Scorched at Edinburgh Fringe

A little taste of The Courtyard will be at Edinburgh Fringe this year as three productions that we have been involved with will be performed during the festival. On our blog this week we will be taking a look at each show. Today we take a look at Scorched by Open Sky Productions which was co-commissioned by The Courtyard.


Egypt. 1941. WWII. An escaped German officer. A two-day chase across the brutal Sahara. A triumphant capture. A hero’s return.

England. 1991. Jack reigns from the armchair of his rest home, a local legend and decorated veteran of Tobruk.

He is a former river warden, boxer, horse whisperer, boat builder, charmer, prolific father and husband to a very unhappy wife.

Memories are, by his own hand, tattooed on his body but dementia is eroding his mind.

As the Gulf War rages in the media, the past drags him back to his own scorched sands.


Told from the armchair of Jack’s care home Scorched uses new writing, physical theatre, period music, puppetry and projection to create a hazardous journey of remembrance inspired by true stories from the life of writer Lisle Turner’s grandfather in the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Tobruk.

Scorched was performed at The Courtyard in July 2016 to an overwhelming audience response. This one man show had the audience captivated from start to finish with the incredibly creative use of its beautiful set and superb acting from Robin Berry who seamlessly shifted through the memories of Jack’s life.

Scorched is currently playing Zoo Southside at EdFringe 2016, for more details click here