Vivarium

Vivarium

As anyone who’s been to an Edinburgh Festival Fringe can attest, word of mouth is crucial to a show’s success. There’s a reason Vivarium has been hot on the lips of many this year... 

Por Favor

Por Favor

Set against the backdrop of a school production of West Side Story, this is the story of Mr Taylor, a teacher in charge of putting on the production. It also features Jodie, a troubled pupil at the school, who nevertheless turns out to be the most naturally gifted actress that Mr Taylor (Jeff) has ever worked with... 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare is an easy sell at the Fringe, namely his comedies, and this production of Much Ado is no exception. It is fundamentally inoffensive- the aesthetic is strong, the acting is competent and capable, and the script is cut in a way that makes it feel quick, but not threadbare... 

I Am Orestes and I Am Electra Too

I Am Orestes and I Am Electra Too

The far future. After 25 years in Spain, Orestes (played by writer and co-director Arif Alfaraz) arrives as a psychoanalyst at a Greek asylum to treat his long-lost sister Electra’s (Marta Ramonet) ‘madness’ that he believes has been misdiagnosed... 

Praise at the Fringe

Praise at the Fringe

The vision of the Sound of Many Waters is to promote the rediscovery of God's voice through music and the arts. This is music filled with the message of love, faith and hope of the gospel and is a compelling, vibrant mix of contemporary African-American and African gospel music... 

The Transatlantic Ensemble Perform Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

The Transatlantic Ensemble Perform Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Fresh off the back of their last two outstanding, sell-out Summerhall shows, the amazing Transatlantic Ensemble return once again, to perform Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Album, live and in its entirety... 

Capalbo / Falcone: Invisible Atlas

Capalbo / Falcone: Invisible Atlas

The collaboration between bassist and composer Ilaria Capalbo and pianist/composer Stefano Falcone is a project that has evolved over a few years since the pair met during studies and as their careers took shape... 

Blazin' Fiddles with Karen Matheson

Blazin' Fiddles with Karen Matheson

Blazin' Fiddles celebrate 20 years of touring and recording and are delighted to honour this birthday with a string of special performances with special guest singer Karen Matheson... 

Atomic 3001

Atomic 3001

At least three times over the course of Atomic 3001 I found myself contemplating whether choreographer and performer Leslie Mannès was somehow creating the techno beat that her body was reacting to... 

Epiphany

Epiphany

A must-see, hilarious and deeply moving one-woman show from Belfast! In one moment a woman’s jaded world is turned upside down and the dying embers of her spirit are reignited... forever!  

Karlheinz Stockhausen 90th Anniversary: Intuitive Music

Karlheinz Stockhausen 90th Anniversary: Intuitive Music

Aberdeen-based ensemble marks 90th anniversary of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and 50th anniversary of his Intuitive Music by performing selected compositions from his Aus den Sieben Tage (From the Seven Days). 

Dolly

Dolly

Rural Ireland - rich in personality and culture yet teeming with the stigma and prejudice of another age. It is against this backdrop that the dark and humorous tale of Dolly is told... 

Sunshine Boy

Sunshine Boy

Leigh Bowery was born in Sunshine, Australia (west of Melbourne) in March 1961. In the early 80s, he moved to London and became a performance artist, club promoter and designer, as well as dancing with the Michael Clark Company, being painted by Lucien Freud, and setting up Taboo Night Club... 

Clive Gregson

Clive Gregson

Born in Manchester, now based in Texas, Clive Gregson is an accomplished singer, musician and producer of world-renown and one of the most respected songwriters of his time. Mary Chapin Carpenter named him one of her favourite songwriters... 

Rab Noakes: Hitting the Right Note in 2018

Rab Noakes: Hitting the Right Note in 2018

Rab's delighted to be bringing his current solo show, hot on the heels of a new album, to AMC. Old songs, new songs, plenty of them. After over 50 years as a professional performer, Rab constantly refreshes his repertoire with new material and innovative interpretations... 

Freak

Freak

'Raw. Sexy. Salacious' ***** (Epigram.org.uk). Freak explores female sexuality, self-image, and sexual exploitation. It follows the sex lives of two women of different ages, embarking on very different experiences, as the same societal ideals influence their decisions... 

Roman Candle

Roman Candle

‘And I tell myself, I think – if you f*ck it up, you f*ck it up. But don’t f*ck it up. Please, please don’t f*ck it up.’ 22-year-old Angie is living a life she never signed up to... 

Extremism

Extremism

The police just took Jamal away. The teacher called them because she had to. All that’s left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? What will happen next? A play about fear, friendship and the inescapable polarisation of our society... 

An Algorithm Named Kevin

An Algorithm Named Kevin

An algorithm is a plan for solving a problem, but how many more does it create? Instagram's official blog 2016: 'To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most... 

Eight

Eight

Eight is daring and loud, with biting humour and an exhilarating power that thumps throughout the script. Made up of eight monologues, the play examines the effect that a sex, image and commerce-obsessed society has on young people... 

The Hummingbirds A Cappella: Voices

The Hummingbirds A Cappella: Voices

The University of St Andrews\\\\\\\' all-female a cappella group present Voices. Our human connection to music is visceral and transformational. In this show we express our individual stories and memories of that relationship through song... 

Folklore

Folklore

Folklore entwines three past folk stories from across the South West to form a new narrative using contemporary dance and puppetry to show the characters' interaction. Original music is composed by Dorset folk-duo Ninebarrow bringing the extra dimension of colour to each scene. 

Thom Pain: (Based on Nothing)

Thom Pain: (Based on Nothing)

Lauded by The New York Times as 'existential stand-up', this unsettling and beautiful play explores the nature of performance, the intersection of actor and audience, and the symbolic possibilities of a used handkerchief. 

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform

Innovations isn’t just a show... it’s an opportunity to explore fresh choreographic innovation. Established in 2014, Innovations was created to support emerging dance makers providing opportunities to reach out to new audiences... 

Those Worrisome Sleeps

Those Worrisome Sleeps

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

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi award-winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes... 

F*ck Off.

F*ck Off.

A journey of a kid from foster care to superstardom. Henry has the world in his hands but his past eventually catches up with him. Boxing is all Henry knows; relationships, money management and being a role model are hard lessons which Henry quickly learns until he is left with nothing... 

Just One Wise Life

Just One Wise Life

To be well or not to be well, that is the question. Physical theatre exploring the many peoples of Korea. A story of lecturers, mothers, part-timers, artists and heroes. 

Hysterical

Hysterical

Feminism is a tricky word. Misunderstood, misused and missing out men. Or is it? How is gender understood by the general public and what does it mean in the age of Trump, #metoo and BiC Pens for Her? We have had awkwardly frank conversations with everyone from a suffragette grandmother to pornstar Ben Dover... 

Distinction

Distinction

ZOO Venues in conjunction with DanceXchange and Dance 4 present a showcase of outstanding emerging companies. Don't miss out on a chance to see the very cutting edge of British dance... 

Autóctonos II

Autóctonos II

A quintet between pianist/composer and four dancers, Autóctonos II questions belonging to a group, in this society of endurance, indifference and productivity. Both abstract and mathematical at first sight, the piece bases its writing on the physical tenacity and commitment of its performers... 

Melt Your Face: Folk from the USA

Melt Your Face: Folk from the USA

This duo will lift you up with their ridiculous stories as you transcend with their emotive songs. Banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar and lush harmonies accompany you through crafted originals and uniquely reworked old world ballads... 

Olorine

Olorine

A dystopian world that reimagines what it means to confine love. As monogamy ceases to exist, so does patriarchy, stigma over sexual orientation, and the media’s unwavering obsession with finding a significant other... 

Missa Brasileira and Songs of Love and Longing

Missa Brasileira and Songs of Love and Longing

Join St Andrew's and St George's West Choir as they perform a programme of contemporary choral music. Hear the Scottish premiere of a jazz- and Latin American-inspired mass by Jean Kleeb and works by MacMillan, Todd and Carvel... 

Old Boy

Old Boy

Do you remember when we used to go camping? And when you helped me make an ATM out of cardboard for my school project? Do you realise what a big impact you’ve had on who I am? From the producers of Junction 25 comes a brand-new show about the unique bond between real-life grandfathers and grandsons that explores male family relationships and the legacy that is passed down through generations... 

Paperwork 5

Paperwork 5

Last year, a local paper said: here are 'three mature artists examining with calm, unhurried concentration the subtle interplay of form, void, tone, line, pattern, and texture… and it’s fascinating' (BroughtonSpurtle... 

Make a Leather Purse With Jude Gove

Make a Leather Purse With Jude Gove

Sew a coin purse by selecting soft leather and pure wool felt in contrasting colours. Maker Jude Gove will guide you through cutting and hand-sewing techniques. Jude creates handmade leather accessories in exquisite colour combinations and high-quality materials... 

Allan Taylor

Allan Taylor

Allan Taylor is the consummate professional who has taken songwriting to a high level. Poetry with music: over 40 years touring worldwide, more than 150 artists have recorded his songs... 

Fallen Fruit

Fallen Fruit

Two Destination Language are encouraging audiences to see the personal narrative behind history with their performance Fallen Fruit. Set in 1989 at the fall of the Berlin Wall, Katherina Radeva presents two perspectives on this life-changing moment... 

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

Janis Claxton Dance returns with this award-winning 2016 Fringe hit. Janis Claxton and composer Pippa Murphy have joined forces with a team of world-class dancers for a series of short, site-specific performances choreographed specifically for public spaces... 

All These Things

All These Things

For one day only! Live Art Bistro take on ZOO Southside, doing what they do best: presenting 12 hours of transgressive and experimental performance by world-renowned artists. All These Things is for the brave and the curious... 

Same Old Same Oldies

Same Old Same Oldies

Three Northerners and three Southerners residing in one nursing home. How could they possibly get along? Brimming with awkward disputes and one particular loud mouth amongst the group, these oldies always find something to complain about... 

Get Rreel

Get Rreel

The world's biggest girl band Get Rreel are on the brink of collapse. They are at the height of their fame, and playing sold-out stadiums worldwide. But backstage their lives are crumbling... 

Side Effects

Side Effects

In a society which is so forward thinking, how are we still struggling to help the millions of people with ill mental health? Delve into the harsh reality of mental health to try and uncover the truth about prescription drugs and follow the story of a lost and lonely boy trying to chase away his demons... 

Folding Echoes

Folding Echoes

Folding Echoes is a solo dance piece, which originated from audiences’ urge to understand a contemporary dance performance in general across cultures. This work creates a unique theatre experience to reconstruct audiences' perception of the theatrical space as well as contemporary dance... 

The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother

The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother

This high-energy performance features real-life mother Lucy and her 15-year-old son Raedie. Not much connects them anymore, but they both love the singer Sia. They love her music, her videos and her hair – especially when it moves in a choppy, black-on-platinum swivel... 

Deadline

Deadline

Imagine knowing when you’re going to die, exactly when you’re going to die. It would make you live your life to the fullest, right? Enter a world where at 16 you find out your date... 

Learn to Mosaic With Helen Miles

Learn to Mosaic With Helen Miles

Make a mosaic with ceramic and glass tiles. Mosaic artist Helen Miles will guide you through the direct mesh method, basic cutting methods and adhesion/grouting methods. All materials and refreshments provided... 

InValid Voices

InValid Voices

When the soldier goes to war what of those left behind? This is the question posed by InValid Voices, a new theatre piece based on interviews with women serving as and married to Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army... 

dressed.

dressed.

For most of us, our clothes are a major part of our identity. For Lydia Higginson, who was stripped at gunpoint and sexually assaulted during a trip away from home, there’s much more to it than that... 

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You

As a character actor, Pip Utton is renowned for his depictions of world-famous figures, ranging from Margaret Thatcher to Charles Dickens and everything in between. This year is a much more intimate affair as we enter the life of Michael, a fictional carer for his childhood sweetheart Christy whose life has slowly deteriorated following her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease... 

Achilles

Achilles

With roots in Grotowski’s theatrical style and the laboratory theatre of 1970s Poland, Company of Wolves are known for their striking, collaborative work that fuses dance, physical and experimental theatre... 

One Life Stand

One Life Stand

After their five star runaway success with All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Middle Child were always going to suffer from difficult second album syndrome and it’s a real shame that One Life Stand just doesn’t have the same magic spark... 

Voices Only

Voices Only

Using nothing but their voices and innovative live looping techniques, genre-bending FreePlay takes you from the concert halls of Europe to the jazz clubs of Manhattan, the temples of India and back to their native Toronto... 

The Spice Girls Lied to Us

The Spice Girls Lied to Us

The Spice Girls lied right to our faces. They sold us girl power, the crappy music, the equally crappy merch. We soaked it up. They told us friendship would last forever then each one of them went off, got married, had kids, got cheated on and publicly humiliated, and all of them went back to their husbands... 

Two by Jim Cartwright (Clueless Presents)

Two by Jim Cartwright (Clueless Presents)

Whether you're after a relaxing lager or fancy a reminiscent Babycham, The White Oak is the pub for you. Here you'll find that the bitter is never off and there's plenty of it. Grab yourself a drink, sit back and watch a blend of characters appear before your very eyes... 

Marsistan

Marsistan

Project Venture seeks to establish a permanent human colony on Mars and Dr Aysha Malik will be among the first brave souls to make the trip, but she’ll have to contend with her traditionalist sister Nasreen first... 

Brocade

Brocade

Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, presented by Dance Base at Edinburgh City Chambers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Performed by an exceptional ensemble of female dancers and musicians, Brocade is a poetic response to historical and contemporary notions of craft and physical work... 

Doors Opening

Doors Opening

A vicar, a business man and an actress go into a lift... When six strangers get stuck in a lift together they must stay cool, calm and composed. If only that were possible! Doors Opening is an imaginative piece of new theatre that explores both the existential and mundane aspects of our world. 

Lu-ting the Merman

Lu-ting the Merman

A mythical merman tribe in ancient Hong Kong, the Lu-tings, is oppressed by another dominant culture. They learn the language of this culture and end up revolting against them. This is a touching story told in a theatre style encompassing dance, mask, live music and poetry... 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves

The original show, performed for the first time in 10 years. Turn up early, sell-out expected. 

You Remind Me of You

You Remind Me of You

Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. It’s a familiar story which becomes complicated when he can’t remember her face. She has her own reasons to distance herself. Adele and Vincent meet in a bar, where most modern love stories begin... 

Through the Kaleidoscope

Through the Kaleidoscope

Take a journey with Imperial College London’s premiere mixed a cappella group through a spectrum of genres and themes in their debut Fringe show! 

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

An intimate Spoken Word performance, loosely exploring ideas around Van Gogh and his love, life and language/art. Supported by a contemporary soundtrack and featuring Jahmar Ngozi (Emerging Artist Award winner, Arcola Theatre; Slam Champion, Spoken in London), Solomon Adams and Danielle Allen (The Feminine Principle). 

Eight

Eight

Eight captivating monologues that offer a group portrait of diverse characters from high-class hookers to 7/7 survivors. These monologues paint a revelatory picture of Britain as it is today... 

Big Love

Big Love

Big Love – Charles Mee's adaption of Aeschylus' The Suppliants is a modern reexamination of western norms regarding gender and sexuality. Fifty women, arranged to be married, escape their bondage in search of independence... 

Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly)

Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly)

Follow an eclectic group of twenty-somethings as they navigate wacky text messages, misleading profile pictures and awkward dates in search of true love. Overlapping storylines are woven together to reveal that, ultimately, everyone just wants to love and be loved for all their quirks... 

Monday at Golden Oak High

Monday at Golden Oak High

Marco was never a popular kid. He was always a little different to his classmates and sort of struggled to fit in. He wasn't sure what to do about that so one day he decided to bring in a gun and impress everyone – especially those who pissed him off... 

Proxy

Proxy

A one woman show, Proxy delves into the lives of mother and daughter Dee Dee and Gypsy, two women from the southern states of America. Both parts are played by Caroline Burns Cooke – Dee Dee a protective mother who believes she’s doing the best for her daughter, and Gypsy, a sick child who just wants to live... 

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

An enigmatic title is the hallmark of many Fringe shows – I’m sure no one knows quite what to expect from Duckpond: An Element of Mystery in Umpteen Samples or Lights Over Tesco Car Park... 

GIF

GIF

GIF is a corporeal investigation about the digital format .gif, reflecting the presence of digital imagery in the modern world. The work draws parallels between animation and real life, and highlights the nature of repetition in digital imagery... 

No Funny Business

No Funny Business

Simon Hall is a comedy writer, TV icon and national treasure, who finds himself arrested under suspicion of never having told a joke. This show follows his fall from grace through the medium of his past sketches, presented as memories and evidence for his defence... 

Harping Harmonies

Harping Harmonies

Witches Brew return for their fourth consecutive Fringe show at AMC. It is an enchanting combination of two singer/songwriters, Pauline Vallance and Clare Robertson. Individually, they have recently toured in Africa, Canada and Australia... 

She Taught Me How to Breathe Again

She Taught Me How to Breathe Again

A one-to-one performance for a group of individuals. Put on your headphones, listen in and imagine yourself in the place of another... Premiering at this year's Fringe, She Taught Me How to Breathe Again combines new writing and live performance in a show which examines human relationships, differences in perspective and asks how we might change when we think someone's watching... 

Together in Song

Together in Song

Rab and Jill bring their unique collaboration to AMC in 2018. Although a generation apart they have worked and sung together for over 20 years. Expect a rich collection of songs, self-penned alongside innovative interpretations... 

Shelagh McKay Jones – Singer/Songwriter

Shelagh McKay Jones – Singer/Songwriter

The Greenock-based local luminary tells stories of love, life and laughter with well-crafted songs. Performing a capella and accompanied in her percussive guitar style, Shelagh has won awards at Inverclyde's Scottish Folk and Roots Festival, Danny Kyle Open Stage (Celtic Connections) and shared stages with Alastair McDonald, Gaberlunzie, Rab Noakes, Archie Fisher, Jez Lowe, James Keelaghan, Sylvia Barnes, Siobhan Miller, James Grant and Maisie Peters... 

A Songwriters' Circle

A Songwriters' Circle

The Circle returns to the Fringe for its sixth year. Each show sees three of the UK's finest singer-songwriters come together to perform their songs, collaborate and talk about the inspirations and processes behind their songwriting... 

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Evocative, innovative, shape-shifting drama, sculpted from the poetry, music and songs of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002). A vital, new perspective on this revolutionary European intellect and father of Scottish folk revival presented in dynamic, dramatic fusion... 

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery

A five-piece harmony group singing original songs by Tom Fairnie. 'Scotland's best kept songwriting secret' (Edinburgh Evening News). Tom's songs range through Americana, folk and contemporary styles with a Celtic slant and beautiful instrumentation including guitar, flute and clarsach... 

Take Refuge Under My Shade

Take Refuge Under My Shade

This contemporary dance piece performed by Claire Henderson Davis and Bettina Carpi follows the interweaving stories of three pregnant women: a Syrian woman refugee journeying to the UK, a British woman describing her struggle with poverty, and the biblical story of Mary visiting Elizabeth to share her good news... 

Red Blue Balance

Red Blue Balance

Mr McFall's Chamber are acquiring a formidable and deserved reputation for adventurous programming... and for razor-sharp performance. Jazz trio meets string quartet, featuring clarinettist Maximiliano Martín, to perform two new commissions from jazz artists Paul Harrison and Mike Kearney, favourites from Tim Garland, Martin Kershaw and Frank Zappa, and to premier Red Blue Balance by Vivian Barty-Taylor... 

Three Colours Guitar

Three Colours Guitar

Three Colours Guitar return to the Fringe with their critically acclaimed music show featuring jazz, classical and Celtic fingerstyle. Edinburgh Fringe veteran and classical/percussive guitarist Declan Zapala joins forces with fellow guitarists John Wheatcroft (gypsy jazz), and Matt Buchanan (Celtic fingerstyle) and will take you on a musical journey through an eclectic range of styles and musical epochs... 

Dougie MacLean in Concert

Dougie MacLean in Concert

'Scotland's pre-eminent singer/songwriter and a national musical treasure' (Sing Out!, USA) with a unique blend of lyrical, roots-based song writing and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song Caledonia, music for The Last of the Mohicans and inspired performances... 

Augusta Maclean – Solo Exhibition

Augusta Maclean – Solo Exhibition

A solo exhibition of original paintings and sketches by Augusta Maclean, an up-and-coming Scottish artist who splits her time between Edinburgh and the Highlands. With the use of thick acrylic layers, Augusta shapes abstract Scottish land and seascapes, which tend to be moody and distinctive... 

Heads Up

Heads Up

An eclectic pick-and-mix treat of great new dance and styles curated with you, the hungry Fringe audience, in mind. Two days, two separate programmes of totally new work from invited artists, offering high-quality dance diversions that show off fresh ideas and creations hot from the studio... 

NEHH Presents... The Kevin Rowland DJ Show

NEHH Presents... The Kevin Rowland DJ Show

Kevin Rowland – Style icon and leader of the band Dexys (formerly Dexy's Midnight Runners) is renowned for his vast wealth of musical knowledge and a highly charged eclecticism, which in turn has secured his standing as a fascinating and entertaining DJ... 

Handmade Edinburgh – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair

Handmade Edinburgh – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair

Over three days, Handmade Edinburgh will celebrate the best in high-end design and craftsmanship from over 80 highly-skilled, British and international designer-makers. It’s a fabulous opportunity to shop for gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, furniture and more, in an extraordinary and picturesque setting... 

Wired

Wired

'They said I'd be good at it.' The story of a young woman soldier's journey through post-traumatic stress. Following training, Joanna is deployed to Afghanistan and believes she is prepared for what lies ahead... 

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

A young man waited outside the Greenside Royal Terrace Venue for Éowyn Emerald & Dancers to appear after their performance. He greeted them with effusive praise and said, ‘You brought tears to my eyes twice’... 

NEHH Presents... Start to End – Solid Air by John Martyn

NEHH Presents... Start to End – Solid Air by John Martyn

Start to End return with a live band interpretation of John Martyn's classic fourth solo studio album Solid Air, following a sold-out appearance at Celtic Connections 2018. Featuring Sam West on vocals – who provided the voice for their performance of Jeff Buckley's Grace last month – and a very special line-up of musicians from Admiral Fallow, Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire, Pronto Mama and more... 

Unsung

Unsung

With the advent of the internet, smartphones and social media, today’s politics happens under an unprecedented level of scrutiny. Our leaders live their lives out in the open, permanently exposed, public figures made more public than ever... 

The Last Straw

The Last Straw

People Show have been producing work for more than 50 years which, given the self-indulgence of People Show 130 (or The Last Straw, to give its more Fringe-friendly title), is something of a surprise... 

The Approach

The Approach

This simple and significant piece of theatre commences with three women each sat forebodingly on chairs at various points of the stage, as an ear-scratching soundtrack creates a backdrop that implies something ominous is about to occur... 

IRL

IRL

I was curious about IRL. A dance piece billed as a 'thought-provoking performance about navigating life in an increasingly intrusive and connected world'. It could have gone either way... 

Spoon Carving Workshop

Spoon Carving Workshop

Learn to carve a wooden spoon from sustainably sourced Scottish greenwood using traditional hand tools and techniques. Taught by designer/maker Catherine from Object Company, a brand known for their handcrafted minimal wooden homeware... 

Out of Control

Out of Control

'It was strange because at the time I wasn’t really looking for anybody, so when you see somebody... who sort of just, well, takes your breath away... it really smacks you around the face... 

Ciara

Ciara

David Harrower’s compelling, award-winning play returns to the Fringe. Against the backdrop of Glasgow’s dark underworld, Ciara must come to terms with her recently dead gangster-father’s legacy... 

André Krengel and Roland Krause

André Krengel and Roland Krause

Two virtuosi guitarists from Germany combining a rousing mixture of musical genres. Melodies and grooves from the worlds of jazz, swing, flamenco, blues, pop, funk and Latin American melodies blending into a wonderfully harmonious whole... 

Babes Against Bullshit

Babes Against Bullshit

Women have claimed intellectual and economic power for themselves, culture has simply found new ways to make us inferior. A patchwork of stories tackling the identity and experiences of young women, relaying the often overlooked and dismissed realities that affect women through both a black and white cultural lens... 

The New Electric Ballroom

The New Electric Ballroom

In a remote fishing village, three sisters, Breda, Clara and Ada endlessly obsess and re-live their memories of love, snatched from their hands and never seen since. yt2 present The New Electric Ballroom, a beautiful and devastatingly dark tale of love, loss, loneliness and fish... 

The Magic Hour

The Magic Hour

It's 4am and, for a group of teens, it's time to wrestle with the changes in their lives. The DJ of the internet's loneliest radio show gets an unexpected 'like', a serial letter writer gathers the courage to actually send one, best friends confront the reality of growing apart and a modern-day Romeo and Juliet discover balcony scenes are harder than they look... 

The Night With... Wooden Elephant

The Night With... Wooden Elephant

The Night With... Wooden Elephant presents totally acoustic versions of Björk’s Homogenic and Radiohead's Kid A. Both reimagined for string quintet and a variety of miscellaneous objects... 

Pushan Bose Live at Fringe 2018

Pushan Bose Live at Fringe 2018

Pushan Bose is a South Asian music composer, producer, singer and rapper who has been creating and releasing original music on digital platforms with a reach of 20 million listeners. 

Scott Capurro: The Trouble With Scott Capurro

Scott Capurro: The Trouble With Scott Capurro

So what exactly IS the Trouble with Scott Capurro? Is it that this left-leaning liberal American (yes, he's the one, apparently) seemingly talks without pausing for breath? ("Are you keeping up or is this too fast?") Is it because his alleged raison d'être is using the blackest humour to "make the unpalatable, palatable"? Is it his glee when audience members walk out—which he achieves within ten minutes, on the night of this review?... 

Led Thespian

Led Thespian

Part play and part mini-concert, Led Thespian is a new dark comedy that explores love, loss, and the power of music. Set in a bar, it tells the story of Josh, a high school band teacher who, after suddenly losing his job, decides to chase his dream of being a rock musician only to find himself entangled in a web of lies, murder, and sexual depravity... 

Visible Mending With Flora Collingwood-Norris

Visible Mending With Flora Collingwood-Norris

Bring your favourite jumper back to life with creative visible mending. Flora Collingwood-Norris will guide you through the basics of darning, swiss darning and decorative embroidery stitches... 

WRoNGHEADED

WRoNGHEADED

WRoNGHEADED is a collaborative dance, poetry and film piece produced by Liz Roche Company about the devastating effects of a repressive society in Ireland, particularly on women. Although this show was devised before the recent repeal of the 8th amendment to the constitution concerning abortion, many issues remain and WRoNGHEADED is still hugely relevant... 

Nine Foot Nine

Nine Foot Nine

Nine Foot Nine is a clever piece of dystopian theatre highlighting gender imbalance, produced by the Sleepless Theatre Company. It features the characters of Cara, Nate and their daughter Sophie, whom we visit in a chronology which transcends time and space, allowing us to dip in and out of their lives in no particular order... 

Jungle

Jungle

Jungle by the Bernese company Pink Mama under the direction of Slawek Bendraf and Dominik Krawiecki, purports to be about post-colonialism and in particular who survives but how does it relate to post-colonialim? Search me... 

Taiwan Season: Bon 4 Bon

Taiwan Season: Bon 4 Bon

This exquisite, delightful show by Chang Dance Theatre riffs on the childhood memories of four boys growing up together and, surprisingly, mangoes. Growing out of improvisation and choreographed by Israeli Eyal Dadon, it has a charming intimacy surely only achieved because it was created by and is performed by the four brothers themselves: Chien Hao Chang, Chien Chih Chang, Chien Kuei Chang and Ho Chien Chang who also founded the company... 

This Is the Title

This Is the Title

A dazzling white floor space sets off Nigerian/Finnish Ima Iduozee’s black skin and his grey and black outfit perfectly in This Is The Title, a production in association with From Start to Finnish... 

The Spinners

The Spinners

The Spinners is a collaboration between Lina Limosani of Limosani Projekts as choreographer and Al Seed as director. Readers may remember Al Seed’s tremendous physical theatre show Oog from the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Illustrate Your Own Ceramic Object

Illustrate Your Own Ceramic Object

Edinburgh Fringe is typically visited for a gluttonous helping of comedy and theatre shows. However, there is much more to the festival than meets the eye. This is no more apparent than Craft Scotland's events that take place each year at the White Stuff on George Street... 

Baby Face

Baby Face

“Have you ever fantasised about someone like me?” Katy Dye asks the audience, not as an adult woman, not as a performance artist, but as a 15-year-old school girl. Dye’s performance, Baby Face, asks hard-hitting, uncomfortable questions about how we, as a society infantilise women... 

From One Heart to Another

From One Heart to Another

Inclusive theatre group The Theatre Shed will explore end of life and organ donation in a unique and inspiring way. A heart is a lot to hand over – and a lot to take. Kia is about to find out just how big hers is... 

Lift – Youth Edition

Lift – Youth Edition

A contemporary musical set in the lift between Covent Garden Tube platform and street level of the piazza with a rich and complex musical score. The journey of the Lift takes 54 seconds but the journey of the show takes us through a minute within everyone's imagination, allowing us to say and see things that might not be possible in real life... 

Dream Gardens

Dream Gardens

Julia Krone Oliver, a local Edinburgh artist originally from Cape Town, paints life-affirming dreamlike landscapes. They have a lush organic, yet liminal quality. Her vibrant use of colour and lush organic shapes reflect the mystery of the subconscious world and the complexity of life itself... 

Didi and Gogo

Didi and Gogo

Inspired by Waiting for Godot, this original piece performed by two women of colour brings new meaning to issues of violence and war, poverty, food, deserts, hopelessness and those abandoned in a time of crisis... 

Dance-Forms' 75th International Choreographers' Showcase

Dance-Forms' 75th International Choreographers' Showcase

Dance-Forms Productions is celebrating the International Choreographers' Showcase's 24th anniversary and 17 years of brilliant performances at the Fringe. Featuring virtuoso interpretation by Brandon Lawrence (soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet), the return of legendary Dame Lucette Aldous AC, Prima Ballerina Assoluta at the Royal Ballet and the Australian Ballet, and world-class choreography by award-winning dance makers: Jenna del Monte, Hayley Descavich, Aylin Eleonora, Ken Ludden, Mariuca Marzà , Hannah Myers, Susana B... 

She Rose

She Rose

AD1 Youth Dance Company presents an original contemporary dance work She Rose. She dreamed, she fell, she crashed, she broke, she cried, she hurt, she surrendered, she inhaled and then... 

Punching Judy

Punching Judy

Punching Judy is an original piece of theatre, which explores the secretive and insidious nature of domestic abuse. Through the true stories of three relationships the audience are invited to experience and connect the audience to the paradigms of both perpetration and survival... 

Kill the Boy

Kill the Boy

It starts like this... He’s not going out, he isn’t feeling up to it. It ends like this... Six dead, three hurt, one boy lost forever. Following last year’s sell-out success Dead People Don’t Have Secrets, Byteback Theatre return to the Fringe with their explosive new play, Kill The Boy... 

It’s Not Over Yet... and How to Survive the Future

It’s Not Over Yet... and How to Survive the Future

It’s Not Over Yet… choreographed and performed by Emma Jayne Park (aka Cultured Mongrel) is a heart-stopping autobiographical show about cancer. A brave subject for a cancer survivor to perform but also a show which will take some bravery to watch if you have experienced cancer or know someone undergoing treatment, or who may have lost the battle... 

Step Into Africa IV 

Step Into Africa IV 

Back at the festival for the fourth time, 34/18 Youth Dance Company perform Step Into Africa IV. 14 dancers, six young fresh choreographers and the experience of the artistic director, Wendi Abrahams, makes for a reboot of modern dance... 

Me, Myself and AI

Me, Myself and AI

Delve into the dark world of misguided tech trust with a kaleidoscopic investigation of data, desire and desperation. Could you love something that doesn’t exist? Shenanigans Theatre Company creates wide-ranging contemporary theatre... 

City Love

City Love

Both lovely and devastating in equal measure, City Love by Illuminate Theatre Company documents a romance that lives and dies in the bustle of London town. After a humorous exchange on a night bus, a couple’s relationship blossoms as they find themselves transformed by each other’s company... 

Taiwan Season: Varhung – Heart to Heart

Taiwan Season: Varhung – Heart to Heart

Varhung- Heart to Heart will touch your heart. A mesmerizing experience of exquisitely melded indigenous and contemporary dance, it is choreographed by Baru Madiljin of Tjimur Dance Theatre, whose explicit aim is to preserve and transform the Taiwanese minority Paiwan people’s culture into an expressive body language for today... 

When You Cure Me

When You Cure Me

Rachel and Peter are 17; they’ve been together for six months. It’s their first taste of love. Something happens to Rachel, and the only person who can make it better is Peter. But can Peter fulfill this ask? Jack Thorne’s When You Cure Me is a merciless, compelling and painful portrayal of how far you’ll go for someone when serious illness asks more from first love than many well-affirmed marriages... 

Free Fringe Music

Free Fringe Music

Experience the joy of live music at the museum as the best young contemporary music talents perform an exciting blend of Scottish pop, traditional Scottish songs and instrumental sets; all inspired by the museum's Scottish pop music exhibition... 

And I

And I

It was only a look. A touch. But never a feeling. She thought it had only happened to her. As soon as she told her story, she realised that she was not alone. 

Bite-Size Plays Presents: Neverwant

Bite-Size Plays Presents: Neverwant

Neverwant: the algorithm of life. A brand-new story about a passion that can't breach the firewall. If everything you've ever yearned for is just a constant impending update, what's left to want? Isn't the definition of freedom a heart without desire? Neverwant explores a world where love is nothing more than a bug in the system... 

Feet of the Angels

Feet of the Angels

Twelve talented Bishop’s University drama students present Feet of the Angels. What happens when a child is chosen as the special one? Her parents believe Marie to be the brilliant one of the family – a great dancer and a great intellectual... 

See Rock City and Other Destinations

See Rock City and Other Destinations

A wanderer believes his destiny is written along the North Carolina Interstate. A man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico. A woman at the Alamo takes a chance on love... 

A Political Breakfast

A Political Breakfast

Chris O'Neill and four comics will talk about the news and be amusing while being awake! They will be joined by insomniacs in search of laughter. 

9/11 Was a Conspiracy

9/11 Was a Conspiracy

Modern dating and a devastating terrorist attack do not, at first, seem like complimentary subject matters for a romantic comedy, and yet in 52Up Production’s new show 9/11 Was a Conspiracy Theory, the two are brought together in a brilliantly unique and devastatingly funny new monologue... 

No Sanction

No Sanction

Reflecting myself in the mirror. The person in front of me is nobody. Nobody. Maybe somebody to you. In this corner of the world, I’m waiting for sanction. One man seeks a place to belong... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Considered one of the best musicals of this century the Tony Award-winning show Spring Awakening, featuring an electrifying folk rock score, is brought to life in a bold new staging by leading West End/International creatives and a cast of fresh graduates from Mountview, a leading drama school... 

Blink

Blink

'I limit myself to a quick look every two hours at first. But this soon becomes one long look that lasts the whole day. And soon, though I don't know who or where she is, I feel closer to her than I ever felt to any other living soul'... 

The Last One

The Last One

The Last One is the end of all things, and still needing more. A physical, visual and metaphysical battle for total beauty. The Last One investigates the destructive toll of a progressively tame, accommodating and greying existence... 

The Emancipation of Resonance

The Emancipation of Resonance

Aurigami (Malcolm Ball – ondes martenot/hand percussion, Kate Cuzner – flutes/live electronics). The Emancipation of Resonance. Synchronicity flies between two highly accomplished multi-instrumentalists, folding sound into fascinating shapes and textures using acoustic, analogue and digital sources... 

Brendon Burns Mansplainin'

Brendon Burns Mansplainin'

90% of tour dates sold out in under 24 hours! Book early! Only £6.50 to pre-book. Host of the international smash hit and critically acclaimed podcast Dumb White Guy (half a million downloads on SoundCloud alone) turns his eye from race to gender... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

In a world where words are power, the influence of “friends” online can make such a difference to the choices we make. When six teenagers meet in an online chatroom, conversations of music and films quickly change to death and murder... 

Lost Seasons

Lost Seasons

Vivaldi’s classic Four Seasons, hacked by electric violin and laptop, then reconstructed live into a personal and innovative take on one of classical music's most well-loved works... 

Stoel (Chair)

Stoel (Chair)

Choreographic duet from three years ago. Recipient of the Minister for Children and Media award during the Rencontres Théâtre Jeune Public de Huy in 2015 and Critics' Prize for Best Young Audience Play 2015-2016... 

Re: Production

Re: Production

Karen and Tom met and married when they were really young. They're grown-ups now. Their friends are painting the spare room sunset yellow. Flexible working hours, baby yoga, PTA meetings... 

Tonight With Donny Stixx

Tonight With Donny Stixx

Superstar Donny Stixx is finally in town! Prepare to be amazed and expect the unexpected as Donny goes down in history as the greatest magician of our time! But please, no questions about the incident at St Joseph’s... 

Antigone na h'Éireann

Antigone na h'Éireann

Driven by faith to resurrect the IRA, Annie battles to bring her family the honour they deserve. A new Northern Irish adaptation of the myth by multi award-winning writer James Beagon... 

Carve a Ring Workshop

Carve a Ring Workshop

Carve your own ring in jeweller's wax. Get creative and make your own piece of unique jewellery to add to your own collection or gift to someone else. After the workshop, your piece will be cast in silver, professionally finished and posted back to you in 2-3 weeks... 

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2018

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2018

The second floor of White Stuff becomes a haven for design-lovers. Discover contemporary Scottish craft from 37 makers in one location. Shop curated handmade objects, including beautiful homewares, exquisite jewellery and stylish accessories... 

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... 

Elicitations

Elicitations

Elicitations features extracts from three poignant works by British/Australian choreographer Briar Adams. The cool and flawless dancers evoke the precarious boundaries between belonging and escape, in an eruption of emotionally charged and gracefully articulated contemporary ballet... 

EH16: Pyre

EH16: Pyre

History is plagued with horror written on its own walls. EH16: Pyre takes a look at the lives of three woman who suffered at the hands of Edinburgh\'s darkest moments. The Edinburgh Horror Festival sell-out show returns with its intense post-modern, horror look at feminism and local history... 

Matthew 19:14

Matthew 19:14

A bar. Two strangers. A man and a woman. A missed appointment. A confession. A destiny to rescue. Nothing is as it is. What would you really do to save the one you love? From the acclaimed author Lorenzo Gioielli, a play that has been a success in Italy now is being performed for the first time in English at the Festival Fringe. 

Drowning Our Babies

Drowning Our Babies

On the bloodied knuckle and tender belly of contemporary theatre, this showcase of original work introduces emerging theatre companies from one of the country’s leading contemporary theatre-making programmes at University Centre Weston... 

Rock Choir Live

Rock Choir Live

Rock Choir is the largest contemporary choir in the UK offering the general public the chance to sing without audition or any requirement to read music. With in excess of 26,000 members in over 380 local communities, it is a multi-layered social experience using education, music and singing as its core activities but offering its members much more in the shape of life-changing and well-being experiences... 

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

A play, a pie and a pint. All included in your ticket price. Contemporary interactive plays and great craic! See website for further details: mcsorleysbar.com/fringe. 

Dazzle Jewellery Exhibition

Dazzle Jewellery Exhibition

Returning for the 35th year. The best contemporary jewellery from all over the world featuring 70 jewellers plus a leading scarf maker and printmaker. In a stunning central weaving venue... 

Class

Class

\'Inspired look at society through the prism of a parent-teacher meeting\' ***** (Sunday Times). Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says... 

Onstage Dating

Onstage Dating

Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage. Featuring a different person each night, this hilarious and award-winning show has thrilled at festivals all over the world with its unique insight into the world of online dating... 

The Conditioning

The Conditioning

Two confused squaddies, Spyro and Jim, find themselves trapped in an old warehouse with strict exercises to complete in return for food rations. Why are they there? Is there a way out? Is all as it seems? To be conditioned… When we listen to news reports on war – what do we hear? Very often it is what has happened to soldiers away from home and on enemy lines... 

Yen

Yen

Brutal, heart-breaking and often hilarious, Yen by Anna Jordan explores the relationship between nature and nurture. Bobbie and Hench are home alone in a squalid flat in Feltham, playing PlayStation, streaming porn, watching the world go by... 

Heroine

Heroine

World premiere and programmed for Made in Scotland 2018 – Heroine is based on the true story of Danna Davis and her 10 years in the US Army. A survivor of military sexual trauma, hers is a human story exploring healing, forgiveness and what speaking your truth really means – with grit, lyricism and necessary black humour... 

Sisters

Sisters

An everlasting spell. An impossible quest. Two sisters named You and Me. A prince named Him. An audience named Them. Staying true to the ethos of previous shows by The 7 Fingers, Sisters takes us on an experimental and human voyage... 

Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe

Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe

Now in its eleventh year, Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe brings you, once again, the best in Scottish writing. Every Thursday new and unpublished works of literary art stand alongside established novelists, with any and all genres free to be expressed – from Scots poetry to cutting-edge drama, from folk music to contemporary fiction, and all that is found in between... 

Vessel

Vessel

'Now, I am just a mother to you. A body carrying a life.' There is a woman. Woman is pregnant. Abortion is still illegal in her country. She will bring a court case against the government to demand a legal abortion... 

Cello on Fire

Cello on Fire

Celebrated Viennese crossover cellist Peter Hudler returns to the Fringe with his brand-new show after a successful run in 2017. Cello on Fire is a burning hot mix of styles, genres and characters... 

Stephen Carlin: The Opinionater

Stephen Carlin: The Opinionater

For the love of God, will somebody stop this man before he does himself or someone else an injury? 'A new comedy original' ***** (Herald). 

Réversible

Réversible

Internationally renowned 7 Fingers return with this unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics. A reversible world where everyday life is turned upside down into new, spectacular universes filled with beauty, emotion and, yes, hope... 

Di & Viv & Rose (In an Hour) by Amelia Bullmore

Di & Viv & Rose (In an Hour) by Amelia Bullmore

’Have you just got exactly what you wanted by working hard and wanting it?’ A courageous look at the enduring bond of friendship. Together three women rollercoaster their way through life, encountering sex, loss and all kinds of love... 

Fopical With Peter E Davidson

Fopical With Peter E Davidson

Peter E Davidson (BBC Northern Ireland’s The Blame Game and Live at the Sunflower) returns with his brand-new show Fopical – a guide on how to relax in the modern world without spilling your rosé! Topical comedy from a Northern Irish bearded fop... 

The Straw Man

The Straw Man

He is Generation X. Weaned on punk and indie he survived Thatcher's Britain and the Cold War, then high on ecstasy he raved in a field all weekend – and still got up for work on Monday... 

Casus: You & I

Casus: You & I

Poets spend their lives writing about it, everyone thinks about it, but when love is between two men some people turn a blind eye. This transparent journey of love, circus and friendship celebrates the importance of being visible in a world of closed doors... 

Underground Railroad Game

Underground Railroad Game

Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today’s lesson. The duo tackle race, sex and power politics in this R-rated, kaleidoscopic, and fearless comedy... 

Alternotive A Cappella

Alternotive A Cappella

The Oxford Alternotives are back for their ninth consecutive year at the Fringe. The 15-strong ensemble is renowned for their creative arrangements and close harmonies, performing everything from pop to house to R’n’B to old-school classics... 

Where It Hurts

Where It Hurts

The NHS saves lives. It's there when no-one else is. A group of Edinburgh residents, carers and health professionals are invited to audition for a new play which examines their experiences of seeking and providing care in the NHS... 

Pricks

Pricks

I've had over 70,000 pricks – of the medical kind. This is my chance to set the record straight about type 1 diabetics like me. I'm not bankrupting the NHS. And I can eat a cake – a whole bloody cake – if I want to... 

Sophie, Ben and Other Problems

Sophie, Ben and Other Problems

The After School Club join Irish playwright Conor Burke to present their debut production. Sophie and Ben love each other very much despite their differences... but sometimes they make it a bit too difficult for themselves... 

Another One

Another One

If you break my heart, I’ll break yours too... This thrilling and inventive new work from one of Belgium’s most exciting young companies explores the world of both tolerating and being tolerated... 

Katie & Pip

Katie & Pip

Katie & Pip celebrates the relationship between Katie, a 15-year-old Type 1 Diabetic girl and Pip, her five-year-old border collie, trained by Katie to save her life on a daily basis... 

Metamorphosis of One

Metamorphosis of One

One is found buried in a culmination of emotions when life takes an unexpected turn. Carefully planned aspirations and future hopes held dear are disjointed, uncertain. Without help or direction from any avenue, everything in life seems new and fast-paced... 

European Citizen Popsong

European Citizen Popsong

Music’s power has erased boundaries before, but can it make us feel connected as citizens, even after the Brexit? Last year, theatre maker Marieke Dermul researched if such a thing as a European identity or a common European sense exists... 

Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean

This exhibition by acclaimed British artist Tacita Dean takes performance as its theme. From the early Foley Artist (1996) – a celebration of the unseen sound artists of film that scripts an imaginary film entirely through the efforts of two foley artists – to the bewilderingly intricate Event for a Stage (2015), in which actor Stephen Dillane delivers (in four conjoined performances) scripts given to him, page by page, by the artist, the exhibition examines performance and its relationship to narrative, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience in film, theatre, drawing and photogravure. 

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts – Free

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts – Free

A former Times Critics' Choice. Free concerts every lunchtime, Monday to Saturday throughout August, with leading performers. Wide range of music from classical to contemporary and jazz... 

Our Country

Our Country

'A striking dream world... one of the most ambitious pieces we have ever presented' (Anna Woo, The Getty Villa). California’s marijuana country: the still-Wild West. Annie conducts a forensic exploration of 'the facts' about her outlaw weed farmer brother as this genre-bending work slips into disputed territory: childhood memories... 

Maz and Bricks by Eva O'Connor

Maz and Bricks by Eva O'Connor

Triple Fringe First and Olivier Award-winning Fishamble present Maz and Bricks. It tells the story of two young people who meet over the course of a day in Dublin. Maz is an angry young woman planning to attend a political demonstration, while Bricks is planning to take his young daughter to the zoo... 

Disgraced

Disgraced

Amir Kapoor is happily married and about to land the biggest career promotion of his life – but his success has come at a price. When Amir’s Muslim heritage is brought up at dinner, an intimate gathering hosted by him and his wife, Emily, quickly unravels into something far more damaging... 

Human Animals

Human Animals

We open on a reversed environmental crisis. Animals are seemingly threatening humans with ruin at the hands of a deadly disease. The result is a dystopian purge of all wildlife, domesticated animals, the torching of London’s parks, the blocking of its roads and the enforcing of curfews on its hysterical (human) civilians... 

To Be Me

To Be Me

To Be Me pairs a recording of Kate Tempest’s poetry and live dance choreographed by Julie Cunningham; it’s a risky undertaking which is both fascinating but, at times, teeters on the edge of not working... 

Wired

Wired

Wired is one of several productions with a military theme being performed at the Army Reserve Centre, Summerhall’s new venue, army@Fringe. What it portrays is a world away from the cosy atmosphere of the mess bar, the art exhibition and the casual social interaction; not that several of the soldiers on duty haven't had first hand experience of what it portrays... 

NEHH Presents: Xylouris White

NEHH Presents: Xylouris White

Master of Cretan lute George Xylouris and Jim White (Dirty Three), a most innovative and charismatic drummer, are creating a musical duo. Fluid in nature, exciting and edgy, the music is riveting, compelling and spellbinding. 

A Machine they're Secretly Building

A Machine they're Secretly Building

The audience were completely absorbed by Proto-Type Theater’s exposition of global mass-surveillance in A Machine They’re Secretly Building, the title aptly born from whistleblower Edward Snowden... 

Lear

Lear

It is brave to reimagine Shakespeare, in particular arguably his greatest tragedy but Lear by John Scott Dance is a deeply moving, subtle and superbly performed interpretation of Shakespeare’s play through physical theatre, dance, speech and fragments of text focusing in modern terms onhow we treat old age and dementia... 

NEHH Presents: Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon

NEHH Presents: Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon

Up the dark, dark stairs, upon the bloody gallows of soft rock, through the oubliette of cheese, into the torture chamber of disco, you are welcomed to the Late Night Pop Dungeon. The Grand High Executionatrix, dungeon mistress Charlotte Church, will give her MK Ultra treatment to the greatest tunes that time forgot and some that will forever haunt our collective memory... 

The Black Cat

The Black Cat

In The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre classic is made ironically self-aware. Poe’s original story is a first-person account from a man who is driven by alcohol and paranoia to become violent to those around him... 

NEHH Presents: Pictish Trail & Friends

NEHH Presents: Pictish Trail & Friends

Svelt, intelligent, adorable balladeer trapped inside the body of an oversized, oft-bearded folk ogre. 'A heady and enthralling mix of genres are each anchored in with solid melody... 

Good With Maps

Good With Maps

Siren Theatre Co’s Good With Maps is a multi-faceted story masterfully guided by Jane Phegan who takes us through this one woman show. We are gradually brought to understand the link of the Amazon, literature and Parkinson’s disease as the three topics of storytelling intertwine... 

NEHH Presents: Julie Byrne

NEHH Presents: Julie Byrne

American wanderer Julie Byrne's second album, Not Even Happiness, vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road – bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, as well as the unsolvable mysteries of love... 

Columns

Columns

Walking into theSpace on the Mile this morning, I had very little knowledge about what Columns had in store for me. I knew it to be advertised as a ‘storytelling spectacle’, but I had no idea it would be one of the most charming and engaging masterclasses in conversational theatre I’ve witnessed... 

Profundis

Profundis

Profundis choreographed by Israeli-born Roy Assaf, is amusingly and slickly performed by the National Dance Company Wales but is more of a ‘five-finger exercise’ for dance students; a mind-game with much mime and posing with very little dance... 

Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Not the 2006 Broadway musical, but the 1981 play on which that was based, Spring Awakening is notable for its controversies upon original publication. Censored for many years, it dealt with sex, abortion, suicide and homosexuality... 

NEHH and Braw Gigs Present: Blanck Mass

NEHH and Braw Gigs Present: Blanck Mass

Electronic artist from the UK and one half of F*ck Buttons. Blanck Mass is a heavy, shimmering and orchestral work defined by manipulated field recordings, warm analogue synth, heavy sub and deep drone. 

Process Day

Process Day

A sensory experience transforming dancers into sleek, androgynous, nocturnal beings guided through shadows by a futuristic techno soundtrack. Pulsating movements capture the universal drive of striving for fulfilment and release... 

Young and Fresh

Young and Fresh

Alice is an up-and-coming reporter and she is assigned the topic of sex trafficking to research. She is shocked by what she uncovers. The performance explores true stories experienced by many trafficked girls and Alice's feelings of discovery through her research... 

The Emotional Immune System

The Emotional Immune System

This monologue series is a blunt, brutal, but ultimately celebratory foray into how we handle human interactions. We all want to matter; we’re all searching for fulfilment. We ricochet through life, smacking into one another with each emotional encounter, hoping to get hurt a little less each time... 

Folk

Folk

Folk is Caroline Finn’s first piece for the Cardiff-based National Dance Company Wales since becoming its Artistic Director two years ago. It is a hugely exciting, surreal if somewhat incoherent show but that is probably the point since it aims to explore social dynamics which, in this show, appear to be largely dysfunctional... 

The Believers Are But Brothers

The Believers Are But Brothers

The stage is awash with cold, blue LED light. On a screen we see a screensaver suggestive of rivers of blood. On a smaller screen a young man plays shoot-‘em-up video games. In the back of our minds we already have an idea of what The Believers Are But Brothers will be like: violent, brutal and graphic... 

Palmyra

Palmyra

Following the success of their debut show Eurohouse, Bert & Nasi return to Edinburgh with Palmyra, an exploration of revenge, the politics of destruction and what we consider to be barbaric... 

Dangerous Women

Dangerous Women

The Accidentals are so excited to be back in Edinburgh performing at the Festival Fringe for their sixth consecutive year! In the past they've had three sell-out, five-star runs and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever! As always, their show will be fun, fierce and full of great a cappella tunes for all the family to enjoy... 

My Name Is...

My Name Is...

An anti-terrorist government official is forced to reconsider all of his preconceptions regarding illegal immigrants when he comes face to face with the experiences of a desperate stranger, with whom he finds he has more in common than he expected... 

SoftLOUD

SoftLOUD

SoftLOUD is acoustic and electric, ancient and modern, traditional and innovative. Sean Shibe’s new show combines contemporary classic Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich), with mellow Scottish tunes; searing New York sounds in Julia Wolfe’s LAD (originally for nine bagpipes) play against gentle melancholy in Maxwell Davies’ hit Farewell to Stromness... 

The Darling Core

The Darling Core

An original dark comedy about the original dark couple. The Darling Core (comprised of Adam and Lilith) is a somewhat modern vaudeville duo, struggling to remain interesting to the world and each other... 

Torn Apart – By Romeo and Juliet

Torn Apart – By Romeo and Juliet

Memories are reborn, they are created, they make up the narrative of young people who bring to the scene various perspectives on childhood, pain, homesickness, loss, affective relations and extreme passions now idealised, now lived by them or by their parents – themes that revolve around and cross the central theme of the show: love... 

A Pitch-Piper's Guide to the Melody

A Pitch-Piper's Guide to the Melody

In their Fringe debut, Exeter’s mixed contemporary a cappella group showcase their unique style in a series of unmissable shows. The ICCA semi-finalists electrify modern favourites with fresh arrangements, from sparking a revolution with the indie rock of Imagine Dragons to reworking the old school classics of Evanescence... 

Ripe

Ripe

Loosely based on The Handmaid’s Tale, this play takes place in a modern day fertility unit. Here refugees have one use: helping those couples from the capital conceive children. Run by a charming, pioneering and insightful young doctor, treatment has a 100% track record, one way or another. 

Mind-Goblin

Mind-Goblin

Thisis a solo show where the Korean dancer and choreographer Lee Kyung-eun, inspired by the shamanic gut or rite to expel ‘goblins’ or evil spirits, aims to turn this around and suggest that acceptance of all sides of our psyche is better, thus balancing yin and yang... 

Banged Up!

Banged Up!

Three unconnected prisoners are thrown into the same cell on the day that the Earth’s population of bees go missing. Telling their stories backwards, they begin to piece together the events of the last day... 

Katie and Pip

Katie and Pip

Celebrating the relationship between Katie, a 15-year-old type 1 diabetic girl and Pip, her 5-year-old border collie, trained by Katie to save her life on a daily basis. The performance playfully investigates the pairing between humans and dogs as a vehicle to exploring compassion and companionship in the human social condition... 

Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story

Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story

Uncovering the true and still unfolding story of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: a charity worker detained in Iran while on holiday, visiting her family. Currently held in an unknown location by the Revolutionary Guard, Nazanin has been in solitary confinement for over a year... 

Like a Prayer

Like a Prayer

This piece asks questions of belief and seeks answers within personal encounters. A convent with six nuns in Switzerland is part of their expedition that explores belief. How questionless is belief in reality and to what extent does a life in the convent represent the anti-model for urbanites who think of themselves as modern? After a period of research in the convent of St Josef, performers Julia Bihl and Johannes Dullin meet on stage and confront their experiences with their own different beliefs, while the nuns speak for themselves on the video screen. 

The Black That I Am

The Black That I Am

Taking a leaf from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, The Black that I Am is a compilation of stories that delve into the minds of various women and their experiences of being black in the modern day... 

NEHH & MiS Present: Withered Hand, Iklan, Savage Mansion

NEHH & MiS Present: Withered Hand, Iklan, Savage Mansion

A live eclectic ballad of works from pioneers of the contemporary Scottish music scene. NEHH teams up with the Made in Scotland Showcase to refine and reinvigorate the ideology of gigs... 

Locus Amoenus

Locus Amoenus

Locus Amoenus is a poignant, slightly absurdist masterpiece in dramatic irony, in which the audience watches three strangers on a train slowly, unknowingly, going towards their deaths... 

On This Side of Time

On This Side of Time

Alyona Ageeva’s PosleSlov Physical Theatre Company presents the UK premier of this contemporary physical theatre performance. A member of the team takes to the stage to inform us that the piece is presented as a philosophical reflection on the relationship between humanity and time; a movement fable about life, death, love and love’s demise... 

Wild Bore

Wild Bore

For a theatre piece to be perfect for some people, it has to be horrible for others. There is no way to create art that some find beautiful without others finding it offensive and lacking in merit... 

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances

New Contemporary Arab Dance Performances is part of Arab Art Focus, a showcase of new theatre and performance from the Arab region and diaspora. A weekend of new contemporary dance pieces by four young Arab choreographers to Dance Base... 

Contemporary Clay

Contemporary Clay

Edinburgh ceramicist Craig Mitchell will be exhibiting a range of figurative clay sculpture, which explores contemporary themes and personal narratives in a humorous way. Highly recommended! For more information, visit craigmitchellceramics... 

Think Less, Feel More

Think Less, Feel More

Taking its title from critic Waldemar Januszczak’s rundown of the 2016 Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy – ‘there is not enough emotion in our art any more... 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Traverse Theatre is currently hosting rehearsed readings of pieces from graduates at the University of Edinburgh’s Playwriting Masters course. The work of the emerging writers is performed and directed by professional directors and actors bringing the scripts to life – excellently... 

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... 

The Last Post

The Last Post

Trumpet, electronics and text. One man’s love letters from the front line. Towards the close of WW2, Army signaller Dennis Marshall wrote a series of moving letters to his fiancée, tracing his journey and his experiences... 

Women at War

Women at War

Women at War is an interesting piece which explores the gendered dimensions of warfare through a monologue by a female American soldier serving in Afghanistan.Constructed from interviews with female soldiers deployed during 2012-13, the show creates a fictional protagonist (Rebecca Johannsen) who signs up to the ‘Female Engagement Team’, a unit tasked with befriending Afghan women in order to gather intelligence... 

Alice – Underground Lives My Buried Mind (Deflowering Lewis Carroll's Script)

Alice – Underground Lives My Buried Mind (Deflowering Lewis Carroll's Script)

Physical theatre can always lend itself to a degree of interpretation, and inevitably the risk of confusion. I often think of it as being one of the trickiest forms of performance for this very reason – where do you draw the line between the aesthetic and the literal representation? Arguably this divide, the directorial edit that separates the abstract from exact reflection is what determines the success of such a form, but again this falls victim to a raw subjectivity only possible when the visual art is intended to be non-representational... 

TuTuMucky

TuTuMucky

Powerful and complex, TuTuMucky explores how we’re shaped by the world around us, searches for peace in chaos, and celebrates revolt against the regiments of modern daily life. Blurring the boundaries between ballet, contemporary and hip hop technique, this new work challenges traditional convention to offer a distinctively innovative form of dance... 

Patience

Patience

The story of two women in need of a liver transplant: Sophie Undridge, a young woman with autoimmune hepatitis, whose life has been reduced to medication and hospitalisation, and Bethan Wilkins, a recovering alcoholic determined to turn her life around... 

The MKC Experience

The MKC Experience

The ultimate choir experience with the UK’s most versatile and captivating vocal group. A fully immersive musical adventure taking you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and styles using rich harmony to paint pictures in sound... 

NEHH Presents: Hinds & Support

NEHH Presents: Hinds & Support

Since bursting onto the Madrid DIY scene, Hinds – Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen – have mastered a raw and playful sound all their own. With just a handful of released singles under their belt, Hinds already earned early support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, NME, Guardian, Beats 1, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, FADER, GorillaVsBear... 

The Class Project

The Class Project

This is a show about belonging. About tribes and families. About the place you belong because you were born there and the places you change yourself to try and belong in. It’s about class mobility... 

Games and After Liverpool by James Saunders

Games and After Liverpool by James Saunders

Thought-provoking theatre and assured acting are on offer at this show, which is split into two plays, both written by the late playwright James Saunders, a one-time mentor to Tom Stoppard... 

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... 

Firewater

Firewater

'I didn't even know your name.' Cara and Jon are study buddies and, sometimes, partygoers. Ruby and Adam cling to a fractured relationship. One night, the four meet and, as time unfolds, unspoken secrets between them are revealed... 

Freshers

Freshers

New town. New people. Freshers is a play focusing on the transition from home to university life. A mix of hilarious character comedy and poignant human relationships are set alongside events that can take place in a young person's first week... 

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)... 

Big Cat Small Flap

Big Cat Small Flap

Big Cat Small Flap – the unique observations from a giant talking cat called Mr Nibbles on the state of humans and the world today, from Trump to Brexit to Instagram, and why they don't make cat flaps for 6’ 2" cats... 

Busu and the Damask Drum

Busu and the Damask Drum

Inspired on Zeami's Aya No Tsuzumi, Busu and the Damask Drum was originally adapted by Yukio Mishima for the modern stage. Hailed as a double bill of miniature Japanese gems, Busu is a classic Kyogen farce and the Damask Drum is a tragic ghost story... 

Room

Room

Under the direction of Brian Feigenbaum, Lawrence Academy Dance returns for its fifth Fringe. Devised, contemporary modern dance at its core, LA Dance brings original, emotionally charged movement to the stage... 

Girls Will Be Girls

Girls Will Be Girls

'A new label on an old tin of beans won’t change the flavour.' 'I’m sorry, am I an old tin of beans in this scenario?' Seven envelopes addressed from Oxford University are making their way across the country... 

Chips and Cheese

Chips and Cheese

Young Scottish YouTube star Bex has convinced her English boyfriend Philip to move to Glasgow with her. She throws a dinner party to introduce him to her old-school, loony grandparents, and Philip's best friend Harry turns up to surprise them, bringing a secret of betrayal with him... 

The Pitchfork Disney

The Pitchfork Disney

Ridley’s modern classic sees Presley and Haley as orphaned and perpetually infantilised 28 year-olds, unable to leave their East London flat for ten years following their parents death... 

The Barista Chronicles

The Barista Chronicles

Coffee is the backbone of modern society. Well, that's what Poppi thinks. But, will she allow the hipster world of the barista to turn her into a twisted bitter wreck, or should she just dive into the melting pot of wisdom her customers comically provide? With every flat white served, Poppi scales the rocky terrain of the human condition, fuelled by caffeine... 

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... 

Revolution

Revolution

Naples, 1647. Masaniello leads the first popular revolt of the modern era. Russia, 1917. The proletarian revolution overthrows the czar and ushers in communism. Edinburgh, 2017. One actor explores what it means to be free... 

A Voyage of the Easy Sisters

A Voyage of the Easy Sisters

It’s just another Sunday morning for the Easy Sister goddesses: ill-advised Jägerbombs, lost tampons and wanking mermaids are behind them. But little do they know, something catastrophic, world destroying and likely to be dressed in a crotch-hugging pant suit, is about to cause havoc... 

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... 

Submission

Submission

Liver and Lung Productions have created something extraordinary in Submission, a new play about the conflict between religion and sexuality. A two-hander, this eye-opening story melds physical theatre, spoken word and naturalism in a highly unique and moving way... 

Jess and Joe Forever

Jess and Joe Forever

Jess and Joe want to tell us their story. They are friends but they weren’t at the beginning, but they’ll get to that point. Jess and Joe Forever is a touching story, about a boy and a girl and how difficult it can be to fit in... 

Majuli

Majuli

Majuli is a gentle piece, beguiling in its simplicity in which the dancer and choreographer, Shilpikda Bordoloi evokes the world’s largest river island, Majuli in Assam’s Brahmaputra river and the islanders’ way of life, dependent on the river, its fertility and at the mercy of its destructive flooding when the villagers lose their homes and must learn to start again... 

Frozen

Frozen

One evening, 10-year-old Rhona goes missing. Nancy, her mother, withdraws into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha crosses the Atlantic to study Ralph in an attempt to thaw the frozen sea that is the criminal brain... 

Harping Harmonies

Harping Harmonies

Witches Brew return to the AMC for the third year. They are an enchanting combination of two singer/songwriters, Pauline Vallance and Clare Robertson, with one harp and many instruments... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

A year ago he inherited his father's crumbling empire, a run-down chip shop in the east end of Glasgow. The sale for the shop now looms, but Riccardo isn't ready to leave: he has just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records... 

The Black Cat

The Black Cat

A renegade retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's twisted tale. Two performers dismember the process of adaptation by reimagining a macabre classic with the cheekiest of glints in their eyes... 

Like Dolphins Can Swim

Like Dolphins Can Swim

Home from university for the holidays, Sam and Alice have met to fulfil the promise they made, aged 10, to spend one whole, glorious day as their superhero alter egos. But while Captain Hero-Man and The Mighty Hedgehog have changed little, Sam and Alice’s friendship appears to have lost its childhood innocence... 

Bump

Bump

If you’re in search of the next big thing this Fringe, look no further. In Bump, 22-year-old Lily is horrified to discover she is pregnant after a one-night stand. With no-one to turn to, we meet her in the waiting room of an abortion clinic as she tentatively recounts the events that led her here... 

The Gun Show

The Gun Show

A thoughtful and well-realised production, this play provides a personal perspective on the debate surrounding American gun ownership. Staged in the gloomy basement auditorium of Space Triplex, The Gun Show is not to be confused with Gun Show, a devised production taking place across the road at Greenside’s Nicolson Square venue... 

Nassim

Nassim

Nassim. No rehearsals. No preparation. A different actor every performance. A script in a sealed envelope. What could go wrong?This is a show that touches the heart. It’s theatre that uses many tools to tell us a story... 

Three Colours Guitar

Three Colours Guitar

Three Colours Guitar’s exciting new music show blends jazz, classical and Celtic fingerstyle. Edinburgh Fringe veteran classical/percussive guitarist Declan Zapala joins forces this year with fellow guitarists John Wheatcroft (Gypsy jazz), and Matt Buchanan (Celtic fingerstyle) to bring you an exciting music show journeying through an eclectic range of styles and musical epochs... 

Carmen Miranda Leather Appliqué

Carmen Miranda Leather Appliqué

Learn to hand-appliqué leather and create your own Carmen Miranda-themed bag charms or key chains with fashion designer Emily Millichip. Assemble your own combination of red lips and tropical fruits into boldly colourful adornments for your accessories... 

NEHH Presents: Orkestra del Sol

NEHH Presents: Orkestra del Sol

2017 is their last year! Edinburgh’s favourite purveyors of sousaphone-fuelled brassy honkstep will be hanging up their horns at the end of this year. Catch them one last time as they celebrate the release of their fourth album and wrap up 13 years of musical adventures as one of the UK’s most exciting, inventive and theatrical live acts... 

Stegosaurus

Stegosaurus

No crocodile tears are involved in this deeply moving one woman monologue; it is emotion in its purest, most innocent form. This story of a 30 year old woman living with her parents whilst battling her way through eating disorders deals with sensitive issues using a combination of complete humanism and unapologetic honesty... 

Five Kinds of Silence

Five Kinds of Silence

This jump-cutting adaptation of Shelagh Stephenson’s drama following two generations of domestic abuse is a decent attempt at a school-level production. Five Kinds of Silence deals with horrific issues with maturity, but it lacks anything to grab the imagination... 

Shoko Seki: Deadline

Shoko Seki: Deadline

Shoko Seki: Deadline is a part-choreographed, part-improvised solo dance piece that explores the Japanese phenomenon of Karuoshi; Seki stressfully dances through the various stages of what is literally translated to “overwork death... 

Mia: Daughters of Fortune

Mia: Daughters of Fortune

This startling, if indistinct production from Mind the Gap, England’s largest learning disability theatre company, gets straight to its point, with cast members slipping into ‘Dear Diary’ mode to talk about love, sex and… babies... 

Misterman

Misterman

For a one-man play, Enda Walsh’s Misterman feels almost mythically large in its intensity. This is reflected in its performance history: in 2012 Cillian Murphy took to the huge Lyttelton stage in the National Theatre as the text’s solo actor, yet reviews from the run claimed that he, and the play, dominated the space... 

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Best Bites

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Best Bites

With the overwhelming amount of options at the Fringe, Bite-Size allows one to see several short and sweet plays in the space of an hour. Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour hosts six of the best bites, with five actors playing all the parts... 

April is Over

April is Over

A girl curled up inside a cupboard. The comfort of the walls pressing in on all sides, holding her. Alone in the dark. She begins to realise the silence isn’t so silent after all... 

Pornography by Simon Stephens

Pornography by Simon Stephens

It is ten years since Simon Stephens captured the chaos of London in 2005: within a few days London went from celebrating Live8 and the announcement that they would be hosting the 2012 Olympics, to the utter devastation of the 7/7 bombings... 

Coppélia

Coppélia

Coppélia is originally a comic ballet based on the writings of Prussian romantic author, E.T.A. Hoffman. It tells the tale of Dr Coppélias, who creates a lifelike doll so beautiful that Franz, a young man from the village, abandons his flesh and blood lover, Swanhilda, to pursue the doll, Coppélia... 

Dougie MacLean in Concert

Dougie MacLean in Concert

‘Dougie MacLean is Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure’ (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, roots based songwriting and instrumental composition... 

Gala Concert

Gala Concert

Jamaya come from Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv and have been playing together since they were 16. They combine a very modern beat with traditional jazz and are well known for their stirring, energetic shows... 

Wind-Up

Wind-Up

Czech dance in its ultimate form. Inspired by energy’s accumulation and explosion, Prague’s 420PEOPLE deliver a dynamic sextet made of ferocious energy, finest movement and original music... 

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

This little-known musical is tremendous fun in its own right, but the extremely talented and energetic cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical make it engaging for a full 90 minutes... 

Leviathan

Leviathan

Leviathan, inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick is choreographed by James Wilton to a pounding score by Lunatic Soul. As a show, it certainly takes some beating for sheer energy with testosterone-fuelled breakdance, capoeira, contemporary dance and wow-factor, but sometimes less is more... 

Poacher's Pilgrimage – An Island Journey

Poacher's Pilgrimage – An Island Journey

Alastair McIntosh is a writer, broadcaster and activist on land reform, spirituality and ecology. His pilgrimage across the island where he was born, Harris to the south, Lewis to the north, is a thought-provoking journey relevant to current events... 

Rosie Nimmo

Rosie Nimmo

'A gorgeous way to start the second hour of today's show. Our studio guest, Rosie Nimmo. A very moving, very pertinent song: Clouds Colliding. That was just terrific. Fantastic, thank you very much indeed... 

Blues: High-Energy Electric Blues

Blues: High-Energy Electric Blues

Main Street Blues, one of Scotland’s top blues bands, performing a powerful set of up-tempo electric blues material, with a range of original numbers plus some new and old blues classics... 

Claire Saunders Sings Joni Mitchell

Claire Saunders Sings Joni Mitchell

One of the UK's brightest young female vocalists to have broken through in recent years. Her work as a vocalist has been wide and varied including live BBC TV and radio. Claire will sing some favourite songs from Joni Mitchell's extensive back catalogue – an artist who has given Claire lifelong inspiration... 

Creature

Creature

Creature is a contemporary dance show that tries to capture the essence of being human through what the publicity calls ‘aerial acrobatics and earth-bound choreography’. This is not the only intriguing quality promised by the show’s marketing – around Edinburgh you might have noticed the company’s wonderful posters depicting a person inside a huge dimly lit orb... 

Caravaggio: Between the Darkness

Caravaggio: Between the Darkness

“I need more light,” our protagonist Caravaggio says at one point, and it’s fair to say that the 16th century Italian’s use of light and darkness is one of his paintings’ signature features... 

Last Resort

Last Resort

The beginning of Last Resort definitely hooks you in. You walk into the small Summerhall basement and are immediately handed a Cuba Libre and encouraged to make yourself comfortable on a deck chair with your own little basket of sand underneath... 

Smoking With Grandma

Smoking With Grandma

Threewoods Playwright took us on an underwhelming biographical journey with this short play about a young girl reliving her refugee grandmother’s memories of Hong Kong. Katherine Leung Ki Kwan, who played young Maia, held the audience captive with her enchanting narrative however this was overshadowed by a dull throbbing of stagnation which persisted throughout... 

Sasquatch: The Opera

Sasquatch: The Opera

I’m not sure where to begin in dissecting Sasquatch: the Opera. It defies dissection just as it defies categorisation. The show bends genre, form and technique in a way that, even in the context of the Fringe, makes it unique and one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen... 

NEHH Presents: Lemon Bucket Orkestra & Ben Caplan

NEHH Presents: Lemon Bucket Orkestra & Ben Caplan

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra is Canada's only balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk super-band. Born on the streets of Toronto as a busking band in 2010, the original quartet of guerrilla-folk troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of troops armed with brass and bows and started touring the world... 

Letters from Earth

Letters from Earth

If you were Earth... what would you say to us humans? NewGround Theatre Dance Company presents Letters from Earth. Fusing dance, art and spoken word expressed from Earth’s viewpoint... 

The City – A Detective Hip Hop Opera

The City – A Detective Hip Hop Opera

A rap opera written entirely in rhyme, performed as one continuous song. The City is a Fringe musical which won many rave reviews and praises. In 2014, the show won the Golden Porcupine Award in four categories (Playwright of the Year, Director of the Year, Best Music and Best Group Work)... 

Spoon Carving Workshop

Spoon Carving Workshop

Learn to carve a wooden spoon from sustainably sourced Scottish greenwood using traditional hand tools and techniques. Taught by designer and maker Catherine from Object Company. Object Company creates simple handmade wooden homewares... 

Ensemble Kla_Vier: Four Men, Four Pianos

Ensemble Kla_Vier: Four Men, Four Pianos

The future of classical piano is here! With cutting-edge virtuosity and sleek elegance, this four piano, eight hands ensemble from South Korea blends Beethoven and Chopin seamlessly with the traditional and contemporary sounds of their nation... 

Taiwan Season: Together Alone

Taiwan Season: Together Alone

An exquisite piece, Together Alone, danced nude by Zoltán Vakulya and Chen-Wei Lee of Art B&B, is a profound meditation on relationships through a sensitive exploration of the body, its muscular tensions and constraints and the simple joy of its beauty... 

No Show

No Show

No Show is perhaps the perfect show: one that claims to be nothing at all.It opens with a feminine, smiling, lyrical, tumbling dance number that feels a bit off and out of sync. All the gymnastics the women perform are, of course, very impressive, but something about this opening number makes you feel as if the performers are holding back, making you wait and trying to tell you something... 

Hand-Appliqué Tropical Bloom Earrings

Hand-Appliqué Tropical Bloom Earrings

During Fringe we can often forget about the aspects of Edinburgh that make it a cultural destination by itself. One of these artistic elements is textile and craft and as part of Craft Scotland Summer Show Workshops, fashion designer Emily Millichip is teaching the art of hand-appliqué... 

Once Were Pirates

Once Were Pirates

The set of this play included a fish tank with a small toy fish that swam around in it. At one point this fish became stuck on a piece of plastic seaweed and struggled to continue on its journey... 

Palmyra

Palmyra

In her opus Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag explores the ways in which images of conflict can be altered for the benefit of a particular social cause or political group. No photograph, no snapshot of violence is neutral, she argues... 

Dance-Forms 74th International Choreographers' Showcase

Dance-Forms 74th International Choreographers' Showcase

Dance-Forms Productions is celebrating 16 years of brilliant performances at the Fringe, presenting the cream of the crop of postmodern creations. Performances include: ‘Oh Acis’ by acclaimed choreographer Douglas Dunn; the world premiere of Ken Ludden's ‘Supreme’ from Né:Roi with Miami City Ballet star Rainer Krenstetter and principal dancer Breno Bittencourt; original musical composition by Australian composer David Pyke; Susana B... 

The Farmers Lit the Fields on Fire

The Farmers Lit the Fields on Fire

A young bride returns to her family's rural estate for a weekend-long wedding celebration. But when bitter divisions between the bride and her estranged sister threaten to expose dangerous secrets, she learns that sometimes building a new life means setting the past on fire... 

The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect

A modern ensemble piece about a silent girl finding her voice and finding her mother when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her how small actions lead to big effects. A poetic story of youthful hope and optimism... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

Six teenagers communicate anonymously and only through the internet. This chilling premise makes for a laugh-out-loud, compelling but ultimately uplifting play that tackles the issues of teenage life head-on... 

Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here

Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here

Three male dancers perform Company Chordelia & Solar Bear’s Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here choreographed by Kally Lloyd-Jones and cast. Being three, this is a nod to the witches, and that these Lady Macbeths are possessed by evil: cue howling winds, cawing ravens and the wish to be ‘unsexed’... 

A Songwriters' Circle

A Songwriters' Circle

Three of the UK's finest singer-songwriters come together to perform their songs, collaborate and chat about the inspirations and processes behind their songwriting. A unique chance to enjoy Jack Harris (‘a natural and captivating song writing talent’ Telegraph), Douglas Kay (‘thoughtful and passionate song writing’ Scotland on Sunday) and Paul Gilbody (‘sumptuous playing’ Edinburgh Evening News) collaborate on each other’s compositions and discuss how they write. 

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

This acclaimed show from award-winning Australian theatre company Sisters Grimm clearly aims to put the “lion” back in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, through a startlingly amusing, messy and self-aware tale of a wild girl—raised, from the age of four, within a leonine pride in the heart of Borneo—who is captured by explorers and brought to 19th century Holland where one of the leading neuroscientists of the day attempts to “civilise” her... 

Party

Party

In deepest Suburbia, five young idealists have formed a new political party to save the world from itself. A play about small minds tackling big issues: China, sex trafficking, unfair trade coffee... 

Northern Power Blouse

Northern Power Blouse

Three feisty northern lasses present a right good sketch show that's full of heart, songs, larger than life characters and highly flammable 80s blouses. Between them, Cassie Atkinson, Kat Butterfield and Charlotte Pearson have written for BBC Radio 4, Russ Abbot and Comic Relief, been finalists for BAFTA and Funny Women writing awards, studied comedy at the prestigious National Film and Television School and have popped up on E4 and ITV... 

30 Neo-Futurist Plays From: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)

30 Neo-Futurist Plays From: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)

Speed, brevity, honesty and the denial of preconception, TML brings you on a rollicking, multi-genre journey of 30 plays in 60 minutes. You choose from the menu and we perform. Simple as that... 

Inside the Matrix

Inside the Matrix

Featuring music, original video and performance, this show combines electronic, classical opera and contemporary music, with lighting effects and surprises. The videos reflect on the current affairs of our world, with surreal and abstract imagery... 

Callum McClure: Deception

Callum McClure: Deception

The multi award-winning magician Callum McClure, with a unique blend of robotics and magic, will amaze and amuse. Combining classic magic with a modern and technological twist, this brand new show is magic as you have never seen before... 

All the Fun

All the Fun

A hypnotic, tongue-in-cheek antidote to the glittering circus world. You’re invited beyond the everyday one, two, three of juggling in an ever-changing space, with the performers balancing objects and throwing bodies, rendering failure just as visible as sweat... 

Instructions for Border Crossing

Instructions for Border Crossing

A twelve-year-old girl sneaks across the border into her own country. Her parents watch her on a computer screen. The works of a half-forgotten performance artist seem to hold the key to bringing down a brutal system operating on our behalf and under our noses... 

Medea on Media

Medea on Media

Medea on Media is not your average spin on an Ancient Greek classic; Seongbukdong Beedoolkee’s production is fearless, irreverent, unsettling and, most surprisingly, a lot of fun... 

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash is a show whose tagline betrays its true value. While nominally about the struggles of city life in London, the show is at its best when it’s examining how grief affects people differently... 

Adulting

Adulting

Adulting – (verb) To adult. To do something adult, or behave the way everyone would expect an adult to. Twenty-five. I am happily engaged, own a house and have a glamorous job. Aged 10, this is how I saw my future... 

Carve a Ring Workshop

Carve a Ring Workshop

Carve your own bespoke ring in jeweller's wax. Get creative and make a piece of jewellery unique to you. After the workshop, your piece will be cast in silver and professionally finished... 

#Instalove

#Instalove

Inspired by cynicism. Based on romance. One woman finds herself on the brink of love, lust, fear and hope. You, the audience, are her prospects. You decide how her story unfolds. #Instalove is a stormy yet joyful celebration of all the reasons we seek love and why we seek the partners we do... 

Think Less, Feel More

Think Less, Feel More

Think Less, Feel More is the second solo exhibition in Edinburgh by up-and-coming abstract artist Alice Boyle. It plunges you back into the feeling of winter while developing colour to soften the cold and break through to the promise of regeneration... 

Arab Arts Focus: Dance Double Bill

Arab Arts Focus: Dance Double Bill

Due to some of the artists being refused visas to enter the UK, we have had to make some changes to the Arab Arts Focus Dance Double Bill. Choreographer Shaymaa Soukry will introduce the performance... 

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Exploring all of the potential love triangles the original story has to offer, the world's most beloved couple receives a fresh, re-imagined staging as told through the eyes of the teenagers surrounding the doomed love affair. 

First Light

First Light

One night can change your life. Then what?! Five initiations into intimacy and power. Six people do whatever it takes to find their own light. Bobby: Justice won't wait for the law... 

Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine

A small northern Maine town. Nine interconnected scenes that delve into the powerful hold love has on us all. Almost, Maine is a play about love in all its intricacies. It is about holding on to love, letting go of love and discovering love in many different ways... 

__ Happens

__ Happens

This student devised piece from University High School debuts an ever-changing sequence of short plays ranging from drama to comedy, and scripted to improv. It is an anything-but-normal show; complete the title however you’d like... 

(My Father) John Gabriel Borkman

(My Father) John Gabriel Borkman

Most bankers walked free after the bubble burst – but not John Gabriel Borkman. Years have passed since he got out of prison, and his son Edwin has grown up in his father’s shadow and absence... 

Escape 2

Escape 2

Award-winning professional aerial dance theatre from London LCP is back with Escape 2, a recreation of its predecessor Escape, presented at Fringe 2016. 'Modern, moving, muscular and magnificent' (MumbleDance... 

Gathering Dust

Gathering Dust

Charlie, a foreign correspondent out to do her job, is kidnapped and put in an underground cell. She doesn’t know by who. In the cell Charlie meets fellow people fighting for a cause and they are forced to suffer the reality together, as the walls slowly closes in... 

California Dreaming

California Dreaming

This southern Californian dance troupe presents an hour of high-energy contemporary ballet, depicting humor, beauty, longing, first love and the contemplation of strengths and weaknesses within a dancer's career... 

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)... 

Rock Choir Live!

Rock Choir Live!

Witness a spectacular display of uplifting, feel-good pop, rock and contemporary chart songs performed by national phenomenon, Rock Choir. Local singers from Scotland and the North East will be making their Edinburgh Fringe debut this year by presenting an explosion of entertainment that will guarantee to get the crowd on their feet... 

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... 

NEHH and Mediterraneo Present: Mediterraneo Opening Party

NEHH and Mediterraneo Present: Mediterraneo Opening Party

Mediterraneo is bringing Africa, southern Italy and Scotland crashing into Summerhall for a huge festival opening party. A wild night of live Italian pizzica, Zimbabwean Jit-jive, and electrocharged Scottish folk music... 

Girls Like That

Girls Like That

A tight-knit group of school friends are learning about the struggles of the Suffragette movement, but none of them are really listening. Instead, they focus on a provocative nude photo of Scarlett, going viral on their smartphones... 

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017

The second floor of White Stuff becomes a haven for design lovers. Discover contemporary Scottish craft from 33 makers in one location. Shop a curated selection of beautiful homewares, handcrafted jewellery, and stylish accessories... 

Luocha Land

Luocha Land

Told through contemporary and ancient physical storytelling techniques, the National Theatre of China’s Luocha Land is a visual treat. Plane-wreck survivor Maji, confused and gasping for air, finds himself stranded on the island of Luocha... 

Peacocks, Lobsters and Us

Peacocks, Lobsters and Us

Lobsters love large claws and peacocks prefer big tails – but what sets our hearts racing? An enticing piece of dance theatre that puts love under the microscope, challenging our preconceptions of dating and exploring the reasons we fall for each other... 

Conor O'Toole and Ruth Hunter Are Fine With This

Conor O'Toole and Ruth Hunter Are Fine With This

Ruth Hunter (SYTYF Runner-up '16) and Conor O'Toole (**** (Fest, Chortle.co.uk) are two of Ireland's favourite alternative stand-ups and will present an hour of original, zany fun. 

Awake

Awake

It's the middle of the night. The air is still, the moon is up, foxes are skulking under lampposts. Many people are deeply, blissfully asleep, unaware of the tortured souls around them who are struggling to sleep... 

The Ties That Bind

The Ties That Bind

Paul's world as a sound engineer is changing, as early stages of dementia begin to affect his personal relationships. How can he remain connected to those who care about him? This touching performance asks, what ultimately binds us to others? What new stories can we weave that enable us to release old friends and join new ones? An uplifting combination of performance, original sound and potent visuals revealing the meaning of music and people in Paul’s life... 

The Sweet Science

The Sweet Science

Time-bending Ruby lives parallel lives: one an eighties boxer, one a computer coder for a modern-day startup; battling sexism and expectations in both decades. Million Dollar Baby and The Social Network collide in this punchy play... 

Alternotive A Cappella

Alternotive A Cappella

This award-winning, fourteen-strong ensemble brings you innovative a cappella, reimagining songs from a whole host of genres, from 90s R&B, to indie rock, jazz and current chart toppers... 

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

We present a sumptuous selling exhibition of kilim and textile cushions, chairs, fenders, pouffees, hall seats and sofa stools in vibrant colours and contemporary and traditional designs... 

A Single Tree

A Single Tree

Hoovering Flour Theatre Company’s debut production this year at the Fringe! Once upon a Christmas in a land far, far away Mark and Elizabeth throw a Christmas party which is sure to have a lasting effect on everybody... 

Patrick Turpin: Itty Bitty Little Titty Piece

Patrick Turpin: Itty Bitty Little Titty Piece

Turpy – star of Climaxed (BBC Three) and Pop Sludge (4Music) – returns with a stand-up show/hour of performance art/arse flapping gently in the wind, which rodgers the system quite firmly in the poo-poo place... 

Glossolalia: Ranney is Speaking in Tongues

Glossolalia: Ranney is Speaking in Tongues

International headliner Ranney is Speaking in Tongues. Everybody’s a comedian. Ranney is a brilliant one. He is much more than that, but you can only know the experience by seeing him live... 

Play on Words

Play on Words

A quick-fire dystopian comedy following the daily routine of Harper and Collins: two lexicographers imprisoned by the sinister MW Corporation. Surviving on a diet of alphabet soup, with only each other and a bloody bucket called Gerri for company, the two women struggle to reach their daily word quota under the constant threat of death... 

Carried Away

Carried Away

Crib, check. Nappies, check. Weird, breast-pump thing, check. Losing mind, check. Mum on speed-dial, quickest route to hospital mapped. Phoebe discovers she’s pregnant again after a miscarriage and wants to talk... 

The Hero Who Overslept

The Hero Who Overslept

Here’s a heartfelt invitation to experience a never-before-seen mix of climate science, psychology and surrealist dance in which we attempt to remake ourselves just in time for a remaking of the world... 

Vines

Vines

The story of a young girl finding herself through an Ayahuasca Ceremony. Its a look at how to become the person you want to be. Sometimes in life you just need a little push in the right direction… sometimes that push can take you to another dimension you couldn’t in your wildest dreams imagine... 

Frank and Cynthia

Frank and Cynthia

Frank and Cynthia meet and fall in love in a whirlwind croissant-inspired love affair, which is tragically cut short. Their daughter, Cathy, wants to be the first person to fly solo from the llama fields of Scunthorpe to Paris... 

Zsa Zsa and Me

Zsa Zsa and Me

Once upon a time, when folks did as they pleased and the world was good, there lived a girl called... If you are mad enough to take a pantomime to America, all you need is a Hollywood star to play the Fairy Godmother... 

The Second Copy: 2045

The Second Copy: 2045

From out of the future, dissolving himself in fiction, the character of Youness Atbane observes the dynamics of contemporary art in Morocco. As a witness in a documentary made in 2045, he is interviewed on his position as a Moroccan artist and turns this into the subject of his performance... 

Sparkleshark

Sparkleshark

Delving into the lives of a group of teenagers in a tower block at the end of a school day. High up on the roof, Jake writes magical and fantastic stories in a secret book, in an attempt to hide from the bullies... 

My Pet, My Love

My Pet, My Love

A one-man show about fish, forgetting and the fear of dying single. A child discovers death for the first time; an elderly gay couple struggle with the onset of dementia and a man reveals his fears from the trivial to the profound... 

Little Boy

Little Boy

'Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' So said my father. At the farewell address, I am thinking of him, the truth, and a man who is to destroy the world. All I know is the truth lies in myself... 

1902

1902

1902 sheds a light on the dark side of football, telling real stories about real people, but showing that not all football fans are as bad as they are perceived to be. This tale of pride, woe, defeat and victory reaches out to anyone who has dared to dream... 

Squeeze Harder, Zanni!

Squeeze Harder, Zanni!

The raucous and entertaining tale of the pompous and deluded Doctor who lives with an idiotic manservant, Zanni. Although Zanni means well, his extreme stupidity is a burden upon his master so the Doctor takes it upon himself to aid Zanni in wooing a woman... 

Jac Leirner

Jac Leirner

Brazilian artist Jac Leirner presents her first solo exhibition in Scotland, bringing work from major collections together with new work made especially for Edinburgh audiences. Rising to prominence in the 1990s, Leirner has made an international career with works that use the same everyday materials obsessively over and over again, combining them into astonishingly beautiful sculptures that reveal the material poetry of the mundane... 

Cathedral Photographic Exhibitions

Cathedral Photographic Exhibitions

Of Things Not Seen: photographs by Jim Grover of life in a Clapham Parish, and The Edge of Colour: a response to Paolozzi's Window by Dave Sands, with glass by Liz French. 

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts - Free

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts - Free

A former Times critic's choice. Free concerts every lunchtime, Monday to Saturday throughout August, with leading performers. Wide range of music from classical to contemporary and jazz... 

Plant Scenery of the World

Plant Scenery of the World

Presented across Inverleith House and the Front Range glasshouse at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Plant Scenery of the World aims to evoke the theatrical, awe-inspiring, utopian and naturalistic display of plants under glass... 

155th Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography 2017

155th Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography 2017

An exhibition of the best in modern art photography from photographers, both amateur and professional, worldwide. 

Brawn

Brawn

Ryan was a bright lad at school. He should have done well. He could have successfully made it to university and followed a fairly traditional career path. Instead, his mind was taken over... 

Blooming

Blooming

Patrick Sandford is engaging, entertaining and certainly knows how to hold an audience. Performing alongside the talented Loren O’Dair who flits between piano, accordion and a whole host of accents and characters, this is a story taken from conversations with survivors of abuse... 

The Effect by Lucy Prebble

The Effect by Lucy Prebble

If there’s a topic sought after in theatre right now, it would most likely be mental health and how we deal with it. Lucy Prebble’s The Effect addresses this from a more medical perspective, set within a drug trial testing a new antidepressant with fantastic characters played well by the cast of four... 

Split

Split

Walking into The Warren’s Studio 2 to the sounds of Vengaboys, Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani, it was clear I was in for an hour-long nostalgia hit. Split tells the story of Charlotte and Ellie, who meet on the first day of secondary school, and shows the ups and downs of their friendship from that moment through to their Year 11 prom... 

Bad Luck Cabaret

Bad Luck Cabaret

What to wear to a cabaret show where the dress code was “dress for the end of the world or the beginning”? Sorry, my supernova outfit is still in the laundry. Luckily, there was plenty of yellow and black warning tape to wrap into... 

American Contemporary Ensemble (ACE)

American Contemporary Ensemble (ACE)

Joel Sachs (Juilliard School, New York) directs an ensemble of young, highly talented UK-based musicians in a programme drawn from the celebrated American avant-gardists including John Cage, Morton Feldman and Earle Brown; plus 'Wild Nights', an Emily Dickinson setting, by American-born Stephen Montague, a Sussex resident... 

Enter The Dragons
BOBBY WINNER

Enter The Dragons

On an epic adventure to halt ageing in its tracks, writers and performers Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards swim the sea of apology, march the bridge of tears and conquer the dark depths of the underworld on a fruitful journey of discovery... 

Blink by Phil Porter

Blink by Phil Porter

Described as "unconventional, quirky, and voyeuristic", Peppered Wit's production of Blink by Phil Porter fulfills each of those descriptions. Whatever your understanding of love might be, it is almost certainly not what transpires between Jonah and Sophie... 

American Piano Music: Joel Sachs (USA)

American Piano Music: Joel Sachs (USA)

Renowned American pianist and conductor Joel Sachs (Juilliard School, New York) performs piano music by three of America's greatest composers: Charles Ives' First Piano Sonata, pioneering works by Henry Cowell, including 'Tiger', and two late works by Aaron Copland: 'Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives)' and 'Two Piano Pieces'... 

Layale Chaker & Sarafand Ensemble

Layale Chaker & Sarafand Ensemble

Led by Lebanese violinist Layale Chaker, The Sarafand Ensemble brings you a concert of new original musical compositions where Western classical and contemporary music, Jazz, and Arabic Maqam music interact and transcend musical boundaries, leading us into newfound colours and musical landscapes. 

The Woman Who Shed Her Skin

The Woman Who Shed Her Skin

A woman single-mindedly pursues her physical image at the expense of her inner self. When that self desperately rises up to take control, no quarter will be given. In an age of seemingly endless cosmetic obsession, ‘The Woman Who Shed Her Skin’ reveals a story of the obsessive pursuit of the unattainable: female perfection... 

Sexiety

Sexiety

Sex: we (almost) all do it, but we hardly talk about it. How do you keep sexual desire burning in a long term relationship? Where do our ideas about sex come from? Theatre company Gehring and Ketelaars share, together with journalist Gian van Grunsven, new insights about what sexuality is and can be... 

Phoenix Session @ Gem Electric

Phoenix Session @ Gem Electric

Phoenix Session is based in London and works with some of the most exciting emerging artists from the UK's independent music scene. Like its Soho showcase events, Phoenix Session @ Gem Electric will feature original music from a diverse mix of acts, each performing a short set... 

Dark Matter & Angeleta and Etelvina

Dark Matter & Angeleta and Etelvina

Two striking and contrasting puppetry shows form a double bill that explores the journey of dementia patients at the end of their life. 'Dark Matter' dives into the hallucinatory mind of an elderly astrophysicist, who is trying to make sense of his scattered life... 

Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th

Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th

Terriane Falcome offers a tour de force of writing and comedy, playing at the Theatre Box this Brighton Fringe. Good Grief: Stories at 207 West 88th is a series of loosely related monologues all taking place at the same New York City address and all dealing, in different ways, with a kind of grief... 

Jacqueline Kroft

Jacqueline Kroft

Jacqueline & the Sensations is a band from the UK that performs Jacqueline's original songs. Having just completed a new album, they are preparing for its release in February 2017. Jacqueline & the Sensations has performed in Paris, London and Stroud and is preparing a tour for 2017... 

SoundKarD: explorations in sound

SoundKarD: explorations in sound

SoundKarD are soprano Sarah Dacey, pianist Kate Halsall and composer Duncan MacLeod. Performances include The Barbican Centre, hcmf//, Frontiers Festival, sound festival, Nexus Art Café Manchester, Staging Sonic Spaces Festival, Derry and Nonclassical... 

Couples+Pairs

Couples+Pairs

Each performance of Blue Heart Theatre’s relationship based plays features five short dramas where the company chooses the first three and the audience the last two. The four-piece cast’s capacity to perform any one of these plays from the pick of a hat is impressive, although the promised interactive audience participation is an anti climax: two audience members quietly rummage in the hat and choose the last two plays - if the choice is going to be part of the performance, let the whole audience be part of the process... 

Hang

Hang

Set in the near future, Hang imagines a world where the death penalty has returned and, with a sinister game-show-like feel to it, the victim determines the fate of the offender. This production, by Yellow Jacket Productions, believably thrusts us into this world, but barely scratches the surface of its potential to engage and affect its audience... 

A Remarkable Person

A Remarkable Person

This critically-acclaimed, award-winning Norwegian (but performed in English) play philosophises: Do we humans really have a deep need for an identity, or is this need utter nonsense? For her ability to convey deeply existential material in a humorous and crystal clear way, and for her courage to be politically incorrect, the playwright was awarded First Priority by the Norwegian Centre for New Play-writing... 

Candid

Candid

To tell stories in unexpected ways; that is the promise that Wildkind Theatre makes in their tagline. It’s a promise that they certainly deliver, but only because the blurb in the program and what I saw appeared to be two completely different shows, leaving me feeling a little perplexed... 

Another Brighton

Another Brighton

Cascade Creative Recovery and Invisible Voices of Brighton and Hove bring to stage a variety of people who represent vulnerable communities in our city. Their voices will be heard in this Brighton Fringe show with strong local roots: an evening of music, song and drama performance... 

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Unflinchingly honest journey to every mum. Contemporary theatre for audiences of today, followed by a chat. "Hidden gem" (Fringe Review). "This is... outstanding devised theatre... 

Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert

Huldebiet: a Dramatic Concert

Through the use of film projection, plays, and music by Justyna Ponikowska, 7090 and Hana present a concert about the malleability of meaning. The press: “A fascinating experience... 

Sorry: Harald Austbø

Sorry: Harald Austbø

The Viking warrior, the HubbaBubba Gum-chewing slut and the Hermit have placed the sign 'Do Not Disturb' on the door of the hotelroom. They live in my head and I'll give you a peek through wood, strings and horsehair... 

Pavillion 7090

Pavillion 7090

7090 are the hosts of a playground full of music, films and installations. It offers a warm place to their strange, obscure but mainly curious takes on life. 7090 are called "the Bermuda Triangle of performing arts"... 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

“The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime”. Set against a backdrop of increasingly polarised politics, and a cruelly oppressed working class, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons explores the power of language, and presents a world where inhabitants are limited, by law, to speaking only 140 words per day... 

An Evening of Gypsy

An Evening of Gypsy

This year Sophia and Amoret will be roaming through Europe, discovering the story of Gypsy music. They will be exploring how it influenced classical composers such as Ravel, Bizet and Brahms, and uncovering the explosive gypsy classics, for which they will also be joined by a guest guitarist. 

One Man and his Dog

One Man and his Dog

A dog is man’s best friend, and is for life. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or can you? What happens when the old dog does indeed change his spots and starts a new and different life? Does it matter how old the old dog is? After all, does age hamper one’s ability to make a change? Are the consequences different when one makes a life change in later years? Follow the dark and humorous story of one man and his dog exploring a new life and love... 

Out and About in Brighton and Beyond

Out and About in Brighton and Beyond

Comedy sketch show featuring contemporary characters in Brighton and beyond. Returning to Brighton Fringe, Valerie Dent and Tim Burness revisit a range of colourful personalities and introduce some new faces... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

A year ago he inherited his father’s crumbling fast food shop. The sale of the shop now looms but Riccardo isn’t ready to leave as he's just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records... 

I Will Carry You Over Hard Times

I Will Carry You Over Hard Times

Settling into a pew at Sweet St Andrew’s along with a small but eager crowd, I had no idea what to expect from I Will Carry You Over Hard Times. I knew it was part of Brighton Fringe’s 2017 Dutch Season, which showcases selected award-winning shows from Amsterdam Fringe... 

Experiencing Hard times with Maarten Zaagman and Falk Hübner

Experiencing Hard times with Maarten Zaagman and Falk Hübner

A fascinating opportunity to learn the mime choreography technique behind the award-winning performance ‘I Will Carry You Over Hard Times’. Open to all, we research musical material, arranging, and recording... 

Check Out My Shirt

Check Out My Shirt

We wear the consequences of our decisions like a bad shirt. Join two performers on a journey through an unfamiliar world as they navigate what it means to be faced with life defining decisions... 

I'm The Hero of This Story

I'm The Hero of This Story

CTRL ALT DEL: Restart, Repeat, Restart, Repeat... Really? Again? Why isn’t it working? This is about not knowing where you belong. After taking a massive leap of faith and deciding to move home, Roxanne believed she had sussed it out ... 

One in Four

One in Four

A newly-devised piece exploring issues of mental health. A sympathetic yet playful look at three different stories and perspectives currently affecting an ever-growing number of sufferers around the world... 

Re: Production

Re: Production

A fun and informative play from the female-led White Slate Theatre company, White Slate performed Re: Production (not literally) for the final time at the Brighton Fringe on Saturday... 

The Privileged

The Privileged

Have you ever seen a polar bear in the flesh? Been close enough to notice just how white these magnificent mammals are? Here is your chance to get up close and personal: remove your shoes, coats and bags, as you are about to encounter the Arctic’s whitest predator, with black skin... 

Good People, Bad Day

Good People, Bad Day

Everyone has experienced the dreaded ‘bad day’ where nothing seems to work out. Lovehart Productions takes this to the heightened extreme in this memorable disaster story focusing on three flatmates and their hilarious attempts to evade the consequences of having an unconscious man lying on the floor of their flat... 

Am I F#*kable?

Am I F#*kable?

Have our relationships become a product of a social media obsessed generation? Dating in the 21st century is constantly changing and not necessarily for the better. Am I F#*kable challenges this modern concept in a rather crude and definitely unfiltered way!Starting off with a montage of dating through the ages, we see how drastically it has changed... 

OUT

OUT

We are presented with two bodies: a loud Jamaican dance hall music and disco lights. As we enter The Marlborough we are not seated in the usual position. Instead we are on the stage and the performers are on the floor... 

Trouble with Men

Trouble with Men

Three remarkable short plays about modern male homosexuality: a farce about stereotypes and unrequited love; a drama about a date going very wrong; a transcontinental love story about a naive Brit and a closeted Syrian... 

Trainspotting

Trainspotting

This acclaimed production recaptures the passion and controversy of the famous novel and hit film, repackaging it into an immersive show. The audience is literally part of the show, including the notorious 'Worst Toilet in Scotland' scene... 

Don't Leave Me Now

Don't Leave Me Now

Inspired by two real stories, the play explores the impact of early onset dementia on two very different families - a journey of love, loss and duty. "The play is subtly powerful, sympathetic and sharp, sad and funny... 

Generation Why

Generation Why

Three performers from the UK, Italy and Spain that belong to the so called Generation Y, are confronted onstage with a simple but controversial question: what do you want for your future? This game turns into a dare, an invocation or an exorcism and a contemporary ritual where the expectations and fears of a generation are unveiled... 

Urinetown: The Musical

Urinetown: The Musical

Two decades of drought result in a ban on the use of private toilets, and citizens are forced to pay through the roof to use public amenities, a privilege we currently enjoy in the real world without the excuse of a drought... 

Lingua Franca Ensemble: Ephemera

Lingua Franca Ensemble: Ephemera

Lingua Franca Ensemble 'Ephemera' album launch concert. 

Sweetmeat

Sweetmeat

Sigmund and Christian meet, and slot together like puzzle pieces. Their friends don’t understand, but that’s fine. They only need each other. Aching for an impossible closeness, and in thrall to morbid passions, they decide to push their relationship past a final, irreversible boundary. 

Soundscape: Brighton Film Quartet

Soundscape: Brighton Film Quartet

Soundscape – a concert of sheer escapism with this extraordinary piano quartet. Stunning big-screen visuals mixed by live VJ create a breathtaking backdrop to the quartet’s hauntingly beautiful cinematic music and soundtrack... 

AY | NA

AY | NA

Ceyda Tanc Dance is a contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director and Choreographer, Ceyda Tanc. The company produce cutting-edge, dynamic contemporary dance works with influence of traditional Turkish folk dance, the dance style of Tanc’s heritage... 

Afternoon Recital with Helen Burford

Afternoon Recital with Helen Burford

Pianist/composer/musical-explorer Helen Burford performs a programme of global exotica and new commissions for solo piano, toy piano and Indian santoor. 

artrepublic presents: Art Yard Sale

artrepublic presents: Art Yard Sale

Back for 2017! Another fantastic day out for art lovers everywhere. Meet many local and national cutting-edge artists and buy incredible art direct at the artrepublic Art Yard Sale... 

A Murder of Ravens

A Murder of Ravens

A brilliant weaving-together of vocals, poems, music, song and performance takes the audience on a breathtaking trip in the company of a series of angry, disaffected, bored, vengeful, murderous, powerful, touching, funny, wise women... 

New Note Orchestra and Guests

New Note Orchestra and Guests

New Note Orchestra and Guests. New Note Orchestra is the Sex Pistols of the classical world due to its punk ethos and attitude. It believes that, with a bit of encouragement, anyone can write great music... 

Cultural Echo

Cultural Echo

Cultural Echo is the debut theatre work from young company Broken Perspectives. The show follows two young men who attempt to explore, reminisce and re-appropriate their childhood memories of home in a now gentrified London... 

BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt

BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt

I wasn’t entirely sure what I’d witnessed after walking out of BLINDFOLD: The Night of the Hunt, a surreal play by Greek company THE.AM.A (Theater for People with Disabilities)... 

The Dove in Spring: American Chamber Music in Recital

The Dove in Spring: American Chamber Music in Recital

Soaring soprano and passionate cello lines intermingle with sumptuous piano writing in a recital programme featuring Esther Ward-Caddle (cello)and Nicole Panizza (piano) performing Ned Rorem's song cycle 'Last Poems of Wallace Stevens', Samuel Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano Op... 

Borde Hill Sculpture Exhibition

Borde Hill Sculpture Exhibition

Our 2017 sculpture exhibition showcases work by both established and up-and-coming artists. During this year's exhibition, the garden will be transformed into a stunning outdoor gallery, offering inspiring art in bronze, resin, stone, metalwork and ceramics... 

The Last Honeypot

The Last Honeypot

The bizarre tale of the boy Eli Hum, born with a baffling condition: his tummy can only digest honey. But the world has been growing colder, the flowers are wilting, and the bees..... 

Mozzz!

Mozzz!

Mozzz! A week in the life of an undercover mosquito. A highly topical, witty, sexy monodrama from festival award-winners, director/designer Faynia Williams and actor/playwright Richard Crane... 

Studio 9 Orchestra: Tribute to Kenny Wheeler

Studio 9 Orchestra: Tribute to Kenny Wheeler

The 19-piece Studio 9 Orchestra pays tribute to the late composer, arranger and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, with an evening of beautiful arrangements written for alarge Jazz ensemble. With music that redefines what the Jazz big band can sound like, the band will feature songs from the great composer, together with pieces by Radiohead, Herbie Hancock, Maria Schneider and others... 

Woman not fish

Woman not fish

Helen is the only insecure woman in the world trying to navigate through this thing called life. When she was young, she thought by the time she was in her 50s she would be an adult with a proper job, a home owner and in a stable relationship... 

This Boy Tom

This Boy Tom

A brand-new musical by BBC Bursary winner Natalie Sexton. Tom, a boy who lost his little brother, Alfie, in a fire a few years ago, is now in secondary school, and dealing with bullying for the burn on his face... 

Chittar chat

Chittar chat

Saby Kang offers some useless and random anecdotes in this one-woman operation. From growing up in Birmingham where everyone spoke 'a bit posh like' and thinking white people were the minority, to dealing with embarrassing Indian relatives and an array of crap jobs... 

For all the fires not yet lit: Work in Progress

For all the fires not yet lit: Work in Progress

"Stories can conquer fear, you know. They make the heart bigger." Small, tender and mighty stories of everyday courage from Brighton-based singer and storyteller exploring how courage can be as contagious as fear... 

re:Verse

re:Verse

Ever wondered what a pavlova recipe sounds like in bossa nova? Or craved fitness tips set to industrial techno? Part improv, part concert, 're:Verse' is an interactive musical comedy show performed by a pianist and vocalist... 

Rejoining Jane

Rejoining Jane

Immerse yourself in a playful and joyful dance experience as three dancers take you on a journey in and out of reality, swapping between the factual and the fictitious. Travel with them in their pursuit of 'Rejoining Jane' and share in the delight that this brings - all within the confines of a cosy cafe! All welcome! 

Protect and Survive

Protect and Survive

1984. The doomsday clock stands at 23:57. Five strangers take part in exercise ‘HOT SEAT’, a role-play simulation for a pre- and post-nuclear attack on the UK. In 2017, the doomsday clock, once again, reads 23:57 and the game becomes reality! "Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity... 

A Way of Seeing

A Way of Seeing

A double-bill of intimately presented contemporary dance, story and film, exploring the perception and experience of shared memory. Weaving live dance and projected film, live installation 'Memory Box' contemplates the shifting layers, changing perspectives and emotional tones of memory... 

Goddess

Goddess

Holiday Snow is just your average woman from the Valleys, now settled in Rhyl, with dreams of a hot tub and a marshmallow room. She craves a better life than that of a charity shop manager and it looks like she might get it when she discovers a goddess statue on a forgotten shelf in her workplace... 

Fall of Duty

Fall of Duty

1916. An actor falls from the sky in Northern France. A hundred years on, can Sue and her son Jack, 20, escape political turmoil and an addiction to infinite warfare? Four people thrust together by war, song, reality, and escapism, but pulled apart by a century... 

Rubber Ring

Rubber Ring

“I’m sixteen. I don’t know whether I like boys or girls. I live in Sheringham. I’m fucked. Well I’m not actually, that is the problem." Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham, the seaside town they forgot to bomb... 

Spark Factory

Spark Factory

Seven brave and bold artists constructing the next big thing in theatre. Discover a multitude of ground-breaking theatre stunts and delve into the forefront of theatre experimentation... 

BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows

BA Theatre Arts Graduate Shows

“The true mystery of the world is the visible ... ” Is it? Share in stories old and new, and help us look for the visible and the invisible in our exciting experiments. Experience what happens when different theatre specialists come together! A compelling collection of collaborative outcomes from BA Theatre Arts students at Northbrook, that showcases innovative and curious work from performers, make-up artists, costume and prop makers. 

So You Say

So You Say

The multi-talented writer and director Sam Chittenden has done it again. Two actors stand on the stage and deliver a script that is outstanding in its simplicity and honesty. The truthful and oh-so-real story of these two people’s past relationship is laid bare before us... 

Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats

Baby Loves Disco's Beach Beats

Following our legendary Brighton Fringe 2016 appearance, the original family dance party returns for more day-clubbing, this time at the funkiest bar on the beachfront with the best sea views in Brighton! Club DJs spin feelgood summer tunes, with dance floor games, giveaways, selfie booth and play zone... 

Deep in The Heart of Me

Deep in The Heart of Me

A 'Shirley Valentine' tale for the 21st century with songs from the Rat Pack repertoire, ‘Sway’, ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ and ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’. “Incredibly enjoyable, endearing, utterly believable... 

Nicole Henriksen is Makin' It Rain

Nicole Henriksen is Makin' It Rain

After sell-out shows and rave reviews across Australia, and following a buzzing Edinburgh Fringe run in association with Underbelly Untapped, alternative comedian Nicole Henriksen finally brings her award-nominated, unflinching, and cheeky theatre debut to Brighton, for the first time... 

Acute Psychotic Episode III: When the Change Came!

Acute Psychotic Episode III: When the Change Came!

Challenges common perceptions of mental ill-health. It is about celebrating difference and supporting the national mental health anti-stigma campaigns. The show brings sensitivity and performance to a powerful and sometimes disturbing subject through good humour, sharing personal experience through both dramatic and poetic events... 

10 Steps To Happiness

10 Steps To Happiness

There is more to life than happiness, right? A not-so-perfect guide to happiness is explored in this one-woman show, written and performed by Yvette May who, after finding herself feeling depressed more often than normal, does what all young people do to find an answer to their problems – she asks the internet and stumbles across 10 Steps to Happiness... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Embarking on a tale of ambition, blood and murder of their own, Mac and Lady Mac build a fast food empire. With a healthy dose of nutritional advice thrown in, who knew a story of witches, ghosts and murder could be this much fun?! Pocket Oxford Theatre’s madcap extravaganzas are the perfect introduction to the Bard’s timeless stories... 

Museumpiece

Museumpiece

Arna Spek (BBC Radio 4 New act competition, Leicester Square theatre New act semi final 2016) is ready to make you laugh! Join her for a hilarious 30 minute stand-up comedy show about how she belongs in a Museum... 

Sculpture exhibition/Open studio

Sculpture exhibition/Open studio

This is an exhibition of abstract sculpture situated on and around a farmyard in a mid-Sussex rural setting. Some pieces have been made site specifically and are shown in relation to the surrounding countryside... 

Transgender Shakespeare

Transgender Shakespeare

Introduced in last year’s Brighton Fringe, Rory and Simon are back, still struggling with the age-old problem of family communications. Communication? Between a father and a child? How difficult can that be? Communication? Between a father and a transgender child? How much of a nightmare can that be? Can the wordsmith Shakespeare help? After a start in last year's Brighton Fringe, Rory, Simon and the father, are back again continuing to explore each other’s worlds with the help, and hindrance, of the Bard... 

Still I Rise

Still I Rise

Former Candoco and Jasmin Vardimon Company dancer, Victoria Fox, presents her new work ‘Still I Rise’. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem. It’s powerful and defiant words, of struggle and rising up from it, feel especially relevant in our current unsettled world... 

Are Strings Attached?

Are Strings Attached?

Your home is the venue when DOG, former graffiti legend, comes to your house for a consultation in this darkly comic grown-up reworking of Pinocchio. Prepare to be delighted and confounded and to have your credulity tested to the max in this thrilling exploration of aspiration and the Big Question of existence itself! High class theatre as up close as you'll ever get... 

The Dance Trail 2017

The Dance Trail 2017

Brighton Dance Network is excited to present its third site-specific promenade piece. Set along the boundary line between Brighton and Hove, 'The Dance Trail 2017' is a collection of short new works by local dance artists exploring borders, barriers, belonging and if it all even matters. 

Network Diagnostics

Network Diagnostics

New work from an exciting Irish theatre company. Kate and Tadgh have not left their rooms for a very long time. To make a living, they look for work on a dubious website called “Hablo Hot and Heavy... 

Shell Shock

Shell Shock

One soldier's story of coping with PTSD. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy's observations on civvy life are comic and moving. His emotional responses to Post Office queues, a trip to Ikea and his relationships and family lead to alienation and anger... 

Ben Fearnside: Metal on Canvas

Ben Fearnside: Metal on Canvas

An art alchemy of raw metals. Bronze, copper, iron, silver and gold, combine with shellacs, polishes, inks and washes in a rich light-responsive finish. Dark as thunder, light as a stained-glass window... 

The Ruffian on the Stair

The Ruffian on the Stair

A young man says he’s just looking for a place to stay, but he’s got sex, violence and revenge on his mind. When Mike and Joyce open their door to Wilson, they’re letting in so much more than a handsome stranger... 

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Inspired by the age-old legend 'The Faerie Boy of Leith', 'Fallen Angel' is a disturbing new supernatural thriller... Beat. Beat. Beat. Do you believe in faeries? Beat. Beat... 

George Crumb's 'Black Angels'

George Crumb's 'Black Angels'

Special first night of Brighton Fringe event - Ligeti Quartet plays 'Black Angels' for amplified strings and percussion, which David Bowie named as being among his favourite 'Top-25' pieces... 

Incredible Collectable Art From Established and Emerging Artists

Incredible Collectable Art From Established and Emerging Artists

Discover hundreds of today’s most sought-after limited edition and original prints in one must-see gallery! Lose yourself in the latest releases from outstanding artists such as Sir Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Dave White, Pure Evil, Magnus Gjoen, Ben Eine and many more. 

Soundtrek

Soundtrek

Resound is a group of 18 male voices. We invite you on a choral journey around the world in various languages and at different temperatures. You’ll be delighted by the humour to be found in England, frozen in Canada, dance your way through Argentina, and find out what Staffan is doing in Sweden... 

They Built It. No One Came.

They Built It. No One Came.

Twelve years ago, Tobias and Alexander came together to form a spiritualist commune based on their shared visions of a peaceful and harmonious community... they are still awaiting their first member... 

Confetti

Confetti

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

American Lates

American Lates

An endearing display that demonstrates both exceptional vocal and instrumental talents. Beginning by apologising for the state of politics in his home country (a jibe at both Clinton and Trump), tenor Tom Randle takes to the stage with a sonorous take on the traditional American folk song, The Boatman... 

Rachmaninov After Lunch

Rachmaninov After Lunch

Renowned pianist Martin Cousin performs a recital of Rachmaninov to fill the post-lunch relaxation mood. Tea, coffee and pastries included afterwards.  

Labjovem 5th Showcase

Labjovem 5th Showcase

Labjovem 2016 is a creative platform for a new generation of young artists from the Azorean islands (Portugal), as well as a way to share some experiences, values and different realities through culture... 

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood is neither the best of times, nor the worst of times, but over a ninety-minute running time it is a something of an odd construction. There is no extra blood (in fact, much less than the book) and even the two cities themselves seem reduced in status... 

How is Uncle John?

How is Uncle John?

How Is Uncle John? is a story about the relationship of mother and daughter: of protector and protected, and of victim and survivor. Itis a brave depiction of domestic abuse and sex trafficking that follows the struggles of Hope and her mother against the abusive men in their lives... 

Music of Gyorgy Kurtag: 90th Anniversary Tribute

Music of Gyorgy Kurtag: 90th Anniversary Tribute

Arbroath-based musician Mark Spalding follows on from last year's warmly received recital marking 40 years of Stockhausen's Tierkreis, with a programme honouring veteran Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag in his 90th anniversary... 

Scotland's Story

Scotland's Story

Traditional, contemporary Scottish songs by five of Scotland's celebrated folk musicians. Captivating songs about the peoples that make up Scotland – Scandinavian, Welsh, Irish, French etc... 

King Creosote

King Creosote

Fife’s Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote, has become one of Scotland's most acclaimed and prolific singer-songwriters: a squeezebox Casanova and a seafaring pop heart-breaker whose voice leaves gentle devastation in its wake... 

Three Days' Time

Three Days' Time

Set in small, Irish living room - somewhere between cosy and claustrophobic - Three Days’ Time is a thoughtful domestic comedy about weird parents, leaving home and mysteriously vanishing budgies... 

Fémage a Trois

Fémage a Trois

Hard hitting and immensely emotional, the beautiful performances in Fémage a Trois don’t hesitate in getting down to the real challenges that modern day, western women must face... 

Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain

Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain

Nicole Henriksen is an Aussie comedian and stripper and in this show, which harnesses skills from both professions, she gives the audience a clear rundown of what they’re going to get and how they should respond... 

Decade

Decade

9/11, as it now succinctly known, is one of those ‘where were you on the day?’ events. Members of the teenage Hoghead Theatre Company were around, but only just. For them it is a piece of history, but one in which they have immersed themselves for this production of Decade... 

If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming

If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming

Taking multimedia representations of young women as its inspiration, If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming picks apart a medley of references to Titanic, Disney princesses, various pop songs and slasher movies like Psycho... 

Astonish Me! – The Jazz Rite of Spring

Astonish Me! – The Jazz Rite of Spring

Igor Stravinsky once said ‘what gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.’ David Patrick and his octet do this statement great justice, where their take on the Russian-French composer’s renowned The Rite of Spring is reanimated through the lively tempo of an eight-piece jazz band... 

Astonish Me! – Jeux

Astonish Me! – Jeux

Sergei Diaghilev's challenge to all of his collaborating artists was: ‘Astonish me!’. In May 1913, this demand brought into being two astounding works – Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Jeux, Debussy's last orchestral masterpiece... 

Flesh

Flesh

Without name, without identity – the body in its physical, sensual nature. Dreamlike, surreal animal shapes appear and vanish, merge and separate. Familiar and unknown images discovered in flesh... 

Clive Gregson

Clive Gregson

Born in Manchester, now based in Texas, Clive Gregson is a world-renowned and accomplished singer, musician and producer. Mary Chapin Carpenter named him one of her favourite songwriters... 

600 People

600 People

Is anybody out there? It’s a question that’s inspired generations of writers and filmmakers, religious leaders, astrophysicists and, of course, conspiracy theorists. Accompanied by a beautifully illustrated presentation, Alexander Kelly — a long-time obsessive when it comes to the Voyager space programme — delivers a sincere, informative, and touching performance lecture covering the possibility of alien life, Fermi’s paradox, extinction events, space travel, genetic modification, and even what it means to be human... 

Equus

Equus

I must admit I was sceptical walking into C +1 on Chambers street on this afternoon to see The Rep Theatre Company’s latest show. The late, great Peter Shaffer’s Equus is a difficult and exacting play to pull of normally, never mind performing a cut down 1 hour 30 minutes version at the Fringe with a group of young actors... 

Eurohouse

Eurohouse

For many people unaffected by it, the debt crisis in Greece is a distant, vaguely distressing situation, failing to provoke public outcry due to a misapprehension that it is somehow very uniquely Greek, and surely entirely the fault of the Greeks... 

Attempts on Her Life

Attempts on Her Life

Take a play with no plot, an unspecified number of players, no defined characters, pages of intense prose and lines that can be spoken by any performer and what do you have? Unmistakably, Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life... 

Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

The Traverse’s Breakfast Plays series is an intriguing prospect: four plays on the same theme by their Associate Artists, presented as script-in-hand rehearsed readings at 9am each day, along with breakfast... 

Round Midnight

Round Midnight

Powerful improvising pianist and composer Alexander Hawkins and classically trained singer Elaine Mitchener rework and take on the great American Songbook, from 21st-century jazz and contemporary classical perspectives. 

Paul Simon Treatment

Paul Simon Treatment

A scintillating 13-piece live band, featuring percussion and brass sections and fronted by Stu Goodall pay reverence to the songs of Paul Simon with an explosive show. Much anticipated after their sell out performance at the Festival Fringe three years ago, PST are back with a live show that promises to be spectacular... 

Dick Gaughan

Dick Gaughan

The only performer to hold the dual honours of a Lifetime Achievement award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an induction into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame, Gaughan returns for his annual hometown solo Fringe appearance... 

Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project

Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project

Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project is known for its dynamic physicality, powerful imagery and emotive choreography. These captivating performers will present an exciting new programme that explores love, loss, transformation and resurrection... 

Triumvirette

Triumvirette

Triumvirette takes the form of a three part show – two monologues sandwiching a romantic comedy short play. All sections use different actors, and all use comedy to varying degrees and success, though it would be wrong to call them all comedic pieces... 

The Supermarket Six

The Supermarket Six

Unexpected item in bagging area… Over-worked, under-appreciated, threatened with unemployment, a tin of baked beans that refuses to scan pushes the beleaguered shop assistants of the BestCo supermarket chain over the edge... 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes is a new piece of writing by Eimear Sheehy and is presented by ALSA Productions. A madcap but tender piece, Tomatoes is a morning with Laur, a young woman working in her local fruit and veg shop, struggling to find a foothold in the uncertain times of recessionary Ireland 2010... 

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... 

Grand Guignol

Grand Guignol

When performing artists become so poor they have to sell themselves into slavery to fund their careers, how far will one group go to secure their futures, and at what cost? Faced with torture, humiliation and little hope of earning back their freedom, each artist is faced with the prospect of betraying their friends and colleagues in the pursuit of individual glory... 

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... 

Poetic Transformations of Existential Delight

Poetic Transformations of Existential Delight

Choreographer Ellie Aldegheri presents Lunas Dance Project in Poetic Ramblings of Existential Delight, inspired by Carl Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections and feelings of change and rebirth... 

Jazz Brunch

Jazz Brunch

Enjoy a relaxing and delicious brunch, accompanied by jazz singer Elaine Mitchener and pianist Alex Hawkins.  

Fingertips

Fingertips

It’s all queasily familiar: a small badly lit room, a table littered with bottles of vodka and plastic cups, and several alarmingly costumed twenty-somethings sprawled over the floor and bed, arguing about a drinking game... 

The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole

The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole

This quirkily named show from young company SharkLegs follows the story of Gavin Plimsole as he finds out he has a rare heart defect which could end his life at any moment. This leads him to have an audience-led adventure, various people choosing the next fork in the road of the story, as he attempts to make the most of his time in this bucket-list flavoured inspirational tale... 

Bildraum

Bildraum

Bildraum is part of the 'Big in Belgium' series, featuring six of the country’s many outstanding theatre and performance companies. This work is likely to be most people’s first exposure to anything of its kind, so if you are looking for a completely new experience this might well be it... 

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

"Revolutionise the world". "Do not marry". "Galvanise". "Women for sale!" Aided by a fantastically droll projection across the back of the amply-sized Traverse auditorium, laughs abound in Alice Birch's subversive, sardonic dissection of modern patriarchy and autonomy in a world of constant societal pressures... 

All In

All In

Here’s what happens in order: A parody of bourgeois conversation by actors in black morphsuits; a light show to the gaiety of the Ode To Joy; unembellished description of said piece; a demented, Sesame-Street-type lesson on cooking and friendship; a plastic-covered man holding his drink in a nightclub while an omnium-gatherum of object names gets projected behind; footage of North Korea’s Arirang Mass Games; a penumbra-umbra light show to wrap it all up... 

Jack Lukeman: King of Soho and Other Stories

Jack Lukeman: King of Soho and Other Stories

One of Ireland's most respected, best-loved singers, this renowned international entertainer, 'a mixture of all the great voices of the 20th century' (Guardian), has few peers for his award-winning powerhouse vocals and inventive live shows as you will see in three intimate AMC shows... 

Howie the Rookie

Howie the Rookie

Reminiscent of an Irish Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Howie the Rookie is a two-hander exploring the journeys of Howie (Tom Taplin) and the Rookie (Ed Limb) as they become immersed in the seedy underworld of 1990s Dublin... 

A Number by Caryl Churchill

A Number by Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill’s 2002 play about the ethics of genetic cloning and an extension of the well-worn ‘nature versus nurture’ debate is a challenging text for actors. With only two performers inhabiting the stage throughout, and with radical character differences having to be portrayed with immediacy following scene transitions, the text contains within it a natural intensity which is well realised by actors Charlie Randall and Tom Smythe of Gone Rogue Productions... 

Allan Taylor – Endless Highway

Allan Taylor – Endless Highway

Allan will sing his songs of the road, written from a lifetime of travelling throughout the world. He has made twenty albums and his songs have been recorded by more than one hundred and fifty artists... 

Mendelssohn After Lunch

Mendelssohn After Lunch

Mendelssohn and Webern, peformed by the Solem Quartet. Tea, coffee and other refreshments afterwards.  

Home

Home

The fact that Home is “partly based on true events” makes Cate and Gia’s situation all the more distressing. The story is a microcosm of the UK’s housing crisis among young people... 

Treacherous Orchestra

Treacherous Orchestra

Winners of the BBC Alba Album of the Year Trad Music Award 2015, Treacherous Orchestra are a powerful force in Scottish music. A huge, 11-strong folk big band that delivers epic, incendiary live performances night after night. 

Jack Lukeman: King of Soho and Other Stories

Jack Lukeman: King of Soho and Other Stories

One of Ireland's most respected, best-loved singers, this renowned international entertainer, 'a mixture of all the great voices of the 20th century' (Guardian), has few peers for his award-winning powerhouse vocals and inventive live shows as you will see in three intimate AMC shows... 

French Lates

French Lates

A late night with the soothing French romantics Debussy, Sancan and Renié, performed by the Tasman Duo, Juliana Mysolov (harp), Jonty Coy (flute) and Ian Tindale (piano). Includes a glass of wine. 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Twist Theatre Company’s R’n’B infused musical adaptation of the infamous Scottish history play, billed as Shakespeare meets Empire, is a messy but still engaging and enjoyable take on the classic tragedy... 

Boys

Boys

The work of playwriting powerhouse Ella Hickson has always been connected to the Edinburgh Fringe, since her debut show Eight premiered there in 2008. Hickson's plays speak to a younger theatregoer, forming deeply personal analyses of a generation categorised by apathy... 

Burying Your Brother in the Pavement

Burying Your Brother in the Pavement

The first thing you are met with when walking into Eagle House School’s Production of Burying Your Brother in the Pavement is approximately 20 young teenagers spaced out on the stage wearing white masks... 

Cathedral Chamber Music

Cathedral Chamber Music

The Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble perform the best of the city's new chamber music with works by Peter Nelson, Harry Whalley, Kostas Rekleitis, Stuart Taylor, Julien Lonchamp, Tom David Wilson, Luci Holland and Richard Worth... 

Mungo Park – Travels in the Interior of Africa

Mungo Park – Travels in the Interior of Africa

Mungo Park proved that any true Scotsman would do almost anything to avoid spending another bloody day in Selkirk. He was an African explorer before it was fashionable and a complicated man in a complicated time... 

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers, make a welcome return to Edinburgh in their usual Greenside, Royal Terrace location. They played to a full house the day I was there and some last-minute hopefuls had to be turned away... 

Lïnger

Lïnger

Breandán de Gallaí, the celebrated ex-Riverdance principal, has devised a biographical series of dances to create Lïnger, which is performed in the generously spacious main theatre of Dance Base... 

As Yet Undecided

As Yet Undecided

As Yet Undecided is an intriguing piece of ‘nonfiction’ with a cast of characters including Doubt, Time and Procrastination. Join Jessica Walker, our abandoned solo performer, in this experimental, work-in-progress piece... 

Japan’s Elegant Breeze

Japan’s Elegant Breeze

Japan's Elegant Breeze proudly presents an insight into the music and culture of Japan. The culmination of four musicians from the Tokyo University of Arts, one of the greatest music environments in Japan, will bring classic, contemporary Japan, friendship and our original composed music all rolled into one, wearing traditional kimonos... 

Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire and Honeyblood

Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire and Honeyblood

A band defiantly in the classic mould, RHLF have been lauded for their compelling and darkly anthemic sound. Led by Hart’s distinctive voice and songwriting, the band create a vivid sonic landscape that has seen them perform across the UK and US... 

Schubert at Teatime

Schubert at Teatime

Schubert Quintet D956 with the prizewinning Solem Quartet. Tea, coffee and shortbread served afterwards. 

Escape

Escape

Award-winning aerial dance theatre company, LCP, draws awareness to human rights violations in their new production. Escape explores the emotional journey of a refugee through struggle, despair and the search for freedom... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

Six teenagers come online. Young and powerless, they seek control over their lives and others’. A play which confronts issues of mental health, cyberbullying and recklessness, Chatroom is a fast-paced voyage into a moment in time long-buried by today’s adults... 

Russian Lates

Russian Lates

Enjoy the Russian greats, Shostakovitch, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, with the Solem Quartet and the Tasman Duo. Includes a glass of wine afterwards.  

Numbers by Kieron Barry

Numbers by Kieron Barry

A dark comedy focusing on four teenage girls an hour before head girl is announced. The girls talk about their plans for the future after sixth form, and tensions turn nasty as they realise that things might not have worked out the way they planned... 

Fragility

Fragility

I am male. I am masculine. I am independent. I am non-emotional. I am aggressive. I am tough-skinned. I am competitive. I am strong, self confident and rebellious. I am sexually aggressive... 

papercut–

papercut–

'– it's only a game. Play it properly and you will enjoy it.' By turns extraordinary and devastating, critically acclaimed Thrust return with their most urgent show yet, a forensic and unflinching X-ray of human connection... 

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk

'We are the reckless, we are the wild youth!' In the ruins of an old derelict church, secrets and lies strain friendships to breaking point. During the course of a single night, young lives and loves may be lost or redeemed, but some will be changed forever... 

Bhumi

Bhumi

Home. Singapore. Departure. Arrival. London. Home. 'I’m Z, short form for a name that you probably can’t pronounce and I’m trying to find my place in the world.' Bhumi (Sanskrit for earth or soil) is a multi-disciplinary theatrical performance by a collective of Singapore Malay artists based in London... 

PanAcoustic

PanAcoustic

Paul Joseph and Matt Solstone formed PanAcoustic in 2014 through a mutual love of instrumental acoustic music and knowing the infinite possibilities of the guitar duo. Their aim was emphasise improvisation, embedded within tight melodic structures, and live, energetic performances... 

Tone Down For What

Tone Down For What

The Accidentals can't wait to return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for their fifth year. They are an all-female a cappella group from the University of St Andrews that pride themselves on their close, friendly and diverse group dynamic... 

Slaves of Sleep

Slaves of Sleep

Moody Old Man Theatre Company specialise in making theatre that is inspired by music. Using cult albums of the 80s as influence, we've devised a piece that questions what it means to dream... 

I'm Doing This for You

I'm Doing This for You

The premise of the show is deceptively simple, and the clue is in the title: what a woman would do or go through for a man who she wholeheartedly loves, even though he has already moved on... 

Zero Down

Zero Down

If you’ve been living a safe, healthy lifestyle under a rock, then you might not know that the NHS has been doing less than fantastic as of late. Underfunded and overcrowded, it’s a serious topic for political conversation and, apparently, plays... 

YPFii

YPFii

0.04 AX, 14 days since the Omnis war came to its catastrophic end. Hecs and sister Cass, along with several other 16- to 18-year-olds of the fallen, are being held in the YPFii enclosure awaiting their fates, to be decided by the victors... 

Emoji

Emoji

Meet Kyle’s phone. Inside it, like every mobile, a hidden emoji-world exists. Emojis live with one ultimate goal: to become one of the ‘frequently used’. Brian the brown shoe emoji is a deadbeat... 

Ms Fi & the Lost Head Band

Ms Fi & the Lost Head Band

Edinburgh singer/songwriter Fiona J Thom brings the Lost Head Band together for the fourth year in a row to perform her songs influenced by the songwriting traditions of the American Songbook, 60s psychedelia, Richard Thompson and rock'n'roll... 

Blue Rose Code (Extra)

Blue Rose Code (Extra)

Following extraordinary interest in his 2016 Fringe show, Blue Rose Code has added a second gig at AMC @ St Bride's for the Fringe. This gig will be entirely solo, just Ross ‘between’ guitar and piano, and will feature a set-list chosen by the fans, via Twitter... 

Rab Noakes

Rab Noakes

Rab Noakes returns to AMC with a show based on his well-received 2015 album I'm Walkin' Here. Rab had a challenging time in 2015 and wasn't available for last year's Fringe. He's back this year, sounding as good as, if not better than ever... 

Brunch with a Harp

Brunch with a Harp

What could be better than a leisurely brunch accompanied by the mellifluous harp, performed by prize winner Juliana Mysolov. Includes delicious Edinburgh fayre. 

Big Angie

Big Angie

Glasgow's big darling brings her distinct brand of magic to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With a montage of trouble, turban and inverted irony, Big Angie is the one to watch. Fresh from her successful live debut at Glasgow Gay Pride on Glasgow Green, to an audience of 10,000, Big Angie storms into the capital bringing her brutal but upbeat guide to the Gallowgate... 

Foehn Effect

Foehn Effect

Foehn Effect is an intense act, accounted by the actor who takes the public with her on a journey through psychological pain and all the phases that she passes: depression, anger, loss of humanity and sense of justice… Text, audiovisuals, and deep personal experience are woven together... 

Tandem

Tandem

Start a revolution, or head to the beach? A dilemma that arises for Frederica and Paola as they ride two bicycles welded to each other. On their tandem they can share their dreams and conflicts, adventures and dangers... 

Sweet Child Of Mine

Sweet Child Of Mine

Life has given Australian performance artist Bron Batten what she calls ‘theatrical lemons’. Her show, first performed in 2011, was dealt a potentially devastating blow mere weeks ago when her elderly father (normally the piece’s second performer, who accompanies her to discuss their relationship and her career choice) decided he wouldn’t be able to make the 9000-mile journey to Edinburgh... 

Are We Stronger Than Winston?

Are We Stronger Than Winston?

The British might be renowned for talking and complaining about the weather, but if you come from Fiji there are more heightened concerns than just cold rainy days. In Fiji climate change and rising sea levels threaten the disappearance of land and communities... 

Ros & Guil R Dead

Ros & Guil R Dead

When deciding on a show to bring to the Fringe, you have two main choices: one, a piece of new writing - exciting and impactful but harder to market - or two, a take on a classic - easier to get an audience but potentially harder to put your own voice into... 

A Man Standing

A Man Standing

“You come in like a lion and you leave like a lamb”. This was just one of the marks left on the walls which met the eyes of Jean-Marc Mahy as he passed, under guard, along the corridors of his prison, in which he was to spend three years of his sentence in solitary confinement... 

Nathan Priestley

Nathan Priestley

Appearing for the fourth year at the Acoustic Music Centre, Nathan Priestley (Andrew Leslie and Stephen Roberts) play a unique and diverse blend of acoustic music styles on guitar, mandolin, banjo and double bass – drawing from blues, folk and classical formats... 

Being Norwegian

Being Norwegian

Being Norwegian is a play that follows Sean and Lisa as they talk throughout the night, gradually getting to know each other and growing as confidants. It’s billed as being “a tender and funny one-act play, from acclaimed Scottish playwright David Greig” so it’s fair to be excited about it... 

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... 

The Blue Box: Memories of the Children of War

The Blue Box: Memories of the Children of War

A twelve-year-old girl writes a poem. With nobody to read it, and nobody to give it to, she stows it away in a hitherto unused blue box. Over the years, the box accumulates further texts and short stories about real people, which the girl, Emma Abdullah, has written... 

Troika

Troika

Great composers sometimes create a theme that is so captivating or remarkable that other great composers write variations on it. This is done as a tribute to its merits, rather than because they are short on good ideas themselves... 

Milk

Milk

Three of the ‘seven ages of man’ populate the Traverse stage: a pair of 14-year-olds, Steph and Ash, wrestling for the first time with the ideas of love and sexuality; a couple in their thirties, Nicole and Danny, awaiting the arrival of their first child; and Cyril and May who, at 93 years old, have no electricity, no food, no warmth — only each other... 

Just Married

Just Married

The film invites the audience on a journey to the cold, bare Hungarian woods where you could meet a young girl searching the unknown and the non-existent, and fighting the invisible darkness around... 

CoinciDance

CoinciDance

Frequently mixed up, these dancers were inspired to create a duet exploring the contrasting desires to be recognised as an individual while fitting in with the crowd. Unintended similarities, coincidental unison... 

An Evening of Ryan Adams With Easy Tigers

An Evening of Ryan Adams With Easy Tigers

A brief introduction to Ryan Adams for the uninitiated - he’s a rock/country singer from Carolina who’s released a new album every year or two since the turn of the century; some of them truly fantastic... 

Echoes

Echoes

Neil Smith’s latest play begins as a domestic drama, but spirals uncontrollably into a claustrophobic nightmare of violence. Set in a lonely country cottage, Helene is visited by the lover she hasn’t seen in nine years... 

Scenes from an Urban Gothic

Scenes from an Urban Gothic

Scenes from an Urban Gothic by Theatre Imaginers will certainly appeal to those who have come to the Fringe in search of something different. Through no words or props, James Cross (with direction from Des Truscott) vividly depicts a man’s arrival in London from his countryside paradise... 

Late Sax

Late Sax

A late night with the prize-winning Ferio Saxophone Quartet, performing Glass, Nyman and Lago in the midnight hours. Includes a glass of wine afterwards. 

A Songwriters' Circle

A Songwriters' Circle

Three of the UK's finest singer-songwriters come together to perform their songs, collaborate and chat about the inspirations and processes behind their songwriting. A unique chance to enjoy Edwina Hayes: 'The sweetest voice in England’ (Nanci Griffith), Douglas Kay: ‘Thoughtful and passionate songwriting’ (Scotland on Sunday), and Alan R Davison: ‘Diverse and enchanting songs’ (ThereGoesTheFear... 

Rosie Nimmo

Rosie Nimmo

'What a gorgeous way to start the second hour of today's show with studio guest, Rosie Nimmo. A very moving... pertinent song, Clouds Colliding. Just terrific. Fantastic, thank you very much indeed... 

Dropped

Dropped

There’s a lot of camouflage in Dropped. The physical sort is evident from the outset. Two female soldiers dressed in desert gear sit tented beneath netting waiting to be rescued. The scene is heavily military... 

Zero

Zero

Dark humour can be a bit hit-or-miss. One-woman shows can be a bit hit-or-miss. Zero is lurking in extremely dangerous territory. But tackling sensitive subjects is an important part of what makes great theatre and what the Fringe is all about... 

Care Takers

Care Takers

Seeing Care Takers is like watching all the episodes of a fabulous five-part drama series in one sitting. You’re gripped in the first scene. Then you’re given time to breathe and collect your thoughts before the action resumes and the plot thickens... 

Sacré Blue

Sacré Blue

In an hour that mixes spoken word and storytelling, Zöe Murtagh explores the symptoms and stigmas faced by anxiety sufferers in a show co-written with Victoria Copeland. Murtagh has a talent for visualising aspects of her condition that both move and inform, in a show that wrings entertainment from a very serious subject but sometimes bewilders with its range of styles and tones... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

'When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.’ Set in 1953 against the backdrop of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, Lady Macbeth is presented as a picture-perfect housewife, perceived by her sexist society as the conventional subordinate and suppressed spouse... 

Brahms at Teatime

Brahms at Teatime

Brahms and contemporaries, featuring the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, Chad Vindin (piano), Gillian Keith (soprano), Henry Neill (baritone), Emily Sun (violin), and many others. Different artists and programme each concert... 

Beethoven for Breakfast

Beethoven for Breakfast

Beethoven and contemporaries. Performers include Australian prizewinners the Tasman Duo, Edward King (cello), the Dolmen Ensemble, Thomas Randle (tenor) and pianists Ashley Fripp and Tyler Hay... 

Playback

Playback

Boy can’t sleep. Audiobooks help. At least they did. But what happens when the story they tell takes on a life of its own? When the tape skips and the boundaries of binaries are blurred? When the rewind button refuses to work, or goes back over something that was fast-forwarded past? When it tells a story that should have ended in a completely different way? Max is young... 

TG McEwan – Promises

TG McEwan – Promises

Promises is McEwan's seventh album. From Edinburgh, Tom grew up in Maryland and developed a Celtic Americana approach to 12-string, blues harp and songwriting. He stormed the 1980s college circuit... 

The Tragedy of Two Tuesdays

The Tragedy of Two Tuesdays

The Tragedy of Two Tuesdays takes place in a restaurant called The Dream Cafe, wherein quiet cooks, sassy servers, a busboy and a menacing manager butt heads about nonsense and whine about their not so bad lives. 

Nocturnal

Nocturnal

Soothing late night guitar with Sean Shibe, playing works by Benjamin Britten, John Dowland and William Walton. Includes a glass of wine afterwards. 

Beach Party (We Thought We Heard Fireworks)

Beach Party (We Thought We Heard Fireworks)

Beach Party is a performance devised by 38 Buried Roses influenced by the methodologies and practices of European Theatre in the past century. The collective sets out on a journey through the moving sands of today's world... 

Her Slightest Touch

Her Slightest Touch

Some argue that the Fringe has become too corporate and professional, thus pushing amateur groups out of the scene. However, the Kirkintilloch Players are firmly standing their ground at the festival with a strong and thought-provoking performance of Her Slightest Touch... 

Last Dream (on Earth)

Last Dream (on Earth)

While categorised in the Fringe programme under theatre, this work – created and directed by Kai Fischer with contributions from its cast – is certainly not a play, at least in the conventional sense... 

Dieser Ort

Dieser Ort

A bell tolls. Feint strings begin to shimmer. A sombre procession of sixteen women dressed in black and carrying black chairs fills the space from both sides. They are silent and sharply focused as they carefully place each chair into position... 

Hamlet

Hamlet

Performing as part of the International Collegiate Theatre Festival, this fast past cut down version of Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, death, and existential crisis shines in its look and feel, but falters considerably in realising the substance of the Bard’s great tragedy... 

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Ossining High School have delivered a solid and enjoyable, if somewhat flawed, production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses.The piece is, for the most part, very well directed and choreographed... 

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

The American High School Theatre Festival presents Little Shop of Horrors, a wacky musical journey downtown to Skid Row, a poor run-down neighbourhood where all its residents want nothing more than to leave its trashy streets... 

Chopin After Lunch

Chopin After Lunch

Chopin and the romantics. Ferio Saxophone Quartet, pianists Ben Schoeman, Martin Cousin, Tyler Hay and Ashley Fripp, and Stephanie Tress (cello). Different programme each concert. Tea, coffee and pastries afterwards. 

Bach for Breakfast

Bach for Breakfast

Bach and contemporaries. Featuring Somi Kim (piano), Michael Foyle (violin), Henry Neill (baritone), Gillian Keith (soprano), Juliana Mysolov (harp), Charlotte Ashton (flute), the Jackson/Beilby duo and many others... 

Mozart at Teatime

Mozart at Teatime

Mozart and contemporaries. Som Howie (clarinet), Ann Beilby (viola), Martyn Jackson (violin), Carson Becke (piano), Damian Arnold (tenor), Consone Quartet, Ian Tindale (piano), Jonty Coy (flute), plus many others... 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Readings from seven new plays. Get in at ground level with the most exciting playwrights of the future, from Canada, USA, England and Scotland. Extracts from the plays are performed as script-in-hand readings by professional actors... 

That Face

That Face

Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha’s. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother... 

Echoes from the Past

Echoes from the Past

On The Runn's youth performance group present a look back at their work over the last five years incorporating contemporary, jazz and lyrical dance performances. A young dynamic group of dancers who perform with energy, emotion and intensity... 

Echoes from the Past

Echoes from the Past

On The Runn's youth performance group present a look back at their work over the last five years incorporating contemporary, jazz and lyrical dance performances. A young dynamic group of dancers who perform with energy, emotion and intensity... 

Where We Are

Where We Are

Stuck in a limbo of reluctance between being told to follow and not wanting to be an adult, this group of young performers take an honest and emotional look at where they are, where they have been, and where they want to be... 

Squirm

Squirm

The toilet, which dominates the floor space of this production, is essential to the performance of Squirm. Rory vomits into it seven times, initially as the consequence of a night of overindulgence, and later as a physical expression of trying to rid himself of stomach-churning guilt... 

Japan’s Elegant Breeze

Japan’s Elegant Breeze

Japan's Elegant Breeze proudly presents an insight into the music and culture of Japan. The culmination of four musicians from the Tokyo University of Arts, one of the greatest music environments in Japan, will bring classic, contemporary Japan, friendship and our original composed music all rolled into one, wearing traditional kimonos... 

Americana Sundays

Americana Sundays

After three years of sold out shows, Edinburgh band Flagstaff are back with four Sunday nights of country, roots and southern rock. You’ll hear our take on classic and contemporary Americana songs by Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Steve Earle, Sturgill Simpson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Adams, Creedence and the Jayhawks... 

Union

Union

CAPA College are in Edinburgh bringing with them a collection of talented young dancers and a showcase of conceptually ambitious routines. Momentum dance presents Union a collection of work providing a good opportunity to see some up and coming talent though five original pieces of work... 

Crazed

Crazed

Anyone looking for important and assured new writing would be well-advised to give Ecce Theatre’s Crazed a look. Opening as a well-observed comedy on student living, the play becomes a hard-hitting and nuanced exploration of consent... 

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

Jeremy Weller, known for his use of drama as a tool for social intervention, presents a new Fringe offering with a powerful actor and message at its core, but a weak execution that does not do the story justice... 

Patrick Turpin: To Me, You Are Perfect

Patrick Turpin: To Me, You Are Perfect

After almost three decades, it's time for Turps to curl back into the foetal, reconnect the umbilical, and tell himself that everything will be alright. Another show from another heteroflexible white lad, living a life without the loveliest of true loves, and the f*ckiest of true f*cks... 

Dead Awaken

Dead Awaken

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

Brendon Burns: Dumb White Guy

Brendon Burns: Dumb White Guy

Dear Edinburgh, I'm back on the Free Fringe. Last year's show was OK. This year's is way better. You pay what you want if you liked it and nothing if you didn't. But don't bring just coins... 

Unseal / Unseam & Erwartung

Unseal / Unseam & Erwartung

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

Superwomen of Science – Minerva Scientifica

Superwomen of Science – Minerva Scientifica

Ada Lovelace, computing, Caroline Herschel, comets, Mary Sommerville, mathematics, Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, pulsars, Anne McLaren, genetics, Eva Crane, bees. Theatrical virtuosa, Frances M Lynch, sings spectacular stories... 

Damián Ortega

Damián Ortega

The Fruitmarket Gallery boasts “World class contemporary art at the heart of the city”. No exhibition could justify that claim more than the current display by Damián Ortega. It must be regarded as a major coup for the Fruitmarket to host the new works that constitute States of Time by the man who stands in the current line of succession to internationally renowned Mexican artists from Rivera to Orozco... 

Dazzle at Dovecot

Dazzle at Dovecot

Returning for the 33rd time to the Fringe and for the fifth year to the beautiful Dovecot Studios, this jewellery, designer scarves and photography exhibition presents 70 artists. 3,000 contemporary jewellery pieces, Ekta Kauls' delightful handmade scarves plus the intriguing black and white images of Edinburgh by Paul and Lynn Henni... 

The Haberdasher

The Haberdasher

A sumptuous new show about one man's search for identity, belonging and soft furnishings. He meets a mysterious and mischievous Haberdasher, embarking on a mission to find the fabric best suited to his needs... 

Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out

Ever wondered what takes a girl so long to get ready on a night out? This girl will tell you! Written and performed by Eme Essien, this hilarious new one-woman show invites viewers into every girl's intimate space... 

Co/lapse

Co/lapse

From a molecular level to social constructs, nature’s tendency toward disorder overrides our basic desire for systematic structure. The constant pressure to collapse into chaos is combated by our will to rise... 

Wunderbar

Wunderbar

The two performers could be anyone; strangers or siblings, friends or lovers. They invite you in to decide for yourself. Teasingly, they start dark, quiet and intimate, building up a feeling that something’s gotta give... 

All Time Greatest Hits

All Time Greatest Hits

Vocal Force is making their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut! These young, enthusiastic performers from the USA harmonize their way through the past 60 years of chart-topping hits! 

We're All Imperfect Circles

We're All Imperfect Circles

Inspired by the power of dreams, mythology and the collective unconscious, Alice uses textures, vivid colours, shapes and symbols to stimulate the senses, both consciously and subconsciously... 

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... 

Lunchtime Me Time

Lunchtime Me Time

Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment. Escape the hustle and join us for a 45-minute experience all for you. Each day will be a different offering and could include yoga, pilates, meditation or breath work... 

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2016

Craft Scotland Summer Show 2016

Back by popular demand! Returning for its fourth year, the Craft Scotland Summer Show sets up shop in the centre of town. We will be on the second floor of White Stuff on George Street to showcase some of the best contemporary Scottish craft... 

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

From the pen of former Royal Court Young Writer, Nick Cassenbaum, comes a brand new absurd comedy for young people about living a dream. Whatever that dream is. Inspired by Shakespeare, this quirky little satire, performed by a talented group of young wannabes, promises to be a timely tale for the aspirational age... 

Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice of Roaring

Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice of Roaring

Fires burn, ashes rise and flesh falls into the mud. Something wild is marching through the land, accompanied by the endless screaming of spirits. Inspired by Taiwanese rituals related to mortality and resurrection, the young firebrand choreographer Hsu Chen Wei and company reveal the human need to release all the pain in their lives to the gods... 

Taiwan Season: Lost in Grey

Taiwan Season: Lost in Grey

Can one person bombarded by the pressures of modern life shake an entire society? Resident Island Dance Theatre use dynamic movement, multimedia projection and an experimental rock soundtrack to create a hard-hitting and intensely human reflection of mental health disorders in Taiwan and beyond... 

Petrol

Petrol

Em and Um: a married couple losing their identity in a plastic, robotic, grotesque world. Two dark clowns share the same tragicomic, alienating existence as they work side by side. And then, something happens which shakes their souls... 

The Empire Builders

The Empire Builders

The Dupont family is prompted by an indefinable terror (the noise) to flee upward from apartment to apartment into ever more constricting circumstances. They are constantly on the run and their world is forever narrowing... 

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods brings everyone's favorite storybook characters together in a relevant and rare modern classic. The story opens as the Baker and his wife, Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and others all wish for what they do not have... 

Waiting for Garbo

Waiting for Garbo

The world’s largest landfill, an island of floating plastic the size of Texas and Greta Garbo! This theatrical vortex of recycled plays, Garbo’s Divine Woman and words from environmental prophets explores our devastating addiction to plastic consumerism... 

Perhaps Hope

Perhaps Hope

Welcome to a brave new world of hope beyond devastation. Rockie Stone (Circa, Circus Oz) and Vincent van Berkel (Knee Deep, Circus Oz) explore the stark reality of climate change in this breathtakingly honest eco-apocalyptic circus show... 

Ed Aczel’s Foreign Policy

Ed Aczel’s Foreign Policy

Ever thought your relationship with your next-door neighbour is in fact foreign policy? No. Well that's lesson one... If we all practised good manners, what a lovely world we would live in... 

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

Award winners Janis Claxton (choreographer) and Pippa Murphy (composer) join forces with world-class dancers for a series of site-specific performances. Based around the theme of love, the duets will pop up throughout the museum this August... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

His father is dead now but for Riccardo the past is just coming to life. Riccardo has inherited the keys to the family chip shop, a run-down chippy in the east end of Glasgow. Saturated with vivid memories, opening the shop stokes a journey of discovery in Riccardo, guiding him to a series of compelling questions about his father... 

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

With their friendship and complicity spanning almost two decades, Mauro Paccagnella and Alessandro Bernardeschi meet again for a choreographic project. Performed by two bodies of the same age and weight that host the same bald patches and the same wrinkles... 

Apocalypse Wow

Apocalypse Wow

Ever looked at the world around you? Ever thought about your future in that world and decided the only prudent and logical move is to down tequila and dance on rooftops? This is the end... 

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

Rape allegations. A doctor held at gunpoint by a lawyer and his wife. Political persecution in an embryonic democracy. A psychological thriller confined to a Chilean beach house. ‘How can those who tortured and those who were tortured coexist in the same land?’ (Ariel Dorfman). 

The School for Wives

The School for Wives

An older man's plans to marry his naive ward, raised to know nothing of the world, are scuppered when she accidentally falls in love with a young stranger who tips his hat to her in the street... 

Trolling

Trolling

A mysterious young woman with a dark secret asks an internet-addicted loner to help her disappear off-grid for a year. Written by and starring Rob Crouch (Oliver Reed: Wild Thing). Director: Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow... 

Wave After Wave

Wave After Wave

Wave After Wave builds on a reputation for presenting new frontiers in digital art, cyanotype and screen print. The show focuses primarily on recent work from Graphter Jim and Ursula Cheng. 

I Still Believe in Miracles: Thirty Years of Inverleith House

I Still Believe in Miracles: Thirty Years of Inverleith House

During thirty years of exhibitions programming Inverleith House has originated and presented some of the most memorable exhibitions ever staged in the UK, and achieved an international reputation for timeliness and originality... 

Urban Reivers Pop-Up

Urban Reivers Pop-Up

Showing Urban Reivers unique ranges and a carefully curated collection of emerging contemporary Scottish brands. 

A Moment in Time – Tom White; and Chroma, Jackie Higgs, Alan Chapman and Eleanor Symms

A Moment in Time – Tom White; and Chroma, Jackie Higgs, Alan Chapman and Eleanor Symms

A Moment in Time, new works by Tom White and associates from Clifton Fine Art, Bristol and Chroma, paintings by Jackie Higgs and Alan Chapman and jewellery by Eleanor Symms.  

Women of the West End and the Cathedral Collection

Women of the West End and the Cathedral Collection

An exhibition about some remarkable female pioneers who lived in Edinburgh's West End. Plus sculptures and installations by world-renowned glass artists Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg. 

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts – Free

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts – Free

A former Times critic's choice. Free concerts every lunchtime, Monday to Saturday throughout August, with leading performers. Wide range of music from classical to contemporary and jazz... 

Un-Titled

Un-Titled

Facing both her 80th year and an unveiling of a new piece of artwork, artist Gert has a lot to think about. Not only that, the passage of time is pressing on her mind, causing her to question the course of her life as a whole, her status and integrity as an artist, and the state of art itself in modern society... 

artrepublic presents: Art Yard Sale

artrepublic presents: Art Yard Sale

Meet many cutting-edge local and national artists and buy incredible art direct at the artrepublic Art Yard Sale! Head to Jubilee Square for this spectacular Brighton Fringe climax event. 

The Daddy Blues

The Daddy Blues

Masculinity meets Artificial Intelligence in jukebox sci-fi 'The Daddy Blues'. Brave, funny and a little bit disturbing, this is a lab experiment with a dash of disco. Artist and Streisand fan-girl Phoebe Marsh is setting out to build herself a new dad - a Franken Father of her very own - from scratch. 

Pramkicker

Pramkicker

Meet Pramkicker. “I am the Edith f*cking Piaf of the empty womb" (She kicked a pram), “Je ne regrettay f*cking rien." "A real gem" **** (The Guardian), "Charismatic" (The Scotsman), "Wonderful" **** (ThreeWeeks), "Empowering" (FringeReview)... 

Mr Jordan's Funeral: In Absence of his Memory

Mr Jordan's Funeral: In Absence of his Memory

In loving memory of Mr Jordan, a darling husband, brother, lover, dickhead, mumbler and ghost. A physical exploration that uses daring imagery, energetic performances and messy, yet vulnerable moments to turn the conventions of a funeral upside down... 

How to be a Girl

How to be a Girl

Darkly comic, ensemble theatre at its finest. This startling, unstoppable comedy will leave you feeling raw. [newline] “This play provides a relentless examination of media pressure on young women... 

The Dance Trail

The Dance Trail

Back for its second year, ‘The Dance Trail’ invites audience members on a journey of contemporary dance performances in unusual spaces around Brighton. 

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral is a midnight mass - an ode to memory and the sense of loss which carefully evokes a frozen, car-crash, state of mind. Two actualities run in tandem. A voice-over, male then female, piles up pieces of narrative that form imperfect recollections of a relationship into an overlapping collection... 

Shlomo: #NewRules

Shlomo: #NewRules

Award-winning beatboxer, live looper and serial collaborator Shlomo returns with a brand new one-man show #NewRules, exploring his unique relationship with technology and pushing the concept of voice vs machine to new limits. 

The Gary & Robert Blues

The Gary & Robert Blues

A funny, angry and poignant story of one man using his creation of a new stand-up comedy act to find a path through his confused and damaged mind; and reconnect with the world. Intercut with a blues music soundtrack, this powerful show is a mix of theatre and stand-up. 

I do it to Break

I do it to Break

A piece of new writing by Royal Court Writers Programmes' Isabel Sensier. Incorporating themes of isolation, self-harm and pizza. Four strangers try to connect, despite the pressures of modern life... 

Simon Says

Simon Says

An exploration into award-winning playwright, Simon Stephen’s work. Author of ‘Punk Rock’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and ‘Morning’. Delving into some of the themes used within his plays: love, death, sexuality, violence and friendship. 

Now I'm a Big Boy!

Now I'm a Big Boy!

‘Now I’m a Big Boy!’ is written, produced and performed by young people, tackling issues of growing up and the problems surrounding sexual consent. It starts off a thought-provoking comedy, but progresses into an essential exploration on the topic of consent. 

Collections

Collections

The Swallowsfeet Collective return with an eclectic programme of dance, art and performance. ‘Collections’ includes their ensemble work alongside performances from individual members and guest artists... 

Onwards to Progress / Orpheus

Onwards to Progress / Orpheus

Two pieces of new British writing that have been produced by Bred in the Bone Theatre. Presented as a double bill, both pieces explore the relationship between text, movement and music, telling the stories of two men walking into the unknown. 

How I Almost Became the First Lady of the USA

How I Almost Became the First Lady of the USA

This is a true story. In the early '90s in Chicago, I fell in love with a man who was running for president - in a dress. This man was Joan Jett Blakk, and he promised to "Lick Bush in ’92". 

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

London, 2014. CID officer, Adam, believes punishing his neighbour will justify what he knows to be right, but will he go too far? He is demanding to be heard! For what? [newline] Justice... 

Goodbear

Goodbear

A character-led sketch show which contemplates the big issues: life, death, our very existence! Join Joe Barnes and Henry Perryment for an hour of thoughtful sketch comedy that promises to leave you in stitches... 

A Really Really Big Modern Telly

A Really Really Big Modern Telly

A pair of comedic short plays simultaneously celebrating and condemning modern life, sandwiched in sketches: A re-imagining of the myth of Narcissus and Echo, and a contemporary fable blending live theatre and projection, which questions what happens when the consumer becomes the consumed... 

Going Viral

Going Viral

An ARC Stockton Production.[newpara] Written and performed by Daniel Bye.[newpara] An aeroplane flies from Uganda to England. Everyone on board is weeping. [newpara] Everyone except you... 

Poetic Ramblings of Existential Delight

Poetic Ramblings of Existential Delight

Choreographer Ellie Aldegheri presents Lunas Dance Project in 'Poetic Ramblings of Existential Delight', inspired by Carl Jung’s 'Memories, Dreams, Reflections' alongside feelings of change and rebirth... 

Extremities

Extremities

In this psychological thriller Marjorie is home alone when a man enters through her unlocked door and attempts to attack and rape her. She manages to subdue the man and keep him tied up in her fireplace... 

Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Male

Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Male

One Geordie specialising in current affairs. You'll laugh, you'll learn, you could orgasm. You won’t orgasm - that'd be insane. But now you’ll definitely come? As seen on BBC 'Big Asian Comedy Night'... 

The Abelia Saxophone Quartet presents: Evolution

The Abelia Saxophone Quartet presents: Evolution

Incorporating as many different styles, centuries and saxophones as a sixty minute recital will allow, we'll take you through the timeline of the saxophone quartet, demonstrating the inspirations which have led to the modern day ensemble. 

Torn Apart (Dissolution)

Torn Apart (Dissolution)

'Torn Apart (Dissolution)' is about talking to your lover, drinking beer, ultimate rejection, the white picket fence fantasy, sexuality, the rules of being on a visa, The Berlin Wall, but mostly it's about love... 

Just a Few Words

Just a Few Words

A man with a severe stammer teams up with a massive pile of cards that detail his thoughts, to tell his love how he feels. This is gonna go well. A darkly comic grapple with the awkward task of expression, inviting you into the mind of a person who stammers. 

Mr Candela

Mr Candela

‘Mr Candela’ is a charming story of a misunderstood inventor and his passion for light. One fatal mistake and he is exiled from the village, forced to live alone. The village falls into darkness and is unable to return to its former joy... 

Sonder

Sonder

Broken Chair Theatre Company aims to create innovative, physically demanding theatre with a strong aesthetic. Presenting an investigation into isolation, an all-encompassing, non-discriminative, everyday state that is present and key to the human condition... 

Eggs Collective present Late Night Love

Eggs Collective present Late Night Love

A tender and ridiculous show that clambers up your drainpipe with a rose between its teeth. Raw-edged and warm-hearted, join Eggs Collective for an unflinching attempt to unpick the truth from the fiction of power ballads... 

Decades

Decades

A new play by Leo Butler. An anarchic, kaleidoscopic epic that explores the changing hopes and rebellions of a large cast of British teenagers from 1916 to the present day. Expect drama, romance and thrills!   

Eggs Collective Get A Round

Eggs Collective Get A Round

Back by popular demand! Pinned on the arse-end of a night out, 'Eggs Collective Get A Round' is a show with lipstick on its teeth and Wotsits on its face. A wayward exploration of friendship, kindness and belonging that spills out towards its audience... 

Still Lives by Ella Turk-Thompson/The Regina Monologues by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer

Still Lives by Ella Turk-Thompson/The Regina Monologues by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer

'Still Lives' hinges on a chance meeting between wheelchair-bound Harriet and lost boy, Fred. The Regina Monologues - three Catherines, two Annes and a Jane. Six women with one thing in common – a man called Henry. 

Did I Choose These Shoes?

Did I Choose These Shoes?

A thought-provoking, one-woman show exploring the themes of feminism, love, media, society and nature vs nurture. This spoken-word poetry performance focuses on the issues of growing up in the 21st century, incorporating elements of physical theatre, images, film and music. 

Cocaine and Potatoes

Cocaine and Potatoes

A Colombian/Irish/Englishman takes on identity, the world, and why you have to try a Japanese toilet. Laughing Horse runner-up and Amused Moose finalist 2012, Perth Fringe World Critics Choice winner 2015... 

Buttons

Buttons

Using a mixture of live performance, storytelling, shadow puppetry and object manipulation Joni and Dana attempt to recount the story of their ‘sort of’ holiday to Auschwitz, whilst exploring the themes of memory, family and war. 

He Gave Me Heroin by James Aden

He Gave Me Heroin by James Aden

A new play by James Aden. Marion and Sadie have a good old natter along with pills, gossip, tea and biscuits. A sweetly nostalgic and surreal story of friendship, love, death, drugs, ageing and dementia... 

Cabalesque

Cabalesque

The cabaret is tucked away in a Brighton back street, with a softly lit sign that reads “Wotever Club”. It is a dark place, full of smoke, mirrors, and sensual enlightenment, but tinged by newcomers' apprehension... 

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

With a name like Confessions Of A Red-Headed Coffeeshop Girl you might expect a raw, bittersweet expose of the disappointments of a young dreamer, crushed by the tsunami of Post-Recession economics... 

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

With elements that could have made it great, Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying was sadly let down by others that weren’t quite up to par. Beginning on a positive, the singer had a beautifully delicate voice and their use of a loop pedal was impressive, framing the piece nicely... 

Joan

Joan

Thoroughly entertaining, cleverly written and immaculately performed. These are the words that spring to mind when describing this production. The stage was sparse but the drama was presented with full force... 

A Glass of Nothing

A Glass of Nothing

Stand and hat, dressing table and mirror, decanter and glass: is this the archetypal room-on-a-stage? Emphatically, yes. And the actress waiting to play, dowdily bathrobed, preening and pecking her smart phone, is she a modern mix of Blanche Dubois and Bridget Jones? Yes again... 

Save Me A Balloon

Save Me A Balloon

Michael and Maria are an elderly couple, who receive the news that one has a terminal illness. An uplifting love story of an unlikely couple, with a list of unconventional to-dos before they say their good-byes... 

University of Brighton's Festival of Social Science Annual Lecture: Fairness and the City - A Better Politics

University of Brighton's Festival of Social Science Annual Lecture: Fairness and the City - A Better Politics

In this lecture, Danny Dorling considers how the UK, one of the 25 richest countries in the world, has become one of the most unequal and is on course to win the 'global race' to become the most economically unequal of all by 2030. 

Four Seasons In Sound

Four Seasons In Sound

Imagine the sounds of the seasons transformed into music. Using only a sound recorder, composer Nikky French captures our lives, forging Spring's tone into a sonata and Autumn's fireworks into a concerto... 

A Dirty Get-Away! by David Weedall

A Dirty Get-Away! by David Weedall

Stranded by severe snowstorms, three identically dressed strangers disturb the rural calm of a young woman in a remote Sussex cottage. Who are these weird visitors? What exactly do they want? In this absurd comedy, five odd characters seek to untangle a web of confusion, whilst creating even more! 

I, Myself & Me

I, Myself & Me

My name is Rachael, I’m 36 years old and I’m from Nottingham. I spend my days dodging suffocating visions of nuclear families in show-homes and infuriating debates with my alter-ego Barry, whilst trying to ignore the inescapable truth that I’m running out of eggs... 

Carnival Collective vs. Orkestra Del Sol: UK Street Band Sound Clash!

Carnival Collective vs. Orkestra Del Sol: UK Street Band Sound Clash!

Orkestra del Sol’s explosive reinvention of global brass band music has captured imaginations and left a trail of pummeled dance floors across continents. Carnival Collective boasts between 20 and 30+ musicians, and delivers an irresistible tidal wave of energetic music. 

Blooming Surprise

Blooming Surprise

If you’ve ever struggled to catch a flight while clumsily carrying too many suitcases and bags, there’s lots to smile at here. During this one-woman physical performance, we follow a solo traveller who encounters love, loss and friendship without even leaving the airport... 

Sex, Strokes, Death, Denial

Sex, Strokes, Death, Denial

Betty had a stroke. Jonathan is dying. Their son Phil doesn't believe in illness. What could go wrong? Contains verbatim theatre, poetry and original musical score. Written by Most Promising Playwright 2014, Jack Duffel. 

Leaving Home Party

Leaving Home Party

Belle and Sebastian/God Help the Girl's lead singer performs a story set to song, celebrating our modern day notions of home and belonging. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Ignacio Agrimbau, this is for anyone who has ever left home or is still hoping to find it... 

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

Luke Wright delivers a multi-award-winning hurricane of a performance. With humour and humanity, he takes British politics head on, challenging the rise of New Labour, David Cameron and the abandonment of those left behind... 

Airswimming

Airswimming

Airswimming tells the tragic story of two women, Dora and Persephone, who have been incarcerated and forgotten in an asylum for the criminally insane in the 1920s. While this premise is admittedly daunting at first glance, the story is lifted far from the dark, disturbing terrain it could have wallowed in with dashes of heartfelt humour and occasional, blissful scenes where the women retreat into their own fantasy worlds... 

Afternoon Recital with Helen Burford

Afternoon Recital with Helen Burford

Critically-acclaimed pianist Helen Burford returns to Brighton Fringe with a fascinating solo programme, featuring works by Somei Satoh, Piazzolla, Handel and Timo Andres. 

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson

Nominated an astounding 31 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - there is no doubt that, after 35 years as a professional musician, Martin is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world. 

It's Okay, I'm Dealing With It

It's Okay, I'm Dealing With It

The Hiccup Project were the darlings of the 2015 Brighton Fringe with their show May-We-Go-Round, winning awards and accolades in abundance and that holy grail of all Fringe artists - a fully booked tour... 

Shabaka Hutchings & Ligeti Quartet

Shabaka Hutchings & Ligeti Quartet

Shabaka Hutchings (BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist) teams up with Ligeti Quartet to perform Shabaka's own Clarinet Quintet, Morton Feldman’s Clarinet and String Quartet, and Milton Babbitt’s String Quartet No... 

Transgendered Shakespeare

Transgendered Shakespeare

Communication? Between a father and a child? How difficult can that be? Communication? Between a father and a transgender child? How much of a nightmare can that be? After 400 years, can Shakespeare help? A father and child explore each other’s worlds with the help, and hindrance, of the Bard. 

Missing Pieces: Celebrating Women of Note

Missing Pieces: Celebrating Women of Note

Acclaimed violin and piano duo Sophia Bartlette and Amoret Abis return for their third Brighton Fringe recital to celebrate women composers. An exciting, eclectic mix of genres and great works: featured composers include Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Amy Beach and Lili Boulanger. 

Crème de la Crem

Crème de la Crem

An interactive performance exploring our death rituals in the gorgeous Extra-Mural Chapel. Free entry to the vibrant creative stalls that are focused on inspiring funeral options. Plus refreshments, music and more... 

This Is Always The Result

This Is Always The Result

Gus Watcham hurries onto the stage as Kathy, looking frazzled, determined and slightly deranged. It takes a while for the words to start flowing but when they do, we find out Kathy has a lot to say, and it’s all directed at her art tutor, who she has an enormous crush on... 

MorbidAbnormalMe

MorbidAbnormalMe

The basement of the Blue Man is a cosy Aladdin’s cave of a space, all cushions and tapestries and tasteful lighting. As the show began I was concerned that the burbling from the upstairs bar would prove distracting, but overall the venue felt like a comforting, homely space - apt for a show about finding solace in the face of debilitating anxiety... 

Curses

Curses

A series of curses. But what does it mean to submit? What is gained, or lost, in resistance? And who is responsible for the infliction in the first place? A physical-visual-textual mashup, ‘Curses’ explores how we respond to the everyday and extraordinary burdens we find ourselves lumbered with. 

Stud

Stud

Tell, me about it, Stud. Well, Dr. Freud tells me I'm missing something and I think he's right. A stripped back show about penis envy, masculinity, horses and DIY, for anyone who likes their psychoanalysis heteronormative and their cowboys in the buff. 

BabbittBabbittBabbittBabbittBabbitt

BabbittBabbittBabbittBabbittBabbitt

Guitars, video, computer music and improvised live art combine in a multi-sensory celebration of Milton Babbitt's centenary. 'Soli e Duettini' is performed five times in different ways... 

Polly by Seth Jones

Polly by Seth Jones

Performed previously to North London audiences by writer Seth Jones, Polly tells the story of Benjamin, a down-on-his-luck toymaker who begins to love his favourite creation (Polly) just a little too much... 

Pat Cahill: Panjandrum

Pat Cahill: Panjandrum

Pat Cahill brings his sellout 2015 Edinburgh show to Brighton Fringe. Slip into Pat’s bunker and whoof away your blues with this stupid wartime hero. One of Time Out Comedy’s top 10 shows of 2015... 

I Demand a Recount!

I Demand a Recount!

One year on from "the closest election in modern times" 'I Demand a Recount!' tackles the questions that can't wait until GE2020. Is Beyonce to blame for voter apathy? Is The House of Commons a bit like Wilkos? Could a game of British Bulldog aid constitutional reform? Using magic, music and mentalism! 

Break Yourself

Break Yourself

A show about the relationship between power and sexual desire, what it means to want to be someone else, and Bruce Springsteen. Performed in male drag, Break Yourself is a risky, dishonest, headfirst and wholehearted attempt to try and be something we have never been before. 

BackStories

BackStories

A bar stool. An office chair. An apartment. Muscle memory and tension, present and past. Physical theatre meets contemporary dance in a solo performance viewed from behind. “Fitfully mysterious magic” (Keith Watson, Resolution! 2015 review). 

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind

Hi. How are you? Looking for? A darkly comic solo show aiming to cruise, confide and query the complexities of love, sex and the internet age. 'The Daily Grind' explores the consequences that dating apps, image sharing and instant communication have on our everyday lives. 

Stockhausen's 'Inori' with Alain Louafi

Stockhausen's 'Inori' with Alain Louafi

Stockhausen’s Inori is an incredibly intense show. From an academic point of view it is brilliant and aurally it’s aesthetic is astounding. However, this is not a show for Brighton Fringe... 

Worst Case Scenario

Worst Case Scenario

An expert juggler, an acrobat and dancer, a musician and inventor, and a brave warrioress present an archive of 23 thoughts about conflict, collected over a single year. Everything you see on stage is real... 

Soundscape

Soundscape

Premiere of the multimedia show 'Soundscape', featuring stunning visual projections with soundtrack of their hauntingly beautiful cinematic score. Heart-stopping, beautiful music from this extraordinary piano quartet of piano, clarinet, cello and violin... 

A Digital Legacy

A Digital Legacy

Colin Chadwick is a bit of an oddball and has no idea how to communicate with people on a basic level. Well, that’s what he wants you to think, in this weird and wonderful show in which he discusses how he wants his dead body to be “disposed of”... 

Cut

Cut

Tanglehead Productions & Spiral Arts present 'Cut'. Two women are forced to face their own cultural beliefs when a friend of their daughters is about to be sent away to the country of her birth to be cut... 

100 Today! Happy Birthday Milton Babbitt

100 Today! Happy Birthday Milton Babbitt

Broadway musical composer, jazz saxophonist and electronic music pioneer, Milton Babbitt is regarded as one of America’s foremost musical geniuses. This 100th birthday tribute features his groundbreaking piece 'Philomel' for voice and tape and several rarely-performed masterpieces... 

The Marked

The Marked

The Marked follows Jack's crusade against the haunting demons that follow his life living rough on the streets of London. Fuelled both by his own regrets and his mother’s history of alcohol abuse, Jack aims to survive his harsh environment and find something worth living for again... 

Groomed
BOBBY WINNER

Groomed

Groomed is an incredibly difficult show to watch but such a necessary one. The subject matter is abuse; abuse of a child and the effect that has had on his life. Harrowing to watch at times, it is full of pain but also bravery and is incredibly inspiring to watch... 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Inspired by popular Roman-esque style fetish wear, designer Kelli des Jarlais alongside writer Ellen Carr brings the Shakespearean play into the modern day setting of a fetish club... 

Necessity

Necessity

'Necessity' is a compelling new play by writer and director Paul Macauley, about our need to hold onto ideals and what we create in the world when our needs go unmet. From the award-winning production team behind last year's Best New Play (New Writing South Award). 

Distortion

Distortion

A story of both the abuser/ abused, showing the cognitive distortions which underlie sexual offending and the resulting trauma caused to a victim. Combining emotive text, abstract dance and video footage, 'Distortion' lets your imagination run wild but brings you back to reality when it hurts the most. 

Follow Suit

Follow Suit

A madcap frenzy of physical comedy with a political bite. In this absurd office, nothing is more important than avoiding the skeletons in the stationery cupboard. Leap on the desks... 

Where the Urge Took us

Where the Urge Took us

Collaborative outcomes from the BA Theatre Arts at Northbrook. Performers, make-up, costume and props designers come together to tell, retell and immerse you in their stories...  

Ghost Sex

Ghost Sex

I love ghost stories but I have never heard one quite like this. Ghost sex is a tragicomic story of love and loss and the thin line between what’s real and what’s imaginary... 

A Talent for Lying

A Talent for Lying

Set in a cafe, this helping from Octopus Soup Theatre initially provides nothing that an audience wouldn't have seen before. With an awkward nerd and a glamorous girl that is completely unaware of her beauty, this random meeting of complete opposites Aidan (Liam McCarthy) and Lucy (Sinead O'Brien) ending up at the same table hardly screams originality from the off... 

Song of Songs: We're All in This Together

Song of Songs: We're All in This Together

A choir meets to rehearse a song to make things better. Heartbeats synchronise when people sing together. But is harmony possible when the world feels precarious? This piece involves a 60 strong choir, live music and a verbatim text... 

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

A vibrant re-imagining of Burnett’s classic story with an inclusive cast of young actors, bringing the garden to life through music, dance and umbrellas. Weaving a tale of isolation and the healing power of nature and family, a truly unique show in Brighton's newest theatre (N... 

The Museum of the Recently Named

The Museum of the Recently Named

You. Yes, you! You're lucky! Enclosed: a rare invitation to our rarely-opened Museum. Revel in a guided tour of our finest exhibits. Don't miss liquid transmission! Price includes souvenir to take back to (insert registered homeland here)... 

Edit Profile

Edit Profile

Newly single and HIV positive Pete listens to the consolations of his best friend Vanessa on his voicemail. “Call me!” she almost begs. He flicks on to Grindr. - Ping - “What you into?” - Ping - “BB and chems” - Ping - “Sounds fun... 

Narcolepsie

Narcolepsie

Numbers, symbols, synchronicity, a key, a door, dimensions, sentient life - what is reality? A glimpse into space/time and my perception of the Universe... Natalia Stevenson-Oake will be the artist-in-residence at the One Church venue, creating a new piece for Brighton Fringe. 

Terry Pack's Trees plus The Cloggz

Terry Pack's Trees plus The Cloggz

Terry Pack’s Trees is an unfeasibly large ensemble, of up to 40 local musicians, which performs exciting, groove-based, new and original jazz. The Cloggz comprises some of the foremost musicians on the UK jazz scene today... 

Deep in The Heart of Me

Deep in The Heart of Me

On holiday in Greece, Janet meets the woman of her dreams in a suit and tie singing Frank Sinatra songs, but it’s not all plain sailing. New work from Behind The Lines, Nominated for Outstanding Local Talent at Brighton Fringe 2015 and Best Arts Stage Event L-Fest 2015... 

Salt Printing with Stuart Kuhn

Salt Printing with Stuart Kuhn

A one day hands-on workshop covering early wet-process photographic printing. Suitable for all levels of experience. You will coat paper with chemical solutions, contact print using a digital negative, fix, wash and learn the history of salt printing. 

Invisible Voices

Invisible Voices

A platform for Brighton's homeless to make their voices and stories heard during Brighton Fringe. Highlighting the plight but also the resilience as people get back on their feet with the help of prevention and recovery programmes... 

CLUE ROOM GAME - Lady Chastity's Reserve

CLUE ROOM GAME - Lady Chastity's Reserve

Lady Chastity's Reserve is a night out like no other - described as 'The Crystal Maze on crystal meth', this team game (for 2-6 players) takes place in a secret room at Brighton’s Black Lion pub and combines theatre, clues and comedy... 

Sex and God

Sex and God

From renowned Scottish playwright Linda McLean, ‘Sex and God’ sees an all-female cast weave four sharply emotional, intergenerational monologues on faith, lust and family. It is a play that spans the 20th century through the lives of four women of four generations. 

Orchestra of Sound and Light

Orchestra of Sound and Light

Share the excitement of ensemble performance of brand new works by young composers, with the Orchestra of Sound and Light. This public recording session presents music exploring the theme of ‘Noah’s Zoo’ by students at the East Sussex Academy of Music. 

Off The Rails

Off The Rails

A unique 1:1 scale replica of a Jubilee Line tube carriage, with the interior and exterior covered in a printed vinyl wrap, featuring the graphic artwork of Andy Seize, who experiments with his life-long love of tube trains and the London Underground network... 

Care Takers

Care Takers

His teacher believes Jamie is being bullied because he's gay. She wants to help but the Deputy Head thinks it will sort itself out. Is she speaking from experience or is there something more unsavoury about her unwillingness to help? An explosive new play about bullying and homophobia. 

The Bula Loop

The Bula Loop

A darkly comic new play about a family living with autism. Adam d