El Greco of Hornsey

El Greco of Hornsey

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who grew up watching her immigrant Cypriot mother work in a vibrant little hair salon in North London in the 1980s. 

Once Lost: A New Musical

Once Lost: A New Musical

A powerful musical about living with dementia. 

Swings and Roundabouts

Swings and Roundabouts

Told through the lens of teenagers on the verge of adulthood, a group of friends decide to camp in a public park, exposing the intricacies of youth culture and a generational tempe… 

Around the World Backwards

Around the World Backwards

Travel – always exciting, especially when the man of your dreams pops up to join you. 

Death(s) at Sea

Death(s) at Sea

A small theatre company are performing their murder mystery play, Death at Sea, but during the show, everything goes wrong. 

Boot

Boot

Boot – a new one-act play by Eliza Williams. 

Match.Mom

Match.Mom

A playful, one-woman comedy about a single mum’s trials and adventures in the year 2000 at the dawn of Internet dating. 

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. 

The House Is on Fire

The House Is on Fire

It’s 2086. 

Deathbed Confessions of a Hypochondriac

Deathbed Confessions of a Hypochondriac

Is that mole cancer? Is that cough coronavirus? If I’m not eligible for free prescriptions then who is? In a world where Google is the family doctor and knows you better than you… 

The Kettling

The Kettling

Suddenly kettled at a climate change protest on the hottest day of the year, Kelly finds herself trapped with a volatile and unlikely mix of people. 

There's No Mystery in Murder!

There's No Mystery in Murder!

Murder has come to a quiet Yorkshire village where nothing ever happens. 

Small Histories

Small Histories

Six generations of women, their lives spanning 100 years from the final months of World War One to the present. 

Shrek: The Panto

Shrek: The Panto

In a world where we ignore any films past Shrek 2. 

Bed 13

Bed 13

The NHS has a funding crisis. 

Awakening

Awakening

Set in 1950s England and based on the controversial 19th-century play Spring Awakening; A Children’s Tragedy by Franz Wedekind, Awakening is a story about the struggles of the t… 

Glamorous, Loyal and Brave

Glamorous, Loyal and Brave

The world premiere of a brand new musical! In a London nightclub at the height of the Blitz, a female impersonator falls for an army officer, but finding a happy-ever-after ending … 

To the Quick

To the Quick

Birth, death, upheaval, wild animals, buried secrets and massive amounts of coffee. 

Self Service

Self Service

Breaking down? Worn out, but can’t find the manual? Book in for this funny, tender, toolbox talk about how to keep going. 

Spring

Spring

Based on the 19th-century German play Spring Awakening; A Children’s Tragedy by Franz Wedekind, Spring explores the lives of a group of teenagers growing up in a rural Christian … 

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… 

The Dry Vagina Monologues: Going through the change!

The Dry Vagina Monologues: Going through the change!

An emotional, touching and hilarious piece of original theatre. 

The Girl and Her Balloon

The Girl and Her Balloon

A snapshot of the life of an eccentric woman living on the streets of South East London. 

Nun on the Run!

Nun on the Run!

Sr Clarissa has grown somewhat tired of her marriage to Christ. 

Beowulf: Her Story

Beowulf: Her Story

Beowulf sets out to save the Danes, redefine heroism and crack some legendary jokes along the way. 

#16Candles2SayAnything

#16Candles2SayAnything

#16Candles2SayAnything – 80s movies are reimagined for 2020! Chicago’s award-winning Wego Drama returns to the Fringe with an all-new production inspired by all the classic 80s… 

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. 

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Good morning, Edinburgh! After many successful Fringe sell-outs, we’re back for our fabulous 15th anniversary! Three new, stimulating, delicious, rotating “menus” of 10-15-minute c… 

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. 

Musclebound

Musclebound

Rosy’s multi-award-winning theatre debut ‘Passionate Machine’ took Edinburgh by storm in 2018 – now she’s back for more. 

A Partnership

A Partnership

Some assert that homophobia, for the most part, has been eradicated. 

The Heresy Machine

The Heresy Machine

The Heresy Machine, by Seth Majnoon, claims to be about Alan Turing. 

The Mannequin

The Mannequin

Das Stuck’s The Mannequin is a contemporary Edda of intertwining tales: bohemians enwrapped in the fashion industry whilst isolated in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow, written by Conky Campfner, is a modern adaptation of a Victorian short story The Yellow Newspaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 

Rust

Rust

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

The 27 Club

The 27 Club

The play follows Nick: a young, successful artist struggling with his identity and mental health. 

Play Before Birth

Play Before Birth

It’s an old feminist adage that the personal is political – and it doesn’t get much more personal than this. 

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. 

Isabelle

Isabelle

Irene Possetto’s one-woman play presents a young girl named Isabelle living a life of true tragedy in 1301. 

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… 

Bobby & Amy

Bobby & Amy

A new dark comedy about foot-and-mouth disease by Fringe First award winner Emily Jenkins. 

Judas

Judas

Smokescreen Productions is supporting the work of Amnesty International through its new work, Judas, at Assembly Blue Room. 

Never None (but She)

Never None (but She)

Asterglow theatre is a new amateur company focused on new writing centered on female and non-binary individuals. 

HOTTER

HOTTER

Making a show with your ex must be awkward, right? Maybe. 

Drowning

Drowning

“I am not a bad person”. 

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Brickhouse Theatre Company tackle a difficult task: remoulding Emily Bronte’s passionate, intricate and dark Wuthering Heights into a new musical, written and composed by Michael… 

Hustlers

Hustlers

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

[BLANK] by Alice Birch and NYTP

[BLANK] by Alice Birch and NYTP

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

This Play Is Not About Me

This Play Is Not About Me

This play is about dreams, where forgotten memories go, déjà vu, laughter, the inability to laugh, that sense you get when you can tell someone is staring at you, the song Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, balloons, coincidences, the stars, belief, the suspension of disbelief — but it is not about me… 

Steve

Steve

A fanfic no one asked for, a sprawling eulogy to a deceased robot that wears it’s fragile heart on it’s sleeve, a meme made by someone you can’t relate to. A security robot named Steve has appeared to have drowned itself… 

The Community Centre!

The Community Centre!

The Community Centre! is a comedy show written, acted and directed by multi-ethnic artists. Inner city workers and loafers gather at The Community Centre! It’s a hive of activity, some of it now and again passing as almost normal… 

Quantum

Quantum

An original musical composed by Annie Scalmanini, an Apple engineer straight out of the Silicon Valley pressure cooker. Come follow Myrah as she chases game-changing Quantum computing in the high-stakes start-up world… 

Monsters: A New Musical

Monsters: A New Musical

A contemporary reimagining of classic horror characters. A fresh pop/rock score filled with slick and sassy choreography and a cast of professional performers! Living forever has never been more fun! Join Dracula, his brides, Frankenstein, Van Helsing and leading ladies Emma Wildh and Lucy Westenra as they lead you through the darkness with fresh eyes and banging tunes! Book, music and lyrics by Antony Irwin… 

Shaving the Dead

Shaving the Dead

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

Vulvarine: A New Musical

Vulvarine: A New Musical

Fat Rascal Theatre should be pleased with their Fringe so far. 

The Words Are There

The Words Are There

The Words Are There is a moving and innovative piece of physical theatre that appeals both for its approach to male domestic abuse, and for its style of performance. 

Pops

Pops

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

Islander: A New Musical

Islander: A New Musical

One island, split in two with a thundering crack: half for the fishermen and half for the farmers. 

Full Consent to Speak on My Behalf

Full Consent to Speak on My Behalf

Full Consent To Speak On My Behalf refers to a statutory line used by professionals, enabling foster carers to speak on behalf of children in the care system. 

Anything With a Pulse

Anything With a Pulse

Anything With A Pulse begins with boy meets girl in a nightclub. 

A Womb of One's Own

A Womb of One's Own

Part party, part PSHE lesson and part coming-of-age rom-com, A Womb of One’s Own is a heartfelt love letter to women’s bodies everywhere. 

Come Dine with Mr Shakespeare

Come Dine with Mr Shakespeare

Reality TV lurches onto the stage, with four familiar Shakespearean characters competing to win a thousand gold crowns. Lovesick Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Cordelia (King Lear’s former favourite daughter), Petruchio (tamer of small animals, such as shrews) and the nefarious Lady Macbeth each take their turn hosting a dinner party for the others… 

Fear Here and Terror There

Fear Here and Terror There

What would you think of if I told you this was a play about radicalisation? Who would you picture? What did they look like? Where were they from – here, or there? 

...And They Whisper Down the Lane

...And They Whisper Down the Lane

Four people. Four truths. One judgement? This new, multidisciplinary performance by young company SHUD Theatre explores our storytelling traditions and the reasons the old stories remain so compelling… 

The Cat's the Thing

The Cat's the Thing

Tanya is a woman with a lot on her mind. Dale is a cat with really nothing to do whatsoever. Despite their differences, these two are confined to a room with no apparent reason to stay except for a sensational event that will take place on the 25th of an unknown month… 

Back of the Head with a Brick

Back of the Head with a Brick

I was young when I chose to love my city. I was in on every joke it pulled on me. I still love home but it’s not the source of strength it used to be. The jokes aren’t landing anymore… 

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… 

Stanley

Stanley

There’s Stanley the man and Stanley the play. 

Naughty Boy

Naughty Boy

Eddy Brimson hasn’t been on his best behaviour. 

Monsoon Season

Monsoon Season

You've probably heard plenty of stories about lucky couples who fall in love, get married and live happily-ever-after. 

FATTY FAT FAT

FATTY FAT FAT

FATTY FAT FAT, performed by Katie Greenall, explores one woman’s journey of growing up fat and surviving in a world where your body is viewed as wrong, unhealthy and disgusting. 

Liminality

Liminality

A scholar and an amnesiac find themselves on the shore of the river Styx. The play follows their bizarre attempts at crossing the river and the unlikely friendship that springs from it… 

Leverage

Leverage

Over a drunken McDonald’s, two girls start a viral tweeting frenzy over a subject they know little about. In just hours, this turns into a national campaign that questions: what if women refused to have children until the gender pay gap was resolved? Over a span of five years, five friends become the centre of a media storm… 

This Thing in Here

This Thing in Here

You’re getting ready to go out but your depression has other ideas. Then, a parade of mentally ill people from the past show up in your bedroom. We’ve all been there, right? Indent Theatre Company’s debut show is an honest and accessible piece of new writing that examines the feelings of insignificance that depression can cause… 

Section 28: The Legacy of a Homophobic Law

Section 28: The Legacy of a Homophobic Law

September, 1988. David has a poorly kept secret. His father’s guessed it. His classmates shout it down the corridors. And just when he feels that he can begin to confide in his English teacher, the Local Governments Act, recently passed into law, pushes a wedge between the two of them… 

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2019: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2019: The Award Ceremony

Join today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of performed readings and interviews with presenter Shereen Nanjiani. The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates groundbreaking drama produced worldwide in the last year… 

Broken English

Broken English

A contemporary exploration on the journey of the English language. Interactive spoken word, monologues and creative conversations present a story that celebrates creativity and cultural diversity through the various uses of language… 

She Shall Not Be Moved

She Shall Not Be Moved

This fresh, original piece of writing, set in a modern day witch trial, is a meditation on what it means to be a woman; the challenges we face, and how they break us, bind us and shape us into the women we become. 

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. 

The Convoluted Adventures of Batman and Robin – An Adult Panto!

The Convoluted Adventures of Batman and Robin – An Adult Panto!

Na na na na na na na na Batman! Na na na na na na na na panto! Panto! Batman! Pantooooo! After a sell-out adult pantomime in 2018’s Fringe, WDG is back with a new not-family-friendly panto… 

The Feminazis

The Feminazis

Tired of the lack of progress in gender equality, Sal and Libby decide to take things into their own hands in the only sensible way they can think of: by starting a terrorist organisation… 

Ideology and Hair Gel

Ideology and Hair Gel

1983, a boarding school in the German Democratic Republic. Elvi, abandoned by her parents, finds comfort in her relationship with her teacher, Thomas. But how can she care for her younger brother when all he wants is to run away? What will happen if her best friend’s illegal activities are discovered? And who are the mysterious figures that visit Thomas at night? With live music, shadow puppetry, raving punks and enigmatic figures lurking in every corner, Ideology and Hair Gel looks at what it is to be young and free where freedom isn’t an option. 

Remind Me Again Why I Need a Man

Remind Me Again Why I Need a Man

Maggie Taylor has the ideal life as an ageing dominatrix. Her life runs like clockwork, business is booming and she relies on no one. But when purple-suited Death pops by to summon her to the afterlife, she has to persuade Death that once again, she holds the whip hand… 

Heir Heads

Heir Heads

They have been dreaming of this since they were young and now the day has finally come. After the inevitable death of their great uncle, three sisters stand to inherit their family’s enormous wealth… 

These Streets

These Streets

Greenwich Village, 1961. These Streets follows the lives of four young artists immersed in the folk music scene. 

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… 

Listen, You Can Hear the Sound of No Hands Clapping

Listen, You Can Hear the Sound of No Hands Clapping

What happens when we bring era-defining characters back to life? A thought-provoking avant-garde exploration of the self through the epic, Paradise Lost. Watch as a director and an artist revive historical figures such as Christopher Marlowe (the Elizabethan playwright), Catherine Parr (the Tudor Queen), Homer (the ancient poet) and Yuval Noah Harari (the contemporary award-winning author of Sapiens and Homo Deus) in their theatrical production… 

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2019: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2019: The Award Ceremony

Join today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of performed readings and interviews with presenter Shereen Nanjiani. The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates groundbreaking drama produced worldwide in the last year… 

Surveillance

Surveillance

After a hugely successful debut with their show iDENTiTY, Anomaly Theatre Company returns with three new dark comedies scrutinising the world that scrutinises us. A government organisation hacks a home security camera and ends up seeing too much… 

Special Measures

Special Measures

A classroom comedy. With more teachers leaving the profession than ever before and the Minster for Education denying any responsibility. We take a delve into what life is like as a teacher in 2019… 

30

30

One room, one baby, thirty days. Naomi’s being tested for motherhood. If she passes, she can have a child, but her cousin failed six times and she’s feeling nervous. The voices of her invigilators play over the tannoy while she stands alone with a cloth doll… 

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… 

Man Number Five

Man Number Five

‘When did no become a turn on? No. That’s not sexy. Right?’ Kate’s rule is you always need five men at a time. But how will she get through to her option five? Follow her in her daily life of juggling men and pursuing love, number five is in her near reach… 

Yerloo Underground

Yerloo Underground

Deep, dark subway. Hermit artists dwell. Living beneath the F train, Yerloo and Rumpy survive on transient performance. Strings, a wandering cellist, joins them. The upstairs storms above, the downstairs blankets insecurities… 

You and I: A New Musical

You and I: A New Musical

Drawing the line between the exaggerated and the tender is no easy feat. 

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 … 

21 Futures by Olly Hawes

21 Futures by Olly Hawes

At the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, there is a work by the artist Robert Montgomery, a large piece of signage that declares ‘THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE’. 

Ruki

Ruki

For a long time the system in the city was different. For Jews, blacks, homosexuals and Gypsies life became unbearable. Professional boxing didn’t exist for Gypsies: forbidden. The play is based on the real-life story of Gypsy boxer Rukeli Trollmann and told by his fictional best friend Hans… 

A Little R and R

A Little R and R

Come in from the rain, put your feet up and chill the f*ck out. 15 years combined experience in theatre and music brings you this brand-new show. Ruth sings songs. Rachel plays chords… 

Collapsible

Collapsible

Collapsible follows the story of Essie, who at the outset feels like she’s crumbling. 

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. 

Tokyo Rose

Tokyo Rose

Tokyo Rose is a complex story, told phenomenally well by a company quickly proving itself to be one of the hottest theatre groups in the country. 

Electric

Electric

Two young women from different sides of Dublin city attending the same festival meet in the girls' toilets (always the best place to make new friends) and strike up a connectio… 

Appropriate by Sarah-Jane Scott

Appropriate by Sarah-Jane Scott

This one person play, written and performed by Sarah-Jane Scott, introduces us to Sorcha who is fresh from fleeing her wedding. 

Marrow

Marrow

Another Fringe day, another single figure on a stage dissecting a “big issue of today”. 

Limbo: City of Dreams

Limbo: City of Dreams

Limbo: City of Dreams charges itself with the difficult task of cramming an entire world into its hour-long runtime. 

Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies Who Lunch

Four work colleagues reunite after 30 years, in this delightful intergenerational analysis of motherhood. 

Before the Wall

Before the Wall

Playwright Chris Ruffle delivers a blow-by-blow account of the 1860 Opium Wars politics in this atmospheric drama, populated by rarefied creatures of the Chinese and British royal courts and their military henchmen… 

Inka

Inka

When two scientists struggle to parent their youngest son, they create Inka. Inka provides human companionship, without human commitment – and she remembers everything… both good and bad… 

Want Some More

Want Some More

Want Some More explores the harsh realities of living with a whole range of eating disorders from binge eating to diabulimia; retelling word for word accounts in Stage Strong Productions’ hard-hitting show performing at theSpace on the Mile. 

A Complicated Man

A Complicated Man

How many years does it take to unspool a man? An odd king sails the waves of the wine dark sea in a bathtub. Featuring water and wigs, big mammal reimagines The Odyssey as a queer epic of becoming… 

All of Me

All of Me

An abandoned party; a neglected bedroom; a cluttered AV desk. 

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. 

The Last Bubble

The Last Bubble

Black Light Theatre Company features a boisterous and lively cast in their production The Last Bubble. 

The Art of Skipping

The Art of Skipping

This new musical follows the story of Alex Peel, whose life is changed by a diagnosis which will eventually lead to her going completetly blind. 

Suicide Pact

Suicide Pact

Any piece of art that tackles a complicated subject like mental health is worthwhile. 

Sad Eyes to Smile With

Sad Eyes to Smile With

Activising For Change are an Edinburgh-based theatre group and the brains behind 2018’s emotive performance of 147Hz Can’t Pass, an intimate window into the experiences of livi… 

Piano_Play

Piano_Play

While watching Piano_Play it is easy to be taken in by the illusion which the show sets up. 

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… 

B'Witches

B'Witches

For centuries three witches have gathered on the solstice to create a potion to avoid being turned to stone at midnight. 

Square Go

Square Go

Max has done something stupid. 

Parakeet

Parakeet

In a bizarre but glorious amalgamation of all things good, Parakeet stands as a protest piece that calls for greater measures against climate change and, well, a commitment towards… 

Limbo: The Twelve

Limbo: The Twelve

Limbo: The Twelve is one of the latest pair of musicals from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, allowing a group of talented young performes the opportunity to perform an origina… 

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

Remarkably, if you wander into The Traverse at 9am, you will find an audience willing to watch a rehearsed reading of a brand-new play and not a spare seat in the house. 

America Is Hard to See

America Is Hard to See

The Edinburgh Fringe is awash with shows designed to shock and push our buttons. 

The Good Scout

The Good Scout

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

Missa Brevis Caledoniae

Missa Brevis Caledoniae

MTM Musical Theatre Awards nominee: Best Composer for Sailing to Tomorrow, 2007. Peter D Robinson’s setting of the short mass for choir and soloists is sung in Latin and Scots. The performance features other works by the composer… 

Sina – The Girl Who Cast Her Shadow

Sina – The Girl Who Cast Her Shadow

Why does your shadow keep following you? Does it really have to? And what is it up to while you are asleep? Sina finds a way to get rid of her shadow. 

Three, Two, One...

Three, Two, One...

Narrative subverted for unwholesome purposes. Liz is married to someone – but who is it? Perhaps she’s married to Brian – or is it Graham? And why did Brian sneak down to the kitchen in the early hours? And what’s butter got to do with it? And why is Graham threatening suicide? Two men and one woman debate the possibilities in this entertaining trial by repartee (somewhere between Pinter and Beckett but without the easy bits)… 

Oxford Revue – Free

Oxford Revue – Free

The Oxford Revue returns with its celebrated Free Fringe variety bill. 

Sugar

Sugar

Steph and Rhona work part-time in dead-end jobs and rent a flat they can’t afford. Rhona turns to her boyfriend Mark for emotional and financial support whilst Steph goes out every night looking for a connection she can’t find… 

Wild Swimming

Wild Swimming

Wild Swimming is the story of two friends across centuries of change and development. 

Typical

Typical

Ryan Calais Cameron’s powerful new work plays with the meanings of its title in many ways: our central, point-of-view character has the “distinctive qualities of a particular t… 

Since U Been Gone

Since U Been Gone

No one ever said that life was easy, but it’s what you make of it which defines who you are. 

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

A clever, conversational creation which examines differing experiences and attitudes to feminism, misogyny and the patriarchal structures which limit women in society. 

Verity

Verity

Poor Verity. Her groom ditched her. Her relatives nag her. Her boss might sack her. And it’s still only Monday. As she tries to come to terms with a disastrous wedding day and reinvent herself and her career, Verity makes an unlikely friendship, does a spot of online stalking and drinks a lot of alarmingly named cocktails… 

Late Night Ceremony

Late Night Ceremony

Arising out of Berlin and Hollywood open stages, this group showcase raises a fist with one hand and holds a glass with the other against the fact that the world we live in is a complete disaster… 

Before the Revolution

Before the Revolution

By mixing fiction and non-fiction, this performance transports the audience to the moment before the inevitable eruption, allowing them to understand and feel the causes that led to the revolution, within a specifically designed visual and soundscape. 

Hauntology

Hauntology

With a melancholy Chopin Nocturne running through her veins and fragments of Caruso’s haunting opera echoing across the shimmering night sky, the haunted composer goes on a past life regression using the medium of music… 

More Fool You: Part II

More Fool You: Part II

On a pale horse: in 1547, King Henry VIII is dead, and his court is reeling from the news. Queens, ministers and rascals grieve in their own special way. Meanwhile, someone has returned and something sinister takes root at the heart of Whitehall Palace… 

BBC and HighTide Radio Plays

BBC and HighTide Radio Plays

HighTide, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts present two interweaving plays, written by talented writers Vinay Patel (Doctor Who) and Tallulah Brown (Songlines). 

At This Stage

At This Stage

Have you ever loved a show so much that you wished you could kidnap the actors, keep them in your basement and get them to perform it again for you? No? Just Rupert? A troupe of young actors are ready and willing to let go of their most recent production and move on to bigger and better things, but Rupert isn’t going to let that happen… 

Do Our Best

Do Our Best

The Girl Guide Promise, an oath taken by all Guides and Brownies, highlights how a girl guide member must always do their best, be true to themselves and develop their beliefs. 

Tami Stone – My Funny Bits

Tami Stone – My Funny Bits

Comedy actress Tami Stone presents her debut one-woman Edinburgh show. A pick’n’mix of sharply observed oddball characters. Chasing fame, finding love… modelling with fruit. It’s all here! My Funny Bits is written by Andrew Ludlam, whose work has previously been performed at the Edinburgh festival, Brighton Comedy Festival, Soho Theatre, London and Birmingham Monologue Slam… 

Eventide

Eventide

Eliza Drake used to believe in fairies. Like Eventide, fey of the dusk, and Jayhren, the lightning fairy – and all sorts of others she once played games with. She’s grown up now, and she knows they were her sister’s silly stories… 

Jammy Dodgers

Jammy Dodgers

If we started the world again, would we do a better job? The world they’re in has fallen apart. The people are randomly selected out of a diverse pool of candidates to travel to the new world… 

To Be or Not to Be? Purgatory Is the Question

To Be or Not to Be? Purgatory Is the Question

The scene is set, the story is well known, the outcome for most is death. It started with a son following his father’s instructions; it ended with 10 people dead in Elsinore and families torn apart… 

The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth

The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth has finally found her place, living in domestic and literary bliss in the Lake District with her famous brother, William. They write poetry collaboratively, nurture their garden and take inspiration from the mountains they climb together… 

The Remarkables

The Remarkables

This summer, a hero will brew. Everyone loves The Remarkables, the heroes who protect Towntropolis, especially Wesley Bench. In fact, everyone loves them a little too much. A musical comedy of epic proportions… 

Selling Like Hot Takes

Selling Like Hot Takes

Selling Like Hot Takes is the debut sketch show from newly-formed comedy duo, Finlay and Joe. No doubt a result of spending far too much time on Twitter, Finlay and Joe’s brains are now unhealthily linked with the cultural zeitgeist… 

More Fool You: Part I

More Fool You: Part I

Part I: fool me once. An artifact is discovered in 2020 which has extraordinary ramifications for Tudor history. Meet Will Somers, King Henry VIII’s loyal court jester, or fool if you will… 

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

This new musical by Michael Bascom retells the story of Heathcliff and Cathy, two soul-bound lovers thwarted by family, society and God. The sun shines over the moors, but a storm of vengeance is brewing in this story of a passionate romance which transcends life – and death – itself… 

Mental

Mental

Sam is ill. In the grip of a depressive episode he is admitted to an adolescents psychiatric ward. There he meets Mags, an eccentric, witty, but deeply troubled girl on the brink of adulthood… 

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… 

Borchert: A Life

Borchert: A Life

Wolfgang Borchert. Doesn’t ring a bell? That’s the problem: nobody in Britain has heard of Germany’s greatest post-war writer. So, Wolfie’s taken it upon himself to right the wrong… 

The Ladies

The Ladies

Harry and Ella walk into a bar. They’ve been together a year now. It’s going well. Until suddenly – after a not-so-quick trip to the Ladies – it’s not. Join us in this intimate venue and watch the drama unfold in real time, first from the corridor outside, and then from within the most glamorous, the most mysterious, the most sacred of all locations: the ladies’ loos… 

leaves

leaves

Leaves is a new play by New York City based, all-female theatre collective Don, Pat & Tom. With original music, puppetry and a bit of magic, we go to Outside Time, a world where there is no death – only leaving… 

Takin It Easy, 1916

Takin It Easy, 1916

It’s 1916 – in a small town near Bristol, Bobby is stressing over preparations for the annual town fete. 

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… 

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… 

I'm Woman

I'm Woman

A true soul-bearing story of an immigrant girl who grew up without her parents and was sexually abused in childhood. This experience led to hard consequences and battles to overcome… 

Toothbrush

Toothbrush

Alena and Kat are splitting up. Both fresh out of university, Alena has gotten herself a job in London. This is their last night out together, an absurd tour of the Scottish glittering nightlife, and Kat is determined to make it a night neither of them will soon forget… 

West of Frances

West of Frances

Frances is over-qualified and under-enthused. She works in a newspaper obituaries section and writes letters back to bereaved families. Frances’ editor is far from impressed. When word reaches the newspaper that Sister Ina Marsh of Ballymun, Dublin, has died, Frances decides to hop on a plane and spit on her grave… 

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… 

Délicieux

Délicieux

Une bonne dose de excitement. Une pincée de suspense. Une soupçon de joy. Forced by tradition to stay at home and care for her ailing mother, Manon becomes a gifted chef who can affect people’s moods with her cooking… 

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… 

Listen, You Can Hear the Sound of No Hands Clapping

Listen, You Can Hear the Sound of No Hands Clapping

What happens when we bring era-defining characters back to life? A thought-provoking avant-garde exploration of the self through the epic, Paradise Lost. Watch as a director and an artist revive historical figures such as Christopher Marlowe (the Elizabethan playwright), Catherine Parr (the Tudor Queen), Homer (the ancient poet) and Yuval Noah Harari (the contemporary award-winning author of Sapiens and Homo Deus) in their theatrical production… 

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. 

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Seventeen-year-old Catherine lives a quiet life in the country with only Gothic novels for excitement. That is, until she receives an invitation from the Tilney family to join them at their home, Northanger Abbey… 

Sidekick

Sidekick

It’s the final year of university for Tom, but he’s afraid he’ll never be good enough to become a superhero. When Lily mysteriously arrives with powers stronger than anyone else in the year Tom thinks she’ll be his best chance to improve… 

News@1066

[email protected]

Set in a TV studio, [email protected] puts history straight! Roving reporters get to the bottom of history’s biggest stories. Fast-moving and wacky, this one-woman comic show races across time from one breaking story to the next! Historical fact mixes with modern technology – screen, sound effects and music as anchorwoman Alice Roberts interviews live celebs from the past (spoilers: Anne Boleyn in a life jacket; Richard III’s parking fine)… 

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… 

Being Frank

Being Frank

Frank’s son Alex is facing a mental health crisis, and Frank hasn’t a clue what to do about it or how to get Alex to talk about it. He’s got problems of his own, and what’s happening to Alex is opening up wounds he thought long forgotten… 

If I Die on Mars

If I Die on Mars

The final 24 candidates for the Mars Mission Programme have been observed for a month by the public in a reality TV show designed to choose the final four. The public have voted and the candidates are about to be sent off to Mars with no hope of return… 

Rust

Rust

\'When you leave here, everything else will be exactly the same. 

Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life

Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life

England, 1585. A young Will Shakespeare is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of England with his newly-wed wife, Anne. However, something’s missing. He’s dreaming of prophecies, rough magic and words that none, other than he, is able to find… 

Noser: The Startup Musical

Noser: The Startup Musical

Smelling: there’s an app for that. A satirical musical comedy about the world’s first app that sends smells, not emojis. London startup Noser recruits expert perfumer Mélodie from Grasse, France, to help them develop their app… 

The Mystery of the Bonnie Sporran and the Loch Ness Monster

The Mystery of the Bonnie Sporran and the Loch Ness Monster

The jolly summer hols have arrived at last! Young, brave Lady Iris Bungle and her beloved housekeeper, Mrs Squidgyfeet, find themselves at Hardwick Heights on the edge of Loch Ness after a spiffing time at the 1953 Fringe Festival! With the mysterious drowning of Lord Hardwick and the Monster lingering, what other secrets do the deep, dark waters of Loch Ness hide? With an array of topping companions and lashings of ginger beer, they set out to solve The Mystery of the Bonnie Sporran and the Loch Ness Monster. 

Love and Sex and All Things In-Between

Love and Sex and All Things In-Between

Verbatim stories of “love” in all its magnificence and monstrousness. 

Atlantis

Atlantis

‘Together we can build our fortresses and break their foundations. Together, we can be invincible.’ The enigmatic cult of Atlantis has been gradually gathering followers. Now, two new initiates have joined their island community: a young couple, who have abandoned civilisation to pursue the attractive new lifestyle offered by the group’s charismatic leader, Matthew… 

Berlin Girl

Berlin Girl

1983. East Germany. In the terrifying, all-seeing Stasi police state, one sixteen-year-old schoolgirl’s quest for justice turns her friends into spies, her family into suspects and pushes her over the Berlin Wall… 

Confessions of the Romantically Challenged

Confessions of the Romantically Challenged

A block of flats. Four different rooms. Four different stories. Confessions of the Romantically Challenged tackles different issues surrounding the complicated, paradoxical, confusing, universal thing that is ‘love’… 

Tea?...(With Milk)

Tea?...(With Milk)

Are you part of the 51% that is told to change every part of your body? Laser off all your hair? Cover yourself in expensive products because you’re worthless! Tea?…(With Milk) is a fast paced, fun, dark piece of theatre, commenting on what it’s like to be a woman today… 

Surveillance

Surveillance

After a hugely successful debut with their show iDENTiTY, Anomaly Theatre Company returns with three new dark comedies scrutinising the world that scrutinises us. A government organisation hacks a home security camera and ends up seeing too much… 

Dead Parents Society

Dead Parents Society

\"Welcome to the Dead Parents Society. 

Mary's Room

Mary's Room

Adam, a hyper-intelligent AI, is cold, awkward and doesn’t make sense. Mary, an overworked Botany undergrad, is paid to show him what real people are like. But despite her initial disinterest in Adam, his charming naivety grows on the ordinarily disconnected student… 

Auto-Nation

Auto-Nation

On the verge of a natural disaster, a prison guard is called into work and discovers a newcomer to the team – an artificial intelligence named Sally. When the city is evacuated, what happens to the prisoners? Inspired by real-life events that happened during Hurricane Katrina, Auto-Nation is a play about a criminal system in crisis that offers a modern twist on the troubled question of automating processes… 

Secrets

Secrets

Secrets is the all new show by the new kid on the block Cammys Magic, designed by the award-winning magician to show how people have survived through the years using magic. Cammy can prove that for hundreds of years people have used the art of magic to survive and how you can use magic in this modern day living to do the same… 

Mr Nice Guy

Mr Nice Guy

Local celebrity Jeremy Shaw is shot on his way to work one morning. He finds himself questioning his morals and the way in which he led his life whilst simultaneously bleeding out in the street… 

Some Things are Meant to Be, Anna

Some Things are Meant to Be, Anna

Follows one woman and her soul’s journey through cancer, two children and a chihuahua. A funny, poignant and honest piece of movement theatre exploring the rollercoaster of living with a terminal illness. 

Apologies to the Bengali Lady

Apologies to the Bengali Lady

Cook and clean and not be seen. Step into the mind of a British-Bengali woman writing the history of Shakespearean prostitute-actresses in colonial Bengal. But as academic fixation turns into existential crisis, where does Shakespeare end and the Bengali Lady begin? Apologies puts the Bengali Woman front and centre as she fights with the Shakespeare in her head to be seen, heard, known. 

Pizza Shop Heroes

Pizza Shop Heroes

Phosphorus Theatre works with refugees and asylum-seekers to create original collaborative autobiographical storytelling. 

Teach

Teach

Matthew Roberts’ solo show, Teach, at theSpace, Surgeons Hall is performance brimming with conviction and energy. 

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Introducing Carol Ann Duffy to the stage with a trumpet call, indicating a rally of the troops, seems befitting for the hour with the world-renowned poet. 

Such Filthy F*cks

Such Filthy F*cks

We enter stage to a flash of porn images, a seductive voiceover beckoning ‘come all over my face’, and ‘dominate me’. 

Love (Watching Madness)

Love (Watching Madness)

This one-woman show, written and performed by Isabelle Kabban, is a tender, thoughtful and deeply moving account of a mother-daughter relationship affected by mental illness. 

Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree

Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree

In near-future England, two girls are thrilled to be accepted into the playground, the final stage of their education, but all is not as it seems. As their world crumbles, they cling to a story from the past: two friends in 1930s Germany attend riotous swing dances in defiance of authority… 

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… 

Wait, What?

Wait, What?

Two front gardens, two women with the wit to talk for Ireland, a washing line and a brick wall. Wait, What? is a compelling, contemporary two-woman show observing ideas of sharing and claiming space. 

Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky

Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky

In order for theatre to be political, it certainly does not have to make any truly profound statement on the state of the world. 

Fudge

Fudge

A gay themed Friends for the Grindr generation, Fudge, playing now at the Gilded Ballroom Patter House, is a funny slice of gay life play. 

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. 

Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd

Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd

Richard Gadd pours a free cup of tea to a stranger at a bar – she comes back. 

A Table Tennis Play

A Table Tennis Play

Albert Einstein used to work in a patent office, reportedly because the mundanity and ease of the job allowed his mind to wander to more complicated concepts. 

The Last of the Pelican Daughters

The Last of the Pelican Daughters

The Wardrobe Ensemble is back at the Fringe with a powerfully emotional story of family. 

Honeypot

Honeypot

This talented all-female ensemble offer an original and inventive take on traditional fairytales. 

A Queer Love of Dix

A Queer Love of Dix

This five-star show returns to the Fringe following last year’s success. Set in the world of expressionist painter Otto Dix, as Julia Berber – Anita Berber’s fictional sister, Aletia Upstairs explores Weill, Brecht, and Weimar cabaret songs like Alabama Song, Falling in Love Again, Pirate Jenny, Barbara Song, Lavender Song and I am a Vamp… 

Fawk

Fawk

Question: what does a recalcitrant crow, an irascible mouse, a Shakespeare loving scarecrow and an impressionable young girl have in common? Answer: they’re all in this story. Hazel is terrible at maths, much to the horror of her battle-axe teacher… 

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… 

Zombie Zoo

Zombie Zoo

A partially sane imprisoned zombie tries outwitting his zookeeper interrogator, swearing a zombie army is coming to free him. Using film, drama, humour, song and dance, this show’s finale must never be revealed or zombies will devour your brains… 

Jew...ish

Jew...ish

Saul Boyer explodes on stage, a blast of energy and vigorous vocals, as he delights us with a punchy song about being a Jew. 

Dream of a King

Dream of a King

Actor/writer Christopher Tajah of Resistance Theatre Company gives an impassioned performance in Dream Of A King at theSpace Triplex, as he reimagines the hours leading up to the a… 

00

00

It’s 1999, soon to be 2000, and two sisters are wandering the woods of the Bournemouth area after fleeing a party. 

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… 

The Paddock

The Paddock

A combination of live performance and short film, with a focus on new material and experimentation, The Paddock is a showcase of exciting and innovative work from the most ground-breaking and creative comedy performers and filmmakers around. 

Kelty Clippie the Musical

Kelty Clippie the Musical

Based on the classic Scottish folk song, Kelty Clippie follows the comic adventures of a bus conductress in Fife. Maggie trains for her new job and meets some interesting passengers ending up at the legendary Kelty Club but will she find romance? Completely sold-out show at the Fringe in 2018 and at Carnegie Hall earlier this year… 

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… 

Hair of the Wild

Hair of the Wild

Internationally renowned artist Concha Vidal presents an evocative site-specific performance in a hairdressing salon. Journey into the labyrinths of memory, through myriads of wigs and hairdos… 

DUPed

DUPed

The 2018 Scotsman Fringe First Award-winning show returns for just two performances. Written and performed by John McCann and directed by Erasmus McKenna. The Reverend Dr Ian Richard Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt… 

Mustard

Mustard

Eva O’Connor’s one-woman show about heart break and madness is crammed with life, wit and tragedy. 

E8

E8

It’s a late Friday afternoon and Polly is packing her things before she starts her PhD. 

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… 

Freak Show

Freak Show

An army of foreign invaders, bad guys, rapists and thieves, fake news, sensationalist tweets and buckets of ice cream, Creon rules Thebes with ungoverned rage. It’s a freak show. The production is a recontextualised telling of the Antigone story… 

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 Brave Anthology

The Brave Anthology

Angus gets a review that says he’s ‘watchable’. 

Orlando

Orlando

Rocking a minimalist set of a stool and a book, Lucy Roslyn performs this one person play drawing parallels between Virginia Woolf’s classic novel, and her own tumultuous foray i… 

Getting to Know Katie

Getting to Know Katie

We enter stage and Jonathan Ashby-Rock delicately tends to his flowers, encased in boxes across the stage. 

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. 

And the Birds Did Sing

And the Birds Did Sing

Christine Devaney’s And the Birds Did Sing is a gentle, moving meditation on the loss of her father, expressed through story-telling and some expressive physical movement to an e… 

(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 Canary and the Crow

The Canary and the Crow

I’m not gonna pretend like I know a lot about the UK's schooling system, because I don’t. 

She Sells Sea Shells

She Sells Sea Shells

Searching through the Fringe guide for a show worth seeing is a job that could perhaps be likened to archaeology – you spend hours carefully probing, sorting the dross from the d… 

Rust

Rust

It’s very tempting to conclude your musical with a clearcut happy ending, where every loose end is neatly tied and all of your favourite characters ride off into the sunset. 

Ripped

Ripped

Ripped, by Alex Gwyther is a heroic confrontation with the aftermath of a male sexual assault. 

R'n'J: The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Roz and Jules

R'n'J: The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Roz and Jules

Perhaps the end of Romeo & Juliet wasn't quite as tragic as we remembered. 

Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade

Writer and performer Mika Johnson delivers a powerful, poignant and relatable queer narrative, which voices the story of a masculine-identifying lesbian, navigating life and love t… 

Momo and the Inevitable Decay of the House in the Forest

Momo and the Inevitable Decay of the House in the Forest

Whether you bought a ticket for the slightly unnerving image design or for the sheer length of the title, you would be forgiven for rethinking your choice once you notice a dauntin… 

Google Me

Google Me

Google Me is the new offering from 2018 Fringe debut comedian Eleanor Colville. 

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… 

4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE

4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE

This is the first year that 4 Brown Girls Who Write have showcased at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and they better keep coming back. 

The Life of Spies

The Life of Spies

When the UK’s finest spy, Bonnie, is sent on a mission in the Swiss Alps, everything goes wrong when she discovers that her arch-rival, Soviet spy L, is at the same hotel with a mission of her own… 

Being Liza

Being Liza

A new play with music by Rachel Flynn. Being Liza is an original story about a girl in a pivotal transition of her life, discovering who she really is behind the mask of an icon. Frances Edwards is Scotland’s premiere Liza Minnelli tribute act… 

Vanity Airlines

Vanity Airlines

Vanity Airlines holds the prestigious title of Airline of the Year 2012 but how did the most popular airline lose their touch? Is it because the majority of people are flying budget these days or have those rival airlines just upped their game? Having not won anything in six years, a plucky group of Vanity flight attendants decide it’s time to take action… 

Crowned with Glory and Honour

Crowned with Glory and Honour

Based on true stories and interviews, an original play asking pivotal questions with humour and directness. The script examines life and how we, as either cultures, societies or individuals, determine which people are valuable and which people are disposable… 

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. 

Salmon

Salmon

Salmon hits you hard from the moment you step in the venue. 

Bacon

Bacon

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

Fox

Fox

This monologue, written and performed by Katie Guicciardi, addresses the underreported issue of post-partum depression through a thoughtful combination of analogy, props and heartf… 

It'll Be Alt-Right on the Night

It'll Be Alt-Right on the Night

In the past 20 to 30 years, our world has drastically changed, especially within the realm of politics and culture. 

CONSPIRACY

CONSPIRACY

You are watching three actors sat at a table. 

Algorithms

Algorithms

This raucous monologue from Sadie Clark gives us a tale of dating and identity from the bleeding edge of the 21st century. 

Bobby & Amy

Bobby & Amy

On a bare stage at Pleasance Upstairs, Bobby & Amy promises storytelling in its purest form. 

Pre-View

Pre-View

New plays by Francisca da Silveira, Ansley Echols, Joanna Glum, Davey Goodwin, Amy Rhianne Milton, Ahmad Musta’ain Bin Khamis, Karolina Oleskiewicz and Morgan Powell. Readings from eight brand-new plays by emerging playwrights from England, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, the USA and Wales… 

The Sinners Club

The Sinners Club

Where can you go to find all the dirty scandals on campus? The Sinners Club is the only radio show where people can call in anonymously and tell the whole university their biggest sins from a dirty night out… 

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… 

The Oxford Revue Presents – Rogue Two: Burns and Moore

The Oxford Revue Presents – Rogue Two: Burns and Moore

Join two of The Oxford Revue’s brightest talents as they take you through an hour of rogue, wild and laugh-out-loud comedy. Fresh from sell-out shows in Oxford and Durham, Burns and Moore have bought sufficient woollen clothing to prepare them for the North as they follow in the footsteps of previous Revue alumni like Michael Palin and Al Murray… 

Me and My

Me and My

Tired of being ignored, attention-seeking Grief takes it upon herself to be seen. A silly exploration of the annoyance of emotions. ‘One of the Fringe’s greatest discoveries’ **** (Everything-Theatre… 

Clowns, Lovers, Women in Pants and Shakespeare

Clowns, Lovers, Women in Pants and Shakespeare

What makes Shakespeare funny after 400 years? Theatre OCU (Bad Shakespeare, Fringe 2016 and 2018) explores, answers and celebrates the giddy mysteries of love and romance in scenes and soliloquies featuring Shakespeare’s great clowns, fools and lovers… 

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… 

Shut Up, Helen!

Shut Up, Helen!

A dark, comedic production which explores mental illness in the mind of an everyday young woman. Using her therapist’s advice, Valerie names her depression Helen, who becomes an unwelcome companion in her day-to-day life… 

Post-Mortem

Post-Mortem

Nancy and Alex fell in love when they were teenagers. It is wholehearted, obsessive, knotted-together love. An exploding pig heart leads to a first kiss, shared secrets, comic books and Dido classics… 

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. 

Passion Perspectives

Passion Perspectives

Where do you stand on the burning issues of today? Who do you trust? Is anything so important you\'d stake your life on it? Passion Perspectives is a challenging piece of new wri… 

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… 

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… 

Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area

Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area

Have you ever been to a supermarket and thought, “Hey, I really wish the staff would sing more?" Well, Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society are here to make that wis… 

For All I Care

For All I Care

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

PAMALA

PAMALA

2089. The matriarchy has finally risen to power. In an effort to stem the tide of unwanted pregnancies, the government has passed the Protection Against Men and Their Lies Act, or PAMALA… 

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… 

Tinderbox

Tinderbox

Scotland’s most progressive orchestra take on the Pianodrome – an extraordinary amphitheatre made entirely of upcycled pianos. 

This Script

This Script

At a time of schisms within feminism, where sirens are the soundtrack to our newsfeeds, This Script combines poetic memoir with a fierce call for empathy. With Jenny Lindsay’s trademark wit and lyrical dexterity, this is a show delving into often turbulent contemporary waters with an ultimate striving for understanding, empathy and action… 

Drinking and Unemployment: A New Play About Work

Drinking and Unemployment: A New Play About Work

Sociologist-turned-detective Caleb Rutherford steps into a hall of mirrors exposing real people through their professions while thinking he has nothing to reveal about himself. A hilarious and thought-provoking tour de force! ‘An accomplished actor, Fox knows how to create characters so real in two hours you feel you’ve known them a thousand times longer’ (Chicago Free Press) on Fox’s directorial debut… 

Dexter and Winter's Detective Agency

Dexter and Winter's Detective Agency

When Dexter’s mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it’s up to Dexter and his best friend Winter to get her out. On their journey to uncover the truth and free mum, their detective work leads them to some surprising discoveries… 

Whirlpool People; Deconstructing the Illusion of the Separate Self

Whirlpool People; Deconstructing the Illusion of the Separate Self

This provocative, comic and life-affirming one-man show invites you to the core of spiritual debate to experience a journey of life, death and transcendence. Urgent questions like: ‘where do we go when we die?’, ‘are we individuals or all connected?’ and ‘what is spiritual enlightenment?’ are joyfully explored with impassioned arguments, epic storytelling and physical theatre in a whistle-stop tour of eastern philosophy, shamanism, quantum mechanics, sleep science, meditation and more… 

Bulldogs

Bulldogs

It’s the most pressing question of our time: what’s it like to be white and male in #MeToo America? Luckily for you, Kurt and Bradley have answers! Two years after high school graduation, these two ex-football players rekindle their friendship and seek to resurrect their glory days – but lies, old jealousies, and some very melodramatic telenovelas stand in their way… 

@SimCos3000

@SimCos3000

@SimCos3000. Gamers Marcos and Simran thought all they had to worry about was content and merch in their quest to be the next YouTube sensation. But when a rival gamer, a nosey teacher and a family secret threaten everything, the ambitious duo realise they might not be so invincible… 

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… 

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 South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family

The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family

Helene is excited to throw Gordon’s birthday party, but Gordon isn’t happy about turning 70. Rachel is excited to see her sister Kelly, but Kelly isn’t happy to see Rachel. Clive meanwhile, is just happy to be invited… 

My Mother's Shoes

My Mother's Shoes

Some women aspire to wearing their mother’s shoes. As a child we might have dressed up in them. Later in life, we may follow in our mother’s footsteps intentionally, or because of how we’ve been moulded… 

Oxford Revue – Free

Oxford Revue – Free

The Oxford Revue returns with its celebrated Free Fringe variety bill. From August 3rd to 13th, the University of Oxford’s premier sketch comedy troupe presents a rotating bill of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy acts performed by its brightest up-and-coming talent… 

Jekyll vs Hyde

Jekyll vs Hyde

Witness the struggle between good and evil, order and chaos, taste and… bad taste. Two performers (repressed stiff Laurence and fun-loving anarchist Lindsay) battle to perform wildly clashing versions of Stevenson’s classic… 

There Is No Problem (Here)

There Is No Problem (Here)

Have you ever wondered what your favourite fairy tale characters are up to off-duty? Well, there’s a good chance they’re just like you and me in the break room – simply trying to enjoy a nice coffee but constantly getting delayed by relentless drama… 

It's Beautiful, Over There

It's Beautiful, Over There

In It’s Beautiful, Over There, Stephanie Greenwood relates the death of various members of her broad family tree with vignettes about grandparents, resistance fighters and Polish aristocrats… 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Plebs

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Plebs

The story of two plebs trying to navigate the infamous story of Hamlet with nothing but their wits, songs and wacky behaviour. But who are these two, where are they and why are there so many hats? These two plebs are about to discover how absurd this story gets! 

The Perfect Opera

The Perfect Opera

Love! Death! And a pantomime camel! After extensive audience research, we listed the 47 things people demanded in operas and shoehorned them into this show. Macbeth enters, riding a camel… 

50 Words

50 Words

The Shipping Forecast has stopped ships becoming wrecks since 1911. Now it helps James cope with his mother’s death. James’ step-father, Alan, must learn to connect with an autistic child who is his sole responsibility… 

Have I Told You I'm Writing a Play About My Vagina?

Have I Told You I'm Writing a Play About My Vagina?

Bea’s vagina can narrate, DJ, and dance, but she can’t have sex. Vag’s Bea refuses to hear her issues. A will-they-or-wont-they odd couple that happen to be anatomically attached. This coming-of-age story (medically speaking) asks if we can learn to embrace the freak in the sheets… 

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… 

LipSync / Cumbernauld Theatre

LipSync / Cumbernauld Theatre

Biographical performances like LipSync, produced by Cumbernauld Theatre as part of their Invited Guest project, don't always have some obvious, political point to make; they… 

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… 

Dear Mr Dead Head

Dear Mr Dead Head

Ten friends. Three idiots. One protest. One accidental murder. Let us take you on a journey to Sunny Side Day Center, where we will challenge your expectations of what exactly the learning disabled community can do… 

Just Like a Woman

Just Like a Woman

Ellie, Liz and Tig have worked in the factory for a very long time. Assembling stuff. Checking stuff. Rejecting stuff. So why can’t they remember what the stuff is? And what harm can come if they do remember? A new absurdist comedy from the writer and director of Dark Satanic, winner of Best Drama at the 2017 Greater Manchester Fringe Festival… 

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’… 

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

What do the widow and mistress of Scotland’s famous bard discuss over tea? After the death of Robert Burns, his wife Jean Armour and mistress Nancy Maclehose finally meet. Female-led theatre company Fearless Players bring an all-female production dedicated to the women behind Scotland’s history… 

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Self Portraits plays with notions of gender, sexuality and the effects that time and age have on our bodies, our perception of who we are and who we have been and who we might become… 

100% Cotton

100% Cotton

Brace yourself for Liz Cotton: she is a comic songwriter unlike any other. 

Going Slightly Mad

Going Slightly Mad

Max has just been sectioned and she doesn’t know why. She’s completely healthy, or so she thinks. But how does she know what’s healthy and how can she tell what’s real? Meanwhile, someone’s drawn Eamon Holmes on the blackboard, Damon Albarn’s faked his own death, and the only thing that’s on the TV is A Question of Sport… 

Butterflies

Butterflies

Three girls. Three bedrooms. Three phones. An endless stream of notifications. Witty and honest, Butterflies navigates a world of revenge porn, Tinder bios and Wagon Wheels. Told in three hilarious and intricately interwoven monologues, this striking debut is an intimate portrait of womanhood today. 

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… 

Clouds

Clouds

After their successful run of Greyhounds in 2018, Time & Again return with Edwardian epic, Clouds! The year is 1913 and women are rising up. 

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… 

Gilbert and Sullivan\'s Improbable New Musical: Less Miserable

Gilbert and Sullivan\'s Improbable New Musical: Less Miserable

In an afterlife, Gilbert brags to Sullivan that, as fathers of the modern musical, all new musicals are basically just variations on their own plots! Sullivan challenges him to tel… 

The Super Sad and Really Tragical Story of Analeise

The Super Sad and Really Tragical Story of Analeise

Who is Analeise? I don’t know… You don’t know… She sure doesn’t know. A boating accident left Analeise with no memories of her past and a foreign accent no one can identify. Don’t worry though, with the help of the octopus reincarnation of Cary Grant, who she stole from a pet store, she is going to figure it out… 

Pan Breid

Pan Breid

Welcome tae Camby! If ye need tae know anyhin’ aboot roon here, there’s five hings ye need tae remember: neds, fitbaw, shite, shoaps n’ the cooncil. Stuck here when yer alive, trapped here when yer deid… 

Nico: No Regrets

Nico: No Regrets

Model, singer of Velvet Underground, muse of Andy Warhol, mother, heroin addict, rock composer, actress. Nico, in her short life, met success, fortune, hardships, loves, myths, misfortunes, adventures and is universally considered founder of gothic rock… 

Fempire: Mess by Kirsten Vangsness

Fempire: Mess by Kirsten Vangsness

We all are a mess, I guess. In Mess, Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds explores the non-linearity of time, visible quantum objects, monsters, kittens and Christian rock. 

Rock Idle

Rock Idle

The rock’n’roll diary of Marshall Stax. Whenever a defining moment in rock happened, Marshall was there influencing the course of music as we know it while being idle not idol. Starring (ex-Nazareth) vocalist Linton Osborne, we see and hear the history of rock before us with live vocals and guitar from this award-winning company at their seventh successful Fringe… 

Sary

Sary

'They call me witch. A teeth-gnasher. A shape-shifter. When a man says a woman turns into a hare, it means she were too quick for him!' Based on a 19th century Sussex tale, this piece of feminist folk-horror explores themes of female sexuality, ageing and loss as kinds of alchemy… 

Switch Witchetty's Almanac of Everything

Switch Witchetty's Almanac of Everything

The Almanac has been destroyed. Stories of inconvenient love, outrageous adventure and implausible piracy could be lost forever, unless Switch Witchetty (an ambitious fool) can chronicle every story ever told… 

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)… 

Candy Factory

Candy Factory

Hard drugs and hard times are a recipe for mayhem in Saltire Sky’s latest production. The Candy Factory follows Scarface wannabe Kevin in his quest to survive his time in the joint… 

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… 

Bottoms Up!

Bottoms Up!

Wayne is a conman. Wayne doesn’t want to pay taxes anymore. Wayne discovers that the heads of all religious bodies are excluded from doing so. Luckily enough, this is around the same time he discovers he’s the reincarnation of Jesus Christ… 

1902

1902

Saltire Sky’s hit debut show is back. Follow these fearless young Scots in their quest to see their heroes lift the Scottish Cup. Laughter, tears and bevy are guaranteed in this electric piece of new writing… 

Checkpoint

Checkpoint

In a time of hard borders and systematic segregation, enigmatic stranger Roman arrives at Checkpoint-4 and attempts to bluff and bribe his way past two incompetent border guards. Daredevil tourist or diehard terrorist? Could the answer lie concealed in the contents of his curiously cumbersome trunk? – ‘It’s an anomaly… 

Put Your Best Face On

Put Your Best Face On

Lola’s funny, confident, and always striving for perfection. She has everything a fifteen year old could want – friends, followers, approval… so what’s missing? Praised by her virtual friends, and celebrated in her online life, Lola’s moving away from the people closest to her, and she’s not sure she even recognises herself… 

Tami Stone – My Funny Bits

Tami Stone – My Funny Bits

Comedy actress Tami Stone presents her debut one-woman Edinburgh show. A pick’n’mix of sharply observed oddball characters. Chasing fame, finding love… modelling with fruit. It’s all here! My Funny Bits is written by Andrew Ludlam, whose work has previously been performed at the Edinburgh festival, Brighton Comedy Festival, Soho Theatre, London and Birmingham Monologue Slam… 

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… 

Bedlam

Bedlam

‘This place is a human rat trap. It is easy to get in, but once in, it is impossible to get out’. Immerse yourself in the infamous Victorian asylum, where identity becomes a distant memory in cycles of routine and human cruelty… 

Dancing in the Moonlight – A Play About Phil Lynott

Dancing in the Moonlight – A Play About Phil Lynott

At age seven, Phil was sent to Dublin by his single mother, Philomena, to be raised by her parents so she could earn enough money to survive. Looking at race, parenthood and identity this one-man play dives into late 50s and 60s Dublin through the eyes of a young Phil Lynott, exploring how his unique circumstances set him up to found Thin Lizzy and become one of the stand out rock stars of the 70s… 

The Room

The Room

The Room. A new musical by Alexander Abbott. A girl alone in a room. Why is she here? What is her story? In a series of pictures and conversations we learn the answers to these questions and more… 

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… 

Joby Mageean – Shanty Prince

Joby Mageean – Shanty Prince

Join comedy jumble sale Joby Mageean on a swashbuckling stand-up comedy adventure as he takes you on a whimsical tale of the seven seas, recounting his life as a troubadour and heir to the shanty throne! A barnstorming hour of musical and stand-up comedy with ‘hilarious gags and brilliantly written songs’ **** (ThreeWeeks)… 

Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out

Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out

‘Too young to stay in, too old to go out!’ Nigel Osner casts a quizzical eye over life’s challenges for those that little bit older. Going out, love, holidays – even the gym! Original songs and stories by male and female characters… 

Psycho Drama Queen

Psycho Drama Queen

When he is attacked on the street, drag performer Anthony, aka Theresa Mayhem, has a choice to make; does he repress the trauma and become a reality TV star? Or listen to his best friend Lucy and get the help he needs? 

Rich B*tch – How to Make Money with the Power of Your Mind

Rich B*tch – How to Make Money with the Power of Your Mind

You can be rich. Travel the world. Have a mansion by the beach. Be #blessed. You can have it all. The universe wants you to have it. If you’re not there yet, it’s totally your fault… 

Come Out from Among Them

Come Out from Among Them

Written/performed by John McCann and directed by Erasmus Mackenna, who brought you last year’s Scotsman Fringe First Award-winning play DUPed. Come Out from Among Them concludes this writer’s journey… 

Kurl Up and Dye

Kurl Up and Dye

This hilarious dark comedy welcomes you into Kurl Up and Dye, a warm and friendly though largely unsuccessful Yorkshire beauticians. The salon, run haphazardly by Sarah, Michelle, Amanda and Jo, receives a wide range of regulars – though none as loyal as 93-year-old Mrs Clarke… 

Honey

Honey

Honey, a freelance journalist and single mother of four (and a half) seeks control, agency, confirmation and solvency from her rebellious daughter, disappointed mother, skeptical friends and imperfect men… 

Where Do Fairies Come From?

Where Do Fairies Come From?

From early Celtic tradition, through Shakespearean superstition to modern high fantasy, everyone has heard of fairies. ‘Give us your hands if we be friends.’ Or, if you prefer… clap if you believe… 

Muse 90401

Muse 90401

Muse 90401 is a one-woman show written by, and starring, internationally acclaimed actress Fadik Sevin Atasoy. Ingenious, humorous and bold, this non-stop tour de force re-envisions the lives of famous women from art and literature through the perspective of a rebellious Muse… 

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… 

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

This new musical by Michael Bascom retells the story of Heathcliff and Cathy, two soul-bound lovers thwarted by family, society and God. The sun shines over the moors, but a storm of vengeance is brewing in this story of a passionate romance which transcends life – and death – itself… 

a crown of laurels

a crown of laurels

(fig.) Honour, distinction, fame. ‘Open the earth to enclose me, or change my form’. Daphne has finally managed to get all of her sisters together in one room, and this night out is just what she needs… 

Most Notorious

Most Notorious

Forget everything your history teachers told you, not all pirates had beards. Join the heroines your history books forgot, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, as they shake the shackles of traditional society and elope on a journey of violence and crime on the high seas… 

The Ship Sank. Where on Deck, Did My Captain Lie?

The Ship Sank. Where on Deck, Did My Captain Lie?

Based on a true story… A mother who is continuously compelled to rebuild her life based on lies. A daughter who is trying to understand the mother’s motives. A life where dishonesty and ambiguity are rooted in the everyday… 

If This Is Normal

If This Is Normal

‘You’re trying to make this black and white. It’s not.’ ‘Yeah, it’s not – because he’s your brother.’ Siblings Madani and Maryam – and their best friend Alex – have grown up bombarded by podcasts, porn and politics… 

Cry of the Gull

Cry of the Gull

Six lives uprooted by war. Displaced to Europe while desperately trying to protect a sense of family. Based on true stories and verbatim accounts, this play uses poetic structures and physical theatre to explore the emotional experience of becoming a refugee… 

Void

Void

What happens after you die? Angels? A black hole? Perhaps… but what if you choose to die? Enter Grim. They’ve seen and heard it all. Shoved on suicide duty – will this shift ever end? Grim meets a variety of men who took the final leap… 

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… 

Hello? Hello.

Hello? Hello.

A young woman calls a helpline. 

Monogamy

Monogamy

Annie comes back earlier than anticipated. 

Unmeetables

Unmeetables

We all try to avoid certain people – bros with cats, people handing out flyers, vegans. But there are some we refuse to even look at because of the giving code. A laugh-and-cry one-man show… 

I Am

I Am

What if you could meet your inner demons? Delve into the cobwebs of our heroine’s mind and watch her inner demons fight for control of the light. A new magical realism drama integrating original award-winning music. 

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 Things I Never Told You

The Things I Never Told You

In the house on the corner of our street lived an old man. I didn’t know his name. He didn’t know mine. The day before he died he left a cardboard box, containing his most treasured possessions, on my doorstep… 

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

Knock knock. Who’s there? You’ve heard it before, but this time it’s no joke. A knock on the door in the middle of the night is never good news, is it? 2019 sees the premiere of this piece of new writing from a dynamic young company, returning for their fourth year at the Fringe. 

Grave Concern

Grave Concern

There are only two remaining vacant graves in the family plot – and Uncle John will not miss out on one. Cue a morbid dogfight with vindaloos, Belgian girlfriends, and handbag-wielding octogenarians… 

Courage Calls to Courage: The Suffragist Musical!

Courage Calls to Courage: The Suffragist Musical!

A powerful drama interspersed with original songs, looking at the lives of the main protagonists involved in the struggle for the vote between Emmeline Pankhurst’s Suffragettes and Millicent Fawcett’s Suffragists… 

The Good Boyfriend

The Good Boyfriend

A murder mystery exploring relationships where anyone could be the perpetrator! Will Inspector LeFevre, through his love of music, apprehend the villain? Are you the next Miss Marple or Poirot? Do you have what it takes to solve the crime? Join the music-loving detective as he investigates this evil deed… 

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

On 20th July, 1969, thousands of people gathered to watch two remarkable firsts: the first all-night broadcast on British television, and the first man walking on the surface of the moon… 

Up and Away

Up and Away

Up and Away is a drama set in rural Wisconsin. Aspiring YouTube star Madison McDoogle’s attempt to rise out of poverty and isolation is threatened by drug abuse and addiction. The play serves as a timely call to action about the rising heroin epidemic and the lives it impacts… 

Black Dog

Black Dog

In the wake of a terrible decision, Tommy is burnt out. But fortunately, help is at hand in the form of the formidable and mysterious Tanya. A story of depression, anxiety, and second chances, this mixed-media medley piece is told through theatre, belly dance and music. 

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… 

The South Afreakins

The South Afreakins

Gordon and Helene are stuck in South Africa and in their rut. One longs to get out and experience everything retirement has to offer while the other won’t leave his milk tart. When they finally immigrate to New Zealand, the result is hilariously heartbreaking as they discover “home” is hard to find… 

Fisherman's Tail

Fisherman's Tail

Fisherman’s Tail is a hearty, all age, actor-musician musical about four humble fishermen whose everyday lives are blown out of the water when they are caught up in the whirlwind of Jesus’s life and miracles… 

BoxedIn Theatre Presents: Daphne, or Hellfire

BoxedIn Theatre Presents: Daphne, or Hellfire

If a tree falls in a forest, and no one gives a flying f**k, does it really fall at all?… Inspired by Ovid’s myth, ‘Daphne and Apollo’, this ecofeminist drama recasts Daphne as an impassioned environmentalist, battling big business, a boastful boyfriend and a pressurising father… 

The Trial

The Trial

Part stand-up, part gig, with a sparkling performance by Inês Sampaio, The Trial is an interactive new play that questions gender constructions in the 21st century. Can we reject authority, and live and love in a different way? This interactive hyper theatrical performance is loosely inspired on Tieta do Agreste, a novel by Jorge Amado… 

The Brunch Club

The Brunch Club

Rebel, geek, emo, which were you? Or were you the popular one? Scotland’s brightest new talents, The Network, take on the cliques in a homage to classic coming-of-age movies. Site-specific masters and seven time Fringe First winners Grid Iron, in co-production with SDTN and Pleasance, transform Levels café bar for a vibrant exploration of the continuing need to label ourselves in uncertain times… 

Ivory Wings

Ivory Wings

Ivory Wings is a one-woman show with a live piano score. It explores Alzheimer’s and the therapeutic effects of music on patients’ memory, whilst celebrating the remarkable women of the Air Transport Auxiliary whose job it was to deliver wartime aircraft from the factories to the RAF bases during World War II… 

IvankaPlay

IvankaPlay

She’s hot, rich and f*cking powerful. She knows bad things are happening. But she’s making millions selling her line of shoes at Bloomingdale’s, Jared’s voice is as soothing as ASMR and her kids keep her busy… 

Ticker

Ticker

Ticker follows twenty-something Spencer, a Geordie millennial who is deeply in love with the inestimable Gabi. But Spencer’s life is torn apart by Gabi’s untimely – and unexplained – death… 

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… 

Gun

Gun

‘If you’re gonna kill a man, better make sure you do it properly. First rule of a murder’. Gun is a one-man comedy western written and performed by a quarter of Fringe favourite sketch troupe Clever Peter (‘fast, witty, clever, stupid’ (Guardian))… 

Jackman and Bones

Jackman and Bones

Lanky sketch duo Jackman and Bones debut at the Edinburgh Fringe with an hour of madcap, energetic, Oscar-worthy shenanigans, answering the questions you never knew you had: Is Doctor Who a racist? How do you catch a criminal using carrot sticks and guacamole? Just how hairy is Old Aunt McGurk’s face? An exciting new show starring a ‘simultaneously imaginative and instinctive’ (EdFringeReview… 

The Dead Ducks: York du Soleil

The Dead Ducks: York du Soleil

The University of York’s Dead Ducks take to the Fringe with their brand-new sketch show: York du Soleil. Dive into this carnival of comedy and enjoy an hour of original and hysterically funny sketches which are sure to leave you wanting more… 

Down It Fresher!

Down It Fresher!

After getting dragged along to the smelliest, most infamous night club in Edinburgh by her new friends, Frida the Fresher meets Matt, a posh English guy from the rival university. It’s love at first sight, but only for Frida… 

Portents

Portents

What if it’s all true? Every weird theory, everything you can’t quite see from the corner of your eye. All of it. Somewhere, lost in noise, a message is being sent. All it takes is for somebody to listen… 

The Presented

The Presented

A struggling artist working at a movie theater, Chris goes on a surreal adventure into his subconscious while popping popcorn. From childhood moments to famous 19th-century actresses, armadillos and fog machines, The Presented is a funny and insightful look at success and rejection in the modern world… 

Drunk Lion

Drunk Lion

Drunk Lion follows an alcoholic lion who spends his days drinking into oblivion in a cantina until he meets Chris, a young foreigner learning how to speak Spanish. The unlikely pair forge an intoxicated bond over life, love, and alcohol… 

Fempire: Cleo, Theo & Wu by Kirsten Vangsness

Fempire: Cleo, Theo & Wu by Kirsten Vangsness

Lucy (Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds) is just trying to work out how to be the best cool girl, lady boss, and all around woman she can be when suddenly, the fate of universe is in her hands… 

House of Hundred

House of Hundred

This multimedia theatrical experience explores an old Istanbul mansion’s transition from Ottoman to modern eras, through video art and traditional Turkish music, live looping and foley, accompanying a retake on traditional Turkish storytelling techniques… 

Coming of the Third Age

Coming of the Third Age

The Professors of Logic present the songs of Anna Durkacz Ryan with a fresh look at approaching age. If you enjoy a good laugh and top-class, multi-genre live music, then this is the show for you! As the song goes: ‘embrace it with enthusiasm, and you will be surprised!’ Five-piece band with vocals and fiddle by Anna Durkacz Ryan. 

The Professor

The Professor

The university’s oddest professor has made a remarkable discovery. He’s thrilled – but why is his lecture today even stranger and wilder than ever? An odd, surreal comedy about Dickens, shipwrecks, the Venus de Milo, fainting poets and the perils of original thinking… 

Illegal

Illegal

An American artist must decide whether to overstay her visa or give up her chance to become a UK citizen. A Guatemalan graduate must decide whether to make the dangerous trek to America… 

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… 

Purple

Purple

Tonight’s the night. You know, the night. The night Stacey and Sam are going to… you know. But when the clothes come off, Stacey flees the scene, leaving her bewildered boyfriend half-dressed behind her… 

The Stander Gang

The Stander Gang

A fast-paced, farcical retelling of one of South Africa’s most infamous criminals, Andre Stander, the policeman turned gunman. In this incredible true story of bank heists, prison breaks and gang notoriety, three young actors burst with vitality and hold the audience hostage to the thriller of a lifetime… 

Henry Wilkinson: See Me at Lunch!

Henry Wilkinson: See Me at Lunch!

Henry Wilkinson: See Me at Lunch is an hour-long, one-man, hyper-immersive, character comedy extravaganza. Based on Wilkinson’s experience at school and as a trainee teacher, the show shines a nostalgic spotlight on some of the unsung heroes of the British schooling system… 

My Mate Dave Died

My Mate Dave Died

When Dave dies and is sent back to the living, he is only visible to his best friend Jimmy. 

Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant

A writer/producer of television’s Supernatural spins a series of intimate, darkly comic vignettes in this modern thriller. When Ryan’s firework-filled marriage proposal accidentally awakens an ancient creature sleeping in a nearby lake, local residents become consumed by stories about the ‘thing’ and the dark effects it has on anyone who touches it… 

Harvey Greenfield Is Running Late

Harvey Greenfield Is Running Late

Is it possible to please everyone, all of the time? And at what cost to your family and health? In this fast and frenetic comedy, award-winning writer/performer Paul Richards (‘This riotously funny show might just be the funniest hour you spend at this year’s Fringe’ (The Write Angle on Facebook)) explores our need to please, and why it’s sometimes healthy to, every now and then, just sit in a shed and play Subbuteo by yourself, eating biscuits and pretending to be Meat Loaf. 

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… 

After You

After You

In 1961, Hannah’s mum, Angela, was in the Australian premiere production of The Sound of Music. The expectations of her generation, including motherhood, stopped her following that career… 

Who Is Daniel King

Who Is Daniel King

A story of a man who decides to be a dancer. Daniel’s living the patriarchal dream, everything that should bring happiness. It hasn’t. He discovers what he really wants, but is it what he needs? A comedy about male ego and dancing by Ed Eales-White… 

Enough

Enough

Jane and Toni are immaculate, iconic, accommodating flight attendants. Or so you think. But 30,000 feet below them their seemingly perfect lives are rapidly unravelling. Beneath them they feel the ground shake… 

The Grand Scheme of Things

The Grand Scheme of Things

Flora and Nic have been friends for years, for pretty much the whole of history. 

Karam Deo: Table for One

Karam Deo: Table for One

If you’ve been unlucky in love, nothing makes you feel better about yourself than laughing at someone else. Enter Karam Deo, as he takes you on his personal journey of regretful romances and dating disasters… 

Redacted Arachnid

Redacted Arachnid

Following the death of his predecessor, an established theatre producer takes on the most expensive Broadway musical of all time. 

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… 

Einstein

Einstein

Pip Utton is one of the world’s most respected performers of solo theatre and a Fringe legend. Over the past two decades he has written and performed some of the most internationally successful solo shows, Adolf, Churchill, Chaplin, Playing Maggie, Dickens and And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You… 

I, AmDram

I, AmDram

Amateur dramatics: the unspoken past of many a Fringe performer. From four generations of leading ladies comes one queer Londoner, sharing a story of return and reconciliation – with her history, hometown and love of musical theatre… 

Ane City

Ane City

Tay has returned to her hometown of Dundee for a summer of relaxation, drinking and self-discovery. But first, she has to get through a night out with her friends, hitting the streets of Dundee… 

Raphael Wakefield: Wengerball

Raphael Wakefield: Wengerball

In his debut show, character comedian Raphael Wakefield charts the rise and fall of his idol, Arsène Wenger, and asks what it means to become successful. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack… 

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Good morning, Edinburgh! After Fringe sell-outs in 2017 and 2018, we’re moving to a lovely new venue. Three new, stimulating, delicious, rotating “menus” of 10-15-minute comedies, eccentricity and mini-drama – all served up with free fresh coffee/tea, croissant and strawberry… 

Bad Aunts

Bad Aunts

Subverting the Saturday night staple, meet Maz, Jo and Dee: three women on the wrong side of 40 – your chat show hosts. Friends and neighbours drop into their living room to offload agonies, not forgetting surprise stand-up performers! The Aunts have tribulations, too… 

SOLD

SOLD

‘To be free is very sweet.’ When one woman tells of her extraordinary journey to overcome the brutality of slavery, she becomes a beacon for the British anti-slavery movement. Born into slavery in the British colony of Bermuda, Mary Prince went on to become an autobiographer and champion of freedom… 

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

A new world where cheerful totalitarianism is the fashion; where cities promote hilarious mass deportations and funny exterminations; where its leopard-pattern clad locals will do anything to defend their enthusiasm… 

Spliced

Spliced

Timmy plays hurling, the fastest field sport in the world. He loves it. He hates it. Honest, brave and hard-hitting, Spliced is a visceral account of his struggle to become an individual outside of the sporting institution that raised him… 

Ladybones

Ladybones

Archaeologist Nuala unearths a skeleton and her ordered life starts to unravel. Digging into the mystery of the bones, can she handle the chaos of what she discovers? Based on personal experience, this is an uplifting and compelling story about OCD, dungarees and being weird but not a weirdo… 

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… 

Pits

Pits

Part stand-up set, part kitchen-sink drama, Pits will take you on a massive Geordie bender of a night out on the Toon, make you laugh until you cannit breathe, and then corner you in the smoking area to put the world to rights… 

White Girls

White Girls

Two girls go on a journey. They want to annoy their Tory parents. They want to make a difference. But as they find themselves in the middle of an international refugee crisis, they realise they are going to need to do more than just a fun run to help… 

Manhunt 2: Big Mood

Manhunt 2: Big Mood

Best friends Emm and Leo have made the bold artistic decision to graduate without any skills or job prospects. But honestly? Life is 100% probably theirs for the taking. The only thing in the diary is living their best lives… 

If You're Feeling Sinister: A Play with Songs

If You're Feeling Sinister: A Play with Songs

He was exhausted by life. She was tired of waiting for it to begin. Now Boss and Kid are on the run. A reckless artist waiting to be found and an academic looking to lose himself could pull off Glasgow’s greatest heist if they can keep their hands off one another and on the steering wheel… 

Catching Comets

Catching Comets

After discovering a comet hurtling towards Earth, Toby snaps and turns into the action hero in his own movie on a mission to save the world from impending doom. Flashback a year: Toby is knocked off course when somebody crashes into his life… 

Julius 'Call Me Caesar' Caesar

Julius 'Call Me Caesar' Caesar

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Andrew Maxwell (Live at the Apollo; winner: Time Out Live Award, ***** (Herald, for Showtime)) makes his theatre debut playing… everyone, in a world premiere by Fringe First Award winner Owen McCafferty ***** (Stage, for Unfaithful)… 

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… 

Hot Flush

Hot Flush

It’s 11:24am and day two of Sinead’s hereto disastrous hen party. Hungover at bottomless brunch after several unfulfilling rickshaw rides and a gruelling night at Clapham’s should-be-closed-down nightclub Inferno’s, the six hens begin crisis talks in the ladies toilets… 

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. 

Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck

Written and performed by David Colvin. The tragic and comic tale of the greatest bagpiper who ever lived. Fresh from sell-out previews at Celtic Connections and Piping Live!, a one-man emotional rollercoaster exploring how the traditions of bagpipe music were rocked by Perthshire bin man Gordon Duncan, and how he changed the life of one young piper from Fife forever… 

Burns: A Lost Legacy

Burns: A Lost Legacy

How much of your future would you sacrifice in order to preserve the past? Sarah Burns is a mother and wife, but in 1865 she gave up her life in Australia to return to Britain. Granddaughter of Robert Burns, Sarah is the forgotten guardian of her family’s legacy; it is due to her that the world remembers Burns with so much devotion… 

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… 

Brendan Galileo for Europe

Brendan Galileo for Europe

Brendan Galileo is determined to make his mark on Irish political life and save the local school of music from being converted into apartments for racehorses, by joining the ranks of the European Parliament… 

Wireless Operator

Wireless Operator

This gripping true story of a terrifying night-time Lancaster Bomber raid in WWII uncovers the triggers of the lifelong legacy that traumatised those airmen who survived. This tense visceral play is told through the eyes and ears of the wireless operator… 

How Not to Drown

How Not to Drown

A painful yet uplifting true story of a child asylum-seeker arriving in the UK. At 11 years old, Dritan is sent on the notoriously perilous journey across the Adriatic to a new life in Europe, only to continue his fight for survival in the British care system… 

Vivarium

Vivarium

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

Year Without Summer

Year Without Summer

Cast Iron Theatre have rocked a minimalist set – an intimate three chairs and floor space surrounded by a ring of audience members – and have stretched it expertly to the peak of its credibility... 

Finding Fassbender

Finding Fassbender

The Fringe is all about first impressions; the opening minutes of a free stand up show, the six word spiel spurted at you by flyerers with an outstretched hand, the carefully chosen pose for the poster that will adorn Edinburgh’s walls for a month... 

In Your Own Sweet Way

In Your Own Sweet Way

Hoghead Theatre Company Returns to the Fringe with their devised piece In Your Own Sweet Way. It's performed by six actors who playing six friends in search of a play.Soon they will all be heading off to university or taking other paths... 

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... 

A Generous Lover

A Generous Lover

A Generous Lover is La JohnJoseph’s heartfelt account of caring for a bipolar partner. Orpheus and La JohnJoseph pass through various institutional limbos including health services, art therapy seminars and medication focused recovery plans... 

Signals

Signals

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

Grace

Grace

Katie Reddin-Clancy’s solo show has the potential to be fantastic – with a delicious, sharply observed script that is slickly performed. It is a show that appropriately evades simple labels, a mix of character comedy, cabaret, variety, new writing, monologues, solo-show and theatre, all wrapped into one... 

Hatty's Last Stand

Hatty's Last Stand

Harriet Stand (Hatty to her friends) is auditioning for a part in the critically acclaimed play Life. Harriet’s dilemma is to find the right role to audition for. We follow her trials and smiles in this relentless pursuit of a role... 

Creative Project: An Afternoon With Wendy and Friends – Road to Meikle Seggie

Creative Project: An Afternoon With Wendy and Friends – Road to Meikle Seggie

Creative Projects: An afternoon with Wendy and friends at Greyfriars Kirk. 24 August 2018 13:30. Free, includes reception and discussion. The afternoon is a collection of songs, poems, art, orchestral poems, dialogues and connections inspired by Richard DeMarco’s Road to Meikle Seggie... 

3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

This is an intensely personal, sometimes funny, sometimes uncomfortable window into the relationship of two sisters at the toughest point of their lives so far. Alexandra and Kate Donnachie play themselves in this piece which as they say is written by Alex and Kate but mostly by Alex... 

Drip

Drip

I can’t imagine that anybody has nostalgia for life in their early teen years. You’re an awkward bundle of nerves so tightly wound that you can’t make a smart decision if you try, and even when you do, you can barely look someone in the eye to acknowledge them... 

The House

The House

A blissfully domestic sitting room in a nameless American suburb is the setting for Brian Parks’ riotous comedy The House. We open as two couples arrive fresh from their lawyer’s offices following the completion of the sale of the house from one couple to the other... 

Nowt as Queer as Folk

Nowt as Queer as Folk

Set in rural England, this pale ale drenched parable explores village life juxtaposed with urban sprawl. Topical issues of sexual impropriety, love lost, love rediscovered and fiddling finances are interspersed with song and slapstick scenes... 

Job-Cher

Job-Cher

Two struggling Cher impersonators are disrobed and disheartened in Job-Cher. Waiting in their dressing room between costume changes, Sandra and Donna stare at the empty diary and wonder how on earth to revitalise their tired double act... 

Epiphany

Epiphany

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

Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero’s biggest flaw is that it isn’t about anything. It involves issues but mentions very little about their impact, and even if it did, our main characters are just insufficiently developed or interesting to make me care... 

The Fun Club Presents...

The Fun Club Presents...

I’m not sure how to explain The Fun Club Presents… Three performers – Sara Page, Franny Anne Rafferty and Alistair McPhail – in a room, all in animal face-paint, talk obliquely about themselves... 

Sitting by Katherine Parkinson

Sitting by Katherine Parkinson

Sitting, the debut play by comic actor Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans), explores the lives of three characters who are sitting for portraits. Through a series of dramatic monologues addressed to the artist offstage, we gradually discover these characters’ stories and what has brought them to be painted... 

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... 

Harpy

Harpy

Harpy is an intricate portrayal of a nuisance neighbour, with more nuances than one would expect to squeeze into a one hour show. Su Pollard excels in her primary role of ‘Birdie’, also inhabiting various other characters to extend the cast... 

How to Do Acting (Properly)

How to Do Acting (Properly)

This curious interactive lecture given by actress and software business advisor Zoe Cunningham offers some great advice and practical tips for anyone who wants to do acting (properly)... 

Good Things Come to Those Who

Good Things Come to Those Who

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

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... 

Good Grief

Good Grief

Good grief is full of sarcasm, laughter and the occasional tear as we try to show that there is no "correct" thing to say to someone who is grieving. Based on the experiences of one of the cast, follow Amy's journey as we analyse the generic reactions and things that are said to people facing the loss of a loved one. 

Dolly

Dolly

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

Antling

Antling

What happens when a fortysomething single woman rediscovers her childhood crush on an 80s pop icon? A liberation from pissed off boredom and an awakening of sexual fantasies. Sometimes fierce, sometimes sad but all encased with a feisty sense of humour... 

Yer Aul' Da

Yer Aul' Da

Malcolm is in his mid-40s and going to be a grandad. His way of coping with this? Drinking and partying all the time. His son, Ryan, is having none of it and just wants his old Dad back... 

I Am Not Your Woman

I Am Not Your Woman

'If I had a name for every woman with a story, I'd run out of space and I'd be writing forever'. One night, Cate, Ben, Jess and Kim's lives are turned upside down... Inspired by real stories and #metoo, this poignant, vital, and hopeful play challenges our attitudes towards sexual assault and gives a voice to those who often go unheard... 

First Snow / Première neige

First Snow / Première neige

Those familiar with the work of the National Theatre of Scotland won’t be surprised by the style or the content of First Snow / Première Neige.Matriarch Isabelle calls her clan – including her adult foster son of sorts François, her Scottish friend Fletcher and her daughter’s Congolese-Scottish boyfriend Thierry – back to their family home in the remote Quebec countryside... 

The Squirrel Plays

The Squirrel Plays

Many productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year discuss female freedom of choice, but few do so as creatively as The Squirrel Plays. In this show from Part of the Main, Tom and Sarah are young professionals thrilled to be buying a new home... 

The Dame

The Dame

Peter Duncan’s The Dame is hosted at The Dome, one of Edinburgh’s glitziest and most glamorous buildings. The sparkling chandeliers, oversized vases of flowers, ornate furnishings and the sound of champagne corks popping make it the perfect setting for a spectacle... 

Stardust

Stardust

Let’s talk about drugs. Let’s talk about the way we talk about drugs. Most importantly, let’s talk about the drugs industry itself, and the effects that the production and export of cocaine has had on the livelihood of Latin America... 

Marie

Marie

With the aid of a tea towel, a glass, and a stool, Sarah MacGillivray skilfully portrays a wide variety of characters in a modern re-telling of the story of Mary, Queen of Scots – sort of... 

F*ck Off.

F*ck Off.

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

My Mate Dave Died

My Mate Dave Died

When Dave dies and is sent back to the living, he is only visible to his best friend Jimmy. It soon becomes clear their reunion is more of a curse than a blessing. Together, Jimmy and Dave must discover how to break down the walls between the living and the dead so that Dave can pass over... 

Crack/ed

Crack/ed

Warden, a young single mother, is determined to fight to get her addict son Ryan the treatment that he needs, before it’s too late. But can nurse Clive help guide him to sobriety, or will Ryan’s past and toxic friendship with Simon dictate his future? Highlighting the reality of men’s mental health and addiction. 

The Interview

The Interview

In a comic exploration of the disjoint between what we think and what we say, The Interview questions the meaning of living a life worth rewarding. In an interview waiting room, Alex grapples with the sudden appearance of his subconscious as a walking, talking, sarcastic bundle of joy... 

Bare Knuckle

Bare Knuckle

Bare Knuckle sheds light on the brutal (and often hidden) male world of bare knuckle fighting. This new one-man show specially written for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, reveals the emotional battles between father and son... 

Gutted

Gutted

An Irish, black comedy set in 1980s Dublin where the fish factory floor becomes the stage for three women’s stories of one life-changing night... Through dynamic, interactive monologue, pure Irish storytelling, comedy and 80s music, three women dramatise the events of a significant night, taking us on a fun and poignant journey of self-discovery... 

I'm Your Man – Letters of the World's Most Ambitious Job Applicant

I'm Your Man – Letters of the World's Most Ambitious Job Applicant

This unbelievably ambitious, deluded, multiple job-applicant failure attempts to inspire his audiences to become the best they can be... Think Pope, Prime Minister, James Bond... and many more! Complete with tantalising, hilarious visual snippets of his ridiculous letters! 

Fast

Fast

Washington State, 1910. "Doctor" Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast by Kate Barton is a new dark psychological drama based on true events... 

Roxy Likes Cats

Roxy Likes Cats

Last night, Roxy had a phone call from her mum. She packed her bags and started the long journey home. Now she’s outside her door, knowing when she goes inside, things will never be the same. 

Fast

Fast

Washington State, 1910. "Doctor" Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast by Kate Barton is a new dark psychological drama based on true events... 

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... 

An Algorithm Named Kevin

An Algorithm Named Kevin

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

Love on Blue Canvas, 1890

Love on Blue Canvas, 1890

Three lovers. One engagement portrait. Someone is out of the picture. Two hundred years later, a story remains. Twisted by time, the portrait becomes an object of fascination to the people who see it – but not for the right reasons... 

In Their Footsteps

In Their Footsteps

Over 50 years ago, thousands of young American women went to Vietnam to serve their country during the war. Infinite Variety Productions interviewed five of these women; two military officers, three civilian employees, all volunteers... 

Like Drowning

Like Drowning

E and V are women, or so they think. But what is a woman anyway? Using artificial intelligence to generate characters, Like Drowning explores identity, abuse and the pervasive gender inequalities that still exist in today's society. 

The March

The March

We protested because we believe in a better country. We protested because we believe in gender equality for all. We continue to protest through performance because we believe these conversations are worth having... 

Drunk!

Drunk!

A funny play set to a dark backdrop. Meet the standard drunks you see every night in your local, in a completely different setting. three men meet in a bar for the 100th time and one for the first – and the last. 

Roman Candle

Roman Candle

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

ScotlandsFest 2018

ScotlandsFest 2018

What was it like to paint Muriel Spark’s portrait? What is the connection between computer code, myth and magic? How do we grow a better Scotland? Does politics matter? All this and more at ScotlandsFest sessions with writers, artists and thinkers, where you are also invited to have your say... 

Wings

Wings

Eva is a stand-up comedian. James is head-writer for hit sitcom Flat Pancake. Their relationship is hilarious. So hilarious that it's falling apart. And there's nothing funny about that... 

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... 

Birth Control

Birth Control

An intensely dramatic short play inspired by authors such as Sarah Kane and Martin Crimp, our script is an original attempt at an absurdist horror story. With themes such as rape and psychological torture, this show aims to shock and alienate the audience by distorting perceptions of reality in order to ask difficult questions about morality, retribution, and scientific progression. 

Rainforest Dreams

Rainforest Dreams

In collaboration with TV producer/eco campaigner Phil Williams and Ecuadorian Kichwa tribe this new multimedia play will connect you with what is happening now in the Amazonian rainforest... 

Brawn

Brawn

Brawn is a portal into the world of a young man named Ryan. A world consumed by image and obsession, where self-worth is measured in muscle mass and where self-improvement becomes self-destruction... 

The Drowned Bride

The Drowned Bride

A new musical by Helen Brown and John Moore, based on Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. A naïve and lonely young woman meets a mysterious widower in the glamorous surroundings of the French Riviera... 

The Way Out

The Way Out

The Way Out is a dark absurdist comedy based on the frustration of living in the modern age. Judy Gale, a woman in her 20s, finds herself in the reception of a vast office block. As she struggles to find where it is she is meant to be going, she slowly realises that achieving the one thing you want isn’t always a simple task... 

Under the Fig Tree

Under the Fig Tree

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

Shovel

Shovel

Two tales overlap in this National Theatre New View's Award longlisted dark comedy set in Backmuir Forest, 20 miles outside Dundee. One depicts a mild-mannered call-centre operator lost on his way to a job interview, who finds himself entangled in a world of madness, murder and mystery... 

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... 

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... 

Nine Lives

Nine Lives

A social experiment like no other. Contestants – known only by a number – go through rigorous trials to make it to The Live Show, the ultimate reality show where all bets are off... 

Bullingdon Revisited

Bullingdon Revisited

Bizarre is the word that has stalked my mind since watching Bullingdon Revisited. Telling the infamous story of Dave, Boris and a pig, we follow a young David Cameron as he arrives at Oxford and pursues the attentions of the Bullingdon Club... 

Hysterical

Hysterical

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

The Quest: A Fantasy Musical

The Quest: A Fantasy Musical

Questing Voles – All’s Well That Ends As You Like It, 2017: ‘a pretty anarchic hour of fun and frolics’ (FringeReview.co.uk); Piracy!, 2013: ‘recommended show’ (FringeReview... 

Uninvited

Uninvited

‘No-one leaves home – unless home is the mouth of a shark.’ Uninvited is an original theatrical piece documenting the personal odyssey of one young migrant as he flees his war-torn home for the promise of peace abroad... 

Sunbathers

Sunbathers

How does it feel to be loved? A lonely office worker reflects on a past life in an idyllic countryside with his university friends. An intimate couple travel to the French Riviera, finding that they want to be together for the rest of their lives... 

Dangerous Giant Animals

Dangerous Giant Animals

Dangerous Giant Animals is a one-person show about growing up with a disabled sibling, based on writer/performer Christina Murdock's real life experiences. As she says at the end of the show, this kind of 'everyday tragedy' is rare to see portrayed on the stage or screen... 

Timpson: The Musical

Timpson: The Musical

I sat through an hour long fever dream yesterday entitled Timpson the Musical, and to get the recommendation out of the way, I would easily go again. It’s a slapdash style of unrelenting absurdity that makes it hard not to at least crack a smile when you’re sitting there watching, if not laugh outright... 

Man Down

Man Down

Man Down emerges from three years of research and hours of interviews and discussions with people in Baltimore, USA. It is steeped in the politics of today and the #BlackLivesMatter movement... 

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... 

Doom’s Day

Doom’s Day

Doomsday preppers: people who ready themselves and their homes for survival in the event of an apocalypse. Who are they? What prompts their strange behaviour? These are the questions posed by The Wax House in their compelling production of Doom’s Day... 

Alfred Hitchcock's Writers' Room

Alfred Hitchcock's Writers' Room

You do not often look around an audience during a show and see barely any unsmiling faces; scarcer still, there is unanimous overheard praise afterwards.And yet, Alfred Hitchcock’s Writers’ Room is a funny little play from the Reading University Drama Society that achieves both of those things... 

Grace

Grace

Nigel (Jonny Davidson) and his wife Sarah (Ella Dorman-Gajic) are sitting down to a dinner of soup and parsnip wine when they are interrupted by a knock on the door. The couple are initially hesitant about answering in the midst of a storm, with Nigel worried that the stranger may be a robber or a "loony"... 

Bucket Men

Bucket Men

Bucket Men takes place in a small basement studio at C Royale where two men coincidentally have jobs in a small basement of a faceless government building. They turn up for work every day, though not together, for one of them is always late... 

Hunch

Hunch

Hunch, one of two productions from DugOut Theatre this festival (along with Songlines at the Pleasance Courtyard) continues the company’s new approach of single-person storytelling with personal but universally accessible narratives... 

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... 

Ailsa Benson Is Missing

Ailsa Benson Is Missing

The synopsis of this intriguing one-woman drama can more or less be summed up by its title: Ailsa Benson Is Missing. Schoolgirl Nina, played by Samara MacLaren, is fascinated as the police arrive at school and she appears on local news... 

Skin a Cat

Skin a Cat

Rive Productions are shining the light on a condition more common than many realise: vaginismus. In this performance written by Isley Lynn and directed by Blythe Stewart, teenager Alana has a feeling she might be different... 

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... 

Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner

Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner

It’s hard to review Nina’s Got News without revealing what Nina’s news actually is. Nina’s Got News is a kitchen-sink comedy which riffs on sexual history and status – it is a play about rising up, beyond what old friends may think is possible, and what happens when the person at the bottom becomes the person on top... 

The Insignificant Life and Death of Colin McKenzie

The Insignificant Life and Death of Colin McKenzie

Colin McKenzie has only forty minutes left to live! Come join us for the final moments of Colin's brilliant, majestic and totally mundane existence! A once in a lifetime opportunity to witness what we are all destined to become... 

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... 

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Becky works in a café in Edinburgh. There’s a ghost and lots of types of milk, but no, J.K. Rowling did not write Harry Potter here. A collaboration between Sara MacGillivray and Phil Bartlett, last year’s winners of the Scottish Arts Club’s Bright Spark Award, this one-person show performed by Gillivray follows Becky on a journey to rediscover herself following a messy break-up... 

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… 

Waiting for Ofsted

Waiting for Ofsted

Oh how easily this ambitious project could have fallen flat on its face and oh how wonderfully it sustains itself. Making their debut at the Festival Fringe, Westcliff Boys Theatre bring their take on Samuel Beckett with Waiting for OFSTED... 

The Big Lie

The Big Lie

If the thought of watching a one woman play about a Kurdish refugee turned lawyer helping to broker a major arms deal for a Swedish law firm doesn’t thrill you then think again, as The Big Lie is a little gem... 

Shell Shock

Shell Shock

"A British soldier never runs away from a fight", Tommy Atkins proudly proclaims. All battles, however, are not the same, and neither do they all involve being on the front line... 

Eat Your Heart Out

Eat Your Heart Out

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

Busking It

Busking It

'If I don’t know you and you don’t know me, then you're free in your anonymity.' Cities are full of stories – it’s amazing what you hear if you stop and listen. Drawing on her decade of singing on the tube, Danusia Samal’s Busking It is a journey through the tunnels of the London Underground... 

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse

Dark Horse covers lots of ground and it is evidently the result of Keyworth tirelessly exploring multiple comic avenues. The hour touches on gender, sexuality, the comedian's childhood, and her current job being a nanny to two children from a very wealthy family, but it is well-structured and never spreads itself too thinly... 

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... 

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. 

Mis(s)treated – Free

Mis(s)treated – Free

Mis(s)treated – a dark and twisted comedy about human trafficking and prostitution. Come and see how A, B and C, the owners of the town's most successful business, try to find solutions to keep their street prostitution business up and running... 

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... 

Women for Trump

Women for Trump

A verbatim play created from interviews conducted across America in late 2016, Women for Trump explores why five women were, or were not, persuaded to vote for Donald Trump. The play examines why such a vast number of women chose to vote for him, despite many considering him deeply misogynistic, and considers the long-term social and political factors which may have led to this... 

Deadline

Deadline

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

Same Old Same Oldies

Same Old Same Oldies

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

Zoo

Zoo

Zoo is a play which touches upon awkward social contracts between people, and the total indifference of the natural world. It opens with an impending event: a hurricane is about to strike a Miami zoo... 

The Gin Chronicles in New York

The Gin Chronicles in New York

The Gin Chronicles in New York is the latest saga in this well-established series that by now has something of a following. On this occasion detective duo John Jobling and Doris Golightly visit the Big Apple on holiday but are soon drawn away from sightseeing and find themselves investigating a mysterious case involving the manufacture of fake gin in Hell’s Kitchen... 

Really Want to Hurt Me

Really Want to Hurt Me

Self identity, depression, sexual awakenings and The Smiths are all topics central to writer/director Ben SantaMaria’s incredibly touching and heartfelt play about growing up gay in the 1980’s... 

No One Is Coming to Save You

No One Is Coming to Save You

No One is Coming to Save You is an abstract piece of theatre which eschews character development and plot narrative, in favour of exploring recurring images. Glasses of water, a hammer, a television set, and a dawning and dying light... 

The Pleasantries of Peasantry

The Pleasantries of Peasantry

The latest comedy from Theatre with Teeth. A misunderstanding results in five medieval misfits joining the Crusades with some slightly better qualified knights, travelling through Europe and leaving their lowly peasant lives behind... 

Living With a Dark Lord

Living With a Dark Lord

When three sisters come together on their autistic brother’s 30th birthday, they can’t help but mull over their childhood with him, which was shaped by his insistence that he was, in fact, the Dark Lord... 

Falkland – The War the World Forgot

Falkland – The War the World Forgot

Two unlikely friends find a camaraderie against a backdrop of bitter conflict, questionable politics and moral debate waged overseas. Inspired by real events, this is the extraordinary story of the ordinary people of a tiny island at the bottom of the world, the 10-and-a-half week war the world forgot and the inhabitants whose lives were forever changed by the decisions of political leaders a world away... 

Decibels

Decibels

A new one-woman show. We meet Stephanie, a twentysomething who has just moved to the city for a fresh start. She takes us through the disaster that is her life so far – drunken sex, awkward waxes, the list goes on... 

Brand-New Jew, a DNA Comedy

Brand-New Jew, a DNA Comedy

What happens when a DNA test gives an adoptee a brand-new view… of herself? Playwright and performer Monica Bauer (The Year I Was Gifted) takes on her own unexpected results, along with a cast of comical characters including a reassuring Rabbi, a Brit who’s not British and Judy from Atlanta, who may be related to George Clooney... 

Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert

Maddy and Jim’s relationship is having problems. Amazingly, it’s not because Jim has forgotten her name, but because Maddy\'s suddenly become prophetic. As she ventures through Prophetics Anonymous and Prophetic Pride, the disheartening futures of her primary school students and a startling discovery about her boss, Jim tries to support her while also trying to remember her name... 

Born on a Monday

Born on a Monday

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

Conchies!

Conchies!

Hundreds of thousands marched for peace but when war came, only a few dared to be different. Conchies tells the story of WWII conscientious objectors who refused to fight. Instead they strove to create a community where they could put into practice their beliefs in co-operation and nonviolence while the rest of humanity was smashing itself to bits... 

The Threesome

The Threesome

Cameron and Maddie meet at a singles night. While Cameron may be somewhat of an oddball, it's Maddie who begins to show herself to be more dangerous than she first appears. When they meet Lex, a quirky cat-rescue volunteer, things take a dark, gruesome, bloodthirsty, jealousy-driven turn for the worst in the most hilarious of circumstances: a threesome... 

I Love You... But

I Love You... But

What is your idea of love? There's a very blurred line between a protective, loving relationship and one that's abusive. When there are no visible scars, just mental ones, how do you escape when you're trapped? A budding journalist gets the opportunity to write her own column but struggles with how to use this new-found platform... 

The Hollywood Effect

The Hollywood Effect

There's a monster in your closet. Your first kiss was magical. Your heroes are perfect. Your closet is empty. Your first kiss sucked. Your heroes are flawed. Movies present a version of "normal" life we think we ought to conform to... 

This Script and Other Drafts

This Script and Other Drafts

At a time of schisms within feminism, ongoing revelations of #MeToo, endless discussions about womanhood, and sirens being the soundtrack to our newsfeeds, Jenny Lindsay found herself getting a bit angry in 2017… Putting that anger to work she wrote a series of univocal poems, invented a superhero on her period, explored the rifts within feminism, set up a date with capitalism and penned some poems based on comments on PornHub videos... 

The Electra Legacy

The Electra Legacy

The Electra Legacy: a modern telling of Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy with a brilliant new music score, this is a tale of revenge, passion and crime. An oracle informs Orestes that he must return to Argos, find his sister Electra, and take rightful, bloody revenge against Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus... 

Fast

Fast

Washington State, 1910. "Doctor" Linda Hazzard opens her sanatorium to the public. The public do not always survive… Fast by Kate Barton is a new dark psychological drama based on true events... 

Marsistan

Marsistan

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

Upcastle Downcastle

Upcastle Downcastle

UnderOwl Theatre present their debut show: Upcastle Downcastle. Evil sorceress, Morgan le Fay, has stolen the Holy Grail! With King Arthur gone a bit loopy, it’s up to unassuming royal chef, Rowan, his mother, the amorous Lady Matilda, and a few familiar characters from Arthurian legend to save the day! A madcap, slightly raunchy, comedy pantomime for grownups, filled with ridiculous characters, stupid puns, frankly bizarre plot points, more drag parts than we originally intended, and a very, very low budget... 

Tenacious D: The Musical of Destiny

Tenacious D: The Musical of Destiny

This epic rock comedy tells the story of a young rocker JB, from Kickapoo, journeying to find his counterpart in rock KG, and together they form the band… Tenacious D! Once formed, they decide to chase the legend of a magical pick that has shaped the history of modern music for decades and will give them ultimate rock power! Along with a group of rambunctious roadies, a super sugary groupie girl and a take-no-shit tour manager, they will put their musical spirits and their friendship to the test. 

A Beginner's Guide to Populism

A Beginner's Guide to Populism

Getting power is easy. Find out what the public care about and make their cause your own. The residents of Little Middleton are up in arms about proposals that could spell the end of their historic community... 

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. 

A Fair Tale About a Fairy Trade

A Fair Tale About a Fairy Trade

A new musical adaptation of the classic tale of Cinderella, by Charles Perrault. However, in this modern-day version, Cinderella is not only a slave at home, but in a twist of events she ends up being trafficked and becomes a sex slave... 

Thaw

Thaw

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

Bitches in the Ford KA

Bitches in the Ford KA

Cold Dinner Theatre return to Edinburgh with their new comedy. Fake IDs at the ready, they’re expecting booze, boys and hopefully some bonking. Bitches in the Ford KA includes a series of disasters involving cheap vodka and a MacDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish... 

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... 

A Dangerous Woman

A Dangerous Woman

Fringe First and DarkChat Best Director winner Renny Krupinski's new one-woman play is funny, poignant, touching and disturbing. When a woman’s perfect marriage descends into a mixture of apathy, rage and enforced dependency, the reality of losing everything brings about a completely unexpected, unimaginable career change... 

Tinderella and the Seven Deadly Sins

Tinderella and the Seven Deadly Sins

Ever felt like you were a princess in a fairy tale of Tinder-ella and the seven twats? Me too. Tinderella and the Seven Deadly Sins is a one-woman 'scary tale' following Eve as she navigates her way through dating in the modern world to the tune of 80s music and taste of tequila... 

Shirley; or the Inexplicable Question of God's Actions

Shirley; or the Inexplicable Question of God's Actions

Three men arrive to an audition, only to be trapped there by none other than God himself. Yes, God. And his side-kick Shirley. You’d think she’d help them escape but she rather care for her geranium... 

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... 

Let's Be Frank!

Let's Be Frank!

When age and illness takes hold, sometimes there is a burning desire to tell the disturbing truth of life's great triumphs and sadness. A showbiz life... a life that is Frank Sinatra. 

Vox: A Fairy Tale for a New Age

Vox: A Fairy Tale for a New Age

Vox: A Fairy Tale for a New Age is a new work inspired by real-life occurrences in the life of Rowlett High School students. Our website has more information about our journey creating the show and the events inspiring its creation. 

You Only Live +

You Only Live +

'The more I drink in real life, the more my babies are taken away by social services in my Sims life.' Between job interviews, Charli downloads a life simulation app. Rapidly cycling through avatars, she starts to lose sight of where its algorithm ends and the real world begins... 

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... 

Hecate

Hecate

The chilling time travel story of the genesis and death of Lady Macbeth. Hovering in a lucid dream, helpless as she wrestles with her innocent self, the line between good and evil disappears as she is seduced by the fateful Hecate into making a damning life-changing choice... 

A Dog's Tail

A Dog's Tail

Two walks a day, food, water and love is enough for dogs, but what about their owners? It's a complex world in the park and only the dogs can make sense of it all. Can they help their owners find enlightenment or are the attempts to help them "be more dog" doomed to fail... 

An Act Of

An Act Of

You’d usually begin with the start, but here the end explodes first. At the end there is always a party: some good, some not so much. This being the latter. There will be confetti... 

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... 

The Surface

The Surface

Set in a post-apocalyptic world this student-run, original musical theatre production takes place after humankind has destroyed the surface of our planet. After several decades living in the darkness, humanity hasn't changed its ways... 

The Bacchanals

The Bacchanals

THE BACCHANALS A Comedy Tell me what they are those rituals of yours? Mikra Theatricals invite you to draw back the curtain and take a peek backstage, into a world of paranoia, madness and drama... 

The Meeting

The Meeting

Traversing Edinburgh in August is sure to invite all sorts of flyerers. But this festival, you may be asked “Have you ever met a psychopath?” I suggest you follow up immediately... 

On the Exhale

On the Exhale

“You always thought it would be you”. This line repeats and echoes throughout the first half of the play, reminding the audience just how real these situations are. In the six years since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, the prevalence of school shootings has been unavoidable... 

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’... 

User Not Found

User Not Found

Amid the hubbub of cafe chatter and the hiss of milk steaming a mobile phone vibrates with messages of condolences.Terry (Terry Donovan) is about to get a lesson in 21st century grief - his ex-boyfriend, Luka, has died and left Terry in charge of his social media accounts as his ‘online legacy executor’... 

The Vanishing Man

The Vanishing Man

Knowledge = Belief and Truth. This is the backdrop to the performance, as we enter the room to an Edwardian showman - David Aula – standing on a grand piano. With a brooding sense of anticipation, Simon Evans reassures us that "it’s going to be okay", and with that we are catapulted into the story of the greatest magic trick ever performed... 

The Cat's Mother

The Cat's Mother

One of the most valuable functions of theatre is to offer us a way to explore difficult issues without fear of blame without fear of censure. By creating a fictitious character and charting their path through a tricky situation, we offer a way to gather reactions and opinions without making it personal... 

Revelations

Revelations

James Rowland may not strike you as a sperm donor if you met him in the street, but this is a man prepared to go to the ends of the earth to help his best friend and her wife find their happy ending... 

Proxy

Proxy

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

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... 

Ladykiller

Ladykiller

With little more than a bedside lamp, a leather armchair and a helpful cadaver, The Thelmas have brought to life a deliciously morbid monologue that will please fans of Fleabag, Making a Murderer and everything in between... 

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... 

Twa

Twa

A powerful performance that weaves together memoir and myth in a blend of theatrical storytelling and digital and live drawing response. Award-winning writer Annie George and visual artist Flore Gardner unwind contrasting stories about women who are silenced or censored and who discover other means of expression besides the voice to convey their truths... 

She Taught Me How to Breathe Again

She Taught Me How to Breathe Again

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

The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

In the moments before his death, America’s most celebrated author of the macabre reveals how his sins and the tragedies of his life lead to his descent into madness and alcoholism, inspiring his dark and thrilling works... 

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... 

Badgered

Badgered

A traumatic event involving her husband and a fish leaves Annabelle feeling emotionally abused and vulnerable, heightening her existing empathy towards the issues of animal cruelty and exploitation... 

You're a Star!

You're a Star!

'Zoe. Get me God on line one. And while you’re at it, bend the space-time continuum, I’m going to be late for my Nobu lunch with Terry Wogan.' You're a Star! is a comical and at times tragic deep dive into the high pressured, often ludicrous world of personal assistants. 

Fronting

Fronting

A bold and convention-bashing introspection on the impact of HIV, through the medium of two young gay men. David and Will catch each others’ eyes over the mist of a steamy nightclub... 

Missing Hypnos / Free Frestival

Missing Hypnos / Free Frestival

Ollie has chronic insomnia, a mental and physical illness that affects 10% of people in the UK. What started as a few sleepless nights on holiday in New York in 2007, quickly turned into a decade-long struggle with insomnia... 

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... 

A Queer Love of Dix

A Queer Love of Dix

A new piece devised for this year’s festival sees Aletia Upstairs, cabaretist extraordinaire, follow-up her Mata Hari Fringe success with an exploration of Weill, Brecht, and Weimar cabaret songs like Falling in Love Again, Alabama Song and I Am a Vamp relating them to contemporary events, against a backdrop of expressionist painter Otto Dix... 

Mungo: Legend of Glasgow's Saint

Mungo: Legend of Glasgow's Saint

The Bird, the Bell, the Fish, and the Tree... all part of Glasgow's coat of arms, but do you know the full story? Written and directed by Stephen Callaghan. Music and songs by Vincent Mellon... 

Kelty Clippie the Musical

Kelty Clippie the Musical

Based on the popular traditional folk song, Kelty Clippie follows the comic adventures of a bus conductress in Fife. Maggie gets trained up on her new job and surely this is a career for life? She meets some interesting passengers and ends up in the legendary Kelty Club, but will she find romance? Lots of laughs and new original songs from Willie Logan from this award-winning company... 

Let's Inherit the Earth

Let's Inherit the Earth

World premiere. Global warming, environmental destruction, mass extinction – this is the life! Morna Pearson’s punky new climate change comedy with songs, directed by Ben Harrison, design by Ulla Karlsson, and music by Jonny Hardie... 

Your Alice

Your Alice

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story most people know, but the life of Charles Dodgson, alias Lewis Caroll, and the real Alice Liddell is much less popular. Your Alice combines elements of both real historical events and the fantasy world of Wonderland to create an absolute masterpiece of modern theatre... 

BaseCamp

BaseCamp

Fever Dream Theatre’s BaseCamp promises an immersive experience in the rivalry between two world-class mountain climbers preparing for a joint ascent of a Himalayan mountain. The audience is split between their two tents, hearing one side of the multi-faceted story of their relationship and career... 

Square Go

Square Go

What’s a ‘square go’? Noun: A rammy. A stramash. Fisticuffs. A fight by the school gates. A rite of passage. A chance to prove yourself.Square Go convincingly showcases Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley’s status as two of Scotland’s leading playwrights with their foul-mouthed love letter to Scottish boyhood... 

Lucille and Cecilia

Lucille and Cecilia

“Arf, Arf, Arffff.” What do you mean you expected this performance to be in English? The first opening scenes of this original comedy from new writers Banging Average Theatre is entirely in sea lion, and completely, physically, bonkers... 

Games by Henry Naylor

Games by Henry Naylor

Multi-award winning playwright Henry Naylor returns to the fringe with a stunning two-hander set in Nazi Germany that is both incredibly poignant and unnervingly timely.Games takes place across multiple Olympic games during the 1930s, focussing on two German athletes... 

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. 

All Change

All Change

All Change is a new bittersweet comedy about growing old. Ivor appears physically robust, but somehow fragile; not unhappy, yet not quite there, the world inside his brain a psychedelic mixture of the present and the past... 

The Myth of the Singular Moment

The Myth of the Singular Moment

On a train heading south, the eyes of a tired man meet those of a woman weeping, if only for a moment. Nothing more than a look links these travellers, though over the course of the next hour, performers Jim Harbourne and Kirsty Ella McIntyre will convince otherwise... 

What Girls Are Made Of

What Girls Are Made Of

The Traverse One stage looks more ready for a gig than a piece of theatre, but while music undoubtedly runs through the heart of Cora Bissett's latest, most autobiographical work, this is equally a heartfelt examination of parent-child relationships, presented with passion, tenderness and the fuck-you attitude of rock 'n' roll at its best... 

In for a Penny

In for a Penny

In For A Penny is Libby McArthur’s true-life tale of the unforeseen consequences of an unpaid parking ticket - how one person can fall foul of a system that sees only the facts and not the context and how one oversight can spiral to far more serious consequences... 

Blackout

Blackout

I’ll begin by noting that this particular viewing was unfortunately tarnished by a very inconsiderate audience, where both latecomers and six mid-show phone calls bombarded the five actors with distractions... 

When You Fall Down: The Buster Keaton Story

When You Fall Down: The Buster Keaton Story

If silent Hollywood star Buster Keaton is remembered for anything, it's his emotionless, mask-like expression; so the initial shock here is that this Buster speaks and smiles. "Yes, I have a voice... 

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... 

Unsung

Unsung

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

The Egg Is a Lonely Hunter

The Egg Is a Lonely Hunter

Single person monologues have long been a fringe staple, but nevertheless they are incredibly difficult to successfully pull off. With her show The Egg is A Lonely Hunter, Hannah Mamalis just about manages... 

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

Free speech is a right fiercely protected in today’s society. To deny someone a voice is to deny them a fundamental part of their existence. Yet this inalienable right to speak is balanced by the need to take care what you say, especially when one word out of turn can dog you forever... 

Legacy: The Book of Names

Legacy: The Book of Names

At first glance The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's two collaborative productions with the American Music Theatre Project may seem remarkably similar to last year's pair. Two tales of the journey between Scotland and America, bridging the gap between the nations in a manner similar to the collaborative nature of their creation... 

Frau Welt

Frau Welt

An outstanding singular performance by Peter Clements, that draws upon - yet uniquely embraces - the fine traditions of drag queen finesse, dark humour, sexual allure and celebration... 

Canoe

Canoe

“Who are we, now that we don’t have kids?” Matthew Roberts performs as three key characters in this touching one-man performance: as two fathers, David and Tom, that lose their 9 and 11 year old children in a tragic accident; and as their adopted son, Andrew... 

Dangerous Giant Animals

Dangerous Giant Animals

A kick. A scream. A tantrum. When it comes to disability, what’s allowed? What’s forbidden? This is a middle-child story of the extraordinary range of experience that comes from growing up too soon alongside a sister who will never grow up... 

BBC Pop-Up Radio Drama Studio at Summerhall

BBC Pop-Up Radio Drama Studio at Summerhall

The BBC is creating an intimate live pop up radio studio at Summerhall. Eight fresh audio plays from leading writers are being recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This is a unique opportunity to see how a radio drama is put together – complete with a full cast and live sound effects... 

De Fuut

De Fuut

Winner of the 2017 Best International Performance Award at the 2017 Fringe Festival, Amsterdam and hit of the 2018 Brighton Fringe. The thing about Lolita is that you're just completely consumed and engrossed by the ardent passion of a man, who is forever doomed to crave something sinister, something twisted... 

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... 

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... 

How to Swim in Hollywood

How to Swim in Hollywood

“Up, up, up. Down, down, down.” This is just one of the many repetitions Alice Sylvester uses to build the time capsule that is How to Swim in Hollywood. Sylvester begins at a white vanity in a white nightgown with long blonde hair, immediately invoking images of Marilyn Monroe before her death... 

Alma, a Human Voice

Alma, a Human Voice

Alma: A Human Voice is a one-person performance focused on portraying and contrasting two characters from the early 1900s. One of these is painter Oskar Kokoschka, who famously made a life-size doll of his former lover, and muse, Alma Mahler; the other is the main character in Cocteau’s Opera, La Voix Humaine, a heart-broken woman... 

The Half Moon Shania

The Half Moon Shania

Punk and theatre aren't the strangest of bedfellows, but there is something that often feels false when collectives of art school graduates and professionally-trained actors attempt to go rock 'n' roll for the evening... 

Shower Thoughts

Shower Thoughts

The bathroom of a student flat is not a place you'd want to spend 5 minutes, let alone an hour. Often unhygenic, unclean and coated in everything from shaving foam to old pizza boxes, they are not an enjoyable place to be... 

Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls is advertised as a one-man show, but the person standing in front of us for the next hour isn't the show’s performer, writer, director and producer Shaun Nolan; rather it's Billy, a young man who apparently decided to become a politician and sprouted his first pubic hair on the same day... 

Greyhounds

Greyhounds

Set in the small village of Shuttlefield, Greyhounds sees the local amateur dramatic society attempt to raise money for a Spitfire fighter aircraft by putting on a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V... 

The Only One in the World

The Only One in the World

Meet Liv – clever, funny, confident – everything a 15-year-old girl wants to be. Until her world is turned upside down and inside out. Meet Liv – lonely, hurting, vulnerable – everything a predator wants his victim to be... 

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... 

613 Seeds

613 Seeds

An original piece exploring the words we let fly, stop signs, and those we meet at the crossroads. Textured and amplified by Chicago voices, 613 Seeds rejects the premise that you need to know the answer. 

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow

There's a lot teenagers don't know about the world. But there's a lot more that no one knows. Georgia finds a black hole in her bedroom – everything has been floating away since her sister's death, and this is the final straw... 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Four readings from brand-new plays by Erica Mack, Felix Maxwell, Madison Pollack and Derek Roland, who are graduating from the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh. Performed by professional actors... 

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... 

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... 

Of Rags and Bones

Of Rags and Bones

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

Dick Whittington – The Panto

Dick Whittington – The Panto

Is that a panto I see on the Fringe? Oh yes it is! Join Dick Whittington, his cat and a host of colourful characters on a fun-filled family adventure from Liverpool to London... then on to the tropical island of Fandango... 

A Dangerous Woman

A Dangerous Woman

Fringe First and DarkChat Best Director winner Renny Krupinski's new one-woman play is funny, poignant, touching and disturbing. When a woman’s perfect marriage descends into a mixture of apathy, rage and enforced dependency, the reality of losing everything brings about a completely unexpected, unimaginable career change... 

Sad Clowns

Sad Clowns

Can you decide how you're remembered? Would you want to? Would you leave a video behind just in case? Two people on stage. One person has hit the record button. What ensues is a cabaret of various ways in which one can attempt to preserve their memory, from a death tango to a reality TV skit... 

Theatre Uncut: Women on Power

Theatre Uncut: Women on Power

The multi award-winning political agitators are back at the Traverse with a morning of outstanding new writing and fiery debate. Join the Theatre Uncut team as they present their brand-new collection of plays by some of the UK's most dynamic female playwrights exploring the theme of power... 

And Then There's Me...

And Then There's Me...

The world is full of wonderfully different people – dramatic, dreamy, daring and disturbing! Join our medley of characters on an energetic journey through their dreams, hopes and fears as they each discover what makes them different and exciting... 

The Fetch Wilson

The Fetch Wilson

The Fetch Wilson is the type of play that might work very well as a film, or so you might think upon leaving the theatre. The story follows Liam Wilson, or Bill, as he becomes after encountering a child at school with the same name... 

Elise

Elise

Elise Cowen. The poet who disappeared from history, leaving little more than an envelope of burnt verses as her legacy. In these dramatised interviews which were recorded after her suicide, various figures from Elise’s life struggle to put the writer into words... 

Awakening

Awakening

Kirsty Osmon captivates the audience from the first moment her drunken anti-heroin wakes. Love, loss and the consequences of a night out from hell are all tackled in this blackly comedic and, at times, heartbreakingly bittersweet new one woman show, brought by Empty Wallet Productions, to this year's festival... 

Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner

Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner

Walking into the dark depths of the Big Belly at Underbelly, my expectations are low as I take my seat and note there’s a leak in the roof above my chair. My eye catches the on-stage screen, scrolling through social media tweets and posts featuring anti-feminist ‘men's rights activist’ rhetoric about the oppression of men... 

Tinderella – An Adult Panto

Tinderella – An Adult Panto

This is the story of Tinderella on the hunt for a sexy fella. Sick of being single, she bags herself a hot date with a Z-list celeb – Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews. But before she can get her hair fixed, nails done and fake tan sorted, disaster strikes! Her wicked stepmother cuts her benefits... 

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... 

Strangers: Mindreader

Strangers: Mindreader

There is a man who reads minds and predicts the future. How he does this remains a mystery to most. His explanation is bizarre, but is it all lies and trickery? Or is it stranger than you could possibly imagine? Returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after two successful previous years, director and multi award-winning magician Joe Strickland presents a show that uniquely blends magic with storytelling... 

Prehistoric

Prehistoric

In an empty and decaying room four performers armed only with limited props, a beat up collection of instruments, and a selection of microphones bring to life a tale of anger, rage, and protest that lifts the spirit and goes down as one of the most thrilling and unique shows you’re likely to see at the Festival this year... 

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... 

Brenda's Got a Baby

Brenda's Got a Baby

Brenda’s Got a Baby was birthed from a concept created by Molly Rumford, financed via Crowdfunder and the culmination of interviews and news stories from real people. The audience joins Amy and Brenda in the intimate setting of their living room, as a voiceover narrates the attitudes and experiences of working class girls reflecting on their life destinations... 

Providence

Providence

"Life is a hideous thing," we're told by the lean figure of Simon Maeder, dressed for dinner and sitting in a leather armchair like some classic teller of ghost stories... 

Strangers: Pairs

Strangers: Pairs

Survivors on a desert island, siblings in their mother’s attic, magicians preparing a new show. These pairs tell three stories interwoven with magic and illusion to create an audience experience like no other... 

The River Was a God

The River Was a God

BBC and UK slam poetry champion performs poems and songs from The River Was a God (published this year by Stairwell Books), a collection of three poetry shows performed at the Fringe: Science, Love and Revolution; Building God; and The Other Side of the Flood... 

Uke Belong to Me

Uke Belong to Me

Big Squirrel return to Edinburgh with their latest award-winning comedy. Tom, a quirky 25-year-old zoologist stumbles across a dishevelled runaway bride, Kitty Chen, stuck in a tree... 

1-2-1 This Sex Is Real

1-2-1 This Sex Is Real

Ever get that sinking feeling that you will never be enough? Take a nose dive into toxic millennial sex and online dating in this brutally honest, highly comic look at a very millennial relationship... 

Monsieur Somebody

Monsieur Somebody

What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told? The biggest secret you’ve ever kept? Claude the fraud is a deliciously despicable Frenchman that we love to hate, hate to love… But who could possibly love Claude? An absurdly comic tale of betrayal, barbiturates and a brew... 

The Last Sesh

The Last Sesh

After a hugely successful run in 2017 – 'I didn't expect for it to be that damn excellent' (LexicalLunacy.wordpress.com) – Ball Pit Theatre are back with their brand-new and original piece, The Last Sesh... 

Scratch

Scratch

Squabbling House Theatre are delighted to present their first piece of original writing: Scratch. Scratch is a collection of original writing shorts created by members of Squabbling House and compiled into one 50-minute performance... 

Bag for Life

Bag for Life

Dark comedy exploring morality and mortality. Laura walks in on a suicide for the second time in her life, and breaks every rule she knows just to stop it happening again. Toby is saved from a suicide attempt by a sarcastic stranger (who won’t shut up), and he’s forced to re-evaluate his actions and wonder if he’s doing the right thing... 

Parker and the City in the Sea

Parker and the City in the Sea

Colleen is angry at her peers, angry at her teachers and angry at her brother, Parker, who imagines himself as an undersea explorer in a one-man submersible. But when faced with the possibility that she might lose everything she has, Colleen must undertake a journey to face her own demons; a journey that carries her from the halls of her high school to the depths of the ocean floor... 

Bristol Revunions Present: Hoops

Bristol Revunions Present: Hoops

The Bristol Revunions return to the free Fringe with their show Hoops. Featuring a three-week rotating cast across the festival, the show promises to be a 'masterclass in student sketch comedy' (Epigram, 2017). 

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... 

Moonlight On Leith

Moonlight On Leith

From the Burds that brought you Bawsoot Theatre – inspired by Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, Moonlight On Leith is a love letter to Edinburgh’s wayward daughter. A comic insight into the lives of Leithers – come slip on the shoes of her nocturnal residents and take a stroll to the shore after dark… 

You've Got To Be Kidney Me!

You've Got To Be Kidney Me!

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

hunger

hunger

Joanna Ward and Ryan Hay's hunger is an original short opera inspired by Kafka's A Hunger Artist. This radical and claustrophobic piece follows a woman artist raging against the reductive categories into which the art world forces her... 

The B in the Room

The B in the Room

Dana's 39, happy, comfortable. Elliot is a teenager from a Christian background. When they both reach moments of crisis, they have to ask themselves why it's so hard to go against their relative norms... 

Bite-Size Plays Presents: Neverwant

Bite-Size Plays Presents: Neverwant

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

9/11 Was a Conspiracy

9/11 Was a Conspiracy

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

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... 

Creating Rumours

Creating Rumours

Creating Rumours recounts the lives of Fleetwood Mac at the time of the recording of their most notorious album, Rumours. This unofficial work focuses on the band’s battle to stay together and finish the album despite all the personal struggles and heartache they were dealing with at the time... 

I'm Your Man – Letters of the World's Most Ambitious Job Applicant

I'm Your Man – Letters of the World's Most Ambitious Job Applicant

This unbelievably ambitious, deluded, multiple job-applicant failure attempts to inspire his audiences to become the best they can be... Think Pope, Prime Minister, James Bond... and many more! Complete with tantalising, hilarious visual snippets of his ridiculous letters! 

Face 2 Face

Face 2 Face

Technology is becoming a greater force within our society; everyday we are becoming more dependent on it. Set 20 years in the future, we see the story of Ben and Emma who are different from the norm... 

Early Birds

Early Birds

The new play Early Birds, from the writers of Birds of a Feather, Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks, tells the incredible yet true story of the birth of one of the nation’s favourite sit-coms... 

Elsie Thatchwick

Elsie Thatchwick

'Dearest Elsie, if you're reading this, I'm dead. I hope you're sitting comfortably. Below is the address of your father. He's alive... I know you're probably thinking I'm a right old fanny for naw telling you sooner... 

Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone

Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone

It's 2005 and somehow Liverpool are back in the European Cup Final. From the Mersey to Turkey, the Reds will their team to glory. But can this ragtag Liverpool side topple giants AC Milan? Drawn from accounts all over the world, Istanbul is about Scousers, football, class and gender... 

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... 

The WWI Wardrobe Project

The WWI Wardrobe Project

Want to experience doing your bit? Meet and hear from characters involved in the WWI war effort such as a field nurse, a coastguard, a canary girl and the mother of a soldier. Audience members are then invited to take part, with a lucky few helped to don the relevant outfit and have their photograph taken for posterity... 

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... 

Model Behaviour

Model Behaviour

'I've been modelling so long now it's who I am.' Our model is a quick-witted twenty-something who's destined for the top. Or... she was at 15. Aware she's getting on in the eyes of the industry and with fashion week fast approaching, she tries to kick it up a notch... 

Antigone na h'Éireann

Antigone na h'Éireann

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

The Providence of Neighboring Bodies

The Providence of Neighboring Bodies

Their apartments share a view of the parking lot, but Dora and Ronnie haven't met. Until today. A dark comedy about beavers, beer and balconies. 'A surprising and wicked little concoction... 

It's Not a Sprint

It's Not a Sprint

‘Today is the day I make a decision. Today is the day I run. And you. You shut up!' Meet Maddy, a typical millennial, celebrating her 30th birthday running a marathon - tied to a balloon... 

You Down There and Me Up Here

You Down There and Me Up Here

Being in love is... just about the worst thing that can happen to a person. A fragmented journey into the minds of two young men struggling to hang onto themselves in the face of crisis – one a drug addict who believes himself to be rock star Nick Cave, the other a neurotic romantic facing up to what it means to be in love... 

Stiffs

Stiffs

Dave and Vince wake up in a morgue... dead! Not the most promising start to the day. Who are they? How did they die? And why are they here together? Just a few of the questions the two try to answer as they fumble their way through a living death... 

Hug the Bunny

Hug the Bunny

Rage, nymphomania, ecstasy and numbness. When the ghost of hysterias past comes knocking at Nina’s door, how will she reconcile the different parts of her personality? A piece of new writing that explores the madness and restrictions of modern day society... 

Re: Production

Re: Production

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

The Darker Side of Musicals

The Darker Side of Musicals

Join Shoogalie Road as you've never seen them before for an evening of musical theatre as we perform excerpts from Jekyll and Hyde, Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. With a brand-new script by Filipa Fallow, we've managed to link all three shows together, so you can expect a few twists along the way... 

After Today

After Today

In this mixture of drama and black comedy, we meet TV presenter Bill Grundy some three years after his profanity-littered, car-crash interview with the Sex Pistols live on teatime TV in 1976... 

Bad Dog

Bad Dog

Grace comes home to find a crime scene in her living room. Her sister, Eve, is at the centre, having killed their neighbour's dog. As they try to clean the room, and ascertain what led them to this moment, questions of faith and morality are brought to the forefront... 

Little Sparks

Little Sparks

A frantic, romantic comedy by Paul Richards which follows the lives of three intelligent but bored office workers, who also happen to be fire wardens. Obsessed with fire, because it's the only thing they can’t control in their mundane daily routine, they can't wait to jump into action and save the day... 

Lucky

Lucky

Lucy is young, fresh-faced and feeling lucky. She also just lost her mother. Propelled by contingency, she is sent to live with her estranged father, Lothario and long-time lad Ricky Pense, infamous for his problematic dating show... 

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

After a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run in 2017, we return with the story of Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows! You may have heard a similar story before, but we will take you on a very different journey... 

In Pursuit of Andromeda

In Pursuit of Andromeda

Scilly Isles, shortly after WWI. Edward, a fisherman haunted by the war, rescues a mysterious girl floating on the morning water, singing in a language unknown to him and brings her ashore... 

Good Vibes Only

Good Vibes Only

There's no such thing as vanilla, boring or prudish. We don't care if you're a virgin or a full-blown raging nudist! Welcome to Good Vibes Only, Gloucester’s leading sex toy superstore! Join Doris’s staff team and meet the regulars/irregulars who thrust open our doors on a daily basis... 

Gayface

Gayface

Everything in Hal's life is looking up. He was just cast as the lead in a new play with a well-known director, a friendly co-star and a hot gay playwright. Only one problem – they all think he's straight... 

Testament

Testament

'The realities of life, dream and hallucination are beautifully interwoven offering the spectator an amazing journey' (Marcin Rudy, Song Of The Goat). Winner of The Creativity Award 2018... 

Big Trouble in Little Monkey's Daycare

Big Trouble in Little Monkey's Daycare

Tommy is four-and-a-quarter years old, and a hard-boiled private investigator on the mean streets of Little Monkey’s Daycare. With his mostly silent partner Bobby, he sets out to uncover a plot that seems to go right to the top of the playground, which admittedly is not very high at all... 

It's Alright, Everything's Okay

It's Alright, Everything's Okay

Sometimes we feel sad. Sometimes we feel lonely. Sometimes we look at the world and wonder if we're causing its problems. But it'll be alright in the end... right? Featuring questionable life advice, harsh noise, and references to whales, Anorak presents its first show, an intimate and surreal look at happiness, selfishness and whether we can – or should – change the world. 

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

John Lennon spent his Scottish boyhood holidays in Durness, Sutherland: not fake news! This thoughtful, comic fable of modern Scotland, adapted from the novel by Scottish Government minister Michael Russell, asks a million-dollar question: as big business closes in, what can the small, local community do to protect the hidden tourist gold mine Lennon left behind? Fringe First nominee Alex Howarth directs the professional cast in a fast-moving production, featuring a virtual performance by Jane McCarry (Still Game) and live samples of top Beatles tunes... 

Mess

Mess

Rachel’s life is a Mess, and her best friend Adam always seems to have his life together. Following an unexpected turn of events, she turns up at his flat in the early hours of the morning, but is she really the only one who is struggling? Through a cathartic explosion of original music, dancing, laughter and tears, the show delves into the importance of friendship and opening up in a world where people seem more and more disconnected 

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... 

The Spider Glass

The Spider Glass

From chasing girls to catching spiders, James knows what's expected of him as a man. With humour and honesty, in the landscape of #MeToo he's now forced to face his complicity in the inherited story of masculinity... 

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... 

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

What do the widow and mistress of Scotland's famous bard discuss over tea? After the death of Robert Burns, his wife Jean Armour and mistress Nancy Maclehose, finally meet. Female-led theatre company Fearless Players bring an all-female production dedicated to the women behind Scotland’s history... 

Violet

Violet

Violet is starting to forget. But she's got a long life to remember before she does. There are rights to wrong and ends to tie up; a life well lived is never neat. Generations younger, Bertie is at the beginning with no idea what lies ahead... 

Nutshells

Nutshells

I tried to put myself in a neat, cosy nutshell. But none felt right and they were all pretty suffocating. Come see me crack them open... One woman explores the spectrum of the weird and wonderful, mental health and being human... 

Definition of Man

Definition of Man

A sexier, more violent Waiting for Godot, Definition of Man is a physicalised post-apocalyptic decreation myth that won Best in Dance and Physical Theatre and Ripest Show at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe... 

Goons

Goons

Albert thinks something's a bit off when Big Darren sends him to the shops with a list for a bottle of milk, a pack of j-cloths and three balaclavas. He's used to doing odd-jobs for Darren with Henry and Sam: mowing his lawn, washing his car, painting his fence... 

App and Down

App and Down

Popular or unknown, apps are part of our daily lives. Some drive people to madness, others to unexpected popularity… but all apps have a possible downside. Four stories to leave you self-conscious and scared of your mobile... 

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... 

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... 

The Edge of You

The Edge of You

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

Dining Al Desko

Dining Al Desko

Dining al Desko is a sharp comedy about the struggles of office life, told through three darkly hilarious monologues. Julie is the overworked and under-valued receptionist destined for demotion... 

Tonight I Sleep in Peace (or How to Cure Involuntary Nocturnal Bruxism)

Tonight I Sleep in Peace (or How to Cure Involuntary Nocturnal Bruxism)

Five women. Five confessions. Five worlds. Caged in an existence that is balancing on the knife's edge between both the victim and the assailant, five confessions of broken relationships between men and women – the pillars of our society – are woven together through song, music and monologue. 

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 Devil You Know: A Horror Play

The Devil You Know: A Horror Play

Four friends decide to ignore the warnings about their local woods and meddle with seemingly demonic forces in the hope to create a film about a local urban legend. But their dreams of discovering the truth behind what haunts the woods soon take a dark turn when only three return home... 

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 populus is widespread, and any language deemed inappropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden by the company heads... 

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... 

As It Happened (Contemporaneous Notes)

As It Happened (Contemporaneous Notes)

Since the 1st January 2018, five writers have worked collaboratively, writing a new scene each week in response to socio-political events. We’re asking questions of our media consumption, of the events that have defined the year and those that didn’t... 

Two-Man, One-Man

Two-Man, One-Man

**** (TimeOut). In this hilarious spoof, fresh off a smash American premiere at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a performance artist and a comedian must perform their one-man shows on the same stage at the same time! With another show at the top of the hour and a stage manager on their asses, they must compete for the spotlight or agree to share it... 

Not Dead Yet!

Not Dead Yet!

After last year’s sell-out D Day Dodgers, the Woolly Sheep Theatre Company’s Not Dead Yet! is a one man play which challenges preconceptions about memory loss through real-life experiences... 

Kidding

Kidding

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

1902

1902

Saltire Sky\'s hit debut show is back. Follow these fearless young Scots in their quest to see their heroes lift the Scottish cup. Laughter, tears and bevy are guaranteed in this electric piece of new writing... 

Puffin Island

Puffin Island

Cara, a college student from America, is having the time of her life traveling overseas in Europe for the summer. She meets Paul, a fellow actor and Scottish native, in Edinburgh. One date quickly turns into days of exploring Scotland... 

The Edge of You

The Edge of You

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

Better

Better

Two Women. One Objective. To work out who has it Better. Rebecca is floundering through her 30s, attempting to balance her feminist ideals with getting a boyfriend. Pauline’s into her 50s, juggling husband, kids and career; to her, floundering through your 30s without any responsibility looks like a lot of fun... 

An Abundance of Tims

An Abundance of Tims

An Abundance of Tims is, quite clearly, all about Tim. Tim recently became the hero of a small rural town. There was only one problem – it was completely by accident. Tonight, he tells his side of the story... 

Dear Lucy...

Dear Lucy...

In 1918, the letters stopped and Lucy had to face life having lost her fiancé and brother in the last few weeks of the war. This true story suggests the effects of this trauma on her life after WWI and how these might have been passed down through the generations... 

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... 

Bon the Musical

Bon the Musical

Born in Scotland, Bon Scott emigrated to Australia and joined rock band AC/DC to become a legend. Starring ex-Nazareth vocalist Linton Osborne as Bon, we recall the trials and the triumphs with new, original songs by Willie Logan, along with some Bon classics performed live... 

Bumpkins

Bumpkins

An hour of stand-up from a trio of bumpkins. 'Each a force of nature and a full throttled idiot' (Logan Murray). Eleri, Fiona and Ruth mix social commentary with silliness as they simplify the complex and complicate the simple... 

Bottled Up

Bottled Up

Meet Jeanie. She hoards plastic bottles. No one’s perfect. Better the bottles are kept in here than let them wander about out there – so please excuse the mess! Her newborn baby, Sophie, is quiet for the first time since they got back from the maternity ward... 

Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey

Four twenty-something-year-old friends come back to their hometown to celebrate the life of Jessica, their best friend’s late wife. Tom, a vicar in training with an alcohol problem; Alexander, who for some reason is wearing a wedding dress; Alexandra, a nymphomaniac with little tact; and Trent, an immature man-child with as many manners as a teaspoon... 

Mission: Her

Mission: Her

Have you ever felt that life was more a grocery list than a box of chocolates? Social media feeds are filled with people ticking events off the list, yet you feel you that you’ve not even made it to the shops! Her is twentysomething, she has a five-year plan in place but life events put a spanner in the works... 

Swap Shop

Swap Shop

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

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... 

Old Souls

Old Souls

A heart-warming comedy play following Rosie and Vera who are brought together through a 'befriend the elderly' scheme. Rosie, a 21-year-old amateur baker living a self-imposed life of solitary dullness, and Vera, a 78-year-old who longs for the vivacious days of her youth... 

Dreamland

Dreamland

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

Free and Proud

Free and Proud

Perhaps it is because of the multi-show venue, or just the financial realities of bringing any production to the Edinburgh Fringe nowadays, but Peter Darney’s production of Charles Gershman’s Free & Proud is a stripped down affair... 

Showmanship

Showmanship

At first sight it would seem that Boondog Theatre's latest outing at the Edinburgh Fringe is somewhat ironically titled. Transferring from the crate they were packed in at Pleasance last year to the more intimate C Venues space, there is something inappropriate about the title Showmanship when one is being hurried down the corridor of a large hotel to a small box room and seated in front of a basic set up of two chairs, a table and a few candles... 

Waves

Waves

Waves is the tale of Elizabeth Moncello and how, growing up on Gabo Island (Australia) in the 1930s, by emulating fish, penguins and dolphins to learn how to swim, she came to be the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke... 

Bride of the Gulf

Bride of the Gulf

Amid the violence that followed the British withdrawal from Basra in 2007, a sharp-witted Iraqi woman searches for her missing husband at the behest of her mother-in-law. A world premiere new work dedicated to the resilience of life in Basra, Iraq, and based upon a collaboration of New York ensemble Thinkery and Verse with transnational artists from Iraq’s largest port city... 

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... 

Vessel

Vessel

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

Dysney Disfunction

Dysney Disfunction

In Brexit Britain happily ever after (and UK residency) is just a marriage visa away. But Australian Alice's visa expires today and she's only got Primark flats for glass slippers, an Oyster card for a pumpkin coach and a prince who won't twerk... 

Hoard by Bim Adewunmi

Hoard by Bim Adewunmi

'If I hadn't come here this evening, when would I have met him?' Rafi and Ami are meeting their sister's boyfriend for the first time. Then, their mother shows up out of the blue. Wura always shows up out of the blue, but now there's a problem: she doesn't know Brian exists... 

Prom Kween

Prom Kween

Following a sell-out 2017 Fringe, nine five-star reviews and two awards, the Kweens are back – and they're bringing glitter! From the producer of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and How to Win Against History, Prom Kween is a coming-of-age satire for those who hit that age years ago... 

The St Andrews Revue Presents: Bears!

The St Andrews Revue Presents: Bears!

The St Andrews Revue are back for their eighth Edinburgh Fringe! This year they're on the run from the law, and their 'extremely funny' (BroadwayBaby.com) sketch comedy show has been seized as evidence... 

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... 

The Straw Man

The Straw Man

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

(sorry)

(sorry)

What does it mean to be a millennial? One stands before you, trying to process her three most pressing concerns: job exploitation, crumbling friendship and the imminent apocalypse. She has an overwhelming need to share... 

Heaven Burns

Heaven Burns