Make Tea, Not War

Make Tea, Not War

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

ScotlandsFest 2018

ScotlandsFest 2018

What was it like to paint Muriel Spark’s portrait? What is the connection between computer code, myth and magic? How do we grow a better Scotland? Does politics matter? All this and more at ScotlandsFest sessions with writers, artists and thinkers, where you are also invited to have your say... 

Enough

Enough

Can the liberation of one award-winning self-harming poet-dietitian be connected to all liberation? A powerful look at one woman's story of living through a traumatised body in the brutal delusion of neoliberalism... 

Raise the Roof

Raise the Roof

Returning after last year's critically acclaimed debut, a hard-hitting look at food, body respect and professional complicity in a post-truth world. Linking body shame, Grenfell and the Black Lives Matter movement with lyrical abandon and astute acuity, this is a mesmerising and unashamedly queer exploration of the ways we connect with ourselves and each other... 

A World Beyond Man

A World Beyond Man

A badly planned polar expedition in 1912 led to the Russian ship The Saint Anna to be locked into the ice of the Kara Sea. After almost two years trapped in the ice, navigator Valerian Albanov and 13 men decided to trek 235 miles across the ice floes in the hope of being rescued... 

One More Cup of Coffee, and Then We'll Save the World

One More Cup of Coffee, and Then We'll Save the World

Fresh from his tour of Australia earlier this year, comedy singer-songwriter Majk Stokes presents a new collection of witty and whimsical songs and poems covering two of his biggest passions, the environment and coffee, and everything in-between... 

3 Cheers for Maisy!

3 Cheers for Maisy!

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

Conchies!

Conchies!

Hundreds of thousands marched for peace but when war came, only a few dared to be different. Conchies tells the story of WWII conscientious objectors who refused to fight. Instead they strove to create a community where they could put into practice their beliefs in co-operation and nonviolence while the rest of humanity was smashing itself to bits... 

Tibetan Monks Sacred Dance

Tibetan Monks Sacred Dance

Tibetan Monks Sacred Dance is a special experience, not quite a religious rite and not quite a performance show as five Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lunpo Monastery in South India exiled from Tibet give a taster of their ceremonies, prayer, chanting and sacred dance... 

You Are Cordially Invited...

You Are Cordially Invited...

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

Of Rags and Bones

Of Rags and Bones

Inspired by the short stories of Anais Nin, NYT present new fables of modern love and ritual. On the night bus, on the last train, amongst the detritus of deserted pubs and clubs and in the secret corners of the city, pickpocket poets steal the stories of the lost... 

Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users – Level 2

Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users – Level 2

Are you fork-friendly? Do you have spoon-sense? Can you safely operate a butter knife? If you own or use cutlery or know someone who does then this deadly serious presentation is for you... 

The Sorries

The Sorries

Celebrating 10 successful years at the Fringe and a host of sold-out shows, the kilted duo return with more selections from the much-loved Scottish songbook. Inspired by a love of The Corries, Douglas Kay and Martin Philip sing, play and banter their way through an entertaining hour of traditional Scottish and comic songs... 

A Scarlet Letter

A Scarlet Letter

Hester Prynne on the entrenched injustice confronting women: 'the whole system of society [must be] torn down and built up anew.' How prescient The Scarlet Letter seems today. In spirit, Hester finds kindred with #MeToo and #timesup... 

Tibetan Monks Hands-on Workshop

Tibetan Monks Hands-on Workshop

Meet the Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo who are making a Peace Mandala in the Tantric tradition. They will introduce you to the unique traditions of Buddhist monastic art, including mandala making, printing prayer flags and the art of butter sculpture... 

Holy Moses!

Holy Moses!

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

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

In view of the recent violence in Charlottesville, KKK sympathisers in the White House and, even on our end of the pond, much of the sentiment behind Brexit, a discussion of the inherent racism in our world could not be more pertinent... 

Make Tea, Not War

Make Tea, Not War

To tie in with the release of his new CD, comedy singer-songwriter Majk Stokes presents a new selection of silly songs and poems, along with a few old favourites, on topics including peace, the environment, caffeinated beverages and becoming an uncle... 

The Emily Triptych

The Emily Triptych

Emily Dickinson is flitting about the meeting room in the Quaker Meeting House. A beautiful room, with views spreading out from the huge windows, down Victoria street to Grassmarket and across to the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge... 

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Just an Ordinary Lawyer

Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first black judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer and keen cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history, as they affect the black world across Africa, the USA and Britain, from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports and spread love and peace through the medium of song... 

ScotlandsFest 2017

ScotlandsFest 2017

Big thinking in a small country – sparky talk, flyting, debate and discussion. New angles on Brexit, ScotRef and more. Expect the unexpected. Get involved. Help shape tomorrow’s Scotland through the conversations of today... 

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... 

Dreaming Amidst Thorns

Dreaming Amidst Thorns

A mysterious child, left alone in the Forest of the Winter Moon, embarks upon a journey of self-discovery. In the Land of Somewhere Else she encounters lost and forgotten folk wandering through a fragmented and fragile faerie tale realm in search of home... 

The Naked Dietitian

The Naked Dietitian

Hard-hitting and hope-stirring home truths in a performance tour de force from 'the literary lovechild of Allen Ginsberg and Jeanette Winterson' (BroadwayBaby.com). The Naked Dietitian knows her onions and combines story and science to take you on a tour of your own emotional landscape... 

Departure Lounge

Departure Lounge

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

Seriously Funny

Seriously Funny

Spare an hour for quality comedy that educates and entertains! Comedians are joined on stage by Edinburgh's researchers to explore local and global issues of healthcare, gender identity and current politics... 

Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall

Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall

Join the storytellers on this absurd, family-friendly, theatrical adventure. Follow an omjom called Yoggle as his life gets turned upside down (and rather wet). Frolick with hodgehugs, underbunglers and finglebingle birds in this colourful, nonsense tale of friendship... 

The Sorries

The Sorries

After eight successful runs with a host of sell-out shows, the kilted duo return with more selections from the Scottish songbook. Inspired by a love of The Corries, Douglas Kay and Martin Philip sing, play and banter their way through an entertaining hour of traditional Scottish and comic songs... 

The Bakewell Bake Off

The Bakewell Bake Off

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

Multitudes

Multitudes

Walt Whitman stops somewhere, waiting for you... at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, 7-11 August at 4:30pm each day. This original one-man show, written by the founders of the Zephyr Stage in Fruita, Colorado, USA... 

The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork

The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork

On a remote island, shrouded in mist and in a sea nobody visits, a small community have chosen to be forgotten by the world outside. But, that’s all about to change in this new, rambunctious tale for the whole family... 

The Handmaidens of Death – WWI Theatre of Its Time

The Handmaidens of Death – WWI Theatre of Its Time

Even plays were buried by the bombs of World War I. The Handmaidens of Death, though written in 1918, had not been performed until recently, likely because it failed to pass by the censors that read and approved every British play performed until 1968... 

One for the Road

One for the Road

Harold Pinter’s short play, One for the Road, concerns torture, and you can assume it’s talking about state-sanctioned torture, given Rising Phoenix Repertory’s decision to tack on a clip of the playwright saying “political theatre is important” at the play’s end... 

Five Kinds of Silence

Five Kinds of Silence

It’s hard to imagine a more emotionally-gruelling hour of theatre: three women held prisoner by an abusive patriarch finally free themselves from his clutches by shooting him in his bed, before being forced to relive decades of trauma by lawyers and psychiatrists... 

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

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

ScotlandsFest 2016

ScotlandsFest 2016

Big thinking in a small country – sparky talk, flyting, debate discussion and soapbox slots. Discover how Scotland’s national conversation today is forging the Scotland of tomorrow... 

ScotlandsFest 2016

ScotlandsFest 2016

Big thinking in a small country – sparky talk, flyting, debate discussion and soapbox slots. Discover how Scotland’s national conversation today is forging the Scotland of tomorrow... 

Solo Shakespeare, Macbeth: Hecate's Poison

Solo Shakespeare, Macbeth: Hecate's Poison

Hecate’s Poison is a one-woman version of Macbeth, performed by Players Tokyo’s T. Sato. Through use of physicality and clever costume indications, Sato manages to create a mystical and atmospheric take on the Scottish play... 

Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall

Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall

Join the Narrator and her wife as they take you on this new, family-friendly, absurd, theatrical adventure. Follow an omjom called Yoggle as his life gets turned upside down (and rather wet)... 

The Sorries

The Sorries

Douglas Kay and Martin Philip of The Sorries are likeable, witty, and talented performers, and they put on a great show here. As we take our seats in the steep raked audience at the Quaker Meeting House they enter playing Bodhrans (Celtic drums) and singing I Will Go – a stirring, earnest duet as they walk amongst the crowd... 

Fairies and Dragons of the Desolate Plain

Fairies and Dragons of the Desolate Plain

Caught between the youthful conviction that just because you can’t see something it doesn’t mean it isn’t real and a growing realisation that “nothing’s easy to understand anymore”, the cast of this this beautiful show present a story that is far more complex than might initially be assumed... 

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... 

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... 

Who Killed Pablo Neruda? (A Poet's Journey)

Who Killed Pablo Neruda? (A Poet's Journey)

Mystery, poetry and the unknown contents of a white bag spark a young woman's quest into the life, death and writing of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.  

Your Choice

Your Choice

What will you choose to do about cancer? Join us for an inspiring hour of interactive games and verbatim theatre taking you on the journeys of patients, clinicians and researchers involved in cancer clinical trials. 

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... 

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. 

Bloody East Europeans

Bloody East Europeans

Everybody knows that all the UK’s problems are caused by Eastern European immigrants with funny names and an annoying habit of working too hard. But who exactly are these people? What do they want from us? Featuring mean gangsters, glamorous ladies, romantic bricklayers and professional toilet scrubbers, Bloody East Europeans combines comedy, tragedy, Red Army songs, Ukrainian folk ballads and 70s disco hits to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about these strange and unpronounceable people... 

ScotlandsFest 2015

ScotlandsFest 2015

Scotland’s desire to move forward poses big questions. How do we ‘think global, act local’ in an interdependent world? Can Scotland’s history, visual arts and story heritage act as a crucible of creative change? What are the global connections that will enrich development? For big thinking in a small country, join Lesley Riddoch, Richard Demarco, Owen Dudley Edwards, John MacKay and other Luath livewires at different sessions each afternoon for sparky talks, flytings, debate, discussion and soapbox slots... 

Raft

Raft

Drifting down the river is a rather appropriate metaphor for describing the experience you have when watching this show. It’s a generally pleasant smooth journey with nice things to see, but there are the odd rough patches where things get difficult... 

The Scottish Songstress: Recollections of My Aunt

The Scottish Songstress: Recollections of My Aunt

Gask 1847. The second anniversary of Baroness Nairne’s death. Her niece, Margaret Stewart reveals her aunt’s secret. Caroline Nairne, a much neglected contemporary of Burns, wrote over 100 of Scotland’s best-loved songs, many known far and wide... 

John Godber's Happy Jack

John Godber's Happy Jack

Drama from the pen of one of the nation’s best loved playwrights. Based upon his grandparents, the play tells their love story in a series of vignettes presented in reverse chronological order... 

Troublesome People by Jill Haas

Troublesome People by Jill Haas

The challenge for any writer tackling the well-worn topic of WWII is to find a particular niche or angle which has not previously been given adequate treatment. Jill Haas, in her exploration of the experiences of conscientious objectors and enemy civilians, has certainly hit upon such a point of departure... 

Cautionary Tales

Cautionary Tales

Widely regarded as one of the leading young companies in the UK, Newbury Youth Theatre have an unparalleled reputation at the Edinburgh Fringe. They have presented an original production here for sixteen consecutive years and have consistently garnered four- and five-star reviews... 

Chekhov with Cherries

Chekhov with Cherries

Chekhov just got sexy! This hilarious new musical sees some of Anton Chekhov’s best loved characters reimagined and thrown together, dreaming of Moscow. With over 100 cheeky Chekhov references and jokes, a subtle nod towards current Russian politics and a fantastic musical score penned by Mr Scott Morgan (of Geek! A New Musical fame) this hilarious production has something for everyone – whether you’re a Chekhov buff or not! Definitely not to be missed, this gay little show, fresh from London, is guaranteed to make you smile, blush and possibly cry! 

The Magic of Jim

The Magic of Jim

Interactive, energising, spontaneous comedy magic, with audience participation. Inspired by his years of experience performing close-up magic, Jim the Magician will take the audience on a journey through his world of magic... 

The Line That Picked Up 1000 Babes

The Line That Picked Up 1000 Babes

A light-hearted, comical spoof of the dating scene, offering a satirical glance at often stereotypical portrayals of gender. 

The Sorries

The Sorries

After six successful runs with a host of sell-out shows, the kilted duo are back with more selections from the Scottish songbook. Inspired by a love of the Corries, Douglas Kay and Martin Philip sing, play and banter their way through an entertaining hour of traditional Scottish and comic songs... 

The Magic of Jim

The Magic of Jim

Interactive, energising, spontaneous comedy magic, with audience participation. Inspired by his years of experience performing close-up magic, Jim the Magician will take the audience on a journey through his world of magic... 

#YOLO

#YOLO

The concept of YOLO or You Only Live Once for those of you who aren't in the know about these kinds of things, has been a trendy phrase for the past couple of years. A sort of moniker for the idea of living for today and an excuse for young people to do what they want, when they want... 

Scotland’s ReferendumFest 2014

Scotland’s ReferendumFest 2014

Set above the pleasantly dilapidated Quaker’s Tearoom on Victoria Street, Scotland’s Refurendumfest is a series of 15 debates dealing with the intricacies of the big yes/no. Upcoming events include a look at Scotland’s potential nuclear arms policy, the role of men in Scottish society and a bit of poetry... 

Tibetan Monks Art Workshops

Tibetan Monks Art Workshops

Come and meet the Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, who will give you the chance to try your hand at some of the unique traditions of Tantric Buddhism's monastic art: sand mandala making, prayer flag printing and butter sculpture... 

Tibetan Monks Dance and Music

Tibetan Monks Dance and Music

'...a psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals...' Times). Tibetan monks bring a moving and inspirational insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance from the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to the majestic brocade-costumed masked dances... 

The Three Peaks

The Three Peaks

With The Three Peaks, the Dunnington Players explore not only the three peaks of Yorkshire but also what can happen to us over the course of a year. This play tells us the story of Dennis and Anna, a middle-aged couple who, along with a group of their friends, take on this 26-mile walk... 

The Boy in Blue

The Boy in Blue

Bringing a show to the Fringe is a daunting prospect even for established theatre companies. For Lambrook Prep School to bring not one but three shows to Edinburgh with performers as young as ten is therefore nothing short of extraordinary... 

The Horses

The Horses

A young couple with hopes and dreams for a new future, but what happens when the world goes wrong? There is mystery in our relationship with nature and each other, but who makes the sacrifice? Inspired by the work of Scottish poet Edwin Muir, this new play by Phil Tong confronts Muir’s thoughts in his autobiography when he writes that there are times when our lives become part of the greater story... 

All Through the Night

All Through the Night

Shirley Lauro’s drama All Through the Night opens badly, but it gets better. It begins with clumsy exposition: a stern teacher’s every lesson tells us only about the Third Reich... 

To Chekhov With Love: Afterplay and The White Peacock (Two One-Act Plays)

To Chekhov With Love: Afterplay and The White Peacock (Two One-Act Plays)

From the critically acclaimed SU Drama company comes a double play performance that combines Brien Friel’s Afterplay and an original piece named The White Peacock. One play is brilliant; one play is terrible... 

The Bee-Man of Orn

The Bee-Man of Orn

With such a wonderful title, it’s a shame that The Bee-Man of Orn is not as thrilling as it sounds. Newbury Youth Theatre has had great success in the past, but this adaptation appears to be a rare misfire... 

The Sorries

The Sorries

After five successful runs with a host of sell-out shows, the kilted duo return with more selections from the Scottish songbook. Inspired by a love of The Corries, Douglas Kay and Martin Philip sing, play and banter their way through an entertaining hour of traditional Scottish and comic songs... 

Lashings of Ginger Beer

Lashings of Ginger Beer

Meet three daring children and their loyal dog in an era of long school hols, bike rides and adventures. Will they save the day and the bunting? Or will the fete of Middle England be blown to smithereens? Can the plucky children right these wrongs whilst singing songs and abiding by the country code? A pop-up Enid Blyton-esque spoof show with live original music, knitted pork pies and laughs for all the family... 

Pitschi, a Kitten with Dreams

Pitschi, a Kitten with Dreams

The rough and tumble, mischievous fun of kitten play is not for Pitschi, she dreams of being something else – a hen, a goat, a duck, a rabbit, for after all, anything is better than being a cat! Swiss author and illustrator Hans Fischer’s exquisite picture book, Pitschi has delighted generations of children – and cat lovers – around the world, and this Komedia production brings the story to UK audiences for the first time... 

Bannockburn

Bannockburn

Two Sassenachs present Bannockburn, an interactive table-top battle play which marks the 700th anniversary of Scotland's great bid for independence. Join two inept English knights, Aymer la Zouche and Thomas Ercedekne, as they relive the unfolding events of this historic and fateful confrontation... 

Hecat's Poison: Enter the three Witches

Hecat's Poison: Enter the three Witches

This adaptation of Macbeth is told by Hecate, Goddess of Crossroads, from her point of view. Straightforward in style, the original text mostly preserved for this classical Shakespearean performance...