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Benny Bonanza: Blue Brisbane Boy is the debut Fringe show for Australia’s best poet you’ve never heard of! From the creator of the Fringe gem Doo Wop Art Flop – Pay what you want…
What might have been if you hadn’t taken that job? Missed your flight home? Stayed with your ex? Poet and producer, Miss Leading presents her solo poetry show Another Universe us…
The Taste of Sweat and Sand.
Welcome to LoudScribble, Karl’s first one-man show which views the world through his poetic prism in ridiculous detail and invites you to scribble a line or two of your own.
Love of Creation: Poetry’s power for the present.
Tim Key (Alan Partridge, The Witchfinder, Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme) is back with an all-new show.
Ranging from the bittersweet to the bawdy, from in-character monologues to heartfelt true confessions.
Full of laughter and tears, this is poetry as entertainment.
Bithibh còmhla rinn airson seisean sònraichte a’ toirt sealladh air bàrdachd cogaidh.
A show that will take you on an emotional, inspiring, global journey.
Join service persons from the Armed Forces as they discuss how the poetry of Robert Burns is a source of continuing inspiration to them and their colleagues.
Life is filled with the queerest things, none more so than the machinations of a mind like KC Finn’s.
World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker’s heart and humour has been watched by millions online and allowed him to perform all over the world, until suddenly he couldn’t.
Celebrating his 40th anniversary earning his living as a poet/musician, Attila is using this year’s Fringe to launch Heart On My Sleeve, his collected works published by Cherry Red…
Change takes time and courage.
Come traverse the world with me! No hotels to book.
Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, former Labour Leader and founder of the Peace and Justice Project is joined by his friend and comrade Len McCluskey, recently retired General…
Harpist/pianist Aurora Engine sculpts soundscapes from inside pianos and outside the mainstream.
Dublin poet Rob McGlade performs a selection of poems from his debut collection, Vinegar.
What defines a hero in the 21st century? Is it machismo and the ability to rescue people from burning buildings, or can we rethink what we mean by heroism to take in compassion, co…
The single hardest day of your life is the day you realise you’re not going to go mad and you’re not going to kill yourself.
Come explore the intricate world of poetry lifted from the page at Wistful! This unique performance art uses the physical body, light and sound to experiment with words.
Poetry show for dog lovers.
Stevensongs: Stevenson meets the French touch! Setting to music some of the most beautiful poems and letters by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, the French duo Fergessen, di…
Get ready for an evening of parody, poetry and fun as Eric returns with satirical classics, old and new.
Around 600AD 300 mead-fed warriors from Gododdin (roughly today’s Lothians) set off from Din Eidyn (today’s Edinburgh) to do battle at Catraeth, Deira, in what is now northern …
Showcasing the top spoken word talent the festival has to offer – from the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets c…
Stewart D’Arrietta shares the poetry, stories and insights of the great Leonard Cohen with songs such as Tower of Song, Dance Me to the End of Love, First We Take Manhattan and Bir…
Yes, I know it’s the Edinburgh Fringe but this is the Edinburgh Fridge! Come along to hear poems and monologues from a fridge called Smeg, robots, spiders, goats and so much more!
In 1994 the world lost one of its most beloved musicians: grunge icon, Kurt Cobain.
Who says poetry is box office poison? Fresh from wowing crowds opening for The Libertines and John Cooper Clarke, Luke Wright serves up banger after banger at the hottest late nigh…
Roisin Crowley Linton returns with an inspiring, seductive, provocative and punk-rock show about sexual violence, the NHS, police and more, in her trademark autobiographical comedy…
John Hegley’s Biscuit of Destiny.
The end of show speech to an audience.
Life is Soft – Martin Creed, Turner prize-winning artist.
Mercurial, subtle and rousing Starting from First Position is a blend of dance and poetry performed by Nigerian born poet Ben Okri (also 1991 Booker prize winner for his novel, The…
Join us for an unprecedented collaboration of music, poetry, and science that celebrates creativity, hope and life.
Comedian Isy Suttie (Peep Show) presents a darkly comic tale about the joy and horror of romance.
A heady mix of comedy, humour, poems, jokes, gags, lyrics and wordplay.
Ludala, meaning ‘happiness’, is three short films fusing dance, poetry and good vibes.
Our protagonist is ‘an inspiration’, ‘so brave’.
Fasten your seatbelts and be prepared to laugh and cry as the Midlothian bard returns with another show full of exquisite wordplay.
It’s not all in your head.
Award-winning poet Chrys Salt and acclaimed harper Wendy Stewart weave the extraordinary stories of Angus MacPhee, the Hebridian crofter hospitalised with schizophrenia during WW2 …
From Irish laments to tango, and Bach again, Kenneth Wilson plays a magical selection of immersive music on the cello.
Red Dreams is a live, improvised poetry performance by Brian Loughborough about his passion and pride for his home.
What! Art Collective explore the beautiful inner landscape of the church as a contemplative yet dynamic exhibition space through pictures, projections, sound and words.
What are dogs really like? Will Matt turn into a dog? In a crazy but true story, Matt Black offers joyful entertainment with surprising dog facts, excellent poems, cheap props and …
‘The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing’ (Albert Einstein).
After the success of their number one single An Ode to Anthony H Wilson, Mike Garry and The Cassia String Quartet continue to sell out their live shows, festivals and theatres thr…
Kenneth Wilson performs a solo show of dramatic poetry from his 2019 collection, The Definitions of Kitchen Verbs, abetted and illustrated with solo airs, ballads and Bach beautifu…
Wind down and immerse yourself in an intimate, candlelit performance in this evocative location.
A sideways look at Scotland’s international literary phenomenon, featuring Jefferson Airplane, a Subaru Impreza, and personal appearances by Fats Waller, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Pro…
Five years after the death of their friend, Emily, Avery, Fi and Mac reunite to celebrate his life.
David Harmer and Ray Globe recently turned 60.
Served with a smile and a sprinkling of humour, Suzanne brings you a portion of poetry to tickle the taste buds.
‘Keep the ears keenly aware for this string-driven sky dancer enchanter’ ***** (TheEdinburghReporter.
This award-winning writer’s powerful one-man show tears through the curtain of manners to reveal the wildlife of neo-liberal Britain.
Powerful, passionate, personal, political punk performance poetry plus punchy psongs.
At 3, writing notes and leaving them everywhere to be rescued.
From the Book of Exodus to the nuclear age, two subjects have regularly inspired poets: love and war.
An evening of poetry and music given by John Coutts and Ayman Jarjour.
A collection of poems – nay, vignettes – exploring a wide range of subject matter, expertly read by whimsical raconteur, philosophical wordsmith and all-round good guy: Ryan Wa…
The economy has crumbled, politics has turned our society on its head.
‘The biggest spoken word night in London for women’ (Evening Standard) returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for three incendiary shows.
Tim Key from Peep Show, Partridge, Taskmaster and his own BAFTA-nominated Wonderdate, brings new poems to Edinburgh.
A heartfelt tribute to Ireland’s late Nobel poet by award-winning Ulster actor-director Larry McCluskey.
Why would a poet have LinkedIn? And why does Ross’s say he’s ‘an ideas man’? When asked this in an interview, he panics, but somehow he gets the job.
Internationally acclaimed writer John Philip Newell works with some of the most talented young artists of Scotland to tell the story of an enchanted Hebridean world that was lost b…
Political prisoner or sausage in a fridge? Toad or feminist? Deity or giant white slug? Prepare to laugh and cry as award-winning poet and singer Karen Gemma Brewer deletes the pas…
Calling all adventurers! Following their critical success at last year’s Fringe (selected as EdFringeReview.
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.
A unique poetry, gypsy jazz, literary comedy crossover cabaret collision! Scots/Australian poet Ali Whitelock (Bukowski with a Glaswegian accent) reads with (Sappho with a laptop) …
Grief is a tricky business and can make you do irrational things.
A celebration of wonderful wildlife in songs and poetry with Joan Busby (mezzo-soprano), Brian Bannatyne Scott (bass), Walter Blair (piano) and Joshua Manning (reader).
Sam Rapp is The Dyslexic Poet.
A requiem for our digital age from Toronto/Macau composer Njo Kong Kie (winner, 2018 Toronto Theatre Critics Award, Best New Musical).
American violist Christine Rutledge returns to the Fringe with her new multimedia program combining music by Bach with newly commissioned works by poets from Detroit, Rutledge’s fi…
The stand-up poet, reluctant bear and attempted vegan strips.
Is empathy facing extinction? Are smartphones to blame? Multiple slam-winning Canadian poet Rose Condo returns with her latest spoken word show.
Teacher, poet, comedian and ‘internet sensation’ (Sun), Mark Grist has just seven weeks to learn how to rap.
Join award-winning writer and performer Jemima Foxtrot for a solo show featuring new poems and songs exploring confessional art and modern life in her unique voice.
Where do gnus do their shopping? What are you supposed to do with broccoli? Where can you go in a time machine? Performance poetry, stories and songs for children (and adults, if t…
Esther Swift has travelled the world extensively with her music-making and embraces many different influences in her virtuosic harp playing, composing and songwriting.
Winner, Morecambe Fringe: Best Spoken Word Show.
A show about thatching, dogging and a little bit more.
Award-winning spoken word artist Melanie Branton performs poetry and songs about her roots and plays the recorder (the ultimate punk instrument) badly.
What are dogs really like? What are people really like? Join Matt Black for joyful entertainment with surprising dog facts, excellent poems, cheap props and Snoopy’s answer to worl…
One of Scotland’s finest comedy poets returns to Edinburgh with 50 minutes of classic doggerel.
Edinburgh’s status as first UN City of Literature recognises its long history of welcoming international writers and Scottish writers exploring the wider world.
First commissioned for the Verve Poetry Festival, Playground is a full-length poetry and spoken word show that captures the sounds and experiences of growing up alongside friends a…
History, philosophy, musings, poems and tales of booze, horse brasses and morris dancers.
Stamptown Newcomer Award winner 2018, Roisin Crowley Linton returns to Edinburgh with her signature blend of achingly honest poetry, side-splitting stand-up and personal storytelli…
When I was a child, I tried out having an imaginary friend for one afternoon.
A mix of comedy, storytelling and even a poem or two.
RLS is synonymous with Edinburgh.
An American artist must decide whether to overstay her visa or give up her chance to become a UK citizen.
Millennial or non-millennial, any woman will be able to relate to Cat Hepburn's spoken word hour.
It takes a certain bravery, or innocence, to name your debut full-hour show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Don’t Bother.
Award-winning silliness and choose-your-own-adventure poems for the whole family as you work to transform your writing skills.
This is the first year that 4 Brown Girls Who Write have showcased at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and they better keep coming back.
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.
The Poets’ Republic – Unleashed.
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 vi…
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 extravaga…
Playwright and comedian Ash Caton performs heroic poems from The Donaldiad – a cycle of fables set between 1946 and 2018.
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 recit…
You’ve heard of Kurt Cobain.
Rachel Sambrooks is trying to love life even when it’s rubbish.
Of course, this show will be based around Attila’s powerful, poignant, personal, political performance poetry – still evolving after 37 years.
Returning after last year’s critically acclaimed debut, a hard-hitting look at food, body respect and professional complicity in a post-truth world.
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.
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.
David Harmer and Ray Globe have just turned 60.
This is a show on top of Arthur’s Seat.
A brand-new 70 minutes, blending poeticals, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old-school wistfulness.
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 Bi…
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.
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.
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.
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 bigges…
An exploration of loss and redemption, this show takes you on a rollercoaster journey of epic loss and triumphant utopia that will stir your soul and get the cogs twisting in your …
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 hers…
The campaign to make Luke Wright the new Poet Laureate starts here.
An intimate Spoken Word performance, loosely exploring ideas around Van Gogh and his love, life and language/art.
Cult comedy spoken word artist Robert Garnham returns to the fringe.
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 Circ…
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.
Join the morning chorus of clappy, clippy, cloppy, floppy, flappy sing-song and poem pong.
Old secrets and new challenges confront Joy and her elderly mother.
When Jess Green joined the Labour Party at university she doubled the number of members who met weekly in the Liverpool Philharmonic pub.
A man who can’t write publicity blurb wants you to come and hear his anarchic wit, satirical verse and dazzling Weltschmerz.
He came to our home with my Grandmother.
Award-winning silliness for all the family from one of the nation’s most successful spoken word artists.
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 R…
It's what Dan Simpson would want.
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 …
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.
Middle-aged, middle class, white, British male.
One of Scotland’s finest comedy performers returns to Edinburgh with his most powerful, fast-paced poetry and parody show to date.
Tabou will shake you up and set you down with your senses spinning.
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,…
I tried to put myself in a neat, cosy nutshell.
He’s the world’s worst poet.
The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan.
This is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking.
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 …
For anyone who isn’t already familiar with Loud Poets, you really should be.
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 includi…
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 pred…
The best-selling author and most-watched poet of all time makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut.
A unique fusion of art, poetry, projections, music and theatre.
Brexit, Trump and a diagnosis of bladder cancer.
The ‘biggest spoken word night in London for women’ (Evening Standard) makes its Edinburgh Fringe debut.
A heartfelt tribute to Ireland’s late Nobel Poet by award-winning Ulster actor-director Larry McCluskey.
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…
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 form…
Hard-hitting and hope-stirring home truths in a performance tour de force from ‘the literary lovechild of Allen Ginsberg and Jeanette Winterson’ (BroadwayBaby.
This original one-man show entitled Prévert: Piano and Poetry, was created and interpreted by the 20-year-old French concert pianist Alexandre Prévert.
Late at night.
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 …
Emily Dickinson is flitting about the meeting room in the Quaker Meeting House.
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 publish…
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 w…
Walk the historic and dramatic Royal Mile with poet Ken Cockburn.
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.
DJing and poetry is surely a combination that deserves greater exploration.
Man And Boy is a perfectly poetic way to punctuate an otherwise hectic day at the Fringe.
Emotive, impassioned and poetic, Evocation uses puppetry and poetry to tell the story of Marie-Anne, a young girl in fin de siècle Brighton.
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy teams up with incredibly talented musician John Sampson to bring a unique blend of reading with live music.
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.
Loud Poets is loud.
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…
Appearing as performance poet Greg Byron.
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.
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 elde…
Luke Wright has been performing spoken word on the Fringe circuit for years, winning a dedicated following for his catalogue of smart, catchy polemics.
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.
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.
Uplifting, fast-paced and heart-warming, Todd & God tells the tale of how God selected an atheist as her chosen one.
Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a 2 hour workshop aimed at spoken word artists and those interested in writing for performance.
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 inte…
Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a spoken word poetry show for ages 6 years and up.
Religion, rap, Pogs, sexism, Gaviscon, mental illness, success, commitment and coffee coasters.
For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle.
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.
The world’s going to hell in a handcart, with climate change, extremism and cliches like ‘going to hell in a handcart’.
A joyous and empowering hour of cabaret, burlesque, and labels that just don’t stick.
Valerio brings surreal stand-up with a pinch of spice, whilst Dervish brings hilarious musical and spoken word idiot genius.
Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft will be celebrating Dylan’s 76th Birthday and his Nobel Prize Award for Literature.
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…
Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.
Famous poet Chris Parkinson presents poetry, politics, paranoia and anthropomorphism, complete with fish demons, grammar nazi’s and performing seals.
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-…
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 …
An afternoon of creative writing, poetry and stories.
Poetry reading, exhibition, workshop and photography.
Dan Whitehead of Honky Bonk Theatre brings a hilarious solo performance to The Warren.
CTRL ALT DEL: Restart, Repeat, Restart, Repeat.
This is the fourth show in the series ‘Lions Led By Asses’ using poetry, song and facts.
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…
Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let’s find out.
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground” said Roosevelt.
In this tapestry of storytelling, poetry and monologues from the afterlife, Arachne the weaver spins tales of darkness, death and feminine mystique.
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, attempt…
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…
Blending many influences, The Shakespeare Heptet’s distinct sound is alluring and wholly contemporary, providing a stunning soundtrack to the sonnets.
The bizarre tale of the boy Eli Hum, born with a baffling condition: his tummy can only digest honey.
Local author and poet Thomas Wolfe presents a night of spoken word, poetry and storytelling from some of Brighton’s best poets.
Join us for a pigment-drenched journey.
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, boob…
If you’re a budding ecologist who also has a love of physical theatre, Terabac is the show for you.
An enthralling exhibition based on a year-long collaboration between a photographer and a poet.
The land is sick.
Poetry show about what makes us feel confident – or not.
Edinburgh Fringe veteran, Perrier nominee, co-founder of the Comedy Store Players, multiple BAFTA-winning Horrible Histories songwriter, inadvertent creator of the phrase ‘comedy i…
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.
Stand-up poetry from the beat generation.
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
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.
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.
The seal woman’s skin has been stolen, stranding her on a reef of rage and tragedy.
Within the heart of an urban ghetto is a sanctuary, a space where guns, grievances and gang allegiances are left at the door.
Legendary radical performance poet Attila brings his acclaimed autobiography Arguments Yard (Cherry Red Books) to life on stage.
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 na…
The Shaken and the Stirred is a powerhouse collective featuring four of Canada’s strongest voices.
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 …
Emma Bailey is a modern day Madame Bovary, battling with a stifling middle-class lifestyle, thwarted dreams and untreatable depression.
The show about Burns that really is for everyone – absolute beginners, lifelong fans and everyone in between.
Forty five minutes of fun-stuffed, giggle-riddled, family friendly silliness with Fringe veterans Ian Billings and Chris White.
‘I feel like I’ve been forever a child of exile, a wanderer.
Tagged follows Glaswegian teens Seanette and Lynn as they navigate a cycle of crime, reoffending and breaching court orders.
Bradford on Avon’s popular poetry series Words & Ears moors up at the Fringe for one night only, with JL Williams (jlwilliamspoetry.
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 ext…
The much-loved and highly respected UK Poet Laureate and her accomplished and entertaining musical collaborator return following sell-out shows in 2015.
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.
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.
Roll up, roll up and encounter eye melting magic tricks and ear bending poems.
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…
“I’ve done absolutely no flyering for this show,” says Alexis Dubus, “so I have no idea why you’re here.
“It is not possible to obtain any As or Bs in this paper,” drones the teacher’s pre-recorded voice.
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.
London’s favourite spoken word night arrives in Edinburgh.
Gary’s hair is history – now his name is under threat.
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 li…
A journey in poems and stories across Burma, Egypt and Nicaragua through the eyes of a human rights worker.
Seemingly at the end of his tether, a teacher sits, tie loose, marking work, clearly frustrated to say the least.
You can tell a lot about a show from its audience.
In an intimate space in Space’s Triplex Studios, Eric Davidson awaits you with a ukelele and a book of poetry.
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 writer…
Mr Colombet is a multilingual sommelier offering an exceptional poetry menu.
Spoken word troupe Loud Poets have taken to the road once more, with live band in tow, for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
You’ve seen some comedy.
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’ deeme…
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 Cha…
Forget everything you think you know about battle rap.
“Dying is an art, like everything else.
Gerry is a time traveller from 1952.
In a dynamic and totally charming free performance, Owen Elton spreads half-truth and misinformation in original song.
Short story and flash fiction readings with audience participation.
Chris Parkinson, famous poet and professional troublemaker, returns with a high octane poetic voyage through subjects including party politics, dangerous grammar and anthropomorphi…
A thought-provoking, one-woman show exploring the themes of feminism, love, media, society and nature vs nurture.
2015 Brighton Squawker award finalist Pete Strong - “walking a fine emotional line.
Two battles in one: first the poets from the two great festival cities join to take on a united team of rappers.
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.
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 thi…
Luke Wright delivers a multi-award-winning hurricane of a performance.
Betty had a stroke.
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 interrup…
Puppetry, poetry, dance and live music are interwoven in this splendid succession of stories from five zany friends.
The Brighton Showcase hosts the best in new and up-and-coming local talent every Wednesday evening at award-winning venue, The Brunswick.
Gus Watcham hurries onto the stage as Kathy, looking
frazzled, determined and slightly deranged.
This original musical tells a fairytale about everyday life - the many voices telling us what to do and who to be.
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 celebra…
Join burlesque performer and naked stand-up, Miss Glory Pearl, for an intimate show where beautiful women read naked.
A platform for Brighton’s homeless to make their voices and stories heard during Brighton Fringe.
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.
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 innu…
Poet Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s cabaret of the word featuring award-winning writers, alongside the most innovative up-and-coming performers.
Stand-up poetry for the beat generation.
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 ofte…
Dramatic stand-up performance poetry accompanied by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park’s images.
A young cast of 17 weave original poems into a moving performance.
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 qu…
‘Cocking a snook at learned prejudices .
Actress Anne Rutter first met the late Aeronwy Thomas in 1970.
‘The literary love child of Jeanette Winterson and Allen Ginsberg’ (BroadwayBaby.
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.
The Silver Moon Poetry Collection gives voice to the unspoken voices of the Feminine.
Carol Grimes, the Piaf singer/songwriter of British music.
An hour of pure delight.
A poet (Valcarce) and an artist (Gleizer) hiked 2,000km across Japan’s wilderness in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho, the ancient haiku poet.
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.
Poems and jokes about why women and wordplay are tremendous whilst god and the patriarchy and DJ Steve Wright are much less so.
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 Par…
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 marketi…
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).
Every successful show needs a Unique Selling Point – or, put simply, a gimmick.
Ross Wilson of Blue Rose Code has gone through quite a transformative journey in the past 18 months.
Comedic lump Key (38) plonks himself in a room for a couple of weeks and tries out some new specks of poetry.
By Heathcote Williams (Herald Lifetime Achievement Award winner).
Ron Butlin (former Edinburgh Poet Laureate) plus acclaimed musicians Dick Lee and Anne Evans return, their sell-out show newly updated.
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.
This show captures that exciting moment when a story gets so good, its teller has to put down their drink.
Creator/director: Claire Henderson Davis.
An intimate stage work that synthesises poetry, music, and dance, with P K Page’s brilliant verse at its core.
In a hole in the wall of a timber house, on the edge of a wood there lives a mouse.
‘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 a…
More and more people don’t want children.
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.
You’re the kind of person who never backs down from a fight.
John Osborne has been performing poetry since 2006 at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Latitude.
In her funny and articulate show, Hannah Chutzpah presents her considered and inspiring take on the complexities of power and permission.
Phill Jupitus is a performance poet.
A tragicomic spoken word show that dives into the paradoxical nature of goodness.
Harry Baker is a young middle-class blonde rapper-turned-poet.
Jemima Foxtrot is a poet and singer presenting her first Edinburgh show on the PBH Free Fringe.
A stand-up poetry show about dreams from 2014 AAA star and BBC New Comedy Award London runner-up.
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.
In 1964, 12-year-old Marilyn declared she’d die if she didn’t see The Beatles play in Melbourne.
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.
Loud Poets are a Scotland-based collective of poets who perform together.
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.
Vanessa Smythe has a bit of a ‘downer hobby’: she worries about disappearing.
Luke Wright is a veteran Fringe performer and one of the UK’s leading spoken-word artists.
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.
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 writ…
Everybody thinks that I’m lonely.
Scott Redmond had a fun 2014; kidnapped, arrested, threatened at gun and knife point, disowned, broken up and dealing with bereavement.
Bizarre Guitar and Terse Verse.
A troupe of hopeful Fringe performers get lost in the woods, forced to deliver their starry-eyed show to the “nonexistent” audience.
Shift is a collective of poets that includes Rachel Amey, Bram Gieben, Harry Giles, Jenny Lindsay, Ali Maloney, Rachel McCrum and Sam Small.
The weird, wacky and wonderful all come together in this fantastically strange new show.
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.
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