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War with the Newts

War with the Newts

​The creators of smash-hit Bin Laden: The One Man Show being you Karel Capek's apocalyptic science-fiction satire re-imagined for a Europe of tomorrow. Global risk and technological revolution come together in this immersive experience from Knaive Theatre.

Witness the rise and fall of a new(t) capitalism. Deep in the bowels of an oyster-dredging vessel, an ocean of opportunity arises as a new resource makes contact. Global risk and technological revolution come together in this immersive experience, with live surround sound installation by sonic artist Robert Bentall.

At the discretion of The Company life jackets may be provided.


Join us for a post show discussion on Tuesday 11 Sept.

After the performance, members of the cast and creative team return to the stage to answer questions from the audience - why not join the discussion, ask your own questions and enjoy an insider's glimpse into the production process? 


War with the Newts is an updated theatrical reimagining of Karel Čapek’s satirical sci-fi classic of the same title, transported to a post-Brexit Britain of the possible future. ​

Using the mixing of live sounds from award-winning contemporary classical composer Robert Bentall, and surreal and marvellous stage design, audiences are transported to the hull of a fishing vessel, and invited to witness the rise and fall of a new economic revolution.

War with the Newts will premiere at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 1st-26th August before touring the UK in Autumn 2018. The show is kindly supported by Arts Council England, Royal Exchange Theatre, Square Chapel and Waterside.



Winner of the Summerhall Lustrum Award 2018


Standard: £14

Free Post Show Discussion: Tues 11 Sept

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  • It realises its premise so completely and with such superb richness, that inevitably it touches a wider set of truths

  • Literally grabs the audience by the shoulders and demands a fierce interrogation of the current treatment of migrants and people of colour
    The List

  • An unexpectedly perfect lens through which to view our current, turbulent times
    The Skinny

  • A striking adaptation of an unfairly forgotten sci-fi masterpiece that will leave you laughing, gasping and shaking with terror
    Broadway Baby

  • Conveyed with impressive intelligence and feeling by a cast of three […] full of political anger, with an added edge of sorrow
    The Scotsman

  • Immersive, zany fringe theatre at its best
    The National