like you to be one of them!

Skyground background

Illicit Ink Skyground shows mix spoken word and storytelling. They consist of an ensemble cast, with each individual performance an essential component of the overall narrative.

Stories will need to be about 7-12 minutes in length. For this show, pieces must be polished and performed entirely off script, unless the performance genuinely lends itself to notes (e.g. the narrator is a newsreader).

Performers are paid a door split of the takings.

This show, set in the 1970s, will realistically portray the space science of this time. The aim is to go for something sophisticated, possibly dark, but it shouldn’t be serious from start to finish. This show will have a full arc and character possibilities sketched out prior to the first meeting, though changes will be possible.


Skyground is a huge commitment with a few deadlines to hit, and several Saturday meetings in February, March and early April. Performers are asked to attend at least half of the meetings and take part in some discussion online. The final rehearsal is compulsory, and attending at least one of the earlier meetings is strongly encouraged.

Applying to take part

If you’re interested, please get in touch with Babs at for a copy of the full schedule and guidelines. If we haven’t worked with you before, please send us a short video of you performing, either on script or off. We don’t mind if the video quality is bad – a quick phone cam example will do.