Watch Me Fall

Action Hero


Formed in 2005, Action Hero make intimate and accessible live art and performance which features a deliberately low-tech, do-it-yourself aesthetic. Often working in unconventional spaces, the company create celebratory events that rely on an engagement with their surroundings and seek to involve audiences as collaborators and co-conspirators; drawing spectators together both as a unified part of the live action and as a temporary community.

Following the huge success of their first production A Western in 2009, the company returns to Edinburgh Showcase with Watch Me Fall in a quest to ‘push the limit in the name of entertainment’. Staging increasingly questionable re-enactments of daredevil feats on a homemade runway surrounded by a standing audience, the performers celebrate and ridicule the human race’s obsession to go higher, further and faster. Paying homage to flamboyant stuntman Evel Knievel and famous test pilot Chuck Yeager – and using their words and the inspirational speeches of various American presidents as source material – this new work explores man’s appetite to attempt the impossible and the inevitability of our spectacular and sometimes inglorious failure.


In the press

"Very smart, brash and brutally absurd" The Guardian

"An ecstatic atmosphere" The Metro

Production details

  • Writer

    Gemma Paintin, James Stenhouse
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Up to 55kg but items can be sourced locally

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2011
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Unconventional Space
  • Minimum performance space

    18m long 'runway', 3m at widest point
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1QH
  • Production dates

    22 – 27 AUGUST
  • Production times

    2345 – 0045
  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity



Additional productions

A Western, Frontman