Callout for Anatomy #5: No! Anything but that!

Friday 14th June 2013
Summerhall, Edinburgh

“A great gift for a performer.”
— Lucille Teppa, Tessitura

Like a black-cloaked and cackling villain across Gotham rooftops, ANATOMY continues to leap from strength to strength, and we are very proud to announce our fifth event.

A contemporary take on the music hall variety show, ANATOMY is a platform for performance artists of all disciplines; beyond scratch, it creates a stage for risk-taking performance and breath-taking theatrics in Edinburgh’s exciting new multi-arts venue, Summerhall, within a historic anatomy lecture theatre.

ANATOMY seeks proposals from theatre practitioners, artists, dancers, music makers and destroyers, puppeteers of junk and flesh, sculptors, story tellers, film makers, clowns, poets, photographers, mimes, installations, painters, weirdos and burlesques; the abstract, the comical, the terrifying, the sublime, the unfathomable, the beautiful, the life-changing and the oddly mundane.

We are looking for brave pieces, 5-20 minutes in length, that transcend the boundaries of genre, either by smashing, blending or outright ignoring them

Continuing our tradition of a vague theme, around which the night may or may not focus, ANATOMY #5 considers that moment of daunting realisation; of pure flabbergast; that primal scream from behind the popcorn-sticky sofa: NO! ANYTHING BUT THAT! Within the theatrical parameters of Health & Safety, how far can we go? Dancing on nails on fire? Ballet of the human centipede? Did I ever tell you about the man who taught his asshole to talk?

This theme is loose and you are free to use it strictly, loosely, or not at all; adhering to the theme is not part of the selection criteria.

If ANATOMY is somewhere that you and your art belong, please download this form and return, completed, as a single file by 28th April 2013 to

Selected acts will have access to rehearsal space before the show, a small expenses budget of £30, and full technical support.

Please note that due to structural limitations, we are currently unable to accept applications from aerial acts. Although we hope this to change in the near future. By magic if necessary.

“Words cannot describe how happy, grateful, thankful and touched I am right now. I just back from performing at ANATOMY #4 and the reactions and feedback I got were unbelievable, interesting and more than I could have wished for.”
— Tom Harlow, Pour Homme

“I love the idea of ANATOMY. The venue, the acts, all of it.”
— Brian Sonia-Wallace, Partnerships Alone

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