Alan Bennett's Green Forms

Alan Bennett's Green Forms

An Alan Bennett one act play originally written for TV in 1978. It transfers brilliantly to the stage and showcases the humour and pathos of Britain's best-loved playwright. Green Forms shows Doris and Doreen frittering away their working hours until the spectre of Ms Dorothy Binns and computerisation becomes all too real. 

Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened

Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened

An Alan Bennett one act play-originally written for TV in 1982. It transfers brilliantly to the stage and showcases the humour and pathos of Britain's best-loved playwright. June (a well-meaning but very inexperienced social worker) visits Mam and Dad to offer the council's help... 

Alan Bennett's A Visit from Miss Prothero

Alan Bennett's A Visit from Miss Prothero

An Alan Bennett one act originally written for TV in the late 1970s. It transfers brilliantly to the stage and shows the humour and pathos of Britain's best-loved playwright. Arthur Dodsworth's serene retirement is severely jolted by a visit from his malevolent former secretary... 

Amy Abler: PianoDivalicious!

Amy Abler: PianoDivalicious!

With touches of Liberace and Victor Borge, this world-touring US pianist/singer is a classical concert artist gone rogue. Combining virtuosic technique with vivacious comedy (and feathers), she covers Beethoven to Broadway, pop to Paganini, ragtime to rock'n'roll... 

The Bacchanals

The Bacchanals

'Tell me, what they're like, these rituals of yours?’ Mikra Theatricals invite you to draw back the curtain and take a peek backstage into a world of paranoia, madness and drama. The Bacchanals is a dark comedy which toys with Classical traditions and texts whilst exploring the gender politics of theatre... 

Bitches in the Ford KA

Bitches in the Ford KA

Cold Dinner Theatre return to Edinburgh with their new comedy. Fake IDs at the ready, they’re expecting booze, boys and hopefully some bonking. Bitches in the Ford KA includes a series of disasters involving cheap vodka and a MacDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish... 

Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States, it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organised... 

The Wedding Reception

The Wedding Reception

Totally immersive and highly improvised, this two-hour theatrical dining experience returns to Edinburgh inviting audiences to become guests at Will and Kate’s very surprise, not-so-civilised wedding reception... 

The Front Page

The Front Page

ETA’s 25th anniversary production of The Front Page, an irresistible comedy with thrills and derring do set in a news room. An amazing array of characters capture the mood of 1920s Chicago in the intimate surroundings of St Ninian's Hall... 

Shakespeare Shorts – Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare Shorts – Much Ado About Nothing

The buns are burning in The Great Brexit Bake Off as Beatrice battles Benedick, Don Juan's confused and Hero harassed. What’s the man-eating Margaret doing with her scones and where does Borachio keep his fondant fancies? Keep calm and carry on baking in a tale of soggy bottoms, burned biscuits and scalded scones as Leonato tries to make a TV spectacular from this bowl of souring sponge mix... 

Splash Test Dummies

Splash Test Dummies

Rub-a-dub-dub, The Dummies are back with some splish-splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter. From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions! Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand-new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family... 

Sex Waitress

Sex Waitress

2020. A group of friends from East London try to live without shame and stop a hoard of sex offenders, known as Keiths, from destroying their world. Sex Waitress is a dark comedy about women who live life on their own terms and try to do this without fear of abuse... 

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

Fully immersive, highly interactive and acclaimed internationally, this is the five-star show where Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a three-course meal alongside a good, strong dollop of mayhem... 

TV Invasion

TV Invasion

A young couple in crisis realise they need distance from the hypnotic effects of the mass media, which has come to invade their lives. Are they able to gain control in this fight and solve real personal and financial problems? 

Shakespeare Shorts – The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare Shorts – The Taming of the Shrew

Kate’s cast is revolting; fed up of being outnumbered by the audience, they want to make Shakespeare fun to watch by turning the history plays into a rugby game, Romeo and Juliet into an ice cream war and Hamlet into a comedy... 

Red Peppers

Red Peppers

Noel Coward's Red Peppers gives a glimpse into a day in the life of George and Lily Pepper, a husband and wife vaudeville act who are tired of performing the same old song and dance routines and tired of each other... 

Face 2 Face

Face 2 Face

Technology is becoming a greater force within our society; everyday we are becoming more dependent on it. Set 20 years in the future, we see the story of Ben and Emma who are different from the norm... 

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

‘I think it's high time women let themselves just be women for a change.’ Ball’s comedy is set in the early 90s in Knoxville, Tennessee during an ostentatious wedding reception for the despised Tracy Marlowe... 

The OS Map Fan Club

The OS Map Fan Club

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show in 2017. Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast Helen Wood for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. Take a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble with sheet no... 

The Wedding Reception

The Wedding Reception

Totally immersive and highly improvised, this two-hour theatrical dining experience returns to Edinburgh inviting audiences to become guests at Will and Kate’s very surprise, not-so-civilised wedding reception... 

Briefs: Close Encounters

Briefs: Close Encounters

Briefs are back with a brand-new show. They've come from the future to test the limits of masculinity and decency with their iconic brand of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy. Expect interstellar aerials, incredible artistry, sharp social commentary and warp-speed strippers from outer space... 

Pamela's Palace

Pamela's Palace

Pamela is the hard won queen of a buzzing beauty salon. But behind the glamour, there are secrets that threaten to bring the walls of her suburban Palace crumbling down. With all the drama of a Mike Leigh, the sparkle of Strictly Ballroom and a free glass of bubbles, this brilliantly funny and bittersweet comedy celebrates the vulnerability and strength of everyone trying to make their way in an unforgiving world... 

Ben Hanlin: 50

Ben Hanlin: 50

TV magician Ben Hanlin returns to Edinburgh with his brand-new show. Ben has searched the globe and the history books to find the 50 best magic tricks ever performed. He's added his own cheeky spin and presents them in this fast-paced magic show! Ben's warm and fun personality have made him a regular TV face, appearing in his own ITV2 show, Tricked, Celebrity Juice, Live at the Palladium and many more... 

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly Gala Launch

Kickstart your festival with Assembly's renowned opening night gala. Join us as we celebrate and launch our biggest programme yet, bringing you highlights from across our 200+ strong season, all rolled into one spectacular package... 

Colin Cloud: Psycho(logical)

Colin Cloud: Psycho(logical)

Cloud's astounding deductions and outrageous stunts have stunned audiences worldwide. Psycho(logical) is a thrill ride where your thoughts and imaginations will guide and mislead you before ultimately revealing the truth... 

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Nina Conti’s In Therapy is a hysterical and intelligent piece of improvised comedy that plays with the idea of what would happen if we actually said our uncensored thoughts out loud... 

Perhaps Perhaps Quizás

Perhaps Perhaps Quizás

I have a great admiration for clowning; whilst superficially there is most certainly a stereotype of the heavily made-up children’s entertainer doing nothing more than blowing up dog-shaped balloons and being silly for a couple of hours, there is actually a great deal of technical ability required to clown (especially when utilised in a one-woman show in front of an adult Fringe audience)... 

Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz

Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz

From a shared sovereign and a shaky colonial past, to endless daytime reruns of Neighbours and Home and Away on channel 5, plus cricket, Kylie and Rupert Murdoch; Australian exports have been shaping UK culture for many decades... 

Twenty Something

Twenty Something

Morning People Productions’ self-written and self-directed Twenty Something is a wonderful, shrewd new play about the whirlwind of realities and disappointments in young adult life, set to an angsty soundtrack and showcasing some brilliant young talent... 

Fleabag

Fleabag

Maddie Rice has been put into a difficult position with performing this script. Fleabag is inextricably associated with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who wrote and performed the previous Fringe show later taken up by the BBC... 

Curse of the Mummy

Curse of the Mummy

To fully appreciate Curse of the Mummy, one cannot take it seriously as a musical or a drama, which may have been a source of contention amongst some audience members on the night I viewed, who were under the strong impression that it was a fully-fledged recreation of the original 1964 film... 

Stuck in ze Bunker With You

Stuck in ze Bunker With You

Frank Sinazi, the “Leader of the Iraq Pack”, is a smooth-talking American entertainer who will not only occasionally burst into song, but also into some loud episodes of a slightly dodgy German accent... 

Paul Dabek – Encore!

Paul Dabek – Encore!

Dabek is an old-school showman; his banter is honed to a bleeding edge and you can easily imagine him holding forth on classic Saturday night TV, perhaps as a guest on The Paul Daniels Magic Show or The Royal Variety Performance... 

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult

Kiri Pritchard-McLean creates a universe in the hot box room: dangling planets hang from the ceiling, and she wears a starry skirt and planet earrings to orbit her black-and-white hair... 

Ingrid Oliver: Speech!

Ingrid Oliver: Speech!

Ingrid Oliver delivers an hour of speeches in Speech! From a TED talk to the ramblings of a right-wing shock-jock, and all manner of voices in between, the connecting thread between all of the scenes is public speaking – the voices we hear, whether we want to or not... 

Bubble Show for Adults Only

Bubble Show for Adults Only

I wasn’t really in the mood for this show. There was the pressing concern that a bubble show aimed at an adult audience was going to be an hour of dick jokes tagged on to what could just have been a family show... 

Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned

Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned

If the boys of Semi-Toned ever tire of a cappella they could always take up comedy. Their new show, Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned, has all the smooth harmonies expected of this stunning ensemble woven into a humorous scenario of dry wit, repartee and self-effacing rhetoric... 

Hear Me Raw

Hear Me Raw

'I recognise this'Daniella Isaacs was in the newest Sweaty Betty zero gravity leggings, making hemp and cacao energy balls, flanked by her nutribullet. She was even using the hemp powder that I have... 

The Staff Room

The Staff Room

It is really reassuring to see an honest piece about the hard work of being a teacher, whilst also avoiding a bland generic sanctifying of all teachers. The Staff Room, takes us behind closed doors where the kids can’t hear us, and shows a slither of the day to day life of teaching... 

Adrian Plass: Out of His Head

Adrian Plass: Out of His Head

What better way for Adrian Plass to celebrate 30 years as a professional writer than to bring a wonderful show to the Fringe. He is joined by his wife Bridget on stage as well as the Searchlight Theatre Company bringing drama and live music to the party... 

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

One of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene, with a fresh and fierce female voice, Lauren Pattison has arrived with her hotly anticipated debut hour about embracing your flaws... 

Lucille & Django's Totally Restorative Yoga Retreat!

Lucille & Django's Totally Restorative Yoga Retreat!

Lucille and Django are two young yoga leader characters with a surfer-vegan-spiritual vibe and chirpy Australian accents. Throughout the show, what seems to be a happy duo descends into a passive aggressive (and then actively aggressive) relationship... 

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Ventriloquist extraordinaire Nina Conti is back with her famous masks, ready to use you as her puppet. Managing to remain delightfully witty whilst also extracting uncontrollable belly-laughs, In Your Face is a surefire crowd-pleaser... 

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change is earnestly performed by a youthful and small cast – the reason for scraping the second star – but the uninspired script and the overall piece really struggles to succeed... 

Certain Young Men

Certain Young Men

Peter Gill”s Certain Young Men was first performed at the Almeida Theatre in 1999. According to Cambridge University Queer Players this is its first revival. Seemingly it did not occur to them that there might be very good reason why the play has languished for eighteen years without seeing the lights of another theatre... 

Red Button

Red Button

Red Button is a quirky and peculiar piece of science fiction theatre that doesn’t quite find its feet. As it is sadly let down by a messy and ambiguous script.On a floating city above the war-torn land below where the mutants roam, Help Corporation is here for you providing you with drugs, running your radio stations, providing your daily doses of propaganda and giving out buttons that destroy the world out to couples they like... 

Little Shop of Horrors – The Musical!

Little Shop of Horrors – The Musical!

Ethereal Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors is a powerhouse of zany energy. By nature, the show is a nonsensical and melodramatic tale of a man who creates a mutant plant with a taste for blood... 

Richard Carpenter is Close to You

Richard Carpenter is Close to You

Richard from The Carpenters used to be on top of the world looking down on creation, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now, he's back at the piano once more in this razor-sharp tragicomedy that takes you on the ultimate ticket to ride... 

iDENTiTY

iDENTiTY

While most sketch shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe play up to their comic roots, Anomaly Theatre Company are adding a touch of the macabre with their dystopian show iDENTiTY. From a salesman using search histories as blackmail to a laboratory for foetus production, these sketches present our world as we know it, but with grim exaggeration that feels as much like a warning as entertainment... 

Plan B for Utopia

Plan B for Utopia

How do we start a conversation about a better future without sounding like dreamers? This is the question that Joan Clevillé Dance’s Plan B For Utopia tries to answer as its narrative weaves and floats through a postmodern landscape of dance, storytelling and physical theatre... 

The Lulu Show: Life on the Never-Never

The Lulu Show: Life on the Never-Never

The Lulu Show: Life on the Never-Never is exactly what you want from a cabaret. Hilde Louside’s sly and sexy piece examines the financial crisis – via burlesque, jazz and sharp humour... 

Assisted Suicide the Musical

Assisted Suicide the Musical

Following sell-out UK shows and a recent stint at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, disability rights activist and actor Liz Carr (BBC's Silent Witness) brings you her TED talk with show tunes... 

Next!

Next!

Next! is a gritty, thought-provoking and poignant comedy illustrating the trials and tribulations of three unequivocally unique and extraordinary individuals. Enjoy their hilarious and calamitous excursions into love, life, loss and the search for whatever might be next…  

Tesco: The Opera!

Tesco: The Opera!

One man, a piano and an unexpected item in the bagging area… the supermarket trip is explored in musical form with a fun, frantic and family-friendly trolley dash to the conveyor belt... 

The HandleBards: A Midsummer Night's Dream

The HandleBards: A Midsummer Night's Dream

The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their beautifully bonkers production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow... 

Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz

Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz

Australian drag superstar Courtney Act (RuPaul's Drag Race, Australian Idol) takes you over the rainbow and down under in her new show. Chock full of hits and high notes, you will leave this show realising there's no place like home! 'Coy, funny, sexy, classy, and thoroughly upbeat... 

Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors

Two pairs of identical twins cause havoc in Shakespeare's hilarious comedy of mistaken identity. Raiser Theatre's vibrant young cast bring the story right up to date in this fast-paced production of the knock-about classic, turning Ephesus into a modern city obsessed with status and blighted by Xenophobia... 

Not the Horse

Not the Horse

The multi award-winning Fringe sell-out comedy is returning for it's final run at Edinburgh Fringe. Tony is a 20-year-old Scouser who finds himself in a labyrinth of trouble. After losing an illegal horse racing bet to a notorious group of London gangsters, Tony and his mates have four days to find £250,000... 

Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree

Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree

Comedian/guru Jamie Wood returns with his new show I Am A Tree in Assembly’s enchantingly draped gypsy-chic Omnitorium theatre space. The audience are welcomed in warmly with hugs and soothing words into this tribal sanctuary by a druid-like Jamie Wood in his ancient black robes... 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

Solo comedy show Tatterdemalion’s Henry Maynard is charming, ridiculous, adorably pathetic and completely enchanting as he frolics about excitedly miming out conversation to audience members... 

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Iain Stirling’s latest sell out Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance has a lot of Love Island quips, but is truly grounded in Iain’s life experiences.The set begins in true Love Island style, with Iain well at home providing a voice-over introduction that has his audience in hysterics... 

Rachel Parris: Keynote

Rachel Parris: Keynote

Rachel Parris has been invited back to her old school to speak at prize giving, but what is she going to say? Is she even a role model at all? Rather than prepare for this speech at all, she’s written an Edinburgh show... 

The Complete History of Europe (More or Less)

The Complete History of Europe (More or Less)

From the Bronze Age to Brexit, get ready to laugh and learn with More or Less Theatre as they present to you a whistle-stop tour through European history that can be enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart... 

Mixed Brain

Mixed Brain

As a white Irish person, reviewing a person of colour’s experience of their treatment in the UK feels disingenuous. However, Nathan Byron in Mixed Brain makes this piece about him, a boy who calls Shepherd’s Bush his home and through questioning his own identity helps to explain the concept of identity and belonging as a whole to his audience... 

Avocado!

Avocado!

In today’s climate of brunching, Instagram-obsessed millennials, and in a time where avocado-hand and avocado-shaped walkie-talkies are an actual reality, there is plenty of opportunity to take the piss... 

Stuart Maconie: Jarrow Road to the Deep South

Stuart Maconie: Jarrow Road to the Deep South

In October 2016, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London, retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on, through a divided, complex country that echoes 1936 in many ways... 

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle, 'a machine gun of visual joy' (WritingAboutDance.com) is a dark, ribald physical commentary featuring Liz Aggiss: a maverick, anarchic, indomitable and fearless performance artist, who, with 'refreshing irreverence' (TheatreBubble... 

A Level Playing Field

A Level Playing Field

A fast-paced dramatic/comedic representation of the stresses of 21st-century student life. Within a caged classroom where 11 students spend exam isolation, the play comically approaches the flaws of school relationships, education and society... 

Theresa di Maggio

Theresa di Maggio

Theresa is a woman of the Italian high society, married to a respectable husband and lost in a betrayal that initially seems to bring a breath of fresh air to the solitude she has always lived in... 

The Growing Pains of the Mantle Family Living Room

The Growing Pains of the Mantle Family Living Room

The Mantles have issues that probably need to be addressed, only problem being none of them talk to each other, not properly anyway. However, the family’s arguments are brought to a halt and strained relationships attempted to be covered up when their well-to-do neighbour unexpectedly visits... 

The Darling Core

The Darling Core

An original dark comedy about the original dark couple. The Darling Core (comprised of Adam and Lilith) is a somewhat modern vaudeville duo, struggling to remain interesting to the world and each other... 

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

Alan Ayckbourn's comedy for our times. When Martin and his sister Hilda move into respectable Bluebell Hill, they quickly decide to band together with their neighbours to keep out undesirable elements... 

Chaucer Retold

Chaucer Retold

A group of bored friends decide they want to take a show to the Fringe. An argument ensues about what they should perform. Join them as they try to fuse Chaucer, Beyonce, a mop and a game of Bingo into a theatrical showstopper... 

La Dispute

La Dispute

'What? This is me? This is my face?' A new translation of Marivaux's controversial play, which tackles issues of gender and sexuality. What happens when two boys and two girls experience the world for the first time? A thoughtful comedic performance, which displays the initial interactions between four young adults who are thrown together into a world without an established society... 

Rich Hyde, Homicide

Rich Hyde, Homicide

Rich Hyde, the Boston cop in the City of Angels... and a body has fallen out of his closet. This satirical look at 1980s cop shows will be sure to have you laughing like it's 1989! 

The Bristol Suspensions in: I Can't Believe It's Not Instruments!

The Bristol Suspensions in: I Can't Believe It's Not Instruments!

What happens when you combine juicy reality TV drama and award-winning a cappella? Join the 2016 UK champions, The Bristol Suspensions, to find out… Fresh from their sell-out 2016 Fringe run, the group are back to reveal the truth of what goes on behind the closed doors of a cappella... 

Amy Abler: PianoDivalicious!

Amy Abler: PianoDivalicious!

With touches of Liberace and Victor Borge, this world-touring US pianist/singer is a classical concert artist gone rogue. Combining virtuosic technique with vivacious comedy (and feathers), she covers Beethoven to Broadway, pop to Paganini, ragtime to rock'n'roll... 

Nutty Noah – Wear Your Pants With Pride

Nutty Noah – Wear Your Pants With Pride

Grab a seat, hold on tight and have as much fun as your kids. Finally making his Fringe debut after selling-out venues including Komedia, Bristol's Tobacco Factory and the Tropicana (Dismaland)... 

Cabariot

Cabariot

Daring, witty and hilarious, RM Productions brings to the Fringe the best professional drag and burlesque act of Scotland – Cherie Triffle for a no holds barred performance. 

Freshlings

Freshlings

Whet your appetite and delve into the seductive minds of the new generation in an honest portrayal of all that goes on in the first year of university – the good the bad and the funny... 

Doreen's No-Brainer Lectures – Live

Doreen's No-Brainer Lectures – Live

Doreen's One-Minute No-Brainer Lectures have had over 21 million online video views since April 2016. Doreen is an alternative, irreverent edutainer who makes learning fun again. She is now on a mission to teach the world all the things that she knows in 45 minutes... 

Sad Girls

Sad Girls

Sad Girls is a play about three girls: Miley, Lottie and Flo. They have been best friends for as long as they can remember, and now they're sharing a shitty London flat, trying to find their way and their place in the world... 

The Best Play Ever

The Best Play Ever

Deep in the medieval dungeons of the Royal Palace, two strangers dwell. The Crown Polisher and the Horn Blower have been framed for the murder of Eric the Court Jester and have been condemned by King Louis to write the best play ever or face execution by royal blade... 

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

The worldwide smash-hit is back in Edinburgh for one week only. You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy... 

Natalie Palamides: LAID

Natalie Palamides: LAID

The Edinburgh Fringe debut of LA-based comedian Natalie Palamides will not be what you expect but it will be one of the best things you see at the festival this year. This one-woman show is co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Doctor Brown and features more eggs than sense (even though few eggs survive the hour)... 

Ed Gamble: Mammoth

Ed Gamble: Mammoth

Ed Gamble’s Mammoth is a strong example of observational comedy at this year’s Fringe. Gamble is undeniably posh with a self-deprecating sense of humour. He claims to be a heavy metal fan but has what is known as a ‘’Coldplay face’’... 

War of the Sperms

War of the Sperms

For a play about personified jizz, War of the Sperms is surprisingly unsexy. The romantic subplot is mostly expressed through hand holding, and the most prevalent mode of comedy is the pun... 

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights

Former Prime Minister and global cabaret superstar Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is back – and this time she's hosting a club night! There'll be non-stop 80s hits from a non-stop 80s witch as the Iron Lady drops more beats then Theresa May has dropped manifesto pledges... 

I Can Read Your Mind – Free

I Can Read Your Mind – Free

Irish mind reader Tomas McCabe is back with a new show for 2017! Following a hugely successful tour of Ireland, Tomas is bringing his abilities across the sea to the Edinburgh Fringe! Full of audience participation, Tomas will show you live how he can control the decisions we make, how he learnt to detect lies from prisoners and how strong our intuition is through a dangerous game of Russian Roulette! You'll be laughing out loud and gasping with amazement all the way to the jaw-dropping finale!  

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

Travel back to the 1920s to examine the beautiful art of failing. Don and Gnu throw themselves into the iconic universe of silent films from a time with specks of white dust on the screen and Charlie Chaplin on the loose – but can they manage to stay within the frame? An intimate, entertaining and expressive performance, where dance, video, music and audience interaction come together... 

Diane Chorley: Rhythm of Live

Diane Chorley: Rhythm of Live

Meet Diane Chorley, legendary 80s superstar, part-time piccalilli representative and full-time diva. Slinking onto the stage dripping in pearls and shoulder pads higher than the seawalls of her home turf, Canvey Island, Diane soon eases into what she does best; owning the room and talking about herself... 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

I remember the time when, several years ago, Out of the Blue came to my school and did an assembly. One of its members had been a student there, and wanted to come and visit again. In an arduous disarray of teenage angst, I remember distinctly thinking that I was far too cool for acapella, and swore I wouldn’t ever be caught at one of their shows, even if you paid me... 

Church Blitz

Church Blitz

There are lights in the sky. Strange storms rattle the windows of a church in which six strangers huddle for safety. The door knocks. Aliens?This apocalyptic set-up is the groundwork for a delightfully bizarre character comedy from Naughty Corner Productions... 

Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Dirty Protest’s Sugar Baby was an entertaining hour of theatre at Paines Plough’s Roundabout, Summerhall. The hero – or rather, anti-hero – was the drug dealing Marc (with a c, that point was made very clear)... 

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Tall Stories return to Edinburgh for their 20th birthday with an updated version of Future Perfect. Pitched at children aged 6 and above, Future Perfect is an enjoyable 45 minutes with a wholesome moral and traditional setup... 

Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

After an eventful year off (got a new laptop, etc), the boy's back in town with resolutions galore but less courage in his convictions than ever. How much has Ivo learnt? And what good has it done him? As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, As Yet Untitled, Live from the BBC, Fighting Talk... 

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

Fresh from supporting Jack Whitehall, Rob Beckett and Shappi Khorsandi on sold-out tours, Tom brings his hotly anticipated debut show to the fringe. Tom is one of the youngest professional comedians working in the UK and in 2016 became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award... 

Eggs Collective Get A Round

Eggs Collective Get A Round

Oh no. I really didn’t want to write this review. I really, really wanted to love Eggs Collective’s show Get A Round, especially after all the fantastic reviews that have been written about it, and the fact that it’s even going to be appearing on BBC 2 very soon! The performance is advertised as something between theatre and cabaret, and the premise is that the three female performers are taking the audience on a great night out... 

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Kinabalu is an astutely clever and astutely silly hour of stand up from British-Malaysian comic Phil Wang. A routine loosely structured around questions of race, privilege and empire, with a healthy dose of observational material thrown in, this is comedy with substance... 

Butt Kapinski

Butt Kapinski

When a show’s success or failure supposedly rests almost entirely on the skills and willingness of its audience, the trust and confidence placed between performer and viewer is terrifying from both directions... 

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Sara Juli’s Tense Vagina: An Actual Diagnosis does an excellent job of pushing the boundaries of the relationship between the audience and performer. Not only does she provide you with snacks and sweets, but she cuddles you, massages you, rocks you as you nuzzle into her chest, wipes a mark off your cheek with her own spit, but she gets you to pass a vibrator around the audience, and musically collaborate with her on musical children toys... 

The Naked Magicians

The Naked Magicians

I think a naked magic show is a brilliant idea; two magicians with no way to hide anything up their sleeves, in their pockets (or anywhere else) amazing us with their skill at sleight of hand... 

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

I like improv as much as anyone, but part of what makes improv work as well as it does is the spontaneity of it all. It doesn’t matter if any narrative is loose and somewhat implausible, because you know it has all been made up on the spot... 

Elixir

Elixir

This is what the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is all about. From countless overheard snippets of audience conversation after the show, I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that we left having been thoroughly flirted with and won over by Head First Acrobats... 

Wild Bore

Wild Bore

For a theatre piece to be perfect for some people, it has to be horrible for others. There is no way to create art that some find beautiful without others finding it offensive and lacking in merit... 

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Man with the Twisted Hip

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Man with the Twisted Hip

If you are in search of some polite 1930s garden-party-esque comedy mixed in with a hilariously self-aware performance, this is certainly a play to catch. Tom Taylor is an amorphous delight to watch as he carries the audience through a fast paced one-man murder mystery... 

The Dark Room for Kids

The Dark Room for Kids

The Dark Room is both a literal and moral description. We're all trapped in a gory text-based adventure game, and have to work together to try and make it out alive. Unlikely. Every decision made by an audience volunteer leads to a chain of grizzly consequences until they are inevitably killed off, and we are sent back to the start... 

A Wake (For Those Dying for an Honest Job That Always Makes a Killing)

A Wake (For Those Dying for an Honest Job That Always Makes a Killing)

Raise a glass with us at a brand-new Fringe venue and celebrate the life of Ronald, who died slowly, painfully and fully aware. From the duo that failed to bring you The Troupe, Grattan and McLean's latest funeral is sure to be a grim undertaking, their cold, lifeless career mirroring their latest client's corpse. 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

On his way home from battle, Brave Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king. Now he quite likes that idea and so does his wife. What will he do to get his hands on the crown? 'One of the best children's shows at the Fringe this year... 

Me, as a Penguin

Me, as a Penguin

Tom Wells’s Me, as a Penguin, performed this August by Exeter University Theatre Company, is both a fun and melancholy look at loneliness, love and family. Stitch is living with his heavily pregnant sister Liz and her unprepared husband Mark in Hull, trying to give his social and sexual identity the space it needs to bloom... 

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger

Based on the 1984 cult classic, The Toxic Avenger captures everything good about spoof musicals. It’s smart enough to not be too witty, silly enough to have fun with its premise, and it's executed with dazzling ability... 

Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby satirised the food industry with one eyebrow firmly raised, mocking both the trend of ‘clean eating’ for which vegan titans like ‘Deliciously Ella’ are increasingly coming under scrutiny, and the corporations responsible for marketing and profiting from such trends... 

2016 the Musical

2016 the Musical

The idea of taking a serious topic and turning it into a musical is not a new to the Fringe. Despite this, the concept behind 2016 the Musical still seemed refreshing enough for me to have high expectations... 

The Tinder Tales

The Tinder Tales

Produced by Connie Stride and co-directed by Emily Ashbrook and Elizabeth Bailey, The Tinder Tales excels in making genuine experiences appear visceral.All eight actors make great use of the space afforded to them... 

One Stop Cabaret Shop

One Stop Cabaret Shop

Two cabaret favourites – Don One from Birmingham and Claire Benjamin from London – join together for this unusual musical comedy pairing to host a variety show with a twist. With hand-picked guests from the cream of the cabaret scene... 

Figs in Wigs: Often Onstage

Figs in Wigs: Often Onstage

Often Onstage is an offbeat facetious romp that explores the ins and outs of theatre through the medium of dance. Expect nods to the new, bows to the bard, blood baths and drag kings... 

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang is a son of the British Empire. But in a world suddenly intent on building walls and bolstering borders, what is a Commonwealth man to do? A blistering new hour of comedy gold – that's what... 

Avril's Character Assassination: Everyday Problems

Avril's Character Assassination: Everyday Problems

Join Avril as she delves into the everyday using character, stand-up and improv. Avril will explore these universal issues with humour and sometimes pathos, as she goes on a journey of self discovery. 

Parable of Lysistrata

Parable of Lysistrata

A modern adaptation of the Ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata. Written partially in Scots dialect, this performance contains song, comedy and witty political insights. In a wee Scottish pub, the patrons put on their own performance of Lysistrata to soften the heart of a government official who's come to seize the premise... 

Macblair

Macblair

Charlie Dupré’s Macblair reimagines the political life of Tony Blair as, to quote the production’s marketing, ‘a Shakespearean tragicomedy’. While this is perhaps too lofty a description for what is essentially a good fun hour of light satire with a sprinkling of blank verse, Macblair does use the premise of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a template for its narrative... 

An Audience With Ted Pendleton

An Audience With Ted Pendleton

It is an interesting idea to stage a comedic play about the backstage conversations that take place between stage hands, in the shadow of the performer that they work for, but this idea has not been developed well here... 

Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star

Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star

It is a real privilege to get to spend time with Dave Johns for an hour as he recounts the rollercoaster that he has experienced since being cast as the lead part in Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake... 

Daniel Piper's Day Off

Daniel Piper's Day Off

Daniel Piper’s Day Off is a one man comedy show that goes through the different anxieties one feels when calling in sick to work. The show opens with Daniel out in a nightclub. He uses the entire venue as his stage popping up in different places between audience members armed with a bottle of Blue WKD... 

Help!

Help!

If you’ve ever wondered what having a mental-health issue feels like then head down to Help!. Viki Browne takes you on her journey of admitting she needed help – in a sequinned jumpsuit, rat hat, audience participation kind of way... 

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 3

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 3

Sketch comedy is the medium in which an original voice is most important in order to be successful. Without the same club route that stand-ups have, a sketch comedy troupe’s only real chance of lasting success is to be picked up for a television/radio pilot and become a brand in their own right... 

Rhapsodes

Rhapsodes

Back for another year, Adam Meggido and Sean McCann of Showstoppers! fame return to wow us with what is possibly the most impressive improvisational feat at the Fringe.In each show, the two men compete and cooperate in their daily endeavour to create a Shakespearean masterpiece from scratch... 

Black Monday – The Sketch and Music Show

Black Monday – The Sketch and Music Show

This is the year 1929, Tom is a happy, wealthy and young broker who lives in London and whose life is about to radically change. This includes his beloved girlfriend leaving him, the stock market suddenly collapsing, and... 

Slipstick

Slipstick

A spectacular show featuring one of the best mime and impersonator artistes in Europe! Be prepared to be stunned by the quickest change artist and mime comedy entertainer Martin Kent, in one hour of pure adrenaline! ‘A great impersonator’ (Lanacion... 

Hot Rocs

Hot Rocs

A unique cabaret experience brought to you from a stoner's living room. Blending high-grade comedy and smooth rock'n'roll, the Hot Rocs present an unmissable, alternative late-night sesh... 

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

If you could ask a psychic a question what would it be? Direct from London’s West End, award-winning '"psychic" comedian Peter Antoniou brings his unique skills to peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe and tickle your funny bone... 

The Play

The Play

Unafraid to show the peaks and troughs of getting over an upsetting event, TheForgottenMoose Theatre Company put on an endearing performance of their original piece: The Play.The Play tells the story of two flatmates... 

Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters

Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters

This play is an abridged version of the stage adaptation of late novelist Terry Pratchett’s sixth Discworld book which is in itself a parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Confused? Don’t worry; all the tropes are there: three witches, a murdered king, an ambitious wife and a child with a destiny and possibly a crown... 

Someone Dies at the End

Someone Dies at the End

A small group of survivors huddle in a bunker, eating beans and reminiscing on their favourite foods. Before long their camaraderie is shattered by new arrivals, recriminations and mistrust... 

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala, formerly known as the Chooky Dancers, rose to fame ten years ago with a viral YouTube video of Aboriginal dancers performing Zorba the Greek in homage to a Greek woman who cared for the sister of one of the troupe... 

Stiff Dicky

Stiff Dicky

Theatre aiming to portray the lives of millennials is so often completely wrong and patronising (no, we don’t say the word ‘rad’ any more, or believe that wearing snapbacks is anything but a travesty)... 

Frigid: A Musical Worth Melting For

Frigid: A Musical Worth Melting For

Napier University Drama Society returns to the musical stage after selling out last year. This is particularly worthy as these are not necessarily drama students but enthusiasts out for experience and fun... 

Enterprise

Enterprise

Americana Ad Absurdum Productions certainly lives up to its name by combining America’s most-loved export, free-market capitalism, with some surreal and absurdist humour. Imagine Glengarry Glen Ross written by Eugene Ionesco and you’ve got an idea of the kind of rapid-fire dialogue that ends up folding in on itself, weighed down by the characters’ reliance on finance jargon that doesn’t mean anything in the real world let alone the world of the play... 

René Mazing: (Dis)Appearing Nightly

René Mazing: (Dis)Appearing Nightly

René was raised in London and returned to Germany in 1996... for the humour. In his Edinburgh debut, he’ll be presenting amazing illusions combined with a dry wit seldom encountered among Germans... 

The Chap-Hop Decade

The Chap-Hop Decade

Mr B returns to his Edinburgh Fringe home at the Voodoo Rooms for a show celebrating a decade of chap-hop. Hail the chap! Mr B began his chap-hop career in 2007 when he decided to bring elements of his previous incarnations (UK rapper, jump-up breaks producer, banjolele maverick and dandy) together... 

Diva Las Vegas

Diva Las Vegas

Diva Las Vegas delivers The Sundaes back to Edinburgh for 2017 with the return of their boldest show to date. Sassy, sexy and sensational, The Sundaes pay homage to the biggest divas on the planet with their trademark stunning vocals, coupled with a generous scoop of comedy and the outrageous costumes that they are known for... 

Mark Watson's Festival of Bad Ideas

Mark Watson's Festival of Bad Ideas

Mark Watson asked a range of top comedians: 'what is your bad idea? What show would you like to put on, but never dare?' Now, one a night, they attempt these projects. Shows – or sort-of-shows – that have never been seen before and maybe never will be again... 

Marcel Lucont's Whine List

Marcel Lucont's Whine List

The Fringe's favourite flâneur returns, as always 'excellently dry' (Times) and 'fresh, accessible and hilarious' (Guardian), with another serving of his international hit show. A kind of group therapy where everyone potentially leaves more depressed... 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

We are coming to the Festival Fringe with our unique Korean style. Based on The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, this show includes Korean traditional music, costume and dancing... 

Size Matters

Size Matters

Meet Jim Arrandale, once a household name (he won an Oscar, you know!). Now though, he’s gone from being a four-time BAFTA host to being stuck with local radio adverts. The famous and talented just don’t want to work with him anymore... 

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again!

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again!

Matt Forde is a consummate professional, with sharp observations and confident crowd work, it’s just a shame this show lacks the biting satire expected from political comedy at the fringe... 

Pulled

Pulled

Have you ever worked up with hazy memory of what may have happened the previous night? These two Irish lasses certainly have and it hits them with equal levels shame as it does pride... 

Prom Kween

Prom Kween

From the producers of bold, subversive and wonderfully camp comedy musicals: Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho and How to Win Against History, Prom Kween certainly has a lot going for it and looks promising to fans of the genre... 

Wereldband: Släpstick

Wereldband: Släpstick

On first viewing the stage I thought I would try and count all the instruments I could see scattered around waiting to be played. My attempt did not last long as I soon realised there were far too many... 

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

What would an unpublished Agatha Christie mystery be like if, by some strange quirk of fate, its editor had given it over to P G Wodehouse for a final literary polish? Well, thanks to Tom Taylor, we now have at least an idea; a bit like one-man-show The Game’s A Foot, Try the Fish—a hit during last year’s Fringe, back again along with brand new adventure The Man With The Twisted Hip... 

Games and After Liverpool by James Saunders

Games and After Liverpool by James Saunders

Thought-provoking theatre and assured acting are on offer at this show, which is split into two plays, both written by the late playwright James Saunders, a one-time mentor to Tom Stoppard... 

Labels

Labels

The superfluous orations of Joe Sellman-Leava see his one-man act deliver strong discourse aimed at unboxing the confines that social tags put upon our species. He does not seek to take on the world for its many faults as much as he implores it to conform to a unilateral standard... 

DROLL

DROLL

In 1642, theatre was made illegal. Theatre didn't die. The award-winning Owle Schreame theatre company present a chaotic and semi-improvised selection of rough, wild, raucous and bawdy, short (illegal) plays from the 16th and 17th centuries... 

Sometimes I Adult

Sometimes I Adult

Alice’s clinically diagnosed OCD keeps her slim, out of debt and germ free! But the rituals holding her together might just break her apart. Can she lose her OCD and finally start to adult all by herself? Can she even make it through the show without having to wash her hands?! 

The Fair Intellectual Club

The Fair Intellectual Club

1717 – the inaugural meeting of a secret society where young ladies exercise their minds. In Lucy Porter's sparkling play, the constraints of the day have a habit of intruding as they search for a higher plane... 

An Evening with the Voices in Annie's Head

An Evening with the Voices in Annie's Head

Annie is just a normal girl with normal problems. Does she prefer skim or semi-skim milk? Will that boy from the pub call back? Will the TV presenters in her head shut up so that she can talk to him? And how the f*** is she going to clean all this glitter out of her subconscious? ‘Wraps you round its little finger and DOES NOT LET GO’ - Eli Carvajal, New Manhattan ‘Steals the limelight of the MIFTAS… hard-hitting and emotive’ - The Mancunion, Best Newcomer & Best Costume, MIFTAS 2016. 

What Do Bears Eat?

What Do Bears Eat?

A woman, a bear, some cub-support money and questionable morals: What Do Bears Eat? is an irreverent, bizarre and satirical take on the relationship between man and nature. When a woman decides to relocate to the forest, she doesn't quite know what she's in for... 

Dick in Space

Dick in Space

The biggest Dick in the universe is on a plural mission: murder investigation, self-destruction and solving the riddles of the universe – taking on God, Napoleon and unruly human organs on the way... 

Now Here's a Funny Story!

Now Here's a Funny Story!

In a modern cabaret format, Now Here’s A Funny Story is a jaunty romp through the golden age of music hall, often delving into its dark underbelly. Performed by experienced music hall artists, Tommy Parsons and Airlie Scott it’s a musical journey from the very beginnings of music hall in the song and supper rooms of the 1840s, through to its 1890s heyday with the likes of Marie Lloyd and Champagne Charlie, onto wartime jingoism and the cross-dressing Vesta Tilley of the Great War... 

Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart

In 1950s Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the Mcgrath sisters have returned home. Lenny, the oldest sister is unmarried and facing dwindling marriage prospects; Meg, the middle sister, has returned after a failed stint in Hollywood and the youngest sister, Babe is out on bail after shooting her husband... 

Berk's Nest Mid-Fest Comedy Special

Berk's Nest Mid-Fest Comedy Special

A spectacular night of comedy to celebrate the middle of the festival from award-winning production company Berk's Nest, featuring festival favourites, the best new acts and special guests... 

Volte Face

Volte Face

An evening of performance in the middle of the afternoon. An electric show about turning things around, all the way round. Characters, lecoq and le music from Funny Women finalist (shorts) and Gilded Balloon's UK Sitcom Trial winner 2016, as seen on BBC Comedy... 

#Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star

#Vile: The Untimely Demise of a Manufactured Pop Star

Satirical pitch-black comedy chronicling the social media-induced breakdown and homecoming of a D-list celebrity. Wound Up Theatre present a one-man show exploring despair, ego, existential loneliness, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and masturbating in an accessible toilet at the Pride of Britain Awards... 

Shakespeare's Big Brother

Shakespeare's Big Brother

Can Hamlet please come into the diary room? You've had regular Big Brother. You've had Celebrity Big Brother. Now, we would like to invite you to Shakespeare's Big Brother. With the finals looming and a huge prize at the end, who will win the public vote and be crowned this year's winner? See all your favorite Shakespeare characters take on the tasks, trials, interviews and the diary room... 

Derailed

Derailed

Merce used to protest in the streets but now she just gets angry on Facebook. Patricia has turned forty and is worried her son will hate her for not making more of a difference. Dan thinks it’s all connected to bees and Thomas… well, Thomas is the only real musician in the show, and guess what 80% of it is? Music... 

Angels in Erotica

Angels in Erotica

Jesus here! Belief in Dad is at an all-time low, but pre-marital sex is at an all-time high. So, He’s trying to rebrand by starring in His very first sex comedy. He’s got poor Cupid traipsing around after some dirty-minded northern girl in this “new universe” he’s created... 

Nick Helm: Masterworks in Progress '17

Nick Helm: Masterworks in Progress '17

After spending two years in the wilderness, international treasure Nick Helm (Dave's Best Joke 2011) crawls his way back from the depths of hell to find the world he once loved has turned to piss and shit... 

Guy Fawkes It Up

Guy Fawkes It Up

'Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot-holes...' Ever wondered what really went wrong under the Houses of Parliament in 1605? Or how one mysterious gentleman and his motley crew nearly changed history with a bang yet ended up with their plans hung, drawn and quartered? Well, we have the answers and, in two words, expect fireworks! Laughing Mirror present... 

Vichy Goings-on

Vichy Goings-on

Following the success of Engels! The Karl Marx Story, RFT return to the Fringe with a brand-new post-truth alternative history comedy caper. 1947: a British agent emerges from the icy wastes of Antarctica with a bar of missing Nazi gold and a curious tale to tell; a tale of fugitive Nazis, the world’s edge and the true fate of President Roosevelt... 

The Importance of Being Frank

The Importance of Being Frank

Wilde's much loved masterpiece gets a 1980s revamp. John Worthing and his egocentric friend Andrew Moncrieff fall in love with two naive girls. However, there's a problem – both girls are adamant they could only ever love a man called Frank... 

Reeling

Reeling

Reeling follows our plucky protagonist, Little Fellow, as he heads to the big city to make something of himself, and winds up in a motion picture studio where he is mistaken for the big-shot director... 

A Joke

A Joke

A new comedy by Dan Freeman starring Sylvester McCoy, Richard Oliver and Robert Picardo. An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a joke... 

Macbeth Kills the Duchess

Macbeth Kills the Duchess

Deep below an English manor house, in which a beloved member of the British royal family sleeps, a young woman is dressed as Shakespeare’s tragic hero Macbeth. Together with a group of friends, enemies and disgruntled employees, she has hatched a plot to murder the Duchess of Chelsea... 

The Addams Family: A New Musical

The Addams Family: A New Musical

The spooky and kooky Addams Family comes to life in this outrageous musical comedy. The father, Gomez, has to come to terms with daughter Wednesday falling in love with a "normal" boy Lucas Beineke... 

Lunch Girls

Lunch Girls

Bee, Dee, Jay and Vee – will they ever do lunch? Dee's a bitch, Jay's in love (but who with?), Dee's got Harry's mother's dodgy wheelchair to deal with, and Bee worries about everything... 

Space Dogs

Space Dogs

Space Dogs is a historical comedy drama set in the early days of the Cold War. It tells the story of Strelka and Belka, two of the first living beings to ever reach outer space and return alive... 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

It's 1956, when men slayed business on the golf course and women had the dinner waiting. Sir John Falstaff is past his prime and down on his luck; his need for quick cash and his gross underestimation of these (not so desperate) housewives has riotous results! Watch as Mistress Page and Mistress Ford exact their revenge through a rousing story of hilarious jealousies and mischievous misunderstandings... 

Re: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Re: A Midsummer Night's Dream

A unique take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from a Russian company dedicated to the Bard. This production sees the play daringly re-imagined without the lovers, centring on the stories of the fairies and Mechanicals... 

The Barista Chronicles

The Barista Chronicles

Coffee is the backbone of modern society. Well, that's what Poppi thinks. But, will she allow the hipster world of the barista to turn her into a twisted bitter wreck, or should she just dive into the melting pot of wisdom her customers comically provide? With every flat white served, Poppi scales the rocky terrain of the human condition, fuelled by caffeine... 

All the King's Women

All the King's Women

The life of Elvis Presley told through 17 women: some enthralled, some appalled, all obsessed! From Tupelo, Mississippi where 12-year-old Elvis wanted a BB gun instead of a guitar, to President Richard Nixon‘s office, from Andy Warhol’s studio to a Graceland guard, this is a touching comedy with a heart, exposing some of the not so famous moments of an infamous life... 

Emerald Boy

Emerald Boy

Emerald Boy – three friends, a police officer and an alien walk into a bar. Not in that order though. Chaos ensues. A dark comedy set to shake the very foundations of the immediately local area... 

Simon Currie's 6plus1

Simon Currie's 6plus1

Simon Currie’s 6plus1 is a band of seven musicians playing New Orleans jazz, mixing in funk, rock and ska styles with two saxes, two trumpets, trombone, tuba and drums. Music is presented with a typical Monty Python, Spike Milligan style of humour with elements of slapstick next to virtuosic playing... 

We Are Not a Muse

We Are Not a Muse

The image of the tortured brooding man, bewitched, bothered and bewildered by some winsome and naïve woman, is long burnt into of literature. Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff has a lot to answer for... 

(More) Moira Monologues

(More) Moira Monologues

Time has not withered Moira Bell, Alan Bissett’s 2009 tribute to the hard-working, hard-playing, straight-talking working class women of Scotland, and Falkirk in particular. In 2017, she’s still arguing with her neighbours (mostly about their noisy sex lives), giving people who disrespect her a piece of her mind, and knocking down any middle class pretentiousness with a single blow... 

I'm Always the Bridesmaid

I'm Always the Bridesmaid

Halfway through David Tsonos’ tedious and rambling show, a former boyfriend, one of the many trotted out as a manifested recollection from the trio of bridesmaids, appears before us with his all-time football score achieved during his childhood... 

City Love

City Love

City Love provides an honest and hard-hitting look at relationships, starting with a chance encounter between two young London professionals on a night bus. Utilising a delicate combination of monologues, narrative and physicality, the two-person cast lead us through the emotional journey of their subsequent relationship... 

Fox and Hound Presents 1 in 2 Chance

Fox and Hound Presents 1 in 2 Chance

As her lead character, Helen Fox explains that one out of every two people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 2 Chance is a new play by Fox exploring what that diagnosis means, not just to the sick person, but to those around her... 

Quarter Life Crisis

Quarter Life Crisis

If you are looking for an unpretentious, heart-warming comedy show at the festival, Quarter Life Crisis is where you will find it. Performed by the loveable and relatable Yolanda Mercy this piece of spoken word comedy tackles an issue many people in their twenties face; the impending doom of adulthood... 

Rhys James: Wiseboy

Rhys James: Wiseboy

I’ve never seen an hour of stand-up with such a high density of laughter points. Rhys James’ sets are tightly crafted, original, and confident. His improvised material flows naturally too, and his criticism of our (many) latecomers hits the mark even with those he is targeting: ‘I’m going to leave you alone now, because it doesn’t seem that you like me, and I’m having problems at work’... 

Jayde Adams is Jayded

Jayde Adams is Jayded

After a bumper month at the Fringe last year Jayde Adams comes to a new venue with her latest comedy offering Jayded. It’s a tale of struggle and strife navigating the pitfalls of humankind’s greatest desire – friendship... 

Tessa Coates: Primates

Tessa Coates: Primates

Putting on a Fringe show is, for any performer, a risky endeavour. Costing almost a year’s supply of time and money, taking chances with the cumulative creative effort of months of work is perhaps something that shouldn’t be accepted or required to create a great Fringe show... 

Angela Barnes: Fortitude

Angela Barnes: Fortitude

After sold out Fringe shows in 2014 and 2015, Angela Barnes is back with a new routine that is, at times, remarkably and worryingly prescient. Especially given the developments in the relationship between the US and North Korea in the last week... 

Fag/Stag

Fag/Stag

Fag/Stag written and performed by Aussie duo Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs, explores what it means to have your best mate by your side when you’re stuck being your worst self... 

Raton Laveur

Raton Laveur

Raton Laveur – meaning raccoon – is an original, bold, black comedy brought to us by Australian theatre company Fairly Lucid Productions, who are making their debut at the Edinburgh Festival this year... 

Trumpus Interruptus: The Impeachment of Donald J Trump

Trumpus Interruptus: The Impeachment of Donald J Trump

A panoply of productions about Brexit, Trump and alt-right politics are gracing this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – Trumpus Interruptus is Mea Culpa Theater’s contribution to the emerging sub-genre... 

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s enduring comedy bubbles with youthful wit. Bapista has two daughters, and he has decreed that the younger, Bianca, cannot marry before her waspish and sharp-tongued sister, Katherina... 

Fate of the Date

Fate of the Date

An interactive comedy where the audience uses simple remote controls to choose what happens next on Rob’s blind date! You decide things like: which girl is best for him? What will his first words be? What will he wear? Will you choose to help poor Rob find true love? Or… humiliate him beyond all measure? It’s up to you! Thousands of possibilities and 11 different endings means a different hysterical adventure every show! 

Alex Salmond... Unleashed

Alex Salmond... Unleashed

A festival of fun, friends and freedom. Join Alex Salmond and friends in an afternoon of chat, stories, a little bit of music and lots of fun. Have you ever wondered what Scotland's longest-serving First Minister really thinks? Well, now’s your chance... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

A year ago he inherited his father's crumbling empire, a run-down chip shop in the east end of Glasgow. The sale for the shop now looms, but Riccardo isn't ready to leave: he has just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records... 

Craig: Deception

Craig: Deception

In a dark, sweaty room on an unusually warm Edinburgh summer day, the odds are already stacked against any act trying to hold an audience’s attention. Today, with polite banter, charmingly fun anecdotes and some deceptively simple tricks, Craig Stephenson does exactly that... 

Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic

Anya Anastasia: Rogue Romantic

There is a woman sprawled across the keys of a grand piano. She rises, sings a song and composes herself in order for her grand introduction. Adelaide’s Anya Anastasia presents herself as a dejected diva and, through original songs and plenty of audience interaction, she’s going to sort out her love life and maybe teach us some lessons along the way... 

Tom and Bunny Save the World

Tom and Bunny Save the World

The novelty musical gets its fair share of traction over the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Fat Rascal Theatre are attempting to stake their claim as rulers of the field. Their other show, Buzz, a musical about vibrators, was a hit at last year’s festival... 

2 Become 1

2 Become 1

2 Become 1 is a standard Jukebox Musical. It has all the elements of a good musical comedy and includes many throwback songs from the 90s of the sort that a young girl might sing along to while brushing her hair and gazing into the mirror... 

Jack Rooke: Happy Hour

Jack Rooke: Happy Hour

Jack Rooke won a scholarship to attend Westminster University to study Journalism. Like all good students, he spent the next three years drinking, dabbling in drugs, dancing and discussing Harry Potter... 

Departure Lounge

Departure Lounge

Set in the airport returning home after a lads’ holiday to Malaga, Departure Lounge takes a look at the fragility of hegemonic masculinity and its effects on teenage life. With an excellent score, beautifully played by guitarist Jazz Bullen, the musical was certainly catchy but somewhat unfulfilling... 

Gilbert and Sullivan's Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge

Gilbert and Sullivan's Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge has, as you might expect from the title, a very specific target audience. That is, anyone who is both a Gilbert and Sullivan devotee and seasoned Fringe-goer... 

Reuben Kaye

Reuben Kaye

Reuben Kaye is a cabaret god; he’ll tell you so himself. Launching himself onto the stage, he’s dressed like a chandelier mated with a Butlin's redcoat (in a good way) with massive eyelashes and ridiculously high heels and he’s come to Edinburgh to cement his place as a superstar... 

Underground Extreme Paranormal Ghost Tour

Underground Extreme Paranormal Ghost Tour

Renowned for being an especially haunted city, Edinburgh has many mysterious secrets lurking beneath the cobbled façade of what we wrongly assume to be ground level. Led through its dark past by an actor in the role of the long-dead James Douglas, Fourth Earl of Morton, we made our way up the Royal Mile – which is a spectacle itself under the explosive remnants of the Military Tattoo’s infamous fireworks... 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

If you feel sceptical about the idea of Macbeth as a comedy for children, let me put your mind at rest. Startlingly, Brave Macbeth is a gleefully funny production – particularly all of the bits you might assume to be too dark... 

The Really Terrible Orchestra

The Really Terrible Orchestra

The RTO has had another successful international tour to add to New York, London, Utrecht and Glasgow. This year we graced Stockholm with our usual gusto. Sweden takes its music seriously so we hope that we added a bit of levity: a new dimension for the music scene... 

Wordplay

Wordplay

A dark comedy about a fag and his hag. No words are off limits between friends. Cut between their work environment and their debate, Jess and Nick, using dark humour (and a lot of naughty words) push the boundaries of their friendship as they question appropriate and appropriated word use within the dynamics of society and each other... 

Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Ouroboros is a chaotic solo show in which a parade of grotesque and darkly comic characters are caught in a comedic catastrophe of egomania, thinspiration, selfie-seminars and vegans who vogue... 

All That Malarkey

All That Malarkey

‘Four dangerously good singers, with a hilarious MC and pianist’ (ThreeWeeks) – All That Malarkey return to the Fringe with an all-new, outrageous music show, flaunting their unique brand of operatic cabaret... 

It Shoulda Been You

It Shoulda Been You

The charming, funny and original musical It Shoulda Been You invites you to a wedding day you'll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does and love pops up in mysterious places... 

Jennaration Y

Jennaration Y

The Millennial generation goes by many names: Echo Boomers, Peter Pan and now, after the millennial star of the show, Jennaration Y. A comedic cabaret that tackles the issues surrounding being a millennial woman today, using sketches, musical parodies, stand-up and improv... 

And For My Next Trick

And For My Next Trick

It’s a fair statement to make that there are both straight-up sceptics and those who actively try to believe when it comes to magic, but the fact still remains that an audience for any show – no matter their magical persuasion – wants to be entertained... 

Catriona Knox: Adorable Deplorable

Catriona Knox: Adorable Deplorable

Behind every great man stands a great woman. And behind some not-so-great men, lurk some absolutely terrible – but curiously admirable - women. This is essentially the hook for Knox’ hour of character comedy, as she introduces us to the not-quite-as-famous partners of politicians and world leaders... 

Just William's Luck

Just William's Luck

Adapting well-loved source material can be a tricky art, but Shedload Theatre have managed to maintain the essence of Richmal Crompton’s Just William stories in this riotous hour of slick and clever theatre that will appeal to children and adults alike... 

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

Before even starting the show, Sara Schaefer has the advantage of a unique perspective. Brought up in the Bible Belt of America and being sent to Christian Camp every year, she has an outlook that is both interesting and hilarious to the British viewer... 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Returning for yet another year at the Fringe Impromptu Shakespeare bring us a fun little romp of an hour, packed a plenty with witty one-liners and every Shakespearean trope under the sun... 

Cross Fit

Cross Fit

Picture Jesus in jelly shoes, sweat bands and a glittery loin cloth performing a fitness class and you have Cross Fit, the bonkers ‘service’ hosted by Jesus L’Oreal Christ and Mary Magdalene... 

The Fungasm Gameshow

The Fungasm Gameshow

Where to start with The Fungasm Game Show? It’s hard to know, when our hosts clearly don’t have a clue either. Whilst fun and chaos often go hand in hand, here it felt like the former was discarded in favour of the latter... 

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

After amazing audiences for two years with groundbreaking Strictly Come Trancing, the Fringe’s first and best hypnotist returns with a brand-new hypnotic experience. Take a Trance on Me invites audience volunteers to be hypnotised live on stage, before re-enacting a range of hilarious hypnosis sketches inspired by the madcap world of Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Super Earth

Super Earth

When two women are dragged into an underground lair while bombs engulf their city, they dream about getting one last chance to see their family, kiss their loved ones, and punch that high school bitch in the tits... 

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Edinburgh's BAFTA-winning comedian returns to the Fringe after a summer narrating ITV2's Love Island and five consecutive sell-out runs. As seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC)... 

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

In her debut show Schaefer employs her vulnerable, whip-smart comedy style to confront her complicated relationship with Jesus, America, and death. In the age of Trump, Sara can't separate the deeply personal from the absurdly political and mines her own life to find answers... 

Jagged Little Singalong

Jagged Little Singalong

It’s the Alanis Morrissette tribute show you never knew you needed. The entire album delivered, in order, from You Oughta Know to Ironic and back again. Equal parts silly and fun, for two nights only, expect an evening of angsty shout-y singalong, musical reinventions, and one or two earnest covers of the alternative album that smashed the charts across the world in 1995... 

Confessions of a Personal Trainer

Confessions of a Personal Trainer

Have you ever wondered how the rich and shameless work out? Katie Kopajtic invites us through the closed golden doors of a luxury New York gym club in Confessions of a Personal Trainer... 

Pip Utton's Greatest Hits

Pip Utton's Greatest Hits

Pip Utton is a veteran of the stage, and of the Edinburgh Festival. This year he returns with Pip Utton’s Greatest Hits performing four of his one-man shows based on famous historical characters in repertoire... 

DIGS

DIGS

DIGS, devised by newly formed company Theatre with Legs, offers insight into how the millennials of ‘Generation Rent’ think about community and belonging. It is a frank, honest portrayal of the both the positive and negative sides of flat sharing; the parties it can result in alongside the ways in which it can affect your wellbeing... 

How to Be a Sissy with Percy Q Shun

How to Be a Sissy with Percy Q Shun

The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight prompts an evening of light-hearted, harmless, 80s-inspired fun. Percy Q Shun delivers four exuberant lessons on how to be the best sissy (homosexual) you can be, interspersed with alter-ego (real life) Brian Haimbach who educated the audience on the prejudice he faced growing up in 1980s conservative South Carolina... 

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Caterham Rep’s adaptation of Ben Jonson’s classic tale The Alchemist is exactly that: don’t expect any surprises here. If you know the play, then this is a nice romp through his well-known Jacobean farce, and if you don’t then you’ll certainly pick up the gist fairly quickly... 

Break Up (We Need to Talk)

Break Up (We Need to Talk)

Five hours is a long time for everyone – it’s a long time for a viewer, it’s a long time for an actor, and it’s a long time to have an excruciating conversation about your relationship with your partner... 

Sixth Night: Shakespeare For Those With Short Attention Spans

Sixth Night: Shakespeare For Those With Short Attention Spans

Where there is Fringe, there is Shakespeare, and Rolling In The Aisle Productions have returned to Edinburgh with a fresh faced, family friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that incites laughter and joy whether you are six years old or 60... 

Oil!

Oil!

This new piece of writing is an enjoyable, silly slice of sitcom, covering the last few days of student life amidst a diverse bunch of friends. Drawing on well-crafted student stereotypes, it is reminiscent of Fresh Meat, and a lot of the humour rests on how unlikely it is, for example, for self-entitled ex-Etonian Oscar and passionate feminist activist Milly to be able to stomach living under the same roof... 

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy

Laurel and Hardy remain the most popular comedy double act of all time, on both sides of the Atlantic. Searchlight are back with their critically acclaimed production which played to full houses last year and gained four and five star reviews... 

Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel: Pheasant Laughter

Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel: Pheasant Laughter

With sell-out shows in 2017 at an all-time high, Kit and McConnel return to the bang-central G&V Hotel with their latest collection: Pheasant Laughter. As ever, topical, sophisticated original songs and improvisation, unencumbered by good taste... 

AcaDemic Two: Cambridge A Capella Returns!

AcaDemic Two: Cambridge A Capella Returns!

'Filled almost to excess with cheesy-rom-com-buckets-of-feel-good, this act put a smile on every face' (TheTab.com). A fun and fabulous afternoon of jazz, soul and pop with the two oldest and best a cappella groups of the University of Cambridge... 

Scribbles

Scribbles

There was something strangely liberating about taking the dark topic of alcoholism and giving it absolutely no reverence. Scribbles take the audience into the surreal world of a woman who drinks too much and is desperate to fit in with the lads at work... 

Reduced Shakespeare Company – William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

Reduced Shakespeare Company – William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

The alternative RSC’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s works might more succinctly be titled Shakespeare: The Pantomime. I don’t mean that as an insult, but as a description of the high energy, irreverent tone of this show... 

Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I'm 50!

Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I'm 50!

The King is back, long live the King. After a couple of years away from the Fringe the self proclaimed, (although no one is arguing with this notion) King of the Fringe is back on familiar territory... 

The OS Map Fan Club

The OS Map Fan Club

Helen Wood delivers a bizarre, amiable love letter to the ordnance survey in The OS Map Fan Club. She is a companionable host, leading us through a virtual romp through the English countryside using her beloved map... 

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

When you're genetically blessed with an unthreatening physique and the voice of Frank Spencer, comedy cannot go much more in your favour. Such is the case for Tom Lucy who, for a 21-year-old, has an excitable confidence, like a lion cub inheriting control of his pack... 

Colin Cloud: Dare

Colin Cloud: Dare

The Fringe is full of mind readers but Colin Cloud’s framing device of presenting his skills as deduction and manipulation creates a whole different feel.It’s a sell-out crowd in Pleasance Grand and the majority seem already convinced from his first moments on stage that, even though this isn’t magic, his abilities transcend normal human reach... 

DROLL

DROLL

Award-winning theatre company Owle Schreame performs a series of very droll ‘drolls’: short, illegal comedies from the 17th century. There are around 30 texts they hope to get through over the course of the festival, and they are the first group to perform some of these rare nuggets of theatrical history in almost 400 years... 

Was it good for you?

Was it good for you?

Navigating the intricacies of a one-night stand can be a tricky social and biological journey. This is the inspiration behind Rosie Harris’s and Luke Smith’s Was It Good For You?, a new play that aims to explore what we think about when we have sex... 

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins

Having developed a strong reputation at the Fringe in previous years, John Robins remains a safe bet for sarcastic, pithy self-loathing, although he seems to have a lost a little of his original bite... 

Lloyd Griffith in:Undated

Lloyd Griffith in:Undated

For a show about a break-up, Lloyd Griffith in:Undated has all the comfortable generosity, grossness and joy of a long-term relationship. Owning the ‘small, chubby bloke’ vibe like – well, like quite a lot of small chubby blokes have actually – Griffith nevertheless stands out from the Edinburgh pack with his hour long narrative of a love lost, carried along by his giggly, affable persona... 

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

It’s very easy to write a story that grabs someone’s attention. It is much more difficult to do something with the attention that it has gotten. That’s sort of the way I feel about The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis... 

Siren

Siren

To be surprised by a show at the Fringe is a rare and wonderful thing. Siren takes us in one direction then knocks us off our feet, making sure we are never sure of where the story is headed next... 

Off the Top!

Off the Top!

A man. A band. Totally unplanned. TV and Broadway veteran Jason Kravits (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drowsy Chaperone) pulls off his most fearless act yet... a completely improvised, completely fictional, completely ridiculous one-man musical cabaret... 

Hans: Mein Camp

Hans: Mein Camp

Certain thoughts are inevitable when you hear the title Hans: Mein Camp, and the chances are they will probably be accurate. Bursting onto the stage adorned in Lycra and communism, Hans will unashamedly take you through an hour-long banquet of unapologetic cabaret-cum-world-dominance, pausing only for you to praise him and his immense talent... 

(FEAR)

(FEAR)

(FEAR) grabs your attention as soon as you enter the venue. Every single detail of the design has been utterly thought out. Large red blocks, spelling FEAR, in capital letters look stunning against a black background... 

Josh Pugh: A Boy Named Pugh

Josh Pugh: A Boy Named Pugh

Having recently won English Comedian of the Year, Josh Pugh has the air of a rising star. He’s confident but not cocky, immediately likeable, and a natural on stage. He introduces his show as a mission to get his life made into a film... 

Egg

Egg

We all know Edinburgh Festival Fringe is filled with bizarre acts and Idea. This is one. Have you ever wondered if eggs have feelings? No me neither. Yet here it is the emotional story of one egg trying to fit into man’s world... 

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman has explored several of the world’s biggest talking points – from evolution to climate change – and now he’s back for more. Ever thought you’d see a TED talk combined with an hour of hip hop improv? No, me neither... 

Lord Dismiss Us

Lord Dismiss Us

Scottish award-winning playwright and novelist Glenn Chandler’s best-known work might be television detective series Taggart, but he also has a string of successful plays and productions to his credit... 

Company

Company

Company, Sondheim’s second Tony Award winner, is a difficult show to get right: it’s disjointed, complex, and built on subject matter that can be uncomfortable to look at. But when it’s done well, it’s a mature, yet still fun exploration of marriage and relationships and a great evening’s entertainment... 

Mars Actually

Mars Actually

Three aliens from Mars, fascinated by all things Earthly. They just want to tell us about life on Mars. And tell us they do, in so many weird and wonderful ways.Superbolt Theatre have another hit on their hands with Mars Actually... 

We Are All Going to Die

We Are All Going to Die

We are all Going to Die is a devised piece by Dead Person Productions. The story follows eight people that are stranded in an Arctic research base. They seem to be looking forward to either starving to death or catching hypothermia... 

The Amorous Ambassador

The Amorous Ambassador

There’s nothing that says 'Edinburgh Festival Fringe' quite like the portrayal of sex on stage: that said, compared with many of the thousands of shows in Edinburgh this August, there’s an genuine old-school innocence about Michael Parker’s The Amorous Ambassador... 

The Future of Desire

The Future of Desire

What is the future of desire? I hoped Neil Frude, a leading lecturer on abnormal psychology, would be able to tell me. Except what happened within this 45-minute talk was two things: I learned about the multitude of condom flavours on the market and fundamentally, that sci-fi TV series Humans on Channel 4, is in fact accurate... 

Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend

Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend

Despite failing to romantically woo Matthew in the front row, who resolutely resisted her bookish clumsiness and snazzy jacket, Rose Matafeo delivers a tour-de-force performance in her second hour at the Fringe... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

Within the last few years, the improvised musical has become a standard of the Fringe, with at least four in Edinburgh this summer. Despite their generic name, The Improv Musical is a relatively new kid on the block, but these students from Warwick University manage to provide an hour of laughs to rival some of the professional companies... 

Performers

Performers

One figure doesn’t appear in Performers, Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh’s new play inspired by some of the behind-the-scenes stories surrounding the making of 1970 cult film Performance—in which a London gangster (James Fox) hides out within the mansion of a former rock star (Mick Jagger), with all the cultural clashes you’d expect when different social worlds and ideas of masculinity run into each other towards the close of the “Swinging Sixties”... 

Todd & God

Todd & God

Uplifting, fast-paced and heart-warming, Todd & God tells the tale of how God selected an atheist as her chosen one. Richard Marsh, writer of this piece of comic storytelling, also plays the role of Todd within the play... 

Seven Crazy Bitches

Seven Crazy Bitches

Shakespeare may have had his seven ages of man but Holly Morgan presents the seven ages of (wo)man in Seven Crazy Bitches, a ‘standing up cabaret’ or ‘standaret’ performance with silly wigs, singing and the answer to her question, how many twopenny coins could one of her ex boyfriends fit under his foreskin?Morgan pins a diva on each age of womanhood – matching Shakespeare stage for stage – from childhood represented by the Virgin Mary to Shirley Bassey as the older woman... 

That’s Life on Lisgar

That’s Life on Lisgar

That’s Life on Lisgar is a story of family fissures and the intimate workings of life as a daughter of a Portuguese family in Canada. Based on the small and quirky world of Lisgar Street in the Little Portugal area of Toronto, Kayla Subica takes you back to her childhood and her quest to reunite with her estranged grandma... 

Wolf Meat

Wolf Meat

Grandma is a drug dealer. Her grandson appears to be very special and her granddaughter regularly takes medication, seemingly to stop her eyeballs rolling out of her head. There’s also a copper who seems dead set on taking Grandma ‘downtown’... 

The Jurassic Parks

The Jurassic Parks

Superbolt Theatre’s The Jurassic Parks is ridiculous; in the best way possible. The Park family are showing Jurassic Park in memory of their mum. She died last year, and they’re showing the film at the local community centre for a memoriam... 

Goodbear

Goodbear

As their hotel receptionist alter-egos, Henry Perryment and Joe Barnes help us check into The Hotel Après Vie for an hour of horror movie-themed entertainment.There’s a lot to like about the duo from the off as they battle through a raging storm in the guise of two non-British travellers, finding themselves at the door of some mysterious residence... 

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society chats with comedians at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider their career highs and lows and what they would do differently... 

Slash Theatre: The Room in the Elephant

Slash Theatre: The Room in the Elephant

We like to think of it as a 'daring exposé revealing the state of contemporary masculinity in a post-feminist milieu’. Total Theatre seem to think it's ‘Comedy gold... full of surprises’ with an ending that's ‘a total hoot’... 

Flesh and Bone

Flesh and Bone

Imagine William Shakespeare wrote Attack the Block and you get Flesh and Bone, a tale of an East London tower block and it’s residents. We learn their stories as they finally get a voice... 

[title of show]

[title of show]

The ambiguity and space for misunderstanding in [title of show]’s name and concept are such that it is entirely possible it could put audience members off, but the University of Nottingham’s new production was sold out when I went along... 

Lipstick and Scones

Lipstick and Scones

Venture Wolf’s production of Lipstick and Scones is a combination of familial drama and comedy that raises questions about love, identity and relationships.This 45 minute discourse at theSpace on the Mile’s stage follows the conflicts and encounters of three sisters who are reunited for the eldest’s fourth engagement that year... 

Sisters: White Noise

Sisters: White Noise

In their Fringe debut comedy hour Sisters hit the ground running with a fast paced, intensely dark and gut bustingly funny show of sketches, skits, and more jokes about live streaming than you thought were possible... 

The Listies Make You LOL

The Listies Make You LOL

Back after last year’s fantastic show, the Listies are just as wonderfully ridiculous as ever. Playing to a packed room of children, Matt Kelly and Rich Higgins are still two besties having a great time... 

Hopeless

Hopeless

Hopeless goes back to Leyla Josephine's roots as one of the most interesting young spoken word artists in Scotland.Leyla is the previous U.K. Hammer & Tongue Slam Champion as well as becoming a viral sensation with her video I Think She Was a She... 

TUTU: Dance in All Its Glory

TUTU: Dance in All Its Glory

The dance world can sometimes take itself a little too seriously, it often seems to be too caught up in technical comparisons to just enjoy itself, however, Chicos Mambo is the opposite of that notion... 

The Humours of Bandon

The Humours of Bandon

This show is a delight. Storytelling with a tiny bit of dance taking us behind the scenes of the competition world of Irish dancing. Produced by Fishamble, Dublin’s New Writing theatre, which brought the five star Underneath to Edinburgh in2015, The Humours of Bandon is equally knock-out and Margaret McAuliffe, the writer and performer is a star... 

The Lady Boys of Bangkok – Who Runs the World Tour

The Lady Boys of Bangkok – Who Runs the World Tour

Glamour, glitter and girls - The Lady Boys of Bangkok is a fabulous collection of performers who lip sync and dance to feel good songs opening with Gloria Gaynor’s First Be A Woman and whirling through fantastic numbers including music from Rihanna, Tina Turner, and the soundtrack to Chicago... 

Sean Patton: Number One

Sean Patton: Number One

Flatulence, fornication and filth; Sean Patton brings his show Number One to Edinburgh armed with a New Orleans attitude and an unashamed subject matter of all things vulgar and bodily... 

The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2017: Dream Sequence

The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2017: Dream Sequence

When an Edinburgh Fringe virgin asks a seasoned Fringe-lover (that’s me, by the way) for show recommendations there are a number of shows I always highlight before reviews have even started rolling in – the Cambridge Footlights tour is always one of them... 

Once Were Pirates

Once Were Pirates

The set of this play included a fish tank with a small toy fish that swam around in it. At one point this fish became stuck on a piece of plastic seaweed and struggled to continue on its journey... 

Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

Spies Like Us Theatre’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel is, quite simply, a joy. I’ve rarely seen physical theatre done this seamlessly, and I’ve rarely laughed so consistently for an hour-long show... 

Cradle to Coffin

Cradle to Coffin

One man's journeys from cradle to coffin. Age 30, male, looking for love, money and spiritual guidance. Please swipe right.  

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

After amazing audiences for two years with groundbreaking Strictly Come Trancing, the Fringe’s first and best hypnotist returns with a brand-new hypnotic experience. Take a Trance on Me invites audience volunteers to be hypnotised live on stage, before re-enacting a range of hilarious hypnosis sketches inspired by the madcap world of Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

The British Idles

The British Idles

Alcohol, drugs, zero-hour contracts and love triangles befall this bunch of misfits, who desperately search for a way out. Watch as relationships fall apart amidst the political and social storm ignited in Britain... 

Improbable Fiction

Improbable Fiction

A sharp, zany, imaginative comedy from the pen of the prolific award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Six aspiring members of the Pendon Writers’ Circle gather at the home of their chairman, Arnold, on a winter’s evening to discuss their work... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

Six teenagers communicate anonymously and only through the internet. This chilling premise makes for a laugh-out-loud, compelling but ultimately uplifting play that tackles the issues of teenage life head-on... 

The Bakewell Bake Off

The Bakewell Bake Off

Take eight eager contestants, three feuding judges and one bewildered host and mix together in a small village. Add the pressure of a baking competition, and you've got a recipe for a hilarious musical comedy! The small English village of Bakewell is holding its annual baking competition and the eclectic and eccentric group of contestants are each hoping that their baking skills will impress the judges... 

The Sound of Extras

The Sound of Extras

Ever thought what it was like to be in the most famous film musical of all time? Ponder no further. Don your lederhosen, grab a lonely goatherd and make your way to the Austrian alps... 

Dahling, You Were Marvellous

Dahling, You Were Marvellous

Set in the venue's bar, immerse yourself in Berkoff's biting parody of the world of theatre which pokes fun at the pretensions of thespians and the superficial nature of their lifestyle... 

Saltire

Saltire

Scottish song, music and comedy at its finest. Alex Hodgson (vocals, guitar) and David Vernon (accordion) are master entertainers, having recently completed their third tour of New Zealand, which included TV appearances and a Scottish Tattoo performance in Christchurch... 

Volpone

Volpone

He's dying to get rich... With the aid of his servant, Mosca, Volpone convinces the wealthy citizens of Venice that he is on his deathbed, prompting them to shower him with gifts in order to become his sole heir... 

Dying to See You

Dying to See You

Two halves of a long-dead acting duo meet again for a sarcastic and witty reunion. You will be left laughing and crying in equal measure before the curtains close on this true tragic comedy. 

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!

Sondheim’s fast-paced lyrics are hard to perform well, even for an experienced Broadway star, and it is rare that I have seen an amateur production that manages to do him justice... 

Brexit the Musical

Brexit the Musical

How many times in the past year can you say that you felt genuinely sorry for Michael Gove? Or that you felt goose-bumps (the good kind!) when you heard Theresa May speak? Or perhaps you just REALLY wanted to see Boris Johnson do a show number? (Who doesn’t?) Well, luckily, Brexit the Musical will give you all those opportunities and more... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

A morning staple of the festival Fringe, Shakespeare for Breakfast (with its customary coffee and croissant) has provided a fun twist on the Bard’s classics at C venues for over 25 years... 

MANWATCHING

MANWATCHING

Manwatching is a monologue written by an anonymous woman to be performed by a famous comedian. The comedian has to be a man, is different every night and is handed the script in a sealed envelope, having never seen it before... 

Indie as F*ck

Indie as F*ck

In a similar way to eating your mum’s homemade soup, sometimes the charm of a show can outweigh the actual content. This group of young performers from Pinched Theatre Co. can only be described as unquestionably charming and easy to watch... 

Staging Wittgenstein

Staging Wittgenstein

Staging Wittgenstein is a difficult production to categorise. Part physical theatre, part academic discourse, part comedy and perhaps even part sculpture; this innovative work of art by Blair Simmons is a truly remarkable creative feat... 

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never Be Caught

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never Be Caught

You don’t need to be a hippo expert to help Dr Zieffal and Dr Ziegal catch a hippo in Edinburgh – all you need are the right tools and to keep your eyes peeled! The Hippo that Can Never be Caught teaches us all the different techniques you might need to spot your own hippo in the wilderness of Edinburgh as Dr Zieffal brings us along on her journey to catch one, showing us every step that needs to be taken to prepare for a sighting!Zieffal is a hippo-enthusiast, and by the end of the show, you will be too... 

Museum

Museum

Through refreshing and unexpected comedy, Museum by Tina Howe explores the humanity that connects each of us as we journey through our vastly different and unpredictable lives. 

Noose Women

Noose Women

Just how low can reality TV go? When sinister American cult leader Chuck pitches a gruesome dating show with death as the ultimate prize, a couple of desperate television producers start salivating... 

Fest on Forth

Fest on Forth

With a complimentary cocktail on arrival, catch the very best of the Fringe with a hand-picked selection of this year’s top performers. Once again, Harvey Nichols have a fantastic line-up of comedy and cabaret taking place every Sunday evening in August, featuring four acts who will exhilarate and entertain to make this the best place to spend your Sunday evening... 

Doig the Musical, With No Singing, No Dancing and Very Little Music

Doig the Musical, With No Singing, No Dancing and Very Little Music

Doig, a disgraced businessmen, has fallen into despair. Hiding from his failures and the world at large, he occupies his sister Daisy’s spare room, but even she has had enough of him... 

The Gin Chronicles at Sea

The Gin Chronicles at Sea

Interrupt the Routine returns as 1940s radio group The Misfits of London for another highly enjoyable adventure of The Gin Chronicles.This year’s instalment is The Gin Chronicles at Sea, where protagonists John Jobling and Doris Golightly set off on an Atlantic cruise to take a break from their amateur detective escapades... 

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

This acclaimed show from award-winning Australian theatre company Sisters Grimm clearly aims to put the “lion” back in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, through a startlingly amusing, messy and self-aware tale of a wild girl—raised, from the age of four, within a leonine pride in the heart of Borneo—who is captured by explorers and brought to 19th century Holland where one of the leading neuroscientists of the day attempts to “civilise” her... 

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

“Manuel, please sit the guests down,” from the very first sentence, you know this is not going to be any ordinary evening meal – and I’m already clutching my glass of wine, fearful of it being spilt down my dress... 

Communism: The Musical!

Communism: The Musical!

If you are hoping to find your comrades in arms and chant the internationale alongside like-minded people I regret to inform you that you will be disappointed. If, however, you are looking to be entertained with borderline dad jokes and vague references to historical events, you, my friend, are in for a treat... 

Sarah, Sky and Seven Other Guys

Sarah, Sky and Seven Other Guys

“Ah yes. We loved Streisand.” It’s just one brief line in this new play from Liver and Lung Productions, but it’s fully representative of the script’s nuanced, aching understanding of human relationships of all orientations, in what (initially at least) appears very much to be a light-hearted stagger through the clichéd straight woman and her gay best friend scenario—you know, the one that will only end when one of them gets a boyfriend... 

A Hundred Different Words for Love

A Hundred Different Words for Love

"I'm aware there isn't much art made about love, so I thought I'd nip in and nail the definitive article before anyone else could."So jokes James Rowland, the one-man wonder behind last year's spellbinding Team Viking, an ode to a lost friend and their final request for a Viking funeral... 

Swan Bake

Swan Bake

Swan Bake is a riotously trippy and acerbically funny show. Bell, ballerina and drug addict, lives with her girlfriend Maria, nun and drug addict, rent-free with the sinister Father Rupert, bishop and soon-to-be drug addict... 

The Singing Psychic Game Show

The Singing Psychic Game Show

The Singing Psychic returns! Best Show, Funny Women 2016 nominee. Spookily accurate (if bonkers) audience readings, songs, 70s team games and prizes! Embrace the mystical mystery of The Singing Psychic as she "reads" the songs in your heart! Touring highlights include sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016 run (extra shows by popular demand) and BRIT Awards official after-party... 

Rightly or Wrongly, for Better or Worse, the Fact Is This Is Tom Little

Rightly or Wrongly, for Better or Worse, the Fact Is This Is Tom Little

Tom Little won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2015, was a BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist, and performed in both the Pleasance Comedy Reserve and Just the Tonic's Big Value showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe... 

A Glass of Nothing

A Glass of Nothing

Frumpy, single and jobless? What else can a twenty-something woman do but gulp a bittersweet glass of nothing? Fizzing with dark comedy, Beth transforms into the world’s most desirable woman, able to woo the perfect partner and brainstorm her way into a glamorous job in advertising... 

Lee Hathaway: The MagDaddy – Free

Lee Hathaway: The MagDaddy – Free

The man who fooled Penn & Teller hits the Edinburgh Festival to assert himself as the pimp among magicians – or so he thinks! With over 20 years of experience as a professional magician, TV talent shows, the Youtube generation and media-whore celebrities are in all the firing line as Lee lets rip on the state of magic in the UK today and lets you in on some of the real secrets behind the façade... 

Instant Sunshine

Instant Sunshine

Instant Sunshine is a unique musical comedy team that has been entertaining audiences for years with their particular blend of humorous, witty songs and hilarious routines. They take a sideways look at everyday life in a beguiling and very funny style all their own... 

Death High

Death High

Sexy teens. An international high school. Mysterious deaths. Brexit. When a new girl starts at Sexiteen High School, her classmates start dropping like flies. Has her presence set off a deadly turn of events, or has a higher power been waiting for this opportune moment? Puberty can be tough, but surviving high school can be murder... 

Class Mates

Class Mates

Take one community centre, three evening classes, six skill-seekers and then stand back! Night class-aholic Karen and newly separated daughter Izzy tackle Zumba. Underprepared dad-to-be Zack meets overprepared Marla in antenatal class... 

Matt Panesh – Freedom...!

Matt Panesh – Freedom...!

New show. New characters-ish. 'Funny, filthy, furious. Dominates the stage' (Jersey Evening Post). 'If he was a musician he'd be Billy Bragg' (Venue Magazine). Winner, ThreeWeeks Editors Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014. 

Dada Surrealist Cookbook

Dada Surrealist Cookbook

The art of Dada and Surrealism, an ironic, aesthetic cookbook of sweet and savoury ideas overdue a witty theatrical dramatisation. Minted Kidology experiments with a recipe of delights to awaken an appetite for revolutionary art... 

Magic and Mayhem: Magic That Isn't Shit!

Magic and Mayhem: Magic That Isn't Shit!

Come join us for an afternoon of amazing stunts, mind reading, stand-up comedy and magic that isn't shit! 'The Detective' Ben Cardall (Sherlockian) will reveal your inner thoughts and the contents of your pocket and 'The Comedian' Phil Knoxville (SCIN) is the stand-up magician with the twisted skills to pay the bills and a fully fledged licence to rock. 

Flashback

Flashback

Fitness has changed over the last four decades. Let me take you back to the start of the 80s when the leotards were tight, hair was big and fitness was about to take off in a big way with the start of the VHS video, and then YouTube... 

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

After amazing audiences for two years with groundbreaking Strictly Come Trancing, the Fringe’s first and best hypnotist returns with a brand-new hypnotic experience. Take a Trance on Me invites audience volunteers to be hypnotised live on stage, before re-enacting a range of hilarious hypnosis sketches inspired by the madcap world of Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

The Boor (Peking Opera)

The Boor (Peking Opera)

Adapted from Anton Chekhov’s comedy. The sudden loss of her husband left her mourning, in tears, for months. She has isolated herself from the world ever since. One day, a sudden burst of knocks followed by a man’s voice changes everything... 

Trash Test Dummies

Trash Test Dummies

Everyone put your bins out! Trash Test Dummies are back in Edinburgh! This side-splitting, slapstick comedy circus show delivers a dump truck of hilarity! Winners of Best Children's Presentation at Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises... 

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

Gordon and Paul are classic slackers and up until now their lives have consisted of dodgy deals, shady characters, and daytime television. But the theft of a bag of high purity heroin from their psychotic neighbour – drug supplier and all-round nutjob Benjy – throws the boys’ lives into turmoil... 

The New Maths Magic Show

The New Maths Magic Show

The sequel to last year’s full house show. Experience and learn new mathematical magic tricks. Jason Davison, a Mathemagician, is on a quest to help you appreciate maths in a whole new way... 

Griffin and Jones: Homemade Miracles

Griffin and Jones: Homemade Miracles

The Pioneers of Slapdash Magic are back for a third year at the Fringe, with a brand new show! Expect illusions, death-defying stunts and magical life hacks, all from the jumbled, confused minds of your favourite professional idiots... 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Actors from the US, UK and Germany present this theatrical tour de force by Pulitzer winner Stephen Adly Guirgis that makes a case for the redemption of history's most famous betrayer... 

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Variety! Comedy! Magic! A Psychic Duck! Join Ada Campe for a show about spirit waterfowl, wonderful women and a fairground mystery that occured on the Welsh coast many moons ago… ‘Resembles an unhinged super-villain’ (DIVA)... 

Dommy B Presents...

Dommy B Presents...

Award-winning, high-energy storyteller Dommy B returns for his fourth consecutive Fringe with magical tales of monsters and mayhem! ‘Really very inspiring. I love the seriousness and the humour (Benjamin Zephaniah)... 

The Full Irish

The Full Irish

The increasingly annual Full Irish is fun in the morning with "Irish" comics. There will be "food" served. This is Irish as redefined by your host Chris O'Neill. 

No Rest for the Lizard

No Rest for the Lizard

Gecko returns to the Fringe with his playful songs about life's big things. He's appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Scotland with Janice Forsyth... 

The Card Players With Kane & Abel

The Card Players With Kane & Abel

Comedy conjurors Kane & Abel invite you to join them for an evening of close-up magic, comedy and silly stunts. This show promises to be the most intimate magic show at this year’s Fringe, allowing you to watch the magic at close quarters... 

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

Twelve full-house Edinburgh Fringe runs. Two national tours. One TV special. Arrive early to avoid crushing disappointment. ‘Ninja Wizard’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Completely f*cking awesome' **** (Skinny)... 

Cheeks

Cheeks

Lady Elizabeth is a reclusive artist. You're the first people she's seen in years – and you're a complete disappointment! No one is safe in this weapons-grade comedy, where everything is up for grabs – except her pussy... 

Diary

Diary

A man reads his diary. 

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Magic Faraway Cabaret

Always packed, this ‘fab lil' cabaret party’ (Time Out) returns for its sixth year. Magic, variety, burlesque and sideshow acts are gift-wrapped by guest host Ada Campe – ‘very, very funny’ (Edinburgh Magic Circle)... 

Breaking the Magicians' Code With Kane & Abel

Breaking the Magicians' Code With Kane & Abel

Following last year's smash-hit, these anarchic twin tricksters return to break more rules of the Magicians' Code of Conduct. Codes set to be broken include never reveal how a trick is done, never perform with liquids, never perform anything dangerous, never perform with animals, never perform when people are eating, never order 10,000 t-shirts to promote your show and never recreate your birth through the art of escapology... 

Nerdf*cker: a solo play with bad boundaries

Nerdf*cker: a solo play with bad boundaries

Cameryn Moore has made a name for herself as one of the Fringe’s great taboo busters, especially on the subject of sex. Nerdf*cker, like her previous Fringe show Phone Whore, deals with unconventional desires in a refreshingly frank manner whilst also tackling the thornier issues of the commodification of desire and the exploitation of women in sexual environments... 

Douze

Douze

This show is dumb. Beyond dumb. It’s basically half improvised, and rehashes the same joke so many times over it’s ridiculous. But goddamn if that one joke isn’t so funny. Eurovision is an inherently ridiculous concept, which seems rife for ridicule, but if you think about it, it’s hard to highlight the ridiculous nature of Eurovision unless you go at it from the outside... 

Yayapa

Yayapa

After huge success in China, highly popular Oxygen Media brings Yayapa, a show for children to learn Chinese history and culture, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Time travel elements combined with ancient philosophical conflicts... 

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge Is Power

Anna and Kathy were best friends. Now they never speak. Em and Kay sit in a dark room, interrogated by an unseen presence. What have they done? Who do they work for? Are the four connected? What exactly is The Event? Do you care? No... 

Balloonatics

Balloonatics

Please note: This show has been moved to a 10:30 timeslot. Scottish comedian Chris Henry brings his hit kids show, Balloonatics, to Edinburgh as part of his world tour. A guaranteed chaos-filled, fun-packed hour of inflatable buffoonery, with never a dull moment for parent or child... 

Service!

Service!

Live sitcom from writer of Edinburgh Fringe hit Adrift. A power vacuum of biblical magnitude has opened up in the restaurant of a four star hotel. Each member of the service staff will hatch despicable schemes against the others in an epic battle to become restaurant manager... 

The Audio Tour of the Fringe

The Audio Tour of the Fringe

An immersive audio tour of the Festival Fringe – featuring interviews about its history with many Fringe comedy legends as you walk through the chaos and fun of the 2017 Fringe. Find out where Simon Munnery got arrested, where Arthur Smith Freed Nelson Mandela, where Tony Law almost got busted and many, many more interesting and location based curios. 

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

When a double murder reunites the classmates of St Elizabeth's Primary School, scores are settled, debts repaid and alliances forged. Twenty years have passed but will those bonds still hold fast? This hilarious Scottish black comedy, adapted from Christopher Brookmyre's novel, takes a nostalgic look at school days, filled with psycho teachers, class jokers and playground feuds... 

Devlin's Daily

Devlin's Daily

Devlin's Daily is back! 'Dark but delicious' (Scotsman) Bruce Devlin does what he does best: chat! In luxurious surroundings, let Bruce guide you through the Edinburgh Fringe with his flair for light chat and no fear to ask the questions other chat shows won't! You'll see why the greats of the entertainment industry have come to see this show... 

Whodidit?

Whodidit?

A spate of violent murders occur at the Darling's charming country house. Will an innuendo obsessed inspector be able to solve the mystery in this hilarious satire? What is the wheelchair-bound octogenarian hiding under his blanket? And is the Inspector the ugliest man who ever lived? Come to the LUDS production of Whodidit? to find out answers to all these questions and more. 

Wedding Fever

Wedding Fever

Join Edinburgh People’s Theatre and celebrate their 60th Fringe with Sam Cree's hilarious comedy, Wedding Fever. The play tells the story of a quiet man who works hard on the railway to follow his love of football... 

Supper Club at Checkpoint

Supper Club at Checkpoint

The glitz, the glamour, the good times. Edinburgh's finest cabaret stars line up late-night at Checkpoint. Handpicked gems from across the festivals come together to create some of the most exciting and memory-making shows you can find... 

Forth on the Fringe

Forth on the Fringe

Now in its tenth year, Forth on the Fringe is the largest showcase event of Fringe entertainment available at this year's festival. Featuring a selection of some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment hosted by Forth 1's breakfast show hosts, Boogie and Arlene... 

Pibroch Tales

Pibroch Tales

Two men enter a forest… Fear meets mythical creature and strange happenings ensue. A vibrant blend of bagpipe music, storytelling, dance and comedy amid sharp-humoured interaction with the audience... 

The Cynical Martian

The Cynical Martian

When a Martian observation pilot and his ship crash lands in the backyard of a redneck Texan's home, hilarity ensues as they work to re-establish contact with the pilot's mother ship and keep the government at bay... 

WMD Makes Everything Better

WMD Makes Everything Better

We all have problems in life. Some bigger than others. It's easy to feel lost, defeated. Fortunately, WMD Makes Everything Better. Bringing their unique brand of sketch-based comedy from screen to stage, WMD Comedy have an all-new show packed with impossible situations, incredible images, and an unrelenting stream of logic-bending scenarios... 

Electric Cabaret

Electric Cabaret

The alternative late-night Fringe experience returns. A blend of comedy, circus, burlesque, bands, jazz and specialty acts from across the Fringe, followed by retro mix DJ for dancing and schmoozing... 

Junk in His Trunk

Junk in His Trunk

Eddie's attic's a mess, junk all over the place, in need of a vacuum, There’s one on his face. A barrel of laughs, a whole heap of fun, for kids of all ages, even your Mum! Join Sam and Millie, as they tell you the story, of the mess in the loft, there's nothing too gory... 

My Fanny Valentine

My Fanny Valentine

Megan was looking forward to her hot date with a doctor. Imagine her disappointment at discovering she’d inadvertently booked an appointment with a gynaecologist. An eclectic mix of music, comedy, storytelling and cabaret... 

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids

'Nish Kumar, James Acaster, Tom Allen and Bec Hill are among the big-name comics giving up an hour of their time to bring comedy to the juvenile masses; an inspired idea, and it's almost always of equal delight for parents too' (Telegraph)... 

The Unaccompanied Minor

The Unaccompanied Minor

A comedy for anyone who's been single, and then got someone pregnant. When a father finds out his son's mother is attempting to take his son to Texas – Dad Goes Rogue. A hit comedy about sucking tits, and science fair projects... 

Vive La Variete

Vive La Variete

Vaudeville, comedy and cabaret are all on the menu in a five-star feast of first-rate fun. Vive La Variete gathers performers from all around the world to create a dazzling spectacle that is guaranteed to entertain and never fails to please... 

Leaf

Leaf

Mark is a chemical engineer. He loves chess. He lives with his mum. A teaching assistant has had it up to here with her own conscience. A caretaker grows tired of childrens' vomit. Leaf is quite possibly the theatrical spawn of Monty Python and the Mighty Boosh... 

Joy Donze: 13 and Not Pregnant

Joy Donze: 13 and Not Pregnant

Winner Best Comedy at United Solo Festival New York 2016. A one-woman show that is 'hilariously poignant and shockingly honest!' (Karen Ludwig). With 90s musical dance tantrums, heartbreaking journal entries and the severing of dolls' heads, 13 and Not Pregnant presents the aggressively hormonal writings of a Midwestern US 90s pre-teen as she navigates her erratically evolving girlhood... 

Illicit Thrill: Tits, Tease and Ten Pound Notes

Illicit Thrill: Tits, Tease and Ten Pound Notes

The Fringe’s shadiest nightspot, the Illicit Thrill is back in the stripteasing business. Housemistress Gypsy 'Fur Coat No Knickers' Charms and trusty sidekick Savannah 'Best Butt in the Business' Duvall will guide punters through the bump'n'grindy world of tits, tease and ten pound notes... 

Death Part 7: The Last Word

Death Part 7: The Last Word

You'll die laughing at this outrageous show about the thing we all have in common. With personal stories and killer songs, this show has been slaying audiences in New York City and is now making its European debut... 

Doktor James' Akademy of Evil

Doktor James' Akademy of Evil

Doktor James is sick of living at home and not being taken seriously as a super villain. He is really, really naughty and he just wants to beat his superhero brother and take over the world... 

The Truth

The Truth

By Andrew St Clair James. Truth boxes are delivered around the world. What Truth is inside? Should they be opened? Would you want anyone to know your truth? 

The Curious Savage

The Curious Savage

The Curious Savage is a timeless American comedy about sanity, family and money. Laughter, love and discovery abound in the quirky world of Mrs. Savage.  

In Pieces

In Pieces

Harry awakes one morning in the worst possible way – with a head-shattering hangover. With no memory whatsoever of the night before, he sets out on a mission to piece together how he got into such a sorry state... 

Somebody Catch My Homework

Somebody Catch My Homework

Samantha has just moved into town and is looking forward to her first day of fourth grade, when her cat, Corky, runs away from home. Glumly, Samantha makes her way to school, meeting her quirky and loveable classmates along the way... 

Space Rocket Oddity Man

Space Rocket Oddity Man

Floating in deep space, an astronaut pleads with his lover to let him back in the airlock. She feels the relationship is going nowhere, and as the ship's navigational computer, this is a problem... 

Grumpy Pants

Grumpy Pants

All the way from Spain, Grumpy Pants is a hilarious show for the whole family. Mr Vita will delight audiences of all ages with his perfectly crafted juggling routines, physical comedy and fork throwing! Grumpy Pants invites the audience into an eccentric and intimate world where everyday objects are brought to life in non-traditional juggling routines and the fourth wall is broken from beginning to end; the audience being part of the show from the moment they enter... 

Cold Fronts and Hot Flushes: The Short Stories of Kevin Spacey

Cold Fronts and Hot Flushes: The Short Stories of Kevin Spacey

A ghostwriter and his best friend work tirelessly to create the greatest book ever written. A book of short stories about love, religion, friendship and spiders. Except, they didn't write a single word... 

God Ltd

God Ltd

10th anniversary at the Festival Fringe, four-star reviews and sell-out shows! This year STAG is returning to the Fringe to present the completely original play: God Ltd. Sunday. God's day of rest, when he leaves his three trusty angels in charge of answering prayers... 

Up Periscope

Up Periscope

Edinburgh local chats utter nonsense to a bunch of random strangers on the internet... Anything could happen, it's up to you! Stories based around my experience with Periscope over the past year: tales of stalkers, friendships and finally... 

Theresa di Maggio

Theresa di Maggio

Theresa is a woman of the Italian high society, married to a respectable husband and lost in a betrayal that initially seems to bring a breath of fresh air to the solitude she has always lived in... 

1 Singular Sensation

1 Singular Sensation

Nick Cassenbaum’s brand new absurd comedy takes a sideways look at the fake news world. A cast of 18 young actors present a ridiculous, satirical vision of contemporary society – vapid, vacuous and vain... 

All KIDding Aside

All KIDding Aside

From four time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and creator of Fringe Hit ONEymoon (***** Victoria Times Colonist ). Time is running out, a life altering decision teeters before you… and you’re on the fence! Through thoughtful and funny observations, while awaiting a pregnancy test, Bartelse shares her fears about becoming a mother, a possibility that comes as a surprise after years of thinking she was infertile... 

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

Danny has an interview for his dream job as a football reporter at The Times – he just hasn’t told them he’s deaf. Now he has a week to prove himself. A story about the power of language and the struggle to be heard. 

Clitorosity, Cocktastrophes and Other Things You Can't Get Your Mouth Around

Clitorosity, Cocktastrophes and Other Things You Can't Get Your Mouth Around

When a man and a woman… or a woman and a woman… or a man and a man… or any combination really, love each other very much, they come together – well, not always together. That can be problematic... 

100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace

100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace

Following the accident, Kat’s struggling with the basics of everyday life. Could some unusual visitors help? A comedic and imaginative take on the realigning of one person’s mind... 

Like Blood From a Cheap Cigar

Like Blood From a Cheap Cigar

Like Blood From a Cheap Cigar is a personal glimpse inside the intense, damaged relationship between George, a past-his-prime bad boy and Margo, his pretty, significantly younger girlfriend who's been driven to the brink of insanity by her irrational love for him... 

All Cashed In

All Cashed In

From Memphis to Folsom Prison to… Glasgow? This unusual story unfolds with the familiar calm bass baritone, crooning Walk the Line. We meet Greg Moncur, a young Glaswegian who believes he shares a special link with Johnny Cash... 

Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret

Everybody has a dirty little secret. Whether yours is a metaphorical skeleton in the closet or a full-on body in the basement, this is the place for you to spill the tea anonymously in an evening of music, comedy, glitter and unrestrained campery... 

An Extract from Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play

An Extract from Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play

A darkly comic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In Victorian England, repressed impulses burst their corsets as Dr Jekyll's experiments in the nature of evil threaten to reveal the bloody hands beneath the gloves of the British Empire... 

Wrecked

Wrecked

Based on The Tempest, Wrecked is an absurd political satire chronicling two days in the lives of six pirates and one dead parrot, shipwrecked on a tropical island. When there is no longer an authority to rebel against, these buffoonish buccaneers turn on one another, each vying for power... 

A Tutti Frutti Cabaret / PBH's Free Fringe

A Tutti Frutti Cabaret / PBH's Free Fringe

Tragic diva Glenda Campari (Nina Baldini) has travelled the world, searching for her favourite fierce females for this world premiere cabaret. She’s assembled a fruity international menu of hilarious women for a juicy variety show you will not forget... 

Mopey the Clown

Mopey the Clown

Mopey is a severely anxious adolescent whose isolation is manifested visually as a clown. In a hyper-gendered, caricaturistic and garish world, he attempts to emulate the stereotypical man through a series of fruitless endeavours... 

Play On!

Play On!

Play On! is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong, does... 

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine be able to raise the needed "bees and honey" in time and avoid doing porridge? A madcap merging of the classic porridge-thieving fairy tale with Guy Ritchie's cult cockney caper to create something new, exciting, smart and very, very funny! 'A side-splitting affair... 

The Last Emperor of Mexico

The Last Emperor of Mexico

A historical comedy exploring the life of Maximilian I, the last emperor of Mexico. Maximilian I has recently been declared the emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III. But, his administration soon comes under attack by the revolutionary Benito Juarez... 

Tomfoolery's Beans on Toast Kids Show

Tomfoolery's Beans on Toast Kids Show

Following on from his hugely successful tour in the south of England, Tomfoolery has revamped and re-toasted his action-packed Beans on Toast show for his Edinburgh Fringe debut! Bursting with magic, silliness, music and much more, Beans on Toast is sure to be a hit with all the family, young and old! This award-winning entertainer has performed many shows to sell-out crowds, including Tomfoolery Saves Christmas and Christmas Foolery... 

The Birds

The Birds

The Birds – Aristophanes. Sick of the world of man? What do you do? It’s obvious, travel to the realm of Birds, seek out the ruler of Birds, ask the ruler to make you Birds! Then, build a great empire! Of Birds! 

The Sneeze

The Sneeze

The Sneeze is a collection of hilarious short plays by the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, translated and adapted by Michael Frayn. Among history’s most celebrated dramatists next to Shakespeare, Chekhov wrote plays that could expose our deepest fears and longings while leaving us laughing through the tears... 

The Mystery at Ginger Creek: An Interactive Adventure

The Mystery at Ginger Creek: An Interactive Adventure

Welcome to Ginger Creek, where curious characters and perplexing events are the norm. Join Hank O'Hara and Sally Silver-Gunz as they run from the law, stumble over clues and suffer from amnesia... 

Going AWOL

Going AWOL

A two-handed, multi-rolling farcical extravaganza written and produced by Bristol-based AWOL Productions. Set in 1966, Valerie Silverston, Chief Editor at a London newspaper firm, finds herself on a wild and wonderful adventure with simple Nancy Upshaw... 

Best of The Fest Daytime

Best of The Fest Daytime

Bite-size tasters of the best comedy, music and circus, all prepared for you in our glorious Spiegeltent. With line-ups changing daily, we have something for everyone, so let us bring you the best of the fest! See assemblyfestival... 

Gary Dunn Presents Monkey Magic

Gary Dunn Presents Monkey Magic

Gary Dunn is back! Monkey Magic, is his second show at the Edinburgh Fringe and it’s bigger, badder, and even more bananas than the first! With his trusty sidekick Chico the Monkey, Gary will have you gasping with amazement and laughing so much, you may wee yourself! Sixty minutes of slapstick and magic for the whole family - what’s not to enjoy? ‘An absolute must see show!’ (Primary Times)... 

Fish Food

Fish Food

Dad’s floating in the harbour, Nana’s back before a judge, and there’s a guy in his bedroom with a knife, but at least Joe Bacon has a job. In the basement of a once-grand Boston hotel, Joe and his rather unhinged colleagues fend off the advances of celebrity dealmaker Avery Grand... 

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tour

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tour

Guru Dudu returns to Edinburgh with daily tours of spontaneous flash mobs through the streets, interpretative dance around local landmarks, group singing and lots of fun interaction with onlookers... 

Funz And Gamez: Flogging a Dead Horze

Funz And Gamez: Flogging a Dead Horze

They’re back! Why? Money. After a failed BBC pilot and numerous non-appearances on TV and radio, Phil’s resurrected the Edinburgh award-winning (Panel Prize still counts) cult hit Funz and Gamez in a last ditched attempt to get on TV... 

Club Sol Party

Club Sol Party

The best holiday of your life! Club Sol will transport you to sunny Spain for an evening of comedy cabaret that you will never forget! Your holiday reps, The Mauve Coats, will present to you a host of guest acts picked from the cream of the Fringe's comic crop as they also deal with the ups and downs of running the Costa's number one holiday resort... 

Sister Mary's Playtime

Sister Mary's Playtime

Join Sister Mary McArthur as she battles the blues with her unique comedy and variety. No pulpit. No psalms. No prayers. She’s not that kind of nun! She’s the songs, show business and show tunes kind, with some games and guests for a lull-busting lunchtime lunge... 

Funny Stuff for Happy People

Funny Stuff for Happy People

Martin “Bigpig” Mor. Funny Stuff for Happy People. Comedy, circus, and stupid science. As seen on Blue Peter and CBBC Live. 'Uproariously funny and utterly loveable' (ThreeWeeks)... 

Wil Greenway: These Trees the Autumn Leaves Alone

Wil Greenway: These Trees the Autumn Leaves Alone

She's not a ghost. He could just say hello to her, but he has a better idea. A knock-out new show from an underground icon of the Fringe. 'One of the most masterful storytellers I have ever seen... 

Clonely

Clonely

Clonely is an adventure in existential sci-fi crisis. A blend of bullshit arthouse theatre with the best of sci-fi cinema, but on stage and with DIY props. Expect lo-fi aesthetics, an awkward five-minute docking scene and long monologues about how dark and bleak space life is... 

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Experience our swanky new venue as we celebrate our 10th Fringe! Still with 70% improvised, every show is different and chaos is king as Basil, Sybil, and Manuel serve a 3-course meal... 

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK

Now in it's 15th year, ComedySportz UK is the fast-paced improv show where two teams battle it out for the biggest laughs. The players create quick-witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them in a show that’s fast, feel-good and fun for the whole family! With a referee on hand to keep it clean, this all-ages, all-improvised, all-action show is a real crowd-pleaser... 

The Wedding Reception

The Wedding Reception

Following a mammoth year of four and five-star reviews, this unbeatable theatrical dining experience sees bride and groom Kate and Will expecting a small party to celebrate their wedding... 

The Tobacco Merchant’s Lawyer

The Tobacco Merchant’s Lawyer

Andy Paterson of Fringe and touring hit 3,000 Trees brings you double Fringe First-winning Iain Heggie’s classic 18th century comedy. Undercover nationalist lawyer Enoch Dalmellington would like to marry his daughter Euphemia off to secure her future... 

Children Are Stinky

Children Are Stinky

'This show has it all' (List). High-calibre circus, a rocking soundtrack and genuine belly laughs have propelled this Australian acrobatic duo to a non-stop multi award-winning world tour... 

MARVELus: All the Marvel Movies in an Hour

MARVELus: All the Marvel Movies in an Hour

All the movies in the Marvel cinematic universe in one hour. Comic book nerds The Just Us League (comedians Gary Tro and Javier Jarquin) present MARVELus, a show that squeezes almost a decade of movies into one action packed hour of comedy... 

Clan Mucmor Family Circus Show

Clan Mucmor Family Circus Show

The Clan Mucmor Family Circus Show. Martin and Logy are a father and son circus act from Ireland. Come and see feats of skill and dexterity that will thrill and entertain you. Suitable for the entire family. 

Danny Condon: Songs from the Black Sheep

Danny Condon: Songs from the Black Sheep

From a hit season at Adelaide Fringe, Danny Condon finds a grey area between art and science and lifts the lid on some hilarious family dynamics. Featuring original music, a bit of Chopin and a show tune or two, this new comedy embraces the oddball in every family... 

One With Everything

One With Everything

Strange physical theatre with soul-lined theatrics and odd feats. Awkward stories and acrobatics with heart. Observe the vulnerable gold. Have no fear. One With Everything is a hybrid of physical theatre, dance, comedy, music and storytelling that dives into an altered-state universe while frolicking in themes of love, desire, masculinity and whales... 

Nathan Cassidy: Watch This. Love Me. It’s Deep.

Nathan Cassidy: Watch This. Love Me. It’s Deep.

Sir Michael Caine Award-winning writer and comedian’s new one-man theatre show – a perfect love story in a swimming pool. It’s deep. Heather is the love of Nathan’s life. She’s obsessed with swimming, Tarot and the 80s film Big... 

Two

Two

In a bustling northern English pub, a witty, bickering landlord and landlady and their twelve regulars masterfully lead you through one of Jim Cartwright's most moving and exposing plays... 

Rodney's Really #Good Family Show

Rodney's Really #Good Family Show

With over 10 million video views online, internet sensation Rodney delivers a one-hour extravaganza filled with silly one-liners, magic, props and music. Fun for all the family! 

Comedy With a Colourblind Dyslexic Geordie Who Also Has Other Aliments

Comedy With a Colourblind Dyslexic Geordie Who Also Has Other Aliments

The alternative stand-up Sean Turner has natural comedic instincts that lead him to areas most comics wouldn’t ever find themselves. Immensely original, fans of Reeves and Mortimer-style effervescence are in for a real treat with this very special act... 

Mary Go Nowhere

Mary Go Nowhere

Mary is on the edge of a breakdown trying to keep her foul-mouthed three-year-old in preschool. Drought. Flies. Earthquakes. Apocalypse? Or just October in LA? Written by and starring Julie Shavers, 'Ms Shavers is rock solid' (New York Times)... 

#DirtyWoman

#DirtyWoman

Work in progress: Narin Oz plays a looney lecturer in this parody lecture exploring the most vile human behaviour and language. By the end of the lecture, we will conclude why we cannot say shit and piss in public... 

Beauty and The Beast

Beauty and The Beast

With a trunk full of characters and a dazzling array of best-loved and original songs performed by one of the most talented multi-instrumental duos around, Beauty and the Beast is the perfect cocktail that fizzes with class and plenty of funny! 

That Moment

That Moment

How far would you go to achieve your dream? This farcical comedy centres around failing actor Alicia Harding. Alicia regales us with how one audition led her to be landed with the director’s nightmare of a dog, Titus, who not only causes trouble in her personal life but delights in using the living room carpet as his personal toilet... 

Rodney's Really #Good Family Show

Rodney's Really #Good Family Show

With over 10 million video views online, internet sensation Rodney delivers a one-hour extravaganza filled with silly one-liners, magic, props and music. Fun for all the family! 

Bluebeard’s Ghost

Bluebeard’s Ghost

In the 70s and 80s, TV star Johnnie Fancy was everywhere: barking his catchphrases, handing out giant cheques and grinning next to the pop stars of the day. In the 90s, Rob actually got to work for him in the twilight of his career... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

Playback Impro plays back stories from the audience. 'A real standout from all the stand-up, this is comic improvisation, theatre-style. Four actors each take it in turn to direct a narrative supplied by the audience... 

Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps!

Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps!

Award-winning author Stuart Reid will be sharing his books, including his latest release Gorgeous George and His Stupid Stinky Stories, and the audience will be expected to bring their own boogers and bottom burps – strictly no sharing! Stuart has performed at over 1,000 schools, libraries and book festivals throughout the UK and worldwide, inspiring children to learn to love reading with his yucky brand of schoolboy stupidity, enthusiasm, excitement and, whisper it, education (but you won't even notice). 

Americana Psychobabble

Americana Psychobabble

A delirious investigation of American violence, emptiness and nonsense. Responding to a photograph of fingernails painted with the American flag and developed doing absurdist stand-up and anti-Trump work across the US and Mexico, Americana Psychobabble helps us understand how we got into this ugly mess... 

Modern Maori Quartet: That's Us!

Modern Maori Quartet: That's Us!

Modern Maori Quartet are a good-looking, suave, contemporary Maori showband in the vein of forebears such as the Hi-Marks, Maori Volcanics Showband, Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Maori Troubadours, Maori Hi Five, Quin Tikis and The Howard Morrison Quartet... 

Naughty

Naughty

In the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, Australian cabaret sensation Pamela Shaw launches her spirited child from within. Bringing back a sassy irreverence nightly to the Assembly Rooms, this wicked and funny new show is a musical melange of songs by Tim Minchin, Lennon/McCartney, Rickie Lee Jones and Amanda McBroom fused together with pop, blues and contemporary Broadway... 

Tony Roberts: Late Nite Ace High

Tony Roberts: Late Nite Ace High

Tony Roberts is back, he’s loose and ready to blow your mind with cheeky, salacious stand-up, songs, stories and crafty card manipulation. Nominated: Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe 2015, Sold Out Adelaide Fringe 2016 ‘continuous stream of extremely funny stories... 

Day Dream

Day Dream

From two former students of Philippe Gaulier. An old woman, her husband and their memories. This play is about the re-examination of every casual, small and important moment... In the show, we use clowning, mask, drama and comedy... 

The Power Behind the Crone

The Power Behind the Crone

Alison Skilbeck's serio-comic celebration of Shakespeare's older women, directed by Tim Hardy. 'There are no good parts in Shakespeare for older women'. Professor Artemis Turret, played by Alison Skilbeck, sets out to refute these words in an illustrated lecture... 

Three Tales of Life and Death by Craig Lucas

Three Tales of Life and Death by Craig Lucas

In the world premiere of Pulitzer/Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas's (Prelude to a Kiss, An American in Paris, Amelie) zany and touching new play, three stories collide in a world of voyeuristic theatre critics, bartenders with too much spirit and mysterious strangers looking for love in the afternoon... 

Elsa

Elsa

Elsa works in a cafe and eavesdrops on the coffee mornings with the girls as she waitresses. Finding that the customers conceal what they are really thinking, Elsa acts out their personalities through hilarious satirical songs... 

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Hilarious. Charming. Traditional. Universally funny and yet so very Japanese. Canada's very own. Japan’s adopted son. Katsura Sunshine brings the art of Rakugo (Japanese comic storytelling) comedy to Edinburgh’s Sweet venues... 

Peter & Bambi Heaven: When Love Becomes Magic

Peter & Bambi Heaven: When Love Becomes Magic

'Love is a battlefield' (Pat Benatar). Australia's best high energy dancing magicians, Peter & Bambi Heaven are back, spraying love and magic on everything and everyone they touch. ‘The laughter was deafening’ **** (Advertiser, Adelaide)... 

The Hardest Working Men in Show Business

The Hardest Working Men in Show Business

Beta-males Nathan D’Arcy Roberts (shortlisted for BBC Radio New Comedy Award, 2016) and Ross Smith (So You Think You’re Funny? Semi-Finalist, 2015) explore identity, nostalgia and modern love in an anecdotal and innovative free stand-up show... 

A Single Tree

A Single Tree

Hoovering Flour Theatre Company’s debut production this year at the Fringe! Once upon a Christmas in a land far, far away Mark and Elizabeth throw a Christmas party which is sure to have a lasting effect on everybody... 

The Missing Girl of Grigglewood

The Missing Girl of Grigglewood

The show tells the tale of a young girl named Rose who mysteriously goes missing in the tiny town of Grigglewood. That leaves her father and brother Peter on a wild goose chase to find her... 

Bright Colours Only

Bright Colours Only

Sadly missed after a decade pushing the daisies, Pauline Goldsmith resurrects her legendary Irish wake. This once in a lifetime theatrical send-off was a huge hit at the Fringe back when Pauline could squeeze into a size ten shroud... 

Frank Carson – A Rebel Without a Pause

Frank Carson – A Rebel Without a Pause

Funnyman Frank Carson blazed a comedy trail for 50 years. His quick-fire gags and infectious laugh delighted audiences in variety shows, clubs and on telly. His catchphrase: 'It's the way I tell 'em! His mantra: 'That's a cracker!' But, there’s more... 

Dope Friction – Free

Dope Friction – Free

Tom and Daniel are doing an hour of stand-up. They are two very different people, with contrasting senses of humour. But fortuitously, when partnered together, their material compliments each other's sublimely... 

Bone Wars

Bone Wars

America, 1863. Two great scientists discover the dinosaurs, go mad and destroy each other. 150 years later, they’re back for a final reckoning. Witness history’s greatest feud (excluding that time Emily Davison tried to punch a horse)... 

Dick in Space

Dick in Space

The biggest Dick in the universe is on a plural mission: murder investigation, self-destruction and solving the riddles of the universe – taking on God, Napoleon and unruly human organs on the way... 

Late Night Gimp Fight

Late Night Gimp Fight

The washed-up boy band of sketch comedy are back with their first new show in four years. Now in their thirties and with no other career options they have decided to abandon their wives, jobs and in one case their child, to jump back in the gimpy saddle... 

Unmarked Vehicle

Unmarked Vehicle

One-woman stand-up and explorative circus performance discussing life as a pie delivery driver, partly performed on free-standing rotating aerial hoop. Since graduating, Chloe Mantripp has been on tour with the show Hetty Feather, but now she’s back she just wants to settle into writing and performing her curious brand of dark humour, and is moonlighting as a pie delivery driver to fund the habit... 

The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

Today's class is about love, heartbreak and The Little Mermaid. Not all lessons can be learnt in school. Chris Woodley's autobiographical solo show invites you back into the classroom to learn about loss, survival and Brazil nuts... 

F*ckboys for Freedom

F*ckboys for Freedom

A risqué and murky journey through the realms of the phenomena known as the f*ckboy. A satirical fusion of theatre and sketch comedy playing with penises and the patriarchy. Funny, sharp, and bitingly relevant... 

The Two Moronnies: Trumped Up

The Two Moronnies: Trumped Up

Enjoy some sophisticated wit and word play as The Two Moronnies lampoon the lampoonable in their unique, energetic musical style. Come and enjoy tunes for all ages and tastes with new, topical lyrics set to familiar tunes that targets a range of the well-known, the gaffe-prone and plain old narcissistic celebrities... 

Losing Days

Losing Days

Sam Underwood (Fear The Walking Dead, The Following) is mostly manic, and definitely depressed! Losing Days follows his hilarious and harrowing journey of losing his f*cking mind – and finding it again – set to the tunes that got him through... 

Buzz: A New Musical

Buzz: A New Musical

Winner of the 2016 Eddies Award, the sell-out hit Buzz returns; a hilarious musical journey through the history of the vibrator and a brutally honest story of a singleton's quest to fall back in love with herself... 

The Dame Dolly Donut Show

The Dame Dolly Donut Show

Ever wondered what your favourite pantomime characters did before they became famous? Or what they did after their tale ended? Join the irrepressible Dame Dolly and her lovable son Billy as they gossip, laugh and sing their way through the 'oh-er-missus' story of Dolly’s fabulous life and dish the dirt on their famous friends and neighbours... 

This Is Soap

This Is Soap

All new! The unplanned, unscripted and unconventional cult comedy show. Join us for a spontaneous soap that develops episode to episode throughout the entire festival. Twin Peaks meets League of Gentlemen via Sunset Beach: a live soap opera full of romance, drama, adventure and enough plot twists to melt your face... 

All Hell Toupee

All Hell Toupee

First Prize winner (Gilded Balloon Sitcom Trials 2016) Kate Bowes Renna brings her new satirical comedy to the fringe. Kate performs all characters in this one-woman show (you may recognise her from Love Actually, Never Let Me Go, Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Doc Martin)... 

Roses in the Salad

Roses in the Salad

‘Have you ever seen roses in the salad? I have’ (Bruno Munari). ‘Vegetables are something serious!’ says the Chef. ‘Vegetables are something boring!’ points out Romilda, his assistant... 

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

When Sherlock Holmes unknowingly murders his own client, the game is on to track down the criminal mastermind who did it – Holmes himself! But what does Watson's rent have to do with the accident? Has this case been planned by a narrative genius? And could Moriarty's hunger for detective fiction fuel a global terror plot of unimaginable proportions? Satire maestros Tobacco Tea’s witty and absurd take on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic returns for its third triumphant year... 

Ubu Roi

Ubu Roi

Stagger me sideways! King Ubu, usurper to the throne of Baloney, carries a mop instead of a sceptre and dreams of his pâté de dog. Meanwhile, he liquidates enemies and friends. Under his reign citizens face unbearable taxation and crippling whimsy, until someone calls for revolution… Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi is an absurd comedy which caused riots and launched the European avant-garde... 

Gary Lamont: Dropping the Soap!

Gary Lamont: Dropping the Soap!

After eight years on BBC's River City, Gary's leaving his role as hairdresser Robbie behind. But is he destined to be an international showgirl following in the footsteps of Kylie? Or will he be flogging yoghurt Martine McCutcheon style? Join him for a down and dirty hour of soapy comedy and music... 

Virtuosity

Virtuosity

Double bill showing two faces of dance. Mojo in Motion will entertain you through humorous and fun characters based on the Austin Powers movies. It will show you that ballet does not equal dull and boring, but that technique, combined with a great story can open new doors for this art form... 

Play on Words

Play on Words

A quick-fire dystopian comedy following the daily routine of Harper and Collins: two lexicographers imprisoned by the sinister MW Corporation. Surviving on a diet of alphabet soup, with only each other and a bloody bucket called Gerri for company, the two women struggle to reach their daily word quota under the constant threat of death... 

Dates – At the Speed of Sound!

Dates – At the Speed of Sound!

From Helsinki, a brand-new speed-dating concept for theatre lovers! First relax, enjoying one of two sparkling comedies about first dates in restaurants from prolific Finnish screenwriter John Lundsten... 

Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan

Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan

When comedian Megan Gogerty is told that she hasn’t got the part of Lady Macbeth, a tragic figure of powerful darkness, because Megan is the human equivalent of a golden retriever, she sets out to prove them all wrong... 

Dickens for Dinner

Dickens for Dinner

The cast of the sell-out Shakespeare for Breakfast are inviting you back for dinner with a Dickensian twist! Join us for a deliciously daring look at this classic British author, with a feverishly funny flavour... 

Double Feature

Double Feature

Clearing out their former local cinema seems like the dream job for two old pals (Andy Gray and Grant Stott), but in the process of stirring memories and re-creating scenes from their favourite movies, their shared fanaticism for film soon has to make way for bigger issues that have long remained unresolved. 

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

Actor-comedian Chris Dingli comes to Edinburgh for a limited run of his hit one-man comedy, Bad Dad, ahead of a US tour. Bad Dad is a semi-autobiographical show that chronicles the trials and tribulations of becoming a father... 

Adriano Cappelletta: This Boy's in Love

Adriano Cappelletta: This Boy's in Love

It's time to paint the rainbow and unleash the world's first one-man gay rom-com cabaret! Hilarious and heartfelt songs meet physical comedy and candid storytelling in one man's final shot at finding love... 

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Amazing tales elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories, all based on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords and duels, and elephants and castles built of cheese, and all of it is completely and irrefutably true... 

JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret!

JoJo Bellini: Crash-Bang Cabaret!

A hilariously naughty cabaret about car accidents, kink and cucumbers. Take a look into the life of cabaret queen JoJo Bellini. Who is this woman? Where has she come from? How did she recover from such a crippling car accident? Why is she touching me? Why isn’t she touching me? Is this love? Yes... 

Jocky Wilson Said

Jocky Wilson Said

It's 1979 and Scottish darts star Jocky Wilson is in America to play an exhibition match. He misses his ride and sets out to hitchhike across the Nevada desert. With only a cactus for company, he reflects on his life and career... 

The Blues Brothers – Live

The Blues Brothers – Live

Hold onto your shades as this smash hit returns – back by popular demand! We're putting the band back together for a night of rhythm and blues to remember. Why not shake your tail feather over and see what all the fuss is about? Energetic rock'n'roll party guaranteed to get you up on your feet... 

Amy, 25, Almost Cool

Amy, 25, Almost Cool

Amy’s best friend pushes her to go out to last-minute drinks with a hunky model she meets unexpectedly. But with 45 minutes to go, she tries on a high-school ball gown – and the zipper sticks... 

David Edwards – How to Get a Second Date

David Edwards – How to Get a Second Date

Join David Edwards as he gives advice concerning how to navigate the messy world of modern-day dating. Edwards is a cult performer, regularly appearing at Brian Gittins’ monthly night ‘Gittins to Know You’ and co-hosting Gittins’ legendary Podcast... 

6 x 6 x 6

6 x 6 x 6

In their 12th year, Comedians' Theatre Company has become synonymous with exciting new writing and pushing comedians' performance boundaries by casting them in works of theatre. Watch six different brand-new 20 minute long theatrical duologues on the theme Together? Asunder... 

Richard Carpenter is Close to You

Richard Carpenter is Close to You

Richard from The Carpenters used to be on top of the world looking down on creation, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now, he's back at the piano once more in this razor-sharp tragicomedy that takes you on the ultimate ticket to ride... 

Dad's Army Radio Hour

Dad's Army Radio Hour

Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immortal words: 'Don't tell him, Pike'... 

The Hero Who Overslept

The Hero Who Overslept

Here’s a heartfelt invitation to experience a never-before-seen mix of climate science, psychology and surrealist dance in which we attempt to remake ourselves just in time for a remaking of the world... 

Balloonatics

Balloonatics

Please note: This show has been moved to a 10:30 timeslot. Scottish comedian Chris Henry brings his hit kids show, Balloonatics, to Edinburgh as part of his world tour. A guaranteed chaos-filled, fun-packed hour of inflatable buffoonery, with never a dull moment for parent or child... 

Jellybean: When Will I Be Famous?

Jellybean: When Will I Be Famous?

Come join Jellybean, the biggest kid in the world, as he tries his hardest to get famous. The craziest kids' entertainer will have you in stitches as you help him gain worldwide attention... 

Small Laces

Small Laces

There's a new band in town! Bringing you toe-tapping, hand-clapping, bottom-wiggling tunes full of feel-good factor. A mini pop concert for mini humans. Warning: extremely catchy tunes. 

Suspicious Minds

Suspicious Minds

It's been a particularly tough year for Mark and Fran. Mark's Dad died of cardiac arrest whilst playing squash. Fran f*cked someone. In a last-ditch attempt to fix their relationship, they book a commercial time-travel holiday... 

What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?

What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?

What if how I feel about myself and the world at 4am is the truth? What if people really do think I’ve got a disappointing face? What if I take off all my clothes and my lover just politely turns away? Join residents of Fear Camp as they tackle their sense of impending doom with gleeful enthusiasm and complimentary in-flight drinks... 

Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

Ivo Graham: Educated Guess

After an eventful year off (got a new laptop, etc), the boy's back in town with resolutions galore but less courage in his convictions than ever. How much has Ivo learnt? And what good has it done him? As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, As Yet Untitled, Live from the BBC, Fighting Talk... 

Chris Betts: Bewilderbeest

Chris Betts: Bewilderbeest

Betts is back, but he's got a problem. What do you do when you can't trust the law, the elderly or even yourself? Join him for a hilarious dissemination of human nature, featuring crooked cops and superstitious children... 

Doug Anthony All Stars: Near Death Experience

Doug Anthony All Stars: Near Death Experience

The monster gods of comedy and 2016's winners of Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe award return to Edinburgh. Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson and Paul "Flacco" Livingston drag their unsuspecting audience screaming down memory lane... 

Jon Pointing: Act Natural

Jon Pointing: Act Natural

In this much anticipated debut show, Jon Pointing presents Cayden Hunter, an actor who will demonstrate the importance of selflessness and sharing through this (non-participatory) workshop... 

The Comedy Reserve

The Comedy Reserve

The Pleasance Comedy Reserve is back for its 13th year at the Edinburgh Fringe with another four brilliant new acts, handpicked by the Pleasance and supported by the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund... 

Confabulation

Confabulation

Every act of remembering is an act of storytelling. So, here's mine. It starts with a spotty teenager at a Motorhead gig and ends at the cutting edge of memory research. The bellowing fans, the smell of beer and sweat, the thunderous music... 

Late Night

Late Night

Strap in tight to the most rad, bizarre, awe-inspiring comedy and alt-performance rollercoaster at the Fringe! We’re back for our third year with one-off takeovers from your favourites, cabaret stuffed to the gunnels with fun and a feeling of general satisfaction... 

Suzi Ruffell: Keeping It Classy

Suzi Ruffell: Keeping It Classy

Suzi Ruffell returns with a new hour of thought provoking and hilarious stand-up. 'Ruffell has nabbed the working-class comedy crown of her generation… Sparking, energising, fun, an accomplished act who knows how to engage an audience' (Chortle... 

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the greatest living comic of every generation. I’ve written a heart-warming, pole-stiffening watermelon of a show. I'm delightful and inspiring, like a hill-top wizard battling a sadness dragon... 

Rachel Jackson: Bunny Boiler

Rachel Jackson: Bunny Boiler

Bunny Boiler is the debut hour from rising star and ever so slightly unhinged comedian Rachel Jackson (BBC Three, Tupperware Party, Scot Squad). Part biopic, part therapy session and fully geared towards hilarity... 

Pub Quiz for Kids With Patrick Monahan

Pub Quiz for Kids With Patrick Monahan

The fantastically fun family quiz hosted by one of the UK's favourite stand-ups is back after last year’s triumphant silliness and mayhem. Story knowledge and music rounds mix with the mystery round where we know the questions but only one person can know the answer... 

Me and My Bee

Me and My Bee

Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time... 

Next Best Thing: How to Be Good at Everything

Next Best Thing: How to Be Good at Everything

Being a millennial in the modern world is hard. But best friends Jay and Katie have all the answers. Luckily, they're willing to share their wisdom with you. Over a riotous hour of absurd, grotesque and boldly original sketch comedy, these two idiots will make you good at everything... 

The Not So Late Show With Ross and Josh

The Not So Late Show With Ross and Josh

Join your hosts Ross Brierley and Joshua Sadler as they take the late-night chat show to its illogical conclusion. A multimedia extravaganza from the creators of UK Garage Horse Racing ‘The funniest thing in the world’ (ComedyCentral... 

Three Half Pints Present The Three Musketeers

Three Half Pints Present The Three Musketeers

CBeebies' favourites (Justin's House, Spot Bots) swashbuckle their way through a hilarious, new adventure of chivalry, swordplay and slips. Chaos, mayhem and stupidity reign supreme in the trio's most ridiculous adventure yet! Will they defeat the dastardly evil-doers? Will they save the damsel in distress? Will they actually read the book before the show? The 17th century's never been so silly! Ages 5+... 

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

Lauren Pattison: Lady Muck

One of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene, with a fresh and fierce female voice, Lauren Pattison has arrived with her hotly anticipated debut hour about embracing your flaws... 

Sparkleshark

Sparkleshark

Delving into the lives of a group of teenagers in a tower block at the end of a school day. High up on the roof, Jake writes magical and fantastic stories in a secret book, in an attempt to hide from the bullies... 

Lee Nelson: Serious Joker

Lee Nelson: Serious Joker

You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his sensational new show. 'Comedy legend' (Sun)... 

Fauxchella Music Festival

Fauxchella Music Festival

The greatest comeback concert ever! Featuring all your favorite groups you’ve never heard of from the 80s to the present day, including Familiar County, Simon Never Said and The Veneers... 

Danny Condon: Songs from the Black Sheep

Danny Condon: Songs from the Black Sheep

From a hit season at Adelaide Fringe, Danny Condon finds a grey area between art and science and lifts the lid on some hilarious family dynamics. Featuring original music, a bit of Chopin and a show tune or two, this new comedy embraces the oddball in every family... 

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly’s renowned opening night gala returns to launch our biggest programme yet, with highlights from across our 200 strong season, all rolled into one spectacular package. Book early – always a sell-out!  

One Hander

One Hander

This extremely famous one-handed actor shares his hilarious encounters with the world. Warning – may include abuse, sarcasm, sweeping judgements and songs. ‘The funniest shit I’ve ever seen’ (Celeste Barber). 

La Vie Dans Une Marionette

La Vie Dans Une Marionette

A whimsical story of a pianist and his puppet, it'll have you falling off your seat in laughter! Packed full of gags, hilarious moments and surprises, the White Face Crew combine physical theatre, dance, clown and mischief in this award-winning show from New Zealand... 

Mother's Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin

Mother's Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin

***** (Time Out, Sydney). Nominated Best Cabaret: Fringe World Festival, Best Writing: Green Room Awards. Equal parts historical and hysterical, lose yourself among sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret... 

Card Ninja

Card Ninja

Warning: this show contains ninjas, not magic. Back by popular demand, Card Ninja is an award-winning, riotous display of comedy and card stunts using playing cards as ninja weapons... 

The Omnitorium's Rotating Roster of Erudite Amusements and Motley Delights

The Omnitorium's Rotating Roster of Erudite Amusements and Motley Delights

Devilish diversions and arcadian amusements to while away the wee hours. Starring favourites from The Omnitorium's programme such as Boris & Sergey, Skrimshanks, and Tatterdermalion and the best of the festival; Red Bastard, Jamie Wood, The Establishment, Lucy Hopkins, Helen Duff and many more... 

Phil Jerrod: Submerged

Phil Jerrod: Submerged

Fresh from supporting Romesh Ranganathan on his nationwide tour, the 'cynical, astute and impassioned' (Chortle.co.uk) comedian returns with his third debut show at the Fringe. Everyone’s obsessed with living longer, looking better, being healthier, but Phil’s still overweight, still hairy and still just about keeping his head above water in a world that’s gone mad... 

The Portable Dorothy Parker

The Portable Dorothy Parker

New York City, 1943. Dorothy Parker – member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table, known for her biting wit ('brevity is the soul of lingerie') – sorts through her poems and short stories, reminiscing about her famous friends (Lillian Hellman, F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway), her fellow members of the Round Table (Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, George Kaufman), the founding of The New Yorker magazine, her Hollywood screenwriting career and her many loves and heartbreaks, as she prepares her famous collection for Viking Press: The Portable Dorothy Parker... 

Tomás Ford: Craptacular

Tomás Ford: Craptacular

International cabaret sex god Tomás Ford (Crap Music Rave Party) reaches for international stardom with his biggest, dumbest pop extravaganza yet. Hear the trashiest pop songs of all time in ways you never asked to hear them... 

Welcome to Paradise

Welcome to Paradise

Strap in for the Captain and Raoul's playfully anarchic bouffon rollercoaster that ventures to the darkest corners of the grotto where the mould festers under the tree. Controversial theatre company Ship of Fools bring their unique brand of bouffon comedy to the Omnitorium for two weeks only... 

Parentcraft

Parentcraft

Parents-to-be await their first antenatal class. Sharon, mother of seven, takes charge, handing out poorly-spelt name labels. Awkward couple Susan and Derek boast about their moneymaking schemes, much to the horror of Lesley, an Inland Revenue employee… Siobhan misinterprets most of the conversation whilst continuously eating pickled foods... 

Tour de fantasmas en español

Tour de fantasmas en español

Serán conducidos por el pasado oscuro de Edimburgo y sus alrededores incluyendo el cementerio más encantado del mundo. El tour finalizará con una visita en nuestras bóvedas subterráneas... 

Children's Underground Ghost Tour

Children's Underground Ghost Tour

Help us find out which ghosts haunt our famous underground vaults. Join Mingin' Annie from Edinburgh’s past and find out what it is like to have lived under Edinburgh for 400 years! Full of disgusting stories and anecdotes that will make you laugh and cringe, along with an interactive ghost hunt taking you around our underground vaults! Gristly ghostly fun for all! This is for the brave and curious children that dare to descend... 

World-Famous Underground Ghost Tour

World-Famous Underground Ghost Tour

Weird tales in dark wynds, creepy facts in closes, ghastly details in graveyards and unspeakable truths when we descend underground. This is our most authentic scare-fest venturing through Edinburgh's most horrifying secrets... 

This Is Your Trial (PG)

This Is Your Trial (PG)

The UK's only comedy court is back, but now, for all the family! An improvised show where Steve Bennett invites top comedians to be lawyers, prosecuting and defending members of the audience accused of crimes... 

Science Magic

Science Magic

After a hugely successful run last year, Science Magic is back at the Edinburgh Fringe. Join triple award-winning comedian and scientist Dónal Vaughan as he shows you amazing science tricks using everyday items... 

Andrew Roper's Superheroes for Kids 2

Andrew Roper's Superheroes for Kids 2

Superheroes for Kids is a silly celebration of comic book superheroes. Last year's show was a super success, this year has some new surprises in store. Games, quizzes, songs and spectacular super nonsense... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse. C royale: vibrant new performance hub... 

Huggers (Free Festival)

Huggers (Free Festival)

With comedy, cabaret and fun for all the family to enjoy, the Huggers show returns to Edinburgh. Each show has enough variety to entertain all ages and involves performers selected from the best comedians, cabaret performers, children’s entertainers and street performers around the Fringe... 

Worst Birthday Ever!

Worst Birthday Ever!

Poor Lewis just wanted to enjoy a happy birthday, but things just went from bad to worse. Dave and other friends will do their best to cheer him up, with songs, games and lots of fun... 

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

Ben Dali: Take a Trance on Me

After amazing audiences for two years with groundbreaking Strictly Come Trancing, the Fringe’s first and best hypnotist returns with a brand-new hypnotic experience. Take a Trance on Me invites audience volunteers to be hypnotised live on stage, before re-enacting a range of hilarious hypnosis sketches inspired by the madcap world of Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

A Lizard Goes a Long Way

A Lizard Goes a Long Way

Raising a laugh and a lump in the throat all at once is a good trick – possibly the best. Gecko makes it look easy. A gifted young comic songwriter with charm and style to spare, his clever lyrical conceits and easy-going acoustic melodies have already won over fans including John Hegley, Ed Sheeran and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens... 

The Wives of Others

The Wives of Others

The spaghetti-strewn finery of a New York dinner party is transformed into a scene of untold carnage in The Wives Of Others - a gleefully bloody comedy by Tom Stuchfield. As brutal as it is farcical, this original writing production is a lot fun to watch... 

The Blues Brothers – Live

The Blues Brothers – Live

It’s a pretty short drive to Stockbridge, I’ve got a full tank of gas, no cigarettes whatsoever, it’s dark... and I’m wearing sunglasses. Hit it.After I take my sunglasses off (safe driving, y’know), I make it safely to C Scala where the joint is rocking... 

The HandleBards: Richard III

The HandleBards: Richard III

The Handlebards are a unique group, reinventing the concept of the company of travelling players. This summer they cycled the length of the country, carting around their bicycle-themed set and occasionally pitching up for performances before arriving at the Edinburgh Fringe... 

Often Onstage

Often Onstage

At its most fundamental, theatre could be described as a series of entrances and exits, with a variety of complex journeys thrown in between the two to spice things up. A self-described “choreographic exercise in comings and goings”, Often Onstage is a bizarre production which, despite its tremendous energy and inventive humour, never quite works out what it wants to be... 

The Wall

The Wall

The Wall is a wonderfully refreshing play from Corby Productions. It has two firsts: the play itself is D.C. Jackson’s first full-length work and the performance marks the company’s debut... 

Wil Greenway: The Way the City Ate the Stars

Wil Greenway: The Way the City Ate the Stars

The best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe are the unexpected ones. Every now and then you find something a little special in a small, packed and sweaty room somewhere. Wil Greenway is back at the Festival with his new show The Way the City Ate the Stars... 

My Dog's Got No Nose

My Dog's Got No Nose

Stand-up comedy can be a very demanding form of performance. It’s solo, placing the entire burden of success or failure on the individual, and it’s instantly gratifying (in the form of laughter), which is rewarding, as long as they laugh... 

Broken Fanny

Broken Fanny

Writer and performer Emma Jerrold could be described as something of a hot property at this year’s Fringe. After crowdfunding her first Edinburgh show she’s been receiving plaudits from big names like Olivia Coleman and Emma Thompson, as well as rave reviews from The Stage... 

The Wedding Reception

The Wedding Reception

From the creators of the Faulty Towers Dining Experience, The Wedding Reception is an interactive show which includes a three course meal. It largely hits its mark in creating a memorable evening of entertaining Fringe farce... 

Alex Hodgson's Summertime Special

Alex Hodgson's Summertime Special

Alex returns from his recent tour of New Zealand with another extravaganza showcasing old, new and traditional songs and stories. As always his show is woven and entwined with laughter and fun for the whole family to enjoy... 

Keep it Real

Keep it Real

Ah, the classic buddy comedy: overdone by definition and yet extremely resilient. Keep it Real is one of those plays that can be best described via what TVTropes calls a Wunza Plot, as in: ‘One’s a middle-class, white rapper, one’s a total Steve Urkel... 

Buzz: A New Musical

Buzz: A New Musical

Buzz is a new musical from writer Robyn Grant. It follows the experiences of newly single Angie (Allie Munro) in her quest to find sexual gratification – specifically of the self-fulfilled sort... 

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful

Filled with humour and sorrow, Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful is a play about a man who is considering throwing in the towel. Comedian Christian Talbot gives an excellent solo performance as Malachy, who has not been handed a particularly good hand in life... 

Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness is an adaptation of a PSA film from 1936 of the same name – famous for being embarrassingly awful – that warned parents of the dangers of marijuana. It feels weird in this day and age, now the position of weed has moved from the “leafy green assassin” to a drug that is slowly being legalised... 

Shakespeare Tonight

Shakespeare Tonight

In Shakespeare Tonight, the famous playwright gives his first ever television performance on a talk show with host Martina, only to be confronted by his so-called ‘enemy’, humanist writer Francis Bacon... 

Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent

Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent

Molodyi Teatre combine verbatim accounts of migration from the Ukraine to the UK with a Britain’s Got Talent pastiche in a bizarre satire of modern-day xenophobia. Our host, dressed in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, welcomes us to an evening of ‘talent’ and terrible jokes... 

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

In this play we’re granted a view into a future version of the world of Peanuts. In this world, Charlie Brown & Company are all teenagers, and they’re completely changed, yet totally recognizable, versions of their cartoon selves... 

Beyond Price

Beyond Price

This is a wonderfully complex piece; part intertwining story, part vocalised ruminations of Jack Klaff, a Fringe veteran who gives a stunning performance. The production claims to be a collection of highlights taken from shows that could not make it to Summerhall this year... 

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

This was a hugely disappointing hour of theatre. Overall, it was less a comedy of errors than it was merely an error in comedy. The production is described on the Fringe website as being “an exciting, lively and colourful production”... 

Procrastinate

Procrastinate

Procrastination may confound human progress and productivity, but it also provides the inspiration for Brick by Brick’s fantastic, multimedia clown show. The union of office drudgery and the subdued magic of mime brings a fabulously playful air to one officer worker’s exploration of all the things he can do when he should be doing something else... 

An Act of Faith

An Act of Faith

Seriously seeing the funny side. One school desk. One character. One act. From simple observations and everyday occurrences, to the more challenging and perplexing experiences, our character has learned many lessons but still has unanswered questions... 

Goggles

Goggles

Goggles is a simple, quirky and deeply endearing devised piece in which comedy double-act ThisEgg explore the complexities of love and friendship through that most profoundly allegorical of animals: the goldfish... 

Predrinks | Afterparty

Predrinks | Afterparty

Deadpan Theatre return to the Fringe after their sell-out success Get Your Sh*t Together, premiered at the Fringe in 2015. With their pace just as super, and their jokes landing just as well, Predrinks | Afterparty is a great comeback for this impressive group of young writers and actors... 

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

On top of the breakfast (croissant, coffee and strawberries), there is a handful of ten-minute theatre pieces that are eccentric, funny and outrageous. This is a show that boasts a faithful following, whose dedication to the annual production bespeaks the undeniable quality on offer by the bite-size plays... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee is a beloved American pastime, encouraging good sportsmanship and the pleasure of taking part; however, deep down it becomes clear every contestant has a thirst for glory... 

The Harry and Chris Show

The Harry and Chris Show

World champion slam poet Harry Baker returns to the Fringe, accompanied by his talented friend Chris Read on guitar for a spoken word/acoustic fusion set. A combination of catchy hooks and breathtaking verbal ingenuity makes this a winning hour, and the affable duo trade well off their nice-young-lad personas (‘gents so nice, mums want us to marry their kids’)... 

All the Things I Lied About

All the Things I Lied About

Lying seems to be getting more and more fashionable. Over the past few months, political commentators have begun to talk of the dawn of a ‘post-truth’ society — a society where honesty is rewarded less and less... 

Amy Abler: PianoDivalicious!

Amy Abler: PianoDivalicious!

With touches of Liberace and Victor Borge, this world-touring US pianist/singer is a classical concert artist gone rogue. Combining virtuosic technique with vivacious comedy (and feathers), she covers Beethoven to Broadway, pop to Paganini, ragtime to rock'n'roll... 

Two

Two

Two presents working-class life in a northern local, a place of failed aspirations, unfulfilled lives and long-kept secrets. A bickering husband and wife and the dozen regulars who pass through all play a part in this heart-warming comedy. 

Trolley Girls

Trolley Girls

Attention all shoppers! Make your way down to Southside Social to see best friends in the whole wide world (ever) in this show stopping coming of age story. Who’d have thought you’d bump into Bonnie Tyler, Adele or H from Steps whilst doing your Friday big shop?! Best of all, you can swig it back with a bottle of Lambrini and fall face first into a reduced packet of wafer thin ham along the way... 

The Starship Osiris

The Starship Osiris

Akin to a sort of Galaxy Quest on stage, The Starship Osiris is a non-stop comedic spoof space romp. It follows the adventures of the crew led by Captain Harrison, a starship Captain in the truest traditions of Star Trek’s Kirk, if Kirk was a member of Spinal Tap... 

The Baffling Adventures of Question Mark Man

The Baffling Adventures of Question Mark Man

What if punctuation marks were superheroes? During this show, we follow Question Mark Man as he tries to rescue his love interest Becky from the evil Captain Conundrum. Be prepared for silliness galore... 

Juice Straws Are Bleak

Juice Straws Are Bleak

Juice Straws Are Bleak is a fantastical, surrealist adventure experienced by a class of school children under the disinterested gaze of their teacher. It’s hard to compare to anything, but it has flavours of The Mighty Boosh, though in an original way... 

Death and the Data Processor

Death and the Data Processor

The Cock and Bull’s Death And The Data Processor follows the adventures of office worker Ian, whose murders of two co-workers lead him into the strange world of Harton, a community where criminals regret their crimes and want to start anew... 

Bull

Bull

Nobody likes a sore loser. Nobody really likes any kind of loser. Witness the depths of human nature in Mike Bartlett’s Bull, a dark comedy about self-interest and the pleasures of being horrible to each other... 

The HandleBards: The Taming of the Shrew

The HandleBards: The Taming of the Shrew

The HandleBards are proud to present their first ever all-female troupe! After cycling 1,000 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong troupe present Shakespeare's play as you've never seen it before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle powered... 

The HandleBards: Much Ado About Nothing

The HandleBards: Much Ado About Nothing

After cycling 1,500 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong all-male HandleBards present Shakespeare's play as you've never seen it before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle powered... 

Cut the Chat Live

Cut the Chat Live

Cut the Chat is a forum to discuss the topics people want to talk about. The panel and audience converse with honesty and humour about issues often ignored by other talk shows. Hosted by DJ Ace, one of the UK's leading radio DJs with a daily show on BBC Radio 1xtra, Damon the Barber, whose clients include not only celebrities but also the every day heroes of the community, Femi Oyeniran, professional actor and law graduate and, finally, Little Man A comedian who has amassed a large following on and off the comedy circuit. 

Droll

Droll

Drolls, Brice Stratford tells us in the show’s scholarly introduction, were originally performed by half-drunk actors in covert locations on raucous evenings during the Puritan Interregnum... 

Amelia Ryan: Lady Liberty

Amelia Ryan: Lady Liberty

Amelia Ryan used to be a mess. She openly admits it. Her career was in free-fall along with her non-existent love life and her lifestyle wasn’t helping. So she decided to take control and transform her life and herself using her own Seven Step Guide To Being a Lady (or Lad) of Liberty and she’s going to tell us how it went... 

Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches!

Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches!

I’m sure we’re all used to growing the Fringe brochure and seeing shows with enigmatic titles which tell you nothing about the eventual content. If only there was a show that told you exactly what to expect before you even step in the room... 

A History, w Nowell Edmurnds

A History, w Nowell Edmurnds

A History, w Nowell Edmurnds is a surreal examination of celebrity culture which is by turns extraordinarily captivating and deeply funny.It takes the form of a one-man sketch show which follows the life of a fake Noel Edmunds, chosen for the particular class of B-list celebrity which he embodies... 

Victoria Jeffrey: Dancing With Jack

Victoria Jeffrey: Dancing With Jack

Previously known for her well received part as a Totally Naff Tart, this is Victoria Jeffrey solo and talking about life. She is a seasoned actress and producer but this venture is all new for her combining character, storytelling and original songs... 

Dolly Wants to Die

Dolly Wants to Die

To say Dolly Wants to Die is a dark comedy is like saying water is wet: the irreverent jokes come left, right and centre, but only a few of them properly hit their target. Set in a children’s playroom, filled with oversized books, toys and cigarettes to keep in proportion with our protagonists Dolly, a foul-mouthed and suicidal social justice warrior, and Mr Bear, a pacifist teddy bear who has taken a vow of silence and has a more than mild addiction to cocaine... 

Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother in the Case of a Study in Blood

Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother in the Case of a Study in Blood

Sherlock Holmes, true to its original with all the same characters and tropes that keep fans hooked, but with a twist. The famous detective becomes a Godot figure, never actually emerging on stage despite being central to the action... 

Three Layers of Meta and a Time Machine

Three Layers of Meta and a Time Machine

Two friends get together to write a comedy musical. While they bicker, their three heroes are getting lost across time and space, battling the forces of evil and tearing major holes in the space-time continuum... 

The Mystery at Ginger Creek: An Interactive Adventure

The Mystery at Ginger Creek: An Interactive Adventure

Welcome to Ginger Creek, where curious characters and perplexing events are the norm. Join Hank O’Hara and Sally Silver Gunz as they run from the law, stumble over clues and suffer from amnesia... 

Anarchy at the Hearty Toadstool

Anarchy at the Hearty Toadstool

The Hearty Toadstool, classic English bed and breakfast, has gone downhill in recent years, but elderly proprietor Lavinia Gerania keeps the place going. Complaints include the mould, the isolated location, and the fact that Ms Gerania was found dead on the sofa in the middle of a terrible snowstorm, with a telegram warning about one of her guests... 

The Supermarket Six

The Supermarket Six

Unexpected item in bagging area… Over-worked, under-appreciated, threatened with unemployment, a tin of baked beans that refuses to scan pushes the beleaguered shop assistants of the BestCo supermarket chain over the edge... 

The Glummer Twins

The Glummer Twins

Stand-up poetry from the beat generation. Thirty years after they first appeared together with the legendary Circus of Poets, David Harmer and Ray Globe are back as the irrepressible Glummer Twins to put the 21st century to rights... 

No Filter

No Filter

The company that brought you Happy Girl and Teenage Dirtbag is back with a new show about digital detoxes, the rise to insta-fame and what it means to really lose yourself online. Because teens don't just fall off the internet... 

The Gingerbread Lady

The Gingerbread Lady

Neil Simon's dark comedy about Evy Meara, a cabaret singer whose career, marriage and health have all been destroyed by alcohol. Having completed ten weeks in rehab to overcome her addiction, she returns home to the welcome of friends with their own problems – an overly vain woman who fears the loss of her looks, a homosexual actor in danger of losing a part in a play, her devoted but anxious teenage daughter, and a worthless ex-lover... 

Out of the Box – Adult Comedy and Variety Show

Out of the Box – Adult Comedy and Variety Show

A unique fun-filled, vibrant and interactive riotous adult five-star afternoon variety show, packed with hilarious mime, comedy, innuendo and magic. With special guest appearances from our very own Mr Luciano Pepperoni and Miss Dolly Farton our bespoke caricature-puppets... 

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

Did you know, the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a bit rubbish? In this brand new family comedy with music and puppetry, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful Grimm characters... 

Illuncheon: A Picnic of Tricks!

Illuncheon: A Picnic of Tricks!

Sorcery and sandwiches! Trickery and tea! Bewitchery and banter! The man with the world's only degree in magic serves up a feast for family fascination. And with perfect manners too! Owen Lean graduated in 2006 with the world's first degree in street magic... 

Fascinating Aïda: Greatest Hits – Back in the Saddle

Fascinating Aïda: Greatest Hits – Back in the Saddle

They're back! For seven nights only, with a selection of hot favourites from over 648 years of song, satire and hilarity. The ladies are showing great form following their record-breaking Charm Offensive tour, three Olivier Award nominations and over 15 million YouTube hits for Cheap Flights (their infamous anthem to budget air travel)... 

Liza Pulman: Everything's Coming Up Roses

Liza Pulman: Everything's Coming Up Roses

Enjoy an afternoon with Liza in an expertly pruned show about flowers, gardens and all things green! From Tip Toe Through The Tulips to Neil Diamond’s You Don’t Bring Me Flowers... 

Another Fine Mess

Another Fine Mess

Laurel and Hardy’s slapstick comedy still makes people laugh nearly 100 years after they made their first film together. Their rib-tickling rendition of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine even got to number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1975... 

Christina Bianco

Christina Bianco

Come see Christina's triumphant return to the UK this summer as she presents her newest show Me, Myself and Everyone Else. An eclectic selection of your favourite pop, standard and Broadway tunes, in her own voice as well as impersonations of the great divas of our time... 

Chapel Street

Chapel Street

If ever the strength of a story lay in its telling, Chapel Street would be a perfect example. Luke Barnes’ play is written in a punchy, in-yer-face style which could easily fall flat if not attacked with venom... 

Triple Entendre: Love, Life and Other Stuff

Triple Entendre: Love, Life and Other Stuff

Triple Entendre is directed, created and designed by Emily Cairns and is a comic musical cabaret about “Love, Life and Other Stuff”, consisting of a collection of original songs and poems woven loosely together with just a touch of narrative... 

Jumping the Barriers

Jumping the Barriers

There are many symbols of class division and expressions of social stratification in this country. I had not considered pistachios to be among them until I saw the look on Nathan’s face when offered some... 

The Mikado

The Mikado

St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society with Mermaids Performing Arts return to the Festival Fringe with their typically entertaining style of presenting Gilbert & Sullivan, this time with their own take on The Mikado... 

Big the Musical

Big the Musical

You've seen the film, now here's the musical. After the successes of Zanna Don't, Flight of the Lawnchair Man and the five-star rated Zombie Prom, cult musical specialists Latymer Theatre Company return to the Fringe with the tale of a boy's dream to become a grown up... 

Ronnie and Jonny: Friends Disunited

Ronnie and Jonny: Friends Disunited

Comedy duo Ronnie and Jonny split up five years ago and haven’t spoken since. Jonny went on to become a stand-in for Mystic Meg and reserve contestant for Celebrity Big Brother. Ronnie became an alcoholic and ghost writer for real comics... 

We're All Mad in Here

We're All Mad in Here

We’re All Mad in Here follows the story of Alasdair Carroll, a young gay man living in Edinburgh who comes across an elusive drag club called Curious Appetites. One night, Alasdair follows one of the performers who is running late for work and finds himself amongst a host of familiar characters like you’ve never seen them before... 

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon

Conman, faith healer and US Army reservist. Join the Reverend to learn how God found him, why he believes, and why you should always choose the baked potato option. From the team behind The Last Motel – ‘Engaging, clever and with a manipulative edge… couldn’t help but be reminded of the Coen Brothers’ **** (EdFringeReview... 

The HandleBards: Romeo and Juliet

The HandleBards: Romeo and Juliet

The HandleBards are proud to present their first ever all-female troupe! After cycling 1,000 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong all-female HandleBards present Shakespeare's play as you've never seen it before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle powered... 

Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

Famed for her portrayal of bisexual coke snorting Liberty Baker on Footballers Wives which won her a Screen Nations Award, Phina's latest challenge is nine characters: black, white, old, young, male, female; all of whom are having their own identity crises... 

Hero Worship

Hero Worship

One comic book fan tries to figure out what the real meaning of his life is by becoming a superhero. Trouble is – he doesn’t know what his powers are. A comedy tale that pokes fond fun at all our super powered heroes from Captain America and Batman to Banana Man and Captain Planet... 

Claire Dawson in A Woman on the Edge

Claire Dawson in A Woman on the Edge

Lover dead, gun in hand, how did she end up in Tasmania? Our Liverpool born Queen of Cabaret sings up a storm and wisecracks her way through a roller coaster journey of self-discovery... 

Magic and Mayhem

Magic and Mayhem

Come join us for an afternoon of amazing stunts, mind reading, stand-up comedy and magic that isn’t shit! 'The Empathist' Ian Harvey Stone (The Devil Without) will open your mind and tickle your funny bones, 'The Detective' Ben Cardall (Sherlockian) will reveal your inner thoughts and the contents of your pocket and 'The Comedian' Phil Knoxville (SCIN) is the stand-up magician with the twisted skills to pay the bills and a fully fledged licence to rock. 

Chef: Come Dine With Us!

Chef: Come Dine With Us!

Chef: Come Dine With Us! should not in a way be confused with the TV series Come Dine With Me. Each of the characters in this show is so much larger than life that not one of them would fit around your table... 

Skrimshanks

Skrimshanks

“We have a reviewer in tonight” crows a tall, stunning, grotesquely padded and malformed white-painted clown. The audience and I laugh, but I skim the rest of the crowd looking for a sign on a fellow reviewer, trying not to look to guilty... 

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

In the latest theatrical offering of a Jane Austen themed adaptation, this piece, which is billed as a new musical by Penny Ashton, interweaves thirty-three direct passages from Austen’s own novels, and seeks to amalgamate them in such a way so as to create a new narrative, headily replete with figures not out of place in either Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion or Northanger Abbey... 

One Musical to Rule Them All

One Musical to Rule Them All

An “Original Lord of the Rings Parody” One Musical to Rule them All is full of puns, mocks the bits of Lord of the Rings that we all thought were a bit ridiculous and illogical and is incredibly silly... 

Novel Experiments in Living

Novel Experiments in Living

In the opening tableau, the stage is littered with a collection of bodies sprawled all over the stage, all paper white overalls and unsettling masks. A collection of discarded or potential ideas surround the image of a writer: knitted jumper, wiry frame, prop typewriter... 

Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady

Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady

Apparently, even circuses nowadays feel a need to satisfy the public’s desire to glimpse behind the scenes, to smell the greasepaint and discover how the magic happens. As an audience, we’re immediately addressed as the first lucky group to be invited – for a pre-curtain-up Q&A – into the private dressing room of Dame Nature, the Bearded Lady in Hannibal’s Travelling Palace... 

The Ukeladeez – Gin Bunnies Free Festival

The Ukeladeez – Gin Bunnies Free Festival

Two ladies who like tea, cake, gin and playing ukulele. We live together, own a fat blind cat and wear comfortable shoes. Yes, The White Stripes of the ukulele scene – are they/aren't they? We are... 

The Moira Monologues by Alan Bissett

The Moira Monologues by Alan Bissett

Moira Bell – single mum, cleaner, hardest woman in Falkirk, and the alter ego of writer/performer Alan Bissett – is back at the Fringe for a limited run after six years’ absence... 

Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour

Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour

Sherlock Holmes meets a theatrical farce in this intelligently written double act that sparkles like the Blue Carbuncle.The Farewell Tour introduces us to Holmes and Watson’s last joint adventure before Holmes retires to Sussex... 

Love Me Tinder Cabaret

Love Me Tinder Cabaret

A short and sweet performance that makes use of popular romantic tracks to tackle the trials and troubles of online dating and the accompanying creeps who come with the app, Love Me Tinder happily pokes fun at 2016’s most infamous dating service through a blend of music and comedy... 

The Nutty Professor and His Amazing Magic Bubble Show

The Nutty Professor and His Amazing Magic Bubble Show

Bubble-lovers will rejoice in this fun, immersive spectacle lead by the energetic assistant Ms Squeaky Bottom and the Nutty Professor himself. This show fully lives up to the jubbly expectations set by its title and will surely provide a fun experience for any kids in the 7-and-under age group... 

Holmes for Rent

Holmes for Rent

From Benedict Cumberbatch on the TV to Robert Downey Jr on the big screen, Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Victorian novels Sherlock Holmes have been brought back so many times, and in so many different formats, that it’s always intriguing to see if anyone can breathe new life into these old tales... 

Casting Call Woe

Casting Call Woe

Next on the list of unusual inspirations: Casting Call Woe is a Fringe show based on a blog. The blog uses casting calls (the notices films and TV shows put up to request an actor for a role) to show the incredible way women are treated in show business, while simultaneously amusing through the pure ridiculousness... 

Of Wardrobes and Rings

Of Wardrobes and Rings

David Payne, having already portrayed C. S. Lewis well over 500 times, writes and stars in a new play about the final meeting between Lewis and his friend and sparring partner J. R... 

Eargasm Cabaret

Eargasm Cabaret

Two quirky ladies. One piano. Singing songs about love. Singing songs about not being loved. Singing songs that have absolutely nothing to do with love but will give you the best eargasm of your life... 

Vera Vera Vera

Vera Vera Vera

Vera Vera Vera is a black comedy that explores the impact of war on the people back at home. Bobby, a young soldier from Kent, has been killed in Afghanistan. This disaster pushes his mother into a despairing seclusion, while Bobby's other siblings, Emily and Danny, quarrel over how heroic, or not, he really was... 

Stack

Stack

Mix together a dollop of Alan Partridge, a squirt of Bear Grylls and a spoonful of Stephen Toast and what do you get? Celebrity explorer, Stackard Banks! Stack is a hilarious comedy, following the journey of narcissistic adventurer Stackard Banks on his madcap quest to the Amazon rainforest... 

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is the kind of production I come to Fringe to see: a very specific, niche show, seemingly outside of my interests, that is found to be a surprisingly charming hour of entertainment... 

Family Voices and Victoria Station

Family Voices and Victoria Station

Harold Pinter’s two short plays make only rare appearances nowadays and yet they are rewarding pieces. Family Voices, broadcast as a radio play in 1981, was followed a year later by the premiere of Victoria Station at the National Theatre... 

Three Jumpers

Three Jumpers

The tweeting of the birds portends a beautiful day, but the view from the bridge is spoiled by an ominous thick mist. In the lives of three men contemplating suicide it is the gloom that has the upper hand... 

Shoot the Women First

Shoot the Women First

Shoot the Women First revolves around a mercenary company. Starting from their first assassination it quickly moves to a job in the Middle East which quickly starts to go wrong. The show is full of potential... 

Tracy

Tracy

Workplace drama can become pretty intense. There’s competition, romance, team building activities, promotions and middle management, all in balance along with getting on with the actual job... 

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

We very rarely think about our own deaths. That's unsurprising, considering how frightening it is to entertain the idea that one day, everything will just stop. But within this fear there is a positive – death is one thing that all people share, an event we all know will one day arrive... 

Holes by Tom Basden

Holes by Tom Basden

Lyons Productions returns to Edinburgh with Holes, an apocalyptic farce from Tom Basden, writer of hit TV shows Fresh Meat and Plebs. The result is an underwhelming hour and a half of poor quality acting and grating humour... 

Bouncers

Bouncers

John Godber’s fluid exploration of British society, drinking culture and nightlife in the 1980s is a fast-paced romp through fragments of characters’ lives, from upper-class champagne-quaffing, to alcohol-fuelled nights on the tiles, all under the supervision of the ever-present bouncers... 

Nel

Nel

Nel is a charming little love letter to cinema that follows foley artist, Nel, on her misadventures with her insufferable aunt, demanding boss and a hopeful screenwriter. For context, Nel is a single woman who lives with her pets and is perfectly content to focus on her career so, of course, she must be miserable and ends up reinventing herself to appease her overbearing friends and family... 

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

UCLU Musical Theatre Society’s Fringe production of the Joe Dipietro’s fast paced musical comedy is an incredibly entertaining and fast paced journey into the world of dating, relationship, marriage and family, that, while occasionally faltering, makes for an immensely enjoyable hour... 

In Defence of Hitler!

In Defence of Hitler!

This is a time-traveller’s lark in which the two protagonists, Johan and Stefan, travel back in time to 1933 Germany after having had a debate over whether or not they would kill Hitler if they had the option... 

Contactless

Contactless

Contactless is not your regular drama. It comprises two stories (told one after another) that are somewhat similar, though have no obvious connections. The stories (Chips and Withdrawn) explore the possibility of connection and love in a world of bars, cafes, nightclubs and pop culture... 

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

As a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s enigmatic and famously hyper-intelligent super sleuth, I was intrigued to see this production by the appropriately-named Tobacco Tea Theatre Company... 

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself

Shaedates is a show about finding yourself – quite literally. Although this one woman show holds together, parts that work are closely coupled with moments of cobbled surrealism within an unfocused narrative... 

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

We begin with a boy meeting a girl. Valentine (you’ll never guess his birthday), the son of a Polish taxidermist, meets Ash, the daughter of a debt-ridden Tutti Frutti man, outside a medical research facility in the small Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil... 

Journeys

Journeys

A Spaniard, a Frenchman, an Englishwoman and an Italian get on a train and treat us to a series of energetic and amusing clowning sketches that weave together the stories of the individuals as they travel on a very important journey... 

Paul Dabek – Look at Me!

Paul Dabek – Look at Me!

Paul Dabek is back in the spotlight at the Free Fringe and, without giving anything away; this is man who really knows how to make the most of a spotlight.Dabek is a confident and accomplished magician... 

Shakin' Shakespeare

Shakin' Shakespeare

Shakin’ Shakespeare does an incredible job at presenting the playwright’s work in an accessible and side-splittingly funny way. The extremely talented cast, who are performing not one but three different plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, performed Romeo and Juliet the morning I attended... 

Terry Pratchett's Mort

Terry Pratchett's Mort

In true Terry Pratchett style, this rendition of Terry Pratchett’s Mort brings along a sly mixture of complex fantasy and comedy. Full of silly jokes and comedic acting, the show is an entertaining way to spend the evening and is guarantied to have everyone laughing... 

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Hot Coals Theatre have put together a slick physical comedy, full of beat-perfect gags leaving you laughing out loud at the flick of an eyebrow, whilst some of the more grotesque may make you gag... 

Storyteller, Storyteller

Storyteller, Storyteller

Story Pocket Theatre’s Storyteller, Storyteller pits two storytellers against each other in an epic battle of clowning, miming and slapstick comedy. Two storytellers, wearing the same outfits and using the same equipment, encounter one another and begin a funny and wonderfully silly performance, both in cooperation and in competition with each other... 

Royal Vauxhall

Royal Vauxhall

With a script and songs by Desmond O’Connor, this new musical tells the tale of the legendary night that TV superstar, Kenny Everett and rock god, Freddie Mercury dressed Lady Diana, Princess of Wales as a man and smuggled her into notorious London gay venue The Royal Vauxhall Tavern... 

Good Grief

Good Grief

A Free Fringe double bill of stand-up with no particular theme, Irish comedians Keith Fox and Ger Staunton underwhelm with their unassuming stage presence and only mildly amusing humour... 

M.I.S. – All Night Long

M.I.S. – All Night Long

DON GNU are decked out in hand-knit socks and worn-out sandals and on the hunt for that dang thing called self. In a hard-boiled mix of jackass stunts, slapstick comedy and raw physicality, three men start their hunt... 

Don't Blame the Bankers... $toopid

Don't Blame the Bankers... $toopid

DBTBS is an engaging and succinct piece on what it's like inside the mind of a woman on a trading floor. It also questions the actions of the human race and its achievements thus far from the perspective of "Destiny", an all knowing and godly figure... 

Eargasm Cabaret

Eargasm Cabaret

Two quirky ladies. One piano. Singing songs about love. Singing songs about not being loved. Singing songs that have absolutely nothing to do with love but will give you the best eargasm of your life... 

International Shalom Festival Gala Concert

International Shalom Festival Gala Concert

The International Shalom Festival is a celebration of the diverse culture, music, art, dance and food of Israel aiming to build cultural bridges and develop international friendship... 

Free the Dolphin

Free the Dolphin

The dolphin – a remarkably intelligent animal with uncommon sensitivity, full of wonder and curiosity. A creature fascinating to humankind, much loved, but ultimately misunderstood... 

Queens of Antifolk

Queens of Antifolk

Over the years the infamous Antifolk scene has produced tonnes of phenomenal female talent – Regina Spektor, Laura Marling, Michelle Shocked, Kimya Dawson and many more. When you think of the Queens of Antifolk, think Joan Jett meets Joan Baez in the back of Janis Joplin's bus... 

Some Men All Biscuit – A Tribute Show

Some Men All Biscuit – A Tribute Show

A tribute to Half Man Half Biscuit's 30+ years in music. Fringe comedians perform their favourite HMHB track with a live band. Come and watch a possibly misguided attempt at homage as we pay tribute to the most underrated British band of the last three decades... 

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

It’s often hard to find anything particularly original about an original adaptation of any of Shakespeare's great plays these days, but The Taming of the Shrew done in traditional Korean style, plus an added bit of hip hop, is surely a first... 

Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin

Wrong Tree’s Rumpelstiltskin is a musical retelling of the classic fairy tale of the farmer’s daughter and the mysterious imp. As the daughter is ordered by the King to weave straw into gold, she makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to help her, not realising that this gold would one day come at a high price... 

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Being both a chronic worrier and a huge fan of television from the 1990s, I had high hopes for Don't Panic! It's Challenge Anneka: a one woman show that uses the programme, Challenge Anneka, as a springboard by which to explore anxiety... 

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours

Never before have I had to so strongly caution an audience - if you don’t enjoy having all eyes on you, look away now. It’s time to grab your headphones and get down to some classic funk, whilst also visiting some of the top sights around Edinburgh’s Royal Mile district... 

Swansong

Swansong

Four strangers survive the end of the world and end up stranded in a swan pedalo. Together, they try to piece together what life was like in the old world and what it could be in the new... 

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

It’s always disappointing to see an interesting concept marred by poor execution. The Invisible Man takes the central concept from the HG Wells novel, but transports it to a noir-style Chicago, filled with trench coats and jazz music... 

Spencer Jones is The Herbert in Proper Job

Spencer Jones is The Herbert in Proper Job

Almost every review of Spencer Jones takes the lazy route of saying he’s like Mr Bean meets something/someone wacky. The issue is, Mr Bean is just pale imitation of Jacques Tati’s character Mr Hullo... 

Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams

Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams

Twentieth anniversary performance of David Benson's Fringe First Award-winning tour de force, showing Kenneth Williams at his funniest and his most badly behaved. 'Masterpiece' (Evening Standard)... 

More Scouse Saddam

More Scouse Saddam

In the summer of 1990, four lads from Liverpool were working on renovating and decorating the palace of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein when they were taken hostage by Saddam and his ruthless regime in Baghdad... 

Crapappella

Crapappella

Crapappella is an all-singing, all-dancing, altogether groundbreaking, chart smashing, hit music BBC Radio 4 worthy a cappella show. Featuring timeless classics such as Diarrhoea, The Comic Sans Song, and Ballad to Beige, Crapappella isn't any ordinary a cappella show... 

Animal (Are You a Proper Person?)

Animal (Are You a Proper Person?)

Animal (Are you a proper person?) is a show about learning who you are and being proud of whatever that might be. All very twee, I know. Well, actually, not quite: it’s less quiet introspection, more shouting from the rooftops... 

The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dick and Delores DelRubio

The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dick and Delores DelRubio

The hilarious tribute to the fictitious husband and wife lounge act duo, Dick and Deloris DelRubio. Dick and Delores share their stories of celebrity love, life and entertaining. From competing with Liz Taylor, dating Elvis and performing in burlesque, Dick and Delores will literally charm the pants right off of you! 

A Waiting Room

A Waiting Room

Waiting is frustrating – more frustrating when you don’t know what you’re waiting for. Karen finds herself in this hopeless position, with nothing to pass the time but meetings with strange characters and peculiar happenings, most of which are caused by two eccentric receptionists... 

Paper in My Pants

Paper in My Pants

It’s all in the mind you know... or is it? A writer struggling to meet the fast-looming deadline for his first commissioned novel, and reeling under pressure from a well-meaning but nagging wife and a manipulative agent, suddenly finds himself facing a rebellion... 

Remember Me: Horatio's Hamlet

Remember Me: Horatio's Hamlet

A cast of two. A stage full of characters. A suitcase full of mysteries. All attempting to answer one of theatre's greatest questions: Who exactly was Hamlet? A grieving Horatio tries to unlock the mystery of his friend's death by hiring an actor to tell his story... 

Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

The songs and wit of those masters of mayhem, mirth and Madeira – timeless comedy legends, Flanders and Swann. This internationally award-winning show is back with all the favourites – The Hippopotamus (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gnu, The Gas Man Cometh and more... 

Teechers

Teechers

John Godber's great play about life in a rundown secondary school where both the teachers and the students have just about given up. Teechers is the students’ end of school production and they show the whole school what belief and encouragement can achieve... 

Tartuffe

Tartuffe

1967. The pious Tartuffe is lodging with the honest Orgon and his family. So infatuated with him, Orgon is blinded to Tartuffe’s true, rather less than virtuous ways. His family however sees him for the man he is, and have a tough time convincing Orgon otherwise... 

All of Me

All of Me

‘When it’s working, you won’t even pay attention to the time; there is no time, there is just that win.’ Gareth, not by his own admission, is a loner. Recently fired from his job as a travel agent, he recounts the story of his downfall; the death of his father, a spiralling gambling habit, and the man responsible for it all – his ex-boss, and once friend, Derrick Wentworth... 

Black Comedy

Black Comedy

A sculptor is awaiting the arrival of an art dealer when the power fails. Will he manage to hide his neighbour’s borrowed antiques, impress his fiancée’s father and hide his ex-mistress’s arrival during the blackout? A comedy farce. 

Depresstival, Tim Loud: Antifolks

Depresstival, Tim Loud: Antifolks

Two antifolk-Punk musicians, Depresstival and Tim Loud, bring their melodic, musical whinge fest to Bob's BlundaBus. Depresstival is a caustic, witty and eloquently miserable antifolk musician and vaguely viral YouTuber – facebook... 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Award-winning Sudden Impulse Theatre Company are marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by bringing his much-loved comedy classic to the Edinburgh Fringe. This is the first time that the Warwickshire based company have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, but they have enjoyed much success at the Buxton Fringe for many years... 

The Country Wife

The Country Wife

The newly divorced Harry Horner has spread a rumour of his own impotence around the country club. The reason? To seduce his way across the affluent, leafy town of Blandford, New England come hell, high water or jealous husband... 

Rotterz

Rotterz

Four youngsters and their dog battle an unexpected apocalypse on a small Scottish island. The brains behind five-star sell-out A Fistful of Hunny mess up Enid Blyton into a bloody hilarious zombie romp... 

All Cashed In

All Cashed In

What happens when admiration becomes obsession? When Greg Moncur discovers the music of Johnny Cash, he vows to become his biggest fan. Trouble starts when he lets his obsession dictate his everyday life with hilarious results... 

Help Me, I'm From Essex, Get Me Out of Here!

Help Me, I'm From Essex, Get Me Out of Here!

Hey! Ever wondered what happens to TV reality stars when they stop being famous? On the slippery slide from celebrity to no-mark they have some wonderful adventures. Join them and catch the all-singing, all-dancing tragedy that is Help, I'm From Essex, Get Me Out of Here! (PS It's a comedy for all the family!) 

Jam Sandwich

Jam Sandwich

Clown duo Sasha and Remy want to start their own TV show but something sinister is at work. Their dark imaginations combine to create a wonderfully terrible children’s TV show absolutely not for kids... 

The Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman

The Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman

2016 Brighton Fringe Cabaret award-winners! Don't leave Edinburgh without witnessing this 'unbearable' show! Being female can be an unbearably silly business! The Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman is the brain child of singer/songwriter (and mentor to Sam Smith) Joanna Eden and West End and National Theatre actress Leigh McDonald... 

The Cat Lady

The Cat Lady

Unsure of what to do with your life? Become a nurse... or a stand-up comedian... or a cat. That's the message that Cat Lady is bringing to the people. A play about three women – or one woman – and what it means to fail at your life like a goddamn champion! A white-knuckle romp sure to leave audiences in raptures and extreme physical discomfort. 

PALPitations

PALPitations

PALP are back with a riotous melange of contemporary comedic parables. Roid monkeys, winsome night bus poets, content creatives and lovers lost in language hold hands, brush shoulders and dance badly for your social acceptance. 

Four Plays for Coarse Actors

Four Plays for Coarse Actors

What do you do when your set crumbles, your actors forget their lines and lighting fails? Cry? Laugh? Or just carry on? Rolling In The Aisle presents a comedy where everything that can go wrong does and the hilarious efforts of an amateur theatre company trying to claw back their dignity and present a decent show... 

String

String

‘The string is the thing’ – in the centre of the stage there is a giant sculpture. Is it art? Is it a metaphor for the internet? Exploring the nature of communication itself, the characters follow the winding threads of the internet, only to become increasingly entangled in its ever-evolving web of words and images... 

The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

Rolling in the Aisle Productions presents a classic black comedy full of confusion, cross-dressing and a little bit of darkness. Professor Marcus and his gang of crooks aim to hoodwink their good-natured landlady, Mrs Wilberforce, by posing as amateur musicians... 

The Meeting

The Meeting

That meeting that we’ve all been to. The one featuring an array of interesting colleagues that make up an office workplace; the crazy one, the grumpy one, the smart-ass one, the eager beaver and the long suffering glue that holds the place together... 

2 Complicated

2 Complicated

'A brilliant play and another success for Punchline Theatre' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). Punchline Theatre returns to the Fringe with their multi award nominated romantic comedy 2 Complicated... 

Nowhere Now

Nowhere Now

Making international trade deals isn't easy but it is funny, absurd, ridiculous, stupid, nonsensical, manic, moronic, filthy, terrifying, profane, devastating, and moooo-ving. We will sell all the beef! We will make a f*ck-tonne of money! It's easy, Brian, it's easy... 

Ubu on the Table

Ubu on the Table

La Pire Espèce have been rummaging in the cupboards: in Ubu on the Table coffee pots, cutlery, a glass jug and drawers full of unassuming objects populate the cast in an energetic object theatre version of Alfred Jarry’s late nineteenth century surreal tragedy Ubu Roi... 

You Tweet My Face Space

You Tweet My Face Space

Ever wondered, or perhaps dreaded, what it would be like if your search history could talk? With a host of zany characters and one wonderfully surreal party, You Tweet My Face Space brings the internet to life and imagines the consequences on work – and relationships – this could bring... 

I'm Doing This for You

I'm Doing This for You

The premise of the show is deceptively simple, and the clue is in the title: what a woman would do or go through for a man who she wholeheartedly loves, even though he has already moved on... 

Growth

Growth

The stellar reputation of Paines Plough’s championing of new writing for the theatre means that each new offering is welcomed with a great deal of anticipation. Constantly hard-hitting, their offerings present fresh perspectives on contemporary issues voiced by some of the most exciting dramatic writers in the UK... 

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant Thing (which first came to the Fringe in 2014) has the largest cast you’ve ever seen for a one man show. By casting audience members as the significant figures who populate the life of the protagonist (Donahoe) this touching and astonishingly funny show about depression and suicide becomes a generous and communal healing experience... 

Lili La Scala: Another F*cking Variety Show

Lili La Scala: Another F*cking Variety Show

For a night of revelry and a hot mix of incredible performances, Lili La Scala’s Another F*cking Variety Show is a tough show to rival. With assistance from her wonderfully expressive pianist Tom, Lili is the perfect cabaret hostess... 

[Title of Show]

[Title of Show]

As cryptic as the title of this show may seem to be, its basic premise is established very early on. A sharply self-aware piece based upon the tribulations of writing a new musical, [title of show] wades through clichés, tableaus, references to a wide variety of other West End and Broadway productions which make it completely relatable to anybody already deeply immersed within the form – either as a fan or as someone with any experience of being involved with a musical... 

Emoji

Emoji

Meet Kyle’s phone. Inside it, like every mobile, a hidden emoji-world exists. Emojis live with one ultimate goal: to become one of the ‘frequently used’. Brian the brown shoe emoji is a deadbeat... 

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

Nine actors recreate raging typhoons, runaway trains, stampeding elephants and over 30 different characters in Mark Brown's brilliant new stage adaptation of the Jules Verne classic... 

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories, ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil's Grandmother and Lean Lisa... 

Molière's The Hypochondriac

Molière's The Hypochondriac

Molière’s classic comedy is reinvented as a piece of high energy physical storytelling, in a new adaptation by Oliver Pengelly and Dawn Wylie. The miserly Argan has an ever-increasing list of ailments and a doctor’s bill to match but can he conjure up a dastardly plan that will secure him free prescriptions for whatever time he has left? This talented cast use choral work and finely crafted characterisation to bring this classic tale to life in a thrilling new production for all the family... 

Matthew Giffen, Cocaine and Potatoes

Matthew Giffen, Cocaine and Potatoes

A Colombian/Irish/Englishman takes on identity, the world and why you have to try a Japanese toilet. An upbringing on a staple diet of cocaine and potatoes will take its toll, come and see what you end up with... 

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!)

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!)

Making its European premiere, this Canadian comedy gem packs more ideas and laughs into 40 minutes than most plays triple its length. This hilarious farce showcases four 10 minute acts in which four period costumed actors repeat identical blocking and emotions yet tell zealously different stories – each one as zany as the last... 

Arcadia

Arcadia

In the schoolroom of a country estate in the 1800s, Thomasina is discovering the truth about sex. In the same room about 200 years later, a group of academics are still trying to work it out... 

I Love You Because

I Love You Because

A modern-day musical twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with music by Joshua Salzman and book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham. A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed forever when he meets a flighty photographer in New York... 

Rayguns Look Real Enough in Space... Man

Rayguns Look Real Enough in Space... Man

Having assembled a crack team of musical legends from across the globe, notorious rock stars Rayguns Look Real Enough are now heading into space to bring home the Best Band in the Universe trophy... 

Tomás Ford’s Craptacular!

Tomás Ford’s Craptacular!

Tucked away in Grassmarket, the Sweet is an innocuous venue which this year plays host to one of the most random, madcap events I have ever seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Get ready for funky dancing and pop music aplenty, but as you have never encountered it before... 

The Thinking Drinkers: Around the World in 80 Drinks

The Thinking Drinkers: Around the World in 80 Drinks

The Thinking Drinkers are back at the Fringe and this year they’re serving up a whistle stop tour of the world’s boozy traditions, mixing up a cocktail of historical facts, filthy innuendos and free drinks... 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Every single audience member is given a ping pong ball with Shakespearean tropes written on them upon entry. The audience then have to throw these balls into the baggy breeches of one of the cast... 

The D-List

The D-List

Shrapnel theatre’s new Fringe show The D-List attempts to address the issues of celebrity and fame in the modern day world of Twitter, reality TV and a culture that idolises those who seem to do nothing but embarrass themselves on the Internet... 

Trash Test Dummies

Trash Test Dummies

There’s an anarchic edge to the Trash Test Dummies – as might be expected from a circus troupe who go on to perform a succession of tricks and humorous gymnastics using that most utilitarian of urban objects, the wheelie bin... 

Meet Fred

Meet Fred

We meet Fred as he wakes up - cute little puppet stretching and yawns ensue. But it’s when the lovable little puppet you see standing onstage begins to realise there are three pairs of hands attached to him, screams in terror, tries desperately to detach them from himself then gives up, deflated, that we get the first hint of Meet Fred’s modus operandi: self-aware and visually inventive comedy seasoned with a hint of existentialism... 

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Mark Thomas’ new one-man-play blends spoken word and storytelling to create a compelling, intimate and rousing performance that lifts the spirit in this pitch perfect personal and political drama... 

Knowing EU

Knowing EU

Although this show might have been more useful to see before the EU referendum, Knowing EU’s straightforwardness pushes to one side all the unclear statistics and hot headed debating surrounding the referendum and presents nothing but clear facts... 

Ros & Guil R Dead

Ros & Guil R Dead

When deciding on a show to bring to the Fringe, you have two main choices: one, a piece of new writing - exciting and impactful but harder to market - or two, a take on a classic - easier to get an audience but potentially harder to put your own voice into... 

Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It

Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It

There’s a specific challenge involved when reviewing autobiographical shows surrounding horrendous personal suffering, in this case performer Karen Hobbs’ diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer... 

Not the Horse

Not the Horse

Almost twenty years ago, Guy Ritchie changed the landscape of British cinema with his love letter to the charismatic psychopaths of the East End underbelly Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels...