How to Do Acting (Properly)

How to Do Acting (Properly)

This curious interactive lecture given by actress and software business advisor Zoe Cunningham offers some great advice and practical tips for anyone who wants to do acting (properly)... 

In Their Footsteps

In Their Footsteps

Over 50 years ago, thousands of young American women went to Vietnam to serve their country during the war. Infinite Variety Productions interviewed five of these women; two military officers, three civilian employees, all volunteers... 

An Algorithm Named Kevin

An Algorithm Named Kevin

An algorithm is a plan for solving a problem, but how many more does it create? Instagram's official blog 2016: 'To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most... 

This Is Yorkshire

This Is Yorkshire

Inspired by the blistering 2007 film This Is England, this hard-hitting new play examines working class life in early 80's Yorkshire through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy who becomes embroiled with two very different skinhead gangs... 

The Bacchanals

The Bacchanals

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

Bitches in the Ford KA

Bitches in the Ford KA

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

A Fair Tale About a Fairy Trade

A Fair Tale About a Fairy Trade

A new musical adaptation of the classic tale of Cinderella, by Charles Perrault. However, in this modern-day version, Cinderella is not only a slave at home, but in a twist of events she ends up being trafficked and becomes a sex slave... 

Nowt as Queer as Folk

Nowt as Queer as Folk

A village. A feud. A double-booked village hall. A society torn apart by yoga, chardonnay and a corrupt planning officer. In this place, anything goes... Except the New Estate. And socialism, obviously... 

Kelty Clippie the Musical

Kelty Clippie the Musical

Based on the popular traditional folk song, Kelty Clippie follows the comic adventures of a bus conductress in Fife. Maggie gets trained up on her new job and surely this is a career for life? She meets some interesting passengers and ends up in the legendary Kelty Club, but will she find romance? Lots of laughs and new original songs from Willie Logan from this award-winning company... 

Primrose Path

Primrose Path

Chriss and Damon are in love. They have rules, they have roles – and they play games. Sometimes, they hurt each other. When they play. Such is love. Love is winning. Chriss and Damon are in love... 

Strangers: Mindreader

Strangers: Mindreader

There is a man who reads minds and predicts the future. How he does this remains a mystery to most. His explanation is bizarre, but is it all lies and trickery? Or is it stranger than you could possibly imagine? Returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after two successful previous years, director and multi award-winning magician Joe Strickland presents a show that uniquely blends magic with storytelling... 

Strangers: Pairs

Strangers: Pairs

Survivors on a desert island, siblings in their mother’s attic, magicians preparing a new show. These pairs tell three stories interwoven with magic and illusion to create an audience experience like no other... 

The Last Sesh

The Last Sesh

After a hugely successful run in 2017 – 'I didn't expect for it to be that damn excellent' (LexicalLunacy.wordpress.com) – Ball Pit Theatre are back with their brand-new and original piece, The Last Sesh... 

Canoe

Canoe

Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. 'Who are we now, we don't have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood. For Director/Dramaturg Struan Leslie, diversity is the name of the game... 

Glasgow '14

Glasgow '14

Sally Lewis’s powerful and evocative new play asks the question: after your life changes forever, what next?  

Brenda's Got a Baby

Brenda's Got a Baby

Brenda is 16 and pregnant, Amy is the first in her family to go to university. What could possibly go wrong? This brand-new verbatim play explores the struggles that young, working class women face... 

Greyhounds

Greyhounds

The year is 1941 and rehearsals for Henry V are underway... Greyhounds entwines Shakespeare's famous story of warlike Harry with the everyday trials and tribulations of small village life during the Second World War... 

Creating Rumours

Creating Rumours

Creating Rumours recounts the lives of Fleetwood Mac at the time of the recording of their most notorious album, Rumours. This unofficial work focuses on the band’s battle to stay together and finish the album despite all the personal struggles and heartache they were dealing with at the time... 

The Fall

The Fall

In a month where white supremacists have marched through the streets over Charlottesville in protest against the removal of a Confederate statue, there could not be a more relevant time to tell the story of #Rhodesmustfall... 

When the Sky Falls In

When the Sky Falls In

When The Sky Falls In is written and presented by Janet Gershlick. She is quite clear about not being an actress, although as a broadcaster she has many years experience working in radio with the BBC and independent stations such as Capital Gold and Talk Radio UK... 

Hell Has No Fury

Hell Has No Fury

In this show, you will empathise with a child killer. A bold promise from TwentySomething theatre company when they stage Hell Has No Fury with only a monologue and three outward facing mirrors (lit with spooky candles for good measure) for support... 

Wondr

Wondr

Simone James stars in Wondr, Poppy Burton-Morgan’s debut as a playwright with Metta Theatre. Social media phenomenon Faith Allgood explodes into the digital world inspiring her masses of online followers as a ‘digilante’, hooked on her phone and her need to self-gratify through making a difference... 

Wife

Wife

There’s a great variety of women in Wife – taking as a cue Carol Anne Duffy’s The World’s Wife – from ‘Mrs Quasimodo’ to Michelle Obama, whose farewell speech is predated by Duffy’s original poem, but nonetheless makes an appearance here... 

Beautiful Little Fool

Beautiful Little Fool

As one of the most famous American authors of all time, many people will know of F. Scott Fitzgerald and yet the woman behind the man, his wife Zelda, has been overlooked for the most part... 

All's Well That Ends As You Like It: A Lamentable Comedie and Hysterickal Tragedie, by William Shakefpeare

All's Well That Ends As You Like It: A Lamentable Comedie and Hysterickal Tragedie, by William Shakefpeare

Farce has a proud place in British theatre history. From 14th century mystery plays, to Oscar Wilde, through to Alan Ayckbourn and Tom Stoppard, it has tickled and shocked audiences by playing with the boundaries of absurdity, driven by a speed and a vigour one seldom sees in any other genre... 

Scorch

Scorch

Welcomed back to Edinburgh after its rave performances last year, Scorch is new writing for one performer. It is a refreshing and important take on the negotiation of gender performance in the 21st century... 

Fragile Man

Fragile Man

On a cliff edge somewhere, a man is about to jump to his death when he is stopped by a psychology professor. To a soundtrack of shrill digital sounds and heavy breathing, what follows is a conversation scouring the deepest and darkest caverns of masculinity, trauma, faith and loneliness... 

PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)

PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)

Prescribed (A Life Written For Me) by performance artist Viv Gordon opens a window for us to peer into the claustrophobically grim life of a GP working at an NHS practice today. The stage is cluttered with poles balancing plates of jelly, a metaphor for the current state of the NHS, and representing the patients... 

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... 

The B*easts

The B*easts

Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring BAFTA award-winning actress Monica Dolan (W1A, Appropriate Adult, The Witness For The Prosecution), explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants... 

The Ballad of Paragon Station

The Ballad of Paragon Station

Theatre is always at its most powerful when you feel truly transported into someone else’s reality. This is exactly what The Ballad of Paragon Station achieves through its profound story and captivating performance... 

Borders by Henry Naylor

Borders by Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor’s new play Borders reminds us not to close ourselves off from the plight of Syrian refugees, though it has fizzled out of our daily news. Jumping in and out of two stories, the life of a British photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist, we are tangled in the timeline of events in their lives and witness how their paths meet tragically at the end of the play... 

Eleanor Colville: Bigamous

Eleanor Colville: Bigamous

Of all the things one expects to see when attending the Edinburgh Fringe, a public tying of the knot is likely to be towards the end of the list. Well, prepare for that to change; the solo debut from the highly talented Eleanor Colville offers just that, and much, much more... 

The B*easts

The B*easts

Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring BAFTA award-winning actress Monica Dolan (W1A, Appropriate Adult, The Witness For The Prosecution), explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants... 

Towers of Eden

Towers of Eden

Exploring the relationship between a brother and a sister growing up in a climate change fuelled apocalypse, Towers of Eden explores many classic dystopian themes as well some more relatable ones around family relationships and connections... 

Joan

Joan

There are moments of brilliance in this one-person-variety-show, but Joan's intriguing idea is let down by lack of critical editing. Joan reimagines the story of Joan d’Arc, famous 15th century peasant girl who claimed to have visions of Saint Catherine, and who defied gender norms by leading the French army... 

Cosmic Scallies

Cosmic Scallies

Graeae Theatre Company champions the working-class misfits of Skelmersdale, Lancashire – or ‘Skem’ as Dent and Shaun call it – in their new show Cosmic Scallies. Dent (Rachel Denning) is suffering from chronic pain, and her mother has recently passed away... 

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... 

Cathy

Cathy

50 years ago, Ken Loach’s TV drama, Cathy Come Home, won plaudits for its gritty and honest treatment of homelessness. Cardboard Citizens’ latest production takes inspiration from the film, exploring contemporary homelessness in the context of a failing British housing system... 

Girls

Girls

Deeply political, magnificently performed and filled with tense action and witty dialogue, Girls manages to grip and amaze the audience with its characters and powerful message from start to finish... 

Eve

Eve

The perfect image of youth and boyhood is projected onto the mirror-like panels which hang from the ceiling as Jo Clifford gazes thoughtfully the photo of herself. Clifford speaks with deliberate resonance, commanding the stage with the presence of her lone-voice... 

Sylvia Plath, Your Words Are Just Dust

Sylvia Plath, Your Words Are Just Dust

The Bathtub Heroine presents an incredibly biting piece of new writing telling the life story of tormented poet, Sylvia Plath. The audience is led on a journey through five chapters of Plath’s writing as known through her poetry and her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar... 

Seanmhair

Seanmhair

The initial experience one is met with when the lights dim for Seanmhair (pronounced shen-a-var) is breathtaking. Flashes of light, dazzling expressive actors, intense dialogue delivered at breakneck speed as moments of levity are sprinkled amongst the drama effortlessly and sometimes so quickly the audience don’t catch them all... 

Sad Little Man

Sad Little Man

'Stop me if you've heard this one before.' Written by Josh Overton, winner of The Times Playwriting Award 2015 and created by the Pub Corner Poets, Total Theatre's Emerging company 2015 award nominees... 

Half Breed

Half Breed

Natasha Marshall’s Half Breed is a vibrant and moving monologue about what it is like to grow up mixed race in a parochial white community. The one-woman show follows the story of Jazmin, a mixed race girl who lives with her grandmother in a in rural West Country village, where everyone around her is white... 

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
BOBBY WINNER

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

As the friend with whom I went to see the show so emphatically said, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is ‘everything’. Heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at once, the production was half-live-music-gig, half-theatrical performance: almost all of the actors swapped in and out of playing the drum kit and electric guitars that took up the best part of Roundabout’s lower seats... 

We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)

We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)

EastEnders fans will remember experiencing shock and upheaval at the revelation that the culprit of a long-running murder whodunnit was 10 year old Bobby Beale. Prepare to relive those feelings again in Paperback Theatre’s We Need To Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders), written by George Attwell Gerhards and directed by Lucy Bird... 

Columns

Columns

Walking into theSpace on the Mile this morning, I had very little knowledge about what Columns had in store for me. I knew it to be advertised as a ‘storytelling spectacle’, but I had no idea it would be one of the most charming and engaging masterclasses in conversational theatre I’ve witnessed... 

Alex in Shadow

Alex in Shadow

Alex In Shadow from UCLU Runaground proves that puppetry is not just for children. Even adults can enjoy the strange adventure of pretentious and self-serving Alex (played by one male and three female actors), who wakes up in a mysterious woodland full of talking animals... 

Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Not the 2006 Broadway musical, but the 1981 play on which that was based, Spring Awakening is notable for its controversies upon original publication. Censored for many years, it dealt with sex, abortion, suicide and homosexuality... 

To Hell in a Handbag

To Hell in a Handbag

To Hell in a Handbag shares a most important quality with its inspiration: the infectious nature of the prose. One can hardly resist, upon a leaving a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest, trading verbose quips in the manner of Mr... 

Edison

Edison

Static Assembly attempt to give us an insight into the lives and rivalry of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla but really just leaves the audience confused. While they claim they are presenting an ‘experimental’ and ‘divine’ insight to this true story, the term ‘unique’ to mean an attempt to be bizarre in every sense... 

UCL Graters: Smashing

UCL Graters: Smashing

In UCL Graters’ return to Edinburgh, even the refreshments are violent. The show begins as one cast-member hurls – or at least attempts to hurl – a pineapple at the front row... 

About the Unsaid

About the Unsaid

This touching new musical explores the interior monologues of three interconnected characters through acoustic songs, focusing on their lack of communication and the difference between what they think and say... 

The Emotional Immune System

The Emotional Immune System

This monologue series is a blunt, brutal, but ultimately celebratory foray into how we handle human interactions. We all want to matter; we’re all searching for fulfilment. We ricochet through life, smacking into one another with each emotional encounter, hoping to get hurt a little less each time... 

Don't Ever Change

Don't Ever Change

A group of school friends reunite for fond reminiscences, only to rekindle old rivalries, leaving them wondering how much they've really changed. A new musical from the finest musical theatre talent at Cambridge University about memories, heartbreak and, above all, friendship. 

Tea and Nuisance

Tea and Nuisance

In 1950s Britain there is a rose garden. Among the wildflowers there sits a peculiar looking glass and many curious tea sets. Here we find Al, a girl made for living, however, she suffers from a terrible cough and a troubling reflection... 

The Believers Are But Brothers

The Believers Are But Brothers

The stage is awash with cold, blue LED light. On a screen we see a screensaver suggestive of rivers of blood. On a smaller screen a young man plays shoot-‘em-up video games. In the back of our minds we already have an idea of what The Believers Are But Brothers will be like: violent, brutal and graphic... 

Gazing at a Distant Star

Gazing at a Distant Star

Gazing at a Distant Star follows three lives individually dealing with their own losses. First we are introduced to the boisterous but relatable everyman, Arun, working in a call centre to raise enough money for university... 

Action at a Distance

Action at a Distance

Confronting head-on complex ethical dilemmas that co-exist with modern Western imperialism, this new play written by Rory Horne is urgent, engaging and also deeply entertaining. Based around the experiences and motivations of out-of-work plumber Chris in Nevada, desperate to support her ill and emotionally cold mother, the narrative develops from a life-changing meeting over the internet with vigilante data analyst Josh... 

Give Me Your Love

Give Me Your Love

A dirty, disused room, empty except for a box with lots of holes in it. What we don’t know is that Zach, an army veteran played by David Woods, is hiding inside the box and refuses to come out of it... 

Education, Education, Education

Education, Education, Education

The Wardrobe Ensemble returns to the Fringe festival with a fast-paced and incredibly entertaining look at the education system in BritainThe play focuses on the last day of school at a local comprehensive a day before study leave and after New Labour's landslide electoral victory, and examines the trials and tribulations of staff and students as they hope the new government will bring salvation to them both professionally and personally... 

Trashed

Trashed

This dark one-man play is full of energy and intensity as David William Bryan perfectly encapsulates the abject isolation of binman Keith Goodman, known to all as Goody.Goading the audience in attendance, whilst at the same time confessing his darkest secrets to them, Goody is a forceful personality... 

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... 

Velvet Evening Séance

Velvet Evening Séance

As we enter the shadowy theatre of Assembly Hall we see an imposing set of gallows upon which a young man sits shackled as a lone pianist plays quiet discordant music. It's a suitably atmospheric and haunting set up for a show that revels in the aesthetic of late Victorian mysticism and magic, and the start of a fabulously creepy and slick new play... 

Broken

Broken

Can you hear the silent scream in the song of the cabaret? This gripping new drama exposes the twists and turns of a family ripped apart by secrecy and prejudice. A father's love challenged by the ultimate betrayal, as father and son face the truth kept hidden for so long... 

From Today, Everything Changes.

From Today, Everything Changes.

Before Chris’s wife died, after over 30 years of marriage, she made him promise to be himself. But accepting he’s gay is only the start. Online dating is a whole new world; can this younger man really be interested in him? And how does he come out to his daughter? Written by first time Fringe author Ian Tucker-Bell and brought to Edinburgh by the Oast Theatre, this new play takes a refreshingly honest and tender look at a 60-year-old man coming out and finding love. 

Hidden

Hidden

The type of anger that you can’t normally show, but also the power we have to overcome things. Gary Thomas's debut play transfers from Theatre N16. 

Behind Our Skin

Behind Our Skin

When Camille transfers to London, she finds herself blissfully following a well-travelled road. She left her country to discover and grow, yet her reality slowly narrows. But when complications with her baby arise, she needs to truthfully engage with the society that has welcomed her... 

Dark Satanic

Dark Satanic

England, 1823: the Industrial Revolution and a changing world. Helen works their farm alone while her husband toils in the factories of a newly industrialised Manchester. As the harsh winter bites, Helen realises it isn't only the world that's changing, it's her... 

Strangers: A Magic Play II

Strangers: A Magic Play II

A homeless person, a gambling addict, a political preacher, a television presenter. Four seemingly separate stories interwoven with magic and illusion to create an audience experience like no other... 

Love vs Fear and My Mother's Prayers

Love vs Fear and My Mother's Prayers

This playful, innovative and interactive play follows a young engineer trying to follow her heart and fall in love for the first time, against the ever-present pressure from her strict Nigerian mother. 

Talkabout

Talkabout

A couple of couples meet for a drink and talk again and again and again and again and... How long have they been here? Are they alone? Can they get out? Talkabout, an absurdist one act play, asks you to answer these questions and more. 

My Name Is...

My Name Is...

An anti-terrorist government official is forced to reconsider all of his preconceptions regarding illegal immigrants when he comes face to face with the experiences of a desperate stranger, with whom he finds he has more in common than he expected... 

Nocturnes

Nocturnes

Internationally acclaimed imitating the dog premiere their latest work. Nocturnes is a multimedia twist on a 50s spy thriller, a mixture of le Carré and Kafka, digitally remixed for the post truth generation... 

Hear All About It

Hear All About It

Reactivists bring you a new show each week, based on the news of the week before. Hear All About It responds to and engages with current affairs to create a space for conversation. With a different company performing each week, come along and see which headlines have grabbed the attention of our performers, and join the discussion! 

The Bothy

The Bothy

Scotland. Post Great War. Three men of different societal class coincidentally bunker down in a bothy for a night telling stories of war and philosophising about life thereafter. A weave of tales and theories are told only for them to discover that their own paths are interwoven resulting in this intersection... 

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony

Join some of today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of insightful interviews and performed readings. The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates ground breaking drama produced worldwide in the last year... 

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... 

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... 

Professional

Professional

Half past five on a Friday evening, and a school’s electronic door-locking system shuts down for the weekend… with four teachers still in the staff room. Claustrophobia sets in... 

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... 

Hopes, Dreams and the Bits In-Between

Hopes, Dreams and the Bits In-Between

This show is for anyone who's ever looked at a stranger in the street and wondered who they are. A collection of short, original scenes that explore the themes of identity, relationships and who we are. 

Joan

Joan

The multi award-winning show about Joan of Arc returns! Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history's greatest gender warrior takes the stage dragging up as the men she defies in this smash hit show... 

Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Executed by student acting troupe The Hurtwood Corner from performing arts college Hurtwood House, Seven Devils is a play exploring the trials of down-on-their-luck Manhattan residents in the 1920s, centred around their local speakeasy... 

Mine

Mine

They say a mother’s love is unconditional, but can you truly still love your child after they commit the most heinous of crimes? Put The Book Down’s Mine brings to light the experience of one mother dealing with shame, neglect, and ruin after the horror of her son committing a crime on a night out so unforgivable he has been sent to prison... 

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... 

Woke

Woke

Woke is a searingly powerful and important one-woman performance about racism in the United States. The show brings together the stories of two different black activists, separated by half a century: Assata Shakur, a legendary member of the Black Panthers who fled the U... 

Banged Up!

Banged Up!

Three unconnected prisoners are thrown into the same cell on the day that the Earth’s population of bees go missing. Telling their stories backwards, they begin to piece together the events of the last day... 

Edgar and Me

Edgar and Me

Charlotte has a pen pal, but he sends her his letters from death row. Her mum thought she'd be murdered. Her friends thought it was bizarre. But Charlotte and Edgar have been writing to each other for the last six years... 

Coming of Age With The Professors of Logic

Coming of Age With The Professors of Logic

Coming of Age showcases songs on a theme of embracing age. Anna comments on life with a wry humour and wit. The songs are written and sung by Anna Durkacz Ryan, backed by The Professors of Logic, a five-piece band including fiddle, accordion, guitar, bass and saxophone... 

Under My Thumb

Under My Thumb

CultureClash Theatre consume the audience in Cassiah Joski-Jethi’s gripping political play Under My Thumb. Directed meticulously by James Haddrell, we are locked in a dark, dank and oppressive basement, ‘The Snug’ – Assembly Roxy’s new theatre space – along with six women who have been imprisoned for their crimes against society... 

Pixel Dust

Pixel Dust

Pixel Dust is a rare thing: a piece of theatre about the internet that isn’t utterly technophobic. That shouldn’t feel like something radical but, sadly, it is and it’s hugely refreshing to see a piece of theatre that isn’t hell bent on decrying the evils and dangers of social media that we’ve all heard before... 

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... 

The Black That I Am

The Black That I Am

Taking a leaf from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, The Black that I Am is a compilation of stories that delve into the minds of various women and their experiences of being black in the modern day... 

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)... 

Over the Garden Fence

Over the Garden Fence

The debut play from Haylo Theatre, comprising Hayley Riley and Louise Evans, Over the Garden Fence, follows Annabelle and her Gran, Dolly who is suffering from dementia. Through flashback and a huge roster of silly neighbours, we see the impact of her illness on their lives as the actors explore forgetting, recalling and reliving memories... 

Adam

Adam

Adam tells the story of Adam Kashmiry, a trans man born in Alexandria, Egypt. It follows Adam’s journey figuring out where he belongs, first in Egypt and then in Glasgow where he seeks asylum... 

Morale Is High (Since We Gave Up Hope)

Morale Is High (Since We Gave Up Hope)

Manchester dark comedy duo Powder Keg (Ross McCaffery and Jake Walton) scream out their political statements in Morale Is High (Since We Gave Up Hope) but none which make an impact... 

Heroes

Heroes

Exploding Whale Theatre’s coming of age romp Heroes is set against the backdrop of Bowie’s rise to superstardom in 1972. A time when Bowie was inspiring misfits and outsiders to release their inner selves, and while the bright lights of the city seemed so much more adventurous and exciting than small town mundanity... 

Fémage à Trois

Fémage à Trois

Fémage a Trois is Loquiter Theatre’s production of three twenty-minute monologues, performed by three women in three different circles of life. The first, Safe to Shoot by Polly Churchill and performed by Sarah Swingler, was the strongest... 

Poll Function

Poll Function

A play that will make you laugh, cringe and cry in equal measure, Poll Function is a masterstroke. From theatre company HailToThePeople, their debut Fringe show delves into the world of the outcast and disenfranchised: the young men who screwed the system and got screwed back... 

Giants: For an Hour

Giants: For an Hour

After a sell-out debut show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, Giants return with their sophomore hour. And boy, will it be great? Boy: no. Join Barney and Will for their unique brand of musically-infused sketch comedy, as they chart the past, present and future of their lifelong friendship with their 'distinctive twist on the genre's dynamics' (Chortle... 

Cashmere

Cashmere

Narrative direction is hard to achieve but is essential to a good musical. Most of the problems with this show can be attributed to a lack of it. Cashmere attempts to create a feeling of corporate coldness, but doesn’t have either the visual design or the musical chops to back it up and spends more time engaged in sentimentality than it does in any message about society’s focus on aesthetics... 

The Loneliest Girl in the World

The Loneliest Girl in the World

Smashing Mirrors Theatre are shining a spotlight on those usually left in the shadows through their heart-breaking play The Loneliest Girl in the World, written and directed by Elizabeth Godber... 

Your Point of View

Your Point of View

The internet has altered many aspects of the world we live in. The Lala Land Production’s performance of Your Point of View reflects how the world of internet porn in particular has altered our view of reality in so far as how we approach relationships... 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Traverse Theatre is currently hosting rehearsed readings of pieces from graduates at the University of Edinburgh’s Playwriting Masters course. The work of the emerging writers is performed and directed by professional directors and actors bringing the scripts to life – excellently... 

The Obscurist

The Obscurist

Jokes can be heard anywhere, but for comedy fans who want more bang for their buck, The Obscurist is the show to see this summer. Bringing off-the-wall and surrealist humour in the guise of a troubled artist's plans for world dominance, this new comedy tour-de-force wrings every last ounce of laughter from the audience... 

The Way It Is

The Way It Is

The 11:87 Theatre Company’s debut at the Fringe is a new musical following the lives of Sophie and George as they are guided by both angels and demons. This piece is accompanied by a small band compiled of Don Holdernesse on guitar and mandolin, and Ellen Casey on cello... 

Box Clever

Box Clever

Writer Monsay Whitney’s Box Clever is one of the most important shows up at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Young Londoner Marnie is lippy, brazen, and - she admits – a little on the nuts side... 

Replay

Replay

Replay is a tense and atmospheric play which deftly explores loss, trauma and determination. Written and performed by Nicola Wren, this one-woman show is thoughtful and well-executed... 

Obfuscation

Obfuscation

Typically performed from the back of a truck in New York, this surreal take on a seminar exhorting the effective use of language achieves the desired level of oddness, but seems too short to really develop into anything meaningful... 

The Last Queen of Scotland

The Last Queen of Scotland

The Last Queen of Scotland is a bold and original new piece of writing by Jaimini Jethwa, commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep, and produced by Stellar Quines... 

Breakfast Plays: B!rth

Breakfast Plays: B!rth

The Traverse Theatre sadly need to offer more than a bacon roll to make Breakfast Plays: B!rth worth getting up for. Whilst the addition of breakfast and a hot drink is a nice touch, they aren't enough to compensate for a dull performance... 

Bare Skin on Briny Waters

Bare Skin on Briny Waters

Bare Skin On Briny Waters is part of the Hull Takeover of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is one of five plays presenting from the 2017 UK City of Culture. It is Bellow Theatre’s salt-water-smelling story about storytelling, survival and female selfhood... 

10 Rillington Place

10 Rillington Place

10 Rillington Place is successful in creating a chillingly uncanny aura; a domestic scene is twisted from the familiar into the unthinkable. Telling as true and horrifying a story as the serial murders by John Christie at 10 Rillington Place is no easy job to do well... 

Radio

Radio

The concept behind Sunscreen Productions’ Radio is pretty familiar: a group of flatmates at the end of their university careers grapple with past tensions and future anxieties while trying to get their deposit back... 

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans is a really, really horrible play. A new work by Dan Pick, the piece describes one day in the life of an unnamed man in Port Glasgow. Wasting time, money and relationships, the man is suffering from severe alienation... 

How to Act

How to Act

How to Act is set up as a masterclass in acting with a fantastic twist that brings questions of race and gender into a topical debate. Robert Goodale plays Anthony Nicholl, the teacher who welcomes the audience as though they are about to watch a masterclass, which we certainly are... 

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... 

Suicide the Musical

Suicide the Musical

Suicide: The Musical is a one-man show that discusses male depression and disconnection due to social media.The main protagonist, John, uses Siri as a sort of therapist throughout the performance... 

The Edelweiss Pirates

The Edelweiss Pirates

A touching piece of theatre, the young performers of Parker & Snell Youth Company have created an effective retelling of The Edelweiss Pirates and their struggle during the Second World War in Hitler’s Germany... 

Lands

Lands

Antler Theatre are no strangers to the Edinburgh Fringe, making their debut with This Way Up and Maria, 1968 in 2012. I was lucky enough to see both of these shows back then and really enjoyed this up and coming company’s unique and engaging style of theatre, so I was interested to see their latest project Lands... 

Changelings

Changelings

Pucqui Collaborative’s Changelings is a thoughtful story about two very different existences colliding and attempting to translate one another. Totally immersed in the midst of a deep jungle and surrounded by birdsong and running water, we encounter the meeting of Mowgli (Nicole Palomba) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Puck (Robin Ian HallSmith), a character displaced from his usual forest haunt to a less familiar but no less magical setting... 

The Burning Gadulka

The Burning Gadulka

This hour-long dramatic and comedic monologue is a persistent exploration of why the existence of the gadulka – a traditional Bulgarian folk instrument – is the worst thing that ever happened to a gadulka player... 

Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central is a play based on true events, written and directed by Lauren Dowie. This gritty, hard-hitting piece of theatre promotes Scotland’s talent and conveys urban stories about Scotland which are rarely told... 

A Field of Our Own

A Field of Our Own

In 1875, a group of first and second generation immigrants, from the greatest refugee crisis of the age, fed up with their lack of opportunity, founded a football team called Hibernian... 

Scientology: The Musical

Scientology: The Musical

‘Catchy riffs and rapid-fire word play’ ***** (Kryztoff.com). ‘The songs were quite amazing’ (Advertiser). Would you become a Scientologist? You think you know better, right? Join George Glass as they blow the pseudo-science pseudo-religion wide open... 

Died Blondes

Died Blondes

Marilyn Monroe, movie star. Ruth Ellis, murderer. Infamous women. Famous last words re-imagined by award-winning writer Joan Ellis as she transports you from Hollywood to Holloway. What secrets did JFK’s mistress, Marilyn Monroe whisper down the phone to ex-husband Joe DiMaggio the night she died? How could Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, justify to lover, David Blakely her reason for shooting him? Piecing together the latest theories, Joan Ellis enables two so-called dumb blondes to find their voice... 

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... 

The Shape of the Pain

The Shape of the Pain

China Plate’s The Shape of the Pain is an innovative artistic and scientific collaboration combining words, sound and projection to start a conversation about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS)... 

Glitter Punch

Glitter Punch

Some Riot theatre's new play is a rollercoaster of love, loss and the passion and pain of being young that hooks you from the first word, makes you fall in love with it then breaks your heart in the process... 

Heather

Heather

Fifty years ago, Roland Barthes told us to forget what we know about an author when reading a text. Today, writers tweet every hour, grace the broadsheets every weekend and even host their own media channels... 

The Other Half Lives

The Other Half Lives

Grieving is a universal human experience, and The Other Half Lives is a play which analyses grief in the years after someone’s passing. Though this will have been five years since Josh’s death, his sister still needs therapy, his mum stays up all night peeling oranges, and his best friend drunkenly stumbles in to crash on their sofa at six in the morning... 

Stand By

Stand By

There’s a real sense of excitement in the run-up to Stand By, not least thanks to the slightly-unusual venue—inside an Army Reserve Centre in the north of the New Town. Serving soldiers act as ushers, issuing us with the same single-earpiece headphones worn by police officers on duty... 

Eggsistentialism

Eggsistentialism

Joanne Ryan’s ode to motherhood, Eggsistentialism, is emotionally poignant and amusingly informative. Alongside Joanne’s musings about whether or not she is ready to have a child, this show seamlessly integrates the history of Irish contraception laws... 

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

I think this show is emblematic of a lot of the problems that new musicals at the Fringe tend to have. It’s entertaining, and has a fun concept that, at its core, leads to an hour that has some funny, interesting moments... 

One-Man Apocalypse Now

One-Man Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now, with its 153 minute running time, multi-million dollar production costs and jungle location, might not seem like the most obvious contender for adaptation into a one-man show... 

Fix

Fix

Worklight Theatre return to Edinburgh with their brand new show Fix; a fusion of song, science and soliloquy investigating addiction in the UK today. After two years of research and interviews exploring the cause and effect of a range of addictions, writers Joe Sellman-Leava and Michael Woodman provide a mouthpiece for these people’s stories through their creation of three unique and engaging characters... 

Sweetmeat

Sweetmeat

Sweetmeat is about the consented cannibalism between two men who are also lovers. It discusses the boundaries of love and pain. How far can the two be taken? Where is the line?The acting style is very minimalistic and at first it seemed too small, but as the dialogue got more and more intense it became utterly appropriate for the piece... 

Hero

Hero

Let me preface by saying that Hero suffered from technical issues when I saw it, which was announced at the play’s beginning and therefore meant that some of the lights for the production were compromised... 

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... 

Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring

Jack and Annie had the perfect relationship, right up until the day they didn't anymore. Now she's dead, he's lost and nothing makes sense any more, but at least the zombie apocalypse is – probably – not nigh... 

Girls Will Be Girls

Girls Will Be Girls

'A new label on an old tin of beans won’t change the flavour.' 'I’m sorry, am I an old tin of beans in this scenario?' Seven envelopes addressed from Oxford University are making their way across the country... 

Exile

Exile

Six women meet in exile. They are nowhen, nowhere. Stuck in this place of placelessness, enclosed and without borders, they search in the sand for memories of home as their identity slips through their fingers... 

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... 

Loud in Babel

Loud in Babel

It is 2057 and the world’s population has reached 10 billion. To prevent unsanctioned births, British law states that no male and female can be allowed to be alone together in a private place... 

Chips and Cheese

Chips and Cheese

Young Scottish YouTube star Bex has convinced her English boyfriend Philip to move to Glasgow with her. She throws a dinner party to introduce him to her old-school, loony grandparents, and Philip's best friend Harry turns up to surprise them, bringing a secret of betrayal with him... 

Vaccine

Vaccine

Vaccine is a searing new drama created by the newly formed Warwick University company, Juvenilia. It is an intense psychological drama, exploring the tensions and power shifts between the patients and staff of a psychiatric institution... 

Empty Shoes

Empty Shoes

Imagine a lifetime of feeling invisible. A man held together by ritual and routine is drawn to the edge of a precipice, seeking escape. Trapped in a life he did not choose, oppressed by duty to others, past and present converge as he contemplates his existence... 

The Teeth of Haros

The Teeth of Haros

The Teeth of Haros follows the recently deceased Malcolm on a dream-like journey through purgatory and memories of his last day alive as he searches for his daughter Anna. The play deals with the aftermath of a great tragedy which leaves two fathers lost in themselves, and the journeys that these two men must go on that they may make peace with their pasts and move on... 

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. 

The Story of Snow and Other True Tales According to Reet Petite

The Story of Snow and Other True Tales According to Reet Petite

Snow is the newest prisoner at HMP Young Offenders Institution, Hull. Through the medium of fairy tales, cellmates Reet and Snow explore their respective families, the reasons for their imprisonment and, ultimately, how they can change their ending... 

Play Something

Play Something

Two men meet in a club. It’s supposed to just be casual sex. But their paths keep crossing, keeping it casual for years, until feelings deepen. But how does a non-emotional man become emotional? To tell you their story they ask the DJ to play something... 

Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy

Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy

Macbeth. Othello. Hamlet. Pistorius. In 2013, three cackling news anchors predict the fall of the first Olympian double amputee. Amidst the madness at his fame and father, our so-called tragic hero kills his lover, Reeva, and shockingly pleads his innocence... 

The Second Coming

The Second Coming

In a world full of hatred and ignorance, Simply Surreal, fresh from our sell-out show last year, welcomes you to our exciting play. The Second Coming is a farcical retelling of the Nativity story focusing on the Virgin Amy and her surprise when a stranger leaves an unexpected gift in a public toilet... 

Dirty Bitches

Dirty Bitches

This play tells the story of Sophia, a street prostitute, and Serephina, a high class escort. These two women, both in their mid sixties, are coerced by Royston into meeting each other for the first time, or so they think... 

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... 

Domestic

Domestic

Can the state go into your home, uncover your secrets and trap you with what it finds? Domestic is a love story between Mia – an activist, and Cal – the policeman sent to spy on her... 

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase explores identity and the consequences of displacement as it follows Iranian teen Mimi’s involuntary return to her war-torn homeland after a happy childhood in Barcelona... 

Hear All About It

Hear All About It

Reactivists bring you a new show each week, based on the news of the week before. Hear All About It responds to and engages with current affairs to create a space for conversation. With a different company performing each week, come along and see which headlines have grabbed the attention of our performers, and join the discussion! 

Firewater

Firewater

'I didn't even know your name.' Cara and Jon are study buddies and, sometimes, partygoers. Ruby and Adam cling to a fractured relationship. One night, the four meet and, as time unfolds, unspoken secrets between them are revealed... 

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Welcome to the story of Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows! You may have heard a similar story before, but we will take you on a very different journey. Expect danger, dark magic, a few camp musical numbers, double entendres and a drag queen or two... 

Freshers

Freshers

New town. New people. Freshers is a play focusing on the transition from home to university life. A mix of hilarious character comedy and poignant human relationships are set alongside events that can take place in a young person's first week... 

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... 

Deleted

Deleted

A veteran teacher, Edna Stubbs, stumbles across a device that allows her to alter her classroom based on a student's performance or life decisions. Feeling powerful, she keeps a notebook of her problem students and begins to justify each deletion... 

Two Dunnit

Two Dunnit

Life is ordinarily quite reasonable for POIROT – the Penrith Organisation for Investigating the Reasonably Ordinary T (it’s a silent T). Then Lucia Keight and Robin Eyers stumble upon something decidedly unreasonable and definitely not ordinary... 

Tom & Ollie in Wasps

Tom & Ollie in Wasps

What do Andy Murray, Google and Bordeaux's number one philosophizer François Fromage have in common? Yes, that's right – wasps. Join Tom and Ollie as they delve deep into the depths of the deepest depths, hunting out the perfect sketch with nothing but a tennis racket, a magnifying glass and a Frenchman... 

An Actor's Tribute

An Actor's Tribute

An Actor's Tribute combines new writing with devised content and improv to create a piece of theatre that explores the highs and lows of life from an actor’s point of view. It’s become a tradition for students at Oxbridge to perform variations on the theme of an actor’s tribute, and because the content is guided by the students, each year’s production is unique... 

Teen Master Brain

Teen Master Brain

A brand new dark comedy exploring the hilarious dynamics between the brightest young minds of our generation, and the expectations and demands of their parents. Resulting in murderous intent! 

A Feyre Tale

A Feyre Tale

New writer Priscilla Berringer collaborates with Joanna Faith Habershon (2016’s Soft, the Moon Rose), taking a fresh look at old time classic Jane Eyre through the eyes of a failing theatre company... 

Think

Think

Think is a powerful piece of new writing from Evangeline Osbon, recent graduate from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, in collaboration with MindOut Theatre. Impressively, Osbon also doubles as the play’s director, and even triples as a performer in its multi-roling ensemble... 

A Great Fear of Shallow Living

A Great Fear of Shallow Living

A good storytelling piece is lovely. We evolved by telling stories. It is the oldest form of theatre. A Great Fear of Shallow Living is set up in a classic storytelling way. The performance is ideally located in a small and intimate venue and accompanied live music... 

(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... 

The Recovery Version

The Recovery Version

A hidden gem of the fringe, this authentically Scottish play has fantastically realist, understated acting throughout, and it offers an emotional portrayal of the familial tensions that lie just under the surface... 

Giants: For an Hour

Giants: For an Hour

With so many comedy double acts at the Fringe – many of whom are also middle-class white boys from London – Will Hislop and Barney Fishwick have their work cut out to stand out from the crowds... 

Cockamamy

Cockamamy

Cockamamy is an adjective meaning ludicrous or nonsensical. For Alice, a woman suffering from dementia, it is more than a high scoring word on an episode of Countdown. Living with her granddaughter, Rosie, this word acts as a means of describing what is happening to her... 

Avalon

Avalon

This is an insight into a piece of work in its infancy, and it does have a long way to go before it stands on its own two feet. This staged read though of Avalon is littered with clumsy tropes, a lack of consistency in its world building, and an ambiguity in what it is trying to achieve... 

The Chess Player

The Chess Player

This mesmerising adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella gives you no choice but to be completely immersed into a tiny room with a Nazi prisoner, as he attempts to cling to sanity using the game of chess... 

Jess and Joe Forever

Jess and Joe Forever

Jess and Joe want to tell us their story. They are friends but they weren’t at the beginning, but they’ll get to that point. Jess and Joe Forever is a touching story, about a boy and a girl and how difficult it can be to fit in... 

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... 

Bella Freak: Unwritten

Bella Freak: Unwritten

Unwritten, according to the flyer, is ‘a secret history of Scotland’; specifically, though, it uses the individual experiences of three disabled people to talk about Inclusive Education... 

The Shaken and the Stirred

The Shaken and the Stirred

Nestled away in the Scottish Arts Club is a collection of Canadian poets performing a variety of their work with different styles and a few excerpts from their novels, both published and to be published in the next year... 

Sleepwalkers

Sleepwalkers

Opening with an audio recording of various real-life political statements – given by both normal citizens and political leaders – Sleepwalkers quickly registers its interest in populism... 

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Based on the true story of the senseless, unsolved stabbing of a teenager, Dan Bishop’s dark comedy explores the impact random acts of violence have on young people, and their understanding of the world... 

Like Dolphins Can Swim

Like Dolphins Can Swim

Home from university for the holidays, Sam and Alice have met to fulfil the promise they made, aged 10, to spend one whole, glorious day as their superhero alter egos. But while Captain Hero-Man and The Mighty Hedgehog have changed little, Sam and Alice’s friendship appears to have lost its childhood innocence... 

Beauty

Beauty

'What is an artist without his muse?' Beauty constantly asks this question as it delves into what it really means to create a legacy as an artist, and investigates how morals are explored and brought into question in the world of art... 

Stop

Stop

There is a lot to like about this package. Stop is effortlessly charming, with a score that couldn’t stop making me smile throughout the show. Its characters are unique and fun, and its story is a compelling look at the universality of mental illness and hurt in society... 

Just Like the Movies

Just Like the Movies

Just Like the Movies is a cheery musical exploring the world of show business as the characters battle to make a statement in a world where success is often decided by major reality TV Shows... 

Atlantic: America and the Great War

Atlantic: America and the Great War

There is beautiful music at the heart of Atlantic: America & The Great War. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have done an excellent job putting together a show that sounds epic, intimate and touching throughout... 

Black Mountain

Black Mountain

Though common in film and literature, it is rare to see a play which fits the bill of psychological thriller. This is done with incredible skill by Brad Birch, Fringe first winner and recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission... 

Nassim

Nassim

Nassim. No rehearsals. No preparation. A different actor every performance. A script in a sealed envelope. What could go wrong?This is a show that touches the heart. It’s theatre that uses many tools to tell us a story... 

Make me

Make me

What do an Indian banker, a Chinese nurse and a Polish housekeeper have in common? Three young women search for love and find themselves in a unique love triangle. The women tell stories about their secret desires, longing for fulfillment, and unavoidably go back to how they first met the same man – Dean... 

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is about a woman’s struggle with depression, told through a simple, storytelling format and soundtracked by original music from Frisky and Mannish’s usually excellent Matthew Floyd Jones... 

Walls

Walls

It begins with a simple yet beautifully plucked tune followed by eerie voices echoing out until they fill the room. And then comes a voice, a man reading out his letter to David Cameron, appealing to the old prime minister to let him cross the English Channel and finally find a home in the UK... 

Brothers

Brothers

Performing to a deservedly sold out crowd, this piece aims to start a conversation with its audience about a topic that is too often neglected. Brothers explores issues of mental health and masculinity in a contemporary, engaging style... 

The Whip Hand

The Whip Hand

The Traverse Theatre is onto a winner with its programming this year. Douglas Maxwell’s The Whip Hand a family comedy drama, about power, privilege and escaping the past, is a firecracker of a piece... 

Carpe Diem Sings

Carpe Diem Sings

Celebrating the music of Peter D Robinson (MTM nominee, Best Composer on the Fringe, 2007) this concert features music from a range of productions. From plague-ridden Edinburgh (Street of Sorrows), through to Burke and Hare (Blood on the Stones), the Highland Clearances (Sailing to Tomorrow), Mary Queen of Scots (Bothwell’s Bride) and witchcraft (The Fire and the Thistle)... 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

This cleverly written piece by Sam Steiner may be back for a third year at the Fringe, but Walrus Theatre has still managed to create something fresh in this wonderful, captivating and original play about how and why we use language... 

The B*easts

The B*easts

Even those of us who strive to find nothing inherently embarrassing about mammary glands feel a bit awkward at the box office, and this is part of The B*easts message. “I’d like ticket to see… the Beasts? The Breasts? Er, the one with the asterisk... 

Out Of Love

Out Of Love

Written by award winning playwright Elinor Cook, Out of Love is a stunning piece of new writing which conveys the absolute power of female friendship, something which is often overlooked in favour of romantic storylines... 

Whore: A Kid's Play

Whore: A Kid's Play

In our youth-obsessed society, women become sexualised at a very young age. Often before they can themselves understand the concept of sex, they are being seen as sexual beings. This strips power away from young girls who do not get the chance to grow up before they sexualised... 

Morgan Stern

Morgan Stern

Company of Rogues invites us into an intriguing, yet convoluted, tale of a time-travelling gent sent to redeem himself by saving a schizophrenic in 1980s Australia. Graeme Rhodes’ solo delivery is packed full of elaborate, multi-faceted characters who are each introduced with a fresh level of vigour as he enthralls with his authentic narration... 

Ballot Box

Ballot Box

Ballot Box from Tea and Tonic productions may be categorised under ‘New Writing,’ but it fails to provide an original scope on Brexit. This comedy satire follows the impact of the EU referendum on two out-of- work actresses, Molly and Lydia (played by Keri Bastiman and Emily Parker-Barratt, who also wrote the play)... 

You, Me and Everything Else

You, Me and Everything Else

Those of a certain age will remember the heart bruising joy of creating a mix tape for a loved one. They may have agonised over getting the sounds just right, keen to represent the very best of themselves... 

Rupture

Rupture

Take the premise of George Orwell’s 1984 and lighten it up with a few jokes and some pop culture references and you’ll already be halfway towards the dystopian future seen in Rupture... 

Atlas

Atlas

Natural philosophers Edmund Halley and Robert Hooke are engaged in a scientific wager that will crown the man who can prove why the planets move elliptically the victor. Halley, enlisting the help of academic outcast Isaac Newton, unwittingly begins a grudge-fuelled chain of events that sees the course of history – and of friendships – change forever... 

Testosterone

Testosterone

Testosterone is a touching, funny and incredibly brave piece of theatre from Rhum and Clay Company and Kit Redstone. It chronicles his experience of physically transitioning from female to male and the social minefield of modern masculinity that he’s had to navigate... 

The Man on the Moor

The Man on the Moor

The tricky thing with a show like The Man On The Moor is balancing the personal, fictional story being told with the larger, true-life event it is connected to. The play traces one man’s search for answers after his long-missing father turns up dead... 

The Magical Trip of a Bead – Stories from China

The Magical Trip of a Bead – Stories from China

A musical marvel – a magical journey undertaken by three little children, each with their own striking personality, who unite their efforts and complete a series of challenging trials helped by the glass slipper, the witch mirror, the matches, Nüwa and the Foolish Old Man (mythical Chinese characters)... 

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea is inspired by John Lyly's pastoral comedy, Galatea. Lyly's Galatea follows two maidens, disguised as boys and sent away to escape Neptune's monster, to Diana's Woods... 

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... 

Mental

Mental

Kane Power makes many admissions at the start of Mental. He admits he is uncertain of how to portray bipolar disorder on stage, or even if he should. He is also not sure whether it’s right to use his mum’s illness as the basis of his performance... 

SiX

SiX

Cambridge University Musical society hits Edinburgh to redefine the stories of Henry VIII’s six wives through a contemporary pop girl-band SiX. This original new musical, co-written by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, delivers a brazen, glamorous and truly unforgettable history lesson... 

The Local

The Local

Sometimes, all a show needs to be good is to be simple and earnestly performed. This is not one of those times. The Local needs a lot of work to be anything more than an attempt to put a modern trend of local alehouses closing into song... 

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... 

Monster

Monster

Boy meets girl. Boy is an actor, working on a show based around anger and Shakespeare’s text from various plays. Joe Sellman-Leava (writer and performer in this one man show) takes this idea and uses it for the basis of telling his tale, weaving in and out of different personas and voices... 

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

A problem that a lot of shows face is an inability to commit to tone, or to perform in agreement with the tone that the show sets forth. Case in point – Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog... 

(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... 

Screaming Body – Découpage Collective

Screaming Body – Découpage Collective

The Medea of Euripides is a story of love, of life, of murder and of how all three interlink. This classic Greek tale has been revived and modernised by Découpage Collective in their retelling of the tragedy... 

Brutal Cessation

Brutal Cessation

Described by its creator as a two-actor play of “a relationship rotting” and a manifestation of domestic “purgatory”, it quite quickly becomes apparent through this tense and engrossing performance that this is an understatement... 

Caravaggio: Between the Darkness

Caravaggio: Between the Darkness

“I need more light,” our protagonist Caravaggio says at one point, and it’s fair to say that the 16th century Italian’s use of light and darkness is one of his paintings’ signature features... 

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Kings Hall has been taken over by Summer Hall and transformed into the Canada Hub over the festival, showcasing a series of Canadian acts exploring the issues surrounding Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration... 

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

The cast and crew of The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Plays coax their audience into starting their day bright and early with coffee, croissants and strawberries. In 50 minutes, they perform five original, international plays, ranging from comedy to mini-drama... 

Deadly Dialogues

Deadly Dialogues

Quilliam transported us into their world with this innovative, captivating, controversial performance which examined Islamic radicalisation in a series of complex twists and turns. Amongst the swirling narrative of magic carpets, ancient warrior queens and a Muslim Banksy, was a spotlight shone upon the dark underbelly of Western interpretations of jihadism as four young Muslims journeyed through radicalisation... 

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors is an examination of homelessness and the situations which lead to it which matches the pace of how those problems develop. The show goes from real, but fun, to extremely harrowing within a fraction of a second, to such a degree that you’re almost given whiplash... 

Dust

Dust

Dust is not for the faint-hearted. With a powerful combination of spine-chilling performance and unflinching writing, Milly Thomas traps audiences in the disturbed mind of Alice, who has returned from the dead to witness the aftershock of her suicide... 

Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone

Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone

1960s America. A hot day; 38 degrees in the shade. We certainly feel the heat in this piercing, soulful production at the Traverse theatre.Josette Bushell-Mingo writes and performs in this one-woman show, using Nina Simone’s music and political acts to make parallels with today’s society and question how far we have really come... 

Goody

Goody

Nestled in what seems, somewhat appropriately, to be a shipping container in the Pleasance Courtyard, two creatures on a journey with no origin point or destination try to figure each other out... 

We Are All Going to Die

We Are All Going to Die

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

Marking Time

Marking Time

Stuck in a lift, Ruth waits to escape in order to visit her husband who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. As she awaits rescue, she looks back on the diagnosis, her life and her father’s demise... 

Letters to Morrissey

Letters to Morrissey

Confession time: I’ve never been a fan of The Smiths or Morrissey. Oh, I recognise their importance in British popular culture, the innovative high quality of their work—but that doesn’t mean I have to like it... 

Performers

Performers

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

The Interview

The Interview

An intense thriller challenging the villains of the business world, the bullies who take pleasure in their success over others, no matter what it takes.The play follows Ian’s job application from lying on his CV, to the painful telephone interview before eventually making it to the final interview in person... 

The F Word

The F Word

It’s a rainy day in Edinburgh and I’m not in the mood for a My Sister’s Keeper type of cancer play. But as soon as the house opens I am assured that this is not the case. The actors are onstage playing on videogame consoles while the audience slowly filters in... 

The Bearpit

The Bearpit

Glimpses of a toxic relationship. Snapshots of a dying planet. Dark vignettes of love as the end draws near. The Bearpit, from new theatre company Kopfkino, combines these ingredients into a relentless interrogation of generational cynicism and the human connection in a physical, deeply atmospheric piece of theatre... 

Descent

Descent

Good theatre should make you feel something and by that definition alone, this was great theatre. Descent is production which is not only beautifully and skilfully made, but endlessly moving to watch... 

Golf Course War Machine

Golf Course War Machine

NATO Summit, 2014, Newport, Wales: Pippa is dazed, hungover and staging her own personal protest on the Coldra roundabout. This is her opportunity to trample down the fence, as she fights to put Wales on the centre of the global map, proving that even the smallest of voices can be heard amongst the political noise... 

Naming Culture

Naming Culture

This short, sweet and interactive one-woman show is an autobiographical journey through a life labelled as "disabled". Zara’s open and honest stories quite literally draw you into her world as she playfully calls stereotypes into question and leaves you with a few things to think about!  

Celtic Sanctus

Celtic Sanctus

Although the world becomes ever smaller, big questions about our existence and purpose remain. In a global society increasingly dominated by technology, a spiritual hunger endures. In this new work, Peter D Robinson – MTM:UK nominee for best composer on the Fringe, 2007 for Sailing to Tomorrow – combines ancient liturgical text in Latin and English with ancient and modern Gaelic, mixing the Christian and Pagan in a compelling and distinctly Scottish message of one music, one God... 

Flesh and Bone

Flesh and Bone

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

Lipstick and Scones

Lipstick and Scones

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

Cow

Cow

One Devonshire lass and her cow in search for a tractor may not sound the most captivating plot premise you’ve ever heard, but Cow delivers brilliantly on it. Directed by Lucy Wray, this one-woman show focuses around Bethan, a quirky and off-beat farmers daughter played by Jessica Barker-Wren (who also wrote the play)... 

Part of the Picture

Part of the Picture

Bletherbox provide an alternative insight into the lives of the men who worked and died on the Piper Alpha oil rig. Tom Cooper’s writing is remarkably realistic and will feel eerily familiar to those in the audience who know people who work offshore... 

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Luke Wright has been performing spoken word on the Fringe circuit for years, winning a dedicated following for his catalogue of smart, catchy polemics. But with Frankie Vah, he's managed to craft a gorgeously-worded powerhouse of a play, in one of the only verse dramas that could claim to get a crowd cheering and stamping their feet throughout... 

A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing is narrated by Will, a person obsessed with his body, for whom staying in shape becomes a kind of unpaid profession. But this obsession might cost him exactly what brought him to the gym in the first place: attention in general, and Bec, specifically... 

From Dust

From Dust

The latest production from Lion House Theatre is a visually pleasing experience, executed with dexterity and grace by a cast of three. As we are informed by our narrator and writer Casey Jay Andrews, "this story starts, and ends, with a girl, a boy and a wolf”... 

Ballistic

Ballistic

In a darkened room surrounded by blinking lights a young angry man tells us his life story, from childhood through teen years to the miseries of universities we see what the struggles of trying to be to be a man in the 21st century are, and the horrible consequences the weight of that pressure can cause... 

Snowflake by Mark Thomson

Snowflake by Mark Thomson

Snowflake, a new play written and directed by the former Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, Mark Thomson, feels a necessity to explain its title right from the start; essentially, that the “millennials” who became adults during the 2010s have—thanks to their upbringing—an inflated sense of their own uniqueness and, as a result are less resilient than previous generations... 

You Forgot the Mince

You Forgot the Mince

‘And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness’. Rosa lives with her grandma Lily. She’s just finished college and can’t wait to leave Yorkshire… until she meets Niko... 

Boy in a Bottle

Boy in a Bottle

A boy washed up on the tide. Still Alive. Inside a bottle. The locals argue what to do, and as they do their souls show through. But when he sinks into the sand and the sea rises, can they save him – or themselves? A satirical look at how society views strangers... 

Fall of Duty

Fall of Duty

How long will your adult child be staying? Should you make an ultimatum? Can you steer them away from war games and into the archives? What's the point of it all? Will the story of an actor who falls from the sky in 1916 be a wake up call for Jack a hundred years on? The true story of Basil Hallam and Elsie Janis... 

Meat

Meat

1533: Henry VIII's London, the height of negotiations for Britain's separation from Europe – and Jean and Georges are having their portrait painted. Now: Charlie is the media personality everyone loves to hate... 

Scenes from Punk Rock

Scenes from Punk Rock

In the library of a grammar school in Stockport, a group of school pupils gather who appear to lead typical teenage lives. But, with A-level exams fast approaching and individual agendas emerging, relationships soon come under strain and friendships begin to unravel... 

My Second Best Bed

My Second Best Bed

Shakespeare's life, in Shakespeare's words... Conceived for the RSC’s 2016 Dream Playmaking Festival and using language from the 38 extant plays penned by the Bard, as well as incorporating several of his sonnets and fragments of his extended poetry, the lives of William and Anne Shakespeare are re-imagined and reborn... 

The Tale of the Tail

The Tale of the Tail

A child is born... with something special... A tail. The Tale of the Tail is a story of one child's life throughout history and history's reaction to the tail – from being worshipped as a religious symbol, to eroticised as a mysterious outsider and popularised as a contemporary trend/fashion accessory... 

MANWATCHING

MANWATCHING

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

Threadbare

Threadbare

Threadbare is a creation of the Minotaur Theatre Company which is run by students from the University of East Anglia.It is always refreshing to encounter young people who are not afraid to voice their opinions... 

The Principle of Uncertainty

The Principle of Uncertainty

Making a show about science interesting to a general audience is an extremely difficult feat. You risk losing anyone without a scientific background in the details, and condescending to those who know what you’re talking about... 

Sink

Sink

Sink is a poignant and fascinating drama about one of China’s greatest playwrights, Lao She; a man who wrote for his country and was once honoured as an ‘Artist of the people’ but was later renounced as a reactionary capitalist sympathiser during China’s Cultural Revolution in 1966... 

Ouija the Musical

Ouija the Musical

Once you open the door there’s no going back… A late night band rehearsal in Aberlladd goes badly wrong with deadly consequences in this spine-tingling horror musical. From the company that brought you the sell-out Naked Dictators and the composer of The Jolly Folly of Polly the Scottish Trolley Dolly *****(Guardian). 

The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage

The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage

Was Shakespeare ever really in love? On 27 November 1582, he registered to marry Anne Whateley. But, the next day, he bought a licence to marry Anne Hathaway. So begins the story of Shakespeare’s tangled affections... 

Noose Women

Noose Women

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

The Gin Chronicles at Sea

The Gin Chronicles at Sea

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

The Darling Monologues

The Darling Monologues

Created, written, directed and performed by author Angela Jackson, The Darling Monologues is a series of three darkly comic monologues which interweave the lives of three women: Lily, Sadie, and Ruby... 

Communism: The Musical!

Communism: The Musical!

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

These Walls

These Walls

These Walls is about young women facing walls in their lives. Eden is trapped by expectation; she cannot escape from the image nor stray from the path others draw for her. Chrissy is trapped by a lack of expectation, defined only by her beauty... 

Sugar & Salt

Sugar & Salt

Moni’s got guts and a promiscuous disposition. Minu has heart and a very big mouth. Together they bumble and blunder through student life, hook-ups and hangovers, declaring their greatest hopes and fears amidst the perpetual mess of their kitchen... 

The Tale of the Cockatrice

The Tale of the Cockatrice

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory a deadly creature awakens… Bold knights flee in terror! Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use puppetry, live music and general tomfoolery to bring to life this dark, winding fable for monster lovers young and old! ‘A new and exciting company, it’s hard to find shows that work so well for children and adults alike’ (Niki McCretton, Artistic Director, Stuff and Nonsense)... 

Autopsy. The Soul of Richard Nixon

Autopsy. The Soul of Richard Nixon

The soul of Richard Nixon attempts to justify his actions while the audience act as the jury. A dark comedy that poses the question: is it correct to do the wrong thing for the right reasons?  

Fish Finger Fridays: Fun Time Friends

Fish Finger Fridays: Fun Time Friends

Hot, new(ish) comedy trio are back in Edinburgh with a playful new sketch show. Bored of white guys? They’ve got an Asian man! Bored of men? They’ve got a lady! (Note: There’s also a white man... 

Father of Lies

Father of Lies

Making a Murderer meets Rosemary's Baby... Father of Lies is the new show from critically-acclaimed theatre company Bête Noire Productions. It tells the chilling true story behind a macabre and mysterious murder in West Germany, 1973... 

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

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

Mine

Mine

Take three different couples and get them all pregnant. Add in an unhealthy dose of Tinder, engagement rings, Nutella and turkey basters. It's a recipe for disaster. Babies change everything... 

Class Mates

Class Mates

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

Macbeth / Redux

Macbeth / Redux

The first half is a cut-down, 30-minute version of Shakespeare's play. In the second half, we perform an entirely separate piece, contrasting in content, though thematically similar to Macbeth... 

Rock and Hunt

Rock and Hunt

'You live your whole life and then it's just you.’ Cate’s never been to a party. Luke’s a prick. Josie can’t eat the cake alone. James needs a job. Laura wants to scream. And Fred can’t work Grindr... 

The Poltergeist of Cock Lane

The Poltergeist of Cock Lane

Putney Light Operatic Society are bringing a famous English haunting back from the dead with their new musical The Poltergeist of Cock Lane, composed by Steven Geraghty and written by Tim Connery... 

Bleach

Bleach

There are downsides to most jobs and many come with dangers, hidden or otherwise, but there are usually compensatory factors as well. Working as a rent boy is no exception. Through the character of Tyler Everett, Bleach lays bare one gay boy’s daily ups and downs on the game and exposes a shattering, dark ‘event’... 

Schiz

Schiz

Benjamin Teel, a paranoid schizophrenic, believes he is responsible for the murder of millions. Millions who now want him to pay for his sins. Within his mental chaos he finds a lifeline in daily sessions with psychoanalyst Carolyn Wakefield... 

Marni – The Secret Voice of Hollywood

Marni – The Secret Voice of Hollywood

Film stars in the 50s and 60s needed to sing. The public needed to believe they could. If they couldn’t, that’s when the ghosts came out… Marni Nixon was the premier dubbing artist for the biggest Hollywood stars... 

Sink

Sink

'I love this country, but who loves me?’ The play is based on the true story of Lao She, a Chinese writer of great esteem, who, at one stage, was given the title of People’s Artist... 

Strangers: A Magic Play II

Strangers: A Magic Play II

A homeless person, a gambling addict, a political preacher, a television presenter. Four seemingly separate stories interwoven with magic and illusion to create an audience experience like no other... 

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase explores identity and the consequences of displacement as it follows Iranian teen Mimi’s involuntary return to her war-torn homeland after a happy childhood in Barcelona... 

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... 

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea is inspired by John Lyly's pastoral comedy, Galatea. Lyly's Galatea follows two maidens, disguised as boys and sent away to escape Neptune's monster, to Diana's Woods... 

Jimmyville

Jimmyville

A naturalistic drama with a cast of eight and duration of 60 minutes with strong elements of Brechtian theatre. Full of a sweaty Vegas vibe the story of cult culture lead by Jimmy (based on Jim Jones) in 1950s Nevada, USA... 

Service!

Service!

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

Cannonball

Cannonball

The Florence Theatre Company presents Cannonball, an irreverent new drama making its Edinburgh Fringe debut following the company’s sell-out production of America at the Chelsea Theatre... 

POV

POV

A part devised, part verbatim piece of theatre that delves deep into the effects that pornography, with its growing popularity and influence, has on individuals in the 21st century... 

Wombmates

Wombmates

The age-old story of boy meets girl. Well boy meets boy – they’re brothers in a womb. So more like sperm meets egg, becomes a foetus and then a baby… or babies in this case, and one mother is in for a big surprise... 

Phools

Phools

The invigorating and inventive Babolin are winners of the 2015 Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award. ‘The talent of this incredible ensemble is quite stunning' (FringeReview.co... 

The Last Emperor of Mexico

The Last Emperor of Mexico

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

Donors

Donors

Older egg seeking hot, young sperm. Desperate times call for desperate measures, when your biological clock is ticking. After all, our sole purpose is to reproduce... right? Roy and Linda meet in a fertility clinic... 

Penthouse

Penthouse

Ewan is one of the country's most intelligent young bankers. However he's just lost close to £1.4 billion of investors' money in an illegal trade he should not have made. His plan? Hire the penthouse of a hotel and indulge in a blowout before ending it all... 

Maria Ornata

Maria Ornata

A crisis has taken hold of the Heavens. Gods, saints and spirits have ruled the world for centuries, but in the modern world, their influence has plummeted. In this mind-boggling piece of new writing, all eyes are on the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Heavens, as she desperately attempts to keep the fabric of reality from ripping apart... 

Open Heart Surgery

Open Heart Surgery

Business is bad for conservative relationship counsellor Sandra. With the bills mounting, she is forced to take on the only troubled partnership at her door: Will and Leo, her first same-sex couple... 

Echoes

Echoes

In a Black Mirror-esque near future, two men face each other across a table. A bomb has been dropped on purpose on the motherland's civilian population. Why? Everyone has reasons, even the cruellest of plans can be defended... 

Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall

Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall

‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall – does this selfie make my nose look big?’ Your favourite fairy tales in disguise, this once upon a time is happening now. Pretty can be ugly; can evil be good? Don’t count on Prince Charming to whisk you away on his gallant steed; these princesses aren’t all white as snow and rosy-lipped, and they don’t always care about being the fairest... 

Last of Their Generation

Last of Their Generation

'The more I try to remember her, the more I've forgotten her.' Bhumi Collective returns to Edinburgh with the world premiere of Last of Their Generation – a solo-show by Singapore-UK theatre-maker Mohamad Shaifulbahri about the encounters we have with the people, places and things in our lives... 

Leere Zeit – Idle Time

Leere Zeit – Idle Time

The key to a happy life is avoiding all forms of useless and unproductive time – Leere Zeit – as propagated by the Institute of Positive Lifestyles. How good is your efficiency rating? Join us for a personalised orientation session and learn how to optimise your existence... 

Gathering Dust

Gathering Dust

Charlie, a foreign correspondent out to do her job, is kidnapped and put in an underground cell. She doesn’t know by who. In the cell Charlie meets fellow people fighting for a cause and they are forced to suffer the reality together, as the walls slowly closes in... 

The Drive

The Drive

Two women. A fractured friendship. A car full of boxes and a message from a dead friend. An unexpected Nordic road trip sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo... 

Wishing on a Stopgap

Wishing on a Stopgap

Stopgap: a temporary way of fixing a problem or satisfying a need. There are no romantic clichés here. While travelling the country and giving away books, a retired teacher begins to reflect on their life, sexuality, and feelings about love... 

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

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

Fish Food

Fish Food

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

Hi. (Entering Burned Area)

Hi. (Entering Burned Area)

One clown. One world. Mysterious mysteries. Join Rodeo Debbie as she renders a tragicomic love letter to human struggle with footnotes on marshmallows, volcanoes and philosophical fire... 

Forty Weeks

Forty Weeks

Jane extravagantly showers her son with love and affection on his birthday, giving him cake and presents galore. But all is not as it seems. Midnight Theatre and the University of Warwick present an abstract exploration into a mother’s psyche, exposing the light and dark elements of the maternal mindset in an everyday, contemporary setting... 

Elegy for an Echo

Elegy for an Echo

'Tell me Connor, what happens when you run out? What happens when you take that last pill?' With the clinical drug trial of Exspiravitacillin coming to an end, Connor faces losing his late fiance, Jen, without a final goodbye... 

100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace

100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace

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

Occam's Chainsaw

Occam's Chainsaw

Five of them carried out the robbery. Only four made it back. Someone knows something, one of them has betrayed the rest. No one is safe from accusation, as they await the dreaded arrival of The Boss. 

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

Sam is in a coma. Paolo’s doing everything he can. When Geoff reveals a secret, reality and fantasy blur. This UK debut from critically acclaimed Snowy Owl explores relationships in the digital age, asking what it takes for us to heal and move forward. 

The Expiration Date of Jonas Müller (Age 70)

The Expiration Date of Jonas Müller (Age 70)

Hi! I’m Jonas Müller (Age 27). Over the last few years I created storytelling shows with my best friend Tim. People wrote nice things like 'A fascinating curiosity of the Fringe and intriguing piece of experimental theatre' (BritishTheatreGuide... 

Scribble

Scribble

Bran flakes, anxiety and gravity. The smallest moments in history. The largest events in the universe. Blink and you'll miss it. This scribble from your chest. New writing about mental health and supernovas from Andy Edwards, directed by Amy Gilmartin... 

Your Ever Loving

Your Ever Loving

1974. Irish bombs. Crowded English pubs. Many dead. The terrifying true story of Paul Hill and the Guildford Four. 'Convictions had to be got' (Home Secretary). Forget Making a Murderer... 

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

A darkly comic, Mel Brooks-style parody following the storyline of the DH Lawrence novel… with a few twists. Lord Clifford Chatterley comes home to his wife, Constance (Lady Chatterley), from a war that has left the world in tatters... 

The St Andrews Revue presents: The Big Time

The St Andrews Revue presents: The Big Time

They say fame is a fickle friend, and the St Andrews Revue have been lonely for years. But now, with a freshly replenished wardrobe and six Edinburgh shows under the elastic rim of their long johns, the gang have finally done it... 

Laugh, Why Don’t You? A Sketch Show by Fish Pie!

Laugh, Why Don’t You? A Sketch Show by Fish Pie!

Offbeat sketchlings Fish Pie! permit you to disregard political satire, a cappella groups and men noticing things then pausing for laughter in favour of compulsory mirth. Fresh from sell-out success in Cambridge, Fish Pie! bring their uniquely good-natured and up-to-the-minute absurdity to Edinburgh... 

Atlantic: A Scottish Story

Atlantic: A Scottish Story

Is it a curse to stay? What if we couldn't travel, could never leave home and see the world? Can we still be happy? A girl looks across the ocean and longs to discover. But if she is left behind, she must still find a way to live... 

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

A darkly comic, Mel Brooks-style parody following the storyline of the DH Lawrence novel… with a few twists. Lord Clifford Chatterley comes home to his wife, Constance (Lady Chatterley), from a war that has left the world in tatters... 

Marie

Marie

'There’s two rules: first, the person you choose must be dead. And second, you have to be dressed up to get in.’ It’s Thursday night in the Prince Arthur and their latest theme night is in full swing... 

The Inconvenience of Wings

The Inconvenience of Wings

For anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted, this piece will cut close to the bone. Triple Fringe First winner Andrew Buckland stars in Lara Foot's powerful and poignant drama about friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels... 

Burnt Toast

Burnt Toast

Two days, 15 years later. Burnt toast. Boring sex. Viennetta. Knife roulette. Quick Pol and Average Alfred have the life they dreamt of: calm and simple. But then she arrived. Burnt Toast looks to explore complexities of relationships – be it simple interactions within a neighbourhood, unrequited familial love, the vanilla-sex-kind of relationship love or the sort that results in Burnt Toast... 

Aideen McQueen – No Satisfaction

Aideen McQueen – No Satisfaction

I can resist everything except the temptation... to paraphrase Oscar Wilde! Funny tales of excess, failure and sugar daddies with just a smidgen of success. From teacher to trophy wife to rehab and out the other side! 

My Name is Irrelevant

My Name is Irrelevant

In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fictional and what is reality. A man gives a lecture about all of the people he has met in his life, but as he delves deeper into his mind things start to unravel... 

The Great Ridolphi

The Great Ridolphi

How do you hold on to the world's greatest escape artist? 10 years after the death of his father, illusionist extraordinaire The Great Ridolphi, Victor O'Meara is visited by detectives inquiring on the whereabouts of a missing Francesco Goya masterpiece... 

Wandering Bones

Wandering Bones

‘You will be taken hence to the prison you were last confined... where you will be hanged by the neck...’ It’s 1835, and newly-wed John Adam moves to the Highlands. It’s supposedly a fresh start, but a series of shocking events lead John to make some ill-judged decisions... 

Harry

Harry

'Who is that?', 'Harry', 'He's my favourite', 'I think he's everyone's favourite.' Caitlin and Sophie meet at university and quickly become best friends. United by their love of crisp sandwiches and the latest X Factor sensation One Direction, they plaster the walls of their room with pictures of the band's charismatic heartthrob, Harry Styles... 

Bone Wars

Bone Wars

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

Catherine and Anita

Catherine and Anita

All hell breaks loose when a tortured young misfit named Catherine strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Anita. As their unlikely relationship develops, their world escalates into a violent cycle of destruction and revenge... 

Boys & Girls

Boys & Girls

'Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it' (George Carlin). Original sketch comedy about the different relationships between boys and girls... 'Genuinely ingenious and very funny' (AYoungerTheatre... 

All My Life Long

All My Life Long

Gloria and Padraic are best friends whose relationship changes forever. They meet once a year, every year, and have one fleeting night together. This is a story of a love that lasted a lifetime... 

An Unexpected Electric Nativity

An Unexpected Electric Nativity

A short play for two humans and two robots. Late at night in a laboratory, the night before testing day. Two humanoid robots accidentally come to life. As they explore their new-found faculties, discovering their limbs and their surroundings, they learn more and more how to be human... 

Carried Away

Carried Away

Crib, check. Nappies, check. Weird, breast-pump thing, check. Losing mind, check. Mum on speed-dial, quickest route to hospital mapped. Phoebe discovers she’s pregnant again after a miscarriage and wants to talk... 

Victim

Victim

A one-woman show, Victim follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face-to-face with a notorious inmate. Hot on the heels of Villain – The 2016 Edinburgh sell-out, five-star, Offie-nominated hit – Bruised Sky return with Martin Murphy's darkly comic new play Victim... 

Start Swimming

Start Swimming

A Young Vic Taking Part Production. It’s small versus big. It’s pressures of the future. It’s everything being stacked against you and all options feeling equally terrible. James Fritz (Ross and Rachel) teams up with Genesis Future Directors Award winner Ola Ince (Dutchman) to bring you a show about occupation, revolution and the future of our youth... 

Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary

New York, 1906. This darkly comic vaudeville extravaganza tells the intriguing true story of domestic cook and unwitting assassin, Mary Mallon. Why is sanitary engineer Dr George Soper so interested in examining her stool sample? How many police officers will it take to overcome one roasting-fork wielding cook? Could her chilled peaches and cream dessert really have made her the most dangerous woman in America? From the writer of The Odyssey: An Epic Musical Epic... 

Jocky Wilson Said

Jocky Wilson Said

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

The Giant Killers

The Giant Killers

Football wasn't always a game for the masses. The first players to compete for the FA Cup were lords, knights and peers, the wealthy and the privileged. That was until a group of mill workers from Darwen in Lancashire joined with two talented Glaswegians to change the game forever... 

Toll

Toll

'I thought they wanted soldiers.' Four long years later, his naivety had turned to regret. Experience the remarkable true account of WW1 solider Oliver Clement Soanes, or Toll to his friends... 

Mission Abort

Mission Abort

Pain! Shame! Confusion! Or... empowering freedom and a massive relief? Strong opinions on abortion legislation are voiced on a daily basis; Mission Abort crushes taboos by exploring a woman's perspective on the actual experience – from discovering she is pregnant, to making the decision, following it through and getting on with life afterwards... 

What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?

What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?

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

Four Go Off On One! A Jolly Good Romp Through Childhood

Four Go Off On One! A Jolly Good Romp Through Childhood

This 'highly energetic laugh-a-minute show' (TheTab.com) comes to Edinburgh again, after sell-out 2016 shows in Cambridge and Edinburgh. One hour, eight comedians and hundreds of pages of children's literature lovingly ridiculed into submission... 

Suspicious Minds

Suspicious Minds

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

Pierre Novellie

Pierre Novellie

Pierre Novellie is a South African from the Isle of Man who lives in London. Pierre does observational comedy for people who think they hate observational comedy, mixed with anecdotes and reasonable whimsy... 

1902

1902

1902 sheds a light on the dark side of football, telling real stories about real people, but showing that not all football fans are as bad as they are perceived to be. This tale of pride, woe, defeat and victory reaches out to anyone who has dared to dream... 

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Izzy's Manifestos

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Izzy's Manifestos

It's time to think outside the box, go crazy, go skydiving or just go to a different pub this Friday. Running at something is better than just running away, right? Or maybe it's both? Especially when you start referring to yourself in the third person... 

Finding Nana

Finding Nana

'Room 17. Four walls full of lipstick, laughter, hairspray and Horlicks. Nana is nut brown and wrinkled and she has chicken fillets for arms. And she treats me like I’m way more amazing than I actually am... 

Up the Hill Jackie

Up the Hill Jackie

Jackie is pregnant. Her sister Rita is forcing her to have an abortion. Is it too late to fix things? Dark, humorous, fast-paced Irish drama from the playwright of five-star Kitty in the Lane... 

Open Road

Open Road

Three couples come together to celebrate some exciting news: Natasha is going to live to 82. However, all is not as it seems… As the evening unfolds, relationships are pushed to breaking point... 

Assessment

Assessment

What's your life worth? In a horribly plausible near future, a government obsessed with capping the spiralling pensions deficit has come up with a price. They've even hired one of those arms-length organisations they get to do their dirty work to sell it... 

Cockroached

Cockroached

Nearly everyone is dead and Taylor is alone. Their life was fine until they found an orange coat, a radio and a voice on the other end. What follows is a harmful conversation between two people trying to survive both mentally and physically... 

Frank and Cynthia

Frank and Cynthia

Frank and Cynthia meet and fall in love in a whirlwind croissant-inspired love affair, which is tragically cut short. Their daughter, Cathy, wants to be the first person to fly solo from the llama fields of Scunthorpe to Paris... 

The Older Brothers' Almanac

The Older Brothers' Almanac

From NYC comes a darkly comic guide for brothers everywhere: how to teach, protect and permanently traumatise each other. All (almost) techniques applicable to Sisterhood. Free beer for siblings who come to the show together! Features classic techniques and time-honoured rituals such as The Headlock, The Dead Leg and Psychological Torture, plus Historical Accounts and Science! Guest appearances include Cain and Abel, The Wright Brothers, The Kennedys, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Baldwin... 

The Sister

The Sister

A darkly absurd exploration of power dynamics, this latest production from Dutch Kills Theater is a thrillingly surreal family drama by playwright Eric John Meyer. The New York-based company’s play, The Sister, is a beautifully realised production that delights in its disconcerting portrayal of human relationships... 

The Nine Lives of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Nine Lives of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French pilot, poet and writer, who is best known as the author of children’s classic The Little Prince. This new play from Vagabond Productions explores Saint-Exupéry’s life as the author reflects during his fatal final flight... 

The Wives of Others

The Wives of Others

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

Confetti

Confetti

There’s no confetti in Confetti, but there is a complex mix of language and movement that makes it intriguing. This year CalArts Festival Theater celebrates ‘13 At 13’, marking its 13th year staging plays at Venue 13... 

God's Anointed

God's Anointed

Grace and Laurie are two friends who decide to become prophets, in order to disprove the dying words of their friend, Eve, who recently committed suicide. Reading Eve’s suicide note changes their world views entirely, in an attempt to dislodge the perceived haunting presence of Eve, they decide to attempt to disprove Eve’s belief that there is a God, and he makes people evil... 

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair

Beach Comet have secured themselves as masters of a B-movie musical genre, inviting guests aboard a doomed cruise liner for a riotous hour of exaggerated figures and fantastically funny lyricism... 

Hyena

Hyena

I’ve finally found it: the Fringiest show at the Fringe! Hyena is a free-wheeling, difficult, often uncomfortable and sometime revelatory experience. Romana Soutus’ one woman show starts with her locked in a dog cage, and things just get more disturbing from there on in... 

Happiness is a Cup of Tea

Happiness is a Cup of Tea

Life is transient. One day we’re here, the next day we’re at sea, a wisp or a distant memory. Happiness is a Cup of Tea, a one-woman show written and performed by Annie McKenzie, is a treatise on grief... 

Broken Fanny

Broken Fanny

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

Unseen

Unseen

Through raw emotion, compelling stories and snippets of reality, we learn the story of Holly, a woman living on the streets in Edinburgh. As homelessness is a major issue in our society, setting the action in Edinburgh itself brought the action closer to home, and helped us to relate the issues back to our own lives... 

Unveiled

Unveiled

Unveiled, a deeply moving one-woman play characterising the lives of five women, all victims of the Magdalene Laundries. Abused by religious orders in these state funded institutions in 20th-century Ireland, Ceara Dorman brings to life these harrowing stories. 

Deadline

Deadline

Charlotte goes back to Stuart who still lives in their once shared university flat to find him still taking care of the habitual mess made by their mutual friend David. The piece may seem at first a conventional evocation of this generation’s floundering twenty-somethings, but don’t let the pitch fool you – this play is a performance of staggering beauty, a tour-de-force of self-destructive urges in all its metaphoric intensity, and in all its endless desires... 

Fabric

Fabric

“I so wanted to please him.” Thirty-something Leah is fun, lively and ambitious. She meets her future husband in the high-end tailor where she works and the rom-com spins off from there... 

The Telemachy

The Telemachy

It’s rare to come across a wandering poet these days and it’s probably not the most effective way to get your message across to the public. There’s a certain charm to the idea though: an escape from technology and the opportunity to do some serious listening, instead of reading texts... 

Communicate

Communicate

Spot the cliché. James (Toby Vaughan) likes superheroes, video games, and not talking about his feelings; Heather (Olivia Elsden) likes berating her partner, talking about their future baby, and berating her partner some more... 

Twix

Twix

Jamie’s comical lack of good fortune is beautifully summed up in the last two lines of this play, where the parallel monologues of Twix finally come together. Unfortunately they are too cleverly amusing to tell here without spoiling their impact, but they will probably leave you chuckling for some time... 

How is Uncle John?

How is Uncle John?

How Is Uncle John? is a story about the relationship of mother and daughter: of protector and protected, and of victim and survivor. Itis a brave depiction of domestic abuse and sex trafficking that follows the struggles of Hope and her mother against the abusive men in their lives... 

ABCs to LSD

ABCs to LSD

Growing Pains Theatre Company offers its Edinburgh debut, a confessional piece of drama exploring the fraught path from adolescence to adulthood. Rifling through boxes of their childhood possessions, Emma, Rachel and Maz take a look at the children they were then and how this compares to who they are now in a concise show that is at points touching, but generally overwrought... 

I'm Missing You

I'm Missing You

I’m Missing You is a gloomy, original writing production about grief, family, loyalty and obsession. When his son, Ian, goes missing Sam turns his back on everything, his daughter, his wife and his entire life, to spend twenty years searching the train station where Ian was last seen... 

Predrinks | Afterparty

Predrinks | Afterparty

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

Three Days' Time

Three Days' Time

Set in small, Irish living room - somewhere between cosy and claustrophobic - Three Days’ Time is a thoughtful domestic comedy about weird parents, leaving home and mysteriously vanishing budgies... 

Abberline's Artefact

Abberline's Artefact

Chief Inspector Abberline is known as the man that failed to catch Jack the Ripper. In what was once his house, retired shopkeeper John Davis finds that the former policeman’s soul cannot rest with the guilt of failing to stop the serial killer... 

From the Mouths of the Gods

From the Mouths of the Gods

The ever experimental Flanagan Collective is back with their new show, From the Mouths of the Gods, all about maths, free will, and determinism, with a little bit of kissing thrown in... 

Hella Granger – Superstar

Hella Granger – Superstar

Hella Granger – Superstar recounts the life story of singer Hella Granger, the first white musician to be signed to Motown. Beginning with her childhood in Brooklyn, Granger, performed by Sharon Drain in a series of interview-style monologues, describes how her need for admiration and love pushes her into stardom, leading to the highs and lows of celebrity life... 

Ella Woods: Stag Do

Ella Woods: Stag Do

A feminist show about wanting a stag do. Developed as part of Soho Theatre SYC Comedy Lab Plus. Ella Woods is a comedian from London. She has previously been shortlisted for the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards, and hosts radio show and podcast Ella Plays What... 

Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

Join youthful South-London songwriter Benji Tranter as he takes on the grim business of living via his original, off-beat songs! Benji, accompanied only by his guitar, performs songs concerning noisy neighbours, launderettes, and emotional turmoil, taking place in settings including a utopian hipster café and a magical mountain of self-betterment... 

Happy Together

Happy Together

Wow! Happy Together is a ferociously intelligent new play by MA student Kate Newman, and perhaps the most meta thing at the Fringe. It’s by turns shocking, disorientating, funny and strange, and one of the most under-appreciated shows this year... 

Grandad Died

Grandad Died

A grandad may have passed on, but he wasn’t the only thing that died on stage. Toad Pit Theatre have committed murder with this lurid, self-indulgent drama and weak allegory on the outcome of the EU referendum... 

Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

The Traverse’s Breakfast Plays series is an intriguing prospect: four plays on the same theme by their Associate Artists, presented as script-in-hand rehearsed readings at 9am each day, along with breakfast... 

Death and the Data Processor

Death and the Data Processor

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

The Eagle and The Oystercatcher

The Eagle and The Oystercatcher

Come and meet Holly Bidgood, author of The Eagle and The Oystercatcher. Her novel is set in the Faroe Islands in April 1940, when two British Destroyers sail into the harbour at Tórshavn... 

Triumvirette

Triumvirette

Triumvirette takes the form of a three part show – two monologues sandwiching a romantic comedy short play. All sections use different actors, and all use comedy to varying degrees and success, though it would be wrong to call them all comedic pieces... 

Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia

Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia

This is a bold and ambitious production, brought to life by three very talented young actors: Sam Ducane, Jack Gordon, and Jessica Sian. This play is an intense, schizophrenic experience... 

A Gentleman's Game

A Gentleman's Game

In this new musical, a piece which has flashes of The Picture of Dorian Gray crossed with psycho-dramatic elements of an Edgar Allen Poe ballad, a story of clandestine love, beauty and wealth is woven and dissected within the enclosed Edwardian drawing room that is the play's setting... 

Grey Matter

Grey Matter

Adrian Raine’s pioneering work in neurocriminology can be seen as a reaction to the supremacy of nurture over nature in the debate about the causes of criminal behaviour. His research findings caused a storm in the nineties and remain controversial not so much for their science as for the implications of it for social policy... 

Kara Sevda

Kara Sevda

Nuclear winter has descended upon the globe. The last train out of Paris is boarding. But not everyone will be drawn in the lottery. When Celia and Rhys find themselves awaiting the lottery results on the same bench, they strike up a challenging acquaintance amidst falling bombs and a nameless war, asking the question ‘what kind of world do we live in now... 

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016: The Award Ceremony

Join us for this special event, presented by the University of Edinburgh in association with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and the Traverse Theatre. The £10,000 prize celebrates plays that display an original theatrical voice, written in English, Scots or Gaelic... 

The Monologues of a Tired Nurse

The Monologues of a Tired Nurse

The Monologues of a Tired Nurse. A brand new play. Must see. Two NHS nurses at polar opposites in their careers. A look at the NHS from the inside out, showing you that cuts run deep... 

Unnatural Selection

Unnatural Selection

‘Three of us will lose the show and the other one could walk into the hands of the most horrible man alive.’ Four women, four rivals, imprisoned in a waiting room moments before they go on national television... 

Nightmare

Nightmare

Join us for Nightmare, a piece of new writing by Sophie Paterson where the boundaries between subconscious and reality have been destroyed. Leaving you alone, covered in your sister's blood and dying to know who is in the next room... 

They Call Me Miss Commuter

They Call Me Miss Commuter

Inspired by the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning and the Hatton Garden safe deposit heist this is a dark, psychological thriller being delivered on stage to coincide with its production as an indie feature film... 

West End Has Faith at the Fringe

West End Has Faith at the Fringe

West End Has Faith gathers professionals working within London's West End and on tour who have a desire to share their journey and life experiences. We are visiting Edinburgh to share our faith, spread the Gospel, and to be an outreach of support to those in need within the theatre industry... 

The Squire Sisters

The Squire Sisters

In the sleepy town of Pickford in 1949 three sisters are bored of their post-war existences and want to start living. Through music, dancing and romance, the Squire sisters are finally forging their way into womanhood... 

Bursting the Bubble

Bursting the Bubble

Growing pains. First love. Existential angst… then the persistent feeling that you are not what you think. A musical adventure into the heart of this thing called ‘self’. But what is at the centre? A young, country girl finds herself on a bridge, on the brink between this world and the next, contemplating her final sober thought, ‘I cannot live with myself any longer’... 

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... 

Anarchy at the Hearty Toadstool

Anarchy at the Hearty Toadstool

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

Lifted

Lifted

Lifted is a play about Scotland, identity, immigration, police violence, racism and mermaids. Basically, it's bang on trend. 'The funniest, freshest, rawest and most alive and kicking hour I've spent at the Fringe this year' (Liz Lochhead)... 

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Sleeping Dogs Lie

‘When growing up makes you feel as if you’re on trial, and people are building a case against you the moment you step out of line.’ Eight individuals invite their audience to help delve into the past... 

A Working Title

A Working Title

A Working Title is about the belated coming-of-age and struggles of millennials as they confront a world of expectations and disappointments. They make it up as they go along, hence the title of this production... 

Outside the Box – A Live Show About Death

Outside the Box – A Live Show About Death

Death is a funny thing when you think about it: it’s the only certain thing in this world yet the majority of us deny its existence, but as performer Liz Rothschild points out, if we don’t think about death then we also don’t think about life... 

Happy Yet?

Happy Yet?

If you’re expecting an uncomfortable exploration of mental health issues and the stigmas associated with them, the tone of Happy Yet? might catch you off-guard. Ostensibly a domestic comedy, even a farce at times, Katie Berglöf’s script refuses to wear its dark themes on its sleeve – though sometimes you wish it would... 

Yokes Night

Yokes Night

A loophole in Irish law allows for the legal of consumption of Class-A drugs for 24 hours, and the youth of Dublin are not going to let Yokes Night slip by without taking full advantage... 

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Returning Fringe classic White Rabbit Red Rabbit is Nassim Soleimanpour’s experimental monologue, in which the relationship between actor, writer, audience and text is explored and questioned... 

The Dean Martin Christmas Show

The Dean Martin Christmas Show

The Dean Martin Christmas Show aims to explore the warm relationship between Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra as they appear on the titular Christmas special. The two showbiz old-timers perform hit songs while they natter backstage about the past and what the future holds for the both of them... 

Two and One More

Two and One More

'You hungry?' A boy breaks into a London house during the Blitz and is discovered by the man living there. However, the real question is what lies in the room next door? Two and One More is an original play by Tom Hampson on his third consecutive visit to the Fringe... 

Hero Worship

Hero Worship

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

Ronnie and Jonny: Friends Disunited

Ronnie and Jonny: Friends Disunited

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

Unnatural Selection

Unnatural Selection

‘Three of us will lose the show and the other one could walk into the hands of the most horrible man alive.’ Four women, four rivals, imprisoned in a waiting room moments before they go on national television... 

Women Speaking Their World: Bowdy Kite's Spoken Word Sunday 2016

Women Speaking Their World: Bowdy Kite's Spoken Word Sunday 2016

Five woman poets, five unique performances of new writing, one Sunday in one beautiful venue. Please see bowdykitebooks.com for full details on line-up. 

Unnatural Selection

Unnatural Selection

‘Three of us will lose the show and the other one could walk into the hands of the most horrible man alive.’ Four women, four rivals, imprisoned in a waiting room moments before they go on national television... 

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon

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

Call of Dudey

Call of Dudey

Fringe newcomers, Dude Looks Like A Lady, bring their award-winning sketch show to Edinburgh with heaps of enthusiasm, a fluctuating quality of comedy and an abundance of false (and sometimes malfunctioning) moustaches... 

Fingertips

Fingertips

It’s all queasily familiar: a small badly lit room, a table littered with bottles of vodka and plastic cups, and several alarmingly costumed twenty-somethings sprawled over the floor and bed, arguing about a drinking game... 

Canon Warriors

Canon Warriors

Punch, Fleur, Dog and Sid. ‘Punch’ is a lesbian show-woman. ‘Fleur’ is a (previously high-flying) university dropout, working part-time as a teaching assistant. ‘Dog’ is a dog puppet... 

The Castle Builder

The Castle Builder

With the feel of an interactive workshop rather than a theatrical ‘show’, The Castle Builder is a lo-fi exploration of outsider art that alternates between informal lecture and untidy pop concert... 

Steam

Steam

Steam lives up to its name, delivering a staggeringly intense hour of physical theatre. It’s original student writing that’s brimming with ideas and brilliantly executed.Set to an addictive electronic soundtrack from Alexander McNally, the cast launch into some slick choreography, telling the story of Eve’s (Rosa Cains) relationship with two men (Jim Murrell and Joseph Gabriel Vogarty-Graveson) and the scars they leave behind... 

How to Win Against History
BOBBY WINNER

How to Win Against History

On every front, this show is a winner. The writing is outstanding, the music is catchy, and the performances of each of the actors (including the pianist actor/musician) are faultless... 

Remember to Breathe

Remember to Breathe

Following the story of an Irish emigrant’s relationship with her father, Remember to Breathe is quietly affecting rather than arresting; assured and well-rounded rather than boundary-pushing... 

Mr Incredible

Mr Incredible

There are plenty of plays at this year’s Fringe which criticise gender norms and take on patriarchal systems, but Mr Incredible truly gets to the heart of the kind of beliefs that lead many men to do terrible things... 

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

"Revolutionise the world". "Do not marry". "Galvanise". "Women for sale!" Aided by a fantastically droll projection across the back of the amply-sized Traverse auditorium, laughs abound in Alice Birch's subversive, sardonic dissection of modern patriarchy and autonomy in a world of constant societal pressures... 

Lost in Blue

Lost in Blue

As hilarious as it is poignant, Lost in Blue is an individual and gripping story from one of the UK’s top storytellers. With her self proclaimed ‘austerity theatre’, Debs Newbold deftly commands the bare space around her... 

Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady

Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady

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

The Opportunity

The Opportunity

Life presents us with many opportunities, be it falling in love, finding a career or killing your parents. The question is: do you lack the morals to take that chance? In a world where bratty kids, pushover parents, uber-salesmen and promiscuous grannies co-exist, surely nothing could go wrong… Witness this surreal comedy and decide for yourself... 

JOAN

JOAN

Put your drinks down and your hands together, all the way from Domremy in France (via Soho and 600 years) it's JOAN! An earthy story of courage, conviction, hope, survival and love, this is Joan of Arc – the world's first drag king? Packed with guts, heart (and some well placed couscous), JOAN fuses lyrical new writing with drag king cabaret... 

Family Values

Family Values

Family Values by Michael Dalberg is pure theatre with a good splash of violence. Expertly directed by David Gasperetti, Ghost Light theatre tell the story of two brothers, Liam and Trent, caught in a spiral of Mafia family lies and destruction... 

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... 

Exactly Like You

Exactly Like You

Nina Simone is one of the greatest music icons of the last century, producing songs as soulful as her voice. Her music has resonated with and inspired many people in both their art and their everyday lives... 

Pawn

Pawn

Created, written, and performed by students from Oxford University, Queenside Productions new musical Pawn is an impressive, if imperfect, piece of new student writing that, whilst not perfect, is still an interesting window into a peculiar period of time... 

The Man Who Built His House to Heaven

The Man Who Built His House to Heaven

One-man shows are no easy thing to pull off, especially when the subject matter is like something out of Wes Anderson’s daydreams, but Keenan Hurley does just that in The Man Who Built His House to Heaven... 

John Knox

John Knox

If you want to see a show that constructs John Knox as a talking point for oversimplified political views, may I suggest Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off? It’s not on at this year’s Fringe, but is commonly done in Scottish secondary schools and universities, where you can see similar production values and performances in a script that doesn’t use one of Scotland’s most controversial historical figures as a tool for the American political right... 

Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece

Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece

Have you ever met someone so beautiful that you didn’t know what to say? And then have you ever found yourself just saying ‘Yeah’ to everything that they say because you’re too fixated on how unbelievably beautiful they are? Tim Honnef has been there and apparently that’s how he ended up performing Jonas Muller’s F*cking Masterpiece... 

Infinity Pool: A Modern Retelling of Madame Bovary

Infinity Pool: A Modern Retelling of Madame Bovary

What to expect from Bea Roberts’ modern day update of Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary? Instead of surrounding herself with romantic literature to distract her from the banality of provincial, rural France, Roberts’ Emma is an all too easily recognisable Bridget Jones-esque figure, believing she can buy herself happiness in the form of designer dresses and new shoes, and going so far as to reinvent herself with an online alter-ego... 

Home

Home

The fact that Home is “partly based on true events” makes Cate and Gia’s situation all the more distressing. The story is a microcosm of the UK’s housing crisis among young people... 

Single Varietal

Single Varietal

Bob Stourton has an orchard. This orchard makes cider, specifically Hambledon Gold Single Varietal Cider, a famed brew from South West England. Bob dies and suddenly his children, Molly and Tim, are thrust into the care of the smallholding, and conflicts grow over its handling... 

Shoot the Women First

Shoot the Women First

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

Tracy

Tracy

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

Swivelhead

Swivelhead

It is my objective and dream, when at the Edinburgh Fringe, to discover great new writing – plays that are just beginning to make their way onto the world's stages, at the forefront of contemporary drama... 

The Maiden's Toy

The Maiden's Toy

With hints of Black Swan and Inland Empire, Olly Lawson’s new play is a surprisingly arresting example of student writing. The narrative was gripping, but both the performance and the writing could have gone further into the dark and obsessive territory the play hints at... 

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Standing ovations are rare, but the house rose as one at the at the end of Tom Gill’s Growing Pains in tribute to a remarkable performer and a stunning show. The applause was prolonged and there was a sense that people just did not want to leave... 

The F Words

The F Words

“If I’m feminine, does that mean I’m effeminate? Or if I’m effeminate, does that mean I’m feminine?”Looking at the nature of what it means to female in this modern world is the complex theme that underlies this exploratory, alternative play The F Words... 

Daffodils (A Play With Songs)

Daffodils (A Play With Songs)

Daffodils is an unusual show of two halves. Whimsical and rather irritating in the first half, it grows into something with more stature and nuance in the final half hour. Rochelle Bright’s jukebox show about her parents’ marriage and break-up (featuring two actors and a three-piece band) initially plays out like a by-the-numbers romantic comedy... 

Contactless

Contactless

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

Fran & Leni

Fran & Leni

“This shit definitely passes the Bechdel test,” is a statement that can be found emblazoned on the show's marketing material. It sums up Fran & Leni, perfectly: it's brave, brash and challenges the injustices women face as a result of the patriarchal society in which we live... 

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself

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

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

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

Blank

Blank

Nassim Soleimanpour is known for his intelligent plays that have no need for a director, designer or even rehearsals. No, all that’s needed for one of his plays to be performed is an actor and an audience (okay, and a technician if we’re being pedantic) – it’s a trick he used in White Rabbit Red Rabbit and while Blank develops on this form it also remains too distanced and acknowledges its own intelligence far too much to make a lasting impact... 

Six Characters in Search of a Handout

Six Characters in Search of a Handout

An adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 absurdist piece, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Barrie Wheatley’s modernised version blends the source material’s meta-theatrical philosophising with sharp social critique of a generation of food banks and Twitter hate campaigns... 

Foxtrot

Foxtrot

Playwright Anthony Maskell’s Fringe debut is as student as they come. I say that lightly, but for the first five minutes, the impression you get is of a hastily arranged, lazy first-year drama class’s take on life experience, through rose-tinted glasses and clichéd tropes regarding the human condition... 

Mule

Mule

Drug-smuggling. Ibiza to Peru. One of the worst prisons in the world and two women trying their best to survive. Omnibus’ Mule is inspired by the Peru Two: two girls who entered the drug trade and paid for it with a prison sentence... 

In Fidelity

In Fidelity

Rob Drummond is known for being one of Scotland’s most experimental and accessible theatre makers and his new show In Fidelity is no exception. Taking his inspiration from diverse sources like Take Me Out and Charles Darwin’s theories about evolution and the survival of the fittest plus more than a little bit of real life experience Drummond attempts to answer some of the fundamental questions about love, relationships and fidelity but he needs some help from us... 

Tomorrow, Maybe

Tomorrow, Maybe

Tomorrow, Maybe – the newest offering from writing duo Amies & Clements – is a touching musical, set to an absolutely exquisite score which is brought to life with passion by both the cast and band... 

5 Out of 10 Men...

5 Out of 10 Men...

Top ratings aren’t always just about putting on a remarkable production, although 5 Out of 10 Men is that. Sometimes a play ventures into new territory, swims into unchartered waters or deals with a topic that has been been ignored, avoided or swept under the carpet in the belief that it might go away... 

Every Wild Beast

Every Wild Beast

It's not often you get to see theatre in what is essentially an attic. A quirkily decorated attic, laid out with clutter and beautiful hanging light bulbs, but an attic nonetheless... 

My Eyes Went Dark

My Eyes Went Dark

My Eyes Went Dark takes us down into the abyss of overwhelming grief and denies us any chink of light. There is a stifling sense of claustrophobia in the air from the outset of this powerful piece written and directed by Matthew Wilkinson with astonishing economy – two chairs form the entire set... 

Kill the Beast: Don't Wake the Damp

Kill the Beast: Don't Wake the Damp

The reason to go and see Don’t Wake the Damp is simply for the moment after you’ve walked out, sat down with your pint, and think: ‘There’s no way I could’ve predicted anything that happened in there... 

The House of Edgar

The House of Edgar

Often, the expectation brought to mind by the genre “Musical” means that successfully producing a new and original one at the Fringe Festival is no mean feat. Several enduringly popular musicals are performed on a huge scale, with large casts and spaces providing the exciting all singing, all dancing, electric atmosphere that make the musical experience so unique... 

Scapegoat

Scapegoat

Texas, early evening, the 1980s. A man returns to his old town. But where has he been? And what is he hiding? Ghosts from his past return to haunt him with shattering consequences, shaking each character and changing their lives irreparably... 

String

String

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

Spoon-Feeders

Spoon-Feeders

Spoon-Feeders follows the daily lives of four actors working for STN News; exploring the interaction between the worlds of information and entertainment. Max, Tibby, Jons and Felicity all have their own dramatic aspirations but Felicity, quashed by the others, has to satisfy herself with office work... 

Paper in My Pants

Paper in My Pants

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

Pale Imitations

Pale Imitations

Ramone comes clean to best mate Carl on his stag night. Revealing his desire to reunite with an ex of 10 years, Indianna, now a lifetime away from the girl he once knew, living a sophisticated, richly cultured life as an African art curator... 

Carnegie – The Star Spangled Scotchman

Carnegie – The Star Spangled Scotchman

The world premiere of a new musical from Ian Hammond Brown, the composer/lyricist of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Pitlochry Festival Theatre hit: Whisky Galore a Musical. Carnegie – The Star Spangled Scotchman tells the story of Andrew Carnegie's life, but not as you'd expect... 

Don't Feed the Cats

Don't Feed the Cats

War profiteering veers into a mess of explosive highways and backroom deals in this blues-rock Greek-style tragedy. Hey, it's a business, not the Bible. Based on the first-hand writings of Phil Nerges, Don’t Feed the Cats features live original music by Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers) and the transformational acting gusto of Brooklyn-based ensemble theater company, Letter of Marque. 

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk

'We are the reckless, we are the wild youth!' In the ruins of an old derelict church, secrets and lies strain friendships to breaking point. During the course of a single night, young lives and loves may be lost or redeemed, but some will be changed forever... 

Caesar in a Lift

Caesar in a Lift

What would you say if you met Caesar in a lift in Sheffield in the 1980s? The miners' strike is ongoing and Caesar doesn’t know himself. Then the lift breaks. A union man and a university professor are among the characters trying to work out what's going on with the lift, their lives and society in general... 

2 Complicated

2 Complicated

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

The Lizards

The Lizards

What happens when a barely functioning boy band get the chance to perform at the Reading Festival? The Lizards is a darkly witty yet poignant look at fame (or lack thereof) in the modern world... 

The Magnetic Diaries

The Magnetic Diaries

Emma Bailey is a modern day Madame Bovary, battling with a stifling middle-class lifestyle, thwarted dreams and untreatable depression. In desperation, she leaves her family behind to embark on a course of brain-altering therapy, documenting her journey through raw, beautiful poetry... 

papercut–

papercut–

'– it's only a game. Play it properly and you will enjoy it.' By turns extraordinary and devastating, critically acclaimed Thrust return with their most urgent show yet, a forensic and unflinching X-ray of human connection... 

Stop!

Stop!

Following their sell-out Fringe run in 2014, Make Theatre CIC return with their brand new, original show, Stop! A lighthearted, observational musical comedy based on overheard real and imagined exchanges between various stereotypical characters you might be lucky enough to share a bus with... 

Rotterz

Rotterz

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

Sisu

Sisu

Meet Sisu – one part salty liquorice, two parts Moomin, three parts snow – from the land of saunas, kiosks and Sibelius. Add a generous splash of vodka, shake and you have a girl with Finnish guts... 

All of Me

All of Me

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

Killer Cells

Killer Cells

An autobiographical play about hope. The story of five recurrent miscarriage sufferers with a twist at the end. Looking at their #optimism and #resilience. Told by a recurrent miscarriage sufferer and performed by emerging and exciting Welsh theatre companies who are working in collaboration... 

It Just Takes One

It Just Takes One

Fans of The Office and The IT Crowd, we’ve found the answer to the gaping sitcom shaped hole in your life: an office where the graduate dream has died. It Just Takes One follows the demise of five colleagues... 

Stop!

Stop!

Following their sell-out Fringe run in 2014, Make Theatre CIC return with their brand new, original show, Stop! A lighthearted, observational musical comedy based on overheard real and imagined exchanges between various stereotypical characters you might be lucky enough to share a bus with... 

The Point

The Point

The Point is a daring and challenging project driven by female artists. Every city has a dark little secret, a shifty place in the shadows where sex, drugs, pervs, pimps and prossies can’t be missed... 

Death and the Human

Death and the Human

Human, a recently deceased teenager, full of life (ironically) and unwilling to move on. Death, a twit. An eternity together in the afterlife. What could possibly go wrong? In this dark comedy, a conversation takes place in an afterlife where nothing is as it seems and the whole of forever is happening at the same time... 

Monkhouse

Monkhouse

Welcome to the world's worst school disco. Monkhouse School Annual Ball goes horribly wrong as an unknown shooter fires two shots into the dark 1960s London night. Six friends take refuge in the school gym and events descend even further. 

A Little History of Religion

A Little History of Religion

On the day that his new book is published, come and hear this controversial and outspoken figure in the church discussing it in conversation with the minister of St Andrew's and St George's Church... 

Stop the Train (The Musical)

Stop the Train (The Musical)

An explosive, brand new musical from platinum selling songwriters Guard and Rice. A feel-good and uplifting dark comedy, wrapped in a twisting love story. A carriage of commuters is challenged by a mysterious passenger to awaken their dreams and ambitions... 

You Tweet My Face Space

You Tweet My Face Space

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

Growth

Growth

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

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

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

The Echo Chamber

The Echo Chamber

Current affairs can be baffling, and we have all been overcome with the need to turn off the news and pretend that horrific acts of terrorism around the world aren’t happening. In this piece of theatre, however, Trimaran Productions succeed in outlining the issue of radicalization to a much younger audience, and making current affairs accessible to all... 

Villain

Villain

In a darkly comic, brutally honest and extremely current piece of new writing, Martin Murphy depicts the life of one woman who is striving to make a difference in the world. This is a one-woman show which starts at the end and works its way back to the beginning, twisting and turning as it portrays the life of a woman who graduates with a degree in fashion and attempts to make a life for herself on the busy streets of London... 

This Earth

This Earth

One soldier’s patriotism, as he battles both for his country and with himself, is pushed to the breaking point in this clever and current piece of new writing. This Earth is about an unnamed war being fought for an unknown cause, and the actors in this piece succeed in portraying both the alienation of war and its direct effect on the individual as the play progresses... 

Missed Connections

Missed Connections

There’s an unspoken rule on the tube: never try to start a conversation. Missed Connections is about three pairs of people who break that rule. Though it occasionally amuses, surprises and impresses, it moves slowly and inefficiently, in unflattering contrast with the play’s set... 

Last Call

Last Call

Angst. Millennial or Generation X — we don’t know, but it’s definitely angst. A teen has run away from her Belgian home because she doesn’t feel connected to life or herself... 

Scorch

Scorch

One of the things I’ve noticed about this year’s Fringe is the number of stellar one-woman shows, and Prime Cut Productions’ Scorch is the best so far. Stacey Gregg’s story of a gender-curious teen’s first love is both intimate and politically charged, bringing to the stage controversial cases of ‘gender fraud’ in all their complexity... 

Für Elise

Für Elise

The female object of Beethoven’s widely known composition for solo piano is unknown, though in this devised production by the York Drama Soc, she is given form and identity as the love interest of an impoverished French mime artist, François... 

Pond Wife

Pond Wife

“So tell me what you want, what you really, really want. I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want. I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna. I really really really really want... 

Ms Fi & the Lost Head Band

Ms Fi & the Lost Head Band

Edinburgh singer/songwriter Fiona J Thom brings the Lost Head Band together for the fourth year in a row to perform her songs influenced by the songwriting traditions of the American Songbook, 60s psychedelia, Richard Thompson and rock'n'roll... 

Frankenstein: A New Play

Frankenstein: A New Play

An expedition to the North Pole. Already in jeopardy. They pick up a man. Unconscious, on a sheet of floating ice. A man that seems eerily familiar. Viktor Frankenstein. A man haunted by his past... 

The Inspectors Call

The Inspectors Call

Exploring the impact of creeping corporatism and excessive accountability. George Smith cares deeply for his school, his local community and the embattled values of comprehensive education... 

Lucky 6

Lucky 6

Lucky 6 were massive in the nineties. A squeaky clean pop group put together on a TV show and adored by pre-teens. Ten years later they’re reuniting for one last gig at the O2 and it’s just like old times – as if the drugs, booze, affairs and photos with Jimmy Savile never happened! Oh and that thing with Josh... 

Cosplay's the Thing

Cosplay's the Thing

It’s two weeks before AniMazing Con and six high school theatre kids are gunning to win the anime convention’s group cosplay contest with a scene from Madsummer! – a modern-day anime Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Puck running amok and the fairy-verse turned upside down... 

Big Angie

Big Angie

Glasgow's big darling brings her distinct brand of magic to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With a montage of trouble, turban and inverted irony, Big Angie is the one to watch. Fresh from her successful live debut at Glasgow Gay Pride on Glasgow Green, to an audience of 10,000, Big Angie storms into the capital bringing her brutal but upbeat guide to the Gallowgate... 

Blush

Blush

Nowadays, stories of celebrity nudes abound, attracting much unwanted media attention and accusations of who’s to blame flying in every direction. Blush imagines what it would be like if that happened to you, or your sister, or if you were in some way responsible – what would you do?Charlotte Josephine’s script follows six unnamed characters all linked in their experiences as victims, perpetrators and bystanders of revenge porn... 

Partial Nudity

Partial Nudity

This might only be Partial Nudity, but it’s a full-on piece from writer/director Emily Layton and actors Kate Franz and Joe Layton. The plot is simple. A Bolton pub is hosting a stag do and a hen party in separate rooms... 

Life by the Throat

Life by the Throat

Life By The Throat tells the life story of James Joseph Patrick Keogh. Written and performed by Eve Steele in a one-person one-act monologue, the play follows Keogh’s life from birth onwards, cataloguing his many failures and few successes... 

Smart

Smart

Smart may seem innovative in putting Facebook and Tinder at the heart of a drama, but this cannot compensate for boring and one-dimensional characters and a tedious plot. Writer and director Duncan Joseph has plenty of good ideas, but almost all of them are poorly executed... 

Emerald Diaries

Emerald Diaries

The Fringe Festival will always be best used as a place for experimentation and experience building, both for performers and for audiences. You may, as a spectator, take a dip in the wild, deep waters of physical theatre or dance and see if they appeal... 

Ruby and the Vinyl

Ruby and the Vinyl

There something quite exciting about the prospect of a new musical running at an hour without a big stage or fancy lighting or even a band and only three performers. This is what is given by Ruby and the Vinyl... 

The D-List

The D-List

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

The Road to Huntsville

The Road to Huntsville

Stephanie Ridings does a lecture on state homicide with drama. Framed on one level as a straightforward research project into Death Row, Ridings can’t help but get involved in another sense... 

In Utero

In Utero

Over scrabble, Jenni and David discuss their excitement about meeting their ‘perfect’ baby; then receive the news that the pregnancy is high-risk. “Is the baby going to be okay?” … “Am I going to be okay?” … “Are we going to be okay?” We watch as their relationship is stretched to its limits, effectively interspersed with recordings of true accounts from people who have tested positive for fetal anomalies... 

Mine

Mine

Mine is perhaps one of the most intense hours at the Fringe. It’s an emotionally devastating one-woman show that takes its protagonist to breaking point and beyond. Maisie Barlow plays a mother whose life is thrown into disarray when her son commits an unspeakable act... 

Denton and Me

Denton and Me

Never underestimate the power or repercussions of a gift. In 2011, writer/performer Sam Rowe was given a copy of Denton Welch’s journals in which he records his lonely existence in rural Kent and his heartbreaking love affair with reckless land-boy Eric Oliver... 

Expensive Shit

Expensive Shit

Theatre audiences are, for the most part, quite comfortable with their self-assigned role of secret voyeurs of the people on stage who go about their lives with no apparent knowledge that they’re being observed... 

Tent

Tent

A man and his unseen companion in a tent. They’re hiking; trudging through the mountains to reach...somewhere. Tent puts on cryptic dressings to let the performer, Yuuya Ishizone, riff on life, its problems and Japanese living... 

The Shot Heard 'Round the World

The Shot Heard 'Round the World

Written, directed and composed by three 20-year-old students, this is a brand new musical exploring the story of a man who effectively changed the course of history. It is loosely based on the life of Gavrilo Princip, the young revolutionary who delivered the fatal blow assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand... 

The Life to Come

The Life to Come

Aberdeen Performing Arts Youth Theatre presents The Life to Come by Timothy Mason. Set in 1918, as the United States of America take their place alongside the rest of the allies in WWI... 

A Series of Unfortunate Breakups

A Series of Unfortunate Breakups

From Mountview London graduate’s company Some Riot Theatre, A Series of Unfortunate Breakups is a rollercoaster of storylines and emotions that impresses and moves in equal measure... 

One Hundred Homes

One Hundred Homes

Yinka Kuitenbrouwer welcomes you into her shed, pours you a cup of tea, gives you a house-shaped biscuit, and the words come out in a torrent. First, just names: the names of all the people in all the hundred homes that she visited for this project... 

A Dog's Tale

A Dog's Tale

This is a tale about dogs: specifically Johnny the young puppy piano player in a shady speakeasy in 1920s New York City. The main plot involves Johnny stealing a precious diamond from the speakeasy owner, Boney Maroney, to woo the dog girl (bitch?) he fancies... 

A Good Clean Heart

A Good Clean Heart

It may be difficult to believe that something as uncommon as bilingual theatre could work. However, A Good Clean Heart from Neontopia proves that you can mix two languages on one stage to great effect... 

The Hours Before We Wake

The Hours Before We Wake

The Hours Before We Wake presents us with a world where you can customise your dreams and upload them to DreamShare when you wake up. Personal interaction is limited to “Have you seen my dream from last night?” and “Classic!”, while robotic voices, pleasant dings and pings and whooshy-door sounds accompany your days... 

The Trial

The Trial

An expansive stage space is dominated by assorted wooden furniture, with some pieces decked out in opulent reds and golds. The contrast between the dilapidated scenery and the luxurious colours in which they are bathed confirms this adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial as maintaining a relevance for rich and poor, young and old... 

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

Five-star performance in a three-star play. In Mrs. Roosevelt Flies to London, Mrs. Roosevelt, well, flies to London. It’s Mid-WWII, post-Blitz England with a city blown to pieces, and Eleanor Roosevelt has come to cheer us all up... 

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... 

The Club

The Club

Before the play starts, you can glean some idea of where this hour is headed from the onstage desk: bottles of wine and vodka, a line of cocaine, a singed teddy bear and a dildo artwork-cum-paperweight all adorn its surface... 

Going Underground

Going Underground

In this thought-provoking, inventive and touching piece of new writing, we hear about the lives of ten individuals, linked only by their mode of transportation. Going Underground, through a series of dramatic techniques, allows us to glance at life below the streets of London, where 4... 

We Are Not Criminals

We Are Not Criminals

If you’re in the mood for chilling, hard-hitting drama, look no further than We Are Not Criminals. This short play from Forty Elephants Theatre Company details the difficult and tense reunion of five women... 

The Life and Times of Lionel

The Life and Times of Lionel

New work is at the heart of the Fringe experience; new work by new companies all the more so. However, much of this new writing can be deeply soul-searching and far too earnest - admirable but a little wearing if done too straight... 

Criminology 303

Criminology 303

One of the wonderful things about the Fringe Festival is that it’s the only time of year that theatre in Scotland truly panders to our increasingly short attention spans. Even the keenest of theatre aficionados struggles with an indulgent, bladder-bursting three hour classic... 

Kill the Beast: He Had Hairy Hands

Kill the Beast: He Had Hairy Hands

Imagine Hot Fuzz meets Hollyoaks meets Hammer Horror. Then add some incredibly camp, fabulously choreographed dance sequences and a host of bizarrely grotesque facial expressions. Now you’re getting close to an approximation of Kill The Beast’s hilariously macabre production of He Had Hairy Hands... 

Irrelevant

Irrelevant

In a sitcom-esque black comedy, three bohemian students lazily speculate about the end of the world, until they begin to suspect that one of them might have taken drastic action against an unscrupulous corporation... 

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget is a play centered on the human cost of World War One directly in its aftermath. Well-scripted by writer/director James Beagon, this is a sensitive and thought-provoking play... 

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... 

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

Ladies in Waiting, written by and starring James Cougar Canfield as the lascivious and misogynistic King Henry VIII, is a steamy, feminist critique of the most notorious of England’s kings... 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

In any romantic relationship, one finds oneself developing an intimate, coded language of in-jokes and pet names, a dialect that reflects a couple’s time together. But imagine if this abbreviated form of communication became, not a choice, but a necessity... 

Dead Wright

Dead Wright

Here is all the chaos of a Fringe-like show turned into a Fringe show: a farce about two plays being performed by one cast while their unreasonable and definitely shady writer/director adds in new scenes and characters willy-nilly... 

Milk

Milk

Three of the ‘seven ages of man’ populate the Traverse stage: a pair of 14-year-olds, Steph and Ash, wrestling for the first time with the ideas of love and sexuality; a couple in their thirties, Nicole and Danny, awaiting the arrival of their first child; and Cyril and May who, at 93 years old, have no electricity, no food, no warmth — only each other... 

Bubble Schmeisis

Bubble Schmeisis

It's hard to imagine a more appropriate venue than the Demonstration Room at Summerhall for Nick Cassenbaum's coming of age tale. Part lecture theatre, part morgue, its spartan walls, patchy concrete floor and echo-chamber acoustics double perfectly for The Schvitz, the Canning Town steam rooms where, after serving the appropriate familial apprenticeship, the young Nick is inducted by the alta kakas (old Jewish men)... 

How (Not) to Live in Suburbia

How (Not) to Live in Suburbia

Annie Siddon’s (almost) one-woman show, How (Not) To Live In Suburbia, is an absolute treat from Siddon's first smile to the audience as she takes the stage, until she exits. Subtle, sincere, riotously funny and endearingly raw, Siddon's provides a faultless account of her struggles with loneliness... 

Messed Up

Messed Up

Geneva Rust-Orta is the miracle child of two beautiful lesbians. She was conceived through artificial insemination, which is weird, because she looks so much like a real person. But, surprise! She’s fake... 

Like Clockwork

Like Clockwork

Grace has a fairy tale life; she has the perfect job and the perfect house in a perfect city. There's just one problem – she's completely in love with her oblivious roommate. When Grace inherits a magical, mischievous clock, her life is turned upside down and she begins to realise exactly what she's been missing... 

Blind Eye

Blind Eye

A powerful and compelling drama set in 1979. An unorthodox time. An unorthodox crime. A shocking, deeply unsettling event is disclosed during a suspect’s apparently racially motivated murder interview by West Yorkshire Police, the ramifications of which are still being felt today... 

Scorched

Scorched

The setting is intimate, and encroaching on the personal space of a frail man, in a battered armchair listening to the television (news of the Gulf War is on – the year is 1991) feels a little intrusive... 

The Surge

The Surge

With the parliamentary Labour party at apparent loggerheads with a huge chunk of its ordinary party members, and a Prime Minister arguably governing without a strong mandate, the growing alienation of the British electorate from their representatives has rarely been in sharper focus... 

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Settling into my seat, I glance at the leaflet which had occupied it moments before. ‘Hartshill Quaker House’, it reads. ‘Meeting of Worship on the occasion of the death of our friend Mr Matthew Chambers’... 

After the Flood

After the Flood

Science fiction is a rare thing to find at the Fringe; even rarer is finding it done well, but the Sundial Theatre company has little to fear with their latest offering, After the flood proves itself to be a wonderfully intelligent, thought provoking and very mature piece of speculative fiction that offers us a look into a dark and frighteningly plausible future... 

Octopus

Octopus

What does it mean to be British? That’s the question that underlies this political, anarchistic play Octopus. Set in a future where Britain has closed its borders and the state now defines quite forcefully what it means to be British, it couldn’t be more topical amongst the post-Brexit mess still hanging over our country... 

Three for Two by Phil Booth

Three for Two by Phil Booth

We all have our price. Or do we? How far would you go and what would you do for the right money? These questions are at the heart of Three for Two by Phil Booth. They are placed in three intriguing contexts that provide insights into the lives of people in very different situations... 

Adler & Gibb

Adler & Gibb

Following its run at the Royal Court in London, Tim Crouch’s play reflects on our modern-day obsession with artists’ lives and how this interferes with and indeed obscures our engagement with their work... 

Help

Help

Think you’ve had quite enough of women in activewear shouting at you for one lifetime? Think again: Help, the comedy self-help seminar from London comedy duo, Bae, is the most fun a girl can have with a kale smoothie and a yoga mat... 

Dark Heart

Dark Heart

Dark Heart is a Shrodinger's Cat of a show, managing to be both hopelessly amateurish and professionally polished at the same time.It’s the story of young girls inner turmoil as she tries to come to terms with the death of her sister, all while in the care of a psychiatric hospital... 

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Sexual Fears of A Modern Day Virgin. Not the snappiest of titles, but they say sex sells. The place is packed with slightly bashful people, all acting casual, but all intrigued by a show billed as an exploration of virginity... 

In Tents and Purposes

In Tents and Purposes

First things first. In Tents and Purposes is, for my money, one of the most intelligently and unashamedly silly shows on at the Fringe right now. The concept is that graduates Libby and Sam encounter a Fortune Teller who prophesies that one will be rich, find the love of her life and pretty much everything will be amazing, while the other will lose everything and die a dramatic death... 

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator. Actually, I don’t, but Stephen does. You can see her there as you enter the auditorium, shackled to one of those old-fashioned cast-iron radiators that makes you wonder whether it was a requirement when he took on the flat... 

Echoes

Echoes

Neil Smith’s latest play begins as a domestic drama, but spirals uncontrollably into a claustrophobic nightmare of violence. Set in a lonely country cottage, Helene is visited by the lover she hasn’t seen in nine years... 

My World has Exploded a Little Bit

My World has Exploded a Little Bit

At the end of this show, our two performers, Bella and Eva, tell us that they are available for hugs if any are needed. At the beginning, they smile, shake your hand and welcome you in... 

Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat

Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat

This play follows James, an agency worker with no experience or real knowledge of autism, as he is thrown into a job at a care home for adults with low-functioning autism. Four of the cast are carers, struggling with varying degrees of sympathy and understanding to battle through each day of care... 

Bad Shakespeare

Bad Shakespeare

Something of a misnomer, Bad Shakespeare does not reflect the quality of the acting or of the performance. Instead, it explores and illustrates different aspects of the playwright’s villains from a number of plays and a variety of angles, showcasing the critical and performative talent of the group from the BFA Acting company at Oklahoma City University, under the direction of D... 

Generation Zero

Generation Zero

The difficult relationship between political and personal affairs are addressed in the devastating drama Generation Zero. Through an interesting balance between dialogue and narration, Becky Owen Fisher’s play tells the story of an unnamed man and woman living happily until her involvement in an environmental activist group puts an unbearable strain on their relationship... 

Greater Belfast

Greater Belfast

The gamut of performers at Fringe brings with it a spectrum of experience; from shiny new student companies, powering forward on naive enthusiasm and off-brand energy drinks, to veteran performers, showcasing an elegance and economy of style granted by years of experience... 

A Royal Flush

A Royal Flush

A Royal Flush is a dark political comedy turned farce, featuring a princess stuck in a portaloo and a ransoming of The Daily Star. The show begins with all the ingredients for success: an excellent premise, five great comic actors, and an astutely current political message... 

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... 

A Remarkable Person

A Remarkable Person

It’s a little bizarre to go and see something which calls itself ‘a touch of genius’ in its description. Not that someone hasn't indeed said that, but it does rather set itself up for a fall... 

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... 

Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

Little remains of Gogol’s original short story, Diary of a Madman, with Al Smith taking much artistic licence in updating it to post-Brexit Britain and turning it into a story of nationalism and traditional values in an increasingly modernised and globalised world... 

Liebe

Liebe

This is my last morning. What does a man do on his last morning? He does what any another man would do. Whether it be his first, his last or a day in-between. He washes. He takes a shower... 

Grimm: An Untold Tale

Grimm: An Untold Tale

For those who don’t know, the Grimm brothers are the authors of the famous book Grimm’s Fairy Tales, a huge source of inspiration for all kinds of modern myths and fables. Though the play’s title holds their name, it is not about the brothers, but instead about the countless women that never get mentioned for their role in helping the brothers collect their fairy tales... 

Spiders by Night: A Double Bill of Exciting New Monologues

Spiders by Night: A Double Bill of Exciting New Monologues

Spiders by Night is one of the more intimate Fringe shows: two monologues about spiders and mental health difficulties. Though sometimes lacking in power, both were extremely well-acted and the unusual writing took me to places I wasn’t expecting to go... 

The Other

The Other

The Other tells the story of a young girl named Mana who escapes from her war-torn home on the Red-Yellow Planet to begin a cruel and poignant coming-of-age journey to the beautiful Blue Planet... 

xx

xx

Connections missed and made are set in motion in this playful, algorithmically-generated piece exploring love and chance from young company Poltergeist Theatre. xx, pronounced ‘kiss kiss’ (as I find out at the box office), is comprised of ‘ten duets and five monologues determined by an algorithm every night’... 

Happy Dave

Happy Dave

Bloody Happy Dave. I can’t lie, it sounds bad on paper: office boy reclaims the glory days as a DJ. He was good, he tells us. His raves were the greatest in England, or they were until the bilious Criminal Justice Act of 1994 that outlawed them... 

Bump

Bump

After reading a page of a favourite book, Clinky's eyes begin to droop. A yawn, a stretch and a scratch of the bum, the land of nod has not yet come. That journey isn't quite complete, something is keeping Clinky from sleep... 

Lost Game

Lost Game

Every day he writes to her from his cell. She never answers. She never will. Raw bodies give voice to the desperate words of this prisoner as the lines between his realities begin to blur and his sanity slips away... 

Cautionary Kate

Cautionary Kate

With an energetic physicality and endearing vulnerability, Katie Sherrard’s hungover mess of a character walks the audience through the familiar state of trying simultaneously to remember that hazy night before and block it out entirely, adding a slightly darker twist... 

Absence of Separation

Absence of Separation

Absence of Separation is a tender and evocative play about the frustrating search for the meaning of life. After an accident, John is fighting for his life and he is transported to a limbo space between life and death where this dream theatre takes place... 

Queen Lear

Queen Lear

Queen Lear is a re-telling of Shakespeare’s Lear story from the perspective of his queen, confined in her chamber while pregnant with his expected male heir. The queen, her serving woman, Ursula, and the physician, Father Lawrence, take turns telling each other and us tales from their pasts as the queen slowly sickens... 

Captured

Captured

Forsaken love. Reunited lovers. Man and woman. The man whose illustrious career kept the woman afloat in a subtle, stifling bondage. She had to get out; she’s jettisoned comfort for a modest career in a poor area... 

Isabel(le)

Isabel(le)

Isabel(le) concerns Isabel Brade, a freewheeling brothel owner with a penchant for dance, and Emma, her great-granddaughter and narrator of the show. Together they’ll teach us about their relationship, their church and why sometimes you have to stick it out despite the condemnation of others... 

The Interference
BOBBY WINNER

The Interference

It is hard to tackle a subject such as campus rape in America and get the tone right. Lynda Radley does just this. She expertly shifts between voices, presenting a detailed and clear cacophony of words that explore every conceivable aspect and opinion in a complicated rape case... 

Shakespeare on Love

Shakespeare on Love

Shakespeare on Love offers a heartwarming performance given by a group of Milwaukee high school students: the brainchild of their two English teachers. To call it a play, as the programme chooses to, is perhaps a misnomer: the show is a variety performance that showcases the students’ Shakespearean scene work and musical aptitude, all under the blanket theme of ‘Love’, which is interpreted broadly and occasionally somewhat indirectly... 

JOAN

JOAN

Too often Joan of Arc is depicted as a very quiet, very pure young woman who keeps her gaze firmly on her feet or to the Heavens: not very fun at all. Here, Joan is a gobby Midlands teen (France is bound to have a Midlands) who strikes up conversation with everyone and happily impersonates men: very fun indeed... 

Your Mother's Vagina

Your Mother's Vagina

Rhombus Ensemble’s Your Mother’s Vagina is a whirlwind of subject matter wrapped up in the lives of its two protagonists: Layla and Sue Anne. In three scenes the play follows their lives in Hollywood as they struggle with sex, pregnancies, miscarriages and a host of other issues relating both to relationships and genitalia... 

The Ones

The Ones

The story of a relationship told entirely out of sequence as a play within a play. If this sounds complicated, that's because it was.The Ones (written and directed by Ilias Panagiotakopoulos for Urbn Theatr) was advertised as ‘a unique and complex story told in a completely new way’ and it certainly delivered on this... 

MOONFACE

MOONFACE

Adulthood. Womanhood. Motherhood. Oh, and the aphrodisiac properties of grass. All are explored with equal parts insight and absurdity in Moonface, a playful piece of new writing by Guttersnipe Theatre Company... 

Shakespeare Syndrome

Shakespeare Syndrome

In Shakespeare Syndrome, brought to Edinburgh by the talented Mermaidsgroup from the University of St. Andrews, some of Shakespeare’s most beloved and complex characters find themselves in psychiatrist Dr... 

Dog! The Musical

Dog! The Musical

What would your dog say if she could talk? Furry angel philosophers Trinny and Kato share their insights on the travails and foibles of the (not always wonderful) humans they love, through the media of words, song, music, movement and fur... 

Lightless

Lightless

When a child's choice is to be a suicide bomber or an invader's informant, his Afghan mother sends him away to save him. A child is a product to a smuggler, a migrant to a border guard, a refugee to an aid worker, and, with luck, an asylum seeker to a government... 

Balsamic Vignettes

Balsamic Vignettes

Shite takes you on a romp through the trials and tribulations of the modern-day workplace. 24 hours in the droll of a conference room: the cleaner sneaks in a cheeky cigarette, the board arrives for their meeting, the lovers meet for their midnight affair... 

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's wisdom-packed novella is brought to Edinburgh by the Waldorf Wayfarers – 18 multi-faceted performers, both students and teachers, from Waldorf or Steiner schools in Australia and Taiwan... 

Red Letter

Red Letter

The Red Letter gang are newly formed and trying to take over the West End. Branding people with the letter C wherever they go, they will stop at nothing to rise to the top. The women in the gang are frustrated and angry with the men who always seem to know what is best... 

Van Helsing's Music Box

Van Helsing's Music Box

Join Dracula’s arch-nemesis Professor Van Helsing in a gothic camp vamp romp of biting satire punctuated with sucky songs. Gorge yourself on a performance full of garlic infused japes as we journey across the globe watching Abraham Van Helsing’s life crumble... 

Madeline and Joe

Madeline and Joe

Madeline and Joe want to have a baby. But it’s not so easy. Three, then six months go by and no pregnancy. Expensive and risky, with a 40 percent chance of success, their IVF journey begins... 

The Allergic Audience

The Allergic Audience

By Joan Greening (ITV's The Cabbage Patch) from five-star-rated adrunkensailor.com. Two wacky women attempt to run a Fringe venue with hilarious results. With Julia Munrow ('Fantastic performance' in Rossetti's Women, BroadwayBaby... 

Elevated

Elevated

Sam, Catherine and David get into the elevator together to leave work, each in a world of their own. When the doors open though, there is simply nothing there. Nothing at all. And they cannot get out... 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Readings from seven new plays. Get in at ground level with the most exciting playwrights of the future, from Canada, USA, England and Scotland. Extracts from the plays are performed as script-in-hand readings by professional actors... 

A Double Bill of New Writing

A Double Bill of New Writing

Dark comedy and dynamic verbatim theatre. Two relationships. Two stories. RIP: An accidental murder leaves two young women stuck with the body. Caged: A daughter tells you the story of her father in prison. 

Scarlet Letters

Scarlet Letters

On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, appeared the letter A. But what about the rest of the alphabet? A modern-day, one-woman Scarlet Letter with songs. A world premiere play by Patrick Ross... 

Epic Love and Pop Songs

Epic Love and Pop Songs

This is a pretty great show. It’s about two teenagers, Doll and Ted (Norah Lopez Holden and George Caple respectively), who both have a lot going on in the background of their lives – barely any of it good – but who spend an hour, essentially, telling us the story of their friendship... 

Circleville, Circlevalley

Circleville, Circlevalley

The beauty of a new play, from a new company, is that expectations are at rock bottom. Well, with Circleville, Circlevalley, expectations soon shoot sky high.A drama therapy class led by Ellen (portrayed compassionately by Rebecca Hamilton) encourages its attendants to imagine their own world... 

Torch

Torch

A solo piece of feminist writing from theatre company Flipping the Bird, Torch looked right up my street. Starting in a club on a post-break-up night out, it’s a confessional stream of consciousness monologue detailing the romantic history of a woman, ‘F’, as she approaches thirty and the pressures that come with it... 

Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)

Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)

Racial identity, puberty, sexuality and childhood trauma may not seem like the ideal topics for a one man camp cabaret, but here in Edinburgh anything is possible. These delicate issues often go undiscussed so perhaps a better way to open up the conversation is to throw a little sparkle on it... 

Squirm

Squirm

The toilet, which dominates the floor space of this production, is essential to the performance of Squirm. Rory vomits into it seven times, initially as the consequence of a night of overindulgence, and later as a physical expression of trying to rid himself of stomach-churning guilt... 

Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

In a melancholic solo show about growing up and facing the inevitable realisation that there is no Narnia, only the real world, we accompany Lucy Grace on an exploration of the ‘real’ Lucy Pevensie: CS Lewis’s goddaughter, Lucy Barfield... 

House and Amongst the Reeds

House and Amongst the Reeds

London-based Clean Break fit two plays into one show: House, a tight family drama set in a British-Nigerian household, and Amongst the Reeds, a nondescript tale of homelessness, friendship and pregnancy... 

They Built It. No One Came.

They Built It. No One Came.

This is the story of two men who were very, very good at failing. From this true story, Fledging Theatre have created a rather enjoyable show. Hunkered down in a bunker with a relatively bare set, this production—mainly three actors, an on-stage actor/musician, and some technical aid—explores the lives of two hapless men who set up a peaceful commune in a world that doesn’t really care... 

Femmetamorphosis

Femmetamorphosis

Femmetamorphosis is an easy going play that explores the relationships of five very different characters as they help one of their own through a nasty break up. Its simplicity is charming and makes for an enjoyable feel good performance... 

Our Man

Our Man

Anybody who finds themselves rooting for a couple in a film or show will love the responsibility handed out by Ae-Ja Kim in Our Man. Brought to Edinburgh as a domestic trial, two wives battle it out for their husband's affection: desperate not to offend (and too fickle to choose), the husband invites the audience to cast their judgement and decide on a woman in the space of seventy-five minutes... 

MacBain

MacBain

At first glance, there are other plays by Shakespeare that would offer more fruitful parallels with the Kurt Cobain story than Macbeth. Not least Hamlet, with whom, if Charles R. Cross’s biography is to be believed, the Nirvana frontman had a particular preoccupation toward the end of his life... 

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... 

Crazed

Crazed

Anyone looking for important and assured new writing would be well-advised to give Ecce Theatre’s Crazed a look. Opening as a well-observed comedy on student living, the play becomes a hard-hitting and nuanced exploration of consent... 

Medea Dream

Medea Dream

What if you could see into the future for a thousand years? Would that be long enough? A battle for the future, a battle for a child, a battle for a dream. ‘I would cut through stone for you... 

Rose

Rose

Following their 'simply superb' (AllEdinburghTheatre.com) debut last year, Scotland's Scratch The Surface are back with their latest production about tsunami orphan Rose who refuses to be beaten by PTSD... 

Safe Places and How to Ruin Them

Safe Places and How to Ruin Them

Follow Terry's unsupportive support group as they cope with bizarre addictions: monologuing, interpretive dance, wordplay, the internet, puns and more! The Idle Playthings return to the Fringe with a bright, hilarious sketch show of new writing after the success of their 2014 debut show Ctrl-Alt-Sketch. 

Frenemies

Frenemies

A show about those people you love to hate. That bitch co-worker? That arsehole flatmate? That annoying prick you can't even remember becoming friends with? They are all in there. Six short plays from international writers presented in one hour, there is something for everyone in this comedy about the drama... 

The Low Down Dusty Blues

The Low Down Dusty Blues

The American Dust Bowl of the 1930s was not the only force of nature that ripped families apart. Set in Okemah, Oklahoma, birth place of Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl blues, The Low Down Dusty Blues looks at how a typical American family disintegrated from the inside and the fallout afterward. 

Love: Songs and Poems

Love: Songs and Poems

Words from the heart by award-winning poet, David Lee Morgan (London, UK, and BBC slam poetry champion). He has featured at poetry festivals and events all over the UK, Ireland and the USA including StAnza (St... 

Cats and Dogs Give the Best Advice

Cats and Dogs Give the Best Advice

This is a kids show for adults featuring puppets, awkward art attacks and one too many cats. Join a Narrator who desperately wants to keep everything perfect and just as it was as she learns about life and moving forward... 

People of the Eye

People of the Eye

'Of course, you shouldn’t use sign language'. Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together... 

Touch Therapy

Touch Therapy

Lotta and Erik should be happily married but there's one problem – the sex. Based on the true story of a lesbian's experiences, Touch Therapy asks what goes wrong when you try to make everything just right. 

GMO: Genetically Modified Organism

GMO: Genetically Modified Organism

In 2012, geneticist Joseph Fowler illegally used the gene editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 to save the life of his unborn daughter, Amelia. For this, he was sentenced to life in prison whilst Amelia was raised by her uncle... 

Broken

Broken

Boy meeteth girl. Boy loseth girl. Boy bareth soul. Set in London and centred on the end of a relationship, Broken fuses Shakespeare with modern dialogue and is an expressionistic satire on the highs and lows of falling in, and inevitably out, of love. 

2044

2044

One of Edinburgh’s Fringe’s many newly written dramas, Ciaran Drysder’s 2044 is a surprisingly gripping performance by the still budding North East Theatre Company. Highly topical with the UK’s current political situation, the play builds on the possibly of a future where Scotland does eventually achieve independence, following the story of three English refugees now stranded in Scotland after most of England has been immersed under water... 

Small Hours

Small Hours

The description of this touching piece of work as advertised in the Fringe guide does not do it justice. On the surface, it seems as if it focuses on the interactions of two people, a subtle and insightful portrayal of what friendship is... 

Madwomen in the Attic

Madwomen in the Attic

The Madwoman in the Attic is a famous piece of feminist literary criticism that dissects the feminine ideal and its opposite, as exemplified by the relationship between Jane Eyre’s heroine and Bertha Rochester, the wife of Jane’s love, locked in the attic of their home... 

Our Writer

Our Writer

There is a theory in literary circles that, at some point in the writing process, the characters will take on a life of their own and as such, will dictate their journey to the writer... 

Life According to Saki

Life According to Saki

Whether you’ve never heard of Saki before or consider yourself a die hard fan, this production is sure to please. Saki (Hector Hugo Munro) was an Edwardian short story writer and satirist in a similar vain to Max Beerbohm or Jerome K... 

The Gorgon Girl

The Gorgon Girl

Lip Theatre Company’s offering at the Fringe this year presents an interesting take on the classic Greek myth of Medusa: one that is unfortunately plagued with tonal shifts and an unfocused vision that hinders the performance... 

What the Funk?

What the Funk?

Do you know your Green Onions from your Uptown Funk? We got the funk and it’s all here, played by Scotland’s finest eight-piece live band, Lights Out by Nine. The story of funk evolves from the roots of Hammond organ, through bass and brass, to timeless club favourites from across the decades... 

Lifted

Lifted

Lifted is a play about Scotland, identity, immigration, police violence, racism and mermaids. Basically, it's bang on trend. 'The funniest, freshest, rawest and most alive and kicking hour I've spent at the Fringe this year' (Liz Lochhead)... 

One, Two, Three, Yippee

One, Two, Three, Yippee

Welcome to Woodburn. Biggest shithole in Midlothian. One, Two, Three, Yippee is a captivating Scottish drama about three siblings who are desperate to escape the soulless, suffocating mentality of a dwindling town... 

Strangers: A Magic Play

Strangers: A Magic Play

In the same way that a musical blends theatre with music, Strangers: A Magic Play blends theatre with magic. A mind reader who is told other people’s thoughts by a voice in his head... 

Allison After a Fire

Allison After a Fire

In the wake of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, Allison struggles to come to terms with losing everything. A challenging new drama about remembering, forgetting and the forest. 

Made in Cumbria

Made in Cumbria

Jane Postlethwaite brings her debut solo show, Made in Cumbria, to the Edinburgh Fringe, where she will introduce you to a selection of dark female characters who will welcome you into their unique world... 

Have I Mentioned the Sidekick?

Have I Mentioned the Sidekick?

In a world of increasing crime, someone has to fight back against villainy, someone with abilities beyond comprehension: fire breathing, super strength, or the power to produce potent farts... 

5 Out of 10 Men...

5 Out of 10 Men...

On average, 12 men take their own life every single day. Rooted in true experience and inspired by a verbatim text, 5 Out of 10 Men invites men to be open – to journey unabashedly into themselves... 

Tyrannosaurus Sketch

Tyrannosaurus Sketch

The country’s only student-run theatre presents an hour of sketch comedy in the form of Tyrannosaurus Sketch! Featuring six actors fueled mostly by coffee and the desperate need to procrastinate their degree, and writers with comedy ambitions bigger than Kim Jong Un's nuclear missile programme... 

The Rugby Tour

The Rugby Tour

Follow the ridiculous antics of social rugby club, Old Fatonians, where foolishness, stupidity and brutal male banter are order of the day. Struggling to field just one team on a Saturday, they find that every year on their beloved rugby tour they cannot raise a team at all... 

The Trial

The Trial

Josef K wakes up one morning, hungry and disconcerted, only to find himself arrested. He is not told why, nor by whom. He does not get to eat his breakfast. And so begins The Trial... 

Spill Your Guts Here

Spill Your Guts Here

How does breaking up work in the digital age? Are we really that OK? A comic examination of one woman’s race to the bottom both on and offline and the gap between the two. 

Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar

Put a person in a stressful situation, maybe, for instance, as a child. Let them lie to everyone around them, let them cling to that lie to keep people from getting inside their head, let them use that lie as protection... 

The ME

The ME

A dark comedy about a woman who will do anything to stay young who meets a scientist who carries the perfect solution in her pocket. Four uncanny characters collide with a world in which old age equals irrelevance... 

Sylum

Sylum

A congregation of strangers, brought together by the need to give body, voice and space to their other selves – to explore the lives unlived and words left unspoken. ‘When I dance with you – and I will dance with you – you will forget yourself... 

The Leeds Tealights: Tension

The Leeds Tealights: Tension

Winners of the 2015 Derek award for Best Sketch Show, the Tealights return with Tension. Combining unpredictability, absurdity and unparalleled timing for a dazzling hour of sketch comedy... 

Fish and Chips with Edith

Fish and Chips with Edith

Behind every icon is a dysfunctional family, cut-throat PR and an angry Rabbi. This brutally honest comedy blends theatre, film and music to show the world of the true Edith Mallone... 

Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out

Ever wondered what takes a girl so long to get ready on a night out? This girl will tell you! Written and performed by Eme Essien, this hilarious new one-woman show invites viewers into every girl's intimate space... 

Delay Detach

Delay Detach

‘I was looking in the mirror and thinking, who the hell is that?’ Caitlin and Sophie have always been best friends, so Sophie has always looked after Caitlin. Over 70 years, confronting her guilt and the effect of her borderline personality disorder, Caitlin attempts to prove she is the better friend... 

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers... 

Deep-Fried Language

Deep-Fried Language

A good crack at absurdist sketch comedy, this piece from Australian company 7blue is good fun and at times bitingly clever, the puns and witticisms are nineteen to the dozen, but falls flat at several key moments... 

Immaculate

Immaculate

Arriving fresh-faced from Dorset, young sixth-form group Harpoon present their take on Oliver Lansley’s hilarious play Immaculate. It’s a script rich with comic potential which the performance doesn’t always live up to... 

Five Go Off on One!

Five Go Off on One!

Who is that strange Frenchman signalling from the island? What's in Aunt Fanny's famous fish pie? Has anyone actually seen Timmy? The Famous Five are back! Shedload presents Robert Eyers' milk-squirtingly hilarious spin on a childhood favourite! With thick-knit short shorts all round, and an irresponsible amount of hammy-hampered picnics, this promises to be ‘…a surrealist, satirical, silly marsh of comedy genius’ ***** (Varsity)... 

Just A Quick One

Just A Quick One

Brought to you by Northumbria Drama Society, Just a Quick One by Hannah Sowerby, is a mockumentary-style comedy that follows a day at Blackpool's most controversial cafe: coffee shop by day, male brothel by night... 

The Voice of Ray

The Voice of Ray

Ray’s dead. But people keep impersonating his voice. This irritates spirit-Ray. He can’t rest in peace. Watch a mundane ghost-man go on a crazylicious adventure to silence his vocal legacy... 

Villain

Villain

Tired of her highly paid sales job, Rachel makes a move into social work only to find herself involved in a controversial case bringing her into the media's unforgiving gaze. Villain tells the story of a woman who wants to make a difference... 

Bully Boy

Bully Boy

Major Oscar Hadley is flown to the Middle East front line to probe allegations of severe misconduct within a self-styled Bully Boy unit of the British army. When young squaddie Eddie Clark from Burnley is interrogated, Oscar begins to discover that "truth" in a modern insurgency can be a point of view rather than a fact... 

St Andrews Revue Presents: Loop

St Andrews Revue Presents: Loop

The St Andrews Revue are back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their brand new sketch comedy spectacular Loop: 50 minutes of mind-blowing comedy that will make you laugh so hard you'll swear it's deja vu... 

Empty Beds

Empty Beds

Nobody should spend their birthday alone... right? The Wyld sisters – Catherine, Emily and Jo – tend to avoid one another. Today, they're trapped on a train 250 miles from home, en route to visit their brother Michael on his birthday... 

Adventure Quest

Adventure Quest

Adventure Quest is a dark comedy modelled on the style of old-school Sierra On-Line computer adventure games. A hero is tasked with rescuing the mayor’s daughter from an evil wizard but soon begins questioning the very nature of the quest itself... 

The Princes’ Quest

The Princes’ Quest

The classic musical fairy tale, or is it? A chance encounter makes Earnest reflect on how his fairy tale life began. Everyone is caught between reality and fantasy. The two princes are looking for love and the princess needs freeing from her metaphorical tower... 

The Tinder Game

The Tinder Game

A comical and haunting play about a young generation’s morality and its desperate search for connection. Enigmatic twentysomething Liz joins the world of Tinder to play a game of obsession, lust and betrayal in the hope of winning love... 

Rapture!

Rapture!

When an error cuts her public benefits, Sarah banks on secular sensibility and starts her own post-rapture pet sitting service. But if this jaded hipster could be wrong about love, maybe the end of days isn’t far off? 

Paperclips and Ammunition

Paperclips and Ammunition

William, having just been fired from his position as the world’s worst drama teacher, thinks he might join the navy; a headmaster reflects on his "illustrious" past, while Tim is just trying to get through his career interview with as few misquotations as possible... 

Tom and Will's Open Swim

Tom and Will's Open Swim

Welcome to the biggest swim race on the planet – The Super Pool Mega Cup X. Compete for Glory. Swim or Die. In 3D Technicolor. A multi-character comedy starring Will Hartley (Clever Peter) and Tom Greaves (Offline Dating). 

Waves

Waves

The story of young Aussie Elizabeth Moncello, the unofficial inventor of the famous butterfly stroke. Elizabeth has a watertight reason for learning to swim and a school of fish, penguins and other amphibian friends to teach her how... 

Skin of the Teeth

Skin of the Teeth

Thriller meets fairy tale. Nineteen-year-old Nicholas finds a fistful of teeth and is propelled into a perilous world of manipulation, ritual and dangerous men. 'Startlingly innovative' (Fest) Fat Content return to the Fringe with award-winning poet and playwright Anna Beecher's searing retelling of The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn to Shudder... 

Cold/Warm

Cold/Warm

A man and his microwave live on the top floor of a forgotten block of council flats. He writes letters of complaint. The city below him was once his own, now it belongs to someone else entirely... 

The Humble Heart of Komrade Krumm

The Humble Heart of Komrade Krumm

The invigorating and inventive Babolin are winners of the 2015 Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award. ‘The talent of this incredible ensemble is quite stunning’ (FringeReview... 

Party Trap

Party Trap

A television journalist and a politician clash live on-air. What begins as a traditional television interview slowly unfolds into a waking nightmare. A trap has been set: which side will walk into it? Standby for Tape Back-Up and BBC Radio 4 star Ross Sutherland's debut play is a darkly comic glimpse into Britain's future... 

Charolais

Charolais

The woman who invented the most efficient method of slaughtering an animal was a vegetarian, we are told as the lights come up on Charolais. A shard of similar seething irony runs through the entire play – a witty, electric one-woman show written and performed by Noni Stapleton with uproarious effect... 

Theatre Uncut

Theatre Uncut

Theatre Uncut commissions playwrights to respond to current events, then make the resulting plays available online so that anyone can perform them. The result is a vast number of international performances, and the production at Summerhall brings six of the most successful together... 

The Cupboard

The Cupboard

Turn the Key’s Gothic delight, The Cupboard is outstandingly professional. Rat 333 (Juliet Chant-Tuft) arrives at the Cupboard and meets Sal the Sack (Sydney Burges) and Sweeps (Alex Edge) who seem friendly but there’s more to their strange, dark world than meets the eye... 

The Misfit Analysis

The Misfit Analysis

Theatre is, for the most part, about telling stories with the aids of actors, scenery and props; in contrast, stand-up comedy is usually about a single person sharing their perspective of the world – or at least giving us a heightened version of that perspective... 

Free for All

Free for All

Free For All is a very clever verse play with a strong political slant, exploring the ideas of choice and social responsibility. It is set in Water's Edge Academy – an elite, free school, which is set up with corporate sponsorship rather than government funding... 

The Edinburgh Concerts

The Edinburgh Concerts

The Edinburgh Concerts was, believe it or not, a concert series organised in Edinburgh. NEXT UK are a group who move around the UK “showcasing and promoting the best in new musical theatre writers and performers”, and in their 50 minute performance we were treated to several different performers in different combinations, performing approximately 10 new songs written by up and coming writers... 

The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2015: Love Handles

The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2015: Love Handles

I’m not entirely sure where the title of the show came from, as love handles are never mentioned or a part of any of the sketches that The Cambridge Footlights perform but, frankly, it doesn’t matter... 

Let England Shake

Let England Shake

Let England Shake is a dark and funny performance full of good ideas and performed by a great all-female ensemble. However, the show needs some more thought to make the separate stories sit together as a coherent whole... 

Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone

Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone

Four people are onstage at the start of this play: Sean Campion and Scott Turnbull, the actors playing a mother/daughter pair, and a real-life mother/daughter pair. Watching the conversation taking place in front of them, their physical similarity is striking... 

Touch

Touch

Touch is the new one-woman play from Asylon Theatre exploring the difficulties of genuine human connection. Set in the suicide ward of a psychiatric hospital, a female patient talks to a group about her craving for physical and emotional contact... 

The Sea Child

The Sea Child

The Sea Child, adapted by Carolyn Sloan from her novel of the same name, is a tender and evocative play. It tells the story of Jessie, a young girl who lives alone with her father in The Sands, a place where houses (according to legend) disappeared under the sea thirty years ago... 

The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician

The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician

2014 Caine Prize shortlisted author Tendai Huchu reads from his new novel and reveals how the heritage, traditions and vibrancy of African storytelling continue to inspire and influence his writing... 

Uttoradhikaar (The Inheritance)

Uttoradhikaar (The Inheritance)

Uttoradhikaar (The Inheritance) is the story of a time of change that revolves around the DeCunha family estate and the disintegration of its once glorious past. 1958, Goa. Margarita DeCunha, Portuguese by descent and Goan by birth, struggles to save the estate amidst political turbulence as India and Portugal wrangle over Goa’s ownership... 

For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country. That’s why Jamie Robson joins the British Army at the age of twenty-one. Actually, for the Queen and his brother. Though not his life plan, when the decision is made he pursues it wholeheartedly... 

Bench

Bench

Corner Talk theatre really manage to capture the chaos of life with their devised piece of compiled short scenes all centred round the single piece of set: a bench. The cornucopia of existence on display includes a student addicted to Bonjela, an arguing couple, drunk friends playing would-you-rather, and a man in a park whose wife can’t have children... 

Underneath

Underneath

From award-winning and internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company Fishamble: The New Play Company, comes this extravagant one-man show. In Underneath, an ash-covered figure talks to the audience from beyond the grave, reliving their experiences and recounting them to us in a mixture of haunting and often comical ways... 

Confirmation

Confirmation

At a certain point in Confirmation’s 85 minutes of perspective-smudging, you just want to get up and scream – so inescapably does Chris Thorpe’s script put you face-to-face with an articulate, holocaust-denying white supremacist... 

Five Drinks

Five Drinks

It might be a good idea to take five drinks into the auditorium, to see you through a play that has moments of wit and humour but contains nothing profound. Five Drinks is another script that will end up on the pile of mediocre coming-out, gay dating plays that are little more than possibly pleasant diversions... 

Rossetti's Women

Rossetti's Women

His name might feature prominently in the title, but prolific Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti takes a back seat in this new production written by award-winning playwright Joan Greening (author of ITV’s Cabbage Patch and Trouble and Strife)... 

Iphigenia In Splott

Iphigenia In Splott

The link between Greek myth and a deprived district of Cardiff is not an obvious one, and Iphigenia in Splott raises this intriguing question tantalisingly. Sherman Cymru’s production presents the answer deftly, and while the eventual reveal is fairly blunt, it does not diminish too much what has come before... 

Fran Macilvey at the Fringe

Fran Macilvey at the Fringe

Fran Macilvey is a bestselling author. For one evening only, she will be reading excerpts from her book, Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy and answering questions about her life with disability and her experiences as an author. 

Building God

Building God

David Lee Morgan's Building God is a poetry performance that discusses, deals with, judges and examines past state revolutions and the present state of affairs. Set to music created by CloudFistConceptz, Morgan tells us that his show lasts 42 minutes, although he spends a little time giving us some background on his work and organising his set... 

What a Load of Skit

What a Load of Skit

It's clear that the sketch trio made of Oli Gilford, Edd Cornforth and Jake Shoolheifer have good comic potential, and bounce nicely off each other. What a Load of Skit takes this potential and runs with it, but stumbles along the way with some sketches which aren't padded out with quite enough jokes to really stand out from the crowd... 

Loch Ness Monster Hunter

Loch Ness Monster Hunter

From the creators of Vampire Hospital Waiting Room and GhostCop comes another cult pop culture theatre comedy show that once again gets its audience in hysterics. Back of the Attic have developed quite a following at the fringe - they’re almost the Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright combo of the Edinburgh festival - and this is the third part of their own cornetto trilogy... 

Where Do Little Birds Go?

Where Do Little Birds Go?

Where Do Little Birds Go? follows the story of Lucy Fuller in the heat of London’s swinging sixties, where she has hopes of landing her dream job as a West End star (or a barmaid, her second choice)... 

The Kindness of Enemies

The Kindness of Enemies

Author Leila Aboulela, the first winner of the Caine Prize in 2000, reads from her new novel and reveals how the heritage, traditions and vibrancy of African storytelling continue to inspire and influence her writing... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

Half Scottish, half Italian, and all heart, Lorenzo Novani’s solo show is well worth getting out of bed early for. Set in the stock room of his father’s fish and chip shop, he tells his own story: juggling two identities on top of family heartbreak and a failing business... 

Academy of Risk

Academy of Risk

Academy of Risk explores the tremendous pressure placed on students through their own eyes. This ensemble piece - performed by a young, talented cast of fifteen - looks at the most high-pressure academic scenarios and how they are dealt with... 

Lydia Trueblood: The Black Widow of the Atlantic Coast

Lydia Trueblood: The Black Widow of the Atlantic Coast

Traveling Showcase from California bring their musical cabaret to the Fringe for the first time as Lydia Trueblood The Black Widow of the Atlantic Coast takes centre stage at the tiny Studio within The Space Triplex... 

By the Bi

By the Bi

By the Bi is a show that offers to tackle the heady subject matter - of the difficulties of being bisexual - head on. Through a range of performance techniques, from physical theatre, to contemporary dance to spoken word, the premise is to use a series of vignettes to explore the central theme... 

If Only Diana Were Queer

If Only Diana Were Queer

Three drag queens in a dressing room talk us through their life stories, from coming out to discovering drag. There's sass, contouring and dirty puns all round. They're getting ready for that evening's show in Manchester's buzzing gay district... 

war war brand war

war war brand war

Brand New and Pembroke Players’ joint production of Thom May’s war war brand war is wonderfully witty and compelling. The actors make the intimate space of Paradise in the Vault come alive with their depiction of a dystopian not-so-distant future in which war is about buzzwords instead of bullets... 

I'm Not Here Right Now

I'm Not Here Right Now

How do we choose what we believe? Do we believe what we see with our eyes? Or do we believe what others find believable? What happens when these two things contradict one another? This is the intriguing dilemma at the heart of Thomas Eccleshare’s new play, about a scientist’s reflections on a strange encounter on a snowy, wind-swept night, the only explanation of which tests the limits of her credibility and sanity... 

The Daily Tribunal

The Daily Tribunal

Within five minutes of entering the space, The Daily Tribunal cast have sat me down in the front row and appropriated my pen for the purpose of the show – an examination of the media (how it works generally and specifically how it corrupts)... 

Savage

Savage

Aimee has an ironically funny line in Savage when she refers to John as “a boring old queen”. It’s not part of the comedy in the script, but it’s amusing insofar as Gary Gordon (who plays John) creates the only character who is not boring... 

A Matter of Life and Debt

A Matter of Life and Debt

From the very moment you walk into the space, the aesthetic style of the piece is made abundantly clear. A freeze-framed abstract image is the first thing you see, with lead character Victoria Hendrix (Nina Cavaliero) segregated from the rest of her peers - a group of surreal looking characters all in green and one even wielding an owl puppet... 

Plain English

Plain English

There is no shortage of solo shows about valiant teachers. Among the best are Nilaja Sun’s No Child, Dave Marquis’ I Am a Teacher and Mark Grist’s Rogue Teacher. Most follow the same basic story arc: Young, naïve but plucky educator dives into his or her first job in a classroom of unruly youths... 

Heartlands

Heartlands

A new play by Dave Fargholi, Heartlands is a taut tangle of ethics and emotion for the modern age. Old friends Charlie (Joe Johnson) and Mari (Clare Ross) have gone their separate ways in life, until a single tweet sees a collision of their worlds... 

The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster

The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster

The events reflected in Dawn State Theatre Company’s The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster happened in 1612, roughly 80 years before the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts... 

Indie as F*ck

Indie as F*ck

It’s Cold Light's last gig. They've had a long four years together but time has come for them to go their separate ways and give up the dream of the rock star life they never really had... 

PiTH

PiTH

This interactive one woman show follows a plucky American adventurer from the 1800’s as she navigates the joys and consequences of time travel. A woman apart, a ghost skimming across the fabric of time, she finds herself in complete isolation unable to interact with anyone around her... 

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... 

Frame Narrative

Frame Narrative

The discovery of a room full of abandoned paintings reveals remarkable stories that have long been forgotten. This young theatre company merges comedy acting, physical theatre and an original score to create this vibrant and fast-paced play... 

Giving Up the Ghost

Giving Up the Ghost

Carrie Clairvoyant has never succeeded in raising a genuine spirit until dead rock star Dean takes up residence in her house, leaving Carrie with no option but to call her estranged exorcist sister, Mary... 

This Language

This Language

Once there was Pangaea, now we have a broken world. But this is the language of unity. Theatre meets spoken word... Over the past 60 years, there has been a ground-breaking increase in cultural diversity throughout Britain, resulting in the urge to achieve equality through cultural preservation...