Anatomy 16: Return of the Frostkidgang


Return of the Frost Kid Gang:
Friday 8 December 2017
Summerhall, Edinburgh

It has been Christmas Day for almost 23 years. Across the winter wasteland, we huddle against the ice winds. Bellies churning with brandy butter, the only food we can scavenge now is curdled egg nog and mini scotch eggs. Our houses, crumbling under the relentless frost, have been fortified with fairy light razor wire and lawn ornament barricades. Our only warmth comes from the many layers of novelty jumpers and Disney socks. This is how the world ends: not with a bang, but with a Yuletide; the big crunch as the Nativity is reversed and sucked back inside.

Little Jimmy Biscuit marches, determined, on through the snow. The wrapping hangs in tatters from the coffin he drags. He checks his watch, the watch he is gifted anew every single day, now keeping its own eccentric time, and pushes on. He is making his way to the great cave where the Tinsel Spider nests, where he will navigate his way through the labyrinths of holly wreaths, marshmallows, and stilton — where he will plead for Santa’s death, so that Spring can come….

Will YOU join the Frost Kid Gang for their most dangerous mission yet? Do YOU have what it takes to stare into the blazing black heart of XMAS and survive?? Can you lend your skills to the Frost Kid Gang to save them, save yourself, save the world???

ANATOMY is a quarterly live art cabaret based in Edinburgh’s Summerhall, featuring astonishing work in dance, sound, costume, movement, spoken word, film and more from across the UK.

WITH Alima Askew and Lewis Sherlock, Philip Bedwell, Stephanie Elaine Black and Daniel Kutinsky, Rebecca Green, Markee de Saw and Bert Finkle, Xelís de Toro, and Yol.

PLUS tinsel and terror from your titittitittilating hosts, Ali Maloney and Harry Josephine Giles.

AND British Sign Language interpretation throughout from Yvonne Waddell.

Buy tickets from Summerhall: £7!

For more information on the acts, read on:



The Lustration of Vacuumous
Alima Askew and Lewis Sherlock


Our​ ​annual​ ​Christmas​ ​vacuum​ ​mass​ ​is​ ​now​ ​cancelled​ ​due​ ​to​ ​unforeseen circumstances. These​ ​circumstances​ ​being: The​ ​‘highly​ ​anticipated’​ ​latest​ ​nostalgic​ ​fad​ ​-​ ​Carpbeat​ ​12K’s​ ​fierce​,​ ​suction-less, advertising​ ​campaign. ​Not​ ​only​ ​have​ ​they​ ​desecrated​ ​our​ ​dustiest​ ​of​ ​ceremonies,​ ​they​ ​have​ ​ensnared​ ​our devoted​ ​Dysonians​ ​and​ ​have​ ​forced​ ​us​ ​to​ ​forfeit​ ​our​ ​venue. We​ ​are​ ​disgraced​ ​and​ ​can​ ​only​ ​pray​ ​to​ ​our​ ​Lord​ ​Holy​ ​Hoover​ ​to​ ​deliver​ ​us​ ​from​ ​this disingenuous​ ​fallacy​ ​of​ ​cleanliness. We​ ​leave​ ​you​ ​with​ ​our​ ​favourite​ ​hymn​ ​to​ ​remind​ ​you​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Sanctimony​ ​of​ ​Suction​ ​and the​ ​Virtue​ ​of​ ​Vacuum.

All​ ​thing​ ​bright​ ​in​ ​Vacuumous
All​ ​dust​ ​mites​ ​great​ ​and​ ​small,
All​ ​things​ ​bright​ ​and​ ​dustable,
The​ ​hoover​ ​sucks​ ​them​ ​all.

Each​ ​little​ ​hand​ ​held​ ​vacuum,
Each​ ​dyson​ ​ball​ ​that​ ​sings,
He​ ​made​ ​their​ ​suction​ ​powerful,
He​ ​made​ ​them​ ​dusty​ ​kings. /

F​ ​@lewissherlockartist​ ​@alimaalulaaskew, T ​@lewisjasherlock, I @velvetvacuum

Defence Wounds Face

Defense Wounds
Philip Bedwell

Using lace, body, blood and ashes. Philip seeks to show the secrets we hide behind. Our masks to the world, which belie our true nature. Philip questions the protector and warriror, questions our connection to nature, how time changes us all and how our perceptions of self change too.

F @philip.bedwell, T @philipbedwell1, I @lyingprone


red, red, red
Stephanie Elaine Black with Daniel Kutinsky

Are​ ​there​ ​any​ ​special ​requests ​ ​this ​ ​Christmas? ​And ​by​ ​the​ ​way​ ​- ​ ​who​ ​are​ ​you ​​asking?

A​ ​sound ​-based ​ ​performance exploring the ​rituals​ ​and ​ customs ​ of ​ ​Christmas. ​A  fast-paced ​ ​tangled ​ ​choreography​ ​between ​ ​electronic​ ​sound ​​and​ ​performance. Capital ​wrapped ​ ​up ​ ​in ​ ​a ​ ​red ​ ​bow. ​ The​ ​​Vermilion ​ ​bird ​ ​on ​ ​fire. The​ ​rejection ​of a ​ ​white’ ​Christmas. ​ ​The​ ​blood ​on​ ​our​ ​hands. /

T @steph_e_black


Three Short Films
Rebecca Green

“Feral Children Raised By The Quadrupedal Ruminant Mammal Ovis Aries”
“To All The Men I’ve Loved Before -Fuck You”
and “Road”


Winter Set
Markee de Saw and Bert Finkle

They met in Berlin in twenty nine. An ingenue and a lothario. He has intimate tattoos. She has scar tissue.

No, they met in Jerusalem eight years earlier than that. He dragged tourists round the sights of antiquity while she played chess against the rabbis and the mullahs for money. They say she won her voice from God.

No, they met in a dream and continue to argue over which one is the dreamer and which the vision.

They are a musical duo act piecing spoken word, music, voice, musical saw and performance to tell their stories.

F @desawfinkle, T @deSaw&Finkle

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Til the cows come home
Xelís de Toro

This is the struggle of the performer to find themselves, which can only happen after the wait, struggle or search takes place. A musical on one note, a dance of many movements, continuing until the cows come home.


Junk Exorcism

An xmas junk exorcism. Christmas trash turned into instrument, broken fragments of seasonal songs, ritual yelling, noise and damaged language celebrating or cleansing, depending on your point of view. What does it feel like to be a christmas jumper. Contributions of xmas junk welcome.

T @brighthouse5


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