Rangoli: Art That Binds

Rangoli: Art That Binds

Rangoli is an Indian decorative art form traditionally designed and created by women to reflect the natural world. Designs are passed down generation to generation, and it is practised across social strata in India, bridging social and cultural divides... 

Dance Japan

Dance Japan

Based on the painting Akita no Gyoji by Tsuguharu Foujita (1937), Yoshitaka fuses the Japanese folk elements of Namahage, Hanekawa Kenbayashi and Akita Nikatabushi to create a new expression of Japan... 

Reigen

Reigen

A new translation of the scandalous Austrian play from 1903 unveils intimate conversations between people before and after they have sex. A prostitute meets a soldier on the street, the soldier seduces a housemaid and so on, until in the final scene a noble Count meets with the prostitute and everything goes full circle... 

The Contract

The Contract

Staging of the famous play – Mike Bartlett's Contractions by St Petersburg A.A. Bryantsev Youth Theatre. This ink-black satire features a series of short interviews between the human resources manager of a multinational company and a young woman working in the sales division... 

David Vernon and Dick Lee – Accordion Souffle with Clarinet Marmalade

David Vernon and Dick Lee – Accordion Souffle with Clarinet Marmalade

'Combined blistering pace with beautifully crafted melodies' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'From tango to polka, Bulgarian Horo to hot jazz, the pair have a world of music at their fingertips' (Evening News). 

Misha's Gang: Overdrive

Misha's Gang: Overdrive

In Misha's Gang, the Russian String Orchestra pays homage to the great composers. In Overdrive however they take a much more light-hearted look at them, sometimes with the help of other wonderful composers, to the amusement of even the most resolute classical music lovers... 

Starman

Starman

The international hit returns for a limited run after touring the world. Cabaret superstar Sven Ratzke takes audiences on a trip where facts and fantasy melt into an exciting mystery... 

Edinburgh International Marketing Festival

Edinburgh International Marketing Festival

Edinburgh International Marketing Festival. We support and promote international authors and their books. Meet the authors in person, enjoy a rooibos tea ceremony, listen to book readings and then have your book signed by the author. 

Notes from Shetland to Shanghai

Notes from Shetland to Shanghai

Come and hear Shetland’s premier harpist Sophie Rocks take you on an enthralling cultural musical journey all the way from her peaceful northern archipelago homeland to the most populous city on the planet, Shanghai... 

Bruce Davies – More from the Other Great American Songbook

Bruce Davies – More from the Other Great American Songbook

Following sell-out shows in 2017, Bruce returns with more Dylan, Paxton, Seeger, Simon, etc. in this celebration of the great 60s songwriters. 'One of Scotland's best singers' (Tom Paxton)... 

...What the Frick?!

...What the Frick?!

A request for sex talk in German, a crippling back injury and coming out to her religious grandmother... Alice Frick knows the recipe for disaster well! The confused Austrian abroad indulges in life with wide-eyed enthusiasm... 

Expendable Chapters

Expendable Chapters

A fresh, ground-breaking performance from Athens. Four performers travel to Edinburgh to share stories, musical fragments and images. Memories of worlds gone by, photographs and walks along the streets of Athens come together in an innovative performance where stories emerge, vanish and reappear... 

Ron Davis' Symphronica

Ron Davis' Symphronica

BBC Radio 3 regulars Ron Davis' Symphronica return from Canada to Edinburgh for another dazzling run of shows at ClubFest in Rutland Square. The brilliant eight-piece jazz/groove/classical ensemble have topped charts, won worldwide raves for their dazzling, innovative and original music, played Trafalgar Square and the Pan Am Games... 

Reigen

Reigen

A new translation of the scandalous Austrian play from 1903 unveils intimate conversations between people before and after they have sex. A prostitute meets a soldier on the street, the soldier seduces a housemaid and so on, until in the final scene a noble Count meets with the prostitute and everything goes full circle... 

Wu Song – The Tiger Warrior

Wu Song – The Tiger Warrior

Long before Luke Skywalker, another hero mastered the sabre, and fought imperial forces. His name? Wu Song – a martial arts master with deadly skills who takes on a tiger with bare hands... 

Ukulele Death Squad

Ukulele Death Squad

The world's most dangerous ukulele group is back in 2018. After sold-out Adelaide 2017/2018 and Edinburgh 2017 Fringe seasons, the boys return with new recruits and a brand new show that's sure to blow minds and shake up the world of uke yet again... 

The Troth

The Troth

A gripping story of love and loss set during World War One, blending dance, original music and archive film. Moving from rural Punjab to the Belgian trenches where young Indian men have been brought to fight for the Allies, we learn about the secret promise made by one soldier, Lehna Singh, as he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another... 

Renata Rosa

Renata Rosa

A rare visit to the UK for this deeply expressive Brazilian singer-songwriter and her band. Renata plays the rabeca, a fiddle from Northeastern Brazil and northern Portugal, and calls it her ‘second voice’... 

Sisu

Sisu

Finnish Oulu traditional dance and folk music combines traditional Scottish dance and contemporary dance styles. An exploration in dance of what it means to be Finnish and to be Scottish, performed by Finnish and Scottish dancers of all ages. 

Bleeding Black

Bleeding Black

Sam is a young Kiwi who discovers the thrill and adrenaline of following professional rugby. Like his dad before him, Sam quickly becomes addicted to the game. It all becomes too much after one particular game – New Zealand vs France, World Cup quarter final 2007... 

Russian String Orchestra at Old Saint Paul's

Russian String Orchestra at Old Saint Paul's

A series of very special evening concerts which combine the wonderfully vibrant playing of the Herald Angel Award-winning Russian String Orchestra with the atmospheric and historical ambience of one of Edinburgh's most important and beautiful churches... 

Panchkanya

Panchkanya

Panchkanya: sufferings of five heroines of Indian mythology are experienced by many Indian women to this date. Some like the earth are stable, some feel affinity to the fire for their passion, some like water flow serenely through their life and some dream of being light as air, vast as space but most carry within themselves the shades of all five elements... 

Ron Davis' Symphronica

Ron Davis' Symphronica

BBC Radio 3 regulars Ron Davis' Symphronica return from Canada to Edinburgh for another dazzling run of shows at ClubFest in Rutland Square. The brilliant eight-piece jazz/groove/classical ensemble have topped charts, won worldwide raves for their dazzling, innovative and original music, played Trafalgar Square and the Pan Am Games... 

The Rat Pack Presents: International Stars of Comedy

The Rat Pack Presents: International Stars of Comedy

Fringe hit! A different daily bill of global stand-up comedy stars. Five sell-out years. 'Classy stand-up show. Laid-back, joyful fun and a wonderfully friendly vibe' (Time Out). Past acts include Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, Chris Turner, Mark Dolan, Nathan Cassidy, Patrick Monahan, Jarred Christmas, Scott Capurro, Dan Antopolski, Jo Caulfield, Abandoman, Milo McCabe, Iain Stirling, David Mills, Sarah Callaghan, Trevor Lock, Phil Wang, Al Lubel, Nick Helm, Adam Hess, Phil Nichol... 

Chinese Children's Art – A Celebration

Chinese Children's Art – A Celebration

A vibrant and joyous performance showcasing the best of young talent from China and featuring over 15 unique Chinese folk dances. Young China Shines is an umbrella company bringing together the best of young performance talent from China – this year's company is made up of over 300 children and young people aged 10-15 from over 15 cities across the country... 

Music at Lunchtime

Music at Lunchtime

Visit St Giles’ Cathedral and enjoy a relaxed musical concert from performers from all over the world in a unique and beautiful historical setting. 

Ben McCarthy: Nevermind

Ben McCarthy: Nevermind

One of Australia's finest and youngest comedians comes to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time with his one hour show, Ben McCarthy: Nevermind. Nevermind is a one hour stand up show featuring stories of Ben's latest tours of Australia and Europe and life on the road as a travelling comedian... 

The Island

The Island

The Island is an award-winning and acclaimed apartheid-era play written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona. Set on Robben Island and telling a moving story celebrating hope, passion and resilience... 

Ingrid Dahle: Wingrid

Ingrid Dahle: Wingrid

How does a shy Norwegian from the fjords end up leaving home and becoming a unique award-winning comedian in the UK? Surely there’s more to it than simply putting a W in front of your name to becoming the winner you were meant to be? Highly-anticipated debut which unravels the mystery behind becoming Wingrid: superior human being excelling at life... 

Ron Davis' Symphronica

Ron Davis' Symphronica

BBC Radio 3 regulars Ron Davis' Symphronica return from Canada to Edinburgh for another dazzling run of shows at ClubFest in Rutland Square. The brilliant eight-piece jazz/groove/classical ensemble have topped charts, won worldwide raves for their dazzling, innovative and original music, played Trafalgar Square and the Pan Am Games... 

Chinese Children's Art Exhibition

Chinese Children's Art Exhibition

A truly unique exhibition inspired by the historic Silk Road connecting East and West, featuring an array of paintings by 200 talented children and young people from over 20 Chinese cities. 

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... 

Ukulele Death Squad

Ukulele Death Squad

The world's most dangerous ukulele group is back in 2018. After sold-out Adelaide 2017/2018 and Edinburgh 2017 Fringe seasons, the boys return with new recruits and a brand new show that's sure to blow minds and shake up the world of uke yet again... 

Misha's Gang

Misha's Gang

Herald Angel winners on their 2017 Fringe debut, Misha Rachlevsky and his 14-strong Gang (Russian String Orchestra) return to Edinburgh with a completely new set of powerful music programmes... 

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Theatre Hooam makes a welcome return to the Fringe with the award-winning Black and White Tea Room. Jeong-Heong-So offers counselling in the tearoom, but takes one day off every year: the anniversary of his wife’s death... 

About Lady White Fox With Nine Tales...

About Lady White Fox With Nine Tales...

What if Lady Macbeth was the reincarnation of the mysterious White Fox? YVUA Arts present their award-winning About Lady White Fox with the Nine Tales... Excellent Domestic Performing Arts Production by Korean Cultural and Arts Centres Association, 2017... 

Bride of the Gulf

Bride of the Gulf

Amid the violence that followed the British withdrawal from Basra in 2007, a sharp-witted Iraqi woman searches for her missing husband at the behest of her mother-in-law. A world premiere new work dedicated to the resilience of life in Basra, Iraq, and based upon a collaboration of New York ensemble Thinkery and Verse with transnational artists from Iraq’s largest port city... 

Mickey Sharma – Filthy Club Comic

Mickey Sharma – Filthy Club Comic

With five Edinburgh shows under his belt and nine years experience as a professional, Mickey brings his best material. No feelings, just good jokes. 

Grail Project

Grail Project

Multi award-winning creators of Anton’s Uncles, Track 3, Big Shot and Hot Cat, Theatre Movement Bazaar assembles its ultra-modern troubadours for the company's latest adventure, the Grail Project, unraveling the Arthur Legend and Grail Myth... 

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Zimbabwe Sculptures

Zimbabwean artists make some of the best stone sculptures in the world. Vhukutiwa Gallery continues to present a range of work from young artists and established names. Inspiration is drawn from natural and spirit life... 

The Rat Pack Presents: International Stars of Comedy

The Rat Pack Presents: International Stars of Comedy

Fringe hit! A different daily bill of global stand-up comedy stars. Five sell-out years. 'Classy stand-up show. Laid-back, joyful fun and a wonderfully friendly vibe' (Time Out). Past acts include Sara Pascoe, Romesh Ranganathan, Chris Turner, Mark Dolan, Nathan Cassidy, Patrick Monahan, Jarred Christmas, Scott Capurro, Dan Antopolski, Jo Caulfield, Abandoman, Milo McCabe, Iain Stirling, David Mills, Sarah Callaghan, Trevor Lock, Phil Wang, Al Lubel, Nick Helm, Adam Hess, Phil Nichol... 

#AA: Absurdly Asian 2018 by Jinx Yeo

#AA: Absurdly Asian 2018 by Jinx Yeo

'The comedy surprise discovery of this Fringe' **** (AdelaideNow.com.au). Nominated for Best Comedy, Fringe World Awards 2018. All-new 2018 stand-up comedy show by Jinx Yeo (Comedy Central Asia, ABC TV's Comedy Up Late)... 

Mickey Sharma's Mixed Blessings

Mickey Sharma's Mixed Blessings

We live in an increasingly mixed world when it comes to race, sexuality, gender and families. After realising that when it comes to dating, Mickey has a definitive bias towards white women, it was time to take a deeper look into whether it was nature or nurture... 

Unbecoming Ramon Rivas

Unbecoming Ramon Rivas

Ramon Rivas (BlazerRamon.com) takes an introspective journey when a woman he cared about saved him as Ramon Fckboi in her phone. Sex and care got confusing at the boom of the hook-up era and birth of dating apps, Ramon explores the connection between financial and emotional poverties which leads to men's unbecoming behaviour, even ones that were virgins until 26... 

Tori Scott Is #Thirsty

Tori Scott Is #Thirsty

Celebrating poor life choices and an unconditional love of vodka, direct from New York City. This Garland for the Grindr era is 'a force to be reckoned with' (BroadwayWorld.com), desperate to escape Trumpland and be let loose on Scotland! Join Tori and her band The Shame Spirals on an audacious musical journey of slurred autobiographical stories and songs she stole from other people... 

Rose Matafeo: Horndog

Rose Matafeo: Horndog

Rose Matafeo has kissed nearly 10 men in her life, AKA she's a total horndog. But what is horniness? Is it that intangible essence of excitement and opportunity? A fire that flickers in the beating heart of every human being? Or is it simply wanting to bone everyone, all the time? Join Rose for a brand-new hour of critically acclaimed stand-up, sketch and mid-20s angst... 

Huff

Huff

Huff is the wrenching yet darkly comic tale of Indigenous brothers caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling with the death of their mother. Their dream world bleeds into reality, as they’re preyed on by The Trickster through hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home and his own fragile psyche... 

Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure

Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure

By Magne van den Berg, UK premiere. 'ATC inspires me to reconsider what theatre can do' (Simon Stephens). Louise and Jon. Happy together. Except. Jon's got something to say. A small disclosure with big consequences... 

Anuvab Pal: Empire

Anuvab Pal: Empire

The British Empire gave Anuvab a colonial accent and British values and suddenly left. Now he lives in contemporary India – a billion confident humans, fed on social media and American consumerism and way past their colonial hangover... 

Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside

Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside

New York's cosmic comedian Myq (Mike) Kaplan takes you (and himself, and the universe) on a journey of kindness in his Edinburgh debut. A comedy show about truth, love and not murdering... 

The Basement Tapes

The Basement Tapes

Following her grandmother's death, a girl faces the overwhelming task of clearing out the basement. She discovers a series of mysterious tapes with recordings made by her grandmother... 

Nàdar / Prakriti

Nàdar / Prakriti

Nàdar / Prakriti is the first solo UK exhibition by Indian artist Ravi Agarwal. Through new print commissions, Agarwal responds to current conversations about rural and urban sustainability and the various challenges posed to nature in Scotland and India... 

From Shanghai With Love

From Shanghai With Love

Join us in the stunning Playfair Library for this combined exhibition and fashion show. Discover elegant, enduring and evolving Qipao fashion, Shanghai Style, through the ages and into the future... 

Natalie Clark: Scotland's Own Returns to Home Ground!

Natalie Clark: Scotland's Own Returns to Home Ground!

Scottish singer/songwriter Natalie Clark returns from America for her first Edinburgh Fringe headline performance. This will be a special, intimate night of music featuring special guests... 

It's a Wretched Life

It's a Wretched Life

What's the deal with children anyway? Why do parents get such crappy birthday presents? Isn't it enough to be married – does one have to be happy as well? These and many other questions Tomas Ahlbeck mentions in his stand-up show It's a Wretched Life... 

Perfect as You Are

Perfect as You Are

Perfect As You Are is an internationally touring production by Massive Vibe Live! with production and lyrics by Queen Be! It brings alive everyone’s power to benefit all. The band, from six different countries, give an unforgettable experience... 

John Hastings: Audacity

John Hastings: Audacity

John Hastings is back at the Fringe and this time he’s in love - for real. With stories of life and falling for the woman of his dream, his sparkling blend of observational comedy and enema jokes is a pleasure to behold... 

Like a Prayer

Like a Prayer

This piece asks questions of belief and seeks answers within personal encounters. A convent with six nuns in Switzerland is part of their expedition that explores belief. How questionless is belief in reality and to what extent does a life in the convent represent the anti-model for urbanites who think of themselves as modern? After a period of research in the convent of St Josef, performers Julia Bihl and Johannes Dullin meet on stage and confront their experiences with their own different beliefs, while the nuns speak for themselves on the video screen. 

Maklena

Maklena

Perhaps at the time it was first written this play would have been seen as fantastic, dealing with themes that were deeply entrenched in many of the Soviet plays of the early 1930s... 

Jogging

Jogging

Hanane Hajj Ali is a Lebanese performer with French citizenship who jogs daily to prevent osteoporosis, depression and obesity. In this show, as she navigates the streets of Beirut and traces familiar paths, Hajj Ali uses Greek myths and modern day examples to explain the roles of actor, mother, wife, refugee and citizen... 

Locus Amoenus

Locus Amoenus

Locus Amoenus is a poignant, slightly absurdist masterpiece in dramatic irony, in which the audience watches three strangers on a train slowly, unknowingly, going towards their deaths... 

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances is part of Arab Art Focus, a showcase of new theatre and performance from the Arab region and diaspora. A weekend of new contemporary dance pieces by four young Arab choreographers to Dance Base... 

Bach Without Boundaries

Bach Without Boundaries

The relationship between musician and dancer is turned on its head during this unique, intimate gallery performance of Bach Cello Suite No 4 by violist Bridget Kinneary and dancer/choreographer Missy Pfohl Smith (BIODANCE)... 

Wéko Tsai

Wéko Tsai

Wéko is a Taiwanese-born singer-songwriter inspired by her multicultural upbringing in Scotland, Taiwan, Scandinavia and California. Her music is best described as a fusion of acoustic pop, indie folk and mandopop... 

Guardians of Imperfection

Guardians of Imperfection

Handicap, schmandicap. People with a disability are certainly not always weak victims and they can speak for themselves. Maybe they can even be heroes. Two Dutch comedians Marijn and Sem will take you on an origins story about the need to be perfect, politics, the silliness of the world and how we are all eventually imperfect. 

Blurred Justice

Blurred Justice

Amnesty International Award winning Blurred Justice is a thrilling and humorous play where the fate of one man lies in the hands of the audience. Sharif is a member of the Yemeni Houthi militia and is being tried in an eccentric court for taking part in an attack on Saudi Arabia... 

Pike St.

Pike St.

I’ll make no bones about it: Pike St. is brilliant. Nilaja Sun, the show’s writer and solo performer, left Summerhall’s Roundabout Theatre to whooping, cheering and rapturous standing ovation in what is a true testament to the power of this 75 minute tour-de-force... 

Ivona, Princess of Burgundia – Tibaldus

Ivona, Princess of Burgundia – Tibaldus

Timeau De Keyser, Hans Mortelmans and Simon De Winne – together known as Tibaldus – are one of Belgium’s most exciting and innovative young companies whose work is fierce, surprising and thrilling... 

Misha's Gang

Misha's Gang

Everything you would expect from a renowned Russian string orchestra... and some things you would not! Following recent sell-out concerts in Russia, USA and China, Misha Rachlevsky and his 14-strong Gang bring to the Fringe a compelling mixture of passion, energy, fun and great music, designed for all ages and guaranteed to make you look with fresh eyes upon the world of classical music... 

Working Method – Enkidu Khaled

Working Method – Enkidu Khaled

Part of Summerhall’s Big in Belgium season, Working Method is an interactive piece which explores the process of making art. Enkidu Khaled is a Belgian-Iraqi theatre-maker. In this show he draws on personal experience and outlines a four-step method to show the audience how to translate their ideas into staged works... 

The Gun Show

The Gun Show

A thoughtful and well-realised production, this play provides a personal perspective on the debate surrounding American gun ownership. Staged in the gloomy basement auditorium of Space Triplex, The Gun Show is not to be confused with Gun Show, a devised production taking place across the road at Greenside’s Nicolson Square venue... 

Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine in Race Off

Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine in Race Off

Burns and Quartermaine are the yin and yang of righteous anger. Burns’ classic acerbic delivery and manic stage persona is balanced out by the calmer presence of the comparatively new comic, Quartermaine... 

An Audience with Wendy Carle Taylor

An Audience with Wendy Carle Taylor

Wendy’s spellbinding show offers stunning interpretations of contemporary and traditional Scots, French, American and Canadian songs: Leonard Cohen, Mark Knopfler, Robert Burns, Neil Young and more... 

HSSFC

HSSFC

HSSFC, which comes from Guangdong, China, is a concert band comprising of diverse students majoring in music as well as a professional composer who has performed in the 2010 Asian Games Opening Ceremony... 

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... 

Little Shakespeare

Little Shakespeare

Two of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes fantastically performed by the nine to 16-year-old children from two of China’s schools, Chongqing Foreign Language School and Chongqing Renmin Primary School, well known for their high standard of education and passion for theatre... 

Edinburgh International Youth Orchestra at Greyfriars Kirk

Edinburgh International Youth Orchestra at Greyfriars Kirk

Edinburgh International Youth Orchestra performs two concerts at Greyfriars Kirk with players from the Palestine Youth Orchestra. Sian Edwards conducts an all Russian programme of Shostakovich Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with Cuban piano soloist Daniel Rodriguez Hart... 

Carry King

Carry King

Brought to you by EnjoyMedia Cultural Company, Carry King is a visually striking, experimental piece of theatre. The production is based on the idea of an interactive E-sport, which over the course of the play asks the audience to join the competition and play to win! A bold and inventive play, Carry King highlights the growing and diverse nature of theatre currently being produced in China... 

Ukulele Death Squad

Ukulele Death Squad

The Death Squad are pushing the boundaries of the small four-stringed instrument. Formed by South Australian musicians Ben Roberts (The Timbers) and Julian Ferguson (The Coconut Kids), after these ukulele aficionados realised they both had the skills and energy to create a unique live show... 

Kara Sevda

Kara Sevda

In the post apocalyptic world of nuclear winter, two strangers with the world on their shoulders, meet on a bench. As they get to know each other the state of the world is revealed to the audience... 

Sasquatch: The Opera

Sasquatch: The Opera

I’m not sure where to begin in dissecting Sasquatch: the Opera. It defies dissection just as it defies categorisation. The show bends genre, form and technique in a way that, even in the context of the Fringe, makes it unique and one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen... 

£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed

£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed

What is money? For Belgian theatre group Ontroerend Goed, money isn’t actually metal coins or pieces of paper with numbers printed on them, no, money is so much more than a physical object... 

Interactive Exhibition

Interactive Exhibition

Enter a Bedouin tent, enjoy Druze cookery, practice Hebrew and Arabic, attend the film theatre, view original art, try on Maskit fashion, learn Sufi dancing and hear from Jewish and Arab Israelis about real examples of coexistence... 

David Vernon and Dick Lee

David Vernon and Dick Lee

'From tango to polka, Bulgarian Horo to hot New Orleans jazz – great skill... This very enjoyable session in the Fringe venue with the best front-of-house aroma virtually takes you around the world in 80 minutes’ (Evening News)... 

The End, the End, the End…

The End, the End, the End…

The amount a show takes liberties with narrative should be directly compensated by how much it has to say. The End, The End, The End... is a thoroughly baffling piece of work that, though admirable in the quality of its performers and technical team, doesn’t delve nearly deep enough or clearly enough into its subject matter to warrant being essentially an hour of disjointed, occasionally powerful, often confusing scenes... 

Macbeth: Fringe of Cantonese Opera

Macbeth: Fringe of Cantonese Opera

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of the world most renowned plays, however this year the production will be performed in an entirely unique style, that of traditional Cantonese opera... 

Cirkopolis

Cirkopolis

Cirkopolis begins from the moment the doors open and the audience filters into the massive space at the EICC. Two trenchcoated gentlemen move amongst the crowd playfully interfering with the seating arrangements, blocking aisles and chasing small children (who sometimes chase back!) All the while there is the sound of massive machinery working in the distance... 

Adrian Minkowicz: Best Newcomer

Adrian Minkowicz: Best Newcomer

Best Newcomer: it’s a show that combines monologues, film, theater and music, having stand-up comedy as its core. It revolves around the obsession of a performer to win the Best Newcomer prize at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh... 

I Am Rhythm

I Am Rhythm

2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sell-Out Laurel holder I Am Rhythm takes you on an unforgettable dance and music journey all the way from South Africa. Mesmerising melodies intertwined with an array of traditional and urban dances... 

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God

Back by popular demand following last year's rousing success. After breaking up with his ex, leaving the house they shared and finding himself single and homeless, George decided to indulge in the life of a single travelling comedian... 

Light Puppet Show

Light Puppet Show

Award-winning, funny and unpredictable wordless puppet show featuring a stunning variety of innovative electro-luminous objects. Unique marionettes, giant, rod, hand and experimental puppets will entertain and delight the whole family... 

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Chinese physical theatre influenced by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the contemporary Tang Xianzu’s The Peony Pavilion. Quite a synopsis to get your head around, but Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko do an astounding job at making this piece an accessible, slick, sexy and sensational watch... 

Christian Schulte-Loh: Rise of the 50 Foot German Comedian

Christian Schulte-Loh: Rise of the 50 Foot German Comedian

He's back! The German giant returns. Christian is a regular on German TV and in all major British comedy clubs, including The Comedy Store. He has gigged in more than 30 countries and has been called 'a funny German – the only one!' (Kkunst)... 

Misha's Gang

Misha's Gang

Everything you would expect from a renowned Russian string orchestra... and some things you would not! Following recent sell-out concerts in Russia, USA and China, Misha Rachlevsky and his 14-strong Gang bring to the Fringe a compelling mixture of passion, energy, fun and great music, designed for all ages and guaranteed to make you look with fresh eyes upon the world of classical music... 

Tommy Miah Street Food Festival

Tommy Miah Street Food Festival

After last year's successful fringe event, celebrity chef, Tommy Miah is running another Street Food Festival experience. This will, as always, involve the perfect melding of India and Bangladesh culture with Scotland... 

Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma... Comedian!

Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma... Comedian!

Watch the evolution of Mickey Sharma from an Indian teenager into a British comic. 

Chill Habibi

Chill Habibi

A cabaret with the best performance Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Morocco and Scotland have to offer! Come relax with the best drama, comedy, dance, music and otherness from the Arab World, and see new work and collaborations from the best of established and new Scottish voices, including David Greig, Julia Taudevin and Karl Sharro... 

Arab Arts Focus: Dance Double Bill

Arab Arts Focus: Dance Double Bill

Due to some of the artists being refused visas to enter the UK, we have had to make some changes to the Arab Arts Focus Dance Double Bill. Choreographer Shaymaa Soukry will introduce the performance... 

On Ice – Suzanne Grotenhuis/De Nwe Tijd

On Ice – Suzanne Grotenhuis/De Nwe Tijd

The young performer Suzanne Grotenhuis won a prize for her previous theatre show at a Belgian theatre festival. The money was meant to produce a new show. But she decided to spend the entire prize money on buying an actual ice skating rink... 

Nocturne

Nocturne

Inspired by the natural, emotional and spiritual migrations that occur after nightfall, Nocturne uses Indian dance and music to summon the different facets of the night: the natural world of flora and fauna, the emotional world of anticipation and longing, and the heightened spiritual potency of pre-dawn... 

Rosalind

Rosalind

In this portrait of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroine – the curious and courageous Rosalind – rising star choreographer James Cousins asks whether women still need to emulate stereotypical masculinity to find equality in our modern world... 

Comedy World War 5

Comedy World War 5

The hit-show in its fifth year! Four international top comedians per night, one against one, no allies. Like in every world war, different line-up each night. Always started by a German (Christian Schulte-Loh) and finished by an American... 

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

The incredible, true story of the Wild West's greatest Lakota warrior, this original one-man drama depicts the quiet, brilliant figure who defied the mighty US military, attempting to survive the crushing tide of American westward expansion... 

Nazi Jihadi

Nazi Jihadi

A German Muslim who grew up in Syria, South Africa and Pakistan. Toby Arsalan is basically all the bad guys from all the Die Hard movies squeezed into one. This show is Toby's attempt to find his place in this topsy-turvy world (spoiler alert: the place was within him all along!)... 

Arna Spek: Museum Piece

Arna Spek: Museum Piece

Greet the midnight hour with Dutch comedian Arna Spek and special guests. Can Arna survive in Brexit Britain? Join this BBC Radio 4 New Act competitor for awkward tales of trying to fit in... 

Nick Coyle: Queen of Wolves

Nick Coyle: Queen of Wolves

Blackbell House has a new governess: poor, plain, Frances Glass. But as odd things start occurring, Frances realises it's difficult to be governess when the children are dead. From Nick Coyle (Guided Meditation, Double Tribute) comes Queen of Wolves, a terrifying gothic comedy... 

#AA Abnormal Asian

#AA Abnormal Asian

'The comedy surprise discovery of this Fringe' **** (AdelaideNow.com.au). Award-winning Singaporean comedian Jinx Yeo (first Runner-Up, Hong Kong International Comedy Festival) presents his all-new 2017 stand-up comedy show... 

Martini Dry

Martini Dry

Are you passionate about food, yet in love with Britain at the same time? This show is for you! The craziest Italian, Alex Martini, brings you his debut solo show, Martini Dry. Alex knows a lot about food, and like most Italians, he's not afraid to shout it out loud... 

Komödie Distillery

Komödie Distillery

Possibly the last chance to see European comedians in the UK! Four of London’s funniest new comedians collide in a comedy show to make you chortle. Distilling the finest comedy flavours of 2017; teetotals also welcome... 

Stand-Up Nomad: Backpacking Comedy

Stand-Up Nomad: Backpacking Comedy

Backpackers and travelling comedians have a similar lifestyle, exploring new cultures, traveling light and relying on booze to socialise. Every show brings these two groups together with globe-trotting comedians and international comics visiting from countries like Singapore, Estonia and Nigeria... 

Mickey Sharma – Sharmanator

Mickey Sharma – Sharmanator

Mickey feels he wasted his 20s and now wants to live all the things he missed out on: sex, drugs, being a stepdad, etc... 

The Second Copy: 2045

The Second Copy: 2045

From out of the future, dissolving himself in fiction, the character of Youness Atbane observes the dynamics of contemporary art in Morocco. As a witness in a documentary made in 2045, he is interviewed on his position as a Moroccan artist and turns this into the subject of his performance... 

Taha

Taha

Taha Muhammad Ali is the beautiful optimistic picture of the Palestinian people – of all of us. In his beloved verses, Taha documents hopeful survival after 50 years of loss – loss of his home, his lover, his friends and his shop in Saffuriyeh in Galilee... 

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning

Loyiso Gola: Unlearning

Two-time Emmy nominated and Comics' Choice Award winning Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa's most loved comedians for a reason. Returning to the Fringe with his brand-new show, Loyiso challenges societal norms, making you question everything you thought you knew about politics, race, history and more, all delivered with his signature satirical wit... 

Francesco De Carlo: Comfort Zone

Francesco De Carlo: Comfort Zone

The award-winning Italian comedian returns with a brand-new show about life outside your comfort zone: politics, people, and what you discover when you leave your sofa to become a foreigner... 

Mikelangelo: Cave – Waits – Cohen

Mikelangelo: Cave – Waits – Cohen

Acclaimed crooner Mikelangelo (Black Sea Gentlemen, La Clique) takes on three great poets of rock'n'roll: Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, in a show filled with beauty, power and humour... 

Highlands to Hindustan: Indian Art in University of Edinburgh Collections

Highlands to Hindustan: Indian Art in University of Edinburgh Collections

Marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, this exhibition celebrates the richness and visual splendour of two millennia of India's art. It reveals many objects from the University of Edinburgh collections that have never been on public display before... 

Wank Bank Masterclass

Wank Bank Masterclass

The Aussies have a certain way with words and in the case Adam Seymour with his hands also. He grew up in the countryside of Victoria, Australia where his ginger hair made him a ‘ranga’, derived from orangutan... 

The Fool

The Fool

The Fool follows the events leading to the incarceration of its 3 main characters thanks to a law known as ‘Kevin’s Bill’. Delivered in a mix of Chinese with English subtitles and English, this is a near-future satirical comedy which uses a large amount of physical theatre and clowning... 

Hari Ho Gati Meri

Hari Ho Gati Meri

Hari Ho Gati Meri – let my salvation be in the supreme. Acclaimed classical Indian kathak dancer Gauri Diwakar performs two interweaving dances that revolve around the eternal resonance of Krishna’s flute... 

Orlando Baxter: Suspensions, Detentions and Summer Vacations

Orlando Baxter: Suspensions, Detentions and Summer Vacations

Watching Orlando Baxter perform is like sitting down with your favourite teacher again: you hang on his every word. He’s levelheaded, devastatingly clever, and above all, brutally honest... 

Hari Ho Gati Meri

Hari Ho Gati Meri

Hari Ho Gati Meri – let my salvation be in the supreme. Acclaimed classical Indian kathak dancer Gauri Diwakar performs two interweaving dances that revolve around the eternal resonance of Krishna’s flute... 

Machina

Machina

In the prologue to Malcostume Compagnia Teatrale’s show Machina, the company explains that the word ‘machina’ roughly translates to machine or structure and the company’s name ‘Malcostume’ also translates to badly behaved... 

Concerning Mars

Concerning Mars

‘Don’t you find, that the good thing about home is that leaving, as coming back, can equally be the greatest thing?’ ‘Mr. Rigby, by all due respect, I am not sure I believe in the idea of “home” quite as much as you do... 

Godspell

Godspell

Borderline Confrontational is a group of students and graduates from the Birmingham School of Acting. A talented international cast brings a devised version of Godspell, Stephen Schwartz’s musicalised telling of parables from the Gospel of Matthew, mixing folk rock with storytelling... 

This is Japanese Iki!

This is Japanese Iki!

This is Japanese Iki! What do you get when you combine breathtaking projection dance, inspired by karate and hip hop, with hilarious traditional Japanese storytelling? You get Japanese Iki, of course… Seeing is disbelieving! Original projection dancer Katsumi Sakakura stars with Japanese Rakugo traditional comic storyteller Katsura Sunshine for an unforgettable East meets West show, which will have your jaw dropping, when you’re not laughing your head off... 

Stand-Up From Russia

Stand-Up From Russia

The biggest comedians from Russia are coming to the Fringe for the very first time! Since 2013, seven million people tune in every Sunday to watch these stars on the critically acclaimed TV show Stand-Up: Brand New Show... 

Fusion of Strings

Fusion of Strings

Marking his global tour, China’s legendary composer, Tu Shanxiang, comes to Edinburgh to perform his own traditional Chinese music piece. He has delighted audiences for over 40 years and performed across the world in America, France, Russia, and Japan as well as in his native China... 

All In

All In

Here’s what happens in order: A parody of bourgeois conversation by actors in black morphsuits; a light show to the gaiety of the Ode To Joy; unembellished description of said piece; a demented, Sesame-Street-type lesson on cooking and friendship; a plastic-covered man holding his drink in a nightclub while an omnium-gatherum of object names gets projected behind; footage of North Korea’s Arirang Mass Games; a penumbra-umbra light show to wrap it all up... 

Mimi Oz

Mimi Oz

Mimi was dubbed 'Oz, by Canadian icon Bob Wiseman after completion of her sophomore album Three of Swords, 2011. Her newest work is self produced and funded by the Ontario Arts Council, titled Men Who Never Loved Me... 

Barra to Bengal

Barra to Bengal

Barra to Bengal: a fictional Scottish-Indian cultural musical telling the story of two people from opposite ends of the globe as one travels the globe finding friendship with the other, through the collaboration of five musicians (Suchandra Kar, Shelagh McKay Jones, Hardeep Deerhe, Pauline Vallance and Emma Durkan)... 

Chinese Women’s Whispers

Chinese Women’s Whispers

Chinese Women's Whispers provides an oasis of calm for weary festival goers. Sharing autobiographical tales from their different provinces in China, the four actors offer an hour's respite from the relentless hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Fringe... 

The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. Tang Xianzu's work is brought to life in this stunning traditional Chinese Kunqu opera version of his most famous play The Peony Pavilion, which reveals the romantic yearnings and afflictions of love endured by the young of China's feudalistic society... 

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover definitely wins the title of most intriguing show title at the Fringe, and it’s definitely worth seeing for the demented, skewed logic of why Richard Meros, B... 

Under Ice

Under Ice

Lithuanian director Arturas Areima mounts an adaptation of Falk Richter’s play of the same name, Under Ice. If these names ring obscure, fear not: know that Areima is a brilliant director with a spirited cast of performers and Richter’s words manage to make an impact... 

Bubble Revolution

Bubble Revolution

George Orwell once wrote a fairy tale in order to avoid accusations of criticising reality. His novella Animal Farm, though ostensibly a warning against a particular brand of Stalinist communism, might also be read as the struggles of some pigs and other animals... 

Mungo Park – Travels in the Interior of Africa

Mungo Park – Travels in the Interior of Africa

Mungo Park proved that any true Scotsman would do almost anything to avoid spending another bloody day in Selkirk. He was an African explorer before it was fashionable and a complicated man in a complicated time... 

Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future

Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future

Lynn Ruth Miller is the poster girl for growing old disgracefully. She’s 82 years old and the only thing that frightens her is her own reflection. She’s feisty though and tells tales about dating octogenarians, what it’s like being the oldest stand-up in the business (RIP Joan Rivers) and why she got her nipple pierced... 

Blues is a Primary Colour

Blues is a Primary Colour

A music and projection performance through the prism of blues with live music by Justin Lavash and projections by Darrell Jónsson. We are taken from the blues’ Delta origins to the primal electricity found on nearly every dance floor today... 

La Dolce Vita at Contini Ristorante

La Dolce Vita at Contini Ristorante

La Dolce Vita at Edinburgh’s favourite independent Italian family restaurant Contini Ristorante. Celebrate all the fun of Italian night time festa culture. Live music, welcome drink, a selection of our classic Italian antipasti and an opportunity to order additional items on the night... 

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry

An almost word-free physical and visual performance from Brazilian company ParaladosanjoS. A poignant, poetic and sometimes comically absurd reflection on human fragility in the face of nature, inspired by the real and reimagined stories of people who have suffered the onslaught of natural disasters... 

Foehn Effect

Foehn Effect

Foehn Effect is an intense act, accounted by the actor who takes the public with her on a journey through psychological pain and all the phases that she passes: depression, anger, loss of humanity and sense of justice… Text, audiovisuals, and deep personal experience are woven together... 

Sweet Child Of Mine

Sweet Child Of Mine

Life has given Australian performance artist Bron Batten what she calls ‘theatrical lemons’. Her show, first performed in 2011, was dealt a potentially devastating blow mere weeks ago when her elderly father (normally the piece’s second performer, who accompanies her to discuss their relationship and her career choice) decided he wouldn’t be able to make the 9000-mile journey to Edinburgh... 

As You Like It

As You Like It

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. From award-winning director Nicholas Barter comes a 1920s Chinese inspired version of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy performed by the Shanghai Theatre Academy... 

The Blue Box: Memories of the Children of War

The Blue Box: Memories of the Children of War

A twelve-year-old girl writes a poem. With nobody to read it, and nobody to give it to, she stows it away in a hitherto unused blue box. Over the years, the box accumulates further texts and short stories about real people, which the girl, Emma Abdullah, has written... 

Best Intentions

Best Intentions

Shark Eat Muffin Theatre Company’s Best Intentions focuses on the perspectives of two regularly overlooked characters in Shakespearean fiction: Angelica the nurse from Romeo and Juliet, and Emilia from Othello... 

Hamlet in Bed

Hamlet in Bed

Hamlet in Bed is an exploration of one man’s obsession with Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece ‘The play's the thing’ that forms the subject of the production and also the means by which the plot is created... 

Loyiso Gola: Dude, Where's My Lion?

Loyiso Gola: Dude, Where's My Lion?

Loyiso Gola is a rare kind of stand-up comic. There’s no doubt that he’s practised and polished his material but his performance is so natural and relaxed that you forget he’s doing a set and think he’s just having a chat with you, with a few fantastic stories thrown into the mix... 

Snow Charm and Spring Scenery

Snow Charm and Spring Scenery

Specially produced for the Jilin Culture Week and also staged at the Moscow Kremlin Theatre. We are honoured to take you on a journey of Chinese culture told through traditional dance, acrobatic ballet and Peking opera, combined with a breathtaking backdrop of supreme visual effects... 

Karmana, Songs of the Roma

Karmana, Songs of the Roma

Scottish virtuoso guitarist/composer Simon Thacker returns to create a new Romani musical journey in this dazzling world premiere featuring reimagined Gypsy songs and original works inspired by Indian, Balkan and Spanish traditions... 

Teatro Delusio

Teatro Delusio

Possibly the most beautiful show you will watch at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, Teatro Delusio is a marvel: original, stunningly choreographed, very funny and incredibly moving. This is physical theatre at its zenith... 

A Medley of Four Dreams of Linchuan

A Medley of Four Dreams of Linchuan

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. A collection of the greatest scenes from Four Dreams of Linchuan from China’s most celebrated playwright: Tang Xianzu... 

Lies. All Lies.

Lies. All Lies.

Through a series of devised monologues, pieces of physical theatre and slam poetry, Lies. All Lies analyses the idea of truthfulness in modern society, how often we lie and what exactly we deem okay to lie about... 

World Without Us

World Without Us

Ontroerend Goed’s World Without Us imagines a future in which humanity has simply ceased to exist, and it’s surprisingly soothing. Rather than dwelling on the details of this extinction or apocalypse, the company is more interested in the philosophical questions of what our absence would mean for the rest of the planet and what (if any) trace would be left of us... 

Ongals Babbling Comedy

Ongals Babbling Comedy

With breathtaking magic, effortless circus and formidable beatboxing skills, Ongals will have you laughing your hat off, even if you don’t know why. A high-energy physical comedy spectacular to tickle the funny bone of every age, this wave of K-Comedy is truly side-splitting fun for all generations and a show you won’t want to miss! ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

David Vernon and Dick Lee

David Vernon and Dick Lee

This brilliant accordion and clarinet duo perform an eclectic mix of music with infectious enjoyment – French, jazz, Jewish, traditional, Balkan, tango etc. 'They combine wonderfully, superb musicianship – a great double act' (Scotsman). 

Neel Kolhatkar: Neel Before Me

Neel Kolhatkar: Neel Before Me

If you are a millennial/Gen-Y/Gen-X-er you need to see Neel Kolhatkar. He’s an Aussie YouTube sensation with a huge social media following, and it’s clear to see why.When Kolhatkar first enters the room, his humour and jokes sort of ‘creep up’ on you – you’re lulled into a false sense of security with his casual chitchat manner, and before you realise it you’ve been hit with a line that makes you laugh but cover your eyes cringing at the same time... 

The African Dream Musical

The African Dream Musical

South African sensations return. A story of modern South Africa, its people and aspirations. ‘These singers know how to dazzle and excite their audience. Pitch perfect songs in a variety of tones and paces unfold, each as pleasing as the previous... 

Under Ice

Under Ice

Offering a poignant and intimate insight into the maladies of corporate life, this contemporary adaptation of Falk Richter’s famous play, by the prominent Lithuanian director Arturas Areima, represents a new generation of theatre... 

Dreaming Under the Southern Bough

Dreaming Under the Southern Bough

stage@leedscompany mount an original adaptation of Tang Xianzu’s A Dream Under the Southern Bough. Xianzu was a playwright and he died 400 years ago, like our dear Bard. But he’s obscure and Chinese; therefore he’s the kind of under-appreciated source ripe for a Edinburgh Fringe performance... 

Alice Fraser: The Resistance

Alice Fraser: The Resistance

You are immediately struck by Alice Fraser’s triumphant gentility as she graces the stage. With a razor-sharp political and social awareness, her polite, assured delivery is no-doubt inspired by her Buddhist upbringing: something that her new show The Resistance focuses on at length... 

It Folds

It Folds

Both touching and humorous, It Folds is an experimental exploration of grief, death and the human condition. In a series of disjointed events, the story of young boy’s abduction is told from the perspective of all members of a community through a variety of mediums... 

Krapp 39

Krapp 39

Michael Laurence’s dense, complex and lyrically-beautiful script reworks Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape in an exploration of expectation, ageing and memory.The original play presents a 69-year-old Krapp listening to the autobiographical tapes he made in years gone by - starting with the one he recorded on his 39th birthday... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. From the Hunan Kunqu Opera Troupe comes Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, told in the traditional Kunqu opera style... 

Little Shakespeare

Little Shakespeare

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. Shakespeare with a twist. Three of the playwright’s most famous scenes fantastically performed by the 10 to 15-year-old children from three of China’s best schools, Beijing Shijia Primary School, Chongqing Bashu Rhythm Drama Club, and Chongqing Foreign Language School, well known for their high standard of education and passion for theatre... 

Taiwan Season: NuShu

Taiwan Season: NuShu

NuShu is a coded script invented by women in Hunan, China to record their private thoughts and feelings. Handed down from one generation to another in a dialect men couldn’t understand, the language captures the happy and sorrowful experiences of the Hunan women... 

Moscow Boys

Moscow Boys

Combining clownesque joy with jaw-dropping skill, a quartet of multi-talented virtuosos escapes the critical eye of their instructor and embarks on a musical journey from Tchaikovsky to Justin Timberlake, from waltz to latino... 

A Midsummer Night's Dreaming

A Midsummer Night's Dreaming

Celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare, the award-winning ST@UIBE company from Beijing presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and misunderstanding in a refreshing new light... 

The Rooster and Partial Memory

The Rooster and Partial Memory

The Rooster is a Palestinian/Lebanese production influenced by thrilling Palestinian dabke folk dance, conveying the sociopolitical experience of the region through the character of Al-Deek, the rooster... 

Red Rose / White Rose

Red Rose / White Rose

There were two actresses in Strindberg's play: one I called his white rose, the other his red rose. One was a spotless wife, the other a shameless mistress. Who's the stronger anyway – a housewife desperate to keep her husband home, or a free spirit destined to shut herself out of the marriage institution? The answer lies within the 1940s Shanghai. 

I Am Rhythm

I Am Rhythm

A fresh, upbeat dance show that tells the story of the evolution of rhythm and dance in South Africa. Rhythm is a 16-legged dance beast that will get you stomping and clapping to the mesmerising beats of traditional and urban dances... 

United States of Edinburgh

United States of Edinburgh

The United States of Edinburgh. Bringing four of the very best acts from the USA to Edinburgh each for one week only. Perfect Strangers Comedy specialize in bringing incredible American acts such as Bill Burr, David Cross, Todd Barry, Found Footage Festival, Jen Kirkman, Neil Hamburger, Kyle Kinane and others to UK stages... 

Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future

Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future

Lynn Ruth Miller is the poster girl for growing old disgracefully. She’s 82 years old and the only thing that frightens her is her own reflection. She’s feisty though and tells tales about dating octogenarians, what it’s like being the oldest stand-up in the business (RIP Joan Rivers) and why she got her nipple pierced... 

Voices of Soweto Presents Ubuntu

Voices of Soweto Presents Ubuntu

Ubuntu, meaning compassion and humanity, is a show that speaks about unity amongst the African continent and the world. Fused with a heart-piercing poem, the pulsating musical celebration of South African music and dance, the potent rhythms of traditional choral music to the intricate thumping of traditional dance and the heart-warming joyful voices of the choristers, Voices of Soweto hopes Ubuntu achieves its goal of one happy nation... 

A Sharma Sutra's Tale

A Sharma Sutra's Tale

After a wonderful 10-year relationship (yep, there’s no ex hating in this show) watch a 33-year-old man embarrass himself, trying to beat his sexual record of... one! And his ex is a bisexual now. 

Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma... Comedian!

Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma... Comedian!

Mickey Sharma is back with Sharma Sharma... Comedian in its third year. Mickey is an Indian who was born in Pakistan and makes a living as a stand-up in the UK... yes in English! Expect stories about travelling, immigration, relationships and offending people unwittingly. 

A+ Underachiever

A+ Underachiever

'The comedy surprise discovery of this Fringe' **** (Advertiser, Adelaide). Jinx Yeo's hard-hitting punchlines, effortless delivery and clever material won him first runner-up at the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival, and finalist in the America Meet World Global Comedy Competition... 

The African Dream Musical

The African Dream Musical

South African sensations return. A story of modern South Africa, its people and aspirations. ‘These singers know how to dazzle and excite their audience. Pitch perfect songs in a variety of tones and paces unfold, each as pleasing as the previous... 

Soweto Spiritual Singers: The African Experience

Soweto Spiritual Singers: The African Experience

‘These singers know how to dazzle and excite their audience. Pitch perfect songs in a variety of tones and paces unfold, each as pleasing as the previous. Energetic, playful soloists relay one another with professionalism and unwavering confidence... 

Emily Tresidder: Crazy Is

Emily Tresidder: Crazy Is

Emily Tresidder explores ‘the Zen of Crazy’ and the myriad of things that have come to be defined as such. Emily’s deep understanding of how hilariously crazy life is will captivate you, or at the very least make you wish you’d peed before the show... 

154th Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography 2016

154th Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography 2016

This long-established international art photography exhibition features over 200 prints from all over the world. Most genres of photographic art are represented. Ticket includes free full colour catalogue depicting every print. 

Abacus

Abacus

That the character of Paul Abacus was created in 2009 – three years after TED talks became available to watch online – is no surprise at all. That people believed in the construct of this ‘public intellectual’ until 2012 – when he was revealed as a fake at Sundance Film Festival – is a good indicator of the quality of the parody... 

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times

One of several pieces of modern American writing brought to the Fringe by Phantom Owl Productions, Neil Labute’s 1989 play Filthy Talk for Troubled Times takes a frank look at gender, war and misogyny... 

The MaineStreet Band

The MaineStreet Band

Rock'n'roll spectacle! What are you looking for in an American rock band? Energy? Passion? General shenanigans? TMSB is coming to EdFringe! Guitars, keys, harmonies, drums, bass, and more guitar... 

Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation

Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation

Following a sell-out debut UK tour with critically acclaimed show The Racist, South African megastar and newly announced Daily Show host Trevor Noah returns to Edinburgh with a brand new show... 

Tomorrow's Parties

Tomorrow's Parties

Forced Entertainment have a legendary reputation for creating innovative, engaging and challenging theatre and performance. Therefore, Tomorrow’s Parties naturally comes with weighty expectations of being, in one way or another, brilliant... 

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez have once again brought their surreal blend of comedy and physical theatre to Edinburgh, and this time they’re taking on a classic of world literature... 

Sex, Food and Politics – Lecture by Ang Li (Writer)

Sex, Food and Politics – Lecture by Ang Li (Writer)

Ang Li is the most controversial woman writer in Taiwan. In this lecture, she examines the intertwining of gender, food and politics, which continues to break new ground of literary reflection, creating a new space of questions involving female sexuality and Asian women’s literature on the international literary scene. 

Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet

Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet

Alex Williamson possesses the confidence and charisma necessary for performing for large crowds, a man who grasps the essence of comedy with a promising career ahead of him. Williamson goes for what you won’t expect him to say with brash one lines that come out of the blue, a trademark of the show... 

La Merda by Cristian Ceresoli, starring Silvia Gallerano

La Merda by Cristian Ceresoli, starring Silvia Gallerano

Six performances only! The multi award-winning international hit play returns for its final Edinburgh performances. Winner of six major awards including Scotsman Fringe First and Stage Best Actress... 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

WeAct is the premier amateur theatrical drama group in China. In 2014, WeAct was the first company to bring Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus to the stage in China. By leveraging the oriental thinking and elements, the bloodiness and the tyrannical story of Titus Andronicus was perfectly played out with implicit aestheticism... 

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Gruesome Playground Injuries

From the title, Gruesome Playground Injuries sounds like grim viewing. Indeed, there are several disturbing moments. However, at its core, this new play from American writer Rajiv Joseph is tender and warm-hearted, charting the unlikely friendship of the two injury-prone protagonists – Doug (Brad Fleischer) and Kayleen (Jules Wilcox)... 

Tats Nkonzo: The African With Wifi

Tats Nkonzo: The African With Wifi

'One of the best acts to happen to South African comedy' (Argus). 'I wrote this show so I could tell the world how Simba really felt after Mufasa's death. The people deserve to know the truth' (Tats Nkonzo)... 

Sor and Giuliani

Sor and Giuliani

Fernando Sor and Mauro Giuliani were the greatest guitar composers and virtuosos in the classical era. Luca Villani, Italian accomplished guitarist at his 20th festival in Edinburgh, offers a varied and challenging portrait of their great music... 

Brothers and Sisters in Arms – Songs of War and of Peace

Brothers and Sisters in Arms – Songs of War and of Peace

Sell-out 2010-2014. Spellbinding show. A poignant commemoration of loss. An inspirational and uplifting celebration of love. Stunning interpretations of contemporary and traditional Scots, Irish, French, German, American songs and more… 'Musical perfection' ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

The Christians

The Christians

The team behind the Fringe First winning Grounded (2013) are back with a powerfully human tragedy – one that grapples with issues of belief clearly and concisely, without recourse to stereotype... 

Ashes Afar

Ashes Afar

Ashes Afar follows the story of a migrant couple from different cultures in a volatile relationship. When Aine loses her memory, Mihail attempts to help her reconstruct their time together... 

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Lunch in Cairo

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Lunch in Cairo

This double bill of new writing by Tom Coash brings us to Cairo, where we're welcomed with dates and hookah pipes. These are two politically relevant plays on important issues in the Middle East, giving an open and balanced airing, though their messages are weakly conveyed... 

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy started out as two plays in a year-long project by One World Actors Centre (Kuwait) to produce Jean Anouilh’s Antigone in both English and Arabic. As the interpretations of the work progressed they took on separate identities - the English version was given an ancient setting during the Celtic rebellion in Roman-occupied Britain, while the tale in Arabic was placed in the modern Middle East... 

China Conservatory Orchestra 2015 Concert

China Conservatory Orchestra 2015 Concert

The history of Chinese folk music is one of the longest unbroken musical lineages in the world, representing over three thousand years of tradition. In this Chinese folk music show, several traditional instruments will be played, such as Bangdi, Liuqin and Zheng... 

Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow

Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow

What does Tomorrow mean to playwrights across the globe? This year the Traverse has commissioned six leading playwrights from China, Egypt, Ukraine, Canada, Turkey and Scotland to write a script which explores their vision of the future... 

Joel Creasey: The Hurricane

Joel Creasey: The Hurricane

Joel is Australia’s hottest comedy star right now. Fresh from sold out shows and critical acclaim in Melbourne, New York, London, Montreal and Sydney. He’s garnered critical acclaim and five-star reviews around the world while leaving a trail of comedic annihilation in his wake... 

The Mountain Top

The Mountain Top

In April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr went to Memphis. He made a speech about how, having survived an assassination attempt, he was not afraid of death. He had ‘been to the mountaintop’... 

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Founded in 1960, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas boast a string of classic Motown hits, including (Love is Like a) Heat Wave, Nowhere to Run, Jimmy Mack, Bless You and Dancing in the Street... 

The Day Before the Fair Album Launch

The Day Before the Fair Album Launch

The Day Before the Fair Album Launch – an arsenal of eclectic instruments. A voice that’s been known to reduce grown men to tears and rowdy pubs to awed silence. A repertoire of traditional Celtic ballads, raw original songs and Eurovision covers... 

Little Thing, Big Thing

Little Thing, Big Thing

A nun and an ex-con find themselves on the run across Ireland, carrying two film rolls, identical in appearance but with very different sets of pictures on them. If this sounds somewhat contrived or like the set-up to a bad joke, Little Thing, Big Thing is very aware of this, and the somewhat implausible beginning allows a lovely set of character sketches and situations to pervade throughout the piece... 

Full Tilt Janis: The Australian Janis Joplin Tribute Show

Full Tilt Janis: The Australian Janis Joplin Tribute Show

Full Tilt Janis: The Australian Janis Joplin Tribute Show captures the sound, feel and attitude of the infamous Janis Joplin. Hear Joplin's greatest hits performed in one thoroughly entertaining live concert experience as Janis is brought to life by the critically acclaimed vocals of Melissa Jubb and her talented band of musicians... 

The Day Before the Fair Album Launch

The Day Before the Fair Album Launch

The Day Before the Fair Album Launch – an arsenal of eclectic instruments. A voice that’s been known to reduce grown men to tears and rowdy pubs to awed silence. A repertoire of traditional Celtic ballads, raw original songs and Eurovision covers... 

Budge3

Budge3

At once frenetic and contemplative, Budge3 is an intricate knot of elastic energy, dance that is fit to burst at any moment. The triptych opens, soundless, on Florine Foucault, legs crossed, tending to what seems to be a seedling (the sprouting of a relationship)... 

The Sacred Room of Desire

The Sacred Room of Desire

The Sacred Room of Desire, written and directed by Carola Benedetto tells the story of the Hindu pantheon family of Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha. Though this story is nicely told, it is also the show’s downfall... 

Taiwan Season: The Paper Play

Taiwan Season: The Paper Play

This charming double bill from Puppets Being Theatre uses poise and precision to bring to life ingenious paper creations. Running as part of Edinburgh Fringe’s Taiwan season, The Paper Play is almost entirely nonverbal, making it accessible for children of all ages and languages... 

Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights

Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights

Drawing on their huge catalogue of classic bits, always introducing new material and lacing it all together with bizarre improvised tangents, the Pajama Men create an anarchic night of jubilant and inventive comedy... 

Winter is Coming. Again.

Winter is Coming. Again.

Winter Is Coming. Again. by the Australian comedy group, Backwards Anorak, will be funny and relevant for fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, but maybe not ideal for those going into the show unaware... 

Flight Lessons

Flight Lessons

A new play from South African playwright Amy Jephta, Flight Lessons sees actress Saria Steel play two friends on opposite sides of the world. Both Anika and Maya are full of life - a pair of gorgeously funny, red-blooded female characters that intertwine to drive the story... 

Christian Schulte-Loh: Return of the 50 Foot German Comedian

Christian Schulte-Loh: Return of the 50 Foot German Comedian

I don’t know exactly how many German comics there are on the circuit but, as Christian Schulte-Loh points out, such is their rarity that he has managed to secure both the germancomedian... 

Traces

Traces

Traces has been amazing audiences around the world for nigh on a decade; it is a testament to the visual and theatrical power of the show that it’s lasted as long as it has. With an all-invigorated international cast, Les 7 Doigts de la Main’s most influential show is as buoyant, playful and impressive as ever... 

Lost in the Dust Exhibition

Lost in the Dust Exhibition

Set against the dramatic and hauntingly beautiful backdrop of the South African landscape, these 15 works by Meyer offer a personal and compelling look into how war affects individual relationships, and captures the raw emotion of the people swept up in it... 

Poker Night Blues

Poker Night Blues

In Poker Night Blues, Williams’ masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire is undone – dismantled and distilled to its essential elements. Heightened physicality, dance, humour, and an original text blend together to create this intense, touching and steamy fusion between East and West... 

Okinawa Sansan

Okinawa Sansan

Follow Sanla and his wife on a journey of love, life and Okinawa tradition. A dazzling mix of folk music, classical Ryukyu Court dance, and traditional bingata patterned costumes will transport you to the tropical Okinawa Islands... 

Taiwan Season: Self and Others

Taiwan Season: Self and Others

Formosa Circus Art company blends circus, dance and theatre skills. Self and Others explores the complexity of the relationship between things being built from nothing to something, and from something to nothing again... 

Katsura Sunshine – Let Me Tell You a Story About Japan!

Katsura Sunshine – Let Me Tell You a Story About Japan!

'A raconteur extraordinaire! One of a kind! Sunshine is star!’ (Japan Times). 'Sunshine magically plucks laughter with rhythm and timing fit for an athlete!' (Asia.Nikkei.com). Lovely! Intense! A one-man sitcom! How can we resist? 

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

'Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable... a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders' (NZ Herald). Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Nassim Soleimanpour wrote this play which travelled the world in his place... 

Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian!

Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian!

Mickey is an Indian, that was born in Pakistan (it’s true). After living in Karachi, Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Kashmir ... Mickey ended up in the exotic climes of Birmingham at the age of 19... 

Rose Matafeo and Guy Montgomery Are Friends

Rose Matafeo and Guy Montgomery Are Friends

Winners of the 2013 and 2014 Billy T award. Rose and Guy are coming to Edinburgh and they'd like to be friends. With you! And then sort of, do some jokes in front of you while you laugh politely... 

Island Voices – The Sigh of Body

Island Voices – The Sigh of Body

Taiwan's indigenous peoples have inhabited the island for 12,000 years, and seen many new cultures arrive and depart over the centuries. Challenged by the industrial encroachment of their ancient lands, the tribal peoples are at the forefront of Taiwan's environmental movement... 

Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect

Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect

Winner Best Newcomer 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Winner Best Overall Comedy Show 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival. In his Edinburgh debut, Corey White sifts through the wreckage of a broken home, mental illness and failed love, delivering an hour of sparkling stand-up comedy that cuts through woe to the beautiful heart of life... 

Instant Sharma

Instant Sharma

Karma hasn't caught up with Mickey yet… He has a great life despite messing things up on regular basis. He infuriates his partner of 10 years every day because he's selfish and inconsiderate... 

Aunty Donna

Aunty Donna

Aussie Edinburgh favourites return with a killer new show. Unique, tight, fresh, filthy, but best of all flat out, laugh 'til your face hurts funny. Hold onto your seats, don't blink! You won't want to miss a beat... 

Hotel Paradiso

Hotel Paradiso

Berlin-based masters of mask theatre return to the Fringe with a hilarious tale of a family hotel set in an Alpine resort, where they are struggling to keep the business alive and the corpses hidden... 

Tats Nkonzo: The African With Wifi

Tats Nkonzo: The African With Wifi

'One of the best acts to happen to South African comedy' (Argus). 'I wrote this show so I could tell the world how Simba really felt after Mufasa's death. The people deserve to know the truth' (Tats Nkonzo)... 

Frenchy: Live'n'Lanky

Frenchy: Live'n'Lanky

Aussie comic and Internet Superstar, Frenchy, has sold out every show he’s done in the last two years – so don’t let Edinburgh drop the ball! The world’s worst adult, Frenchy covers topics such as speed-dating, crazy girlfriends, wizards, muggles, substitute teaching like a boss, and more… ‘Frenchy had everyone in stitches with his larrikin personality… crude, rude and lewd, Frenchy is a true blue comedian in every sense of the word’ (RipItUp... 

Neel Kolhatkar: Truth Be Told

Neel Kolhatkar: Truth Be Told

After sell-out solo shows and tours across Australia Neel returns for his second Edinburgh solo outing with Truth Be Told. Neel makes astute social and cultural observations while displaying flawless characterisations and voices, charismatic delivery and a sharp wit... 

17 Border Crossings

17 Border Crossings

'Brilliant and evocative' (Westword.com). Award-winning director, actor and designer Thaddeus Phillips takes you to the frontiers of Brazil, Serbia, Cuba, Bali, Israel, Colombia, Jordan, and Mexico in a dramatic, visual and surreal examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs... 

Art for Lunch

Art for Lunch

Escape the thunderous thrill of the High Street! Unwind and enjoy tranquillity, inspiring music and stunning architecture in the medieval heart of Edinburgh. Classical, folk, jazz and more! Details on www... 

Ancient Art of Fine Silk Embroidery

Ancient Art of Fine Silk Embroidery

Exhibition of fine Chinese silk embroidery by Su Embroidery Studio from Suzhou, China. More than 30 pieces of silk artwork, all hand-stitched with extremely fine silk threads, will be displayed, of which, five will relate to Scottish culture...