Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures

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

Power, Fame and Sex

Power, Fame and Sex

As old as humanity itself. As well known as gods. Pillars of our society. But what happens if they are forced to face each other, society’s judgments and – worst of all – themselves? Three powerful personifications trying to show society who and what they really are while getting tangled up more and more in their complicated relationships with each other and their own inescapable natures. 

Blinded

Blinded

Do our eyes represent the truth? Does our vision make us blind? This devised avant-garde theatre production explores issues surrounding mental health through true-life events. BloomBox Theatre captures fragments of the past life of someone living with paranoid schizophrenia... 

Monsieur Somebody

Monsieur Somebody

What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told? The biggest secret you’ve ever kept? Claude the fraud is a deliciously despicable Frenchman that we love to hate, hate to love… But who could possibly love Claude? An absurdly comic tale of betrayal, barbiturates and a brew... 

EdFest Quest

EdFest Quest

Did you know there are over 3000 shows at the Fringe, dozens of incredible international acts at the 'proper' Festival and a growing ecosystem of arts events around town this August? EdFest Quest is an interactive scavenger hunt that helps you decide what to see and where to go, then sends you on an adventure through the wonderland of the Edinburgh festivals... 

You've Got To Be Kidney Me!

You've Got To Be Kidney Me!

Inspired by the true story of Dr Horror: a 2008 case against a man from Brampton, Canada guilty of organ theft. This satirical dark comedy surrounds the story of three childhood friends who are reunited years after going their separate ways... 

You Are Frogs

You Are Frogs

Two frogs, Mabel and Garry, are ridden with the monotony of living. Until Bill comes along... a metal puppet, full of life and in love with Mabel? Soon all three are bound together by an existential crisis... 

The Promise

The Promise

Leningrad, 1942. Three teenagers struggle to survive the savage wartime siege that claimed over two million lives. Through their sufferings, a powerful bond of love is forged between them... 

Man Down

Man Down

It’s April 2015 and the Baltimore Riots have only just begun. As the city fights to end police brutality, interracial couple Michael and Eva struggle to hold on to each other. Tensions mount over colonial attitudes, Freddie Gray’s controversial death and the beginnings of a monumental racial justice movement that sweeps the country... 

Red and Boiling

Red and Boiling

Lesbian porn! Just kidding, for once we tell our own narrative. Drag duo, Hasadick and Rosay, will take you through a world of striking shadow puppetry using comedy and lip sync. Based on hours of interviews, they explore the lives of queer womyn and non-binary individuals from different countries, religions, ethnicities, and ages... 

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things

A cockroach climbs out from a cardboard box, finds out she's no longer in her homeland and facing a group of furry blurry fluffy things. This is a colourful devised puppetry and mask show for everyone, inspired by true stories happening on the planet... 

Evren

Evren

In 2026, five explorers aboard the Evren are sent out to discover what lies within a black hole. Seventy years of secrecy later, the NARSA Space Agency will now release the findings of the Evren mission to the public... 

Sold in the Name of Sex

Sold in the Name of Sex

A familiar date in the city, between two polarizing perspectives participating in a contentious foreplay across generational lines. An optimistic 20-year-old tries his hand at wooing a hesitant 40-year-old woman through foul play and brilliant naiveté. 

Love Gasoline!

Love Gasoline!

Marcel Duchamp was an artist who is famed for creating work in the cubist style and had a huge impact on the conceptual art movement, particularly Dadaism – He’s the one who famously exhibited a porcelain urinal under the title Fountain... 

Gunshot Medley

Gunshot Medley

“Black lives matter!” Hold it there and let that well-known refrain ring in your head, along with the image it conjures up in your mind. What sort of play are you anticipating? I can almost guarantee it won't be Gunshot Medley... 

Probably Still Drunk Collective Presents: Inebriated

Probably Still Drunk Collective Presents: Inebriated

Join us as we spend an hour celebrating the brave, drunken, high, and sex-crazed pioneers that built our civilization one bad choice at a time and watch us as we stumble in their footsteps... 

All That Malarkey

All That Malarkey

‘Four dangerously good singers, with a hilarious MC and pianist’ (ThreeWeeks) – All That Malarkey return to the Fringe with an all-new, outrageous music show, flaunting their unique brand of operatic cabaret... 

Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Ouroboros is a chaotic solo show in which a parade of grotesque and darkly comic characters are caught in a comedic catastrophe of egomania, thinspiration, selfie-seminars and vegans who vogue... 

Jennaration Y

Jennaration Y

The Millennial generation goes by many names: Echo Boomers, Peter Pan and now, after the millennial star of the show, Jennaration Y. A comedic cabaret that tackles the issues surrounding being a millennial woman today, using sketches, musical parodies, stand-up and improv... 

Heartwood

Heartwood

Pinecone Penguin Theatrical’s Heartwood has all the makings of an enchanting production, but the slow and insipid script just does not deliver. Through music and puppetry, this family musical follows young Eleanor, a nine year old girl with a serious illness, who wakes from her hospital bed to find herself in a strange woodland full of odd creatures... 

The End, the End, the End…

The End, the End, the End…

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

Ouija the Musical

Ouija the Musical

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

The Tale of the Cockatrice

The Tale of the Cockatrice

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

The Stage Manager’s Guide to Dating Assholes

The Stage Manager’s Guide to Dating Assholes

Tells the story of three stage managers: the Drill Sergeant, the Cheerleader and the One Who Can’t Get Her Shit Together. All three of them are dating the same director, a sensitive theatre genius with a great ass... 

Macbeth / Redux

Macbeth / Redux

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

Fred and Rose

Fred and Rose

Three decades of killing - 24 hours to break the case. A horror that captured the world's attention. This piece draws upon words and intonations taken from the recordings and transcripts used in the investigation of Fred and Rose West, the serial killer couple... 

Confetti

Confetti

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

The Calm

The Calm

In the near future, the line between war and terror is blurred in a military hospital behind the front lines, ahead of the final push. 

Two and One More

Two and One More

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

Brain Matter(s)

Brain Matter(s)

For all of those who have ever questioned: what on earth are they thinking? Watch as the two halves of the brain find their way through the confusion of life and look to answer some big questions along the way... 

The Concept

The Concept

Given the chance, what would you ask God? 'Why do I have three nipples?' Jessie is taken on a journey through time. As unfortunate circumstances occur, God just watches. Has God abandoned us? In the style of Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens, The Concept will make you question the relevance of God(s) today... 

A Fool’s Paradise: 30 Shakespeare Scenes in 60 Minutes

A Fool’s Paradise: 30 Shakespeare Scenes in 60 Minutes

For a fast-paced, fun show filled with audience interaction, A Fool’s Paradise might be for you. This talented troupe of five women set themselves the terrifying task of performing 30 scenes from Shakespeare in an hour, having the audience shout out numbers and filling in bingo sheets provided, making it a rapidly paced, competitive and fun show to spectate... 

Criminology 303

Criminology 303

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

Unseal / Unseam & Erwartung

Unseal / Unseam & Erwartung

An electroacoustic opera adapted from Bluebeard's Castle (composer Béla Bartók), performed with a concert version monodrama, Erwartung (composer Arnold Schoenberg). The woman, soprano and sound artist Micaela Tobin, returns to her physically abusive partner... 

Head à Tête

Head à Tête

Two men live in a cold and barren land. They find a wonderful tree which gives them warmth, food, and shelter. They discover that they speak different languages and that their world is in danger... 

Dead Awaken

Dead Awaken

In this four person concert drama, a celebrated artist struggles to atone for the sins of his past, while desperately searching for a new future. A reimagining of Ibsen’s final play set to a concept album of neo-soul and hip hop music... 

Cult

Cult

Cult, a new musical. November 1978. 918 members of the People's Temple died in Jonestown. This is the story of some of those who died and the ongoing power of Cult. Collaboration by The Unknown Theatre Company (Wales) and McCurdy Theatre Arts (USA)... 

IamI

IamI

Yet again CalArts pushes forward the frontiers of theatre with an extraordinary, fascinating and labyrinthine work. To guide us through this maze of existential complexity I will confess to being more than usually dependent on the press release for providing the only way out... 

The Mountain Top

The Mountain Top

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

Invisible City

Invisible City

Marie moves from a little village to a big city and it isn’t how she expected. She’s a little ridiculous herself: painfully naive and awkward. The first ten minutes of the show are spent on her simply saying the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to us in various ways... 

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues is beautiful. ‘Beauty’ is the girl’s name in this solo performance and she too is beautiful. Growing up in the segregated wards of New Orleans, however, she was never told that... 

Francesca, Francesca...

Francesca, Francesca...

Delving into the short life of 20th century photographer Francesca Woodman, Francesca, Francesca... is an intriguing piece, albeit somewhat vague. It seems to be posing questions to its audience but it’s never quite clear what all of them are... 

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

A daily challenge to realise the best marketing scheme on the Fringe. Join us in competitive capitalist victory, or watch us lose our shirts ... guaranteed beer, and kids will love it... 

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

A political satire and a dark comedy revealing an uncompromised view of our political world from behind the scenes. Washington DC, USA, in a near future. The Western Empire is sinking like the Titanic... 

Hacked Off

Hacked Off

Marie is left broken-hearted after breaking up with her boyfriend Steve. With the help of her best mate Colette she attempts to exorcise the ghosts of the past through blind dating... 

old man's Gift

old man's Gift

'Did you know that the German word gift means poison? It used to mean present – like in English – but then people started using it sarcastically.' A group of friends have organised a birthday party for their former abuser... 

Why Is Life Like Sparrows?

Why Is Life Like Sparrows?

Anni Dafydd emerges onto the stage wearing layers of mismatched technicolour clothes. The patchwork outfit perfectly describes her show: offbeat, muddled but oddly endearing.Why is Life Like Sparrows? takes the form of a gently surreal sketch show... 

Things from Before Pt. 4

Things from Before Pt. 4

“Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?” Maurice Maeterlinck published his play in this intriguing perspective, The Intruder, in 1890... 

Guttermouth

Guttermouth

If Shameless were a one man show, and featured more drum and bass, it would probably look something like this. Guttermouth is an innovative and fun production which uses contemporary verse, beat-boxing and physical theatre to take its audience on a journey through wit, grit, and pseudo-profundity... 

Fleeced

Fleeced

Fleeced is an original comedy musical that tells the story of the made-up ancient Greek hero Jersephules; a simple farm boy doted on by his parents. Farm life isn’t enough for Jersephules; just like Luke Skywalker he dreams of adventure, so one day he escapes the farm disguised as a fair maiden... 

Pomegranate Jam

Pomegranate Jam

This is a charming show which employs shadow puppetry and shadow ballet to retell the Greek myth of Persephone from her perspective, without words. Although it does not exploit the medium it uses to its full potential, this is a visually and emotionally engaging piece of theatre... 

Kaspar

Kaspar

Every sentence is for the birds! Kaspar is the story of logocracy. When the ultimate power is the word. Peter Handke's play is about singularity and individuation in the face of modernisation... 

Victims of Influence

Victims of Influence

‘Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change’ (Mary Shelley). You are all products of society's working laboratory. Sewn together by the dogma of hands opposite of your own... 

Too Cool to Care

Too Cool to Care

Too Cool to Care is the story of Ware's life as a carer for a father with Alzheimer's and a wheelchair-bound mother. But don't be fooled by the title - as Lolie herself says at the outset, this show is about love... 

666 DSM: A Dark Comedy about Sanity, Society and Spirituality

666 DSM: A Dark Comedy about Sanity, Society and Spirituality

‘A deeply-felt and virtuosic shout in the darkness’ (John Cameron Mitchell, Creator/Director, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus). NYC writer/performer Douglas de Souza enacts six characters (an artist, a trickster, a promoter, a conspiracy theorist, a raver and a seeker) with six different mental disorders inspired by the DSM (bipolar, nicotine and alcohol addiction, cocaine addiction, paranoid personality and hallucinogen dependence)... 

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

Vincent languishes in his yellow room until he meets his muse Siena. She has something that Vincent desires, something that he desperately needs. Using the camera as a tool for exploration, Vincent and Siena fight through love...