THE question of what it means to be a hero is at the centre of a new physical theatre show at the Edinburgh Fringe next month.

Heroes, by Scottish companies All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre and Room 2 Manoeuvre, delves into the world of superheroes and beyond through the use of aerial acrobatics, dance theatre, contemporary circus and visceral choreography.

In their quirky circus universe, two performers – who are joined by their miniature sidekicks – explore the definition of a hero. The duos also tackle the darker side of life in the spotlight and the pressures of being a role model with a never-ending list of enemies.

All or Nothing’s artistic director Jennifer Paterson said the themes were inspired by modern society.

She told Broadway World: “We were inspired by the stories happening of the fall from grace of celebrity and people you held up in high esteem. Reality TV was kicking in and at the time there were revelations about big stars such as Tiger Woods.

“We began talking about qualities we admire and who we were daft about when we were teens. Who is out there that is a good role model?”

Heroes takes place at Udderbelly, George Square from August 1-26 (not August 12).