Alan Bennett's Green Forms

Alan Bennett's Green Forms

An Alan Bennett one act play originally written for TV in 1978. It transfers brilliantly to the stage and showcases the humour and pathos of Britain's best-loved playwright. Green Forms shows Doris and Doreen frittering away their working hours until the spectre of Ms Dorothy Binns and computerisation becomes all too real. 

How to Do Acting (Properly)

How to Do Acting (Properly)

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

Alan Bennett's A Visit from Miss Prothero

Alan Bennett's A Visit from Miss Prothero

An Alan Bennett one act originally written for TV in the late 1970s. It transfers brilliantly to the stage and shows the humour and pathos of Britain's best-loved playwright. Arthur Dodsworth's serene retirement is severely jolted by a visit from his malevolent former secretary... 

Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened

Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened

An Alan Bennett one act play-originally written for TV in 1982. It transfers brilliantly to the stage and showcases the humour and pathos of Britain's best-loved playwright. June (a well-meaning but very inexperienced social worker) visits Mam and Dad to offer the council's help... 

The Other Guys: Reigning Men

The Other Guys: Reigning Men

The Other Guys were founded in 2004 by a group of friends who wanted to bring the American tradition of collegiate a cappella to the university town of St Andrews and have since rapidly grown to become the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in Scotland... 

Words Is Words Is Words

Words Is Words Is Words

Memorable. Moving. Motivational. Poetry by Tess Adams. Co-narrated by vocalist Marie Boyle. Influenced by a career in psychotherapy and inspired by her interest in the natural and spiritual world, Tess’s hard-hitting words will leave you speechless... 

The Bacchanals

The Bacchanals

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

Bitches in the Ford KA

Bitches in the Ford KA

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

Belly Dance: A True Story

Belly Dance: A True Story

A captivating show suitable for all encompassing a variety of dance styles, colourful costumes and entertaining narrative. From Luxor to Alexandria. From the glamorous cabaret to the streets of Cairo... 

Mason King – Game of Chance

Mason King – Game of Chance

Following a successful Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2016, mind control artist Mason King returns for another audience interactive journey into the inner depths of the human mind. Demonstrations of psychological influence, the art of lie detection and direct mind reading magic will leave us questioning: do we control our own thoughts? Do we control our own decisions? And above all, can we control our own luck? 

The Last Sesh

The Last Sesh

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

Brain Rinse

Brain Rinse

Runner-up Best Comedy Show Buxton Fringe 2017. Brain Rinse is a bizarre, madcap, interactive sketch show starring you, the audience. Love, war, suicide, Beethoven, sex therapy and more... 

Clowntown: I Can Do Anything, the Funtastic Show by Sphere Clown Band

Clowntown: I Can Do Anything, the Funtastic Show by Sphere Clown Band

'Five stars! Infectious fun' (FringeReview.ca). 'Warm, colourful musical. They’ll have you on your feet!' (Primary Times). New show from multitalented Patty and Dandy from Canada’s top clownband has all ages singing, dancing and laughing with award-winning original tunes from their four hit CDs... 

Elsa Jean McTaggart: Sing, Strings and New Things

Elsa Jean McTaggart: Sing, Strings and New Things

Take songs that stop conversations, a voice that could stop wars and a fiddle that stops at nothing, and you have the icon Elsa McTaggart. The show consists of original compositions of traditional style… lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs etc, played on the fiddle and whistle... 

Canoe

Canoe

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

The I Hate Children Children's Show

The I Hate Children Children's Show

Same deal as last year. Champagne for mums as each child is personally insulted by a fat American. Every kid helps with a trick on stage. After the show check out the online photos starring your kids at IHateChildren... 

Bulgarians, Buggery, Brokeback and Beyond

Bulgarians, Buggery, Brokeback and Beyond

Tormented souls, evil villains, cliched employees, best friends and invisible men – enjoy a humorous look at the evolution of gay male characters on stage and screen in the past 100 years... 

John Montgomery String Band

John Montgomery String Band

This is the five-piece band's second consecutive appearance at the Fringe. A 55-minute, eight-night run of beautiful songs and music featuring the local landscapes, lives and loves... 

Misha's Gang

Misha's Gang

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

DNA – Alexandra David-Néel

DNA – Alexandra David-Néel

August 1916, the great explorer Alexandra David-Néel has been in her hermitage cavern in the Himalayas for two and a half years, following the teachings of her guru, the Lama Gomchen... 

It's a Dog's Brexit

It's a Dog's Brexit

EU exit day is just seven months after the Fringe. Will we be ready? After the arguments, insults and other showstoppers that only Brexit seems to inspire, is the exit deal any good or are we looking at a complete dog's Brexit? Following hugely successful seasons at the last two Edinburgh Fringes, as well as two weeks at the Adelaide Fringe 2017, Geoffrey Brown returns with his new show – come along and enjoy an entertaining 45-50 minutes exploring what the latest Brexit deal means for the UK and our relations with Europe and beyond. 

Elsa Jean McTaggart: Hebridean Fire

Elsa Jean McTaggart: Hebridean Fire

Five-star reviewed and ThreeWeeks Editors' Award-winner Elsa Jean McTaggart, returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 to launch her well-known folk and Scottish music show, Hebridean Fire... 

Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues

Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues

Led by acclaimed vocalist Nicole Smit, Queens of the Blues presents a musical celebration of the women who have shaped blues and popular music as we know it, and have gone largely unrecognised for their influence and talent, until now... 

Glasgow '14

Glasgow '14

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

Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret

Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret

Excitement! Drama! Romance! And… knitting? A scintillating cabaret, featuring the lost knitting songs of WWI and WWII from Canada, Britain, America and France. Bring your knitting (or crochet) and stitch along to these funny, poignant, toe-tapping, needle-clicking tunes... 

The New I Hate Children Children's Show

The New I Hate Children Children's Show

You love the I Hate Children Children's Show but you want the new new, and who can blame you? Not us... We're Americans, we know all about new and improved. So treat yourself. Treat your kids... 

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

One hundred years of blues, 60 minutes to play it. Blues! plays the songs and tells the stories of the artists that redefined popular music around the world. The show features a 12-piece line-up of acclaimed Edinburgh rhythm and blues band The Blueswater, playing an all-new set of songs... 

Strings for Kids: Misha's Gang Presents

Strings for Kids: Misha's Gang Presents

Misha Rachlevsky and Russia's finest string players engage, educate and entertain youngsters of all ages in a musical journey full of fun, interaction and surprises. Learn how sounds are made, how many nails it takes to make a cello (tricky!), what the dots, lines and squiggles mean, and much more... 

007 Voices of Bond

007 Voices of Bond

Voices of Bond is a spectacle like no other. Fresh from her sell-out show The Carole King Story at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, sensational vocalist Phoebe Katis invites you on a journey following the captivating world of 007, and the voices that have accompanied this story over the last five decades... 

Three Menopausal Maids

Three Menopausal Maids

You really don't want to miss this show. Flushed with success the Three Menopausal Maids are hot and guaranteed to tickle your Tena Ladies. Ever wondered what really happened in the after of happily ever? What's the big draw at the bingo – is it really the prize money? Getting too old for your job? How far would you go to hang on to it? Journey with these absurd ladies from Bognor to Bavaria via Bradford for a spot of lunch, bingo and apres ski. 

Face 2 Face

Face 2 Face

Technology is becoming a greater force within our society; everyday we are becoming more dependent on it. Set 20 years in the future, we see the story of Ben and Emma who are different from the norm... 

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: two French musical icons. They sang songs of romance, heartbreak, hope and love. They lived lives of drama and passion. This impossible concert, featuring internationally acclaimed vocalist Melanie Gall, relives the adventure and inspiration of their lives and music... 

When the Sky Falls In

When the Sky Falls In

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

Bunker Girls

Bunker Girls

Bunker Girls shows us two women who worked as secretaries documenting the German perspective on WWII. We see them go from proud nationalists full of hope to breaking down as they witness their country ultimately losing the war... 

The Staff Room

The Staff Room

It is really reassuring to see an honest piece about the hard work of being a teacher, whilst also avoiding a bland generic sanctifying of all teachers. The Staff Room, takes us behind closed doors where the kids can’t hear us, and shows a slither of the day to day life of teaching... 

Lucille & Django's Totally Restorative Yoga Retreat!

Lucille & Django's Totally Restorative Yoga Retreat!

Lucille and Django are two young yoga leader characters with a surfer-vegan-spiritual vibe and chirpy Australian accents. Throughout the show, what seems to be a happy duo descends into a passive aggressive (and then actively aggressive) relationship... 

Little Shop of Horrors – The Musical!

Little Shop of Horrors – The Musical!

Ethereal Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors is a powerhouse of zany energy. By nature, the show is a nonsensical and melodramatic tale of a man who creates a mutant plant with a taste for blood... 

Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors

Two pairs of identical twins cause havoc in Shakespeare's hilarious comedy of mistaken identity. Raiser Theatre's vibrant young cast bring the story right up to date in this fast-paced production of the knock-about classic, turning Ephesus into a modern city obsessed with status and blighted by Xenophobia... 

The Dame

The Dame

A seasoned pantomime dame sits alone in his dressing room applying make-up, preparing for the performance of a lifetime. He’s returned to the northern seaside town where he grew up for the Christmas season, and is bitterly confronted with why he left all those years before... 

Leebo Luby - Farucchio Peru Is Extraordinaire

Leebo Luby - Farucchio Peru Is Extraordinaire

Farucchio Peru is an enigma wrapped in an ego, surrounded by an unpronounceable name. As he crashes his way through his insane repertoire, you will find yourself asking, ‘is he actually Italian?’... 

The Other Guys: All Night Long

The Other Guys: All Night Long

The Other Guys from the University of St Andrews return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the third time, with more energy and excitement than ever before. After a jam-packed year with shows around the country, they are thrilled to be returning to home turf to finish the year off in style... 

Remember Me My Dere

Remember Me My Dere

Elspeth McVeigh brings another gorgeous and unusual programme of little known, rarely performed Scottish and European 17th-century music to the Fringe. Sung by street musicians, these beautiful, haunting songs have survived in all their glorious celebration of life and the heart... 

Be Prepared!

Be Prepared!

Patrol Leader Lesley Stone absolutely loved being a Girl Guide. In fact, she still does! She shares anarchic anecdotes, candid confessions and saucy songs. Now she's desperately sitting badges, camping around and looking for love... 

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

Albert is a lovable nerd who dreams of the big stage. Mylez is an outgoing hacker with a dark sense of humour. Lonely, but resourceful, they have built themselves a friend called A... 

North-South Divide

North-South Divide

It's kicking off all over Europe: on our footy pitches as well as our borders... Oh, in Trump-land too! Seems the Muslims want in and the rest want them out. Award-winning Germany-based, cutting-edge comedy duo Mike and Aydin return to the Fringe to solve all our woes: EU, Brexit, USA, fundamentalists, Scotland, unemployment and Nigel Farage... 

Strangers: A Magic Play II

Strangers: A Magic Play II

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

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

Albert is a lovable nerd who dreams of the big stage. Mylez is an outgoing hacker with a dark sense of humour. Lonely, but resourceful, they have built themselves a friend called A... 

Rich Hyde, Homicide

Rich Hyde, Homicide

Rich Hyde, the Boston cop in the City of Angels... and a body has fallen out of his closet. This satirical look at 1980s cop shows will be sure to have you laughing like it's 1989! 

Bubbles and Martini

Bubbles and Martini

Featuring the great host Dean Martin (whom has much to learn about 2017) introducing his duet partner for the evening, Michael Buble – a man he’s obviously never met before. Kings of Swing separated by time, but now with the magic of theatre they are brought together in concert... 

Shit I'm in Love With You Again

Shit I'm in Love With You Again

Join Outstanding Canadian Comedy Award winner Rachelle Elie in her boisterous, bawdy romp through the multiple manifestations of love and relationships. From wide-eyed youthful idealism to the challenges of marriage and parenthood, this cheeky musical comedy pokes fun at everything from blue balls to birth and divorce... 

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live!

In their ninth Fringe run, Shellshock! bring you Shellshock! Improv Live!, a cheery mix of improvised sketches, stories and games. Every single scene you'll see will be made up on the spot based on your suggestions... 

The Tempest

The Tempest

A sibling betrayal. A terrible storm. A magical island, a sprite and a monster. New young female theatre company Ellipses fuse drama, sound and movement to create a snappy, atmospheric, gender-fluid Tempest for our time... 

The Agony and the Ivories

The Agony and the Ivories

Comedian, musician and award-winning actor Bill Larkin from Chicago performs songs at the piano that the Los Angeles Times call 'bitingly satirical'. Songs performed from his new live album, Knowing Your Audience... 

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

I like improv as much as anyone, but part of what makes improv work as well as it does is the spontaneity of it all. It doesn’t matter if any narrative is loose and somewhat implausible, because you know it has all been made up on the spot... 

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Man with the Twisted Hip

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Man with the Twisted Hip

If you are in search of some polite 1930s garden-party-esque comedy mixed in with a hilariously self-aware performance, this is certainly a play to catch. Tom Taylor is an amorphous delight to watch as he carries the audience through a fast paced one-man murder mystery... 

2016 the Musical

2016 the Musical

The idea of taking a serious topic and turning it into a musical is not a new to the Fringe. Despite this, the concept behind 2016 the Musical still seemed refreshing enough for me to have high expectations... 

Your Point of View

Your Point of View

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

Birdland by Simon Stephens

Birdland by Simon Stephens

yt2 return with Birdland by the Olivier and Tony award-winning Simon Stephens. The last week of a massive international tour and rock star Paul is at the height of his fame. Everybody knows his name... 

Bacchae

Bacchae

Both faithful and frantic, young company Flying Pig Theatre have produced a very satisfying version of Euripides’ Bacchae with a deft touch.It is worth noting that, despite being advertised as being transported to a crumbling Victorian mansion, this doesn’t really appear to be the case in any form or fashion... 

Someone Dies at the End

Someone Dies at the End

A small group of survivors huddle in a bunker, eating beans and reminiscing on their favourite foods. Before long their camaraderie is shattered by new arrivals, recriminations and mistrust... 

Funny Bones and Wisdom Teeth

Funny Bones and Wisdom Teeth

Peek through the comedy retro-spectoscope at medicine and dentistry in the 1970s and 80s. In this unashamedly old-school comedy show (and with Dr Lowry’s unique perspective), discover what it took to get into medical and dental school and what kind of antics they got up to when training; what went right and wrong in the surgery, and what they really say about you and your bodies and teeth (and it’s not much different today)... 

The Magic Wand With Three(!) Ends

The Magic Wand With Three(!) Ends

René knows how to keep kids entertained whilst giving adults a good laugh too. There’s plenty of opportunity to come up and assist. René’s visual bits of business keep them laughing out loud and occupied... 

Sweetmeat

Sweetmeat

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

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

A Charlie Montague Mystery: The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

What would an unpublished Agatha Christie mystery be like if, by some strange quirk of fate, its editor had given it over to P G Wodehouse for a final literary polish? Well, thanks to Tom Taylor, we now have at least an idea; a bit like one-man-show The Game’s A Foot, Try the Fish—a hit during last year’s Fringe, back again along with brand new adventure The Man With The Twisted Hip... 

Angels in Erotica

Angels in Erotica

Jesus here! Belief in Dad is at an all-time low, but pre-marital sex is at an all-time high. So, He’s trying to rebrand by starring in His very first sex comedy. He’s got poor Cupid traipsing around after some dirty-minded northern girl in this “new universe” he’s created... 

Sometimes I Adult

Sometimes I Adult

Alice’s clinically diagnosed OCD keeps her slim, out of debt and germ free! But the rituals holding her together might just break her apart. Can she lose her OCD and finally start to adult all by herself? Can she even make it through the show without having to wash her hands?! 

Domestic

Domestic

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

We'll Meet Again: Vera Lynn, the Forces' Sweetheart

We'll Meet Again: Vera Lynn, the Forces' Sweetheart

We'll Meet Again, White Cliffs of Dover, There'll Always be an England: Dame Vera Lynn’s nostalgic songs defined a generation. She was awarded a Damehood, received the Burma Star campaign medal, and was the first centenarian to have a top 10 album... 

Bassett

Bassett

At Wootton Bassett School, Leo’s class has been locked in. Dean needs the toilet, Aimee needs a coffee, Amid needs to pray and Leo really, really wants to escape. Outside, a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is about to begin – and this one is personal... 

Two Dunnit

Two Dunnit

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

A Place for Me

A Place for Me

You never know who you share your space with, who you touch, or how you touch them. What if the place you go to escape is also someone else's? What if they needed you? A Place for Me is a new musical that captures a moment in the lives of two teenagers who are about to step into adulthood... 

Violin Variations

Violin Variations

Classical, pop and film music, hacked by electric violin and laptop, then reconstructed live with you, the audience! 'Beautifully nuanced playing' (Strad). 'A seriously good violinist' (Scotsman)... 

Misha's Gang

Misha's Gang

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

A Feyre Tale

A Feyre Tale

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

Lunch Girls

Lunch Girls

Bee, Dee, Jay and Vee – will they ever do lunch? Dee's a bitch, Jay's in love (but who with?), Dee's got Harry's mother's dodgy wheelchair to deal with, and Bee worries about everything... 

Sister Act

Sister Act

Edinburgh University Footlights is blessed to be making a spirited return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their production of the feel-good musical Sister Act! Sister Act follows the story of club singer Deloris Van Cartier who, after being put under police protection in a convent, leads their choir from hellish howling to heavenly harmonies... 

DROLL

DROLL

In 1642, theatre was made illegal. Theatre didn't die. The award-winning Owle Schreame theatre company present a chaotic and semi-improvised selection of rough, wild, raucous and bawdy, short (illegal) plays from the 16th and 17th centuries... 

Demise

Demise

Demise was its own demise. Its blurb promised to ‘challenge […] views of prostitution.’ It could have been a sensitive, well-informed, empathetic theatrical exploration of sex-work that debunked the prejudices so frequently assigned it... 

Shit I'm in Love With You Again

Shit I'm in Love With You Again

In Shit, I’m in Love with you Again, Canadian comic Rachelle Elie relates her life story through the mediums of story, stand-up and song.Elie is a charming performer, with a veteran’s stage presence... 

Bella Freak: Unwritten

Bella Freak: Unwritten

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

Craig: Deception

Craig: Deception

In a dark, sweaty room on an unusually warm Edinburgh summer day, the odds are already stacked against any act trying to hold an audience’s attention. Today, with polite banter, charmingly fun anecdotes and some deceptively simple tricks, Craig Stephenson does exactly that... 

Make me

Make me

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

About a Goth

About a Goth

Life as a Goth is not easy. All those clothes, the make-up and maintaining the image make for a very demanding existence. Nick, a 17-year-old gay boy is feeling the strain and is beginning to wonder whether he has chosen the right vocation in life... 

Super Earth

Super Earth

When two women are dragged into an underground lair while bombs engulf their city, they dream about getting one last chance to see their family, kiss their loved ones, and punch that high school bitch in the tits... 

HSSFC

HSSFC

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

Cream Tea and Incest

Cream Tea and Incest

Strap yourself in for an hour of puns, props and plenty of plot. Cream Tea And Incest is a top-notch riff on the classic Edwardian farce, and a merciless poke at the old-time aristocracy and English gentleman... 

The OS Map Fan Club

The OS Map Fan Club

Helen Wood delivers a bizarre, amiable love letter to the ordnance survey in The OS Map Fan Club. She is a companionable host, leading us through a virtual romp through the English countryside using her beloved map... 

Bottleneck

Bottleneck

There’s a lot going on in Luke Barnes’ Bottleneck. From poverty and classism to northern identity and, most importantly, football, the play tackles a lot of issues that characterised the experience of 1980s Liverpool... 

Lord Dismiss Us

Lord Dismiss Us

Scottish award-winning playwright and novelist Glenn Chandler’s best-known work might be television detective series Taggart, but he also has a string of successful plays and productions to his credit... 

Marking Time

Marking Time

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

The Interview

The Interview

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

The I Hate Children Children's Show

The I Hate Children Children's Show

Magician Paul Nathan returns to Edinburgh once more with The I Hate Children Children's Show for an hour of interactive magic, name-calling and the occasional glass of champagne.The show has been a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe for many years and it’s clear to see why... 

Trial by Media

Trial by Media

Trial by Media. Can you have a fair trial alongside extensive media coverage? Can you remain impartial and fair in the face of public pressure? Would you close off your mind when the whole world is telling you their perspective? Can you? Come and see if you can... 

Stories of Serendipity

Stories of Serendipity

Dance and storytelling which powerfully connects, fusing text, movement and music. Magical coincidences and twists of fate. Lost watches, fortune tellers and happy accidents bring people together... 

Womb Raider

Womb Raider

Returning for their 18th show at the Edinburgh Fringe. After six years of sell-out shows, St George's Medics' Revue are back with their brand of fast-paced medically-based comedy sketches... 

My Second Best Bed

My Second Best Bed

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

Boy in a Bottle

Boy in a Bottle

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

We All Have Songs

We All Have Songs

In any amateur production, the most significant moments are those where one forgets that the performers are not professional. In this song cycle from the Hawaiian school group the IDP (aged 14-19), these moments were few and far between, but they certainly were there... 

Know Brexit

Know Brexit

Geoffrey Brown guides us through the sticky path that is Britain’s exit from the EU armed with a gaudy slide show, an intro song, It’s the End of the World as We Know it and I Feel Free, and a collection of statistics... 

Sink

Sink

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

Flashback

Flashback

Fitness has changed over the last four decades. Let me take you back to the start of the 80s when the leotards were tight, hair was big and fitness was about to take off in a big way with the start of the VHS video, and then YouTube... 

Blueswater Presents: The Porch Band Audience Picks

Blueswater Presents: The Porch Band Audience Picks

A special stripped-down lineup of The Blueswater play an upbeat swampy set of blues songs decided in advance by fans on social media. Expect guest singers and musicians to give them a hand... 

A Glass of Nothing

A Glass of Nothing

Frumpy, single and jobless? What else can a twenty-something woman do but gulp a bittersweet glass of nothing? Fizzing with dark comedy, Beth transforms into the world’s most desirable woman, able to woo the perfect partner and brainstorm her way into a glamorous job in advertising... 

Robin Hood: The Panto!

Robin Hood: The Panto!

Join Robin Hood on his thrilling quest to outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian; all with a bit of help from his trusty band of merry men... 

My Fanny Valentine

My Fanny Valentine

Megan was looking forward to her hot date with a doctor. Imagine her disappointment at discovering she’d inadvertently booked an appointment with a gynaecologist. An eclectic mix of music, comedy, storytelling and cabaret... 

1000 Cranes

1000 Cranes

Award-winning company from Hawaii presents the inspiring, true story of Sadako Sasaki who folded over 1000 paper cranes from her hospital bed in Hiroshima, Japan. This family friendly show includes music, dancing, and audience participation... 

Jeopardy

Jeopardy

If Lena Dunham's Girls, Requiem for A Dream and political punditry had a brain child, Jeopardy would be it. A dark comedy that explores what characterises a moment in history when the only certainty appears to be that there is none... 

All KIDding Aside

All KIDding Aside

From four time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and creator of Fringe Hit ONEymoon (***** Victoria Times Colonist ). Time is running out, a life altering decision teeters before you… and you’re on the fence! Through thoughtful and funny observations, while awaiting a pregnancy test, Bartelse shares her fears about becoming a mother, a possibility that comes as a surprise after years of thinking she was infertile... 

All Cashed In

All Cashed In

From Memphis to Folsom Prison to… Glasgow? This unusual story unfolds with the familiar calm bass baritone, crooning Walk the Line. We meet Greg Moncur, a young Glaswegian who believes he shares a special link with Johnny Cash... 

Tilda's Magic Attic

Tilda's Magic Attic

Tilda’s Magic Attic is a place for adventure. Vast oceans, awesome landscapes and fantastical creatures are somehow contained within its walls. But recently, it’s been rather quiet up there... 

Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues

Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues

Led by superb vocalist Nicole Smit, Queens of the Blues presents a musical celebration of the women who have shaped blues and popular music as we know it, and have gone largely unrecognised for their influence and talent, until now... 

POV

POV

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

The Shambles

The Shambles

The Shambles, York’s premier improvised comedy troupe, are back at the Fringe! Bringing you hilarious scenes, songs and games based entirely on your audience suggestions – no two shows can ever be the same! Prepare for a raucous night of comedy as The Shambles turn whatever you shout at them into a high energy performance of concentrated silliness right there on the spot... 

Don't Cry for Me Kenny Dalglish

Don't Cry for Me Kenny Dalglish

Danny McLure goes to Argentina to support Scotland in his country’s 1978 World Cup campaign, but then finds himself at war with the people he has fallen in love with. Set against the emotional backdrop of fierce rivalries on the pitch and on the battlefield, Don’t Cry For Me Kenny Dalglish is an intense one-man show that follows Danny’s journey from a 1970s Glasgow adolescence of music and football to coming face-to-face with Argentina – the warmth and passion of its people and the brutality of its dictatorship. 

The Unaccompanied Minor

The Unaccompanied Minor

A comedy for anyone who's been single, and then got someone pregnant. When a father finds out his son's mother is attempting to take his son to Texas – Dad Goes Rogue. A hit comedy about sucking tits, and science fair projects... 

Clitorosity, Cocktastrophes and Other Things You Can't Get Your Mouth Around

Clitorosity, Cocktastrophes and Other Things You Can't Get Your Mouth Around

When a man and a woman… or a woman and a woman… or a man and a man… or any combination really, love each other very much, they come together – well, not always together. That can be problematic... 

Strangers: A Magic Play II

Strangers: A Magic Play II

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

Like Blood From a Cheap Cigar

Like Blood From a Cheap Cigar

Like Blood From a Cheap Cigar is a personal glimpse inside the intense, damaged relationship between George, a past-his-prime bad boy and Margo, his pretty, significantly younger girlfriend who's been driven to the brink of insanity by her irrational love for him... 

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

One hundred years of blues, one hour to play it. From early delta blues to modern artists still playing today, Blues! plays the songs and tells the stories of the artists that redefined popular music around the world... 

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: two French musical icons. This impossible concert relives the adventure and passion of their lives and music. 2016 Edinburgh Fringe sell out show. Piaf and Brel has been performed Off-Broadway in New York City, in UK theatres in Upton and Little Budworth, as well as around the world in Canada, USA, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and even Khartoum, Sudan... 

Clowntown

Clowntown

‘A big hit’ (STV). ‘Dazzlingly colourful!’ (Edinburgh Evening News). Multi-talented Patty and Dandy from Canada’s top clown band bring audiences of all ages to their feet, singing, dancing and laughing with hilarious antics and award-winning original tunes from their four hit CDs... 

Violin Variations

Violin Variations

Classical, pop and film music, hacked by electric violin and laptop, then reconstructed live with you, the audience! 'Beautifully nuanced playing' (Strad). 'A seriously good violinist' (Scotsman)... 

Paul Williams: Summertime Love

Paul Williams: Summertime Love

The summer is coming. You know what that means: beaches, bathing suits and boys (or girls depending on your sexual orientation. I personally prefer girls I just didn’t want to ruin the alliteration)... 

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert

Classically-trained Canadian singer Melanie Gall presents this one hour recital of the music of legendary Francophone singers Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, with songs presented thematically to capture the different themes of their lives... 

A Terrified Soul – Macbeth

A Terrified Soul – Macbeth

There have been by my count no less than six adaptations of Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, yet the China Anhui Opera Institute’s offering may be the most unusual. Chinese opera aficionados don’t get many opportunities to see the art form in the UK so will enjoy this, but it is accessible and interesting enough for anyone with a basic understanding of the plot of Macbeth to watch and enjoy... 

Anatomy of Dating

Anatomy of Dating

This is a disappointing show, billed online as storytelling comedy. What it is, is a person flicking through a PowerPoint presentation, occasionally making comments, but for the most part just reading off the slides... 

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

This is a show that had so much potential in its material and utilised none of it. Most of the piece takes place inside the dreams of an amnesiac. The scenes of stilted dialogue performed very woodenly are broken up by short sections of lovely dance... 

Bull

Bull

If you’ve ever cursed Human Resources for making you work with such unreasonable people, you should see what Thomas has to put up with! Mike Bartlett’s 2013 tale of Darwinian competition in the workplace is brought to life in this slick and enjoyably nasty production from yt2 Plus... 

Keep it Real

Keep it Real

Ah, the classic buddy comedy: overdone by definition and yet extremely resilient. Keep it Real is one of those plays that can be best described via what TVTropes calls a Wunza Plot, as in: ‘One’s a middle-class, white rapper, one’s a total Steve Urkel... 

Eight

Eight

yt2 Plus’ staging of Ella Hickson’s Fringe First winning Eight hits some right notes, but fails to really engage with its difficult source material and comes off as both disconnected and rather toothless... 

Antigone

Antigone

Eleventh Hour Theatre’s fresh and admittedly interesting take on Sophocles’ Classic tragedy presents a new spin on the classic tale that, whilst successful enough, fails to realise its full potential... 

A New Case of Jekyll and Hyde

A New Case of Jekyll and Hyde

A New Case of Jekyll and Hyde follows Elizabeth Jekyll struggling to come to terms with her husband suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite the help from an intelligent yet withholding doctor and the support of an old friend, life cannot seem to return to how it was before... 

Woman Up Improv Show

Woman Up Improv Show

Fresh from their sell-out Glasgow International Comedy Festival run, Scotland’s first all-women improv troupe Women Up are ready for their Fringe debut! With short form and long form games... 

Big Thumb

Big Thumb

Knowing Smirk return to the Fringe, where BroadwayBaby.com assured us that ‘laughter and a warm mirth resonates in the room’. A fast-moving comedy improv and sketch show where nothing is sacred – not even the vegetables! So bring your big thumb and buckle up! @knowing_smirk 

No Filter

No Filter

The company that brought you Happy Girl and Teenage Dirtbag is back with a new show about digital detoxes, the rise to insta-fame and what it means to really lose yourself online. Because teens don't just fall off the internet... 

Out of the Box – Adult Comedy and Variety Show

Out of the Box – Adult Comedy and Variety Show

A unique fun-filled, vibrant and interactive riotous adult five-star afternoon variety show, packed with hilarious mime, comedy, innuendo and magic. With special guest appearances from our very own Mr Luciano Pepperoni and Miss Dolly Farton our bespoke caricature-puppets... 

The Monologues of a Tired Nurse

The Monologues of a Tired Nurse

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

I Will Speak for Myself

I Will Speak for Myself

One actress in an authentic, theatrical and compelling performance that breathes life into long-forgotten African-American women’s voices from slave narratives, personal letters, memoirs, diary entries, court records, poems, public addresses and newspaper advertisements... 

Nightpiece Film Festival

Nightpiece Film Festival

Like independent film? Support Nightpiece. In 2014 we presented 69 short films on an open access basis. In 2015, we curated the programme and received 2,101 submissions from 99 countries across the world, selecting 52 films of impeccable quality... 

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

Did you know, the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a bit rubbish? In this brand new family comedy with music and puppetry, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful Grimm characters... 

Lifted

Lifted

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

They Call Me Miss Commuter

They Call Me Miss Commuter

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

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

A contemporary song cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up... Or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it... 

The Mystery at Ginger Creek: An Interactive Adventure

The Mystery at Ginger Creek: An Interactive Adventure

Welcome to Ginger Creek, where curious characters and perplexing events are the norm. Join Hank O’Hara and Sally Silver Gunz as they run from the law, stumble over clues and suffer from amnesia... 

Bursting the Bubble

Bursting the Bubble

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

Eden

Eden

Less Theatre breathes life into everyday objects that are often overlooked in our daily lives. Working as much as possible with recycled and reusable materials to create our puppets and the world they live in, we ask if something inanimate can tell us more about our lives... 

Little Wolfie

Little Wolfie

Do people change? What if they lose something important to them? A new translation and adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Lille Eyolf, a hard-hitting play about many kinds of loss – featuring a puppet as Wolfie himself... 

Chapel Street

Chapel Street

If ever the strength of a story lay in its telling, Chapel Street would be a perfect example. Luke Barnes’ play is written in a punchy, in-yer-face style which could easily fall flat if not attacked with venom... 

Happy Yet?

Happy Yet?

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

My Ain Countrie: 17th-19th Century Songs of Scottish and Northern Emigration

My Ain Countrie: 17th-19th Century Songs of Scottish and Northern Emigration

This informal hour long recital, starring singer Elspeth McVeigh and fiddle player Gabi Maas, features a variety of folk songs, or ‘Broadside Ballads’, from 17th to 19th century musical traditions originating in Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia... 

The Rules Of Inflation

The Rules Of Inflation

This is no ordinary birthday party. As we enter to balloons and party bags and children's music we are handed cards to vote on. Each brightly coloured character urges us to vote for them... 

Novel Experiments in Living

Novel Experiments in Living

In the opening tableau, the stage is littered with a collection of bodies sprawled all over the stage, all paper white overalls and unsettling masks. A collection of discarded or potential ideas surround the image of a writer: knitted jumper, wiry frame, prop typewriter... 

The Nutty Professor and His Amazing Magic Bubble Show

The Nutty Professor and His Amazing Magic Bubble Show

Bubble-lovers will rejoice in this fun, immersive spectacle lead by the energetic assistant Ms Squeaky Bottom and the Nutty Professor himself. This show fully lives up to the jubbly expectations set by its title and will surely provide a fun experience for any kids in the 7-and-under age group... 

Vera Vera Vera

Vera Vera Vera

Vera Vera Vera is a black comedy that explores the impact of war on the people back at home. Bobby, a young soldier from Kent, has been killed in Afghanistan. This disaster pushes his mother into a despairing seclusion, while Bobby's other siblings, Emily and Danny, quarrel over how heroic, or not, he really was... 

Nightpiece Film Festival

Nightpiece Film Festival

Like independent film? Support Nightpiece. In 2014 we presented 69 short films on an open access basis. In 2015, we curated the programme and received 2,101 submissions from 99 countries across the world, selecting 52 films of impeccable quality... 

Eargasm Cabaret

Eargasm Cabaret

Two quirky ladies. One piano. Singing songs about love. Singing songs about not being loved. Singing songs that have absolutely nothing to do with love but will give you the best eargasm of your life... 

Bouncers

Bouncers

John Godber’s fluid exploration of British society, drinking culture and nightlife in the 1980s is a fast-paced romp through fragments of characters’ lives, from upper-class champagne-quaffing, to alcohol-fuelled nights on the tiles, all under the supervision of the ever-present bouncers... 

Hammerton Community High Class of '75

Hammerton Community High Class of '75

1975. A school in West Yorkshire. It’s the last assembly of the year and the staff body are trying to prepare their students for adulthood. Whimsical, eccentric, yet unsettling and dark – a must see alternative comedy from the University of Manchester. 

Into the Water

Into the Water

Into the Water promises to be a family-friendly show full of dancing and imagination. However, though the lighting and set were visually beautiful and despite the intricacy and obvious skill in the dancing, Into the Water is not a children’s show... 

Bones

Bones

Bones is one of the most high-energy monologues you will see this Fringe. Unable to decide whether or not to kill his baby sister, that he has been left to care for, Mark (Dominic Thompson) regales the audience with stories from his past, transitioning fluently between events from his childhood and from that very night... 

A Dream of Dying

A Dream of Dying

It seems almost almost impossible that a man could go through his life and when his naked body is washed up on a shore in Ireland no one knows who he is. In A Dream of Dying author Treasa Nealon breathes life back into him, giving him a family and a story... 

Under Cover With the Naked Stand-Up

Under Cover With the Naked Stand-Up

Miss Glory Pearl is the naked stand-up and she doesn’t mess about. Before a single word has been spoken she’s starkers onstage and the show begins: part burlesque, part stand-up, part radical feminist praxis, Undercover with the Naked Stand-up is an entertaining and illuminating romp through issues around body image, underwear shopping and the patriarchy... 

The Point

The Point

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

Semi-Toned Presents: Sing Theory

Semi-Toned Presents: Sing Theory

Exeter University’s a cappella sensation Semi-Toned return to the Fringe with Sing Theory! Using their trademark combination of vivacious humour, vocal mastery and velvety charm, the 2015 UK Champions and Broadway Baby Bobby Award winners are back to once again prove you don’t need instruments to make a fool of yourself in the name of musical entertainment... 

The Cat Lady

The Cat Lady

Unsure of what to do with your life? Become a nurse... or a stand-up comedian... or a cat. That's the message that Cat Lady is bringing to the people. A play about three women – or one woman – and what it means to fail at your life like a goddamn champion! A white-knuckle romp sure to leave audiences in raptures and extreme physical discomfort. 

The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dick and Delores DelRubio

The Final, Final Farewell Tour of Dick and Delores DelRubio

The hilarious tribute to the fictitious husband and wife lounge act duo, Dick and Deloris DelRubio. Dick and Delores share their stories of celebrity love, life and entertaining. From competing with Liz Taylor, dating Elvis and performing in burlesque, Dick and Delores will literally charm the pants right off of you! 

Spoon-Feeders

Spoon-Feeders

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

Pesky Pirates: A Hip-Hop Adventure

Pesky Pirates: A Hip-Hop Adventure

After sell-out shows of The Princess and the Frog last year, Let’s All Dance is back with this high energy interactive show, full of action, giggles and fantastic hip-hop dancing! Children will be able to clap along and join in with the pirate-y moves... 

Tartuffe

Tartuffe

1967. The pious Tartuffe is lodging with the honest Orgon and his family. So infatuated with him, Orgon is blinded to Tartuffe’s true, rather less than virtuous ways. His family however sees him for the man he is, and have a tough time convincing Orgon otherwise... 

Killer Cells

Killer Cells

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

Sisu

Sisu

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

Knowing EU

Knowing EU

Although this show might have been more useful to see before the EU referendum, Knowing EU’s straightforwardness pushes to one side all the unclear statistics and hot headed debating surrounding the referendum and presents nothing but clear facts... 

In Utero

In Utero

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

The Necessity of Atheism

The Necessity of Atheism

The genius of the Romantic poets was their ability to bring emotion to the forefront in a world where faux-rationality reigned. They championed the sublime over the logical in poetry that still resonates today... 

The Shot Heard 'Round the World

The Shot Heard 'Round the World

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

A Dog's Tale

A Dog's Tale

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

The Rose of Jericho

The Rose of Jericho

Kevin Hely stares, bares his teeth and darts along the stage. His character’s an ex-soldier, hard-as-nails and sweary; you’ll see why he had to choose the army, a seemingly better home than the one he couldn’t stand as a child... 

Going Underground

Going Underground

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

The Female Question

The Female Question

Here is a play with an interesting premise: what would Shakespeare’s female characters say if they had the chance to address their playwright? Would they be unhappy with the treatment—dead, mad, married off—that they get through the bard’s work?This is potentially a hard premise to live up to, but by and large Juno Evans and the Z Theatre Company pull it off... 

Making Monsters

Making Monsters

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the most well known stories in the English canon. Even those who have never read the book or seen one of the several movies based on the story know of it... 

Blueswater Presents: Storyville!

Blueswater Presents: Storyville!

Named after New Orleans' historic red-light district, The Blueswater is proud to present the dirtiest, raunchiest, and most violent blues songs ever written. Expect some late night mayhem in an intimate small theatre featuring guest performers and the band behind the award-winning show Blues! ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

Chechelele World Music Choir

Chechelele World Music Choir

For over twenty years Chechelele have been delighting audiences with songs about love, freedom, slavery and everyday life: music with stories and meaning performed with energy and joy... 

Like Clockwork

Like Clockwork

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

Trust Me, I'm A Drama Teacher

Trust Me, I'm A Drama Teacher

Seemingly at the end of his tether, a teacher sits, tie loose, marking work, clearly frustrated to say the least. Describing himself as grumpy, sad, but creative, Rick Wood’s opening number of this new devised piece of beat poetry musical theatre establishes the fact that this will be a show replete with observational humour, centred around the working life of a drama teacher in a secondary comprehensive school... 

The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

The Game's a Foot, Try the Fish

Tom Taylor has produced a show so funny at one point I thought my lungs were going to burst. The Game’s a Foot is an hour of very silly and very funny comedy.Charlie Montague an upperclass twit who wishes to be a detective... 

Grannies With Guns

Grannies With Guns

Oddly enough, Grannies with Guns is kind of an anti-Matilda. A group of feisty, charming old people are opposed by a care worker who hates the elderly, played by a man portraying a woman... 

Mason King – Mind Control

Mason King – Mind Control

Mason King’s Mind Control mixes card tricks, deception and mind-reading into just under an hour of delving into the human psyche.King’s speciality, as you might have guessed, is mind-reading... 

Opera Mouse

Opera Mouse

Opera Mouse is a pleasant Canadian import presented as a one-woman puppet show by Melanie Gall.The story, unsurprisingly, follows a young mouse named Tilly who wants to be an opera singer but who refuses to accept any help in the process... 

What Kind of Fool Am I?

What Kind of Fool Am I?

Helen Wood’s one-woman show is a journey of self-discovery complete with a bit of psychology, personality quizzes and a sense of fun. Helen’s goofy but charming show gets quite a few chuckles as she leads us through her life with the help of several props and the occasional well-chosen soundtrack... 

Spiders by Night: A Double Bill of Exciting New Monologues

Spiders by Night: A Double Bill of Exciting New Monologues

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

The Therapist

The Therapist

The Therapist is about a woman called Michelle Dowell. She is 34 years of age. In the play she has a number of different mentally ill patients. Her patients suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia... 

Little Song Webs

Little Song Webs

Let acoustic duo Lunabaï weave you into a world of spirited sound. Original material combining soothing melodies, striking harmonies, with an eclectic mix of instruments – Indian tampura, guitar, mbira, singing bowl, shruti box, drum and rainstick... 

Rapture

Rapture

You see a hijab – I see a rapper. Rapture is a dynamic youth theatre performance which uses rap music and spoken word to tell the story of a young Muslim woman, AJ, who wears her hijab as an actual and metaphorical veil to her true identity... 

The Voice Awakens

The Voice Awakens

Durham University's Northern Lights return to the Fringe, ready to electrify audiences with an attack of dulcet tones, smooth harmonies and slick choreography. With award-winning soloists and vocal percussionists, the Lights provide great entertainment for all ages... 

The Cucumber Crime

The Cucumber Crime

Disaster strikes as a beloved vicar is brutally murdered in his church, due to jealousy over his large cucumber. Tensions rise, as no one is innocent and everyone’s a suspect. It’s now up to the notorious Detective Hunt and his trusty sidekick to solve the case... 

Go to Hell, Jesus

Go to Hell, Jesus

After the rapture and his second coming to earth, Jesus Christ finds himself transported to Hell. Confused and disorientated, Jesus must find his way through the depths of the Underworld to get to the bottom of what is seemingly a rather catastrophic clerical error... 

Red Letter

Red Letter

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

Ofgagged

Ofgagged

Sketch Club 7 (six schoolboys and a blow-up doll) return to the Fringe after a triumph last year (‘terrifyingly brilliant’ BroadwayBaby.com). Yet this year something is wrong, there’s been political incorrectness in the group and Ofgag, the comedy regulator, must inspect the show... 

The Red Guitar

The Red Guitar

The Red Guitar is, essentially, the story of John Sheldon’s life. John Sheldon has lived quite a life. And it just so happens to mirror the development of rock music over the latter course of the last century... 

That Selfies Show!

That Selfies Show!

Pitch the diaries, the journals, the travelogues. Our memories are now recorded in selfies. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when a day may hold a thousand selfies – something is up... 

Diva Las Vegas

Diva Las Vegas

Diva Las Vegas delivers The Sundaes back to Edinburgh with their boldest show to date. Sassy, sexy and sensational, The Sundaes pay homage to the biggest divas on the planet with their trademark stunning vocals, coupled with a generous scoop of comedy and the outrageous costumes that they are known for... 

Sweet Nothings: We Need to Talk

Sweet Nothings: We Need to Talk

Exeter’s first, all female a cappella group are getting vocal about breakups. But don’t think they’re all heartache and tears. Join them in a breakup breakdown, exploring the whos, feuds, and it’s not me, it’s yous, of relationships... 

Elsa Jean McTaggart: Sings, Strings and Other Things

Elsa Jean McTaggart: Sings, Strings and Other Things

Take songs that stop conversations, a voice that could stop wars and a fiddle that stops at nothing, and you have the icon Elsa McTaggart. The show consists of original compositions of traditional style... 

The Shambles

The Shambles

The Shambles, York’s premier improvised comedy troupe, are back at the Fringe! Bringing you hilarious songs, scenes and games based entirely on your audience suggestions – no two shows can ever be the same! Each performance is unique, but without you we are nothing! So join this vibrant and eclectic cast, and bring along your best and weirdest suggestions for an evening of unrepeatable, unforgettable and unbeatable improvised comedy... 

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

Blueswater Presents: Blues!

100 years of blues, one hour to play it. From early delta blues to modern artists such as Jack White and Seasick Steve, Blues! plays the songs and tells the stories of the artists that have defined today’s music... 

Peach, Oscar and the Dragon's Tears

Peach, Oscar and the Dragon's Tears

Join us for this interactive tale about a brave girl and her cat. Bear witness to swashbuckling fights, singing peas and a caramel munching dragon that loves heavy metal music! First performed at Glasgow's Merchant City Festival, 2015 'Peach... 

Blueswater Presents: Early Blues and Roots with Toby Mottershead

Blueswater Presents: Early Blues and Roots with Toby Mottershead

Acclaimed Edinburgh bluesman and lead singer of The Black Diamond Express, Toby Mottershead, presents his personal history of early blues and roots music in an intimate solo show. ‘Toby Mottershead is a commanding presence on stage’ (DailyRecord)... 

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Maurice is an amazing cat. He can think, he can talk, and he has an amazing scam going. And all he needs to pull it off is his army of intelligent rats and one stupid-looking kid. Carl Sandburg High School is proudly returning to the Fringe with this frenetic, fantastic, hysterical tale from the great Sir Terry Pratchett. 

Stories from Around the World

Stories from Around the World

Calling all explorers! Join us on the voyage of a lifetime to discover fairy tales, myths and legends from around the globe. Straight from a successful UK tour, Fusion Theatre present their magical, interactive, fast-paced, hilarious storytelling adventure, for all the family! But, come closer, we have seen terrible things, rough seas, creepy crawlies, armies of monkeys, monsters of the deep, so we can only accept the bravest sailors on this mission... 

Price (still) Includes Biscuits

Price (still) Includes Biscuits

Satirical and hilarious deadpan humourist Naomi Paul returns to the Fringe with her quirky four-star one-woman show Price (still) Includes Biscuits. Naomi uses characteristic dry Jewish humour to comment on topical political issues, share personal stories and perform catchy handmade songs... 

Litterbugs

Litterbugs

Join storyteller Kreestan Sennakie and the Litterbugs in this new adventure for the creepy crawlers who live under the hedge. Clive the Grasshopper and his colourful friends set out on a day of surprises as they begin their quest to find the secret of the ants under the hedgerow... 

Blueswater Presents: Cat Loud's Wayward Girls

Blueswater Presents: Cat Loud's Wayward Girls

Seemingly wholesome island lass Cat Loud is still on the prowl for her next big adventure. After a chance stumble down a rabbit hole into a secret speakeasy, Cat embraces this dark underworld and life takes a turn for the wicked... 

The Rugby Tour

The Rugby Tour

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

Countermeasure: 14 Characters

Countermeasure: 14 Characters

Award-winning a cappella that will bring you to your feet! Countermeasure has won worldwide acclaim and sold-out houses in the UK, Canada and US with their upbeat blend, sophisticated harmonies and infectious energy onstage... 

One, Two, Three, Yippee

One, Two, Three, Yippee

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

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

Did you know, the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a bit rubbish? In this brand new family comedy with music and puppetry, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful Grimm characters... 

Ubu Faust

Ubu Faust

Ubu assumes the role of Faust in this raucous, rapid-fire puppet comedy. Inspired by the plays of Alfred Jarry, the legends of Faust, and the traditions of Punch and Judy, Ubu Faust is a satirical exploration of a most grotesque and unlikable man and the lengths to which he'll go to satisfy his many hungers... 

1%

1%

Are you the 99% that won't stop and help your fellow man in trouble? Are you the 99% who cant break free from the scourge of apathy? Statistics show only 1% patrols the Scottish streets, buses and cafes so you don’t have to... 

Lifted

Lifted

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

Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show

Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show

An improvised comedy show performed by a cast of puppets for adults. Using table top Bunraku style puppetry, Glitch improvise a brand new adventurous, action-packed and often emotional story from scratch at every performance... 

Alice: A Looking Glass Wonderland

Alice: A Looking Glass Wonderland

Your manic tour through the zany zone of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and Looking Glass novels is led by a cadre of crazy characters performed by a troupe from an independent high school in Birmingham, Alabama... 

The Graduettes

The Graduettes

The Graduettes starts with a great farce premise: flatmates wake up on Christmas morning to find their home robbed and their landlady dead on the floor. There's also a visit from a judgemental in-law planned, an intrusive ex and a policeman who's related to said dead lady... 

Free for All

Free for All

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

The Greatest Stories Never Told

The Greatest Stories Never Told

Setting the evening’s tone from the outset, the audience take their seats while the actors prep onstage, cycling through an exaggerated array of warmup exercises that any performer will know all too well... 

#Realiti

#Realiti

Using projection, live cameras and audience voting, #Realiti is a lot like Big Brother, but not as you know it. Five ‘housemates’, unhappy with their lives and themselves, have chosen to enter the house for a chance to win a mysterious prize... 

Time at the Bar!

Time at the Bar!

Beardman production Time At The Bar was written and directed by Kieran Mellish and follows the story of The Duck’s Beak pub, whose future is uncertain. By their own admission, they need to improve or close up, promising their customers the five ‘C’s’ – comfort, company, and class, with the addition of cholera and chlamydia on disco nights... 

Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf’s novels are notoriously difficult to adapt for the stage. It is hard for plays to do justice to her stream-of-consciousness style while remaining compelling – and comprehensible – to the audience... 

The Power of Music

The Power of Music

There’s something infectious about certain ad jingles. That ‘stuck-in-the-head’ phenomenon over which we seem to have very little control is what inspired John Groves at a young age to want to be an ad music composer and, we are told, has led to him becoming one of Europe’s leading ‘comMUSICation’ experts... 

Classically Chilled Piano

Classically Chilled Piano

Rich Batsford’s Classically Chilled Piano is exactly that. It’s an hour to sit back and relax, take a break from the franticness of the festival and chill with these soothing piano melodies... 

Church Night

Church Night

Church Night takes place as a monthly variety show in Washington DC, where they attract large crowds every night. In the small studio space at Surgeon’s Hall, the atmosphere is considerably more intimate but perhaps equally as entertaining... 

A Traffic Jam on Sycamore Street

A Traffic Jam on Sycamore Street

A Traffic Jam On Sycamore Street is a Kafka-esque tale of persecution of the every-man figure by illogically logical authorities.This piece of original writing from writer and director David Jones, tells the story of an unsuspecting citizen who receives a severed finger in the morning post and is arrested on suspicion of a tenuously connected crime... 

Follow/Unfollow

Follow/Unfollow

‘Internet celebrity’ used to sound contradictory. Now, more and more people are rising to household-name status on the back of their social media profile. That trend is reflected on Fringe stages, with multiple shows addressing new media, including Follow/Unfollow... 

Not the Horse

Not the Horse

The story of a young man falling in 'deep shit' with a notorious gangster is something we see in movies all the time, and the influence of this is clear in Not the Horse. This show simultaneously seems like a tribute to Guy Ritchie and something from the strangest depths of the imagination, leaving you laughing and seriously questioning your sanity... 

Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

I went into Tim Drain's show fully prepared for some offensive stuff. Like, really offensive, "did he just say that" stuff. The flyer for the show boasts a no holds barred set, which means it's a total shock to the senses for the mild-mannered man to take to the stage in silence, sit down and produce a script... 

Nightpiece Film Festival

Nightpiece Film Festival

Like independent film? You’ll love Nightpiece. Since 2010 an ethos of stage to screen production has helped translate everything we delivered as theatre in previous Fringes into feature or short films... 

Savage

Savage

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

Plain English

Plain English

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

Indie as F*ck

Indie as F*ck

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

The Intriguing Imagination of Arla Bell

The Intriguing Imagination of Arla Bell

Welcome to Arla’s bedroom, where you’ll find creatures from her imagination ready to entertain and disturb you. Here you can watch as everyday boredom disperses just with images from her mind, but be warned ... 

The Main Yvette

The Main Yvette

Disobedient yoghurt-covered yoga bitches. Win win win. Sexy anxious sluts on Diet Coke. ‘A raw and awkward, yet cathartic exploration of what it means to achieve success as a woman… groundbreaking originality and captivating humour ... 

Price Includes Biscuits

Price Includes Biscuits

If there were a prize for the solo standup show at the Fringe with the greatest number of comic props, Naomi Paul’s Price Include Biscuits would be a strong contender. She reads from cards, puts on a coat and then places it back on a hanger, offers the audience biscuits during a ‘biscuit break’, plays pop songs to help us understand her jokes, and performs several original musical numbers... 

Face to the Wall

Face to the Wall

Let me tell you what happened. No, don't interrupt. Actually I don't want to talk about it anymore. Fine. There were children. They got shot. Don't interrupt. We were only children... 

The Story of Faust (Lilla Faust)

The Story of Faust (Lilla Faust)

Since March 2015, Skottes Musikteater has been taking part in a huge theatrical event in a renovated industrial site at Gävle (200 km north of Stockholm), where Gävleborg´s Folkteater performed Goethe´s Faust (to great acclaim), with a symphony orchestra, a folk music ensemble and amazing sets... 

My Name is Rachel Corrie

My Name is Rachel Corrie

Why did a 23-year-old woman leave her comfortable American life to stand between a bulldozer and a Palestinian home? From the words she left behind, My Name is Rachel Corrie tells the story of the young American activist killed on March 16, 2003, as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in the Gaza Strip. 

What If...............? Legacy of War

What If...............? Legacy of War

What if you lost everything? What if you couldn’t go home? What if you forgot what home meant anymore? What if you lost your friends? What if you had no one? In alliance with Giles Duley, the conflict photographer, StandUp has devised a hard hitting piece based on the life stories of war refugees, creating characters that both reflect the emotional, physical and psychological struggles that real refugees have faced, while also representing their inner strength... 

Be My Baby!

Be My Baby!

‘Be my little baby,’ intone The Ronettes as the Swinging Sixties unleash a wave of sexual liberation for women. But for four pregnant, unmarried teenagers consigned to a religious mother and baby home somewhere in the north, the decade of free love has turned very sour... 

HP Lovecraft's The Statement of Randolph Carter

HP Lovecraft's The Statement of Randolph Carter

Submerge yourself in the delightfully dark subterranean world of HP Lovecraft. Let our live dramatised readings accompanied with handcrafted lighting and live foley effects, surrender your senses and imagination to these gothic tales... 

Waste of Time: 1985 and 2085

Waste of Time: 1985 and 2085

Waste of Time takes the audience both back and forwards in time from the grounds of an abandoned scrap heap. Two different plays utilise the same setting in rep to retell the worldwide stories, historical moments and personal struggles of 1985 and those of a post-apocalyptic world in 2085... 

The Alice Effect

The Alice Effect

Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, Alice has been forcibly committed into a mental institution. This darker take on Carroll’s children’s book is not entirely original but it is different in that it fully commits to the concept that Alice is mentally ill, and has never actually ventured into Wonderland... 

Styx

Styx

For once, we are given a programme description that is completely accurate and delivers what it promises: ‘a tragicomic thriller about love and accidental murder….a whirlwind romance of intrigue, grotesquery, and bad puns’; actual groaningly bad puns that we hate to enjoy... 

The State of Concrete

The State of Concrete

The Britwell estate, built in 1957, was created to rehouse people from the slum clearance areas of London and Essex. It’s also the location for LUTheatre’s The State of Concrete, which, according to the company, is ‘based on true stories, real people, and overheard conversations’... 

The Tour

The Tour

This play within a musical aims to show us what life as part of a touring company is really like. From nerves to affairs to missing home, each character faces the realities of living out of a tour bus... 

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

There are three things which are undeniably British: Geoffrey Chaucer, trains and casual drinking. Combine the three and you’ve got an entertaining piece of student theatre with an upper lip so stiff you could chisel a bust of the Queen with it... 

Luke and Harry's Jaws

Luke and Harry's Jaws

Famous German double act Luke and Harry need your help for their production of Jaws, because one of them has died (TBA). ‘Baffling but really kind of wonderful’ **** (List). ‘Hysterical and bizarre’ (BarcelonaConnect... 

Chris Cooke's Free Speech

Chris Cooke's Free Speech

ThreeWeeks' co-editor Chris Cooke always saw free speech as a fundamental right, but then started arguing that Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines should be banned. So what is free speech exactly? And is it ever right to censor? In this free speech, Chris will explore what the law actually says about freedom of expression and consider the tricky balancing act between free speech and causing offence... 

Night of My Life

Night of My Life

Sketch Club 7 has six members. Five guys and an inflatable girl. The girl, incidentally, manages to provide a brief cameo as Stalin.If that doesn’t spark your interest, the knowledge that this sketch troupe are making their Fringe debut at the tender ages of 16 and 17 might... 

A Little Respect

A Little Respect

Here we go again. Another school drama about bullying, complete with do-gooders and social misfits and a storyline that has been done countless times before – a classic GCSE piece... 

Dean Martin and Friends (Christmas Special)

Dean Martin and Friends (Christmas Special)

The Fringe is a place for new discoveries – the freshest, young talent rubbing shoulders with the world’s best at their craft. This is what make Fringe shows some of the most exciting and challenging in the world... 

Heads

Heads

When two precocious, self-important students uncover a student-teacher relationship scandal at their private school, they plan to exploit it for their own gain and, in so doing, hope to gain places at Oxbridge by winning a prestigious journalism competition... 

Dendritical

Dendritical

At the heart of Dendritical, the latest performance art piece by Christy Ann Brown, lies a contradiction. It is in many respects unpolished, confused and at points bordering on self-parody... 

Happy Girl

Happy Girl

Nine school students navigate the pressures they face as girls: pressures from society and pressures from each other. Bringing to life the minefield that is a girl’s teenage years, this piece of new writing makes for a fresh and well-executed youth production... 

Five-a-Side Theatre

Five-a-Side Theatre

“Join our storytelling team as they use innovative improve [sic] techniques to craft a narrative from audience members’ true stories,” boasts the Five-a-Side flyer. Imagine the disappointment when, far from this promise, you are subjected to five students dressed in cheap Disney princess costumes, telling a story that is not only not improvised but is also mind-numbingly poor... 

Chechelele World Music Choir

Chechelele World Music Choir

Ranging from pleasantly slow and soothing to fast and excitable and even angry, the sounds produced by the Chechelele World Music Choir were vibrant and vast. Their set took the audience vocally around the world from South Africa and Uganda, to Bulgaria and South America... 

The Secret of My Failure

The Secret of My Failure

The Secret of My Failure is a farcical, eclectic sketch comedy show hosted by the energetic Dr Postscript, which weaves through sarcastic appraisals of bad comedy sketches (a clever excuse to get unwitting audience members on stage) and the various interruptions to the Seminar, wherein a whole host of weird characters take centre stage... 

No Strings

No Strings

No Strings tells the unoriginal tale of two, middle-aged married people hooking up for one night of meaningless, pure sex, with Shona looking to get back at her cheating husband and turning to the more experienced Jamie for that satisfaction... 

The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells

The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells

The sweet and earnestly acted production of Tom Wells’ The Kitchen Sink at The Space @Surgeons’ Hall depicts a young Hull family whose emotions run hot and cold.Mom Kath (Helena Dudley) wants flighty gay son Billy (Oliver McLellan) to find himself at London art school, if only he can get accepted with his glitter-strewn paintings of Dolly Parton... 

Rabbie

Rabbie

Third Degree Youth Theatre presents 'Rabbie', a rich and colourful musical drama depicting the life of Scotland's bard, Robert Burns. Libretto by Edinburgh playwright, Andrew Dallmeyer, and musical arrangements by Glasgow musician, Kennedy Aitchison. 

Mabinogion

Mabinogion

Welcome to the Mabinogion, a tale of myth, magic and adventure! When Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed meets the mysterious Rhiannon, he must find a way to cheat Gwawl, her unwelcome suitor. Meanwhile, Branwen, princess of Wales is forced into a marriage with Matholwch, the king of Ireland... 

Quiz

Quiz

During the filming of a live Sunday night third-rate quiz show, tensions between crew members, contestants, and ex-GMTV presenter and troubled prick Steve O'Neill reach tipping point and things begin to go hideously, spectacularly wrong... 

The Also-Ran

The Also-Ran

A new play by the writer C R Giles based on the nineteenth-century rebel Adam Lindsay Gordon, Aberdeenshire's heir and Australia's poet laureate. His lost love retells the bittersweet highs and tragic lows of the maverick horse rider turned bush ballad-monger whose talents may have lain elsewhere... 

Madman Marathon Man

Madman Marathon Man

Matt has been losing his best friend Sam to sport for years. In order to save their friendship, he's going to become the one thing that's been driving a wedge between them – a modern sports star... 

In the Pink A Cappella Presents Tuniversity Challenge

In the Pink A Cappella Presents Tuniversity Challenge

Oxford University's finest all female a Cappella group takes on University Challenge. With tight harmonies and heated riff offs, don't miss this iconic quiz show as you've never seen it before... 

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

There’s plenty for girls to worry about these days – from tattoos to eating disorders to abusive relationships – and Tanya Holt, a mother herself, deals with the difficulties brilliantly in this witty and important show... 

God's Waiting Room

God's Waiting Room

Many religions insist that humanity was created in God’s image; others argue that, throughout history, the process has been the other way round. It’s certainly the latter case with University of Hull-based Z Theatre Company’s God’s Waiting Room: writer Matt Kennedy didn’t just get to play God at the keyboard; he plays the part on stage too – a weary, slovenly, stressed-out God who smokes too much and has relationship problems with his eternal teenager son Jesus (a convincingly wearisome Molly Robinson)... 

The Old Fella

The Old Fella

He’s a true-blue, straight-talking Aussie and he’s in town for some old fashioned stand-up, knock-em down comedy. Well, I say stand-up but when Rod Gregory, The Old Fella himself, takes to the stage the first thing he does is hang his bushman’s hat on the mic stand and take a seat before getting on with the show... 

Fiesta de los Muertos

Fiesta de los Muertos

It’s one of the very few natural certainties that as we begin, so we must end – everything that lives, one day, has to die. Humans, perhaps uniquely aware of our own mortality, deal with this fact through ritualising death with every civilisation having different customs, fables and folktales about the afterlife and the importance of dying... 

Real Life Becomes a Rumour

Real Life Becomes a Rumour

This 'pitch black comedy' revolves around three unlikely friends sat in a room for what we believe is a friendly get together. Real Life Becomes a Rumour sets us up for a sinister twist that never seems to come and we soon realise that the production just doesn't go anywhere... 

Real Life Becomes a Rumour

Real Life Becomes a Rumour

This 'pitch black comedy' revolves around three unlikely friends sat in a room for what we believe is a friendly get together. Real Life Becomes a Rumour sets us up for a sinister twist that never seems to come and we soon realise that the production just doesn't go anywhere... 

Stain

Stain

In this tense drama the audience is thrown before a confrontation between former A-grade student Amy and her history teacher Mr Reilly. Propelling back and forth between past and present we see how a serious incident unfolds and unravels, where history itself resurfaces and dictates what happens in the here and now... 

The Bastard Queen!

The Bastard Queen!

NSDF darlings of 2014 Naughty Corner are back with their winning original play The Bastard Queen! Set at the end of the world, the play sees five young people fight for survival and stave off boredom as the days tick by... 

Paula Ryan – Celtic Singer/Songwriter

Paula Ryan – Celtic Singer/Songwriter

Paula Ryan is a compelling singer/songwriter from Ireland, whose powerful, insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and passion of her Gaelic roots and driven by funky rhythmic influences and wacky instruments from other cultures... 

Kitty's Bound for Broadway

Kitty's Bound for Broadway

This one-woman musical show sets out with a pleasant and watchable enough idea. After hitting her mid forties and finding herself divorced and lonely, Kerry Miller as Kitty decides it’s time to dust off her long forgotten dreams of pursuing a career on Broadway... 

18 Foot Story

18 Foot Story

Sometimes a production doesn’t come together and it’s not for a lack of trying. It’s clear that the young cast and crew from Z Theatre Company have put time and effort into this work and should be acknowledged for that, but the script and performances just aren’t quite strong enough... 

Glitter and Tears

Glitter and Tears

Appetite Theatre, lead by young playwright Serafina Cusack, are distressingly cool. All tight clothes and slashes of glitter across their faces, Cusack’s talent show characters are aggressively stylish... 

A Face That Fits

A Face That Fits

Moon Fly Theatre Company was created this year with the aim of affording opportunities to new and promising writers, actors and directors. Sean Langtree, its founder, has set the ball rolling with his debut play, A Face That Fits... 

Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions

Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions

Fans of Charles Dickens will love this charming one-man show performed by Ian Pearce, which he adapted from a short story.Not having read the original text, I imagined a bleak story about a medicine man, but was happily wrong... 

UKIP! The Musical

UKIP! The Musical

Deciding to paint Ukip leader Nigel Farage as a troubled "anti hero" in a cleverly sarcastic musical romp was always going to be a bit of a treat. Let's face it - satirical musical theatre is far from an over saturated sub-genre and so there's definitely room for this kind of material and I can understand the appeal... 

Lazgi

Lazgi

Lead by beautiful puppets and two Maskharaboz-Clowns this show will take us far away to the ancient city of Khiva on the great Silk Road. Khiva is the motherland of the famous dance, Lazgi, and the puppetry arts in Central Asia. 

Baggage

Baggage

As theatrical metaphors go, the equating of psychological ‘baggage’ to physical suitcases is one of the more straight-forward examples, yet that is not to decry the effectiveness or necessary bluntness of the images thus created by the young Stage 32 company... 

Macaroni on a Hotdog

Macaroni on a Hotdog

A masterwork of parallax, Macaroni on a Hotdog gently uncovers its affecting core through a focused 50 mins of understated wit. Walking in to a soundtrack of Beyonce’s Single Ladies sets the stage for a suitably fierce effort from Sandra Thomas, who shifts from bedraggled bride to cocksure frat guy/lawyer with shocking ease... 

Wheel Life

Wheel Life

Replicate on stage the chance and excitement of daily life. Using the game show model we will use chance wheels, text and signifiers such as props and costume to create a unique show that changes completely every night... 

Codpieces: Hamlet, Part II and Prince Lear

Codpieces: Hamlet, Part II and Prince Lear

Codpieces are Shakespearean parodies by Perry Pontac told in the form of prefaces and continuations… Meet the wife before Lear decides to share out his kingdom or what happens after the end of Hamlet, who will be king? ‘Pontac stands to the side of these familiar masterpieces, treating them with irony rather than disrespect and in language so close to Shakespeare’s that it’s a while before the penny drops and one realises this is parody of the highest order’ (from the Foreword by Alan Bennett)... 

Since Maggie Went Away

Since Maggie Went Away

1949: Maggie, an Irish country girl, secretly gives birth to a baby boy and is forced to give him away. 2010: Her journalist daughter discovers a global story on abuse in the Catholic Church is also her family's narrative, and sets out to put flesh on the bones of a past hidden by church, state, media – and shame... 

The Nutty Professor and his Amazing Magic Bubble Show

The Nutty Professor and his Amazing Magic Bubble Show

Children's entertainment should be brimming with energy, lovable and over-the-top characters, and enchanting tricks. The Nutty Professor has perhaps lost touch with his nuttiness over the years, because he gives a tired performance which implies he doesn't even want to be there... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a show centered around just that; children taking part in their local spelling competition. As they either pass through each round or fail and the bell chimes them out, we get to know the characters and find out a little about how they ended up there... 

The NHS: Don't Ask, It's Private

The NHS: Don't Ask, It's Private

A fast-paced, irreverent, comedy sketch show from the worryingly funny doctors of tomorrow. Some of the less competent amongst them might split your sides, but relax – they'll soon have you in stitches. 

The 229 is Never on Time

The 229 is Never on Time

Time is the only thing we can't control, but this is my time so it can be whatever I desire. The 229 is never on time ... and there's nothing worse than being late right? 

The Bench

The Bench

The north of England. A bench as old as anyone can remember. Join the current inhabitant Ducky, as she takes you on an alcoholic journey through the stories of love and heartbreak that her home has seen. 

Codpieces: Fatal Loins

Codpieces: Fatal Loins

Codpieces are Shakespearean parodies, told in the form of prefaces and continuations… Fatal Loins continues with the supposition that if Romeo and Juliet didn’t die, what is in store for them 20 years later? The familiar characters are there but not necessarily as we remember them... 

Life Jim (But Not as We Know It)

Life Jim (But Not as We Know It)

Come with us on a journey through the ups, downs and sideways of life. The hilarious Grace and Favour cast bring you a show that has laughs at every turn, from nappies to incontinence pants and all life in-between... 

The Seuss Odyssey

The Seuss Odyssey

Not in the mood for homework? Let our narrators take you on a literary journey, and watch as Homer's Odyssey is transformed into the style of Dr Seuss. Complete with a singing Cyclops, the demise of suitors acted out with teddy bears, and the sorceress Circe serving up crew members with a side of green eggs, The Seuss Odyssey is a hilarious and speedy reimagining of the classic epic... 

A History of Feminism (As Told By a Sexist Pig)

A History of Feminism (As Told By a Sexist Pig)

Qn: How does a man feel about the suffragettes? Ans: Envious! They combined violence with a sense of moral destiny. An irresistible cocktail. Political sketch-writer, Lloyd Evans, reveals men’s secret views on bra-burning, Greenham, porn, 'all men are rapists’, women-only shortlists, and Welsh lesbian matriarchs... 

The Shambles

The Shambles

The Shambles, York’s premier improvised comedy troupe, are back at the Fringe! Bringing you hilarious songs, scenes and games based entirely on your audience suggestions. No two shows can ever be the same... 

Stone

Stone

A magical, musical fable that shows how even the most unexpected soul can become heroic. Stone fuses storytelling, music and movement in a simple, spellbinding parable about believing in yourself and the consequences of our actions... 

The Night Shift With Gloria Hole

The Night Shift With Gloria Hole

Loud, crude and primarily drunk, Gloria Hole has been entertaining crowds of boisterous gays for 27 years. She's survived the Eighties, comedowns and the odd vicious queen. But what the heck does an ageing drag queen do when it's time to hang up her heels? And where on earth do drag queens retire? A blend of comedy, song and storytelling combine to take you on one hell of a trip but without too much of a comedown. 

Present and Correct: Fan Club

Present and Correct: Fan Club

Dead Duck Productions brings you another hilarious and original sketch show from the Present and Correct series! We need one more member for our cast to be complete and we’re waiting for a very special celebrity to join... 

Cross Wire

Cross Wire

Cross Wire. Karen is hiding more than a little white lie. In fact hers are more bright purple. New writing from the talents at Split Trunk Productions. A farcical comedy of crossed wires, failed interrogations and alien plots to take over the world... 

The Black Hoods Cabaret

The Black Hoods Cabaret

Bear witness to the debauchery and murder of some of the most decrepit puppets to crawl out of a back alley. A puppet cabaret for adults that will charm you into darkness and mayhem, as a pair of calamitous puppeteers manipulate a variety of disturbed and troubled puppets... 

The Maids

The Maids

A bit of role-play never hurt anyone, right? Two maids play a game of murder. Their mistress doesn't know the half of it. The oppressed spit at sympathy and look for loopholes, as power and performance are stretched to the limit... 

Wild Bill: Sonnet of a Bardsterd

Wild Bill: Sonnet of a Bardsterd

Meet Bill, Wild Bill. Shakespeare, drunkard, imposter, literary terrorist, as he descends into madness. Mentally torn apart by the characters and plays that he created, he roars down any doubt of authorship and we discover that Shakespeare not only penned the plays attributed to him but also a whole other folio of works – everything ever written! Merging his most famous characters with modern day film we discover how years of worship has created a god, a monster, the immortal Shakespeare – Wild Bill. 

Virginia Woolf's Orlando

Virginia Woolf's Orlando

Join Orlando on his (or possibly her) time-traveling, gender-bending and occasionally cringe-inducing adventures as he (or she) woos a seductive Russian princess, an obsessed Romanian archduke, a Spanish gypsy, and Queen Elizabeth I amongst others... 

The Usherettes

The Usherettes

Sell-out show in 2014 returns to Edinburgh. This delightful comedy serves up colourful characters, tubfuls of emotion and plenty of pre-lunch laughter. Packed with infectiously funny cinema and classic film nostalgia... 

Sunny Runny Runcorn

Sunny Runny Runcorn

‘You can't run from the corn!’ A fairy’s tale of a town that might be a little rough – but it's also got its bloody blinding diamonds! A trip home to Runcorn can be far from a journey down the yellow brick road... 

Peter/Wendy

Peter/Wendy

Peter/Wendy by Jeremy Bloom takes JM Barrie's text, Happy Thoughts, movement, instrumental music, striped pajamas, creating a performance where the entire cast dances, sings, sighs, to spin the endearing, achingly beautiful story of Peter Pan... 

School House Rock Live!

School House Rock Live!

Based on the American Emmy Award-winning children's series, School House uses a wide array of musical styles to teach grammar, math, science and American history while telling the story of a young teacher nervously anticipating the first day of school... 

Secret Honour

Secret Honour

'Remarkable' (Press). Sequestered in his home, disgraced President Richard Milhous Nixon arms himself with a bottle of scotch and a gun to record memoirs that no one will hear. He is surrounded by the silent portraits of his demons, as he resurrects his past in a passionate attempt to defend himself and his political legacy... 

Making Light

Making Light

Naomi Paul does not so much make light of topics as make them dull. This bizarre piece, which defines itself as both comedy and theatre, is made up of anecdotal narratives and comments which are of less than anecdotal interest... 

Soften the Grey

Soften the Grey

The first half of Soften the Grey is near-perfect. Pitched at the ideal point midway between dramatic appeal and thoughtful profundity, rich with humour, it wins over viewers effortlessly... 

Glue

Glue

You may think the title is a joke. It’s not. Glue: three short plays about spermatozoa, by student playwright Rory Platt,directly probes some of the basic questions at the heart of human reproduction... 

Under the Erl Tree

Under the Erl Tree

This show by young company Turn the Key adapts the Nordic legend of the Erl King through movement, live music and puppetry. The all female cast create a slightly messy but lovely show, and while there’s one too many custom changes, and occasionally some over-acting, Under the Erl Tree is a show for young children, and there is nothing not to like about it... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tripped Theatre’s stylised adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream fits one of the Bard’s most famous and fun plays into the space of one hour, with only four actors filling all of the parts... 

The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

Based on a short story by children’s author Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon re-tells the legend of Saint George and his battle against the dragon. In this version, the dragon is a good dragon, who makes an agreement with Saint George to stage their fight so as to placate the villagers’ mounting concerns... 

Flat Pack

Flat Pack

Flat Pack is a coming-of-age story. It’s about getting laid, making it and growing up. Billed as a black comedy, I would say it’s actually a drama with some funny bits. It’s not laugh a minute: the style is realism, not sitcom... 

The Electra Project

The Electra Project

This play, about a group of high school students attempting to adapt the Greek classic with disastrous consequences, thankfully doesn’t end in a case of life imitating art, although things don’t get off to the smoothest start with the house opening late and the performers beginning before all audience members are seated... 

Flight of the Lawnchair Man

Flight of the Lawnchair Man

Latymer Theatre Company’s Flight of the Lawnchair Man is the sweet tale of an average man who dreams of something more. A bright and optimistic musical about the importance of following your dreams, it doesn’t break much new ground but is a diverting and well-executed youth production... 

Dave!

Dave!

Dave! is entirely incomparable with anything else I’ve seen this year. The storyline follows Dave, a quavering, uncertain individual, who is utterly overwhelmed by the things going on around him: his parents’ divorce, his mother’s new life, his abusive father and his desperate colleague... 

Can Stand Up - Don't Want To!

Can Stand Up - Don't Want To!

Tonally and thematically, Can Stand Up - Don’t Want To! is all over the place. Ostensibly a satire on our libertarian values, it succeeds in being awkward without ever being particularly funny... 

Joe's Cautionary Tales

Joe's Cautionary Tales

Hungry Wolf presents an energetic and enthusiastic offering for children at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. At times a little too enthusiastic for its own good, it nevertheless retains a charm and determination that must be admired... 

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

This is a heartfelt piece of theatre which demonstrates just how far passion and enthusiasm can get you. Livewire return to the Fringe this year with their take on Dickens' Oliver Twist, setting it in post-war Germany... 

The Chronic Single's Handbook

The Chronic Single's Handbook

If you’ve been looking all over the Fringe for some misogynistic bullshit, you need look no further: Randy Ross is your man. His show is good value for money too, because I can guarantee that these fifty excruciating minutes feel more like several hours... 

Buffer

Buffer

Tormented by his dependency on and loathing of social media, Craig has switched off from the world. In the company of a one-night stand who just won't take the hint to leave, he is desperately trying to find the space to think... 

The Usherettes

The Usherettes

This romp through the bygone days of grand movie theatres and classic films is brought to us by Jean (Karen Levick) and Pearl (Helen Wood). After a string of failed jobs, 40-something Pearl begins first day working as an usherette at the Regal Cinema, a cinema that has resisted change and is now struggling to attract the audiences it needs... 

Totally Devoted

Totally Devoted

The worst thing about this show is that there’s a life-size cardboard cut-out of Robert Pattinson onstage the entire time. The best thing about this show is hard to pick, as there’s much to like... 

Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee

Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee

Meet Leila and Lee. Leila, the silent girl, is just happy to be in a story. Stag Lee, the troublemaking teen, tries to emulate his absent father with just a cap to remember him by. In this down-to-earth production of David Greig’s moving play, two lonely lives entwine after a fateful event causes them to flee from their home... 

Excuse Me Mrs Pardon

Excuse Me Mrs Pardon

Excuse Me Mrs Pardon you grow pants in your garden? Welcome to the wonderful rhyming land of Mrs Pardon, where anything and everything can grow. But is it real or pretend? It’s up you… Based on the book of the same name, published by Theatre Tots Ltd, this story explores Mrs Pardon’s garden with a healthy dose of silliness and a much needed amount of messiness... 

Herlock and Swatson in the Mystery of the Royal Goose

Herlock and Swatson in the Mystery of the Royal Goose

Join the illustrious, world renowned detective duo on an epic mystery adventure for all the family. The Royal Goose is loose and there's not a single clue! Or is there? Word has it that mischief is afoot within the Palace walls, so it's time to investigate! Start your day with a fun filled, interactive children’s show tailored for family fun, bursting with wit, nonsense and a bearded lady... 

Engels! The Karl Marx Story Double Bill

Engels! The Karl Marx Story Double Bill

From the slums of Manchester to the dark heart of colonial Asia, bungling revolutionaries Marx and Engels rattle through the mid 19th century rewriting history and common morality at every step... 

The Man, the Music, the Panj

The Man, the Music, the Panj

The Man, the Music, the Panj is a conversational songwriting showcase by wheelchair bound singer/songwriter Shaun Shears and the stories that have created his work. The showcase is interactive allowing the audience to add their interpretations of the songs... 

Fundamentalists

Fundamentalists

Fundamentalists is a documentary-style drama involving an ex-serviceman from the Afghanistan war who is at a recovery hospital in Wiltshire. His nurse is from Somalia, a country hounded by war, now under constant attack from Al Shabaab... 

Smoking Kills

Smoking Kills

Jake is a Vodafone assistant regional manager, Jack is a children's magician. Jake pays Jack's bills, Jack spends Jake's money. Jake commits crimes under the veil of night, Jack drives the van... 

Piaf: Love Conquers All (Abridged)

Piaf: Love Conquers All (Abridged)

Moving On Theatre Piaf: Love Conquers All by Roger Peace is an inspiring roller coaster of a show around Piaf's life, music, breakdowns and addictions. Enjoy great songs like Je Ne Regrette Rien and more... 

Kindred Spirits The Musical

Kindred Spirits The Musical

Kindred Spirits is an endearing story about the trials and tribulations of two boys who pledged a lifelong friendship that takes them through into adulthood, only to be torn apart by a cruel twist of fate... 

The Oxy Morons in... Glistening Flanks

The Oxy Morons in... Glistening Flanks

Bad news, it's Monday. But it's worse than that, there are no teabags. Join this pack of fools on a voyage to the heart of modern life, as one man attempts to make it though the day without any tea... 

Smoking Ban

Smoking Ban

Smoking Ban centres around Carol, health and science officer at Anglo American Tobacco, and asks what happens when the smoking ban goes all the way ... to the top? The ban kicks in, the building is forced to go smoke-free and all that loyalty goes, literally, out the window! Torn between her loyalty to the company and to the primal stirrings deep inside her from a denied First Nation Heritage, Carol plays both sides... 

Darkle

Darkle

First produced in 1989, Bill Gallagher’s script, which won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, still feels relevant to the issues in contemporary culture. It is often absurdly funny and frequently horrific... 

Seated Reservations

Seated Reservations

Seated Reservations’ description as a "one act comedy play about life, death and coffee” doesn’t raise expectations sky-high, but I was very quickly converted by the fast-paced and witty dialogue and the easy comedic style with which it was delivered... 

Confessions of a Liverpudlian

Confessions of a Liverpudlian

Confessions at 7, 10, 28 and 50 years old, from a Scouser who is now a long way from home. Big, bold, feisty, feminist, size 10 feet. Funny, moving stories and songs that touch the heart. 

The Jammy Dodgers Go Underground

The Jammy Dodgers Go Underground

The Jammy Dodgers Go Underground follows three brothers as they attempt to earn money through busking, but instead end up in a workhouse. Containing traces of other stories such as Oliver! and The Pied Piper, this musical allows the very young performers of the company to showcase their talents... 

Short Stories – True Song Tales from the American Edge

Short Stories – True Song Tales from the American Edge

Short Stories - True Song Tales from the American Edge is an acoustic solo show from Kiya Heartwood, an award-winning American singer-songwriter. Her songs are based in American folk tradition and tell the stories of some of America’s famous (and not so famous) legends... 

Alba - A New Scottish Musical

Alba - A New Scottish Musical

Roddy swaps his designer suit and expensive shoes for waterproofs and walking boots and takes off on an unexpected and life-changing journey. From Best New Musical (Off West End Award Theatre Awards) nominee Finn Anderson comes this original new musical with a Celtic flair!This is essentially a four hander performed by musicians-cum-actors and it’s all delivered with style, succeeding in moving the audience with its gorgeous harmonies and rich musical tones... 

An Extraordinary Light

An Extraordinary Light

"The Nobel prize, by canonising individuals, disguises the truth that they are all, in Newton's famous phrase, standing 'on giants' shoulders' and on each other's as well." So wrote Brenda Maddox in her biography of Rosalind Franklin, whose contribution to the discovery of the double-helix as the structure of DNA was questioned at the time and has been been fiercely debated ever since... 

When My Time Comes

When My Time Comes

A misfit with a dangerous grudge. A delusional loner who dreams of going down in history. Based on a true story of a small time Rochdale villain shot dead by Glasgow police in 1969... 

The Sailor

The Sailor

The Sailor: a new direction of circus art. Inspired by the works Red Sails by A Green, Peer Gynt by H Ibsen, and The Song of Sailor by K Kesey. This is an original interpretation and fusion of different art forms, offering another look at the theatre, circus, poetry, dance, mime and is designed to amaze kids and adults! You will receive interactive, amazing musical arrangement, the struggle between good and evil, love and sorrow and different circus genres... 

Llais/Voice

Llais/Voice

You've got a voice, use it / Ma' gen ti lais, defnyddia fe. Come see an original devised theatrical piece in response to the Amanda Todd video, which was posted on YouTube in 2012.  

Macbeth - Son of Light

Macbeth - Son of Light

Scotland 1040, a nation in turmoil, striving for independence. One man will emerge to unite the country as he struggles to overcome the legend of Shakespeare's creation. This new play by Quids In Theatre Company explores the relationship between the historic Macbeth; pilgrim, warrior, lover, husband and king, with the Macbeth of William Shakespeare... 

Sketch Appeal

Sketch Appeal

Have you seen our sketches? They’re missing, armed and presumed hilarious. Wanted read or performed live. Returning to Edinburgh following last year’s five-star show Thespianage, Thespianage Productions presents a wide-ranging sketch show starring Detective Inspector Platypus, Doctor Ambiguous, the Knights of the Rah Table and many more intriguing characters (if they can find them, that is!)... 

Through the Clouds

Through the Clouds

Leo finds hope in the eyes of a girl. George and Tracey fall in love with their ideas of each other. Ellie tries to call her friend one last time. Three stories connect and collide, sharing the same burning desire for happiness and the same frustration at the failure to find it. 

The Blazers

The Blazers

Idealistic students Milton, Sinclair and Will want to contribute to society. After much pretentious discussion they decide the most original way to do so is by creating a shortcut or desire line; those dirt tracks you see across grass areas where people have cut across... 

Don Quixote

Don Quixote

We are BEDS; a university theatre society from Bangor, North Wales, performing a devised adaptation of Don Quixote. There is physical theatre, comedia dell'arte, mask work, and fun! Don Quixote is heading off for an adventure no matter what anybody else has to say about it... 

Enigma - Emmy Goering (Hitler's Diva)

Enigma - Emmy Goering (Hitler's Diva)

Never has pre-show music been better selected: upon entering the second theatre space at Surgeon’s Hall we are greeted with a single mournful violin battling against heavy acoustic drums... 

Blues!

Blues!

Aiming to cover ninety years of Blues in sixty minutes is a mightily ambitious endeavour. Ultimately, while the band members' enthusiasm and love for the genre was never in doubt throughout the evening's show, their execution of Blues' various incarnations was somewhat patchy in places and their endeavour perhaps a little over ambitious... 

Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions

Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions

Charles Dickens’ works adapt beautifully into one-man/-woman shows. It’s all pure narrative and comes alive perfectly in the hands of a great storyteller. There’s really no need for any involved theatrics... 

The Shambles

The Shambles

The comedy troupe from York returns to the festival once again with their fun, if rather forgettable, hour of hit-and-miss improvised routines. The group energetically bounces around the stage firing jokes off each other from the suggestions of the audience... 

Deconstructing the Surrogate

Deconstructing the Surrogate

Two white-clad figures obsessively interact with each other on a triangular stage, obscured and exposed in equal measures by stunning abstracted projections. Throughout the 40-minute performance the couple sleepwalk, drape, cuddle or fight or simply shift slowly in a dazed fashion without vocalisation in response to a content-rich original soundtrack... 

Sinatra: Final Curtain

Sinatra: Final Curtain

This original musical by Kingdom Theatre is a tribute to the songs of Frank Sinatra.From his hospital bed, an ailing Sinatra (Moray Innes) recounts his life to a young nurse as his younger self performs some of his most-loved songs... 

Tell Me Your Secrets and I'll Shout Them Out

Tell Me Your Secrets and I'll Shout Them Out

A sturdy tweed jacket hangs on a coat hanger, overlooking the sparse stage. There is an aged floral armchair and an end table with a decanter of what looks like brandy. Ella, the play’s elderly protagonist and only actor soon appears onstage and starts her 55-minute monologue... 

The Rose of Jericho

The Rose of Jericho

In a bare room, ex-soldier Danny (Kevin Hely) tells his life story: a troubled childhood, new beginnings in London and the horrors of Kosovo and Iraq. It’s a story that stays with you and resonates well beyond the confines of the theatre... 

Our Town

Our Town

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is a beautiful evocation of small town Americana in the first half of the century as well as a rumination on life, death and everything in between. It urges us to celebrate the beauty of every living moment but acknowledges that in the end we probably won’t... 

Dying City

Dying City

In a New York apartment with half-filled boxes scattered around her, a young woman is surprised by a buzz at the door. A year after her husband’s death, his twin brother Peter arrives out of the blue... 

Conversations with Boring, Ugly People

Conversations with Boring, Ugly People

A decent show is worth the price of a ticket and a bad show isn’t, but in the case of Conversations with Boring, Ugly People, I’d pay good money not to have to watch this exercise in pointlessness... 

Driving with the Parking Brake Up

Driving with the Parking Brake Up

Described as a comedy in two solo acts, Driving with the Parking Brake Up was in fact two plays, not one. While each play was linked through the main title, the two stories were thematically separate enough to beg the question: why were they produced as one show? The first act, or monologue, is a bildungsroman (possibly autobiographical) written and performed by Luis Sosa, in which we learn about his birth, absent father, two mothers, and growing up into a young gay actor who, like so many, works waiting tables... 

The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect opens lyrically in a way reminiscent of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, with a series of vignettes of local East London characters. Teenagers out at night, tagging the streets of Brick Lane; a local drunk who spends all his money on scratch cards; a fox roaming alone at the break of dawn; a butcher with a passion for playing the piano; austere and slightly pompous Mrs... 

Conversation at Night With a Despised Character

Conversation at Night With a Despised Character

In a totalitarian state, a writer of controversial literature is about to be killed by an executioner, and he’s expecting him. What follows is a conversation between the two considering death, life, and habit, before the executioner’s fatal task takes place... 

The Piece of Paper Paradox

The Piece of Paper Paradox

‘The mindless monotony of routine in the workplace’ is how Blue Moon Theatre describe the show that they have brought to this year’s Fringe. It questions levels of obedience and challenges the importance of individuality, making it a really entertaining piece, much more than the blurb gives it credit for... 

Whimsical Grimm

Whimsical Grimm

This adaptation by Stephen Williams follows the stories of Clever Gretel (no relation to Hansel) and Silly Kate Elizabeth. Three puppet storytellers begin this piece, speaking to the audience and sorting out some volunteers for later anticipated moments... 

The Ukulele Evangelists Bang One Out

The Ukulele Evangelists Bang One Out

Much as if I’d been with real-life evangelists, I imagine, I left this show wondering what on earth had just happened.Framed as a “talk” on the healing powers of percussion, also known as “tuneless ejaculation,” (also known as music) the show begins with a pair dressed in grey tweed and yellow shirts who stand before us, brimming with earnestness and awkwardness... 

Zooom!

Zooom!

Everyone is a hero in waiting. Join us for a delightful, imaginative, and interactive show as we discover your child's superpowers in Zooom! At each performance, we will incorporate children from our audience to create a new version of our heroic tale... 

Next to Normal

Next to Normal

Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse addressing issues of bipolar disorder, loss and ethics in modern psychiatry through an energetic rock score... 

Mafia on Prozac

Mafia on Prozac

Jay (T. Anthony Marotta) is a troubled man. He’s been dreaming of Al Capone and wants to take down the mafia. Unfortunately, he himself is a mob hitman and he and his long-time partner Tee (Ray Paolino) are about to introduce a man in a sack to the bottom of a river... 

George Orwell's 1984

George Orwell's 1984

Taking on the literary giant that is George Orwell’s 1984 is a notoriously difficult task, and The Stevenage Lytton Youth Thursday Group have bitten off a little more than they can chew... 

Watching Windows

Watching Windows

In 1964, a young bride is discovered standing on a high window ledge at her own wedding reception. Twenty years later, a business deal is on the verge of collapse and thirty years after that, a group of students discover a mysterious box... 

Giulietta

Giulietta

Despite extremely promising material, Giulietta manages to ultimately be prosaic and, frankly, a bit boring.The show tells the story of Beethoven's brief love affair with his student, Countess Giulietta, the woman to whom he dedicated the Moonlight Sonata, and also covers the traumatic period in his life in which he first began to lose his hearing... 

The Immigration Lottery

The Immigration Lottery

It’s July 1st, 2017, precisely twenty years after China took back Hong Kong from the British. A citizen of Hong Kong, Jenna Wong, enters a lottery she finds on the internet called the “Immigration Lottery”... 

Gidion's Knot

Gidion's Knot

Quest Theaterworks presents the inaugural UK performance of Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams to the Fringe. This intense epic drama details a parent teacher conference after the unthinkable happens... 

Bare: A Pop Opera

Bare: A Pop Opera

Through its pulsating rock score and emotionally charged story, Bare has thrilled and moved audiences around the world since its first staging in Los Angeles over a decade ago. A contemporary rock musical, Bare follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school... 

The Conditions of Love

The Conditions of Love

The Conditions of Love is a fanciful look at love and relationships through the lens of songs by Steven Sondheim and commentary by William Shakespeare. The cast explores how love affects the two and the one through time - the intimate intersection of desire, obsession, need, and destiny... 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

With long words, complex riddles and general nonsense, the stories of Alice’s various adventures might not seem best suited to children. Certainly this retelling isn’t. For the majority of this play, it seems that these University of Westminster students (on their first Fringe visit) are presenting a selection of characters from Alice in Wonderland in the form that many will remember from Lewis Carroll’s famous book... 

Gordon

Gordon

Sometimes less is more. Gordon, a one-man show by Ian Winter, tells the story of Barry, a successful but overworked salesman who succumbs to the pressures of modern life and begins losing the things most dear to him... 

Teenage Dirtbag

Teenage Dirtbag

Dear Ella, it’s been a year since we set out to prove the zero theorem of teenage-hood: that teenage life always, inevitably, adds up to nothing. But if that's true, why do we keep going back? Crowded Nest return to the Fringe with a brand new comedy about the young selves we create and endure, and what it means to be a teenager of the 21st century. 

Another Name for Thesaurus

Another Name for Thesaurus

Exploring humour in sincerity, whilst explaining how to lick a pussy dry, ‘New Zealand’s best-kept musical secret’ (Capital Times) has his finger on the pulse and a tongue in his cheek... 

Blooded

Blooded

Summer. Amy, Donna, Lou and Fat B. Four girls full of dreams, ready to take on the world. And then a dead girl gets dumped on the beach, and Tess goes missing, and the group starts to fall apart... 

F 1 8 K

F 1 8 K

F 1 8 K: A trip of a lifetime travelling through two time zones. On a paradise Island, Cowboy Karl, Bareback Baz, Dynamite Daisy and Ave-it-Large Lola are stripped of their sensibilities to find a new meaning in a place they so wanted to call home... 

This Way Madness Lies

This Way Madness Lies

Augustus suffers a broken heart and an even worse pudding, so he runs away to the seaside where he leaves his troubles behind, as well as his clothes. But running away solves nothing, his condition spirals into despair and madness... 

Wretch Like Me (or How I was Saved from Being Saved)

Wretch Like Me (or How I was Saved from Being Saved)

In this outrageous, award-winning solo show, **** (Marin Independent), NEA-honoured journalist David Templeton describes his years as a teenage fundamentalist puppeteer in the 1970s... 

Move On the Cha-Cha's

Move On the Cha-Cha's

From ballet to bop, with a dash of mid-life salsa dating, this poignant one-woman show depicts a life lived and danced. Love, loss and laughter intermingle on the journey from age 5 to 55+... 

Smoking Ban

Smoking Ban

Smoking Ban centres around Carol, health and science officer at Anglo American Tobacco, and asks what happens when the smoking ban goes all the way ... to the top? The ban kicks in, the building is forced to go smoke-free and all that loyalty goes, literally, out the window! Torn between her loyalty to the company and to the primal stirrings deep inside her from a denied First Nation Heritage, Carol plays both sides... 

Casual Encounters

Casual Encounters

James and Jennifer Rogers have been seeing a marriage guidance counsellor. When she tells them they should try something new, James decides this can only mean one thing – wife swapping... 

Refresh: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet

Refresh: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet

Refresh: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet is a hilarious chronicle that spares no painful detail of actor Matthew Schott's adolescence, colliding the pain of puberty and sexual awakening with the beginning of the computer-crazed 21st century...