Press Release: Anatomy Returns to Edinburgh with Spectacular Cabarets

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ANATOMY, Edinburgh’s artist-led performance variety show, returns with a full year of programming and opportunities funded by Creative Scotland, and with support from Summerhall and Imaginate.

Providing a platform and development for exciting and genre-busting live art, ANATOMY will run four cabarets of live art performance for adults, two cabarets for early years (0-4), and an Associate Artist scheme providing bespoke mentoring and performance production for two emerging artists.

Launching the programme at a special event at Summerhall on January 12th, Co-Director Ali Maloney said:

We’re beyond delighted to be bringing our hugely popular and wildly experimental cabarets back to Edinburgh, especially with funding that enables us to take the quality of work to the next level and ensure employment for artists.

Formed in 2012 by performance writers Ali Maloney and Harry Giles, ANATOMY ran in the ornate and historic Anatomy Lecture Theatre in Summerhall until 2014. ANATOMY has also curated live art happenings for Edinburgh Zoo’s Zoo Lates events, for Conflux’s SURGE Festival in Glasgow, and in Natural Shock’s intimate avant-garde peepshow for Assembly’s George Square Gardens in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Exeunt Magazine reviewed ANATOMY as “Necessary and vital to the growth of the arts in Edinburgh”.

Taking a flippant approach to genre boundaries, ANATOMY has programmed weird burlesque, acrobatics, noise art, clown, dance, film, and everything else that can happen on or off the stage. It is this approach that has garnered ANATOMY a devoted following, with sold out shows for its first three years of performance.

Also speaking at the launch, Co-Director Harry Giles said:

At a time of increasing cuts and prominent venue closures, it’s ever more vital that artists take the lead and showcase the brilliant work that’s happening in Scotland. Ali and I are dedicated to supporting Scotland’s burgeoning performance scene and making strange new things happen.



  • This press release is available for download at and hi-res images are available for press use (credit Brian Hutchison) at
  • The public launch of ANATOMY, to which all press are invited, is 7pm on January 12th at Summerhall’s Café Library. RSVP to
  • All ANATOMY performers and participants are sourced via open call. Past participants who have shared early versions of work that have gone onto great success include Melanie Jordan and Caitlin Skinner’s Fringe First award-winning Sanitise, and Will Pickvance’s Fringe sell-out and internationally-touring Anatomy Of The Piano.
  • ANATOMY’s manifesto begins: “Anatomy celebrates the popular and the weird, the joyous and the disturbing, the comforting and the bizarre. We believe strongly that experimental performance can (and should!) delight its audiences even as it unsettles, confuses, terrifies or otherwise changes them. We will always give audiences a good night out, and we will always make sure they have seen something utterly new. We want artists to propose projects they have not done before, in ways they have not tried before. We want artists and audiences to do dangerous experiments. We are not scared of programming something one audience member does not like, as long as five minutes later they see something they can absolutely adore. Our twin inspirations are the Victorian music hall and the underground performance art club night.”
  • ANATOMY has a forward-looking approach to diversity and accessibility, stating: “ANATOMY believes that art is better the more different the people are who are making it. We will take affirmative action to ensure that our events are diverse in terms of age, dis/ability, gender/sex status, race and sexual orientation. We will commit material resources to ensuring our events grow more accessible over time, and we will actively support multiple forms of accessibility for artists and audiences.”
  • As part of our commitment to artists and audiences, Anatomy makes its annual accounts available online as part of an Open Book approach to arts management.
  • Recognising the need for challenging and exciting performances accessible to babies and toddlers, and that age range’s naturally affinity for the surreal and wacky, ANATOMY’s previous event for 0-3 sold out, prompting an expanded programme for 2016.
  • Contact:Creative Directors: Ali Maloney and Harry Giles

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