Make Tea, Not War

Make Tea, Not War

Returning for a fifth year, Majk Stokes hosts two evenings of music, poetry, comedy and storytelling to round off Venue 40's Fringe programme for 2018. Featuring surprise special guests... 

Quines

Quines

When joining Gerda Stevenson for a performance of extracts from her poetry book Quines, you might be expecting an afternoon of her simply reading her excellent poetry. In fact, Stevenson weaves together singing, music, history, guest-performance and poetry together into a stellar show... 

The Poets' Republic – Unleashed

The Poets' Republic – Unleashed

The Poets' Republic – Unleashed. Verbal fireworks and lyrical shenanigans with Scotland's sharpest poetry magazine. A big line-up of readers/performers in English, Scots and Gaelic plus open mic... 

Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn

Bestselling author and most watched poet of all time Neil Hilborn – famous for the internationally successful poems OCD and Joey and The Future, Neil Hilborn's poems have been viewed over 150 million times on YouTube... 

Body Shop

Body Shop

Body Shop is a multiplayer, multi-layered human body action game, a future-forward competition where women are assembled according to the stories of their bodies. The stories focus on five main body sections: the hair, eyes, breasts, womb and vagina... 

Rachel Sambrooks: Life is a Caba-Rach

Rachel Sambrooks: Life is a Caba-Rach

Rachel Sambrooks is trying to love life even when it's rubbish. Stand-up comedy and poetry from Rachel Sambrooks, finalist Sitcom Trials, semi-finalist Old Comedian of the Year 2018, One to Watch Funny Women 2018... 

Speakin' Cajun

Speakin' Cajun

Brace yourself for an hour of 'richly layered contemporary and Louisiana music' (Herald) and thought-provoking spoken word in this straight-from-the-bayou cabaret theatre extravaganza of poetry and music as The Jennifer Ewan Band joins forces with the List Hot 100 spoken word theatre company Poetry Circus for a spectacular evening of distinctly Cajun moves and grooves... 

The Unsung

The Unsung

You’ve heard of Kurt Cobain. You’ve heard of Jim Morrison. But what about Scott Johnson? The Unsung is the funeral party for the forgotten fallen heroes who lost their lives to music... 

The Rise of Donald in 40 Downfalls

The Rise of Donald in 40 Downfalls

Playwright and comedian Ash Caton performs heroic poems from The Donaldiad – a cycle of fables set between 1946 and 2018. See the titular Donald rise from just your average-joe millionaire to warrior king and millionaire... 

Rachel Sambrooks: Life is a Caba-Rach

Rachel Sambrooks: Life is a Caba-Rach

Rachel Sambrooks is trying to love life even when it's rubbish. Stand-up comedy and poetry from Rachel Sambrooks, finalist Sitcom Trials, semi-finalist Old Comedian of the Year 2018, One to Watch Funny Women 2018... 

Do You See What I Hear?

Do You See What I Hear?

Composer James Glasgow (Secondhand Dance Company, Edinburgh Fringe Critic’s Choice winner) performs new music composed for the award-winning poems of Mario Moroni as Moroni recites his works... 

Attila the Stockbroker – Ancient and Modern

Attila the Stockbroker – Ancient and Modern

Of course, this show will be based around Attila’s powerful, poignant, personal, political performance poetry – still evolving after 37 years. But there will be unusual music as well... 

Raise the Roof

Raise the Roof

Returning after last year's critically acclaimed debut, a hard-hitting look at food, body respect and professional complicity in a post-truth world. Linking body shame, Grenfell and the Black Lives Matter movement with lyrical abandon and astute acuity, this is a mesmerising and unashamedly queer exploration of the ways we connect with ourselves and each other... 

Taking it Badly

Taking it Badly

David Harmer and Ray Globe have just turned 60. They’re taking it badly. The irrepressible Glummer Twins are back to celebrate the joys, absurdities and indignities of getting older... 

A Comedy Show on Top of Arthur's Seat

A Comedy Show on Top of Arthur's Seat

This is a show on top of Arthur's Seat. Sounds like too much effort? It is only a 45-minute walk from the Pleasance Courtyard, and is a totally unique (and funny) event at the most spectacular venue in Edinburgh... 

The Anglican Tradition of Poetry

The Anglican Tradition of Poetry

A striking result of the Anglican Church’s break with Rome in 1536 was its impact on English literature, not only Cranmer’s masterly Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible, but a wealth of beautiful poems, hymns and anthems by many of the greatest names in English poetry... 

An Evening With Amanda F*cking Palmer

An Evening With Amanda F*cking Palmer

The un-pinndownable musical force known as Amanda F*cking Palmer (Dresden Dolls, Eveyln Evelyn) returns to the Fringe, this time armed with only a piano and a ukulele. Palmer’s shows are a combination of uplifting, humorous and tear-jerking, often all in the same song... 

Tim Key: Megadate

Tim Key: Megadate

A brand-new 70 minutes, blending poeticals, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old-school wistfulness. Edinburgh Comedy Award winner years ago. Key has appeared in Taskmaster, Inside Number 9 and the Alan Partridge franchise... 

Book Shambles Live at the Fringe with Robin Ince

Book Shambles Live at the Fringe with Robin Ince

The acclaimed hit podcast Book Shambles, recorded in front of a live audience! Hosted by Robin Ince who‘ll be joined by a different amazing guest each show. Using books as a springboard into shambolic, often ludicrous and always passionate conversations into literature, science, philosophy, comedy, politics and, well, everything and anything... 

That's What She Said

That's What She Said

'The biggest spoken word night in London for women' (Evening Standard) returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for three incendiary shows. After being shortlisted for Best Regular Spoken Word Night (Saboteur Awards 2017), a sell-out run at last year's Fringe and shows at the Royal Albert Hall, we're back with an incredible revolving line-up of slam, storytelling, poetry and performance from the most exciting women writers around... 

Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji

Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji

It's what Dan Simpson would want. The complexity and nuance of a finely wrought review, reduced to a few simple emojis. I'm going for: 'thumbs up' + 'slightly smiling face'... 

Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.

Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.

Barbara Brownskirt, the prolific poet-in-residence at 197 bus stop, Penge, semi-welcomes you to her thought-provoking and unsettling knee-length poetry comedy show. Charting Barbara's life as an unsuccessful poet in 21st-century Britain, Barbara takes the language of feminism and lesbian cliché and creates an anarchic pathos-filled experience... 

One More Cup of Coffee, and Then We'll Save the World

One More Cup of Coffee, and Then We'll Save the World

Fresh from his tour of Australia earlier this year, comedy singer-songwriter Majk Stokes presents a new collection of witty and whimsical songs and poems covering two of his biggest passions, the environment and coffee, and everything in-between... 

Luke Wright, Poet Laureate

Luke Wright, Poet Laureate

The campaign to make Luke Wright the new Poet Laureate starts here. All new material from 'the best performance poet around' (Observer). ***** (Scotsman, List, ExeuntMagazine.com, Herald, ThreeWeeks, BroadwayBaby... 

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... 

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

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

Body Shop

Body Shop

The body is a unique object in human experience; both object and objectified, yet the body is also subject. A skeleton of monologues fleshed out with spoken word and physical theatre, Body Shop travels head to toe exploring varied aspects of British womanhood, starting with the environmental universe of the body... 

Words Is Words Is Words

Words Is Words Is Words

Memorable. Moving. Motivational. Poetry by Tess Adams. Co-narrated by vocalist Marie Boyle. Influenced by a career in psychotherapy and inspired by her interest in the natural and spiritual world, Tess’s hard-hitting words will leave you speechless... 

In the Glare of the Neon Yak

In the Glare of the Neon Yak

Cult comedy spoken word artist Robert Garnham returns to the fringe. A late-night sleeper service, a train full of circus folk, a mysterious apparition in the fog... Comedy and poetry collide in this new show from the Professor of Whimsy. 

Sounds and Sweet Airs

Sounds and Sweet Airs

An evening of poetry and music given by John Coutts and Ayman Jarjour. John is a published author and poet-in-residence at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Ayman is a Syrian classical guitarist who studied in Madrid and at Julliard, he has performed his music all over the world... 

Poetry Bordello

Poetry Bordello

Poetry Bordello is a deliciously naughty blend of risqué spoken word and astounding burlesque performance brought to you by List Hot 100 performance poetry company – Poetry Circus... 

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

For anyone who isn't already familiar with Loud Poets, you really should be. This group are truly on the forefront of a shift in the way we digest poetry today. A change from their 2017 show, this year's Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular is deliberately deceiving... 

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... 

Prévert: Piano and Poetry (Season 3)

Prévert: Piano and Poetry (Season 3)

Prévert: Piano and Poetry is a concert-show created and performed by the young French concert pianist Alexandre Prévert (21 years old) graduated from Conservatoire de Paris. This concert-show is an invitation to go on a musical and poetic journey through time and history, focusing on great classical music composers and great poets, accessible to all audiences... 

Ducks

Ducks

Old secrets and new challenges confront Joy and her elderly mother. Can FW Harvey's evocative war poetry help and reconcile the two ladies? To find out, don't miss Anne Graydon in this theatrical gem by Clare Graydon-James... 

Overpriced Zeitgeist

Overpriced Zeitgeist

Middle-aged, middle class, white, British male. Heterosexual. Drinks in moderation. Average shoe size (nine). Enters B&Q through the exit, which is clearly marked: 'To enter use other door'... 

John Hegley: Morning Wordship

John Hegley: Morning Wordship

Join the morning chorus of clappy, clippy, cloppy, floppy, flappy sing-song and poem pong. All is shipshape with the crew of creatures that visit Squirrel Island. Dig deep into a wealth of stories, japes and verses with plenty of healthy vocab for both young and older... 

Elvis McGonagall: Full Tartan Jacket

Elvis McGonagall: Full Tartan Jacket

A man who can't write publicity blurb wants you to come and hear his anarchic wit, satirical verse and dazzling Weltschmerz. The twat. Join BBC Radio 4 regular and walking shortbread tin Elvis McGonagall as he bellows into the void of our post-truth world... 

Slacker-in-Law

Slacker-in-Law

How far would you go to impress your future mother-in-law? Returning to the Fringe following his previous sell-out run, award-winning poet/teacher/battle rapper Mark brings a show packed full of comedy, poems, rap and... 

The Mariner's Song

The Mariner's Song

Calling all adventurers! With the Mariner as your guide, prepare to brave the elements, sail stormy waters and embark upon a grand voyage into the great unknown. Returning for their third Fringe, KinkyFish invite you to join this visceral journey examining the nature of our existence and exploring humanity’s primal connection to rivers and seas... 

All Hail the Poetry King!

All Hail the Poetry King!

Award-winning silliness for all the family from one of the nation's most successful spoken word artists. Packed full of stinky pirates, deadly pugs and quick-fire raps, you'll never look at poetry in the same way again... 

A Self-Help Guide to Being in Love With Jeremy Corbyn

A Self-Help Guide to Being in Love With Jeremy Corbyn

When Jess Green joined the Labour Party at university she doubled the number of members who met weekly in the Liverpool Philharmonic pub. Since then she’s stuck by them through the downfall of Tony Blair, the disappointment of Gordon Brown and the monolith of Ed Miliband... 

John Hegley: New and Selected

John Hegley: New and Selected

He came to our home with my Grandmother. He went and he never came back. Masked, but without one. He gave my sister and I each a five dollar bill. Or was it 10? One of a series of portraits... 

Reading the Streets: An Old Town Poetry Tour

Reading the Streets: An Old Town Poetry Tour

Weaving through courtyards, kirkyards and vennels, hear poems about Edinburgh past and present written by residents, tourists and those who visited only in imagination, including Robert Burns, Victor Hugo and the great Anon... 

Tabou

Tabou

Tabou will shake you up and set you down with your senses spinning. Life, love, lust and loss conveyed in a sensuous, provocative way by the WASPI woman: she’s done the whole shebang ;)... 

Tom Hannah

Tom Hannah

This is a highly original one-man show – a combination of acoustic guitar and light-hearted verse touching subjects as diverse as vanity, marriage, safaris, demolition, ambition, hypochondria, Brexit and inappropriate courting techniques... 

Eric Davidson – Words of a Blether

Eric Davidson – Words of a Blether

One of Scotland's finest comedy performers returns to Edinburgh with his most powerful, fast-paced poetry and parody show to date. Fasten your seatbelts! 'Eric Davidson commands attention' (Edinburgh Evening News). 

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... 

The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan

The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan

The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan. Award-winning comedian Sarah Callaghan, fresh from hugely successful tours of Australia and New Zealand, returns to Edinburgh with a powerhouse mash-up of comedy and poetry about gangs, fitting right in and feeling left out... 

Will Penswick: Dank Verse

Will Penswick: Dank Verse

He’s the world’s worst poet. Shame he doesn't know it. Sex, death, Christianity, Tim Henman, pigeons, divorce, Nazism, casseroles; no topic is too out there for Will Penswick. From one of the most enigmatic figures in modern literature, Dank Verse is a mixture of shocking (in both senses of the word; it’s awful) spoken word poetry, audience interaction and Penswick's views on life, love and more often than not, himself... 

Rob Auton: The Talk Show

Rob Auton: The Talk Show

This is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking. Following on from previous shows about hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and yellow, Rob now turns his attention to talking because he is ready to talk... 

The Song of Lunch

The Song of Lunch

Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Downton Abbey, Toast of London) and Rebecca Johnson (The Trip, The Flood) star in this hilarious and poignant drama of a disastrous attempt to rekindle lost love... 

Wife

Wife

There’s a great variety of women in Wife – taking as a cue Carol Anne Duffy’s The World’s Wife – from ‘Mrs Quasimodo’ to Michelle Obama, whose farewell speech is predated by Duffy’s original poem, but nonetheless makes an appearance here... 

Make Tea, Not War

Make Tea, Not War

To tie in with the release of his new CD, comedy singer-songwriter Majk Stokes presents a new selection of silly songs and poems, along with a few old favourites, on topics including peace, the environment, caffeinated beverages and becoming an uncle... 

The Emily Triptych

The Emily Triptych

Emily Dickinson is flitting about the meeting room in the Quaker Meeting House. A beautiful room, with views spreading out from the huge windows, down Victoria street to Grassmarket and across to the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge... 

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry

The best-selling author and most-watched poet of all time makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut. Famous for the internationally successful poems ‘OCD’, ‘Joey' and ‘The Future’, his poems have been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube... 

Evocation

Evocation

Emotive, impassioned and poetic, Evocation uses puppetry and poetry to tell the story of Marie-Anne, a young girl in fin de siècle Brighton. It attempts to explain the popularity of Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire at the time it was written, to use clowning both traditionally and innovatively, and to accurately translate Giraud’s poems into English... 

John Hegley: Peace, Love and Potatoes

John Hegley: Peace, Love and Potatoes

The title of Hegley’s show refers to his latest book, Peace, Love and Potatoes, a perfect example of the juxtaposition between the common and the conceptual found throughout his quirky, poetic creations... 

Frost and Lorca

Frost and Lorca

A unique fusion of art, poetry, projections, music and theatre. Celebrated British abstract artist Sir Terry Frost spent a decade creating work inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca, producing the beautiful Lorca portfolio: 11 poems in both Spanish and English each accompanied by an original etching by Frost (father of seasoned Fringe performer Stephen Frost)... 

That's What She Said

That's What She Said

The 'biggest spoken word night in London for women' (Evening Standard) makes its Edinburgh Fringe debut. A different line-up every night of incredible, irreverent poetry, performance, stand-up and storytelling by women, with featured headliners including: Hammer & Tongue Slam Champion Leyla Josephine; multi award-winning (including a Fringe First Award) renaissance woman Sabrina Mahfouz; 'one of the country’s finest performance poets' (ApplesandSnakesBlog... 

Attila the Stockbroker – Undaunted

Attila the Stockbroker – Undaunted

Brexit, Trump and a diagnosis of bladder cancer. Deal with that, Attila! Here he does: head-on. Powerful, poignant, political, personal punk performance poetry and songs. Laughs, tears, anger – and a big cheer for Jeremy Corbyn... 

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

Adapted and performed by Jennifer Jewell, Goblin Market is a solo performance, with Jewell taking on the roles of two young sisters and the goblins they encounter. It’s a sharp, solid hour of the poem simply told, with no bells and whistles... 

A While With Seamus Heaney

A While With Seamus Heaney

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

Somethings Old, Somethings New

Somethings Old, Somethings New

A selection of favourites, old and new, from those (ouch) fifty years of performance poetry, theatre pieces and bittersweet, polemical, comical, in-character monologues by the former National Poet of Scotland... 

The Light Comes Back

The Light Comes Back

Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead collaborates with Dundee indie-pop band The Hazey Janes centering on the poem The Optimistic Sound that Lochhead composed in memory of her great friend, the Scottish songwriter Michael Marra... 

Attila the Stockbroker – Undaunted

Attila the Stockbroker – Undaunted

Brexit, Trump and a diagnosis of bladder cancer. Deal with that, Attila! Here he does: head-on. Powerful, poignant, political, personal punk performance poetry and songs. Laughs, tears, anger – and a big cheer for Jeremy Corbyn... 

Not About Heroes

Not About Heroes

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

Tim Key: Work in Progress

Tim Key: Work in Progress

Late at night. Minding his own business. A new blend of poeticals, talking, standing, lights, mics, cables etc. ‘He is a genius plain and simple’ ***** (Time Out). ‘This is sublime, busy and evocative work from a man who keeps getting better and better’ ***** (List)... 

The Naked Dietitian

The Naked Dietitian

Hard-hitting and hope-stirring home truths in a performance tour de force from 'the literary lovechild of Allen Ginsberg and Jeanette Winterson' (BroadwayBaby.com). The Naked Dietitian knows her onions and combines story and science to take you on a tour of your own emotional landscape... 

Prévert: Piano and Poetry – Free

Prévert: Piano and Poetry – Free

This original one-man show entitled Prévert: Piano and Poetry, was created and interpreted by the 20-year-old French concert pianist Alexandre Prévert. It is a concert show that combines major works for classical piano with poetry, staged in a simple fashion that is accessible to all audiences... 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

Loud Poets is loud. And by loud I don’t mean in volume but in sheer gravity of subject matter. The five poets, Kevin McLean, Doug Garry, Catherine Wilson, Katie Ailes and guest Sage Francis were tenacious... 

The Shaken and the Stirred

The Shaken and the Stirred

Nestled away in the Scottish Arts Club is a collection of Canadian poets performing a variety of their work with different styles and a few excerpts from their novels, both published and to be published in the next year... 

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea

Delightful and expressionistic one-woman show; Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea is spoken-word theatre play about the self we present to the world and the self we try to hide. Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot guides us through three separate narratives exploring memory, childhood and what happens when you’re telling a joke but can’t quite get to the punchline... 

Man and Boy

Man and Boy

Man And Boy is a perfectly poetic way to punctuate an otherwise hectic day at the Fringe. The premise of the show is that a “middle-aged English fat bloke” called Robert Cole reads out a selection of poems from his newly published collection London Poems, joined by his nephew Ed, and later in the run, his son Maurice... 

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry

The best-selling author and most-watched poet of all time makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut. Famous for the internationally successful poems ‘OCD’, ‘Joey' and ‘The Future’, his poems have been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube... 

Todd & God

Todd & God

Uplifting, fast-paced and heart-warming, Todd & God tells the tale of how God selected an atheist as her chosen one. Richard Marsh, writer of this piece of comic storytelling, also plays the role of Todd within the play... 

Alpha

Alpha

There’s certainly a lot going on in Alpha: physical theatre, beat poetry and live music combine as the company confides their desires and secrets with their audience. In this case, however, the sum of the parts is not yet greater than the whole... 

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Luke Wright has been performing spoken word on the Fringe circuit for years, winning a dedicated following for his catalogue of smart, catchy polemics. But with Frankie Vah, he's managed to craft a gorgeously-worded powerhouse of a play, in one of the only verse dramas that could claim to get a crowd cheering and stamping their feet throughout... 

Matt Abbott: Two Little Ducks

Matt Abbott: Two Little Ducks

Wakefield’s poet son may have a self-confessed tendency for lewd social observation but Matt Abbott is also an unpretentious recorder of life in the raw, with a talent for coming up with a memorable turn of phrase, an innate understanding of the full comedic potential in a forced rhyme, yet a commitment to being serious... 

Anxiety and Animal GIFs

Anxiety and Animal GIFs

Can mindfulness offset the anxiety of insecure housing and jobs? How about animal GIFs? Lyrical, warm and funny poetry show about pop-psychology and trying to survive modern life without being an arse... 

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy teams up with incredibly talented musician John Sampson to bring a unique blend of reading with live music. Knowing this, walking into The Stand at 12:20pm has mixed emotions... 

Come Down the Mile

Come Down the Mile

Walk the historic and dramatic Royal Mile with poet Ken Cockburn. Weave through narrow closes, open squares, graveyards and secret gardens to discover a city that has inspired writers for centuries – the medieval ‘makars’ of the Scottish court, ballad singers lamenting tragic heroines, and the ill-fated genius Robert Fergusson... 

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Welcome to our open-hearted open mic, where you can enjoy features from fantastic spoken word artists and different special guests daily, with a sumptuous cabaret vibe. This show is dedicated to the words and voices less heard, hosted by PBH Spoken Word Artistic Director, Fay Roberts... 

William Rees: The Splash

William Rees: The Splash

DJing and poetry is surely a combination that deserves greater exploration. Thankfully in this show it is given just that. Ploughing aggressively through such topics as love, war and agriculture, William Rees (The Oxford Revue) dives into the calm before the storm, the puddle before The Splash... 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

Appearing as performance poet Greg Byron. His poems reflect life's confusions and cruelties, from social comment to quantum physics, with a grimace, a twinkle and a wry pointy finger! Poetry and prose... 

Andrew White: It Was Funnier in My Head

Andrew White: It Was Funnier in My Head

Andrew White's It Was Funnier in My Head takes a look at life as a parent-dependent teenager, being only 17 himself! Covering everything from passing out in PE to the banes of elderly neighbours, and from accepting baldness to travelling in China, the show promises an entertaining hour full of laughs! He'll even be introduced and warmed-up by his very own Dad! 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

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

Fred Strangebone's Freakshow

Fred Strangebone's Freakshow

Dan Whitehead of Honky Bonk Theatre brings a hilarious solo performance to The Warren. Honky Bonk’s reputation rests on a threesome delivering manic and macabre theatre. In this production, the protaganist, Fred Strangebone takes a job in a Freakshow and invites his audience to “peel back the flapping tent canvas door and behold the freaks within”... 

Apples and Snakes and NWS Workshop

Apples and Snakes and NWS Workshop

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a 2 hour workshop aimed at spoken word artists and those interested in writing for performance. The workshop will be practically based with excercises and discussion and led by a professional artist... 

The Dictionary of Dads/Young Herbert

The Dictionary of Dads/Young Herbert

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a spoken word poetry show for ages 6 years and up. 'The Dictionary of Dads' is a fun-packed exploration of dads of all kinds written and performed by Justin Coe... 

Big Wows for Small Wonders: Apples and Snakes and NWS present...

Big Wows for Small Wonders: Apples and Snakes and NWS present...

Children's poet and spoken word theatre maker Justin Coe ('Big Wow', 'Small Wonder', 'The Dictionary of Dads', 'The Jumble Book') leads a workshop for adult writers/performers interested in exploring how to write/perform their own children's poetry or poetry-theatre shows... 

Joe Jacobs: Ripe

Joe Jacobs: Ripe

Religion, rap, Pogs, sexism, Gaviscon, mental illness, success, commitment and coffee coasters. Join Joe as he tries to make sense of all this and more prior to his best-before date... 

Poets v MCs Brighton v Bristol

Poets v MCs Brighton v Bristol

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. And the first half of this show continues this battle, supported by the poets and rappers of our lively sister city Bristol... 

Gender Spanner

Gender Spanner

A joyous and empowering hour of cabaret, burlesque, and labels that just don’t stick. Armed with a ukulele, spinning plates, and more costumes than you can fit in your closet, Jessica McKerlie presents a smorgasbord of original music and poetry with a common thread: Are you a man? Are you a woman? Are you sure? Inspired by Jessica’s own explorations and understanding of gender fluidity, 'Gender Spanner' is a cabaret that goes to the very core of what it is to be human. 

Mark Lester Steps In

Mark Lester Steps In

The world's going to hell in a handcart, with climate change, extremism and cliches like 'going to hell in a handcart'. Enter South West London's favourite songwriter (possibly), to sort things out (possibly) with catchy tunes and tortuous rhymes... 

Valerio, Dervish, and Friends

Valerio, Dervish, and Friends

Valerio brings surreal stand-up with a pinch of spice, whilst Dervish brings hilarious musical and spoken word idiot genius. Add their friends too and you've got a riotously enchanting show... 

Unpopular Culture

Unpopular Culture

Famous poet Chris Parkinson presents poetry, politics, paranoia and anthropomorphism, complete with fish demons, grammar nazi's and performing seals. Plus support from The Eating Habits of Politicians... 

All Talk: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents...

All Talk: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents...

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature. Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature close-up and personal in this bijou venue... 

Poetry and Jazz Layer Cake with John Harvey and the John Lake Band

Poetry and Jazz Layer Cake with John Harvey and the John Lake Band

Jazz and Poetry Layer Cake A delicious serving of modern original Jazz and poetry created by the award-winning author John Harvey (author of the bestselling Charlie Resnick series) inter-layered by the sensational sounds of the John Lake Band... 

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft will be celebrating Dylan's 76th Birthday and his Nobel Prize Award for Literature. We shall look at his early years of lyrics and music. The programme will include his visits to England and Europe, his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and Anti Vietnam protest marches and his graduating from Folk to Rock'n'Roll... 

Louder: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents...

Louder: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents...

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature. Spoken word shows, stand-up poetry showcases and scratch events will all feature, close-up and personal in this bijou venue... 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

Not just a magician but a 'poet of the impossible', Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Lorenzo 'Renz' Novani, weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-filled minutes that offer a glimpse of the magicians secretive mind, take you on a journey into magic’s mysterious past, and most importantly, present impossibilities that defy explanation and gravity... 

Happy Birthday, Bob

Happy Birthday, Bob

From his first eponymous album in 1962 to his latest, Fallen Angels, via his never-ending tour, Bob Dylan has always divided opinion: Upsetting the Establishment as a Folk/protest singer, his own fans when he “went electric” and winning the Nobel Prize for literature... 

Poets v MCs Battle Games

Poets v MCs Battle Games

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. And now they are addicted to battle and will fight over anything. Over four shows they will split and fight over four great battlegrounds: Tories v Lefties, North v South, Spirit v Skeptic and Random v Whatever... 

Drawn To The Page

Drawn To The Page

An afternoon of creative writing, poetry and stories. View some inspiring paintings, try some fun writing exercise as you look at the art, and listen to our emerging writers sharing the writing they've produced in workshops... 

I'm The Hero of This Story

I'm The Hero of This Story

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

Life in the City 2017: An Inclusive City

Life in the City 2017: An Inclusive City

Poetry reading, exhibition, workshop and photography. Reading of selected poems, by the poets on May 20 at 2 pm. Preceded by a workshop at 11 am at a cost of £3 per person (limited places)... 

Stand By Your Nan

Stand By Your Nan

The original Educating Rita met Buddha of Suburbia and pretended to be an ordinary working class housewife whilst she went on strange spiritual quests, educated herself, and got an art degree at 88... 

The Yanks Are Coming

The Yanks Are Coming

This is the fourth show in the series 'Lions Led By Asses' using poetry, song and facts. We shall look at the aftermath of the Somme and Verdun, and facts leading to the US entry in to the war... 

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let's find out. After a sell-out show at last year's Brighton Fringe, this five star show is back! Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results... 

Underworlds

Underworlds

In this tapestry of storytelling, poetry and monologues from the afterlife, Arachne the weaver spins tales of darkness, death and feminine mystique. As she leads us through many kinds of underworld, characters including Eurydice, Cathy Earnshaw (Wuthering Heights), Cleopatra and a black widow get a chance to set the record straight... 

Ivy Davies: Play Ground

Ivy Davies: Play Ground

"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground" said Roosevelt. Ivy Davies has realised she has been living upside down and it's time to turn things around! Join performance poet Ivy as she sets off on her magical journey through time and space, weaving spoken word and song together in this one-woman show... 

Knackered Lunch

Knackered Lunch

Daniel Searle takes you through a poetic journey through several of the terrible lunches he's made in his office kitchen - covering bad sandwiches, overgrown pasta parcels, attempts at eating a roast dinner with a plastic spoon, using too much pickle, and his utter contempt of salad vegetables... 

The Dove in Spring: American Chamber Music in Recital

The Dove in Spring: American Chamber Music in Recital

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

The Last Honeypot

The Last Honeypot

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

From Muses to Music: The Sonnets by The Shakespeare Heptet

From Muses to Music: The Sonnets by The Shakespeare Heptet

Blending many influences, The Shakespeare Heptet’s distinct sound is alluring and wholly contemporary, providing a stunning soundtrack to the sonnets. Beautiful harmonies, compelling rhythms and the melding of 12 and 6 string guitars underscoring Shakespeare’s exquisite poetry. 

Terabac

Terabac

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

Thomas Wolfe Presents: The Brighton Fringe Poets

Thomas Wolfe Presents: The Brighton Fringe Poets

Local author and poet Thomas Wolfe presents a night of spoken word, poetry and storytelling from some of Brighton's best poets. Having searched the open-mic scene to find the best authors the city has to offer, Thomas Wolfe is proud to bring these acts to the stage for an unforgettable literary event... 

Wilder Stories: Rhapsodies in Colour

Wilder Stories: Rhapsodies in Colour

Join us for a pigment-drenched journey. Have you ever thought about what the colour of love is? What the shade of rage is? For this specially curated live-lounge podcast, we’ve invited storytellers: musicians, writers, academics and artists from across the city to share a story with us evoked by colour over three intimate Sunday sessions at The Old Market... 

Individual Medley

Individual Medley

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

Confidence Tricks

Confidence Tricks

Poetry show about what makes us feel confident – or not. This lyrical lecture looks at the psychology and sociology of what makes us tick and what gets us through – from kindness and creativity through to swearing and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors... 

Words and Pictures. Pictures and Words

Words and Pictures. Pictures and Words

An enthralling exhibition based on a year-long collaboration between a photographer and a poet. 1 year, 2 friends, 52 weeks and 104 collaborations. Come and enjoy a showcase of pieces from their book and see 2016 in a new light... 

Once and Future

Once and Future

The land is sick. Our stories will serve us. A round table of poets, rappers, storytellers and musicians invoke the spirit of Arthur. This event is for lovers of song and spoken word, a place for adventurous minds to explore timeless myths of this land through the voices of its people. 

A Dave Cohen Show: Music Was My First Love

A Dave Cohen Show: Music Was My First Love

Edinburgh Fringe veteran, Perrier nominee, co-founder of the Comedy Store Players, multiple BAFTA-winning Horrible Histories songwriter, inadvertent creator of the phrase 'comedy is the new rock'n'roll', Dave Cohen returns with his 16th new show... 

Awhile With Seamus Heaney

Awhile With Seamus Heaney

A personal journey by Irish actor/director Larry McCluskey, through the late Nobel Poet’s best and most popular work, a dramatic reading, with linking commentary and live music. The journey moves from Heaney’s childhood, through his emergence as Ireland’s foremost poet, international eminence and awards, to the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature... 

Bog Polanco

Bog Polanco

Poetry about art, love and Asia, then likeable and funny characters spill monologues on their life. All with a charming piano soundtrack. bogpolanco.tumblr.com  

The Glummer Twins

The Glummer Twins

Stand-up poetry from the beat generation. Thirty years after they first appeared together with the legendary Circus of Poets, David Harmer and Ray Globe are back as the irrepressible Glummer Twins to put the 21st century to rights... 

The Joy of Spines

The Joy of Spines

Right in the heart of Edinburgh are 120 miles of underground shelves that store the National Library of Scotland’s collection of 24 million things. Graeme Hawley (performance poet, slam winner and General Collections Manager at the library) presents this slide show and found poem, comprised entirely of book spines... 

The Selkie – A Song of Many Waters

The Selkie – A Song of Many Waters

The seal woman’s skin has been stolen, stranding her on a reef of rage and tragedy. Can she find her true home, freeing her voice? Fay Roberts (Other Voices, Allographic, Hammer & Tongue) navigates a modern mythological sea voyage of hiraeth, poetry, and music in this haunting solo show... 

Women Speaking Their World: Bowdy Kite's Spoken Word Sunday 2016

Women Speaking Their World: Bowdy Kite's Spoken Word Sunday 2016

Five woman poets, five unique performances of new writing, one Sunday in one beautiful venue. Please see bowdykitebooks.com for full details on line-up. 

Men's Morning

Men's Morning

Within the heart of an urban ghetto is a sanctuary, a space where guns, grievances and gang allegiances are left at the door. Men's Morning is a tale of city life based in a council leisure centre, documenting the lives of a close-knit group of men who meet every Friday and use sport and conversation as an antidote to city living... 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

Spoken word troupe Loud Poets have taken to the road once more, with live band in tow, for this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In the informal setting of the Scottish Storytelling Centre's basement theatre, the Loud Poets offer an uplifting and energetic performance, which blends their poetry with music, video, gaming and even dance... 

Eric Davidson – Ukedoodledandy

Eric Davidson – Ukedoodledandy

In an intimate space in Space’s Triplex Studios, Eric Davidson awaits you with a ukelele and a book of poetry. Davidson has a lot to offer - charm and speedy lyrics, and a heavy dose of politics... 

The C/D Borderline

The C/D Borderline

“It is not possible to obtain any As or Bs in this paper,” drones the teacher’s pre-recorded voice. “If you work really hard, with a lot of luck, you might get a C. But you probably won’t... 

Alexis Dubus Verses The World

Alexis Dubus Verses The World

“I’ve done absolutely no flyering for this show,” says Alexis Dubus, “so I have no idea why you’re here.” On the evidence of …Verses the World, he’s not entirely sure why he’s here either, but we should be very glad that he is... 

Attila the Stockbroker Presents His Autobiography: Arguments Yard

Attila the Stockbroker Presents His Autobiography: Arguments Yard

Legendary radical performance poet Attila brings his acclaimed autobiography Arguments Yard (Cherry Red Books) to life on stage. Attila has earned his living as a poet/musician for 35 years, performing over 3,000 gigs in 24 countries: this show is full of stuff you simply couldn't make up... 

Oh Flower of Scotland: Then and Now

Oh Flower of Scotland: Then and Now

Does the wistful attitude of Robbie Burns longing for the Highlands have the same resonance today as in 19th century Scotland? Alongside today’s hot topics of independence and national identity, we debate the relevance of Scotland’s poetic legacy... 

Burns for Beginners

Burns for Beginners

The show about Burns that really is for everyone – absolute beginners, lifelong fans and everyone in between. Burns’ key poems and songs are performed to a cracking live musical accompaniment, along with discussion, context, and English subtitles... 

The Magnetic Diaries

The Magnetic Diaries

Emma Bailey is a modern day Madame Bovary, battling with a stifling middle-class lifestyle, thwarted dreams and untreatable depression. In desperation, she leaves her family behind to embark on a course of brain-altering therapy, documenting her journey through raw, beautiful poetry... 

Act Your Age! (Not Your Shoe Size!)

Act Your Age! (Not Your Shoe Size!)

Forty five minutes of fun-stuffed, giggle-riddled, family friendly silliness with Fringe veterans Ian Billings and Chris White. Poetry! Cartoons! Silliness but no cheese! Enjoy a relaxing show with two global super poets! 

A Show of Two Halves (Somethings Old, Somethings New)

A Show of Two Halves (Somethings Old, Somethings New)

Ranging from the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Scotland's former national poet and recent recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry weaves a spellbinding and beguiling show, mixing poems and monologues and accompanied by the witty, soulful saxophone of Steve Kettley... 

The Shaken and the Stirred

The Shaken and the Stirred

The Shaken and the Stirred is a powerhouse collective featuring four of Canada's strongest voices. Ian Burgham, Catherine Graham, Steven Heighton and Jeanette Lynes bring the diversity and spirit of Canadian poetry together in a single event featuring their award-winning work... 

Tagged

Tagged

Tagged follows Glaswegian teens Seanette and Lynn as they navigate a cycle of crime, reoffending and breaching court orders.Seanette likes going out on the town and getting “mad with it”... 

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code

‘I feel like I've been forever a child of exile, a wanderer. These songs started to give me a context, a feeling, an understanding of where I come from, I am grateful’, says Blue Rose Code of his new trad project... 

Trust Me, I'm A Drama Teacher

Trust Me, I'm A Drama Teacher

Seemingly at the end of his tether, a teacher sits, tie loose, marking work, clearly frustrated to say the least. Describing himself as grumpy, sad, but creative, Rick Wood’s opening number of this new devised piece of beat poetry musical theatre establishes the fact that this will be a show replete with observational humour, centred around the working life of a drama teacher in a secondary comprehensive school... 

A Word in Your Shell-Like

A Word in Your Shell-Like

Bradford on Avon's popular poetry series Words & Ears moors up at the Fringe for one night only, with JL Williams (jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk) and Georgi Gill – superb Edinburgh poets who'll read work with a taste of the sea, echoing the EDS Gallery's Beached art installation... 

DeafFirefly: Playing with Poetry

DeafFirefly: Playing with Poetry

What happens when British Sign Language poetry meets spoken word? Can a poem be performed in two entirely different languages at once and still make sense? And be good? To what extent should each language 'make way' for the other? Are there other ways to make a poem 'accessible'? And can it be fun? Donna Williams aka DeafFirefly invites the lingually curious to join her to find out as she performs poetry in both BSL and English, in some cases at the same time... 

Sage Francis and B Dolan Present: Strange Speech, Famous Development

Sage Francis and B Dolan Present: Strange Speech, Famous Development

You can tell a lot about a show from its audience. At Saturday’s performance of Strange Speech, Famous Development, you could tell a lot from a single audience member: Scroobius Pip, nodding along and stroking his beard in the sixth row... 

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

The much-loved and highly respected UK Poet Laureate and her accomplished and entertaining musical collaborator return following sell-out shows in 2015. In a programme that has evolved and developed through a series of national and international appearances, the duo combine words and music in ways that engage the audience and take them on a voyage through humour, emotional depth and unexpected perspectives... 

Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats With a Piano

Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats With a Piano

From street musician to concert artist and back again, the man who was Marvin Hanglider is celebrating his 60th birthday by becoming a fundraiser for Children in Need. A virtuoso pianist, raconteur, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Hatchard presents a show that reflects on an extraordinarily diverse career, including forays into cartooning and comedy... 

Who Killed Pablo Neruda? (A Poet's Journey)

Who Killed Pablo Neruda? (A Poet's Journey)

Mystery, poetry and the unknown contents of a white bag spark a young woman's quest into the life, death and writing of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.  

Dan Simpson: Artificial Ineloquence

Dan Simpson: Artificial Ineloquence

Got the smartphone blues? Stand-up poet Dan Simpson (Glastonbury Festival, Canterbury Laureate) focuses his high-speed fuzzy logic on the screens and machines that rule over our lives... 

Out On the World

Out On the World

A journey in poems and stories across Burma, Egypt and Nicaragua through the eyes of a human rights worker. Drive over mountains with Nicaraguan revolutionaries, taste democracy brewing in Burmese teashops and walk the streets of Cairo during Egypt’s uprising... 

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Welcome to our open-hearted open mic, where you can enjoy features from fantastic spoken word artists and different special guests daily, all with a sumptuous cabaret vibe. This show is dedicated to the words and voices less heard and hosted by PBH Spoken Word Artistic Director, Fay Roberts... 

Poetricks

Poetricks

Roll up, roll up and encounter eye melting magic tricks and ear bending poems. A whirlwind of words. A monsoon of magic and non-stop family fun. You will never look at magic and poetry in the same way again! Very funny and entertaining family show... 

Boomerang Club

Boomerang Club

London's favourite spoken word night arrives in Edinburgh. With new world class featured artists every night, mostly likeable hosts, and our ever popular open mic, this is one show that'll keep you coming back... 

Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh! Dinosaurs!

A young troll girl finds herself defending the town from a gang of destructive, deadly dinosaurs! Recruiting allies – a goblin wizard and flame breathing dragon – does she have what it takes to save the day and calm these dangerous dinos' raging reign? Here is the fourth exciting adventure show from Dommy B (BBC’s Rhyme Rocket), following highly popular national tours of The Dragon Who Hates Poetry (co-produced by Z Arts), Spark, the Goblin Wizard (co-produced by Hamilton Project) and When Trolls Try to Eat Your Goldfish (co-produced by Action Transport Theatre, Z Arts and Big Imaginations). 

Garibaldi

Garibaldi

Gary's hair is history – now his name is under threat. The fightback possibly begins here. Join this lanky northerner and his bereft bonce for an anarchic hour treading the fine lines between miserable and uplifting, poetry and karaoke... 

Come Down the Mile

Come Down the Mile

Walk the historic and dramatic Royal Mile with poet Ken Cockburn, weaving through narrow closes, open squares and secret gardens to discover how this city has been inspiring writers for 500 years... 

Mr Colombet: The Sommelier of Poetry

Mr Colombet: The Sommelier of Poetry

Mr Colombet is a multilingual sommelier offering an exceptional poetry menu. This elegant French Sommelier may wander nonchalantly to your table performing the finest D.O.C. poetry of the world, from the classics (Byron, Baudelaire, Leopardi) to Contemporary authors (Zephaniah)... 

Mr Colombet: The Sommelier of Poetry

Mr Colombet: The Sommelier of Poetry

Mr Colombet is a multilingual sommelier offering an exceptional poetry menu. This elegant French Sommelier may wander nonchalantly to your table performing the finest D.O.C. poetry of the world, from the classics (Byron, Baudelaire, Leopardi) to Contemporary authors (Zephaniah)... 

Rhymes with Orange

Rhymes with Orange

You've seen some comedy. You've seen some theatre. It's time for something different. Prepare to have your preconceptions of poetry shattered as London's smash-hit stand-up poetry night Rhymes With Orange returns, fresh from last year's acclaimed sell-out run... 

The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon

The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon

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

BODIED

BODIED

Forget everything you think you know about battle rap. A peek into the lives and stories of the members of a diverse, thriving sub culture. Featuring live rap battles and starring different emcees each night, BODIED is a new play drawn from interviews with the UK’s top battlers. 

Marilyn Carino with band

Marilyn Carino with band

Marilyn Carino's torchy, existential electro-soul has been likened to "Nina Simone coming back from the dead to front Morcheeba"; her latest album, 'Leaves, Sadness, Science' deemed, "a haunting, atmospheric gem"... 

Hammer and Tongue Festival Slam Special

Hammer and Tongue Festival Slam Special

Brighton's biggest monthly performance poetry and open slam event presents a clash of the titans of spoken word: Three-times World Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield v European Slam Champion Miko Berry v Anti-Slam Champion Paula Varjack... 

Becoming Esther

Becoming Esther

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

64

64

Gerry is a time traveller from 1952. That means he's 64 this year. What do all these numbers mean? Where has he come from? What was the world like in 1952? What's it like to be 64? Gerry uses clowning and comedy, song and madness to explore what it's all about... 

The Funniest Number

The Funniest Number

In a dynamic and totally charming free performance, Owen Elton spreads half-truth and misinformation in original song. Armed only with a piano, several hats, and riotous rhymes, he unleashes his bold and theatrical tenor in a feast of comedy, leaving everyone in fits of delighted laughter. 

Rattle Tales

Rattle Tales

Short story and flash fiction readings with audience participation. 

Apostrophe's

Apostrophe's

Chris Parkinson, famous poet and professional troublemaker, returns with a high octane poetic voyage through subjects including party politics, dangerous grammar and anthropomorphic seals... 

Did I Choose These Shoes?

Did I Choose These Shoes?

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

Pete Strong: Self-Sabotage, a Work in Progress

Pete Strong: Self-Sabotage, a Work in Progress

2015 Brighton Squawker award finalist Pete Strong - "walking a fine emotional line... cathartically funny" (Chortle), tries to get to grips with his own neuroses with dark jokes, absurd poems and a waistcoat... 

Brighton v Edinburgh Poets v MCs

Brighton v Edinburgh Poets v MCs

Two battles in one: first the poets from the two great festival cities join to take on a united team of rappers. Then each city is represented by their poets and rapper comrades standing side by side... 

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

Hardly Still Walking, Not Yet Flying

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

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand-up comedy - poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry - comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let's find out! Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval in this five star hit show as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results! The winners? You decide! 

A Threesome

A Threesome

A show suitable for students, the middle aged and old age pensioners - and that’s just the cast! The group looks at the humour in their age and gender differences with interruptions for satire, music, spoons, stand-up, poetry, and vaudeville... 

Sex, Strokes, Death, Denial

Sex, Strokes, Death, Denial

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

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

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

This Is Always The Result

This Is Always The Result

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

Brighton Showcase at The Brunswick

Brighton Showcase at The Brunswick

The Brighton Showcase hosts the best in new and up-and-coming local talent every Wednesday evening at award-winning venue, The Brunswick. Seven or eight top-quality acts every week... 

We Are Stardust!

We Are Stardust!

Hullabaloo Community Quire presents 'We Are Stardust!' Join Hullabaloo and friends Robb Johnson, Naomi Bedford, Bela Emerson, Steven Grainger and WeBop choir, for a joyful celebration of the incredible life, inspiration and creative legacy of David Bowie... 

Soul Circus The Musical (Be in Your Feet!)

Soul Circus The Musical (Be in Your Feet!)

This original musical tells a fairytale about everyday life - the many voices telling us what to do and who to be. Who shall we listen to and how can we stand on our own two feet? Live music, comedy, poetry and dance... 

The Big Stiffy

The Big Stiffy

Bob's dead. I know how he loved you so much. Please come to the funeral to pay your respects. Karl's providing complimentary crudités (with dips) chopped to perfection by angle grinder, plus fruit teas and apple crumble... 

Invisible Voices

Invisible Voices

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

Naked Girls Reading

Naked Girls Reading

Join burlesque performer and naked stand-up, Miss Glory Pearl, for an intimate show where beautiful women read naked. Making their Brighton debut, Glory and friends read a selection of texts on a common theme for your listening pleasure... 

Drowned Voices Rise

Drowned Voices Rise

Winner of the Brighton Fringe Visual Arts Award 2015, Brian Mander performs as The Dark Laureate. Drowned Voices Rise; poetry by Eliot, Auden, Yeats and others. 

Spoken Word Sundays: Women Speaking Their World

Spoken Word Sundays: Women Speaking Their World

On Sunday afternoon, myself and around fifteen other people – most of them women – perch ourselves on armchairs in a cosy room in Appletree Writers at The Whole Works, on a quiet alley just off the Royal Mile... 

The Little Red Show

The Little Red Show

Ever had therapy? Feel like a failure? Then this one's for you! Join performance poet Little Red as she reveals why the therapy didn't work, through laughter, tears and sexual innuendo... 

BBC: The Verb

BBC: The Verb

Poet Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s cabaret of the word featuring award-winning writers, alongside the most innovative up-and-coming performers.  

The Glummer Twins

The Glummer Twins

Stand-up poetry for the beat generation. Thirty years after they first appeared together with the legendary Circus of Poets, David Harmer and Ray Globe are back as The Glummer Twins to put the 21st century to rights... 

Green Poems for a Blue Planet

Green Poems for a Blue Planet

Dramatic stand-up performance poetry accompanied by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park's images. The show is based on their two funny and challenging books Green Poems for a Blue Planet and Verse for the Earth – winner of the Best Artistic Response at the 2014 Climate Week awards... 

Learning to Live

Learning to Live

From the dark depths of the mind to the mountain-peak pinnacles of youth, from familiar Edinburgh to fairytale Cambridge University: this teenage poet explores the strange and often unjust world around her and within her as she learns how to live and be... 

Adams & Eves

Adams & Eves

A young cast of 17 weave original poems into a moving performance. Linking poetry on diverse themes into a narrative taking place in the universal setting of a cafe, this Edinburgh Fringe debut is a poetic treat... 

Rowan James: Easy for You to Say

Rowan James: Easy for You to Say

Rowan is a hip hop and punk-inspired poet diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty and speech impediment, often disabled by other people’s perceptions. Marv Radio is a beatboxer with dexterous lips and an arsenal of sounds... 

Welcome to the Cliterati

Welcome to the Cliterati

'The literary love child of Jeanette Winterson and Allen Ginsberg' (BroadwayBaby.com), Jay Walker takes us on a poetically licentious romp through the story of one body and its many awakenings... 

Whispers of the Mystical from The Dark Side of The Moon

Whispers of the Mystical from The Dark Side of The Moon

The Silver Moon Poetry Collection gives voice to the unspoken voices of the Feminine. She is the voice of the Earth, calling us deeper into our divinity, through the truth of our soul’s human experience... 

Sweet Thunder – A Show in Three Layers

Sweet Thunder – A Show in Three Layers

‘Cocking a snook at learned prejudices ... a deliciously ironic commentary ... exuding dizzying eroticism’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). Join this Threesome for a rocky, inspiring and ultimately triumphant journey, culminating in a live demonstration of the liberatory potential of the microwaveable chocolate cake, and sprinkled with a few rude words... 

Dylan's Daughter

Dylan's Daughter

Actress Anne Rutter first met the late Aeronwy Thomas in 1970. They became close friends and this charming programme is an affectionate, revealing, and often moving tribute to a woman of great courage, humour, and talent, who struggled all her life to assert her identity and find her own poetic voice while coping with the increasing weight of her father’s fame... 

Rhymes with Orange

Rhymes with Orange

Every successful show needs a Unique Selling Point – or, put simply, a gimmick. Regular London-based event Rhymes with Orange – “a monthly spoken word night ... a place for stuck creatives and seasoned professionals to get on stage and show their poetic skills in front of a noisy, energetic & supportive audience”, it says on their website – hands out small, used orange juice bottles containing some granules – Salt? Rice? It was too dark to see clearly – which audience members are encouraged to shake noisily to show their appreciation... 

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

What I Learned From Johnny Bevan

It’s easy to get lulled by the constant flow of shows at the Fringe, to give in the mid-afternoon slump and the heavy-eyed semi-slumber. At times like this, what is needed is a play that shocks you upright; that makes your heart beat faster, that punches you right in the chest... 

In Case We Disappear – Free

In Case We Disappear – Free

Vanessa Smythe has a bit of a ‘downer hobby’: she worries about disappearing. Since childhood, she and her brother have always made lists of things they should do before they vanish from the earth, such as using their Subway voucher or going on a family outing... 

Matt Abbott is Skint and Demoralised

Matt Abbott is Skint and Demoralised

Matt Abbott admits that poetry is a hard sell on the Fringe, impossible to talk about without coming across as pretentious – which may well explain why one of his bespoke marketing strategies involves offering free meat pies to those who tweet positively about his show... 

Carol Grimes with Dorian Ford: The Singer's Tale

Carol Grimes with Dorian Ford: The Singer's Tale

Carol Grimes, the Piaf singer/songwriter of British music. This raw, in your face sublime performer takes you with her on a musical journey through her extraordinary life. The Singers Tale weaves its stories, sometimes shady, mad and bad, but with music and song at their heart... 

In Basho's Footsteps

In Basho's Footsteps

A poet (Valcarce) and an artist (Gleizer) hiked 2,000km across Japan's wilderness in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho, the ancient haiku poet. Basho believed that the ideal ground for art was lightness of spirit and oneness with nature, and devoted his life to this ideal... 

Love Over Scotland – Haiku and Music

Love Over Scotland – Haiku and Music

An hour of pure delight. Haiku, the three-line, 17-syllable verse form invented in Japan, might not seem the most obvious to set to music. But with the wit of poets Alan Spence, Alexander McCall Smith and George Bruce, and music by John Maxwell Geddes, Martin Suckling, Tom Cunningham, Colin Suckling, and Louise Burnet, the combination works wonderfully... 

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code

Ross Wilson of Blue Rose Code has gone through quite a transformative journey in the past 18 months. From a small maybe 60-70 person gig at St Bride's Centre for Acoustic Music last year to selling out its main 240-seater this year is a pretty measurable amount of success in anyone's book... 

Super-Fragile-Nihilistic-Sexy-and-Atrocious (and Other Poems)

Super-Fragile-Nihilistic-Sexy-and-Atrocious (and Other Poems)

Poems and jokes about why women and wordplay are tremendous whilst god and the patriarchy and DJ Steve Wright are much less so. Is David Cameron a joke thief? Was the crucifixion really a botched attempt at auto-erotic asphyxiation? Is it possible to moonwalk in the name of feminism? Decide for yourself... 

Awhile With Seamus Heaney

Awhile With Seamus Heaney

A personal journey by Irish actor-director, Larry McCluskey through the late Nobel Poet’s best and most popular work, a dramatic reading, with linking commentary and live music. The journey moves from Heaney’s childhood, through his emergence as Ireland’s foremost poet, international eminence and awards, to the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature... 

Harry Baker – The Sunshine Kid

Harry Baker – The Sunshine Kid

Harry Baker is a young middle-class blonde rapper-turned-poet. He is gawky, geeky and really into maths. He is also completely hilarious. His sweet, charming and original poetry is littered with puns, cleverly placed metaphors, surprising rhymes and brilliant jokes that continually riff of the fact that he is a young middle-class rapper-turned-poet who’s really into maths... 

Asking Nicely

Asking Nicely

In her funny and articulate show, Hannah Chutzpah presents her considered and inspiring take on the complexities of power and permission. Through poems that are tightly crafted stories and chat that’s amusing and well-researched, she contemplates how social class, gender, race and personality all have a part to play in the risks we feel able to take in life... 

Eric Davidson – It's a Wrong Way to Ukulele

Eric Davidson – It's a Wrong Way to Ukulele

More parody, poetry and mischief from the man with the thin white uke. ‘I've seen better looking faces on an Easter Island postcard!’ (Polynesian Enquirer). 

Elvis McGonagall: Countrybile

Elvis McGonagall: Countrybile

Countrybile – armed with a blunderbuss, a bottle of Scotch and his rabid wit, stand-up poet Elvis McGonagall emerges from his godforsaken rural idyll at the Graceland Caravan Park to take aim at this septic isle... 

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

In a typically idiosyncratic twist Carol-Ann Duffy is collaborating with her ‘favourite’ court musician John Sampson for a reading of work from across her gargantuan oeuvre.Sampson introduces us to a range of beautifully crafted historical and modern instruments including a crumhorn that sounds like a cross between a harpsichord and a horn, with a hint of kazoo... 

The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies

The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies

The weird, wacky and wonderful all come together in this fantastically strange new show. Written and performed by Clem Garritty and Oliver Jones, The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies combines elements of theatre, sketch comedy and poetry to create a bizarre and exciting new production... 

Shift/ – A Best of Spoken Word

Shift/ – A Best of Spoken Word

Shift is a collective of poets that includes Rachel Amey, Bram Gieben, Harry Giles, Jenny Lindsay, Ali Maloney, Rachel McCrum and Sam Small. Each night of the week one of them presents a solo piece... 

Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in Apologist Now!

Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in Apologist Now!

Phill Jupitus is a performance poet. Who knew? Unfortunately he’s not a very good one. He is a fantastic comedian. His patter between poems is a spot-on and hilarious blend of witty observations and dry punchlines... 

Tim Key: Work-in-Slutgress

Tim Key: Work-in-Slutgress

Comedic lump Key (38) plonks himself in a room for a couple of weeks and tries out some new specks of poetry. 'This is one art house form-buster who can really give you a good time' (Times)... 

Liz Lochhead With Steve Kettley: Old Pals and Party Pieces

Liz Lochhead With Steve Kettley: Old Pals and Party Pieces

The second ever Scots Makar (national poet) Liz Lochhead has teamed up with saxophonist Steve Kettley for this nostalgic selection of her favourite poems from a 50-year career.From poems about her school days in Glasgow and the colourful characters of her youth through to her passion for art, feminism and music, Lochhead is an inimitable talent and apt storyteller... 

Poetry Can F*ck Off

Poetry Can F*ck Off

By Heathcote Williams (Herald Lifetime Achievement Award winner). Poetry f*cks off tyrants. The right words can get under the skin of those in power and spark revolution. Featuring the lyrics and verse of Jim Morrison, Billie Holiday, Sophie Scholl, Martin Luther King, William Blake, Arundhati Roy, Victor Jara, Gil Scott-Heron, Lupe Fiasco and many others, this is a celebration of those who have spoken out against tyranny while making our hearts pound... 

Edinburgh Lily

Edinburgh Lily

Ron Butlin (former Edinburgh Poet Laureate) plus acclaimed musicians Dick Lee and Anne Evans return, their sell-out show newly updated. Storytelling and music at its best! 'Truly wonderful... 

Luke Wright: Stay-at-Home Dandy

Luke Wright: Stay-at-Home Dandy

Luke Wright is a veteran Fringe performer and one of the UK’s leading spoken-word artists. This year his poetry show Stay-at-Home Dandy charts huge changes in his life as he’s recently become the stay at home parent for his two small children... 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

Loud Poets are a Scotland-based collective of poets who perform together. The show is a slick, no-nonsense conveyor belt of spoken word characterised by tightly crafted poetry and high-quality performance... 

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat play their only Edinburgh gig in support of their acclaimed second album together, The Most Important Place in the World. Their first album, Everything’s Getting Older, picked up the Scottish Album of the Year award in 2012... 

The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon

The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon

A troupe of hopeful Fringe performers get lost in the woods, forced to deliver their starry-eyed show to the "nonexistent" audience. Blending with music, comedy, and physical theatre, this playful metatheatrical setup paves the way for a quirky exploration of storytelling that unfortunately falls victim to its own free spirit... 

Knowledge and a Girl

Knowledge and a Girl

It is not often that Howard Barker’s plays are produced in Britain (he is far more popular in Europe and America) in spite of his prodigious output and well-known name. Indeed, if you missed Blok/Eko at the Exeter Northcott (2011) or Scenes from an Execution at the National in London (2012) then this may well be the first opportunity for a while to see one of his works... 

Melody

Melody

Jemima Foxtrot is a poet and singer presenting her first Edinburgh show on the PBH Free Fringe. Melody is a mixture of spoken word and a cappella music. Decidedly quirky Foxtrot’s performance takes a few moments to get used to, but the open minded will be rewarded because the show is charming, funny and poignant... 

Bloodcream

Bloodcream

Poet Bog Polanco’s idea for this bite-sized poetry performance is really good: inspired by paintings from Scotland’s major collections he performs a series of poems he’s written in response to them... 

Under the Table

Under the Table

This show captures that exciting moment when a story gets so good, its teller has to put down their drink. Under the Table serves social critique with potent shots of comedy and poignancy, employing a range of poetic styles... 

Passion: A Contemporary Journey to the Cross

Passion: A Contemporary Journey to the Cross

Creator/director: Claire Henderson Davis. Poet: Malcolm Guite. Dancers: Claire Henderson Davis and Fraser Paterson. Musicians: Dan Forshaw and Jan Payne. See website www.passiontour... 

The Boy With the Moomin Tattoo

The Boy With the Moomin Tattoo

In his last summer before graduation, James (of Utter! Spoken Word) had a Snufkin tattooed on his arm – 20 years on, and things have got steadily more Moomin ever since... With music from The Morris Quinlan Experience (as heard on BBC Radio 2) and special spoken word guests every show. 

Running to Paradise

Running to Paradise

‘And all that I need do is to wish…’ The poetry of WB Yeats’ Running to Paradise accompanies new music by northern composer Michael Jon Smith (1941-2009) for flute, viola and piano – passionate and wistful – always melodic... 

Anonymouse

Anonymouse

In a hole in the wall of a timber house, on the edge of a wood there lives a mouse... This is a new lyrical story from Ipdip Theatre for under threes and their adults to cosy in and enjoy together... 

The Muted Note Duo: Dances and Songs based on poems by P K Page

The Muted Note Duo: Dances and Songs based on poems by P K Page

An intimate stage work that synthesises poetry, music, and dance, with P K Page's brilliant verse at its core. Drawing on the fundamental ways that words, music, and dance have been combined throughout history... 

Kate Fox: Baby I Don't Care

Kate Fox: Baby I Don't Care

More and more people don't want children. Comedian and poet Kate Fox is one of the rising child-free. Are they set to save the planet or condemn it to extinction? Could you think of better uses for the £212,000 average cost of raising one? Kate Fox rejoices in a world where the unmaternal now have more options than becoming a nun or a witch, in this talk based on her recent Radio 4 show The Price of Happiness... 

Tina Sederholm: The Good Delusion

Tina Sederholm: The Good Delusion

A tragicomic spoken word show that dives into the paradoxical nature of goodness. Tina’s made a religion out of being good. She attends church, tries to become a princess, international athlete, even the ideal girlfriend... 

Human Resources

Human Resources

You’re the kind of person who never backs down from a fight. You were the kind of kid who licked the iron. The stories become who you are. This show is a conversation about whether that is useful... 

James Bran: Invisible Badminton and Other Dreams

James Bran: Invisible Badminton and Other Dreams

A stand-up poetry show about dreams from 2014 AAA star and BBC New Comedy Award London runner-up. 'Creative and rather unusual' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'Both intriguing and funny' **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Most People Aren't That Happy, Anyway

Most People Aren't That Happy, Anyway

John Osborne has been performing poetry since 2006 at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Latitude. His poems have been broadcast on BBC 6 Music and Radio 1. The creator of John Peel's Shed and Radio 4 regular is in Edinburgh again, this time having a go at his first hour-long poetry show... 

James Bran: Invisible Badminton and Other Dreams

James Bran: Invisible Badminton and Other Dreams

A stand-up poetry show about dreams from 2014 AAA star and BBC New Comedy Award London runner-up. 'Creative and rather unusual' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'Both intriguing and funny' **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Stand Up & Slam! – Free

Stand Up & Slam! – Free

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let's find out. Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results! Each night our resident team captains are joined by the most exciting acts the festival has to offer... 

Eric Davidson – It's a Wrong Way to Ukulele

Eric Davidson – It's a Wrong Way to Ukulele

More parody, poetry and mischief from the man with the thin white uke. ‘I've seen better looking faces on an Easter Island postcard!’ (Polynesian Enquirer). 

Stand Up & Slam! – Free

Stand Up & Slam! – Free

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let's find out. Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval as poetry and comedy collide with unexpected and hilarious results! Each night our resident team captains are joined by the most exciting acts the festival has to offer... 

She Wouldn't Dance with Another

She Wouldn't Dance with Another

In 1964, 12-year-old Marilyn declared she’d die if she didn't see The Beatles play in Melbourne. She won tickets in a radio contest, screamed at John, Paul, George and Ringo with hundreds of other teenage girls, and spent the rest of her life in love with the Fab Four... 

Jokes About Things (Redinburgh Fringe)

Jokes About Things (Redinburgh Fringe)

Scott Redmond had a fun 2014; kidnapped, arrested, threatened at gun and knife point, disowned, broken up and dealing with bereavement. Then he turned 18. Come see him desperately try to make this funny through the use of poetry and stand-up comedy... 

Bizarre Guitar and Terse Verse

Bizarre Guitar and Terse Verse

Bizarre Guitar and Terse Verse. Music and poetry. A sequence of songs and instrumentals interwoven with poems on a variety of subjects, some funny, some serious. Cyn's verses draw inspiration from nursery rhymes, classical poetry and modern science... 

The Lonely Poet (or: The Pleonasm)

The Lonely Poet (or: The Pleonasm)

Everybody thinks that I'm lonely. Lonely because I spent the last seven years of my life in the basement of my grandfather's house. Lonely because they think that I refuse to talk to anyone... 

(The Boy with) Green Hair Poems

(The Boy with) Green Hair Poems

A light broadcasts from Mars. At first it falters, is interfered with, then it becomes clear. It is The Boy with Green Hair, anti-war. A short film.