Paradiso

Paradiso

Our Theatre’s Paradiso is ostensibly a puppetry show about three men of different nationalities, reflecting on the last days of their lives before moving onto paradise. Unfortunately, in actuality it is a difficult to understand play about two old men leering at a woman, trying to intimidate a new arrival they see as a threat, and then being waved through to paradise by an angel who takes their vices off them first... 

Twonkey’s Night Train to Liechtenstein

Twonkey’s Night Train to Liechtenstein

Reviewing Mr. Twonkey at the Fringe has become a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Every year, I’m excited to go see his new show and then, during the performance, I find myself thinking, “How the hell am I going to review this in a way that makes sense?” This year is no exception... 

Wee MacNessie

Wee MacNessie

Based on the popular children's book series by Pauline Mackay, Polkadot Theatre invites our audience to explore the interactive world of Wee MacNessie and his friends. From the shores of Loch Ness to outer space, this show offers children a fun introduction to theatre in the company of Scotland's famous and lovable monster... 

A Collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Too

A Collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Too

Come find yourself in the woods again amongst shadow puppetry, masks and magic in A Collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Too. Based on the sold-out production of A Collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales and created and performed by the women of Transforum Theatre... 

Folklore

Folklore

Folklore entwines three past folk stories from across the South West to form a new narrative using contemporary dance and puppetry to show the characters' interaction. Original music is composed by Dorset folk-duo Ninebarrow bringing the extra dimension of colour to each scene. 

Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready!

Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready!

Edinburgh Award nominee Mat Ewins returns with another hour of nonsense and multimedia. 'Refused to explain where the rest of the cast were, merely claiming they were dead' (ThreeWeeks)... 

You Are Frogs

You Are Frogs

If some of what you are about to read sounds completely bonkers then you are well on the way to an appreciation of You Are Frogs. Welcome to the world ‘isms and ‘ists that go some way to unraveling this bizarre work, but if they succeeded it would be self-defeating... 

Henchmen

Henchmen

In a world of superheroes and evil masterminds, everyone forgets the henchmen. Mike and Billy were just henchmen, guarding rooftops and looking tough for their big boss, Rapture. After a blunder on Mike’s first day, the two are propelled to the highest ranks of the evil syndicate... 

Legend for Witkacy

Legend for Witkacy

Legend for Witkacy: avant-garde, physical theatre performance inspired by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. This compelling narrative focuses on two brothers and a fiancée and the tragic, mundane, poignant, and comical experiences of their lives... 

The Hit

The Hit

A very black comedy – Mikey is a hitman exposed to parts of the brain he never thought he would see. After an accidental death, some nagging last words, and a chance encounter in a steam bath he's trying to straighten things out... 

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

The Time Traveller dedicates his life to creating a time machine in an attempt to alter the moment of his greatest loss. Transported to a future abandoned to creatures of beauty and terror, he discovers time cannot be so easily meddled with... 

Bark and B

Bark and B

Bark is a tree. B is a naked cotton lady. They know nothing about the stage. Now they’ll have to perform a whole show to inherit the old theatre left to them. With the help of their Techfishian they try to keep the curtains up with a cabaret of improv, shadow puppet flashbacks and ukulele rap... 

Danny O'Hare: I Feel Fuzzy

Danny O'Hare: I Feel Fuzzy

Music, comedy and crisis in a puppet show for grown-ups. Join Danny O’Hare, one of the top 25 lounge-singing puppets of the Seattle area, as he and his lovely backup singers whisk you through a madcap, tune-filled evening of music, humour and panic over the very nature of life itself... 

The Lost Things

The Lost Things

Visual theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell aim to inspire the imagination of their audiences with their creations. In this respect, The Lost Things does not disappoint. Winning awards across the globe for its 2015 debut, the revival of this tale about a lost boy and his adventures appears to be just as enchanting as the original... 

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

An enigmatic title is the hallmark of many Fringe shows – I’m sure no one knows quite what to expect from Duckpond: An Element of Mystery in Umpteen Samples or Lights Over Tesco Car Park... 

Henry

Henry

'You go into a hospital with a father and you come out with a bin bag, and no father'. Haunted by the recent death of his father, the celebrated actor Henry Chessel, master puppeteer Mark Down considers the difference between acting and puppetry... 

The Battle of Frogs and Mice

The Battle of Frogs and Mice

Choosing to adapt a fairly obscure Greek text like The Battle of Frogs and Mice (also known as the Batrachomyomachia) as a storytelling show for children would be a bold choice for anyone, so it's particularly impressive as a choice for an Edinburgh Fringe debut by Helicon Storytelling, but even more impressive is how excellently they manage to pull it off!This is Fringe theatre at its simplest and most effective... 

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Ovid's Metamorphoses

If you have a ticket to Pants On Fire’s Ovid’s Metamorphoses, you have in your possession a way of securing the ferryman’s passage to one of the most mischievous and charming adaptations of an ancient work at Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Toujours et Près de Moi

Toujours et Près de Moi

Toujours et Près de Moi is a holographic puppet opera by multi-disciplinary arts company, Erratica. At the heart of the piece stands the 150-year old technique of Pepper’s ghost – a process whereby images are projected onto the downstage floor and reflected by a large two-way mirror, carefully angled between the actors and the audience, on which the ethereal visions exist... 

Backup

Backup

Backup, a mix of puppetry and gestural object theatre, is a half hour of pure delight. Performers Julie Tenret, Sandrine Heyraud, and Sicaire Durieux are joined onstage by an absolutely stunning miniature set by Zoé Tenret and beautiful puppets by Waw Studios and Joachim Janin... 

Penguinpig

Penguinpig

There are times when a particular title will jump out at you and niggle in the back of your brain. If you’re not made even slightly curious by the title Penguinpig, I’d say you were missing out... 

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow

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

Opera Mouse

Opera Mouse

Tilly Mouse lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! Her dream is to perform on stage. But whenever anybody sees her, they scream and run away. With determination, imagination and help from her friends, Tilly proves that even a mouse can be a star! Featuring arias from several operas, including Gianni Schicchi, Carmen and The Magic Flute... 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

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

A Dragon in the Family

A Dragon in the Family

All the best stories begin with a game. When Gilly finds an abandoned cave deep in the mountains, a strange-looking stone is discovered. Or is it an egg? Could it be... a dragon egg? Gilly is sure dragons don't exist... 

Pee Paper Pizza

Pee Paper Pizza

Wouldn’t it be great if we had superpowers that could get us out of hopeless situations? Or a hero or heroine who stands by our side? Brand-new international ensemble Donkey for Nights remind us of our inner superheroes – the ones that we sometimes can't or don't want to see... 

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things

A cockroach climbs out from a cardboard box, finds out she's no longer in her homeland and facing a group of furry blurry fluffy things. This is a colourful devised puppetry and mask show for everyone, inspired by true stories happening on the planet... 

Avenue Q – School Edition

Avenue Q – School Edition

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood... 

Le Carnaval des Animaux / Un Gâteau pour Cubitus

Le Carnaval des Animaux / Un Gâteau pour Cubitus

French bande desinée authors Michel Rodrigue and Michel Janvier bring some of the most memorable characters from French comics (Cubitus, Rantanplan, Marsupilami, Boule and Bill) from the page to the puppet stage... 

Bark and B

Bark and B

Bark is a tree. B is a naked cotton lady. They know nothing about the stage. Now they’ll have to perform a whole show to inherit the old theatre left to them. With the help of their Techfishian they try to keep the curtains up with a cabaret of improv, shadow puppet flashbacks and ukulele rap... 

Last Hive

Last Hive

Award-winning Gaulier duo David Tann and Karen Houge take you on an epic journey of a honeybee trying to save his world. See the world through the eyes of a bee as he meets machines and a radicalised bee-fighting people... 

Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready!

Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready!

'Refused to explain where the rest of the cast were, merely claiming they were dead' (ThreeWeeks). 

Darlings

Darlings

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

The Puppets' Orchestra and the Children's Ball

The Puppets' Orchestra and the Children's Ball

The magic world of puppets. We open the show with a tale and introduce some of our characters, and the second part of the show is interactive: all participants are encouraged to animate the puppets and play musical instruments. 

Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready!

Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready!

Edinburgh Award nominee Mat Ewins returns with another hour of nonsense and multimedia. 'Refused to explain where the rest of the cast were, merely claiming they were dead' (ThreeWeeks)... 

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Join us on a thrilling journey to a future age where things are not as they seem. Has mankind created a social utopia free from need, or does something sinister lurk below? Combining exquisite puppetry, scintillating melodrama and a luxurious soundscape, this fast-paced adaptation whisks family audiences along through HG Wells' sci-fi classic... 

The Dragon and the Whales

The Dragon and the Whales

Once upon a time, there was a little dragon who was born under the sea, and she grew up amongst the kind-hearted whales. But all dragons' feelings come from the fire in their hearts, and because the baby dragon is born underwater, her fire cannot burn... 

The Bear

The Bear

The Bear by Raymond Briggs, adapted by Pins and Needles Productions. One night when she's fast asleep, an enormous white bear climbs into Tilly's bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head... 

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Superheroes

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Superheroes

Sock! Pow! Wham! Earth's funniest footwear are back with their 10th new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence. This time they're real live Superheroes! You think you've seen heroes in tights before? This pair will run and run... 

The Puppets' Orchestra and the Children's Ball

The Puppets' Orchestra and the Children's Ball

The magic world of puppets. We open the show with a tale and introduce some of our characters, and the second part of the show is interactive: all participants are encouraged to animate the puppets and play musical instruments. 

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth is a dazzling feat of storytelling. Using foley sound effects, live music, cinematic projection and handmade paper puppets, the team create a film – with no dialogue – live in the Pleasance Dome’s hangar-like King Dome theatre... 

Alex in Shadow

Alex in Shadow

Alex In Shadow from UCLU Runaground proves that puppetry is not just for children. Even adults can enjoy the strange adventure of pretentious and self-serving Alex (played by one male and three female actors), who wakes up in a mysterious woodland full of talking animals... 

The Wonderful World of Lapin

The Wonderful World of Lapin

Gentle and well-meaning, The Wonderful World of Lapin is a good attempt to introduce young children to the French language.Performer Tania Czajka begins by revealing her prize carrot, which she is growing in hopes of entering the Tastiest Carrot Competition... 

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

People say your whole life flashes in front of your eyes before you die but what happens when you have dementia? Where does the brain go before we die? Dark Matter is a devised and puppetry performance... 

Happy Birthday Mia

Happy Birthday Mia

It’s Mia’s birthday! How exciting! She will be surrounded by friends and will play all day long. There’s no birthday party without presents and Mia is going to receive some very special ones... 

Paul Zerdin: All Mouth

Paul Zerdin: All Mouth

America's Got Talent winner, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, heads to Fringe for three nights only, fresh from headline shows in Las Vegas, with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets... 

Treasure Trove of Shadows

Treasure Trove of Shadows

As the industrial world collides with agricultural life, China’s traditional folk arts are in decline. Fusing music, singing, physical theatre, shadow puppets, and multimedia, Treasure Trove of Shadows follows the story of a puppet master in WWII, as he discovers his shadow puppet box’s destiny... 

Oyster Boy

Oyster Boy

Oyster Boy is a comic telling of the fictional relationship between two young lovers on Coney Island and their subsequent journey into marriage. As newlyweds on a trip to Paris they are treated to fresh oysters, and soon the aphrodisiac starts to kick in… Fast forward nine months to the birth of their first child - Sam - and we learn that perhaps the seafood has had more of a lasting effect than just a salty aftertaste... 

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... 

Arm – Mireille & Mathieu

Arm – Mireille & Mathieu

Arm is the spooky exploration of junkyard puppetry you never thought you wanted. The stage is a landfill of dirty dolls, lumpy blankets, moth eaten chairs and a rack of flea-market clothing... 

Sandman

Sandman

When Nathaniel, a student, is visited by a mysterious dread figure from the past and falls in love with a woman who isn't all she seems, nobody can prevent his life from spiralling out of control... 

Boris & Sergey's One Man Extravaganza

Boris & Sergey's One Man Extravaganza

The technical choreography from Flabbergast Theatre that delivers this consistently joyful, yet bleak, puppetry extravaganza is exceptional. Boris & Sergey, leather puppet brothers from the Balkans, are typical anti-heroes who are struggling to hold together their deeply competitive relationship long enough to pull through their hour-long variety show... 

Lula del Ray by Manual Cinema

Lula del Ray by Manual Cinema

Manual Cinema is a very special kind of company. They are a performance collective specialising in live shadow puppetry. Watching Manual Cinema is an experience and Lula Del Ray is absolutely beautiful... 

Bruce

Bruce

Imagine a blockbuster movie: now imagine that movie where all the characters are played by an unassuming yellow sponge. Yes, you heard me right. This see-it-to-believe-it production has mastered the art of turning the ordinary into the truly extraordinary, and it is an absolute treat to watch... 

David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

From the team behind Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs comes a brand new adaptation of David Walliam’s children’s book The First Hippo on the Moon. The ensemble of Les Petits has produced an entertaining, if formulaic, show for children... 

Cloud Avenue

Cloud Avenue

Violet has had the ability to travel back in time since a young age and has utilised her gift in her writing career. On a round the world trip into her childhood, she stumbles into the world of her emotions... 

We Are Not a Muse

We Are Not a Muse

The image of the tortured brooding man, bewitched, bothered and bewildered by some winsome and naïve woman, is long burnt into of literature. Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff has a lot to answer for... 

Taiwan Season: The Backyard Story

Taiwan Season: The Backyard Story

The Backyard Story, directed by Chen-Chieh Sun with lively music composed by Chien-Hsun Chen, is a charming black-light theatre show for children aged 5+. It features two human neighbours who are spiteful to each other as they try to rival each other’s colourful clothes on a washing-line... 

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

Inspired by a Kafka story, writer Josh Luxenberg and Brooklyn-based Sinking Ship have created a weird and wonderful piece of theatre in A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation). A grotesque, grumbling impresario laments the decline in fashion of hunger artists, artists who would sit in cages and starve for your entertainment, which he assures the audience were once sell-out productions in the very best European theatres... 

Heartwood

Heartwood

Pinecone Penguin Theatrical’s Heartwood has all the makings of an enchanting production, but the slow and insipid script just does not deliver. Through music and puppetry, this family musical follows young Eleanor, a nine year old girl with a serious illness, who wakes from her hospital bed to find herself in a strange woodland full of odd creatures... 

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis

It’s very easy to write a story that grabs someone’s attention. It is much more difficult to do something with the attention that it has gotten. That’s sort of the way I feel about The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis... 

Things We Find in the Dark

Things We Find in the Dark

Sam is scared of the dark. One day, a shadowy figure steals away his only bedtime comfort, starting a quest through the lands that lie below the bed and beyond. This charming production by The Lincoln Company fuses shadow puppetry with physical theatre to tell the quaint tale of a young boy who wants his nightlight back – and it’s shaping up to be a lovely piece of theatre... 

The Road That Wasn't There

The Road That Wasn't There

The truth about fairy tales, all too often forgotten by us grown-ups, is that the best ones are meant to be scary, albeit in an ultimately reassuring context. This is clearly something that Ralph McCubbin Howell understands well, in his eerie story of never-built roadways and lost towns, for New Zealand-based theatre company Trick of the Light... 

A Brief Timeline of Enemies and Friends

A Brief Timeline of Enemies and Friends

Sarah, a single parent, and her child Barney are caught in a time loop, destined to return to the small Suffolk village where a tragedy occurred; Sarah was drowned as a witch in the village pond... 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

It’s always difficult to tell a story that audiences are familiar with and manage to find a new way to engage them in it, but in Box Tale Soup’s new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, it is safe to say that new ground is thoroughly covered... 

Puppet Fiction

Puppet Fiction

In order to snare the attention of an average jaded and time-poor festival-goer, you’re going to need a pitch that can stop them in their tracks on the Royal Mile and accept the flyer that you’re thrusting into their hands... 

Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall

Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall

Join the storytellers on this absurd, family-friendly, theatrical adventure. Follow an omjom called Yoggle as his life gets turned upside down (and rather wet). Frolick with hodgehugs, underbunglers and finglebingle birds in this colourful, nonsense tale of friendship... 

Swan Bake

Swan Bake

Swan Bake is a riotously trippy and acerbically funny show. Bell, ballerina and drug addict, lives with her girlfriend Maria, nun and drug addict, rent-free with the sinister Father Rupert, bishop and soon-to-be drug addict... 

The Magic Circus

The Magic Circus

Roll up, roll up, Magic Den presents the Magic Circus, an exciting, fun, fast-paced and colourful magic show suitable for all the family. Everyone from 4-94 is sure to love The Magic Circus... 

The Tale of the Cockatrice

The Tale of the Cockatrice

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory a deadly creature awakens… Bold knights flee in terror! Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use puppetry, live music and general tomfoolery to bring to life this dark, winding fable for monster lovers young and old! ‘A new and exciting company, it’s hard to find shows that work so well for children and adults alike’ (Niki McCretton, Artistic Director, Stuff and Nonsense)... 

Light Puppet Show

Light Puppet Show

Award-winning, funny and unpredictable wordless puppet show featuring a stunning variety of innovative electro-luminous objects. Unique marionettes, giant, rod, hand and experimental puppets will entertain and delight the whole family... 

The Cowgirl Mary Old West Puppet Theatre Show

The Cowgirl Mary Old West Puppet Theatre Show

All the way from Austin, Texas, it's The Cowgirl Mary Old West Puppet Theatre Show. A Western variety show with old-timey music, audience participation, cheesy jokes and puppets. Join our host Cowgirl Mary as she presents The Tale of the Songbird: a twisted, bloody tale of Thomas Smith's journey out west and his rise and fall because of a bird... 

Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People

Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People

Multi award-winning power wizard of comedy Tony Law is heading back to the top. Join for a thing that happens anyway. Whimsy is not just for nerds and farmers. Tony Law is your maverick truth slinger of ridiculousness for the people... 

Beadledom: Omega

Beadledom: Omega

Beadledom, HQ of the universe. In her disorderly beige office, Deborah, an administrator on Omega-Shift, slogs away removing life from the cosmos. But Deborah is fascinated by life... 

Whalebone

Whalebone

Whalebone is about bodies: who takes up space, how much, and why. Three puppeteers stand awkwardly in corsets. A woman decides to take control of her body – deleting it, piece by piece... 

A Strange New Space

A Strange New Space

Amira is obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an astronaut. One night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality... 

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

From the peaceful pleasure of Ratty’s beloved riverbank, to the fearful frights and wicked weasels of the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr Toad... 

The Tale Of The Cockatrice

The Tale Of The Cockatrice

An umbrella for a sword, a lamp as a tree and a wooden spoon as a nun, are just a few examples for the smart and innovative use of objects in The Tale of the Cockatrice. Mumblecrust Theatre offers a wonderful introduction to the magical world of puppets and object theatre... 

Twonkey's Christmas in the Jungle

Twonkey's Christmas in the Jungle

His conniving manager, Mr. Pines, has sent Twonkey to the Iquitos Fringe deep in the hallucinogenic Peruvian jungle. Will he survive? Imagine if Malcolm McLaren had directed an episode of Rupert the Bear set in an abandoned theme park and you’re somewhere close... 

Melancholy

Melancholy

‘Spiral down the stairs to the world of the inventor. Consumed by grief, he undertakes work on his biggest creation yet, his lost wife... but at what cost?’This story of puppetry and animation follows a man’s (Stephen McCabe) journey into mourning and acceptance... 

Little Meerkat's Big Panic

Little Meerkat's Big Panic

Go on an award-winning, magical, musical, multi-sensory adventure in the Kalahari desert with Little Meekat and her friends Elephant and Wise Monkey to find out all about Calm and what to do with very big feelings... 

Dark Matter & Angeleta and Etelvina

Dark Matter & Angeleta and Etelvina

Two striking and contrasting puppetry shows form a double bill that explores the journey of dementia patients at the end of their life. 'Dark Matter' dives into the hallucinatory mind of an elderly astrophysicist, who is trying to make sense of his scattered life... 

Ingo's War

Ingo's War

This cosy story follows the adventures of Ingo, a dog on a mission to make his owners proud. Lost and alone, Ingo is found as a pup by Bryony (played by Sophie Hatton), who cares for him until their chaotic separation in the war... 

I AM BEAST

I AM BEAST

In this exhilarating, disturbing exploration of the human mind, there is a cornucopia of theatrical styles, from the visually spectacular, breathtaking use of puppetry, to the slick, well-rehearsed stage combat and physical theatre... 

The Art and Fun of Acting and Dancing through Puppetry

The Art and Fun of Acting and Dancing through Puppetry

In this workshop we will use the basic technique of puppetry and combine that with acting and dancing. How do you bring a puppet or object alive? How do we create the character of the puppet/object and how do we give it its voice/sound and movements? And what is the character of the material? We will work in disappearing behind the puppet or interacting with the puppet... 

WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux

WATCHING, Ceci n'est pas de Deux

A solo-duet created by Flying Solo and Amsterdam Fringe 2015 award-winner Ester Natzijl. A mesmerising mix of puppetry, theatre, and dance, that provides different views of what a relationship can be... 

The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales

The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales

On a lake somewhere not far away, a mother duck is sitting on her eggs. But one doesn’t look like the others; it’s a different shape, a brighter colour and is much, much bigger! What will happen when the egg hatches, and what stories will hatch with it? Join Above Bounds as they explore the most loved Hans Christian Anderson story using songs, shadow puppetry and some of your input to tell this famous tale... 

The Greatest Liar in all the World

The Greatest Liar in all the World

Following the story of 'The Liar', a broken down, two-bit mentalist act who has reached the end of his tether and threatens to finish it all. His company of glamorous and not-so-glamorous assistants manage to distract him from his imminent demise and convince him to tell the story of his infamous origins... 

Puppet Paramour: Boogaloo Stu

Puppet Paramour: Boogaloo Stu

'Puppet Paramour' is a one-to-one session of craft activity and psychic surgery to create your ideal partner in sock-puppet form. The finished puppet is made by Boogaloo Stu for you to keep and treasure after the show... 

The Lions Roar and Other Stories

The Lions Roar and Other Stories

Award-winning children's theatre company brings you a collection of short stories that will entertain and delight young audiences. Join Mr Fizzywinkle and Chazaro as they explore the jungle and find out how the elephant got its trunk, why the warthog is so ugly, why the crow is black, and most importantly how the lion got its roar... 

Pat-a-Cake Baby

Pat-a-Cake Baby

“Cake-mixing, baking and eating fuel, this zingy, high-energy story as a restless baby sets about a night-time adventure.” (Guardian). Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it’s pat-a-cake time! Pitter-patter – get the butter! Glitzy-glossy – whisk in sugar! Jokey-yolky – add the eggs! Long Nose Puppets offer up a marvellous moonlit show full of riotous rhyme, zany puppets and spiffy special cake; all iced with music and songs by Tom Gray... 

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Motherhood: (Un)speakable, (Un)spoken

Unflinchingly honest journey to every mum. Contemporary theatre for audiences of today, followed by a chat. "Hidden gem" (Fringe Review). "This is... outstanding devised theatre... 

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

The Grimmest of Grimm Tales

Did you know the Brothers Grimm collected together over 200 different stories? Why do we only ever hear about Cinders and Snow White? Were the others too scary? Too gruesome? Or a bit rubbish? In this brand new family comedy with music and comedy for ages 5+, The Story Squad introduce a whole new cast of weird and wonderful characters... 

HumanMachine: Artificial Improvisation

HumanMachine: Artificial Improvisation

Albert is a lovable nerd who dreams of the big stage. Lonely but resourceful, Albert builds himself a friend, whom he calls A.L.Ex (Artificial Language Experiment). A.L.Ex is a small humanoid robot and a unique computer creation running artificial intelligence... 

Ganesha! Ganesha!

Ganesha! Ganesha!

Revered in India for centuries, known as the Lord of beginnings, the remover of obstacles and the one who is worshipped first... He is Ganesha! The god with the elephant head. When his mother Parvati is lonely she creates a child from the earth, but the boy turns out to be more powerful than anyone expected... 

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

The Moon has got a story to tell about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out at night to tap dance on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea... 

Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty

Sleeping Beauty & The Ewe's Duty

The Super Sheep are back in a new adventure! Shadwell must help three friends (a brave fairy, a reluctant sheep and a bonkers pig) save a Sleeping Beauty. Time travel, show-stopping songs, and a host of crazy characters mark a welcome return for Brighton Fringe favourites, Ripley Theatre... 

Meet Fred

Meet Fred

Hijinx Theatre in association with Blind Summit. “Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of prejudice” (David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide International Festival)... 

Frontal Lobotomy

Frontal Lobotomy

Bold, witty, and surreal, burlesque maverick Jeu Jeu la Foille fuses original beat poetry with the tormented lullabies of Tom Waits, punctuated with scientific accounts of perhaps the biggest error of judgment in medical history - the transorbital lobotomy... 

The Life & Death of Puppet King Richard II

The Life & Death of Puppet King Richard II

This is Richard II as you’ve never seen him before, in a purple shell-suit wielding power over his puppet kingdom with subjects that range from beautiful two foot high hand carved rod puppets to kitchen spoons, shoe trees and gloves with balls of wool for heads... 

Dead Puppet Society

Dead Puppet Society

The award-winning team that brought you 'A Puppet Named Desire' and 'Puppetgeist' return with mayhem, masks, and sock monsters. Witty, weird, Wordsworth? "Beguilingly bizarre" (The Stage), "Seriously funny" ***** (Broadway Baby). 

Little Wing

Little Wing

Little Wing finds herself alone in the forest with a trio of warring dragons. Can she stop them to keep the flames of her world alive? Enter a fantastical world of captivating puppets and songs in this enchanting coming-of-age tale. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide... 

Last Orders At The Dog & Dumplings

Last Orders At The Dog & Dumplings

Boogaloo Stu’s dark comedy 'Last Orders At The Dog & Dumplings' is an uproarious and merciless exposé of the cold-blooded takeover striking our communities in the name of regeneration... 

Christopher Nibble

Christopher Nibble

Awarm-heartedadaptation of the well-known children’s book about a plucky guinea pig – Christopher Nibble. The two performers from Topsy Turvy theatre were lovable and their friendly personalities carried the show... 

The Tempest

The Tempest

Three groups of shipwreck survivors venture into unknown territory and find themselves being closely monitored, manipulated and enchanted by a wizard and his sidekick. Puppetry, dance and live music support this pacey, entertaining and engaging adaptation performed by a talented young ensemble cast... 

The Tim Bat Trick Show

The Tim Bat Trick Show

Gentleman juggler and unwitting clown Tim Bat performs his impressive repertoire of amazing tricks with aplomb. But when the props (and naughty puppets) get the upper hand, frantic hilarity ensues... 

Lachlan Werner: Belly Talk (A Language of Love)

Lachlan Werner: Belly Talk (A Language of Love)

'Venter'-To speak. 'Loqui'-The stomach. ... Lachlan Werner (satirical comic/ventriloquist) is put through his paces in a theatrical ventriloquial revue which challenges the comedic and nonsensical demons of love... 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

“What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Dorian Gray, young and beautiful, sinks deep into a frivolous lifestyle of selfish abandon, seemingly unchanged by corruption and untouched by age... 

Mr Danger's Really Safe Show

Mr Danger's Really Safe Show

Mr Danger is a damaged former daredevil who learnt his lesson the hard way. That lesson being: Don’t try to jump a motorcycle over 20 double decker buses with a bag on your head. Fusing character comedy, clowning, storytelling and puppetry, Mr Danger performs his incredible, mind-bogglingly inane stunts with the bravado of Evel Knievel, and the mental tenacity of a shell-shocked guinea pig... 

Worst Birthday Ever

Worst Birthday Ever

Poor Lewis just wanted to enjoy a Happy Birthday, but things just went from bad to worse. Nelson and Dave will do their best to cheer him up with songs, interactive games and lots of fun, eventually. 

PASSPAWT

PASSPAWT

Out of the 29 years the amiable-natured Helena has been alive, 5 were spent in her birth country Slovakia and 24 in England. Linda was the result of what Helena considers to be the greatest advertising scam of all time... 

Life Without Dog

Life Without Dog

Following a sell-out performance of Katherine Chandler's 'Hood' at the National's Dorfman Theatre, Found in the Forest return with a new world premiere. Using puppetry and live music, 'Life Without Dog' shares the story of three siblings living without their parents and occasionally with Dog... 

The Idiot's Guide to the World

The Idiot's Guide to the World

‘The Idiot’s Guide to the World’ is a clown show that explores a variety of physical comedy genres. Using puppetry, mime, multi-roling, bouffon and live music, we tell original stories, with humour, irony and fun... 

Randy Writes a Novel

Randy Writes a Novel

Randy is a bald, bright purple Australian stand-up puppet with a really quick wit and a sharp tongue. In Randy Writes a Novel, Randy speaks to us from behind his desk, preparing himself to share the first draft of his magnus opus first novel, Walking to Skye... 

Little Soldier Zhang Ga

Little Soldier Zhang Ga

From the puppetry director of War Horse China, Liu Xiaoyi, comes an uplifting tale of one boy’s solidarity and spirit in the face of conflict. Set in northern China during World War II and co-written by Guo Yan, Chinese director of 2015 Edinburgh International Festival’s Dragon, Little Soldier Zhang Ga is a heart-warming story inventively told using both puppets and actors... 

Eden

Eden

Less Theatre breathes life into everyday objects that are often overlooked in our daily lives. Working as much as possible with recycled and reusable materials to create our puppets and the world they live in, we ask if something inanimate can tell us more about our lives... 

Tatterdermalion

Tatterdermalion

Puppet pioneers Flabbergast Theatre have made an interesting move this year, establishing their own dedicated performance space, The Omnitorium, within the confines of Assembly George Square... 

The Story of Mr B

The Story of Mr B

ShakeShakeTheatre present the tale of a man named Bumblegrum in a quirky and enjoyable puppet show for children.The story explores the question of just why Mr Bumblegrum is so grumpy all of the time, delving into his surprisingly tragic past and then looking at the consequences of his subsequent decision to reject all forms of friendship... 

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets Do Shakespeare

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets Do Shakespeare

Possibly the most ridiculous show at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets are in their ninth year and were greeted with a sell-out audience. Most of the crowd were returning fans, making the show feel a bit like being initiated into some sort of cult... 

Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall

Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall

Join the Narrator and her wife as they take you on this new, family-friendly, absurd, theatrical adventure. Follow an omjom called Yoggle as his life gets turned upside down (and rather wet)... 

Ubu on the Table

Ubu on the Table

La Pire Espèce have been rummaging in the cupboards: in Ubu on the Table coffee pots, cutlery, a glass jug and drawers full of unassuming objects populate the cast in an energetic object theatre version of Alfred Jarry’s late nineteenth century surreal tragedy Ubu Roi... 

Meet Fred

Meet Fred

We meet Fred as he wakes up - cute little puppet stretching and yawns ensue. But it’s when the lovable little puppet you see standing onstage begins to realise there are three pairs of hands attached to him, screams in terror, tries desperately to detach them from himself then gives up, deflated, that we get the first hint of Meet Fred’s modus operandi: self-aware and visually inventive comedy seasoned with a hint of existentialism... 

In Our Hands

In Our Hands

In Our Hands tells the story of Alf — trawler fisherman, boat captain, father — as he struggles with a changing industry, big business rivals, and his estranged son. But the fairly simple details of the story itself are not of tremendous interest here; rather, it’s the relentlessly imaginative manner in which Smoking Apples tell their story that delights and amazes... 

The Wonderful World of Lapin

The Wonderful World of Lapin

Tania has just arrived from Paris for a very special occasion: The World’s Tastiest Carrot Competition! In her leather trunk, she carries her very own garden, from which a whole world is revealed... 

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen’s satirical novel, itself a pastiche of recognisable and well-worn tropes of the Gothic literary genre, is here given new life by company Box Tale Soup, consisting of performers Antonia Christophers and Noel Byrne... 

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Familia de la Noche’s production of Gulliver’s Travels is an adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel following several adventures of Lemuel Gulliver as he travels to the land of the tiny people on Lilliput, the giant people in Brobdingnag, the Castle in the Sky of Laputa and finally to the country of the Houyhnhnms... 

Tink Tank

Tink Tank

Shadow puppets have a reputation for being, let’s face it, a bit uncool. Bunk Puppets, however, bring us a piece of art which is truly beautiful to watch yet still funny and engaging for children... 

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

UCLU Runaground’s James and the Giant Peach is a fresh, fun and frantic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic.The tale is as you remember it. James, having lost his parents in a tragic rhinoceros accident, is sent to live with his horrible aunts... 

Sheets

Sheets

Clowning is largely known a children’s form of entertainment. However Sheets, the one-man free show from Kiki Lovechild, aims to bring the art to a new, adult audience. The somewhat loose plot of the piece follows a clown suffering from insomnia one night as he can’t escape longing thoughts of his far away wife and child... 

Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Returning to Edinburgh after a six year hiatus, Bunk Puppets’ Sticks Stones Broken Bones is both an expert display of shadow puppetry and a joyous celebration of playfulness. It shows us that, no matter our age, we can and should still be children sometimes... 

Boris & Sergey: Preposterous Improvisation Experiment

Boris & Sergey: Preposterous Improvisation Experiment

Improv comedy is a tricky beast - when it’s good, it’s very, very good; when it’s bad, it’s pointless. There’s also a massive overabundance of improv acts around this year - 81 at last count - so it’s strange to see an established act, with a proven history of strong writing, willingly enter this maelstrom... 

Ada/Ava by Manual Cinema

Ada/Ava by Manual Cinema

This is Manual Cinema’s first visit to the Fringe and they have brought with them a technical and awe-inspiring show that combines live music and shadow puppets.Ada and Ava have lived their entire lives together, so when Ava dies unexpectedly the surviving sister finds it difficult to carry on without her only companion... 

Opera Mouse

Opera Mouse

Opera Mouse is a pleasant Canadian import presented as a one-woman puppet show by Melanie Gall.The story, unsurprisingly, follows a young mouse named Tilly who wants to be an opera singer but who refuses to accept any help in the process... 

Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel

Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel

In a tiny room at Sweet Grassmarket a man has placed a wide array of props, toys, figurines, dolls and detritus in an apparently haphazard way. Mr Twonkey, also known as Paul Vickers, welcomes his tiny audience before using all of his assorted trinkets to tell the tale of the Mumbo Jumbo Hotel, its denizens and the shenanigans that may or may not lead to its demolishing and the creation of a retail park that features a Frankie & Benny’s... 

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

Cirrus the dog has a serious job: he has to keep watch on the sheep. What to do when they lose themselves, drifting amongst the dancing clouds? How can he help these woolly-headed dreamers get back down to earth? Designed for the youngest of audience members and their families, this is theatre that surrounds with sound, touch and visual treats... 

Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin

The traditional folk tale of the darkened world inhabited by 'that treacherous little daemon' Rumpelstiltskin is brought to life through beautiful song, stunning puppetry and traditional storytelling... 

Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show

Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show

An improvised comedy show performed by a cast of puppets for adults. Using table top Bunraku style puppetry, Glitch improvise a brand new adventurous, action-packed and often emotional story from scratch at every performance... 

Ubu Faust

Ubu Faust

Ubu assumes the role of Faust in this raucous, rapid-fire puppet comedy. Inspired by the plays of Alfred Jarry, the legends of Faust, and the traditions of Punch and Judy, Ubu Faust is a satirical exploration of a most grotesque and unlikable man and the lengths to which he'll go to satisfy his many hungers... 

Puppet Fiction

Puppet Fiction

Everybody be cool, this is a mother*cking puppet show! The ultimate Tarantino homage, this is Pulp Fiction with strings attached. The award-winning cult show from New Zealand returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with more miniature madness and mayhem... 

The Fantastical Return of Greyfriar’s Bobby

The Fantastical Return of Greyfriar’s Bobby

When Bex is told she has to visit her uncle Angus in Edinburgh, she is not best pleased. Little does she know of the mystery waiting for her there, the very unique friends she will make and the very special little dog who will take her on an adventure that she will never forget... 

Erin, Errol and the Earth Creatures

Erin, Errol and the Earth Creatures

When Erin’s brother disappears she sets out on an adventure to find him. With a good pair of wellies, a curious will o’ the wisp as her guide and a sharp pair of ears, Erin soon meets some peculiar creatures and discovers that she is not the only one to have had something taken from her... 

Celeste's Circus

Celeste's Circus

Celeste warmly invites wee ones to join her circus trip. See the high-wire hippo, the peek-a-boo cat and a lovable seal performing for paper fish. A real joy to watch with a delightful retro feel... 

Taiwan Season: The Adventure of Puppets

Taiwan Season: The Adventure of Puppets

A family show guaranteed to tickle the child in all of us. Two engaging and skilfully silly actors bring to life an array of ordinary objects, conjuring a DIY universe full of raucous fun and inventive play... 

Squirrel Stole My Underpants

Squirrel Stole My Underpants

In this poignantly silly adventure tale for families, Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favourite piece of clothing and runs off... 

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Brothers Grimm tale brought to life in brilliant ultraviolet colour. Donkey, dog, cat and rooster leave their restricted home lives to become themselves in the free town of Bremen... 

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

Flinn is back! Les Petits return to the high seas with the sequel to their hugely successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs based on the book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto... 

The Tiniest Frog Prince in the World

The Tiniest Frog Prince in the World

In the small world of 30 Inches Aquarium, simple but amazing things are happening. A classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm reimagined for today. Brush Theatre’s clever and humorous production tells the story of a handsome prince who is changed into a frog... 

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

A beautiful and entrancing portrait of the bond between a father, a son and a jellyfish. Young Tom lives by a lighthouse with his mother and father. After a difficult year, it soon becomes clear that they're sharing their home with a stranger: a gigantic glowing jellyfish... 

The Marked

The Marked

As a boy, Jack lived in a world of monsters and invisible guardians, as he fought to protect the people he loved. Now grown, his life on the streets of London is less fantastical. But when a ghost from his past turns up, Jack must harness the power of forgotten myths to defeat her... 

Un-Titled

Un-Titled

Facing both her 80th year and an unveiling of a new piece of artwork, artist Gert has a lot to think about. Not only that, the passage of time is pressing on her mind, causing her to question the course of her life as a whole, her status and integrity as an artist, and the state of art itself in modern society... 

Melancholy

Melancholy

This show started beautifully and retained its magic right until the very end. It was an absolute joy to watch and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Everything worked and worked remarkably... 

Just Right: A Tale of One Girl, Three Bears & Lashings of Porridge!

Just Right: A Tale of One Girl, Three Bears & Lashings of Porridge!

From the creators of 'Three Excellent Little Pigs' and 'Gorrid the Horrid' comes another spell-binding musical puppet show. Featuring one mean girl, three excellent bears and lashings of porridge! Expect mesmerising visuals, brilliant songs, lots of laughs and our cheeky style of audience participation. 

Max and Ivan: Unstoppable

Max and Ivan: Unstoppable

Fringe veterans Max and Ivan bring their show Unstoppable to The Warren for this year’s Brighton Fringe. With wrestling, pots of cream and plenty of character comedy it loosely tells the tale of how the double act met pursuing their childhood hobbies... 

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Gepetto, the old carpenter, makes toys all day - but when a mischevious puppet called Pinocchio comes to life, adventure and wonder are not far behind! In this loving recreation of the classic Italian fairy tale, expect music, puppets - and plenty of audience participation! 

Ahmed and the Feather Girl

Ahmed and the Feather Girl

Ahmed, a poor orphan, escapes his war torn homeland and joins the circus. He meets a knife thrower, a one-eyed ballerina, a talking cat and a clown. Everything changes when he finds a friend born from a golden egg... 

Rebel with a Puncture

Rebel with a Puncture

Sell-out comedian Sam Quinn will do whatever his sponsors want: tell jokes, do accents, dance, sing. Even inject himself with Coca-Cola. Then his six-month-old baby niece arrives on stage, Sam’s sponsors aren’t happy, and s*** gets real... 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

From the creators of Boris & Sergey comes a one-man show featuring puppetry, physical comedy, and mime. Hilarious, absurd and often magical this show juxtaposes themes of loneliness and belonging with joy and exhilaration... 

The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder is Trick of the Light's enchanting fairy tale of a young apprentice bookbinder's encounter with an old woman and her mysterious book. Using shadow puppetry, pop-up sets and plenty of imagination, they bring this charming story to life... 

Do You Mind?

Do You Mind?

Joni has met someone special, but how can she tell him she has a long-term mental illness? And is that really the best thing to talk about on a second date? An engaging and amusing look at how we talk about our vulnerabilities, with storytelling, puppetry and an overhead projector. 

The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World Part II

The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World Part II

Life-sized animal puppets with fully articulated limbs come to life in front of your eyes in a cacophony of singing, dancing and plenty of audience participation. The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World: Part II is a family show like no other... 

Buttons

Buttons

Using a mixture of live performance, storytelling, shadow puppetry and object manipulation Joni and Dana attempt to recount the story of their ‘sort of’ holiday to Auschwitz, whilst exploring the themes of memory, family and war. 

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Do Shakespeare

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Do Shakespeare

Earth's funniest footwear returns with a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence, taking on The Bard Of Avon himself. Howl at their Hamlet, roar at their Romeo and Juliet, and peer into their Coriolanus... 

The Bear Space

The Bear Space

"We are sorry to have to tell you that in this country it all began with a bear... " A man explains the nature of the theatre to his daughter in the 17th century and an audience gamble with puppets in the 21st... 

The Other

The Other

Gaël Le Cornec (Argus Angel award-winner with Frida Kahlo) returns to Brighton with a new play on immigration based on refugees’ stories. Join young Mana from the war-torn Red-Yellow planet on a coming-of-age upside-down fairy-tale, full of poetry, humour and fantasy, where nothing is what it seems. 

Meadow

Meadow

Time changes everything. In a post-human future, only the grass remembers the way things used to be. Meet the animals that lived in the meadow and see their stories come to life. A stunning new puppet show from Little Angel Theatre’s Associate Artist, Greta Clough... 

Hysterical

Hysterical

Hysterical is a dark comedy exploring the boundaries of mental health and wellbeing in today’s corporate reality, where work-life balance often equals yoga, medication and therapy... 

Swan Bake

Swan Bake

What do you get when an impressionable young writer moves into a London squat with a couple of crack addict ballerinas and a pack of rats? Swan Bake! This mash-up of song, dance, theatre and puppetry is definitely not a show for kids... 

Flyaway Katie

Flyaway Katie

By the makers of 'Shoe Baby', 'Penguin' and 'Arthur’s Dream Boat', Long Nose Puppets present their new show 'Flyaway Katie'. An inspiring flight of fancy about the power of imagination based on the popular children’s book by Polly Dunbar with music by Tom Gray of Gomez... 

Polly by Seth Jones

Polly by Seth Jones

Performed previously to North London audiences by writer Seth Jones, Polly tells the story of Benjamin, a down-on-his-luck toymaker who begins to love his favourite creation (Polly) just a little too much... 

Fake Hip Gnosis

Fake Hip Gnosis

Slash/Theatre presents - come into your own slice of life! The land of the free has never been so easy to hide from. Will a dog cry at an onion? Will you still be here later? Questions are answers and you are welcome to an hour of 'Fake Hip Gnosis'... 

The Marked

The Marked

The Marked follows Jack's crusade against the haunting demons that follow his life living rough on the streets of London. Fuelled both by his own regrets and his mother’s history of alcohol abuse, Jack aims to survive his harsh environment and find something worth living for again... 

Defrosted

Defrosted

Love that frosty film or hate it, you’ll laugh your stripy socks off at lovable clowns Cat & Nicko and their puppet rock band. A fantastic family adventure featuring live music and physical comedy, 'Defrosted' is one big, bonkers blast of fun... 

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Box Tale Soup’s award-winning adaptation will transport you into a world of beautiful paper puppets and gothic romance. With just two performers and seven puppets, this unique version of ‘Northanger Abbey’ brings out every drop of Austen’s wit, playfulness and humour... 

Parzival

Parzival

Parzival dreams of becoming a Knight, but is set for a greater destiny. After many adventures he finds his way to the Grail castle and fulfills his spiritual quest. A poignant telling of the myth with harp and puppetry... 

The Sentence Snatchers: A Terribly Twisted Yarn

The Sentence Snatchers: A Terribly Twisted Yarn

What happens to unfinished sentences? Join the deliciously devious Sentence Snatchers as we trip, tangle and tongue-twist our way through the fantastical town of Loose End, where the SynTax is so expensive no one dare speak... 

Snooperdog: a Hero is Born

Snooperdog: a Hero is Born

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a dog in a cape and red pants. Snoop and his friends are back following last year’s sell-out run, in an hilarious new adventure about what it takes to be a superhero... 

Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel

Twonkey's Mumbo Jumbo Hotel

Stop the hotel from being flattened! Time to enter the now legendary Twonkeyverse! Malcolm Hardee Award Nominee for Comic Originality, "He creates wonderlands of weird" **** (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman), "Completely bonkers charm" ****(The Times) 

Bom-Banimals

Bom-Banimals

Weave up, down and around our imaginary menagerie with the Bom-Bane Family Players as you've never seen or heard them before. Original song, music, automata, puppetry, culinary delight... 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion is a one-man mime and puppetry show in which the audience are among the most essential elements. The performer, our tatterdemalion – an archaic word meaning a ragged character in tattered clothing – never speaks but takes his audience through a number of entertaining scenarios with great skill... 

Butterfly

Butterfly

A haunting and powerful adaptation of Madame Butterfly, Ramesh Meyyappen’s silent movement piece about love, lust and loss is hauntingly powerful and will stay with you long after you’ve seen it... 

A Little Man's Holiday

A Little Man's Holiday

A Little Man’s Holiday tells the tale of an office worker with a big imagination. Under the gaze of his nasty boss Mr Grumbles, will his day-dreams about sailing the seven seas ever become a reality? This talented children’s theatre company, PaddleBoat, has an imagination to match Little Man’s, and they tell his tale using a magical combination of song, audience interaction, and highly creative prop use... 

The Intriguing Imagination of Arla Bell

The Intriguing Imagination of Arla Bell

Welcome to Arla’s bedroom, where you’ll find creatures from her imagination ready to entertain and disturb you. Here you can watch as everyday boredom disperses just with images from her mind, but be warned ... 

The Story of Faust (Lilla Faust)

The Story of Faust (Lilla Faust)

Since March 2015, Skottes Musikteater has been taking part in a huge theatrical event in a renovated industrial site at Gävle (200 km north of Stockholm), where Gävleborg´s Folkteater performed Goethe´s Faust (to great acclaim), with a symphony orchestra, a folk music ensemble and amazing sets... 

The Secret Life of Suitcases

The Secret Life of Suitcases

There are some shows that you just get a good feeling about from the moment you step into the theatre. With its quirky pipes-and-cases semi-industrial set, The Secret Life of Suitcases is one of those shows... 

Gomaar Trilogy

Gomaar Trilogy

The Gomaar Trilogy has stylish puppetry and heartfelt sincerity – but its confident aesthetic fails to enliven a tired story of a male artist trying to accommodate his creative impulses in an indifferent universe... 

Mwathirika

Mwathirika

Mwathirika is definitely an engrossing show. It is a puppet performance that looks at the consequences of war through the perspective of a child. The performance is presented by Papermoon Puppet Theatre who have travelled all the way from Indonesia to give the delighted audience the European premiere of Mwathirika... 

The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World

The Biggest Marionette Circus in the World

This ginormous spectacle transports you back to the time where the biggest excitement for children was when the travelling circus came to town. With animals featuring as life-size marionettes, these beautiful puppets caused screeches of delight from the children as they cheered on the jovial elephant, good-looking giraffe and mighty lion... 

Houseplay

Houseplay

On a hill above the sleepy village of Wanton looms the hulking shadow of Wanton Manor, ancient homestead of the d’Arce family. The single light in the upstairs window has fizzled out, Lady d’Arce has finally died... 

The Wild Man of Orford

The Wild Man of Orford

If you give a quick flick through the Fringe programme, it will be fairly obvious that puppetry is on the rise in the theatre section this year. The Wild Man of Orford fits perfectly into the medium... 

Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff

FeatherStone Puppets began in 1960 as John Peel Puppets and played fifteen sell-out years on the Edinburgh Fringe. Now back as FeatherStone Puppets, with two much loved traditional tales... 

CELL

CELL

There is something inherently heartbreaking about the small metal-framed chair standing centre-stage as the audience comes in, but no more so than when one of the show’s co-devisers, Matthew Lloyd, walks on stage carrying the bald, spectacle-wearing puppet that becomes the central focus of the show... 

Beowulf

Beowulf

‘Puppet Beowulf?’ my flatmate asked me with a raised eyebrow and quizzical expression as I left the flat to review Atomic Force Production’s new show. But not only is this show definitely a hit: it’s also one of the best constructed and intricate shows I’ve seen this year... 

L'Enfant qui...

L'Enfant qui...

Jephan de Villiers may not be a familiar name to most, but after watching L'Enfant Qui it can definitely be said he is an interesting character. Villers was a French artist and sculptor and the inspiration behind this circus/puppetry performance... 

Taiwan Season: The Paper Play

Taiwan Season: The Paper Play

This charming double bill from Puppets Being Theatre uses poise and precision to bring to life ingenious paper creations. Running as part of Edinburgh Fringe’s Taiwan season, The Paper Play is almost entirely nonverbal, making it accessible for children of all ages and languages... 

Funny Bones Trash

Funny Bones Trash

Embracing all the great theatrical traditions of silent comedy and vaudeville, Funny Bones Trash is the best kind of children’s show. With a tight understanding of what makes people laugh, Chris Peters and Keiichiro Miyaji are very fine comic performers... 

The Jabberwocky

The Jabberwocky

In this marvellous production from UCLU Runaground, the creatures from Lewis Carroll’s classic poem become metaphors for the inner demons a young boy must fight as he learns to cope with a parent’s illness... 

I Am Beast

I Am Beast

Returning for their fourth Fringe, Sparkle and Dark bring their own fascinating and fantastical take on experiences of death and loss. The result is an intriguing mix of heartbreak and humour... 

Lazgi

Lazgi

Lead by beautiful puppets and two Maskharaboz-Clowns this show will take us far away to the ancient city of Khiva on the great Silk Road. Khiva is the motherland of the famous dance, Lazgi, and the puppetry arts in Central Asia. 

The Metaphysical Caravan

The Metaphysical Caravan

The Metaphysical Caravan is an extraordinary mobile stage curated presenting the work of Pinocchio Theatre from Poland. Parked up at Summerhall this festival, it will host three different solo performances with no spoken dialogue and very creative workshops... 

Naked Knotted Neurons

Naked Knotted Neurons

In this devised piece, the company from the University of Pennsylvania’s Theatre Arts Program set themselves an almighty challenge in terms of the subject matter they deal with (and all in less than an hour)... 

Manalive!

Manalive!

Box Tale Soup's latest show, Manalive, is an uplifting, intelligent and emotive triumph. Set in a dreary boarding house, a listless group of its boarders have their lives fundamentally changed by the mysterious, enigmatic Mr Innocent Smith... 

Citizen Puppet

Citizen Puppet

Blind Summit bring a mastery of puppetry to the stage, layering meta-narrative upon verbatim performance upon crime headline in an original look at the aftermath of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale... 

Bruce

Bruce

Best word to describe Bruce, a show built entirely around a block of yellow sponge: Absorbing.Australian puppeteering mimes Tim Watts and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd disappear against black backdrops in their black-on-black full body covers as they work in tandem center stage to make the big hunk of foam and two white-gloved hands come to life as the title character (plus dozens more)... 

Sing for Your Life

Sing for Your Life

For those of a squeamish nature, this may not be the best review to read over your breakfast. Charlie Tuesday Gates is a taxidermist and performance artist who uses deceased animal puppets to perform a number of cabaret songs that loosely string together the plotline of Sing For Your Life... 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees was originally a tale from French author Jean Giono in the 1950s, now pieced together onstage with cloth hangings, felt animals, and wafting lavender (yes, really)... 

Avenue Q

Avenue Q

Award-winning Viva are back for their eighth year, this time with Avenue Q. Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account... 

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... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Picture this. A man and a puppet are fighting whilst the man operates the puppet. The man and the puppet are shouting lines from Shakespeare. Their shouts declare love for another puppet and admonishments to each other... 

The Worry Monster

The Worry Monster

Since he was a little boy, Raymond has been followed everywhere by his Worry Monster, a purple blob that one day he always hoped would pop but never did. He wants desperately to paint and to be free, but wherever he goes, his purple companion is never too far away... 

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 and Over is a collection of original fairy tales with morals and lessons for adults (ie. The Tale of the Bipolar Bear and the Codependent Eskimo), told with a mix of live actors in animal costumes and puppets... 

Les Inouis

Les Inouis

Les Inouis speaks about humanity without words! Five artists from different backgrounds tell the tragic story of a migrant's deafening silence. They tell about his dreams of freedom, washed up on the shores of a free country... 

The Black Hoods Cabaret

The Black Hoods Cabaret

Bear witness to the debauchery and murder of some of the most decrepit puppets to crawl out of a back alley. A puppet cabaret for adults that will charm you into darkness and mayhem, as a pair of calamitous puppeteers manipulate a variety of disturbed and troubled puppets... 

The Garden Man

The Garden Man

What’s living in the garden, among the grass and in the trees? Is it a bird, or is it a bee? Maybe it’s the Garden Man? Come along today and see! The Garden Man is a story inspired by the power of the imagination and the magic of the world around us... 

Tom Binns: The Club Sets

Tom Binns: The Club Sets

One man, three hilarious comedy acts. Award-winning Ivan Brackenbury (Hospital Radio DJ) and Ian D Montfort (psychic) are joined by Tom's equally inventive and skilful new act Uncle Jim for some lunchtime laughs... 

Puppet Fiction

Puppet Fiction

Everybody be cool! This is a mother f*cking puppet show! The ultimate Tarantino homage, this is Pulp Fiction with strings attached, literally. Award-winning hit show from New Zealand, three performers, 17 marionettes, three episodes, one hour of bat-sh*t crazy madness! An instant cult hit, Puppet Fiction has played in festivals around New Zealand and Australia and now puppet maker Jon Coddington's remarkable creation comes to Edinburgh... 

Twonkey's Stinking Bishop

Twonkey's Stinking Bishop

‘A dog's dinner of unexpected, absurd, even offensive content. It’s also a classic’ **** (Time Out). ’A sublime cloud of nonsense’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Oddly entertaining and utterly bizarre... 

Cinder-Ella

Cinder-Ella

Once there was a Grandfather who was left holding a rather leaky baby. Whilst tidying toys he creates a world of fantasy as he tells his favourite tale. With dolls, magic tricks and an old pram, he even gets to sing... 

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Gather round, gather round for the moon’s magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer called Marina Skippett, who he has been watching at night. With stunning puppetry, original live music to sing along to and tap-dancing that will make you want to stick 50p pieces to your shoes and join in, this is 'just everything a children's theatre experience should be' (Childplays... 

Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig

Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig

‘Beautifully crafted show, deeply satisfying for young and old alike.’ ***** (Stage). Award-winning puppeteers, PuppetSoup, take you to the edge of your seat and the brink of your imagination, where wise men are grown from witches' cauldrons and dragons really do exist... 

The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales

The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales

Splodge that porridge! Slurp that soup! Snap that biscuit! On today’s menu there is a trio of traditional and tasty tales to tantalise and tease. For starters we have the magic pot which won’t stop producing porridge...