Make Tea, Not War

Make Tea, Not War

Returning for a fifth year, Majk Stokes hosts two evenings of music, poetry, comedy and storytelling to round off Venue 40's Fringe programme for 2018. Featuring surprise special guests... 

Hatty's Last Stand

Hatty's Last Stand

Harriet Stand (Hatty to her friends) is auditioning for a part in the critically acclaimed play Life. Harriet’s dilemma is to find the right role to audition for. We follow her trials and smiles in this relentless pursuit of a role... 

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown

Arnold Brown first came to prominence in the early 1980s at Soho's Comedy Store and later, at the Comic Strip live show, with Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall and French and Saunders et al... 

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax

A much-loved comedian for over 25 years, at the peak of her success Ruby bizarrely jumped ship to gain a master's degree from Oxford in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, then produced two best-selling books – Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled... 

Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn

Bestselling author and most watched poet of all time Neil Hilborn – famous for the internationally successful poems OCD and Joey and The Future, Neil Hilborn's poems have been viewed over 150 million times on YouTube... 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

The HandleBards have cycled 1,500 miles from London to Edinburgh, carrying on the back of their bikes all of the set, props and costumes necessary to perform Shakespeare's most famous comedy... 

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 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. 

Last Tango in Little Grimley

Last Tango in Little Grimley

Membership of the local amateur drama society has dwindled to four. Time for dramatic action. There's only one thing that sells tickets these days – sex! But how will the conservative locals of Little Grimley react to the promise of a sizzling sex comedy?! All is revealed in this fast-paced comedy of an am-dram in trouble... 

Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

Havana, Cuba! A Cold War world of suspicion, suspense and silliness. Amidst the sultry climes of Havana our heroes twirl, twitch and tango away from enemy agents, MI6 and the truth... 

Sister Act

Sister Act

In their 19th year at the Fringe, following previous sell-out productions of West Side Story (2016) and Oliver (2015), Stage 84 proudly presents Sister Act. Based on the hit 1992 film, this sparkling, feel-amazing show features fabulous disco and gospel music by Alan Menken... 

Yer Aul' Da

Yer Aul' Da

Malcolm is in his mid-40s and going to be a grandad. His way of coping with this? Drinking and partying all the time. His son, Ryan, is having none of it and just wants his old Dad back... 

The Rise of Donald in 40 Downfalls

The Rise of Donald in 40 Downfalls

Playwright and comedian Ash Caton performs heroic poems from The Donaldiad – a cycle of fables set between 1946 and 2018. See the titular Donald rise from just your average-joe millionaire to warrior king and millionaire... 

The Actor's Nightmare

The Actor's Nightmare

Curtain rises. George is on stage in front of a packed audience – oh wait. He doesn't remember his lines... or the play... or how he got there. George is pretty sure he's an accountant... 

Kill the Beast: Director's Cut

Kill the Beast: Director's Cut

Welcome to the worst film never made. Thankfully there's only one scene left to shoot. As heard on BBC Radio 3, critically acclaimed comedy troupe Kill the Beast return with a new tale of haunted Hollywood hilarity: Singin' in the Rain meets The Exorcist, Carrie meets Noises Off... 

Dan the Man (Kidz Comedian) – All the Things I Want to Be When I Grow Up

Dan the Man (Kidz Comedian) – All the Things I Want to Be When I Grow Up

A brilliant show of hilarious stand-up for kids aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds. And not really for boring adults, but they're allowed in. There will be jokes, mind reading, songs and dancing... 

Like a Sturgeon

Like a Sturgeon

Tackling Theresa May, Melania Trump, and Nicola Sturgeon, plus more of the world's leading ladies, lip-sync sensation Ripley pushes the boundaries of drag, pop and politics. 'The funniest show we've seen since Spitting Image' (Boyz). 

Wings

Wings

Eva is a stand-up comedian. James is head-writer for hit sitcom Flat Pancake. Their relationship is hilarious. So hilarious that it's falling apart. And there's nothing funny about that... 

Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures

Set in the theatrical world of 17th-century London, this classic play celebrates the backstage lives and loves of the first five actresses on the English stage. C6 Productions are proud to present their 2017 One Act Festival finalist production on their first visit to the Fringe... 

Villain: DeBlanks

Villain: DeBlanks

Come laugh your (body part)_____ off! A Time Out NY Critics’ Pick written by Billy Mitchell, Villain: DeBlanks is the uproarious improvisational comedy where the cast says words you put in their mouths... 

In Your Own Sweet Way

In Your Own Sweet Way

Six teenage friends stuck in school over the weekend – what could possibly go wrong? Inspired by the music of jazz musician Wes Montgomery, this fresh comedy from the mind of 17-year-old playwright Thomas Gonzalez-Carvajal provides an insight into the world of youth culture today... 

All the Dumb Things

All the Dumb Things

Melbourne's ultimate bad feminist will grab you by the balls and politely take your hand on this off-beat excursion of raunchy and ridiculous tales and oddly familiar tunes. 'At once hilarious, revealing, absurd, touching and sometimes just goofy' (Beat... 

Spin City

Spin City

Monday afternoon. Not much going on besides a robbery and chores at Spin City launderette. Margaret has health issues that could be better addressed; Jud hates his job and his dad; Teddy just lost his, and maybe his wife; Lol thinks the world owes her an educational right... 

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... 

The Great Baldini – A Magician's Journey

The Great Baldini – A Magician's Journey

The Great Baldini is a magical legend. In the mould of Dickens' Vincent Crummles, Baldini is a relic of the music halls, a theatrical performer of the old school. Here he tells the story of his life through a series of stage illusions – from the moment he began as a child performing on his birthday for his father and his friends, to the climax of his career when he attempts (live on stage) to rival the great escapologist Harry Houdini... 

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... 

Academy and Pitch Fight Present: Buy One, Get One Free

Academy and Pitch Fight Present: Buy One, Get One Free

Having only been in existence for three years, both Academy and Pitch Fight have already shaken up the UK a cappella scene. From appearing on television, to advancing to The Voice Festival UK semi-finals and ICCA UK finals, these two groups have made their mark all over the country... 

Taking it Badly

Taking it Badly

David Harmer and Ray Globe have just turned 60. They’re taking it badly. The irrepressible Glummer Twins are back to celebrate the joys, absurdities and indignities of getting older... 

Hillary's Kitchen

Hillary's Kitchen

Hillary Clinton and other influential women from history sit at her kitchen table in the days following the 2016 presidential election result, drowning their sorrows in chardonnay and trying to work out where it all went wrong in this Fringe debut comedy from playwright Emily McDermott... 

Holy Sh*t

Holy Sh*t

In a desperate last-ditch attempt to save their underfunded and dwindling church, two priests come to the conclusion that the best way they can raise funds is by selling the one resource they have in abundance: bodies from the church graveyard... 

The Magic Show

The Magic Show

Following last year’s Edinburgh Fringe sell-out and newly written for 2018, journey through the ever-changing story of magic featuring misdirection from eras past to today's mind-reading wonders... 

Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

Neil Simon's hilarious portrait of three couples successively occupying Suite 719 at New York's Plaza Hotel. A couple return after 20+ years to their honeymoon suite but can't agree the number of years, their anniversary date or if this is the same suite... 

Improvised Therapy

Improvised Therapy

Feel down in the dumps? Come to the Fringe with a desperate desire to re-evaluate your life? No? Well, we have. We're doctors Barry, Brian and Bean, and we'll be your (un)qualified therapists for the evening... 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s widely beloved comedy is updated to the lush setting of 1980s Sicily in this fresh and immersive adaptation. The play follows the budding romances of four lovers as their families gather for a languid summer of revelries... 

Gutted

Gutted

An Irish, black comedy set in 1980s Dublin where the fish factory floor becomes the stage for three women’s stories of one life-changing night... Through dynamic, interactive monologue, pure Irish storytelling, comedy and 80s music, three women dramatise the events of a significant night, taking us on a fun and poignant journey of self-discovery... 

Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

Amy, a cleaner, has found a body in a hotel room. There’s a funny smell coming from one of Jim’s storage units. On a hot summer’s day, furious Kate takes her anger out on her lover Ben... 

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... 

Bitter

Bitter

Rose and Leila are two unlikely friends who've been thrust together in the most uncertain time of their lives. From awkward toilet meetings to eating fried chicken in their pyjamas, these girls feel tiny in this big universe... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious stories from their home lives, the kids spell their way through a series of increasingly ridiculous words, guided by three eccentric adult hosts... 

Congratulations You Bastard!

Congratulations You Bastard!

Where do you draw the line? When do you finally say, that’s absolutely f*cking it! Two struggling writers reach this particular end of rope, and after being chewed and constantly spat back out by their beloved industry, they have one last crack at getting it right... 

Scary Story

Scary Story

In an original play by Alex Jones, an awkward Halloween dinner party between friends and a new boyfriend is interrupted by an invader with an unhealthy obsession with horror. As she forces the guests into a storytelling game from hell, they must outwit her in a deadly game of mastermind that will take them to the darkest depths of humanity... 

My Mate Dave Died

My Mate Dave Died

When Dave dies and is sent back to the living, he is only visible to his best friend Jimmy. It soon becomes clear their reunion is more of a curse than a blessing. Together, Jimmy and Dave must discover how to break down the walls between the living and the dead so that Dave can pass over... 

Pangea

Pangea

Choice was the problem. Nich is empathetic. Clint is aware. Bume is capable. And Harris is special, he stands out. One heart. Your candidates are ready to demonstrate that they have what it takes to win Pangea’s greatest game show: The Interview for High Office... 

Lady and the Cramp

Lady and the Cramp

A tongue-in-cheek, bursting-at-the-seams (literally), all-female musical cabaret troupe. We celebrate the female experience in all its splendid and not-so-splendid variety. We cover topics from tampon tax to getting that dodgy wax! 

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Take away the ability to put a scare into the living and what purpose does a ghost have? Sir Simon has been successfully haunting Canterville Chase for over 300 years, but no amount of clanking chains or reappearing bloodstains will scare the new American owners away... 

Odd Two Out

Odd Two Out

This show is for anyone on the outside looking in, wondering how, what, where, when, why and... what was the question anyway? In this hour of refreshing stand-up, Matt ('A West country Emo Philips for the 21st Century', (Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club) with 'glimpses of the surreal' (Cherwell... 

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... 

A State of Mind

A State of Mind

There is never a dull moment with Billie. She'll have you laughing and crying through her daringly dark and wonky life! A one-woman verbatim play about the struggles in life and how we overcome them... 

Songs fir a Summer's Nicht

Songs fir a Summer's Nicht

With his-larger-than life stage presence, Alex brings another absolute treat. Packed with laughter, theatre, spoken word, music and a bit of everything in between. A must see during this year’s Fringe... 

The Fabulous TT

The Fabulous TT

Compared by many to Dudley Moore and Victoria Wood, The Fabulous TT will captivate you with true stories about her life with Robert Burns, David Gest, Michael Jackson and her ambition to become the next Bond Girl! 

2nd Coming. Again.

2nd Coming. Again.

Two people are led to believe they are the second coming, they (and you) need to work out who it is using evidence and stories told by people their past in this (slightly) immersive party performance. 

A Gay and a NonGay Live! – Free

A Gay and a NonGay Live! – Free

Prepare for the gay and straight worlds to come together, as unlikely friends James Barr and Dan Hudson bring their hugely successful podcast to Edinburgh – live! James will explore the "admin" behind gay sex, while Dan promotes his campaign for metal music fans to be recognised as a minority... 

The Fun Club Presents...

The Fun Club Presents...

The Fun Club Presents... Three performers sitting in a theatre waiting to begin. Something is different, somehow... an audience. The Fun Club are attempting to stage a show that is original: part autobiography, part improv, all new writing... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious stories from their home lives, the kids spell their way through a series of increasingly ridiculous words, guided by three eccentric adult hosts... 

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner is the multi-talented impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter and actor. Rory is best known for writing and starring in the political satire show Bremner, Bird and Fortune, for nearly twenty years... 

Bongo Club Cabaret vs Cancer

Bongo Club Cabaret vs Cancer

The legendary late-night variety show returns for one night only! An incredible line-up of cabaret, comedy and music acts from across the Fringe presented by Rhymes with Purple and hosted by Dusty Limits... 

Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

Direct from sell-out performances in London’s glittering West End, the Edinburgh phenomenon and absolute staple is back for an eleventh elephantine year! Tim and Jordan present the songs and wit of those masters of mayhem, mirth and Madeira – timeless comedy legends, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann... 

Tricky Second Album

Tricky Second Album

In 1988 the KLF wrote The Manual. It revealed the secret of how to get a #1 hit single in the UK music charts. In 2017, we read it. And in 2018, we made a #1, smash-hit, sell-out Fringe theatre show... 

Bilbao Is Not in Spain

Bilbao Is Not in Spain

The enigmatic Doctor Woof, Britain’s furriest drag artiste, and the aromatic Aletia Upstairs, London’s sexiest Cabaret Artiste, combine their unique talents with lashings of glitter, feathers and fishnets coupled with some very clever original naughty songs... 

John Lenahan: Up Close

John Lenahan: Up Close

An evening of intimate magic (and comedy) with a master, in a late-night venue, restricted to a small audience – book early to avoid disappointment! John Lenahan has performed around the world as well as appearing in television shows for the BBC and ITV including: Stuff the White Rabbit, Secrets of Magic, Hoaxbusters and Red Dwarf... 

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas

Arguably the UK's most effective and best known political performer, winning awards for his stage shows and human rights campaigning, including the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award... 

Welcome to Self Co

Welcome to Self Co

Do you have what it takes to become our next Depression Superstar? We're looking for a super inefficient, dedicated team member to join our established brand. Our ideal candidate'll be an anxious, stressed-out individual with excellent self-loathing and low motivational skills, someone who pays high attention to the negative details and has a willingness to waste their time and give up on their dreams and goals... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

The HandleBards are the world's first cycling theatre company. Before touring their seriously silly production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it 1,500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow... 

Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo

Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo

A woman who is imprisoned by her husband in their apartment. A woman trapped by fecundity. A comic duet of two characters from A Woman Alone and The Same Old Story, two monologues from Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo by Dario Fo and Franca Rame... 

How to Be a Bad Girl

How to Be a Bad Girl

How to Be a Bad Girl chronicles this former classical pianist's delightful descent into the world of smut, booze and burlesque. Based on Chap's signature tune, she reveals her journey from being a 'good girl', to becoming a sexual songstress of filth... 

Bubble and Squeeze

Bubble and Squeeze

Louis Pearl, AKA the Amazing Bubble Man, accompanied by accordion diva Jet Black Pearl, have created a new stunning spectacle of bubble-based entertainment with cabaret style theatre and music, geared towards an adult audience... 

Yer Tea's Oot!

Yer Tea's Oot!

As we say round here: 'If they drap the bomb, yer tea's oot!'. A cabaret evening of top entertainment that also tells the story of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Scotland’s part in that and the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize in the context of 60 Years of disarmament campaigning in Scotland... 

Otway

Otway

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. 

The Fear

The Fear

The Fear follows the lives of students, Ash, Ferg and Sam as they attempt to navigate their way through the ups and downs of their final year of university whilst struggling to cope with deadlines, drink and distractions... 

Mis(s)treated – Free

Mis(s)treated – Free

Mis(s)treated – a dark and twisted comedy about human trafficking and prostitution. Come and see how A, B and C, the owners of the town's most successful business, try to find solutions to keep their street prostitution business up and running... 

The Hit

The Hit

A very black comedy – Mikey is a hitman exposed to parts of the brain he never thought he would see. After an accidental death, some nagging last words, and a chance encounter in a steam bath he's trying to straighten things out... 

Henchmen

Henchmen

In a world of superheroes and evil masterminds, everyone forgets the henchmen. Mike and Billy were just henchmen, guarding rooftops and looking tough for their big boss, Rapture. After a blunder on Mike’s first day, the two are propelled to the highest ranks of the evil syndicate... 

Death, Dating and I Do

Death, Dating and I Do

Death, Dating and I Do. Paige's life has changed in five years – cancer killed her husband, she had her first one-night stand and now she's marrying a British accountant. When life gives you lemons, screw it, learn to play the ukulele... 

Comedy Nightcap

Comedy Nightcap

Comedy Night Cap, presented by Artistic Diversity Alliance, is the perfect comedy show to end your night on! Each night will feature a headline actor from the comedy genre that will use improv, skit, musical Instruments, beer and a whole lot more! It’s always funny and always a surprise! For full nightly line-up, please visit www... 

Mucking About With Mr B

Mucking About With Mr B

Mr B returns to his Fringe home at the Voodoo Rooms with another hour of Chap-Hop, lyrical dexterity, music hall musings and musical mucking about. The Gentleman Rhymer will do a different set each night, playing some old favourites and winging some new ditties... 

An Act Of

An Act Of

You’d usually begin with the start, but here the end explodes first. At the end there is always a party: some good, some not so much. This being the latter. There will be confetti... 

A Dog's Tail

A Dog's Tail

Two walks a day, food, water and love is enough for dogs, but what about their owners? It's a complex world in the park and only the dogs can make sense of it all. Can they help their owners find enlightenment or are the attempts to help them "be more dog" doomed to fail... 

Am I F#*kable?

Am I F#*kable?

Questioning what it means to be desired in a culture obsessed with beauty. Am I F#*kable? explores how this impacts our relationships, self-worth and our own well-being. Do our own insecurities influence our place in a superficial world? A dark and funny show devised from a single idea... 

Alfred Hitchcock's Writers' Room

Alfred Hitchcock's Writers' Room

This original play revolves around a darkly comic Hitchcockian tale. Our story takes place in 1961, Mr Hitchcock has hired four young writers to script potential follow-ups to his big hit of 1960, Psycho... 

A Midsummer Night's Droll

A Midsummer Night's Droll

Award-winning Fringe favourites the Owle Schreame return with a wild, rough, raucous and drunken reimagining; a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the 1640s, originally adapted for illegal performance in pubs and back alleys whilst theatre was outlawed, over 350 years ago... 

Laura

Laura

London sell-out, immersive solo tragicomedy debut by Elina Alminas. Sex, lies and antidepressants. It's the day of Laura's marriage, but the groom is nowhere to be seen. You’re cordially invited to be a guest at the failed wedding, where the party's yet to begin... 

The Laurel and Hardy Story

The Laurel and Hardy Story

Laurel and Hardy – arguably the best comic duo ever, with never a bad word between them. In their careers they earned respect, affection, admiration and love from millions. This two-man show celebrates their lives and careers together on and off screen... 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Multi award-winning MATE Productions (Best of Liverpool Theatres 2012 and 2014, ***** (MadeUp.lv)) present their spectacular steampunk reimagining of Robert Louis Stephenson’s pirate epic... 

Dib Dib Dead

Dib Dib Dead

A new comedy drama. Lost in Scotland, a group of scouts take refuge in a deserted farmhouse. The night leads to personal issues and conflicts within the group. Then one of them dies... 

You Only Live +

You Only Live +

'The more I drink in real life, the more my babies are taken away by social services in my Sims life.' Between job interviews, Charli downloads a life simulation app. Rapidly cycling through avatars, she starts to lose sight of where its algorithm ends and the real world begins... 

MAD

MAD

MAD is a new black comedy from Cam Scriven and Daniel Bainbridge. When Rob and Ian find themselves stuck in a room together, you would think that escaping would be their chief concern... 

The Trail to Oregon!

The Trail to Oregon!

The Trail to Oregon is based on the 90s video game The Oregon Trail follows an all-American family of five (two parents, two children and the grandpa) as they make their way from Missouri to Oregon in 1848... 

Highland Serenade

Highland Serenade

Highland Serenade – a retired US naval officer has relocated his family to the Highlands of Scotland. The story deals with the universal feuds of inheritance, sibling rivalry, a crack at America's Got Talent and how each member of the family deals with the passing of a loved one... 

The Pleasantries of Peasantry

The Pleasantries of Peasantry

The latest comedy from Theatre with Teeth. A misunderstanding results in five medieval misfits joining the Crusades with some slightly better qualified knights, travelling through Europe and leaving their lowly peasant lives behind... 

Life on Venus

Life on Venus

True Arrow presents a series of scenes which readjust the balance of male to female dialogue by putting women front and centre with a multi-rolling cast of four women and one man. Come and celebrate everything girly, pink and ever so slightly catty. 

3 Cheers for Maisy!

3 Cheers for Maisy!

The status quo at Grovewood School for Young Ladies is disrupted when scholarship girl Maisy Martin arrives, much to the disgust of her snooty classmates. She may be an absolute whizz at hockey but will she ever be accepted? Will she solve the mystery of the school treasure? Will the tiresome boys from the Digby Grammar School ever leave her alone? This quintessentially English new musical, packed full of catchy songs, jolly good fun and a light-hearted poke at the upper classes, is guaranteed to entertain all the family and send you home singing. 

Liz

Liz

In a Tudor world, Liz – young, sassy, supposed virgin and the Queen of England – cannot stand the drawbacks of sitting on the throne as a woman; her overbearing councillors ignore her forward-thinking policies and constantly attempt to marry her off to boring and unappealing suitors... 

Seven Ways to Calm the F**k Down

Seven Ways to Calm the F**k Down

A feel-good show about feeling bad. Talking about feelings is hard. So why not avoid doing it, pretend everything’s hunky dory and buy a self-help book instead? The only catch is that this one talks back... 

Horror Show

Horror Show

People are going missing. No one is doing anything about it. Werewolves... Bigfoot... Child sex rings... Flying saucers... Nazi science... Eight-foot owls and the CIA. What if we told you this is real; what if we told you this is all connected? A darkly immersive comic horror combining true crime, conspiracy theory and existential dread... 

Decibels

Decibels

A new one-woman show. We meet Stephanie, a twentysomething who has just moved to the city for a fresh start. She takes us through the disaster that is her life so far – drunken sex, awkward waxes, the list goes on... 

A&E

A&E

A cast of 1.5 million (roughly) NHS staff show you what goes into a hectic night shift in A&E. A fast-paced clowning comedy caper, devised with junior doctors and nurses inspired by Michele Gondry and Green Wing... 

Tenacious D: The Musical of Destiny

Tenacious D: The Musical of Destiny

This epic rock comedy tells the story of a young rocker JB, from Kickapoo, journeying to find his counterpart in rock KG, and together they form the band… Tenacious D! Once formed, they decide to chase the legend of a magical pick that has shaped the history of modern music for decades and will give them ultimate rock power! Along with a group of rambunctious roadies, a super sugary groupie girl and a take-no-shit tour manager, they will put their musical spirits and their friendship to the test. 

Upcastle Downcastle

Upcastle Downcastle

UnderOwl Theatre present their debut show: Upcastle Downcastle. A pantomime for grown-ups and grown-ups at heart, set in something resembling Arthurian Britain but far sillier. A madcap, slightly raunchy, and highly self-aware adventure filled with ridiculous characters, silly jokes, stupid puns, and frankly bizarre plot points... 

The Comedy Conversation

The Comedy Conversation

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join Leicester Comedy Festival Founding Director Geoff Rowe for an in-depth interview with a Fringe comedian talking about how they have navigated the Fringe over the years and how to make the best of taking part each August... 

Para Handy: A Radio Play on Stage

Para Handy: A Radio Play on Stage

No Nonsense Productions – It’s a Wonderful Life: ‘A delight’ **** (EdinburghGuide.com). ‘A terrific indulgence’ (LoveBooksGroup.blog) – presents Para Handy: A Radio Play on Stage... 

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... 

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... 

Fan Girl

Fan Girl

Geraldine is a lonely young secretary living with her invalid and overbearing mother. Her only respite is a hit American television show loosely based on the life of Zenobia, a third-century Syrian Queen... 

Osric Omand and the Story of Hope

Osric Omand and the Story of Hope

Osric Omand and the Story of Hope is a horror-action-comedy that follows Osric Omand and his ex-Nazi caretaker Hans as their institute of monsters suffers an outbreak. With a blood-filled cocktail of stage combat, live music and impractical effects, Osric and Hans will encounter Annie the Vampire Bounty Hunter, dance with Nazis and battle the forces of the Vampirical Order in the stage blockbuster of the year. 

The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters)

The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters)

Who hasn’t had a problem they’ve struggled to solve? We struggle, and the world struggles. On one hand, it’s not surprising: virtually every problem in life is in some way unclear... 

Life on Venus

Life on Venus

True Arrow presents a series of scenes which readjust the balance of male to female dialogue by putting women front and centre with a multi-rolling cast of four women and one man. Come and celebrate everything girly, pink and ever so slightly catty. 

Urban Unrest

Urban Unrest

Urban Theatre Movement (UTM) presents Urban Unrest, a series of original plays ranging from the absurd to the surreal. LBS (Laughing But Serious) by Gisla Stringer: Directed by Brenda Banda, starring Paul Tully and Gisla Stringer... 

Kate Dimbleby: Sing Happy

Kate Dimbleby: Sing Happy

From Off-Broadway to Curry Mallet Village Hall, Kate takes her one-woman shows all over the world. This new show, created with Cal McCrystal (Paddington, One Man, Two Guvnors), is designed to have you singing and laughing along... 

Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert

Maddy and Jim’s relationship is having problems. Amazingly, it’s not because Jim has forgotten her name, but because Maddy's suddenly become prophetic. As she ventures through Prophetics Anonymous and Prophetic Pride, the disheartening futures of her primary school students and a startling discovery about her boss, Jim tries to support her while also trying to remember her name... 

The Threesome

The Threesome

Cameron and Maddie meet at a singles night. While Cameron may be somewhat of an oddball, it's Maddie who begins to show herself to be more dangerous than she first appears. When they meet Lex, a quirky cat-rescue volunteer, things take a dark, gruesome, bloodthirsty, jealousy-driven turn for the worst in the most hilarious of circumstances: a threesome... 

Silent MacDisco Walking Tours

Silent MacDisco Walking Tours

Boogie back into the silent era with this glorious mash-up of Charlie Chaplin meets Bee Gees meets Donald Where’s Your Troosers in this interactive tale of love and laughter. We tell the story you do the dancing... 

The 39 Steps: A Disaster in a Radio Studio!

The 39 Steps: A Disaster in a Radio Studio!

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, Wickford have every right to feel proud of themselves. Having won the prestigious BBC Young Creatives competition with their brilliant radio adaptation of John Buchan's The 39 Steps, they take their places ready to broadcast their work live to the nation on Radio 4... 

Pyg

Pyg

Pyg is a twist on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Cross-dressed cast explore Shaw's explosive use of language and the impact of dress on gender. 

The Bristol Suspensions present: Love Aca-tually

The Bristol Suspensions present: Love Aca-tually

Roses are red, violets are blue, The Bristol Suspensions have a show to do – but what happens when Cupid shoots his arrow into the rehearsal room? Fresh from their US tour, join the 2016 UK champions to see what goes on behind the scenes of a cappella... 

Aphrodite and the Invisible Consumer Gods

Aphrodite and the Invisible Consumer Gods

This award-winning show combines humour, audience interaction and dance to highlight the objectification of women in the media. The Goddess Aphrodite travels to the 21st century. Tempted by the allure of advertising, she wholeheartedly enters into our modern world... 

The Merry Wives of Seoul

The Merry Wives of Seoul

Koreanised adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. Falstaff, a fat and debauched knight, tries to tempt two married women in Seoul and steal their wealth. But these two clever women see through his plan and set out to deceive him... 

Molière's The Miser

Molière's The Miser

Molière’s classic comedy is reinvented as a dynamic piece of physical performance. Will the greedy and scheming Harpagnon’s love of money triumph over his children’s happiness? Join Greene Shoots Theatre for vibrant, energetic storytelling, a mischievous ensemble and plenty of mishaps along the way – all underscored by a fun and original live musical score... 

Loving Monica

Loving Monica

Inspired by Monica Lewinsky’s reappearance in the media, Blancmontage Theatre Group sets out to find the real story behind the White House intern and her famous relationship with President Bill Clinton... 

You're a Star!

You're a Star!

'Zoe. Get me God on line one. And while you’re at it, bend the space-time continuum, I’m going to be late for my Nobu lunch with Terry Wogan.' You're a Star! is a comical and at times tragic deep dive into the high pressured, often ludicrous world of personal assistants. 

Semi-Toned: Sidetracked

Semi-Toned: Sidetracked

Internationally renowned a cappella sensation Semi-Toned returns to the Fringe for its sixth year. Fresh from last year’s five-star, sell-out run, the 11-strong burgundy blazer-clad group sing their way through a brand new show – Sidetracked... 

Twelfth Night: The Ship of Fools

Twelfth Night: The Ship of Fools

Fiesta in sunshine. Siesta in shadows. Black malice. Bright love. Jump aboard British Airways Flight 1212 for the Costa del Sol, January 6, 1980. Wince for folly. Weep for love. Wallow in cruelty... 

Badgered

Badgered

A traumatic event involving her husband and a fish leaves Annabelle feeling emotionally abused and vulnerable, heightening her existing empathy towards the issues of animal cruelty and exploitation... 

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Stunningly original Korean update of the classic play returns to Edinburgh. Confucius meets Shakespeare with a dash of hip hop thrown in for good measure. Petruchio, a patriarch of the Confucian dynasty, tries to tame hip hop Kate into an obedient woman, but who will win in the end? This critically acclaimed worldwide tour returns to Edinburgh... 

Riverdale Live

Riverdale Live

Our story is about a town. A small town. And the people who live in the town. A horny town. A nasty town. A town where the teens look 25 and the adults remain tight. From a distance, it seems like any other town... 

Bullingdon Revisited

Bullingdon Revisited

It's 1986, one glorious summer's evening among the dreaming spires of Oxford University. 19-year-old Dave is trying out his new look as a punk, and going out on the town hoping to impress the infamous, elitist Bullingdon Club with his racy antics... 

The Really Terrible Orchestra

The Really Terrible Orchestra

The RTO has searched far and wide for music to play. European masters and music from the great plains of the USA will challenge orchestra and audience alike. Come and appreciate the excitement of the brass, the finger speed of the strings and the melodious sounds of the woodwind... 

A-Z of the Man With No Name

A-Z of the Man With No Name

A crazy alphabetical journey through the life of a modern vaudevillian loon. This man is bananas. With ukulele serenades, haiku jokes, environmentally conscious, zany short films, the man with no name will make you laugh, cry and ponder your very existence and sanity... 

In the Glare of the Neon Yak

In the Glare of the Neon Yak

Cult comedy spoken word artist Robert Garnham returns to the fringe. A late-night sleeper service, a train full of circus folk, a mysterious apparition in the fog... Comedy and poetry collide in this new show from the Professor of Whimsy. 

Let's Inherit the Earth

Let's Inherit the Earth

World premiere. Global warming, environmental destruction, mass extinction – this is the life! Morna Pearson’s punky new climate change comedy with songs, directed by Ben Harrison, design by Ulla Karlsson, and music by Jonny Hardie... 

Richard Walker: Sings Adequately, Mediocre Magic and Passably Humorous - The Show!

Richard Walker: Sings Adequately, Mediocre Magic and Passably Humorous - The Show!

Mediocre magic. Passable comedy. Adequate singing. Richard Walker combines them all for his new show, jam-packed with variety. Also! Tales of dating woe, breaking world records and why he used to dress like a sausage... 

All Change

All Change

All Change is a new bittersweet comedy about growing old. Ivor appears physically robust, but somehow fragile; not unhappy, yet not quite there, the world inside his brain a psychedelic mixture of the present and the past... 

Kit and McConnel

Kit and McConnel

In their fabulously elegant, refurbished and dead-central venue, clutching a stack of songs and sketches fresh as a mint julep, Kit Hesketh Harvey and James McConnel return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their usual witty and sophisticated examination of almost everything – from Macron to Mackerel – with only the vaguest nod to good taste and propriety. 

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... 

In Conversation With... Paul Sinha

In Conversation With... Paul Sinha

Born in the UK to a family of Bengali doctors, the early 1990s saw Paul qualifying as a doctor and taking his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit. Juggling both careers, he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award at the 2006 Fringe... 

Blues Brothers Scotland

Blues Brothers Scotland

Blues Brothers shows have been around for a number of years but never has so much fun been had by so many! Please welcome Blues Brothers Scotland: Jake and Elwood are portrayed by Robert Bruce and Stephen Pearce, two of the north east's finest entertainers... 

The Gin Chronicles in New York

The Gin Chronicles in New York

A brand-new adventure in the five-star reviewed vintage, radio-style comedy series The Gin Chronicles. Come and join the misfits of London for their fourth year at the festival, and enjoy ensemble comedy at its finest: 'pin-sharp pastiche of 1940s radio drama' (Scotsman)... 

King Arthur – The Panto

King Arthur – The Panto

When Uther Pendragon passes away England falls without king. Merlin the wizard is tasked with finding the new king. He does this by organising a contest. He puts a sword in a big stone... 

Artificial

Artificial

With an AI in every home, people have become increasingly insular, depending on and trusting their obliging personal robots as much as any person. Dom knows this as well as anyone. By day he sits alone in people's homes prescribing the correct unit for each family... 

First Dates

First Dates

Come and join the members of the First Dates dating agency on their journey into the world of love. There are highs, lows and many, many secrets in this hilarious new piece of theatre... 

Wars of the Roses – The Last Plantagenet

Wars of the Roses – The Last Plantagenet

Explore how the Wars of the Roses still has relevance today. Although more Channel 4 than BBC Four, Richard knows his history and can trot out the facts, but his kids have other ideas... 

A Fistful of Mondays

A Fistful of Mondays

It’s Monday night in Warbleswick as the All Star Line Dancing Club meet for their weekly class. Join the members as they fight, feud and fall in, and out, of love. The drama unfolds with a traitor in the ranks and mutiny on the horizon... 

J'n'R

J'n'R

It’s 4am, you’re stuck in the middle of an airport, and you’re downing coffee to stay awake. You also suspect you might be falling for the weird, oddly familiar guy in the corner who seems to have a thing for iambic pentameter... 

Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?

Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?

An Archduke assassinated. Europe on a knife edge. Four academic cocaine addicts trying to solve a murder. An idiotic killer. Death cult deception. Sword fights and feminism. Forensics and future queens... 

Greeks, Gorgons and Giggles

Greeks, Gorgons and Giggles

Greeks, Gorgons and Giggles is a fun way for young people to engage with Greek mythology through comedy, song, live music and movement. Laughter and learning for kids and their adults too! This piece of original writing follows on from our 2016 Fringe success, A Story of Stories, and contains original script, music and songs... 

Mason King – Game of Chance

Mason King – Game of Chance

Following a successful Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2016, mind control artist Mason King returns for another audience interactive journey into the inner depths of the human mind. Demonstrations of psychological influence, the art of lie detection and direct mind reading magic will leave us questioning: do we control our own thoughts? Do we control our own decisions? And above all, can we control our own luck? 

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... 

Tipping the Velvet

Tipping the Velvet

Marking the centenary of women’s right to vote, Italia Conti Ensemble presents Laura Wade’s adaptation of the groundbreaking Sarah Waters’ novel. A dark, witty and unmissable production taking you through the world of 19th-century Music Hall. 

Holy Moses!

Holy Moses!

A musical comedy adventure, told in tongue-in-cheek style by old Moses himself. Three actors play all the roles in this madcap retelling of the teenage years of one of the Bible's greatest heroes! Moses knows that Pharaoh's daughter is not his real mother, but when he meets Miriam, a wacky clairvoyant Hebrew slave, he learns his true identity and begins his journey to lead his people to freedom. 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Multi award-winning, Edinburgh-based EGTG, return with this Shakespearean classic. May 1945: the war is over. The Prince and his courtiers, returning from war, have come to visit Leonata and her household... 

Dick Whittington – The Panto

Dick Whittington – The Panto

Is that a panto I see on the Fringe? Oh yes it is! Join Dick Whittington, his cat and a host of colourful characters on a fun-filled family adventure from Liverpool to London... then on to the tropical island of Fandango... 

You Are Cordially Invited...

You Are Cordially Invited...

Theatre On The Edge requests the honour of your presence at the wedding reception of Robert and Issy. As a friend of the happy couple, join us at the Quaker Meeting House, site of Scotland's first same-sex religious wedding ceremony in 2015, to laugh, cry, sing and dance... 

The Great Red Sky Cabaret Show

The Great Red Sky Cabaret Show

A family-friendly mixed bag ranging from cabaret to comedy via spoken word and theatre. 

Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

Amy, a cleaner, has found a body in a hotel room. There’s a funny smell coming from one of Jim’s storage units. On a hot summer’s day, furious Kate takes her anger out on her lover Ben... 

Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters

Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters

Whom wilt thou call? What if Shakespeare had written Ghostbusters? Ministers of Grace is a wickedly funny, ruff-and-ready mash-up joyride of one of the best-loved films of all time performed as a Shakespearean classic... 

The Electric Cabaret

The Electric Cabaret

The alternative late-night Fringe experience returns, to a new home at C aquila amid the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile. A unique blend of comedy, circus, burlesque, bands, jazz and speciality acts from across the Fringe... 

Aeroplane Jelly

Aeroplane Jelly

Life is like jelly – easy to make, but a bit messy without a mould. Aeroplane Jelly is Stephen's third Edinburgh Fringe show, but for the first time he's telling his own story, no holds barred... 

No Regrets: Josephine D'Love and the Burlesque Liberation Front

No Regrets: Josephine D'Love and the Burlesque Liberation Front

In an alternate universe there lies a place where everything is juxtaposed, where cardboard is classy, where alternative facts become live entertainment while the show is a mere interval for your inappropriate pleasure... 

Outside the Box

Outside the Box

Portland, Maine. October 12th, 2010. The students of Williamson High are putting on Macbeth. They’ve been rehearsing for months, but were they working hard, or hardly working? When two castmates begin to realize their feelings for one another, all hell breaks loose... 

The Lock-In Cabaret

The Lock-In Cabaret

This ever-growing Edinburgh Fringe institution is back for its fifth year! With a different line-up of top, hand-picked, Fringe acts every night, join hosts Griffin and Jones for the ultimate late-night variety show! Going by past experience, anything can happen! 

Jumpers for Goalposts

Jumpers for Goalposts

After getting sacked from the Lesbian Rovers for being too bossy, Viv has a mission: to make five-a-side LGBT football team, Barely Athletic, league winners – and they’ve started well with a victory over Tranny United (who were playing in stilettos)... 

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights

Former PM and 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 than Theresa May has dropped manifesto pledges... 

Chris Cook: Concealed

Chris Cook: Concealed

Chris Cook takes a break from the big stage to treat you to an intimate peek inside his imagination. Concealed is a hilarious close-up magic show in a cosy venue with audience interaction in abundance! 'The fun is knowing that every uproarious night will be a unique experience' (Stage)... 

Fest on Forth

Fest on Forth

A hand-picked selection of the best performers at the Fringe. With a complimentary cocktail on arrival, catch the very best of the Fringe with a hand-picked selection of this year’s top performers... 

Tinderella – An Adult Panto

Tinderella – An Adult Panto

This is the story of Tinderella on the hunt for a sexy fella. Sick of being single, she bags herself a hot date with a Z-list celeb – Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews. But before she can get her hair fixed, nails done and fake tan sorted, disaster strikes! Her wicked stepmother cuts her benefits... 

Sob Story

Sob Story

What does it take to win Yorkshire’s Got Talent? Six old school friends reunite in the hope of sweeping the contest, but rehearsals get derailed when they realise talent isn’t enough – they need a tale of tragedy and triumph to win the judges’ hearts... 

Karaoke Saved My Life

Karaoke Saved My Life

Did you know that all life problems can be solved through karaoke? Join this immersive interactive experience and sing your troubles away and celebrate all that cheesy pop and big anthems have to offer the world! We will tackle the big issues and together, through the redemptive power of karaoke, work through them and demonstrate how there is a song for everyone... 

Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together

Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together

Everyone has a party trick. Harry has 374 and counting. Watch the multidisciplined master at work as he brings his hotly anticipated one-man show to the Fringe for the first time. 'The king of party tricks’ (Dynamo) shares his incredible skills, takes on challenges from the audience and pits his wits against the clock to change your perception of what one man is capable of... 

Sleight of Handsome

Sleight of Handsome

Freddie Folkston plays with magic, words and humour. Join him for an amusing 55-minute romp when balls, ropes, cubes and cards become embroiled in his own whimsical world. Freddie is sleight but not handsome, witty but not wise, skilful but not agile, deft but sometimes daft and all the while remains the consummate entertainer. 

Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84, the NHS will be 100 – what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS, and residencies in hospitals and surgeries, and with director Nicolas Kent, Mark uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in... 

I Can Read Your Mind

I Can Read Your Mind

Irish mind reader Tomas McCabe is back! Following a hugely successful tour of Ireland and debut at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Tomas is bringing his show back for a final Edinburgh run... 

Fall of Eagles

Fall of Eagles

Europe. 1914. The great Royal Houses stand on the brink of war and nobody knows why, least of all the ordinary soldier doing his duty and singing all the way. 100 years on, this colourful journey through music hall and history explores the absurdity that led to the end of the royal empires and the loss of millions of lives... 

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... 

Scratch

Scratch

Squabbling House Theatre are delighted to present their first piece of original writing: Scratch. Scratch is a collection of original writing shorts created by members of Squabbling House and compiled into one 50-minute performance... 

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... 

1-2-1 This Sex Is Real

1-2-1 This Sex Is Real

Ever get that sinking feeling that you will never be enough? Take a nose dive into toxic millennial sex and online dating in this brutally honest, highly comic look at a very millennial relationship... 

Pigs in Blankets

Pigs in Blankets

ADAM, or Autocrats Destiny Altering Machine, is an absurd government that rules over its empire with an iron fist. On the single day of public holiday that they allow their subjects, a few miserable sods hatch a plan to overthrow them during their annual Associates Associate Association Meeting... 

Nitro

Nitro

When a mismatched group of rebellious young art students are tasked with another mundane project, they are inspired to do something different. Something real. Something more than just another PowerPoint presentation... 

The Servant of Two Masters

The Servant of Two Masters

Goldoni’s boisterous 18th-century Italian comedy collides with 21st-century American pop culture. Rollicking farce, pratfalls, and pies in the face meet comic sword fights, rock’n’roll – and food! 

Arr We There Yet?

Arr We There Yet?

A rip-roaring and swashbuckling adventure in which three sailors hit the high seas in search of treasure! A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship... 

Door-to-Door Poetry

Door-to-Door Poetry

What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger's door and offered to write them a poem? Two years ago Rowan McCabe became the world's first Door-to-Door Poet. Through a funny and thought-provoking mix of spoken word and theatre, find out about the people he met on his journey around the North East of England; from a council estate in Stockton, to his appearance on BBC Breakfast; from a mosque in Newcastle, to the most expensive houses in the region... 

Dreamer: Sam Fitton

Dreamer: Sam Fitton

Sam returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with more magic, theatre and special effects to shake up the traditional magic show. Sleight of hand mastery, witty showmanship and magical inventions all combine as Sam spins stories through a series of phantasmagorical yet familiar scenes... 

Chris Cook: Chance

Chris Cook: Chance

'Best show of 2017' ***** (WorldMagicReview.com). Chris Cook returns to the Fringe for his fifth year with a brand-new show. A phone call from an unknown number leads down a rabbit hole of unlikely coincidences... 

Bristol Improv Presents Story Slam

Bristol Improv Presents Story Slam

It’s Story Slam time! Bristol Improv’s brand new show uses your ideas and experiences as the basis for its improvised stories. Share your anecdotes and watch as 'some of the sharpest young minds on the improvised comedy circuit' (AYoungerTheatre... 

All Hail the Poetry King!

All Hail the Poetry King!

Award-winning silliness for all the family from one of the nation's most successful spoken word artists. Packed full of stinky pirates, deadly pugs and quick-fire raps, you'll never look at poetry in the same way again... 

Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

'Of course I felt sorry for her I'm not f*cking heartless, I didn’t want her, whoever she is, to end up under a bush, god, but I didn’t want it to be me and your stupid f*cking dog that found her either... 

The Monster in the Hall

The Monster in the Hall

The Monster in the Hall by David Greig follows a day in the life of Duck Macatarsney as she cares for her dope-smoking biker father who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Duck is anxiously awaiting a visit from social services to check up on them and is terrified she will be taken into care... 

Dummy

Dummy

Diagnosed at a young age with an autistic spectrum disorder, Midwestern American comedian Anders Lee brings his signature, sincere and plainspoken manner to the stage as he recounts struggles with school, work and dating while being 'on the spectrum'... 

Melon the Human

Melon the Human

The perfect lure for humans. Modelled off the most likeable specimens of your race, Melon will be presenting his circus and comedic talents, accumulated from years of entertaining humans just like you, in a comfortable environment suited to his unique performance style... 

Rosie Sings – Facts About Love!

Rosie Sings – Facts About Love!

Rosie shares Facts About Love from her own life. Through songs and banter Rosie talks dating apps, turning 30 and why she can't wait to get married to Batman. 'The voice of an angel, mouth of a sailor' (Jamie Anderson)... 

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

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

The Return of Reuxberre Bereré

The Return of Reuxberre Bereré

Careering from his glittering ex-career as an incomparably successful composer/performer on Broadway, Reuxberre Bereré spends just one preciously distilled hour showcasing on the piano his entirely original greatest hits in an attempt to restore his former resplendence whilst reminiscing on a life both thwarted and triumphant in equal measure. 

Breaking the Magicians' Code With Kane & Abel

Breaking the Magicians' Code With Kane & Abel

Britain's bad boys of magic return to Edinburgh with their smash-hit, sell-out anarchic magic show Breaking the Magicians' Code. 'Will leave you impressed and in stitches' **** (ThisIsRadelaide... 

The Late Night Cabaret Show

The Late Night Cabaret Show

A late-night open mic cabaret night which is open to all Fringe performers: so music, comedy and performance is all on the cards. A perfect way to finish your evening. This hosted event alllows the Fringe goer to sample some of the best acts and performances at the Fringe... 

Lip Sync Lollapalooza

Lip Sync Lollapalooza

Are you ready for the ultimate Fringe party? Drag acts face off against comedians with hilarious and over-the-top performances that will leave you positively shook and gagging for more as they battle to become the Fringe's lip-sync champion! Spliced with DJ sets of cheesy, camp pop hits and modern booty-shakin' mash-ups, you'll party with Crudi Dench (Yorkshire's answer to RuPaul) and award-winning queens from the Haus of Dench... 

#Dave: Luxury Magic Show

#Dave: Luxury Magic Show

Twelve full-house Edinburgh Fringe runs. Three national tours. One TV special. New show for 2018. Arrive early. Like, really early. 'Exemplary showmanship, funny, quick-witted... mind boggling' **** (PurpleRevolver... 

Griffin and Jones: Trickorice Allsorts

Griffin and Jones: Trickorice Allsorts

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem! These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy and show-stopping wizardry... 

The Steamie

The Steamie

Tony Roper's perennial comedy hit is sure to have you laughing and crying in this nostalgic, sad and very funny play. It's Hogmanay and Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers, with a little help from the not-so-handy Andy, are in a Glasgow wash house getting the washing done before the bells... 

The Singing Psychic: Medium School Dropout

The Singing Psychic: Medium School Dropout

Best Show, Funny Women nominee returns with brand-new school rebel stories, spookily accurate (if bonkers) audience readings plus games! ‘Uplifting celebration of humanity’ (Scotsman)... 

Bag for Life

Bag for Life

Dark comedy exploring morality and mortality. Laura walks in on a suicide for the second time in her life, and breaks every rule she knows just to stop it happening again. Toby is saved from a suicide attempt by a sarcastic stranger (who won’t shut up), and he’s forced to re-evaluate his actions and wonder if he’s doing the right thing... 

There’s a Leak

There’s a Leak

Twelve-year-old Elsa and her cat Igor set off to the shops and discover a small hole in the pavement that is sucking in the air around it. When a little boy gets his finger stuck in it, a chain of events is set in motion, as a variety of quirky characters try to help, ignore or exploit the situation... 

Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji

Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji

If brevity is the soul of wit, then emoji is the funniest language on the planet. Or it should be. Stand-up poet Dan Simpson taps into the ideograms and idiocy of our modern anxieties with a little 'wordplay alchemy' (FringeReview... 

Slacker-in-Law

Slacker-in-Law

How far would you go to impress your future mother-in-law? Returning to the Fringe following his previous sell-out run, award-winning poet/teacher/battle rapper Mark brings a show packed full of comedy, poems, rap and... 

John Hegley: Morning Wordship

John Hegley: Morning Wordship

Join the morning chorus of clappy, clippy, cloppy, floppy, flappy sing-song and poem pong. All is shipshape with the crew of creatures that visit Squirrel Island. Dig deep into a wealth of stories, japes and verses with plenty of healthy vocab for both young and older... 

Modern Horror Stories

Modern Horror Stories

An anthology horror show featuring eight modern day tales of terror, death and the supernatural. From online paranoia and ghost hunting, to the perils of dating after the zombie apocalypse... 

Extro-Terrestrial

Extro-Terrestrial

Torn from their secluded lives, five introverts face experimentation, extroverted aliens and, worst of all, each other. A comedy sci-fi exploring awkwardness, heroism and human interaction... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

'If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended... That you have but slumbered here. While these visions did appear...' Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems, four young, unsuspecting, lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens... 

Uke Belong to Me

Uke Belong to Me

Big Squirrel return to Edinburgh with their latest award-winning comedy. Tom, a quirky 25-year-old zoologist stumbles across a dishevelled runaway bride, Kitty Chen, stuck in a tree... 

Live Before You Die

Live Before You Die

What do you do when you have a best mate who's so sad he might die? Especially since your friendship is built around a mutual appreciation of 90s hip hop, borderline alcoholism and finding creative ways to call each other dickhead... 

White Feminist

White Feminist

Are you one of the good ones? Did you go to a women's march? Would you boycott Becky? Tonight someone's gonna. Host Becky Harlowe is filming this episode live and you're so #blessed to be in her studio audience... 

Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls

You think you’re having a hard week? Meet Billy. As part of Billy’s campaign to become an independent Member of Parliament, he’s introducing a unisex changing room in the huge London department store he works at, but finding success isn’t going to be easy... 

Split Egg: A Magic Show About Being Twins

Split Egg: A Magic Show About Being Twins

These twin tricksters perform magic inspired by cliches surrounding twins. They'll prove they know what each other is thinking, feeling and which parts of them are truly identical. 'You will certainly leave with a smile on your face' (GlamAdelaide... 

Nick Doody: PG

Nick Doody: PG

For his 10th solo Fringe hour, acclaimed stand-up Nick Doody faces a challenge: to come up with a PG-rated show. Can he succeed? Come and find out. Over 18s only. No diabetics. 'Genius' ***** (Scotsman). 

Losing My Mindfulness

Losing My Mindfulness

Do you want to feel calmer, more focused and relaxed? Imagine a life where daily stress just floats by like a cloud in the sky, not a rain cloud, a nice one, a fluffy one. Yeah, do you want that? You know you do, don’t you? Join me at my mindfulness workshop where we can leave our baggage behind and be in the moment, even if that moment is not quite what you thought it would be, cos hey, what is?! Sometimes that moment is f*cking terrible... 

Stiffs

Stiffs

Dave and Vince wake up in a morgue... dead! Not the most promising start to the day. Who are they? How did they die? And why are they here together? Just a few of the questions the two try to answer as they fumble their way through a living death... 

Putting on the Blitz

Putting on the Blitz

The ubermeister of extreme dark comedy cabaret Frank Sanazi joins forces with his old crooning buddy Deano Stalin for a night of swinging mayhem. These two Iraq packers are pushing for world domination in comedy songs like Mein Way, Zieg Heil With Me and When You're Stalin... 

Orestes

Orestes

A new comedic adaptation of a great Greek tragedy by Euripides. Orestes and Electra killed their own mother to avenge their father. Citizens want them sentenced to death for the horrible crime... 

Michelle McManus: Reloaded

Michelle McManus: Reloaded

Singer and presenter Michelle brings her second one-woman show to the festival. From Let’s Get the Party Started to A Little Respect, it features some of her all-time favourite songs, with stories from her life over the past 14 years since winning Pop Idol, seen through the eyes of her delusional alter ego who truly believes she is an international megastar. 

Illicit Thrill – Breakin' the Rules

Illicit Thrill – Breakin' the Rules

Get your tip dollars out and leave your inhibitions at the door as you step into the Fringe’s shadiest nightspot. Back in the stripteasing business, the show that has been teaching Edinburgh audiences to perv responsibly is going to be breakin’ the rules... 

Triptych

Triptych

Three stories meet on stage. Lior might sing for you, Aya dares not to like dogs and Nofar wonders why she was never harassed as a teen. They’ll tell stories, they’ll dance, they’ll try to make you laugh or might even make you cry... 

The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret

The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret

The award-winning Lucky Dog have been playing their successful biopic Hats Off To Laurel and Hardy since 2013. The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret, however, is a bumper package of Stan and Ollie’s routines and songs from stage, screen, newsreel and record you won’t find elsewhere... 

Coccinellidae

Coccinellidae

A six-foot woman and a sex doll take on femininity. In a world where femininity obsesses over smallness in size, voice, opinion and ambition, one six-foot woman and a sex doll smash through walls and ceilings to explore how women can embrace bigness in a big physical romp... 

The Lady Boys of Bangkok – Wonder Women Tour

The Lady Boys of Bangkok – Wonder Women Tour

Uncork the champagne! Dress to kill! Party like there's no tomorrow! Celebrating 20 diamante-decorated years, The Lady Boys of Bangkok Wonder Women Tour will take the Fringe’s number one cabaret show to a new level... 

Model Behaviour

Model Behaviour

'I've been modelling so long now it's who I am.' Our model is a quick-witted twenty-something who's destined for the top. Or... she was at 15. Aware she's getting on in the eyes of the industry and with fashion week fast approaching, she tries to kick it up a notch... 

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Bare Productions are a new, fresh Edinburgh-based company comprising of some of the best local talent who have all performed in multiple five-star sell-out shows at the Fringe. This year they bring Schulz’s comic characters to life in this Tony Award-winning musical... 

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... 

Mr McClelland's Damn Good Dance

Mr McClelland's Damn Good Dance

'My favourite DJ on the planet... If you're looking for a party get a ticket' (Tom Loud, Hot Dub Time Machine). Melbourne's most celebrated festival party DJ finally comes to Edinburgh to present a sweaty, joyous night of dancing to all genres... 

Dick Barton: The Tango of Terror

Dick Barton: The Tango of Terror

Evil foreigners are at large, British Dick and his trusty working-class sidekicks face a ticking time bomb to foil a ruthless Latin love thug’s plot before he steals every pearl necklace in London... 

Little Sparks

Little Sparks

A frantic, romantic comedy by Paul Richards which follows the lives of three intelligent but bored office workers, who also happen to be fire wardens. Obsessed with fire, because it's the only thing they can’t control in their mundane daily routine, they can't wait to jump into action and save the day... 

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours

Guru Dudu returns to Edinburgh with some extra tours by his Village People tour guides. Daily tours of spontaneous flash mobs through the streets, interpretative dance around local landmarks, group singing and lots of fun interaction with onlookers... 

A Virgin's Guide to Rocky Horror

A Virgin's Guide to Rocky Horror

Ever wondered how to do the Rocky Horror show? Need cues for rice and paper? This show will answer all your questions as you join in with the fun. A Virgin's Guide will take you through the audience participation step by step while revealing the history of this world-famous cult musical... 

Sushi Tap Show

Sushi Tap Show

The sell-out comedy tap-dance hit is back at the Fringe! Awfully addictive eccentric performances combine tap, circus and comedy for an unforgettable toe-tapping experience you have never seen before... 

Departure Date

Departure Date

David is bumbling his way through life when suddenly he discovers he only has one day left to live! With nothing left to lose he arranges a date with the girl of his dreams. As time is running out, will he find the courage to seize his last chance for love? With the help of his self-absorbed sister, a drunken best friend and an aggressive prostitute what could possibly go wrong? A laugh-out-loud story of desire, desperation and despair... 

The Dip

The Dip

How about we go back to mine and baba ganoush? Meet Al. He means well, eats his greens and sometimes smokes them too. As he struggles to express his feelings for his mate Nic, the drugs take hold... 

A Year of Scotland in a Meal

A Year of Scotland in a Meal

Experience all that is great in Scotland. Burns night, St Andrew, Hogmanay... We'll present that, an' a' that, during a relaxed three course meal interwoven with songs, storytelling, comedy and whisky. 

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Can you spell H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S? The Tony Award-winning musical comedy, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is coming to town! Six awkward tweens vie for the coveted spelling championship in this fast-paced, musical comedy... 

Tina T'urner Tea Lady and Friends

Tina T'urner Tea Lady and Friends

Award-winning cult favourite returns after her sell-out Edinburgh debut with new musical comedy characters including the melodramatic Audrey Heartburn. This spirited, surreal and high-octane show is not to be missed! 'Embodies the spirit of alternative cabaret from the days when the weird and the wonderful dominated' (Chortle... 

It Is a Truth...

It Is a Truth...

Jayde is a true Bristolian through and through. She is also obsessed with Jane Austen.  

Elizabethan

Elizabethan

Tobias Bacon died of love in 1618. Join him on the 400th anniversary of his death as he finds out how. This piece of new writing by David William Hughes combines comedy, historical research and authentic performances of Renaissance music... 

Ah Dinnae Ken

Ah Dinnae Ken

It’s Scotland. It’s sometime in the future. A second independence referendum has been called and very soon your parents will ask you to murder your neighbours. An adaptation of a timeless classic; star-crossed lovers stuck in a war of two families... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Leave. To Remain (an Aristophanic Brexit Tale)

Leave. To Remain (an Aristophanic Brexit Tale)

In an alt-reality Brexit Britain, the Government has outsourced democracy to a TV voting show, pizza is banned for its foreign origins and a visa to France now costs €30 (£300). Eventually, Dick has had enough and decides to rejoin the EU all by himself... 

Volpone

Volpone

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

Framed!

Framed!

Ashley Lancaster is 303rd on the list of London’s Most Wanted, having previously been caught trying to steal the column from underneath Nelson and shortly after, a pod from the London Eye with nothing but a hammer and chisel... 

Forth on the Fringe

Forth on the Fringe

Returning for it's 10th 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... 

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? 

Strong Tea

Strong Tea

A foray into the absurd with musical sketches, Strong Tea is a pure comedy in the sense that the writers couldn't quite drum up a coherent plot. The jokes might be alright though. Expect bizarre British cultural references, an anthropomorphic scarecrow villain and punchy musical pastiche. 

Warwick Improv Presents: Anything You Want

Warwick Improv Presents: Anything You Want

Six actors. One hour. No script. Join Warwick Improv as we create a completely improvised stage play, based on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, and all spiralling from one audience suggestion... 

Girl World

Girl World

Is this a pop-tastic wonderland? Or a foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed battleground with no chance of escape? A playful and provocative coming-of-age comedy. Set in a hellacious no man's land with live band, song and dance, goddess-worship, violence, octopus birthing and Beckett-tinged woe-begottenness... 

Little Death Club

Little Death Club

Winner: Pick of the Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2017. The darkest, funniest and most debauched kabarett club this side of Berlin! A Weimar-punk jazz band soundtracks a night of dangerously funny kabarett, breathtaking circus and fire-breathing sideshow at its most inappropriate, provocative and hilarious best... 

Shackleton's Stowaway

Shackleton's Stowaway

Shackleton’s Stowaway is based on the real events of the legendary Endurance expedition to Antarctica. It follows the tragicomic misfortunes of an 18-year-old stowaway aboard the expedition... 

Blink

Blink

'I limit myself to a quick look every two hours at first. But this soon becomes one long look that lasts the whole day. And soon, though I don't know who or where she is, I feel closer to her than I ever felt to any other living soul'... 

Jasper Red: Press Play

Jasper Red: Press Play

Jasper Red invites you to a special healing session. Are you in denial about how much you use your phone? Are you struggling to let go of the past? It's time to explore your chakras! Blending drag and dark comedy, Jasper will leave you with the desire to either bulk buy crystals off Amazon, or at the very least experiment with a bottle of poppers and a cocktail stick... 

Last Hive

Last Hive

Award-winning Gaulier duo David Tann and Karen Houge take you on an epic journey of a honeybee trying to save his world. See the world through the eyes of a bee as he meets machines and a radicalised bee-fighting people... 

Avenue Q – School Edition

Avenue Q – School Edition

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood... 

menoPAUSE

menoPAUSE

Well, ain't womanhood the gift that keeps on giving? When Harriet (Funny Women semi-finalist, best-selling author, two highly acclaimed solo Edinburgh runs) hits the menopause, she faces night terrors, painful joints and a baffling new fear of swimming... 

Romeo and/or Juliet

Romeo and/or Juliet

Based on Ryan North’s New York Times bestseller, this interactive version of Romeo and Juliet lets you determine the story Shakespeare should have written. We all know the classic tale of two star-crossed lovers, but seriously weren’t there, like, a thousand ways it could have worked out for them? Maybe she follows him to Mantua... 

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays

Two little words and suddenly your whole world changes. An A-list line-up of writers offer unique takes on the moments before, during and after 'I do'. Witty, warm and occasionally wacky, these plays are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships and the often hilarious power of love. 

Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone

Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone

It's 2005 and somehow Liverpool are back in the European Cup Final. From the Mersey to Turkey, the Reds will their team to glory. But can this ragtag Liverpool side topple giants AC Milan? Drawn from accounts all over the world, Istanbul is about Scousers, football, class and gender... 

Little Potatoes

Little Potatoes

Matchmaking mums at the Shanghai marriage market hatch a plan to get their little emperors hitched. Little Potatoes is a powerful, bittersweet comedy drama which explores the impact of the one-child policy on the lives of two women in China... 

Early Birds

Early Birds

The new play Early Birds, from the writers of Birds of a Feather, Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks, tells the incredible yet true story of the birth of one of the nation’s favourite sit-coms... 

The EU Inspector

The EU Inspector

The arrival of an undercover inspector sends officials of a new EU country into a spin. Panic ensues as they frenziedly cover up their double-dealing and ineptitude in this witty and fast-paced version of Gogol’s satirical masterpiece. 

Honey's Happening

Honey's Happening

It’s 1968! Suburban housewife Honey Childs is hosting a Happening and you're invited! Join Honey in her living room for cheese and pineapple, retro party games and her favourite easy listening LPs as she embarks on a serious mission: to bring about world peace... 

Two-Man, One-Man

Two-Man, One-Man

**** (TimeOut). In this hilarious spoof, fresh off a smash American premiere at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a performance artist and a comedian must perform their one-man shows on the same stage at the same time! With another show at the top of the hour and a stage manager on their asses, they must compete for the spotlight or agree to share it... 

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tour With a Scottish Twist

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tour With a Scottish Twist

Come join the brilliant Boogie Shoes Silent Disco on an immersive dance-walk through the crazy throngs of the Fringe. Feel-good uplifting dance classics with a hilarious Scottish twist... 

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Just 'cos you're a kid, doesn't mean you should miss out on the best stand-ups and sketch acts of the Fringe! Just 'cos you're an adult at a kids' show, doesn't mean you can't also have the best time! Since 2005, we have been persuading our favourite performers to strut their stuff for family audiences and, with different line-ups every day, there will always be something new to delight you... 

Doktor James's Bad Skemes

Doktor James's Bad Skemes

The scores are in. Doktor James has been voted the worst villain ever (worst as in rubbishest, not as in most evil). He needs Edinburgh's most naughtiest children to help with his brilliant plans and prove that he is the worst villain ever (worst as in most evil, not as in rubbishest)... 

amendments: A Play on Words

amendments: A Play on Words

John Chesterton works in a world where political correctness is paramount. Fear of offending an increasingly sensitive populus is widespread, and any language deemed inappropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden by the company heads... 

Job-Cher

Job-Cher

Sandra and Donna's Cher act is in trouble. Forced to work together during the recession, 10 years on things aren't any better and the gigs are drying up. Clubland has lost its sparkle and so have their outfits... 

Persephone

Persephone

Life for the Gods on Mount Olympus isn't just about lounging around and eating grapes. When Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is abducted by Pluto, the God of the underworld, life changes for everyone... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth are St Andrews’ first, best and only improvised comedy troupe. Back for their seventh consecutive year at the Fringe with their particular brand of witty eccentricity, this isn’t any old improv, ‘this is improvisation at its best’ (BroadwayBaby... 

Circus-Cision

Circus-Cision

Those that made the cut – featuring some of the best circus acts on the Fringe. A raucous late-night variety show hosted by the incredible Head First Acrobats (creators of smash hit Elixir)... 

Sod's Law

Sod's Law

Join Lord Hicks for a musical romp through queer history. Armed with his instrument, rapier wit and lashings of sass, his Lordship will recount the laws, legends and liaisons that have shaped what it is to be gay... 

Denim: The Denim Juniors

Denim: The Denim Juniors

Five pop princesses celebrate the power of being yourself. This drag pop concert for kids glows with stunning costumes and live music from animated classics to party hits. Denim is the place to scream, dream, and become a queen... 

McMagic Moments

McMagic Moments

Scottish Comedy Magician of the year, Elliot Bibby, presents McMagic Moments. With sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe for four years running, viral videos for BBC's The Social, he’s featured on STV, sold out at Australia’s Fringe World and been nominated for the 2018 Fringe World Comedy Award... 

The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck

The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck

Completely sold out in 2014. From the wicked pen of Steven Dawson and Out Cast Theatre, Australia's premiere GLBTI theatre company comes the campest, tackiest show you’ll see this year... 

Apocalypse Cow

Apocalypse Cow

The Cowperation and The Human League are at war in a bid to rule the planet. A crack team of idiots set out to save the human race. There are rumors the Cowperation have a weapon which will put cowcium (not calcium – cowcium) into the atmosphere meaning death to the lactose-intolerant humans... 

Banging and Screwing

Banging and Screwing

Do you always read the instructions? Does size really matter? Have a problem with your wood? Banging and Screwing solves it all! Follow the instructions as we join Lee and Gary competing to be the alpha male... 

Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey

Four twenty-something-year-old friends come back to their hometown to celebrate the life of Jessica, their best friend’s late wife. Tom, a vicar in training with an alcohol problem; Alexander, who for some reason is wearing a wedding dress; Alexandra, a nymphomaniac with little tact; and Trent, an immature man-child with as many manners as a teaspoon... 

One Woman Alien

One Woman Alien

In theatre, no one can hear you scream: one hour, one woman, one cult movie! The award-nominated, 'impossible to forget' (List) Heather-Rose Andrews returns, this time tackling the classic horror alone (with a cat)... 

Old Souls

Old Souls

A heart-warming comedy play following Rosie and Vera who are brought together through a 'befriend the elderly' scheme. Rosie, a 21-year-old amateur baker living a self-imposed life of solitary dullness, and Vera, a 78-year-old who longs for the vivacious days of her youth... 

Comedy Kids

Comedy Kids

These miniature comedians will have you rolling in the aisles! Eight brave mini comedians will don the iconic Stand stage to dazzle you with their comic timing, reduce you to tears with hilarious sketches and blow you away with their pint-sized stand-up routines... 

The Meeting

The Meeting

Tony hasn't shown up to the meeting. Lisa fears the worst... well she doesn't fear exactly, she doesn't feel fear, or any emotions really. A newcomer, Chris, arrives. Chris gets the impression something isn't quite right after the others introduce themselves... 

Sister Act

Sister Act

Multi award-winning FCT bring Alan Menken's smash-hit musical comedy Sister Act to the Fringe. Singing everything from motown and soul to funk and disco, this marks FCT's 39th year on the Fringe... 

Number, Please.

Number, Please.

1952. When an unsuspecting switchboard operator answers a mysterious call from a dying woman, she is entrusted with a top-secret message that pulls her into an international plot to destroy the world... 

The Isle of Muck

The Isle of Muck

Basil abandons university to join his Uncle January, an ageing party boy, on the sparsely populated Isle of Muck. He finds that his uncle, motivated by an irrational distrust for technology and the financial pressure of his castle's upkeep, has set up a rehabilitation centre for internet addicts... 

Dining Al Desko

Dining Al Desko

Dining al Desko is a sharp comedy about the struggles of office life, told through three darkly hilarious monologues. Julie is the overworked and under-valued receptionist destined for demotion... 

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Fresh from selling out the National Theatre in Oslo. Award-winning poet Fredrik Høyer from Det Andre Teatret tells his critically acclaimed story about life, marathon, ultra-runners and the rom-com The Holiday... 

The Flop

The Flop

Paris. 1650-ish. Impotence is illegal. When a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop... 

Cambusdonald Royal

Cambusdonald Royal

Brothers Barnabus and Donatus of Cambusdonald Abbey are back, now five years on from the events of The Sorcerer's Tale. Another crisis hits Cambusdonald when the nearby convent is burnt to the ground and its nuns are temporarily billeted with the monks in the Abbey... 

Handfast

Handfast

Double Fringe First winners Nutshell return with this world premiere in a co-production with The Byre Theatre. The boiler's broken, the owl with the rings is missing, the celebrant's late and the band haven't turned up... 

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

John Lennon spent his Scottish boyhood holidays in Durness, Sutherland: not fake news! This thoughtful, comic fable of modern Scotland, adapted from the novel by Scottish Government minister Michael Russell, asks a million-dollar question: as big business closes in, what can the small, local community do to protect the hidden tourist gold mine Lennon left behind? Fringe First nominee Alex Howarth directs the professional cast in a fast-moving production, featuring a virtual performance by Jane McCarry (Still Game) and live samples of top Beatles tunes... 

Solarplexus: An Alternative Energy Play

Solarplexus: An Alternative Energy Play

Enough fantasies of the apocalypse, it's already here. Doom impending, Ellen and her brother seek refuge on their father's sustainable, eco-friendly commune. His plan to save the world? A gender-fluid, pedal-powered bicycle named Mercury Daniels... 

A Midsummer Night's Droll

A Midsummer Night's Droll

Award-winning Fringe favourites the Owle Schreame return with a wild, rough, raucous and drunken reimagining; a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the 1640s, originally adapted for illegal performance in pubs and back alleys whilst theatre was outlawed, over 350 years ago... 

High School English

High School English

As a group of high school students work towards their English exam, but can't remember anything about the classic texts they have to memorise, their teacher is forced to fabricate modern elements into classic stories so they retain them... 

O, FFS

O, FFS

Poking fun at the stale reality of office life, this self aware, tongue-in-cheek comedy follows five polarising workers always teetering on the balance between discipline and despicable... 

One Musical to Rule Them All

One Musical to Rule Them All

After a sell-out, five-star run in 2016, One Musical to Rule Them All returns to parody everyone’s favourite trilogy about wizards, hobbits and a quest to destroy some magical jewellery... 

Choking to Death on a Currant Bun

Choking to Death on a Currant Bun

It's like Dylan Thomas without the nice bits! Mr Brown Presents unveils its debut Fringe show all about the sordid private lives of a small town. Take a whirlwind tour around a strangely familiar dream world full of lusty policemen, kinky scrabble nights, obsessive knitting and lots of flour… 

Good Vibes Only

Good Vibes Only

There's no such thing as vanilla, boring or prudish. We don't care if you're a virgin or a full-blown raging nudist! Welcome to Good Vibes Only, Gloucester’s leading sex toy superstore! Join Doris’s staff team and meet the regulars/irregulars who thrust open our doors on a daily basis... 

The West Port Bloodbath

The West Port Bloodbath

Daft Jamie invites you to his genteel house of assignation to witness deplorable acts of prostitution and destitution in Victorian Edinburgh. Join a host of historical characters for a horrifying comedy spectacle unsuitable for everyone... 

Gayface

Gayface

Everything in Hal's life is looking up. He was just cast as the lead in a new play with a well-known director, a friendly co-star and a hot gay playwright. Only one problem – they all think he's straight... 

Bob the Russian

Bob the Russian

Multi award-winning Naughty Corner Productions bring you their most outrageous show yet! Russia, 2018. The FIFA World Cup is in full swing and so are the Russian and English hooligans... 

Bummer and Lazarus

Bummer and Lazarus

An absurd comedy that blends slapstick, nonsense and existentialism. This is the tale of two inseparable friends, renowned killers, and the most famous faces in California. Bummer is an old and wise curmudgeon, a battle hero in his younger years... 

Don't Kill Your Darlings

Don't Kill Your Darlings

Award-winning actor Ingvild Haugstad from Det Andre Teatret tells the story of a person who retreats from the world after losing a soulmate to a freak raspberry accident. Puppetry, sketches and improvisation make up this heartfelt silly show by one of Norway's most unique performers... 

Tom Duke – Psychiatrist to the Paranormal!

Tom Duke – Psychiatrist to the Paranormal!

It's a day like no other, in a health service like no other. Join Dr Tom Duke as he deals with lovesick vampires, depressed angels, service cuts and a visit from his irritating younger self... 

Leviticus

Leviticus

It is the mid-90s, the dot-com millionaires are kings... Austin and his wife Jess host a dinner party to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of friends Robert and Stacia. Austin and Robert are estranged childhood friends, until Robert rings Austin out of the blue to be his best man... 

Dusty Limits: Mandrogyny

Dusty Limits: Mandrogyny

How did a little boy obsessed with dinosaurs grow up to be a louche singer in make-up and heels? ‘The king of cabaret' (Canberra Critics Circle) sings songs about love and death, self-pleasure and radical social policy, and tells his life story, most of which is probably lies... 

Improv Mania

Improv Mania

Have you ever laughed so hard you felt like your abs got a workout? Do you enjoy improvisation games? Then, come see Spontaneous Combustion Chicago perform Improv Mania, the interactive, improvisational experience... 

Nailed It

Nailed It

Halleberrylujah! Having told his backstory in the award-nominated Christ on a Bike and demonstrated the wonders of Pontius Pilates in Cross Fit, your sassy King of the Shoes, Jesus L’Oreal, returns once again to complete the Holy Trinity with another high-octane hour of song, dance and Jehovah’s fitness... 

Goons

Goons

Albert thinks something's a bit off when Big Darren sends him to the shops with a list for a bottle of milk, a pack of j-cloths and three balaclavas. He's used to doing odd-jobs for Darren with Henry and Sam: mowing his lawn, washing his car, painting his fence... 

Virgin

Virgin

Simon David needs a record deal – his unique selling point? He's a virgin! Co-written by Fringe First winner Chris Larner, Simon and his incredible live band exploit his heartbreak through original pop songs and outrageous comedy... 

Till Death Us Do Part?

Till Death Us Do Part?

A man is murdered at a wedding but whodunnit? Three women have motive and means. They met at the clandestine Secret Divorce Society, which asks the age-old question: should I stay or should he go? Mary has the perfect family, but sometimes wishes they were dead; Sally's wondering how to get hold of her fourth husband’s death-in-service benefit; and once-engaged Bobbi is now a free spirit but is she still bearing a grudge? The audience is asked to choose the murderess in this original musical comedy about marriage, motherhood and murder... 

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

After yet another five-star run, EUSOG returns for its 25th year at the Fringe with The Drowsy Chaperone! A satirical masterpiece, paying homage to Jazz Age musicals of the 1920s, showcasing a series of fantastic characters and outstanding musical numbers, with glitz, glamour and top-notch comedy... 

Mat Ricardo vs the World

Mat Ricardo vs the World

Award-winning cabaret star and the UK’s most successful juggler, Mat Ricardo, had a problem – after a 30-year career as the go-to guy for jaw-dropping dexterity, he'd run out of new tricks... 

The House

The House

The Redmonds have an unusually close relationship – with their house. Now the children are grown and it\'s time to sell. Their sacred nest though, can only be entrusted to the perfect buyers... 

Tales from the Fireside

Tales from the Fireside

Join Edinburgh's most infamous ghosts for an afternoon of storytelling and adventure! Explore the remains of the fireside and discover just how gruesome life used to be in the old town... 

Alex Farrow: Allow It

Alex Farrow: Allow It

Stand-up comedian and school teacher Alex Farrow presents a show about Western philosophy told through his stories of teaching religious studies to Muslim and Christian teenagers in East London... 

This Is Just Who I Am

This Is Just Who I Am

This is a show about identity, authenticity and the murky area between the two. It's about being yourself, and not having a f*cking clue what that even means. Using nothing but a microphone, a poorly put together soundtrack and a ludicrous outfit, it exposes our attempts to bridge the gulf between the people we want to be and the people we think we are... 

Songs of Smut and Sparkle

Songs of Smut and Sparkle

Singing her own parodies of popular songs at her furry pink piano, drag performer Marcia D’Arc brings you crude comedy and witty rhymes enshrined in a shroud of sequins, glitter and rainbows! Come on a journey of light-hearted profanity, plumbing the depths of salacious silliness, with rude versions of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Let it Go (re-titled Snort Some Blow) from Frozen, and many more nuggets of naughtiness... 

Love Songs

Love Songs

Mixing get-on-the-dance-floor music, rap and spoken word, Love Songs explores the personal and political puzzles of our love lives through the autobiographical poems of a hopeless romantic... 

Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Narcissism. Ego. Superficiality. Social media. Obsession. Viciously funny and darkly comic. Fox portrays a conveyer belt of hyper-functional characters, combining music, physical theatre, dance and bouffon in a dynamic, confrontational piece that will lead you down a rabbit hole of delicious chaos... 

Baby Daddy

Baby Daddy

'The day I've been dreading arrives. All the answers I have prepared go out of my head when she asks me, "where's my Daddy?"' A painfully honest insight into the world of a young single mother, this autobiographical piece is about looking for answers in the wrong places and facing up to your responsibilities when you've bitten off more than you can chew... 

Ed Fringe: The Musical Revue

Ed Fringe: The Musical Revue

Fun and frenetic cabaret revue combining songs, sketches and observations in a hilarious celebration of the world’s biggest arts festival. Our charismatic and insightful MC, with the aid of stereotypical Man and Woman, and a live band, explores familiar Fringe situations through musical numbers including: August Is Here, Fifty-Fifty Chance Of Rain, Climbing Arthur’s Seat and Hamilton-inspired rap, Come To My Show... 

Yana Alana – Between the Cracks

Yana Alana – Between the Cracks

Australia's favourite feather-ruffling, rabble-rousing, cabaret anarchist and neo-punk diva, Yana Alana bares all in this bent night of blues, boobs and blame. Exposing mental health, sexual politics, feminism and identity... 

Hans – Like a German

Hans – Like a German

International superstar Hans, the boy wonder of Berlin, serves up an all-singing, all-tap dancing, accordion-pumping, glittering blitzkrieg of cabaret backed by his three-piece band, The Ungrateful Bastards! With more sparkle than a Studio 54 mirrorball and more feathers than a battery hen farm, hilarious Hans will have you slapping your thighs so hard, you'll think it's Oktoberfest... 

Fallout

Fallout

'The end of the world needn’t be the end of the world!' Join the last survivors of the global nuclear catastrophe in Lotta Quizeen’s boutique bunker. She’s got recipe tips for tinned goods and dating strategies to repopulate the planet... 

Blue Heart

Blue Heart

Two funny and disturbing short plays by Caryl Churchill. Heart’s Desire: a family await the return of their daughter from Australia, but the plot keeps diverging in surreal ways. Blue Kettle: a con-man attempts to persuade several different women that he is their long-lost biological son, but is thwarted by a verbal virus that seeps into the play... 

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... 

Pickle Jar

Pickle Jar

It's hard keeping it together when your whole life is falling apart. But the pressures of teaching, Tinder and outrageous Irish best mates are a lot to juggle, especially when you're stumbling through the maze of trying to be a grown-up... 

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... 

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... 

Just William\'s Luck

Just William\'s Luck

The invincible William Brown considers he is \'jolly well equal\' to solving most of life\'s trickier problems, although devising a plan to get the elder brothers of the Outlaws married off might be a considerable challenge... 

Games With James

Games With James

Award-winning comedian and UK board-gaming champion James Cook invites you to play board games live on stage. Buckaroo, Guess Who, Hungry Hippos and more, done like you've never seen them before... 

Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner

Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner

'Looking out over the country, this country, where I was born and raised, I wonder what's going to become of us. Because this can't be the future, can it? Everyone just... changing the rules?' Roger thinks the world's gone mad... 

The Ladder

The Ladder

Starring husband and wife, Rob Rouse (Upstart Crow - BBC2, 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Channel 4) and Helen Rutter (Coronation Street - ITV, Playing with Fire - National Theatre) and based on a true story... 

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

'Exceptionally talented' (Advertiser, Adelaide) co-creator of EastEnd Cabaret and Fringe Wives Club makes her solo debut! This biracial, bisexual multi-instrumentalist is an accidental self-contradiction... 

A Monster Musical!

A Monster Musical!

Formula: A wacky comedy musical for all ages! It’s probably worth mentioning that Dracula and the Mummy have formed a sitcom-style living situation. Now that’s out of the way, the premise: How do you keep life exciting when you live forever? Now Van Helsing (the vampire slayer) is gone, what actually is there left to do? Events spiral out of control on a time-travelling adventure... 

Lucille and Cecilia

Lucille and Cecilia

You’ll arf, you’ll cry as you dive into a day in the life of Lucille and Cecilia, a pair of performing sea lions attempting to escape the confines of the circus. One is desperate to get out, sick of her monotonous existence... 

Come Die With Us

Come Die With Us

What if you didn’t know you were dead? A dark new comedy. Laurel is a funeral home sales agent with a perfect life who kills herself and is in denial she’s dead. She thinks she’s meeting with a therapist, but in reality, it’s her guardian angel sent to help her realise what happened... 

Bonqrz

Bonqrz

'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results' (Albert Einstein). Bonqrz is about how I gained wisdom from budgerigars after making copious disastrous life choices... 

Bugle Boys – A Salute to the Andrews Sisters

Bugle Boys – A Salute to the Andrews Sisters

Before The Spice Girls, before The Supremes...there was The Andrews Sisters. The original girl group were a global sensation and their music still resonates to this day. Frocked up to the nines in faux military costumes, Bugle Boys dance and sing (not lip-synch) some of their most beloved songs including Pistol Packin' Mama, Rum And Coca Cola and more... 

Chores

Chores

Chores is the story of two typical young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, Mother's alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action. A generous serve of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room... 

Once in a Generation...

Once in a Generation...

It's the day of the referendum and Mary is on a high. Campaigning all day for independence, she returns home confident that a new era is dawning. Her husband Dave is just back from the rigs and despite being exhausted by both the journey and the 'relentless ref', he is home just in time to cast his vote... 

A Joke

A Joke

Sylvester McCoy (Dr Who, Hobbit), Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis) and John Bett (Shallow Grave, Tess) star in Dan Freeman's hit play exploring our attitudes to humour and life... 

Vagabonds of Comedy

Vagabonds of Comedy

Aussie globetrotting comedian-storyteller Frank Hadchiti and Italian surrealist entertainer Fico Fellini met one damp autumn night at a West Berlin comedy open mic night. The following three years brought a deepening friendship and a lasting collaboration, resulting in their Vagabonds of Comedy, a mayhem variety show in which these two wanderers of international stages introduce a selection of two to three acts (from stand-up to burlesque), different each night, from the best that Edinburgh has to offer... 

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... 

Science Magic

Science Magic

Due to overwhelming demand, Science Magic is back with not one, but two shows every day. Treble award-winning comedian Donal Vaughan performs tricks using everyday household objects... 

This Is Your Trial (FF)

This Is Your Trial (FF)

The family-friendly version of the UK's only comedy court returns with a new venue! An improvised show where Steve Bennett invites top comedians to be lawyers, prosecuting and defending members of the audience accused of "crimes"... 

@JohnLewis: Never Knowingly Undertweeted

@JohnLewis: Never Knowingly Undertweeted

John Lewis is a computer scientist, father of four, social liberal, atheist, and not a retail store. John Lewis is also a chain of high-end UK department stores. Unfortunately for both Johns Lewis (no relation), the Twitter handle @johnlewis belongs to the former... 

Balloonatics

Balloonatics

Balloonatics is the award-nominated, world-travelled family comedy show for anyone crazy about balloons! Scottish comedian Chris Henry guarantees a chaos-filled, fun-packed hour of inflatable buffoonery, with never a dull moment for parent or child... 

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz is the all-ages, all-action, all-improvised competitive comedy show you don’t want to miss! Two teams compete for your laughs with gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by audience suggestions... 

10 Steps to Happiness

10 Steps to Happiness

Pebble Trust Award Winner, Runner Up Audience Choice Award, Best Comedy by IYAF nominee, Brighton Fringe 2017. The sell-out hit 10 Steps to Happiness returns. We’re born, we go to school, college, sometimes university... 

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Variety! Comedy! A psychic duck! Join 2018 NATYS winner, Ada Campe, for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery that occurred on the Welsh coast many moons ago... 

Underground Railroad Game

Underground Railroad Game

Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today’s lesson. The duo tackle race, sex and power politics in this R-rated, kaleidoscopic, and fearless comedy... 

Drifting Towers

Drifting Towers

Drifting Towers is a noughties adventure video game set in a bleak futuristic cityscape. It was discontinued shortly after release for being too difficult. Reddit users called it ‘dense but ambitious’... 

Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo

Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo

With sharp humour and a soulful, soaring voice in a show that illuminates her love-hate relationship with "bad boyfriend" America. The New York chanteuse delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy, unpacking the feelings for her country with belting songs and her trademark wit... 

Huggers (Free Festival)

Huggers (Free Festival)

Following more successful shows at festivals worldwide, the popular show returns with a revolving line-up of acts selected from the best comedians, cabaret acts, children's entertainers and street performers at the Fringe to entertain the entire family... 

Skin a Cat

Skin a Cat

Every teenager thinks they're the only one not having sex. For Alana, it might be true. Every time she gets close something gets in the way... Follow Alana on a wickedly funny sexual odyssey: from getting her first period, to watching bad porn, to painful examinations by cheery gynaecologists – all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman... 

The Laird's Big Breaxit

The Laird's Big Breaxit

Scotland’s landowners were in retreat. Between EU Directives and the Holyrood Parliament, life was barely worth living. But now the worm has turned... blue. A new political force has been launched in Scotland – but it’s not Ruth Davidson, and storytelling is at its heart... 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

Primary Times Children's Choice Award winner 2017, Brave Macbeth, is back. 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... 

Ask Scarlett

Ask Scarlett

Got a problem you can’t solve? Struggling to find satisfaction? Keep finding yourself in a difficult position? Ask Scarlett! Agony Aunt Scarlett Lashes will untangle the bizarre, the crazy, the most ludicrous predicaments – no issue is too big or small... 

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... 

Onstage Dating

Onstage Dating

Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage. Featuring a different person each night, this hilarious and award-winning show has thrilled at festivals all over the world with its unique insight into the world of online dating... 

2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation

2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation

Best of Fest Award: London, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Victoria Fringe festivals. Australia’s favourite American mentalist detective has arrived! Murders! Explosions! Punctuation#@%$! Wowing crowds the world over, this hilarious gumshoe is part comedian, part mind-reader, part magician, part storyteller, and all gritty retro 1930s film noir! Think Boardwalk Empire meets Naked Gun meets Derren Brown... 

John and Claire Lenahan – Loud & Louder

John and Claire Lenahan – Loud & Louder

Prepare for loud and get ready for louder with some shouty thrown in for good measure. You will be amazed as this fantastical duo thrill your senses with a seamless, seam-bursting blend of comedy, magic, escapology, mind reading, cannibalism and lion-taming (pending permission from Edinburgh Zoo)... 

The Worst Little Warehouse in London

The Worst Little Warehouse in London

When 12 people live in a converted warehouse in north London, what could possibly go wrong? In this hilarious and off-the-wall cabaret, Lala Barlow and Robbie Smith are two wide-eyed koalas fresh off the boat and looking for the perfect place to call home... 

FunnyHappyStuff.co.uk Presents String Theory

FunnyHappyStuff.co.uk Presents String Theory

FunnyHappyStuff.co.uk presents Martin Mor in String Theory. How long is a piece of string? How much laughing can you do in an hour? Come and see Martin's new show to find out. ‘An adorable Master of feel-good comedy' (TheClothesLine... 

Willis & Vere: A Serious Play About World War II

Willis & Vere: A Serious Play About World War II

Winner: VAULT Festival Comedy Award. Winner: Brighton Fringe Comedy Award. A hilarious new farce about the tragedies of war. As always, hecklers will be forcibly removed. Follow up to the five-star, award-winning comedy The Starship Osiris... 

Greg Byron: Wordshow

Greg Byron: Wordshow

Poetry meets stand-up. Fast-paced witty verses from political to poignant, sardonic to downright comic. Trump, Brexit, memory, guns, plastic. Byron returns after shows in the USA and Australia... 

Camp Be Yourself

Camp Be Yourself

A surreal and anarchic two-woman comedy packed with glitter, bug juice and desperation. Close your eyes. We're not in Scotland anymore. We're in a small remote town on the east coast of America... 

Awkward Conversations With Animals I've F*cked

Awkward Conversations With Animals I've F*cked

One-night stands are awkward. One-night stands with animals are more awkward. And when you're as desperate to please as Bobby, things get awkward as f*ck. 'Funny and unsettling' (Mark Gatiss)... 

Casting Off

Casting Off

Intergenerational circus with lots to say: the personal is political, fury is fun and the acrobatics downright dangerous – especially when life gets in the way. Casting off stereotypes, these dynamic Australian women tumble, talk, fly, and balance precariously... 

You Only Live Forever

You Only Live Forever

Two lovers take an elixir with ever-lasting consequences. The creators of five-star sell-out hit, In Tents and Purposes (SOHO Theatre/UK Tour), return to compete with their egos in a new comedy-play about the reality of living for eternity... 

Diary of an Expat

Diary of an Expat

A one-woman show, directed by Katharina Reinthaller, telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans... 

Nightmare Fuel

Nightmare Fuel

Caution! Nightmare Fuel contains the following: demon birth, gaslighting, cheerleader intestines and vampire cunnilingus. This is Nightmare Fuel, a brutal clown show that will leave your nipples stiff and your pants drenched... 

The Cat's Mother

The Cat's Mother

Sinead arrives at her sister, Ciara's, flat in London with a major surprise in store. Over the long weekend, they are forced to make a decision that will affect both their lives forever... 

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz UK

ComedySportz is the all-ages, all-action, all-improvised competitive comedy show you don’t want to miss! Two teams compete for your laughs with gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by audience suggestions... 

Circus Sonas Presents: Dirty Tattooed Circus Bastards

Circus Sonas Presents: Dirty Tattooed Circus Bastards

Circus Sonas presents: Dirty Tattooed Circus Bastards. Cirque Du Soleil meets Motorhead. A circus show for adults. This show is probably not for you.. 

The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

Tales of woe, tales of science, tales of curses, tales of defiance. Also, some juggling. Reach into The Cabinet of Madame Fanny for a musical voyage of hilarity. But beware! Somebody is out to sink her ship... 

Marie

Marie

It's Thursday night in the Prince Arthur and their latest theme night is in full swing. Landlady Liz is run off her feet, whilst husband Barry struggles to get into his new costume... 

Don Juan

Don Juan

Don Juan: the world's greatest lover, the most audacious of men. He does whatever he wants, lives big and loves big. An epic celebration of the boldness of love, Don Juan is an interactive performance party... 

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze

'A sneeze is a powerful thing, a dangerous thing, you never know what might happen with a sneeze...' Join Ellie on a wild snot-filled adventure as she sets out to help her friend Stanley to sneeze for the very first time... 

Are There More of You?

Are There More of You?

Alison Skilbeck tells the linked tales of four women with only a postcode in common. Painful, scary, hilarious, and heart-warming, the stories chart each wildly different character's search for love and happiness... 

Grandma's Gonna Kill Us

Grandma's Gonna Kill Us

In Grandma's creepy house, deep in the creepy woods, there is a book that’s, well... a bit creepy. It might smell like old-person farts, good cheese and crusty socks but the book is really a magic first edition that holds the souls of all fairytales within its pages... 

When the Friendship Has Sailed

When the Friendship Has Sailed

A comedy about the impossible task of making friends. It follows the story of one woman who, after becoming fed-up spending night after night talking to her goldfish Christina (Aguilera, because she's a fighter) she makes a pact with herself that she put herself out there and make new friends... 

Phil Kay: Songer-Singwriter

Phil Kay: Songer-Singwriter

Phil Kay 2.0 – Progress in work. Come be in a yurt and watch simply the best ad-libbing, extemporising, finger-picking, folk guitar shredder, tunesmith he can be. Mind-boggling. Psyche-skimming river of consciousness... 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Based on the best-selling series of books by Laura Numeroff, this fast-paced, comedic adaptation embraces the joys of parenting – as told through the eyes of a child and a surprise encounter from a hyper, hungry mouse asking for a cookie, setting off a chain of events leaving behind a massive mess and a ragged boy... 

I'll Have What She's Having

I'll Have What She's Having

Victoria and Jess. Love. Their. Lives. Honestly, they do. Sure, Victoria would like to get through the day without having baby vomit on her. And Jess would like to have one night out that doesn't result in popping the morning-after pill... 

Karaoke Saved My Life

Karaoke Saved My Life

Did you know that all life problems can be solved through karaoke? Join this immersive interactive experience and sing your troubles away and celebrate all that cheesy pop and big anthems have to offer the world! We will tackle the big issues and together, through the redemptive power of karaoke, work through them and demonstrate how there is a song for everyone... 

Modern Maori Quartet: Two Worlds

Modern Maori Quartet: Two Worlds

Returning to Edinburgh, Modern Maori Quartet’s live shows are parties like no other. With hearty voices in epic harmony, this award-winning contemporary Maori showband shares unique takes on showband hits and pop music, original songs interlaced with distinctive waiata (song) and dance, Maori traditions, aroha (love) and tongue-in-cheek humour, charm and charisma... 

30 Days of Blood

30 Days of Blood

Blood, sweat, and... tampons? Sara's period just won't stop – she is covered in it – or is it the blood of her last victim that still sticks warm on her limbs? Watch her fight a storm of tampons and confront her ridiculously handsome vegan housemate before breaking out into song while ripping apart raw meat... 

Signor Baffo's Restaurant

Signor Baffo's Restaurant

There’s chaos in the kitchen when Signor Baffo’s left in charge! How do you make a chicken lay an egg? And how exactly does a sausage roll? Expect plates full of fun, with generous helpings of silliness and mischief as all is revealed in the charming culinary chaos of Signor Baffo's kitchen... 

Sex, Drugs and a Cup of Tea

Sex, Drugs and a Cup of Tea

Sex, drugs, and tea make the world go round for four young flatmates. A Shrek-related drinking game, no clean dishes, and some misplaced bodily fluids result in a fast-paced modern farce with a dark core... 

David Baddiel's AniMalcolm

David Baddiel's AniMalcolm

Malcolm doesn't like animals, which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip. And there he is, on the bus, heading to... 

Billy Bremner and Me

Billy Bremner and Me

A schoolboy’s dream. To be a professional footballer, to play at the highest level, to represent his country and to usurp the crown of his school’s greatest hero: Leeds United and Scotland footballer Billy Bremner... 

Aaron Calvert: Declassified

Aaron Calvert: Declassified

What if all the stories you heard were true? Urban legends contained within declassified files are recreated live on stage by master hypnotist Aaron Calvert. Sell-out shows 2016 and 17... 

Bowjangles: Excalibow

Bowjangles: Excalibow

Bowjangles are a string quartet who can really play. They dance whilst they play. They sing whilst they play. They leap, tumble, juggle and joke whilst they play. In this new show marking their 10 year anniversary, Bowjangles tell the somewhat ludicrous story of their journey to find the most priceless relic of all – a mysterious violin bow known as Excalibow... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Enemies. Balconies. Kissing. Sausage rolls! Shakespeare's iconic tale is ‘rubbished’ in this debut Fringe run. Sporting a national reputation, from school tours to work with the RSC, this all-male, all-silly troupe present Shakespeare's most hilarious tragedy ever... 

Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World

Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World

The multi award-winning Gingzilla is on a mission to conquer the world! Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World presents gender equality and femininity from the 1950s to now. ***** (GlamAdelaide... 

Aye, Elvis by Morna Young

Aye, Elvis by Morna Young

'Yer a wifie. Dressed as Elvis. In Aberdeen!' Joyce Falconer (River City) stars in this A Play, A Pie and A Pint smash hit, directed by Ken Alexander. Joan is an Elvis impersonator with big dreams... 

Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors

One of Shakespeare's finest comedies, The Comedy of Errors, in a vigorously fresh and exciting production that offers a delicious mixture of classical text, original musical score, diverse dance styles topped with a squirt of satirical farce... 

Bubble Show for Adults Only

Bubble Show for Adults Only

Mix one part physical theatre, one part bubble artistry and one part neo-burlesque, and you get a soapy concoction of kinky, in-your-face theatrics. A raucous and raunchy affair with a surprising story arc full of abstractness and the slightly grotesque, a surreal performative experience that wonderfully showcases the technical prowess of bubble art on a first-class level... 

Fun Kids Radio's Epic Roadshow Adventure

Fun Kids Radio's Epic Roadshow Adventure

The Fun Kids Radio presenters need your help to keep the station on-air and to make the best radio roadshow ever. Oh, and they definitely need to not get fired by the big bosses. Will they manage it? That's up to you! An interactive show for all the family brought to you by the award-winning national radio station, Fun Kids. 

Bottom

Bottom

Locked in his bathroom during a tragic third date, Willy asks: are you a top or a bottom? Bottom is about bums, Beyoncé and burnt fish fingers. Join Willy for a queer coming-of-age remix, as he questions if ‘bottom’ in the bedroom means ‘bottom’ in life – and whether Beyoncé can help put his love on top... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

The Bardic breakfasters are back! C's sensational Shakespearience returns, for its 27th sell-out year, with free coffee and croissants! A pleasing plethora of pentameter, puns and pastry... 

Stupid Cupid

Stupid Cupid

Ever feel confused about love? Where to find it and keep it? Do you think you touch yourself too often? Meet Cupid in training as she tests the waters with her flashy love skills: side effects may include feelings of lust, unwelcome singing and inaccurate nostalgia... 

The Blues Brothers – Live

The Blues Brothers – Live

Hold onto your shades as the smash hit returns – back by popular demand! We're putting the band back together for rhythm'n'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... 

Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps!

Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps!

The latest Edinburgh Fringe fun from the award-winning and best-selling author Stuart Reid. There's his unusual brand of books, bottoms, boogers and big bottom burps, as Stuart entertains, inspires and engages his audience. 

Until You Hear That Bell

Until You Hear That Bell

Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds, Until You Hear That Bell is a story about ten years of amateur boxing and a changing relationship between father and son. ‘A winning performance from a skilled storyteller’ **** (Stage)... 

Scientology the Musical

Scientology the Musical

'Scientology is a religion and while you may have been a hit in Edinburgh and Adelaide, are you aware that Victoria has a law against religious vilification?' (An actual Scientologist)... 

Chemo Barbie

Chemo Barbie

In 2016, Heather Keller, a healthy young vegan runner, was diagnosed with breast cancer and her life changed forever. From the endless doctor appointments, tests and treatments, to the love, friendship and disappointments she experienced along the way, this is her humorous, inspiring and ultimately uplifting story of a young woman conquering cancer while living her life as normally as possible... 

Dickens for Dinner

Dickens for Dinner

The cast of Shakespeare for Breakfast invite you for dinner with a Dickensian twist! Join us for a deliciously daring look at this classic British author, with a feverishly funny flavour... 

The Junkies

The Junkies

One man's junk is another man's treasure. Edinburgh's hardest working second-hand dealers, Archie and Donny, discover a huge stash of cash in a New Town house clearance. But when their pal Choo Choo turns up, they all soon learn... 

Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy... 

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... 

Hamilton (Lewis)

Hamilton (Lewis)

Hamilton (Lewis) is the epic story of a self-starter who worked a lot harder, by being a lot faster, born and raised in Stevenage, the most successful British F1 driver in the history of the sport... 

Very Blue Peter

Very Blue Peter

1998. England are out of the World Cup. JK Rowling is still pretty skint. Richard Bacon has been framed. Or did it really happen? Or was it all just a cover-up of something much, much bigger? Get your badge on, here's one we made earlier, welcome to the set of Very Blue Peter... 

Hunch

Hunch

Meet Hunch. The Superhero. Coming to the rescue when you've splinters on your arse from sitting on the fence. Making decisions to save the lives of others, she must start calling the shots to save her own... 

The Journey

The Journey

You've just been dumped, but you're stuck on a spaceship, alone with that person. A play about self-obsession and toxic relationships. A funny, relatable and surprising romantic comedy that rewards repeat viewings... 

Adulting

Adulting

If you've ever been engaged at 19 or have parking tickets worth a house deposit, then, like Tash, you've probably not mastered "Adulting". Known for her ballsy voice and witty repartee, this award-winning cabaret artist Tash York (The Desperettes, After Hours Cabaret Club) explains why we can all relate – growing up is hard! Winner of Adelaide Fringe Best Cabaret Weekly Award 2018... 

Why Even Bother

Why Even Bother

In this dark one-man comedy we get a glimpse into the world of Main Character and the everyday struggle of his normal life. Please hold and someone will be with you shortly. The ever-growing apathy of life can feel crushing... 

Courtroom Play: A Courtroom Play

Courtroom Play: A Courtroom Play

Alex Stone is a hotshot lawyer about to make partner, when an urgent call from an old friend drags her back to the town she thought she’d left behind. A big-hearted Hollywood blockbuster set in a small English village, Courtoom Play is a comedy drama written by Jon Gracey (The Beta Males, Werewolf: Live), featuring an all-star cast of Fringe comedians (including Richard Soames, Mandy Dassa, Emily Lloyd-Saini)... 

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... 

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... 

Lights Over Tesco Car Park

Lights Over Tesco Car Park

Basically: Robert reported lights over the Tesco car park. Then he told us an alien was coming to stay in his spare room. With the help of some historical abduction stories, a latex alien mask and a bucket of flying saucers, we\'re working out whether to believe him... 

Dracula

Dracula

We all know the Dracula story... or do we? Join the first Romanian immigrant as he strikes fear into the male establishment with some surprising consequences. Five actors take on lots of characters in this funny, fast-paced retelling of the classic Gothic tale... 

Trump the Musical

Trump the Musical

2020: Time to make Donald Great Again! But can King Nigel Farage the First of England get his trade deal? When will Kim Jong Un stop messing about with missiles? And why has Vladimir Putin gone suspiciously quiet? Join Blowfish Theatre for an evening of raucous satire, great original music and one truly awful wig! From the perpetrators of Boris the Musical! comes a new satirical songtastic extravaganza! 'Pacy, rude, irreverent and very funny' **** (TheReviewsHub... 

Anya Anastasia: The Executioners

Anya Anastasia: The Executioners

Award-winning musical-comedy maverick Anya Anastasia brandishes her razor-sharp satirical wit, gleefully attacking and dismembering perils of the modern world. Alongside musical partner-in-crime, Gareth Chin, she stalks the 21st-century landscape launching thrilling attacks on ecological screwups, techno obsessives and self-congratulatory slacktivist keyboard warriors... 

Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters from Blackpool

Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters from Blackpool

Love Letters from Blackpool, a comedy theatre piece about love and Blackpool, originally commissioned by The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and subsequently nominated for Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival and Best Comedy Show at Greater Manchester Fringe, uses found love letters, original songs, poetry and audience interaction to answer the questions... 

The Bench

The Bench

A new play by award-winning Scottish writer Keir McAllister. Joe is in crisis, his life a swirling scribble of obligations. For five minutes a day, he finds a little solace and peace alone on the bench... 

Barry's Fringe Audio Walking Tour

Barry's Fringe Audio Walking Tour

An immersive, downloadable, free, 45-minute 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 2018 Fringe... 

Card Ninja

Card Ninja

Warning: this show contains ninjas, not magic. Back by popular demand, Card Ninja is a riotous display of comedy and card stunts using playing cards as ninja weapons. Expect deadly and risky fun... 

Michael Griffiths: Songs by Kylie

Michael Griffiths: Songs by Kylie

He's been Annie Lennox, Madonna and Cole Porter to great acclaim. Now Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths explores the songs, stories and locomotion of pop princess, Kylie Minogue... 

Where the Hell is Bernard?

Where the Hell is Bernard?

In a world where no one plays, no one questions and no one ever leaves, four women work in an office high above the city anonymously returning lost items. Everything runs like clockwork – until one day a box mysteriously bounces back... 

Six

Six

Divorced. Beheaded. Live in concert. From Tudor Queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their empowering tale, remixing 500 years of her-storical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of sisterly sass-itude... 

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

This summer, DULOG takes you further than you’ve ever been before, on an extra-terrestrial, glam-rock odyssey to Frottage 3. Experience the power of disco on a quest to find the Slingback Killer... 

Everything Is Going to Be KO

Everything Is Going to Be KO

One in 10 of us are dyslexic. Yet learning difficulties are sometimes presented as a politically correct way to talk about stupidity. Join Kaiya Stone as she challenges this notion, reflecting on her life from childhood to adulthood, coping with (unknown for the first 20 years) dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD... 

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala

Best Dance: Adelaide and Perth Fringe 2017. International dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm are back with their critically acclaimed smash-hit production... 

A Sockful of Custard

A Sockful of Custard

Jeremy Stockwell and Chris Larner celebrate British comedy legend Spike Milligan with 90 minutes of laughs, songs, philosophy and utter, utter silliness. Milligan – a man of great sensitivity, insight and comedic invention – redefined the landscape of British comedy on stage, TV and radio... 

Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner

Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner

'I asked you to come here because I was frightened and you're my closest friend.' In the aftermath of their failed relationship, Nina calls on her newly ex-boyfriend Chris and best friend Vanessa for help... 

The Big Time

The Big Time

Jerry and Jacks want to be Big Time, but at what cost? They take on a job that they hope will shoot them up the ladder in the organisation. Take a girl to a fishing cabin in the woods, sound simple enough? Well with these two criminal buffoons you couldn’t be more wrong! Watch as a kidnapping gone wrong spirals into a night of pure comic disaster. 

The Pieman Cometh: A Cautionary Football Tale

The Pieman Cometh: A Cautionary Football Tale

Alan Ledger didn't want the limelight and he didn't want the praise. Unfortunately, he often got one, but hardly ever got the other. Join Alan on his journey through the murky, monetary mayhem lurking behind the scenes of Scottish football, as he asks: 'Who is football for? Why do fans insist on pies? What kind of oddbod would put money into a football club?' All these questions and more are mostly ignored in this hilarious comedy written by Bryan Jackson and David Belcher, and directed by Frank Miller. 

Brainiac Live!

Brainiac Live!

Strap on your safety goggles. Due to popular demand, science's greatest and most volatile live show arrives with a vengeance. The West End and international touring favourite celebrates its 10th anniversary year with its first appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

The Chore of Enchantment

The Chore of Enchantment

The world is in turmoil. Can magic provide the much-needed solace for these difficult times? Vincent Gambini is not so sure. Disillusioned by global news events, struggling with "magician's block", Gambini unveils the hidden difficulties of being a conjurer... 

My Left Nut

My Left Nut

400ml. That\'s how much liquid was drained from Michael\'s left testicle when he was a teenager. More than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is... 

Prize Surprize

Prize Surprize

An incomparable evening of prizes, surprises and so much more as you take part in all your favourite TV game shows to win a big cash prize! You and your team can spin The Wheel Of Fortune, take part in Deal Or No Deal, risk it all in Giant Jenga and then pop until you drop with the Million Balloon Drop! Hosted by local stand-up comedian Ryan Matthewson! 

The Egg Is a Lonely Hunter

The Egg Is a Lonely Hunter

Sophie works in a shop. She suffers from an irrational fear of eggs. Her nipples are behaving strangely and a black hole has appeared in her neighbourhood that could be/probably is a pervert... 

My Left / Right Foot – The Musical

My Left / Right Foot – The Musical

Local am-dram society is under pressure to comply with the equalities agenda. They come up with a cunning plan; create a gripping show starring 'the disabled'. What could be better than the Oscar-winning My Left Foot? The only snag is they can't find any disabled actors – but that never stopped Daniel Day-Lewis! Original music by award-winning partnership Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie with additional songs by Richard Thomas ('Jerry Springer – The Opera')... 

UNCONDITIONAL

UNCONDITIONAL

What Josie wants for her mother and Steffi wants for her daughter is the same – a better world. UNCONDITIONAL is about fighting the fight that needs to be fought. It's about slaying the monsters and standing your ground... 

The Song of Lunch

The Song of Lunch

Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Downton Abbey, Toast of London) and Rebecca Johnson (The Trip, The Flood) star in this hilarious and poignant drama of a disastrous attempt to rekindle lost love... 

The Dark Room (For Kids!)

The Dark Room (For Kids!)

You and your family are stuck inside a live-action video game! How will you escape?! Pick options off the screen in this fun, fear-filled interactive adventure. Will you: A) Find the light switch? B) Scream? C) Explode? For winners, terrible prizes! For losers, the Dark Room keeps whichever of your parents you like less... 

Timmy

Timmy

Tim is acting strangely. Judith wants answers. Together, they're struggling to reach a conclusion. A punchy, honest comedy about avoiding decisions at all costs. Written and performed by Roxy Dunn (creator of five-star sell-out hit In Tents and Purposes, Soho Theatre), as seen in Channel 4's Babylon, BBC Three's Top Coppers and Wannabe... 

Iconic – A Brief History of Drag

Iconic – A Brief History of Drag

A triple threat of heavenly vocals, theatrical swagger and razor-sharp wit. Direct from sell-out performances, Velma Celli celebrates the iconic drag moments of film, stage and popular culture... 

We've Got Each Other

We've Got Each Other

The almost entirely imagined Bon Jovi musical. With the modern jukebox musical comes: a multitalented cast, orchestra, opulent sets, decadent costumes, extravagant routines, dramatic key changes and the odd hydraulic lift or two... 

Thor and Loki

Thor and Loki

A new comedy musical by Harry Blake created with House of Blakewell. War rages; the end of the world approaches. The fate of the gods rests on Thor's mighty shoulders, but he hates violence and prefers writing poetry... 

Dick and Dom: Dick v Dom

Dick and Dom: Dick v Dom

Are you ready?! The multi BAFTA-winning legends Dick and Dom are coming to Edinburgh for the first time in 2018. They are bringing their fast-selling, insane UK tour to the Fringe for a comedy experience that the whole family will never forget... 

The Rockford File

The Rockford File

There's more than meets the mince pies in this appealing homage to 1970s TV Private Eye Jim Rockford, filtered through the lens of classic Ealing comedies and brilliant live roots music... 

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

'I saw a thing online that said chihuahuas are 50% trembling and 50% rage. Sounds about right.' A new comic play about breaking up, moving on, and using those little plastic bags to pick up the mess left behind... 

Ad Libido

Ad Libido

Fran wants to want sex. But no matter how many wonder cures she tries, she doesn't feel like her fire's been lit. Sometimes it hurts. Join Fran on a 'relentlessly hilarious' (Stage) quest, with songs, as she pursues a "normal" sex life... 

Love Song to Lavender Menace

Love Song to Lavender Menace

After a sell-out run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Scotland's 80s gay romantic comedy hit is back! So are nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party-boy Glen, in this funny, celebratory play about Scotland's radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop that began in the cloakroom of Scotland's first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh's LGBT+ community... 

More Moira Monologues

More Moira Monologues

Fringe First winner 2017. 'The most charismatic character to appear on a Scottish stage in a decade' ***** (Scotsman) is back! After three sold-out Edinburgh runs, straight-talking Moira Bell returns in a sequel to the much-loved original Monologues... 

Buried: A New Musical

Buried: A New Musical

Winner of The Cameron Mackintosh Award 2018, NSDF Edinburgh Award and The Stage Pick of the Fringe 2017. When Rose and Harry meet, they uncover something extraordinary: they’re both serial killers... 

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

After four years of wowing audiences at festivals across the UK and Europe, the award-winning Loud Poets return for their fifth year at the Edinburgh Fringe and this time they're bringing their Fantastical Game Show Spectacular! With Loud Poets' special blend of fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling poetry and some of the UK's top poets going head to head, this poetic fist fight will make sure the spoken word revolution is filmed in front of a live studio audience... 

Gate 64

Gate 64

Winnie is a vagrant. Once a travelling performer, she now finds her audience in the delayed passengers of International Departure Lounge 64. Here, stories and anecdotes form a tapestry of existential thought, presented with prideful expertise by our audacious raconteur, Winnie... 

The Sisters of CastleKnock House

The Sisters of CastleKnock House

Fran, Jo and Ger live in isolation. Their days are spent neurotically preparing for an attack that may never occur. Their best form of defence? Fake beards. Watch as their sisterly bond splinters as their world falls apart after the sudden death of their cherished father... 

The Moira Monologues

The Moira Monologues

Moira Bell – single mum, cleaner, hardest woman in Falkirk, and alter ego of writer/performer Alan Bissett – is back at the Fringe after a storming tour of Scotland. Time for Moira to light up a fag and tell her BFF Babs the score... 

My Kind of Michael

My Kind of Michael

Ever since he was a kid, Nick has loved Michael Barrymore. In this heartfelt and playful tribute, Nick invites you to examine the turbulent relationship between showman and spectator... 

Benny

Benny

When Benny Hill died in April 1992, his body lay undiscovered in his flat for two days. During these two days his shows were watched by millions all around the world. This captivating one-man show revisits those final days and insightfully explores the life of the lad himself... 

Timpson: The Musical

Timpson: The Musical

Two warring houses. One ancient grudge. A whole lot of shoes. Can the warring houses of Montashoe and Keypulet be united by a pair of star-crossed lovers? Journey to Victorian London where Monty Montashoe and Keeleigh Keypulet, two young inventors bursting with ambition, strive to break free from their boring lives and follow their dreams! Sponsored by Timpson Ltd themselves, Gigglemug Theatre’s debut musical explaining the origin of Timpson is guaranteed hilarity for all the family... 

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver

1736: Two highwaymen plan the heist of the century. Can they steal the taxidermy lobster, Satan’s Pinch? Will their quest for revenge save Britain from a corrupt political establishment? Who will survive betrayal and carnage with their dignity intact? Dark, witty, over-the-top, Tarantino-esque period action-comedy about finding your true self and defying your masters from the makers of The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: ***** (TheatreBath... 

Maureen Lipman Is 'Up for It'

Maureen Lipman Is 'Up for It'

I last played the Fringe 50 years ago and I can finally afford to come back. After a career that encompasses thirty odd – sometimes very odd – West End plays together with TV, radio, films, books, magazine columns and BT ads, I want to frighten myself into retirement by facing my audience, over the edge of a stage, in my very own show... 

Finding Fassbender

Finding Fassbender

Eve's leaving Wolverhampton to work in the big smoke because it's something you should do. But the capital's charm quickly wears off and Eve decides to pack her bags and head home to her boyfriend Rich and cat, Steve Bull... 

Drenched

Drenched

Daniel Drench – West Cornwall's most prolific and unstable storyteller – presents a bewildering and potentially moving interpretation of the classic Cornish folk tale The Mermaid of Zennor... 

Children's Underground Ghost Tour

Children's Underground Ghost Tour

Help us find out which ghosts haunt our famous underground. Join mingin' Annie from Edinburgh's past and discover what it was like to have lived underground 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! This is for the brave and curious children that dare to descend... 

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff) is a one-woman science/comedy/music show. A brutally honest and witty show about the neuroscience of love and loneliness. Drawing from her own experiences, Carys combines smart and ludicrously funny songs (The Love Monger, Space and Time, Tit Montage) with heartfelt tales, taking you on a journey to discover how love works, why it makes us do crazy things and why hugging is the answer... 

The Half

The Half

A brand-new play from Danielle Ward, writer of cult Fringe shows Take-A-Break Tales, Psister Psycho, Gutted and Dani Frankenstein. Starring Anna Crilly (Succession, Lead Balloon). Thirty minutes before curtain up, a double act meet for the first time in over a decade, but whatever happened to cause such a rift? Ambition, friendship, motherhood, ageing and mice are all explored in this tragicomedy... 

The Story Beast: Myths, Monsters & Mayhem

The Story Beast: Myths, Monsters & Mayhem

Hairy, ever so slightly scary tales for kids from the multi award-nominated wizard (alias John Henry Falle) and his arch-enemy, Mandy the Witch Who Lives Under The Sink (Funny Women semi-finalist Mandy Dassa)... 

Yummy

Yummy

Yummy, the Melbourne powerhouse of drag, dance, circus, and music, has been serving smash-hit events in numerous festivals across Australia and beyond. Yummy is the winner of Best Production and Best Ensemble (Cabaret) at the 2018 Greenroom Awards and Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2018... 

Splashback

Splashback

A new musical about a day in the life of a plumber’s kingdom – a men’s toilet. What goes on in this mysterious place? Who goes there? Where did it come from? Where does it go? Why do we need a toilet guy? Powerful questions; this show will answer… maybe... 

Narcissist in the Mirror

Narcissist in the Mirror

A dark comedy about life, ambition and millennial expectation: Narcissus is a love addict, a starving artist and a lost soul searching for self-worth. Laced with acerbic wit, punchy dialogue and intricate spoken word, Narcissist in the Mirror is an honest account of self-exploration as rip-roaring as it is poignant and heartfelt. 

Defrosted

Defrosted

A big bonkers blast of fun with super-duo Cat (the Spot Bots Mermaid on CBeebies) and Nicko. Love that frosty film or hate it, you will laugh your pants off and get snowed on! Join these lovable clowns and the magical freezer for silliness, songs and parodies; the kids save the day... 

Absolute Legends

Absolute Legends

From Calum MacInnes, creator of the epic Zero Quest trilogy, comes a brand-new children's show for 2018. An interactive fantasy adventure for the ages. Do battle with fierce monsters, avoid deadly traps and become an absolute legend all before lunchtime... 

Fantastic Magic Show for Kids

Fantastic Magic Show for Kids

The Fantastic Magic Show is a special and unique experience for children and their parents. It is a wonderful and memorable form of entertainment. The show is based on children's participation which makes it very exciting for the kids, as well as for the parents who watch their kids performing magic tricks... 

Game On 2.0

Game On 2.0

Direct from Australia for kids of all ages – Game On 2.0 is the sequel to the 2015 cult interactive comedy for kids all about video games – Game On! Matty Grey is returning to Gameland to fight his way to freedom through a whole new series of games and pixelated chaos... 

Andrew Roper's Superheroes for Kids 3

Andrew Roper's Superheroes for Kids 3

Superheroes for Kids 3 is the newest version of the hit show. 2018 features some new superheroes and all new surprises. Plus dressing up, silly string, underpants, ping pong balls, laughter and chaos... 

Huggers (Free Festival)

Huggers (Free Festival)

Following more successful shows at festivals worldwide, the popular show returns with a revolving line-up of acts selected from the best comedians, cabaret acts, children's entertainers and street performers at the Fringe to entertain the entire family... 

Huggers (Free Festival)

Huggers (Free Festival)

Following more successful shows at festivals worldwide, the popular show returns with a revolving line-up of acts selected from the best comedians, cabaret acts, children's entertainers and street performers at the Fringe to entertain the entire family... 

Show Up, Kids!

Show Up, Kids!

If the main attraction doesn’t show up, the kids still want to see a comedy show! So Pete’s gonna make one up and have the kids (and adults) help write, direct, and design it. What could possibly go wrong? From the creator of the critically acclaimed improvised comedy, Show Up, comes a fresh, fun, interactive twist on the traditional kids show... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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…  

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

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! 

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)... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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!  

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

#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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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?! 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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! 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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)... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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...