In Loyal Company

In Loyal Company

If you were anywhere near the Pleasance Courtyard this year, you’ll of heard of Lab Rats Theatre’s In Loyal Company as it shook the Fringe with its sell out run and critical acclaim... 

Ali Affleck's Storyville Roots of Jazz – Hot Jazz and Cool Blues

Ali Affleck's Storyville Roots of Jazz – Hot Jazz and Cool Blues

Two shows only! Award-winning jazz vocalist, washboarder and early jazz historian Ali resurrects the original outspoken blues and jazz divas who shaped today's music via their passionate, dangerous songs... 

Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules

Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules

Stuart Bowden has been doing this for a long time. Since his 2011 breakout collaboration with the now-legendary Doctor Brown, Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger, he has consistently produced odd little pieces of theatre that combine comedy, music, storytelling and clowning... 

Robin Clyfan: The Sea Is Big Enough to Take It

Robin Clyfan: The Sea Is Big Enough to Take It

At the centre of its big, warm heart, The Sea Is Big Enough to Take It is a story about a non-activist boy and his activist mother, and by extension a story about all of us and our relationships with our parents... 

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard!

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard!

When you step into the venue for Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard, you don’t expect much. You see a man in drag standing in front of a veil of Halloween cutouts with a microphone in front of him, desperately trying to get your attention... 

Catherine Bohart: Immaculate

Catherine Bohart: Immaculate

Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of an Irish Catholic Deacon and she's got a hell of a lot to say about it. Debut show from a rising comedy star. Finalist: BBC New Comedy Award 2016... 

Chwedl: Fairytales from Wales

Chwedl: Fairytales from Wales

A fun-filled, 45-minute romp through ancient fairytales and folklore legends from Wales. Delve deep into the stories, myths, language and delicious cultural intricacies that make Wales the beautiful and mysterious place that it is... 

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon tells Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again... 

Bercerus the Blind Dog and Other Heroes

Bercerus the Blind Dog and Other Heroes

Bercerus the Blind Dog introduces Cerberus' blind twin, and includes Greek legends galore. Written for blind adults, this adventurous tale proves that every minus can be a plus. Each show includes other heroes from Mary's Stories to End Wars series... 

Call of the Void

Call of the Void

Call of the Void explores catharsis and connection through ghost stories from around the world. Incorporating music, movement and immersive effects this world premier production will beckon your mind beyond the living. 

Rachel Sambrooks: Life is a Caba-Rach

Rachel Sambrooks: Life is a Caba-Rach

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

Uncanny Things

Uncanny Things

Beira – Alison Bell and Heather Yule – weave songs and harp music into a rich fabric combined with traditional stories of the land, the sea and the people of Scotland. They explore the supernatural creatures and happenings that feed our imaginations, beliefs and rituals throughout the seasons... 

Walk the Oars

Walk the Oars

A storytelling, poetry and music performance filled with Viking tales and Nordic myths about the Vikings' arrival in Scotland. Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish poet/musician MacGillivray bring you tales of meetings between Vikings and Scots men and women... 

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane McDonald?

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane McDonald?

Welcome to the inaugural meeting of the self-help group ‘Jane McDonald Anonymous’. Through audio entries, soul searching and group participation, let me, the newly elected leader of an elite group of Jane superfans called the 'Cruisettes', guide you through your eight-step journey from admitting to celebrating your obsession with everything that is Jane McDonald... 

The Archive of Educated Hearts

The Archive of Educated Hearts

"People are amazing, aren’t they?" So asks a lone voice in the darkness. It is, of course a rhetorical question: The Archive of Educated Hearts is a tiny gem, far away from the hysterical melee of the Fringe... 

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... 

The Land, The Sea, The City: Stories and Songs of Scotland

The Land, The Sea, The City: Stories and Songs of Scotland

Original and collected songs and stories from father-daughter duo: with Margaret drawing from her album Brigid’s Birds and Russell sharing some of his very favourite stories. Margaret is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter... 

Phamie and the Prof

Phamie and the Prof

International performing artist Phamie Gow and Enlightenment scholar Professor David Purdie collaborate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time. Phamie Gow’s diverse range of musical talents and collaborations with other artists has brought a strong new breadth of undeniable talent to both classical and Celtic crossover music... 

Clouds

Clouds

A meteorologist of the divine tells how weather came to be; meet snow foxes, crab women, beings made of light and trees, a girl trapped in a foggy globe, and more. Worlds unravel through storytelling, soundscape, music and physical theatre. 

Rachel Sambrooks: Life is a Caba-Rach

Rachel Sambrooks: Life is a Caba-Rach

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

Drenched

Drenched

A raincoated man bursts into one of two bunkers in the lower section of the Pleasance Courtyard. He fumbles around in the darkness before the lights come up and he introduces himself as Daniel Drench, Cornwall’s most prolific storyteller... 

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

Sam wants to tell you about five encounters he had on Craigslist. Sam's anxious about how he gets to know people. This is a chance to get to know him. In exploring one person's attempts to know others, the show considers how a group of people in a darkened room can ever get to know each other... 

The Last Burrah Sahibs

The Last Burrah Sahibs

The Last Burrah Sahibs is a one-hour, one-man, spoken-word show about the mansion house dwelling life led by ordinary Scottish mill workers in the old jute colonies along the Hooghly river in 20th century Bengal – when it was still possible to walk down Calcutta streets on a Saturday and hear only Scottish accents... 

Prevail

Prevail

A story told through new music and dance. An oppressive way of life dominates. Two men are alone. Intimate. They are ambushed. There's a struggle. One escapes. The other is taken away, interrogated, imprisoned and punished... 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

'Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown ups. Terrific.' (Guardian). Back by popular demand, this multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono's classic environmental tale by Edinburgh-based Puppet State Theatre Company has been touring internationally for the past twelve years, with appearances off-Broadway and at the Sydney Opera House... 

Eliza's Big Adventure!

Eliza's Big Adventure!

Oh no, Eliza the explorer has been kicked out of her kingdom! She needs to go on an adventure to prove she is the best explorer and make it back in time for the summer celebration. Come and join her on her adventure as she dances with monkeys, makes friends with a sea princess and has a strange encounter with some aliens! Will she get back in enough time? 

Kieran Hodgson: '75

Kieran Hodgson: '75

Ask most people to remember the early 70s and they won't. But for character comedian and tedious party guest Kieran Hodgson, they might hold the answer to the biggest question of our time: Europe? Twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Kieran returns to the Fringe with the epic tale of how Britain joined Europe in the first place... 

Uninvited

Uninvited

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

Sing Sistah Sing!

Sing Sistah Sing!

Internationally renowned singer Andrea Baker celebrates the extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice. A joyous mix of storytelling, jazz, blues, gospel, featuring singers including: Leontyne Price, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and the great Billie Holiday, with rollicking piano virtuosity from Richard Lewis and directed by Carolyn Sittig... 

Around the World with Bessy – Part One and a Half: Bessy Goes Busking!

Around the World with Bessy – Part One and a Half: Bessy Goes Busking!

After receiving her sell-out garland in 2017, Bessy returns to the Fringe with a brand-new show. Bessy is saving up for her next big trip and decides to try busking at the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe to earn the money for her plane ticket... 

Clay Nikiforuk: Fun to Be Around

Clay Nikiforuk: Fun to Be Around

Fun to be Around is an authentic, no-holds-barred narrative about triumphing over psychosis. This well-written, thought-provoking show is an honest account, as Clay shares her personal experience of ‘coming back from the edge’... 

Wriggle Around the World

Wriggle Around the World

Fringe sell-out show! A fun, interactive and educational violin and cello concert for babies and toddlers where wriggling is allowed! 

Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking

A stand-up comedy showcase for anyone who has ever sat in a pub having a drink and a laugh with their mates. The three acts, who also happen to be great friends, have very different styles including a great blend of gags and storytelling... 

Triplicity: Everyone Has a Book Within

Triplicity: Everyone Has a Book Within

Our budding authors create a marriage of music and words to weave a story of burgeoning romance. Will the path of love run smoothly? Will there be a happy ending? Britten, Berlioz, Gershwin and other musical masters play their part in telling the tale... 

Ali Affleck's Storyville Roots of Jazz – Hot Jazz and Cool Blues

Ali Affleck's Storyville Roots of Jazz – Hot Jazz and Cool Blues

Two shows only! Award-winning jazz vocalist, washboarder and early jazz historian Ali resurrects the original outspoken blues and jazz divas who shaped today's music via their passionate, dangerous songs... 

Ailsa Benson Is Missing

Ailsa Benson Is Missing

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

She-Wolves

She-Wolves

Laura Careless’ solo show, inspired by the book and BBC series of the same name by Helen Castor, is an intricate, forceful and nuanced production examining the life of five different pre-Elizabethan English queens... 

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It in New York... or, Does She? – Free

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It in New York... or, Does She? – Free

Do you not fit into a box? Olivia (Big O) knows all too well about not fitting in: when kimchi, AKA fire-breathing garlic dragon breath, is your culture’s most famous export, how are you ever going to lead a normal life in the land of burgers, French fries, and ketchup? But as an acupuncturist, who fixes people for a living, why can’t she fix herself? In this hilarious comedy hour, Big O entertains with her Korean-American observations... 

That's What She Said

That's What She Said

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

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

One in six people suffer from hearing loss. Two of those people are Ray's parents. Full of hilarious tales about growing up with deaf parents, Deaf Comedy Fam presents a very first for comedy, as Ray performs each show simultaneously in English and British Sign Language... 

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

NY comedian and Vice contributor Harmon has made a career infiltrating extremist groups. A multimedia journey into such Trump America entities as Hell House, a Christian haunted house where they scare the Jesus into you... 

Old Jewish Jokes

Old Jewish Jokes

Sixth year of the UK's most successful ever Jewish comedy. The traditional flavour of Jewish humour plus a satirical look at the life of the modern Jewish comic. For brief video clip see oldjewishjokes... 

Henna

Henna

On the eve of an Indian wedding an anxious bride-to-be is having intricate henna patterns applied to her hands. As the patterns emerge, stories begin to unfold. Join British Punjabi storytellers Peter and Gorg Chand as they explore evocative landscapes set in the present but seeped in the past... 

Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield

Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield

Since the beginning of time, comedians have plied their trade on the comedy battlefield. Sometimes they kill, sometimes they die but always the call to return rings in their ears. Tales from the Battlefield is a brand-new storytelling show from award-winning comic Scott Gibson... 

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Following two critically acclaimed sell-out runs, the National Youth Theatre present the Edinburgh debut of Mohsin Hamid's Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, adapted for stage by Stephanie Street and directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah... 

Jings Crivvens Help Ma Boab

Jings Crivvens Help Ma Boab

Tayberry Tales, in association with the Jings Crivvens Help Ma Boab creative writing project led by playwright Jodie Marshall. We will showcase new work inspired by Dundee poet St Mary's Tam. 

Jeffrey Baldinger: Living in a Hyperbolic Chamber

Jeffrey Baldinger: Living in a Hyperbolic Chamber

A show about someone who doesn't need to exaggerate the absurdities of his life. Jeffrey Baldinger takes the audience through his life of ridiculous misadventures. The show's narrative focuses on the use of language in every part of the world and how simple phrases can get us in and out of trouble... 

The Fishermen

The Fishermen

Two brothers meet by the banks of a river in Nigeria, the same river which saw them turn from children into fishermen many years before. Separated by eight years and a world of experience, it is an uneasy reunion... 

Orpheus

Orpheus

Alexander Wright, our poet for the evening, tells us that this piece was written in The Meadows – the park not very far from Summerhall where they are performing now. Both the barefoot boys, Wright, with his long hair and hat, and Phil Granger with his patchwork harem pants and acoustic guitar, look like they could have been freshly plucked from the locals regularly seen strewn across the grass... 

Alternative Bedtime Stories

Alternative Bedtime Stories

Once upon a time, two fair maidens dragged fairy tales kicking and screaming into the 21st century in this sharp and original review of all things “happily ever after”. Follow the trail of breadcrumbs into the mind of the MakeyUppers where you will stumble across the stories you thought you knew... 

Henriad – Histories of Betrayal

Henriad – Histories of Betrayal

Step into the epic with Shakespeare's Henriad! Revel in shorter, vibrant re-imaginings of the Bard's Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, and see a story of friendship, duty and betrayal... 

Annie Brassey

Annie Brassey

Written and directed by Heather Alexander. 'Oft in danger, never afraid' – Annie Brassey's motto as she travelled the world on a Victorian steam clipper. Her journal A Voyage in the Sunbeam made her experiences famous... 

Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield

Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield

Since the beginning of time, comedians have plied their trade on the comedy battlefield. Sometimes they kill, sometimes they die but always the call to return rings in their ears. Tales from the Battlefield is a brand-new storytelling show from award-winning comic Scott Gibson... 

Manx Fairy Tales and Legends

Manx Fairy Tales and Legends

Who is Jack the Giant Killer and the Black Dog of Peel? How did the Buggane of St Trinian's terrorise local villagers? Why was Phynodderee banished from Fairy Land? Discover why the Manx Cat has no tail... 

Bob's Not My Uncle and Other Devastating Truths

Bob's Not My Uncle and Other Devastating Truths

Mark Ritchie, fresh from tours in Australia and America, returns with a hilarious storytelling show that covers the big themes of life... uncles, God and of course beetroot. 

Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul

Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul

Oww! I feel good! The sensational story of soul – from the pounding R'n'B of the 1940s to the smouldering sounds of Stax. Returning after sell-out shows in 2017, the dynamic seven-piece band is back to take you on a laughter-laced quest to find the roots of soul music – and recreate the original spirit of the legendary singers and foot-stomping soul classics that soundtracked a generation... 

A Kinder, Gentler Comedy

A Kinder, Gentler Comedy

Signing on the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, driving an Austin Maxi to Morocco, asylum seekers*, the Treason of the Blue Books, women's football, Nationalism*, Buck O'Neil, Jeremy Corbyn was my MP, a voiceover for a BAE Systems advert, 'join the army' adverts, parents dying, Rush lyrics, aiming to eventually die penniless, buying a house where someone has just been murdered, fondly remembering Sean Hughes, no sex, no swearing, no picking on the audience, no Brexit... 

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Tall stories brings an incredibly charming and old school production of one of Oscar Wilde’s lesser known novellas, The Canterville Ghost, that perfectly embodies the spirit - pun not intended - of traditional music hall and vaudeville performers... 

Revelations

Revelations

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

Juliet Meyers: Year of the Dog

Juliet Meyers: Year of the Dog

Juliet Myers and Homer, the rescue podenco, deliver their second Fringe comedy run in which we are regaled with tales of life with an anxious dog. Homer is now possibly the most famous dog of the Fringe, and can regularly be spotted about festival haunts expertly posing for photographs... 

Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield

Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield

Since the beginning of time, comedians have plied their trade on the comedy battlefield. Sometimes they kill, sometimes they die but always the call to return rings in their ears. Tales from the Battlefield is a brand-new storytelling show from award-winning comic Scott Gibson... 

Potatoes, Pies and Haggis

Potatoes, Pies and Haggis

These two friends are the comedy duo Pies and Haggis and together they'll take you on a comedy journey that is full of truth, confessions and a hilarious voyage that'll make you question your existence and want to phone a best friend... 

Josh and Lou: Working Classy

Josh and Lou: Working Classy

Josh drinks Stella before yoga. Louise has gravy on her avocado. Both find themselves uncertain of their social hierarchy. Some say it’s an exploration of class identity, really it’s just a laugh over a pint... 

On Their Own Ground

On Their Own Ground

Meet three women whose lives show that vision plus action can change anything! Join Madam C J Walker (the first self-made American female millionaire and hair-product queen), Amy Ashwood Garvey and Amy Jacques Garvey (the two wives of African nationalist the Hon Marcus Garvey, champions of the movement in their own right), in Amantha Edmead’s play about the power of hope in action... 

Louis Prima – Dinner and Show

Louis Prima – Dinner and Show

Louis Prima, Sicilian-New Orleanian showman and comedy-jazzer (1930s-1950s) sung by Philip Contini. 'It is his genius that makes him so special' (Scotsman). Introducing Fringe newcomer, vocalist Olivia Contini... 

Go Slay Dragons!

Go Slay Dragons!

Dan was almost shot – and it's all Rupert Murdoch's fault. Kinda. A lefty snowflake somehow working at The Sun, fighting the choir of voices in his head leads him on a noble quest in this demonstrably true tale of love, adventure and song... 

The Bureau of Untold Stories

The Bureau of Untold Stories

In the minds of people just like you are tales of significant importance, waiting to be discovered. The inspired inspectors who uncover these fables are members of an elite unit known as The Bureau Of Untold Stories... 

How to Drink Wine Like a Wanker

How to Drink Wine Like a Wanker

We've all encountered the wine wankers' insufferable diatribe. We endure it because we have no f*cking idea what they're talking about. Follow one woman's accidental journey over 12 months from shallow wine novice to full-blown wine wanker... 

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... 

Rik Carranza: Still a Fan

Rik Carranza: Still a Fan

Rik Carranza is a Star Trek fan. Still. The title of this touching, heartfelt show rather gives that away, which is why it's initially a surprise when he tells us how at one point he boxed up all his Star Trek memorabilia and donated it to a charity shop... 

Liam Jeavons: Never Heard of Him

Liam Jeavons: Never Heard of Him

Described by his nan as the best comedian in Birmingham, and probably the world, the award nominee and gong show-winning comedian, Liam Jeavons, premieres his new solo show. Filled with optimism and energy, Liam plans to go from a nobody to a somebody... 

You've Been Fringed

You've Been Fringed

Are you having a bad month? Us too. Instead of a Fringe First. we'll award a Fringe Worst to the person with the worst review and the person who's lost the most money. This is a safe space where we crown failures and celebrate shitness... 

The Cambridge Impronauts: A Series of Improvable Events

The Cambridge Impronauts: A Series of Improvable Events

The Cambridge impronauts return to the fringe festival with a new show that lovingly tributes Lemony Snicket's famous A Series of Unfortunate Events in a wonderfully absurd if at times uneven hour of improvised skullduggery... 

Valerie

Valerie

Through the thick haze and wash lights, the three piece band of performers that make up Valerie can just be seen, shimmering like figures from the past. Clocking the guitars and drums, you can tell, this is going to get loud... 

I've Got You Under My Skin

I've Got You Under My Skin

Philip Contini sings Cole Porter's most famous, best-loved songs with anecdotes from the colourfully flamboyant life of one of the world's greatest songwriters and lyricists. Six-piece Be Happy Band with musical arrangements by Dick Lee... 

To the Ocean

To the Ocean

***** (Tribe). ***** (Saint). ***** (OwlEyesMagazine.com). Magic isn’t real. That’s the first thing that you should know – and if the choice to begin our fairy story in this way is a bit shocking to you, that’s because... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

‘I simply cannot wait to see more of their magic’ ***** (Tribe). ***** (Saint). ***** (OwlEyesMagazine.com). Look, okay. You’ve got a load of fairies, magic galore and there’s a dude that gets turned in to a donkey... 

Marc Burrows – Mind Your Head

Marc Burrows – Mind Your Head

Journalist, musician and stand-up Marc Burrows presents a surprisingly silly trek through psychiatric wards, suicide attempts, depression and bipolar diagnosis. With jokes. Lots of them... 

Terror Tour

Terror Tour

As an aficionado of all things Olde Edinburgh, there are a few basics I've come to expect from an underground tour. An immersive experience; a bit of history; scares; laughs; and a sense of trespassing into another time and place are necessary for their success... 

De Fuut

De Fuut

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

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sex and Storytelling Collide

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sex and Storytelling Collide

The finest filth on the Fringe, told by the people who lived it. With music, burlesque, occasionally clowns and a phone-sex-operator host, you will leave transformed, or at least turned on... 

Jan Tait and the Bear

Jan Tait and the Bear

Based on a medieval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle's comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure... 

The Making of Chariots of Fire

The Making of Chariots of Fire

Tom McNab, technical adviser on the Oscar award-winning Chariots of Fire, gives an account of how the film was made. All funds raised go towards the Eric Liddell Centre, a dementia care charity and community hub in Edinburgh... 

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

With five years of sell-out shows behind her Ann Treherne, Chair of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, talks about Edinburgh's famous son, a man of literature and world spokesman of spiritualism! 

Belly Dance: A True Story

Belly Dance: A True Story

A captivating show suitable for all encompassing a variety of dance styles, colourful costumes and entertaining narrative. From Luxor to Alexandria. From the glamorous cabaret to the streets of Cairo... 

Scotland in 60 Minutes

Scotland in 60 Minutes

Broadcaster Mark Stephen and singer-songwriter Gill Bowman look beyond the haggis and tartan to the real Scotland – stories, secret places and iconic songs. The essential guide to the greatest wee country in the world. 

Wriggle Around the World

Wriggle Around the World

Fringe sell-out show! A fun, interactive and educational violin and cello concert for babies and toddlers where wriggling is allowed! 

Ur – Medëa

Ur – Medëa

Desire is the place of not yet having. Choose a literary figure as the body. Merge your identity with this character. Create an autonomous being. Live fully, personally, passionately, without personal agenda... 

The Spinners

The Spinners

The Spinners is a collaboration between Lina Limosani of Limosani Projekts as choreographer and Al Seed as director. Readers may remember Al Seed’s tremendous physical theatre show Oog from the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Scott Gibson: Anywhere but Here

Scott Gibson: Anywhere but Here

Humans are storytellers. We tell stories about ourselves and each other throughout our lives; sometimes to entertain, sometimes to inform and sometimes to impose a little bit of order on what is often a chaotic world... 

Tea with 'Mr Jenners'

Tea with 'Mr Jenners'

Delicious full afternoon tea hosted by the shopkeeper of Scotland's oldest department store. Hear stories of life in old Edinburgh within the splendour of Jenners' historic wood-panelled compact Boardroom... 

Individual Medley

Individual Medley

Q: What happens when you move a 12-year-old from Basingstoke to Zambia? A: She swims. Katrina weaves together poetry, swimming lessons and some 00’s RnB in a mesmerising coming-of-age memoir about crossing borders... 

Aidan Goatley’s 10 Films With... Podcast

Aidan Goatley’s 10 Films With... Podcast

Guests for this popular podcast include Romesh Ranganathan, Angela Barnes and Mark Thomas, who join Aidan Goatley for a lovely chat about the films they love. A different guest each day! 'Charmingly funny' (Scotsman)... 

Outlander and Jacobite Tour

Outlander and Jacobite Tour

Step back in time to the 18th century – visit Outlander film locations in Edinburgh Old town pubs, closes, jails, churches and print shops visited by Claire and Jamie! Your tour will be led by Saorsa Fraser, the illegitimate son of the illustrious Lord Lovat! Learn how the great kilt was worn, try on the great kilt (plaid), discover how the broadsword was used in battle, and learn about Jacobite history – the brutal truth... 

The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

A fun, interactive and educational classical concert for babies and toddlers where wriggling is allowed! 

613 Seeds

613 Seeds

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

Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place, My Life in and Out of Squeeze. With Boo Hewerdine

Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place, My Life in and Out of Squeeze. With Boo Hewerdine

Chris Difford celebrates the release of his autobiography with some very special shows. A stand-up evening of stories and songs covering his career over the last 45 years. He will be joined by Boo Hewerdine... 

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... 

Grimm's Fairer Tales

Grimm's Fairer Tales

With wolves, witches and goblins, the story unfolds as the audience is invited to become part of the drama. The Brothers Grimm collected their classic tales over 200 years ago. Today, interactive storyteller Eden Ballantyne has reimagined them for a contemporary audience... 

Stealth Aspies – Autistic People Speaking

Stealth Aspies – Autistic People Speaking

Unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Enter the authentic autistic space and join Alain English, Sarah Saeed, Janine Booth, Paul Wady and other 'Aspies', for authentic stories of late diagnosis, being in the neuroatypical closet and our lives as out autistic people... 

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

To say that Paul Mayhew-Archer is not afraid to poke fun at himself would be the understatement of the last decade. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011 at the age of 58, Mayhew-Archer forwent self-pity in lieu of stand-up and charity work... 

David Tsonos: Walking the Cat Two

David Tsonos: Walking the Cat Two

Canadian comedy veteran David Tsonos returns with his sequel to his solo show 2015 Walking the Cat. He now has a new cat, Mitzy, and she takes centre stage as he deals with problems of adoption, veterinarians, catnappings and even a murder... 

Stuart Goldsmith: End Of

Stuart Goldsmith: End Of

Stu's back with some thoughts on how it all works out in the end and whether anyone cares. A comic odyssey through future selves, rare diseases and the chance to convince your son you've got some sort of backbone... 

Emslie and Cooke: Light and Shade

Emslie and Cooke: Light and Shade

You can’t choose your family, but you can create 30 minutes of comedy about them. That’s exactly what Joseph Emslie (Amused Moose finalist 2017) and Chris Cooke (BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack) have done! Joseph and Chris had very different upbringings... 

Good Grief

Good Grief

Whether you’re mourning a loved one, your youth, or last night’s bottle(s) of Pinot, grief is inevitable and never convenient. Australian comedian Nat Harris takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the five stages of grief in 50 minutes: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance... 

Dummy

Dummy

Diagnosed at a young age with an autistic spectrum disorder, Midwestern American comedian Anders Lee brings his signature, sincere and plainspoken manner to the stage as he recounts struggles with school, work and dating while being 'on the spectrum'... 

Kriss Foster: Thimble Map

Kriss Foster: Thimble Map

A Lancashire man attempts to find enough thimbles to fill a novelty thimble rack found in a seaside charity shop. For fans of Victoria Wood and Frank Sidebottom. 'Sweet, mild mannered, very funny' (Scotsman). 

Adrian Minkowicz: Tango Tales

Adrian Minkowicz: Tango Tales

After Best Newcomer, the Argentinean comedian brings stories of tango from Buenos Aires to Edinburgh. Gardel, Piazzolla, milongas, passion, how he almost murdered for love and why Al Pacino’s dancing in Scent of a Woman is crap... 

Rory O'Keeffe: The 37th Question

Rory O'Keeffe: The 37th Question

Stuart and Zoe meet for their first date and do ‘The 36 Questions’, a psychological experiment designed to make strangers fall in love. It works. Now, after four years as a couple, is it time for the next question? Thirty Six Questions... 

Marjolein Robertson: It's Time

Marjolein Robertson: It's Time

Shetland comedian Marjolein Robertson weaves through time with jokes, anecdotes and storytelling. Intertwining her own life with a traditional Shetland folk tale. 'Marjolein Robertson is a highly promising and delightfully original act' (Jay Richardson, Scotsman)... 

Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab

Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab

Arnab Chanda (Russell Howard's Good News, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2007) quit stand-up in 2011. In his debut hour, he tells stories about what happened after that: broken dreams, death, getting alopecia and other hilarious topics... 

The Mariner's Song

The Mariner's Song

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

The Selkie: A Song of Many Waters

The Selkie: A Song of Many Waters

The seal woman’s skin has been stolen, stranding her on a reef of rage and tragedy. Can she find her true home, freeing her voice? Fay Roberts (Other Voices, Hammer and Tongue, Allographic, Spoken Word Artistic Director for PBH’s Free Fringe) navigates a modern mythological sea journey in poetry, storytelling, and music... 

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

NY comedian and Vice contributor Harmon has made a career infiltrating extremist groups. A multimedia journey into such Trump America entities as Hell House, a Christian haunted house where they scare the Jesus into you... 

Goddess

Goddess

Outrageous, comedy storytelling show based on writer/performer Jacqueline Haigh's true experiences working as a receptionist in a Tantric massage parlour and her quest for the Nessie of the Vag! 'Hilarious from start to finish' (Don Eales, Cultural Virus)... 

Dave Maher Coma Show

Dave Maher Coma Show

Dave Maher was almost unplugged from life support during a month-long coma. He was eulogised on Facebook. Then he woke up. The Chicago stand-up comedian told the story on This American Life... 

Love Admin

Love Admin

Dissecting the reality of love in the modern world. Join Bella and Alice as they take on all the bureaucracy, social etiquette and red tape of being best friends, cunnilingus and going crazy... 

She Wolf

She Wolf

Daughter, princess, wife, queen, mother, warmonger, widow and crone... monster? Queen Margaret of Anjou – the original Cersei Lannister; model for Claire Underwood; a woman so cutthroat and cold she would make Lady Macbeth sh*t her pants... 

Chris Laker is Dead – Free

Chris Laker is Dead – Free

Hi! I’m American comedian Chris Laker. I’m obsessed with my upcoming death and want to talk to you about it. My life too. It’s in joke/story form but it’s the life of a straight white man, you get it... 

My Finest Hour

My Finest Hour

Iain's grandfather is a Scottish war hero. Iain was a shy teen growing up in Gloucestershire with awkward hair. Could he ever live up to his family history and face the enemy on the beaches? 'Iain tells an amazing story that weaves between the generations... 

Midnight Paranormally Active and Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

Midnight Paranormally Active and Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

Dare you visit the world's most haunted and paranormally active location? Once used by Hellfire clubs, witches, body snatchers, prostitutes, criminals, plague victims and frequented by our famous misogynistic poltergeist... 

Marjolein Robertson: It's Time

Marjolein Robertson: It's Time

Shetland comedian Marjolein Robertson weaves through time with jokes, anecdotes and storytelling. Intertwining her own life with a traditional Shetland folk tale. 'Marjolein Robertson is a highly promising and delightfully original act' (Jay Richardson, Scotsman)... 

Fat Girl Slim... Chance

Fat Girl Slim... Chance

This is a show for the losers, the underdogs and the also-rans. This is a show for those people who want to win, but never will. Miranda Kane has spent her whole life trying to win something – anything! To get a trophy, an award, a certificate, or just a pat on the back and never succeeding... 

Universal Dad

Universal Dad

The story of a young man’s quest to find the father he never knew through an emotional cross-country journey that changes his life forever. A heartfelt, funny and engaging dramatic memoir... 

Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn

Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn

Award-winning storytelling. A real-life submariner gives a unique insider view of life aboard a nuclear submarine. Heart-warming personal stories of danger, suspense and true love underwater... 

The Red Guitar

The Red Guitar

Five-star review from The Herald, Rob Adams in 2016. Couldn't stay away. John Sheldon returns with stories to tell... Van Morrison's lead guitarist at 17, songwriter to James Taylor, a chance encounter with Jimi Hendrix... 

The Antiscians

The Antiscians

Inspired by the George MacDonald fairy tale, The Day Boy And The Night Girl. A warlock named Watho, seized by the madness of grief, raises two girls in isolation. When the girls meet for the first time, they're challenged by their differences and strengthened by their decisions to overcome them... 

'Aaave You Been Involved in a Comedy Show That Wasn't Your Fault?

'Aaave You Been Involved in a Comedy Show That Wasn't Your Fault?

Life is full of accidents, mishaps, frustrations and disappointments. At the age of 53, Bruce Fummey has experienced a few of them. Where's my compensation? Former Scottish Comedian of the Year vents on life now that middle age has hit... 

Aidan Goatley: 10 Films With My Dad

Aidan Goatley: 10 Films With My Dad

How do fathers and sons communicate? For Aidan and his Dad, it was through films. From John Wayne to Avatar, this is a tale of how two men grew up whilst eating popcorn. Now in its eighth year! 'Charmingly funny' (Scotsman)... 

Son of Jim

Son of Jim

'Three years ago, while on a hunt for stationery, I opened a desk drawer in my parents’ house...' Ever wonder who your parents were before you came along and ruined everything? A true story of found family treasure about a boy and his dad... 

FanDango

FanDango

Welkom to FanDango EyeLand. Kom drinke. Kom dansk. Hev enyThing. Bee enyWun. Hear arr DenniZens hav no Wurriez. Onlee Plezhur. Sette yore Trubbles asside en kom on in! 'Embarrassingly creative' ***** (BroadwayBaby... 

The Brooklyn Scotsman

The Brooklyn Scotsman

A teenage Scottish rapper leaves home to pursue his dreams across the Atlantic in New York City. Venturing into the unknown, Stevie finds himself living in one of the roughest ghettos in Brooklyn, where he will encounter sex, violence, drugs and so much more... 

Behind Our Skin

Behind Our Skin

Two intertwined monologues about womanhood and immigration merge, coalesce and diverge. Camille transfers to London and finds herself following a well-travelled road. She left her country to grow, yet her reality slowly narrows... 

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten shows you don't have to use a chalkboard to teach what we've known all along. Simple truths. Simple discoveries. Simply charming... 

Cool Story Bro

Cool Story Bro

Trev Tokabi, from the Ivory Coast, has a knack for putting himself in compromising situations! If you have a mate, friend, partner, homeboy, homegirl, brother, sister, husband, wife or just know someone who inexplicably always dig themselves into a hole, you will love this show... 

Elvis Presley All Shook Up

Elvis Presley All Shook Up

Take well-known Elvis songs, some less known, mix in a boy from Tupelo's story, add a quartet of musicians and gently shake, rattle and roll. The result is a fan's tribute to The King taking you from the early days in Memphis, onto Vegas... 

Jamie Oliphant: The Oliphant in the Room

Jamie Oliphant: The Oliphant in the Room

'An original way with words and a talent for one-liners and short stories... with a touch of the gangly Ivo Graham's about him' (Bruce Dessau). Piccadilly Comedian of the Year finalist, featuring on BBC One, ITV 2 and BBC Radio 4... 

A Complete Waste of Time

A Complete Waste of Time

Steve Chang takes you on an introspective journey to find meaning in life by means of ayahuasca, hookers and gay conversion camp. Spoiler alert: it’s a complete waste of time. A stand-up comedy, storytelling, solo show. 

A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery

A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery

A superhero story that refuses to be a comic book. Michelle Zahner joyfully mixes storytelling, comedy and poetry to work out how being a superhero in the real world really works. How do you rescue people from depression or broken friendships? How do you fight cyclones, rabid llamas or the patriarchy? What do you call a boy damsel? And shouldn't there be a villain somewhere? A new hero finds herself dealing with media hype, impossible expectations and protest groups... 

Aidan Goatley is the Vicar’s Husband

Aidan Goatley is the Vicar’s Husband

Aidan was divinely happy as an apathetic atheist until his wife started training as a vicar. With his best friend finding her path, Aidan questions his purpose while dealing with audio bibles, professional jealousy and the purgatory of cruise ships... 

The Dolly Parton Story

The Dolly Parton Story

The Dolly Parton Story premiers at The Fringe to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the Queen of Country, who currently holds an astonishing 153 major awards including nine Grammys and 11 CMA’s... 

An Evening with Michael Bubbles (No Champagne Included)

An Evening with Michael Bubbles (No Champagne Included)

Fresh from last year’s Bubbles and Martini sell-out hit, this show features the forever charming Michael Bublé tribute host Michael Bubbles in conversation, taking the audience on a journey of swing and movie medleys from blockbusters like La La Land and De-Lovely... 

Haunted Vaults Tour

Haunted Vaults Tour

Dark as the devil's heart, our haunted underground network of vaults from the 1700s will stimulate and excite your senses as the sinister history of these former slum dwellings, once inhabited by the poor and unfortunate along with criminals and prostitutes, begins to come to life in your imagination! Your pulse starts to speed up as your mouth gets drier due to your heightened awareness of what surrounds you! Once experienced, never forgotten. 

The Carole King Story

The Carole King Story

After a sell-out run in 2017 The Carole King Story returns to take you on an incredible journey through the career of this six-time Grammy Award winner and 20-time platinum hit maker... 

Children’s Haunted Underground Experience

Children’s Haunted Underground Experience

An atmospheric storytelling experience in Edinburgh’s largest network of 1700s Old Town underground vaults where the poor and destitute lived, and see if you can smell our resident ghost who goes by the name Mr Stinky. 

Vaults Tour

Vaults Tour

Hear tales of how the poor and unfortunate lived in terrible slum conditions, where disease and death were commonplace. Each vault has stories of terrible occurrences that your guide will impart to you... 

Ladies of Pleasure Tour

Ladies of Pleasure Tour

In the 18th century the Royal Mile had 117 brothels! This tour is led by a lady of the night (a guide, not a lady of negotiable virtues). Step back into the clandestine side of old Edinburgh, learn about the ladies in business! The tour is based on James Tytler's Ladies of Pleasure in Edinburgh, published in 1775. 

It's All My Mother's Fault!

It's All My Mother's Fault!

Romina Puma comes back and is darker than ever! It’s a show about love, or the lack of it, a show about a child longing to be cared for by her mother while having to care for her, and about selfishness as a last means of survival... 

The James Taylor Story

The James Taylor Story

The James Taylor Story returns to take you through the career of the five-time Grammy winner and US folk legend. This groundbreaking show-umentary format offers a fascinating insight into the man and the music... 

The Elvis Presley Story

The Elvis Presley Story

Travel with the boy from Tupelo through his teenage years in Memphis, tentative footsteps into Sun Records studios, to his meteoric rise to the worlds biggest selling artist. Featuring energetic renditions of That’s All Right Mamma, Mystery Train, Don’t be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender and many more... 

A Voice

A Voice

Paris, 1971: The optimism of the last decade is faltering, and women are fighting for equal rights. Yéyé star Angèle is watching her career stall, stuck in the image created for her fans and unable to find her true voice... 

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

On our tour we will reveal some of the secrets hidden within a city rich in culture and ancient history, and blessed with beauty. We will bring the past and its people vividly to life... 

007 Voices of Bond

007 Voices of Bond

Voices of Bond is a spectacle like no other. Fresh from her sell-out show The Carole King Story at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, sensational vocalist Phoebe Katis invites you on a journey following the captivating world of 007, and the voices that have accompanied this story over the last five decades... 

The Joni Mitchell Story

The Joni Mitchell Story

The Joni Mitchell Story returns to take you on an emotive journey through the life of the nine-time Grammy winner and folk music pioneer. This new groundbreaking show-umentary format gives a fascinating insight into the artist and her music... 

The Johnny Cash Story

The Johnny Cash Story

The Johnny Cash Story premiers at the Fringe to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the 18-time Grammy winner. Immerse yourself in the world of the Man in Black in this groundbreaking show-umentary format... 

Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues

Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues

Led by acclaimed vocalist Nicole Smit, Queens of the Blues presents a musical celebration of the women who have shaped blues and popular music as we know it, and have gone largely unrecognised for their influence and talent, until now... 

SuzanneVega&Me

SuzanneVega&Me

Tour guides need good voices but there’s only one who amazes her audiences with crystalline singing. When Nadja Fischer from Hamburg met guitarist Mark Brown in Edinburgh, their couchsurfing encounter turned into an unlikely musical journey... 

Karoshi

Karoshi

Apparently, 60% of us hate our jobs. No wonder, with pointless jargon to contend with (key performance indicators?) and even more pointless employee perks. As for bosses, where do we start? Karoshi is Japanese for death by overwork – literally... 

Fat Chance

Fat Chance

Stand-up comedian Daniel Lobell has been fat his whole life. Now 35 and morbidly obese, he is determined to conquer his food addiction and get healthy. 

The Storyteller's Apprentice

The Storyteller's Apprentice

'Join me, Loquacious, storyteller extraordinaire; my words weave with unique flair. Wondrous stories of adventure and hellfire; mystery, magic and desire. The tales I tell entertain and delight; astound, intrigue, and even fright!' Set in the fantasy world of Edra, The Storyteller’s Apprentice explores the feisty dynamic between travelling master storyteller Loquacious MacCarbre and his long-suffering apprentice Stumps... 

The Poetry of Sticking an Egg Up a Hen's Butt!

The Poetry of Sticking an Egg Up a Hen's Butt!

Everyday life can be tragic and comical at the same time. And what’s more uneasy – to laugh at something that is tragic or to take something ridiculous seriously? These are the questions for this unique show: one story with two ways of telling it; one day as a tragedy and one day as a comedy... 

Poppets Adventure

Poppets Adventure

Make way for the Poppets crew! Join best friends Cory, Daisy, Poppy and Lewis as they go on an exciting adventure. 

Jennifer Lack: Narratively Satisfying

Jennifer Lack: Narratively Satisfying

In her debut show, massive nerd and pathological truth-seeker Jennifer Lack (graduate of Fourth Monkey Theatre Company) plays The Author at a reading of her new novel. Its plot: Jennifer’s childhood mission to find out why her grandma committed suicide... 

American Francophile in Blighty

American Francophile in Blighty

This exquisite, sophisticated yet quirky mix of jazz, chanson, French pop, and rare trivia will ignite and excite your inner Francophile (even if you didn't know you had one). Internationally acclaimed and awarding winning vocalist Mychelle Colleary (native Californian, honorary New Yorker, now Londoner) deliciously delivers songs and stories of fellow Francophiles including Josephine Baker, Miles Davis, Kurt Weill and Cole Porter, alongside contemporary and traditional French songs from Piaf to Gainsbourg... 

Book Lovers' Tour

Book Lovers' Tour

A guided walking tour visiting the sites and haunts of Edinburgh's literary legends: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, JM Barrie, Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin, JK Rowling and others, in the company of Allan Foster, author of Book Lovers' Edinburgh... 

Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks Tour

Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks Tour

Following on from last year’s successful stand-up show of the same name, Bruce Fummey will take a small group in a people carrier to hear the real story of this much maligned Scottish king... 

Clif Knight Sucks!

Clif Knight Sucks!

Clif Knight is a trainwreck and he's bringing comedy, music and mistaken world outlooks to make you feel better about yourselves. Get early seats and buy drinks that he cant afford. 

Stephanie Laing: Quitter

Stephanie Laing: Quitter

Stephanie Laing is a massive quitter. She’s given up alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, drugs (mostly), meat (sometimes), and casual sex (honest). But is she now a big ball of joy? Is everything bloody OK now? Come and see this lovable little weirdo talk about how she’s trying to fix her silly little brain by doing less things... 

Old Movies Saved My Life

Old Movies Saved My Life

Sometimes the best education comes from the most unexpected places. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, Mel Byron learnt everything she knows from films of the 30s and 40s. Everything about life, frocks, and especially, love... 

The Welcome Revolution

The Welcome Revolution

\"There is something about the UK, you do not welcome people.\" One woman goes on a mission to make a change. She hosts tea parties around the country, inviting her guests to enjoy a cuppa and share their thoughts on the act of welcoming... 

Gordon Southern: A Man for Two Seasons

Gordon Southern: A Man for Two Seasons

Gordon Southern has successfully avoided winter for ten years, a feat only previously achieved by bees, some birds and most bears. He's been fluttering delightfully between summer and autumn on a decade-long repeat... 

John Lynn: Addiction Diction

John Lynn: Addiction Diction

John Lynn is not a drug fiend. He doesn’t have a (serious) gambling problem. He’s not even that fond of coffee. However, like all of us, John has many addictions in his life. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, considered so because drugs alter the brain... 

Andy Barr: Neustadt

Andy Barr: Neustadt

Visionary architect Andy Barr, tasked with designing the ideal socialist city, is dragged into a paranoid nightmare of Cold War intrigue. Andy Barr is a stand-up and member of the Weirdos collective... 

Sameena Zehra: Existerhood

Sameena Zehra: Existerhood

Power balances are shifting. But can we get rid of all the arsebiscuits without becoming arsebiscuits ourselves? What price friendship, when revolution beckons? What price joy and compassion? And what about the menz? Intent... 

Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Tales Part II

Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Tales Part II

Last year, it was stories about being pissed on by a dragon, near death by a fire-breathing dragon, and accidentally joining a Romani Gypsy drug-smuggling ring. This year, it's a brand-new hour of true stories including Spekky Rizwan Goes To Jail, How Rahul Communicated With the Dead Via Facebook Messenger and How a Series of Tragic Life Events Forced Him to Confront His Own Mortality (but mainly it's dumb sh*t Rizwan did)... 

Pamela DeMenthe Presents: Sticky Digits

Pamela DeMenthe Presents: Sticky Digits

After exploding all over last year's Fringe, the doyenne of erotic fiction, Pamela DeMenthe, returns with her seminal scorcher, Sticky Digits: an interactive masterclass in salacious storytelling and a reading which will make you weep from every orifice... 

Adventurers Wanted: Rebellion

Adventurers Wanted: Rebellion

Elves, magic, and a lot of dice. These things may come to mind when one thinks of Dungeons and Dragons but the foundation of Adventurers Wanted: Rebellion is not the game, but the people... 

Wilde Creatures

Wilde Creatures

A motley crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde's classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories' magical new show, direct from London's West End. Characters from The Happy Prince and other stories spring to life as the pompous mayor, the petulant princess and the love-sick student compete to become the new town statue... 

Old Jewish Jokes

Old Jewish Jokes

Sixth year of the UK's most successful ever Jewish comedy. The traditional flavour of Jewish humour plus a satirical look at the life of the modern Jewish comic. For brief video clip see oldjewishjokes... 

Lou Conran: At Least I'm Not Dog Poo Darren

Lou Conran: At Least I'm Not Dog Poo Darren

There’s always someone worse off than you, isn’t there? Someone that you regularly thank your lucky stars that you’re not like. But what if all isn’t as it seems? After a critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Conran returns with a show about presumption, misunderstandings and misgivings... 

Adventures in Dementia: Steve Day

Adventures in Dementia: Steve Day

Steve's dad has Alzheimers. There's nothing he can do about it except remember the way he was. Steve has also been deaf since his teens but has new hearing aids so now he's gone through all the music of his youth... 

Waves

Waves

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

Jokes from a Shithole

Jokes from a Shithole

Jokes from a Shithole is an hour of stand-up containing social commentary, personal stories, and satire from the perspective of two Haitian immigrants. Tanael Joachim has been performing stand-up in New York for the past five years... 

A Beginner's Guide to Bondage

A Beginner's Guide to Bondage

A funny, naughty romp through the world of BDSM. Have you seen 50 Shades of Grey? Are you fetish curious? Do you ever feel like a change from vanilla sex? Mistress Venita answers queries and books kinky dom sessions for her wonderfully weird clients in her dungeon... 

Godley's Cream 20 Years and Counting

Godley's Cream 20 Years and Counting

20 years of Fringe shows, 20 years of touring and so many stories. From LA to New York, Newcastle and Glasgow. Godmother of Scottish Comedy, chief Trump annoyer and all-round Glasgow mouth piece brings her show back to the Counting House... 

Sasha Ellen: No Man's Land

Sasha Ellen: No Man's Land

In 2010, the island of Herm (the Channel Islands' smallest island) declared a state of emergency. Helicopters went up. Divers went down. It was all Sasha's fault. A stand-up show about how Sasha brought a part of the world to a halt... 

Adam Patel: Brown Magic

Adam Patel: Brown Magic

Adam Patel, one of the UK’s top street magicians, takes to the stage for the first time to showcase his skills of sleight of hand, perceptual manipulation and mind-hacking while relating magic to stories from his life... 

Sally-Anne Hayward: Comedienne-ess

Sally-Anne Hayward: Comedienne-ess

Fifty-eight minutes of jokes from one of the UK comedy scene's most vaginary binaries. Sally guarantees this show will change your life, even if only by making it an hour shorter – come and feel the wrath of her mirth! 'Exceptionally funny' (Independent)... 

Adam Vincent: Stuck in the Suburbs With You

Adam Vincent: Stuck in the Suburbs With You

See this award-nominated (best comedy Buxton Fringe 2017) Australian (now lives in Bedfordshire…gutted) who played to full houses throughout Fringe 2017. See the man who writes for Channel 4’s award-winning show The Last Leg (not the leg jokes)... 

Ivor Dembina Show

Ivor Dembina Show

Jewish comedian's truthful stand-up, funny stories and good jokes. A delightful mixture of new, old and very old material. Adult humour in the true sense of the words. Perfect early evening entertainment... 

James Loveridge

James Loveridge

Despite the world being on the brink of collapse, its fair to say James is the happiest he's ever been. He's just got engaged, his relationship with his cat has improved (subject to change), now all he has to do is not f*ck it up! Best Show nominee at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 (Amused Moose)... 

Unhinged

Unhinged

Our global world is unhinged (maybe that’s why people want to go to Mars)! Connor McDonough-Flynn will bring you on a tour of our weirdly wonderful world in his show Unhinged. The motivation behind Connor’s comedy is to circumnavigate the audience’s nerves, aiming to find the spots of laughter that truly speak to people and get them laughing outside of their comfort zone... 

Sarah Iles: Ghosted

Sarah Iles: Ghosted

A fun stand-up show where comedian Sarah Iles invites you to her life of trying to date after 12 years out of the game (she was married, not in prison – insert a hack witty comment here about them being the same) and not understanding the rules... 

The Burning Gadulka

The Burning Gadulka

Following a series of failures at music festivals, a Bulgarian musician faces a midlife crisis. Is his lifelong love affair with his instrument, the gadulka, about to be challenged by the arrival of a mysterious girl? Where do pandas come into the dilemma? Miro Kokenov takes us on a comic journey of doubt, sarcasm and the wonders of nature... 

Struan Logan: Struan All Over the World

Struan Logan: Struan All Over the World

In the hotly tipped debut hour from Scottish comedian and podcaster Struan Logan, he regales his tales of 18 months living out of a backpack through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia... 

The Adventures of Sam Swallow

The Adventures of Sam Swallow

Soar with Sam and his funny fiends on his thrilling migration North. Journey through wondrous landscapes, meet the creatures that inhabit them, and see the impact of pollution and climate change... 

The Hummingbird Effect

The Hummingbird Effect

Intimate solo cabaret featuring Deborah Brennan as storyteller and songstress. Enchanting show based on an unlikely true story of a chance encounter with a stranger that sets in motion life-changing events... 

Cosmic Comedy Berlin

Cosmic Comedy Berlin

Come and join us for a wunderbar time at Cosmic Comedy Berlin. Laugh your lederhosen off at a wide range of topics by some of the best comics from the Berlin English comedy scene. They will be sharing humorous stories of living, working and partying in one of the most popular cities in the world... 

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories V

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories V

The legendary late-night, vampire-flavoured torch-wielding storytelling ghoststravaganza returns for a fifth year! Run while you can!! Join Edinburgh’s favourite spooky comedian Will Seaward – 'terrifyingly charismatic' (Fest), 'part Brian Blessed, part Oscar Wilde, part crazed Victorian music hall MC' (Telegraph) – at the stroke of midnight for another fiendish new hour of extremely silly ghostly tales... 

Generation Y Us?

Generation Y Us?

Fiona Ridgewell: Piccadilly Comedy grand finalist 2017/18. 'Fiona has funny bones, an easy warmth and actual gags' (Julia Chamberlain). Tom Elwes: SYTYF semi-finalist 2017. 'Tom is a natural, I absolutely expect him to be on TV in about a year' (Barry Ferns, Angel Comedy)... 

Hayley Ellis: Once, Twice, Three Times a Hayley

Hayley Ellis: Once, Twice, Three Times a Hayley

Featured in the top Fringe jokes of all time in The Scotsman, The Independent and The Mirror. Guess who's back? Back again, Hayley's back, tell a friend. I mean that opening line relies heavily on you having knowledge of the Eminem song... 

Martha McBrier – Fur Coat Nae Knickers

Martha McBrier – Fur Coat Nae Knickers

Please note – this is not a dress code. A show about growing up poor and trying to forget your past. But how do you shake off your past, yet stay true to yourself? True stories from ‘a naturally charismatic story teller’ **** (Fest) about family, neighbours and quite literally singing for your supper... 

Nathaniel Metcalfe: Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature

Nathaniel Metcalfe: Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature

Mildly anticipated new show from the 'delightfully silly' (Time Out), Josh Widdicombe’s XFM Show regular, who has also been heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra. Directed by James Acaster... 

Eleanor Conway: Walk of Shame 2

Eleanor Conway: Walk of Shame 2

‘…Conway is chaotic and electric’ **** (Skinny). ‘…A charm and energy you can’t learn’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). Fresh off the back of a 100-date, 10-country tour with her debut Walk of Shame, this award nominee returns with her hotly anticipated sequel about what happens when you stop chasing the ‘perfect’ version of you and realise she’s been right there all along. 

On Earth As It Is

On Earth As It Is

This tour de farce of satire, parody and general comic mayhem chronicles the exploits of an American in Central and Eastern Europe when humanity first awoke from the deep freeze of communism... 

Spring Day: Strong Codependent Woman – Free

Spring Day: Strong Codependent Woman – Free

Who runs the world? Not this bitch. I handed the keys to a drunk guy. Come see Spring Day (her real name!), voted Brooklyn's Best Comedian, tell true tales of the selfishly selfless... 

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 Shallow Entertainment Tour

The Shallow Entertainment Tour

Sören Bergen was just an ordinary guy. Nobody in Faukhan had a clue who he really was. But then Mona disappeared... and everything changed. The Shallow Entertainment Tour is an experimental storytelling solo show about identity, rumours and what happens if everything you think is real turns out to be fake... 

Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere in this family-friendly story. Join Poppy, Head Bubbler hopeful, as she learns some new tricks to impress her friends and win her dream job. Can she blow bubbles with just her hands? How do square bubbles work? How many people does it take to fill a room with bubbles? Come along and help Poppy find out and you could end up in a giant bubble of your own. 

Catch of the Day (A Sturgeon Story)

Catch of the Day (A Sturgeon Story)

In 1966, Joe Welch, a skipper, sails into dingle harbour with a very unusual catch... What follows is a bizarre series of events involving a publican with a biscuit tin, Eamon de Valera, Queen Elizabeth and some nuns... 

Charmian Hughes – Bra Trek

Charmian Hughes – Bra Trek

Bra as metaphwoar! Life can make us all outsiders through its conspiracy of myths and fairy tales. Bust out of stereotypes that squash us, in an uplifting quest to find our own fit in the world and a bra that fits... 

Shaggers (Free Festival)

Shaggers (Free Festival)

Following more sell-out shows at festivals and theatres worldwide, this hit show returns with a changing line-up of various comedians with hilarious material based on sex and relationships! 'Excellent' ***** (Audience review from EdFringe... 

Mike's Back

Mike's Back

After a sell-out world tour and best-selling book Gobsmacked, former dentist turned comedy giant Michael Hackett is back. Back to share more unthinkable stories delivered with his outlandish brand of humour... 

Jake Donaldson: Help! I'm Trapped in the Body of an Adequate Comedian!

Jake Donaldson: Help! I'm Trapped in the Body of an Adequate Comedian!

Jake Donaldson returns to the Fringe with his debut hour-long solo show! Jake mixes stand-up and storytelling in his new show which explores what it’s really like to try to follow your dreams... 

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe

Nominated Best Performance, Melbourne Fringe. Life's a party. At some point we all have to leave; some of us just choose when. Through storytelling, live musical soundscapes and spoken word, this is an autobiographical account dealing with loss... 

Heard the One About Identity Theft? With the Real Bennett Arron

Heard the One About Identity Theft? With the Real Bennett Arron

This Welsh comedian was the first major victim of Identity Theft in the UK. The crime left him and his pregnant wife penniless and homeless. He went on to make a Channel 4 documentary on the subject in which he demonstrated the ease of the crime by stealing the identity of the Home Secretary... 

Des Kapital: Mao That’s What I Call Music!

Des Kapital: Mao That’s What I Call Music!

Following sell-out shows on the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes for Never Mind the Cossacks – 'brilliantly conceived' (FringeGuru.com) – Communist crooner Des Kapital (winner: Gulags Got Talent) storysings the story of Mao’s China, using music by Adele (Hellish), The Smiths (Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Mao), Drake (Hotline Beijing), Robbie Williams (Engels) and lots more... 

Shaggers (Free Festival)

Shaggers (Free Festival)

Following more sell-out shows at festivals and theatres worldwide, this hit show returns with a changing line-up of various comedians with hilarious material based on sex and relationships! 'Excellent' ***** (Audience review from EdFringe... 

Phil Kay: Lighter Hour

Phil Kay: Lighter Hour

See Phil nails all today's major issues in play in his fast not furious, voiced-based show... Master of mirth and energy, skipping from one thing to the next: a wheelbarrow display team, dog bites in Bangkok, being a swineherd... 

Suzanne Lea Shepherd: You're Okay!

Suzanne Lea Shepherd: You're Okay!

Thanksgiving with your family in the most eye-popping of places. Don't worry... You’re Okay! Suzanne is a New York comedian who was selected for the San Francisco Comedy Competition finals, New York Winter Film Festival finals and the DC Comedy Festival... 

Terrible Sex Tips: Live and Uncut

Terrible Sex Tips: Live and Uncut

Strap in for the sex-ed show of the century as we debunk the desire industry. The Smut Lady of Edinburgh is back with this comedic takedown of societal expectations, slut shaming, and substandard sex... 

That's My Story Podcast

That's My Story Podcast

Comedians Bronston Jones (USA) and Martin Mor (IRE) are joined each day by a different guest. They tell stories on a theme. Anecdotes, accounts, legends, myths, sagas, fables, tall tales, and true stories. 

Desiree Mother F*cking Burch

Desiree Mother F*cking Burch

As seen on Live at the Apollo, The Mash Report, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Roast Battle, QI and Have I Got News For You?, comedian Desiree Burch presents her nearly eponymous third stand-up hour... 

Seen and Heard

Seen and Heard

Winner: Best Cabaret, Melbourne Fringe 2017. A stunning showcase of song, circus, dance, striptease and vaudeville, combined with the confessional art of storytelling. Burlesque queen and storyteller Becky Lou has trawled the glittery underbelly of the international Fringe circuit, queer parties, circus spaces and burlesque bars to bring together this incredible line-up of alt-cabaret artists willing to embrace their vulnerability and share personal stories... 

Martin Mor is Blocked

Martin Mor is Blocked

Martin Mor is blocked on Twitter by Donald Trump, the NRA, and the Creationist Museum. That’s three good reasons to see this show. 'A comedy institution' (Guardian). 'World class' (Scotsman). 

Duckpond: An Element of Mystery in Umpteen Samples

Duckpond: An Element of Mystery in Umpteen Samples

The war is over: there is peace in our time. In a bunker underneath Edinburgh, Ciaran and Kit, two hapless but well-meaning bureaucrats, invite you on a crash course in the art of duckpond maintenance featuring storytelling, music and duck-related propaganda... 

Getting Higher

Getting Higher

Hannah quit being a comedian in 2013 when she stopped believing in herself (despite being very funny). Lost and without purpose, she fell into a corporate job and a cycle of reckless escapism... 

Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit

Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit

'Growing up – I was too brown for the white kids and the wrong kind of brown for the brown kids. That's when I first questioned my identity.' Come and join international stand-up comedian Dharmander Singh as he goes on a journey to discover his identity, roots and nationality through funny stories and observations about being named after a Bollywood legend, living and trying to belong in 80's Birmingham and the challenges and pleasures of being an Indian-looking Brummie in Berlin. 

The Problem With Faye Treacy

The Problem With Faye Treacy

Debut hour (Best Newcomer Musical Comedy Awards 2015; runner-up Bath New Act 2016; as heard on BBC Radio 2/4 Extra). When asked by her little sister for some career advice, Faye realised she'd spent the last half of her 20s trying to make trombone comedy work... 

Angry Boater

Angry Boater

No skills, no patience, hypertension and a boat. What really happens when you abandon the land to follow your dreams? Now in its fourth year, the glorious, comedic voyage from suburbia to chaos finally comes to Edinburgh. 

Andrew Silverwood: Reformed Terrorist

Andrew Silverwood: Reformed Terrorist

From his background in left-wing activism, award-winning stand-up and storyteller Andrew Silverwood spent a lot of his teenage years arguing with policemen. This show is about that and about doing shows at county fairs, being rescued from waterslides and explaining Argos to foreigners... 

Eat Sleep Shit Shag

Eat Sleep Shit Shag

Amused Moose Comedy Award finalist, 2015, Abbie Murphy returns to the Fringe with her new show, Eat Sleep Shit Shag. Murphy has been trying to figure out what it is to be a woman. Anecdotes from the ex showgirl and her journey from corduroys and football shirts, to feathers tits and teeth... 

Witches, Wee Folk and Watery Beasties

Witches, Wee Folk and Watery Beasties

There’s more to Scotland than meets the eye, for amidst the bonnie hills, craggy coasts and lush, green glens, dwell some truly curious beings. Storyteller Dougie Mackay evokes the gnarly soul of Scotland as clan chiefs, crones, fishermen and fools meet faeries, selkies, kelpies and giants in a weirdly wonderful ceilidh of classic tales and local legends... 

Kai Samra – Brothers (WIP)

Kai Samra – Brothers (WIP)

Winner of the Birmingham Breaking Talent Award 2017, Kai Samra is on a mission to subvert lazy stereotypes based on his personal experience of life as a working-class British-Asian... 

Archie Maddocks: Matchstick

Archie Maddocks: Matchstick

Award-winning Archie Maddocks presents an hour of biting, provocative, unflinchingly funny comedy where he explores his deepest and darkest thoughts, exposes his flaws and interrogates his personal connection to Grenfell Tower... 

I Can Make You Feel Good. By Comparison.

I Can Make You Feel Good. By Comparison.

A beatboxing and storytelling comedy show. Charlie Partridge tried to be cool while falling in love. This mistake and others took him on an adventure. Charlie has appeared on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Three... 

Sofie Hagen Tries Something

Sofie Hagen Tries Something

Hi. Each day I will be doing something different. A work-in-progress stand-up show, a live recording of my podcast Made of Human, a dance show, who knows? Go to sofiehagen.com to see a schedule. 

Accidental Cougar

Accidental Cougar

Sometimes you don't choose the life, the life chooses you! In the wake of becoming unexpectedly single, and even more unexpectedly turning 50, a fierce and funny feminist finds out what it's like when your favourite joke becomes your reality! From break-ups to wake-ups (and make-up!), it's a fresh and funny look at dating later and ever after... 

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger

Later this year Phil embarks on a national tour of his hit show Your Wrong. Your Wronger, will be a glorious expansion on the same themes that reflect upon, amongst many other things, his big brother Andrew’s severe car accident and the resulting five-week-long coma... 

Angry Boater

Angry Boater

No skills, no patience, hypertension and a boat. What really happens when you abandon the land to follow your dreams? Now in its fourth year, the glorious, comedic voyage from suburbia to chaos finally comes to Edinburgh. 

Nicoletta Wylde Is Afraid of the Dark

Nicoletta Wylde Is Afraid of the Dark

Nicoletta Wylde Is Afraid of the Dark is a semi-autobiographical, storytelling, spoken word show about living with night terrors. Wylde brings you on a bloody and surreal prose performance journey about monsters in the dark and what it takes to slay them. 

The Lesbian Whisperer

The Lesbian Whisperer

Lebanese by blood, Australian by birth, European by 2020. After a formidable spell in Berlin, Frank realises that identity is fickle and machismo is bullshit and is no longer defined by words... 

Samantha Pressdee: Pulling it Together (WIP)

Samantha Pressdee: Pulling it Together (WIP)

Four years ago Samantha lost everything, including her marbles. In an adventure through the British welfare system, Samantha battles cuts, medication and eventually trolls. The journey back to sanity can be a rough road... 

Matt Watson and Friends

Matt Watson and Friends

Laugh it Off Comedy presents Matt Watson and Friends. Come hear the story of a man who has put everything on the line to pursue what he loves, and feel inspired through humour to stop letting passion fall to the side and start living the dream. 

52 Days

52 Days

Hey, I'm Aidan, in 2012 I kept a journal on a deck of playing cards, one for every week. Pick them out and I'll tell stories spanning three continents about heartbreak, prison, fireworks – everything! The order's up to you... 

Phil Cooper: One Phil Over The Cooper's Nest

Phil Cooper: One Phil Over The Cooper's Nest

Join Phil in a lighthearted romp through the the world of collective delusions. Phil returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after his debut hour last year and looks at the truths we chose to believe over the fact she's leaving and she's not coming back... 

Rise of a Humble Poet

Rise of a Humble Poet

Life can be so cruel and yet so beautiful, come and join an aspiring author on a journey through a past full of hurt and joy, towards a beautiful and hopeful future. 

A Trilogy of Horrors

A Trilogy of Horrors

TumbleDry Theatre present three classic horror stories from three great writers. In Dickens’ The Signal Man, a schoolmistress tells of an unnerving meeting with a railway signalman, who claims to be visited by a prophetic ghost... 

Sara Barron: For Worse

Sara Barron: For Worse

The ‘reigning queen of New York’s live storytelling scene' (Jon Ronson) and host of the hit US storytelling show, The Moth, delivers her debut stand-up hour. Filthy, funny and incisive, Barron skewers her husband, her child, WhatsApp, herself and, notably, a tweenage sex script she wrote way back in 1992... 

Christian Elderfield: Bolloxed

Christian Elderfield: Bolloxed

Insanely talented comedian Christian Elderfield presents his first solo show, Bolloxed. This world-travelling Brit presents a performance packed with wonderfully punchy storytelling and clever observations... 

Danny O'Brien: Lock-In

Danny O'Brien: Lock-In

Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O'Brien went to prison. Three times to perform. Once again by accident. He's performed relentlessly worldwide and taken up a new religion through the medium of a hangry hangover... 

Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything

Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything

Master storyteller and perennial Fringe sell-out, Wil Greenway returns with live musicians and (hopefully) a live audience to help your human heart. Sold out 2015/16/17. Best Comedy Storytelling Act 2017 – What's on London Comedy Awards... 

Jacob Hawley: Howl

Jacob Hawley: Howl

BBC New Comedy 2017 finalist Jacob Hawley presents his highly-anticipated debut hour. Hailing from a working-class Brexit town, Jacob now has an arts degree, a vegetarian girlfriend and an almost-convincing concern for climate change... 

50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh

50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh

Show about family, taking risks and embracing change. Michelle's a Canadian stand-up comedian who unexpectedly fell into the world of comedy. She went to university and worked full-time, then one day was brought into the lunch room and laid off... 

Ben Target: Splosh!

Ben Target: Splosh!

Pool party starter and Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Ben Target, invites you to plunge in for a paddle. Goggles on for synchronised aquatics, front crawl relays and doggy paddle lessons (for beginners)... 

Matthew Highton – Insufficient Memory

Matthew Highton – Insufficient Memory

After his gran got dementia (funny start) cult favourite and master storyteller Matthew Highton wanted to figure out what makes us, us and does it all matter in the end? Joy, silliness, anarchy, revelation, shame, reflection and probably some bits that make you go awwww... 

Phantasmagorical

Phantasmagorical

The merrily macabre Sylvia Sceptre presents Phantasmagorical, a show of spooky mind reading and Victorian spirit theatre. This is as close as you will get to experiencing the thrills of the golden age of spiritualism... 

Asian Ellen DeGeneres

Asian Ellen DeGeneres

Lubna Kerr is a Scottish Pakistani female actor and writer who pays homage to the American comedian, TV presenter, writer and actor Ellen DeGeneres through her character comedy. Her character Aunty Jee is the agony aunt you wished you could have had when growing up and even in older age... 

Jacob Hatton: Ozymandias

Jacob Hatton: Ozymandias

Megastar millennial messiah, thinkfluencer and idiot Jacob Hatton (BBC Radio 4, Soho Theatre Young Company) cordially invites you to a riotous morning of stand-up, sketches and silliness about life, death, loss and legacy... 

Dave Chawner: Mental

Dave Chawner: Mental

A show about mental health (rather than mental illness). As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel 4. As heard on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. ***** (ArtsAward.org.uk). ***** (Bunbury Magazine)... 

Glenn Moore: Glenn Glenn Glenn, How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It

Glenn Moore: Glenn Glenn Glenn, How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It

Glenn Moore from Mock the Week and Absolute Radio presents a new show full of the distinctive jokes and offbeat gags we've come to accept. This time, he's going somewhere nobody's been before so you might want to join him for the big send-off... 

Tolerate

Tolerate

Split bill stand-up show from Megan Shandley (Funny Women grand finalist 2017) and Joe McTernan (Scottish Comedian of the Year semi-finalist 2017). Expect jokes, a stage and a real life ostrich... 

Alex Hylton: Everybody's Different and I'm the Same

Alex Hylton: Everybody's Different and I'm the Same

Alex Hylton is unique. Just like everybody else. Join one of Huffington Post's Must See New Acts of the Fringe as he tries to find out what makes him so special in this hilarious new show... 

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Amazing tales, elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories, all based on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories... 

Scott Bennett: Leap Year

Scott Bennett: Leap Year

People say it's brave to do stand-up comedy, it's braver to let someone you love do it. This year Scott has finally made a decision and it's changed his life and the lives of those around him... 

It's a Joke Life

It's a Joke Life

A wonderfully hilarious hour of stand-up comedy by two comedians that have been thrilling audiences throughout Europe with their show It’s A Joke Life. Touching and clever, this performance portrays the "joke" of life from a different perspective... 

Bronston Jones: Spilt Milk – Free

Bronston Jones: Spilt Milk – Free

They say 'don't cry over spilt milk'. Comedian Bronston Jones jokes about his life's little problems... and some big ones too! 'Certifiably unique' (LA Weekly). 'Very entertaining' (BroadwayBaby... 

Helen Duff: How Deep Is Your Duff?

Helen Duff: How Deep Is Your Duff?

Whip-smart stream-of-consciousness comedy from 'master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning' **** (BroadwayBaby.com), Helen Duff. Duff dives to 'a level of intimacy most acts wouldn't dare' **** (Skinny) and 'it's a joy to behold' **** (EdFestMag... 

What Listening to 10,000 Love Songs Has Taught Me About Love

What Listening to 10,000 Love Songs Has Taught Me About Love

A desk, a pile of papers, a stack of records and a funny, thought-provoking and really quite moving tale exploring love, love songs, and how we all live lives with our own personal soundtracks... 

The Hangover Cure

The Hangover Cure

BBC New Comedy Award nominee 2017. 'One to watch' (FunnyWomen.com, 2018). The Hangover Cure is the feel-good stand-up comedy show of the Fringe. Ruby Carr and Ophelie Hocquard will leave you feeling happy and psyched up for the rest of the day... 

Hal Branson: Mbolo

Hal Branson: Mbolo

The debut hour from one of comedy's rising stars. Join Hal as he relives a 2003 trip to Uganda to get over a nervous breakdown and nagging ganja habit. And help build a school. 'An understated comedy gem' (HuffingtonPost... 

Daniel Simonsen: Work in Progress

Daniel Simonsen: Work in Progress

Currently residing in New York City, the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer returns to the Fringe to build material. Come watch performances where anything could happen as the Norwegian comic alternates between working with and without a net... 

Chris Stokes: We Don't Need Roads

Chris Stokes: We Don't Need Roads

From BBC Three, Dave and elsewhere, award-winning comedian Chris (BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017, Milton Jones tour support) returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new show about time, space, love, reality and teeth... 

(No) Money in the Bank

(No) Money in the Bank

A new show about wrestling by double act Thom Bee and Andrew Marsh. Thom and Andrew are forming the first ever comedy tag-team and are going to use all the elements of tag-team wrestling to explain professional wrestling to the world... 

Paul Revill: Revillationships

Paul Revill: Revillationships

Paul Revill, Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2014, returns with a brand new show. With a marriage date set, a dog rescued and a death in the family, it’s time to look at relationships! 'This bright sparky chappy was a real quick witted geezer' ***** (ArtsinLeicestershire... 

EdinBra Fringe Comedy

EdinBra Fringe Comedy

The debut season of a revolving line-up of the best established and up-and-coming female comedians from around the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. An early evening show for all comedy fans... 

A Good Service on All Other Lines

A Good Service on All Other Lines

Writer/comedian David Head and singer/songwriter Matt Glover of Sincere Deceivers present a performance of silly love stories and melancholy folk pop. Come and enjoy intertwining tales of lovers, losers and locomotives... 

Abigoliah Schamaun: Do You Know Who I Think I Am?!

Abigoliah Schamaun: Do You Know Who I Think I Am?!

She's a myriad of paradoxes. A hardcore yoga bunny with surprisingly squishy thighs. A boring heteronormative disguised as a luscious lady lover. She grew up in the conservative Midwest of America to become an unabashedly liberal London-based comic... 

Simon Callow in De Profundis

Simon Callow in De Profundis

Olivier Award-winning Simon Callow performs Oscar Wilde’s searing meditation on his life, in the form of a devastating letter of reproach to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas – ‘Bosie’... 

Fitting Image

Fitting Image

Fitting Image is a show about fitting in and trying to be the person you want to be, especially when that is not exactly who people expect you to be or who you were destined to be. Winner of Comedy Battle 2008 (Netherlands)... 

Raymond Mearns Is in the House

Raymond Mearns Is in the House

It's Fringe time again and I'm back at The Beehive. Since 2012, I've been doing my thing in that wee sweaty room at the top of the stairs and it's always a blast! If you've been before you know what I mean... 

Larry Dean: Bampot

Larry Dean: Bampot

Fresh from a sell-out international tour and smash-hit Live at the Apollo debut, Larry returns with a new hour of 'unexpected and excellent' **** (Times) thoughts on Scottishness, sodomites and self-esteem... 

Old Jewish Jokes

Old Jewish Jokes

Sixth year of the UK's most successful ever Jewish comedy. The traditional flavour of Jewish humour plus a satirical look at the life of the modern Jewish comic. For brief video clip see oldjewishjokes... 

Yuriko Kotani: Moreish

Yuriko Kotani: Moreish

Born and raised in Japan, Yuriko Kotani now lives in the UK. Please come and join her new work-in-progress show! Using her unique perspective, she is going to tell stories of her experiences and thoughts... 

Tudur Owen: Undemanding

Tudur Owen: Undemanding

Another joyous stand-up show from BAFTA Award-winning comedian and father of Welsh people, Tudur Owen. Greatness doesn't come easily to Tudur, so he's given up trying and thinks the rest of the world should do the same... 

It'll Probably Be Alright

It'll Probably Be Alright

Dan tries to figure out when exactly one crosses the threshold into adulthood, and how long one must stay there before performing a U-turn, grabbing a milkshake and watching cartoons... 

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger

Later this year Phil embarks on a national tour of his hit show Your Wrong. Your Wronger, will be a glorious expansion on the same themes that reflect upon, amongst many other things, his big brother Andrew’s severe car accident and the resulting five-week-long coma... 

Alex Cofield: Supernova

Alex Cofield: Supernova

No sound, no atmosphere, nobody for miles around. North Piddle is one scary village. But there's a Big Bang coming... A funk-fuelled hip hopera, Supernova is the critically acclaimed comedy that is changing the sound of storytelling, as Melbourne Fringe best comedy award nominee Alex Cofield rhymes his way out of his routine rural life and shoots for intergalactic stardom... 

Luca Cupani: God Digger

Luca Cupani: God Digger

Luca's hypochondria and survival instincts have helped him live a fairly safe and sin-free life so far, but his imaginary diseases and unfulfilled dreams of being the poster child for over-the-counter painkillers have lead Luca to further question his Catholicism for life's answers... 

Children's Underground Ghost Tour

Children's Underground Ghost Tour

Help us find out which ghosts haunt our famous underground. Join mingin' Annie from Edinburgh's past and discover what it was like to have lived underground for 400 years! Full of disgusting stories and anecdotes that will make you laugh and cringe, along with an interactive ghost hunt taking you around our underground vaults! This is for the brave and curious children that dare to descend... 

John Hastings: Float Like a Butterfly, John Hastings Like a Bee

John Hastings: Float Like a Butterfly, John Hastings Like a Bee

Last year, John Hastings was hit by a car and broke his arm. He then became homeless (his choice) with a long distance girlfriend (her choice) and now has a lot of thoughts on pigeons and bicycles (your choice)... 

Alice Snedden: Self-Titled

Alice Snedden: Self-Titled

After performing to sold-out crowds at the New Zealand Comedy Festival, Alice Snedden is bringing her debut show, Self-Titled, to Edinburgh. Watch as she tells jokes and you laugh. Smile as she tells stories and you relate... 

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala

Best Dance: Adelaide and Perth Fringe 2017. International dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm are back with their critically acclaimed smash-hit production... 

The Duke

The Duke

In 2015 I sit at my desk waiting for an email to tell me what the final changes are that I need to make to the film script I've been working on for 10 years. I turn the radio on. I hear a report about the refugee crisis... 

Benet Brandreth: A Hero for Our Times

Benet Brandreth: A Hero for Our Times

Join award-winning comedian Benet Brandreth for a comic tale of love, loss, redemption and ramekins. Slightly surreal, hugely funny, it's a story about how to cope with the absurdity of today's world, find love at 43, put on a one-man show in New York and come to terms with all your spare ramekins... 

The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl

The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl

After seven years of sell-out shows, The Thinking Drinkers return with a brand-new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palaces and the secret Speakeasy... 

The Showstoppers' Kids Show

The Showstoppers' Kids Show

Fringe favourites and Olivier Award-winning improvisers, The Showstoppers, take your kids' ideas and transform them on the spot into interactive musical adventures. Harry Potter in space? Done! Dora and the Gruffalo meet dinosaurs under the sea? No worries! Kids (and only kids!) decide who we meet and where we go to create a show tailor-made to their imaginations... 

John Pendal: We Are Family

John Pendal: We Are Family

Storyteller and stand-up comedian John Pendal explores his family tree and discovers mutinies in the 1800s, arson in the 1900s and autism in the 2000s. He uses the results to try and answer life's big questions, such as, is it possible to get along with your Dad after Brexit? This is a show aimed at anyone anxious about the current state of the world... 

The Famous Five

The Famous Five

Join Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy for lashings of ginger beer and some of the most memorable moments of Enid Blyton’s beloved stories. The only official Famous Five at Edinburgh Fringe... 

Briony Redman: Sketch Artist

Briony Redman: Sketch Artist

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Unless you're driving. A comedy show that asks the big questions*. What's worse, an alien invasion or peer pressure? What is military zumba? Can you have an attempted murder mystery? Stories, sketch and a who-almost-dunnit... 

Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf at the Door

Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf at the Door

Small mistakes, big mistakes, life-changing mistakes. Rachel's made them all – a drawing she did when she was 6, the years 2008 to 2012 and friendship choices that turned out to be more poisonous than an apple in a fairytale... 

Bubble Show: Milkshake and the Bubble Flower

Bubble Show: Milkshake and the Bubble Flower

Every child goes inside their own bubble! Milkshake’s bubble flower cannot survive a cold winter without bubbles so she must get help from Dr Bubble – and quick! Smoke bubbles, giant bubbles, carousels, light tables, square bubbles, hand bubbles and the dodecahedron... 

Ben Pope: Baby Sasquatch

Ben Pope: Baby Sasquatch

Ben Pope is an award-winning comedian and cosmopolitan mammal. In this, his debut hour of stand-up, the hapless beast tries to find a nest. Expect jokes and stories on millennial rootlessness, finding and escaping yourself, Scandinavia and milk... 

Catherine Bohart: Immaculate

Catherine Bohart: Immaculate

Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of an Irish Catholic Deacon and she's got a hell of a lot to say about it. Debut show from a rising comedy star. Finalist: BBC New Comedy Award 2016... 

Portraits in Motion

Portraits in Motion

A flipbook might look like an ordinary but unusually shaped book, but appearances can be deceptive. Open it, flip its pages and you'll see a miniature movie. In Germany, home of Volker Gerling, the word for flipbook is Daumenkino – literally thumb-cinema... 

Matt Price: Last Night a Weegie Saved My Life

Matt Price: Last Night a Weegie Saved My Life

Friendly Cornish giant Matt Price was going out with a woman. The only problem is that she wasn't going out with him, so Matt spent a year of his life looking like the world's worst stalker... 

My Kind of Michael

My Kind of Michael

Ever since he was a kid, Nick has loved Michael Barrymore. In this heartfelt and playful tribute, Nick invites you to examine the turbulent relationship between showman and spectator... 

Real Fear Tour

Real Fear Tour

Experience the world’s most haunted city on a ghost tour of Edinburgh and be spooked by one of the city’s most infamous sons as they lead you around the dark side of the Old Town... 

Jeremy Nicholas: After Dinner Stories from My Disastrous Broadcasting Career

Jeremy Nicholas: After Dinner Stories from My Disastrous Broadcasting Career

Sony Award-winning broadcaster Jeremy Nicholas brings his hilarious debut hour. Based on true-life stories from 27 years of trying not to get fired on TV and radio with the BBC. There was the time he reported on the face of Elvis in the blue veins of a cheese or his catastrophic mistake to a global TV audience during London 2012... 

Brennan Reece: Evermore

Brennan Reece: Evermore

After the sold-out success of Everglow and Everlong, English Comedian of the Year winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and voice of ITV's Survival of the Fittest is back with a lovely story from a loveable boy about loving things... 

Girlfriend from Hell

Girlfriend from Hell

Gabby Killick is one of a new wave of female comedians taking Europe by storm! Gabby has recently headlined shows in Austria, Germany and Spain as well as being listed in the Funny Woman top three and winning Birmingham's Best Newcomer... 

Little Fish Free Walking Tour

Little Fish Free Walking Tour

For the first time Little Fish Tours is running our Festival Friendly Tour. This is a one hour highlights of Edinburgh tour that should fit in well with your busy festival timetable. 

Edd Hedges: For Eva, from Forever Ago

Edd Hedges: For Eva, from Forever Ago

In 1988 a teenager lost control of his car. In 2014 a Halloween party took an unexpected turn. In 2017 there was a thunder storm in a small village. Edd Hedges returns, following his debut show Wonderland, with another unique hour of storytelling... 

Gareth Mutch: Wants Mutch More

Gareth Mutch: Wants Mutch More

After sell-out shows in 2016 and 2017 Gareth Mutch returns with a bucket list to help fix his tragic life. What do you do when you wake up aged 24 and realise you have seen, done, experienced, and achieved nothing? Well, comedian Gareth Mutch made a list: a roadmap to sorting out his life and figuring out what it is he actually wants... 

Chris Forbes: Prophecy

Chris Forbes: Prophecy

Chris Forbes, star of BBC hit comedy Scot Squad, returns to the Fringe to tell you the extraordinary tale of how he met a man who claimed to be the son of God. 'He's brilliant company – honest, insightful, very funny' **** (Scotsman)... 

Afternoon Family Underground Ghost Tour

Afternoon Family Underground Ghost Tour

Be led by a gruesome character from Edinburgh’s dark past around historic closes and wynds, then take a visit down into our underground vaults. Your guide will delight, entertain and horrify you with stories of ghosts, torture and witchcraft, all with the odd bad joke thrown in from time to time... 

Stuart Mitchell: Gordon Ramsay's Karma Cafe

Stuart Mitchell: Gordon Ramsay's Karma Cafe

A truly astonishing and hilarious confessional story where the worlds of haute cuisine and high finance collide, bringing about a lucid moment in the life of someone who was lost and now is found... 

Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie

Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie

One man. One hour. One second hand camcorder. Join 'charming storyteller' (Chortle.co.uk) Richard Soames as he gets the band back together, gives that half-time speech to the peewee hockey team, casts the ring into the fires of The Death Star without crossing the streams and makes an entire movie in sixty minutes... 

Andrea Hubert: Holes of Joy

Andrea Hubert: Holes of Joy

Life is a heavy blanket of sadness and if you want joy, you've got to poke some holes. Yes, that's basic Buddhism, but let's let her think she invented it, okay? Join BAFTA prize-winning writer Andrea as she tries to make the world a better place... 

Jay Lafferty: Wheesht!

Jay Lafferty: Wheesht!

With a colourful history of never knowing when to shut up, Jay has managed to get herself into – and occasionally out of – more than a few tricky situations. After a lifetime of being told to pipe down, Jay never expected the trouble that would come from holding her tongue... 

Extinguished Things

Extinguished Things

'My neighbours leave their flat one morning but don't return. Al and Evie, married 40 years, no kids. I have their spare keys. I cannot resist.' Award-winning writer/performer Molly Taylor pieces together the story of two lives intertwined... 

Daniel Cainer: Old Dog, New Shtick!

Daniel Cainer: Old Dog, New Shtick!

More stories-in-song from this multi award-winning Jewish songwriter and Fringe favourite. Smart, funny, timely and only slightly irreverent, Cainer's moving tales are a musical treat for anyone who has ever wrestled with their home, their heritage, and their heart... 

Paddington Bear's First Concert

Paddington Bear's First Concert

Join Paddington Bear on his adventures as he leaves home, meets his new family and enjoys his first concert – not without causing his fair share of mayhem, of course! The charming tales of everyone's favourite bear come to life with storytelling, narration and a live orchestra... 

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe

Nominated Best Performance, Melbourne Fringe. Life's a party. At some point we all have to leave; some of us just choose when. Through storytelling, live musical soundscapes and spoken word, this is an autobiographical account dealing with loss... 

Kieran Hodgson: '75

Kieran Hodgson: '75

Ask most people to remember the early 70s and they won't. But for character comedian and tedious party guest Kieran Hodgson, they might hold the answer to the biggest question of our time: Europe? Twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Kieran returns to the Fringe with the epic tale of how Britain joined Europe in the first place... 

Katie & Pip

Katie & Pip

Katie & Pip celebrates the relationship between Katie, a 15-year-old Type 1 Diabetic girl and Pip, her five-year-old border collie, trained by Katie to save her life on a daily basis... 

Mr Fizzywigg's Story Factory

Mr Fizzywigg's Story Factory

Come help jolly Mr Fizzywigg create a new story before his beloved factory is shut forever! Using all the tools of the trade, including the giant wheel of silly voices and the massive box of zany hats, Mr Fizzywigg leads his team of intrepid Fizzywiggers to create a new theatrical masterpiece! Your kids provide the plot, characters, dialogue and sound effects in this interactive workshop... 

A Ghost's Tale

A Ghost's Tale

A ghost tour like no other! With 3D immersive sound (a virtual reality for the ears) our headphones will teleport you into a mixed reality, where companions from the past, revealing their tales, will escort you around the old streets of Edinburgh... 

Shaggers (Free Festival)

Shaggers (Free Festival)

Following more sell-out shows at festivals and theatres worldwide, this hit show returns with a changing line-up of various comedians with hilarious material based on sex and relationships! 'Excellent' ***** (Audience review from EdFringe... 

Ghost and Torture Tour

Ghost and Torture Tour

A bone-chilling tour as our costumed guide takes you around some of the Old Town's cobbled streets dispensing the history of the dark characters that used to roam them and why their names became immortalised... 

Africa Weird and Wonderful

Africa Weird and Wonderful

Africa is bursting with weird and wonderful stories and facts. Fun for all the family. 

Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Tour

Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Tour

This tour takes you to Edinburgh Old Town's two most bone-chilling locations. Your tour includes the world-famous Greyfriars graveyard, with tales of body snatchers, mortsafes, Greyfriars Bobby and lots more... 

Heads Up

Heads Up

Kieran Hurley works towards an overwhelming state of urgency with the audience in his solo show Heads Up. Delivered with effective use of second-person narration, Heads Up is a story about the end of the world, and we follow the plight of four individuals who are deeply distressed and disconnected with the world around them... 

The Gin Whore Tour

The Gin Whore Tour

Katherine O’Neil really knows gin. As a professional in the drinks industry for several years and an obvious fan of her subject, she has created this tonic of a show (see what I did there?) that fills us in on the important and fascinating history of Gin and also fills us with gin... 

GloW-Design: Open – GENARATTIVE thnktank: Design Interventions: Nationalism vs Globalism

GloW-Design: Open – GENARATTIVE thnktank: Design Interventions: Nationalism vs Globalism

GENARATTIVE is a multicultural, multidisciplinary and multinational design think-tank. Challenges common to humanity and affecting global society, along with potential solutions, are imaginatively rethought for contextualised input in this public-participation discussion... 

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

TV has a special place in our hearts, for comforting us on a very personal level, and for giving us the communal experience of watching and talking about it. It is part of our national identity; all brits look at Inspector Morse or Eastenders or James Bond as a distinct part of their culture, whether high or low... 

Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen

Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen

Nominated twice for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show and total Fringe sell-out 2015 and 2016, Sarah Kendall returns with her brand-new show One-Seventeen. A blistering new hour of storytelling from the creator and star of the hit BBC Radio 4 series Australian Trilogy... 

Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches

Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches

Enlightenment is an unusual concept. What is it? How does one attain it? Is such a thing as enlightenment even possible? An hour in the company of Abigoliah Schamaun is unlikely to aid you in reaching the serenity of the gurus but you’ll definitely leave feeling better about the universe... 

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories IV

Will Seaward's Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories IV

There has never been a more perfect match for the phrase ‘larger than life’ than Will Seaward. Adorned in purple velvet as he welcomes us into the room with a great big booming voice, Will is a true showman (although I get the feeling that this persona is the real person and not just an act)... 

The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol

The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol

I know what you’re thinking: Love alcohol? You’ll love this show. Hate alcohol? You'll hate this show. Thankfully, this is not the case. Join Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham as they bring you on a liquid journey that is as thirst-inducing as it is thirst-quenching, as entertaining as it is informative, and as appealing for teetotallers as it is alcohol connoisseurs... 

Matt Panesh – Greyhound!

Matt Panesh – Greyhound!

Hilarious and horrifying true story of a simple poet's bus journey with a body-mutilating beheading bandito. In life, sometimes you don't choose who you sit next to! **** (ThreeWeeks)... 

The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo's Child

Much as it is a pleasure to discover a hidden gem amongst the mass of shows in Edinburgh, there’s also something very reassuring about having a list of reliable prospects. Whether it’s a venue, a regular show, a stalwart performer or a company, it’s nice to have these tentpoles around which to build your Fringe schedule... 

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

As seen on Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Heard on Welcome to Night Vale and The Guilty Feminist Podcast. The 2015 Funny Women Award-winner presents her second comedy hour on sex, race and capitalism... 

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

The story goes that in November 1786 the Scottish poet Robert Burns borrowed a pony and left his native Ayrshire for Edinburgh. Burns’ Edinburgh is a dark, soulless bed of artless commercialism, a maze of grim roads, brutal drawing rooms and eating clubs... 

Sue Perkins Live! in Spectacles

Sue Perkins Live! in Spectacles

A rare chance to enjoy an afternoon with Sue Perkins packed full of sparkling wit, great stories, a user's guide to Mary Berry plus the opportunity to put your burning questions to Sue in a lively Q&A session... 

You're Never Too Old... Are You? – Free

You're Never Too Old... Are You? – Free

Jim Everett, AKA Jimmy Francis, is relatively new to comedy. A former soldier of over 32 years, always been a fan of comedy, upon retiring in 2013 had the inclination to have a go at stand-up... 

Hands-On Messiah

Hands-On Messiah

Hands-on Messiah, written and performed by F. Mary Callan, is a one-person adaptation of the Gospel of John told from the perspective of characters, great or small, who met and interacted with Jesus... 

Lamentations

Lamentations

This piece of historical new writing takes its audience through four periods in Zimbabwe’s turbulent past, stretching a staggering 120 years, from 1895 to 2015. The action shifts from the toxic time soon after Cecil Rhodes began his colonial project in Zimbabwe and the resulting Matabele Wars, to Mugabe and Nkomo’s Nationalist resistance in the sixties, to the mass killings of dissidents against Mugabe’s premiership, and finally to the unstable yet hopeful present... 

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter If I Want to

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter If I Want to

Isobel Marmion's one woman nervous breakdown, entitled This Is My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter if I Want To, was a disturbing and joyless foray into a mind no one present wanted to delve into... 

Forks, Sharks and Leafy Greens

Forks, Sharks and Leafy Greens

Two grown women wonder whether basking sharks eat people, whether not eating enough leafy greens during your pregnancy will cause your child to have no fashion sense and if combing your hair with a fork is something you should share. 

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Physical, visual and comedic styles of performance combine together in this family-friendly retelling of the classic Greek myth. Together, we join Jason on his journey as he seeks the famed Golden Fleece to prove his right to be King of Thessaly... 

Be Prepared!

Be Prepared!

Patrol Leader Lesley Stone absolutely loved being a Girl Guide. In fact, she still does! She shares anarchic anecdotes, candid confessions and saucy songs. Now she's desperately sitting badges, camping around and looking for love... 

Stuart Maconie: Jarrow Road to the Deep South

Stuart Maconie: Jarrow Road to the Deep South

In October 2016, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London, retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on, through a divided, complex country that echoes 1936 in many ways... 

The Writers' Room

The Writers' Room

Degrees Of Error, best known for Murder, She Didn't Write, present to you their latest creation. Welcome to The Writers' Room, a basement littered with ideas where some of the greatest creative minds available have assembled... 

Bob Doolally's Load of Old Balls

Bob Doolally's Load of Old Balls

The legendary retired football manager turned alcoholic pundit from hell is back with a show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Wembley 1967. Outrageous views on football, some random filth and plenty of drink-fuelled rage on life in general... 

The Knitted Bible Stories Exhibition

The Knitted Bible Stories Exhibition

A fun, yet breathtaking and moving display of thirteen stories chosen from the Bible and reproduced by hand in wool. This amazing exhibition is the creation of a specially formed knitting group from The Salvation Army in Warrington, first displayed in November 2016 and featured on the BBC News... 

Story Poker

Story Poker

Story Poker is a game where five comedians tell their true stories, to win a round of Story Poker. Each show we crown a Story Poker Champion and learn how the best stories might not be the ones we would have told in the first place... 

Behind Our Skin

Behind Our Skin

When Camille transfers to London, she finds herself blissfully following a well-travelled road. She left her country to discover and grow, yet her reality slowly narrows. But when complications with her baby arise, she needs to truthfully engage with the society that has welcomed her... 

The Strange and the Eerie: Ballads and Stories of Auld Scotland

The Strange and the Eerie: Ballads and Stories of Auld Scotland

Scotland’s dark and mysterious past is hidden deep in its songs and legends. Heather Yule, Jeanie Roy Collins and Alison Bell are Cantrip Teasel. Join them on their dangerous quest through ancient ballads and stories, accompanied by the atmospheric music of the Scottish harp... 

An Evening With an Immigrant

An Evening With an Immigrant

Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams, born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered to be Boko Haram territory, left Nigeria for England in 1996 aged 12... 

Golem

Golem

When we feel powerless, we create monsters – and then? It’s the Passover, a young girl has gone missing and the Jews know they will be blamed. The Blood Libel is coming to Prague... 

The Papa CJ Happiness Project

The Papa CJ Happiness Project

Winner of Asia and India's Best Stand-up Comedian Awards, Papa CJ has performed over 2000 shows in over 20 countries. The Happiness Project is a global campaign where he performs for free to raise money for charities... 

Nick Cody: On Fire

Nick Cody: On Fire

Nick Cody returns for his third year at the Fringe after successes with Beard Game Strong and Come Get Some. For those acquainted with Cody you’ll be pleased to hear he hasn’t grown up at all, and is back with more vegan rants and one-beer-too-many tales... 

Jessica Fostekew: The Silence of the Nans

Jessica Fostekew: The Silence of the Nans

There are comedians that are laugh out loud funny, every couple of minutes a big laugh; but the stuff in between is dead air and tumbleweed. There are some comedians that are excellent storytellers, and hold your attention... 

Amused Moose Comedy Award: Grand Final

Amused Moose Comedy Award: Grand Final

Grab your hottest tickets to be entertained by tomorrow's comedy stars, showcasing their Fringe shows in this prestigious final. Vote alongside international comedy cognoscenti for your favourites amongst 2017's top ten finalists battling it out for glory, fame and a shiny moose trophy... 

How I Said 'F**k You' to the Company When They Tried to Make Me Redundant

How I Said 'F**k You' to the Company When They Tried to Make Me Redundant

Ever had to walk into that room where your boss, with fake concern in his eyes, tells you that he's having to let you go? Ever wish you had the balls to say 'f**k you'? Well, I did... 

Edgar and Me

Edgar and Me

Charlotte has a pen pal, but he sends her his letters from death row. Her mum thought she'd be murdered. Her friends thought it was bizarre. But Charlotte and Edgar have been writing to each other for the last six years... 

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

As seen on Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Heard on Welcome to Night Vale and The Guilty Feminist Podcast. The 2015 Funny Women Award-winner presents her second comedy hour on sex, race and capitalism... 

The Joni Mitchell Story

The Joni Mitchell Story

The Symposium Hall is an ideal venue for an acoustic music show with great views from the whole of the theatre. The Joni Mitchell Story follows the early career of Canadian nine-time Grammy Awards winner song writer Joni Mitchell whom we learn was born Roberta Joan Anderson... 

The James Taylor Story

The James Taylor Story

The James Taylor Story is one of a series of shows at the Fringe under the Night Owl Shows, the company created by Dan Clews. The format follows the chronological career of the artist along with video and stills relating to the story both during and preceding the songs... 

Tshepang: The Third Testament

Tshepang: The Third Testament

Casting a blinding light on the atrocities of human nature, Tshepang: The Third Testament is a harrowing portrayal of the true story of Baby Tshepang – a nine-month-old South African baby who was brutally raped in 2001... 

Unprecedented and Unpresidential: How Hillary Clinton Lost the Election – Free Festival

Unprecedented and Unpresidential: How Hillary Clinton Lost the Election – Free Festival

It was the race they said Clinton couldn’t lose. “They” being some members of the media, some pundits and most polls. Except she did lose, didn’t she? Grab a front row seat and hear about the biggest political loss in history as told by one of Clinton's staffers... 

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

Dean Friedman is currently playing his fourth year running in the Apex Hotel in Grassmarket, although he has been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe for years before that.The evening started after a welcome back from Friedman to lots of familiar faces... 

Home is Not the Place

Home is Not the Place

Where do I belong? What defines me? Where is home? Poetic, poignant solo show by Annie George – Inspiring Scotland Saltire Bursary winner 2016 – contrasting struggles faced by her grandfather, Kerala poet PM John, shortly before India’s independence, with her own, as an immigrant in the UK... 

A Thousand Doorways

A Thousand Doorways

A finely-woven, patterned rug hangs from the ceiling, its design typical of the region. Centre stage is a multipurpose plain old chair. The air is filled with the sound of impassioned voices singing traditional Kurdish songs to the beat of drums and bowing of stringed instruments... 

Turntable / Edinburgh

Turntable / Edinburgh

Michael John McCarthy’s Turntable is a project that has been touring Scotland for four years now, with the simple premise that music can help total strangers open up to one another... 

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he realised that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld... 

Farolero. Magic Street Adventure

Farolero. Magic Street Adventure

A magic adventure in the city of streetlights with elements of sightseeing, theatre performance and quest. A fairy tale performed right in the city streets as a scene. The actors play a magic story for you, the old city walls tell you ancient legends, the objects become alive... 

Woolf

Woolf

Many scholars and philistines alike think they have a good understanding of Virginia Woolf – a suicidal bisexual who used too many semicolons. While Theatre With Teeth’s new look at her life does not particularly challenge any of these notions, as a piece of theatre this is an extraordinary, ephemeral fifty minutes that left me re-examining my thoughts not only about Woolf but also about literature and its purpose... 

Replay

Replay

Replay is a tense and atmospheric play which deftly explores loss, trauma and determination. Written and performed by Nicola Wren, this one-woman show is thoughtful and well-executed... 

Sean Hughes's Blank Book

Sean Hughes's Blank Book

Improvised comedy is always a high stakes game. Unscripted shows walk a narrow path, attempting to circumnavigate an abyss of complete disaster and reach the coveted realms of spontaneous hilarity... 

Stephanie Laing: Mad About the Boy

Stephanie Laing: Mad About the Boy

Fellacio, faecal ‘docking’ and physical abuse. A bold choice for anyone, and sweet-faced Stephanie Laing is not the candidate to pull it off. A thirty-something riddled with self-exclaimed public anxiety, she clumsily skips from subject to subject with little structure... 

Lou Conran: I Love Lou C

Lou Conran: I Love Lou C

Conran’s conversational stand-up tells the story of her biological clock. Told she wouldn't conceive, she accidentally gets pregnant, but then tragically suffers a miscarriage. Intermingling anecdotes about her paper thin walls, her gentleman callers, her sex-starved friends and her inarticulate family, Conran’s hour is funny and bittersweet... 

Lauren Bok: Is That a Burrito in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy You Have a Burrito

Lauren Bok: Is That a Burrito in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy You Have a Burrito

Australian comic Lauren Bok has a joke toward the beginning of her show about Australia being a country stuck a few years in the past; what she doesn’t achieve in her hour-long set is convincing us she’s synced up to the present day... 

Bare Skin on Briny Waters

Bare Skin on Briny Waters

Bare Skin On Briny Waters is part of the Hull Takeover of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is one of five plays presenting from the 2017 UK City of Culture. It is Bellow Theatre’s salt-water-smelling story about storytelling, survival and female selfhood... 

Green Knight

Green Knight

A one-woman dramatic monologue performed with great storytelling skills, Green Knight is an enthralling show. Debbie Cannon, the writer and actor, holds the audience in the palm of her hand as she takes the well-known mediaeval story, full of magical ‘fairie’ set at the time of King Arthur, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and re-tells it from Gawain’s would-be seducer’s point of view with a great blend of drama, humour and atmosphere created by scene-setting mediaeval music... 

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

As seen on Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Heard on Welcome to Night Vale and The Guilty Feminist Podcast. The 2015 Funny Women Award-winner presents her second comedy hour on sex, race and capitalism... 

That's What She Said

That's What She Said

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

The Illusion of Truth

The Illusion of Truth

How far would you go to achieve your heart’s desire? Would you risk your home? Your livelihood? Your family? The Illusion of Truth is a project inspired by tales of the Orishas, a collection of deities from Western Nigeria’s Ifa faith... 

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala

Djuki Mala, formerly known as the Chooky Dancers, rose to fame ten years ago with a viral YouTube video of Aboriginal dancers performing Zorba the Greek in homage to a Greek woman who cared for the sister of one of the troupe... 

IlluminArchie: Archie Maddocks

IlluminArchie: Archie Maddocks

Fear not, this is a show for more than just the conspiracy theorists out there. Armed with a pun in the title and a range of tones to please all audiences, Archie Maddocks has put together an enjoyable collection of anecdotes for his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut; it just needs a bit more polish to really shine... 

The Burning Gadulka

The Burning Gadulka

This hour-long dramatic and comedic monologue is a persistent exploration of why the existence of the gadulka – a traditional Bulgarian folk instrument – is the worst thing that ever happened to a gadulka player... 

Leaf by Niggle

Leaf by Niggle

With Hollywood’s recent adaptation of his works, the name JRR Tolkien has come to be associated with huge spectacle and epic scope. So much so that it’s easy to forget that the man himself was a shy, quiet sort of chap – temperamentally closer to the pastoral idyll of The Shire than the clamour of a battlefield... 

Tayberry Tales

Tayberry Tales

Tayberry Tales is a multi-sensory storytelling programme – the main focus is to support individuals with a learning disability, to develop and learn new skills through an accredited training programme... 

Rhiannon Vivian's Office Meltdown

Rhiannon Vivian's Office Meltdown

It’s Rhiannon Vivian’s Office Meltdown! Meet a host of characters, from the photocopier to the melancholy MD, on the day they find out if the company’s going bust. Bonkers yet nuanced character comedy... 

Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

Dean Friedman – Songwriting Masterclass

Master songsmith Dean Friedman delivers a fun, informative, practical take on the art and craft of songwriting. Technique and craft are explored using examples from popular music including Friedman’s own hits: Ariel, Lucky Stars and Lydia... 

Odyssey

Odyssey

The idea is a brilliant one: reducing an epic to the size of a man. However, it faces a set of challenges: can an epic be so reduced without losing everything that made it epic in the first place? In Nir Paldi and George Mann’s Odyssey, the answer is no, and the result is a solo show of Homer’s great classic that is truly spell-binding... 

Labels

Labels

The superfluous orations of Joe Sellman-Leava see his one-man act deliver strong discourse aimed at unboxing the confines that social tags put upon our species. He does not seek to take on the world for its many faults as much as he implores it to conform to a unilateral standard... 

The Egg-Born Princess

The Egg-Born Princess

‘Once upon a time there lived a queen whose heart was sore because she had no children…’ Performed by an exquisitely talented company, this enchanting adaptation fuses traditional Estonian folk music, song and dance with innovative storytelling... 

Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul

Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul

Oww! I feel good! The sensational story of soul – from the pounding R'n'B of the 1940s to the smouldering sounds of Stax. Featuring a rollicking, seven-piece band and a dynamic, all-action stage show, this laughter-laced road trip will take you on a quest to find the roots of soul music, and recreate the original spirit of the legendary singers and foot-stomping soul classics that sound-tracked a generation... 

She and Her Cat – Eddies in the Ebb and Flow

She and Her Cat – Eddies in the Ebb and Flow

Traditional Japanese Rakugo comedic sit-down storytelling from a cat's perspective. Adapted from one of Makoto Shinkai's earlier works by Gaijin. Some cats are pets, others are more like angels... 

John Porter – Five Years' Time

John Porter – Five Years' Time

We've all had the question. Where do you see yourself in five years? John Porter had an answer, but he had no idea how wrong he would be. Join John for Five Years' Time – a hilarious journey through five turbulent years of his life, encompassing university, a car crash, a brush with depression, travel and all kinds of other weird things... 

26.2

26.2

One girl. One goal. One treadmill. Lucy takes you on a journey from the start line of the London Marathon to the finish line and medal. As she runs 26.2 miles in front of you, she will take you through the highs and lows of training for a marathon... 

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase explores identity and the consequences of displacement as it follows Iranian teen Mimi’s involuntary return to her war-torn homeland after a happy childhood in Barcelona... 

A Brief History of DISCO

A Brief History of DISCO

Step back in time and experience the rise and fall of disco. You will be guided by a seven-piece live band as they lead you through the music and stories of 1970s New York City – the era that changed the course of musical history forever... 

In Between

In Between

IN BETWEEN: languages, careers, sexual preferences… Stand-up comedy in English, by a French girl and her accent. Lisa already performed in Paris, New York, Tel Aviv, Geneva and encountered the same warm welcome from the audience... 

The Phoenix and the Crow

The Phoenix and the Crow

Before the sands of time – in lands undefined – did dwell two friends, two states of mind: the Dancer and the Poet. A mystical tale set in a fictional land of wealthy merchants, warriors and dark dancers... 

A Great Fear of Shallow Living

A Great Fear of Shallow Living

A good storytelling piece is lovely. We evolved by telling stories. It is the oldest form of theatre. A Great Fear of Shallow Living is set up in a classic storytelling way. The performance is ideally located in a small and intimate venue and accompanied live music... 

Good Girl

Good Girl

The desire to please is instilled into children from an early age, but the side-effects that this can have on their development is often not felt until it’s too late. Good Girl is an exciting tale exploring exactly what the titular phrase means and what effect it can have on an impressionable young mind, for better or for worse... 

Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

This accomplished piece of theatre from Bristol Old Vic’s Theatre School is beautifully acted, wonderfully imaginative and excellently produced. A retelling of the classic Jason and the Argonauts, this theatre company have used Greek mythology as a basis to shine a light on our current immigration crisis... 

5 Children and It

5 Children and It

Capturing the imagination of the young through the nostalgia of the Edwardian era, Five Children and It tells the simple story of five siblings who meet a magical sand fairy, the Psamiad... 

The Rat Pack Presents...

The Rat Pack Presents...

The best stand-ups and storytellers on the Fringe come together as The Rat Pack celebrates five sell-out years with a different line-up every day, plus occasional live music and cabaret... 

Jack Rooke: Happy Hour

Jack Rooke: Happy Hour

Jack Rooke won a scholarship to attend Westminster University to study Journalism. Like all good students, he spent the next three years drinking, dabbling in drugs, dancing and discussing Harry Potter... 

The Last Burrah Sahibs

The Last Burrah Sahibs

Acclaimed storyteller Max Scratchmann celebrates seventy years of Indian independence from British rule and brings the lost world of the infamous Hooghly River Scottish colonies vividly to life in this entertaining hour of autobiographical tales about the Scots in India, accompanied with stunning, previously unseen archive video... 

Sparkly Unicorn

Sparkly Unicorn

Leslie is a very tall London-based Canadian with rainbow hair (it's natural). There's also a slight chance you've made her up. That's okay though; she's pretty cool so you don't need to stop believing in her... 

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he realised that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld... 

In Between

In Between

IN BETWEEN: languages, careers, sexual preferences… Stand-up comedy in English, by a French girl and her accent. Lisa already performed in Paris, New York, Tel Aviv, Geneva and encountered the same warm welcome from the audience... 

Who, Me

Who, Me

It’s four years since Rob Lloyd first brought this autobiographical, Doctor Who-related show to Edinburgh. Back then in August 2013, fans of the iconic BBC series were contemplating the then-recently announced news that their favourite Time Lord was going to change into Peter Capaldi... 

Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide To Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide To Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

With one of the longest titles you’ll come across it feels as though this show will have a lot to unpack. But at its heart this is a very simple show, sweet and lovingly made, it's an exploration of one man going through a hard time and how he tries to handle that... 

Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen

Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen

In 1986, the Kendall family stood in their back-garden, staring at the Australian sky and hoping to catch a glimpse of Halley’s comet. This blink-and-you-miss-it encounter with a celestial body sets the tone for a gorgeous and heart-breaking hour of storytelling – a meditation on life, loss, and luck, with an emotional scope seldom seen in standup... 

Immigrant Diaries – Sajeela Kershi and Guests

Immigrant Diaries – Sajeela Kershi and Guests

Immigrant Diaries, devised and hosted by comedian Sajeela Kershi, is a ‘true storytelling show,’ with an emphasis on the stories. Post-Brexit and Trump, this show feels more necessary than ever, and the quote above demonstrates why... 

Bone Woman

Bone Woman

Bone Woman is a quiet, strange and beautiful production. Shuffling alone through the desert, American storyteller Imani G Alexander assumes the guise of a mysterious figure who tracks wolf bones in the sand... 

The Showstoppers' Kids Show

The Showstoppers' Kids Show

Seeing The Showstoppers’ Kids Show is like watching a new improvised episode of Horrible Histories. So yes, on this day at least, there are plenty of poo jokes which are met with due glee... 

Confessions of a Personal Trainer

Confessions of a Personal Trainer

Have you ever wondered how the rich and shameless work out? Katie Kopajtic invites us through the closed golden doors of a luxury New York gym club in Confessions of a Personal Trainer... 

The Breakup Monologues

The Breakup Monologues

The Breakup Monologues is billed as a comedy chat show hosted by BBC Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby, discussing all things breakup with ‘other top comedy, theatre and spoken word acts’... 

Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Tucked away in one of Greenside’s smaller studios, Baby Mama is a shining diamond of a show: beautiful storytelling and intimate staging come together to create a heartbreakingly cathartic experience that you should not miss this Fringe... 

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices

The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. Two Edinburgh Festival Fringe specials of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s monthly session with live storytelling in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court... 

Everyman

Everyman

Freemen’s Theatre Company returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, after their previous run in 2015 with What a Grimm Tale, to perform the medieval mystery and morality play Everyman... 

Phil Kay: Euphoric

Phil Kay: Euphoric

'A comedian like no other. There's so much humour in the hour it’s hard to breathe. This original comedy genius is like a Choose Your Adventure. The free-forming journey that is utterly unforgettable!' (Australian Times, 2017). 

Gordon Southern: Long Story Short

Gordon Southern: Long Story Short

Meticulously crafted and uplifting, ‘stellar stand-up’ (Age). Already a hit in Edinburgh, Australia and New Zealand. Nine encore performances only. A vital and timely show about family life, how you shouldn't always meet your heroes and coping with dementia and Alzheimer's... 

Blank Tiles

Blank Tiles

It might seem all-too-witty for a SCRABBLE World Champion, when asked by the media for “a few words” on his victory, to admit 'I don’t really know any'. Yet, as this unexpectedly charming one-man-show by Dylan Cole reveals, the answer is all-too bitter-sweet... 

Monster

Monster

Boy meets girl. Boy is an actor, working on a show based around anger and Shakespeare’s text from various plays. Joe Sellman-Leava (writer and performer in this one man show) takes this idea and uses it for the basis of telling his tale, weaving in and out of different personas and voices... 

The Duke

The Duke

Greeting you with a handshake as you enter, Schôn Dale-Jones and his piece, The Duke, warmly invite you to participate in a really special experience. This sense of intimate connection, established with every single member of the audience, embodies the personal nature of the show... 

Adventurers Wanted: A 250-Hour Epic Tabletop Roleplaying Game

Adventurers Wanted: A 250-Hour Epic Tabletop Roleplaying Game

How do you review a show which involves you spectating other people playing Dungeons and Dragons? Whilst tempting to let a dice roll determine its outcome, I feel the Game Master (GM) would probably outlaw this as “unauthorised play”... 

Bombastic Declaration of Love – Julie Cafmeyer

Bombastic Declaration of Love – Julie Cafmeyer

There is nothing more personal that the truth, and to present the truth of stage is an invariably brave act. The stage after all has for many years been an arena of lies and performance... 

Letters to Morrissey

Letters to Morrissey

Confession time: I’ve never been a fan of The Smiths or Morrissey. Oh, I recognise their importance in British popular culture, the innovative high quality of their work—but that doesn’t mean I have to like it... 

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt

With humble beginnings as an idle farm lad, the eponymous hero of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt is chastised by his mother for wasting his time on earth dreaming of greatness - to which, without further ado, he rectifies by stirring up trouble amongst the local town and disappearing to the mountains with a newly-wed bride (no, not his)... 

Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

Evelyn Mok is the kind of uncensored, unapologetic and uncouth human I can get on board with. Her show Hymen Manoeuvre is, in layman's terms, a story about losing her virginity as an adult, but it became a kind of ode to her vagina, and girl, let me just say you did your V proud... 

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist

With four sell-out shows behind her, Ann Treherne, Chair of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre talks about Edinburgh's famous son and man of literature who became the world spokesman on spiritualism... 

The Headless Woman and Other Delights

The Headless Woman and Other Delights

Through live storytelling, peep-boxes and projection, the audience are drawn into a story circle where ancient tales of boggarts and mermaids hold hands with contemporary accounts of supernatural landscapes and uncanny visitors... 

Perfectly Imperfect Women

Perfectly Imperfect Women

‘Who thinks they are perfect?’ Is the question Danyah Miller poses to the audience at the onset of the performance. This question of perfection versus imperfection forms the basis of this emotional, tender and heart-warming show brought to us by Wizard Presents... 

The Rat Pack Presents...

The Rat Pack Presents...

If the illustrious names that have performed as part of The Rat Pack Presents is a guide, then it is worth heading along to the Cabaret Voltaire during this year's festival. As part of the Free Fringe, they have a great track record of bringing through acts who have gone on to bigger things... 

A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing is narrated by Will, a person obsessed with his body, for whom staying in shape becomes a kind of unpaid profession. But this obsession might cost him exactly what brought him to the gym in the first place: attention in general, and Bec, specifically... 

From Dust

From Dust

The latest production from Lion House Theatre is a visually pleasing experience, executed with dexterity and grace by a cast of three. As we are informed by our narrator and writer Casey Jay Andrews, "this story starts, and ends, with a girl, a boy and a wolf”... 

Rebustours – Hidden Edinburgh

Rebustours – Hidden Edinburgh

Experience the dark, hidden world of the best-selling Detective Rebus books. Discover the history and mystery of Edinburgh's unexplored areas, with relevant readings. It is not necessary to have read a Rebus book as the tour features Edinburgh and Scottish history... 

Stories of Serendipity

Stories of Serendipity

Dance and storytelling which powerfully connects, fusing text, movement and music. Magical coincidences and twists of fate. Lost watches, fortune tellers and happy accidents bring people together... 

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

A humorous journey through life encountering random characters. Mildly non-PC but definitely responsibly sourced and conflict free. Life doesn’t start at the beginning and nor does this show... 

Rice Krispies with Ketchup

Rice Krispies with Ketchup

Los Angeles based stand-up comedian Kirk Smith has performed in over a 1000 venues on five continents. A regular at some of the best clubs in NYC and LA, he also has done several tours of Australia and Europe... 

I Am What I Eat

I Am What I Eat

Mr. Cannibal Cravings: The Serial Killing Comedian. With twisted stories and wicked wit, I will verbally cut you and leave your side split! I use perverse verse, I rehearse to disperse and curse ‘til you are physically turned on and you sexually burst! Or you think I'm the worst! Cum have some fun, laugh and get turned on... 

Ali Affleck's Birth of the Blues! – The Preaching Divas

Ali Affleck's Birth of the Blues! – The Preaching Divas

Award-winning vocalist Ali – ‘stunningly expressive’ (San Diego Union-Tribune) – celebrates the powerful songs of the bold women who laid the ground for today's music. This passionate journey starts with early gospel, spirituals and the very first blues songs ever performed! ‘Ali is Scotland's bonafide queen of vintage blues, raw emotion, means every word she sings’ (OCWeekly... 

Briony Redman: Theory of Positivity

Briony Redman: Theory of Positivity

Briony Redman’s solo show revolves around a screenwriter who wants to test out her movie-in-the-making on a fresh audience. What the character desires most is to make money from her scripts, so she’s attempting to cover every Hollywood cliché in order to get paid... 

Hairy Maclary

Hairy Maclary

Nonsense Room Productions are no strangers to the Edinburgh Festival, having first debuted Hairy Maclary all the way back in 2010. Returning once more, their experience was apparent with a solid, well-structured and energetic performance... 

Ali Affleck's Birth of the Blues! – The Divine Divas

Ali Affleck's Birth of the Blues! – The Divine Divas

"Scotland’s ‘queen of Vintage Blues and Jazz’ (OCWeekly.com) resurrects the work of the vocalists who pioneered today’s music. Award-winning Ali offers up a timeline of passionate and dangerous songs with historical context... 

Luke Stephen: Taking Care Of Business

Luke Stephen: Taking Care Of Business

Luke Stephen feels as though life is passing him by. Surrounded by friends who have taken control of their life while he is still just as irresponsible as he was in his twenties. After sell-out performances at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes for the past two years, Luke returns with his third show, where he has decided it’s time to make some changes and for him to start Taking Care of Business... 

Jocks, Geordies and Aussies

Jocks, Geordies and Aussies

The finest Geordie, Scottish and Australian comedians come together for a fantastic hour of stand-up comedy. Presented by Newcastle's Dan Willis, ‘uber-Jock’ Obie and the most Australian man on the planet, Mick Neven... 

Ava Beaux: The Mysterious Tales of Poe

Ava Beaux: The Mysterious Tales of Poe

Enter the unsettling mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Follow Ava into a web of Gothic stories, revealed through extraordinary magic. Behold the crew of a phantasmal ship, encounter the uninvited guest bringing pestilence to the party, and listen to the uncanny beating of a deceased heart... 

Victorian Gothic

Victorian Gothic

Thanks to the numerous adventures of Sherlock Holmes, we arguably don’t have the best impression of the Victorian Police Detective—especially when it comes to either their intelligence or deductive skills... 

A Hundred Different Words for Love

A Hundred Different Words for Love

"I'm aware there isn't much art made about love, so I thought I'd nip in and nail the definitive article before anyone else could."So jokes James Rowland, the one-man wonder behind last year's spellbinding Team Viking, an ode to a lost friend and their final request for a Viking funeral... 

Annie Sertich: How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days... and the Next 330

Annie Sertich: How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days... and the Next 330

There’s certainly no shortage of solo shows about mental health at the Fringe so it takes a certain level of quality to stand out. Luckily, Annie Sertich manages to more than keep afloat... 

Midnight Paranormally Active and Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

Midnight Paranormally Active and Haunted Underground Vaults Tour

Dare you visit the world's most haunted and paranormally active location? Once used by Hellfire Clubs, witches, body snatchers, prostitutes, criminals, plague victims and frequented by our famous misogynistic poltergeist... 

How To Get Paid... To Play With LEGO!

How To Get Paid... To Play With LEGO!

It's every child's (and adult's!) dream job isn't it? Join this professional LEGO artist as he explains how he turned a hobby into a full-time career, building models out of LEGO bricks! One of only a handful of artists worldwide working in LEGO bricks, Edinburgh-based Warren Elsmore shows you behind the scenes of his career with, of course, a few war stories along the way! 

Kriss Foster: The Mug Tree

Kriss Foster: The Mug Tree

Kriss Foster is a man from Lancaster who sees the marvellous in the mundane. Songs and stories about puffins, pencils, Scrabble… and many, many mugs. For fans of Flight of the Conchords, Frank Sidebottom and John Shuttleworth... 

Mid-Life Climax

Mid-Life Climax

Dan is English, Mick is Australian, and their comedy stats are impressive. 32 years experience, 8000 gigs between them, 28 countries, 73 comedy festivals. They’ve also got two wives, two daughters, three dogs and no media profile... 

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he realised that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld... 

Matt Panesh – Greyhound!

Matt Panesh – Greyhound!

Hilarious and horrifying true story of a simple poet's bus journey with a body-mutilating beheading bandito. In life, sometimes you don't choose who you sit next to! **** (ThreeWeeks)... 

Andy Storey and Maddie Campion: Epoch

Andy Storey and Maddie Campion: Epoch

An hour of upbeat stand-up from two thoughtful souls. Andy Storey is a BBC New Comedian of the Year 2015 finalist, ‘Sharp and funny... a wistful Alan Bennett quality… perfectly pitched’ (Herald, 2016)... 

Australia: A Whinging Pom's Guide

Australia: A Whinging Pom's Guide

The funny side of Australia. British comedy veteran Dan Willis moved to Australia six years ago. Now he's got a bag of jokes, experiences and hangovers to share. 'Unpretentious, informal, belly-laughs-a-minute stand-up' (ThreeWeeks)... 

Mary and Me

Mary and Me

Award-winning Wild Productions present Mary and Me written and performed by Irene Kelleher, directed by Belinda Wild. A 15-year-old girl dies giving birth at a grotto. But before then there's pending maths exams, an important art project to finish and what to do about Peter? Although inspired by a true story, this is a work of fiction... 

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he realised that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld... 

There May Be Pirates... There May Be Dragons...

There May Be Pirates... There May Be Dragons...

They say all the best stories contain pirates or dragons... Who will you see today? Join in with a lucky dip of action packed stories. Eden from Stories Alive plays Captain Jake or Gruff the troubadour to bring to life these historic romps... 

Australia: A Whinging Pom's Guide

Australia: A Whinging Pom's Guide

The funny side of Australia. British comedy veteran Dan Willis moved to Australia six years ago. Now he's got a bag of jokes, experiences and hangovers to share. 'Unpretentious, informal, belly-laughs-a-minute stand-up' (ThreeWeeks)... 

Eleanor Tiernan – People Pleaser

Eleanor Tiernan – People Pleaser

A stranger asks a small favour. It seems so mean to refuse. But every action has its consequences. And when it's too late, it's too late. Compulsive Irish over-thinker Eleanor Tiernan is back at the Fringe with a brand-new stand-up show... 

Autopsy. The Soul of Richard Nixon

Autopsy. The Soul of Richard Nixon

The soul of Richard Nixon attempts to justify his actions while the audience act as the jury. A dark comedy that poses the question: is it correct to do the wrong thing for the right reasons?  

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God

Back by popular demand following last year's rousing success. After breaking up with his ex, leaving the house they shared and finding himself single and homeless, George decided to indulge in the life of a single travelling comedian... 

Marjolein Robertson: Relations

Marjolein Robertson: Relations

Shetland comedian Marjolein, as seen on BBC The Social, explores relations from all types, including familial, political and sexual (rude). Observational comedy on the outside world from a small islander's perspective with true accounts sewn in... 

Harmon Leon Infiltrates Trump America

Harmon Leon Infiltrates Trump America

NY comedian/VICE contributor, Harmon Leon has made a career out of infiltrating extremist groups in Trump America. Take his hand as he leads you on a multimedia undercover journey into such facets of Trump America as anti-immigration vigilantes, the world of Christian conversion therapy, and abortion protesters… Plus songs! Weird, wildly original and completely incomprehensible – if you're not outraged, you're not paying attention! Complete sell-out Edinburgh Fringe ’16... 

Rory O'Keeffe: Rorytelling

Rory O'Keeffe: Rorytelling

Affable young funnyman Rory O’Keeffe returns with a show about losing his faith and his bag (but mainly his bag). Join the ‘intelligent youngster’ (Time Out) for his second hour of jokes and stories... 

Ships

Ships

Ever made a huge mistake? Audrey did! Having realised her childhood ambition to be a doctor, Audrey makes a fatal error… quite literally. Stripped of her pride (and medical license), she is plunged into a search for a new identity, a new life purpose... 

Tony Burgess – Crimbo

Tony Burgess – Crimbo

What a proper mad one. Christmas, 2003: Tragic? Messy? Yep. And then Tony had to adopt his 10-year-old autistic nephew, without knowing much himself about real life. ‘Extracts the comic from difficult situations…’ (Guardian)... 

Mychelle Colleary: American Francophile in Blighty

Mychelle Colleary: American Francophile in Blighty

Fries, frites or chips?! This exquisite yet quirky mix of jazz, chanson, pop and rare trivia will remind you why you, too, secretly love the French. Four-time MAC Award nominee for Outstanding Vocalist Mychelle Colleary is a native Californian, now Londoner, who delivers songs and stories of fellow Francophiles including Josephine Baker, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and Miles Davis alongside contemporary and traditional French songs from Piaf to Gainsbourg... 

Andy Barr: Tropic of Admin

Andy Barr: Tropic of Admin

Six years ago award-winning administrator Andy Barr was marooned on a tropical island. Now he tells the story of his stranding, his rescue and the years of administration, solitude and madness in-between... 

A Digital Legacy

A Digital Legacy

What would you like to happen to your Facebook and Twitter accounts when you die? In this stand-up show about the digital afterlife, Irish comedian Colin Chadwick (BBC Radio, RTE2, The AV Club) plans for his death with a quirky but practical approach, as he decides how much of himself will remain online after he's gone... 

Karoshi

Karoshi

Karoshi (Japanese for death by overwork). Is work killing you? Does your boss hate you? You are not alone. In Karoshi, comedian (and tired worker) Mel Byron shows the many different ways in which work is killing us... 

Simon Morley: Naked Ambition

Simon Morley: Naked Ambition

20 years ago, Simon Morley had an idea. An idea that would blossom into one of the craziest shows on the planet, Puppetry of the Penis. Find out how a bit of sibling rivalry would be the catalyst for a theatrical juggernaut that would travel to over 40 countries and be performed in five languages... 

Children's Haunted Underground Experience

Children's Haunted Underground Experience

Our costumed guide will take you into our paranormally active and haunted underground vaults dating back to the 1700s. Your guide will take you to a candlelit vault, where stories of Edinburgh's dark, historic past will unfold about the poor, destitute, criminals and thieves who resided in these vaults and the infamous characters that used to roam our cobbled streets, intent on robbing and body snatching... 

Haunted Underground Tour

Haunted Underground Tour

Dark as the devil's heart, our haunted underground network of vaults from the 1700s will stimulate and excite your senses as the sinister history of these former slum dwellings, once inhabited by the poor and unfortunate, along with criminals and prostitutes, begins to come to life in your imagination! Your pulse starts to speed up as your mouth gets drier due to your heightened awareness of what surrounds you! Once experienced, never forgotten. 

Bill Beteet: If You Feel Like Killing Yourself, Call Me

Bill Beteet: If You Feel Like Killing Yourself, Call Me

Bill Beteet, a Laugh Factory comedian from Chicago, will lead you through an existential comedic journey that will have you laugh about life, love, and your inevitable death. 

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh – A Tale of Two Towns

On our tour we will reveal some of the secrets hidden within a city rich in culture and ancient history and blessed with beauty. We will bring the past and its people vividly to life... 

Myrtle Throgmorton: Stuffed and Mounted

Myrtle Throgmorton: Stuffed and Mounted

Game old trout, ancient heckler and exuberant enthusiast for all things Scottish, Miss Myrtle Throgmorton OBE (pending) is mad-rabbiting on about the delights of a long life – giddy aunts, Burns, beards, Creamola Foam, zimmer zumba and much else... 

Broke as a Joke

Broke as a Joke

Comedian Danny Lobell (This American Life, WTF, Modern Day Philosophers) has always been broke. But he's never given up hope. He's bred designer hairless cats for money and worked alongside a geriatric hawking Jackie Mason's merchandise at his Broadway show... 

Naked

Naked

'Naked is a little gem of a show' (ThePlusOnes.com/Melbourne). 'Stripping herself back and becoming vulnerable, this heartfelt comedian has nothing to hide as she is beautifully funny – a truly lovely human being... 

Grimblewitch

Grimblewitch

Will little Sun defeat Grimblewitch and show her father how to forgive? A Hurly Burly, tale of our time, Grimblewitch fuses storytelling, music and movement to explore the impact of conflict and war and how communities can rebuild peace... 

Cold Fronts and Hot Flushes: The Short Stories of Kevin Spacey

Cold Fronts and Hot Flushes: The Short Stories of Kevin Spacey

A ghostwriter and his best friend work tirelessly to create the greatest book ever written. A book of short stories about love, religion, friendship and spiders. Except, they didn't write a single word... 

Naked

Naked

'Naked is a little gem of a show' (ThePlusOnes.com/Melbourne). 'Stripping herself back and becoming vulnerable, this heartfelt comedian has nothing to hide as she is beautifully funny – a truly lovely human being... 

Georges the Spider

Georges the Spider

Meet Georges the Spider – actor, philosopher, spider – and allow him to accompany you on a journey through the history of cinema told from his unique perspective as an egocentric, sadistic and loveable spider... 

How Not to Pull: Confessions of a Trainee Pickup Artist – Free

How Not to Pull: Confessions of a Trainee Pickup Artist – Free

Ian was as attractive to women as a drunk rhino so Channel 4 television handed him over to seduction "gurus" who taught him techniques to find love. 

Stone

Stone

Pick up and open a tale of our time, magical fables told through story and rhyme. A Hurly Burly production, Stone fuses storytelling, music and movement in a simple, spellbinding parable that explores our impact on the planet, friendship and the power of hope... 

Last of Their Generation

Last of Their Generation

'The more I try to remember her, the more I've forgotten her.' Bhumi Collective returns to Edinburgh with the world premiere of Last of Their Generation – a solo-show by Singapore-UK theatre-maker Mohamad Shaifulbahri about the encounters we have with the people, places and things in our lives... 

Alternative 2

Alternative 2

Britain Does Variety 2016 finalist Johnny Kingshott brings his stand-up comedy show to Edinburgh. Jokes, stories, quips, music and some character-based comedy. 'Excellent stand-up.... 

The Carole King Story

The Carole King Story

The Carole King Story premiers at the Fringe to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the six-time Grammy Award winner and 20-time platinum hit-maker. This new show-umentary format gives a fascinating insight into the woman behind the songs... 

Book Lovers' Tour

Book Lovers' Tour

A guided walking tour visiting the sites and haunts of Edinburgh’s literary legends: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, JM Barrie, Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin, JK Rowling and others, in the company of Allan Foster, author of Book Lovers' Edinburgh: A Pilgrim’s Guide... 

Tilda's Magic Attic

Tilda's Magic Attic

Tilda’s Magic Attic is a place for adventure. Vast oceans, awesome landscapes and fantastical creatures are somehow contained within its walls. But recently, it’s been rather quiet up there... 

The House

The House

Following last year’s successful run of 'Made in Cumbria', Jane's back to Cumbria in The House where you're invited to meet some new characters and get involved in some sinister shenanigans... 

All KIDding Aside

All KIDding Aside

From four time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and creator of Fringe Hit ONEymoon (***** Victoria Times Colonist ). Time is running out, a life altering decision teeters before you… and you’re on the fence! Through thoughtful and funny observations, while awaiting a pregnancy test, Bartelse shares her fears about becoming a mother, a possibility that comes as a surprise after years of thinking she was infertile... 

Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn

Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn

Award-winning show. True-life submariner and gifted raconteur Eric gives an insider’s view of life aboard a nuclear submarine. This show is not to be missed – it is truly unique... 

Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues

Blueswater Presents: Queens of the Blues

Led by superb vocalist Nicole Smit, Queens of the Blues presents a musical celebration of the women who have shaped blues and popular music as we know it, and have gone largely unrecognised for their influence and talent, until now... 

A Touch of Mrs Robinson

A Touch of Mrs Robinson

Fifty years ago, Mrs Robinson seduced The Graduate and became a legend in her own leopard print! Now we hear her untold story. Fiona Coffey and her dashing musicians, Michael Roulston and Jonathan Kitching, use a fabulous selection of slinky jazz and 60s pop to explore Mrs Robinson's journey from college girl, to embittered housewife, to suburban swinger... 

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Gav is a bear – not the grizzly type or the type you’d buy in a toyshop, but the overweight, hairy gay type. He’s had it with love, gay men and life in general. Join Gav as he meets others from the homosexual menagerie and goes to the Teddy Bears’ Picnic... 

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase

Mimi's Suitcase explores identity and the consequences of displacement as it follows Iranian teen Mimi’s involuntary return to her war-torn homeland after a happy childhood in Barcelona... 

Georgie Morrell: A Poke in the Eye

Georgie Morrell: A Poke in the Eye

After a successful 2016 Edinburgh run and transfer to Soho Theatre, Georgie is back telling a unique account of what it is to face inevitable blindness with her very own brand of humour... 

Nathan Cassidy: Watch This. Love Me. It’s Deep.

Nathan Cassidy: Watch This. Love Me. It’s Deep.

Sir Michael Caine Award-winning writer and comedian’s new one-man theatre show – a perfect love story in a swimming pool. It’s deep. Heather is the love of Nathan’s life. She’s obsessed with swimming, Tarot and the 80s film Big... 

Battered

Battered

Irishman Mark McConnell has pushed his luck in many countries. He has been beaten along his journey, but the spirit of the fighting Irish is strong in this young man! Battered tells the tale of how this Irishman refuses to stay down for the count! ‘Genuinely hilarious’ **** (Herald Sun, Australia)... 

Wil Greenway: These Trees the Autumn Leaves Alone

Wil Greenway: These Trees the Autumn Leaves Alone

She's not a ghost. He could just say hello to her, but he has a better idea. A knock-out new show from an underground icon of the Fringe. 'One of the most masterful storytellers I have ever seen... 

Schutte the Unromantic

Schutte the Unromantic

A comic solo show written and performed by Katy Schutte (Happily Never After/Knightmare Live/Who Ya Gonna Call?). Katy is not a romantic. This is the story of her trying to find love despite freezing up at chocolates, serenades and thoughtful surprises... 

For the School Colours: The Life and Works of Angela Brazil

For the School Colours: The Life and Works of Angela Brazil

Prolific children’s author, conservationist, believer in fairies – Angela Brazil was a complicated and determined woman with a tendency to write her personal life into her books... 

Danny O'Brien: RaconTour

Danny O'Brien: RaconTour

Award-winning Irish comedian Danny O'Brien returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date. After inheriting a broken-down, unreliable, older-than-he-is motorcycle, Danny decided to take to the road on a comedic expedition... 

Maria Shehata: Wisdomless

Maria Shehata: Wisdomless

Having moved 5,437 miles for love, award-winning Egyptian-American comedian Maria Shehata presents her debut hour of playfully sardonic stand-up. Charmingly conversational and brutally honest, Maria divulges the realities of giving up a glamorous LA lifestyle to discover that saying 'I moved here for you' does not win every argument... 

The Expiration Date of Jonas Müller (Age 70)

The Expiration Date of Jonas Müller (Age 70)

Hi! I’m Jonas Müller (Age 27). Over the last few years I created storytelling shows with my best friend Tim. People wrote nice things like 'A fascinating curiosity of the Fringe and intriguing piece of experimental theatre' (BritishTheatreGuide... 

The Family Friendly(ish) Stand-Up Show

The Family Friendly(ish) Stand-Up Show

Two world travelled comedians, Dylan Gott (Canada) and Radu Isac (Romania), perform an hour of sort of clean comedy. This show is fit for the whole family, as long as your family are all over 16... 

Balamory Doubtfire

Balamory Doubtfire

Why give, only to get kicked in the teeth? Is that saft (soft) or daft? This is the story about the limits of one woman’s kindness. ‘Glorious’ ***** (Scotsman). ‘A naturally charismatic storyteller **** (Fest)... 

Ben Target's Orangeade

Ben Target's Orangeade

Gentle comedy. Mellow drama. Balmy ballgames. Peeling back the years with a softer show, the sunset on an endless summer from ‘maverick physical comedian (and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee) Ben Target’ (Guardian)... 

Elsa

Elsa

Elsa works in a cafe and eavesdrops on the coffee mornings with the girls as she waitresses. Finding that the customers conceal what they are really thinking, Elsa acts out their personalities through hilarious satirical songs... 

The Great Big Beautiful Sky

The Great Big Beautiful Sky

Captain Zarg and Williamina Foxx are Guardians of the Universe. They tirelessly battle to keep the galaxy safe from the Thaaarg (after they’ve finished their homework). In real life Max and Emma are struggling to make sense of school, their parents, skincare routines, and life, really… If only they had real friends, in the real world... 

Donald Alexander and Stuart McPherson

Donald Alexander and Stuart McPherson

Following their sold out Glasgow Comedy Festival show, Donald and Stuart make their Edinburgh Fringe debut. Donald is awkward and Stuart is laconic. Stuart: Best Newcomer – Scottish Comedy Awards 2016, So You Think You’re Funny? finalist 2016... 

Aaaaaaargh! Macbeth… Without the Shakespeare Bollocks

Aaaaaaargh! Macbeth… Without the Shakespeare Bollocks

Bruce’s comic observations probe deep into medieval Scotland. Shakespeare shamefully misrepresented a man who, in his time, was a popular Scottish king. His death, at the hands of Malcolm, led to Anglicisation of Scotland… and eventually "the English play"... 

Storyteller

Storyteller

When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold their future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for the Storyteller... 

Pamela DeMenthe Presents: Sticky Digits

Pamela DeMenthe Presents: Sticky Digits

Ever wanted to know how to break into the world of erotic fiction? Self-published erotic authoress, Pamela DeMenthe, is throbbing her way to Edinburgh to present her hotly anticipated novel Sticky Digits... 

Rosie Wilby: The Conscious Uncoupling

Rosie Wilby: The Conscious Uncoupling

BBC Radio 4 regular Wilby poignantly interweaves comedy, memoir, love letters, breakup emails and Richard Hawley music to investigate the aftermath of separation in a post-Gwyneth world... 

An Aussie Abroad

An Aussie Abroad

Brett grew up in the suburbs and went to one of the worst schools in Western Australia. He didn’t know he was an Aussie bogan when he started traveling the world (Bali) with his ‘strayan accent... 

Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp

Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp

In 2009, Steve spent his summer working at a kids camp in America. Woefully ill-equipped, disastrously naive and notoriously bad with children – this is the true story of what happened... 

Glenn Moore: The Very Best of Belinda Carlisle

Glenn Moore: The Very Best of Belinda Carlisle

'Tipped for great things' (GQ), Glenn Moore, from critically-acclaimed sketch comedy duo Thunderbards, returns to Edinburgh with a second 'relentlessly silly and gag-laden show' (List)... 

Matt Price: The Weed Fairy

Matt Price: The Weed Fairy

My Dad is known by West Country Police as Anthony Price, AKA the Weed Fairy. He was arrested in July 2016 for his choice of gardening. This is a David and Goliath story. It’s also a show about pride and learning to let go of the past... 

American Immigrant: Zoltan Kaszas

American Immigrant: Zoltan Kaszas

Award-winning American comedian and 'breakout star' (TheAtlantic.com) Zoltan Kaszas (FOX, Hulu, Sirius XM Radio) debuts his stand-up show, American Immigrant, at the 2017 Fringe with storytelling material on travelling, Trump and growing up with a Communist-era Hungarian mother... 

Adam Rowe: Unbearable

Adam Rowe: Unbearable

Does wanting to care, even if you don’t really, make you a good person? Adam Rowe thinks so, but then again he would; he’s unbearable. He’s an arrogant, self-indulgent narcissist who will make absolutely anything about himself – AKA a comedian... 

Becky Brunning: Beaming

Becky Brunning: Beaming

Debut solo show from Funny Women finalist and Broadchurch actor Becky Brunning. Edgy and average: the love child of rock’n’roll and cardigans. Becky is conflicted – about everything... 

David Quirk: Cowboy Mouth

David Quirk: Cowboy Mouth

Winner: Piece of Wood (Comedian's Choice) 2012, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Winner: Golden Gibbo Award 2011, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Nominee: Best Local Act 2013, Sydney Comedy Festival... 

Crossbones

Crossbones

Following on from her hit show Coin-Operated Girl, Miranda Kane takes you on a tour of Crossbones Graveyard and tells the story of the prostitutes who worked for the Bishop of Winchester, as well as many others like them throughout history... 

Woolly: The Morose Merino

Woolly: The Morose Merino

Sarcastic, satirical and hilariously self-deprecating, Woolly is a sheep with serious issues! Nominated for the Best Comedy Award of Melbourne Fringe 2016, Woolly is the tale of how one sexually frustrated, twentysomething Brit dealt with rejection in the most absurd way possible: by running away to a sheep-shearing shed in South Australia! What emerged was more sheep than man... 

Mind Your Head

Mind Your Head

Journalist, musician and stand-up Marc Burrows returns following his 2014 show The Ten Best Songs of All Time with a personal trek through his mental health history, including his time in a psychiatric ward, suicide attempts, depression and bipolar diagnosis... 

Aaaaaaargh! How Can I Drive to a Gig With a Jakey on My Bonnet?

Aaaaaaargh! How Can I Drive to a Gig With a Jakey on My Bonnet?

All he had to do was drive to the gig, perform a stand-up set, use appropriate language, and pick up a cheque. What could possibly go wrong? Award-winning Scottish stand-up Bruce Fummey tells the story of one night in the life of a stand-up comic... 

Bilal Zafar: Biscuit

Bilal Zafar: Biscuit

Join 2016 Best Newcomer nominee and Hackney Empire New Act of the Year winner of the same year as he explores the fascinating world of online dating and finding love on social media in increasingly confusing times... 

Larry Dean: Fandan

Larry Dean: Fandan

Amused Moose Comedy Award winner and Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Larry Dean returns to Edinburgh with a brand new hour of ‘fascinatingly funny’ (Evening Standard) comedy following his debut stand-up tour and a stint at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival... 

Kevin James Doyle: 30 Year Old Virgin

Kevin James Doyle: 30 Year Old Virgin

Raised a devout Christian, Kevin knew sex was meant for marriage only. When his engagement fell apart, he thought he'd missed the train for sex... until he took a ride of heartbreak, horniness and climactic hilarity... 

Andrew Silverwood is a 'Self-Absorbed Tw*t'

Andrew Silverwood is a 'Self-Absorbed Tw*t'

Last week I got pulled over by the police for not wearing a helmet on my £20 children's scooter. I was wearing a fedora and a denim jacket. I was one latte away from being Shoreditch, or part of a crappy biker gang... 

JoJo Smith: I Was the Ninth Dexys Midnight Runner (Ten True Tales)

JoJo Smith: I Was the Ninth Dexys Midnight Runner (Ten True Tales)

2016 saw JoJo Smith dip her toe into the Fringe waters with a brief run of her first solo show I was Mick Jones’ Bank Clerk. It was so successful, she's back in 2017 with a whole run of her new show I Was the Ninth Dexys Midnight Runner: Ten True Tales... 

Wretched

Wretched

Richard Stott was born lopsided. Poland syndrome, a rare birth defect, caused his left hand, arm and chest to be underdeveloped. He's decided to go out on a limb and do what Jeremy Beadle didn't – a whole show about having a small hand... 

Robyn's Bad Decision Time

Robyn's Bad Decision Time

Everyone has a crazy family. Some are bad at relationships. But few justify their emotional decisions with stats and scientific research. Join Robyn on this "informative" journey of unbelievable, yet relatable, stories, seeing first hand what happens when you don't think before you act... 

Sajeela Kershi: Fights Like a Girl!

Sajeela Kershi: Fights Like a Girl!

'My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style' (Maya Angelou). Hilarious multi award-winning comedian is putting up her dukes and picking her battles! Winner of Asian Women of Achievement Award 2015 and Star of Edinburgh Award-winning show 2007... 

Katharine Ferns is in Stitches

Katharine Ferns is in Stitches

A brutally funny storytelling show from Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns (MTV, ichannel) about learning to laugh at the visible and invisible scars of surviving domestic violence, drug addiction and mental illness, plus some feminism for comic relief... 

Breaking Black by Njambi McGrath

Breaking Black by Njambi McGrath

What is life like in a hostile post-Brexit Britain for a British/African woman? She is either completely ignored or too often portrayed as the victim in need of saving. This show explores why immigrants are attracted to the UK, their aspirations and how they thrive amongst these hostilities... 

Gary Little: Club Classics

Gary Little: Club Classics

After headlining at some of the top comedy clubs around the UK and abroad, Gary returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with the sets, the stories and the jokes that have earned him the reputation as one of Scotland’s top comedians... 

Des Kapital’s Never Mind the Cossacks

Des Kapital’s Never Mind the Cossacks

Communist crooner Des Kapital (Gulag’s Got Talent, The Ex-Soviet Republic Factor) is glasnost all over to present the history of the Soviet Union using the music of Taylor Swift (Blank State), Ed Sheeran (Sinking Out Loud), Katy Perry (Perestroika Hurls), Robbie Williams (Engels), Madonna (Lands Were Virgin) and many more! Hilarious and weirdly educational, entertaining and tragic... 

Carl Donnelly: The Nutter on the Bus

Carl Donnelly: The Nutter on the Bus

Join double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Carl Donnelly on the top deck of a bus for his all new show about spiritual awakenings and letting go of your past. 'Observational genius' (Guardian)... 

Luca Cupani: It's Me!

Luca Cupani: It's Me!

Not overly interested in the biggest problems of the world, Luca focuses on an easier question: who am I? With the help of science, astrology and religion, the award-winning Italian comedian who was too funny for his own country might even find an answer! So You Think You're Funny 2015 winner, Luca lives in London (bracing himself for Brexit... 

Jason Neale: Talking and Pausing

Jason Neale: Talking and Pausing

Jason turns up, picks up the mic and talks... there's no particular narrative arc to the show and you won't be expected to cry. He doesn't have a suitcase of props, he's not cool, he's not alternative; he's just really funny for an hour... 

Markus Birdman's Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea

Markus Birdman's Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea

Deliciously dark re-workings, told through stand-up and live art. Three classic stories of making a deal with the wrong guy: Rumpelstiltskin, Faustus and the blues guitarist selling his soul at the crossroads... 

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo!

Hilarious. Charming. Traditional. Universally funny and yet so very Japanese. Canada's very own. Japan’s adopted son. Katsura Sunshine brings the art of Rakugo (Japanese comic storytelling) comedy to Edinburgh’s Sweet venues... 

#AlmostFamous

#AlmostFamous

Join local comic Kevin McPadden as he discusses the trials and tribulations of being an up-and-coming comic through hilarious self-deprecating storytelling. After last year's #BiggerThanKanye show, Kevin has lowered his expectations to #AlmostFamous... 

Sarah Bennetto: All My Life's Mistakes, Catalogued (Volume One)

Sarah Bennetto: All My Life's Mistakes, Catalogued (Volume One)

One dimwit comedian's every dumb decision presented in list form. Fifty great mistakes guaranteed. A new stand-up and sketch show by Melbourne-born, London-based comedian. As heard on BBC Radio 4, NTS's Mix-Tape and Glastonbury backstage radio... 

Kevin McAleer: Saying Yes to Yes

Kevin McAleer: Saying Yes to Yes

Join Ireland's biggest lama Kevin McAleer for an hour of divine light entertainment, with mindfulness, bananarama yoga, fire walking with dolphins, psychic flower arranging, neurolinguistic colonic hydrotherapy reprogramming, tree visualization, and ego massage... 

Aaah Sure, It's the Irish Comedian of the Year!

Aaah Sure, It's the Irish Comedian of the Year!

A show about finding the funny in failure. Join Steve Bennett, Irish Comedian of the Year 2016, and giggle about all the parts of life that don't quite work. From technology to religion to politics, the world is fecked and we need to get a laugh out of it before everything blows up... 

Joz Norris: The Incredible Joz Norris Locks Himself Inside His Own Show, Then Escapes, Against All the Odds!!

Joz Norris: The Incredible Joz Norris Locks Himself Inside His Own Show, Then Escapes, Against All the Odds!!

This idiot's back. Last year I saw Jason Donovan alone onstage singing to a backing track and suddenly it dawned on me why I do all this. You perform to hide in plain sight and build your own cage... 

Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land

Saurabh Kikani is many things: stand-up comedian, film producer, lawyer, political activist... most of all... disappointment to his parents. He also considered himself a citizen of the world but in a time of Trump and Brexit, his citizenship anywhere may be revoked... 

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

As seen on Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Heard on Welcome to Night Vale and The Guilty Feminist Podcast. The 2015 Funny Women Award-winner presents her second comedy hour on sex, race and capitalism... 

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon tells Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again... 

For Godley's Sake!

For Godley's Sake!

‘Godmother of Scottish comedy’ (Scotsman), Janey Godley, brings another free show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Consistently five star reviewed every year. Do not miss her honest, brazen and outspoken comedy at The Three Sisters... 

Dirty Poetry

Dirty Poetry

Cum to comedy, storytelling and spunk. Dirty Poetry; go have a wunk. Half an hour, stories in rhyme. Not all are dirty, but all of them mine. Kalki Aporia has worked as an actor, director, writer and producer for over 10 years... 

Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps!

Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps!

Award-winning author Stuart Reid will be sharing his books, including his latest release Gorgeous George and His Stupid Stinky Stories, and the audience will be expected to bring their own boogers and bottom burps – strictly no sharing! Stuart has performed at over 1,000 schools, libraries and book festivals throughout the UK and worldwide, inspiring children to learn to love reading with his yucky brand of schoolboy stupidity, enthusiasm, excitement and, whisper it, education (but you won't even notice). 

A Giant Misfit

A Giant Misfit

Ever feel like a misfit? This guy does! At over two metres tall, our XXXXL giant takes you on a spiralling adventure of odd relationships, loose cannon friends and how they all came together to teach him one big lesson... 

Anything Can Be a Podcast Returns Again for the Third Time! With John Hastings

Anything Can Be a Podcast Returns Again for the Third Time! With John Hastings

Anything Can Be a Podcast! Podcast! John Hastings improvises an hour of comedy based on suggestions from the Fringe's top comedians, his teenage blog, and his friend Paul Stanley Harrison will chip in as well... 

Shaggers (Free Festival)

Shaggers (Free Festival)

The hugely popular show at comedy festivals and theatres worldwide returns for its 10th anniversary year. A changing line-up of the best comedians from around the fringe converge to regale you with hilarious tales and jokes about that most noble of all pastimes – shagging... 

Revill's Selection – Free

Revill's Selection – Free

Get your afternoon off to the perfect start with Revill’s Selection. Join host Paul Revill (Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2014) for a frisky, fun and irreverent hour of stand-up comedy... 

Afternoon Shaggers (Free Festival)

Afternoon Shaggers (Free Festival)

To mark its 10th Anniversary, the worldwide hit show puts on an extra afternoon special. A changing line-up of comedians talking about relationships and sex in the afternoon! What more could you want from a daytime show? ‘A tour de force of laughter filled mischievous comedy’ ***** (ArtsinLeicestershire... 

James Bone: Townies

James Bone: Townies

The Townie Tavern is like any regular suburban pub, except in this place regulars include a New Age traveller, an old skool raver and a disgraced ex-Met Police chief. With each of them trying to work out their raison d'être, it makes for an interesting night in the saloon bar... 

Karoo Moose – No Fathers

Karoo Moose – No Fathers

Winner of 15 top South African theatre awards, Lara Foot's story of pain, redemption and hope combines traditional African storytelling and magical realism. In an impoverished village in the Karoo, South Africa, a young girl, Thozama, struggles to survive... 

Marcus Ryan – ¿Hablas Inglés? – Free

Marcus Ryan – ¿Hablas Inglés? – Free

One man. One beard. One backpack. One-way ticket. No idea! An epic journey of sex, crime, drugs, Latinos, free wifi and toilet paper. ‘¿Hablas Inglés?’ award-nominated (shortlisted Best Comedy Perth 2017) follows the adventures and hilarious mishaps of a vagabond comedian performing stand-up comedy to survive in countries that never had it before... 

Can't Dance, Won't Dance

Can't Dance, Won't Dance

The uptight, irritable, shy yet monstrously arrogant Kingsley has developed dangerously high blood pressure and a phobia of dancing. In this multi award-seeking show, the Roofsmasher considers the nature of inhibition, showing off and your ludicrous discotheque behaviour... 

Richard Todd: Monsters

Richard Todd: Monsters

Like a piece of forgotten sellotape stuck on a wall, neurotic ditherer Richard Todd clings to nothing but his place on the earth; may his grip hold for an hour of art therapy, inner demons and salad... 

50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh

50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh

Have you ever dreamt about what it would be like to escape Debra from accounting? Bob from payroll? Candice from HR? Leave your life behind and start anew? Michelle went from slinging solar to a couch-surfing comedian, leaping from fringe to fringe... 

Struan Logan: Mingalabar

Struan Logan: Mingalabar

Scottish comedian Struan Logan spent three months in South East Asia, performing stand-up in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong along with travelling through Vietnam, Taiwan and his favourite, Myanmar (formerly Burma)... 

Paul Revill: Revillations – Free

Paul Revill: Revillations – Free

Paul Revill, Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2014, returns to the Fringe with his debut hour. The true story of how he got the acting role of a lifetime... and how it all went wrong! Drink! Drugs! Police! Perfume?! All will be revealed! ‘This bright sparky chappy was a real quick-witted geezer’ ***** (ArtsInLeicestershire... 

The Silly Iles

The Silly Iles

This is a debut stand-up comedy show from Sarah Iles, where she shares her brand of silly humour and stories to all audiences about the various japes she gets herself in to. Ultimately, she is The Silly Iles... 

Nik Coppin: Globetrotter (Free Festival)

Nik Coppin: Globetrotter (Free Festival)

The UK-based comedian returns with new and hilarious anecdotes and jokes from his many comedy journeys around the world. 'Fast and funny... The audience loved it... Sweetly, wildly hilarious' **** (Rip It Up, Adelaide Fringe)... 

The Abersham Flat

The Abersham Flat

Hey, I'm Taco. In 2015 a conman named Andy moved into my flat in London and started systematically defrauding the other residents out of hundreds of pounds. Also that year, my parents split up after 23 years, I spoke to my biological father for the first time, got my heart broken, and had my laptop confiscated by police during a fraud investigation... 

A1: The Long Road to Edinburgh

A1: The Long Road to Edinburgh

Just twelve short months ago, Mark Row had never stepped on stage to perform stand-up comedy... But then he was struck by the sort of crazy idea that any normal person would consider for only the briefest of seconds, before dismissing as ridiculous and carrying on with their cornflakes... 

Tom Toal in Better Than Before

Tom Toal in Better Than Before

Fresh from supporting Rob Brydon on tour, TT returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand-new show. A show about following your dreams and one terrifying phone call on 3rd February 2017... 

Martin Mor: All the Best

Martin Mor: All the Best

‘This great big, funny, friendly, hairy bear of an Irishman wrapped us in his irresistible mix of spontaneous humour, hilarious storytelling and total irreverence, and it was a sweet and memorable encounter’ (TheClothesline... 

Afternoon Shaggers (Free Festival)

Afternoon Shaggers (Free Festival)

To mark its 10th Anniversary, the worldwide hit show puts on an extra afternoon special. A changing line-up of comedians talking about relationships and sex in the afternoon! What more could you want from a daytime show? ‘A tour de force of laughter filled mischievous comedy’ ***** (ArtsinLeicestershire... 

James Loveridge: Suspiciously Happy

James Loveridge: Suspiciously Happy

Despite the world being on the brink of collapse, it’s fair to say James is the happiest he's ever been. He's just got engaged, his relationship with his cat has improved (subject to change), now all he has to do is not f*ck it up! Nominated Best Show Edinburgh Fringe, 2016 (Amused Moose)... 

Adam Vincent: How Not to Kill Yourself When Living in the Suburbs

Adam Vincent: How Not to Kill Yourself When Living in the Suburbs

Quirky, honest, dark and irreverent humour from this critically acclaimed Australian stand-up and writer (The Last Leg) forced by love and money to live in suburban UK where he can’t escape the clutches of marriage, children and monthly payments to the man... 

The Ayahuasca Diaries

The Ayahuasca Diaries

Shrink and award-winning comedian Benji Waterstones heads to Peru in search of ayahuasca, a healing hallucinogenic so strong that just one dose has been likened to 15 years of therapy... 

Sarah Bennetto: All My Life's Mistakes, Catalogued (Volume One)

Sarah Bennetto: All My Life's Mistakes, Catalogued (Volume One)

One dimwit comedian's every dumb decision presented in list form. Fifty great mistakes guaranteed. A new stand-up and sketch show by Melbourne-born, London-based comedian. As heard on BBC Radio 4, NTS's Mix-Tape and Glastonbury backstage radio... 

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Sofie Hagen won an award ages ago and she's still banging on about it. She is now doing her THIRD show. The confidence of this girl is appalling. This show is about anger and a funeral... 

The Cricket

The Cricket

The Cricket is an original story inspired by Pusongling’s famous work, Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. In the Ming dynasty’s Xuande period, an emperor is obsessed with cricket fighting and taxes his people heavily... 

The Science of Cringe

The Science of Cringe

Picture a Venn diagram where behavioural science, character comedy and storytelling are intersecting the hell out of each other. BBC comedy writer Maria Peters explores what cringe is, why we do it and how the world would be without it... 

Georgie Morrell: The Morrell High Ground

Georgie Morrell: The Morrell High Ground

Georgie's got 99 problems but disability is basically the main one. 'Remarkable comic' (LondonPubTheatres.com). Can disability finally bring sexy back? Can Georgie save the NHS? Are NHS doctors hotter than private ones?! Why can't disability be mega LOLz? Taking you through her bizarre and hilarious journey, find out how Georgie sees disability through her one eye! Georgie Morrell is a half-blind comedian whose four-star first show, A Poke in the Eye, has been up and down the country and transferred to the Soho Theatre... 

Tom Goodliffe's Coffee Run

Tom Goodliffe's Coffee Run

Do you like coffee? Award-winning comedian Tom Goodliffe likes it so much he accepted a challenge: visit all the cafes on the London Specialty Coffee Map... in one day! Succeed and his wife would buy him coffee for the year... 

Victim

Victim

A one-woman show, Victim follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face-to-face with a notorious inmate. Hot on the heels of Villain – The 2016 Edinburgh sell-out, five-star, Offie-nominated hit – Bruised Sky return with Martin Murphy's darkly comic new play Victim... 

Alexander Fox: Ringo

Alexander Fox: Ringo

A show about the world's most famous drummer. And his part in my downfall. In 2006 then teenager Alexander Fox met, and soon began a pen-pal relationship with, Beatles icon Ringo Starr... 

Mindy Raf: Keeping My Kidneys

Mindy Raf: Keeping My Kidneys

Weed lube, throuple therapy and one life-altering text message. With an open mind, heart and vagina, Raf demolishes the romantic comedy and the roles we play in it. As she demystifies love, loss and sexuality, Raf engages her vulnerable, razor-sharp storytelling style to face the complexities of modern love and leave us asking 'could I ever do that?'... 

Alice Fraser: Empire

Alice Fraser: Empire

Following sold-out seasons and rave reviews, Australia’s Alice Fraser is back with a fresh hour of unpredictably meaningful, occasionally silly, narratively unorthodox art-comedy... 

Brennan Reece: Everlong

Brennan Reece: Everlong

Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee (me) and English Comedian of the Year (also me) returns with a ‘powerfully entertaining’ (Chortle.co.uk) show about the stars (in the sky), memories (in the mind) and my Nanna (in a home)... 

Garrett Millerick: The Devil’s Advocate

Garrett Millerick: The Devil’s Advocate

I’ve just accidentally bought a house in the heart of Brexit country. My membership of the Urban Liberal Elite has been rescinded, subsumed into the ranks of the silent majority, I’m totally consumed by home improvement, car magazines, property values, bin day and reality television... 

Me and Robin Hood

Me and Robin Hood

I first met Robin Hood in the Autumn of 1975, as a seven-year-old boy, and we have been good mates ever since. Recently, he's been going crazy about the direction our world is heading... 

Sooz on Film

Sooz on Film

Love films? So, does Sooz Kempner (Musical Comedy Awards Best Newcomer, Funny Women Variety Award winner) in a brand-new stand-up show about how great movies can change your entire life... 

The Offering (Guru Dakshina)

The Offering (Guru Dakshina)

A curious boy, full of wonder, dreams of great warriors of the past and wants to be one of them. He meets up with an old man running from a difficult past. Fate has brought them together, and so emerges the complex and unique relationship between a guru (master) and his shishya (student)... 

Sam Shaber: Life, Death & Duran Duran

Sam Shaber: Life, Death & Duran Duran

Life has three guarantees: you're born, you die and if your name is Rio, you dance on the sand. New York indie rocker Sam Shaber was born hungry, like the wolf, for Duran Duran and rock stardom... 

Katy Brand: I Could've Been an Astronaut

Katy Brand: I Could've Been an Astronaut

Ever wished you could start life again on a new planet? Or wondered what you're doing right now in a parallel universe? How have your choices affected who and what you have become? Can you change them? The possibilities are endless once you get to grips with the mind-bending realities of space: time travel, worm holes and dark matter... 

Daniel Cainer: More Gefilte Fish and Chips

Daniel Cainer: More Gefilte Fish and Chips

Master songwriter and Fringe favourite returns with more of his trademark smart and funny story songs (plus new gems). Highly Recommended Show 2014 and 2015 (FringeReview.co.uk). SoHo Playhouse Fringe Encores Season (Best of Edinburgh and New York Fringe) 2014, 2015 and 2016... 

Oskar's Amazing Adventure

Oskar's Amazing Adventure

Desperate for some fun, Oskar leaves the snowbound, little house on top of the mountain to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are all the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again? This heart-warming, humorous play uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry, music and song to tell the tale of a puppy's search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps... 

Pianologues (Will Pickvance)

Pianologues (Will Pickvance)

Inside the mind of a pianist, looking out. Solos and stories from Will Pickvance, creator of sell-out Anatomy of the Piano and Pianomorphosis. 'Clever, poetic, his piano playing exudes an effortless, almost careless expertise' (Herald)... 

Underground Tour

Underground Tour

Hear tales of how the poor and unfortunate lived in terrible slum conditions, where disease and death were commonplace. Each vault has stories of terrible occurrences that your guide will impart to you... 

Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Tour

Haunted Vaults and Graveyard Tour

This tour takes you to Edinburgh Old Town's two most bone-chilling locations. Your tour includes the world famous Greyfriars graveyard, with tales of body snatchers, mortsafes, Greyfriars Bobby and lots more... 

Ghost and Torture Tour

Ghost and Torture Tour

A bone-chilling tour as our costumed guide takes you around some of the Old Town's cobbled streets dispensing the history of the dark characters that used to roam them and why their names became immortalised... 

Afternoon Family Underground Ghost Tour

Afternoon Family Underground Ghost Tour

Be led by a gruesome character from Edinburgh’s dark past around some old streets and wynds, then take a visit down into our Underground Vaults. Your guide will delight, entertain and horrify you with stories of ghosts, torture, witchcraft, hangings and girstly horror, all with the odd bad joke thrown in from time to time... 

Children's Underground Ghost Tour

Children's Underground Ghost Tour

Help us find out which ghosts haunt our famous underground vaults. Join Mingin' Annie from Edinburgh’s past and find out what it is like to have lived under Edinburgh for 400 years! Full of disgusting stories and anecdotes that will make you laugh and cringe, along with an interactive ghost hunt taking you around our underground vaults! Gristly ghostly fun for all! This is for the brave and curious children that dare to descend... 

Free Walking Tour: Sandemans

Free Walking Tour: Sandemans

On this guided walking tour of Edinburgh, an expert guide will show you all the city has to offer. From the narrow alleyways off the Royal Mile to the majestic castle, this tour will bring history to life and show you the sights to define your trip to Scotland's capital... 

Terror Tour

Terror Tour

As an appetiser, we take you around some of the Old Town's cobbled streets, giving you some very dark historical facts about some of the infamous characters that used to roam Edinburgh's wynds and closes, and left an everlasting place in history... 

Shaggers (Free Festival)

Shaggers (Free Festival)

The hugely popular show at comedy festivals and theatres worldwide returns for its 10th anniversary year. A changing line-up of the best comedians from around the fringe converge to regale you with hilarious tales and jokes about that most noble of all pastimes – shagging... 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

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

Goggles

Goggles

Pets come in many forms. Cats and dogs are the obvious choice for many people, perhaps because of the ease with which an emotional attachment can be made and the affectionate responses they give... 

Smut Slam Cabaret: where sex and storytelling collide

Smut Slam Cabaret: where sex and storytelling collide

Smut Slam is a raucous celebration of sex in all it's glorious, awkward and heart-warming forms. Beginning in 2011, a normal Smut Slam is an open mic night with a deliciously dirty twist: those feeling brave enough in the audience are invited to divulge in the telling of a personal sex story... 

Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks!

Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks!

Some people might think that setting the Battle of Stalingrad to Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time is somewhat trivialising the matter. On the other hand, who's to say that the most appropriate tribute to two million deaths isn't a super catchy pop song?Andy Thomas is a History teacher... 

Nathan Cassidy: Watch this. Love me. It's deep.

Nathan Cassidy: Watch this. Love me. It's deep.

Award-winning writer and comedian Nathan Cassidy's new one-man theatre show for 2017. A perfect love story in a swimming pool. It's deep. For the perfect love story, you have to go to ridiculous lengths... 

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... 

Oskar's Amazing Adventure

Oskar's Amazing Adventure

An original, heartwarming play for young children and their families – full of good humour, adventure, music and song. Fun-loving little Swiss puppy Oskar has been snowbound in the little house on top of the mountain for weeks... 

Eve's Dawning: The Story of the Last Girl

Eve's Dawning: The Story of the Last Girl

‘Eve’s Dawning’ combines storytelling, live music and animation to tell the dystopian fairy tale of Eve, the last girl in the world, as she navigates a post-apocalyptic wasteland, meeting strange characters en route... 

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... 

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

What better recipe for bleary-eyed parents early on a Sunday morning, than a timeless tale of a happy couple saving their food from pesky seagulls?Young children were especially enthralled by the friendly, welcoming cast and their marvellously inventive interpretation of Rhonda and David Armitage's sweet story that has been in print for over 40 years - quite a phenomenon in children’s literature... 

Circled in The Radio Times

Circled in The Radio Times

John Osborne is a fabulous storyteller. His quintessential Englishness makes us immediately warm to him. He apologies for the stuffy, hot room and promises us that he won't go on for longer than 45 minutes, so we can all head outside into the sunshine... 

Blink by Phil Porter

Blink by Phil Porter

Described as "unconventional, quirky, and voyeuristic", Peppered Wit's production of Blink by Phil Porter fulfills each of those descriptions. Whatever your understanding of love might be, it is almost certainly not what transpires between Jonah and Sophie... 

Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze

Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze

‘Elliot and the Enormous Sneeze’ follows the story of the old man who never (hardly ever) sneezed. Featuring chocolate pudding, live music, magical mucus and ever extendable nose hairs... 

Casual Violence: The Grot In The Grotto

Casual Violence: The Grot In The Grotto

Triple award-winning sketch villains and stars of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’ return to Brighton with a ghoulish new nightmare blend of sketch comedy, live music and pure evil... 

The Woman Who Shed Her Skin

The Woman Who Shed Her Skin

A woman single-mindedly pursues her physical image at the expense of her inner self. When that self desperately rises up to take control, no quarter will be given. In an age of seemingly endless cosmetic obsession, ‘The Woman Who Shed Her Skin’ reveals a story of the obsessive pursuit of the unattainable: female perfection... 

Mad About the Boy

Mad About the Boy

Stephanie talks about mental health problems and boys for an hour, but it's totally funny, she promises, and won't be as awkward as you think it will. From a late start (she barely even met a boy till she was 17), through her "well I know boys now so I'd better touch them all" phase, and a number of failed relationships, Stephanie tells us what it's like to try to have meaningful and not so meaningful relationships when you're a bit of a nutcase... 

Nik Coppin: Globetrotter

Nik Coppin: Globetrotter

Nik Coppin returns with some new hilarious anecdotes and jokes from his many shows and journeys around the world. A well travelled stand-up comedian, his comedic exploits have taken him to the far reaches of the USA, Canada, all over Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia... 

Rap Guide to Consciousness

Rap Guide to Consciousness

Predicting the next big show on the Fringe circuit is a little like trying to squeeze a champagne cork back into the bottle after it’s popped. Lots of fun but completely impossible... 

New York Stories

New York Stories

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting to see when I arrived at the Rialto Theatre. New York Stories appealed to me, primarily due to my love of Yankee accents, and boy, they didn’t disappoint! The stage was set plainly; three stools and a projector screen set above the stage... 

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... 

Jim Holland: Shoegazing

Jim Holland: Shoegazing

Polite, comedy-maverick Jim Holland in a funny show about shoes, shyness, and love, where Fred Astaire meets Metallica. Words! Music! Dance? "Genuine charm" (The Scotsman), "Nice" (The List), "Excellent Shoes" (The New Current), "Nervous" (The Argus), "I cried with laughter" (Seann Walsh). 

Ray's Cafe

Ray's Cafe

We Can Be, LadyG cuts Gaga down to size, with migrant resilience and 'Yes We Can Be Happy, Initiate' and so a company taking inspiration from Jean Findlay and TSEliot which produced work at Edinburgh Festival winning multiple awards is on Fringe, first time with real life stories, to laugh and cry... 

How to Die of a Broken Heart

How to Die of a Broken Heart

Uncomfortable moments full of truth, full of laughs. Femi 'loves' her way through life - all the while developing a chronic illness. Through stories of her failed relationships, Femi illuminates both the beauties and the dangers of loving someone, and ultimately reminds us that broken things can be mended... 

Obama & Me

Obama & Me

“I am a cog in the wheel of free movement. I am my ancestors’, my contemporaries’, and my descendants’ wildest dreams.” While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version... 

You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret

You Give Me Fever, the Phaedra Cabaret

It is with a plethora of “well”s with which this show must be described: well written, well performed, well timed and very well done. Phaedra, or “Fey” as she prefers to be known, entered the stage in a slinky, bright red dress, with a waterfall of curls, accompanied only by her jazz guitarist and a trolley full of spirits for cocktails... 

Jack Rooke: Good Grief

Jack Rooke: Good Grief

With a coffin full of sympathy snacks, Jack Rooke and his 85-year-old Nan, Sicely, invite you to the happiest town in Britain, where Dad’s dead and the only thing to eat is lasagne... 

Tales from the Woods

Tales from the Woods

This is an exciting journey through some great tales. As the storyteller talks, one word leads to another and, if you are not careful, you find a story has been made. We may find dragons, giants and other strange creatures and be asked to do some very hard tasks... 

Escape: A Magic Show

Escape: A Magic Show

Escape the mundane and the everyday and see the world through the eyes of a magician. Luke Robson takes you on a journey back in time, featuring escapes throughout history. Including curious characters such as Mackenzie, the man who played cards with the Devil himself; Jack Sheppard, the 18th century jail-breaker, and the legendary Houdini, who escaped from more than just his straitjacket... 

Kevin Precious: Work in Progress

Kevin Precious: Work in Progress

Work-in-progress. Former RE teacher; teaching RE; philosophy of religion; God-shaped hole; being a humanist... that sort of thing. 

Elephant of My Heart: Interactive Children's Workshop

Elephant of My Heart: Interactive Children's Workshop

A wonderfully inventive join-in musical workshop for children. A nine year old girl recovering from an injury is visited by an elephant and a host of other splendid animals who help her to believe that one day she will fly... 

Aidan Goatley: 10 Films with my Dad, His Granddaughter, My Wife, and Her Mother-in-Law

Aidan Goatley: 10 Films with my Dad, His Granddaughter, My Wife, and Her Mother-in-Law

How do fathers and sons communicate? Sports? Cars? The Jeremy Kyle show? For Aidan and his dad, it was films. Join Aidan as he takes you through his 5 star, internationally-performed Edinburgh Fringe show, from John Wayne to 3D, to show how two men grew up with the help of popcorn and Hollywood... 

Glitter Gangster

Glitter Gangster

Last year, Elena Gabrielle had enough of living in rural Australia and decided to move to Berlin on a whim (without speaking a word of German). Wanting to experience the move her refugee grandmother did 60 years prior, Gabrielle takes excerpts from her uncle's WW2 diary and contrasts them with her own... 

Rob Deb: A Marvel Comic

Rob Deb: A Marvel Comic

From behind the comic shop counter, Rob Deb will regale all you fanboys and girls about all that is Marvel from his stall. "The Lenny Bruce of scifi" (The Skinny). Come and join his Merry Marvel Marching band... 

Gender Spanner

Gender Spanner

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

Candid

Candid

To tell stories in unexpected ways; that is the promise that Wildkind Theatre makes in their tagline. It’s a promise that they certainly deliver, but only because the blurb in the program and what I saw appeared to be two completely different shows, leaving me feeling a little perplexed... 

Pelican

Pelican

'Pelican' is a whirlwind hour of narrative comedy that’s “wildly funny” (BroadwayBaby) and “thrives off ingenuity and playfulness” (EdFringeReview). Written and performed by Gaulier-trained ex-Footlights Sam, Jordan and Guy, Pelican uses sketch, clown and physical theatre to create a joyful world with an "infectious energy" (TCS)... 

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... 

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... 

The Beta Males Go Solo: The Story Beast & Richard Soames

The Beta Males Go Solo: The Story Beast & Richard Soames

The Foster’s Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award-nominated 'Story Beast' (“a bearded force of nature” (Guardian)) and critically-acclaimed “charming storyteller” (Chortle), Richard Soames returns to Brighton with brand new material... 

Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history. A feminist, a writer and a mother, she is mostly remembered as the wife of one of the most infamous Victorians, Oscar Wilde... 

Helen Duff: When The Going Gets Duff

Helen Duff: When The Going Gets Duff

Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning, Helen Duff returns with a bold, subversive and very funny new stand-up show about life as a fully exposed idiot. “Absolutely shameless, boldly ridiculous, embarrassingly funny” **** (Australia Times), “Quick witted and supremely empowered... 

Storyland Author Readings

Storyland Author Readings

Brighton's Storyland Press is a place where the story comes first, regardless of genre or where it sits on the commercial/literary spectrum. A great opportunity to hear Storyland's three founding authors read from their novels and short stories - some set in our favourite city-by-the-sea! There will be a Q&A and some great competitions too... 

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Dave Benson Phillips: Christ, I Thought He Was Dead!

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips? If you were a child in Britain from the 80s to the early 00s, there’s a fair chance you watched him on TV... 'Playdays', 'Playhouse Disney', 'Fun Song Factory', 'Get Your Own Back!' to name but a few! He was all over children’s TV... 

Tricyclic Transform

Tricyclic Transform

Solo musical cabaret exploring genderqueer identity with songs and drag. Miss Liliane, "biologically-challenged drag-queen", has penis envy and that makes her slightly unhinged! Join them round the gender wheel as they try on alternate personas by performing iconic torch songs... 

The Sorries

The Sorries

With guitars, bodhrans and mandolin in hand, The Sorries sing, play and banter their way through a selection of traditional songs from Scotland and beyond. After 8 years of delighting packed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe, the kilted duo take their show for a weekend at the seaside... 

Daddy Day: Bert Hana

Daddy Day: Bert Hana

'Daddy Day' is a perfectly pitched, meticulously performed work that stretches the limits of theatre and leaves one reeling. A family slideshow with a bloodcurdling ending... Daddy Day won the Dioraphte Amsterdam Fringe Award 2009... 

Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen

Accidents Happen to Sasha Ellen

At the tender age of three, Sasha Ellen accidentally killed a kitten. And she hasn’t stopped murdering since. A stand-up show about mishaps, misunderstandings and general screw-ups... 

Florence & Watson & The Sugarbush Mouse

Florence & Watson & The Sugarbush Mouse

Florence and Watson are honey badgers of a very rare sort. Singing songs and telling stories is their favourite sport. Join the funniest, singing, dancing honey badgers you've ever met as they tell you one of their absolute favourite stories... 

By Myself

By Myself

Known for his highly imaginative and hilarious writing, and as a natural born performer, Addy brings a new show of his unique style of comedy to Brighton Fringe. He has appeared on almost every major stand-up show on TV, and many of the comedy festivals around the world... 

Samantha Pressdee: Work in Progress

Samantha Pressdee: Work in Progress

A bitter-sweet tale of political awakening. With nothing left to lose but everything to fight for, Samantha followed Russell Brand onto the frontline of the revolution - a council estate in Barnet... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

A year ago he inherited his father’s crumbling fast food shop. The sale of the shop now looms but Riccardo isn’t ready to leave as he's just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records... 

Georgie Morrell: A Poke in the Eye

Georgie Morrell: A Poke in the Eye

One woman. One eye. And her (sort of) blind life... The debut stand-up show from comic Georgie Morrell comes to Brighton after sell-out show at Soho Theatre! Georgie tells the story of how she went blind but now she can see! Do your other senses really get stronger? Is it wrong to crack onto your doctor? Will I get a new eye that shoots lasers? Just some of the many questions our heroine answers whilst telling us how she went blind but now she can see... 

Harun Musho'd: Harun With a View

Harun Musho'd: Harun With a View

Harun Musho'd's stand-up comedy explores his own identity, weaving politics and history into the story of his family and their antics. Religion is another theme explored, leaving no religion untouched... 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

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

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter if I Want To

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter if I Want To

After a (tiny) mental breakdown, Isobel has decided to take her upcoming untimely death into her own hands and throw her own funeral, skeptics be damned! An intimate look at mental illness and the fear of dying alone, but in like, an uplifting, funny way... 

Belongings

Belongings

Anthony Ayton, mid-forties, middle-class ex-criminal lawyer, raised in the East End of London before attending a public boarding school, a comprehensive, and finally a grammar school, asks himself the question; "Where and with whom do I belong?" 

Decide-A-Quest

Decide-A-Quest

A high-energy comedy reworking of classic game books such as ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ and ‘Find Your Fate’. Embark upon a Quest to find the Yeti and use your deciding powers to guide your avatar, ‘You’... 

The Print-shop

The Print-shop

Brighton comics creators and graphic novelists Joe Decie, Hannah Eaton and Daniel Locke are spending a week producing hundreds of original drawings, prints and comics that explore and respond to the daily life of Brighton... 

Drawn To The Page

Drawn To The Page

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

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... 

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... 

Woolly: The Morose Merino

Woolly: The Morose Merino

Sarcastic, satirical and hilariously self-deprecating, Woolly is a sheep with serious issues! But he wasn’t always so... Woolly. Witness the tale of how one sexually frustrated, 20-something Brit dealt with rejection in the most absurd way possible: by running away to a shearing shed in South Australia... 

Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick

Ben Van der Velde: Sidekick

Some people are life's heroes; leading men and women full of swash, buckle and derring-do. Others are happy to stand at the side and hold their jackets. This is a show about the men and women who pick up the pieces whilst the main man is busy humping the heroine after the credits have rolled... 

John Hastings: Works!

John Hastings: Works!

John Hastings is a fence-sitting former drag queen. He will yell. He will shout. He will be proving the following people right. "This fast-growing comic is a pleasure to watch" **** (Times), "Hastings' bold dramatic delivery is what really stands out when he is hammering a point home" ***** (Mirror), "Well crafted" **** (Herald), "This charming, lovable comic is truly engaging and well worth checking out" **** (Three Weeks), **** (Herald), **** (Fest). 

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... 

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall: Blood

Critically-acclaimed comedy actress and character comedian Alice Marshall returns to Brighton Fringe with ‘Blood’, the follow-up to her smash-hit 2016 debut show ‘Vicious.’ With her signature collection of weird and wonderful characters who are silly, sexy and smart in equal measure, Alice takes a long, hard look at the darker side of humanity... 

Sajeela Kershi: Paradise Beneath Her Feet!

Sajeela Kershi: Paradise Beneath Her Feet!

A new work-in-progress show from this multi award-winning comedian. Growing up Sajeela was taught that all mothers should be revered, as paradise lay beneath their feet. A difficult concept to understand for a child suffering from a verucca and sweaty, smelly feet... 

Stand By Your Nan

Stand By Your Nan

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

One in Four

One in Four

A newly-devised piece exploring issues of mental health. A sympathetic yet playful look at three different stories and perspectives currently affecting an ever-growing number of sufferers around the world... 

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... 

Re: Production

Re: Production

A fun and informative play from the female-led White Slate Theatre company, White Slate performed Re: Production (not literally) for the final time at the Brighton Fringe on Saturday... 

James Loveridge: Work In Progress

James Loveridge: Work In Progress

Voted 'One To Watch' at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2016 and nominated for Amused Moose Best Show 2016 at the Edinburgh Fringe, James is back with another hour of hilarious stand up and story telling... 

Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE

Maisie Adam: Living On The Edge - LIVE

'Living On The Edge - LIVE' is the new one-woman stand-up comedy show from Maisie Adam, "one of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming young comedians" (Ditto Theatre). The show's eclectic mix of anecdotal and observational material is both relatable and laughable... 

I Love Men

I Love Men

Does the perfect man exist, and at age 83, does Lynn Ruth Miller need to find him? Her 70 minute show, autobiographical, takes us on a journey from 1943-2017 (11 years old - 83years young) with a beautiful balance of laughter and pathos and music... 

In Debt We Trust

In Debt We Trust

Fusing stand-up, cabaret and live documentary, we go on a journey through that most deceptively fascinating of subjects - debt! With comedy vignettes (laughs), appearances from historical figures (laughs), and hard core social anthropology (no laughs - but hey! Learning is fun!) we’ll explore the historical relationship of debt within social institutions such as marriage, friendship, slavery, law, religion, war and, our old pal, austerity... 

Mark Cram: Pipe-Bomb

Mark Cram: Pipe-Bomb

Mark Cram has had enough. He’s had enough of explaining his sexuality, justifying his choices, competing with his brother and being just another spoke on the wheel. Who cares that other comedians are more famous? Who cares that all his friends are getting married... 

Tez Ilyas: Teztify (WiP)

Tez Ilyas: Teztify (WiP)

“Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up, though his most prized asset could yet be his bold, subversive streak” (The Guardian). “Radiantly entertaining” (The Times)... 

Underworlds

Underworlds

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

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). 

A Pessimist's Guide to Being Happy

A Pessimist's Guide to Being Happy

Are you, have you been or do you know a pessimist? Are you, have you been, or do you want to be happy? This is the stand-up comedy show for you! Matt Duwell is happy and he is ill-equipped to deal with it... 

A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann

A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann

Aisha's front room doubles as a depression-era cinema, her bedroom a Parisian salon and her study a library from the psychedelic Sixties. Lately though, something dark and menacing has been changing the landscapes and the people in them, leading Aisha to question whether she may be the cause... 

Living With George

Living With George

One Summer evening in 1952, a 21-year-old Margaret Williams enters a dance hall. 65 years on, she recalls her life, her marriage and her choice in 'Living with George'. A poignant period piece about marriage, sex and relationships in the 1950s... 

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee

What happens when a 25-year-old Norwegian girl travels alone through Europe together with refugees? Karen Houge, a Norwegian documentarist and Gaulier-trained actor, went to Lesvos and followed seven Syrian refugees from the beach and through Europe... 

The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon

The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon

“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular night, as she sat stargazing in her room ... ” Join this tattered troupe as Luna’s tragic tale unravels for the first time. But why tonight? A Tim Burton-esque patchwork of puppetry, poetry, movement and live music stitched together with The Human Zoo’s explosive visual imagination... 

Bovine Cemetery's Literary Funeral

Bovine Cemetery's Literary Funeral

The candles are lit... A tah-tah to the old, a hurrah for the new! Come and pay your respects at our funereal short fiction fiesta: a eulogy for literatures lost, a delirious romp towards pastures new... 

Dignity Off

Dignity Off

Get ready to laugh at the regular comedic odd couple. Matt is 50 and well presentable with his feet firmly planted on the ground. Sunjai is 30 and far from presentable with his head way up in the clouds... 

Viggo Venn: The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn: The Life of Pepito

Winner, Rising Star: The Media Eye, 2016. Award-winning Gaulier-trained comedian Viggo Venn performs the UK premiere of his debut solo show ‘The Life of Pepito’ at Brighton Fringe! Through clown, characters and physical comedy, Venn gives us a glimpse into the life of Pepito - a man who works in a cookie factory, only to discover he’s actually a character in a play... 

Chicken Soup Crusader

Chicken Soup Crusader

In this unsafe space, with Brexit looming and Trump trumpeting, Daphna Baram attempts to clear us all a path. The Middle Eastern Mary Poppins, armed with a semi-automatic umbrella, a tub of Jewish penicillin and a spoonful of hummus, will lead you safely to shore - if you don't drown laughing... 

Chick Ass Comedy

Chick Ass Comedy

Robyn Perkins **** (ThreeWeeks), Sarah Iles, (Comedy Network Award winner) and Ria Lina ***** (Mumble Comedy). "Fearless, provocative and very funny" (Scotsman). Come together for an hour of hilarious comedy. 

Jane Postlethwaite: The House

Jane Postlethwaite: The House

Jane Postlethwaite (Funny Women and Squawker Award finalist 2015) brings her multi-character, one-woman show, 'The House', to Brighton. Following a sell-out run at Lamb Comedy and Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, Jane invites you to meet a handful of new dark and surreal characters, each with a secret to hide, all connected to 'The House'... 

The Girl in the Grate

The Girl in the Grate

Lucy Green dreamt her life would turn out like the spangly title sequence of a ‘Girl About Town’ sitcom. It didn’t. But if she can work a comic mishap to her advantage, it might not be too late... 

Sameena Zehra: How Not to Steal a Llama

Sameena Zehra: How Not to Steal a Llama

No Llamas (Dalai or otherwise) were harmed in the making of this show. Nominee NZ 'Best in Fringe' 2016 "Ballsy, intelligent and searing." (Radio Adelaide) "Combines warmth with political passion... 

John Pendal: How To Escape From Stuff

John Pendal: How To Escape From Stuff

Before John became a comedian he spent ten years as an amateur escape artist. Not the magic trick kind, where you know how you're going to get out, but the "get tied up by anyone and give it a go" kind... 

The Last Honeypot

The Last Honeypot

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

Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Off the Cuff: Crime and Funishment

Back by popular demand following last year’s sell-out shows at Brighton Fringe and Camden Fringe! Brighton’s improvised comedy favourites return to present another series of impromptu detective dramas packed with colourful characters, lurid plots and hilarious escapades... 

The Burning Gadulka

The Burning Gadulka

With humour and sarcasm, a musician tells a story about his relationship with the Gadulka - an instrument often overlooked and unremarkable in its appearance. By blaming the Gadulka and undermining its functionality and significance, the Gadulka player reveals the similarities between himself and the instrument... 

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

From the slapstick physical beginning of this self-penned one-man monologue, through to the show’s philosophical conclusion, the laughs come thick and fast in Bad Dad.Chris Dingli does his energetic best to convince the audience why is he is deserving of the title: he never wanted a child to begin with... 

Stick or Wizard?

Stick or Wizard?

‘Stick or Wizard?’ It’s your choice! Gaulier-trained clown, Oli Weatherly, invites you to take a trip with him through the wilderness of his imagination and to make a choice... 

Sexy Beasts

Sexy Beasts

The untamed and inimitable Jet Black Pearl from the port of Amsterdam sings about macho roosters, ecstatic slugs and other voluptuous creatures, while squeezing one hot accordion. Her smartly wacky songs are like a mad hatter's European gypsy tea party with a punk attitude...