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Three To See 2019: Activists

By | Published on Tuesday 30 July 2019

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three activists who will be appearing on stage.

Sam Haygarth: Climate Crisis | Just The Tonic at The Mash House | 1-25 Aug
“Sam Haygarth was arrested recently. This is a show about being an activist. About melting ice caps and rising sea levels. About going to protests and not telling your parents. About the future. About the past. About why we must rebel”. Yes, I know what you are all thinking. “She missed this one off the section on climate change and now she’s trying to sneak it into a different one”. To be fair, that is exactly the sort of thing I would do, so I honestly don’t blame you for thinking it. You are wrong though. I chose Sam Haygarth for this section because Sam Haygarth is an activist. A funny one. Listing here.

DeRay McKesson | Charlotte Square Gardens | 11 Aug (pictured)
There will be quite a lot of the sort of people you might call activists over at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this August. Indeed, there is a whole strand entitled ‘Power To The People’. The inspirational DeRay McKesson is the selector of that strand, as well as being the focus of his own event. Back in 2014, he quit his job and moved to Ferguson, Missouri to join protests against the police shooting of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown Jr. He spent 400 days on the streets as an activist, and helped bring about the Black Lives Matter movement. He’ll be talking to Lauretta Charlton about his book ‘On The Other Side Of Freedom’. Listing here.

Sajeela Kershi: Fights Like A Girl! | The Stand’s New Town Theatre | 2-12 Aug
“Multi award-winning comedian/activist, putting up her dukes and picking her battles! Trump, terrorists and everything in between. Time to call out the bullshit! What will you fight for?” Hurrah, it’s Sajeela Kershi, entirely brilliant woman, who brings ‘Fights Like A Girl’ back to the Fringe for a short but no doubt fabulous run. She’s an award winner, a fabulous raconteur, and her warm, engaging and thought-provoking stories are guaranteed to entertain. Listing here.

Photo: Blair Caldwell