Abigail's Party

Abigail's Party

Beverly and husband Laurence are throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela. 

The Names I Know You By

The Names I Know You By

Set in the early 90s and spanning 10 years, this play explores relationships and the toll these relationships take on the six principle characters. 

Isadora – The Barefoot Dancer

Isadora – The Barefoot Dancer

Isadora Duncan was a trailblazer whose inspiration transformed the dance world. 

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

FTLO Theater Troupe Presents Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady using the Arthurian tale (primarily drawn from Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale) to examine what our hopes are in dealing … 

Sophocles' Electra — In a New Version by Frank McGuinness

Sophocles' Electra — In a New Version by Frank McGuinness

‘My life is a river. 

Girls Like That

Girls Like That

PTC Productions are proud to present Girls Like That by Evan Placey; a hard-hitting, explosive play targeting gender inequality and the challenges that people now face growing up i… 

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys Who Hate Girls

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys Who Hate Girls

Sugar and spice / partners in crime / he-said-she-said / not talking / can’t believe / only joking / why did I / hate you / forgive you / miss you. 

Jetty Stars

Jetty Stars

Jetty Stars by Noel Kelly follows the life of Stella, a Jetty Star: a local name given to prostitutes who worked the ships of the city. 

Graham is Not Cooperating

Graham is Not Cooperating

Son, brother and patient, Graham subsists on a full-fat diet of petty grievances and crosswords. 

1:2:2192

1:2:2192

As they sit in their safe space, reflecting on their upcoming nuptials, a lawyer reflects on their life. 

Strike!

Strike!

Sex, thugs and bowling balls. 

Overlooked

Overlooked

Jay lives on the street, lurching from one crisis to the next, while Georgie is smart, ambitious and determined that using a wheelchair will not be a barrier to success. 

King John

King John

King Richard the Lionheart is dead. 

Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Greed, corruption and damnation are rampant in this one-man adaptation of the Elizabethan classic. 

Looks Like We Made It

Looks Like We Made It

ChasingRainbows presents Looks Like We Made It. 

Stop Pretending - A Tale of Dennis Potter

Stop Pretending - A Tale of Dennis Potter

It’s 1964 and brilliant young writer Dennis Potter (future author of Pennies From Heaven and The Singing Detective) becomes entangled in the life of a troubled young woman when t… 

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

In a small suburb, some teenagers become captivated with a video game called Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom. 

Tape by Stephen Belber

Tape by Stephen Belber

Three friends from high school revisit a shocking event from five years before. 

Knots

Knots

An experimental physical staging of Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing’s book of poetry Knots. 

Merry Wanderers

Merry Wanderers

A camp-out in the woods with friends is meant to help grieving Henry as he copes with the tragic loss of his brother. 

The Coming Out Play

The Coming Out Play

The Coming Out Play is a 40-minute one-woman play that follows the twenty-six-year-old and sucre-sweet Lucy Moran as she travels to her parents’ house to tell them that not only … 

Paved with Gold and Ashes

Paved with Gold and Ashes

New York City, 1911. 

Bed 13

Bed 13

The NHS has a funding crisis. 

A Rock'n'Roll Suicide! Still Alive?

A Rock'n'Roll Suicide! Still Alive?

Ziggy Stardust takes us on a tragical mystery tour through the life of a nearly-was rock star! Drama, tragedy and hilarity ensue to a live rocking backdrop. 

Jack the Ripper: Mary Kelly

Jack the Ripper: Mary Kelly

August 1888, London sees the first of five brutal murders, the callous cruelty of which sends shock waves far and wide and etches the name of the most infamous serial killer into t… 

Affirmative

Affirmative

1979. 

Walk of Shame

Walk of Shame

**** (Daily Express). 

Banana Crabtree Simon

Banana Crabtree Simon

Banana Crabtree Simon. 

The Glass Imaginary

The Glass Imaginary

In The Glass Imaginary, we improvise a brand-new play every day, inspired by the works of Tennessee Williams. 

Sisters

Sisters

After their mother’s death, two estranged sisters, Jenny, an introvert who cared for their ailing mother, and Jackie, an ambitious socialite who left home at sixteen never to retur… 

Waiting for Hamlet

Waiting for Hamlet

Winner of the 2018 Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing award, this comedy about a tragedy locks King Hamlet and Yorick in a battle of wits between two old fools, where only one of th… 

By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

We find Lila, a young British woman, alone in a hospital for the criminally insane in 1928. 

He'd Murder Me

He'd Murder Me

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 1977. 

Three Times She Knocked

Three Times She Knocked

Three Times She Knocked, an erotic psychological thriller. 

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Broken Britain, 1987, Rita and Sue; two teens hungry for adult adventure embark on a wicked journey that takes them on a very raucous ride – literally! You’ll be shocked, you may… 

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Come see 30 plays in 60 minutes! Created by Greg Allen of the Neo-Futurists Theatre and performed by students from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. 

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë’s tale of a young woman’s courageous fight through injustice and hardship was a revolution in literary fiction. 

I Want Hercules

I Want Hercules

One dashing detective. One massive myth. One seriously fatally murdered family. Sensational thriller from double Fringe First winners Theatre Caddis.  

Trainspotting Live

Trainspotting Live

Acclaimed immersive adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s classic, performed in a unique tunnel beneath Edinburgh’s streets. 

Marrow

Marrow

A vicious hate crime plunges a gay dancer into a fever dream battle between life and death. 

The Giant Killers

The Giant Killers

The Giant Killers tells the true story of the first working-class men to compete in the FA Cup. 

Not Quite Midnight Radio

Not Quite Midnight Radio

After total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2018 with In Loyal Company, and 2019 with Fragility of Man, David William Bryan returns with a brand-new psychological drama for 2020. 

The Actress

The Actress

Charles II has returned to England, the theatres have been reopened and a woman is about to take the stage for the first time. 

More Myself Than I Am

More Myself Than I Am

The Bronte sisters’ tragically short-lived lives are reimagined for the Fringe by Eleventh Hour Theatre. 

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Brecht’s darkly comic play about the ascent of the moronic, childish but charismatic gangster Arturo Ui should be relevant for obvious reasons. 

Rust

Rust

Nadia and Daniel are about to sign the lease on a new flat. 

Still Life by Noël Coward

Still Life by Noël Coward

The Hart Players theatre company brings Noël Coward’s Still Life to the Fringe. 

Boswell

Boswell

Just yards from James Boswell’s Edinburgh birthplace and subsequent residence on the Lawnmarket, MHK Productions & Rhymes with Purple present his famed friendship with Samuel… 

Numbers

Numbers

Numbers starts with Jack (Henry Waddon) in a therapy session on a sparse stage and moves through the chain of events that took him there. 

A Shadow of Doubt

A Shadow of Doubt

Gill Mcvey’s play focuses on the struggles of dealing with dementia and the sacrifices that are inevitably made. 

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland is informed by a treatment for psychosis that has seen amazing results in Western Lapland. The audience is divided in two while sections of the play run concurrently on either side of a wall… 

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland is informed by a treatment for psychosis that has seen amazing results in Western Lapland. The audience is divided in two while sections of the play run concurrently on either side of a wall… 

Trainspotting Live

Trainspotting Live

Iconic is not a strong enough word for novelist Irvine Welsh’s generation-defining masterpiece, Trainspotting. 

Lucrece

Lucrece

William Shakespeare’s narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece tells the story of Lucrece, a noblewoman in ancient Rome whose rape at the hands of her husband’s friend, Tarquin, ulti… 

Drowning

Drowning

“I am not a bad person”. 

Hustlers

Hustlers

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

Best Girl

Best Girl

Best Girl is a story told by the nervous, but likable Annie. 

[BLANK] by Alice Birch and NYTP

[BLANK] by Alice Birch and NYTP

I’ve never been the biggest fan of Alice Birch’s writing. 

Written With Crayons

Written With Crayons

Written With Crayons by Ciara McNiff. After dealing with the sudden exit of her mother, Annie is left to fend for herself in the complexity of a world that has been flipped upside down… 

Shadow of the Rose

Shadow of the Rose

A new play by John Knowles written for the students of the PQA. Based on historical transcripts from the trials of The White Rose Group in Germany 1943 and letters from those associated with the group, this is a timely reminder of the sacrifice made in the face of fascism. 

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak's Example

Set in 1942, in the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, where food is scarce, tempers rise and everyone just wants to survive. David Greig’s play tells of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor and writer who championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love… 

Watching Glory Die

Watching Glory Die

The Windsor Feminist Theatre’ production of Judith Thompson’s 2014 play about injustice in the Canadian prison system feels timely in an age where atrocities committed against … 

Shaving the Dead

Shaving the Dead

Shaving the Dead starts with two undertakers waiting at a coffin. 

Unveiled

Unveiled

Ceara Dorman’s one woman play poignantly explores the abuse that countless women were subject to within the Magdalene laundries. 

Tess

Tess

The blank, sterile corridors of Surgeons Hall are not where you might expect to find folky fun late at night. 

Pops

Pops

Pops is a complex contemplation of intergenerational addiction, featuring a father and daughter trapped in co-dependence. 

Holy Land

Holy Land

Tim runs the website Holy Land. 

One Good Beating

One Good Beating

A remarkably vivid picture of one merciless family and three desperate lives. 

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp's Last Tape

One man sits alone in a room. Why? Beckett’s master work brought to life for the modern day. 

Pronoun

Pronoun

Josh and Isabella are childhood sweethearts. They were meant to be together forever. But Isabella has now become a boy…. From playwright Evan Placey (Girls Like That), Pronoun follows a transgender teenager, exploring the impact on friends and family of an individual’s decision to undergo gender transition… 

Mother and the Monster / Free Festival

Mother and the Monster / Free Festival

Charlotte was a legendary Hollywood props mistress who disappeared from public view decades ago. Now she lives in retirement, with no one to keep her company except the cleaning lady and a mysterious voice coming from her cupboard… 

A Mother

A Mother

What is it like to be the mother of a terrorist? A Mother coaxes us into her experience of anguish, guilt and anger, as she grapples with the monster she has created. We share a mother’s torment as the play takes on an increasingly nightmarish quality and she descends into her final hell… 

Nan Shepherd: From Flaneur to Fiver

Nan Shepherd: From Flaneur to Fiver

A sideways look at Scotland’s international literary phenomenon, featuring Jefferson Airplane, a Subaru Impreza, and personal appearances by Fats Waller, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Prof Walter Benjamin, General Erich Ludendorff, and The Third Man. 

Naughty Boy

Naughty Boy

Eddy Brimson hasn’t been on his best behaviour. 

Jumping the Barriers

Jumping the Barriers

We tell the story of a chance meeting on a train between a wealthy young graduate and a homeless northerner, and how this dramatic mirror casts light on the inequality of our society… 

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Tin Tub Theatre presents a female-led abridged adaption of Anthony Burgess’ iconic novel and play, A Clockwork Orange. 

The Dandelion Patch

The Dandelion Patch

The Dandelion Patch is a play devised by a company of wounded, injured or sick ex-Forces and professional actors. Using their own experiences, the cast explore the lives of three Forces and ex-Forces families as they try to deal with the fallout from post-traumatic stress… 

The Wasp

The Wasp

A gripping electric thriller, exploring the far-reaching, unexpected and devastating effect childhood bullying can wreak. Gasp-inducing moments between former schoolmates twist and turn in this tense, often darkly comedic, and ultimately shocking female two-hander… 

Goodbye Charles – Free

Goodbye Charles – Free

‘I ate the divorce papers, Charles. I ate them with ketchup… and they were good. Gooood!’ 8 Minute Dirge presents the dark comedy and growing cult hit Goodbye Charles by American playwright Gabriel Davis… 

The Long Road

The Long Road

Award-winning production. Could you ever forgive the stranger who killed your son? In an act of senseless, momentary madness, a young man is stabbed by a woman, high on drugs. A family left bereft, their lives forever consumed by pain… 

Degrees of Guilt

Degrees of Guilt

Jade Potts is a much loved baby, but 16-year-old Honey is wholly unprepared for motherhood and lacks any semblance of support. Eventually, 17 floors from the ground, exhausted and with Jade’s crying becoming provocative, Honey’s patience snaps and Jade suffers catastrophic injuries… 

What Are You Wearing?

What Are You Wearing?

Our show tells the story of two women. Rose has just come out of a long-term on/off relationship and has not had to date for over ten years. From Tinder to Twitter and from selfies to dick pics, Rose is thrust into 21st-century dating and has no idea what to do… 

Vinyl Encore

Vinyl Encore

Bruised egos and broke, two forgotten rock stars try to record the album that makes sense of their lives. This hilarious, poignant two-man show is full of laughter, tragedy and the anarchic hope that rock and roll should never die… 

Sharon Stacy Statue

Sharon Stacy Statue

This is a show about letting others and experiences steal your identity and what to do to get it back. As told by Sharon Stacy Statue. 

Curveball

Curveball

Man and woman meet, they fall in love and live happily ever after. 

No Fun and Games

No Fun and Games

Take a deep dive into the minds of a group of children. Some think they’re front-line soldiers, some think they’re world-class footballers and others think they are ladies just waiting for their next cocktail… 

Ghostly Tales

Ghostly Tales

Ghostly Tales are adaptations of Victorian supernatural short stories; The Wind in the Rosebush, The Shadow on the Wall, and The Best Room in the House. Inspired by The Woman in Black, join pupils from Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire as they take you on a spine-chilling journey, combining live music and drama… 

The Believers Are but Brothers

The Believers Are but Brothers

From the postcolonial Middle East, to the EU and USA, old orders are collapsing. Tech-savvy extremist groups are ripping up rulebooks while a generation of young men burn with resentment and unfulfilled self-entitlement whilst falling into online worlds of fantasy, violence and reality… 

amendments: A Play on Words

amendments: A Play on Words

John Chesterton works in a world where political correctness is paramount. Fear of offending an increasingly sensitive populous is widespread and any language deemed inappropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden to the company\'s No list… 

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters as they navigate the world of love, loss and society. We travel with them as they explore the value of sense – pure logic – and sensibility – pure emotion… 

LUVU2

LUVU2

14-year-old reluctant GCSE drama student Callum is confused and angry – why has his classmate Lucy changed the topic for their self-initiated Theatre in Education project from healthy eating to child sexual exploitation? Why is Lucy forcing him to change their play’s original subject matter and devise a story about a girl affected by internet grooming? Forced by his classmate Lucy to devise a narrative about internet safety and real-life grooming, the audience gradually becomes aware that Lucy has more than just her GCSE drama grade on her mind… 

Mallets

Mallets

Mallets takes place on a prissy perfect croquet lawn in Middle England, as the most tranquil of summer afternoons is forced to pay witness to a bloodthirsty grudge match between two rival couples… 

The Fishermen

The Fishermen

In a small Nigerian town Ben, Obembe and their two older brothers slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree they continue until the prophecy of a madman changes their lives forever… 

Loving the Enemy

Loving the Enemy

Hugo’s in no man’s land. Born in Scotland, he’s miles away from his family’s Italian roots, but Britain has become a hostile place for his community, demonised when Italy sides with Nazi Germany in 1940… 

The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters

This widely acclaimed production returns to the Fringe for four performances. Nigel Forde’s ‘sparkling script’ and David Robinson’s ‘impressive Screwtape’ (Stage) bring to life Lewis’ classic book, which has sold millions worldwide… 

Defying Logic

Defying Logic

We meet Lily in a therapists office in Manhattan. We learn about her dysfunctional family, and how she ended up with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Experience raw emotion, frank explanations and lots of laughs… 

In Your Wet Dreams

In Your Wet Dreams

Jess is sat on the living room floor, nursing a glass of wine… or two… or three. Listening to the deafening sounds of your flatmate having sex is never fun. Especially when it’s with your ex… 

A Payment Unkind

A Payment Unkind

Three women find themselves trapped in a small basement room of an office building. They’ve not met before. Tension builds as it is revealed why each of them is in the building. Arguments develop, the main disagreement being about Alex Naylor, the entertainment impresario… 

Skylight

Skylight

When Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her ex-lover Tom Sergeant on a London evening, the two attempt to rekindle their previously passionate relationship. 

Ophelia Is Also Dead

Ophelia Is Also Dead

Ophelia is Also Dead follows Ophelia telling us the story of her whole life. The show offers kaleidoscopic scenes of her alone, the raucous party life at Elsinore and a boy’s boarding school production of Hamlet done in drag, hauling the cast of Hamlet with it… 

Bit of Sunshine

Bit of Sunshine

Kira was perfect; until her eating disorder threatened to shatter everything in her path. ‘A full-bodied, intense and penetrating performance’ **** (LondonTheatre1.com) about coming of age in a messy world obsessed with perfection… 

Mirror Canon

Mirror Canon

Mirror Canon focuses on the subtle relation between thoughts and actions, showing the dichotomy between the realistic outside living world of actions and the repressed inner self that performs them… 

Moon Walk

Moon Walk

Moon Walk is a funny play, with fast paced, quippy dialogue, but it is also a sad and gripping portrait of the effects of mental illness on American men. Through the relationships of three roommates, Rowan, Sam, and Alex, Moon Walk explores themes of gender dynamics, intimacy, mental illness, and friendship. 

Contact Light

Contact Light

It’s Andie’s last night in her childhood home before going to uni and she’s throwing the party to end all parties. But her younger brother Percy is furious because it’s also the celestial event of the summer: the Perseids meteor shower… 

Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray

Captivated by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. He is drawn into a corrupt double life that is poisoned by hedonism and depravity… 

Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window

Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window

Chic Murray was the comedian’s comedian. In a career that took him from an engineer’s apprenticeship in Kincaid’s shipyard, Greenock, to the top of the bill at the London Palladium, Chic was a complete one-off… 

Lest You Forget

Lest You Forget

London, 1946. The skies have fallen. Inside a convalescent home, Oscar is recovering from the ashes, a certain Georgia on his mind. A dreamlike blend of music, nostalgia and the ghosts we should have given up, Lest You Forget is a jazz-infused requiem, dedicated to the lives we could have lived if it was all within our control… 

Rock'n'Roll Girls

Rock'n'Roll Girls

When so many songs written by men are condescending (Wake Up Little Susie), dangerously demeaning (Blurred Lines) or darn right creepy (Every Breath You Take) towards women, it is … 

Brandy

Brandy

It might be true that Brandy was first performed in 2010 at South London Theatre, but it’s still impossible not to view this production through the lens of Yorgos Lanthimos’ 20… 

Bible John

Bible John

In the late 1960s three women were murdered by an Old Testament quoting serial killer by the name of Bible John. 

Shadows

Shadows

This thought provoking production by Want the Moon Theatre is a compelling exploration of connectedness – to ourselves, to those around us, and to reality. 

Vinyl Encore

Vinyl Encore

AW King and Paul Vitty have written an entertaining and poignant theatre piece, enhanced with live music, which digs under the skin of a rock star’s ego and internal drive, as tw… 

Letter to Boddah
BOBBY WINNER

Letter to Boddah

“Will they or won’t they go through with it?” That is the consuming question that hovers for an hour over Letter to Boddah, written and directed by Sarah Nelson and performed… 

Hetaira: A Mythic Cabaret

Hetaira: A Mythic Cabaret

More of a personal theatrical experience than what one might expect from a show described as ‘cabaret’, Allie Jessing’s Hetaira: A Mythic Cabaret sees the talented actress de… 

Baby, What Blessings

Baby, What Blessings

"I kind of want to die – but I’d really like to get into publishing, too," says Billie (performed by Grainne Dromgoole), as she explains the story of her first real l… 

Wingmen

Wingmen

A world premiere, Wingmen explores how different people react to overwhelming danger. Set in WWII, three airmen waiting for their thirteenth mission visit a local dance where, amongst the locals, their insecurities come to the fore… 

The Suitcase, the Beggar and the Wind

The Suitcase, the Beggar and the Wind

Some people just walk by on the train platform. Others stop to dream about stars, time and maybe even love. Taking you back to the golden age of rail in a piece that makes us think more about our journey ahead… 

Mama's Eggnog

Mama's Eggnog

On the night before Halloween, three grown siblings witness the cremation of their beloved mother and then spend the remainder of the holiday season arguing over the fate of mum’s ashes… 

The Glass Elephant

The Glass Elephant

A young mother-to-be visits her in-laws for a Christmas trip. In a sleepy village of staring sheep and ruminant neighbours, she desperately tries to overlook her husband’s poorly timed identity crisis amidst the familial chaos… 

Torch Town

Torch Town

The Edinburgh Fringe exists as a kind of suspended adolescence allowing creatives to live the experience of their art being the most important thing in the world. 

This Island's Mine

This Island's Mine

The Italia Conti Ensemble changes its membership every year as another cohort passes through the famous drama school. 

Parasites

Parasites

Seesome Theatre’s new production Parasites is presented as an issue play, getting to the heart of problems with the welfare state, domestic abuse and teenager stuck in an unforgi… 

44 Inch Chest

44 Inch Chest

Rarely does the stage premiere of a work take place twenty-three years after it was written, but Out Of Bounds Theatre has claimed the honour with their gritty production of 44 Inc… 

Macbeth

Macbeth

This all-female production of Macbeth was truly a sight to behold. 

Heroin(e) for Breakfast

Heroin(e) for Breakfast

A high energy, jovial start introduces us to a young couple getting down to some sexy time. 

The Good Scout

The Good Scout

The Good Scout treads an extraordinarily fine line as a play. 

A Fear and Loathing Actor in Dublin

A Fear and Loathing Actor in Dublin

Struggling actor Vinny discovers he’s to be a dad. He’s not quite sure how to take this. In a fast-paced, high energy rollercoaster of emotions, we follow Vinny and his demons as he tries to balance his acting dreams with the growing demands of real life… 

EAST

EAST

Steven Berkoff’s irresistible EAST makes an inevitable return to the Festival Fringe, this time in a vibrant and energetic production by HiveMCR. 

Smoke

Smoke

What happens when you’re at a private fetish party, and you bump into the daughter of your boss? Such is the premise of Kim Davies’ Smoke. 

Trans Pennine

Trans Pennine

Trans Pennine is a funny, fast-paced and emotional play about family disagreements, gender-identity, and caravan holidays. Following her death, the family begrudgingly go to scatter Mum’s ashes in the Yorkshire Dales – a commemoration of a wife and mother none of them liked… 

Awhile with Seamus Heaney

Awhile with Seamus Heaney

A heartfelt tribute to Ireland’s late Nobel poet by award-winning Ulster actor-director Larry McCluskey. The poems are set within a frame of live music and critical and, at times, humorous commentary by an actor who knows the Ulster landscape… 

I Am Mark

I Am Mark

Mark’s Gospel is our most authentic portrait of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Yet it was not supposed to be read piecemeal and in silence, but heard out-loud, and in one sitting… 

Little Rabbit

Little Rabbit

Trapped in a house, flood waters rising, Susan plays out all the influences on her life. In a personal detective story she pieces together the fragments of her past through the lens of her favourite fairy story… 

High Trees

High Trees

Memories erased. Identities taken. Strange sounds bubble outside the room, triggering dreams that might just ensure our misfit friends have enough clues to piece the puzzle together before impending doom… 

Invisible Us

Invisible Us

A mysterious case. A young boy drowns. Two people disappear. A desperate detective is forced to face hard truths. An impossible task. Who can be trusted as the line between fiction and reality begins to blur? Desperate for answers, he becomes embroiled in corruption and a murder investigation, and eventually he must find unlikely allies, including a woman who has been institutionalised for believing her brother to be invisible. 

Shiver

Shiver

Over the cobbles of a rich capital – a London alight with the promise of change – resourceful Alice lands herself a position with a family of self-proclaimed radicals. Big bellies, glittering gatherings and perspiration ensue… 

Mallets

Mallets

Mallets takes place on a prissy perfect croquet lawn in Middle England, as the most tranquil of summer afternoons is forced to pay witness to a bloodthirsty grudge match between two rival couples… 

Do You Ever Get Scared?

Do You Ever Get Scared?

Six actors. Six parts and the roll of a dice. How can an accusation change a life? Do You Ever Get Scared? Explores justice and retribution in this six-hander, asking questions about our own and our society’s perceptions of abuse. 

Raised Voices

Raised Voices

Raised Voices shines light on some of the reasons that people become homeless and how, when all may seem lost, they can pick themselves up and rebuild their lives. This powerful drama is developed and performed by the members of Raised Voices, an award-winning homelessness and mental health charity… 

Low Level Panic

Low Level Panic

Being a woman these days is exhausting. You’re either too afraid or not afraid enough. Ignorance is bliss for Jo, Mary and Celia, but you can’t ignore fear forever. It’s crazy what one porno magazine can do… 

Dead Parents Society

Dead Parents Society

\"Welcome to the Dead Parents Society. 

Midges

Midges

A comic Highland noir whodunnit. Midges, biting, irritating, in your face, everywhere – is there no escape? Four women in an isolated location. Who has summoned them, for what purpose and why on earth did they all turn up? What, if anything, links them? When an apparent stranger arrives, the women are made to confront their own pasts… 

Ophelia Is Also Dead

Ophelia Is Also Dead

Ophelia is Also Dead follows Ophelia telling us the story of her whole life. The show offers kaleidoscopic scenes of her alone, the raucous party life at Elsinore and a boy’s boarding school production of Hamlet done in drag, hauling the cast of Hamlet with it… 

Animal Farm (Bond)

Animal Farm (Bond)

ExADUS presents Bond’s adaptation of Orwell’s classic as a reminder that since there have been wars and intolerance, there have been refugees. Don’t let those in power fool us that some people are more equal than others… 

Shrew

Shrew

This radical adaptation, set in a nightclub populated with drag kings and gangsters, releases Shakespeare’s famous yet controversial play from its comedic origins to foreground Kate’s journey from strength and independence to being trafficked into a forced marriage… 

Tang

Tang

The classic reappearance, from the oldest influence of the East, shows the inheritance of culture with classical Chinese elements such as costumes, operas and dances. 

Her

Her

Who can be a mother? What makes them a mother? Do we actually need one? Cariad and Catrin confront the dysfunction of their relationship past and present and the division that an unsuspecting visitor brings… 

The Trial

The Trial

Franz Kafka’s The Trial as you have never seen it before. A post-millennial reimagining of the classic told with carnivalesque playfulness and raunch. Equality, victimisation and social justice… 

The Zed Word

The Zed Word

The world is ending. The dead are roaming. Max and Lawrence are doing crosswords. Then an unwelcome visitor turns up on their doorstep and everything goes to hell. Sometimes the monsters outside aren’t half as bad as the company within… 

The Visitors

The Visitors

The Visitors is an original play which centres around a night in the life of heroin addict Danny Strand as he attempts to rekindle his old flare for life. Past, present and future collide as five vastly different visitors attempt to guide him through his addiction (pain, desire, euphoria, comfort and paranoia), causing him to question his choices and how other people are affected by his downward spiral… 

Bull

Bull

One of three office workers is about to lose their job. 

Who Killed Bambi?

Who Killed Bambi?

1979. South London. A knock at the door… Who Killed Bambi? is a new play following the events in the aftermath of the sudden death of Charlie, the lead guitarist of emerging punk band London Slappers… 

Avalanche

Avalanche

No matter how long the winter – spring is sure to follow. A story about journeys, routine, missed moments, pain, irrational thoughts, assumptions, fear, surprising compassion, screens, memories, loneliness, coffee and unlikely friendships… 

Votes for Women!

Votes for Women!

The story of Emmeline and Richard Pankhurst and the suffragette movement. This couple were the architects of two of the greatest steps forward in the fight for women’s rights in Britain… 

Chatroom

Chatroom

A powerful depiction of modern times. Six teenage characters communicate only via the internet. Conversations range in subject from Britney Spears to Willy Wonka to suicide. Jim is depressed and talks of ending his life, and Eva and William decide to do their utmost to persuade him to carry out his threat… 

Real Eyes

Real Eyes

Aged just 16 and 17, Harrison Sharpe (Matt) and Archie Stevens (Mikey) make their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with Real Eyes, an intensely moving story of brothers growing up t… 

A Man's a Man

A Man's a Man

Following the overwhelming success of this performance last year, it’s back – and this time with a full cast of professional actors. 

Talk

Talk

Bethlem Royal Hospital, 1854. The criminal wing for the insane. Two doctors set out to reform patient treatment. They prefer conversation over punishment; they offer care, rather than restraint… 

The Life of Reilly

The Life of Reilly

Living in a world where people don’t say what they mean or mean what they say can be tricky, and Reilly has questions. Like why is strip lighting everywhere? Why are disgusting smelly crisps even legal? Why are clothes so scratchy and why don’t you understand? Growing up with autism can be difficult… 

Fight Song

Fight Song

Fight Song is part of this year’s programme of four plays by students from the celebrated CalIfornia Institute of the Arts (CalArts) at Venue 13. 

A Sign of Contradiction: The Passion Story

A Sign of Contradiction: The Passion Story

First-century Jerusalem and the political climate is a hotbed of corruption and civil unrest. Roman forces occupy Judea and exercise oppressive control over the people. In the midst of this maelstrom, a young preacher named Jesus is arrested by the religious authorities after an incident in the temple… 

The Silent House

The Silent House

A man and a woman are living in a refugee camp. Everything seems OK but something changes their relationship and atmosphere… A gripping tension with a surrealistic vision starts to form… 

Shreds – The Jack the Ripper Musical

Shreds – The Jack the Ripper Musical

Whitechapel, 1888. No time to be a woman alone after dark. Psychopath on the loose; could be a surgeon, member of the Royal Family or mysterious man you’re falling in love with. Nothing is certain… 

Pink House

Pink House

Peri is fifteen when her adopted mother dies. In losing a parent, she also loses her carefree way of life when her adoptive grandmother moves in. The two have never met before but now share a tiny, cluttered house… 

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

A classic retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy, this piece is brought to us by Guy Masterson, TTI in association with Maverick Theatre Co. 

When the Birds Come

When the Birds Come

As might be expected, the environment – specifically, the “environmental emergency” we currently face – is one of the more notable themes running through this year’s Frin… 

Hustlers

Hustlers

‘Like what you see?’ Hustlers is a visceral and provocative portrayal of the lives of four kids making their living in a world not that far from our own: the streets. Their stories constantly intertwining and clashing, through these four lives there is an intense examination of the mental and physical consequences of their work set against the backdrop of the 80s drug and AIDS crisis… 

Losing My Mindfulness

Losing My Mindfulness

Do you want to feel calmer, more focused and relaxed? Imagine a life where daily stress just floats by like a cloud in the sky, not a rain cloud, a nice one, a fluffy one. Yeah, do you want that? You know you do, don’t you? Join me at my mindfulness workshop where we can leave our baggage behind and be in the moment, even if that moment is not quite what you thought it would be, cos hey, what is?! Sometimes that moment is f*cking terrible… 

Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play

Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play

The Artists Collective Theatre consider what could prompt an eighteen year old girl to create one of the most lauded, feared, impressive and appalling tales of the overpowering nee… 

Ugly Youth

Ugly Youth

“I’ve not seen anything like this in the 12 years I’ve been working at the Fringe,” was the observation from one of the tech guys I spoke to after seeing Ugly Youth, this y… 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Life after war is quiet and eerie. Returning home, Franz Woyzeck, a young soldier, attempts to maintain his grip on reality whilst providing for his lover and illegitimate son. Whitgift Theatre Company have reimagined Buchner’s classic European play from his original manuscripts and brought them squarely into 21st-century Europe where division and fragmentation rule, nothing is as it seems and nobody can be trusted. 

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy

When it comes to comedy double acts none have endured as long as Laurel and Hardy. This play set during their 1950s UK tour allows the boys to reflect on their friendship and incredible career, and will also include their best-loved songs and routines… 

Jewbana

Jewbana

Right before your very eyes, Susie K. Taylor will attempt an act like no other: an escape… from herself. This ego-defying thrill will leave you breathless and laughing. Come watch her scale great heights and crawl out of abysmal lows… 

The Shark is Broken

The Shark is Broken

Part insider look at the making of the film Jaws and part musings on what constitutes an artist, The Shark is Broken, written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon and directed by Guy Maste… 

The Red

The Red

Debuting as a writer and director, TV’s Marcus Brigstocke – known for his comedy and occasional film roles – brings us The Red, a play informed by his own experience battling… 

Tales from the Garden

Tales from the Garden

The performance opens to a figure eerily adorned in a rose-embellished mask, a luscious pink rose plugged into her mouth like a pacifier. 

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

Stepping Out, performed by Stage Avenue Performing Arts at theSpace @ Nidry Street, is a serviceable production of the British comedy originally written in 1984 by Richard Haaris. 

Hughie

Hughie

Tucked away upstairs at The Gilded Balloon, nestling right at the heart of comedy central, is an absolute gem which is a must-see for any devotees of real theatre. 

Endless Second

Endless Second

This innovative piece by Cut The Chord Theatre is a fresh perspective on sexual violence, consent and how to open conversations that empower both men and women. 

(Ab)solution

(Ab)solution

(Ab)solution is the first Edinburgh Festival Fringe Play from Swindon-based Jackrill Productions, and it’s an impressive debut at Greenside, Infirmary St. 

The Trojans

The Trojans

Directed by Victoria Beesley. Adapted by Mariem Omari from Euripides. A brand-new, haunting and uplifting adaptation of Euripides’ great anti-war tragedy, The Trojans, written and acted by a cast of Syrian refugees living in Glasgow… 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Workshopped with young people from PQA Glasgow’s morning academy, Lewis Carroll’s classic quirky fairy tale is retold through the eyes of Glaswegian teenagers. A new take on the weird world of Wonderland… 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Workshopped with young people from PQA Glasgow’s afternoon academy, Lewis Carroll’s classic quirky fairy tale is retold through the eyes of Glaswegian teenagers. A new take on the weird world of Wonderland… 

Punched

Punched

A new monologue by John Knowles, exploring the rise of the angry white working class through the eyes of recently unemployed Punched, a Punch and Judy puppeteer. 

The Castle

The Castle

As an unfinished text imbued with deep mystery, ranging from menacing abstract bureaucracy to detailed recounted memories, Kafka’s The Castle is a challenging undertaking, but th… 

Daughterhood

Daughterhood

Daughterhood by Charley Miles seeks to tell the story of two sisters separated by nine years of age and half a decade lived separately, coming back together to try and work out who… 

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

What would happen if the lost papers of a genius were recovered in the modern day? Four actors present a dramatisation of the life and works of Adam Smith, performed in the house i… 

In the Heights

In the Heights

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighbourhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music… 

The Claim

The Claim

Exploring the experiences of those seeking refuge in the UK, The Claim is a compelling examination of language, power and storytelling. 

Bacon

Bacon

Francis Bacon once observed that ‘in order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present’. 

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck’s famous novella captures and comments on the daily despair faced by the migrant workers in the Great Depression of the 1930’s, as they aimlessly drift from job to jo… 

Brandi Alexander

Brandi Alexander

Brandi Alexander has reinvented herself; a self confessed D-list night-time personality back in the saddle after a five year hiatus. 

Bike

Bike

Karen, 17, on her parents: loving and lovable; secret devotees of University Challenge. Oh, and they’re cops. Karen’s parents, on Karen: fearless cycling champion; a sweet natured young lady… 

If It Didn't Matter

If It Didn't Matter

Hal is struggling to come to terms with her mother’s death and meet with her father’s expectations. A tale of rebellion, self-destruction and finally realisation; Siofra Dromgoole’s new play explores timeless themes of the teenage experience through a vibrant, moving and often comic modern text. 

Blown Fuse

Blown Fuse

‘It‘s becoming a status symbol today, the need to have a problem.’ A debating competition looms, and six characters all have their arguments ready. Blown Fuse is a fast-paced, witty and moving insight into life in 2019. 

Faustus

Faustus

Doctor Faustus, a respected scholar seeking to acquire greater knowledge, turns to necromancy to summon the Devil and his servant, Mephistopheles. He exchanges his soul for 24 years of unlimited knowledge and power… 

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Eighteen children, one island… an incredible adventure turns into a fight for survival. Aquila Youth Theatre’s compelling production of William Golding’s explosive 20th-century classic comes to the Fringe in 2019… 

Goodnight Mr Tom

Goodnight Mr Tom

One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood. Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the recluse Tom Oakley… 

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

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

Piano Man

Piano Man

Accidentally On Purpose (sponsored by Goldsmiths Drama Society) presents Piano Man, a short play in which four characters discover the true meaning of acceptance and understanding one another in a world where creating a perfect life is something we all strive for… 

Butterbum, J

Butterbum, J

Lost boy on a bridge, a hungry talking crow, old documents float on the river below. Wharf building for sale, a copper sings reggae, the Pope sees a murder in the cold light of day… 

Death by Shakespeare

Death by Shakespeare

A chorus of bawdy spirits lead you through this physically dynamic amalgamation of Shakespeare’s finest death scenes. Witness the madness of Ophelia, the conniving Lady Macbeth, the hilarious Pyramus and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, amongst others… 

Fifty Shades of Shakespeare

Fifty Shades of Shakespeare

Shakespeare at his most sexy and salacious! A physically dynamic ensemble perform a musical, lyrical mash-up that explores love, sex and relationships in some of the Bard’s most famous scenes… 

The National and ELT Short Play Winners

The National and ELT Short Play Winners

The National newspaper and ELT short playwright winners. This short play showcases new writing talent from across the country as we stage these award-winning plays. The National newspaper along with Edinburgh Little Theatre ran a competition throughout April and May 2019 where the winning plays chosen from lots of entries were selected by a panel of industry experts and these three plays won a prize of £1000 and the opportunity to showcase their plays in our venue… 

Surprise Package

Surprise Package

The Tinsley family’s holiday in Spain proves an even greater change from Blackpool then expected. To start with, it seems young Ron has persuaded his father to book the same hotel as Gloria, the girl Ron loves despite the disapproval of her mother, who also turns up… 

The Mobile Phone Show

The Mobile Phone Show

‘Ladies and gentlemen, the performance is about to begin, could I please ask you all to turn your mobile phones ON. Thank you.’ Could you function without your mobile phone? Or would you have a meltdown? We all use them – they’ve become extensions of us and can rule our lives… 

Keep Your Chin Up

Keep Your Chin Up

Very recently Polly Pattison discovered a hoard of letters from her mother to her father in the early years of WWII. Sensitively dramatizing her mother’s words Polly relives the humour and pathos of those dark days… 

Hangnail

Hangnail

Following last year’s five-star production in Edinburgh, Keele Drama Society returns with a new ‘interesting and thought-provoking production’ (Audience review for Doors Opening, 2018)… 

Suddenly Last Summer

Suddenly Last Summer

Young socialite Catherine Holly has been left traumatised and confined to a mental hospital after witnessing the horrific murder of her cousin Sebastian during a trip to Europe. Her aunt, Violet Venable, invites a psychiatrist to question the girl about her account of the events leading up to Sebastian’s death, but the picture Catherine paints is so graphic and fantastical that Violet refuses to believe it… 

For All I Care

For All I Care

For All I Care is, first and foremost, the story of two women. 

Nemesis 2 – The Game Changer

Nemesis 2 – The Game Changer

Combining hip hop, drama and film to look behind media headlines to explore the concept of terrorism and how young people are groomed. 

Level Up

Level Up

Newly engaged Jimmy and Natasha feel they’re the perfect match. However, the state-controlled social credit system thinks otherwise. Jimmy has two weeks to improve his score or the couple face eviction… 

Arrivals

Arrivals

Where is the worst place to wake up hung-over? Answer: Budapest Airport. Who is the worst person to be with while hung-over? Answer: an overly chatty stranger. When can you get home? Answer: Monday… 

Bull

Bull

This dark comedy by Mike Bartlett shows the cruelty of human nature through bizarre power play, manipulation and vindictive honesty. Three colleagues fight for their lives in this savage battle of wit… 

TERRAtory

TERRAtory

TERRAtory follows Emma on her rollercoaster ride navigating her own DNA helix. On her journey of self-discovery, she shines a light on the delicate and contentious issue of territories, borders and our post-colonial existence… 

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers For Algernon’s the compelling story of Charlie, an intellectually challenged man and the strange interweaving of his life with that of Algernon, a mouse. Experimental surgery has been performed on Algernon, increasing his intelligence fourfold… 

American Justice

American Justice

No Frills Theatre are proud to present the Scottish premiere of American Justice by Richard Vergette. The action of the play is set in the interview room of a penitentiary in the American South where a young man is imprisoned for life for the murder of a young woman, the daughter of a congressman… 

I Am

I Am

I Am is about the continual challenge of seeking liberation. As a group of young Detroit-based artists meet and interact, challenges arise as they realise their birth was political… 

40 Minute Classics: The Seagull

40 Minute Classics: The Seagull

A new and condensed adaptation of Chekhov’s must-see classic; often described as the first great modern play. The Seagull offers a wonderful, witty and nihilistic examination of human nature, mental health, and unrequited love… 

Working-Class Progress with Backenders

Working-Class Progress with Backenders

Backenders is a live comedy sketch parody of the BBC soap opera Eastenders. With stand-up support from Clare Harrison McCartney and Sara Louise Aston (as seen on Judge Romesh, Dave UKTV), this show is guaranteed to tickle your soap buds… 

Antigone

Antigone

It’s party time in Thebes! The war is over, the city has a new leader… what could possibly go wrong? Enter Antigone - devoted daughter and passionate extremist – set to spoil her uncle, the new King Creon’s party… 

Dangerously Dark and Somewhat Spectacular

Dangerously Dark and Somewhat Spectacular

X is a prisoner confined to the walls of their cell, placed there for a crime they refuse to discuss. Once a day, X is forced to re-witness the crime via video. Should they refuse, the cell walls shrink around them… 

In Her Corner

In Her Corner

World premiere. A visceral and exciting new Scottish play about a young woman trapped between family loyalty and the need to escape a cycle of crime and violence through boxing: the lengths she has to go to, the devastating consequences of her decisions and the ongoing class struggle in Scotland’s capital… 

The Grandmothers Grimm

The Grandmothers Grimm

Cannibalism, werewolf trials, deceit, and murder: Marie Hassenpflug and the Brothers Grimm are trying to edit the darkness out of old stories. But as they do so, the voices of the women who created these tales are lost… 

I'm Non-Typical, Typical

I'm Non-Typical, Typical

Hard-hitting piece of inclusive theatre exploring the untold stories and unseen struggles of people with additional needs. The show will explore through the mediums of dance, monologue and visual imagery interspersed with filmed scenes. 

Being Norwegian

Being Norwegian

Sean expects a quiet night alone in the pub, but Lisa catches his eye. As for Lisa, she’s seen Sean before. She can’t quite put her finger on it, but there’s definitely something about him… 

Belongings

Belongings

Missing someone is lonely when you are far away, it’s worse when they are right there. 

The Pillowman

The Pillowman

An unapologetic dark comedy that illustrates the power of storytelling when a writer, Karturian, in an unnamed totalitarian state is interrogated after the gruesome content of his short stories are acted out in real life… 

Girl Bully

Girl Bully

“Why do you think you’re a bitch?” Warning—the first question you’ll be asked upon arriving at Rock Rising’s Girl Bully might invoke a mini existential crisis. 

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Evocative, innovative shape-shifting drama sculpted from the poetry, music and songs of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002). Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of this revolutionary European artist and father of Scottish folk revival, presented in dynamic, dramatic fusion… 

Mugged

Mugged

Every morning, a group of teenagers meet up on their way to school and hang out on the benches in the park. And every morning they are faced with the same dilemma: take the short cut across the park and risk running into the muggers, or go the long way round and risk being late… 

Broken Funnies

Broken Funnies

Martin Bearne is a struggling stand-up comedian (‘killer one-liners’ (Scotsman), ‘like a deranged Milton Jones, only filthier’ (ThreeWeeks)), who gigs around the country, entertaining and disgusting audiences in equal measures with his sick and sexually deviant act, but can he make his therapist laugh… 

The Humans

The Humans

At Thanksgiving, the Blake family gathers at the run-down Manhattan apartment in Chinatown of Brigid Blake and her boyfriend Richard. Brigid’s parents arrive for dinner with Brigid, Richard and Aimee, their other adult daughter… 

OLD: Online Dating

OLD: Online Dating

At 32 Kate should have so much more: a great career and perfect family. But she feels lost and desperately lonely. Every night she returns to an empty flat and talks to her home computer system, Lexa who doles out platitudes and sarcasm… 

Heathers the Musical

Heathers the Musical

At Westerberg High everyone worships the Heathers, the exclusive clique, including misfit member Veronica. That is until she falls in love with the mysterious JD, which leads to her being unceremoniously kicked out of the group… 

Sunset

Sunset

"I'm a man!" you said. 

Second Honeymoon

Second Honeymoon

Set in an Ayrshire guest house in the 1960s, this hilarious comedy follows a week in the life of Mr and Mrs McIlroy who have chosen to revisit where they had spent their honeymoon 25 years earlier… 

Father

Father

A woman reveals her daughter’s terrible secret which only surfaces as the daughter becomes a young woman. The father is a well-known meteorologist who abused her own daughter. ‘In the dense poetic texture of the script there is a haunting vision of a world destroyed by patriarchal attitudes taking some kind of watery revenge on the whole of humanity; including women like this mother, who collude with abusive men by somehow seeing and saying nothing, even when the truth is right in front of their eyes’ (Joyce McMillan, Scotsman)… 

Hamlet

Hamlet

DUCT presents a modern-day twist on the classic, inviting its audience into a haphazard and disorderly world, mirroring the turbulence of Hamlet’s madness. The production draws parallels to contemporary mental health issues, illustrating the destructive properties it can have on both relationships and ourselves from the perspective of a female Hamlet… 

The Giver

The Giver

In a dystopian society, a child is selected to meet with The Giver to learn about the undocumented memories of the past. What the child learns will ultimately change the course of this society… 

Crocodile Fever

Crocodile Fever

Northern Ireland, 1989. Rebellious Fianna Devlin crashes back into the life of her pious sister Alannah. Together for the first time in years, they are back at each other’s throats in seconds… 

Leopold Vindictive

Leopold Vindictive

Europe is occupied by the Nazis and fearing imminent invasion, the British launch Operation Columba – parachuting sixteen thousand spies across the Channel. Enter the most unlikely group of secret agents – a highly trained and carefully selected group of… 

Second Person Narrative

Second Person Narrative

‘Off you go then and best of luck. It’s bound to be different this time though some of it might seem familiar. The big questions, we mean. The beginnings, middles, endings et cetera… 

Bodily Functions and Where to Find Them

Bodily Functions and Where to Find Them

When was the last time you talked about poo? We’re guessing not recently. Throw away your inhibitions and spend an hour indulging yourselves in our comedy-theatre play, breaking down stigmas one flush at a time… 

Bang, Bang, You're Dead

Bang, Bang, You're Dead

William Mastrosimone’s one-act play, Bang, Bang, You’re Dead, is a powerful response to the wave of school killings that have erupted in recent times. Mastrosimone wrote the piece for teenagers to perform… 

Alfie and George

Alfie and George

Alfie and George, two panto stars, sit in their dressing room as we watch their world coming apart. Tensions surface as they confront each other with feelings and truths spoken at last… 

Being and Nothingness

Being and Nothingness

Xiao’s grandma suffers from Alzheimer’s. She still exists. But she’s treated as if she doesn’t. Xiao suffers from her identity crisis. She still exists. But she’s treated as if she doesn’t… 

The Seven Second Theory

The Seven Second Theory

John Doe is having a bad day. He’s dead. Or close enough to it anyway. As he lies waiting for his life support machine to be turned off, he relives his life, taking the audience on a journey to show just how he ended up in this predicament anyway… 

One Starts in a Barber\'s. One Starts in a Bar.

One Starts in a Barber\'s. One Starts in a Bar.

A thought-provoking show about haircuts and heartache. 

Do You Ever Get Scared?

Do You Ever Get Scared?

Six actors. Six parts and the roll of a dice. How can an accusation change a life? Do You Ever Get Scared? Explores justice and retribution in this six-hander, asking questions about our own and our society’s perceptions of abuse. 

Dalloway

Dalloway

1923: The War is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell shock; their memories and dreams intertwining with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June… 

Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges

With their country plunged into political crisis by anti-Government strikes – a group of young East German students are ordered to “persuade” them to go home peacefully. But as a battalion of Soviet tanks confronts the protestors, the students soon begin to question their mission and whether they will find themselves on the wrong side of history… 

Hitler's Tasters

Hitler's Tasters

A dark comedy about the young women who had the “honour” of being Adolph Hitler’s food tasters. Based on true events, Hitler’s Tasters explores the way girls navigate sexuality, friendship, patriotism, and poison during the Third Reich… 

box.

box.

Told through an enticing striptease of revelations, this poignant and funny solo performance is a complex and deeply felt examination of life’s unplanned turns, deliberate shifts, blind alleys, devastating losses and late discoveries… 

The Last King of Porn

The Last King of Porn

What are you willing to do to become a legend? A porn actor performing his last record-breaking movie: a sex marathon with 100 women. They will discover they are not what they seem to be… 

Unspoken (One Day in the Life of a Park Bench)

Unspoken (One Day in the Life of a Park Bench)

Ten strangers visit the same park bench on the same day. They all can’t help but talk about… Those things… That shouldn’t be talked about… Especially in a public place… But they’re going to anyway… 

Victor

Victor

All Victor wants is a trophy wife and to start a family. All Caitlin wants is a baby and a rich husband. All Fiona wants is to get back with Victor. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. 

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Come along and eat haggis, neeps and tatties, and find out the life story of Robert Burns. Told through his songs and poetry, this is a must-see for everyone interested in Scotland’s national bard. 

Churn

Churn

Time heals all wounds, but Shane’s healing might take a millennium. Memories, emotions and imaginary friends collide as Shane deals with the death of his younger sister and searches for a path of forgiveness for her murderer… 

Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece

An original one-act drama presented by Howard Payne University. This play depicts Senator Michael Wells, who, after a freak accident, forces those around him to consider the power of God’s Word… 

To Fall in Love

To Fall in Love

Psychologists claim answering 36 questions can make two strangers fall in love. Can those questions save a marriage splintered by tragedy? Merryn and Wyatt answer these questions in their struggle to determine whether to stay in each other’s lives in the lasting wake of a horrible tragedy… 

Our Saviour

Our Saviour

To some, Reverend Sheen is a walking miracle. A saving grace for the desperate and needy. He claims to be able to cure terminal illness, make the disabled walk and even erase crippling debt, just with the power of prayer… and a generous donation… 

Three

Three

It’s a long, hot summer. Six teenagers are in various states of lust, longing and unrequited love. A boy has a crush on the girl next door, only she’s going out with the school heart-throb… 

The Legacy of William Ireland

The Legacy of William Ireland

Following the success at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe with the five-star show After Today, Stage D’Or returns with their latest work from acclaimed playwright Tim Connery. London, 1796… 

Silence in Court

Silence in Court

A play, a pie and a drink are all included. But did the crime take place or not? A courtroom drama where you are the jury. Hear the evidence, you decide the outcome. A must-see. 

Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time

Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time

Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show 2018! ‘Absolutely phenomenal, sensitively portrayed with painstaking accuracy’ (BroadwayBaby.com, 2017). Chamberlain in the run-up to his declaration of war, includes popular songs of WWII… 

Hindsight

Hindsight

The pieces of the puzzle that make up Laura’s brain don’t seem to fit. When the world doesn’t make sense to her, at school she is labelled problematic. The relationships that Laura has with her mother, teacher and self, highlight that we cannot always see what is in front of us, whether barriers are circumstance or subconscious… 

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

After a string of five-star sell-out Fringe productions, EUSOG is thrilled to present their latest Edinburgh Fringe show: Sweet Charity! The story follows Charity Hope Valentine, an eternal optimist determined to find a better life for herself… 

Miles Behind

Miles Behind

Glasgow, 1984. A city alive with life in all its many forms. Unfortunately, not all those lives are easy. The police are under pressure from all angles, the force is modernising and growing to try and meet the challenges of ‘The Mean City’… 

tEMPORARY sANITY

tEMPORARY sANITY

At a personal crossroads, Ulysses, an Uber driver, embarks on a yearlong odyssey through the streets of Los Angeles. Along the way, he picks up a tapestry of riders. And their chance meetings—conjuring humor, hopes, and horrors—may help both driver and riders find their way on the road ahead… 

Chaika: First Woman in Space

Chaika: First Woman in Space

Discover the true story of Valentina Tereshkova, a young textile worker plucked from obscurity to lead the Soviet Union’s race to the stars. With her nation competing against the United States to put a man on the moon, Tereshkova, (code name – Chaika: Seagull) becomes the first woman in space… 

Subject Mater

Subject Mater

Three siblings. A kitchen. A box of cassette tapes left by their mother. On them, titles for every chapter of her life. Together, the siblings engage in a ritual game of make-believe… 

Matt Jones: Pandora's Box – Free

Matt Jones: Pandora's Box – Free

What would you do if you could go back in time and hand-pick who you would become? One day a man encounters a strange spirit and is offered the opportunity to become someone else, but opening up Pandora’s box has a dark side. 

Four Woke Baes

Four Woke Baes

Multi award-winning US playwright Jonathan Caren’s razor-sharp dark comedy follows four friends on a river-rafting stag party that’s turned upside down when a mysterious woman kayaks ashore… 

The House of Influenza: A Spooky Tale of Frighteningness

The House of Influenza: A Spooky Tale of Frighteningness

Dracula can return to his crypt. Jaws can go back in the water. The Babadook can Babado one. At the dawning of the zombie apocalypse, as friends and family are torn apart, one woman fights for survival… 

I'll Tell You This for Nothing

I'll Tell You This for Nothing

Irish-born Phyllis was one of only two New Zealand women ever to have been honoured with France’s highest decoration, the Légion d’Honneur, for extreme bravery in WWII. She spoke of bombs screaming overhead, crawling around the hospital tents on their knees, the constant stream of wounded and dying soldiers… 

Myra's Story

Myra's Story

‘Myra, a middle-aged, homeless Dublin street drinker, is feisty, funny and foul-mouthed. Desperate for her first drink of the day, she begs from the passing city centre throngs. Between begging she re-lives her backstory… 

Mengele

Mengele

1979, a beach in Brazil, a drowning man meets a mysterious woman who cajoles, questions and flatters him into defending the indefensible. Created in support of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Mengele offers a contemporary warning from the past of what happens when the world buys into hatred and bigotry… 

Guys, Dolls and Pies

Guys, Dolls and Pies

Damon Runyon’s brilliant Broadway Stories became Guys and Dolls. Here, two of his finest, Johnny One Eye and A Piece of Pie, twist and swing to life like improvised jazz! Best Show runner-up, Brighton Fringe 2017… 

Solitary

Solitary

Right now, there are between 60,000 and 80,000 people held in solitary confinement within United States prisons – many of whom have served months or even years in extreme isolation… 

Funny in Real Life

Funny in Real Life

A stand-up comedian sees his world fall apart when his wife decides he can no longer mention her onstage. Should anything be off limits in the realm of confessional comedy? Is it OK to overshare with an audience of complete strangers? How would you feel if your life was turned into a joke? After last year’s hugely successful run of their debut play, The Ladder, real life married couple Rob Rouse (Bottom in BBC’s Upstart Crow) and Helen Rutter (Holby City, Coronation Street) return to Edinburgh with their brand new show… 

Pals

Pals

Meet the pals – Pete, Andy, Linda and Sue – in a hit new comedy based on the true story of Brummy council estate mates, from the sixties to the noughties. Nostalgia, pop, scouts, besties, bullies, beatings and sex… 

Burgerz

Burgerz

Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged burgers. After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers. How they are made, how they feel and smell… 

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

What would happen if the lost papers of a genius were recovered in the modern day? Four actors present a dramatisation of the life and works of Adam Smith, performed in the house in which he lived and died… 

Two of a Kind

Two of a Kind

One boy. One girl. No, they do not fall in love. Why? Because not everybody does, some people can just be, I mean, it doesn’t have to be… Oh god. Why am I talking to someone when I don’t even know if they’re there? How bad is it before it’s too bad? How can we know when someone’s in trouble? Let’s not talk about it… 

3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William McRae

3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William McRae

Willie MacRae – anti-nuclear campaigner, SNP politician and successful lawyer. His death prompted speculation that he was murdered by the state. MacRae was found dying in his car on a Highland road in 1985 with a single gunshot wound to the head, apparently fired from his own gun… 

I Am the Horrible Thing

I Am the Horrible Thing

Greg almost died on vacation in Costa Rica. Now he wants to tell you the whole funny/sad story and about the time he painted his penis purple in Hawaii. This is a true story. Greg is a lifelong improv comic, but in this show he does something a little different… 

Drawn and Quartered

Drawn and Quartered

Michael and Ana had no communication for six months. Hearing Michael’s career is on the downslide, Ana hires her ex to paint the apartment they once shared. She returns to find he indeed painted… 

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

The world-renowned Theatre Hooam makes a welcome return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the award-winning Black and White Tea Room. A counsellor sets up his practice in the tea room of his dead wife and prepares to welcome a new client… 

Burns for Brunch

Burns for Brunch

Hungover, perhaps, but not yet hung out to dry, Robert Burns awakes in Auld Reekie 2019 sharing his thoughts, poems and songs, casting a satiric eye around his Scotland and ours. Well suppered and well scuppered, Rabbie reveals what it’s like to be transmogrified into a couthy wee household god… 

Who Did I Think She Was?

Who Did I Think She Was?

In this new show, directed by Dan Ayling, we follow Peter as he travels from stuttering schoolboy to bald old git via weekend hippy, bingo caller, punk and speed freak in his incre… 

Before 30

Before 30

Before 30 follows Chris, a Deliveroo driver trying to make his way in the world. His previous struggles with depression and anxiety resurface as he faces the prospect of turning 30, comparing himself to his grandad who seemingly achieved life’s milestones so easily… 

Not Black and White

Not Black and White

United by love, broken by reality. Remelle faces a constant battle to feel comfortable in her own skin. Her family want her to be proud of her heritage but she hasn’t become a successful business woman by flaunting her Jamaican roots… 

Anguis

Anguis

Cleopatra’s death by asp is a common myth, largely scientifically disproven. Set in a broadcast recording center, Anguis is an imagined conversation between the great pharaoh Cleopatra and a contemporary immunologist… 

How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life

Meet Melissa. She loves cake, glitter and she’s got cervical cancer. Join us in the lead-up to her death party, with Spice Girl routines, glitter cannons and everything in-between. ‘The first surprise is how funny the play is’ (Liz Dyer, TheBlogofTheatreThings… 

How to Be Brave

How to Be Brave

When Katie was little, she was brave: climbing trees and riding bikes too fast. Now Katie’s a mum, she must be brave in a new way. Determined her daughter will keep the fierce magic she arrived into the world with, Katie sets off on a mission around Newport with a stolen BMX, a policewoman with bad hair, and a pigeon in a bag… 

Of Sound Mind

Of Sound Mind

‘It was about getting rid, not counting’ she said, but they needed to know where the bodies were. Multiple Fringe First Award winner David Calvitto directs renowned actress Gretchen Egolf in Ronnie Dorsey’s tale of a woman’s practical solution to a timeless problem… 

Fragility of Man

Fragility of Man

After a total sell-out run in 2018 with In Loyal Company, David William Bryan returns with a brand-new solo play exploring the effects of one man’s lifelong battle with the justice system… 

Cotton Fingers

Cotton Fingers

Aoife’s hungry and bored. Cillian makes a mean cheese toastie. As boredom and hunger are satisfied by half an hour in Cillian’s bed, Aoife’s life changes forever. As social and political upheaval grips her country, what hope does Aoife have to regain control? A timely, politically-charged show written by award-winning writer Rachel Trezise at the time of the historic referendum of the eighth amendment in Ireland, Cotton Fingers takes us on a journey from Belfast to Cardiff. 

Leave a Message

Leave a Message

Two friends, Ed and Sarah, travel to the small squalid bedsit where Ed’s father passed away a few days earlier. As they wade through the debris, the fragments of one lost life begin to coalesce, just as another starts to show signs of cracking… 

Ogg 'n' Ugg 'n' Dogg

Ogg 'n' Ugg 'n' Dogg

Hail Ogg ‘n’ Ugg! Heroes! And ta so much for inventing the dog. Don’t miss this mind-boggling tale of how two Yorkshire hunter-gatherers palled up with the wolves and saved us from doglessness… 

She Can't Half Talk

She Can't Half Talk

This new-to-the-fringe five-star monologue show explores the conformities of gender and sexuality in modern day society, through the wickedly absurd lenses of The Foetus, The Camera Girl, The Victim, The Drag Queen, The Cougar, and The Actor… 

Woke

Woke

After a superb sold-out run in 2017, Apphia Campbell returned to this year's Edinburgh Fringe for one week only. Woke is her powerful show portraying parallel narratives of two womens' civil rights awakenings... 

Picasso's Women

Picasso's Women

Given how many inhabited his life, Picasso’s Women is but a mere glimpse from one side of the bed into what they endured. The great artist once observed, ‘There are two types of women - goddesses and doormats’... 

Losing My Mindfulness

Losing My Mindfulness

Losing My Mindfulness offers an amusing and uncomfortable send-up of the self-help nation we have become. Alongside an array of ‘Improve Your Life’ books, Katie McLeod plays an HR representative running a workshop for her colleagues on staying positive under stress... 

Por Favor

Por Favor

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

From Today Everything Changes

From Today Everything Changes

Before Chris’s wife died, she made him promise to be himself. She had known he was gay before he did, but things were different ‘in those days’ and you stayed together. Newly widowed and embracing ‘from today everything changes’, he begins online dating, not really believing he has anything to offer – especially to men younger than his own pensionable age... 

Beep

Beep

Beginning in a frightening dystopia with five people wearing surgical masks manhandling one other as the audience enters, then as the show starts transforming to a happy young party student crowd is a little unsettling... 

Shakespeare Catalysts

Shakespeare Catalysts

Before I begin this review, I would like to clarify, as James Beagon (co-director and actor) did at the start of the show, that Aulos Productions’ Shakespeare Catalysts is a work in progress... 

To Butterfly

To Butterfly

To Butterfly follows the journey of two character’s lives in the build-up to a fateful meeting of finality. Family, school, mental health and the culmination of thousands of hours of experience... 

Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened

Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened

Alan Bennett is a national treasure, and his writings are justly well respected. Say Something Happened was originally broadcast on BBC television in 1982, and this production manages to capture the feel of the 1970’s incredibly well... 

Who Will Separate Us?

Who Will Separate Us?

A true story set in a small town in Ireland between 1899 and 1916. A story of love, life war and tragedy. A riveting and shocking true story. Little is known of the men from Ireland who went to the Western Front in 1914 to fight for Britain... 

1984

1984

It is frightening how Orwell’s nightmarish dystopia continues to ring true, year after year. From Winston’s colleague Syme (Liam McKinnes) exclaiming delightedly ‘It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words’, to the proletariat being described as subhuman, those who go against the Party as a stain to be wiped out, even Winston’s desire to sexually violate Julia before murdering her... 

To Butterfly

To Butterfly

To Butterfly follows the journey of two character’s lives in the build-up to a fateful meeting of finality. Family, school, mental health and the culmination of thousands of hours of experience... 

Medea

Medea

Returning to the fringe after their 2015 sell-out debut, the all-female Minerva company bring their unique physical storytelling to this adaptation of Medea. Challenging the assumption of the unconditional bond between mother and child, the play is still tragically relevant today... 

Lines

Lines

With damning questions on moral and personal boundaries, Lines is a stunning and complex portrayal of sexual assault. Rora is violently raped after a night out with friends and two weeks pass before she can bear to discuss the crime with her family... 

Holy Sh*t

Holy Sh*t

Hearing a couple of priests swearing will always be amusing. Hearing a couple of priests swearing whilst digging up the body of a dead parishioner so they can sell the corpse to raise money for the church takes the humour to a whole new level... 

The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters

This widely acclaimed production returns to the fringe for four performances. Nigel Forde's 'sparkling script' and David Robinson's 'impressive Screwtape' (Stage) bring to life Lewis' classic book, which has sold millions of copies worldwide... 

Alan Bennett's Green Forms

Alan Bennett's Green Forms

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

Grace Notes

Grace Notes

Becky Williams delivers an emotionally charged monologue about murderess Grace Miller somewhat reluctantly seeking a second chance at series of rehab sessions entitled Notes. 

Other People’s Teeth

Other People’s Teeth

Other Peoples Teeth is a unique, visceral and violent vignette, exploring the emotional depths of brutality. The performance opens with a Tarantino-esque scene, featuring two contract killers in a stand-off where only one person can survive... 

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Tectonic Theatre’s The Laramie Project is a masterpiece in verbatim, a chronicle of the 1998 real-life kidnap and murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student from Wyoming. Using over 200 interviews, this play exposes the seismic impact and reaction to a hate crime, by the residents of Laramie... 

Diagnosed

Diagnosed

What if you met someone who was perfect. Now what if you met that person at the worst possible moment in your life? A new piece of writing by first-time writer Matt Anderson. Diagnosed explores the big problems found within relationships, as well as all the little joys there are in-between... 

Remember Scarborough

Remember Scarborough

War doesn't end when the fighting stops. In a one-sided conversation with his long dead friend, an old man and his younger self look at the naive excitement of young RAF recruits, through the reality and pain of loss to the difficulties of post-war rebuilding... 

Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best

Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best

Manchester United fans old enough to remember 1971 may recall the strange weekend George Best went missing. Three quarters of the Metropolitan Police were ordered to stand guard at Sinead Cusack’s flat in Islington as word spread like wildfire that Best was hiding there, overcome with the pressures of fame and skiving a match against Chelsea... 

I Love You Mum... I Promise I Won't Die!

I Love You Mum... I Promise I Won't Die!

I'd had a conversation with Dan about Ecstasy. It's one of the things you do as a parent, isn't it? I was more worried about him being safe on his bike than at a party with his friends... 

Extremism

Extremism

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

Whilst We Were There

Whilst We Were There

A once successful acoustic duo, which was at the top of their game, suddenly breaks up for reasons unknown. The circumstance at hand leaves Curtis (singer-songwriter) at a crossroad – either try to continue with the same musical identity or find another... 

Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

Neil Simon's hilarious portrait of three couples successively occupying Suite 719 at New York's Plaza Hotel. A couple return after 20+ years to their honeymoon suite but can't agree the number of years, their anniversary date or if this is the same suite... 

Crave

Crave

Deeply tender and sensuous, Sarah Kane’s Crave is set in an unnamed city from which voices and images spring. The play charts the disintegration of human minds under the pressures of love, loss and desire... 

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... 

Alan Bennett's A Visit from Miss Prothero

Alan Bennett's A Visit from Miss Prothero

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

Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

Amy, a cleaner, has found a body in a hotel room. There’s a funny smell coming from one of Jim’s storage units. On a hot summer’s day, furious Kate takes her anger out on her lover Ben... 

Integrity

Integrity

A stray hand on the knee – a slip? A meeting at the boss’s place – a set-up? A campaign pledge on student tuition fees – for the bin? This play explores the nuances of political and personal/sexual integrity... 

Congratulations You Bastard!

Congratulations You Bastard!

Where do you draw the line? When do you finally say, that’s absolutely f*cking it! Two struggling writers reach this particular end of rope, and after being chewed and constantly spat back out by their beloved industry, they have one last crack at getting it right... 

Pippin

Pippin

In a quiet forest, where magic dwells, the sun sets and Pippin’s world comes to life. An ensemble of creatures tells the story of this young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life... 

A Necessary Woman

A Necessary Woman

Census night, 1911. Suffragette Emily Davison is hiding in a cleaning cupboard, in the crypt beneath the Palace of Westminster. Emily plans a daring and courageous act in Parliament for Monday morning, but with a greater police presence and security tighter than usual, will she achieve her ambition before she is caught and returned to prison? Written and performed by Deborah Clair and Philippa Urquhart to celebrate the 2018 suffrage centenary... 

A World Beyond Man

A World Beyond Man

A badly planned polar expedition in 1912 led to the Russian ship The Saint Anna to be locked into the ice of the Kara Sea. After almost two years trapped in the ice, navigator Valerian Albanov and 13 men decided to trek 235 miles across the ice floes in the hope of being rescued... 

This Is Yorkshire

This Is Yorkshire

Inspired by the blistering 2007 film This Is England, this hard-hitting new play examines working class life in early 80's Yorkshire through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy who becomes embroiled with two very different skinhead gangs... 

Alan Bennett's A Visit from Miss Prothero

Alan Bennett's A Visit from Miss Prothero

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

Party Night

Party Night

December, 1979. Keith and Valerie have been together for 15 years and are very much in love, but he is keeping something from her. Will a chance phone call change everything? A dark new play inspired by real-life events... 

Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures

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

A Librarian

A Librarian

A naive librarian witnesses an incident that will change the rest of her life. ‘A rich and nuanced performance at the heart of this gripping play.’ (Paul Fowler: Guild of Drama Adjudicators chair)... 

Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened

Alan Bennett's Say Something Happened

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

Hotel

Hotel

Welcome to the Hotel, a magnificent establishment offering luxury beyond fantasy. Have you checked in? We have artisanal menus, artisanal bed linen and artisanal balconies! Enjoy your stay, but beware; some things may just be too good to be true... 

A Sight of Abject Pity and Ruin

A Sight of Abject Pity and Ruin

In a world lost in time there is a forgotten Figure. Enter his den and lose yourself in an absurd and morbid milieu of mime. In this dark and surreal one-man show, join Fig on his apparently pointless meander through the mind of a melancholic hermit while he explores the nature of life, reality and the human experience... 

Those Worrisome Sleeps

Those Worrisome Sleeps

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

Pomona

Pomona

When Ollie's sister goes missing, we are plunged into a dark underworld that reveals pain much greater than the loss of a relative. On her odyssey of perpetual torment through the cold and lonely city of Manchester, Ollie must put her trust in a plethora of bizarre characters and uncover bitter truths, all while walking the blurry line between fantasy and actuality... 

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... 

Everything Not Saved

Everything Not Saved

What can you remember from five years ago? Or five days ago? Five minutes ago, even? What can you be absolutely sure, beyond all doubt that you remember? MALAPROP Theatre’s new show Everything Not Saved takes the scientific theory that on a neurological level memory and imagination are exactly the same, open to endless manipulation with sometimes amusing, sometimes chilling results... 

Cepacia – Love Takes His Breath Away

Cepacia – Love Takes His Breath Away

The story of Romeo and Juliet receives medical treatment in Cepacia from Durham School and Shadow Dreams. A boarding school and a foster home constitute the houses of Montague and Capulet, though in this case they are hardly ‘alike in dignity... 

Legacy: The Story of Martin Luther

Legacy: The Story of Martin Luther

In the beginning was the Word, but I honestly don’t know which word to begin with when trying to describe this production. It is epic in scope, travelling from Germany to Rome and covering the sixty two years from Martin Luther’s birth to his death, yet intimate at the same time, with a cast of five taking on roles from Pope Leo X to the Devil himself... 

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Take away the ability to put a scare into the living and what purpose does a ghost have? Sir Simon has been successfully haunting Canterville Chase for over 300 years, but no amount of clanking chains or reappearing bloodstains will scare the new American owners away... 

Boxes

Boxes

Imagine a world where every teen comes of age by receiving an empty box. In this unique drama about coping with pressures and expectations from others, Jack is curious when he receives his box as a birthday present... 

Goodbye Rosetta

Goodbye Rosetta

Goodbye Rosetta abounds with youthful enthusiasm and passion. That’s hardly surprising given its development by 30 young actors in collaboration with writer Katherine Manners and Director, Conor Baum... 

Daughter

Daughter

I hated Daughter. I think, no I seriously hope, that I was supposed to. I’m still grappling with what I actually think of it but what I do know is I’ve not felt so viscerally angry after a piece of theatre before... 

Queens of Sheba

Queens of Sheba

Great theatre often takes deeply personal experiences and weaves them together into stories and sequences that tap into a universality and profundity that the experiences alone wouldn't have been able to... 

Ulster American

Ulster American

Acclaimed writer David Ireland’s new play is a visceral, violent and incredibly explosive punch to the gut that passionately tears into the confused state of British identity, the politics of theatre, and society's violent undercurrent... 

Care Not, Fear Naught

Care Not, Fear Naught

Piracy is not just a man’s trade in this thrilling piece Care Not, Fear Naught from Temporarily Misplaced Productions. With outstanding flair, writer and director Emily Hutt illustrates the little-known life of Anne Bonny... 

Kids Play
BOBBY WINNER

Kids Play

Glen Chandler, Edinburgh’s theatrical detective story-writing son, returns to the Festival Fringe this year with yet another ingenious triumph. The only similarity to Kids Play and anything that might be found in Taggart, however, is a pair of handcuffs… 

A Fortunate Man

A Fortunate Man

There are books which are called seminal largely because so many people have read them. The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Pride and Prejudice. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (hush you - we're in Edinburgh - show some respect…)Far more intriguing, however, are those texts which are largely unknown outside of a specific community but, for those communities, are touchstones for their profession... 

Death Is the New Porn

Death Is the New Porn

'It doesn’t matter how we do it, we’re always going to end up with the same result.' Three Edinburgh vigilantes crave the thrill of murder to avenge victims of brutal crimes. Cracks begin to show dividing them and audiences alike... 

Banana Boys

Banana Boys

Sports and sex. Cam and Cal have been best friends since jumping off a cliff at the age of eight. But when sex and hormones infiltrate the boys' football team, the boys begin to struggle with their sexuality. 

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake

Three young Scottish playwrights from the Traverse Young Writers’ group join forces with three leading British writers (Ella Hickson, Kieran Hurley and Sabrina Mahfouz) to explore a pressing question of our time: how can the younger generation be a catalyst for social and political change? Paired with pieces from their professional mentors, this brave new body of work from young voices is a defiant demand to be seen as more than avocado-fuelled millennials... 

Power, Fame and Sex

Power, Fame and Sex

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

The Lucky Durhams

The Lucky Durhams

This play, set against the historically accurate backdrop of the first day of the Somme, features fictitious soldiers from the Durham Pals regiment preparing for 'the big push'. Extensive research of the Durham Light Infantry and local events have shaped the script, with reference to actual newspaper articles conveyed by the editor... 

East Belfast Boy

East Belfast Boy

Prime Cut Productions: East Belfast Boy by Fintan Brady. Pumping techno, pulverising movement and street sharp poetry. East Belfast Boy is a cliche-free zone. Meet Davy. The things he sees... 

Our Boys

Our Boys

Our Boys exquisitely showcases life on the battlefield from the setting of an army hospital. Five rowdy soldiers are recovering from injuries on a ward when they find, to much dismay, that an officer is due to occupy the empty bed... 

89 Nights: An Original Musical

89 Nights: An Original Musical

The magic of New York is effectively captured in 89 Nights, a new musical from Troubadour Stageworks. Alice, a Brit on her gap year, arrives with excitement in New York. She is ready to explore the city of her dreams... 

InValid Voices

InValid Voices

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

Queen of the Air

Queen of the Air

Born in Kansas, home of the South Wind, in 1897, Amelia Earhart reigned as Queen of the Air until her mysterious disappearance over the Pacific in 1937. In 1932, Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic... 

Walk Swiftly and With Purpose

Walk Swiftly and With Purpose

History Boys meets Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour as we follow four girls on the cusp of adulthood in this new take on the classic coming of age tale. Until now they've lived mostly in their imagination – suddenly real life interrupts and their friendship bears the brunt of it... 

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... 

The Ladies Loo Chronicles

The Ladies Loo Chronicles

The Ladies Loo Chronicles is a fun, feisty and female-powered performance. Join us, as we take you for a trip around the U-bend. Ever wondered what happens in the ladies loo?  

Life on Venus

Life on Venus

True Arrow presents a series of scenes which readjust the balance of male to female dialogue by putting women front and centre with a multi-rolling cast of four women and one man. Come and celebrate everything girly, pink and ever so slightly catty. 

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... 

Eight

Eight

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

You Remind Me of You

You Remind Me of You

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

Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly)

Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly)

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

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Love, hysteria and deception reign in this Victorian reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic. Cesario is in love with Orsino, who’s in love with Olivia, who’s in love with Cesario, who’s really Viola in disguise... 

Monday at Golden Oak High

Monday at Golden Oak High

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

Henriad – Histories of Betrayal

Henriad – Histories of Betrayal

Step into the epic with Shakespeare's Henriad! Revel in shorter, vibrant re-imaginings of the Bard's Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, and see a story of friendship, duty and betrayal... 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare's classic that has killings, maiming, rape, live burial and cannibalism presented as a latter-day story about a crime syndicate looking to find a new leader in the money laundering business which some say Britain has become... 

Dancing With Mrs Murphy

Dancing With Mrs Murphy

Citadel Arts Group present Dancing with Mrs Murphy, an edgy new play by Vincent Maguire, directed by Mark Kydd. Rose Murphy, an unmarried mother, escaped Ireland before WWII. In 1956 the Suez Crisis signals the end of the British Empire... 

Life on Venus

Life on Venus

True Arrow presents a series of scenes which readjust the balance of male to female dialogue by putting women front and centre with a multi-rolling cast of four women and one man. Come and celebrate everything girly, pink and ever so slightly catty. 

Crave

Crave

Deeply tender and sensuous, Sarah Kane’s Crave is set in an unnamed city from which voices and images spring. The play charts the disintegration of human minds under the pressures of love, loss and desire... 

Big Love

Big Love

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

Fan Girl

Fan Girl

Geraldine is a lonely young secretary living with her invalid and overbearing mother. Her only respite is a hit American television show loosely based on the life of Zenobia, a third-century Syrian Queen... 

Nomad

Nomad

The flat is empty. Everyone had moved out. Except for Laura and her ancient dog named Roy. Tonight she is staring down the lens of her 30th birthday. Come and celebrate one woman's intimate and darkly comic coming-of-age story, a biological kick off the edge of the cliff into the face of her hopes, desires and hot yoga. 

26 Pebbles

26 Pebbles

26 Pebbles is the story of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, and the 26 innocent lives taken. Playwright Eric Ulloa tells this story through the voices of those impacted by this terrible event as they struggle to cope with tragedy... 

That Bastard Brecht

That Bastard Brecht

Bertolt Brecht: genius or charlatan? The question is answered in a piece of pure Epic theatre featuring 15 new songs and choreography. The story is told through the eyes of Brecht’s most significant collaborator, Elizabeth Hauptmann who is now reputed to have written at least 80% of The Threepenny Opera... 

MAD

MAD

MAD is a new black comedy from Cam Scriven and Daniel Bainbridge. When Rob and Ian find themselves stuck in a room together, you would think that escaping would be their chief concern... 

Urban Unrest

Urban Unrest

Urban Theatre Movement (UTM) presents Urban Unrest, a series of original plays ranging from the absurd to the surreal. LBS (Laughing But Serious) by Gisla Stringer: Directed by Brenda Banda, starring Paul Tully and Gisla Stringer... 

Angelos and Barry: A Matter of Life and Death

Angelos and Barry: A Matter of Life and Death

BBC's Angelos Epithemiou and Channel 4's Barry from Watford return with a new show following their sell-out tour. Barry wants to tell you all about his career in showbiz 'at the end of the pier' while Angelos is onstage to discuss art, poetry, literature and all the other stuff no one is meant to understand... 

Loyalty

Loyalty

A war hero, a statesman, a husband, Alexei Petro had everything… to lose. In one conversation his whole life is placed on a knife edge when his wife Oksana has a special request. The whispered horrors of Stalin’s Russia come to light at the dinner table as Alexei learns you can never truly outrun the past... 

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

This gripping drama explores the intimate bonds of family. Southern matriarch Amanda frets constantly over her two adult children, the painfully shy Laura and her restless son, Tom... 

Rat Race

Rat Race

Rat Race is a dark tragicomedy set in a rat cage that is at the center of a badly handled experiment. Kenneth is just a PhD student doing his best, how is he supposed to know that his three lab rats are going through existential crises? The rats are trying to get on with their work in peace, but they are disrupted by a new occupant in the cage; an occupant who makes them think about their purpose for the first time... 

Antigone

Antigone

Using Don Taylor's BBC-commissioned translation, Malvern Theatres Young Company presents Antigone, directed by Nic Lloyd. Demonstrating the clash and interweaving of human passions and failings, their production of Sophocles' deeply poetic tragedy promises to bring universal themes and cultural archetypes to Fringe audiences... 

The Laurel and Hardy Story

The Laurel and Hardy Story

Laurel and Hardy – arguably the best comic duo ever, with never a bad word between them. In their careers they earned respect, affection, admiration and love from millions. This two-man show celebrates their lives and careers together on and off screen... 

Dib Dib Dead

Dib Dib Dead

A new comedy drama. Lost in Scotland, a group of scouts take refuge in a deserted farmhouse. The night leads to personal issues and conflicts within the group. Then one of them dies... 

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Warhol: Bullet Karma invites you to meet everyone’s favourite eccentric pop artist. We bear witness to Andy Warhol as he tells of his Pennsylvania roots, his move to New York and the establishment of the famous ‘Factory’... 

Nigel Slater’s Toast

Nigel Slater’s Toast

One of the hardest calls for a reviewer to make is where to draw the line between production and play. Can a problematic text be completely redeemed if the production is good or, for new pieces where the audience may not know what to expect, do we have a duty to comment on the work, script and all, so everyone goes in with their eyes open?It’s a quandary I find myself in after stepping out of Nigel Slater’s Toast at the Traverse theatre... 

Beaker's Place

Beaker's Place

Beaker’s only friend in the world, his cat, is dead. With nothing left to live for, Beaker decides to end it all, but not before work comes calling. And he doesn’t have just any old job, he disposes of dead bodies for those who drop them at his door... 

Island Town

Island Town

The Paines Plough Roundabout is an incredibly versatile venue. Though its playing space is small and surrounded by audience seating, it often feels expansive – inclusive of the characters’ whole worlds... 

Cat-in-a-Box

Cat-in-a-Box

A play in 10 short scenes. Henry and Kate are on holiday in a cottage on the Firth of Lorn. Henry is a poet. He has come here hoping to save his marriage. But each time he tries, he is relocated by the power of physics from one parallel universe to another, always looking for the one where his wife still loves and cares for him and won’t eventually leave... 

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Stunningly original Korean update of the classic play returns to Edinburgh. Confucius meets Shakespeare with a dash of hip hop thrown in for good measure. Petruchio, a patriarch of the Confucian dynasty, tries to tame hip hop Kate into an obedient woman, but who will win in the end? This critically acclaimed worldwide tour returns to Edinburgh... 

Twelfth Night: The Ship of Fools

Twelfth Night: The Ship of Fools

Fiesta in sunshine. Siesta in shadows. Black malice. Bright love. Jump aboard British Airways Flight 1212 for the Costa del Sol, January 6, 1980. Wince for folly. Weep for love. Wallow in cruelty... 

King Lear (Alone)

King Lear (Alone)

One-man show telling King Lear's story in his own words, using text from the original and new words. Shakespeare’s play, adapted by Edinburgh Fringe award-winning playwright Frank Bramwell... 

Rocket Man

Rocket Man

Set in the heyday of glam rock and science fiction, Rocket Man is the story of a young man with bipolar disorder. When Tristan is caught in a deadly obsession with fleeing the Earth to live on the moon, he loses his job, his fiancee and his friends... 

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand

A dramatic representation of the life of Adam Smith. His friends, his enemies and the person who shaped his life, his mother, Margaret Smith. The play demonstrates how Adam Smith has been interpreted through the ages and why he is relevant to the present time... 

Extremism

Extremism

Set in a class of sixteen year olds, Extremism explores the impact of counter-terrorism legislation PREVENT and growing Islamophobia in the UK. Upon entering the venue, a stern teacher calls for a straight line and good behaviour while handing out a quiz on PREVENT, immediately setting the scene... 

I, Sniper

I, Sniper

I Sniper, appropriately enough, starts with a bang. A group of Red Army soldiers march on stage as commands are barked at them in Russian, culminating in a chorus of ‘The Red Army is the Strongest’... 

Agenda

Agenda

Are men really from Mars and women from Venus? Is it still just a man's world? Will wearing the trousers make a difference and what is wrong with wearing skirts anyway? Do I have to be the breadwinner? Throw like a girl? Man up? Cluck like a hen or buck like a stag? Agenda is an episodic play that explores gender, the pressures of growing up and the struggle to find an identity. 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay... 

Specters

Specters

Specters is an outstanding adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts. This translation of the original text is directed by the famous contemporary Ukrainian director Polina Medvedeva. The play is making its Fringe debut after being performed for the first time in 2017 at the Kyiv theatre, Suzirja (headed by Iryna Batko-Stupka and Oleksii Kuzjhelnyi)... 

Addiction: The Untold Story

Addiction: The Untold Story

Addiction: The Untold Story and Love is inspired by a true story of one young man’s journey to redemption from sex addiction and alcoholism. A drama sprinkled with some audience improv and light comedy, Addiction deals with sex addiction head on... 

Shackleton's Stowaway

Shackleton's Stowaway

Making their debut at the Festival Fringe, Stolen Elephant Theatre bring to life one of the great voyages of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration in Shackleton’s Stowaway. In 1914, young welshman Perce Blackborow stowed away on Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, despite having been rejected as a crew member... 

Blackthorn by Charley Miles

Blackthorn by Charley Miles

Home is a powerful concept. It rejuvenates you but it can also demand; it gives you a solid base from which to move forward as well as the chains that hold you back. So what do you do if your home isn't just a place but also a person?In the village of Blackthorn, two children are born two years apart; Her - precocious, bright and curious - and Him - clumsy and bashful but brave and strong... 

A Joke

A Joke

It was irresistible, I suppose: part way through Dan Freeman’s absurdist play A Joke, the acclaimed Scottish actor John Bett turns to his co-stars to start a joke with: "Doctor, Doctor"... 

Gratiano

Gratiano

With Bassanio murdered, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past. He was never the hero, but did he play the villain? In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, set amongst the turmoil of post-war Italy, we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale to explore the politics of prejudice... 

Ciara

Ciara

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

The Magic Hour

The Magic Hour

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

...and Peggy

...and Peggy

Attempting to create a spin-off to one of the most beloved musicals of recent memory is a brave choice, and unfortunately it is a gamble that didn't pay off in this case....and Peggy is a spin-off to the hit musical Hamilton, focusing on the very minor character of Peggy Schuyler, and aims to show her side of the now-famous story behind the American War of Independence... 

Primrose Path

Primrose Path

Chriss and Damon are in love. They have rules, they have roles – and they play games. Sometimes, they hurt each other. When they play. Such is love. Love is winning. Chriss and Damon are in love... 

First Dates

First Dates

Come and join the members of the First Dates dating agency on their journey into the world of love. There are highs, lows and many, many secrets in this hilarious new piece of theatre... 

Artificial

Artificial

With an AI in every home, people have become increasingly insular, depending on and trusting their obliging personal robots as much as any person. Dom knows this as well as anyone. By day he sits alone in people's homes prescribing the correct unit for each family... 

Meek

Meek

The Traverse Festival program has jumped into action, already selling out full days' worth of shows at a time. The venue has high reputation for its new writing and for good reason... 

Dulce et Decorum Est: The Unknown Soldiers

Dulce et Decorum Est: The Unknown Soldiers

Tommy saw his whole regiment wiped out on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. In 1941, Ellen waved goodbye to her fiance as he left for Crete, two weeks before the German invasion of the island... 

The Vampire of Barcelona

The Vampire of Barcelona

In Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century, a vampire walks the streets, invisible to those who choose not to see her. Like a female child-catcher, Enriqueta Marti snatches children off the streets and uses their blood and bones to make the creams and potions that keep her wealthy clientele’s health and youthful looks... 

Punching Judy

Punching Judy

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

Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms tells the story of WWI through the inspiring true story of two soldiers, Noel and Christopher Chavasse. These twin brothers were both highly decorated soldiers who served with great distinction in the Great War... 

Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

Amy, a cleaner, has found a body in a hotel room. There’s a funny smell coming from one of Jim’s storage units. On a hot summer’s day, furious Kate takes her anger out on her lover Ben... 

Punk Rock

Punk Rock

Arts One Drama Company present Punk Rock by Simon Stephens. A company of high school and sixth form students from Sutton, Surrey, present the ferociously entertaining Punk Rock. The play follows the lives of private school students and the complex relationships that intertwine between their revision and exams... 

A Scarlet Letter

A Scarlet Letter

Hester Prynne on the entrenched injustice confronting women: 'the whole system of society [must be] torn down and built up anew.' How prescient The Scarlet Letter seems today. In spirit, Hester finds kindred with #MeToo and #timesup... 

The Dark Philosophers

The Dark Philosophers

A larger-than-life, theatrical celebration of the life and works of Gwyn Thomas. Set in the 1930s, the stories evoke a compelling wistfulness of life in the Rhondda Valley. Tales of death and exploitation, sex and family power are all bound together with wild humour and joyous humanity... 

The Women of Lockerbie

The Women of Lockerbie

‘Grief is a guest who stays too long.’ Days before Christmas, 1988, the small Scottish community lived among the dead, laying unmoved for days, as forensic investigators searched for evidence surrounding the bombing of Pan Am 103... 

The War of Jenkins' Ear

The War of Jenkins' Ear

Toby Jenkins hates boarding school. He doesn't fit in. When a new boy, Christopher, arrives and announces he is Jesus Christ, Toby is swept up into his strange world. Desperate to defend his new friend who promises miracles, Toby's life is turned upside down... 

No Honour in Blood

No Honour in Blood

When two Spartan warriors find themselves trapped and lost in the underworld, they must outwit a devious enemy, or remain forever in the land of the dead. 

Skirt

Skirt

Becs is a single mum and leader of the opposition party in Scotland. Oldest daughter Ellie is about to go off to university while Neve is still at primary school and struggling. Becs is offered the chance to head up the party at Westminster... 

The Front Page

The Front Page

ETA’s 25th anniversary production of The Front Page, an irresistible comedy with thrills and derring do set in a news room. An amazing array of characters capture the mood of 1920s Chicago in the intimate surroundings of St Ninian's Hall... 

Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

A man is bound to a chair with a sack over his head. He has to be held captive for two days. His captors are told not to speak to him under any circumstances. However, when the sack comes off, the bound man begins to manipulate and psychologically dissect the people holding him, turning them slowly against each other... 

DNA

DNA

Some teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right? 

Casanova Dreaming

Casanova Dreaming

The greatest master is passion, who makes slaves of us all... Asleep in bed with his first true love, 19-year-old Giacomo Casanova is visited by an old man who shows him his future – but is what he sees a promise or a warning? In this one-act drama, award-winning playwright Martin Foreman casts a sympathetic eye on the famous libertine and the women in his life... 

Bad Shakespeare

Bad Shakespeare

Nature versus nurture? Are villains born or bred? Can they ever find true redemption? Theater OCU explores Shakespeare's most villainous characters – Macbeth, Iago, Aaron, Tamora and Lady Macbeth – and asks the question: what is bad Shakespeare? **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Achilles’ Heel: TLC

Achilles’ Heel: TLC

Tony believes in the healing powers of stories; Iain’s been scrubbing his fingers since 3am; Saffron’s stalking her piano teacher. The group emerges: ready for therapy. But Cressida deflects her gaze... 

Female Transport

Female Transport

In a cramped cell aboard a ship, six prisoners are being shipped to a life of hard labour. During their six-month voyage, they endure hardship and suffering under the brutish regime of the ship’s crew... 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

In Underbelly’s Big Belly, the slow dripping from a leak in the roof onto the stage has never been a more apt presence in a production. The biggest strength this production has is its slow dripping of tension, successfully capturing the mood of the original 1898 classic gothic horror... 

Jumpers for Goalposts

Jumpers for Goalposts

After getting sacked from the Lesbian Rovers for being too bossy, Viv has a mission: to make five-a-side LGBT football team, Barely Athletic, league winners – and they’ve started well with a victory over Tranny United (who were playing in stilettos)... 

Antigone

Antigone

All eyes are on the city of Thebes. Antigone dares to raise the question: whose laws matter most – the laws of men or the laws that come from natural or divine justice? In defying the powerful Creon, Antigone’s stance invokes a timeless, moral issue and takes 'civil disobedience' to a very dark place indeed... 

Someone Somewhere by Sam Potter

Someone Somewhere by Sam Potter

Summer. A music festival. A group of friends celebrate their exam results. Hazel wants to get drunk. Diana wants to lose her virginity. Vampire Boy wants to change and Livi... well, Livi just wants to forget about everything that has happened for a while but some things are just too big to forget, even if it’s only for one weekend... 

City Love

City Love

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

Glasgow '14

Glasgow '14

Glasgow ’14 is a one man show, inhabiting the minds of four very different men and their experiences of mental illness. The backdrop is Glasgow 2014, and the events of the bin lorry crash at George Square... 

Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

'Of course I felt sorry for her I'm not f*cking heartless, I didn’t want her, whoever she is, to end up under a bush, god, but I didn’t want it to be me and your stupid f*cking dog that found her either... 

bad things happen here

bad things happen here

The nation has never been healthier. Crime is down. Streets are clean. Civility reigns. But out of the corner of your eye you might catch a glimpse of the men keeping things orderly... 

The Promise

The Promise

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

The Monster in the Hall

The Monster in the Hall

The Monster in the Hall by David Greig follows a day in the life of Duck Macatarsney as she cares for her dope-smoking biker father who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Duck is anxiously awaiting a visit from social services to check up on them and is terrified she will be taken into care... 

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Olivier Award-winning Guy Masterson, (Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm, Shylock), now brings Dickens' festive fable to vivid life. Globally renowned for his physical and vocal dexterity, Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, Fezziwigs, Cratchits and Tiny Tim in an enchanting performance that will dazzle and dunk you in Christmas Spirit – in Summer! (Why not? Australians do it!) A memory that will linger... 

The Steamie

The Steamie

Tony Roper's perennial comedy hit is sure to have you laughing and crying in this nostalgic, sad and very funny play. It's Hogmanay and Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers, with a little help from the not-so-handy Andy, are in a Glasgow wash house getting the washing done before the bells... 

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Join Meg and her band of misfits on a voyage through time and space. Strange creatures and magical lands unfold as our heroes bravely battle evil forces. Can they save the universe from darkness? The New Players Company from Ridgewood, NJ is back with a theatrical version of the classic novel (and blockbuster movie) A Wrinkle in Time... 

Statements

Statements

Until relatively recently in Western society, children with physical, sensory or learning disabilities, or a wide range of neural and behavioural challenges, were either institutionalised in "special" schools or abandoned to the back of the classroom... 

Starfish

Starfish

I’ve never seen a play in a 20-seat theatre before but, with the gentle storytelling of Starfish, a small venue seems right. Newly written by Luna Rose and performed by a bright-eyed cast of three, it’s the story of a romance and the bumps along the way... 

Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

A remarkable solo Hamlet from Horatio’s POV! Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, murder and betrayal with incredible performance, brilliant original music and Sir Derek Jacobi as Old Hamlet! Something is very right in the state of Denmark! Adapted and directed by Nick Hennegan, it's a must-see theatre event... 

bloominauschwitz

bloominauschwitz

This odyssey for the migrant era takes us through the great storm of 20th-century history in the company of literary hero Leopold Bloom. Escaping from his famous novel in search of a tribe to call his own, Bloom attempts to conjure his true identity... 

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro

Sir Nicholas Winton organized the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II in an operation that would later become known as the Czech Kindertransport. Chiaroscuro tells the story of both Winton’s remarkable and selfless act of heroism and the extraordinary journey of one particular group of children he saved. 

Eurydice

Eurydice

In this weird and wonderful adaptation of this mournful legend, Eurydice is presented by concentrating not on the passionate pilgrimage of Orpheus to retrieve his bride but on Eurydice’s descent into the jaws of death... 

The House of Edgar

The House of Edgar

Edgar Allan Poe is dead. His reputation ruined and his legacy crumbling, his work is all that remains. As a rival seizes Poe\'s estate, echoes of the past emerge. Inside these walls, are his stories simply marks on a page, or something else entirely? Based on the life and works of Poe, this critically acclaimed musical weaves the author\'s stories into a ghostly new tale... 

Animal Management

Animal Management

The Enquiry: Generation Z – not tough enough or the victims of an anxious world that just doesn’t care? The Experiment: one observation room, two psychologists and seven patients... 

The Amours of Lillie Langtry

The Amours of Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry, the most captivating and wicked woman of her time, has a scandalous secret. Will she reveal it and save her daughter from society's scorn? A new comedy by award-winning writer Joan Greening and starring Sarah Archer and Emma Hopkins... 

Entropy

Entropy

A physicist is on the brink of being able to explain the mysteries of the universe but still can’t figure out his volatile relationship with a rising star. In his struggle to grasp answers, he loses his grip on everything... 

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak was a Polish doctor and writer, who passionately championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love. Dr Korczak’s Example is set in 1942 in the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, where food is scarce, tempers rise and everyone wants to survive... 

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

‘I think it\'s high time women let themselves just be women for a change.’ Ball’s comedy is set in the early 90s in Knoxville, Tennessee during an ostentatious wedding reception for the despised Tracy Marlowe... 

Matthew 19:14

Matthew 19:14

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

The Ladies Loo Chronicles

The Ladies Loo Chronicles

The Ladies Loo Chronicles is a fun, feisty and female-powered performance. Join us, as we take you for a trip around the U-bend. Ever wondered what happens in the ladies loo?  

Chatroom

Chatroom

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

You All Know Me, I'm Jack Ruby!

You All Know Me, I'm Jack Ruby!

November 22nd 1963. The President was brutally slain and, as the world reeled, the press looked to political, criminal and cultural conspiracies for answers. Within 48 hours, suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down by nightclub owner Jack Ruby live on national television... 

Waiting

Waiting

You can't just take a break from your life. No matter how hard it gets, there's no pause button. We're like sharks. Keep moving or die. Victoria Young won't leave her flat. She's not going outside... 

The Maids

The Maids

This sensational new production from this award-winning theatre company explores the depths of depravity, power, sexual dominance and violent seduction. The great game is in play, the lust of all things decadent and powerful lead to destruction... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

BoxLit Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet like you've never seen it before! Combining cinematic film projection, live theatre and evocative music. Love battles with hate, passion battles with power, screens replace true human connection... 

How My Light Is Spent

How My Light Is Spent

'Kitty my hands have disappeared. Pardon?' Every Wednesday evening, Jimmy calls Kitty. Jimmy attempts to deal with his recent redundancy, his estrangement from his daughter and the fact he is literally becoming invisible... 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

JM Barrie's classic fairytale retold through the eyes of Glaswegian teenagers. Workshopped with young people to shine a new light on the old themes of fantasy, romance, youth and imagination. 

Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight

A distinguished company breathes life into the lusty age of Falstaff, including Sir John's audacious revels with his "King-in-waiting" Prince Hal, his preoccupation with sherry sack, and memoirs all of the very merry age of England... 

The Witches of Walderzeit

The Witches of Walderzeit

What makes a woman a witch? Who decides? Is it magical powers? Or are they simply women who dared to reject the status quo? In a forest where time moves as it wants, nine women, all accused of some form of defiance, come forward to tell their truths... 

Westminster Hour

Westminster Hour

Fatal consequences in this fast-paced and darkly comedic drama with unexpected twists. On the evening Home Secretary Archie Cornwall celebrates the passing of new, tougher sentencing for convicted paedophiles, a seemingly random shooting in South London leads a former lover to implicate Cornwall in a historic abuse case... 

DUPed

DUPed

Written and performed by Scotsman Fringe First Winner, John McCann (SPOILING, Traverse Theatre, 2014) and directed by Erasmus Mackenna. The Reverend Dr. Ian Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt... 

From the Mississippi Delta

From the Mississippi Delta

This touching and often humorous autobiographical account of a young girl's journey from the lowly back roads of the segregated south to the lofty ivory halls of academia is proof that some spirits cannot be broken. 

UnSpoken

UnSpoken

As funeral bells chime, a mysterious woman whispers a terrible secret to a grieving wife. Years later, now in therapy, the woman is driven to piece together the jigsaw of her life, the damning relationship with her father and the disturbing truth behind that secret whisper... 

Sherlock Holmes and the Conundrum of Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and the Conundrum of Conan Doyle

The supernatural. Sherlock Holmes, master of logic and deduction, attempts to solve his final mystery – why did his creator, a man of logic and science, believe in spirits and fairies? Thousands of people wait expectantly for a message from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from beyond the grave... 

Noël Coward's Still Life

Noël Coward's Still Life

'Forgive me? For everything. For meeting you, in the first place. For taking the piece of grit out of your eye. For loving you. For bringing you so much misery.' Coward’s classic play, which became David Lean’s iconic 1945 movie Brief Encounter, is a tale of innocent flirting and iced buns... 

The Political History of Smack and Crack

The Political History of Smack and Crack

'The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn.' The night of the Manchester uprising. That night should change everything. Drawing on his own personal experience, Ed Edwards’ script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity as he chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism... 

The School Film

The School Film

'What are great expectations? It means he's going to be rich. And a gentleman.' The whole school assemble in the hall to watch The School Film which turns out to be an old British classic from the 1940s, in black and white no less... 

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

We've all been there. The meal is over. It's time to settle up. But who had what? In this hilarious comedy from Robin Mitchell, two couples agree to split the bill, leading to confusion and laughs galore as their true personalities are revealed... 

17 Days *CANCELLED*

17 Days *CANCELLED*

Why is it so easy to stop fighting for something that, at one point, was everything? You meet people once, you love people once, you lose people once. 9:40pm. London. Ingrid is waiting for an answer... 

Stella

Stella

Greetings from The Giant's Causeway, Spring 1967... it's the annual social club trip for a group of knicker factory workers from industrial Middlesbrough, busy enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of Northern Ireland... 

Off-Kilter

Off-Kilter

Internationally renowned visual theatre artist returns with a dark, comedic, highly physical production incorporating illusions and masterful non-verbal storytelling. Joe Kilter has his own daily rituals – some even call it obsessive... 

Filth

Filth

From the writer of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh and Harry Gibson's relentless one-man show returns. Warning: this performance contains sleaze, power and the abuse of just about everything... 

Cry for the Moon

Cry for the Moon

Abbey Road Studios, 1975. Roger is recording the last track for his much anticipated second album. As his creative juices are running dry and time is running out, the studio is invaded by Syd, a long-lost childhood friend... 

The Island

The Island

The Island is an award-winning and acclaimed apartheid-era play written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona. Set on Robben Island and telling a moving story celebrating hope, passion and resilience... 

Blackout

Blackout

Inspired by the true story of a young offender from Glasgow who had committed a violent crime, Blackout is a hard-hitting play about getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again. 

Get Off the Couch

Get Off the Couch

A story of love, self-discovery, mental illness and ultimately taking responsibility for your own life. We follow three teens through therapy sessions, school days and new relationships: Gwen Bradman, the seemingly perfect girl; Jackson Powell, the boy who is stuck; and Cameron Shaw, a boy struggling with autism and a family who doesn’t understand him... 

Girls Like That

Girls Like That

Buzz. Click. Pop. Flash. An email. A message. When a naked photograph of Scarlett gets sent to everyone in her small school and goes viral, she becomes the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons... 

Papaya

Papaya

In Papaya, the illusion of the West is bloodied with false promises and red wine. Recent émigrés, a maid and her husband, experience their new lives in limbo. Adrift and muted, she is victim to the sexual advances of her employer, while counsel to his outspoken wife who suspects her husband's infidelity... 

The Isle of Muck

The Isle of Muck

Basil abandons university to join his Uncle January, an ageing party boy, on the sparsely populated Isle of Muck. He finds that his uncle, motivated by an irrational distrust for technology and the financial pressure of his castle's upkeep, has set up a rehabilitation centre for internet addicts... 

The Crucible

The Crucible

After married man John Proctor decides to break off his affair with his young lover, Abigail Williams, she leads other local girls in an occult rite to wish death upon his wife, Elizabeth... 

Darlings

Darlings

Night out. Pub. Friends – but one of them is a bit more than a mate, isn’t he? Eve watches Gabe flirt constantly, including with their waitress. He will come to her once the games are over... 

Blue Heart

Blue Heart

Two funny and disturbing short plays by Caryl Churchill. Heart’s Desire: a family await the return of their daughter from Australia, but the plot keeps diverging in surreal ways. Blue Kettle: a con-man attempts to persuade several different women that he is their long-lost biological son, but is thwarted by a verbal virus that seeps into the play... 

Kin

Kin

A dying father. Two estranged sisters reunite after 20 years. One night to bury the hatchet. In an airless room over a single night, they talk it out. When the only thing they have left in common disappears, is their relationship worth saving? Written by Max Dickins (The Man on the Moor and The Trunk), this gripping story of sibling rivalry examines the meaning of family... 

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Theatre Hooam makes a welcome return to the Fringe with the award-winning Black and White Tea Room. Jeong-Heong-So offers counselling in the tearoom, but takes one day off every year: the anniversary of his wife’s death... 

Ron the Plumber Meets God-Cilla

Ron the Plumber Meets God-Cilla

Comedy in a boiler suit with a lethal set of ratchets. One-liners, deranged frontal lobes and jokes hot from the porcelain. OCD plumber Ron takes you on a unique journey through the plumbing mysteries of England, alarmingly demonstrating suicide, traumatised French poodles, exploding chemical toilets, the disappearance of God and kamikaze lunch... 

Eat Me

Eat Me

This gripping new play is a dramatic exploration of three characters’ struggle with anorexia, as we watch Libby, Kate and Jonathan fight to regain control of their lives from the fourth character, Anorexic Voice... 

The Marilyn Conspiracy

The Marilyn Conspiracy

August 5, 1962. Marilyn Monroe is found dead! Official verdict: probable suicide. Seven people are present from 22:30 before police are finally called at 04:30. What do they discuss? In the style of 12 Angry Men, all the known facts are brought together, lies exposed, myths debunked... 

Outcast

Outcast

Growing up is hard. But growing up as immigrants? Even harder. Hania and Zuleikha Amin had always been part of a family that was slightly different but that was never a problem. However, after a local fire unsettles their life and brings forth many harsh obstacles they must face, they begin to question their place and future in Britain... 

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

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

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

Henry V – Lion of England

Henry V – Lion of England

Wild young Hal becomes King and lays claim to the French crown. Agincourt as never before! A solo tour de force through Shakespeare’s patriotic masterpiece. Incredible performance, brilliant original music and SFX... 

Vivian’s Music, 1969

Vivian’s Music, 1969

Inspired by real events: in 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest bursting with racial tension, a 14-year-old black girl, Vivian, was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history... 

The Ladder

The Ladder

Starring husband and wife, Rob Rouse (Upstart Crow - BBC2, 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Channel 4) and Helen Rutter (Coronation Street - ITV, Playing with Fire - National Theatre) and based on a true story... 

Coriolanus Vanishes

Coriolanus Vanishes

A tense, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller. Chris experienced three deaths, one after another. She's in prison awaiting trial. But she doesn’t exactly know why... 

Lost in Thought

Lost in Thought

Felicity's on a fantastic date... except she's stuck in the restaurant toilet, trapped by nothing but her own alarming thoughts. If living in her brain is this difficult, how is she ever going to live a normal adult life? A new play from Lucy Danser – **** (WhatsOnStage... 

The Greatest Play in the History of the World...

The Greatest Play in the History of the World...

A love story, set on Preston Road, and also in space and in time. A man wakes in the middle of the night to discover that the world has stopped. Through the crack in his bedroom curtains, he can see no signs of life at all... 

Nick and Nina

Nick and Nina

In a tiny living room in Edinburgh, a fraught long-term friendship reaches its breaking point. Nick and Nina have been best friends since they were children, but now in their mid-twenties, life has gotten in the way – with the world constantly changing around them, how were they supposed to keep up? Neither knows that the other is struggling, and choose to cling to an image of their friend which is long outdated, until Nick\\\'s impending arrest forces them to confront each other... 

Risk

Risk

'Free copy of Risk magazine with chocolate biscuits' shout Gabby and Matt at South Kensington Tube station. They also, of course, like chocolate biscuits (who doesn't?!) and intend to keep some for themselves... 

Angelos and Barry: A Matter of Life and Death

Angelos and Barry: A Matter of Life and Death

BBC's Angelos Epithemiou and Channel 4's Barry from Watford return with a new show following their sell-out tour. Barry wants to tell you all about his career in showbiz 'at the end of the pier' while Angelos is onstage to discuss art, poetry, literature and all the other stuff no one is meant to understand... 

The Abode

The Abode

Welcome to the subconscious fantasy realm of oppressed white American men! Davey Anderson\'s new play follows young Samuel into the alt-right. Samuel feels like an outsider, unvalued in his own country... 

Queens of Sheba

Queens of Sheba

Queens of Sheba tells the stories of four black women who have been turned away from a night club for 'being too black' (based on the Dstrkt night spot incident of 2015). The drama focuses on the rise of Misogynoir (misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles in bias)... 

A Good Enough Girl?

A Good Enough Girl?

It’s 2025 - a world of mystery, spies and secret missions. The history of women has been erased but in every regime there’s a resistance… are you courageous enough to write their stories all over again... 

Trainspotting Live

Trainspotting Live

Acclaimed immersive adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s classic, staged in a unique tunnel beneath Edinburgh’s streets. The audience are literally part of the action, including the notorious ‘worst toilet in Scotland’ scene... 

Yen

Yen

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

Tremor

Tremor

Sherman Theatre: Regional Theatre of the Year – The Stage Awards 2018. Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe... 

All the Lights Are On

All the Lights Are On

Typical Emmy, to turn brain cancer into a game! Her husband attempts to care for her, even as the illness eats away the woman he knows and loves, and her mother holds faith with internet voodoo and blueberry juice... 

I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife: A Play by Christopher Bliss

I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife: A Play by Christopher Bliss

Award-winning comedian Rob Carter's cult-hit creation, Christopher Bliss, is back. The worst novelist in Shropshire has written, directed, and cast himself in his first ever play, alongside both of his friends... 

Kokoda

Kokoda

With the Japanese army rampaging through the South Pacific in 1942, the battle to save Australia is being fought along New Guinea's infamous Kokoda track by a motley militia of poorly trained young Australians plucked off the streets of Melbourne and Sydney... 

Build a Rocket

Build a Rocket

'Scarborough is turning into Tenerife. This is global warming gone wrong. This isn't the story of Icarus and Daedalus. It's Yasmin and Jack. And we won't fly too close to the sun. We'll fly through the f*cker... 

WEIRD

WEIRD

Critically acclaimed company return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Yasmin feels different, she feels weird. She longs to be normal like everyone else but that’s proving difficult... 

One Woman Sex and the City

One Woman Sex and the City

Parody on love, friendship and shoes. A loving send-up takes audiences through a laughter-infused six seasons of the beloved show. Comedic whirling dervish Kerry Ipema portrays Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they brunch, banter, argue and swoon over men and Manolos... 

...And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel

...And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel

Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M'Lord) returns in this sell-out one-man show about friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy, the show takes place during Laurel's visit to the dying man... 

Outside

Outside

As the UK emerges from a state-mandated curfew, three young friends see their newfound freedom arrive but with shackles of its own. What does it mean to come of age in an age quickly running out of options? A brand-new dramedy produced in association with the Pleasance Trust... 

After the Cuts

After the Cuts

Produced by Raw Material, in association with the Beacon Arts Centre. A dark comedy by Gary McNair, directed by Beth Morton. It's the future; just like now, but a bit more... well, shitey... 

Looking for Lightning

Looking for Lightning

An inspirational story of courage, caution and perseverance and humor. Facing a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis head on, McLean takes us on a journey from the fast-paced life of Hollywood to Canada to India and the feet of yoga master BKS Iyengar... 

Taiwan Season: The Delusion of Home

Taiwan Season: The Delusion of Home

From the Chiayi area of southern Taiwan comes this strong and original documentary-style depiction of local contemporary life refracted through one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies... 

Not in Our Neighbourhood

Not in Our Neighbourhood

Maisey Mata, a filmmaker, is invited by the Women's Refuge to document their clients in order to raise awareness about domestic violence. There, she encounters Sasha, Cat and Teresa – three individuals living together in the safe house, seeking solace and trying to rebuild their lives: all performed by award-winning actor Kali Kopae... 

Dancing on Ice Tour 2018: Glasgow

Dancing on Ice Tour 2018: Glasgow

The Dancing on Ice Live UK Tour will be skating back across the country next year, starring the legendary Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Following a four year break, this spectacular new show will perform all over the UK throughout March and April 2018... 

The Moderate Soprano

The Moderate Soprano

The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten. Together with his formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs... 

The Plough and The Stars

The Plough and The Stars

Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets... 

The Best Man

The Best Man

Two opposing presidential party candidates are neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination. The only thing that separates the ex-Secretary of State and his populist opponent is an endorsement from a respected ex-President... 

Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude is an idiosyncratic fable told though the eyes of the most unlikely pairing:  a compulsive, self-destructive young man who attends funerals for entertainment and a devil-may-care, septuagenarian bohemian... 

The Divide Part 2

The Divide Part 2

The Divide, presented in two parts, is a tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The show is directed by Annabel Bolton, an Associate Director of The Old Vic... 

Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the execution. Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from 13 January for a limited run... 

The Seagull

The Seagull

Unrequited love. Creative jealousy. Guns. Vodka and Art. Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new adaptation by Olivier-award winning playwright Simon Stephens directed by Sean Holmes and starring Lesley Sharp as Irina Arkadina... 

Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur

'You don't have to tell me about sadomasochism. I'm in the theatre' Natalie Dormer and David Oakes star in the West End premiere of David Ives’ critically acclaimed Broadway smash hit, VENUS IN FUR... 

Apologia

Apologia

Tony and Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Joseph Millson (The Last Kingdom) star in a new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s darkly funny play about family and its secrets... 

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

Two tramps, Didi and Gogo wait on a country road by a tree for a man named Godot. They don’t know what he looks like or when they were supposed to meet. They don’t know what they asked him for or what he will do when he gets there... 

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

It is a rare treat to hear a dramatised performance of Shakespeare’s first published work, Venus and Adonis. Publishedin 1593, the poem became the bestseller of its day, helped to a certain extent by the closure of theatres during an outbreak of plague... 

The Fall

The Fall

In a month where white supremacists have marched through the streets over Charlottesville in protest against the removal of a Confederate statue, there could not be a more relevant time to tell the story of #Rhodesmustfall... 

Hide

Hide

As a big fan of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, I was very excited to see Boiling Point’s spin-off. It plays with some of the main themes of the original story: a concentration on the splitting of personalities and the dangers which ensue... 

Hell Has No Fury

Hell Has No Fury

In this show, you will empathise with a child killer. A bold promise from TwentySomething theatre company when they stage Hell Has No Fury with only a monologue and three outward facing mirrors (lit with spooky candles for good measure) for support... 

Wondr

Wondr

Simone James stars in Wondr, Poppy Burton-Morgan’s debut as a playwright with Metta Theatre. Social media phenomenon Faith Allgood explodes into the digital world inspiring her masses of online followers as a ‘digilante’, hooked on her phone and her need to self-gratify through making a difference... 

Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Amidst the large amount of political theatre at the Fringe, Dear Home Office: Still Pending sticks out. And not just because the cast members are all actual refugees. They’re non-professional actors who, in several cases... 

Beautiful Little Fool

Beautiful Little Fool

As one of the most famous American authors of all time, many people will know of F. Scott Fitzgerald and yet the woman behind the man, his wife Zelda, has been overlooked for the most part... 

Human Animals

Human Animals

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

1984

1984

George Orwell’s magnum opus novel 1984 is eerily relevant today despite being published in 1949 and shows us a world of constant war, omnipresent surveillance and propaganda conditioning... 

Wired

Wired

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

Speaking in Tongues: The Lies

Speaking in Tongues: The Lies

Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues: The Lies is one half of a Doughnut Productions double bill showing at the Pleasance Courtyard this August. Matched by its sister play The Truths, The Lies gives us a glimpse of the lives of four married individuals who initiate a quartet of love and infidelity... 

Fragile Man

Fragile Man

On a cliff edge somewhere, a man is about to jump to his death when he is stopped by a psychology professor. To a soundtrack of shrill digital sounds and heavy breathing, what follows is a conversation scouring the deepest and darkest caverns of masculinity, trauma, faith and loneliness... 

Twenty Something

Twenty Something

Morning People Productions’ self-written and self-directed Twenty Something is a wonderful, shrewd new play about the whirlwind of realities and disappointments in young adult life, set to an angsty soundtrack and showcasing some brilliant young talent... 

The Ballad of Paragon Station

The Ballad of Paragon Station

Theatre is always at its most powerful when you feel truly transported into someone else’s reality. This is exactly what The Ballad of Paragon Station achieves through its profound story and captivating performance... 

Nora and Jim

Nora and Jim

Though history favours certain people and ends up silencing others, theatre can be a means of trying to give a voice to those whose perspectives have been lost. Nora and Jim does just that, imagining how Nora Barnacle, James Jocye’s partner, would reply to Jim’s letters... 

Freedom

Freedom

Based on the true story of a Ugandan orphan, Amelia, whose parents died in a house fire. Freedom powerfully depicts the themes of sex slavery, domestic violence and misogyny set against the backdrop of life in 1980’s Uganda... 

The Man Who Couldn't Dance

The Man Who Couldn't Dance

Set in the heart of Scotland, The Man Who Couldn't Dance is a story of first love, broken promises and surviving suburbia in the aftermath of a broken heart. Starring Louise Burke (Scotland) and Aidan O'Callaghan (Ireland)... 

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... 

Lear

Lear

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

A Different Way Home

A Different Way Home

In A Different Way Home we hear from two estranged members of the same family as they share their sides of a complex family story with us – chiefly how they manage grief after loss of a family member... 

Cathy

Cathy

50 years ago, Ken Loach’s TV drama, Cathy Come Home, won plaudits for its gritty and honest treatment of homelessness. Cardboard Citizens’ latest production takes inspiration from the film, exploring contemporary homelessness in the context of a failing British housing system... 

Girls

Girls

Deeply political, magnificently performed and filled with tense action and witty dialogue, Girls manages to grip and amaze the audience with its characters and powerful message from start to finish... 

Good With Maps

Good With Maps

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

Seanmhair

Seanmhair

The initial experience one is met with when the lights dim for Seanmhair (pronounced shen-a-var) is breathtaking. Flashes of light, dazzling expressive actors, intense dialogue delivered at breakneck speed as moments of levity are sprinkled amongst the drama effortlessly and sometimes so quickly the audience don’t catch them all... 

Creatives

Creatives

At a college songwriting class in Chicago, an end-of-year competition involves the students performing each other’s anonymous submissions for a celebrity guest judge. It’s like no contest I’ve ever heard of in real life, and there’s something gloriously petty about the characters’ investment in it – it’s all very musical theatre dahling... 

Questioning Aslan: An Evening With CS Lewis

Questioning Aslan: An Evening With CS Lewis

CS Lewis and a troubled, questioning student in a scintillating and spellbinding 90 minutes in the study of the famous Oxford don and bestselling author. The production was a huge hit at the the 2013 Fringe with a four-star review from BroadwayBaby... 

If Only: An Audience With Rudyard Kipling

If Only: An Audience With Rudyard Kipling

An exciting new play about Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling, exploring his extraordinary life and the devastating personal consequences of WWI. Discover fresh insights into the man who was the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and once Britain's most popular writer... 

iDENTiTY

iDENTiTY

While most sketch shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe play up to their comic roots, Anomaly Theatre Company are adding a touch of the macabre with their dystopian show iDENTiTY. From a salesman using search histories as blackmail to a laboratory for foetus production, these sketches present our world as we know it, but with grim exaggeration that feels as much like a warning as entertainment... 

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None is difficult as a play. The self-serious tone of the novel feels contrived on stage, and actually seeing people thrust into such a contrived scenario in person is patently camp compared to reading it on the page... 

We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)

We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)

EastEnders fans will remember experiencing shock and upheaval at the revelation that the culprit of a long-running murder whodunnit was 10 year old Bobby Beale. Prepare to relive those feelings again in Paperback Theatre’s We Need To Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders), written by George Attwell Gerhards and directed by Lucy Bird... 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

All-female Australian group Essential Theatre present their own gender-swapped take on Shakespeare’s classic. An intriguing concept, the production itself shows flashes of brilliance but also plenty of missed opportunities... 

Next!

Next!

Next! is a gritty, thought-provoking and poignant comedy illustrating the trials and tribulations of three unequivocally unique and extraordinary individuals. Enjoy their hilarious and calamitous excursions into love, life, loss and the search for whatever might be next…  

Young and Fresh

Young and Fresh

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

Tea and Nuisance

Tea and Nuisance

In 1950s Britain there is a rose garden. Among the wildflowers there sits a peculiar looking glass and many curious tea sets. Here we find Al, a girl made for living, however, she suffers from a terrible cough and a troubling reflection... 

The Dame

The Dame

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

Gazing at a Distant Star

Gazing at a Distant Star

Gazing at a Distant Star follows three lives individually dealing with their own losses. First we are introduced to the boisterous but relatable everyman, Arun, working in a call centre to raise enough money for university... 

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm is the story of Flora Poste, a bright young thing who finds herself forced to live with her relatives in the countryside. On arrival, she finds the farm in rack and ruin, being destroyed by the doomed Starkadders: Amos, preaching hellfire and damnation, Cousin Judith, racked with remorse and desperately seeking redemption in the tea leaves, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben... 

Dark Satanic

Dark Satanic

England, 1823: the Industrial Revolution and a changing world. Helen works their farm alone while her husband toils in the factories of a newly industrialised Manchester. As the harsh winter bites, Helen realises it isn't only the world that's changing, it's her... 

Tartuffe

Tartuffe

Moliere’s classic comedy is one of the great originals that have been remade, adapted, musicalised and everything else-ised over the years. But, as with most classics, the original is still the best, and this is the original, brilliantly and wittily adapted by Roger McGough! The plot: a power hungry impostor uses fear and religion to gain power... 

Would You Adam and Eve It?

Would You Adam and Eve It?

Take two funny men and ask them to create a hilarious dash through Genesis and Exodus in just under 90 minutes. Lots of laughs and floods and snakes and plagues. Thou must turn up and have a good giggle... 

Pronoun

Pronoun

The Actor's Centre Theatre Company, Jersey, make their Edinburgh Festival premiere with Evan Placey's critically acclaimed play. A love story about transition, testosterone, and James Dean... 

Everest Calling

Everest Calling

Sunnyhill School wants pupils that push the limits. 'What's your Everest?' is the headmaster's rallying cry. The results are unexpected; pupil chaos is unleashed. The school hits full-on crisis mode as students Keldan and Lucy head to the dark side... 

Theresa di Maggio

Theresa di Maggio

Theresa is a woman of the Italian high society, married to a respectable husband and lost in a betrayal that initially seems to bring a breath of fresh air to the solitude she has always lived in... 

A Level Playing Field

A Level Playing Field

A fast-paced dramatic/comedic representation of the stresses of 21st-century student life. Within a caged classroom where 11 students spend exam isolation, the play comically approaches the flaws of school relationships, education and society... 

Side Orders

Side Orders

'You can open your eyes now'. Tinder, tea, falafel, fear. Amina wants to be a stand-up comedian. Lily doesn’t know what she wants to be, but she’s trying to be PC. A chance meeting in a chip shop with glitter-ball artist Bobbi makes them the focus of his new artwork forcing all of them to question; what does it mean to be lonely today? Following the success of Twix: ‘A definite must see at Edinburgh fringe’ (AYoungerTheatre... 

The Lucky Durhams: The First Day of the Somme

The Lucky Durhams: The First Day of the Somme

This play, set against the historically accurate backdrop of the first day of the Somme, features fictitious soldiers from the Durham Pals regiment, preparing for the big push. Extensive research of the Durham Light Infantry and local events have shaped the script, with reference to actual newspaper articles... 

The Bothy

The Bothy

Scotland. Post Great War. Three men of different societal class coincidentally bunker down in a bothy for a night telling stories of war and philosophising about life thereafter. A weave of tales and theories are told only for them to discover that their own paths are interwoven resulting in this intersection... 

The Tempest

The Tempest

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

Interrobang

Interrobang

Connor and George have been long acquainted, but as Connor's reality is distorted, do they really know each other that well? Interrobang is a new piece of writing looking at mental health from a feminist viewpoint. 

Professional

Professional

Half past five on a Friday evening, and a school’s electronic door-locking system shuts down for the weekend… with four teachers still in the staff room. Claustrophobia sets in... 

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

Alan Ayckbourn's comedy for our times. When Martin and his sister Hilda move into respectable Bluebell Hill, they quickly decide to band together with their neighbours to keep out undesirable elements... 

Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Executed by student acting troupe The Hurtwood Corner from performing arts college Hurtwood House, Seven Devils is a play exploring the trials of down-on-their-luck Manhattan residents in the 1920s, centred around their local speakeasy... 

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... 

A Compendium of Lost Things

A Compendium of Lost Things

A man collects stories of lost keys and dreams gone astray, wayward wallets and absent loved ones, abandoned playthings and misplaced memories. A troupe of players pluck tales from his compendium and weave them together, moving from song to puppetry to physical theatre to naturalism, finally focusing in on fractured voices of those who have lost nearly everything... 

Under My Thumb

Under My Thumb

CultureClash Theatre consume the audience in Cassiah Joski-Jethi’s gripping political play Under My Thumb. Directed meticulously by James Haddrell, we are locked in a dark, dank and oppressive basement, ‘The Snug’ – Assembly Roxy’s new theatre space – along with six women who have been imprisoned for their crimes against society... 

Tshepang: The Third Testament

Tshepang: The Third Testament

Casting a blinding light on the atrocities of human nature, Tshepang: The Third Testament is a harrowing portrayal of the true story of Baby Tshepang – a nine-month-old South African baby who was brutally raped in 2001... 

Pixel Dust

Pixel Dust

Pixel Dust is a rare thing: a piece of theatre about the internet that isn’t utterly technophobic. That shouldn’t feel like something radical but, sadly, it is and it’s hugely refreshing to see a piece of theatre that isn’t hell bent on decrying the evils and dangers of social media that we’ve all heard before... 

Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time

Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time

Chamberlain has been relegated to history as one of life’s wishful thinkers. The famous photo of him proudly waving the Munich Agreement live on as a symbol of failed negotiation and blistering naivety towards Hitler’s evil... 

The Cause of Thunder

The Cause of Thunder

It’s two years after the referendum, and Bob Cunningham has stuff on his mind: whether or not to take early retirement, politics and what to do about the no vote, Brexit, Corbyn, refugees… that weird thing about rising into the heavens… and not forgetting the letter from Ethel, his ex... 

Mies Julie

Mies Julie

Yael Farber’s critically acclaimed Mies Julie has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe and it’s easy to see why, with its incisive portrayal of colonialism, gender politics, and white privilege it’s arguably more relevant now than when it first premiered in 2012... 

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

A show about the evocative powers of art must be particularly effective in practicing what it preaches. Emma Rice’s final production with Kneehigh succeeds in being a delight for all the senses... 

Heroes

Heroes

Exploding Whale Theatre’s coming of age romp Heroes is set against the backdrop of Bowie’s rise to superstardom in 1972. A time when Bowie was inspiring misfits and outsiders to release their inner selves, and while the bright lights of the city seemed so much more adventurous and exciting than small town mundanity... 

Me, as a Penguin

Me, as a Penguin

Tom Wells’s Me, as a Penguin, performed this August by Exeter University Theatre Company, is both a fun and melancholy look at loneliness, love and family. Stitch is living with his heavily pregnant sister Liz and her unprepared husband Mark in Hull, trying to give his social and sexual identity the space it needs to bloom... 

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... 

Your Point of View

Your Point of View

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

Birdland by Simon Stephens

Birdland by Simon Stephens

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

Women at War

Women at War

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

Bacchae

Bacchae

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

The Last Queen of Scotland

The Last Queen of Scotland

The Last Queen of Scotland is a bold and original new piece of writing by Jaimini Jethwa, commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep, and produced by Stellar Quines... 

10 Rillington Place

10 Rillington Place

10 Rillington Place is successful in creating a chillingly uncanny aura; a domestic scene is twisted from the familiar into the unthinkable. Telling as true and horrifying a story as the serial murders by John Christie at 10 Rillington Place is no easy job to do well... 

Patience

Patience

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

Penetrator

Penetrator

Edinburgh flatmates Max and Alan are perfectly happy swapping banter and joints after a long day of doing nothing. Then their old friend Tadge arrives, AWOL from the army, and acting very strangely... 

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans is a really, really horrible play. A new work by Dan Pick, the piece describes one day in the life of an unnamed man in Port Glasgow. Wasting time, money and relationships, the man is suffering from severe alienation... 

The Play

The Play

Unafraid to show the peaks and troughs of getting over an upsetting event, TheForgottenMoose Theatre Company put on an endearing performance of their original piece: The Play.The Play tells the story of two flatmates... 

Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters

Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters

This play is an abridged version of the stage adaptation of late novelist Terry Pratchett’s sixth Discworld book which is in itself a parody of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Confused? Don’t worry; all the tropes are there: three witches, a murdered king, an ambitious wife and a child with a destiny and possibly a crown... 

Someone Dies at the End

Someone Dies at the End

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

How to Act

How to Act

How to Act is set up as a masterclass in acting with a fantastic twist that brings questions of race and gender into a topical debate. Robert Goodale plays Anthony Nicholl, the teacher who welcomes the audience as though they are about to watch a masterclass, which we certainly are... 

My Real Life

My Real Life

Noel has multiple sclerosis. As he sees it his next few months will be an inevitable, excruciating descent into paralysis and eventually death. His body has already started to go. And so Noel records his final goodbye on a tape recorder for his friend Rich, a final memento for the living before he takes his own life... 

The Edelweiss Pirates

The Edelweiss Pirates

A touching piece of theatre, the young performers of Parker & Snell Youth Company have created an effective retelling of The Edelweiss Pirates and their struggle during the Second World War in Hitler’s Germany... 

Changelings

Changelings

Pucqui Collaborative’s Changelings is a thoughtful story about two very different existences colliding and attempting to translate one another. Totally immersed in the midst of a deep jungle and surrounded by birdsong and running water, we encounter the meeting of Mowgli (Nicole Palomba) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Puck (Robin Ian HallSmith), a character displaced from his usual forest haunt to a less familiar but no less magical setting... 

Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central is a play based on true events, written and directed by Lauren Dowie. This gritty, hard-hitting piece of theatre promotes Scotland’s talent and conveys urban stories about Scotland which are rarely told... 

Stiff Dicky

Stiff Dicky

Theatre aiming to portray the lives of millennials is so often completely wrong and patronising (no, we don’t say the word ‘rad’ any more, or believe that wearing snapbacks is anything but a travesty)... 

Died Blondes

Died Blondes

Marilyn Monroe, movie star. Ruth Ellis, murderer. Infamous women. Famous last words re-imagined by award-winning writer Joan Ellis as she transports you from Hollywood to Holloway. What secrets did JFK’s mistress, Marilyn Monroe whisper down the phone to ex-husband Joe DiMaggio the night she died? How could Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, justify to lover, David Blakely her reason for shooting him? Piecing together the latest theories, Joan Ellis enables two so-called dumb blondes to find their voice... 

A While With Seamus Heaney

A While With Seamus Heaney

A heartfelt tribute to Ireland's late Nobel Poet by award-winning Ulster actor-director Larry McCluskey. The poems are set within a frame of live music and critical and, at times, witty commentary by an actor who knows the Ulster landscape... 

The D-Day Dodgers. An Attempt to Right a Wrong.

The D-Day Dodgers. An Attempt to Right a Wrong.

One million people on all sides were killed in Italy in WW2. This didn't stop a British politician calling the allied troops 'D-Day Dodgers'. Their response? Don't get mad, get even! Well, it was to write and perform a satirical song about said politician... 

Ivona, Princess of Burgundia – Tibaldus

Ivona, Princess of Burgundia – Tibaldus

Timeau De Keyser, Hans Mortelmans and Simon De Winne – together known as Tibaldus – are one of Belgium’s most exciting and innovative young companies whose work is fierce, surprising and thrilling... 

Freedom

Freedom

Based on the true story of a Ugandan orphan, Amelia, whose parents died in a house fire. Freedom powerfully depicts the themes of sex slavery, domestic violence and misogyny set against the backdrop of life in 1980’s Uganda... 

Not About Heroes

Not About Heroes

Too often, we see the First World War as a stretch of years where only war happened, followed by years where the art about the war exploded in its disruptive manner. However, this is not the case, and Not About Heroes seeks to challenge that by telling us the story of some of the war’s two most famous poets: Wilfred Owen and Siefried Sassoon... 

Glitter Punch

Glitter Punch

Some Riot theatre's new play is a rollercoaster of love, loss and the passion and pain of being young that hooks you from the first word, makes you fall in love with it then breaks your heart in the process... 

Heather

Heather

Fifty years ago, Roland Barthes told us to forget what we know about an author when reading a text. Today, writers tweet every hour, grace the broadsheets every weekend and even host their own media channels... 

Stand By

Stand By

There’s a real sense of excitement in the run-up to Stand By, not least thanks to the slightly-unusual venue—inside an Army Reserve Centre in the north of the New Town. 

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... 

Lunch Girls

Lunch Girls

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

Dirty Bitches

Dirty Bitches

This play tells the story of Sophia, a street prostitute, and Serephina, a high class escort. These two women, both in their mid sixties, are coerced by Royston into meeting each other for the first time, or so they think... 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

It's 1956, when men slayed business on the golf course and women had the dinner waiting. Sir John Falstaff is past his prime and down on his luck; his need for quick cash and his gross underestimation of these (not so desperate) housewives has riotous results! Watch as Mistress Page and Mistress Ford exact their revenge through a rousing story of hilarious jealousies and mischievous misunderstandings... 

I Am Your Love Story

I Am Your Love Story

Period production set in India in the 1940s, staging a spiritual journey two people take as they step foot into the theatre of life. Challenging, full of energy and humour with a strong educational direction. 

The Pitchfork Disney

The Pitchfork Disney

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

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Woyzeck ekes out a living on a meagre wage, earning pennies by eating peas for a dodgy clinical trial, while his wife cheats on him and everyone finds him pathetic. It’s enough to drive a person mad! FramBag is fizzingly back on top form for the festival this year with another twist on a classic... 

Home Front – Front Line

Home Front – Front Line

Home Front – Front Line tells the story of WWII through the lives of a young couple: Lizzie, a young woman serving on the home front with the Women's Land Army, and Tom, serving on the front line as a soldier... 

Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart

In 1950s Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the Mcgrath sisters have returned home. Lenny, the oldest sister is unmarried and facing dwindling marriage prospects; Meg, the middle sister, has returned after a failed stint in Hollywood and the youngest sister, Babe is out on bail after shooting her husband... 

NSFW

NSFW

'The articles are shit. No offence, Charlotte. But no one buys our publication principally for the literature. I think it’s important to recognise that.' Lad’s mag Doghouse is in trouble: after a topless image of an underage girl is featured, her furious father threatens to bring down the magazine... 

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Powerful one-man show based on the much-loved WWI novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse). George Stagnell plays 17-year-old Tommo Peaceful and everyone else he remembers as he looks back on his short but wonderful life: from growing up in rural England with his brother Charlie, falling in love with the same girl, to the terrors the brothers face together in the trenches... 

A Feyre Tale

A Feyre Tale

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

An Actor's Tribute

An Actor's Tribute

An Actor's Tribute combines new writing with devised content and improv to create a piece of theatre that explores the highs and lows of life from an actor’s point of view. It’s become a tradition for students at Oxbridge to perform variations on the theme of an actor’s tribute, and because the content is guided by the students, each year’s production is unique... 

Vaccine

Vaccine

Vaccine is a searing new drama created by the newly formed Warwick University company, Juvenilia. It is an intense psychological drama, exploring the tensions and power shifts between the patients and staff of a psychiatric institution... 

Space Dogs

Space Dogs

Space Dogs is a historical comedy drama set in the early days of the Cold War. It tells the story of Strelka and Belka, two of the first living beings to ever reach outer space and return alive... 

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... 

Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring

Jack and Annie had the perfect relationship, right up until the day they didn't anymore. Now she's dead, he's lost and nothing makes sense any more, but at least the zombie apocalypse is – probably – not nigh... 

Empty Shoes

Empty Shoes

Imagine a lifetime of feeling invisible. A man held together by ritual and routine is drawn to the edge of a precipice, seeking escape. Trapped in a life he did not choose, oppressed by duty to others, past and present converge as he contemplates his existence... 

Bassett

Bassett

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

Dick in Space

Dick in Space

The biggest Dick in the universe is on a plural mission: murder investigation, self-destruction and solving the riddles of the universe – taking on God, Napoleon and unruly human organs on the way... 

The Importance of Being Frank

The Importance of Being Frank

Wilde's much loved masterpiece gets a 1980s revamp. John Worthing and his egocentric friend Andrew Moncrieff fall in love with two naive girls. However, there's a problem – both girls are adamant they could only ever love a man called Frank... 

Loud in Babel

Loud in Babel

It is 2057 and the world’s population has reached 10 billion. To prevent unsanctioned births, British law states that no male and female can be allowed to be alone together in a private place... 

I'm Always the Bridesmaid

I'm Always the Bridesmaid

Halfway through David Tsonos’ tedious and rambling show, a former boyfriend, one of the many trotted out as a manifested recollection from the trio of bridesmaids, appears before… 

Cockamamy

Cockamamy

Cockamamy is an adjective meaning ludicrous or nonsensical. For Alice, a woman suffering from dementia, it is more than a high scoring word on an episode of Countdown. Living with her granddaughter, Rosie, this word acts as a means of describing what is happening to her... 

City Love

City Love

City Love provides an honest and hard-hitting look at relationships, starting with a chance encounter between two young London professionals on a night bus. Utilising a delicate combination of monologues, narrative and physicality, the two-person cast lead us through the emotional journey of their subsequent relationship... 

Fox and Hound Presents 1 in 2 Chance

Fox and Hound Presents 1 in 2 Chance

As her lead character, Helen Fox explains that one out of every two people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 2 Chance is a new play by Fox exploring what that diagnosis means, not just to the sick person, but to those around her... 

Gypsy Queen

Gypsy Queen

Despite Hope Theatre Company’s name, this production did not leave me very hopeful about the issue it was raising – that of discrimination against LGBT people in sport. However, in dealing with this potentially delicate issue, Gypsy Queen achieves a good balance between funny and moving in this clever new two-hander... 

Avalon

Avalon

This is an insight into a piece of work in its infancy, and it does have a long way to go before it stands on its own two feet. This staged read though of Avalon is littered with clumsy tropes, a lack of consistency in its world building, and an ambiguity in what it is trying to achieve... 

Speaking in Tongues: The Truths

Speaking in Tongues: The Truths

Sometimes, just one good idea is enough to make a show a success. It seem that this is what Doughnut Productions were counting on with their production of Speaking In Tongues: The Truths... 

Raton Laveur

Raton Laveur

Raton Laveur – meaning raccoon – is an original, bold, black comedy brought to us by Australian theatre company Fairly Lucid Productions, who are making their debut at the Edinburgh Festival this year... 

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith is an amusing farce about a doctor’s waiting room filled with patients in desperate need of solutions to their relationship problems.This is a production written by Caitlin Sherret in her teenage years that she has adapted in order to take a step into the exciting world of theatre... 

Sleepwalkers

Sleepwalkers

Opening with an audio recording of various real-life political statements – given by both normal citizens and political leaders – Sleepwalkers quickly registers its interest in populism... 

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Based on the true story of the senseless, unsolved stabbing of a teenager, Dan Bishop’s dark comedy explores the impact random acts of violence have on young people, and their understanding of the world... 

Frozen

Frozen

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

Beauty

Beauty

'What is an artist without his muse?' Beauty constantly asks this question as it delves into what it really means to create a legacy as an artist, and investigates how morals are explored and brought into question in the world of art... 

About a Goth

About a Goth

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

Stegosaurus

Stegosaurus

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

The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

Hollywood: home to the fools who dream. Evie Edwards is not the first and certainly won’t be the last aspiring actress to fall for its charm and promise of stardom. This play critically examines the Hollywood dream and its power to simultaneously attract both the ambitious and the vulnerable... 

Taiwan Season: Ever Never

Taiwan Season: Ever Never

Poignant and humorous, this is a semi-autobiographical piece of writing which roots itself in Co-coism director Hung Chien-Han’s upbringing. Ever Never is made up of mutually exclusive scenes which look at the idea of an airplane cabin as a timeless space which invokes past events and memories... 

Five Kinds of Silence

Five Kinds of Silence

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

Shame

Shame

Glasgow theatre company Tidy Carnage explore the modern phenomenon of internet shaming by fusing theatre and film through Shame, written and performed by Belle Jones. Supported by a digital cast of sixteen actors, we watch the warm and cheeky Vicky home alone waiting, riddled with anxiety over her 15 year-old daughter Kiera (Sarah Miele), who has gone missing after being exposed in a video of an ‘intimate’ nature has gone viral across the internet... 

Misterman

Misterman

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

Brothers

Brothers

Performing to a deservedly sold out crowd, this piece aims to start a conversation with its audience about a topic that is too often neglected. Brothers explores issues of mental health and masculinity in a contemporary, engaging style... 

The Whip Hand

The Whip Hand

The Traverse Theatre is onto a winner with its programming this year. Douglas Maxwell’s The Whip Hand a family comedy drama, about power, privilege and escaping the past, is a firecracker of a piece... 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

This cleverly written piece by Sam Steiner may be back for a third year at the Fringe, but Walrus Theatre has still managed to create something fresh in this wonderful, captivating and original play about how and why we use language... 

Out Of Love

Out Of Love

Written by award winning playwright Elinor Cook, Out of Love is a stunning piece of new writing which conveys the absolute power of female friendship, something which is often overlooked in favour of romantic storylines... 

Whore: A Kid's Play

Whore: A Kid's Play

In our youth-obsessed society, women become sexualised at a very young age. Often before they can themselves understand the concept of sex, they are being seen as sexual beings. This strips power away from young girls who do not get the chance to grow up before they sexualised... 

Moonlight After Midnight

Moonlight After Midnight

If Moonlight After Midnight were easier to follow, I’m sure it would make for an incredible piece from Concrete Drops Theatre. However, as it stands, I felt very much like a ‘lay person’ in the audience, witnessing something that was way above my comprehension, even as a regular theatre-goer... 

Pornography by Simon Stephens

Pornography by Simon Stephens

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

Boondocks

Boondocks

Set in a bush, this play gets quickly into its own stride, with a persistent odd humour which flips on its head anything you thought you knew about a conversation between three young men in a bush... 

Kafka and Son

Kafka and Son

At the age of 36, Franz Kafka sat down to write a letter to his father that would never be sent. Kafka and Son is the dramatic adaptation of this letter, which details the father’s tyrannical behaviour and the effect it had on Kafka’s mental state... 

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy

Laurel and Hardy remain the most popular comedy double act of all time, on both sides of the Atlantic. Searchlight are back with their critically acclaimed production which played to full houses last year and gained four and five star reviews... 

Reduced Shakespeare Company – William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

Reduced Shakespeare Company – William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

The alternative RSC’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s works might more succinctly be titled Shakespeare: The Pantomime. I don’t mean that as an insult, but as a description of the high energy, irreverent tone of this show... 

Bottleneck

Bottleneck

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

The Rape of Artemisia Gentileschi

The Rape of Artemisia Gentileschi

A true story, this dramatic two-hander is a fascinating exploration of 17th century life in the city of Rome filled with drama, conflict and art.Set 33 years after the tragic rape of Artemisia, her friend Tuzia returns to her to find some resolution to her own guilt... 

Kara Sevda

Kara Sevda

In the post apocalyptic world of nuclear winter, two strangers with the world on their shoulders, meet on a bench. As they get to know each other the state of the world is revealed to the audience... 

Screaming Body – Découpage Collective

Screaming Body – Découpage Collective

The Medea of Euripides is a story of love, of life, of murder and of how all three interlink. This classic Greek tale has been revived and modernised by Découpage Collective in their retelling of the tragedy... 

Brutal Cessation

Brutal Cessation

Described by its creator as a two-actor play of “a relationship rotting” and a manifestation of domestic “purgatory”, it quite quickly becomes apparent through this tense and engrossing performance that this is an understatement... 

Gratiano

Gratiano

In Gratiano, a forgettable side character from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice steps on stage for an hour for a solo show about heroes, villains, nobodies and the rise of fascism... 

Deadly Dialogues

Deadly Dialogues

Quilliam transported us into their world with this innovative, captivating, controversial performance which examined Islamic radicalisation in a series of complex twists and turns. Amongst the swirling narrative of magic carpets, ancient warrior queens and a Muslim Banksy, was a spotlight shone upon the dark underbelly of Western interpretations of jihadism as four young Muslims journeyed through radicalisation... 

Lord Dismiss Us

Lord Dismiss Us

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

Goody

Goody

Nestled in what seems, somewhat appropriately, to be a shipping container in the Pleasance Courtyard, two creatures on a journey with no origin point or destination try to figure each other out... 

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Medusa

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Medusa

Energetic, disturbing and just a bit confusing, Fourth Monkey's latest offering of physical theatre crashes onto the festival stage in this entertaining if messy and uneven reworking of the Greek myth of Medusa... 

The Truman Capote Talk Show

The Truman Capote Talk Show

Truman Capote regards us with a look that cannot be readily deciphered. Perhaps it’s regret; maybe it’s curiosity. More likely it’s pity. “You have something I never had,” he informs us gently... 

Buried: A New Musical

Buried: A New Musical

“A musical about two serial killers,” is how Buried: A New Musical by Colla Voce Theatre describes itself. That’s enough of a draw-in for me, but it doesn’t do the show justice at all... 

The Interview

The Interview

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

Tobacco

Tobacco

If you are looking for a show that demonstrates exceptional acting and physical theatre skills Tobacco is where you will find it. South African company Baxter Theatre presents this dark comedy as part of the Baxter Theatre Season at Assembly... 

Fox and Hound Presents Tennessee Williams' Ivan's Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Fox and Hound Presents Tennessee Williams' Ivan's Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

For lovers of Tennessee Williams and anyone who appreciates good theatre the double bill of Ivan’s Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen makes for a very rewarding investment of time... 

The F Word

The F Word

It’s a rainy day in Edinburgh and I’m not in the mood for a My Sister’s Keeper type of cancer play. But as soon as the house opens I am assured that this is not the case. The actors are onstage playing on videogame consoles while the audience slowly filters in... 

The Bearpit

The Bearpit

Glimpses of a toxic relationship. Snapshots of a dying planet. Dark vignettes of love as the end draws near. The Bearpit, from new theatre company Kopfkino, combines these ingredients into a relentless interrogation of generational cynicism and the human connection in a physical, deeply atmospheric piece of theatre... 

Descent

Descent

Good theatre should make you feel something and by that definition alone, this was great theatre. Descent is production which is not only beautifully and skilfully made, but endlessly moving to watch... 

Golf Course War Machine

Golf Course War Machine

NATO Summit, 2014, Newport, Wales: Pippa is dazed, hungover and staging her own personal protest on the Coldra roundabout. This is her opportunity to trample down the fence, as she fights to put Wales on the centre of the global map, proving that even the smallest of voices can be heard amongst the political noise... 

Miss Julie, Clarissa and John

Miss Julie, Clarissa and John

Inspired by August Strindberg’s groundbreaking 1888 naturalistic drama, Miss Julie, the action is relocated to a Reconstruction Era Virginia plantation. The dangerous attraction between the landowner’s daughter and his top servant takes on new shades, as its taboo nature expands from crossing boundaries of social class and encompassing racial lines... 

Translunar Paradise

Translunar Paradise

Theatre Ad Infinitum have been a Fringe favourite for years; creating thought provoking and beautiful shows to touch both your heart and your mind. Translunar Paradise premiered here in 2011 and the show presented here is near enough the same... 

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

It’s 54 years since the last conscripted British citizens returned to civilian life after completing their National Service. If a generation is 25 years, then that’s at more than two generations who have never faced the prospect of having to—between the ages of 17 and 21—serve in the British Armed Forces for two years... 

The Damned United

The Damned United

Powerful and demanding, Red Ladder Theatre Company’s production of The Damned United is every bit as belligerent and uncompromising as the protagonist of its story.An adaptation of David Peace’s novel of the same name, The Damned United tells the story of Brian Clough’s doomed 44 day tenure as manager of Leeds United... 

Meat

Meat

1533: Henry VIII's London, the height of negotiations for Britain's separation from Europe – and Jean and Georges are having their portrait painted. Now: Charlie is the media personality everyone loves to hate... 

Multitudes

Multitudes

Walt Whitman stops somewhere, waiting for you... at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, 7-11 August at 4:30pm each day. This original one-man show, written by the founders of the Zephyr Stage in Fruita, Colorado, USA... 

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling's classic jungle tale is a blend of fear, wonderment, danger and discovery, brought to life by this talented youth group. Taking the action into the urban jungle, this is a show worth seeing; a tropical cocktail shaken and stirred with heart-stopping surprises... 

Boy in a Bottle

Boy in a Bottle

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

Kes

Kes

Barry Hines' iconic novel was turned into one of the greatest British films of all time. Here, adapted for the stage, is the story retold. A talented young cast tell of Billy Casper, a boy with few future prospects, brought up in an uncaring way by family, with few friends and a school which is struggling to cope... 

My Mind is Free

My Mind is Free

Nominated for best play by the Anti-Trafficking Foundation in 2016. A powerful interpretation of the degradation of human slavery in the UK today, this is a hard-hitting piece of theatre that moves, challenges and informs the audience... 

The Tale of the Tail

The Tale of the Tail

A child is born... with something special... A tail. The Tale of the Tail is a story of one child's life throughout history and history's reaction to the tail – from being worshipped as a religious symbol, to eroticised as a mysterious outsider and popularised as a contemporary trend/fashion accessory... 

Migrant Sisters

Migrant Sisters

Two Irish and eastern European women talk about immigration. Includes live music and comedy as well as the serious themes. Touch Tour available for sight impaired, please contact us on Facebook for info. 

The Sound of Extras

The Sound of Extras

Ever thought what it was like to be in the most famous film musical of all time? Ponder no further. Don your lederhosen, grab a lonely goatherd and make your way to the Austrian alps... 

The Farmers Lit the Fields on Fire

The Farmers Lit the Fields on Fire

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

Scenes from Punk Rock

Scenes from Punk Rock

In the library of a grammar school in Stockport, a group of school pupils gather who appear to lead typical teenage lives. But, with A-level exams fast approaching and individual agendas emerging, relationships soon come under strain and friendships begin to unravel... 

The Principle of Uncertainty

The Principle of Uncertainty

Making a show about science interesting to a general audience is an extremely difficult feat. You risk losing anyone without a scientific background in the details, and condescending to those who know what you’re talking about... 

Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here

Lady Macbeth: Unsex Me Here

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

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

A group of boys crash-landed on a deserted Pacific Island begins this dark and disturbing tale of savagery, bullying and the breakdown of civilised society. With a cast of boys of exactly the right age, this play has a relevance today that is as powerful as when it was first written... 

Secrets

Secrets

Wealth and poverty, opportunity or not, Treasure and India. Jacqueline Wilson's hugely popular novel brings together two girls from opposite sides of the lottery and shows how much they have in common... 

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story won the first Broadway Baby Bobby Award in 2014 as one of the most outstanding productions of that year's Festival Fringe. This current production has the same director, Guy Retallack, but is in a different venue with two new actors... 

Sugar & Salt

Sugar & Salt

Moni’s got guts and a promiscuous disposition. Minu has heart and a very big mouth. Together they bumble and blunder through student life, hook-ups and hangovers, declaring their greatest hopes and fears amidst the perpetual mess of their kitchen... 

Prospect High: Brooklyn

Prospect High: Brooklyn

Listen closely with empathy to what high school students are saying. Based on verbatim words of teenagers. Themes: bullying, revenge, LGBTQ identity and safety, friendship, self-harm, apathy and social justice... 

These Walls

These Walls

These Walls is about young women facing walls in their lives. Eden is trapped by expectation; she cannot escape from the image nor stray from the path others draw for her. Chrissy is trapped by a lack of expectation, defined only by her beauty... 

The Burial of the Rats

The Burial of the Rats

Fourth Monkey return to the Fringe with a fearless and bold new piece of work, inspired by Bram Stoker's short story of the same title and directed by associate director Simone Coxall... 

Mine

Mine

Take three different couples and get them all pregnant. Add in an unhealthy dose of Tinder, engagement rings, Nutella and turkey basters. It's a recipe for disaster. Babies change everything... 

100

100

Imagine that you have only one hour to choose one single memory from your life – and everything else will be erased forever. What would you choose? 100 follows four individuals being guided through the void, as they struggle to decide: What is enough? What really matters? And what does it all mean…? Journeys of self-discovery, spiritual revelation and compassion are played out as the world of the afterlife is woven together from the threads of what used to be their lives. 

Rock and Hunt

Rock and Hunt

'You live your whole life and then it's just you.’ Cate’s never been to a party. Luke’s a prick. Josie can’t eat the cake alone. James needs a job. Laura wants to scream. And Fred can’t work Grindr... 

Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along

Following last year's five-star reviews for Sondheim's Assassins at the Fringe, BB Theatre Productions present a poignant, uplifting musical which explores friendship, ambition and the pressures of showbusiness, capturing the life turning points of three friends... 

Fred and Rose

Fred and Rose

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

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. 

The Plum Tree

The Plum Tree

Jan Groenewald takes us on a harrowing journey through a childhood experience of sexual violation to victory and riches. He relives his memories in his own theatrical creation. From the distance that age brings, he recreates his world as a young boy who intertwines fantasy with reality... 

A Glass of Nothing

A Glass of Nothing

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

Nerdf*cker: a solo play with bad boundaries

Nerdf*cker: a solo play with bad boundaries

Cameryn Moore has made a name for herself as one of the Fringe’s great taboo busters, especially on the subject of sex. Nerdf*cker, like her previous Fringe show Phone Whore, deals with unconventional desires in a refreshingly frank manner whilst also tackling the thornier issues of the commodification of desire and the exploitation of women in sexual environments... 

Hope

Hope

Hope can be found, even in the darkest days of our lives. A woman and her husband face her cancer diagnosis, and come to terms with life and death through humour and love. A cancer awareness short film based on true life experiences... 

Open Heart Surgery

Open Heart Surgery

Business is bad for conservative relationship counsellor Sandra. With the bills mounting, she is forced to take on the only troubled partnership at her door: Will and Leo, her first same-sex couple... 

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Persephone

Fourth Monkey's Women of Greece: Persephone

***** (FringeGuru.com). **** (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Stage). Persephone desperately struggles with bullies who make her life a misery, a mother who seems to have forgotten she exists and a force that wants to pull her into the underworld...