Accordion Fight Show

Accordion Fight Show

Award-winning, folk-punk-cabaret rioteer Strangely returns with a brand new show, full of new songs and shenanigans. Prepare to sing along as you battle for fabulous prizes against the world's loudest, nakedest, accordion player! Come see the show BroadwayBaby... 

Those Worrisome Sleeps

Those Worrisome Sleeps

'Wizards, as you know, may not love. But imagine if one ever did.' When grief strikes, some withdraw, others rage, and some destroy the entire world. Lost in despair, Jay attempts to reconstruct her dead love with the most imperfect of tools: memory... 

A Necessary Woman

A Necessary Woman

Census night, 1911. Suffragette Emily Davison is hiding in a cleaning cupboard, in the crypt beneath the Palace of Westminster. Emily plans a daring and courageous act in Parliament for Monday morning, but with a greater police presence and security tighter than usual, will she achieve her ambition before she is caught and returned to prison? Written and performed by Deborah Clair and Philippa Urquhart to celebrate the 2018 suffrage centenary... 

Patience

Patience

Love is complicated. Twenty heartsick maidens fight for the love of an overblown poet, but the poet pines for a milkmaid. A platoon of dragoons can’t stand the wafty wordsmith, but adores the maidens... 

Henchmen

Henchmen

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

The Burnt Part Boys

The Burnt Part Boys

Pete wants to keep The Burnt Part a shrine. Jake just wants to provide for his family. Ten years after a tragic mining accident robbed most of the town's children of their fathers, Pickaway Coal announce that they’re reopening the mines... 

Brand-New Jew, a DNA Comedy

Brand-New Jew, a DNA Comedy

What happens when a DNA test gives an adoptee a brand-new view… of herself? Playwright and performer Monica Bauer (The Year I Was Gifted) takes on her own unexpected results, along with a cast of comical characters including a reassuring Rabbi, a Brit who’s not British and Judy from Atlanta, who may be related to George Clooney... 

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

This gripping drama explores the intimate bonds of family. Southern matriarch Amanda frets constantly over her two adult children, the painfully shy Laura and her restless son, Tom... 

26 Pebbles

26 Pebbles

26 Pebbles is the story of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, and the 26 innocent lives taken. Playwright Eric Ulloa tells this story through the voices of those impacted by this terrible event as they struggle to cope with tragedy... 

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

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

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

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Warhol: Bullet Karma invites you to meet everyone’s favourite eccentric pop artist. We bear witness to Andy Warhol as he tells of his Pennsylvania roots, his move to New York and the establishment of the famous ‘Factory’... 

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sex and Storytelling Collide

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sex and Storytelling Collide

The finest filth on the Fringe, told by the people who lived it. With music, burlesque, occasionally clowns and a phone-sex-operator host, you will leave transformed, or at least turned on... 

Dean Friedman's 40th Anniversary

Dean Friedman's 40th Anniversary "Well, Well," Said the Rocking Chair Tour

Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia and more... 

Waiting For It

Waiting For It

In this mystical Latin-American adventure, in a computer-dominated future, a machine creates two scientists in order to find 'it', plunging them into mythical lands to face fantastical creatures... 

Individual Medley

Individual Medley

Q: What happens when you move a 12-year-old from Basingstoke to Zambia? A: She swims. Katrina weaves together poetry, swimming lessons and some 00’s RnB in a mesmerising coming-of-age memoir about crossing borders... 

The Dolls of New Albion

The Dolls of New Albion

A desperate inventor. A dead man walking. A family disgraced. A city in ruin. Join us in telling the tale of Annabel McAlistair, a mad scientist hell-bent on bringing the love of her life back from the dead by binding his soul into the body of a life-sized clockwork doll... 

Doktor James's Bad Skemes

Doktor James's Bad Skemes

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

Gloria Hole Presents: The Clinic

Gloria Hole Presents: The Clinic

Got a burning problem? Got an itching question? Time to visit the clinic. Join Gloria Hole and a panel of top comedians as they solve your problems. Expect shots, laughs, games and sheer chaos... 

Aidan Goatley is the Vicar’s Husband

Aidan Goatley is the Vicar’s Husband

Aidan was divinely happy as an apathetic atheist until his wife started training as a vicar. With his best friend finding her path, Aidan questions his purpose while dealing with audio bibles, professional jealousy and the purgatory of cruise ships... 

Sugar Rush: The Best of the Fringe

Sugar Rush: The Best of the Fringe

Is the Fringe guide too wide and confusing? We understand. Kick-start your Fringe with four hand-picked comedians doing 10 minutes of their best stuff. Plan your day with our curated line-up of acts to help you make sense of your Fringe... 

Aidan Goatley: 10 Films With My Dad

Aidan Goatley: 10 Films With My Dad

How do fathers and sons communicate? For Aidan and his Dad, it was through films. From John Wayne to Avatar, this is a tale of how two men grew up whilst eating popcorn. Now in its eighth year! 'Charmingly funny' (Scotsman)... 

The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret

The Laurel and Hardy Cabaret

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

Year Without Summer

Year Without Summer

May 1816. Claire Clairmont invites lover Byron to Lake Geneva with her stepsister Mary Godwin. Passions run high, ghost stories are shared. History has forgotten Claire, but without her Mary might never have conceived of Frankenstein. 

DUPed

DUPed

Written and performed by Scotsman Fringe First Winner, John McCann (SPOILING, Traverse Theatre, 2014) and directed by Erasmus Mackenna. The Reverend Dr. Ian Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt... 

Don Quixote Unbound

Don Quixote Unbound

Miguel de Cervantes is woken from his eternal slumber by celebrations of the anniversary of his death. Discombobulated, he magically alternates between being himself and his creation, Don Quixote de la Mancha... 

One Woman Alien

One Woman Alien

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

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

The hilarious improvised Doctor Who parody returns! Featuring a live radiophonic workshop and a crew of hysterical performers, join us for an entirely new adventure every day based entirely on your suggestions... 

Triptych

Triptych

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

Tabou

Tabou

Tabou will shake you up and set you down with your senses spinning. Life, love, lust and loss conveyed in a sensuous, provocative way by the WASPI woman: she’s done the whole shebang ;)... 

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

Sixty minutes of unstoppable panel show mayhem. You’ll be glad they can last that long! Featuring teams of performers from across the Edinburgh Fringe, all of them ready to charade their audiences good and hard... 

The Cloak and Dagger Show

The Cloak and Dagger Show

Dive into the horrors of history in our immersive walking tour and show. Explore the darker side of history and end the night with a performance of a true story of murder and revenge bringing history to life! 

Andy Onions – PowerPointless

Andy Onions – PowerPointless

High-octane, stand-up comedy show. Andy Onions (Resident MC of the Time Out recommended Freedom Fridge) takes you on a nonsensical multimedia journey. Films, game shows, computer games and obscure childhood sports are woven into Andy Onions daft tales... 

Des Kapital: Mao That’s What I Call Music!

Des Kapital: Mao That’s What I Call Music!

Following sell-out shows on the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes for Never Mind the Cossacks – 'brilliantly conceived' (FringeGuru.com) – Communist crooner Des Kapital (winner: Gulags Got Talent) storysings the story of Mao’s China, using music by Adele (Hellish), The Smiths (Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Mao), Drake (Hotline Beijing), Robbie Williams (Engels) and lots more... 

The Biscuit Barrel

The Biscuit Barrel

Armed with 55 sketches in the space of an hour, hyperactivity is unleashed on stage in the form of The Biscuit Barrel. Rolling out their fearless new quickfire sketch show, experience gods chatting in pubs, a tall dwarf, a hugging championship and the running saga of the Horoscope Rangers... 

Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere in this family-friendly story. Join Poppy, Head Bubbler hopeful, as she learns some new tricks to impress her friends and win her dream job. Can she blow bubbles with just her hands? How do square bubbles work? How many people does it take to fill a room with bubbles? Come along and help Poppy find out and you could end up in a giant bubble of your own. 

Next Stop Please!

Next Stop Please!

Life’s a journey, chauffeur driven by someone else. Some of us are driven. Others, passengers. This new performance is devised by prisoners from HMP Low Moss with original transcripts facilitated in prison... 

Adam Patel: Brown Magic

Adam Patel: Brown Magic

Adam Patel, one of the UK’s top street magicians, takes to the stage for the first time to showcase his skills of sleight of hand, perceptual manipulation and mind-hacking while relating magic to stories from his life... 

Ross Hepburn Is Beetlejuice’d

Ross Hepburn Is Beetlejuice’d

When he was seven, Edinburgh-based comedian Ross Hepburn saw the film Beetlejuice for the first time. Far from giving him nightmares, it gave him a whole new perspective on life. And a new hero to try to emulate... 

Urban Death

Urban Death

'There may be many spooky stage productions around... but few will approach the level of this one' (New York Times). Urban Death presents vignettes of brutal horror mixed with gallows humour designed to shock, delight, and frighten... 

Spaces

Spaces

Spaces discusses boundaries and the obstacles that affect our relationships, with a focus on friendships, romantic relationships and familial bonds. The show will explore how boundaries affect the ways in which we interact with each other, the questions we ask, the things we choose to hold back, and the things we lay bare, leading to a dynamic, emotional and important stage performance which asks difficult questions of modern society... 

Terrible Sex Tips: Live and Uncut

Terrible Sex Tips: Live and Uncut

Strap in for the sex-ed show of the century as we debunk the desire industry. The Smut Lady of Edinburgh is back with this comedic takedown of societal expectations, slut shaming, and substandard sex... 

Come Die With Us

Come Die With Us

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

Outcast

Outcast

Growing up is hard. But growing up as immigrants? Even harder. Hania and Zuleikha Amin had always been part of a family that was slightly different but that was never a problem. However, after a local fire unsettles their life and brings forth many harsh obstacles they must face, they begin to question their place and future in Britain... 

Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man

Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man

Award-winning Lucky Dog bring their acclaimed Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man to Edinburgh for the first time. The most famous 'freak' who ever lived was more than just a victim. He was a complex and intelligent character who felt love, insecurity and anger... 

Vivian’s Music, 1969

Vivian’s Music, 1969

Inspired by real events: in 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest bursting with racial tension, a 14-year-old black girl, Vivian, was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history... 

JoJo Bellini: Agents Provocateurs

JoJo Bellini: Agents Provocateurs

A one-woman cabaret about history's greatest female spies. Brassy, bombastic bombshell blasts brilliant ballads about the wicked women of the espionage world. A celebration of history, subterfuge and the women who did it all... 

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

I remember when Doctor Who was a practically forgotten, long cancelled show that was only the domain of nerds (like me). I’ve also not forgotten the excitement of the return of the show to Saturday night TV and how happy my nerdy friends and I were to see children playing with toy Daleks and so it still gives me a thrill to see families lining up to see an un-ironic, celebration of this 50-year-old sci-fi serial... 

Mediocre as F*ck

Mediocre as F*ck

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most mediocre of all? In his 2016 debut show, Gavin shared the story of his struggle to accept the reality of his own mediocrity. Now totally committed, his quest to embrace mediocrity scales new heights... 

Tartuffe

Tartuffe

Moliere’s classic comedy is one of the great originals that have been remade, adapted, musicalised and everything else-ised over the years. But, as with most classics, the original is still the best, and this is the original, brilliantly and wittily adapted by Roger McGough! The plot: a power hungry impostor uses fear and religion to gain power... 

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Plan 9 from Outer Space

The worst movie of all time comes to the Edinburgh stage. Come and see Ed Wood’s classic tale of flying saucers and gothic horror just to laugh at how bad it really is. This is a play made against all the odds about a film made against all the odds... 

Golem

Golem

When we feel powerless, we create monsters – and then? It’s the Passover, a young girl has gone missing and the Jews know they will be blamed. The Blood Libel is coming to Prague... 

First Degree Burns

First Degree Burns

Join us for a Burns Night with a difference! Revisit old favourites and discover more about Scotland's bard in this light-hearted performance of his much loved songs and poems... and some of his more risqué material... 

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

Dean Friedman is currently playing his fourth year running in the Apex Hotel in Grassmarket, although he has been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe for years before that.The evening started after a welcome back from Friedman to lots of familiar faces... 

Tinder Rehab

Tinder Rehab

A friend of mine and I were recently chatting about how – even today – sexism is still very much in existence. Unfortunately, this archaic viewpoint reared its ugly head today: combine that with what I can only describe as the worst show I have ever seen at the Fringe, and you have a rough summary of Tinder Rehab... 

Reformed Whores: Grand Ole C*ntry

Reformed Whores: Grand Ole C*ntry

Two beaming faces burst onto stage, accompanied by a guitar, a ukulele and a gloriously shiny accordion. The Reformed Whores – also known as Marie Cecile and Katy Frame – are on their first international tour with Grand Ole C*ntry, and you’d better strap yourself in because they are here to stay... 

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... 

Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

Master songsmith Dean Friedman delivers a fun, informative, practical take on the art and craft of songwriting. Technique and craft are explored using examples from popular music including Friedman’s own hits: Ariel, Lucky Stars and Lydia... 

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... 

Lovecraft’s Monsters

Lovecraft’s Monsters

David Crawford's one man show about the great granddaddy of weird fiction, the one and only H.P. Lovecraft, tries to be both an insightful look into the life and times of the strange gentleman of providence, and a performance of some of his greatest works... 

The Phoenix and the Crow

The Phoenix and the Crow

Before the sands of time – in lands undefined – did dwell two friends, two states of mind: the Dancer and the Poet. A mystical tale set in a fictional land of wealthy merchants, warriors and dark dancers... 

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... 

Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I' is a fun, high energy, physical theatre piece containing small nuggets of inspiration relating to how we find, and nurture our confidence. Nunah has a good old probe at the human psyche, yet sometimes, being far too confident doesn't work so well for us either! Due to Nunah’s innovative style, which does not contain any dialogue, our stories can be interpreted in the most amazing of ways... 

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... 

Auditions

Auditions

The premise of this musical is that four professional actors share their insights into the scary world of auditions. The problem is that based on this show I would struggle to give a single one of them the part... 

Cluedo Inc

Cluedo Inc

Returning with their sell-out show, Cluedo Inc bring the familiar whodunnit board game to life. Who committed the murder? In which room? With what implement? Fast-paced, laugh-out-loud comedy theatre for all... 

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... 

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

A humorous journey through life encountering random characters. Mildly non-PC but definitely responsibly sourced and conflict free. Life doesn’t start at the beginning and nor does this show... 

The Boor (Peking Opera)

The Boor (Peking Opera)

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

Barry Loves You (Work in Progress)

Barry Loves You (Work in Progress)

Barry Loves You: an ambitious claim to make, even if he already knew you. Still, he’s won awards for comedy – The Malcom Hardee Award, the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award, Chortle Award for Best Venue (he is a venue) – and been nominated as Best MC in the entire country, so at least you’ll be pleasantly relaxed and get a laugh at his misguided attempts to try... 

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... 

Nerdf*cker: a solo play with bad boundaries

Nerdf*cker: a solo play with bad boundaries

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

The House

The House

Following last year’s successful run of 'Made in Cumbria', Jane's back to Cumbria in The House where you're invited to meet some new characters and get involved in some sinister shenanigans... 

The Sweet Release

The Sweet Release

This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across the Edinburgh Fringe for our late-night revue. With new and established acts and local and international performers heating up our evenings, as well as theme nights galore, The Sweet Release is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Edinburgh Fringe... 

10 Films With My Dad, His Granddaughter, My Wife and Her Mother-In-Law

10 Films With My Dad, His Granddaughter, My Wife and Her Mother-In-Law

How do fathers and sons communicate? Sports? Cars? The Jeremy Kyle show? For Aidan and his dad, it was films. Join Aidan as he takes you through his five-star, internationally performed Edinburgh Fringe show, from John Wayne to 3D, to show how two men grew up with the help of popcorn and Hollywood... 

Jody Kamali: Hotel Yes Please

Jody Kamali: Hotel Yes Please

Need a Hotel? Then why not book a room at Hotel Yes Please, a shambolic hotel managed by Fernando, a clueless dimwit with different ideas of how to run a hotel. Cheap rooms; a chef who shouldn't be a chef and a terrible Murder Mystery event... 

Doktor James' Akademy of Evil

Doktor James' Akademy of Evil

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

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

An hour of unstoppable panel show mayhem. You’ll be glad they can last that long! A variety of performers from across the Fringe form our two teams, ready to charade their audiences good and hard... 

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... 

Laughter is the Best Placebo

Laughter is the Best Placebo

My life is a constant search for emotional and electrical outlets. If you can relate, this is the show for you. If you'd like to sample my sense of humour check out my twitter @ThisMadeMeCool 

The Topsy-Turvy Hotel

The Topsy-Turvy Hotel

Fernando’s rickety hotel is under threat from the pesky property developer. Can you help? Come check in and expect a feast of physical slapstick and colourful characters. Featuring acclaimed character comedians and Fringe regulars Jody Kamali and Jo Neary... 

Crossbones

Crossbones

Following on from her hit show Coin-Operated Girl, Miranda Kane takes you on a tour of Crossbones Graveyard and tells the story of the prostitutes who worked for the Bishop of Winchester, as well as many others like them throughout history... 

F*ckboys for Freedom

F*ckboys for Freedom

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

Des Kapital’s Never Mind the Cossacks

Des Kapital’s Never Mind the Cossacks

Communist crooner Des Kapital (Gulag’s Got Talent, The Ex-Soviet Republic Factor) is glasnost all over to present the history of the Soviet Union using the music of Taylor Swift (Blank State), Ed Sheeran (Sinking Out Loud), Katy Perry (Perestroika Hurls), Robbie Williams (Engels), Madonna (Lands Were Virgin) and many more! Hilarious and weirdly educational, entertaining and tragic... 

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... 

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

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

Holt and Talbot Can’t Stand the Sight of Each Other

Holt and Talbot Can’t Stand the Sight of Each Other

They haven't got enough material for their own solo shows and nobody else will work with them, so Christian Talbot and Rosie Holt will be performing stand-up, sketches and music while barely concealing their mutual contempt for each other... 

Jody Kamali is The Incredible Man of Mystery

Jody Kamali is The Incredible Man of Mystery

The Man of Mystery comes on stage looking like something out of a classic James Bond film: strong jawline, handsome stubble and a black turtleneck — topped off with an orange shirt, which, admittedly, is a little less secret agent, but very 80s cool nonetheless... 

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful

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

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... 

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imagine taking seven of the most gratingly hyperactive and sexually frustrated boys you were at school with aged fourteen. Now give them a few beers, the bodies of middle-aged men and a room full of people in front of whom they can make penis jokes and hump each other for a whole hour... 

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 Glamour of Yesteryear

The Glamour of Yesteryear

Come and join us for a spectacular evening packed with luscious ladies, tantalizing tunes and sweet serenades, Bonbons style. We pay homage to an era long forgotten but always remembered in our ultra-stylish Parisian cabaret and burlesque showcase... 

Coup de Grâce

Coup de Grâce

Coup De Grâce follows the supposed mental rehabilitation (through advanced experimental therapy) of Emma, a young woman haunted by her past. We see her memories and history unfold as the events leading up to her present state are played out, under the watchful eye of “the greeter”, a doctor who guides her through these emotional scenes... 

This is Japanese Iki!

This is Japanese Iki!

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

Poe's Last Night

Poe's Last Night

On October third, 1849, Edgar Allen Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. He drew his last breath on October 7th, and since then, the death of this writer of literary classics has been shrouded in mystery... 

Beryl

Beryl

Beryl takes place in a cluttered bedsit, where the vivacious titular character runs a service that allows curious potential crossdressers to experiment with different looks. The rather grumpy oddball, Frank (Alan Rogers) has engaged these services, but Beryl (Lesley-Ann Reilly) has trouble figuring out what it is he wants... 

In Defence of Hitler!

In Defence of Hitler!

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

Gary Tro: SupercalifragilisticexpiGARYTROcious

Gary Tro: SupercalifragilisticexpiGARYTROcious

Next year Gary will be in his mid-thirties. Gary’s not ‘mid-thirties’! People who have their shizzle together are ‘mid-thirties’. For the last 10 years, every other chump his age has been falling in love, getting married, buying homes, starting families, succeeding... 

The Big Stiffy

The Big Stiffy

Bob's dead. I know he loved you so much. Please come to the funeral to pay your respects. Karl's providing complimentary crudités (with dips), chopped to perfection by an angle grinder, plus fruit teas and apple crumble... 

Drink! The Musical

Drink! The Musical

It didn’t take me long into this show to realise two things: that this as clearly a piece of community theatre and should be recognised as such and that there is clearly something more going on here than just a fun trip to the Fringe... 

Merlin's Apprentice

Merlin's Apprentice

A thrilling new family musical, telling of young Arthur’s rise from homeless orphan to King of all England under the guidance of the legendary magician, Merlin! But to keep the throne Arthur must face a powerful enemy: Morgana... 

Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

Master songsmith Dean Friedman delivers a fun, informative, practical take on the art and craft of songwriting. Technique and craft are explored using examples from popular music including Friedman’s own hits: Ariel, Lucky Stars and Lydia... 

Cheekykita – Tittitutar Town

Cheekykita – Tittitutar Town

Prague Fringe award winner and 'up and coming weirdo’ (Chortle.co.uk), 2015 NATYS finalist, Laughing Horse runner-up 2015, and winner of Colchester new comedian 2015. ManchesterWire... 

The Meeting

The Meeting

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

Nowhere Now

Nowhere Now

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

Songs and Stories of Scotland

Songs and Stories of Scotland

Poetry, storytelling and song weave together to tell but a few stories from our infinite Scotland's rich folk tradition. Delve into the mythology, history and traditions of this most magisterial of countries, and leave wanting more... 

Tomás Ford’s Craptacular!

Tomás Ford’s Craptacular!

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

The Man Who Knows Everything

The Man Who Knows Everything

It’s pretty clear what kind of show we’re about to see when – as it becomes obvious that there isn’t actually a sufficient number of seats for all of the audience that’s turned up – an additional seat suddenly appears from behind the black curtain, with an expressive, otherwise disembodied hand pointing at it and giving a thumbs up... 

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... 

Aidan Goatley: Mr Blue Sky

Aidan Goatley: Mr Blue Sky

Aidan Goatley’s stand-up show isn’t, despite its title, about ELO; indeed, there’s no obvious guarantee that he will get round to telling us why he chose one of that band’s biggest hits as his title... 

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... 

Trumpageddon

Trumpageddon

This is a one-man show in which comedian Simon Jay, armed with orange makeup and Trump-like mannerisms, attempts to satirise one of the most mystifying political phenomenons of our time... 

Seance

Seance

The exclusive and intimate event returns to Edinburgh after its 2013-15 sell-out Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe runs. Twelve guests join Peter Antoniou for a thrilling and shocking adventure into the world of spirit contact... 

Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel

Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel

In a tiny room at Sweet Grassmarket a man has placed a wide array of props, toys, figurines, dolls and detritus in an apparently haphazard way. Mr Twonkey, also known as Paul Vickers, welcomes his tiny audience before using all of his assorted trinkets to tell the tale of the Mumbo Jumbo Hotel, its denizens and the shenanigans that may or may not lead to its demolishing and the creation of a retail park that features a Frankie & Benny’s... 

Dean Friedman – Story Songs

Dean Friedman – Story Songs

This legendary singer/songwriter and pop-icon performs his chart hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia and more. Discover what legions of devoted fans have known for years – the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith... 

Nosferatu's Shadow

Nosferatu's Shadow

The image of a twisted spindly shadow with long crooked fingers, along with pointy ears and even pointier fangs ascending the stairs, is one that is burned into the imaginations and nightmares of people across the world - all thanks to the work of the actor Max Schreck in the seminal silent horror classic Nosferatu... 

Vivaldi for Breakfast!

Vivaldi for Breakfast!

Vivaldi for Breakfast is an interesting attempt to dramatise the enigmatic life of notorious Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi, as he worked in the famous Pietà orphanage for young girls in Venice... 

F*ckboys for Freedom

F*ckboys for Freedom

Perhaps you aren’t aware of fuckboys. Perhaps you haven’t even heard the term. Luckily for the uninitiated, Facepalm Theatre have come to the Edinburgh Fringe complete with snapbacks and swear words to teach us about this wonderfully millennial condition... 

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Rakugo. A 400-year-old tradition of Japanese comic storytelling, every bit as hilarious today as it ever was – and in English! Don’t miss the Edinburgh stop of Sunshine’s Rakugo World Tour, now in its third year and approaching 20 countries! Come for an hour of laughter and leave with a piece of Japan in your heart! 'A raconteur extraordinaire... 

Milkshake!

Milkshake!

Milkshake! is the latest serving of magi-comic madness for the under-tens from master of mayhem Seska, who bounds onto the stage in a white suit, aviators and furry ushanka hat. Surrounded by an array of milky items (milkshake carton, cookies, a rubber cow’s head…) he looks like a strangely bovine club promoter who’d be right at home on Eurovision... 

The Sweet Release

The Sweet Release

This is how your night at the Fringe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang! Join the hottest up-and-coming acts from all across the Edinburgh Fringe for our late-night revue. With new and established acts, and local and international performers heating up our evenings, as well as theme nights galore, The Sweet Release is the perfect climax to a day of shows at Edinburgh Fringe... 

Doktor James' Akademy of Evil

Doktor James' Akademy of Evil

Doktor James is sick of living at home and not being taken seriously as a super villain. He is really really really mean and he just wants people to appreciate it. The thing is, he needs some help... 

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... 

Airswimming

Airswimming

Charlotte Jones’ debut play, Airswimming, is a poignant, one-act portrayal of the lives of two women in St Dymphna’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane. First performed in 1997, yet set between the 1920s and 1970s, keeping this play current was arguably the greatest challenge for director Stephanie Goodfellow... 

The Cult of Comedy Presents

The Cult of Comedy Presents

Showcasing the best the Fringe has to offer. Tasters and snippets from four and five-star shows, plus exciting emerging talent. Comedy, music, puppetry, spoken word, magic, cabaret... 

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... 

Death of Her Brother

Death of Her Brother

Anna stands pale and powerless before a jealous queen. Each has a power the other does not understand and only one can triumph. Anna is determined to protect her beloved little brother... 

Twonkey's Drive-In: Jennifer's Robot Arm

Twonkey's Drive-In: Jennifer's Robot Arm

A matchbox melodrama about a girl whose delusions, while consorting with a demonic friend, and a circular saw cost her an arm. Her foolish (and impotent) father tries to make a new arm for her to no avail... 

Light Relief

Light Relief

Award-winning, fast-moving comedy show from London, featuring Geoff Cotton and special guest Fiona Barclay. Original songs, sketches, stand-up and special guests, including Old James Bond, Agnetha from ABBA, Sacha Distilled, Page 3 Girl Traci, David Cameron, Jeremy Clarkson, Nicola Sturgeon and Fifty Shades... 

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

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

Gender Spanner

Gender Spanner

Gender Spanner is a joyous and empowering hour of cabaret, burlesque and labels that just don’t stick. Armed with a ukulele, spinning plates and more costumes than you can fit in your closet, Jessica McKerlie presents a smorgasbord of original music and poetry with a common thread: Are you a man? Are you a woman? Are you sure? Inspired by Jessica’s own explorations and understanding of gender fluidity, Gender Spanner is a cabaret that goes to the very core of what it is to be human. 

Living Luke

Living Luke

Hastings Comedian of the Year (yes that accolade is as good as it sounds) brings his brilliant debut hour. An observational, personal and hilarious account of life, through Luke’s funny tinted eyes and told in his laid back and friendly style, even the front row leaves happy... 

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

An episode of Doctor Who improvised before your eyes! From a fantastic team, including five-star directors, producers, actors and comedians, (Nouse, 2015). Any Suggestions, Doctor? is a hilarious parody that takes everything from space and time and crushes it down into a brand new show every day! Featuring a cast that has received BBC and Royal Television Society award nominations, performed in Fringe cult hit The Room: The Musical and has a collective 20 years improv experience, it's guaranteed to be a brilliant show for all ages... 

Etherwave: Adventures with the Theremin

Etherwave: Adventures with the Theremin

Notorious performer Hypnotique tells her personal story about the world’s first electronic instrument (from 1920s Russia) and its influence on music today – including Led Zeppelin, Kraftwerk and Portishead... 

Lynne Jassem: From Como to Homo

Lynne Jassem: From Como to Homo

Lynne Jassem brings her moving solo show From Como to Homo to Edinburgh. In it she tells the story of a 10-year-old juggling her career on live TV in 1957 with the demands of her stage mother, a former Rockette, and a burgeoning awareness of her gender dysphoria... 

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? 

Poe's Last Night

Poe's Last Night

Enter the fascinating mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Share the horror of his last hours on the streets of Baltimore. Hear his most revealing works come to life, including The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven and Alone... 

Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show – Live on Stage!

Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show – Live on Stage!

Brand new show for 2016! She’s a Princess who farts. What more do you need to know? Can Princess Pumpalot and her best friend Guffy solve the mystery of the missing super-farting bean and save Wiffyville from the nasty low-flying Gnomes? Performed in the style of a radio play and based on characters from the top-selling book by Robin Mitchell, this fast-paced, fun packed show is for all the family... 

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

Peter Antoniou – Happy Medium

The show is called Happy Medium, and Peter Antoniou introduces himself early into it as a 'Comedium', but these excellent puns are far from the best part of this show.The distinctive comedic style Antoniou weaves through his show can be explained with one example – “This man has paperclipped a sticker to himself... 

Subsist

Subsist

Someone turns off the lights. Then the door swings open, and four people scramble into the room shrieking with fear. You might be forgiven for mistaking these opening moments – coming, no less, from a show which promises an ‘apocalyptic horror fix’ – for the start of a series of cheap thrills... 

Fernando – Carry On Campervan

Fernando – Carry On Campervan

Join Fernando in the back of his Honda Acty Romahome for a surreal show that you'll not forget in a hurry. Get ready to be taken on the ride of a lifetime without even leaving the venue car park... 

The Private Ear

The Private Ear

A revival of Peter Schaffer’s bittersweet comedy from the 1960s. Classical-loving Bob has found a different kind of girl and invites her to dinner. With help from his friend, the smooth talking Ted, he sets about for a romantic evening... 

Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue

Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue

This one-woman show presents Nell Gwyn, mistress of King Charles II, as she regales the audience with her lot in life – actor, lover and whore. Since catching the King's attention, she reconsiders her roles on-stage and off, and the relationship between the two... 

Splitting

Splitting

This is possibly one of the most depressing shows I have seen at the Fringe this year. Containing many episodes of emotional and physical abuse – including rape – Splitting tells the story of Layla, a woman who suffers psychological abuse at the hands of her narcissistic partner Steve (James Cameron)... 

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)... 

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... 

In Light of...

In Light of...

When you look up at the sky, how do you feel? When you walk down the street, does it mean anything to you? When you look into someone’s eyes, what do you see? Let us take a journey to the somewhat forgotten, let us explore the world of contrasts... 

25 Stories

25 Stories

The premise of 25 Stories is simple enough; Alex Watts is bored at work and so comes up with short stories to keep himself entertained. 'Make of your brain a toy box,' he advises us, to be filled with stories and characters you can play with to keep boredom at bay... 

The Adventures of Isabel

The Adventures of Isabel

The Adventures of Isabel is a critically acclaimed, immersive dance theatre production for children aged between 2-7 years, inspired by 19th and 20th century poetry about childhood... 

Jack the Ripper: Facts, No Fiction

Jack the Ripper: Facts, No Fiction

London, 1888. Jack the Ripper is killing Whitechapel prostitutes. One hundred and twenty-seven years later, all most people know about the most infamous serial killer of all time is myths and legends... 

Matt Abbott is Skint and Demoralised

Matt Abbott is Skint and Demoralised

Matt Abbott admits that poetry is a hard sell on the Fringe, impossible to talk about without coming across as pretentious – which may well explain why one of his bespoke marketing strategies involves offering free meat pies to those who tweet positively about his show... 

A Life With The Beatles

A Life With The Beatles

For some of us among ‘the olds,’ the Beatles provided the lush soundtrack of our lives. From first love (I Want to Hold Your Hand) to wedding song (All You Need Is Love) to funeral music (In My Life), the Fab Four gave us the tunes and lyrics that remain permanently on our personal playlists... 

Vision 2015

Vision 2015

Is seeing believing? Sit in the middle of one of the countless tacky bars in Lourdes as the revellers tell you the dramatic and tragic life of Bernadette. All around you, the story is played out through this visually and musically stunning rock opera, taking the audience on an exciting journey that incorporates ballads and jazz, comedy and pathos... 

The Wild Man of Orford

The Wild Man of Orford

If you give a quick flick through the Fringe programme, it will be fairly obvious that puppetry is on the rise in the theatre section this year. The Wild Man of Orford fits perfectly into the medium... 

Murder, She Didn't Write

Murder, She Didn't Write

A remarkably intricate and engaging murder mystery is created from scratch every night. Based completely on the audience’s suggestions, the incredibly sharp company spin out the intrigue over an hour with wit and skill: it’s a great concept, and it works... 

Flow! FRINGE

Flow! FRINGE

Flow! is a revolutionary open stage event that sees dancers in close conversation with poets. From its roots in the USA, slam poetry has become a cultural phenomenon. Over the years, the lines between this form of performance and other arts have begun to blur... 

Angry

Angry

Seven of those angry youths that you've been hearing about on the news have stopped drinking and whining long enough to build something they can actually be proud of. Are you angry? Come and watch a bunch of twenty-somethings in their pants, as they punch drums and each other to prove some sort of point they haven’t yet figured out... 

Cardinal Sin

Cardinal Sin

Cardinal Sin delves into the dark (or at least rather mauve-ish) world of papal intrigue and mystery in an hour-long comedy romp through the Sistine Chapel. Gasp at the tragic murder of a beloved cardinal! Cheer for our brave and intrepid heroes! Be at least partially satisfied with their madcap antics! Will the assassin be caught? Can the detectives do the detecting thing? Why don’t they just call the police? Find out in this comic twist on the detective genre, which is guaranteed to bring a smile to at least three faces – don’t miss out! 

Beowulf

Beowulf

‘Puppet Beowulf?’ my flatmate asked me with a raised eyebrow and quizzical expression as I left the flat to review Atomic Force Production’s new show. But not only is this show definitely a hit: it’s also one of the best constructed and intricate shows I’ve seen this year... 

101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins

101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins

Though billed as theatre, 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins is essentially a lecture on odious media figure Katie Hopkins, complete with biography and PowerPoint presentation, but sadly little analysis or engagement... 

The Selkie and the River God

The Selkie and the River God

Celtic myth and legend have provided a huge array of inspiration for painting, music, film and theatre. The dreamlike stories of spirits of the sea, fairy gods and magic can be both enchanting and thrilling, though it’s unfortunate that Lip Theatre Company’s production of The Selkie and the River God doesn’t quite live up to it’s potential... 

Thief

Thief

Sailor – he had a real name once, but he believes “Sailor” suits him now – is a street hustler, thief and raconteur; the illegitimate son of a prostitute who has taken up his mother’s profession among the bars, dives and flop houses of the world... 

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

This legendary singer/songwriter performs his classic hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia and more. Discover what legions of devoted fans have known for years, the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith: ‘Entirely unique, utterly brilliant’ (ThreeWeeks)... 

Eurydice

Eurydice

From Shakespeare to Sarah Kane, retellings of classical myths have proved ample sources for new, distinct creations. This is the thinking behind the latest offering from Outcast International: Eurydice, a retelling of the classical tale of Orpheus, from the perspective of his eponymous wife... 

Drink! The Musical

Drink! The Musical

Join Just Bee Drama as they take you on a fun, emotional journey through the twists and turns of life living with alcoholism. Presented with original songs and full of laughter, this musical offers an insight into how alcoholism affects people and their families... 

Paying the Piper

Paying the Piper

Experimentation, dissipation, drug trips and k-holes. This new comedy drama set in modern day Edinburgh provides a thought provoking, fresh insight into drug culture. The play portrays effectively the way that drug and alcohol abuse effects young people, both mentally and socially... 

Turning Leaves

Turning Leaves

Crime and the treatment of criminals ought to be black and white. One rule for everyone. But is justice free from the assumptions of gender and class ever really possible? Turning Leaves brings together three stark, powerful solo performances to discuss social perception and analysis of crime and risk... 

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sexy and Storytelling Collide

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sexy and Storytelling Collide

The finest filth on the Fringe, told by the people who lived it. With music, burlesque, occasional clowns, and a phone-sex-operator host, you will leave transformed, or at least turned on... 

Roaring Accordion

Roaring Accordion

Get ready for trouble! Accordion-punk auteur, Strangely's ‘rollicking, singalong, one-man cabaret riot’ (BroadwayBaby.com) has captivated crowds in sell-out shows on four continents... 

The Effects of Solitude

The Effects of Solitude

Written and performed by Noni Townshend, The Effects of Solitude unfolds with a disarming serenity. Townshend plays Alex, a volunteer in a worldwide study of the effects of extreme isolation on the human psyche... 

slut (r)evolution (no one gets there overnight)

slut (r)evolution (no one gets there overnight)

In this fun one-woman show, a self-described bi-dyke shares with us stories of her sexual evolution, from Mormon adolescent scanning second-hand books for smut, to monogamous domesticated lesbian, to kink camp attendee... 

Strangely Flamboyant

Strangely Flamboyant

Multi award-winning, international cabaret darlings Claire Healy (A Bit of an Overshare) and Strangely (Roaring Accordion) have joined forces for a highly interactive, acoustic, acrobatic romp of a show... 

This Time Tomorrow

This Time Tomorrow

As you walked by that parked car, have you ever wondered just what were the two people inside talking about? What do you imagine they might be telling each other? Random Acts bring their award-winning This Time Tomorrow series from the Brighton Fringe to Edinburgh: three cars, three couples, three different scenarios... 

The Genius of Dickens

The Genius of Dickens

Famous characters from the novels of Charles Dickens brought to life by author and actor Chris Foote Wood, Victoria Wood's brother. Animated readings, as done by Dickens himself. 

Tales in the Tide

Tales in the Tide

Do you dare to take the hand of a mermaid? Swim with a Selkie? Hear the song of a Siren? Such stories are fishwives’ tales... or are they? Come join this London-based theatre company as they transport you deep into the enchanting depths of some of the greatest folktales and fairytales of the tides... 

Phone Whore (A One Act Play With Frequent Interruptions)

Phone Whore (A One Act Play With Frequent Interruptions)

Phone Whore is a show that is equal parts witty, sexually frank and dripping with cynicism. A thought-provoking and sometimes harrowing journey into the often-silenced and ignored world of sex work and sexual fantasy, the show packs an incredible punch whilst still being able to deliver a nuanced and thoughtful take on sex and those who work in it... 

Cold Stone Jug

Cold Stone Jug

A portrait of one of South Africa’s most prolific writer’s prison experience in the 1920s. Hardships and realities interwoven with humour and irony, glimpses into insanity and an introduction to the colourful characters who shared the brown walls with him... 

The Sweet Release

The Sweet Release

This is how your night at the Fringe ends, not with a whimper, but a bang! Join us as we present the hottest up and coming acts from all across the Fringe for our late night revue. Check out our Twitter feed @sweet_release18 and website to find out which new Fringe acts will be performing here every night throughout the festival... 

Simply Blue

Simply Blue

Simply Blue is a four-part a cappella group from Bishops Diocesan College, Cape Town. It is made up of hand-picked senior boys from the Chapel Choir who all share a love for close-harmonies and the thrill of a cappella singing... 

The Tale of Tommy O'Quire

The Tale of Tommy O'Quire

Tommy hates his life of poverty and grime. Then he hears about a treasure map, and he'll do whatever it takes to get his hands on it, even if that means murder! Map in hand, he sets off on his quest, meeting hungry wolves, unusual monsters, and terrifying ghosts along the way... 

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

Forty-five minutes of unstoppable panel show mayhem. You’ll be glad they can last that long! A variety of performers from across the Fringe form our two teams ready to charade their audiences good and hard... 

Twonkey's Stinking Bishop

Twonkey's Stinking Bishop

‘A dog's dinner of unexpected, absurd, even offensive content. It’s also a classic’ **** (Time Out). ’A sublime cloud of nonsense’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Oddly entertaining and utterly bizarre... 

The History of Gluttony

The History of Gluttony

From bacon ice cream to cronuts, sriracha to wasabi, Atkins to Paleo, the history of the culinary world has always been diverse, ever-changing, a bit weird, but always fascinating. Join Linda and her passionate and confusing fascination with all things food. 

The Lonely Poet (or: The Pleonasm)

The Lonely Poet (or: The Pleonasm)

Everybody thinks that I'm lonely. Lonely because I spent the last seven years of my life in the basement of my grandfather's house. Lonely because they think that I refuse to talk to anyone... 

The Rhum Plants

The Rhum Plants

The post-war scientific elite suspect botanical fraud, and want working-class Professor Heslop-Harrison’s scalp – at any cost. This is a story about a real life scandal that still reverberates today... 

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

She's a princess and she farts. What more do you need to know? Can Princess Pumpalot protect Wiffyville Castle from the invasion of Low-Flying Gnomes? Will she win her battle with the nasty prince? Who will take her to the Royal Birthday Ball? Based on the top-selling book, this is a fast-paced, fun-packed show for all the family... 

All the Nice Girls

All the Nice Girls

In 1920s London, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney have an on and off stage partnership, singing popular love songs of the day to each other in West End revues and living together openly... 

A Bit of an Overshare

A Bit of an Overshare

A ‘small but perfectly formed cabaret gem’ (TheatreBubble.com). Claire’s unique brand of biting whimsy is injected into original songs. Be enticed into a world of honesty, venom and sweet delights… Take a dash of song, a pinch of silly and mix well with too much information and you get A Bit of an Overshare... 

Alex Lacey is Killing Jim

Alex Lacey is Killing Jim

Since marrying the man of her dreams at last year's Fringe, Alex has been sadly forsaken by her husband, Jim. After many attempts to find closure, she has been led to one inevitable conclusion: Jim... 

B-Boys, B-Girls and B-Bots

B-Boys, B-Girls and B-Bots

The breakdancing robots (B-bots) have landed in Edinburgh and they're being chased all over town! Can the B-boys and B-girls of Edinburgh use their breakdancing skills to help the B-bots escape before they crash and burn? This family dance show explores basic breakdance moves, tricks and flips with loads of fun, laughs and praise along the way. 

The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess. When she drops her golden ball in the pond a very friendly, bouncy frog offers to retrieve it in exchange for her friendship. The princess is not keen but, in the end, she must agree just to get her ball back... 

Light Relief

Light Relief

A fast-moving, award-winning comedy show featuring original songs, sketches, satire, stand-up and a caption competition to win an excellent bottle of wine... Special guests: Sacha Distilled, Page 3 Girl Traci, Nicola Sturgeon, James Bond, Alex Salmond, Agnetha from ABBA, Nigel Farage, Whiplash & Partners, Ana and Christian from Fifty Shades Darker... 

3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae

3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae

Sometimes, we can miss what’s important. A few audience members in front of me were still sufficiently engrossed in their pre-show conversation to miss the muted sound of two gunshots that signals the start of the play... 

The Villains, the Vote and the Black, Black Oil

The Villains, the Vote and the Black, Black Oil

The show uses a mixture of devised and traditional songs, short sketches, narration, and pantomime versions of figures from recent history to recount some of the most important events of the last 36 years for Scotland... 

Lisa Scott's Rock and Soul

Lisa Scott's Rock and Soul

After her 2013 sell-out show, Lisa Scott is ready to delight your ears and get your feet tapping with laid back grooves and classic big power numbers. Performing with the amazing Dave Swanson Band, Lisa looks forward to taking you on a journey through an alternative American songbook, sometimes raunchy, sometimes heartfelt, but always honest and entertaining... 

Who Nose?

Who Nose?

A rollicking Bushveld detective adventure that follows the super-sleuth Speedy as he unfurls the mystery of the missing missing nose. A foot stomping, vibrant African theatre piece for kids by kids! Don't miss this! 

(Un)tied

(Un)tied

Georg Büchner’s fragmented masterpiece Woyzeck has always attracted experimentation, from one-man shows to Punchdrunk’s latest, The Drowned Man. Recent graduates Company ON continue this experimental tradition with style and originality... 

Peter Antoniou - Happy Medium

Peter Antoniou - Happy Medium

Peter Antoniou is a small guy in a small venue with a big mind blowing show. I would say book to go and see him but he already knows you are going, knows that you will be running late and what colour underwear you will be wearing... 

Out of the Lens

Out of the Lens

Joseph is wiling away his days in a tea shop looking for inspiration. Ryan is wiling away his days in a tea shop looking for adventure. Naturally, the pair click. The entire plot of Out of Lens can be divulged in a snapshot: the young men form a bond whilst working on Joe’s Uni photography project, clash when Ryan’s intentions are laid bare and find they have changed each other for the better, having made it through this conflict... 

Safeword

Safeword

Everybody lives a double life. For some it's a game. For anxious artist Isobel, it's self-preservation. A dark, daft fairytale of trust, truth, lust and love, Safeword is a true story, only every word is a lie... 

The Universal Recipe

The Universal Recipe

A trio of friends, our plucky heroes, stand before us. One tall, one short, one long of hair, they talk us through the heroic and non-heroic parts of life, and muse on the nature of stories... 

A World Beyond Man

A World Beyond Man

In 1912, Captain Georgy Brusilov sailed to the Arctic. Having been imprisoned by the polar ice for eighteen months, navigator Valerian Albanov left the ship with thirteen others and set off across the ice in search of land... 

Bonny Boys are Few

Bonny Boys are Few

The true story of a father, reimagined by a son. Bonny Boys are Few takes you on an epic adventure from Peru to the heat death of the universe via a shut door in Dublin, a time-travelling conquistador, and an ancient eel fed fat on the world’s misery… A captivating blend of myth, history and autobiography by National Theatre of Scotland Auteur and Traverse 50 writer Michael John O’Neill, set to a beautiful live score... 

Motortown

Motortown

Motortown is a fierce, violent and controversial response to the Iraq war and anti-war movement. ‘I don't blame the war. The war was all right. I miss it. It's just you come back to this’... 

The Genius of Charles Dickens

The Genius of Charles Dickens

Famous characters from the novels of Charles Dickens brought to life by author/actor Chris Foote Wood, Victoria Wood's brother. Animated readings, as done by Dickens himself. 

Dean's Silly Song Sing-Along

Dean's Silly Song Sing-Along

Pop icon and master tunesmith Dean Friedman, returns to the Fringe to perform his delightfully silly hour of sing-along fun for the under-10 crowd. Featuring fan favourites from his hit musicals Smelly Feet and Smarty Pants, and hilarious interactive fun for kids of all ages... 

Riptide: The Slasher Musical

Riptide: The Slasher Musical

Fringe musicals are often incredibly hard to get right but with a score as sizzling as the sun on the beach and some incredibly skilled performers, Riptide: The Slasher Musical hits just the right notes in an over-the-top comedy musical romp of killer proportions... 

The Selkie and the River God

The Selkie and the River God

This play explores the enduring Celtic mythology of Selkies – mythical seal-like creatures who, once ashore, can shed their skin, appear as beautiful women and have their hearts won by mortal men if their seal furs are captured... 

Scroungers

Scroungers

Dole dossers, tramps, scum. Four lives, one street, no money. Join us in a world where there's constant fighting for the last reduced ready meal, and entertainment consists of filling to the brim with cheap lager... 

A Walk in the Dust

A Walk in the Dust

This unique piece of Korean theatre centres on the story of young Gretchen. Just seven years old during the Japanese occupation of the state of Joseon she is caught up in a demonstration in her town for its liberation... 

Murder, She Didn't Write

Murder, She Didn't Write

A delightfully eccentric murder mystery is created within the hour as audience members choose the title, location, victim and murderer. A cast of six gives energetic, witty performances as they delve into the play full on... 

21 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Crack-Smoking Mayor

21 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Crack-Smoking Mayor

The idea of a comedy play that's centred around something we are all really familiar with at the moment - ‘listicles’ - is quite intriguing. I see them pop up all the time and often they are an amusing, or at least an entertaining way to pass five minutes or so... 

Singarevva and the Palace

Singarevva and the Palace

Set in a village in North Karnataka, Singarevva and the Palace is the tale of a beautiful woman whose life is repeatedly commodified and manipulated by her greedy father, an impotent husband and an obsessive lover... 

Danny Stinson's Planet of the Dans

Danny Stinson's Planet of the Dans

Psych nurse turned comic Danny Stinson feels like he has lived a thousand lives and he has stories to tell from all of them. Join him as he filters them through his comedic mind to distil a show that’s big on laughs with a pleasant after taste... 

Once Upon Arrggh!

Once Upon Arrggh!

The Fairytale Kingdom’s in chaos! The Narrator’s been kidnapped! No one knows what to do! How can our story go on without him? But all is not lost! Might young Prince Charlie Charming brave peril to rescue him? Maybe he’ll learn how to be a hero whilst he’s at it! With the help of the magic mirror and the heroic princesses Cinderella and Snow White, it’s possible he’ll manage it! Or perhaps …he’s doomed... 

Four Stories Four Songs

Four Stories Four Songs

Four Stories Four Songs is a hilarious show based on the music EP of the same name by Emmet O'Malley, which was released in 2014. O'Malley performs four stand-up routines on the themes of the songs... 

Wanted

Wanted

Wanted introduces Paul Warricker and Dean Short. Paul's surreal with a world of subtle humour. Self-proclaimed rhubarb impersonator and cat crime investigator, Paul already has a growing number of fans, the self-named Lettuce Washers... 

Real Fake White Dirt

Real Fake White Dirt

Real Fake White Dirt is both the spoken word tirade of New Zealander Jess Holly Bates and an paradox she alludes to that encompasses her life as a post-colonial white girl. “This is a Pakeha identity poem,” she tells us with a pleasantly manic expression, Dave Dobyn’s ‘Slice of Heaven’ fading into the background... 

Dean Friedman In Concert

Dean Friedman In Concert

Dean Friedman shot to fame in the late 70’s with the American hit Ariel in ‘77 and then Lucky Stars which made it to no. 3 in the UK charts in ‘78. But soon after that the artist fell largely into obscurity, still producing songs and albums but never achieving the limelight he did in the 70’s... 

So What If I Dance?

So What If I Dance?

We are in a small room where one can breathe an air of intimacy. In here, a private dance becomes a private confession. A dancer who lets out her inhibitions for a living smiles, as her body undulates and extends in seductive motions... 

The Last Motel

The Last Motel

The Last Motel by Sheepish Productions is a dark two-hander with a neo-noir style akin to the works of cult film directors Tarantino and Lynch. It sees a reluctant criminal battle his conscience and ponder the big questions in life with an unlikely confidante... 

Dracula

Dracula

In a small, dark room on a sparingly set stage, four figures stand frozen, their eyes wide and their mouths stretched into clown-like smiles, their bodies tense and hands splayed in a disturbingly crazed fashion... 

No Belles

No Belles

Of 566 scientists to win the Nobel Prize, only 15 have been women. How many women on this list can you name?When the members of Portal Theatre realised they didn’t know a single one of them except Marie Curie, they began researching women in science – those honoured with the Nobel and those overlooked – and from this developed No Belles... 

Mysteries of the Unknown

Mysteries of the Unknown

The big issue with Bristol Improv’s horror-comedy offering is sadly a brutal one: the show simply wasn’t funny enough. The laughs don’t come nearly as quick or as hard as they ought to... 

Playdough Face

Playdough Face

Scheduling is an often overlooked aspect of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, not least by venues attempting to squeeze in as many popular shows as possible. However, unlike terrestrial television channels—where items must be nominally matched against the potential live audience—other factors clearly influence the decisions being made—such as fame, infamy or a promoter at the top of their game... 

Love. Guts. High School.

Love. Guts. High School.

We can all remember the name of our first crush, can’t we? That’s the question Love. Guts. High School opens with, sending the audience into a moment of awkward mental scramble (in my case) or immediate eye-rolling and sighs (the lady next to me)... 

Phone Whore: A One Act Play With Frequent Interruptions

Phone Whore: A One Act Play With Frequent Interruptions

If you wander the streets of the Edinburgh Fringe, you might run into Cameryn Moore. She sets up in various outdoor locations with an old fashioned typewriter and promises to write you bespoke smut on demand... 

Séance

Séance

An exclusive and intimate event returns to the Fringe after its 2013 sell-out run. Twelve guests join Peter Antoniou for a thrilling and shocking adventure into the world of spirit contact... 

Big Brother: Blitzkrieg

Big Brother: Blitzkrieg

In a world where World War Two never took place, an Austrian politician by the name of Adolf Hitler enters the Big Brother house. Fellow housemates include: businessman Marco, History of Art student Camilla, and Maude, a glutton whose idol was Clarissa Dickson-Wright... 

Guess Who: Meinzeye or Cold Corner?

Guess Who: Meinzeye or Cold Corner?

Guess today's performance; The Uncanny Valley by Meinzeye Theatre Company or [insert rhetorical question here] by Cold Corner Productions? Two emerging theatre companies launching their intellectually and physically challenging devised performances... 

Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee

Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee

Jolt yourself awake. Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee is a solo spoken word show unlike any you’ve seen or heard before, pushing the boundaries of poetry, performance art and storytelling... 

Grace and the Sea

Grace and the Sea

A new play by Rob Brannen set on Crosby beach. Flip-flops essential! A multitude of characters come to the beach; to picnic, to kite fly, to beachcomb, to dog walk. Shipwrecks, 5,000 year old footprints, brave lifeboat men and a living chorus of Anthony Gormley statues transport you to another place... 

B-Boys, B-Girls and B-Bots

B-Boys, B-Girls and B-Bots

The break-dancing robots (B-bots) have arrived in Edinburgh and they're being chased all over town! Can the B-boys and B-girls of Edinburgh use their break-dancing skills to help these B-bots escape before they crash and burn? This family dance show explores basic break-dance moves, tricks and flips with loads of fun, laughs and praise along the way. 

Lisa Scott Sings Blues and Jazz

Lisa Scott Sings Blues and Jazz

From Billie Holiday to Frank Sinatra, Lisa sings with passion, humour, ease and sophistication. Her mature, moody voice is complemented by a professional three-piece live band: piano, bass and drums. 

Scandimania: Gods of Ice and Fire

Scandimania: Gods of Ice and Fire

In Scandimania: Gods of Ice and Fire, the stage is crammed with seven young actors, all dressed in white, who leap into action and unfold a fast-paced enactment of Norse mythology. This devised physical theatre/storytelling piece by Sundial Theatre is sharp, energetic and compelling... 

Sweater Curse: A Yarn about Love

Sweater Curse: A Yarn about Love

Knitting and comedy intertwine for Texan writer/actor Elaine Liner's smart five-star hit about unravelled romances, unrivalled literature and life's knottiest dilemmas. All you knit is love for an hour BroadwayBaby... 

Jay-Z and Me: A Fast Talking Memoir

Jay-Z and Me: A Fast Talking Memoir

Tiny, 60-year-old white woman, obsessed with hip hop legend Jay-Z, breaks her back at his baptismal concert in Brooklyn, solo shows the tale, and finally meets the man! All while living/loving and working in New York City with no mobile phone... 

Stories of My Life, Played By Other People

Stories of My Life, Played By Other People

'The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children' (Jim Henson). 'You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation' (Plato)... 

CineFringe Film Festival

CineFringe Film Festival

As featured on BBC Radio Scotland! The number one film event at the Fringe is celebrating its fifth year! Join CineFringe as we proudly present four days of exceptional screenings. See the full film programme and purchase individual event tickets from edfringe... 

Alex Lacey is Marrying Jim

Alex Lacey is Marrying Jim

Meet Alex, an incurable romantic with a pair of night vision goggles. After several failed affaires de coeur, she’s made it through The Cumberbatch Years and has written an entire one-woman show as an excuse to stalk her latest paramour, Jim, a singer she once almost met... 

Light Relief

Light Relief

In need of some Light Relief? Let Geoff Cotton and Roberta Mair give you a helping hand and relieve your stress with a riotous, award-winning romp through stand-up, sketches, satire, a caption competition to win an excellent bottle of wine and special guests, including James Bond, Agnetha and Bjorn, Page 3 Girl Traci, Sacha Distilled, News at Ten, 3 Party Leaders, Independent Scotland and Liz and Shane... 

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

Forty-five minutes of unstoppable panel show mayhem. You’ll be glad they can last that long! A variety of performers from across the Fringe form our two teams ready to charade their audiences good and hard... 

Thank You for Staring

Thank You for Staring

Patrice Gerideau takes us on an autobiographical journey exploring the appearance altering disorder, Vitiligo. Follow one women’s journey towards self-love, self-worth, and self-acceptance in defiance of a standard that discounts the diverse ways beauty can show up on the planet... 

The Sweet Release

The Sweet Release

This is how your night at the Fringe ends, not with a whimper, but a bang! Join Peter Antoniou as he presents the hottest up and coming acts from all across the Fringe for our late night revue... 

The Quest for Coolness

The Quest for Coolness

Dungeons and Dragons, a gluten allergy and a year of living in China create the perfect formula for comedy. Raised in the backwoods of Florida by mad scientists, follow Linda along as she recounts misadventures on her quest for coolness. 

Dean Friedman's Smarty Pants

Dean Friedman's Smarty Pants

From the team that brought you the Fringe 2013 family hit Smelly Feet! A children's musical that doesn't know when to shut up! Abby has ideas about everything and loves to tell everyone! Now it's time for Abby to start school … and find herself surrounded by kids who might have just as many ideas and thoughts as she does... 

Sex, With Benefits

Sex, With Benefits

Grey and Duncan have been talking for three years. As they start testing the boundaries of their relationship, they discover exactly how little they know each other. Hormones and emotions run high as the pair discover how different their priorities are... 

Dean Friedman's Smelly Feet

Dean Friedman's Smelly Feet

A toe-tickling, tune-humming musical from pop icon, Dean Friedman. Featuring a slew of silly songs, and telling the tale of three kids and their hilarious adventures in their quest to find a cure for Pete’s smelly feet... 

A Brief History of Scotland - We Done Loads!

A Brief History of Scotland - We Done Loads!

The sell-out show returns, updated and up to the minute. Let us re-educate you in the truth of the world. Everything you know is wrong, from the first spark of fire to man’s first journey into space...