UNCONDITIONAL

UNCONDITIONAL

There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment, isn’t there? So many stories needing to be told, so many national myths being rewritten, so much is constantly changing that any attempt to make a coherent artistic response feels futile... 

Signals

Signals

There are shades of Beckett but without the plodding pretentiousness in Signals, Footprint Theatre’s new show all about human connection and the search for life beyond Earth. Two unnamed scientists (refreshingly played by two women, Eve Cowley and Immie Davies) are on the night shift, poring over piles of data and endlessly waiting for a reply to all the messages humanity has thrown out into the cosmos... 

Call of the Void

Call of the Void

Call of the Void explores catharsis and connection through ghost stories from around the world. Incorporating music, movement and immersive effects this world premier production will beckon your mind beyond the living. 

Good Things Come to Those Who

Good Things Come to Those Who

Good Things Come to Those Who explores our generation's relationship with work, debt, big data, surveillance and public/private space: when everything you have can be an asset, what is left just for yourself? The show explores six characters in an imagined but not-too-distant future, where those in the creative industries have to compete intensively for any full-time work left in their sectors, and where the vast majority are on zero-hour contracts in the gig economy just to get by. 

Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version

Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version

How can we move on when we lose our love? Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Bear and Uncle Vanya, Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version explores the classical texts with a blend of Taipei culture, focusing on the human relationship to discuss how people react to loss, and how they move on with life... 

Into the Blue

Into the Blue

A play about women who take to the skies. Expect thrills, spills and derring-do. Watch lost cosmonauts trying to find a way home, spitfire pilots and record-breaking aviators Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson leap into action... 

Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version

Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version

What actors do on stage is an epitome of daily living, as our life is nothing but an improvisation. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Bear and Uncle Vanya, Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version explores the classical texts through improvisation and adaptation in the context of Beijing culture, discovering human connections between 19th-century Russia and people in today’s Asia... 

Rainbow Baby

Rainbow Baby

Love. Life. Loss. The reality behind LGBT+ pregnancy. Alice and Melissa have been together for four years, they're married and want to start a family, but it isn't quite that simple... 

Panopticon

Panopticon

Every move. Watched. Impact Theatre present a society where nothing is secret. How willingly do we share our lives – and who can be trusted in a world of ‘fake news’? Is this science fiction or a direct reflection of our current dystopian reality where elections are bought and truth is subjective? Visceral and challenging, this production will make you question your next Check-in or Like... 

Carmen: A Gender-Flipped Film Noir Fantasy

Carmen: A Gender-Flipped Film Noir Fantasy

Sultry and cool, Carmen is a gender-swapped film noir fantasy. Step into a world of drama, tension, sex and intrigue, where the struggle between good and evil is real and personal. Tough female detectives, baddies and a sultry homme fatale flirt, steal and kill in this stylish and intoxicating piece... 

Under the Fig Tree

Under the Fig Tree

Inspired by the famous fig tree passage from Sylvia Plath\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s novel The Bell Jar, these semi-fictional characters gather in a pub to share their stories and fears about life, loss and regret... 

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... 

Jericho

Jericho

Jericho is a show about internet journalism, liberal hot takes, and professional wrestling, which is to say that it's managed to be about a lot of my niche interests. It uses the concept of Kayfabe – the division between reality and fiction in the Pro-Wrestling Universe – to tackle ideas of modern media serving as entertainment more than fact, and also as a way for the performers to exist both within and without the story... 

Propeller

Propeller

Propeller is a play which relates a small town’s struggle to reinstate a railway line, in order to make a much wider statement on the merits and masquerade of social action. A story delivered by the Network Ensemble, it feels local, but sits on your wider political reasoning long after you have seen it... 

DollyWould

DollyWould

Sh!t Theatre’s sell out show from last year returns for a limited run at Summerhall, in what is perhaps the most bizarre, strange and utterly hysterical hours of performance art you’re likely to see at this years festival... 

Sirens

Sirens

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if figures from Greek myth were around today? Well, Zoo Co Theatre Company have got you covered. In Sirens, three of the half-bird, half-woman creatures are transplanted to modern day Hastings... 

Eat Your Heart Out

Eat Your Heart Out

Anorexia takes centre stage in this emotional piece devised by eating disorder sufferers and survivors. Bel is a typical teenage girl studying in the lower sixth. She excels at school and loves to gossip with her close group of gal pals... 

Barbara Nice: Barbara's Box Office

Barbara Nice: Barbara's Box Office

After many years of coming to the Fringe, Barbara Nice knows the frustration of not being able to find the right show for you. That's why she came up with Barbara's Box Office. Audiences pitch in the elements of their perfect show and together we make that show... 

Legend for Witkacy

Legend for Witkacy

Legend for Witkacy: avant-garde, physical theatre performance inspired by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. This compelling narrative focuses on two brothers and a fiancée and the tragic, mundane, poignant, and comical experiences of their lives... 

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... 

Happimess

Happimess

Is my happy the same as your happy? Where do we find it, and where does it go? Can we share it, fake it, keep it? Are we asking too many questions?! Devised by the company and scripted by award-winning playwright Martin Murphy, Happimess explores and questions what the essence of happiness really is... 

I'll Have What She's Having

I'll Have What She's Having

Millennial anxieties are unpacked and explored in devised comedy I’ll Have What She’s Having. Written and performed by Jess Brodie and Victoria Bianchi, two women who live completely different lives and fake their own happiness around each other... 

It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

What does the transcript of a 17th century Italian rape trial reveal about the state of the world nowadays? That, despite 400 years of supposed social progress, the impulse to blame rape victims and protect the perpetrators doesn’t seem to have disappeared... 

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... 

Manx Fairy Tales and Legends

Manx Fairy Tales and Legends

Who is Jack the Giant Killer and the Black Dog of Peel? How did the Buggane of St Trinian's terrorise local villagers? Why was Phynodderee banished from Fairy Land? Discover why the Manx Cat has no tail... 

Am I F#*kable?

Am I F#*kable?

Questioning what it means to be desired in a culture obsessed with beauty. Am I F#*kable? explores how this impacts our relationships, self-worth and our own well-being. Do our own insecurities influence our place in a superficial world? A dark and funny show devised from a single idea... 

Brollies and Bumbershoots

Brollies and Bumbershoots

Brollies and Bumbershoots. Where would Mary Poppins be without her umbrella as a means of transport? For that matter, the umbrella has proven a painter’s muse for centuries, not to mention a weapon adopted by the fair sex to defend themselves from ruffians and hooligans... 

The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia

Los Angeles, January 15th 1947. The body of a young lady lies in the low cut grass of Leimert Park, a grim theatre later referred to as The Black Dahlia murder. Elizabeth Short was discovered sliced in two without a single drop of blood left in her body and a grim smile carved into the flesh of her face... 

The Grimm Truth

The Grimm Truth

The Grimm Tales are wildly reimagined in this exciting retelling using themes from modern Britain. From child sexual exploitation to mental health and everything in between, these are fairytales for the new age... 

Thaw

Thaw

‘They say life begins at 80...’ ‘I'm not 80. And whoever said that has never spent an afternoon in Poole.’ Thaw tells the story of Laura. At the peak of her life and at its end... 

The 39 Steps: A Disaster in a Radio Studio!

The 39 Steps: A Disaster in a Radio Studio!

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, Wickford have every right to feel proud of themselves. Having won the prestigious BBC Young Creatives competition with their brilliant radio adaptation of John Buchan's The 39 Steps, they take their places ready to broadcast their work live to the nation on Radio 4... 

Connected Lives

Connected Lives

Baz, Muyemba and Poppy are isolated and feel alone – in a city of half a million people. How is this possible? What has caused this isolation? How and where can they make connections again? In partnership with The Bethany Christian Trust, The Alma Project and Shakti Women's Aid, Connected Lives explores the complex reasons that people become isolated including addiction, domestic violence, mental health difficulties and homelessness... 

Expendable Chapters

Expendable Chapters

A fresh, ground-breaking performance from Athens. Four performers travel to Edinburgh to share stories, musical fragments and images. Memories of worlds gone by, photographs and walks along the streets of Athens come together in an innovative performance where stories emerge, vanish and reappear... 

Born on a Monday

Born on a Monday

Button your shirt. Go get a haircut. Saturday's a great day to die. How do we prepare for life knowing full well that nothing will go according to plan? Based on the classic Solomon Grundy nursery rhyme, born on a Monday is a grimly humorous look at life, death, and all the days in-between... 

Keep the Change

Keep the Change

I am worth what I have. I want what you have. I fear the rich and pity the poor. I am ashamed to love money. The money taboo has a lot of suppressed energy. It creates myths and allows us not to deal with the fears lying underneath... 

Blinded

Blinded

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

Henry

Henry

'You go into a hospital with a father and you come out with a bin bag, and no father'. Haunted by the recent death of his father, the celebrated actor Henry Chessel, master puppeteer Mark Down considers the difference between acting and puppetry... 

My Name Is Dorothy

My Name Is Dorothy

The first point to make clear is that My Name is Dorothy has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. It does have everything to do with the story of Dorothy Lawrence, who is far less famous, if not virtually unknown... 

Feed

Feed

Feed is a thought-provoking and memorable piece by Theatre Témoin that explores the insidious relationship between the Internet and capitalism. Focusing on the notion of the attention economy – the profitable importance of standing out amidst the endless stream of stimuli and the profit it reaps – the play makes a timely response to clickbait culture and the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal; which serves to remind us only how contemporary and truthful its terrifying themes are... 

To the Ocean

To the Ocean

***** (Tribe). ***** (Saint). ***** (OwlEyesMagazine.com). Magic isn’t real. That’s the first thing that you should know – and if the choice to begin our fairy story in this way is a bit shocking to you, that’s because... 

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... 

Of Rags and Bones

Of Rags and Bones

Inspired by the short stories of Anais Nin, NYT present new fables of modern love and ritual. On the night bus, on the last train, amongst the detritus of deserted pubs and clubs and in the secret corners of the city, pickpocket poets steal the stories of the lost... 

Greeks, Gorgons and Giggles

Greeks, Gorgons and Giggles

Greeks, Gorgons and Giggles is a fun way for young people to engage with Greek mythology through comedy, song, live music and movement. Laughter and learning for kids and their adults too! This piece of original writing follows on from our 2016 Fringe success, A Story of Stories, and contains original script, music and songs... 

The Unbinding

The Unbinding

This was one of the most remarkable striking and uncomfortable productions that I have seen in a long time. Almost every scene packs a punch straight to the gut. It is bold, violent and unashamedly female... 

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... 

Hymns for Robots

Hymns for Robots

As you arrive in the space, the audience is serenaded by a cacophony of sounds which are not precisely music (this is a theme that will become repeated throughout the hour), and once the show begins, the sounds simply stop, as a lone, somewhat bookish-looking individual arrives, and quite literally sets the tone... 

Evren

Evren

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

H2O: A Play About Water

H2O: A Play About Water

Water is the essence of life. 71% of our planet is covered in water. Our bodies are 70% water. The oceans are rising. Drought afflicts millions. Water heals and water soothes. Water kills and water revives... 

Extro-Terrestrial

Extro-Terrestrial

Torn from their secluded lives, five introverts face experimentation, extroverted aliens and, worst of all, each other. A comedy sci-fi exploring awkwardness, heroism and human interaction... 

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. 

You've Got To Be Kidney Me!

You've Got To Be Kidney Me!

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

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things

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

Loneliness and Other Adventures

Loneliness and Other Adventures

The portrayal of a young woman’s search for love and her sometimes crippling fear of being alone. Anna is only 21 but she’s still single after a series of heartbreaks and rejections... 

Beowulf

Beowulf

He's the bravest of the Anglo-Saxon heroes, fighting flesh-eating monsters and fire-breathing dragons in the defence of Hrothgar, King of the Danes. Nine-year-old Sophie knows the story of Beowulf well... 

High School English

High School English

As a group of high school students work towards their English exam, but can't remember anything about the classic texts they have to memorise, their teacher is forced to fabricate modern elements into classic stories so they retain them... 

Mercy Me

Mercy Me

Mercy Me. In 1885, a special school was created in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Founded by women, for women, this all-girls school centered itself around four values: social justice, spirituality, community, and service... 

The Edge of You

The Edge of You

'I used to think love was about not knowing where I end and you begin... but now I think it’s about waiting at the edge of you when I can’t get any closer.' From the outside, James and Grace seem the perfect couple... 

FanDango

FanDango

Welkom to FanDango EyeLand. Kom drinke. Kom dansk. Hev enyThing. Bee enyWun. Hear arr DenniZens hav no Wurriez. Onlee Plezhur. Sette yore Trubbles asside en kom on in! 'Embarrassingly creative' ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

Comedy Kids

Comedy Kids

These miniature comedians will have you rolling in the aisles! Eight brave mini comedians will don the iconic Stand stage to dazzle you with their comic timing, reduce you to tears with hilarious sketches and blow you away with their pint-sized stand-up routines... 

That's So GCSE

That's So GCSE

Blackouts. Chair duets. Overacting. Brecht. Watch these students navigate the GCSE Theatre curriculum to perform a stunning show of their combined pubescent talents, in this hilarious new comedy, showcasing the fond memory of amateur and GCSE Theatre. 

Cry God for Harry, England and St George!

Cry God for Harry, England and St George!

Sayara has always wanted to be a leader. But does she actually have what it takes? When her community comes under threat, will she find the courage inside herself to stand up for what she believes in? As she persuades a group of young East London women to take on one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, they begin to ask questions about nationality, identity and what it really takes to inspire your friends and your country... 

Swap Shop

Swap Shop

Dan and Jamie. Jamie and Dan. They've been together so long sometimes it's hard to tell where one of them ends and the other begins. But that's a good thing, isn't it? It's nice to be that close to someone... 

O, FFS

O, FFS

Poking fun at the stale reality of office life, this self aware, tongue-in-cheek comedy follows five polarising workers always teetering on the balance between discipline and despicable... 

The Edge of You

The Edge of You

'I used to think love was about not knowing where I end and you begin... but now I think it’s about waiting at the edge of you when I can’t get any closer.' From the outside, James and Grace seem the perfect couple... 

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... 

Dreamland

Dreamland

'Dreamland tackles pressing social and political issues with bracing theatricality' (Jesse Briton, Bear Trap Theatre). London. Canary Wharf. September 2008. Following the collapse of the US sub-prime mortgage market, the world economy is in free fall... 

Kidding

Kidding

When did you last speak to your Mum? Last week? Last year? We've been asking everyone from grandparents to schoolkids. The stories they've told us unfold the parent/child relationship in all its beauty and bathos, silliness and sadness... 

Spaces

Spaces

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

Drifting Towers

Drifting Towers

Drifting Towers is a noughties adventure video game set in a bleak futuristic cityscape. It was discontinued shortly after release for being too difficult. Reddit users called it ‘dense but ambitious’... 

Offstage

Offstage

What appears to be light and entertaining, can be dark and lonely behind the curtains. On stage a mask, offstage the truth. In a universe, where theatre is life and life is a dream we find Harley and Pedro... 

Alabama God Damn

Alabama God Damn

Frank returns to his small hometown and has a riot with the casual criminals, enlightened rednecks and tattoo ministers. A Southern Gothic road trip of beauty and disgust, bringing everyone down to earth, even the angels... 

The Search for a Black-Browed Albatross

The Search for a Black-Browed Albatross

Coat? Check. Tent? Check. A father’s lifelong ambition to complete? Check. Charlie is about to embark on the journey that her late father never did. To find the one bird that had eluded him, to rekindle their lost relationship... 

Can’t Stop Can’t Stop

Can’t Stop Can’t Stop

A solo theatrical performance by Sam Ross, which aims to convey how it feels to live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A much-misunderstood yet debilitating condition, affecting 1... 

Sisterhood

Sisterhood

A fearless adventure into the dark heart of a paradigm shift... Three women, aged 20, 40 and 60 (but not a virgin, mother or hag in sight), set about unpicking the fine weave of existence, re-examining with fresh and furious eyes, threads such as gender, fertility, sexual assault and the state of feminism today... 

When We Ran

When We Ran

Patch of Blue’s production of When We Ran is very much a case of style over substance, substituting complexity for clarity and failing to achieve its ambitious aims. Every aspect of the production is over-complicated and while it aims for power and emotional intensity the play ends histrionic and ineffective... 

Distortion

Distortion

Have you ever asked yourself 'did that actually happen? Or is it all in my head?'. A captivating look inside a teenager's mind and their quest to distinguish illusion from reality... 

Lunacy

Lunacy

Lunacy. Rosenhan’s study. How do you show you’re sane in an insane situation? Do you like babies? Do you like broccoli? Can you photosynthesise? What is 10 and 10 and 10 and 10 and 10? Free Show... 

The Sandman

The Sandman

This Victoriana adaptation of a gothic adaptation of a children’s fairy tale figure is not exactly breaking new ground. It could have come from any number of the white-shirt and braces wearing wacky student troupes here at Fringe... 

Eurohouse

Eurohouse

Following last year's Fringe success and UK tour, Bertrand & Nasi's darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals returns to Summerhall for just four performances. Two performers – one Greek, one French – dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse... 

Joanne McNally: Bite Me

Joanne McNally: Bite Me

Joanne McNally’s hour long confessional Bite Me switches between fairly light comedy and truly despairing tragedy as she opens up about her struggles with bulimia. Whilst I loved this show, some might be confused by its surprising tonal u-turn... 

How to Drown a Fish

How to Drown a Fish

Grace Gibson parades awkwardly across the stage in her brightly coloured leotards, she is about to share with us her experience of public failure, inviting us to revel in that moment with her... 

Education, Education, Education

Education, Education, Education

The Wardrobe Ensemble returns to the Fringe festival with a fast-paced and incredibly entertaining look at the education system in BritainThe play focuses on the last day of school at a local comprehensive a day before study leave and after New Labour's landslide electoral victory, and examines the trials and tribulations of staff and students as they hope the new government will bring salvation to them both professionally and personally... 

Chaucer Retold

Chaucer Retold

A group of bored friends decide they want to take a show to the Fringe. An argument ensues about what they should perform. Join them as they try to fuse Chaucer, Beyonce, a mop and a game of Bingo into a theatrical showstopper... 

The Soldier and Death

The Soldier and Death

A soldier's kindness wins him mysterious gifts, but he soon learns that good fortune can lead to great loss. Based on Russian folklore, this twisting, turning tale of heroes and demons is suitable for all ages. 

Two Chairs

Two Chairs

Our piece reflects the external differences in society: how human beings are segregated by race, religion, gender and status, and how prejudice is a daily occurrence in the world we live in today... 

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... 

Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges

In their new drama, Walls and Bridges, Acting Coach Scotland delves into the themes of home and belonging through a dystopian Scotland in 2035. This damaged society suffers constant deportations, arrests and total alienation from the outside world... 

Celebration

Celebration

The central aim of Celebration is “to give anyone who can't quite believe the world they live in something to believe in” which is a brilliant intention and starting point but it often feels that creators, Ben Kulvichit and Clara Potter-Sweet, got overexcited with ideas in trying to bring this idea to fruition... 

Jogging

Jogging

Hanane Hajj Ali is a Lebanese performer with French citizenship who jogs daily to prevent osteoporosis, depression and obesity. In this show, as she navigates the streets of Beirut and traces familiar paths, Hajj Ali uses Greek myths and modern day examples to explain the roles of actor, mother, wife, refugee and citizen... 

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town

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

Wrong Tree Adventures

Wrong Tree Adventures

A stunning amalgamation of Wrong Tree’s work to date: the Professor’s grandfather is missing – working in his old greenhouse, her quest takes her to explore South America. A prop-driven adventure piece, incorporating Inca mythology and a talking cat... 

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Barrel Organ’s new show Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here feels like a natural development of the company’s practice and philosophy whilst also managing to delve into a very different tone and genre... 

Trolley Girls

Trolley Girls

Attention all shoppers! Make your way down to the Pear Tree to see best friends in the whole wide world ever in this show stopping coming of age story. Who’d have thought you’d bump into Bonnie Tyler, Adele or H from Steps whilst doing your Friday big shop?! Best of all, you can swig it back with a bottle of Lambrini and fall face first into a reduced packet of wafer thin ham along the way... 

Secret Life of Humans

Secret Life of Humans

An eclectic and beautiful production – Secret Life of Humans combines a baffling diversity of genres into a single theatrical masterpiece. It’s a daring show that explores history, science and human nature in a way that is mesmerising to watch... 

Lands

Lands

Antler Theatre are no strangers to the Edinburgh Fringe, making their debut with This Way Up and Maria, 1968 in 2012. I was lucky enough to see both of these shows back then and really enjoyed this up and coming company’s unique and engaging style of theatre, so I was interested to see their latest project Lands... 

Gutted

Gutted

Gutted is a one-woman, solo show about IBD. It was honest, articulate, candid and had a fantastic sense of humour. The performer, Liz Richardson, was relaying her experiences with the condition and, through the production, opening a dialogue about a condition considered extremely embarrassing and ‘unsexy’ – especially for women... 

Cognitions

Cognitions

Cognitions was confessional, poetic physical theatre. I was gripped enough to only write one page in my notebook, because I didn’t want to miss any of the fantastically choreographed movements that the ‘Cogs’ were performing, with such energy and enthusiasm that it lit the stage... 

No Miracles Here

No Miracles Here

In a tiny stage at the back of Summerhall, The Letter Room, in association with Northern Stage in Edinburgh, brings a feet stomping, hand clapping, spirit raising show to the fringe festival... 

The Hong Kong Three Sisters

The Hong Kong Three Sisters

Premiered in 1901 in Moscow, The Three Sisters by Chekhov is a play perhaps surprisingly easy to adapt to many different circumstances, as it speaks about characters’ dreams for a better life and the continuance of human suffering... 

Primal Instincts

Primal Instincts

Would you care for your fellow man? Can you see the spirit under the skin? A fresh new piece of theatre which prowls through the similarities of human behaviour to the animal kingdom... 

Cult-ure

Cult-ure

Circled in their new support group, six young people all brought together by one thing – a journey from friendship to revenge. Cult-ure explores the effects of bullying and the true meaning of safety and support... 

Welcome Question Mark

Welcome Question Mark

A devised autobiographical theatre performance (with immersive elements) exploring the themes of home and migration. With the global situation in mind, this theatre piece explores personal experiences of the notions of home and migration; internalised as well as external... 

Man Up

Man Up

At the all-male, male retreat for men, Guru Nigel will show you how to grasp the long, hard, curved (and, occasionally, in a periodic design) doorknob to your life. Man Up is an original production, written and performed by Temper-Mental Theatre... 

Exile

Exile

Six women meet in exile. They are nowhen, nowhere. Stuck in this place of placelessness, enclosed and without borders, they search in the sand for memories of home as their identity slips through their fingers... 

Alice and the Black Hole Blues

Alice and the Black Hole Blues

This world premiere devised theater piece imagines that Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland falls through a black hole and meets five visionaries who challenge societal assumptions about women and science... 

Late to the Party

Late to the Party

Direct from The Brighton Fringe – an autobiographical romp through a midlife diagnosis of ADHD in the Times journalist Emma Mahony. The new knowledge makes her revisit her history and look at evidence of where impulsivity, restlessness and distractibility have made a mess of things... 

Think

Think

Think is a powerful piece of new writing from Evangeline Osbon, recent graduate from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, in collaboration with MindOut Theatre. Impressively, Osbon also doubles as the play’s director, and even triples as a performer in its multi-roling ensemble... 

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... 

Probably Still Drunk Collective Presents: Inebriated

Probably Still Drunk Collective Presents: Inebriated

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

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... 

Stealth Aspies: Autistic People Speak

Stealth Aspies: Autistic People Speak

Autistic people speak for themselves in this ensemble show, written from surveys completed only by Autistic people. The voices of real people on the spectrum finally get heard and performed by a 100% neurodiverse cast... 

DIGS

DIGS

DIGS, devised by newly formed company Theatre with Legs, offers insight into how the millennials of ‘Generation Rent’ think about community and belonging. It is a frank, honest portrayal of the both the positive and negative sides of flat sharing; the parties it can result in alongside the ways in which it can affect your wellbeing... 

You, Me and Everything Else

You, Me and Everything Else

Those of a certain age will remember the heart bruising joy of creating a mix tape for a loved one. They may have agonised over getting the sounds just right, keen to represent the very best of themselves... 

Police Cops in Space

Police Cops in Space

When a Fringe show sells out on opening night, you know it's doing something right. Police Cops In Space is the much-anticipated sequel to last year's (equally sold-out) show from comedy trio The Pretend Men... 

Wrong Tree Adventures

Wrong Tree Adventures

This August, Durham-based Wrong Tree Theatre are bringing three shows to Edinburgh; currently on offer is Souvenirs, a light-hearted adventure that draws on the heavy use of props, puppetry, physical comedy and traditional storytelling techniques to advance its narrative... 

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog

A problem that a lot of shows face is an inability to commit to tone, or to perform in agreement with the tone that the show sets forth. Case in point – Alan, We Think You Should Get a Dog... 

Mars Actually

Mars Actually

Three aliens from Mars, fascinated by all things Earthly. They just want to tell us about life on Mars. And tell us they do, in so many weird and wonderful ways.Superbolt Theatre have another hit on their hands with Mars Actually... 

Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia is a mixture of physical theatre and emotional monologues that certainly wasn’t a show that had the audience jumping onto their feet in appreciation. Admittedly a difficult subject to bring to the stage, Cece Otto’s attempt to connect the wider world to a mostly unknown condition did little to entice the audience... 

Form

Form

Form is a wordless physical tragicomedy about escaping the pressures and boredoms of contemporary life, if only momentarily. Three co-workers looping through an endlessly repeating sequence of tasks seem content with their lot until one begins to drift away... 

Tribe

Tribe

Temper Theatre once again return to Edinburgh to gift audiences with a performance well worth three times the ticket price. Gripping the question of human origins, not a single second is wasted in this fast-paced, breathtaking exploration of genesis... 

The Crossing Place – Romantika

The Crossing Place – Romantika

The Crossing Place – Romantika has an absurdly joyous opening, which is unexpected considering that the show is marketed as a study of loneliness, anxiety and desire. But the course of the performance proves this to be the perfect tone-setter; dark and vicious yet fun and playful, The Crossing Place is just that – absurd... 

Frogman

Frogman

Frogman is an oceanic coming-of-age drama split between two time frames. Meera, an adult and coral ecologist on the Great Barrier Reef, is detained by police for questioning on the role her father (the eponymous Frogman, the name for a police diver) might have played in the disappearance of a young girl called Ashleigh many years ago... 

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... 

The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork

The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork

On a remote island, shrouded in mist and in a sea nobody visits, a small community have chosen to be forgotten by the world outside. But, that’s all about to change in this new, rambunctious tale for the whole family... 

Cradle to Coffin

Cradle to Coffin

One man's journeys from cradle to coffin. Age 30, male, looking for love, money and spiritual guidance. Please swipe right.  

Volition

Volition

If you could change one decision from your past, would you do it? If your answer is yes, we at Volition Inc may be able to help. Volition, a new play, questions the place of regret in our lives. 

EH16 (Pyre)

EH16 (Pyre)

'All I ever tried to do was help those girls!' – Edinburgh is filled with horror, but not where you’d expect. Marking their Fringe debut, Nevermore Theatre present their story about Edinburgh’s persecuted women, both past and present. 

The America Project

The America Project

As Americans, who have we been and who are we now? Through a collage of song, scene and verbatim text, we explore our identity as a nation and attempt to answer where do we go from here?  

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Chinese physical theatre influenced by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the contemporary Tang Xianzu’s The Peony Pavilion. Quite a synopsis to get your head around, but Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko do an astounding job at making this piece an accessible, slick, sexy and sensational watch... 

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

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

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

Doglife

Doglife

Following on from the critically acclaimed Doubting Thomas, Jeremy Weller (winner of six Fringe First awards) and Grassmarket Projects return with part two of a devised trilogy with Thomas McCrudden: a former gangland enforcer who struggles to change from a violent past to a more hopeful future... 

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... 

Hyperion

Hyperion

'Being called a Greek feels like being bound with a dog collar.' In a bunker on a Greek island, a conscript keeps watch. Alone. His mission: to guard the border for 72 hours. Three days later, no one shows up: no replacement, no pick-up, no one... 

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine be able to raise the needed "bees and honey" in time and avoid doing porridge? A madcap merging of the classic porridge-thieving fairy tale with Guy Ritchie's cult cockney caper to create something new, exciting, smart and very, very funny! 'A side-splitting affair... 

Phools

Phools

The invigorating and inventive Babolin are winners of the 2015 Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award. ‘The talent of this incredible ensemble is quite stunning' (FringeReview.co... 

For the Record

For the Record

It’s been 40 years since NASA sent the Voyager I and II and their Golden Records on their intergalactic journey. An opportunity to send a new spacecraft farther and faster has become a reality and NASA wants to hear from you... 

The Room at the Top of the House

The Room at the Top of the House

Josh finds the outside world a fascinating and frightening place. At a time when he is most vulnerable, a room of forgotten things quickly becomes the perfect place for him to escape reality... 

Ape/Essence

Ape/Essence

An original, devised, loose adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1948 dystopian novel which examines a post-apocalyptic world. Employing surreal imagery of a satirised human society incapable of holding on to decency, the production is dark and provocative, yet infused with an entertaining, comic cruelty... 

BlackCatfishMusketeer

BlackCatfishMusketeer

You meet someone online. All you know is their name and that they seem to like you as much as you like them. In fact, you think you love each other. But do you? Can you? What even is love, anyway? Maybe we not only don’t know, we can’t know; we can only know what love isn’t... 

Odette!

Odette!

Meet the Aussie cleaning lady everybody loves to love! Brain child of Gaulier graduate Marina Margarita, the heavily pregnant and hormonal Odette dreams of stardom and romance on American daytime TV soap The Bold and The Beautiful – will her dreams come true? A hilarious new character comedy with some songs thrown in for good measure! 

F*ckboys for Freedom

F*ckboys for Freedom

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

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... 

Lists for the End of the World

Lists for the End of the World

A joyful and touching view of the world through other people’s eyes, Lists… is a show composed entirely of crowdsourced lists. Things I pretend to be interested in, times my eight year old self would be proud of me, places I would hide a body... 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

A chair, a poetry book, a man, and a bottle of water to wet his whistle – other than these there is no set and the stage is bare.In his Slooshy Wordshow Greg Byron departs from physical theatre for the evening to give a performance of spoken word poetry, ranging in theme from science and quantum physics, to Brexit, to memory, to what it might be like to be a woman, and even on this particular evening, just 24 hours after the terrorist attack at London Bridge, to the Manchester bombing... 

Goggles

Goggles

Pets come in many forms. Cats and dogs are the obvious choice for many people, perhaps because of the ease with which an emotional attachment can be made and the affectionate responses they give... 

Wake Up Alice!

Wake Up Alice!

Award-winning and inclusive Youth Theatre Company Brightonshed in collaboration with Theatreshed bring their interpretation of 'Alice in Wonderland' to Brighton Fringe. Expect an interactive leap down the rabbit hole, where we can explore "who we are" and question how we shake off our labels to make our dreams a reality... 

Fandom Undivided

Fandom Undivided

We are slowly falling apart, we are stagnating. We live on the edge of society. We live in fear of your judgement, and you may want our voices to simply disappear. But we will not go away quietly... 

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... 

Price (still) Includes Biscuits

Price (still) Includes Biscuits

Satirical, witty and topical. With Jewish humour, original songs and biscuits, Naomi Paul brings her four-star show to Brighton. From lingerie to libraries, Birmingham to the Balkans, the personal to the political... 

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... 

The Forecast

The Forecast

The Forecast is an engaging and informative piece of political theatre. Four women from different parts of the world are employed as “human garden ornaments.” They hang from a tree in an upper middle class suburban back garden... 

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... 

Ingo's War

Ingo's War

This cosy story follows the adventures of Ingo, a dog on a mission to make his owners proud. Lost and alone, Ingo is found as a pup by Bryony (played by Sophie Hatton), who cares for him until their chaotic separation in the war... 

The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales

The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales

On a lake somewhere not far away, a mother duck is sitting on her eggs. But one doesn’t look like the others; it’s a different shape, a brighter colour and is much, much bigger! What will happen when the egg hatches, and what stories will hatch with it? Join Above Bounds as they explore the most loved Hans Christian Anderson story using songs, shadow puppetry and some of your input to tell this famous tale... 

Macho Macho

Macho Macho

Bosnian-Dutch artist Igor Vrebac draws inspiration from Instagram after-workout selfies, Turkish wrestling and the idea of bromance in his new physical performance 'Macho Macho' to question the objectified "men’s world" we are living in today... 

How to Die of a Broken Heart

How to Die of a Broken Heart

Uncomfortable moments full of truth, full of laughs. Femi 'loves' her way through life - all the while developing a chronic illness. Through stories of her failed relationships, Femi illuminates both the beauties and the dangers of loving someone, and ultimately reminds us that broken things can be mended... 

Just Broken

Just Broken

If you are only half of who you are, would there still be enough of you to be the same as you were? Mary suffers with demons in her life, day in, day out. John wants affection. An original piece of drama exploring an unstable relationship at breaking point... 

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Kids these days! No one knows what they’re up to. Well, we do and we’re willing to let you in on the secret. What if I told you that you know nothing about sex? You don’t even know what a virgin is... 

Spilt Milk Presents...

Spilt Milk Presents...

Spilling, dripping and leaking comedy from every angle, come and join Spilt Milk, a brand-new sketch group, for their exciting show, packed with original new comedy writing. Formed at Soho Young Company, this comedy collective writes and performs in different combinations to create an eclectic mix of witty sketches... 

Between You and Me

Between You and Me

This Brighton-based forum theatre company produce thought-provoking performances about social and political matters, using storytelling, discussion, and re-enactment. 'Between You and Me' has been created in collaboration with Mankind and is based on true stories and experiences... 

GIANT

GIANT

GIANT follows the never-ending, whirlwind of generations in protagonist, Tommy’s family. This quirky depiction of the hustle and bustle of family life is jam packed with puppetry, poetry, brash clown make up and copious amounts of cardboard boxes... 

The Lions Roar and Other Stories

The Lions Roar and Other Stories

Award-winning children's theatre company brings you a collection of short stories that will entertain and delight young audiences. Join Mr Fizzywinkle and Chazaro as they explore the jungle and find out how the elephant got its trunk, why the warthog is so ugly, why the crow is black, and most importantly how the lion got its roar... 

Late To The Party

Late To The Party

'Late to the Party' is an autobiographical romp on a mid-life diagnosis of ADHD and Dyslexia in two women. The new knowledge forces a journalist for the Times (ADHD-er) and a Contemporary Dancer (Dyslexic) to rewrite their history, review some of the mayhem in their lives, and face themselves... 

Macbeth: A Tale of Sound and Fury

Macbeth: A Tale of Sound and Fury

A theatre company taking a reimagining of Shakespeare to a Fringe festival is like your Nan getting tipsy at Christmas. It's predictable, usually underwhelming and happens every year... 

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... 

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Cinebra: A History Of Horror

Meet Megan and Sophie. They really like movies. They also like Tumblr, Lon Chaney, Debbie Gibson, the Ben & Jerrys’ stand at the Odeon, and each other. After meeting in Year 4, the pair became best friends (the BFF-necklace wearing kind), cementing their friendship with a mutual passion for movies, especially of the horror variety... 

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael

In 1987, celebrated BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish stood up on national television and shrugged off reports of an oncoming hurricane. That evening, a brutal storm hit the south coast of the country, eventually killing 18 people... 

Decide-A-Quest

Decide-A-Quest

A high-energy comedy reworking of classic game books such as ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ and ‘Find Your Fate’. Embark upon a Quest to find the Yeti and use your deciding powers to guide your avatar, ‘You’... 

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... 

Mocks, Shocks and Two Smoking Coffee Cups

Mocks, Shocks and Two Smoking Coffee Cups

It's a new term and welcome to the Claremont School of Life where many a member of staff has plenty to say about their working day. Be prepared to witness ups and downs, tears and tantrums, the pain and glory of a group of people united only by counting down the days until the next holiday! And who exactly was the mysterious 'Mr Nobody' that broke the switch on the hot water urn and forgot to feed the gerbil over the holidays? All will be revealed in this interactive and fast moving fiasco, with a surprise or two along the way! 

Meet Fred

Meet Fred

Hijinx Theatre in association with Blind Summit. “Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of prejudice” (David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide International Festival)... 

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... 

Do You Ever...

Do You Ever...

Do you ever take, observe, choose, desire, curse, think, feel, plan what you are going to say at your sister's funeral in absolute detail? I want to know if we have anything in common! There is something, a tic that you have, that is charming or disgusting... 

SpokeEasy

SpokeEasy

Do you remember a time when we all SpokeEasy? A time before every movement, word and thought was watched? Before cameras in trees? Come! Follow the signs for The Yellow Canary, a retro cabaret set in a near future with peculiar wanton acts that tell the story of how we got from there to here... 

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... 

Great Train Robbery

Great Train Robbery

Apparently, one of the men involved in the Great Train Robbery of 1963 resides in Hove - but this story isn’t about him, instead it’s about the women behind the heist, the ones that got away... 

Borderline

Borderline

A comedy about a tragedy. PSYCHEdelight presents a satire of the Calais Jungle, devised by an ensemble of refugee and European performers. After two sold-out runs in London, Borderline goes on tour to meet the UK... 

Die Die Die Old People Die

Die Die Die Old People Die

Indie theatre legends David Woods and Jon Haynes of 'Ridiculusmus' as two crustaceous elders putting off death in a snail paced farce. Bring a picnic. Touch tour available. Please ask upon arrival. 

... Yes?

... Yes?

... Yes is a comedy show about LOVE (not the sappy kind) It's a bit mad, but a GOOD mad- think a mixture of Monty Python and Blind Date... for adults. ... Yes answers questions that you never knew you needed answered such as; Can you play Guess Who Live onstage? Do penguins have knees? Are you better off marrying a shell shocked WW2 veteran or tempt your fate with the flock of seagulls, snapchat fanatic you just met online? ... 

Terabac

Terabac

If you’re a budding ecologist who also has a love of physical theatre, Terabac is the show for you.We are guests at the wake of a dead mouse whose carcass, we are told, will be used by an array of insects... 

Cabaret From The Shadows

Cabaret From The Shadows

Amid the abundance of hard hitting and harrowing new work presented at the Fringe, one could be forgiven for wondering why we’re all taking ourselves so seriously. Where is the fun? Do we have to sacrifice entertainment values if we’re dealing with topical or sensitive issues? Teatro Pomodoro’s Cabaret from the Shadows tackles an overwhelming array of themes, but it is always joyous and fabulously tongue in cheek... 

Lazarus

Lazarus

After having a nearly fatal illness, he thought things would be different ... they weren’t. In frustration Luke has taken to the road to find meaning in his experience. Join him on his way as he discusses Little Mix, drinking, not drinking and more. 

Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC

Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC

Armed with an ocarina, a ukulele and a thirst for revenge, Lecoq-trained Edward Day battles four decades of videogame nostalgia in an explosion of Shakespeare, live music and 16-bit ridiculousness, but can Ophelia defeat the zombie hordes and save Hamlet once and for all? ‘Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC’ is a one-person, physical theatre, spoken word mix of Shakespearean tragedies and videogaming with clowning, mime, live music, retro animation and video projection, exploring mental health and our addiction to technology. 

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. 

Pals

Pals

New writing about the Great War, this poignant, funny play follows the story of innocent and enthusiastic men who volunteer their services to Britain after Kitchener's call to arms... 

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... 

GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK PART TWO 'Second Helpings'

GEORGE EGG: ANARCHIST COOK PART TWO 'Second Helpings'

George Egg, the stand-up comedian who cooks onstage using absurd and innovative techniques, returns. A follow-up to his sell-out and award-winning first show (‘George Egg: Anarchist Cook’), ‘Anarchist Cook Two: Second Helpings’ sees George preparing more dishes in a whole variety of unconventional environments... 

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... 

Individual Medley

Individual Medley

What happens when you move a 12-year-old girl from Basingstoke to a remote corner of Southern Africa? Join Katrina on an energetic, poetic journey as she discovers boys, boobs, crossing borders and boarding school in Zambia... 

Pauline Quirke Academy

Pauline Quirke Academy

PQA is a weekend Performing Arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us every Saturday morning, rotating through hour-long sessions in comedy and drama, musical theatre and film and television... 

And Love Walked In

And Love Walked In

How many times can you fall in love? How many people can you love at the same time? These questions arise when certain uninvited guests call, disrupting the comfortable lives of an aging psychotherapist and his charming wife... 

Not Another Performance

Not Another Performance

Young people get a rough deal, what with social media, normal media, parents, general education (nice one, Michael Gove), friends and worst of all, old people. Yes, anyone aged over 25 is old... 

Flowerpot Women

Flowerpot Women

In a garden far away, in a world a lot like this one, in a conversation that has already happened, Eddie asks Garland: "What's it all about?" And Garland answers, "I don't know." Described by audiences as “Beckett in the Suburbs” and “French and Saunders on acid”, 'Flowerpot Women' is a darkly comedic theatre piece performed outdoors in an intimate garden setting... 

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught!

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never be Caught!

Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts! Award-winning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage. Join Dr Zeiffal on the hunt for the hippo that can never be caught! Featuring: the Invisible Hippo Blanket, the Hippo Google Googles and a blizzard of Hippo packaging... 

PASSPAWT

PASSPAWT

Out of the 29 years the amiable-natured Helena has been alive, 5 were spent in her birth country Slovakia and 24 in England. Linda was the result of what Helena considers to be the greatest advertising scam of all time... 

Life Without Dog

Life Without Dog

Following a sell-out performance of Katherine Chandler's 'Hood' at the National's Dorfman Theatre, Found in the Forest return with a new world premiere. Using puppetry and live music, 'Life Without Dog' shares the story of three siblings living without their parents and occasionally with Dog... 

The Idiot's Guide to the World

The Idiot's Guide to the World

‘The Idiot’s Guide to the World’ is a clown show that explores a variety of physical comedy genres. Using puppetry, mime, multi-roling, bouffon and live music, we tell original stories, with humour, irony and fun... 

The Nine Lives of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Nine Lives of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French pilot, poet and writer, who is best known as the author of children’s classic The Little Prince. This new play from Vagabond Productions explores Saint-Exupéry’s life as the author reflects during his fatal final flight... 

I Used to Hear Footsteps

I Used to Hear Footsteps

A documentary style piece of storytelling which merges fact and fiction, past and present in an interesting tale, that sadly fails to curdle the blood.Jack Britton, our solo performer dressed in a lecturer’s jacket ripe for getting covered in chalk from that promising blackboard presents evidence for the presence of one or more ghosts in the house he grew up in... 

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex is the sex-ed class we all wish we’d had. Starring a young cast and recounting real life experiences, Propolis Theatre’s production talks honestly about sex... 

ABCs to LSD

ABCs to LSD

Growing Pains Theatre Company offers its Edinburgh debut, a confessional piece of drama exploring the fraught path from adolescence to adulthood. Rifling through boxes of their childhood possessions, Emma, Rachel and Maz take a look at the children they were then and how this compares to who they are now in a concise show that is at points touching, but generally overwrought... 

L'Heure Fugitive

L'Heure Fugitive

A woman comes face to face with her overwhelming need for revolution. Does she long for a rendezvous? Her fantasies become action as she is carried through a series of metamorphoses, incarnating the voices of French poetesses anchored in history... 

Goggles

Goggles

Goggles is a simple, quirky and deeply endearing devised piece in which comedy double-act ThisEgg explore the complexities of love and friendship through that most profoundly allegorical of animals: the goldfish... 

Police Cops

Police Cops

In its second year at the fringe, Police Cops is a spoof boys-in-blue parody along the lines of Police Squad. It follows the classic storyline of a young cop following in the footsteps of his older brother (and father) by joining with a retired old-hand to take down a criminal mastermind... 

Trolley Girls

Trolley Girls

Attention all shoppers! Make your way down to Southside Social to see best friends in the whole wide world (ever) in this show stopping coming of age story. Who’d have thought you’d bump into Bonnie Tyler, Adele or H from Steps whilst doing your Friday big shop?! Best of all, you can swig it back with a bottle of Lambrini and fall face first into a reduced packet of wafer thin ham along the way... 

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... 

Hip

Hip

A bunch of semi-hip young squatters find a once hip woman’s long-forgotten possessions in an empty flat above the shops of Brighton. This true story will take you on an intimate journey into counterculture, drug addiction, sexuality, mortality, choices and enlightenment... 

The Craig Chalmers Experience

The Craig Chalmers Experience

Join the charming Mr Chalmers as he opens his heart for you, spilling song, magic, comedy, dance, poetry and beer in this beautifully melodic, melancholy journey. Opening the lid on a life in flux and stuck in a space without escape, a man is burdened by the pressure to perform and the expectations of others; neglecting the needs of the self more and more whilst contemplating the inevitability of life's end and death's beginning... 

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Sleeping Dogs Lie

‘When growing up makes you feel as if you’re on trial, and people are building a case against you the moment you step out of line.’ Eight individuals invite their audience to help delve into the past... 

No Filter

No Filter

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

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... 

Eden

Eden

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

Godspell

Godspell

Borderline Confrontational is a group of students and graduates from the Birmingham School of Acting. A talented international cast brings a devised version of Godspell, Stephen Schwartz’s musicalised telling of parables from the Gospel of Matthew, mixing folk rock with storytelling... 

The Opportunity

The Opportunity

Life presents us with many opportunities, be it falling in love, finding a career or killing your parents. The question is: do you lack the morals to take that chance? In a world where bratty kids, pushover parents, uber-salesmen and promiscuous grannies co-exist, surely nothing could go wrong… Witness this surreal comedy and decide for yourself... 

The Concept

The Concept

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

iDolls

iDolls

iDolls aims to explore the dynamics between social media and feminism by combining various forms of theatre, dance and spoken word. The result is an enjoyable piece with a few laughs, some haunting moments of truth, and a visually interesting display... 

The Age of (Distr)action

The Age of (Distr)action

In Edinburgh as members of Group 64, the cast of The Age of (Distr)action are an inclusive young people’s theatre company from Putney who have created, written and performed this production themselves... 

Spool

Spool

Suppose, just suppose, that your mind and body lived separately from each other. That having started out life together they went through a divorce in which the marital estate was divided up... 

The F Words

The F Words

“If I’m feminine, does that mean I’m effeminate? Or if I’m effeminate, does that mean I’m feminine?”Looking at the nature of what it means to female in this modern world is the complex theme that underlies this exploratory, alternative play The F Words... 

The Living Room

The Living Room

The Living Room takes us home, to a place in which we welcome another. By starting from this fundamental action that can take place in a living room, we enter an investigation into how the potentialities of performance craft can both enrich and be enriched by daily interpersonal relations and realities... 

The Living Room

The Living Room

The Living Room takes us home, to a place in which we welcome another. By starting from this fundamental action that can take place in a living room, we enter an investigation into how the potentialities of performance craft can both enrich and be enriched by daily interpersonal relations and realities... 

Sheltered

Sheltered

New company Bellyfeelhave collaborated with Crisis, a charity for the homeless,to develop a series of monologues that illustrate the tough and varied experiences of those living without a permanent home... 

Lines

Lines

Lines is a touching spoken word show surrounding the diverse lives of people travelling along the London underground. The characters repeat “It’s not somewhere you go to / It’s something you go through” and we’re bombarded with a flurry of movement and a cacophony of voices that cover people from every class, background and race... 

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Being both a chronic worrier and a huge fan of television from the 1990s, I had high hopes for Don't Panic! It's Challenge Anneka: a one woman show that uses the programme, Challenge Anneka, as a springboard by which to explore anxiety... 

Tortoise and Rabbit

Tortoise and Rabbit

It’s race day! Tortoise vs Rabbit: who will win? Join them on their adventure to be crowned the fastest of them all! Three Feathers presents an interactive, multi-sensory retelling of this timeless classic with original music, puppetry, bubbles and more... 

Anonymous

Anonymous

'I have a voice, capable of both a whisper and a scream.' How long can a person remain cloaked in the veil of anonymity? How long before the need for recognition takes over? Take a look into the lives of those who watch the lives of others. 

Daniel

Daniel

Your best friend from school has been arrested for having a collection of child pornography on his laptop. What do you do? Daniel might be one of the most humane and thought provoking responses to one of our biggest - and disturbingly most common - societal problems... 

Pond Wife

Pond Wife

“So tell me what you want, what you really, really want. I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want. I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna. I really really really really want... 

Sonder

Sonder

A breathlessly physical exploration of how it feels to be alone. Drawing on the performers' own lives and experiences explored through an episodic structure, Broken Chair makes theatre with people, movement and chairs... 

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry

An almost word-free physical and visual performance from Brazilian company ParaladosanjoS. A poignant, poetic and sometimes comically absurd reflection on human fragility in the face of nature, inspired by the real and reimagined stories of people who have suffered the onslaught of natural disasters... 

Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

Lightning-fast, cinematic style sequences skilfully bound together with fluid, muscular movement, vivid lighting and soul-shaking soundscapes. Through ensemble movement and fragmented imagery, Temper unleash the storm which will bring about the end of days... 

The Hours Before We Wake

The Hours Before We Wake

The Hours Before We Wake presents us with a world where you can customise your dreams and upload them to DreamShare when you wake up. Personal interaction is limited to “Have you seen my dream from last night?” and “Classic!”, while robotic voices, pleasant dings and pings and whooshy-door sounds accompany your days... 

Arthur Conan Doyle – Man of Mystery

Arthur Conan Doyle – Man of Mystery

There's something wonderfully uncluttered and unpretentious about this particular wander down literary lane from the Mercators, one of Edinburgh’s oldest amateur drama clubs. Six performers, dressed up in an approximation of late Victorian/Edwardian dress, take it in turns to tell the biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with some quotes from the man’s work to provide a little more ‘colour’... 

One Day Moko

One Day Moko

‘It’s a bit weird when I talk to you, eh?’ says Tim Carlsen’s Moko, the vulnerable and homeless protagonist of this curious one-man-show from New Zealand. He raises a troubling point: there is a widespread tendency to simply ignore those who exist on the very fringes of society, to look away and consolidate their sense of isolation by refusing to engage or reach out... 

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed

A surprisingly moving hour of theatre, Something Borrowed deals with the struggles of a 21st-century, 20-something feminist trying to reconcile the desire for the perfect fairy tale wedding, ingrained in her from childhood, and her rebellion against the patriarchal tradition of marriage... 

Fairies and Dragons of the Desolate Plain

Fairies and Dragons of the Desolate Plain

Caught between the youthful conviction that just because you can’t see something it doesn’t mean it isn’t real and a growing realisation that “nothing’s easy to understand anymore”, the cast of this this beautiful show present a story that is far more complex than might initially be assumed... 

Bulldog

Bulldog

Work hard, play harder. Based on stories of nine and ten-year-olds, Bulldog revisits the world of being nine and the games you must play to survive the labyrinth that is primary school... 

The Tide Creeps In

The Tide Creeps In

What happens if your future depends on remembering? What happens if what you thought you knew and experienced is somehow blurred, altered or gone completely? A performance about five individuals seeking to remember their perceived truth and what has been forgotten... 

Escape from the Planet of the Day That Time Forgot

Escape from the Planet of the Day That Time Forgot

Let’s just appreciate that title for a moment. It’s the sort of glorious title an eight year-old would come up with for their yet-to-be-improvised-in-the-back-yard home movie. The entire show pursues that kind of home movie feel: the set is composed of a series of stacked and painted cardboard boxes; an ironing board becomes a rocket; the dialogue is deliberately cringeworthy; the performances are beautifully hammy... 

The Lounge

The Lounge

There comes a time in most good plays when you realise you’ve become completely lost in a moment due to its sheer brilliance. The Lounge, performed by Inspector Sands and produced by China Plate, has a truckload of these moments... 

Ash

Ash

Ash is a devised piece by a group of Lecoq-trained graduates about the nicotine addiction of a Yorkshireman and his friends and family.George is a heavy smoker in a Yorkshire community who begins the habit at a young age, stealing his mother’s cigarettes with his best friend Neil... 

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... 

The Murderer

The Murderer

Through innovative movement and a thought-provoking script, Clown Funeral’s dark yet comedic The Murderer comments intelligently on society's inability to forgive and forget, by documenting the ‘progress’ of a murderer undergoing a rehabilitation programme... 

The Mission

The Mission

Set in 2057, a time not too far away from our own, The Mission charts the selection and preparation for an unprecedented space exploration by an unremarkable and apparently run-of-the-mill protagonist – Jenny... 

Pussyfooting

Pussyfooting

Pussyfooting is a project that has been evolving over the course of a year, and, presumably, could continue to go on evolving with its bright new company from Oxford University: Knotworks... 

xx

xx

Connections missed and made are set in motion in this playful, algorithmically-generated piece exploring love and chance from young company Poltergeist Theatre. xx, pronounced ‘kiss kiss’ (as I find out at the box office), is comprised of ‘ten duets and five monologues determined by an algorithm every night’... 

Tell Mary I Love Her

Tell Mary I Love Her

A captivating piece of storytelling that takes the audience back to 1939 and then through to 1945, telling the tale of two best friends in the army, a night club owner and three alluring singing sisters... 

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... 

Bucket List

Bucket List

What do you do when your mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption? In the case of Milagros, you fight for the justice your mother was denied and seek revenge... 

Radpole

Radpole

From bell bottoms and incense, free love and psychedelic rock to the era of Trump on CNN, essays on Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility, and selfies on Mars. Our world is distinctly evolving but has growing up ever changed? Tales of inquisition, hankering, and Germaine Greer... 

Ofgagged

Ofgagged

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

The Therapist

The Therapist

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

Le Bossu

Le Bossu

The scene is Notre Dame. A hunchback ‘hunches’ over in the bell-tower. A monolithic organ stretches up the back wall, standing guard over the proceedings. What follows is a thoughtful, if overly faithful take on Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame that never quite captures of the magic of the company’s past work... 

People of the Eye

People of the Eye

'Of course, you shouldn’t use sign language'. Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together... 

Poo Shame, Vagina Curiosity and Other Things That Won't Kill You

Poo Shame, Vagina Curiosity and Other Things That Won't Kill You

Have you been mistaken for a pervert? Are you awkward in a sex shop? Do you try to disguise your farts with a cough? Have you ever wondered how scissoring works? Do you enjoy having your sphincter tickled? Does your fake orgasm deserve an Oscar? Do you poo, wee, have a penis, vagina, neither or both? If you answered yes to none or more of the above questions, this show is for you!  

Tracing Grace

Tracing Grace

Enter a world where not everything is as it seems. Following a young girl’s true story. Grace, now 18, suffered from encephalitis, a rare inflammation of the brain, at just three weeks old... 

Besieged

Besieged

What happens when a group of young Australian performers ignore warnings and dive head first into the murky waters of mass media and terrorism? Questions around sensationalism, semantics and mass grief surface and we are surrounded in the centre of a city under siege... 

Putting the Band Back Together

Putting the Band Back Together

Why do we stop playing? What might make us start again? All those guitars propped up in bedrooms. Voices only heard in the shower. Drum kits taking too much space in garages. It’s time to blow off the dust... 

Do Not Open

Do Not Open

Do Not Open explores the chaos from within Pandora's box and asks the question – was it really all that bad? Come on – wasn't some of it kind of fun? This devised piece plays fast and loose with the idea of knowledge as evil and reinterprets the stories from Pandora's box to modern day settings... 

Plain as Paper

Plain as Paper

Plain as Paper is an energetic physical theatre show centred around where our imaginations can take us using only paper—though what is going on there and why is not always plain.Trying to tell many stories through their actions and paper props, we are left with no consistent stories or characters to follow... 

The Lost Children of Neverland

The Lost Children of Neverland

A darker look at what happens when we refuse to grow up. This adaptation of Barrie's classic novel fuses music, physical theatre and performance together to explore the world of Neverland... 

Leftover

Leftover

Fleeing conflict in Western Europe, the women – soldiers, survivors, refugees, mothers, daughters, sisters – are all that remains. Leftover is a moving look at the human debris left behind... 

Drought

Drought

This production explores drought – in California's Salinas Valley, the salad bowl of the world, and on a global scale, seeking sustainable, equitable solutions. This is a devised theatre production: a collaboration among faculty and students in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Theatre and Cinema. 

Tape

Tape

Stuck between failure and fame, the artist known only as Tape invites you to witness the creation of a pop-cultural Frankenstein. Join us for the world premiere of an original performance art piece incorporating music, dance, theatre and visual art direct from the University of Central Oklahoma... 

Sylum

Sylum

A congregation of strangers, brought together by the need to give body, voice and space to their other selves – to explore the lives unlived and words left unspoken. ‘When I dance with you – and I will dance with you – you will forget yourself... 

Yokai

Yokai

In a desolate space, probably in the middle of nowhere, stands a group of curious looking people. With miniature trees and paper seagulls in their pockets, they begin to orchestrate the world as they see it... 

The Humble Heart of Komrade Krumm

The Humble Heart of Komrade Krumm

The invigorating and inventive Babolin are winners of the 2015 Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award. ‘The talent of this incredible ensemble is quite stunning’ (FringeReview... 

Tom and Will's Open Swim

Tom and Will's Open Swim

Welcome to the biggest swim race on the planet – The Super Pool Mega Cup X. Compete for Glory. Swim or Die. In 3D Technicolor. A multi-character comedy starring Will Hartley (Clever Peter) and Tom Greaves (Offline Dating). 

The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon

The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon

Puppetry, poetry, dance and live music are interwoven in this splendid succession of stories from five zany friends. When the car in which Jack, Clive, Selina, Scarlet and Luna are travelling in towards Komedia Studio breaks down, the eccentric quintet find themselves within a deep, dark forest... 

Mercutio Loves Romeo

Mercutio Loves Romeo

Mercedes, or ‘Merc’ as she calls herself, has just landed a new job working at a nightclub; a nightclub with a sexist and homophobic doorman -Kai Henderson-, a highly stung and drop dead gorgeous boss -Grace Hendy- and Merc’s high-school crush and ex-lover -Bernado Santos-… what could go wrong?!  Merc also has another problem up her sleeve; she doesn’t know how to tell her crush that she used to be a man... 

The Communist Threat

The Communist Threat

It’s 1950 Vienna and two British spies are sent to kill a traitor. Yet, despite having the same aim, the characterisations of the two are very different. Cambridge graduate Kip is a celebrated war hero and an esteemed operative... 

Melancholy

Melancholy

This show started beautifully and retained its magic right until the very end. It was an absolute joy to watch and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Everything worked and worked remarkably... 

In the Gut

In the Gut

A funny, tragic and ridiculous guide to baking, birthing and breaking the rules. TV chefs Judith and Marie-Chantal wow audiences with this unforgettable anti-natal banquet. The charming and grotesque duo tackles some of life’s unspoken paranoia and taboos in a light and disturbing way. 

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. 

Here I Am

Here I Am

Actor Manuel Lavandera, Director Britt Forsberg. A comic tragedy without borders. Mix Charlie Chaplin, Jim Carey and Manuel and you have the expressive language of this part-improvised solo performance... 

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... 

Flying The Nest

Flying The Nest

Welcome to Hatchling College, an eggciting place to learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder. Sit in a giant nest and get involved in this interactive eggsperience led by our three eggstraordinary professors... 

The Bump/We Did

The Bump/We Did

'The Bump': What would you choose between, a new life, or your own? A compelling piece highlighting the mental and physical torment of your not-so-average woman. 'We Did': Delves through a mind of madness... 

Inside/Persistence

Inside/Persistence

Inside: Two women, chained and imprisoned. Opposing journeys of hope and acceptance. One dream - to get out. Persistence: One decision, many lives torn apart. ‘Persistence’ explores the psychological impact that an horrific crime has on its many victims... 

T.W.4.T Radio's Farewell Show

T.W.4.T Radio's Farewell Show

It’s 3am on a Friday morning and it’s T.W.4.T Radio’s final broadcast. (Thanks a lot, budget cuts.) We’re now on a six-month break, twice a year. Join us for laughter, tears, sports, traffic, friendship, breakdowns, music, adverts, weather and a naked man and his pet cat... 

Becoming Esther

Becoming Esther

“Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well.” The marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes has been a taboo subject since her death in 1963. Using text directly extracted from the poets’ bank of work, the story of their life and her demise is retold onstage. 

Acting Funny: UoB's Short Course on Comic Theatre Practice

Acting Funny: UoB's Short Course on Comic Theatre Practice

Taught by established professional performers and University of Brighton staff, this five day course provides intensive training in physical skills and creative approaches for devising comic theatre... 

Year Without Summer

Year Without Summer

May 1816. The world is locked in winter. Claire Clairmont invites lover Byron to Lake Geneva with her stepsister Mary Godwin and Percy Shelley. Passions run high. Ghost stories are shared... 

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". 

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... 

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah?

Surreal Lecoq/Gaulier-trained clown Brickhead returns to Brighton with more bonkers nonsense! [newline] "Hard to explain and impossible not to like" (Fringe Review), [newline] "Ludicrous humour at its best" (Broadway Baby) 

Twisted and Tongue Tied

Twisted and Tongue Tied

Nothing like a wild, dark comedy cabaret and a dash of activism to kick off your afternoon! The girls will cross-dress, undress, and try to redress gender imbalance in just 30 mins through song and dance! Whatever the odds, their mission will be to amuse, provoke and arouse you... 

Project: Oggbots

Project: Oggbots

A UFO has crashed over Brighton and your help is needed to save them from the Agents In Black. Expect robots, aliens and mystery in a galactic adventure. An interactive, outdoor experience... 

Youth

Youth

An original play. Youth is something we all have to go through and each generation has new challenges to deal with. Weaving through the 1900s, 20s, 40s and 60s we find ourselves in 2016 with the age old problem "what do I want to do with my life?" But how different are the struggles of today? 

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... 

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that Can Never Be Caught

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that Can Never Be Caught

Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts! This weird and wonderful family show for all ages will have kids storming the stage. Bring your hippo catchers, because Dr. Zeiffal has most likely lost hers! 

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... 

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... 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

From the creators of Boris & Sergey comes a one-man show featuring puppetry, physical comedy, and mime. Hilarious, absurd and often magical this show juxtaposes themes of loneliness and belonging with joy and exhilaration... 

Gloriator

Gloriator

A riotously funny show revealing just what happens when a glamorous French actress and her hapless assistant stage their version of Hollywood blockbuster ‘Gladiator’. [newline] Winner - Critics Choice Award at Exeter Ignite... 

The Excellence of Failure

The Excellence of Failure

The MA Performance and Visual Practices returns to the Marlborough Theatre for its annual show of surprise and delight. The show may include: a boy band not of boys, things which are not where you expect them to be, things converted into altars and somebody speaking on behalf of somebody else. 

Do You Mind?

Do You Mind?

Joni has met someone special, but how can she tell him she has a long-term mental illness? And is that really the best thing to talk about on a second date? An engaging and amusing look at how we talk about our vulnerabilities, with storytelling, puppetry and an overhead projector. 

Magnificent Myths and Tall Tales

Magnificent Myths and Tall Tales

An evening filled with stories, duets and short plays, reworked and retold to delight, surprise and entertain. Inspired by creation and heroic myths and urban tales. This is Varndean Studio Theatre Company's 10th year on the Fringe. 

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. 

Going AWOL

Going AWOL

A farcical comedy two-hander, written and produced by AWOL Productions. A tale of two women in the 1960s who both work for the same newspaper firm in London. Although they despise one another, the women have to embark on a trip round Europe, along with their dead boss, cut up in their carpet bags. 

A Tit Show

A Tit Show

Our tits sing, dance and talk about how they’re made for f**king. A tactically tacky performance that exposes the ridiculousness of the label ‘explicit’ in reference to breasts... 

The Late, Late Teatime Chatshow

The Late, Late Teatime Chatshow

The perfect start to your night at Brighton Fringe. Catch the highlights of a handful of shows for the price of just one! Join Vladimir McTavish and friends for a laid-back hour of sit-down chat, stand-up comedy and random nonsense... 

Police Cops

Police Cops

With tight abs, even tighter moves and slick choreography, Police Cops runs at a pace that will make your head spin and is silly, fun and very entertaining. These are three actors clearly living on a fringe diet of red bull, flyering and having fun... 

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... 

Conductors' Unbecoming Scenes from Orchestral Life

Conductors' Unbecoming Scenes from Orchestral Life

Gavin Henderson regales first hand hilarious stories of the many conductors he has worked with: Stokowski, Otto Klemperer, Giulini, Svetlanov, Barbirolli, Sargent and Rattle amongst them. 

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... 

Birthday in Suburbia

Birthday in Suburbia

A kaleidoscope of mundanity and the surreal, 'Birthday in Suburbia' invites its audience to follow the descent of an average man into an extraordinary, ridiculous personal crisis. Inspired by the film, 'It’s a Wonderful Life', Birthday in Suburbia combines a rich mixture of clown and dark comedy. 

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. 

Cream Pie

Cream Pie

Physical comedy, object theatre and tacky music reveal the misogyny, oppression, and just plain awful sex seen in mainstream porn today. Featuring verbatim interviews with the porn-consuming public. 

Secret Innuendos

Secret Innuendos

Welcome to The Claremont Hotel, where strangers come and strangers go and some may stay for longer. People you might not be able to forget. Unfortunately. So, will a chance meeting with a stranger over a boiled egg and toasted soldiers lead to a fairy tale ending or a breakfast date with disaster? 

Not Yet Suffragette

Not Yet Suffragette

Time is of the essence in this absolutely faultless performance from EntreprenHER Productions. Detailing the endless hurdles women have had to face over time, from the start of the suffragette movement in the early 1900s to present day, Natalie Cutler’s very first one-woman show offers hope for the many that still have to be overcome... 

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. 

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. 

Mocketh The Weak

Mocketh The Weak

Curious Cloud presents ‘Mocketh The Weak’, the gameshow that pits wicked wits against hapless saps. Who wins? You choose. Join us for our comedy Shakespeare contest, as ‘Argumental’ meets 'Jeremy Kyle'... 

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). 

Aphrodite in Flippers

Aphrodite in Flippers

Georgie’s 40th birthday, her friends spy something strange lodged in her ear. Its discovery propels three women on a surreal, darkly comic journey through their (extra)ordinary world... 

Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

An inconspicuous townhouse in Fiveways plays host to the promenade performance Dancing in the Dark. It tells a touching tale of one family’s struggle to cope with love, loss and its own abnormalities... 

The Ruby Darlings

The Ruby Darlings

The Ruby Darlings give an outrageously honest yet totally sexy look at life with a vagina. They are committed to making women feel empowered, men feel educated and generally everyone having a naughty time... 

Fake Hip Gnosis

Fake Hip Gnosis

Slash/Theatre presents - come into your own slice of life! The land of the free has never been so easy to hide from. Will a dog cry at an onion? Will you still be here later? Questions are answers and you are welcome to an hour of 'Fake Hip Gnosis'... 

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... 

Mute

Mute

Three people dead. Silence. You are your own worst enemy. But did you do anything wrong? The Northbrook company, directed by Claire Raftery, explore Dostoyevski’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ and sound and silence. 

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... 

Adam Vincent: Judgemental (work in progress)

Adam Vincent: Judgemental (work in progress)

Fresh from his sell-out run in Edinburgh, comedy writer for Channel Four’s 'The Last Leg', Adam judges himself and the world with wanton cynicism but now wonders if this is just his way of avoiding life... 

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...  

Hetty the King (and Other Women I Have Loved)

Hetty the King (and Other Women I Have Loved)

A show inspired by Hetty King (an emblematic, early 20th century drag king), which embraces the possibility of women making connections across stages, in time. With song, music, jackets and a bit of comedy, it is a story intertwining family secrets with the long history of male impersonation. 

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... 

Mummy or The Art of Saying Goodbye

Mummy or The Art of Saying Goodbye

A cathartic and corrosively funny new play about a young professor who has shrouded herself in studies to numb the pain of grieving. As she launches her first book, it's time to unwind... 

Not Fast Enough

Not Fast Enough

'Not Fast Enough' is a provocative and dynamic sprint through contemporary gender politics and imaginative theatre structures. Bringing a free preview of an abridged version of NFT to Patterns nightclub, OvaryActing make their Brighton Fringe debut, before a run at Coachwerks later in the month. 

Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

Barry is charming, flamboyant and has a very ornate vocabulary. He has a love of Cadbury's Twirls, is very specific about how he drinks his gin and is rather likely to come out with curious turns of phrase such as ‘farcical aviary’ or ‘gentlemen berries’... 

Near Gone

Near Gone

This award-winning devised piece from Two Destination Language clearly deserves its second festival run. This intimate, small-scale work focuses on a single moment yet manages perfectly considered emotional clarity and visual profundity... 

17

17

Bear Pit Theatre present a sweet show which narrates different generations’ experiences of when they were 17. The ensemble take recorded interviews of people aged 69 to 96 and turn their experiences into performance... 

Dust Never Settles in Torchlight

Dust Never Settles in Torchlight

NakedFeet Theatre’s Dust Never Settles in Torchlight is a short and sweet reimagining of a selection of Greek myths. Whether or not you’re familiar with the myths of Echo, Narcissus and Pygmalion, the physical theatre involved is utterly captivating and the imaginative lighting design (the stage is almost entirely lit by hand-held torches) transports you to another world... 

The Fiery Path

The Fiery Path

Should one mistake condemn a man to hell? Blues legend Robert Johnson's choice is explored whilst taking the fiery path. Three Nottinghamshire A-Level students bring you their own devised dramatic creation in Revolutionary Theatre's Fringe debut! The actors sing and play live music, and require (some) audience participation; the circumstances of famous people's own fiery paths become personal to the audience in this way... 

Boxed In

Boxed In

We’re all familiar with our society’s gender expectations – Barbie and Action Man, Yorkie Bars and Bic’s “for her” range. Theatre company Portmanteau addresses this subject in their new verbatim piece Boxed In... 

Womenswear

Womenswear

Through a strong ensemble cast, this piece aims to expose the truth behind the juxtaposition of the stereotypical woman and the reality which every woman struggles to deal and cope with in our modern age... 

FEAST

FEAST

Clout Theatre prove themselves to be and provocative theatre makers in their new piece FEAST by challenging theatrical conventions as well as ignoring the age old advice not to play with your food... 

In Light of...

In Light of...

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

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart is unapologetically weird. As you enter the small theatre at the Thistle King James Hotel, the two young female performers, Róisín and Chiara, hand you a single crisp... 

The Times They Are a Changin'

The Times They Are a Changin'

The Times They Are a Changin' takes you on a journey from the Second World War to the present day. We follow the life of one family through these tumultuous 70 years using key historical events from each decade and using live music representing the sounds that gave each decade its soundtrack. 

Forget About It

Forget About It

After rehearsing for months, one actor still has a bit of trouble remembering the production, let alone the lines... Going off-script and off-story, how will the cast keep up with a show that just keeps getting weirder?  

Don't Say That

Don't Say That

Welcome to The Bureau, your Political Correctness Guide for the 21st century. Our groundbreaking initiative has devised centrally controlled committees that monitor all of your output, to provide maximum freedom with minimum offence... 

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

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

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

Digest TV: The Temp

Digest TV: The Temp

Yangalang a female comedy duo first performed Digest TV: The Temp at the Folkestone Women of the World Festival in March 2015. The Temp invites the audience as job applicants, to join them in exploring and examining the plight of women in business... 

What a Grimm Tale!

What a Grimm Tale!

With loose and dishevelled hair, streaks of cat-like make-up and bulging veins, the chorus prowls across the stage, furiously chanting lines adapted from fairy tales. The effect is nothing short of menacing... 

Ten Pound Tale

Ten Pound Tale

During its lifespan the average £10 note passes through 594 transactions. Follow a bank note as it twists and turns on its picaresque journey through a web of commerce and capitalism, from the gutter to the boardroom and through the best and worst of human life... 

Stories, Told

Stories, Told

Ghostly stories, told by sceptics. Through a collection of verbatim accounts of the weird and unexpected we explore the spooky and the ridiculous, the strange and the inexplicable, the wild and the wonderful... 

A Walk on the Wild Side

A Walk on the Wild Side

Take a walk on the wild side and experience the embodiment of animal behaviours into human characters. In this unique and unusual production, the performer visually imitates the characteristics of various creatures... 

IamI

IamI

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

Tribe

Tribe

I was slightly apprehensive when going to review Tribe, having seen a lot of pretentious, uninspiring, or just simply bad physical theatre and dance pieces this Fringe. However Temper Theatre have produced a truly extraordinary show, which has been the highlight of this year’s festival for me so far... 

Night of My Life

Night of My Life

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

Oddity

Oddity

StudioSpace Bristol didn’t set out to make great art - they just want to make you laugh. Their original comedy Oddity shows three seriously under-prepared astronauts set out on a mission through space... 

Mr Poe's Legendarium

Mr Poe's Legendarium

Edgar Allan Poe and Sigmund Freud, partners in crime, telling horror stories and picking them apart: it sounds like rich source material, but Mr Poe’s Legendarium doesn’t quite tap into all that potential... 

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

Before the lights go down and the show begins, a voiceover warns us to expect ‘scenes of extreme horror’ as this retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic tale begins. Combining physical theatre and gothic horror, Sherborne Young People's Theatre have constructed an interesting idea, but I dare say that fans of physical theatre and/or horror will be equally disappointed with this production... 

Future Honey

Future Honey

American company The Pack bring their space-age feminist performance piece to the Fringe, but it seemed like getting their heads around it was a little out of the audience’s grasp... 

Leftovers

Leftovers

Leftovers follows the story of a young woman Elizabeth and her tragic experiences of the break-out of war. Though it is told using an exciting mix of physical theatre and intriguing storytelling, the acting unfortunately falls short of the lofty goals of this piece... 

Key Change

Key Change

Key Change, directed by Laura Lindow, is devised by women in HMPYOI Low Newton and follows the stories of 4 female inmates. It is a strong piece of theatre and follows the prisoners’ relationships with each other and to their families outside... 

Cartography

Cartography

This is a story of Sarah, a lover of maps and trigonometry. She’s afraid to travel and see the world she only knows on paper because she has a hole in her heart. So she lives a quiet life working in her dead father’s map shop instead, until she meets John, someone who dreams of travelling... 

Going Viral

Going Viral

Going Viral, written and performed by Daniel Bye, follows an imaginary outbreak of a highly contagious weeping virus spreading across the world, by you. It is an enthralling and intriguing piece of theatre, proving to be well crafted and intriguingly presented... 

Austensibility

Austensibility

I shouldn’t have liked Austensibility. It’s a rehearsed reading, far from memorized, from a local amateur group, performing a show that is half history lesson, half reenactment... 

The Beanfield

The Beanfield

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Battle of the Beanfield, a violent police intervention in which more than 500 travellers were arrested in a field on their way to a new-age festival at Stonehenge... 

Notification

Notification

Guys... party at mine... quick... twitsnapfacegram it! As a group of friends decide to organise the party of the century, the social network closes in. In a funny, thought-provoking take on how technology aids and sometimes complicates socialising, Fringe sell-out company Poot Productions has created a new piece that asks the question: is social media the end of communication as we know it... 

Ada

Ada

Meet Ada Lovelace, the 'poetical scientist', and daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron. A celebrity in her own time, this celebration of her life aims to restore her accomplishments and genius to the public eye, on the 200th anniversary of her birth... 

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

In 1942, a girl traded some food for a Persian bear cub. When the bear, whom she named Wojtek (Polish for ‘happy warrior’), became too big for her to look after, members of the 22nd Transport Company of the Polish army agreed to look after him... 

Fall

Fall

Flickering digits. Caffeine-fuelled brains. Fall reimagines Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the high-pressured world of day trading, where scorpion-filled minds do battle in a feeding frenzy of stocks and shares... 

The Frantic Canticles of Little Brother Fish

The Frantic Canticles of Little Brother Fish

Babolin – 'breathtaking' (TotalTheatre.org.uk); ‘quite, quite brilliant’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com) – welcome you to their monastery in deepest Depravia, where choristers chant and goose quills frantically scratch out the chronicle of an ancient quest... 

The Dream Sequentialists

The Dream Sequentialists

The Dream Sequentialists is a show about dream goblins. Immediate thumbs-up. Not designated specifically for children, this show nevertheless is a wonderful experience for all the family... 

Stan

Stan

Hell is an office and the Devil wants out, but in order to get a job transfer he needs to find a suitable replacement: cue Georgina, young aspiring lawyer with a thirst for power. Hell's corporate office setting is created through macabre insight into the hellish nature of consumerism and monotony of a nine to five... 

Fair Cruelty

Fair Cruelty

The Tudors and the Stewarts enjoyed a colourful and controversial past, occasionally solicitous but more often a battle of wills involving courtship and conquest. This new adaptation, full of vim and vinegar, follows the greatest Queens of the Elizabethan Age... 

Ursula Invents Old Woman

Ursula Invents Old Woman

Ursula K Le Guin, noted author of A Wizard of Earthsea, is visited by an alien adopting her form. The extraterrestrial wants the answer to the question: “What is old woman?” This, eventually, is the plot of Ursula Invents Old Woman... 

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

Ashley (Ellice Stevens) has just moved to a new town. She finds some other children who tell her to break into the house of the Birdman (Alex Welsh) and steal something. His house, she discovers, is full of junk: cardboard boxes, old furniture and other mismatched trinkets... 

Writing

Writing

A charming, witty and engaging show, Writing is an exploration of just that - the process of writing, as seen from a child’s perspective. Emma Clarke and Olive Merrill take us through a creative five-year-old’s world; navigating lunch box surprises, cut-out paper dragons and simple but vital reading and writing lessons... 

1972: The Future of Sex

1972: The Future of Sex

Following The Wardrobe Ensemble’s previous creations, including the depicted opening of a Swedish furniture store (RIOT) and an account of the Chilean Mining Accident of 2010 (33), 1972: The Future of Sex offers a further platform to add to their eclectic portfolio of ingeniously devised work... 

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues

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

If I Were Me

If I Were Me

Antler’s If I Were Me is a visual treat. This bright and punchy production documents the story of Philip – an awkward, undervalued office worker who is quite often outright ignored by his colleagues... 

Grounded

Grounded

Grounded is written, performed and directed by Linda McDade. Perhaps it is the fact she has taken on all three of the important creative roles that she has lost perspective on this show... 

Molly

Molly

This year, Squint presents Molly – a show investigating the mindset of a sociopath with eerie echoes of the things you might see in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. Slick, dark and unsettling, Molly is enthralling from the off... 

Births, Deaths & Marriages

Births, Deaths & Marriages

For as long as there has been something as recognisable as a “young person” there have been works of fiction that bemoan the horrible aimlessness of a “lost generation”. As far back as Rebel Without a Cause we’ve been fixated on this strange thing known as adolescence and allowed ourselves to wallow in teen angst... 

rED4: Heart of Gallatown

rED4: Heart of Gallatown

All the young performers in this project are from the Gallatown area of Kirkcaldy, Fife. This piece was devised and all songs were written by the young participants alongside song-writers and teaching artists from Fife. 

And Then I See You...

And Then I See You...

As we grow older and we become more aware of the world, the way we look at people, the way we attach emotions and feelings begins to change. We start to see love, happiness, despair, anger and loss, and through it all you think... 

Jekyll

Jekyll

Hypnotist Theatre have a story they wish to yell at you, loudly, while writhing in semi-darkness so we cannot actually see whose story it is. While this creates powerful moments, it loses its oomph after the third or fourth time, and the show as a whole fails to sustain its power... 

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!

"Did she fall or was she pushed?" posits the Mad Hatter (Annie Neat), as Three Mugs of Tea embark on their consumerist take on Alice in Wonderland. It's a question which could as easily apply to the audience as it does to Alice, as I can't help wondering how many people knew they were being pushed into a social commentary when entering the theatre... 

A Brief History of Evil

A Brief History of Evil

Who knew that a Dusty Springfield favourite could provide such an effective description of man’s descent into unspeakable evil? Ewan Downie and Jonathan Peck from Company of Wolves apparently, as they croon their way through The Windmills of Your Mind with a hushed intensity that lulls you into a trance... 

Naked Knotted Neurons

Naked Knotted Neurons

In this devised piece, the company from the University of Pennsylvania’s Theatre Arts Program set themselves an almighty challenge in terms of the subject matter they deal with (and all in less than an hour)... 

Pussy

Pussy

Pussy is nothing if not provocative. Violent, angry, visceral and containing more energy than a bullet in a readied gun, the show goes out of its way to elicit a reaction from you. Blending a capella and physical theatre, Pussy explores the societal pressures placed on women, specifically focusing on the unreal expectations created in the modern music industry... 

Method in Madness

Method in Madness

New writing and Shakespeare, dance and physical theatre, all accompanied by the evocative music of Laura Marling; Method in Madness is a truly mesmerising show. Although the piece’s narrative takes place in London in 1941, concerning a young Hollywood actress struggling to play the role of Ophelia, it is so much more than a piece of contemporary writing, incorporating Shakespeare’s text, dance and music in this innovative look at one of his most beloved heroines... 

O! Glorious Youth

O! Glorious Youth

It’s the early 20th Century, and dancing, drugs and violence are rife in London. O! Glorious Youth shows us the lives of bohemian adolescents around the end and aftermath of the Great War, revealing the darker side of the party... 

Project HaHa

Project HaHa

When life gives you lemons, sometimes you shouldn’t make lemonade.That’s the message at the heart of this hugely inventive and arresting new piece by physical theatre collective RemoteControl, a show which feeds off the manic energy induced when we force ourselves to be happy... 

The Effects of Solitude

The Effects of Solitude

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

Open

Open

Taking place in the greatest of British institutions — a chip shop — on election night, Open is a devised work by the student-run Nottingham New Theatre. It asks what it means to be British today, and offers responses from the average citizen down the street... 

Scattered

Scattered

When their estranged father dies, twins Nicky and Jake reunite to execute his will. The unexpected arrival of Sam, a half-brother they never knew they had, forces them to question their relationship as the three new-found siblings patch over domestic scars, creating new ones in the process... 

Institute

Institute

Artistic Director of Gecko, Amit Lahav, revealed in conversation after this dynamic, forceful and moving performance that the initial stimulus for Institute had been an exploration of what it is to care for others and to be cared for... 

RUN

RUN

In 2013, 21-year-old Moritz Erhardt, an intern at an investment bank, was found dead in his London flat after working for 72 hours without any sleep. His tragic story is the inspiration for Engineer Theatre Collective's Run, which follows four fresh-faced, City-based interns, Ana, Tim, Lawrence and Caroline, as they get to know each other and make their way through their gruelling 10-week placement... 

This Time Tomorrow

This Time Tomorrow

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

The Thomas Clifford Show

The Thomas Clifford Show

The Thomas Clifford Show is a theatrical spoof of a chat show resembling The Jonathan Ross Show. We follow the host as he struggles upon discovering that his position is under threat... 

Bullet in the Brain

Bullet in the Brain

Bullet in the Brain is a devised play from the short story of the same name by Tobias Wolff. It is the story of a man named Anders, a book critic, who experiences one final memory after being shot in the head during a bank robbery... 

The Thomas Clifford Show

The Thomas Clifford Show

The Thomas Clifford Show is a theatrical spoof of a chat show resembling The Jonathan Ross Show. We follow the host as he struggles upon discovering that his position is under threat... 

Fife Young Dance Company

Fife Young Dance Company

A programme of creative dance that is physically challenging with a fresh dynamic edge from this brand new company. As part of YDance’s residency with Fife Youth Arts Hub this new company of young people with a passion for dance emerged... 

Treacle

Treacle

This devised two-hander attempts to confront the social stigma faced by those with mental illnesses. One Ginny Turner unwittingly posts a video online revealing her schizophrenia: the play examines the impact of this public admission on her work and family life, interspersed with updates about the growing popularity of the video from newsreaders... 

This Day in December

This Day in December

25 years ago a tragedy struck Montreal that brought the city to its knees and shocked the world. On 6 December 1989, a young man walked into the Ecole Polytechnique armed with a rifle and a mission to rid the world of feminists... 

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

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

Clairvoyant

Clairvoyant

Singular actor and writer of Clairvoyant, Bettine Mackenzie is funny. Entering the empty studio space in an impossibly unattractive grey tracksuit ensemble, she begins to address what we assume to be an imaginary panel of talent show judges... 

Skins for Sale

Skins for Sale

The door is locked. The other side is a mystery. It gnaws at your brain, driving you to insanity. What would you do? Negotiate? Manipulate? Misappropriate? Murder? Skins for Sale draws inspiration from Strindberg’s A Dream Play to show through physical expression just how far one man will go to achieve his fantasy... 

Stone

Stone

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

Lost for Words

Lost for Words

In a world dominated by stock phrases, have words completely lost their sense of meaning? Moving through an unsteady political world, individuals look for an escape from a crumbling overarching system... 

Circular - Strada Circolare

Circular - Strada Circolare

Strada Circolare illustrates a passage in the lives of two women, a girl and her old auntie. Each of them projects on the other memories, dreams, hope. At the end of the way they find the end of life and a new beginning. 

The Suitcase Dreams

The Suitcase Dreams

Unpacking stories of great and small adventures, brave departures, wrenching farewells and the things that travelers choose to carry. Oconomowoc High School Players weave drama, comedy, absurdity and fantasy with a physical style of storytelling with live and recorded music... 

Police Cops

Police Cops

Present day (1976) straight-laced rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother’s death, and he's got to go it alone. With the help of his new partner, a disgraced, retired renegade named Harrison, the pair begin to unearth the soily secrets that the case holds... 

Now Listen to Me Very Carefully

Now Listen to Me Very Carefully

Now Listen to Me Very Carefully is a semi-autobiographical piece about Andy's obsession with the film Terminator 2. He's watched it roughly 238 times (and counting); which is about a month of his 29 years... 

Bucket

Bucket

Ed Eales-White and Jon Pointing slam down a new character/sketch/double act comedy show. Writers and performers of BBC mini series Life Guru. 'The pair make an excellent double act' (Scotsman)... 

It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome, and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries...