Samsara

Samsara

Early in Samsara two hooded figures from different cultures meet in a desolate landscape, only sparsely populated by stricken metallic figurines being slowly consumed by gathering … 

Medea – Main Hall

Medea – Main Hall

Liz Lochhead’s slick modern take on a sadly relevant ancient tale is brought to life with intelligent staging and a ferociously powerful central performance from Adura Onashile. 

Simon Munnery: Trials and Tribulations

Simon Munnery: Trials and Tribulations

Fringe veteran Simon Munnery once more brings his eclectic mix of props, jokes, sketches, songs, poetry, and storytelling to the stage of The Stand with Trials and Tribulations. 

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

The power and poise of a 20th century cultural icon is brought to brilliant life by Apphia Campbell in Black is the Color of My Voice, a deeply moving mix of music and theatre. 

Tarot: Cautionary Tales

Tarot: Cautionary Tales

Bounding onto the stage with red smeared eyes and billowing white nighties, the three performers of Tarot kick off their show Cautionary Tales bursting with enthusiastic energy and… 

Business Casual: FERAL

Business Casual: FERAL

No imaginary babies are safe in Business Casual: FERAL, a slice of enjoyably daft sketch comedy from American trio Jeremy Elder, Hunter Saling, and Corey Peter Lane. 

Speed Dial

Speed Dial

It’s finals week on an unnamed university campus and a professor in English literature is having a bad time of it. 

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana

Most often seen at sea, in that area that rests just above the horizon, a Fata Morgana is a type of complex mirage superstitiously named after the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay… 

Alasdair Beckett-King: Nevermore

Alasdair Beckett-King: Nevermore

Looking like an ethereally pale, and bearded, pre-Raphaelite muse, Alasdair Beckett-King cuts a striking onstage figure. 

Joz Norris: Blink

Joz Norris: Blink

If Joz Norris is no longer a comedian, then why is he still very good at making people laugh? You see, at some point in recent history, after an unfortunate experience with a non-s… 

Bilal Zafar – Care

Bilal Zafar – Care

There’s inherent absurdity in an industry which charges elderly people and their families countless thousands of pounds for care but pays a pittance to the often-underqualified s… 

Eulogy

Eulogy

Theatrical innovators Darkfield are back at Summerhall, inviting Fringe-goers to once more step into absolute darkness for Eulogy, their latest immersive narrative experience conju… 

Age Is a Feeling

Age Is a Feeling

The ephemeral beauty of a flower in bloom carries the unspoken narrative of decay and death. 

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Oh No

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Oh No

Early on in Oh No! Christopher Macarthur-Boyd suggests lockdown came at a good time for him, putting the brakes on life when he was in his late twenties as opposed to an earlier, p… 

Two Guys, Three Drams: The Ultimate Live Blues and Whisky Experience

Two Guys, Three Drams: The Ultimate Live Blues and Whisky Experience

Is there a more intoxicating combination than blues music and good whisky? There is – blues music and multiple good whiskies. 

The Living Room

The Living Room

What’s more mundane than death? What’s more absurd? In a slice of often brave, often very funny, and occasionally extremely poignant clowning, Amritha Dhaliwal and Gemma Soldat… 

Garry Starr Conquers Troy

Garry Starr Conquers Troy

Selfless to a fault, Garry Starr is ready to share the lessons he’s learned about the actors’ craft, the art of pretending. 

Tarot

Tarot

Will the Fool ascend the tower to dwell in the chambers of the moon? Will the Hermit jump in a chariot and spin the wheel of fortune? You might discover the answers by checking out… 

Spencer Jones: The Things We Leave Behind

Spencer Jones: The Things We Leave Behind

Spencer Jones took last year’s Edinburgh Fringe off, but did he waste his time idling? Not a chance. 

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

Phil Wang needs this more than us, or so he tells the packed Pleasance venue he’s playing this year. 

Loki, the Scottish Rapper: Poverty Safari Live

Loki, the Scottish Rapper: Poverty Safari Live

Like stereotypes, labels generally become meaningless upon scrutiny. 

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

On any given afternoon in the Fringe, you’re likely to find Simon Munnery gracing the stage of The Stand comedy club. 

Silence

Silence

Bandolier-clad gladiators on stilts rampage through the performance space, brandishing burning wheels and wreaking havoc on the lives of terrified refugees. 

Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord

Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord

Jamali Maddix strides on the stage and immediately takes some shots at the easier targets in the front of the audience. 

Garry Starr Performs Everything

Garry Starr Performs Everything

Starr is a bag of nervous insecurity, wrapped up in a paper thin façade of theatrical overconfidence. 

The Fishermen

The Fishermen

Two brothers meet by the banks of a river in Nigeria, the same river which saw them turn from children into fishermen many years before. 

Jayde Adams: The Divine Ms Jayde

Jayde Adams: The Divine Ms Jayde

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. 

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

Freya Parker and Celeste Dring are back at the Fringe with a refreshingly light-hearted slice of sketch show comedy. 

Darius Davies: Road to Wrestlemania

Darius Davies: Road to Wrestlemania

By all accounts Darius Davies has had a few interesting experiences this Fringe. 

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option

You know you’ve made it as a comedian when you can include an interval and encore in your Edinburgh Fringe show. 

Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.)

Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.)

The world is too insane right now to claim the traditional gods are dead but our modern culture has definitely found a few new idols to worship. 

Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future

Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future

Early in his Fringe show Mark Thomas reveals the impressively religious character of his upbringing. 

Damien Power – Utopia: Now in 3D!

Damien Power – Utopia: Now in 3D!

The translation of the word utopia, if my Ancient Greek (and Wikipedia) haven’t let me down, is “no-place”. 

Chris Turner: What a Time to Be Alive

Chris Turner: What a Time to Be Alive

Chris Turner has moved to the good old US of A and he’s back in Edinburgh to tell the festival audiences about it. 

Woody Allen(ish)

Woody Allen(ish)

How to review something like Woody Allen(ish)? The comedy equivalent of a tribute act, it’s a show which sees English comic Simon Schatzberger adopt the material and persona of t… 

Marny Godden: Where's John's Porridge Bowl?

Marny Godden: Where's John's Porridge Bowl?

Something’s happened to John’s porridge bowl and Marny Godden has crafted an hour of surreal, very physical comedy to find out exactly what. 

Darius Davies – Road to Wrestlemania

Darius Davies – Road to Wrestlemania

I remember the World Wrestling Federation Attitude Era well. 

Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert in Eggy Bagel

Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert in Eggy Bagel

Spencer Jones is once more going full tilt in the surrealism stakes, and the result is a fantastically strange success. 

Glenn Moore: Glengarry Glen Glenn

Glenn Moore: Glengarry Glen Glenn

To borrow from one of Glenn Moore’s own references, this show is a tale of two cities. 

Milo McCabe: The Unflappable Troy Hawke

Milo McCabe: The Unflappable Troy Hawke

Milo McCabe steps onto the stage as Troy Hawke with the swagger of an assured performer. 

Yeti's – Demon Dive Bar

Yeti's – Demon Dive Bar

There’s a warm and weird welcome upon arrival at Yeti’s - Demon Dive Bar. 

The Thinking Drinkers: Around the World in 80 Drinks

The Thinking Drinkers: Around the World in 80 Drinks

The Thinking Drinkers are back at the Fringe and this year they’re serving up a whistle stop tour of the world’s boozy traditions, mixing up a cocktail of historical facts, fil… 

Tom Binns is Ian D Montfort: How to Touch Dead People

Tom Binns is Ian D Montfort: How to Touch Dead People

Part TED talk, part psychic extravaganza, Tom Binns’ extrasensory expert Ian D Montfort is back at the festival and he’s determined to convince the sceptics the dead are among … 

Chris Turner: Observational Tragedy

Chris Turner: Observational Tragedy

Last year Chris Turner brought a show about his physical wellbeing to the Edinburgh stage, blending stand-up and rapping to explore his brushes with mortality. 

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now!

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now!

With last year’s Cry me a Liver Lucy Pohl proved herself to be an exceptional actor, throwing herself into each of her characters with impressive resolve. 

Juliette Burton: Decision Time

Juliette Burton: Decision Time

Attacking her material with a mixture of nervous energy and enthusiasm Juliette Burton launches into her act by describing her difficulties in making decisions, then tracing the bi… 

Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish

Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish

Will Duggan is an angry man and it’s not entirely clear why. 

Phil Dunning: The People's Prince

Phil Dunning: The People's Prince

As his simple but extremely catchy theme tune states at the outset of The People’s Prince, his name is Phil. 

Dominic Frisby: Let's Talk About Tax

Dominic Frisby: Let's Talk About Tax

Comedy can be incredibly effective as a vehicle for delivering a message. 

Tom Ward: Sex, Snails and Cassette Tapes

Tom Ward: Sex, Snails and Cassette Tapes

Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths is playing loudly when Tom Ward ambles into his Pleasance performance space, setting an informal tone which persists throughout this enjoyably … 

Clare Plested: The Essential Collection

Clare Plested: The Essential Collection

Some of the best comic characters out there are likeable but misguided individuals, chronically lacking in self-awareness. 

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers

Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez have once again brought their surreal blend of comedy and physical theatre to Edinburgh, and this time they’re taking on a classic of world literatu… 

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. 

Jim Smallman: My Girls

Jim Smallman: My Girls

There’s something refreshing about seeing a stand-up show with a title that accurately reflects the content of the act. 

Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in Proper Job

Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in Proper Job

On any given night during the Edinburgh Fringe there are dozens of funny comics standing on stage talking about the life and loves of a performer. 

Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate

Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate

From the moment Marny Godden’s first character walks onto the stage to a decidedly creepy soundtrack it’s clear that the comedian will be leading the audience down an unusual p… 

Katia Kvinge: 140 Karakters

Katia Kvinge: 140 Karakters

At the start of her show Katia Kvinge explains the combination of cultures which has helped make her the person she is today. 

Franks and Skinner Present: Myself and Myself

Franks and Skinner Present: Myself and Myself

If life gives you lemons you stuff them in a German’s face and make a joke about sauerkraut. 

Goose: Kablamo

Goose: Kablamo

In Goose: Kablamo, comedian Adam Drake has created a comedy show that doesn’t so much defy description, it just stuffs so much in that it is very difficult to do the act justice … 

Sy Thomas: Jumper

Sy Thomas: Jumper

How difficult is comedy when you’re a nice guy who’s had a nice life? What well can you draw from for your material? It’s a problem that Sy Thomas has grappled with, and one … 

Ari Shaffir: This is Not Happening

Ari Shaffir: This is Not Happening

Years ago Ari Shaffir and some of his comedian buddies were sitting around in LA telling stories. 

Gay Furnish Flirt Coach

Gay Furnish Flirt Coach

Outrageously over-the-top characters, a raucous Edinburgh Fringe audience and lashings of inappropriate advice from a self-styled flirt coach, sexologist and dating guru. 

Lucie Pohl: Cry Me a Liver

Lucie Pohl: Cry Me a Liver

When you boast a cast of characters as diverse as Lucie Pohl’s new act it’s no surprise when the results are so mixed. 

Chris Stokes: Altruism in Birds

Chris Stokes: Altruism in Birds

Chris Stokes had a very bad 2014, and on reflection he dealt with it badly. 

Croft & Pearce – There's Always Something

Croft & Pearce – There's Always Something

Returning to the Fringe with another slice of slickly made sketch comedy, Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce once more impress with cleverly structured and impeccably acted comic vignet… 

Chris Turner: XXV

Chris Turner: XXV

Many people boast about staring death in the face and laughing, but Chris Turner has a different perspective. 

Hustlers

Hustlers

The stage is strewn with detritus, traces of lives lived on the margin. 

Roots

Roots

Folk tales are a fascinating, timeless and valuable form of cultural currency, once passed around by firelight and now echoing through art, music, and literature. 

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin

Staging is the star in Barrie Kosky’s take on Eugene Onegin. 

Night Walk for Edinburgh

Night Walk for Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Old Town breathes history, sometimes with a roar, and sometimes with a whisper.