The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

When things are coming to an end, the best thing to do is to go back to the beginning. Jason Robert Brown's musical masterpiece captures the tragedy and the comedy of this story to perfection... 

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... 

Soul Nation Choir: All Fired Up

Soul Nation Choir: All Fired Up

Scotland's own Soul Nation Rock Choir are back again with a sizzling hot show to lift you even higher and higher. It just gets hotter every year and now in 2018 you are going to really feel the burn from this inferno of young, raw Scottish talent... 

Is That Right Aye?

Is That Right Aye?

The Weegies are back! This time with another new Scottish comedy spectacular! After their sold-out run last year, the boys have returned with a bigger, better and funnier show! For all things Scottish, come see the four Glaswegians give you a true representation of what being patriotic is all about... 

Nitro

Nitro

When a mismatched group of rebellious young art students are tasked with another mundane project, they are inspired to do something different. Something real. Something more than just another PowerPoint presentation... 

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 C Bomb

The C Bomb

Philosophy student Chloe discovers she has chlamydia and, in the interest of economising, decides to throw a party to announce the news to all of her ex-lovers. Meanwhile her roommate Kat has a problem, and it isn’t just that she’s missing the new episode of Midsomer Murders... 

Porn

Porn

Porn is a musical that aims to show the emotional side of those working in the adult film industry. The writer’s note explains that there are themes of “drugs, homelessness, victimisation, sexism and legalisation”... 

NEHH Presents: Xylouris White

NEHH Presents: Xylouris White

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

NEHH Presents: Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon

NEHH Presents: Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon

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

NEHH Presents: Pictish Trail & Friends

NEHH Presents: Pictish Trail & Friends

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

NEHH Presents: Julie Byrne

NEHH Presents: Julie Byrne

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

NEHH and Braw Gigs Present: Blanck Mass

NEHH and Braw Gigs Present: Blanck Mass

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

Crave

Crave

For anyone unfamiliar with Sarah Kane’s work, the first reaction is often shock. This is understandable in many ways; her plays are as much an attack on the senses as they are on the sensibilities of her audiences... 

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

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

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

NEHH Presents: Hinds & Support

NEHH Presents: Hinds & Support

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

Sierra

Sierra

Sierra is a high-energy modern dance work centered around a soloist working against the core group. The work explores complex movement with continuous changes in floor patterns, dynamics and passing of energy from one dancer to the next. 

Two Sides of the Curtain

Two Sides of the Curtain

Erich and Ada are separated by one of history’s most famous man-made divisions: the Berlin Wall. They both live in times of great global and personal shifts that throw their futures into disillusionment... 

Room

Room

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

The Recovery Version

The Recovery Version

A hidden gem of the fringe, this authentically Scottish play has fantastically realist, understated acting throughout, and it offers an emotional portrayal of the familial tensions that lie just under the surface... 

NEHH Presents: Orkestra del Sol

NEHH Presents: Orkestra del Sol

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

Make me

Make me

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

Ukulele Death Squad

Ukulele Death Squad

The Death Squad are pushing the boundaries of the small four-stringed instrument. Formed by South Australian musicians Ben Roberts (The Timbers) and Julian Ferguson (The Coconut Kids), after these ukulele aficionados realised they both had the skills and energy to create a unique live show... 

NEHH Presents: Lemon Bucket Orkestra & Ben Caplan

NEHH Presents: Lemon Bucket Orkestra & Ben Caplan

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

Doig the Musical, With No Singing, No Dancing and Very Little Music

Doig the Musical, With No Singing, No Dancing and Very Little Music

Doig, a disgraced businessmen, has fallen into despair. Hiding from his failures and the world at large, he occupies his sister Daisy’s spare room, but even she has had enough of him... 

NEHH and Mediterraneo Present: Mediterraneo Opening Party

NEHH and Mediterraneo Present: Mediterraneo Opening Party

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

Carla Lippis – Cast a Dark Shadow

Carla Lippis – Cast a Dark Shadow

'Divine' (Rolling Stone, Germany). Incorporating originals and recontextualised classics, Carla deconstructs rock'n'roll into an intimate cabaret format. Traditional instrumentation fused with modern electronics evokes the spirit of Connie Francis drifting through the dreams of David Lynch... 

Maya

Maya

Maya is an experimental music project inspired by my passion for nature and art. I am a professional choral singer with a love for electronica and world music. 

Heads Up

Heads Up

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

Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

Rarely performed and more or less unknown to all but the most hardcore of Shakespeare addicts, Troilus and Cressida explores star-crossed love and political machinations in the midst of the Trojan War... 

Spoonface Steinberg

Spoonface Steinberg

Spoonface Steinberg, written by Lee Hall, premiered as a radio play which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997. Though originally part of a series, its stand-alone popularity was such that the playwright adapted it for the stage in a version that premiered in 2000... 

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change takes you through a series of hilarious vignettes that show the roller coaster ride that is relationships. Laugh along with us as we showcase the trials and tribulations of man and woman! 

Archie Roach

Archie Roach

Archie Roach is a singer, songwriter and storyteller in the tradition of his ancestors. Archie shares intimate real-life stories through song. Singing for the love of his people, his country and culture, Archie’s songs go to the heart of the Australian story... 

The Meeting

The Meeting

That meeting that we’ve all been to. The one featuring an array of interesting colleagues that make up an office workplace; the crazy one, the grumpy one, the smart-ass one, the eager beaver and the long suffering glue that holds the place together... 

Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

‘Power into will, will into appetite’ – Shakespeareonthelevel applies its attack to Shakespeare’s thrilling play about the depravity of war. This young company of professional actors brings pace and precision to Shakespeare’s most energized language... 

Some Voices

Some Voices

Some Voices is a sharp, gritty and touching play that some may recognise from a 2000 film adaptation starring Daniel Craig. It centres around a young schizophrenic man named Ray (played by Michael Dallas) who has just been released from hospital... 

Heads Up

Heads Up

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

Dieser Ort

Dieser Ort

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

Blood Brothers – Play Version

Blood Brothers – Play Version

Who do you turn to when you bring a curse on yourself? Blood Brothers is the story of twins separated at birth, as they fight through superstition and a class divide to continue a friendship destined to break down... 

MacBain

MacBain

At first glance, there are other plays by Shakespeare that would offer more fruitful parallels with the Kurt Cobain story than Macbeth. Not least Hamlet, with whom, if Charles R. Cross’s biography is to be believed, the Nirvana frontman had a particular preoccupation toward the end of his life... 

I Am Yours

I Am Yours

'I'm afraid the dreams will seep into the day.' An unexpected encounter with her building’s janitor, Toilaine, has left Dee pregnant. Her grip on reality is tested as the pregnancy begins to eat away at her mental stability... 

Boys

Boys

Fledgling theatre company Open Letter were immediately onto a winner when they chose Ella Hickson’s recent hit Boys to bring to the Fringe. It’s hard to believe that the piece wasn’t written for a Fringe debut: a play about students, staged by students, for students, it manages to encompass a whole load of drama into a smart, punchy hour and twenty... 

Follow/Unfollow

Follow/Unfollow

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

Heads Up

Heads Up

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

The Daily Tribunal

The Daily Tribunal

Within five minutes of entering the space, The Daily Tribunal cast have sat me down in the front row and appropriated my pen for the purpose of the show – an examination of the media (how it works generally and specifically how it corrupts)... 

Bach Hours

Bach Hours

Rare chance to hear Bach's uplifting Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book) complete, plus a dozen modern contributions to the Orgelbüchlein Project – the project aiming to fill the 118 blank pages in Bach's collection... 

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Observer restaurant critic and chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet, Jay Rayner examines our fascination with lousy reviews, recalls some of his worst nights out and shares the most damning reviews his own work has received. 

Two Thirds

Two Thirds

Two Thirds charts the endlessly tangled lives of a group of university friends after graduation. It's about being young, making mistakes and just how strained relationships can become when you have to deal with the subsequent consequences... 

Cheque Please

Cheque Please

Cheque Please centres on Ivy, who describes herself as a high-functioning depressive, as she endures her job as a waitress with a boss who is constantly threatening dismissal. A colleague's suicide triggers a further breakdown, stripping her thin veneer of tolerance for work, relationships and life... 

The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect

In ecology, an ‘edge effect’ is a contact point between two habitats, characterised by an increase in biodiversity. This concept is the inspiration behind Pentmond and Co.’s Fringe debut of the same name, where five actors from from Gordon College, U... 

Confessional by Tennessee Williams

Confessional by Tennessee Williams

When the sun is shining on a windowed room, it can be hard to tell if the lights are on inside. It may even seem like those lights are broken, their glow insignificant in comparison to the daylight... 

Gagarin Way

Gagarin Way

Scotland has a bit of a communist history. Lumphinnans was once referred to as “Little Moscow”. It even has a street named after the famous Russian Cosmonaut, Gagarin Way. From the playwright behind Black Watch, Gregory Burke’s first play returns to the Fringe, where it premiered 14 years ago... 

Eurydice

Eurydice

From Shakespeare to Sarah Kane, retellings of classical myths have proved ample sources for new, distinct creations. This is the thinking behind the latest offering from Outcast International: Eurydice, a retelling of the classical tale of Orpheus, from the perspective of his eponymous wife... 

Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline

Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline

In a world where debt, identity crisis and prejudice are factors towards the term ‘Broken Britain’, it is more difficult than ever for young people to succeed. Simply See Productions have tackled the topic of austerity Britain and have triumphed... 

Heads Up

Heads Up

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

Danza del Caribe: Itara

Danza del Caribe: Itara

Welcome to a world in which West Africa meets Jamaica, meets Cuba: A world of burning desire, or as they say in Yoruba, Itara. Danza del Caribe fuses these international elements to create a unique performing style, some of the finest examples of which are performed in this programme... 

Desperate Measures: Moonfleece

Desperate Measures: Moonfleece

Philip Ridley is often shocking, constantly provocative, and always thought-provoking. His play Moonfleece forms part of a sequence of works which aims to illuminate the difficulties faced by young people through the means of traditional storytelling and overtly theatrical conventions... 

Hoors

Hoors

Andy’s stag weekend was epic! In fact, it was so mind-blowingly legendary… he didn’t survive it. And now, instead of standing at the altar, he’s lying at it. But grief doesn’t last long, and when the wake comes, a desperate combination of drink, drugs, awkward chat up lines and inappropriate desire fuels an unforgettable romp, where the women ‘play the men like guitars’... 

Bold Girls

Bold Girls

Bold Girls is a dark comedy about the friendship of four women living in the midst of war-torn Belfast. Rona Munro’s play looks at the ways in which the troubles shaped their lives as they tried to survive and at the fragility of their dreams in such volatile times... 

At the Break of Dawn

At the Break of Dawn

At the Break of Dawn is a show brimming with big ideas and questions all jostling together for space; but whilst the concept itself is impressive, the execution falls short of its potential... 

Taiwan Season: Gaze of the Kavaluan

Taiwan Season: Gaze of the Kavaluan

An incisive contemporary dance piece from Taiwan, an exploration of self, art and sexuality, and the traditions of female chastity among indigenous Paiwan and Rukai people. The lily has long been the symbol of female chastity within those cultures, but its meaning has been tarnished over time and it is now little more than a narrow measure of perceived virtue... 

Re:member

Re:member

A fractured and disconnected city, rows of cubicles and two colleagues. Two parents. A stalker and a single wandering tattooed girl. Re:member is the first show from brand new company Cause/Effect... 

Wings in My Heart

Wings in My Heart

Wings by Rigolo is a world beating game changer in international new circus, featuring an ex-Cirque du Soleil world champion cast, hosted by an ex-No Fit State production crew. This beautiful journey rewrites the script on European circus skills – and with an enchanting and classic world tour premiere construction, its breathtaking and soul touching sophisticated weightless universe provides a guaranteed sell-out for all houses... 

Foxfinder

Foxfinder

With England on the brink of collapse, the government have identified the enemy undermining the very fabric of society: the red fox. A foxfinder is sent to investigate a suspected vulpine infestation at the Covey farm...