Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road is, more than anything, a lot of fun to watch and a strong example of the power of devised theatre and the ensemble. Incognito Theatre, the creators of the sell-out All Quiet On The Western Front, return to the Fringe with the story of a group of young Londoners seeking to climb to the top of their city's underworld in the 1920s... 

Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

The widely acclaimed ex-Young Pleasance physical theatre ensemble Spies Like Us returned to the Festival Fringe this year with not only one show but two brilliant shows in an adaptation of Büchner’s Woyzeck and the return of their award winning debut Our Man in Havana, based on Graham Greene’s iconic novel... 

Paradiso

Paradiso

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

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Haggis, Neeps and Burns is about as Scottish as tartan and the trinity. Sit down for a delicious plate of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties while listening to the well-sung poetry of Burns... 

Elf Lyons: ChiffChaff

Elf Lyons: ChiffChaff

The Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee (Best Show 2017) presents her one-woman musical about the economy. You read that right. Let’s get fiscal. The queen of clown is back and she’s making the dismal science fun with a whole orchestra and an Invisible Hand... 

Richard Rodgers – A Song in My Heart

Richard Rodgers – A Song in My Heart

Appearing for the 28th successive year in the magnificent setting of St Andrew’s and St George’s West, Fife vocal concert group Ensemble (www.ensembleinfife.org.uk) follow biographical tributes to Novello, Berlin, Porter, Kern and Gershwin with an evening dedicated to the composer of some of the greatest musicals of all time, including Babes in Arms and Pal Joey with Lorenz Hart and Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music with Oscar Hammerstein III... 

Sooz Kempner: Super Sonic 90s Kid

Sooz Kempner: Super Sonic 90s Kid

Award-winning stand-up Sooz Kempner spent the 90s playing Sonic, going from a little kid to a fully grown teen. But did the 90s map out her entire existence? And will she coast through life or will she try to complete it with all the Chaos Emeralds? As seen on BBC Three, ITV2 and Comedy Central... 

Healthy Harmonies in Concert

Healthy Harmonies in Concert

Healthy Harmonies, NHS Fife’s staff choir, together with specially invited guest soloists, is delighted to be returning to the Fringe with a programme of show tunes and popular music under the musical direction of Stuart Watson... 

Thor and Loki

Thor and Loki

Thor and Loki is a wildly silly parody adaptation of the Ragnarok myth that is heaps of fun – even if it does go on a bit. If you came here for Marvel-style men with rippling muscles and male power fantasies you will be disappointed – unless you are into older gentleman then you have Odin, dressed in boxing gear... 

Liz

Liz

There is no denying the writers’ talent; both Louis Pattison and Harry Style have created a highly enjoyable script and score rich in farcical humour and lighthearted silliness, but in a theatrical world so bent towards the revision, reclamation and reimagining of historical narratives (Hamilton, SiX and Something Rotten all being examples), their talents seemed to be misdirected, and one has to wonder why this particular subject matter was chosen in the first place... 

Great British Mysteries: 1599?

Great British Mysteries: 1599?

After a sell out run last year the Great British Mysteries return to the Fringe with a new show set 400 years earlier, but still the containing the wit, charm, and ridiculous sense of silliness that make it more than a worthy successor to the groups earlier stellar work... 

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... 

A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time

Pechorin is a superfluous man. He has it all, yet seemingly has nothing. He's witty, smart and sensitive, yet also utterly manipulative and verging on sociopathic. He's the selfish, bored protagonist of Mikhail Lermontov's Russian classic A Hero Of Our Time, played with ferocity and bravery by the endlessly watchable Oliver Bennett... 

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

2016 and 2017 winner of the Edfest Bouquet. The sold-out 2017 Edinburgh show returns, with a few new surprises for 2018! Fourteen Royal performances. 'One of the top magicians working the circuit' (BroadwayBaby... 

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson

After graduating from RSAMD, Watson joined Glasgow Citizens' TAG Theatre, before working with Traverse, Borderline, 7:84, Royal Lyceum, Perth Rep and Scottish Theatre Company. Theatre work includes Rob Drummond's Quiz Show, John Byrne's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, National Theatre of Scotland's Yer Granny and Douglas Maxwell’s The Whip Hand... 

Garry Starr Performs Everything

Garry Starr Performs Everything

Disgraced actor Garry Starr is going it alone. Following his dismissal from the Royal Shakespeare Company due to "artistic differences", he is determined to defy his critics by performing every single genre of theatre in under 60 minutes, thus saving the performing arts from their inevitable extinction... 

Beta Test

Beta Test

This show will be hilarious and moving and energetic and tearjerking and heartwarming and most of all: made up completely on the spot! We are an improv group from Stanford University in California!  

Drip

Drip

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

The Creation Myths of China

The Creation Myths of China

The shows are based on Chinese classical myths of the very beginning of the world. Like ancient myths from Greece of the very beginning of the world, China also owns their own explanation of how the world was born... 

Harmony – The Mumbai Experience

Harmony – The Mumbai Experience

Mumbai... maximum city! Filled with dreamers, labourers, starlets, gangsters and lots and lots of colourful people. Presented to you by the students of The Aditya Birla Integrated School, India, a school for children with learning difficulties... 

Body Shop

Body Shop

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

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

In Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer, Shane Shambhu (Complicité Associate) offers a funny, honest and engaging bilingual solo with an acclaimed team of collaborators. Reflecting on his personal journey of growing up in East London and learning and performing Indian dance in the UK, Shane plays with the ways in which race, language, identity and culture have defined him... 

Amusical

Amusical

For one night only. Jayde Adams and Kiri Pritchard-McLean host this celebration of all things West End (or Broadway if you're American/better off than us). Accompanied by our house band, Dave and the Quavers, comedians perform their favourite songs from stage and screen and it's up to you to decide who's best... 

Bohemians Reimagined!

Bohemians Reimagined!

Join The Bohemians as they twist your all time favourite musical numbers, taking a fresh perspective on classic anthems. An all-singing, all-dancing evening of entertainment featuring songs from Chicago, Mary Poppins, Moulin Rouge and many more! 

Umbrella Man

Umbrella Man

In a bar in Cambodia, a young Scottish tour guide is telling stories to travellers. There is a note of grief in his voice, hidden behind sarcasm that is concealed by a grimacing smile... 

Sister Act

Sister Act

In their 19th year at the Fringe, following previous sell-out productions of West Side Story (2016) and Oliver (2015), Stage 84 proudly presents Sister Act. Based on the hit 1992 film, this sparkling, feel-amazing show features fabulous disco and gospel music by Alan Menken... 

Sunshine Boy

Sunshine Boy

Leigh Bowery was born in Sunshine, Australia (west of Melbourne) in March 1961. In the early 80s, he moved to London and became a performance artist, club promoter and designer, as well as dancing with the Michael Clark Company, being painted by Lucien Freud, and setting up Taboo Night Club... 

National Touring With Black Theatre Live

National Touring With Black Theatre Live

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A panel discussion of producers, theatre directors and Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) companies from Black Theatre Live on their experience of touring together... 

The Whole of Shakespeare

The Whole of Shakespeare

Artists of pantomime and clownery Mikhail Kukota and Igor Chekhov are graduates of the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts. They present a completely new vision and new form of William Shakespeare's famous drama plays through ironic consciousness... 

The Squirrel Plays

The Squirrel Plays

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

Stardust

Stardust

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

Door-to-Door Poetry

Door-to-Door Poetry

Forget flowers, chocolates or even a home-baked cake. Yesterday in Edinburgh, I discovered what I think must be the best gift one human being can give another - a personalised verse, delivered by the poet himself, on your very own doorstep... 

As We Like It

As We Like It

Side by Side Theatre Company, serving learning disabled performers from the West Midlands, returns to Paradise in Augustines this year with their adaptation of As You Like It, the Summer of Love-themed As We Like It... 

A Man's a Man

A Man's a Man

I was unsure what to expect from this performance, but "a musical about Robert Burns" already had my interest piqued. What I actually experienced was a musical extravaganza! A beautifully written, innovative script, with ground breaking renditions of Burns works put to music... 

3am Waitress

3am Waitress

3am Waitress by UK company Rogueplay is billed as "merging physical theatre with dance and aerial circus", but may be better described as a duo acro-dance piece since there is little physical theatre or circus to be found... 

Pippin

Pippin

In a quiet forest, where magic dwells, the sun sets and Pippin’s world comes to life. An ensemble of creatures tells the story of this young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life... 

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

'I’ve given you sunlight, I’ve given you rain. Looks like you’re not happy unless I open a vein!' Delicious Theatre invites you into the New York City underworld, where a young florist named Seymour is attempting to grow a mysterious-looking plant... 

A Show About Shows About Show Biz

A Show About Shows About Show Biz

From Show Boat to Showman, there’s always Another Op’nin, Another Show about the sparkling self-obsessed world of musical theatre! And why not? Some of the best shows are all about show business! So sit back and enjoy a sparkling afternoon of song and dance from fabulous West End hit shows including 42nd Street, Phantom of the Opera, Singing in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun, and A Chorus Line, with Show Choir and their amazing soloists! Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet, and you’ll find There’s No Business Like Show Business! 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious stories from their home lives, the kids spell their way through a series of increasingly ridiculous words, guided by three eccentric adult hosts... 

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

When things are coming to an end, the best thing to do is to go back to the beginning. Jason Robert Brown's musical masterpiece captures the tragedy and the comedy of this story to perfection... 

Patience

Patience

Love is complicated. Twenty heartsick maidens fight for the love of an overblown poet, but the poet pines for a milkmaid. A platoon of dragoons can’t stand the wafty wordsmith, but adores the maidens... 

The Drowned Bride

The Drowned Bride

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

Alan Ayckbourn's Farcicals

Alan Ayckbourn's Farcicals

Highly acclaimed but rarely performed hilarious Ayckbourn double bill. Chloë With Love: does Teddy still love Lottie? Does Lottie still love him? Cue Penny and Reggie to the rescue... 

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

From the company that previously brought you Peter Pan and Elf the Musical comes this spooktacular new musical comedy. Featuring a live band and sensational youth cast, this show promises to entertain whether you're 7 or 307! 

Austentatious presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

Austentatious presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

For one night only, the award-winning cast of Austentatious swap their bonnets and breeches in aid of Waverley Care. Book now for a riotous evening of cross-dressed Regency comedy, all for charity! 

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Your passport to saner living. Drop-dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby brings her one-woman show back to Edinburgh after sell-out success in 2017. Poster girl for mental illness, once crazy, now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it, based on her bestseller, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled... 

The 2 Mouthed Men Experience

The 2 Mouthed Men Experience

How many shows have you seen that combine sock puppets and animal noises with drum and bass? How about R'n'B songs about bad housemates? Maybe folk music about being drunk? James Hawley and Daniel Stanger-Cornwell are 2 Mouthed Men, who combine comedic songs and high-tempo beatboxing with some good old-fashioned sketch comedy... 

Reigen

Reigen

A new translation of the scandalous Austrian play from 1903 unveils intimate conversations between people before and after they have sex. A prostitute meets a soldier on the street, the soldier seduces a housemaid and so on, until in the final scene a noble Count meets with the prostitute and everything goes full circle... 

Freak

Freak

'Raw. Sexy. Salacious' ***** (Epigram.org.uk). Freak explores female sexuality, self-image, and sexual exploitation. It follows the sex lives of two women of different ages, embarking on very different experiences, as the same societal ideals influence their decisions... 

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

Physical theatre and contemporary dance collide in this all-female youth theatre production that begs the question: what would you do for fame? When a poor young girl is offered a pair of magical red shoes, it seems all her dreams will come true... 

The Great Song Cycle, Song Cycle

The Great Song Cycle, Song Cycle

A musical memoir about one woman\\\'s solo bicycle/music tour 1,254 miles down the west coast of the USA. Pushing through challenge and triumph while traversing the coast with only her body and two thin wheels propelling her forward, what transpired was a tour full of music, made richer by the beautiful struggle Joanna intentionally created... 

Spotlights Show Choir: A Night at the Musicals

Spotlights Show Choir: A Night at the Musicals

After last year’s sold-out, five-star run, Exeter University’s Spotlights Show Choir are back at the Fringe with another set of musical hits! With songs ranging from classics like Jersey Boys to contemporary favourites like Hamilton and The Lion King, there is something for everyone in this night of fun, spectacle and pizzazz! 

A Life on the Silk Road

A Life on the Silk Road

The National Theatre of China have brought their visually stunning production of Life On The Silk Road to Zoo Southside. It is a physical theatre feast, beautifully performed with mesmerising choreography and it is worth making the time for its slightly longer run time of 80 minutes... 

There She Is

There She Is

A humorous one-woman show, a journey to get there: to a better place, a better word, anything better. However, a whale has jumped in front of a train in central London and all paths must change... 

Lady and the Cramp

Lady and the Cramp

A tongue-in-cheek, bursting-at-the-seams (literally), all-female musical cabaret troupe. We celebrate the female experience in all its splendid and not-so-splendid variety. We cover topics from tampon tax to getting that dodgy wax! 

Made in Dagenham

Made in Dagenham

Could there be a more relevant show for our society? A shocking 50 years after the workers’ strike at the Ford Dagenham plant, women are still fighting for equal pay and conditions... 

The Quest: A Fantasy Musical

The Quest: A Fantasy Musical

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

Thomas Cameron Live

Thomas Cameron Live

Thomas Cameron is an English tenor whose voice has been described as having velvet-like qualities and performs classics such as Bring Him Home. 'I have witnessed Cameron's voice draw people in until there is a silence in the air that you can hear... 

The First Love Project

The First Love Project

Whoever you are, you’ll only know first love once. Maybe it will be your greatest love, never to be eclipsed. It could lead to eternal passion or to bewilderment, to a peck on the cheek or a polite ‘no thank you’, to tragic heartache or a quiet fizzling out... 

Just One Wise Life

Just One Wise Life

To be well or not to be well, that is the question. Physical theatre exploring the many peoples of Korea. A story of lecturers, mothers, part-timers, artists and heroes. 

Let's Talk About Porn

Let's Talk About Porn

Is porn misogynistic or female empowerment in action? Why don’t we talk about porn? What impact does porn have on teenagers, adults and children? Is porn ultimately a good thing or a bad thing? Using original verbatim testimony from porn stars and members of the public, we present a non-judgmental, open-minded production exploring the world of porn fully, with no questions left unanswered... 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Hamlet

If you haven’t already heard of this band of bawdy, Bardy performers, it prompts the question, “Is this your first time to the Fringe?” If the answer is yes - what have you been doing with your life every August up until now? However, now that you’re here and you’ve seen the proverbial light, let me fill you in on what this Shakespearean company is all about... 

Cepacia – Love Takes His Breath Away

Cepacia – Love Takes His Breath Away

The story of Romeo and Juliet receives medical treatment in Cepacia from Durham School and Shadow Dreams. A boarding school and a foster home constitute the houses of Montague and Capulet, though in this case they are hardly ‘alike in dignity... 

The Princess Project

The Princess Project

Take a trip through time to discover the origin of classic fairy tales from Aesop’s Fables to the Brothers Grimm to Disney. Featuring song and dance from across the world and throughout the ages... 

The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

When a dragon is discovered up on the Downs, the boy is not in the least surprised. But this particular dragon is not a bit like the ones in fairy tales – this one writes poetry and doesn’t like fighting! So what will he do when he finally meets St George? Find out in Quantum Theatre’s enchanting adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon – a touching, sweet and funny tale of bravery, friendship and derring-do for all the family, performed outdoors in the beautiful setting of Inveresk Lodge Gardens... 

An Afternoon of Delights

An Afternoon of Delights

Sell-out shows at the Fringe in 2016 and 2017! Voci Voices are four classically trained singers who offer an afternoon of songs from opera, operetta, musicals, jazz, swing and evergreens in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere... 

Slipstick

Slipstick

A man enters and, La Cage Aux Folles style, he sits at a mirror that isn’t there and paints his face in lurid make-up. He then launches into an inventive and entertaining hour of drag slapstick impersonations and sketches that justify Martin Kent’s billing as ‘The Master of Mime’... 

Propeller

Propeller

Propeller is a play which relates a small town’s struggle to reinstate a railway line, in order to make a much wider statement on the merits and masquerade of social action. A story delivered by the Network Ensemble, it feels local, but sits on your wider political reasoning long after you have seen it... 

Plucked

Plucked

Plucked is a barnyard fable declaring the high ground on animal cruelty, a sermon on cycles of violence from bird to child to wife. However, like PETA’s performative little cousin, this show lacks nuance... 

Austentatious

Austentatious

It is a truth that should be universally acknowledged; you do not need to possess an extensive understanding of the books of Jane Austen to fully enjoy Austenatious. This is intelligent improvisational comedy at its very best but can be appreciated by anyone... 

Les Misérables School Edition

Les Misérables School Edition

Performed entirely by very talented students, Captivate's production has been seen by an estimated 22,000 people, with sell-out crowds, standing ovations, and multiple five-star reviews... 

Thomas Cameron Live

Thomas Cameron Live

Thomas Cameron is an English tenor whose voice has been described as having velvet-like qualities and performs classics such as Bring Him Home. 'I have witnessed Cameron's voice draw people in until there is a silence in the air that you can hear... 

Shot in the Dark

Shot in the Dark

Blimey! It's 1958, the Cold War is heating up, and Her Majesty's finest assassins have gathered to celebrate topping off their prime target. There's just a small spot of bother: she's not actually dead... 

BARK! The Musical... How the Little Dog Found His Voice

BARK! The Musical... How the Little Dog Found His Voice

The secret life of man’s best friend is pondered in BARK: The Musical. This quirky show from Swansong Productions tracks a day in the life of a group of dogs who congregate in a local park... 

Pussy Riot: Riot Days

Pussy Riot: Riot Days

It’s very rare that you go to ‘the theatre’ and feel as though you are witnessing a moment in history; with Riot Days, Pussy Riot successfully creates this feeling. The piece combines spoken word and performance art with a live punk gig and documentary with unquestionable impact... 

Chase Scenes

Chase Scenes

Chase Scenes is exactly what it says it is: 60 scenes in which performers create a variety of famous and original chase scenes, filmed lived onstage and projected onto screens at the back wall... 

Kangaroos and Bagpipes

Kangaroos and Bagpipes

Kangaroos and Bagpipes is an unique blending of Australian singers and their Scottish counterparts performing traditional and contemporary songs designed to entertain, enthrall and entice you to travel to the Land Down Under... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious stories from their home lives, the kids spell their way through a series of increasingly ridiculous words, guided by three eccentric adult hosts... 

Rent

Rent

In the intimate surroundings of the Basement Theatre, with a small and extremely talented cast, Captivate's original take on Larson's rock musical will be intense and emotionally charged... 

The Fabulous TT

The Fabulous TT

Compared by many to Dudley Moore and Victoria Wood, The Fabulous TT will captivate you with true stories about her life with Robert Burns, David Gest, Michael Jackson and her ambition to become the next Bond Girl! 

Stick by Me

Stick by Me

We all remember the feeling of temptation to open the box that we’re not supposed to open as a small child. Judging by his excellent performance in Stick By Me, Andy Manley does too... 

Reigen

Reigen

Some plays lend themselves to radical reinterpretations and stagings while others need handling with more care. Arthur Schnitzler’s critique of Viennese society from 1903 probably falls into the latter category... 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

George Buchner’s great working class tragedy Woyzeck has long cast a shadow over European theatre. The author’s death before having actually finished the play, along with it’s surrealist and oftentime acid trip-like imagery, have led to many debates over the correct interpretation of it’s dark and disturbing subject material... 

Seven Ways to Calm the F**k Down

Seven Ways to Calm the F**k Down

University is the best time of your life, isn’t it? So what do you do when every day is a struggle? In Seven Ways to Calm the Fuck Down, directed by Ruth Berry, 3BUGS Fringe Theatre from Birmingham University tell the tale of one student’s battle with anxiety... 

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I’ve got a lot of love for YESYESNONO. I can’t think of another artist or performer who creates such intimate spaces as Sam Ward and [insert slogan here] feels like the older, slightly more cynical but no less sincere sibling to 5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist... 

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... 

NEHH, Made in Scotland and Meursault Present... Crow Hill

NEHH, Made in Scotland and Meursault Present... Crow Hill

Meursault presents Crow Hill, a series of urban horror story vignettes, set in the titular, fictional, Scottish town. A project comprising of a studio album, a feature film and a graphic novel, Meursault will be performing Crow Hill in it's entirety, accompanied by projections, dancers and actors... 

Wonder

Wonder

Wonder: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable. Experience Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, like never before... 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Captivate Theatre is delighted to be bringing the universally acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar to the Edinburgh Fringe. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera tells the story of the last days of Jesus through the eyes of Judas... 

The Bacchae

The Bacchae

You may think you’ve seen The Bacchae – but have you seen Dionysius wreaking havoc upon his namesake play in an attempt to modernise it? This is the premise of Mermaids: The University of St Andrews Performing Arts Fund’s performance of this iconic Euripides play... 

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

With her cult following for her acerbic doodles online about love, Jessie has stuff to say. She’s back with a new show – following on from her two previous sold out and critically liked shows... 

13: The Musical

13: The Musical

13 is a hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering that cool is sometimes where we least expect it. Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime... 

Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.

Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.

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

Get Rreel

Get Rreel

The world's biggest girl band Get Rreel are on the brink of collapse. They are at the height of their fame, and playing sold-out stadiums worldwide. But backstage their lives are crumbling... 

Dusty Limits: Mandrogyny

Dusty Limits: Mandrogyny

Mandrogyny contains many universal themes, including an exploration of self, identity and gender expression. Limits never fails to delight the audience with his cabaret-style moves; he illustrates his clever and original lyrics with camp candour... 

89 Nights: An Original Musical

89 Nights: An Original Musical

The magic of New York is effectively captured in 89 Nights, a new musical from Troubadour Stageworks. Alice, a Brit on her gap year, arrives with excitement in New York. She is ready to explore the city of her dreams... 

Achilles

Achilles

With roots in Grotowski’s theatrical style and the laboratory theatre of 1970s Poland, Company of Wolves are known for their striking, collaborative work that fuses dance, physical and experimental theatre... 

Six

Six

A pop song musical about the six wives of Henry the Eighth is not, at first glance, something you’d think would necessarily work. Yet as the Fringe is apt to do, this odd concept is taken and transformed into a wonderfully weird and spectacular show that defied my expectation to be one of the most stunning performances I have seen all Festival... 

Girl World

Girl World

Frisky are transporting audiences to a fantasy land created by two pre-pubescent girls, Tilly and Inga (played by Camille Dawson and Serena Ramsey). This is Girl World, a kingdom (or should I say queendom) ruled by the all-powerful goddess Fatnaboona... 

Garry Starr Performs Everything

Garry Starr Performs Everything

Starr is a bag of nervous insecurity, wrapped up in a paper thin façade of theatrical overconfidence. Featuring an Elizabethan ruffle and often very little else, Garry Starr is one of the most perfectly pitched comedy characters you’ll see at the Fringe this year... 

The Improvised Panto!

The Improvised Panto!

The panto that you control! Very Serious People use your suggestions to improvise a brand-new musical pantomime every single night. Whether you'd like to see a political panto or a film star fairy tale, this is a raucous night of fun and fantasy you'll never forget... 

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

The UK's number one Tommy Cooper tribute returns to the Fringe! Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, misfiring magic and quick-fire gags made him an international star... 

Bendy House Improv

Bendy House Improv

Bendy House – an improv duo. Taking just one word as inspiration from the audience at the beginning of the show, Bendy House will create scenes, characters and sketches in front of your eyes... 

The Great Song Cycle, Song Cycle

The Great Song Cycle, Song Cycle

A musical memoir about one woman\\\\\\\'s solo bicycle/music tour 1,254 miles down the west coast of the USA. Pushing through challenge and triumph while traversing the coast with only her body and two thin wheels propelling her forward, what transpired was a tour full of music, made richer by the beautiful struggle Joanna intentionally created... 

The Girls from Oz - Because, Because, Because, Because, Because...

The Girls from Oz - Because, Because, Because, Because, Because...

Pining for the Southern Cross? Spend a five-star night with The Girls From Oz! Full of sass and armed with killer harmonies, these Sheilas can sing, joke and put on one helluva show! With a sophisticated three-part harmony spin on Aussie songs, these glamorous girls are out to prove that Australians do have culture... 

Highland Serenade

Highland Serenade

Highland Serenade – a retired US naval officer has relocated his family to the Highlands of Scotland. The story deals with the universal feuds of inheritance, sibling rivalry, a crack at America's Got Talent and how each member of the family deals with the passing of a loved one... 

Evros

Evros

Follow Doaa who dreams of a better life amongst a backdrop of war, terror and enduring love. The boy from the local garden centre, whose tranquil existence amongst the flowers is torn apart... 

Button, Buckle and Bow

Button, Buckle and Bow

Three colourful clowns discover the beauty and joy found in the changing of the seasons. Join Button, Buckle and Bow on their wonderful adventure. 

The Burnt Part Boys

The Burnt Part Boys

Pete wants to keep The Burnt Part a shrine. Jake just wants to provide for his family. Ten years after a tragic mining accident robbed most of the town's children of their fathers, Pickaway Coal announce that they’re reopening the mines... 

A Romantic's Guide to the Apocalypse: A New Musical

A Romantic's Guide to the Apocalypse: A New Musical

What happens if you find the love of your life at the end of the world? This hilarious and moving new musical follows Jack who discovers that the world will end in one week. But there’s a problem, he also has his first-ever date... 

The Trail to Oregon!

The Trail to Oregon!

The Trail to Oregon is based on the 90s video game The Oregon Trail follows an all-American family of five (two parents, two children and the grandpa) as they make their way from Missouri to Oregon in 1848... 

Body Shop

Body Shop

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

Inferno

Inferno

'Arabella, I would love to show you this world of mine... maybe you’d even have time for a tour?' Bella is at the top of her game: respected, influential and the top authority in criminal law... 

Robert Burns the Musical

Robert Burns the Musical

A new musical by Tish Tindall based upon an idea by David Gest, Michael Jackson, and the life and works of Robert Burns. 

The Penniless Optimist

The Penniless Optimist

Trapped in a TV box world, Po is on a quest to retrieve his one and only worldly possession, his optimistic hat. But, mislead by the noise and temptations of modern life, can he break free from the soundtrack society has written for his life and hear the music once more? This show is for everyone! It’s loud, energetic and packed full of music, dancing, juggling, mayhem and meaning... 

Do It Now: Manual Override

Do It Now: Manual Override

Danger! Systems are being corrupted and broken. We must take back control. It’s time for Manual Override. Taking control from the US are John Sheldon on his red Stratocaster, Tony Vacca on all things percussion, and Paul Richmond with his droll yet beguiling spoken word delivery... 

The Surface

The Surface

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

Let's Be Frank!

Let's Be Frank!

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

A Robinson Crusoe of the Soul

A Robinson Crusoe of the Soul

Horror writer Arthur Machen journeys from rural Wales to the suburbs of late Victorian London, reflecting on the intangibility of things. Meanwhile, a lecture on the history of Arthur’s homeland, beginning with the formation of the Earth, begins to unravel... 

Cabaret

Cabaret

Back by popular demand! Cabaret is full of decadence and delight, music and merriment. With powerful, suggestive, hard-biting themes, see California’s rising talent at their hottest! Winner – Best Overseas Production (Derrick Awards). 

Vox: A Fairy Tale for a New Age

Vox: A Fairy Tale for a New Age

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

Mr Lorraine

Mr Lorraine

Some people choose their alter ego. As for Mr Lorraine, it chose her. Following a successful debut at the sold-out Out of Order Tedx Talk at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, Lorraine Chademunhu takes you on a journey exploring certain misconceptions... 

Doors Opening

Doors Opening

A vicar, a business man and an actress go into a lift... When six strangers get stuck in a lift together they must stay cool, calm and composed. If only that were possible! Doors Opening is an imaginative piece of new theatre that explores both the existential and mundane aspects of our world. 

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

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

Lu-ting the Merman

Lu-ting the Merman

A mythical merman tribe in ancient Hong Kong, the Lu-tings, is oppressed by another dominant culture. They learn the language of this culture and end up revolting against them. This is a touching story told in a theatre style encompassing dance, mask, live music and poetry... 

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Join us in the depths of the Indian Jungle for an imaginative adventure, with a family-friendly adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story The Jungle Book. When Mowgli strays from his village, he finds himself in the jungle being reared by a family of wolves... 

Edinburgh in the Shadows

Edinburgh in the Shadows

'A collection of... lesser known and thoroughly dark Edinburgh stories. Highly recommended...' ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). Beattie and Scratchmann are back with their hugely successful historical spoken word show... 

A Fair Tale About a Fairy Trade

A Fair Tale About a Fairy Trade

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

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When was the last time you messaged a friend, updated your story or video called family? We live in a world of instant communication but how often do we assess the presence of technology in our relationships? This new verbatim play brings to life the power of social media, exploring everything from the humorous pitfalls of online dating to the need to create the perfect selfie... 

The Understudies

The Understudies

The Understudies is a completely improvised comedy musical that enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Based entirely on audience suggestions, this long-form improv is a whirlwind of comical choreography and vocal prowess concerning the most mundane of objects and outlandish activities... 

Police Cops

Police Cops

Official sell-out show 2016. Returning from sell-out runs at Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe 2016/2017. Multi award-winning comedy trio The Pretend Men are back in town with their globally acclaimed comedy blockbuster Police Cops: an action-packed hour of adrenaline-fuelled physical comedy, cinematic style and uncompromising facial hair... 

Loserville

Loserville

Get your ticket into Loserville from the team behind Fringe sell-out American Idiot! The Son of Dork musical comes to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time. In 1971, computer nerd Michael Dork is about to change the world and no one even knows it! But when Holly arrives in town, Michael finds that they have a lot more in common than just a love for binary! With hit songs like Ticket Out of Loserville, Little Things and Slacker, the catchy soundtrack will keep you rocking all night long! 

The Accordion Shop

The Accordion Shop

Mister Ellody has quietly kept his accordion shop going on the High Street for generations. One day, he steps out of his front door and witnesses and extraordinary incident: hundreds of young people are surging into the street, and they've all received the same text message on their phones which simply says 'Riot... 

Community

Community

Set in a not-so-distant world where individuality is condemned and where life is constantly broadcast, this new play will explore our strange desire to constantly display ourselves and where success is measured through our perpetual presence on social media... 

Mr Lorraine

Mr Lorraine

Some people choose their alter ego. As for Mr Lorraine, it chose her. Following a successful debut at the sold-out Out of Order Tedx Talk at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, Lorraine Chademunhu takes you on a journey exploring certain misconceptions... 

Father in the Hole

Father in the Hole

The father was gone, the daughter who knew nothing about traditions had to step up to take charge of the Hong Kong -style funeral. But her mind was a complete blank when being asked what her dad's favourite food was... 

Horny Coo in a Tutu

Horny Coo in a Tutu

Horny Coo In A Tutu is a new musical by Tish Tindall starring The Fabulous TT and Lossie Elite Dance Company. Scotland's only moo-sical is inspired by HornyCooArt. Directed and choreographed by Diane Aspinall. 

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. 

Sister Act

Sister Act

Scottish company, Stage Avenue Performing Arts invite you to come and pull up a pew and get ready to dance in the aisles for their Edinburgh Fringe debut of the feel-good musical comedy, Sister Act... 

Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits

Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits

Satirical and hilarious. She’s back! Deadpan humourist Naomi Paul returns to the Fringe with her one-woman show Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits. With her dry Jewish humour, Naomi comments on political issues, shares personal stories and performs original songs... 

The Lost Things

The Lost Things

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

Sob Story

Sob Story

Six friends. Five can sing. One most definitely cannot. Set in a barn, the women struggle to agree on their winning strategy to wow the judges at Yorkshire’s Got Talent, and win stardom along with a Matalan gift voucher... 

Sky Labyrinths

Sky Labyrinths

Having absolutely loved Posolev’s other work at the 2018 Fringe, (Some)Body, I’m a little nervous at the start that this may not be of equal standard. On stage are two performers, cocooned in huge brown paper bags, as an apple hangs in mid air... 

Gamarjobat

Gamarjobat

Gamarjobat shows that comedy is truly without language barriers. Using nothing but gibberish exclamations, whistles, a case full of props and their own bodies, Ketch! and HIRO-PON unleash chaos for an hour before a delighted, baffled and enthusiastic audience... 

WireDo

WireDo

Many people firmly believe that the circus discipline of Tightwire must in fact be an illusion or a magic trick. They are convinced that it must be done with “magnets or pulleys or grooves in the shoes” because they are adamant that no human can balance on or traverse such a thin line... 

We've Got Each Other

We've Got Each Other

Jukebox musicals are undeniably hit and miss. For every We Will Rock You, there’s a Rock of Ages – and you can feel free to decide which of those is the good one. Though they are a staple of London’s West End programming, do they have a place at the Fringe? Surely lack of space, or performance costs would preclude such a show from realisation... 

To Have Done With the Judgement of God

To Have Done With the Judgement of God

Leaving the theatre with no idea what you have just seen but having enjoyed it immensely is perhaps an appropriate response to a production of Antonin Artaud’s To Have Done With The Judgement Of God... 

Nigel Slater’s Toast

Nigel Slater’s Toast

One of the hardest calls for a reviewer to make is where to draw the line between production and play. Can a problematic text be completely redeemed if the production is good or, for new pieces where the audience may not know what to expect, do we have a duty to comment on the work, script and all, so everyone goes in with their eyes open?It’s a quandary I find myself in after stepping out of Nigel Slater’s Toast at the Traverse theatre... 

Legacy: A Mother's Song

Legacy: A Mother's Song

Legacy: A Mother's Song, one of two devised musicals under the 'Legacy' banner at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is the distinctly less crowd-pleasing of the pair. Whilst there is no need to see A Mother's Song in order to comprehend The Book Of Names and vice versa, they do make for an interesting comparison piece when placed side-by-side... 

Iconic – A Brief History of Drag

Iconic – A Brief History of Drag

Ian Stroughair delivers an hour of avante guarde post modern drag, with a voice so powerful he should require a license to operate it. He performs as drag act Velma Celli, strutting into the theatre singing a sultry rendition of Sugar Daddy from the musical Hedwig... 

Broken Romantics: A Unicorn's Quest for Love

Broken Romantics: A Unicorn's Quest for Love

This is one woman’s tale of the many heartbreaks in her life and the lessons she learned from each that allowed her to be able to love herself instead of seeking it in others. It’s a well-worn subject for cabaret and will very likely continue to be so as long as the human race has to deal with all those messy emotions... 

Shit-Faced Showtime: Oliver With a Twist

Shit-Faced Showtime: Oliver With a Twist

With success in the likes of Shitfaced Shakespeare and Shitfaced Showtime, Magnificent Bastard Productions return to the Fringe with their take on Lionel Bart’s 1960 musical. With a smorgasbord of pop-culture references, and with audience engagement to the nth degree, the performance – never the same as the previous night due to an ever-changing rota on who is scheduled to perform the drunk's role – is earmarked as an inebriated triumph... 

Improvised Improv

Improvised Improv

Australia's best improvisers are here! After great seasons at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, Melbourne International Comedy and Adelaide Fringe festivals, Changing Jennifers are excited to bring you an hour of wall-to-wall laughs with their heart-stopping and hilarious improv extravaganza! Changing Jennifers perform wild and obscure stories straight from the performers' twisted minds... 

Aphrodite and the Invisible Consumer Gods

Aphrodite and the Invisible Consumer Gods

This award-winning show combines humour, audience interaction and dance to highlight the objectification of women in the media. The Goddess Aphrodite travels to the 21st century. Tempted by the allure of advertising, she wholeheartedly enters into our modern world... 

The Merry Wives of Seoul

The Merry Wives of Seoul

Koreanised adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. Falstaff, a fat and debauched knight, tries to tempt two married women in Seoul and steal their wealth. But these two clever women see through his plan and set out to deceive him... 

American Idiot

American Idiot

Green Day’s visceral and provocative Grammy and two-time Tony Award-winning musical. Three disillusioned men search for meaning in our broken world. Will tries to care for his pregnant girlfriend but dissociation wins... 

One Belt One Road: Chinese Culture and Art Festival

One Belt One Road: Chinese Culture and Art Festival

With the theme ‘the starting point of love, silk road and art’, our festival has a variety of performances and art from countries on the One Belt One Road. This year we have invited three groups of artists from different regions in China as representatives to the Fringe... 

Police Cops in Space

Police Cops in Space

It's obvious from the loud, excited audience in Assembly Studio 3 that London-based comedy theatre trio The Pretend Men – Nathan Parkinson, Zachary Hunt and Tom Rose – have returned to Edinburgh with something of a reputation, after previous critically acclaimed, sell-out performances of their high-tempo, cinematically-inspired Police Cops, and its unexpectedly 1980s "low-fi sci-fi" sequel Police Cops in Space... 

My Left / Right Foot – The Musical

My Left / Right Foot – The Musical

Birds of Paradise’s new musical is a hysterical and at times incredibly thoughtful production that takes a wry and insightful poke at the state of inclusion in modern theatre and how we view disability in the media and society... 

Egg

Egg

The Edinburgh Fringe is the sort of place where you expect to see experimental, strange and unusual performances, and Paper Doll Militia’s Egg will certainly satisfy audiences looking for that ‘Fringe theatre’ experience... 

Heather and Harry

Heather and Harry

Heather and Harry is a romantic yarn detailing the story of Heather, an angel cast out of heaven by her misogynist rapping boyfriend Zeus, of Greek mythology fame. Your opinion of this show will likely depend on your tolerance for the phrase "misogynist rapping boyfriend Zeus" – but if that sounds to you like the richly enjoyable fun that it is, then Stumble Trip Theatre have plenty more for you with their hour of clowning in Heather and Harry... 

Fringe Wives Club: Glittery Clittery

Fringe Wives Club: Glittery Clittery

If you like your cabaret kick-ass, feminist, patriarchy-smashing and unabashedly consensual, do not miss Glittery Clittery Fringe Wives Club. You will be in ideal company, to kick the ass of the patriarchy, harnessing the power of the clit... 

Cabernet

Cabernet

Through wine, laughter and tears, Louise explores the pressures of life and love. A one-woman show, Cabernet. Jessica Friend plays Louise Darling, a charismatic bar singer accompanied by Daniel O’Brien on piano as Francis, a timid pianist... 

Kelty Clippie the Musical

Kelty Clippie the Musical

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

Dogfight

Dogfight

Award-winning company Room 29 Theatre returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with the hauntingly beautiful musical Dogfight. Written by Peter Duchan and with music from Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman and La Land Land) this a show not to be missed! Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance... 

Trump'd!

Trump'd!

There is such a plethora of Donald Trump-inspired shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, it feels like it should almost become its own genre. From theatrical performances to musicals, there are so many mediums to dramatise the past two years of his presidency... 

The Lampoons: House on Haunted Hill

The Lampoons: House on Haunted Hill

A late night slot at the Pleasance Dome perfectly suits the latest offering from The Lampoons, a raucous, defiantly silly parody of the creaky well-loved William Castle classic, delivered with just the right level of absolutely no respect whatsoever... 

Taiwan Season: Once Upon a Daydream

Taiwan Season: Once Upon a Daydream

Once Upon a Daydream, produced by Sun Son Theatre, bursts with life and colour. A show which will appeal to adults and children alike (four upwards). Live actors and musicians on stage interact and slide in and out of the fantasy world of a lonely young girl in pursuit of love... 

Mistero Buffo

Mistero Buffo

Go and see this show right now. I just wanted to get that out before wasting any more time. Now to the review.As we walked up the winding staircase to Underbelly's Big Belly space the walls were dripping with what felt like the sweat of a thousand performers and audience members... 

Marmite

Marmite

Marmite: it’s the breakfast spread that we apparently love or hate, and the word has – in that way the English language often does – subsequently evolved far wider metaphorical implications covering a whole host of things we’re unlikely to sit on the fence about... 

The Worst Little Warehouse in London

The Worst Little Warehouse in London

The Worst Little Warehouse In London is crammed into The Box, which appears to be an actual shipping crate housed in Assembly Gardens. Such a location could not be more appropriate a place to house Lala Barlow and Robbie Smith, the real life couple that tell the audience the story of their first year in London and the roommates they lived with in a manner that packs a lot of weight onto their shoulders... 

Rocky Horror Night

Rocky Horror Night

The Rocky Horror Night at Frankenstein’s — now in its 17th year — is one of the staple nightlife experiences in Edinburgh. However, one’s enjoyment of the evening will be largely shaped by one’s taste for each of its elements, which may not be as expected... 

Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl

Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl

Make sure you arrive at Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl a few minutes early; performer Jess Love is thrilled to offer you a coffee, a tea, or a biscuit in the queue. You’ll definitely want to be fully alert in order to keep up with her whip-sharp transitions... 

Feed

Feed

Feed is a thought-provoking and memorable piece by Theatre Témoin that explores the insidious relationship between the Internet and capitalism. Focusing on the notion of the attention economy – the profitable importance of standing out amidst the endless stream of stimuli and the profit it reaps – the play makes a timely response to clickbait culture and the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal; which serves to remind us only how contemporary and truthful its terrifying themes are... 

Backup

Backup

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

Adam Larter: Boogie Knights

Adam Larter: Boogie Knights

Adam Larter plays Sir Dance-a-lot, one of the Boogie Knights who has been exiled from a land where disco lovers are persecuted, and where rock ‘n roll and the evil King Gary now rule... 

Cabernet

Cabernet

Through wine, laughter and tears, Louise explores the pressures of life and love. A one-woman show, Cabernet. Jessica Friend plays Louise Darling, a charismatic bar singer accompanied by Daniel O’Brien on piano as Francis, a timid pianist... 

Playing Django – The Musical Tale of a Guitar Legend

Playing Django – The Musical Tale of a Guitar Legend

Django Reinhardt was a musical genius and his influence on generations of guitarists has been immense. In 1930s Paris, the young gypsy guitarist created many of the sounds and techniques that we now think of as 'the sound of the guitar'... 

Mirage

Mirage

Combining dance, text and improvisation, Mirage is a kinaesthetic exploration of reality and empathy. What does a person have to do to move you? A solo performance by Steven Zilinskas... 

The Artist

The Artist

Thom Monckton of Finland’s Circo Aereo returns to Edinburgh with a hugely entertaining hour of silliness. The Artist is full of delightful visual gags, some wonderfully slapstick circus skills and all the hijinks you’d expect from the man behind the smash hit show, The Pianist... 

Duckie

Duckie

Le Gateau Chocolat has brought his background in drag to this kids show, which is a solo act loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. We follow along a duckling called Duckie, as they find their voice, literally... 

When You Fall Down: The Buster Keaton Story

When You Fall Down: The Buster Keaton Story

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

Legacy: The Book of Names

Legacy: The Book of Names

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

Buried: A New Musical

Buried: A New Musical

Buried certainly made a splash at the Fringe last year, winning awards left, right, and centre, and deservedly so – Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll’s new musical is quirky, witty and oozing with black humour... 

Mouse Music!

Mouse Music!

The talented vocalists of Edinburgh Music Theatre return with another fantastic musical extravaganza for all the family this August. Join us for this concert of classic and current songs from the house of mouse – a must-see for anyone who loves the Fantasmic world of Walt! Incredible harmonies, dancing and live band will ensure you leave with a spring in your step and a song in your heart... 

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show\'s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically... 

Bagged

Bagged

Bagged is a Yorkshire comedy play, based on the life of a retail manager named John, and the trials and tribulations that go off on a daily basis in his store. A humorous play everyone can relate to. 

Anthems – From West End to Broadway

Anthems – From West End to Broadway

The talented performers of Edinburgh Music Theatre return with an unmissable evening of musical theatre classics you will know and love. Performing some of the best known songs from the stage with stunning harmonies and a live band, you will be taken on a musical journey of the biggest hits from London’s West End to the shimmering lights of Broadway... 

Alice

Alice

Eighteen talented actors bring you a spectacular reinvention of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Alice does not fit in. Brought up to believe in wonder, Alice hates sitting still, she asks too many questions and she rejects everything Victorian England throws at her... 

Cabernet

Cabernet

Through wine, laughter and tears, Louise explores the pressures of life and love. A one-woman show, Cabernet. Jessica Friend plays Louise Darling, a charismatic bar singer accompanied by Daniel O’Brien on piano as Francis, a timid pianist... 

Single Life

Single Life

Every now and then a sparkling gem comes bubbling to the surface of the Fringe. The energy in this effervescent dance and story-telling show, Single Life is sheer delight. Pirita Tuisku the choreographer, based in both Finland and Edinburgh, and Christine Liddell, Scotland-based, are a well-balanced duo, giving us a glimpse into the world of internet dating... 

...and Peggy

...and Peggy

Attempting to create a spin-off to one of the most beloved musicals of recent memory is a brave choice, and unfortunately it is a gamble that didn't pay off in this case....and Peggy is a spin-off to the hit musical Hamilton, focusing on the very minor character of Peggy Schuyler, and aims to show her side of the now-famous story behind the American War of Independence... 

Cazeleon: The Movies in My Mind

Cazeleon: The Movies in My Mind

Cazeleon, the self-proclaimed ‘cabaret chameleon’ – resplendent in monochrome make-up and a jaunty red, wide-brimmed hat - opens her show with a pitch perfect rendition of ‘History Repeating’... 

Zugunruhe

Zugunruhe

Zugunruhe (zoo-gun-rue): an ornithology term for ‘migratory restlessness in birds’. This show explores the incredible flight of a marsh warbler, the world’s only bird whose song echoes its migration route... 

In Conversation with… Peter Egan

In Conversation with… Peter Egan

Downtown Abbey’s Marquis of Flintshire and a BAFTA-winning actor with a film and TV career spanning fifty years. Credits include Chariots of Fire, A Woman of Substance, Bean, Grantchester, Ruth Rendell, Ever Decreasing Circles and many more... 

35mm

35mm

A picture is worth 1,000 words – what about a song? A punchy contemporary musical that will leave you questioning what a picture really is and how it can be so much more than a still image... 

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... 

Pirates Revisited

Pirates Revisited

The Opera North Youth Company is proud to present an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular and much-loved Pirates of Penzance, directed by Emma Black and conducted by Nicholas Shaw... 

Freeman

Freeman

Theatre is often defined as a means of offering a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. With a powerful narrative and dynamic performance, Freeman by Strictly Arts Theatre does exactly that... 

Elf Lyons: ChiffChaff

Elf Lyons: ChiffChaff

Elf Lyons should be feeling pretty good right now. Although she does have to top a nomination for Best Show at last year's Fringe Festival, she is still in one of the major venues at the Fringe during peak time whilst performing to fair-sized audiences... 

(Some)Body

(Some)Body

Last year, I was lucky enough to catch Alyona Ageeva’s Physical Theatre PosleSlov perform to a small audience and immediately became a fan. This Russian company tours outside their homeland in order to express the freedoms inherent in art... 

Shower Thoughts

Shower Thoughts

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

The Vampire of Barcelona

The Vampire of Barcelona

In Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century, a vampire walks the streets, invisible to those who choose not to see her. Like a female child-catcher, Enriqueta Marti snatches children off the streets and uses their blood and bones to make the creams and potions that keep her wealthy clientele’s health and youthful looks... 

And Then There's Me...

And Then There's Me...

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

To Be Frank Poetry: Open Mic and Live Spoken Word Show

To Be Frank Poetry: Open Mic and Live Spoken Word Show

A brand new type of spoken word show is coming to the Edinburgh Fringe, with one half open mic and one half live spoken word show. Come along and sign up to our open mic where you'll get 5 minutes to perform poetry, music or something entirely your own... 

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... 

The Frogs

The Frogs

Loosely based on a comedy written by Aristophanes in 405 BC, The Frogs is a hilarious send-up of Greek comedy and satire. This rarely performed Sondheim classic tells the amusing story of how the god Dionysos along with his servant Xanthias travel to Hades intent on bringing back George Bernard Shaw to rescue the despoiled art of theatre from mediocrity and a world gone mad... 

The Battle of Boat

The Battle of Boat

The Battle of Boat is a new musical set in a seaside town on the English coast. The happiness of a group of children is short-lived as the First World War unfolds around them. Their attempt to join up is thwarted as they are each rejected for being too young, with one exception... 

Lift – Youth Edition

Lift – Youth Edition

A contemporary musical set in the lift between Covent Garden Tube platform and street level of the piazza with a rich and complex musical score. The journey of the Lift takes 54 seconds but the journey of the show takes us through a minute within everyone's imagination, allowing us to say and see things that might not be possible in real life... 

Blaze Your Trail

Blaze Your Trail

Universal Academy, an award-winning charter school from the state of Texas, proudly presents this riveting hit new musical! Featuring a multicultural cast of students, this production represents the mission of Universal Academy to empower all students to blaze a trail and take their place in the world... 

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

This is the loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little grey spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman – she will create a 'miracle... 

No Honour in Blood

No Honour in Blood

When two Spartan warriors find themselves trapped and lost in the underworld, they must outwit a devious enemy, or remain forever in the land of the dead. 

The Dolls of New Albion

The Dolls of New Albion

A desperate inventor. A dead man walking. A family disgraced. A city in ruin. Join us in telling the tale of Annabel McAlistair, a mad scientist hell-bent on bringing the love of her life back from the dead by binding his soul into the body of a life-sized clockwork doll... 

Scientology the Musical

Scientology the Musical

Deciding to take on Scientology, the notoriously thin skinned and litigation happy “religion”, as the central subject matter of a comedy rock musical is certainly a brave choice, but one that Australian company George Glass fearlessly runs with, crafting one of the most bizarre and utterly hilarious musical experiences I have ever witnessed... 

It’s Not Over Yet... and How to Survive the Future

It’s Not Over Yet... and How to Survive the Future

It’s Not Over Yet… choreographed and performed by Emma Jayne Park (aka Cultured Mongrel) is a heart-stopping autobiographical show about cancer. A brave subject for a cancer survivor to perform but also a show which will take some bravery to watch if you have experienced cancer or know someone undergoing treatment, or who may have lost the battle... 

Assassins

Assassins

Assassins is a show of rich thematic complexity, difficult harmonies and challenging characterisation. Performers are asked to get inside the minds of would-be presidential murderers and audiences need to be convinced that they are allowed to enjoy these criminals portrayed as all-singing and all-dancing... 

Shhh... The Elves Are Very Shy

Shhh... The Elves Are Very Shy

...and elfologist Dr Faye Greenwood is here to tell us why – and how you can help. Can her two tiny friends be encouraged to come out and say hi? And can you spot the evidence of elf activity all around us? A small scale show for the smallest of audience members and their families... 

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Beacon Boy Players return to The Sanctuary to stage Bugsy Malone – a knockout show full of slapstick comedy and catchy, swinging tunes! Expect plenty of panache and pizzazz from this talented young group... 

My Land

My Land

You know you’re at a good circus when you expect your jaw to drop, only to realise it’s already on the floor. My Land, produced by Recirquel Company Budapest in association with Müpa and playing until the 26th at Assembly Roxy, is one such preformance... 

Kaput

Kaput

For anyone who thinks they don't make physical comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton any more, here's a word from the wise—which, in this context, essentially means anyone who has just come out of Kaput... 

Bubble Show for Adults Only

Bubble Show for Adults Only

This is one of two offerings at the Fringe this year from Iulia Benze and Kurt Murray, featuring high energy physical movement, bubble art and audience interaction. In this production, Benze whips the audience into a frenzy as she rouses us into a state of exuberant clapping, chanting and an atmosphere where anything could happen, as Murray dazzles us with rotating, steam filled bubbles cascading across the room... 

Super Sonic 90s Kid

Super Sonic 90s Kid

Award-winning stand-up Sooz Kempner spent the 90s playing Sonic, going from a little kid to a fully grown teen. But did the 90s map out her entire existence? And will she coast through life or will she try to complete it with all the Chaos Emeralds? As seen on BBC Three, ITV2 and Comedy Central... 

Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful

Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful

Poet and raconteur Tina Sederholm has long been an adult, but still feels like a problem child. As her father is consumed by Alzheimer’s, Tina tries to uncover the facts behind a family story that never rang true... 

The Return of Reuxberre Bereré

The Return of Reuxberre Bereré

Careering from his glittering ex-career as an incomparably successful composer/performer on Broadway, Reuxberre Bereré spends just one preciously distilled hour showcasing on the piano his entirely original greatest hits in an attempt to restore his former resplendence whilst reminiscing on a life both thwarted and triumphant in equal measure. 

Prune

Prune

Prune the bouffon is the shrivelled and bitter product of a break-up, birthed from the pain of Serena Flynn’s ex cheating on her with webcam girls. Anarchic, grotesque and a bit nuts; this oversexed, outspoken bouffon playfully parodies gender performance and ridicules her own heartbreak... 

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Join Meg and her band of misfits on a voyage through time and space. Strange creatures and magical lands unfold as our heroes bravely battle evil forces. Can they save the universe from darkness? The New Players Company from Ridgewood, NJ is back with a theatrical version of the classic novel (and blockbuster movie) A Wrinkle in Time... 

The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

An improvised comedy where a one-word audience suggestion inspires rapidly unfolding scenes. Somehow the players draw a story out of the chaos. Captivating cul-de-sac or part of the main plot? The truth is nobody knows how it will end until the final cut... 

The Odyssey of Homer

The Odyssey of Homer

A new adaptation of Homer's classic presented in iambic pentameter using physical theatre and shadowplay. A predominantly female cast highlights the story's themes of the toxicity of violence and the generational impact of masculine warrior cultures. 

The Key, the Map and the Mysterious Quest

The Key, the Map and the Mysterious Quest

One sunny afternoon David and Lucy were playing with their dog in the garden and suddenly a strange creature called a Rapadoodle appeared. Coco the Rapadoodle gave them a magical key to open a golden chest... 

Pee Paper Pizza

Pee Paper Pizza

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

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)... 

Lia Hatzakis – Onion Gum

Lia Hatzakis – Onion Gum

Lia Hatzakis delivers a multi-character show, playing every member of the Onion family. Hatzakis’s one-woman comedy drama is multilayered and filled with depth, heartbreak and hilarity... 

Andrew O'Neill: I Am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons

Andrew O'Neill: I Am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons

There's a better universe next door. Let's go! Award-winning Fringe veteran brings all the feels. 'An incantatory state of near-constant laughter' **** (List). 

Captain 'The Butcher' Reality

Captain 'The Butcher' Reality

Former superstar Captain 'The Butcher’ Reality returns after a 15-year absence. Has it been all nearly naked parties and B-movies or has he discovered new hobbies to deal with his rage? Wrestling meets poetry meets pain in the new play from twice Great Yorkshire Show-Off winner and multiple poetry slam winner... 

Doctor Whosical

Doctor Whosical

Join your favourite Doctor Who characters for their greatest journey yet! It’s a musical adventure in time and space! After the TARDIS mysteriously crash lands, the Doctor and his companions find themselves stranded on a mysterious planet... 

An Imp-Revised History of the World

An Imp-Revised History of the World

Ever wondered what might happen if Queen Victoria met Genghis Khan? In this totally improvised comedy, the audience choose which chapters of history they want to see rewritten. After two years of full-house performances at the Fringe, Edinburgh's own Smoky Monkeys are back again demonstrating that everything you thought you knew about history is in fact completely wrong... 

The Sound of Their Music

The Sound of Their Music

An evening celebrating the legendary partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Relive the classic songs from Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I and, of course, The Sound of Music as well as items from their lesser-known works – performed by the principals and chorus of The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society with their legendary directors, Alan Borthwick and David Lyle. 

The Last Sesh

The Last Sesh

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

Loneliness and Other Adventures

Loneliness and Other Adventures

The portrayal of a young woman’s search for love and her sometimes crippling fear of being alone. Anna is only 21 but she’s still single after a series of heartbreaks and rejections... 

See Rock City and Other Destinations

See Rock City and Other Destinations

A wanderer believes his destiny is written along the North Carolina Interstate. A man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico. A woman at the Alamo takes a chance on love... 

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry

Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry

Night time. Yearning. Ecstasy. The abyss of the human soul. Isabel Schmier explores our fascination with the dark and macabre in this solo performance, diving into the sinister worlds of dark romanticism and Gothic literature... 

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... 

Don't Tell Me Not to Fly

Don't Tell Me Not to Fly

This summer the West End’s leading ladies take residence in McEwan Hall. Join us each night as a different star takes centre stage to perform songs from smash-hit West End and Broadway musicals and iconic movies... 

Fall of Eagles

Fall of Eagles

Europe. 1914. The great Royal Houses stand on the brink of war and nobody knows why, least of all the ordinary soldier doing his duty and singing all the way. 100 years on, this colourful journey through music hall and history explores the absurdity that led to the end of the royal empires and the loss of millions of lives... 

The Servant of Two Masters

The Servant of Two Masters

Goldoni’s boisterous 18th-century Italian comedy collides with 21st-century American pop culture. Rollicking farce, pratfalls, and pies in the face meet comic sword fights, rock’n’roll – and food! 

Me Talking, Mostly

Me Talking, Mostly

Mick dives into the absurdity of being an onstage performer and gives the audience a chance to sit in the director's seat. Be prepared to laugh, cry and experience unbridled joy! 

Lucky Stiff

Lucky Stiff

Mistaken identities, a corpse in a wheelchair, a short-sighted ex-lover, an avaricious dogs’ home, an English shoe salesman, a French cabaret singer and some nuns. A hilarious romp that starts in East Grinstead and ends in Monte Carlo, with catchy tunes from the team that wrote Seussical and Ragtime... 

The Creative Martyrs: After the Apocalypse

The Creative Martyrs: After the Apocalypse

The end of the world is nigh. Too late. Boom! But the show must go on, even after the Apocalypse! Join us, plucking and strumming, singing tales of the new world in our surviving, satirical kabarett, let us rise from the rubble together... 

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... 

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... 

A Gallant Life

A Gallant Life

It\'s August 1918 and it’s finally beginning to look like an Allied victory is on the cards. The Kippers, the performing members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in St Omer, are putting on a show to celebrate... 

Rob Kemp's Wheel of Shows

Rob Kemp's Wheel of Shows

Feeling pressured by his success last year with The Elvis Dead, Rob Kemp returns with ten(!) shows stuck to a spinning wheel. He'll perform whichever show it stops on. The idiot. Will it be Beatlesjuice? Godzilla with puppets? Something self-referential set in a bookshop? Who knows? Not him, cos the wheel definitely isn't rigged... 

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

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

One Musical to Rule Them All

One Musical to Rule Them All

After a sell-out, five-star run in 2016, One Musical to Rule Them All returns to parody everyone’s favourite trilogy about wizards, hobbits and a quest to destroy some magical jewellery... 

Two Faced Bitchin'

Two Faced Bitchin'

Live from the home counties, 90s kids Hunt and Murphy bicker their way through a collection of bitchin’ sketches. Two friends who have known each other for too long. Expect silliness, seduction and synthesised beats. 

Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher

The boy who wouldn’t grow up. We know this boy. Pan. Peter Pan. But how did this nameless orphan get his name? How did Captain Hook lose his hand? How did Tinkerbell teach Pan to fly? Why does that pesky crock tick? Peter and the Starcatcher, based on the novel of the same name, answers all of these questions in an adventure tale full of fun, music, mischief, a dancing mermaid or two, love, loss and growing up... 

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses is a lyrical journey through Ovid’s classic tales, told through the fresh eyes of Mary Zimmerman. Using elements of physical theatre, the actors are able to transform the practical into the extraordinary... 

The Mould That Changed the World

The Mould That Changed the World

Alexander Fleming's death-defying, worldly wonder antibiotic drugs have saved us for the last 90 years. But with bacterial resistance growing, doomsday approaches. What better way to fight back than with a musical of epic proportions? Join us for this brand new musical about the threat of antibiotic resistance... 

A Virgin's Guide to Rocky Horror

A Virgin's Guide to Rocky Horror

Ever wondered how to do the Rocky Horror show? Need cues for rice and paper? This show will answer all your questions as you join in with the fun. A Virgin's Guide will take you through the audience participation step by step while revealing the history of this world-famous cult musical... 

TV Invasion

TV Invasion

A young couple in crisis realise they need distance from the hypnotic effects of the mass media, which has come to invade their lives. Are they able to gain control in this fight and solve real personal and financial problems? 

The Amours of Lillie Langtry

The Amours of Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry, the most captivating and wicked woman of her time, has a scandalous secret. Will she reveal it and save her daughter from society's scorn? A new comedy by award-winning writer Joan Greening and starring Sarah Archer and Emma Hopkins... 

Rob Kemp's Wheel of Shows

Rob Kemp's Wheel of Shows

Feeling pressured by his success last year with The Elvis Dead, Rob Kemp returns with ten(!) shows stuck to a spinning wheel. He'll perform whichever show it stops on. The idiot. Will it be Beatlesjuice? Godzilla with puppets? Something self-referential set in a bookshop? Who knows? Not him, cos the wheel definitely isn't rigged... 

The Darker Side of Musicals

The Darker Side of Musicals

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

Cirque Berserk!

Cirque Berserk!

Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular makes its eagerly anticipated Fringe debut! Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre... 

I Can't Do This

I Can't Do This

A glimpse into the mind of a 29-year-old boy, trying to be a man! The making of an Edinburgh show from the POV of a terrified performer battling against himself. A brilliant mess of non-sequential ideas passionately formed and quickly decided against in moments of self-doubt and dread... 

Reach for the Stars

Reach for the Stars

When four over-the-top directors go looking for the next big star they find a problem. No talent! This fast moving comedy is ideal for the younger audience. But who will get the contracts? This show belts along at a fast pace as the directors put the auditioning actors through their paces... 

And They Played Shang-a-Lang

And They Played Shang-a-Lang

Back for its seventh year at the Fringe! Shang is back! This is life growing up in 70s Scotland. Told through laughter, tears and 70s hit musical numbers, we follow Jim's adolescent life as he negotiates the stormy waters, from the school playground to school disco, and witness his life through his memories as it unfolds around him... 

Bon the Musical

Bon the Musical

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

Roald Dahl's The Twits

Roald Dahl's The Twits

'Mr Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And now he was a bigger twit than ever.' Mrs Twit is equally as foul and she hates Mr Twit just as much as he hates her. The Twits are the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever meet... 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Musical farce based on the hit 1988 film. Life is good for Lawrence Jamieson. The season has provided a steady supply of wealthy, gullible women to con on the French Riviera. But the arrival of low-brow hustler Freddy threatens to scare them all away... 

The Gravel Road Show and the Cult of True Womanhood

The Gravel Road Show and the Cult of True Womanhood

Direct from the USA, the infamous Gravel Road Show presents The Cult of True Womanhood in a world-premiere cabaret that dismantles the four cardinal virtues of “true” womanhood: Domesticity – Piety – Purity – Submission... 

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Bare Productions are a new, fresh Edinburgh-based company comprising of some of the best local talent who have all performed in multiple five-star sell-out shows at the Fringe. This year they bring Schulz’s comic characters to life in this Tony Award-winning musical... 

Cry God for Harry, England and St George!

Cry God for Harry, England and St George!

Sayara has always wanted to be a leader. But does she actually have what it takes? When her community comes under threat, will she find the courage inside herself to stand up for what she believes in? As she persuades a group of young East London women to take on one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, they begin to ask questions about nationality, identity and what it really takes to inspire your friends and your country... 

Closer Than Ever

Closer Than Ever

Discover the span of universal highs and lows faced by us all through the experiences that life throws at us – love, heartache, fear, growing up and growing old – in a brand new production of Maltby and Shire’s musical revue, Closer Than Ever... 

Mission: Her

Mission: Her

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

Coccinellidae

Coccinellidae

A six-foot woman and a sex doll take on femininity. In a world where femininity obsesses over smallness in size, voice, opinion and ambition, one six-foot woman and a sex doll smash through walls and ceilings to explore how women can embrace bigness in a big physical romp... 

The 900 Club

The 900 Club

Four friends reunite after five years to commemorate the death of their friend, which broke them apart. They catch up, reminisce and try to cover their tracks as secrets are dug up from the past... 

Definition of Man

Definition of Man

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

Whistle Down the Wind

Whistle Down the Wind

Swallow finds a man hiding in the barn, when she asks who he is his words are 'Jesus Christ'. Her prayers have been answered and she is determined to protect him. Whistle Down the Wind by Webber and Steinman, based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the film by Richard Attenborough, follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of the young... 

Thirteen

Thirteen

A fast-paced, hilarious, coming of age musical by Tony award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown with book by Dan Elish and Robert Horne. Evan Goldman's parents have split up and he is forced to leave the buzz of New York for the 'lamest place in the world' in rural Indiana... 

Best of the Fest Daytime

Best of the Fest Daytime

Bite-size tasters of the best comedy, music and circus, all prepared for you in our glorious Spiegeltent. With line-ups changing daily, we have something for everyone, so let us bring you the best of the fest! See assemblyfestival... 

Banging and Screwing

Banging and Screwing

Do you always read the instructions? Does size really matter? Have a problem with your wood? Banging and Screwing solves it all! Follow the instructions as we join Lee and Gary competing to be the alpha male... 

Off-Kilter

Off-Kilter

Internationally renowned visual theatre artist returns with a dark, comedic, highly physical production incorporating illusions and masterful non-verbal storytelling. Joe Kilter has his own daily rituals – some even call it obsessive... 

Four Go Wild in Wellies

Four Go Wild in Wellies

Four Go Wild in Wellies is a playful look at how friendships are built, broken and mended – a whimsical adventure featuring tents that have a life of their own, bobble hats and of course, lots of fun in wellies! A show for audiences aged three to five years from Indepen-dance 4, Scotland’s inclusive professional dance company... 

The Lost Matriarch 2

The Lost Matriarch 2

Chuckle award runner-up (1998) Berlinda will take you on a journey to The Lost Matriarch, leaving behind all you have ever known about gender. In the upside-down world of TLM2, women are fasculine and men are meminine... 

Anchor

Anchor

In a light and playful form, the duet Anchor depicts the dilemma between love and desire. Can we want what we already have, can we love what we are addicted to? Travelling through conflict, joy and heartbreak, can we find a way to keep hold of our individual paths, all while walking on one unified path? In Anchor, choreographers Elsa Couvreur and Mehdi Duman sing a love song we all know the lyrics to. 

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. 

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

A reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's tale, the 'superbly talented' (List) Young Pleasance bring the glitz, glamour, and seedy underworld of interwar Berlin to life with characteristic high production values, 'sheer professionalism and talent' (EdinburghGuide... 

Action Man

Action Man

Upon retirement, Corporal Liam Drury returns to be confronted with sudden and debilitating flashbacks to his time in combat. His marriage disintegrating, he is now being shunted from sofa to sofa... 

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard

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

The Sensemaker and Drop the Gogo

The Sensemaker and Drop the Gogo

Accessible yet still in-depth, funny and disturbingly ironic. Two short pieces of physical theatre examining the labour market in our interconnected world. The Sensemaker shows the inner turmoil of a woman as she struggles to meet the impossible expectations of a synthetic voice... 

Come to Daddy

Come to Daddy

'The children grabbed him (the father) and put him on the table. And he became the food. They took him apart, dismembered him. Ate him up. And so he was liquidated... the same way he liquidated his children... 

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

A modern take on the classic tale. TPYT has over 100 members ages 5-18 specialising in acting, singing, dance, comedy and film. With patrons James MacAvoy and Irvine Welsh, there is no stopping these rising stars! TPYT have performed to sell-out audiences at the Fringe for the last eight years earning outstanding four-star reviews with productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Little Shop of Horrors, Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins... 

Sister Act

Sister Act

Multi award-winning FCT bring Alan Menken's smash-hit musical comedy Sister Act to the Fringe. Singing everything from motown and soul to funk and disco, this marks FCT's 39th year on the Fringe... 

Only We Know Best

Only We Know Best

A town hall meeting in Anytown, USA provides the dramatic context for a panoply of songs in a wide range of musical styles and genres, whose cleverly constructed lyrics explore an array of contemporary hot-button social issues... 

Bare

Bare

Students Peter and Jason meet and fall in love at a Catholic boarding school but everything is conducted in secret and hidden behind lies. What will happen to the star-crossed lovers? A moving musical about forbidden love... 

App and Down

App and Down

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

We'll Do It Live!

We'll Do It Live!

Fringe madness has descended once again with the weird and wonderful from all over the globe in our bonnie wee city. Malachi, Steven and Rae are on a mission to bring you this city's top local talent to remind you just why Edinburgh is the home of the Fringe! We'll Do It Live! is an ever-changing line-up of new acts and seasoned stars, singers, comedians, burlesque and more – you're always in for a rare treat... 

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

After yet another five-star run, EUSOG returns for its 25th year at the Fringe with The Drowsy Chaperone! A satirical masterpiece, paying homage to Jazz Age musicals of the 1920s, showcasing a series of fantastic characters and outstanding musical numbers, with glitz, glamour and top-notch comedy... 

The Woman and the Canvas

The Woman and the Canvas

Following multiple sell-out shows for both companies at the Fringe, Theatre Re and Fourth Monkey are joining forces for 2018 and return to the festival with an exciting, ensemble-led co-production, The Woman and the Canvas... 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd returns to London having been unjustly exiled by the evil Judge Turpin. Now hailing as the Demon Barber, Sweeney swears vengeance against the Judge. Coaxed by the whispered words of the ensemble, Todd forms a sinister partnership with Mrs Lovett... 

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... 

Starting Now: Youth Showcase 2018

Starting Now: Youth Showcase 2018

Celebrating the enthusiasm and fresh talent of new dancers from across Scotland. In Starting Now, young people express themselves through dance, choreographed by leading makers. Four groups give us styles such as hip hop, contemporary dance, physical theatre and more, in a great show designed to light up The Year of Young People... 

Mess

Mess

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

Mad Women in My Attic!

Mad Women in My Attic!

Powerhouse madwoman Miss Monica Salvi brings back to Edinburgh her scintillating cabaret tour-de-force, with finely-tuned musical gems administered with the aid of her psychothera-pianist... 

Annie

Annie

After last year's Fringe success with sell-out audiences and great reviews, Captivate is bringing back this much-loved family favourite. Young but determined orphan Annie's luck changes when she gets to spend Christmas with billionaire Daddy Warbucks... 

One Giant Leap for June

One Giant Leap for June

June has ambitions of going into space. Yet her reality is working in a chippy with others who just can't seem to find what they want in life. Her passion and fascination with space and science fills the shop with an imaginative quality, which in turn catches on with her colleagues and tightens the bond between them all... 

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. Franz Kafka's powerful absurdist tale is both hilarious and horrific in this thrilling retelling by an extraordinary cast... 

Nailed It

Nailed It

Halleberrylujah! Having told his backstory in the award-nominated Christ on a Bike and demonstrated the wonders of Pontius Pilates in Cross Fit, your sassy King of the Shoes, Jesus L’Oreal, returns once again to complete the Holy Trinity with another high-octane hour of song, dance and Jehovah’s fitness... 

Cream Tea and Incest

Cream Tea and Incest

Romance! Adventure! Murder! Aristocrat Eddie Spangler and valet Jeffrey must learn the meaning of these words and more in this new anarchic comedy set in Edwardian England. Delight in their capers, mix-ups and the dead bodies left in their wake... 

Marny Godden: Marny Town

Marny Godden: Marny Town

Come on down to Marny Town! Join Marny as she performs some of her favourite characters and, for the first time, she gives us fascinating insight into the real-life inspiration behind them... 

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... 

Electric Frog

Electric Frog

Join Dr Electric-Hogg, Dark Master of Dada, in this offbeat production of his career retrospective as his interviewer (his hapless assistant Stags) asks the question on everybody’s foaming lips: 'what the hell’s been going on?' Be gently appalled as they try to piece together the nonsense of their careers which seems largely to be a heady cocktail of truth and lies, smoke and mirrors, cock and bull... 

Seussical Jr

Seussical Jr

Following the plot of Horton Hears a Who by Dr Seuss, you will be transported to a truly "seussified" world where you will be confronted with the power of loyalty and friendship! The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny Whos... 

It's Not a Sprint

It's Not a Sprint

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

And Another Thing! An Improvised Show

And Another Thing! An Improvised Show

What’s the one thing you’ve always wished you told somebody? What was the perfect phrase for that moment that just passed you by? Never seen before, never to be seen again. Watch in amazement as your regret is transformed into a fantastically funny improvised play that's different every night! Expect love and loss, heartbreak and hilarity, a cavalcade of characters and spinning subplots all made up entirely for you on the night! What are you waiting for? Come see what you missed out on... 

All Shook Up

All Shook Up

This jukebox musical, based on Twelfth Night and Elvis music, is a fantastic, foot-tapping show. We follow Chad as he brings life to this little American town. A great show that has mass appeal... 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

Music Theatre Warwick returns to the festival with their long-form, entirely improvised musical that is a rollicking good time, even if there are a few kinks that need ironing out. The company is one of the longer running of the long-form musical improv troupes that have slowly taken over the festival, and their formula is simple and straightforward... 

Two Hearts: Edinburgh World Tour

Two Hearts: Edinburgh World Tour

Experience catchy AF original bangers*, too much confetti and distractingly sexy dance moves as NZ's hottest new comedy duo take on all the most ridiculous trends in the world of pop... 

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. 

Grail Project

Grail Project

Multi award-winning creators of Anton’s Uncles, Track 3, Big Shot and Hot Cat, Theatre Movement Bazaar assembles its ultra-modern troubadours for the company's latest adventure, the Grail Project, unraveling the Arthur Legend and Grail Myth... 

Urban Death

Urban Death

'There may be many spooky stage productions around... but few will approach the level of this one' (New York Times). Urban Death presents vignettes of brutal horror mixed with gallows humour designed to shock, delight, and frighten... 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between, Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike... 

It's Not Cute Anymore

It's Not Cute Anymore

Giving up on your dreams isn't always the worst thing in the world... This fresh and vulgar comedy blurs the line between theatre and TV while exploring the indignities of reaching for the stars, waning potential and misplaced entitlement... 

In Addition

In Addition

Set in a near-future Britain where healthcare is privatised, a young couple's relationship is quietly pulled apart by an aggressive lack of sleep. A piece of physical theatre with score by YouTuber Christopher 'Bing' Bingham, In Addition realises the spiralling of minute problems in a life without the NHS... 

California Backstage

California Backstage

Long-form improv comedy all the way from California. Watch improvisers build worlds and play characters that have never been seen before and never will be seen again. See the world through the lense of Californian sunshine and laugh along to a show that changes every night! 

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

2016 and 2017 winner of the Edfest Bouquet. The sold-out 2017 Edinburgh show returns, with a few new surprises for 2018! Fourteen Royal performances. 'One of the top magicians working the circuit' (BroadwayBaby... 

Le Gateau Chocolat: Icons

Le Gateau Chocolat: Icons

Opera and lycra-loving cabaret sensation, Le Gateau Chocolat storms into the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the captivating international smash-hit, Icons. Gateau seamlessly weaves through pop, opera and rock from Whitney to Pavarotti, investigating his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons... 

Graham Dickson: Timber

Graham Dickson: Timber

Hollywood has fallen. In a golden land once filled with promise, what happened when the cameras stopped rolling? When the well ran dry? When the women fucked off? Now, one woman is going back, to track down The Bear… In Timber, nonsense, danger and mystery congeal into a dystopian fantasia of character comedy... 

Greg Byron: Wordshow

Greg Byron: Wordshow

Poetry meets stand-up. Fast-paced witty verses from political to poignant, sardonic to downright comic. Trump, Brexit, memory, guns, plastic. Byron returns after shows in the USA and Australia... 

OTOSOTR

OTOSOTR

A story of one of the 200,000 Koreans who were deported from the Russian-Korean boarder by the Soviet government in 1937. It is an exploration of the life of a Soviet soldier of Korean descent Anatoliy Ogay... 

Loop

Loop

A dynamic new play combining new writing and physical theatre, Loop is a journey through 50 years of life, love and music, a story of people evolving with the music they listen to. 'The combination of writing and movement makes this a physical piece of theatre which flows with a fascinating urgency' ***** (TheatreWeekly... 

James Meehan – Gaz

James Meehan – Gaz

2017. I'm an angry insufferable mess. I don't leave the flat for six months. 2018. Same. Now I call it working from home. A comedy show for hermits. James Meehan is a comedian and ex-member of Gein's Family Giftshop... 

Dom O'Keefe: Free Willy from the Perspective of the Whale

Dom O'Keefe: Free Willy from the Perspective of the Whale

A massive whale escapes from prison with the help of a small child. Told from the perspective of the whale. Multimedia make-believe from acclaimed improviser and actor Dom O'Keefe. ‘Charismatic and charming’ **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Carabet

Carabet

Welcome to Carabet, a world furnished with creatures, characters and bizarre objects. This trio of international Gaulier-trained comedians takes you on an absurd journey. 'Those prepared to leave reality should look no further' (List)... 

Synchronised Swimming – The Dry Version

Synchronised Swimming – The Dry Version

Infamous comedy duo Ursus and Nadeschkin have been dubbed the 'Swiss-German Marx Brothers' by Village Voice NYC. The pair fuses physical and verbal acrobatics at the speed of light... 

The Kinkens

The Kinkens

Kinkens is old Scots for the evasive answers to the questions of overly curious children. A one-woman tragicomedy inviting you to ponder who we are, where we are and how we are regarding all things mind, body and soul... 

Ron the Plumber Meets God-Cilla

Ron the Plumber Meets God-Cilla

Comedy in a boiler suit with a lethal set of ratchets. One-liners, deranged frontal lobes and jokes hot from the porcelain. OCD plumber Ron takes you on a unique journey through the plumbing mysteries of England, alarmingly demonstrating suicide, traumatised French poodles, exploding chemical toilets, the disappearance of God and kamikaze lunch... 

The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

Tales of woe, tales of science, tales of curses, tales of defiance. Also, some juggling. Reach into The Cabinet of Madame Fanny for a musical voyage of hilarity. But beware! Somebody is out to sink her ship... 

Jonny Woo's All Star Brexit Cabaret

Jonny Woo's All Star Brexit Cabaret

Drag Superstar, Jonny Woo and Olivier Award winning composer, Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera) bring you this sequin-spangled musical ripped straight from the headlines. With a star-studded cast of top Fringe talent, including Jayde Adams as Boris Johnson, this glittering musical satire packs big laughs and emotional punch... 

About Lady White Fox With Nine Tales...

About Lady White Fox With Nine Tales...

What if Lady Macbeth was the reincarnation of the mysterious White Fox? YVUA Arts present their award-winning About Lady White Fox with the Nine Tales... Excellent Domestic Performing Arts Production by Korean Cultural and Arts Centres Association, 2017... 

Geek

Geek

A darkly comic new musical about love, loss and being different. Raised in Bible-thumping Hopeless Junction, USA, Gibby Stone is a gentle-hearted teenager who wants to fit in. Quack medical treatment metamorphoses him into a modern Elephant Man... 

Caution: Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination

Caution: Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination

Devised, new-writing comedy unlike any other. With this mix of different character monologues intertwined by her own storytelling, you’ll either thank heavens you’re not like her, or you’ll reassess your shameful life... 

The Magnets: Naked 80s Volume 2

The Magnets: Naked 80s Volume 2

Back with more bangers than a Now! double cassette, the hit a cappella show of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 returns to present the 80s remixed. Like Pitch Perfect with shoulder pads, vocal harmony supergroup The Magnets strip away the synths to honour the decade of big snares and bigger hair with their voices alone... 

Operation EVAsion

Operation EVAsion

A fusion of narrative, aerial arts, multimedia and live accordion music. Based on the bizarre but factual account of the multiple disappearances of the corpse of Eva Peron. Upon her untimely death at age 33, her body was embalmed to the point of immortalisation... 

A Very Brexit Musical

A Very Brexit Musical

A newly qualified journalist gets his first big break writing for the Maily Dail just as the biggest upset in British politics is about to occur. How will he cope with his fearsome editor and the many twists and turns of the referendum campaign? Follow the story of Cavid Dameron's ill-fated decision to hold the referendum, alongside Joris Bohnson's grasp for power in supporting the Leave campaign... 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

Primary Times Children's Choice Award winner 2017, Brave Macbeth, is back. On his way home from battle, Brave Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king. Now he quite likes that idea and so does his wife... 

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life

'Is it too much to ask for everything?!' she shouted drunkenly at a bin. This was the plan: 1) Find dream job. 2) Change the world. 3) Go for brunch. Now she’s broke, overwhelmed by options and in a complicated relationship with Netflix... 

Don't Be Terrible

Don't Be Terrible

Can stand-up save your love life? Self-confessed nice guy Steve thinks so. That’s why he’s asked Alice, an up-and-coming stand-up, how to make people laugh. It’s his last-ditch attempt to distract his girlfriend from the funny guy at work... 

The Voice Behind the Stars

The Voice Behind the Stars

This one-woman show tells the story of the most prolific ghost singer of all time, Marni Nixon: the best film diva you (almost) never saw. Dubbing for over 50 Hollywood films, she was the singing voice for stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe... 

Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose

Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose

Join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion Marvin on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger. He flies into outer space and swims deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch-nemesis, the evil and odorous Onion Man? Dan Lees and Neil Frost are simply two of the best clowns around, children and adults love them... 

Choir of Man

Choir of Man

The Choir of Man was the runway hit and 'the ultimate feel-good show of 2017 Fringe' ***** (Edinburgh Evening News). A night of unadulterated entertainment that combines high-energy dance, live music and foot-stomping choreography with the incredible talent of nine ordinary guys who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock... 

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe

UK’s original touring Taiko Tribe returns to the Fringe with a brand-new show of skill, stamina and red-hot rhythms to stir your soul! As Mugenkyo approach their 25th year as Europe’s longest established taiko organisation, they celebrate the growth of their tribe of performers from across the globe, with a captivating performance of sharp synchronisation, mysterious masked movement and sumptuous soundscapes, wrapped up in a breath-taking display of high energy, elegant choreography and powerful earth-shaking rhythms on huge taiko drums... 

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... 

Flattered

Flattered

Flattered addresses, honestly and frankly, the issue of public harassment towards women. Using people’s real experiences as stimuli for the creation of the work, the show strives to tell unrecounted stories that occur on a daily basis... 

The Gruffalo, the Witch and the Warthog with Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo, the Witch and the Warthog with Julia Donaldson

Following a sell-out season in 2015, the UK's best-selling author Julia Donaldson returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new show featuring Room on the Broom, The Magic Paintbrush, The Ugly Five, Superworm, The Gruffalo and newly released The Cook and the King... 

Tom GK – Hearing Loss: The Musical

Tom GK – Hearing Loss: The Musical

Are you, or someone you love, pretending you're not losing your hearing? Well at 31, Tom GK is losing his. Where's it going? What's this like? The former music critic and current comedian explores this in the only way that feels right: a musical... 

30 Days of Blood

30 Days of Blood

Blood, sweat, and... tampons? Sara's period just won't stop – she is covered in it – or is it the blood of her last victim that still sticks warm on her limbs? Watch her fight a storm of tampons and confront her ridiculously handsome vegan housemate before breaking out into song while ripping apart raw meat... 

The Marilyn Monroe Story

The Marilyn Monroe Story

She is arguably the most famous Hollywood screen icon and pin-up. This show tells the story of her troubled life from the beginning to her untimely death, which to this day is still clouded in mystery... 

Songs from the Kop

Songs from the Kop

A history in story and in song, of the terraces at Anfield Football Ground known as the Kop. The history, the tragedy, injustice and it's resolution. Featuring the unforgettable You'll Never Walk Alone. 

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze

'A sneeze is a powerful thing, a dangerous thing, you never know what might happen with a sneeze...' Join Ellie on a wild snot-filled adventure as she sets out to help her friend Stanley to sneeze for the very first time... 

Next Stop Please!

Next Stop Please!

Life’s a journey, chauffeur driven by someone else. Some of us are driven. Others, passengers. This new performance is devised by prisoners from HMP Low Moss with original transcripts facilitated in prison... 

The Little Musician

The Little Musician

‘I will return sunshine to the dark cold world!’ In a world full of darkness, the warmth and light of the sun has gone missing. One girl, armed only with a flute, sets out on a brave adventure to find the lost sunshine... 

Meet the Little Prince!

Meet the Little Prince!

When famous author/pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who lived many different lives, meets The Little Prince, two adventurous explorers discover the world and what is important in life... 

Pop Ditz

Pop Ditz

Pop Ditz is a contemporary clown and character comedy show about pop culture, obsessions and freedom of expression performed by one ditsy Norwegian. A patchwork of visual surrealism, observations and idiocy through comedy, music and movement... 

Jack and Claire / Free Festival

Jack and Claire / Free Festival

An American-Scottish duo performs wild long-form improv developed at the renowned iO Theater in Chicago! Jack and Claire is Chicago-based improv comedy duo Claire McFadden and Jack Morning-Newton... 

Wolf

Wolf

A one-man medley of action, comedy, characters and a car chase: Lewis Doherty presents Wolf. Welcome to Shadow City – a hellhole of a city, but a city nonetheless. Detective Jay Walker is dead... 

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

No script Sherlock! Stars of Racing Minds and Impromptu Shakespeare take you on a thrilling new adventure each day through the underworld of Victorian Britain, packed with shady villains, red herrings and the brilliant deductions of London's great detective... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse on Chambers Street. C royale: vibrant new performance hub on George Street... 

Sediment

Sediment

Inspired by excerpts from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground, Sediment is an abstract expedition through the layers of human desires and motives. A look at what lies beneath, at what really drives us, in the search for truth... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse on Chambers Street. C royale: vibrant new performance hub on George Street... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse on Chambers Street. C royale: vibrant new performance hub on George Street... 

Wrenne: I Said Yes to Everything

Wrenne: I Said Yes to Everything

Enthralling one-woman musical narrative. Post-Mormon to UK transplant Wrenne performs her unique multimedia show about the struggle between her two selves: onstage and onscreen. Driven by compelling, melodic electropop, it's a journey-is-the-destination tale with unexpected twists... 

Dream Logos

Dream Logos

Dream Logos is the divine logic of dreams in the backdrop of the known universe in projected image, dance, aerial, and theatre. Juxtaposition of image and performer will lead the audience through the beautiful, contradictory, and sometimes disturbing narrative of dreams as they relate to human history and knowledge... 

Frank Carson: If I Didnt Laugh I'd Cry

Frank Carson: If I Didnt Laugh I'd Cry

Irish comic Mike McCabe knew Frank. Frank was so taken with Mike's impression of him he bought him drinks for the rest of the evening and they became friends. If I Didn't Laugh I'd Cry tells the story of Frank's rise to fame and it also gives an insight into some of the tragedy that Carson suffered during his life... 

Prom Kween

Prom Kween

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

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

'Exceptionally talented' (Advertiser, Adelaide) co-creator of EastEnd Cabaret and Fringe Wives Club makes her solo debut! This biracial, bisexual multi-instrumentalist is an accidental self-contradiction... 

Bad Clowns: Hostage

Bad Clowns: Hostage

What happens when a crazed madman takes a comedy show and its audience hostage? Find out in the Bad Clowns maddest show yet. On the run from the law, with a secret vendetta involving a brand new show... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse on Chambers Street. C royale: vibrant new performance hub on George Street... 

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

For a fourth killer year, Alexander Fox and Dom O'Keefe are back with a bang! Armed with your suggestions, they weave together a brand-new film in the style of Britain's favourite spy... 

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... 

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... 

Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Narcissism. Ego. Superficiality. Social media. Obsession. Viciously funny and darkly comic. Fox portrays a conveyer belt of hyper-functional characters, combining music, physical theatre, dance and bouffon in a dynamic, confrontational piece that will lead you down a rabbit hole of delicious chaos... 

Don Quixote

Don Quixote

A story of a man who wants to make the world a better place. And fails greatly. After last year's success with four and five-star reviews, Patchwork Theatre brings you this classic tale through a raw combination of storytelling, music and improvisation... 

Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom

Off on the adventure of a lifetime, Michael, his parents and their faithful dog Stella set sail around the world. Then, the night before his 12th birthday, disaster strikes. Washed overboard, Michael finds himself stranded on an island in the Pacific... 

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

Jessie Cave: Sunrise

With her cult following for her acerbic doodles online about love, Jessie has stuff to say. She’s back with a new show – following on from her two previous sold out and critically liked shows... 

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress is just that, a work in progress. Jaded and disappointed with their lack of success within acting, friends John and Jane decide that the only way they can become rich and famous is to physically barricade themselves in their flat and write an award-winning script... 

Assembly Gala Launch

Assembly Gala Launch

Kickstart your festival with Assembly's renowned opening night gala. Join us as we celebrate and launch our biggest programme yet, bringing you highlights from across our 200+ strong season, all rolled into one spectacular package... 

Finding Peter

Finding Peter

If there were one girl in the world who could tell you exactly what Neverland was like, it would be Wendy Darling. One night Tinkerbell flies through the window to let the children know it's Peter who is in trouble this time... 

Queen C*nt – Sacred or Profane?

Queen C*nt – Sacred or Profane?

Blending comedy, drag, song and the grotesque, with absurd character sketches. Meet the Virgin Mary, Theresa May, Burt the drag king, Frida Kahlo and many more. Queen C*nt sees all power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual! What is left that is sacred and feminine, and what exactly is profane? In an age of Harvey Weinsteins, where passing trends compel some to undergo surgery, where mainstream porn has hijacked sensuality, we delve into the wild waters of our womanhood, reclaiming the body in ways that are joyful, darkly comic and often anarchic. 

Good Manners Gone Bad

Good Manners Gone Bad

Ever wondered what happens when nice manners go head to head with a Russian gangster? In a fusion between theatre, comedy and cabaret, James McLean is a one-man theatre company and presents the 'brilliantly acted' **** (GlamAdelaide... 

BADD

BADD

The 1980s. America, gripped by satanic panic. Devilish practices take place across the country, corrupting the American youth. The most diabolical threat of all is Dungeons & Dragons: innocent role-playing game, or gateway to corruption, violence, and Satan? Pam invites you to this inaugural meeting of BADD (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons), to learn how to protect your child from the occult... 

How to Be Amazingly Happy!

How to Be Amazingly Happy!

How do you find a new ‘once upon a time’ after the ‘happy ever after’ never turned up? Victoria is on a quest to discover how you make a new life when you can’t have the one you imagined... 

The Sauna

The Sauna

The Sauna is a story of an old woman. Her intention to die is distracted by irritating spirit of sauna. This mythical creature, also known as the elf of sauna, evokes the corporal memories of the lady and takes her through the chapters of her womanhood... 

The Other Guys: A Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

The Other Guys: A Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Relive the magic of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in this remarkable tribute to the most successful band in music history. Featuring one of the best live bands at the Fringe, this is a night to remember... 

Pelican: Fisk

Pelican: Fisk

Brand-new whirlwind comedy by the critically acclaimed Pelican (makers of The Cat Man Curse). Blending surreal narratives with playful and interactive comedy, Fisk is madcap, uplifting and hugely entertaining... 

The Rat Pack – Live

The Rat Pack – Live

Expect sharp suits and smooth vocals as Frank, Sammy and Dean hit the stage with their live band. The Rat Pack – Live swings back into town for a sensational 11th year in the most sophisticated evening of razor-sharp wit and silky-smooth swing you’ll see all year... 

The Onion Club: American Apocalypse Now

The Onion Club: American Apocalypse Now

A deliciously dark musical cabaret exquisitely crushing the American dream, delivered with rare power and visceral beauty. Musically stunning. Theatrically enthralling. God may be away, but this pair mean business... 

AnimAlphabet: The Musical

AnimAlphabet: The Musical

High-energy actors, colourful puppets, amazing characters and fantastic songs combine to create AnimAlphabet: The Musical. Join Colin the Country Cockatoo, Hip-Hop Donkey and Geoff the Geordie Jazz Giraffe on a fantastic family musical adventure... 

Offstage

Offstage

What appears to be light and entertaining, can be dark and lonely behind the curtains. On stage a mask, offstage the truth. In a universe, where theatre is life and life is a dream we find Harley and Pedro... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

The Edinburgh must-see, Olivier Award-winning (Best Entertainment and Family Show 2016) West End hit returns for its 11th consecutive year! A brand-new musical comedy is created from scratch at every performance of this multi award-winning show... 

The Gate

The Gate

2017 hit returns! A magical rollercoaster noir mystery tour through Japanese children's folklore. Acclaimed for her work in Japan, USA, Canada at the Fringe, Saori Aoki started the Kaso Jogi (Virtual Ruler) company to spread her unique physical theatre take on musicals around the world... 

Nele Needs a Holiday: The Musical

Nele Needs a Holiday: The Musical

A Belgian pop star moves to London to steal the job of British pop stars. Luckily, austerity is there to stop her. A witty pop-opera about a girl called Nele who turns her life into a big international mess because she wants to be famous on the other side of the English Channel... 

Murder She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

Murder She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

A classic murder mystery is created on the spot from audience suggestions in this ingenious show from Fringe favourites, Degrees of Error. Ms Violet in the parlour with the flamethrower? Dr Gold in Debenhams with the canon? Will you guess whodunnit? And for your Sunday night entertainment, don’t forget our late-night shows with a twist! 'Everything a Fringe comedy should be: original, professional and very, very funny' **** (EdFringeReview... 

Fright Bus Service

Fright Bus Service

A theatrical sightseeing tour onboard a classic 1960s Routemaster bus, taking you on a journey around the darker side of Europe’s most haunted city. Join your creepy conductor and a peculiar psychic investigator on a hilarious trip around the ancient city’s sites of murder, torture, execution and paranormal activity... 

Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody

Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody

Before Voldemort was He Who Must Not Be Named, he was just Tom Riddle, another moody teen at Hogwarts. Join Tom and his best friend/snake Nagini on a hilarious musical adventure packed with magic, hormones, and more than a few murders... 

Half-Dozen Musical

Half-Dozen Musical

Half-Dozen Musical is a new musical based on the life and death of King Henry VIII and his family – with a supernatural twist. This is a story of the Tudor Court you haven't yet heard. 

Bruford Warm-Up Mornings

Bruford Warm-Up Mornings

Start each day with a warm-up! Professional practitioners will lead morning movement warm-ups in the Upper Church space at Summerhall for Fringe performers from all venues. An opportunity to have some time and space for yourself and to prepare, recoup your energy and maximise your time at the Fringe with other artists... 

Thrones! The Musical Parody

Thrones! The Musical Parody

Total sell-out in 2015, 2016 and 2017! Updated with new deaths and sexcapades from seventh series. From the twisted minds of Baby Wants Candy. 'A resounding success' ***** (Sunday Times)... 

Fascinating Aïda's Adèle Anderson

Fascinating Aïda's Adèle Anderson

The legendary Ms Anderson brings you her seriously comical cabaret. Singing songs of disappointment, depression and death by songwriters who share Adèle's life view that things can only get worse and undoubtedly will... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse on Chambers Street. C royale: vibrant new performance hub on George Street... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse on Chambers Street. C royale: vibrant new performance hub on George Street... 

Nick Hall: Spencer

Nick Hall: Spencer

Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He's the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately, no one's ever heard of him. 206 years later, Nick Hall tells his story... 

Enter the Dragons

Enter the Dragons

Enter the Dragons is a riotous, surreal odyssey exploring the pressures facing women as they age. Described as the WI run by The Mighty Boosh. Expect fantastical characters, ridiculous puppetry and extreme wigs... 

Agatha Is Missing!

Agatha Is Missing!

Agatha Christie is missing and ace detective, Miss Clarissa Marbles, needs your help in solving the crime. Was it the cook, the husband, the secret admirer... or you? Everyone is a suspect in this fun-filled whodunnit... 

Hamilton (Lewis)

Hamilton (Lewis)

Hamilton (Lewis) is the epic story of a self-starter who worked a lot harder, by being a lot faster, born and raised in Stevenage, the most successful British F1 driver in the history of the sport... 

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids!

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids!

Kafka for kids? Karter thinks it's a brilliant idea. Kat just wants to have fun! And Karl wants a kebab... but someone very strange and very, very important has arrived to shut everything down... 

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... 

Witt 'n Camp: Swag

Witt 'n Camp: Swag

You've never seen comedy like this before. Following their hit sell-out shows in Brighton, Live at Zédel and Vault Festival, this outrageous double act present Swag, a wild and joyful celebration of the female identity... 

Terry Alderton: The Musical

Terry Alderton: The Musical

It's the musical they said would never happen! After last year's award-winning show, he's back with stories from his life set to music. Oh yes. Featuring: his time in the CIA, the fight over a parking space with Prince Charles and the loss of his imaginary friend Bogey... 

Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World

Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World

The multi award-winning Gingzilla is on a mission to conquer the world! Gingzilla: Glamonster vs the World presents gender equality and femininity from the 1950s to now. ***** (GlamAdelaide... 

The Blues Brothers – Live

The Blues Brothers – Live

Hold onto your shades as the smash hit returns – back by popular demand! We're putting the band back together for rhythm'n'blues to remember. Why not shake your tail feather over and see what all the fuss is about? Energetic rock'n'roll party guaranteed to get you up on your feet... 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Greta's brother, Kay, has been acting strange. He's mean and moody and won't play games. The Snow Queen must have snatched him and left an imposter in his place. With her new friend, the wise-cracking, fame-hungry talking Crow to guide her, Greta must set out across the snow to search for her brother in the Snow Queen's palace and bring him home in time for Christmas... 

Our Country

Our Country

'A striking dream world... one of the most ambitious pieces we have ever presented' (Anna Woo, The Getty Villa). California’s marijuana country: the still-Wild West. Annie conducts a forensic exploration of 'the facts' about her outlaw weed farmer brother as this genre-bending work slips into disputed territory: childhood memories... 

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... 

Matt and Ollie Are... Dads!

Matt and Ollie Are... Dads!

Fringe debut from the award-winning Of Mice. After a stupid medieval dad makes a bargain with the devil, his descendants must pay a terrible price. Things go from dad to worse for writer/performers – and new fathers – Matt and Ollie in this kaleidoscopic gallop through the history of one awful family... 

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Have you met Clart and McBrain? Performed in and out of Edinburgh's famous – and infamous – taverns and howfs, the tour takes the form of an impassioned debate between two fictional characters, Clart (the literary bohemian) and McBrain (the clean-hankied intellectual)... 

John Partridge: Stripped

John Partridge: Stripped

Stripped is a new beginning. A reintroduction of myself. Life has a way of hardening you, at least mine has. This is my attempt at shedding those skins, saying goodbye to part of myself and embracing someone I knew a long time ago... 

Vulvarine: A New Musical

Vulvarine: A New Musical

From the creators of the sell-out hit Buzz: A New Musical. Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind-numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT... 

Until You Hear That Bell

Until You Hear That Bell

Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds, Until You Hear That Bell is a story about ten years of amateur boxing and a changing relationship between father and son. ‘A winning performance from a skilled storyteller’ **** (Stage)... 

David Baddiel's AniMalcolm

David Baddiel's AniMalcolm

Malcolm doesn't like animals, which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip. And there he is, on the bus, heading to... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Total sell-out 2015, 2016 and 2017! One of the best-known, longest-running and most celebrated improv shows in the world. 'Entertainment phenomenon!' ***** (Scotsman). Critics' Pick (New York Times)... 

A Clown Show About Rain

A Clown Show About Rain

Following the ‘audacious’ (**** (Scotsman)) and critically acclaimed Follow Suit, Silent Faces return to the Fringe with more physical political fooling in the heart-warming A Clown Show About Rain... 

Notflix

Notflix

Five-star, total sell-out show Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and 2017 and Vaults 2017. Notflix returns to the Fringe, this time to the Debating Hall, and is bigger and bolder than ever before... 

The Garden of Delight

The Garden of Delight

We have a simple environmental message: look after our world before people destroy it forever. The children journey back in time with Tumshie the jester joining the inhabitants of the garden with music and singing along the way... 

Defrosted

Defrosted

A big bonkers blast of fun with super-duo Cat (the Spot Bots Mermaid on CBeebies) and Nicko. Love that frosty film or hate it, you will laugh your pants off and get snowed on! Join these lovable clowns and the magical freezer for silliness, songs and parodies; the kids save the day... 

Porn

Porn

Porn is a musical that aims to show the emotional side of those working in the adult film industry. The writer’s note explains that there are themes of “drugs, homelessness, victimisation, sexism and legalisation”... 

Les Misérables School Edition

Les Misérables School Edition

Trying to do a hallowed musical such as Les Miserables at the Fringe is a bit of a rigged game. Audiences easily become accustomed to short shows at the expense of productions requiring a longer attention span, such as a multi-hour musical... 

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... 

The Starship Osiris: Special Performance

The Starship Osiris: Special Performance

Join us for a one-off performance of The Starship Osiris, performed the way George Vere originally intended... 'George Vere is a pioneer and a visionary' (Tom Parry, Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee 2015). 

Irving Berlin – 100 Years of Song

Irving Berlin – 100 Years of Song

Following last year’s popular success with The Magic of MGM, Fife’s leading operatic concert group, Ensemble (ensembleinfife.org.uk), reverts to a programme based on a single composer... 

Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics

After an exciting run at the 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival the companies of three musicals (Porn, X and Suicide) come together to perform musical highlights from the shows in what promises to be a wonderful end to the festival. 

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Follow Alice’s fantastical adventures in the strange world she enters through the mirror above her drawing-room fireplace. A world where everything’s the same, except it isn’t; everything familiar is strange and nothing behaves as it should... 

Ordinary Days

Ordinary Days

The New York musical is so much of a trope that it could almost be its own genre. Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon is the story of four people, living in the Big Apple and the way that their ordinary lives intersect... 

My Leonard Cohen

My Leonard Cohen

My Leonard Cohen is a soulful and informative show celebrating the life of the recently deceased Canadian musician and poet. Performed by Australian Stewart D’Arrietta and his six-piece Scottish band, the audience are treated to powerful renditions of Leonard Cohen’s hits punctuated with snippets from his life story... 

Here Comes Trouble

Here Comes Trouble

Keira Martin’s Here Comes Trouble contains some impressively executed Irish dancing to music which is a meld of Irish melodies and Jamaican beats in a memorable piece about identity... 

Lunacy

Lunacy

Lunacy. Rosenhan’s study. How do you show you’re sane in an insane situation? Do you like babies? Do you like broccoli? Can you photosynthesise? What is 10 and 10 and 10 and 10 and 10? Free Show... 

The Yellow Storm

The Yellow Storm

We prefer to play this show in a realistic way. In order to precisely describe the condition of Chinese families in 1930s according to the script, we would like to employ many elements that show the traditional Chinese culture, such as Chinese stories, language and decorations... 

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)... 

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale

Detailed, charismatic and humorous, State High Thespian Troupe’s take on the classic Grimm’s fairy tale is an accessible musical for all the family. Though it is hampered by its length and some performances are stronger than others, jaunty songs and snappy choreography keep the show pacy and plot-driven... 

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... 

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

‘When I was a child I thought I was the moon’s daughter’ (Kith, Jay Griffiths). Lone Wolf is an intimate and immersive dance-theatre experience with live music, performed by a dancer, a musician and girls... 

Notflix

Notflix

In a Fringe riddled with long-form improvisation – especially musicals – this is one of the stand-outs. An all female cast creates an entirely improvised musical based on an audience member’s film suggestion... 

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change is earnestly performed by a youthful and small cast – the reason for scraping the second star – but the uninspired script and the overall piece really struggles to succeed... 

A Matter of Race

A Matter of Race

Two young women, living similar lives, doing similar things: applying for jobs at cafes, buying alcohol, going to parties. Yet one is black, and one is white, and this means their similar actions yield widely different results... 

Certain Young Men

Certain Young Men

Peter Gill”s Certain Young Men was first performed at the Almeida Theatre in 1999. According to Cambridge University Queer Players this is its first revival. Seemingly it did not occur to them that there might be very good reason why the play has languished for eighteen years without seeing the lights of another theatre... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is a touching and affecting musical. In 1981 Germany, the bubbling sexual curiosity of a small town’s teenagers mixed with a neglect to sexually educate them leads to disastrous and heart-breaking consequences... 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

The story of Peter Pan is a familiar one for many and The Talentz present a lovely retelling of the classic tale. The youth theatre group’s show is a well-oiled and rehearsed performance that is beyond their years... 

Little Shop of Horrors – The Musical!

Little Shop of Horrors – The Musical!

Ethereal Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors is a powerhouse of zany energy. By nature, the show is a nonsensical and melodramatic tale of a man who creates a mutant plant with a taste for blood... 

Behind the Mirror

Behind the Mirror

There’s something charming about a fairy tale told in a fundamentally unique manner. Behind the Mirror is functionally just that: A retelling of a Korean fairy tale in its original language through the medium of acappella music and dance... 

The Marriage of Kim K

The Marriage of Kim K

Sugary pop meets classical opera in Leoe and Hyde’s The Marriage of Kim K. Fortunately, the merging of two such contrasting genres feels less like a collision and more like an unconventional blend... 

Creatives

Creatives

At a college songwriting class in Chicago, an end-of-year competition involves the students performing each other’s anonymous submissions for a celebrity guest judge. It’s like no contest I’ve ever heard of in real life, and there’s something gloriously petty about the characters’ investment in it – it’s all very musical theatre dahling... 

Ami and Tami

Ami and Tami

Ami and Tami is a reimagined Hansel & Gretel for the modern day. This musical rendition takes the classic fairytale and catapults it into the 21st Century, making it more relevant and appealing for the whole family... 

Sad Little Man

Sad Little Man

'Stop me if you've heard this one before.' Written by Josh Overton, winner of The Times Playwriting Award 2015 and created by the Pub Corner Poets, Total Theatre's Emerging company 2015 award nominees... 

Amusical

Amusical

For one night only Jayde Adams and Kiri Pritchard-McLean host this celebration of all things West End (or Broadway if you're American/better off than us). Accompanied by our house band, Dave and the Quavers, comedians perform their favourite songs from stage and screen and it's up to you to decide who's best... 

Caitlin

Caitlin

Caitlin was the wife of poet Dylan Thomas. At the start of the 1970s, 20 years after he died, she started going to Alcoholics Anonymous. Join her in the circle of chairs as she deals with their tempestuous past... 

The Gate

The Gate

A magical rollercoaster noir mystery tour through Japanese children's folklore. Acclaimed for her work in Japan, USA, Canada at the Fringe, Saori Aoki started the Kaso Jogi (Virtual Ruler) company to spread her unique physical theatre take on musicals around the world... 

Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece is one of the shows at CanadaHub at King’s Hall, a venue in association with Summerhall. It is a piece of theatre by Quote Unquote Collective and Why Not Theatre. It is also one of the most informed, empathetic, complex articulations of female selfhood and female voices that I have ever seen, and my review will, as such, never do it justice... 

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck

You would be forgiven for thinking that a production of The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck performed in a circus tent might involve people dressed up as the characters acting out the tales... 

Tesco: The Opera!

Tesco: The Opera!

One man, a piano and an unexpected item in the bagging area… the supermarket trip is explored in musical form with a fun, frantic and family-friendly trolley dash to the conveyor belt... 

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

An earthquake is erupting, but not in Orange Street. Shakespeare meets Ska, Two-Tone and Rudeboy in a high-energy comedy of... um... errors! Two pairs of twins, separated at birth now cause chaos in Ephesus as merchants and magistrates, and even wives can't tell which is which! Somehow Madness, Bad Manners, The Pretenders and even Bananarama all add to the fun... 

Bottles

Bottles

‘Bottles’ is a stirring piece of theatre exploring the ups and downs of a night on the town through the eyes of a group of young women. It’s inspired by experiences of everyone who has ventured out and returned home with tales to make your skin crawl, stories that have your friends in hysterics or experiences you just can't talk about... 

About the Unsaid

About the Unsaid

This touching new musical explores the interior monologues of three interconnected characters through acoustic songs, focusing on their lack of communication and the difference between what they think and say... 

Happy Birthday Mia

Happy Birthday Mia

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

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

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

War Pig

War Pig

French theatre group Le Festin de Saturne deliver a wild and engaging clown show, War Pig, following the adventures of young Private Juan and Captain Fidel Castra off to war. This mad show starts hilariously and grotesquely as we watch the very tall and lean Juan happily masturbate to the captain's private magazines while looking up to clock the audience... 

Juan Vesuvius: I am Your Deejay

Juan Vesuvius: I am Your Deejay

New Zealand’s Barnie Duncan has created a perfect comedy persona; he’s believable enough as a character but ridiculous in so many perfectly pitched ways. Using a brilliant blend of wordplay, confused translations and some sublime physical comedy, Duncan shows that he’s deserving of comedy superstar status... 

Murder, She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

Murder, She Didn't Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

A murder has been committed. But the detective can’t remember who died, who is the murderer or where it happened. That’s where the audience comes in. Murder, She Didn’t Write by Degrees Of Error has an excellent concept... 

Joanne McNally: Bite Me

Joanne McNally: Bite Me

Joanne McNally’s hour long confessional Bite Me switches between fairly light comedy and truly despairing tragedy as she opens up about her struggles with bulimia. Whilst I loved this show, some might be confused by its surprising tonal u-turn... 

5 Soldiers

5 Soldiers

Nestled in the artsy comfort of the Fringe bubble, it is all too easy to forget about the murmurings – or in some cases, bellowings – of war that have been thrown back and forth across our doorstep this past month... 

Death in Venice

Death in Venice

As the Sirocco winds bring cholera to the Lido and alleyways of Venice, Dr Aschenbach watches Tadzio swimming in the lagoon... An adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella with strawberries, umbrellas and moments of great beauty. 

North-South Divide

North-South Divide

It's kicking off all over Europe: on our footy pitches as well as our borders... Oh, in Trump-land too! Seems the Muslims want in and the rest want them out. Award-winning Germany-based, cutting-edge comedy duo Mike and Aydin return to the Fringe to solve all our woes: EU, Brexit, USA, fundamentalists, Scotland, unemployment and Nigel Farage... 

The Trial

The Trial

The students of Wellington College are performing the renowned adaptation of Franz Kafka by Steven Berkoff, The Trial. This dynamic, invigorating performance of The Trial promises to offer its audiences a nonstop audiovisual feast as the young performers bring you an innovative style of performance... 

Barbara Morrison in When Divas Were Divas

Barbara Morrison in When Divas Were Divas

Remembering their lives, their way. A musical, dramatic theatrical production that focuses on the lives of Lena Horne, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker and Sarah Vaughan... 

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

‘What’s it going to be then, eh?’ Little Alex is charming, clever and sophisticated. She’s also a callous thug with a thing for amphetamine-laced milk and lashings of the old ultra-violence... 

Two Man Show

Two Man Show

Men have all the power. John and Dan keep hearing people say that men have all the power, but it doesn’t feel like that to them. Abbi and Helen are making a show about man and men, because we all have to pull together now... 

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

HG Wells's sci-fi masterpiece is reborn as a brand new musical adventure. Original songs, a rip-roaring score, and live sound effects from 800,000 years in the future! Written and performed by film composer Laurence Owen and comedian Lindsay Sharman... 

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle, 'a machine gun of visual joy' (WritingAboutDance.com) is a dark, ribald physical commentary featuring Liz Aggiss: a maverick, anarchic, indomitable and fearless performance artist, who, with 'refreshing irreverence' (TheatreBubble... 

Where Is Home?

Where Is Home?

‘A show that you watch with your heart and not your head. Thoughts are bypassed and it speaks straight to your soul’ (ThePrickle.co.uk). This unique performance examines themes of migration, identity and belonging through improvisation... 

Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

'It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.' A song cycle from Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. 

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm is the story of Flora Poste, a bright young thing who finds herself forced to live with her relatives in the countryside. On arrival, she finds the farm in rack and ruin, being destroyed by the doomed Starkadders: Amos, preaching hellfire and damnation, Cousin Judith, racked with remorse and desperately seeking redemption in the tea leaves, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben... 

Godspell

Godspell

Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, Godspell is a conceptual piece where a comedic troupe of eccentric players team-up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age. Featuring the well known musical numbers Day by Day and Prepare Ye, this production is something truly unique... 

2027: Requiem for a Lost Generation

2027: Requiem for a Lost Generation

A postmodern post-mortem of how hate won. Comedy about a pretentious student theatre company attempting to take their student union by storm with their Orwellian vision of a dystopian 2027... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

A pure and exhilarating romp of a good time. Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical (try saying that after a few beers) offers improv, musicals and so, so much more... 

The Oppression Olympics

The Oppression Olympics

It’s an almost universal experience of public transport, sitting at the bus stop and overhearing someone else’s conversation. Happy or sad, we let ourselves – if only for a moment – into the lives and problems of others... 

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

A double-bill of extraordinary power and originality, Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus performed by Belfast-based Oona Doherty, gets beneath the hard exterior of disaffected youths to the humanity beneath in a show which achieves the hard act of being visceral and in-yer-face but also tender... 

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

One man’s quest to return to the woman he loves: beating gods and monsters, battling nymphs and sirens, through the underworld and across the Aegean Sea. This is a new adaptation of Homer’s epic and focuses on the humanity within the hero, told through seven stories... 

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

Travel back to the 1920s to examine the beautiful art of failing. Don and Gnu throw themselves into the iconic universe of silent films from a time with specks of white dust on the screen and Charlie Chaplin on the loose – but can they manage to stay within the frame? An intimate, entertaining and expressive performance, where dance, video, music and audience interaction come together... 

Fagin's Twist

Fagin's Twist

'High energy, precision crafted choreography creates a dark twist on a classic tale' **** (Stage). 'Daring, dynamic and hugely enjoyable rethink of a much loved Victorian tale' **** (Times)... 

Fine, Thanks

Fine, Thanks

Every given year one in four people will experience a very serious diagnosable mental illness – if it’s not you it’s a mate. Right now three children in every classroom suffer from a mental health condition: the epidemic thought about but not talked about... 

Choir of Man

Choir of Man

There is something remarkably welcoming about being handed a free pint with a smile as you walk into a show. The Assembly Rooms have been converted into The Jungle – your friendly local for the night - and your hosts are ready with a drink in one hand and open arms... 

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath is a semi-absurdist exploration into male grief, observing how it plays out in our minds and affects those close to us. Paired with Scandinavian folk music and portrayed through increasingly surrealist movement, we learn about the protagonist through his largely abstract flashbacks... 

Parlour Games

Parlour Games

Parlour Games is a classy, original and nostalgic piece of theatre brought to us by Tooth+Nail, a company comprised of four talented Jacques Lecoq graduates. This company use physical theatre, low key acrobatics, torches, shadow play and vintage subtitles to present this stunning piece... 

Follow Suit

Follow Suit

Set in a stark environment of desks and bare lightbulbs, Silent Faces’ Follow Suit is a cutting parody of life in the corporate sector. Through clowning and physical theatre, the four actors portray the mind-numbing drudgery of stocks, shares and portfolios... 

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Tall Stories return to Edinburgh for their 20th birthday with an updated version of Future Perfect. Pitched at children aged 6 and above, Future Perfect is an enjoyable 45 minutes with a wholesome moral and traditional setup... 

Oh! Carol

Oh! Carol

Oh! Carol, the musical story of Sedaka & Greenfield. From their humble beginnings in Brooklyn to the dizzying heights of their success in the 50s & 60s, the songwriting genius of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield will go down in musical history as one of the most successful partnerships of all time... 

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

A show about the evocative powers of art must be particularly effective in practicing what it preaches. Emma Rice’s final production with Kneehigh succeeds in being a delight for all the senses... 

Shit-Faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Shit-Faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Magnificent Bastard Productions have become a hit at the Fringe throughout the last few years with their productions of Shit-Faced Shakespeare. They have since spawned some equally as unpredictable offspring, including this year’s Shit-Faced Showtime Presents: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz!The premise is simple: 5 classically-trained musical theatre performers set out to perform The Wizard Of Oz, but one of them is, predictably, shit-faced... 

Cherry

Cherry

“None of these words are our own. They have been taken, word for word, from over 300 interviews and anonymous online submissions.” That’s what the background reads, projected behind a bed where the actors are already sitting, ready and waiting, as the audience first walks in... 

Love Gasoline!

Love Gasoline!

Marcel Duchamp was an artist who is famed for creating work in the cubist style and had a huge impact on the conceptual art movement, particularly Dadaism – He’s the one who famously exhibited a porcelain urinal under the title Fountain... 

On This Side of Time

On This Side of Time

Alyona Ageeva’s PosleSlov Physical Theatre Company presents the UK premier of this contemporary physical theatre performance. A member of the team takes to the stage to inform us that the piece is presented as a philosophical reflection on the relationship between humanity and time; a movement fable about life, death, love and love’s demise... 

Oyster Boy

Oyster Boy

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

Poll Function

Poll Function

A play that will make you laugh, cringe and cry in equal measure, Poll Function is a masterstroke. From theatre company HailToThePeople, their debut Fringe show delves into the world of the outcast and disenfranchised: the young men who screwed the system and got screwed back... 

One Good Soul

One Good Soul

Musical adaptations of other works often struggle to either make themselves distinct or justify their existence. One Good Soul, an adaptation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, struggles in a different way, because the tone of the adapted work seems to be in almost constant battle with the tone of the additions, namely the music... 

Boycotted: Comedy from Israel

Boycotted: Comedy from Israel

The three stars of Israeli comedy: Shahar Hason, David Kilimnick and Yohay Sponder. A rabbi, a loving Yemenite and a self-loving Jew walk onto the stage. Want to see how the joke ends? Come to see us... 

Wrong Tree Adventures

Wrong Tree Adventures

A stunning amalgamation of Wrong Tree’s work to date: the Professor’s grandfather is missing – working in his old greenhouse, her quest takes her to explore South America. A prop-driven adventure piece, incorporating Inca mythology and a talking cat... 

Notflix

Notflix

Five-star, total sell-out show, 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and Vaults Festival, 2017. Funny Women and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year semi-finalist. Sunday Times, Marie Claire and Elle Magazine pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, 2016... 

In Conversation With… David Mach

In Conversation With… David Mach

One of Scotland’s great contemporary artists discusses his career. Go on a journey with this material junkie through his manipulation of stuff from magazines, shoes, tyres and postcards to teddy bears, sea containers, gnomes and angels... 

Boycotted: Comedy from Israel

Boycotted: Comedy from Israel

The three stars of Israeli comedy: Shahar Hason, David Kilimnick and Yohay Sponder. A rabbi, a loving Yemenite and a self-loving Jew walk onto the stage. Want to see how the joke ends? Come to see us... 

Sunshine at the Rose

Sunshine at the Rose

After sell-out productions of Sunshine on Leith, Oliver! and Les Misérables School Edition, Captivate Theatre brings you the most uplifting and rousing songs from the world of musical theatre... 

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

The Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show that 'defined comedy in 2016' (**** Guardian) and earned a Total Theatre Award nomination for Innovation returns for 10 days only. Come and see the 'hot ticket' (**** Evening Standard) of last years festival before it finishes its international tour here at the Edinburgh Fringe... 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

On his way home from battle, Brave Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king. Now he quite likes that idea and so does his wife. What will he do to get his hands on the crown? 'One of the best children's shows at the Fringe this year... 

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger

Based on the 1984 cult classic, The Toxic Avenger captures everything good about spoof musicals. It’s smart enough to not be too witty, silly enough to have fun with its premise, and it's executed with dazzling ability... 

X The Musical

X The Musical

Robert S J Lucas’ new show, X The Musical is set in a vaguely sketched-out dystopian future where politics are the most important thing in the world and everyone is required to vote... 

2016 the Musical

2016 the Musical

The idea of taking a serious topic and turning it into a musical is not a new to the Fringe. Despite this, the concept behind 2016 the Musical still seemed refreshing enough for me to have high expectations... 

The Vagina Dialogues – The Völvas

The Vagina Dialogues – The Völvas

The Völvas is an international feminist performance ensemble. The Vagina Dialogues is a cabaret-style theatre and variety piece that includes a series of episodic monologues, duologues, and movement pieces set to live music... 

Austentatious Presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

Austentatious Presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

For one night only, the Chortle Award-winning ladies and gentlemen of Austentatious swap their bonnets and breeches to raise money for Waverley Care. Join them as they improvise a riotously funny new Jane Austen work, based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience... 

Bohemians: From Broadway to Hollywood!

Bohemians: From Broadway to Hollywood!

Join the Bohemians on a whistle stop tour of all your favourite musicals from stage and screen! Featuring songs from shows ranging from Mamma Mia to Kiss Me Kate and Calamity Jane to Beauty and the Beast! Something for all the family... 

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... 

Figs in Wigs: Often Onstage

Figs in Wigs: Often Onstage

Often Onstage is an offbeat facetious romp that explores the ins and outs of theatre through the medium of dance. Expect nods to the new, bows to the bard, blood baths and drag kings... 

Trolley Girls

Trolley Girls

Attention all shoppers! Make your way down to the Pear Tree to see best friends in the whole wide world ever in this show stopping coming of age story. Who’d have thought you’d bump into Bonnie Tyler, Adele or H from Steps whilst doing your Friday big shop?! Best of all, you can swig it back with a bottle of Lambrini and fall face first into a reduced packet of wafer thin ham along the way... 

Sandman

Sandman

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

The Way It Is

The Way It Is

The 11:87 Theatre Company’s debut at the Fringe is a new musical following the lives of Sophie and George as they are guided by both angels and demons. This piece is accompanied by a small band compiled of Don Holdernesse on guitar and mandolin, and Ellen Casey on cello... 

Thrones! The Musical

Thrones! The Musical

Warning: Spoilers, swearing and a hilarious combination of incest and sex jokes. This can only be the content of Thrones! The Musical.Preparing for the next episode of Game Of Thrones to air, a group of friends gather at a recently divorced friend’s house to discover she has never watched the series... 

Abandoman's Rob Broderick – The Musical in My Mind

Abandoman's Rob Broderick – The Musical in My Mind

Rob Broderick is a one of a kind performer. Every show is different and mostly based on audience suggestions, but this is an improvising rapper like no other. Whether improvised or not, each of his songs is a marvel to behold... 

Alice – Underground Lives My Buried Mind (Deflowering Lewis Carroll's Script)

Alice – Underground Lives My Buried Mind (Deflowering Lewis Carroll's Script)

Physical theatre can always lend itself to a degree of interpretation, and inevitably the risk of confusion. I often think of it as being one of the trickiest forms of performance for this very reason – where do you draw the line between the aesthetic and the literal representation? Arguably this divide, the directorial edit that separates the abstract from exact reflection is what determines the success of such a form, but again this falls victim to a raw subjectivity only possible when the visual art is intended to be non-representational... 

Boris & Sergey's One Man Extravaganza

Boris & Sergey's One Man Extravaganza

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

Max & Ivan: The Reunion

Max & Ivan: The Reunion

This is character comedy at its finest. Every year Max & Ivan become one of the most highly recommended comedy shows, and with good reason. In The Reunion they're an absolute delight to watch: visceral energy between the two performers and an effortless enjoyment from both oozes out and invites us to join in with their antics... 

LoveHard: Murdered by Murder

LoveHard: Murdered by Murder

LoveHard return to the Fringe after their award-winning 2016 show House On The Hill with a new comic offering that is literally the best of both the theatre and comedy worlds. A show unparalleled in comedy writing and delivery, the question only remains – what can’t they do?Every now and again you will dig up one of these hidden gems, the sort of show that makes you excited about the Fringe again... 

Bacchae

Bacchae

Both faithful and frantic, young company Flying Pig Theatre have produced a very satisfying version of Euripides’ Bacchae with a deft touch.It is worth noting that, despite being advertised as being transported to a crumbling Victorian mansion, this doesn’t really appear to be the case in any form or fashion... 

The Dolls of New Albion

The Dolls of New Albion

Paul Shapera’s steampunk opera The Dolls of New Albion is a macabre four acts featuring four generations in a small town where the dead can come back to life as human-sized, unworldly dolls... 

Slipstick

Slipstick

A spectacular show featuring one of the best mime and impersonator artistes in Europe! Be prepared to be stunned by the quickest change artist and mime comedy entertainer Martin Kent, in one hour of pure adrenaline! ‘A great impersonator’ (Lanacion... 

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

Former Scottish tennis international and Scottish National Coach, Judy Murray was the first woman to pass the LTA’s Performance Coach Award. Judy initiated Scottish Development School, producing four Davis Cup and one Fed Cup players; including Grand Slam-winning sons, Jamie and Andy... 

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

Captivate Theatre is thrilled to bring Sondheim's Sweeney Todd to the Edinburgh Fringe. Barbaric barber Todd and his pie-making accomplice Mrs Lovett come up with an unusually grotesque business plan in this dark and chilling musical... 

#JeSuis

#JeSuis

#JeSuis is an edgy new choreographic work by renowned British dancer Aakash Odedra. With dancers from Turkey, Aakash explores the strangulation of freedom of speech, the rise of xenophobic attitudes and the displacement of people through conflict... 

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

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

Suicide the Musical

Suicide the Musical

Suicide: The Musical is a one-man show that discusses male depression and disconnection due to social media.The main protagonist, John, uses Siri as a sort of therapist throughout the performance... 

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Ruby Wax is back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe once again with a new show on mental health, Frazzled. Her hour of comedy goes back and forth between interesting information on mental health, stress and neurology along with various well-acted anecdotes about her family and upbringing... 

The North

The North

The North is as hostile, unforgiving and beautiful as the land to which it dedicates its hour-long runtime. As an audience member unfamiliar with the tenets of physical theatre, one should not expect The North to go easy on the uninitiated... 

Frigid: A Musical Worth Melting For

Frigid: A Musical Worth Melting For

Napier University Drama Society returns to the musical stage after selling out last year. This is particularly worthy as these are not necessarily drama students but enthusiasts out for experience and fun... 

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... 

The Ghosts of Moistly Hollow

The Ghosts of Moistly Hollow

His Lordship has returned home. The ghosts have been waiting (and they've hidden the gin). Welcome to Moistly Hollow, it'll put the willies up you... 

Scientology: The Musical

Scientology: The Musical

‘Catchy riffs and rapid-fire word play’ ***** (Kryztoff.com). ‘The songs were quite amazing’ (Advertiser). Would you become a Scientologist? You think you know better, right? Join George Glass as they blow the pseudo-science pseudo-religion wide open... 

Bad Habits

Bad Habits

Join the 18th-century’s wildest nuns as they act out the story of their Mother Superior: a young lady forced to don increasingly ridiculous disguises to seduce the same man over and over again... 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

We are coming to the Festival Fringe with our unique Korean style. Based on The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, this show includes Korean traditional music, costume and dancing... 

The D-Day Dodgers. An Attempt to Right a Wrong.

The D-Day Dodgers. An Attempt to Right a Wrong.

One million people on all sides were killed in Italy in WW2. This didn't stop a British politician calling the allied troops 'D-Day Dodgers'. Their response? Don't get mad, get even! Well, it was to write and perform a satirical song about said politician... 

Gutted

Gutted

Gutted is a one-woman, solo show about IBD. It was honest, articulate, candid and had a fantastic sense of humour. The performer, Liz Richardson, was relaying her experiences with the condition and, through the production, opening a dialogue about a condition considered extremely embarrassing and ‘unsexy’ – especially for women... 

Cognitions

Cognitions

Cognitions was confessional, poetic physical theatre. I was gripped enough to only write one page in my notebook, because I didn’t want to miss any of the fantastically choreographed movements that the ‘Cogs’ were performing, with such energy and enthusiasm that it lit the stage... 

This Really Is Too Much

This Really Is Too Much

Gracefool Collective’s This Really Is Too Much blends dance, spoken word and physical comedy in a devised expressionistic theatre piece; revealing the absurd realities of life from the female perspective as a product of modern consumerist, hyper-sexualised society... 

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... 

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

I think this show is emblematic of a lot of the problems that new musicals at the Fringe tend to have. It’s entertaining, and has a fun concept that, at its core, leads to an hour that has some funny, interesting moments... 

Prom Kween

Prom Kween

From the producers of bold, subversive and wonderfully camp comedy musicals: Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho and How to Win Against History, Prom Kween certainly has a lot going for it and looks promising to fans of the genre... 

All Genius All Idiot

All Genius All Idiot

All Genius All Idiot is a quirky and outrageous piece that explores the animalistic side of human nature using contemporary circus, performance art and live music. This show is brought to us by Svalbard a company made up of four acrobats from Spain, England, Germany and Sweden who all met at the world’s leading circus school DOCH in Sweden... 

Wereldband: Släpstick

Wereldband: Släpstick

On first viewing the stage I thought I would try and count all the instruments I could see scattered around waiting to be played. My attempt did not last long as I soon realised there were far too many... 

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Chris Dugdale is a master of the art of sleight of hand and, even when encouraging the audience to closely watch his every move he manages to repeatedly stun them with his apparent ability to teleport cards and other items from one place to another... 

Flour

Flour

A sweary, aggressive, dark comedy that follows two bags of Flour – a new synthetic drug that looks, smells and acts exactly like the baking ingredient – as it passes from the drug kingpins who created it to the unwitting baker and his wife who accidentally find two bags of it in their storeroom, and the two detectives frantically trying to stop a new crime wave from hitting their city... 

Li Yuan Fei Ge (The Song In Pear Orchard) and Hua Mulan

Li Yuan Fei Ge (The Song In Pear Orchard) and Hua Mulan

Forthright and sincere, Mulan is the first-born daughter to her family. When the invading Hun (Xiongnu) begin attacking China, the Imperial Court plans to recruit every strong man into its army... 

Guys and Dolls Jr

Guys and Dolls Jr

Based on the legendary musical comedy classic about rolling the dice and falling in love under the lights of Broadway, this may be the perfect musical comedy! Set in Damon Runyon’s NYC in the 1940s... 

A Little Blue Birdy Told Me

A Little Blue Birdy Told Me

Have you ever been shat on by the blue bird? The great rebirth of public shaming continues to evolve. Tearing people up, facelessly and mercilessly. A Little Blue Birdy Told Me is a brand new intimate production that unpicks pointing the finger in the Twittersphere and the terrifying role we collectively play in passing judgement in 140 characters or less... 

This is My Life

This is My Life

This is My Life is a witty, engaging and entertaining theatre show commissioned by RCET, which has been a huge hit in schools throughout Scotland. The play follows the story of a young boy called Kevin, whose father is deployed with the Royal Marines, and how Kevin learns to cope with fear, loss and bullying in order to find hope, self-confidence, trust and friendship... 

Reeling

Reeling

Reeling follows our plucky protagonist, Little Fellow, as he heads to the big city to make something of himself, and winds up in a motion picture studio where he is mistaken for the big-shot director... 

A Voyage of the Easy Sisters

A Voyage of the Easy Sisters

It’s just another Sunday morning for the Easy Sister goddesses: ill-advised Jägerbombs, lost tampons and wanking mermaids are behind them. But little do they know, something catastrophic, world destroying and likely to be dressed in a crotch-hugging pant suit, is about to cause havoc... 

The Red Emerald: A Farce for the Colourblind

The Red Emerald: A Farce for the Colourblind

Two thieves. One emerald. No refunds. The Red Emerald is a blisteringly funny farce set in a crumbling, old German castle across from the Guildford Tesco’s. Herr Falkenstein's broke... 

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

One of the most beautiful and timeless shows ever written, Fiddler on the Roof is a wonderful tale of traditions, culture, displacement and loss. The villagers of Anarevka must face the ever changing world of family and politics while trying to keep their way of life together... 

Revolution

Revolution

Naples, 1647. Masaniello leads the first popular revolt of the modern era. Russia, 1917. The proletarian revolution overthrows the czar and ushers in communism. Edinburgh, 2017. One actor explores what it means to be free... 

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Welcome to the story of Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows! You may have heard a similar story before, but we will take you on a very different journey. Expect danger, dark magic, a few camp musical numbers, double entendres and a drag queen or two... 

Sister Act

Sister Act

Edinburgh University Footlights is blessed to be making a spirited return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their production of the feel-good musical Sister Act! Sister Act follows the story of club singer Deloris Van Cartier who, after being put under police protection in a convent, leads their choir from hellish howling to heavenly harmonies... 

Busu and the Damask Drum

Busu and the Damask Drum

Inspired on Zeami's Aya No Tsuzumi, Busu and the Damask Drum was originally adapted by Yukio Mishima for the modern stage. Hailed as a double bill of miniature Japanese gems, Busu is a classic Kyogen farce and the Damask Drum is a tragic ghost story... 

Now Here's a Funny Story!

Now Here's a Funny Story!

In a modern cabaret format, Now Here’s A Funny Story is a jaunty romp through the golden age of music hall, often delving into its dark underbelly. Performed by experienced music hall artists, Tommy Parsons and Airlie Scott it’s a musical journey from the very beginnings of music hall in the song and supper rooms of the 1840s, through to its 1890s heyday with the likes of Marie Lloyd and Champagne Charlie, onto wartime jingoism and the cross-dressing Vesta Tilley of the Great War... 

Man Up

Man Up

At the all-male, male retreat for men, Guru Nigel will show you how to grasp the long, hard, curved (and, occasionally, in a periodic design) doorknob to your life. Man Up is an original production, written and performed by Temper-Mental Theatre... 

Shakespeare's Big Brother

Shakespeare's Big Brother

Can Hamlet please come into the diary room? You've had regular Big Brother. You've had Celebrity Big Brother. Now, we would like to invite you to Shakespeare's Big Brother. With the finals looming and a huge prize at the end, who will win the public vote and be crowned this year's winner? See all your favorite Shakespeare characters take on the tasks, trials, interviews and the diary room... 

A Place for Me

A Place for Me

You never know who you share your space with, who you touch, or how you touch them. What if the place you go to escape is also someone else's? What if they needed you? A Place for Me is a new musical that captures a moment in the lives of two teenagers who are about to step into adulthood... 

Bare Threads

Bare Threads

We are often barely conscious of dressing and undressing in our daily routine. Yet, the very same actions have the potential to make us feel exposed, uncomfortable, wild, daring and sensual... 

Two Little Boxes

Two Little Boxes

A wordless blend of mime, clowning, dance and acrobatics, Two Little Boxes is a brand-new piece by Reallynice, exploring the construction of masculinities in young men. Suitable for the hearing-impaired. 

12

12

Using drag to explore Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, 3BUGS and UoB LGBTQ present a night not to forget – get your stockings ready! Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in-between – welcome to 12! A reimagining of a classic ready for the 21st century, 12 is the perfect mixture of drag, dulcet tunes and a lot of daring fun. 

Mutiny! An Improvised Pirate Adventure

Mutiny! An Improvised Pirate Adventure

Ahoy, m’hearties! Welcome aboard the Black Tricorn. Join our crew on the high seas for a fast-paced, short-form, quirky and hilarious improvised adventure. A swashbuckling journey filled with pirates, parrots, and plunder (or whatever yer heart desires!)... 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Woyzeck ekes out a living on a meagre wage, earning pennies by eating peas for a dodgy clinical trial, while his wife cheats on him and everyone finds him pathetic. It’s enough to drive a person mad! FramBag is fizzingly back on top form for the festival this year with another twist on a classic... 

Piaf Remembered

Piaf Remembered

Jungmann Productions brings the premiere of Piaf Remembered to the Edinburgh Fringe. We meet a man who shares his fleeting memories of Edith Piaf's final emotional performance at the Olympia Music Hall in Paris in 1962, which he attended as a child and led him to become a lifelong fan... 

The Story of Snow and Other True Tales According to Reet Petite

The Story of Snow and Other True Tales According to Reet Petite

Snow is the newest prisoner at HMP Young Offenders Institution, Hull. Through the medium of fairy tales, cellmates Reet and Snow explore their respective families, the reasons for their imprisonment and, ultimately, how they can change their ending... 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Some things seem as traditional to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as being bombarded with flyers on the Royal Mile. For me, this production is one of them. This is no-holds-barred ecstasy in Shakespearean guise, and with a different culprit every night you can always come back for more... 

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... 

Seagulls

Seagulls

In Seagulls, visuals are everything. And the visuals are absolutely breathtaking. Combined with the text, it raises the question, ‘is the look and the feel more important than the content within a piece of theatre?’ No firm conclusions are reached but with this production I suspect what the majority of audiences leave talking about is not what they have heard, but what they have seen... 

Robin’s Hood

Robin’s Hood

C Theatre's production of Robin’s Hood is a silly pantomime style show featuring the classic characters. The show is earnestly, if not skilfully, performed with fun fight scenes, but even for a children's show, the plot is on the wildly convoluted side... 

The Starship Osiris

The Starship Osiris

Looking for a star-spangled adventure into science-fiction? The Starship Osiris is certainly not that: it’s much, much better. Watch the glorious disintegration of cast and script in this chaotic celebration of theatrical failure as you have never seen before... 

AnimAlphabet the Musical

AnimAlphabet the Musical

Colin the Country Cockatoo is on a mission to reunite all the notes of the stave and save his friends from the dastardly plans of Calando the duck who wants to bring eternal silence to Treble Clef Island... 

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... 

Jonny & the Baptists: The Best of 2012-2017

Jonny & the Baptists: The Best of 2012-2017

Celebrate five years of silly songs and satirical anthems from the multi award-nominated musical comedy stars. Six performances only – advance booking essential! Stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show and the BBC’s Live at Television Centre... 

Virago

Virago

Virago: a story about social injustice with as much relevance today as in Victorian Wales. Descended from Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine, Minnie McGuire, the most arrested woman in Victorian Wales, was a victim of poverty in a period of extreme hardship... 

Stop

Stop

There is a lot to like about this package. Stop is effortlessly charming, with a score that couldn’t stop making me smile throughout the show. Its characters are unique and fun, and its story is a compelling look at the universality of mental illness and hurt in society... 

Just Like the Movies

Just Like the Movies

Just Like the Movies is a cheery musical exploring the world of show business as the characters battle to make a statement in a world where success is often decided by major reality TV Shows... 

Atlantic: America and the Great War

Atlantic: America and the Great War

There is beautiful music at the heart of Atlantic: America & The Great War. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have done an excellent job putting together a show that sounds epic, intimate and touching throughout... 

Annie

Annie

Captivate Theatre’s cast of fresh-faced talent do not disappoint in this adaptation of Annie. This classic heart-warming tale of a precocious young orphan is a family favourite. Captivate Theatre only add charm... 

American Idiot

American Idiot

Shove on some Dr. Martens, crack out your eyeliner and prepare to relive the pop punk hits of the noughties through this performance of American Idiot: The Musical.Car Crash Productions’ ‘OUTREACH’ Project has stomped onto the stage of Greenside @ Royal Terrace performing the much loved songs of Green Day with anarchic punch and high energy as they play drug addicts, young activists railing against ‘the system’, and lost teenagers... 

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical seems to have become synonymous with the Fringe; their billboards plastering every major walkway across Edinburgh. The buzz is palpable as one files into the packed Pleasance Grand, an expectant excitement common among the several hundred ready to see what delights this talented troupe will dole out in spades tonight... 

2 Become 1

2 Become 1

2 Become 1 is a standard Jukebox Musical. It has all the elements of a good musical comedy and includes many throwback songs from the 90s of the sort that a young girl might sing along to while brushing her hair and gazing into the mirror... 

Gilbert and Sullivan's Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge

Gilbert and Sullivan's Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge has, as you might expect from the title, a very specific target audience. That is, anyone who is both a Gilbert and Sullivan devotee and seasoned Fringe-goer... 

Eaten

Eaten

Tucked away in a decently sized room at the beautiful venue of Summerhall, Eaten stars Mamoru Iriguchi as both Mamoru, Lionel the Lion, and, believe it or not, Dr. Poop. While the names and characters are truly silly, the show works on a multitude of levels for an audience of all ages... 

Robin Hood

Robin Hood

This slick performance of Robin Hood by Manhattan Children’s Theatre (Edinburgh) will leave you laughing, humming the songs, and with a strange desire to shout ‘Hail King Richard... 

Brave Macbeth

Brave Macbeth

If you feel sceptical about the idea of Macbeth as a comedy for children, let me put your mind at rest. Startlingly, Brave Macbeth is a gleefully funny production – particularly all of the bits you might assume to be too dark... 

Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I' is a fun, high energy, physical theatre piece containing small nuggets of inspiration relating to how we find, and nurture our confidence. Nunah has a good old probe at the human psyche, yet sometimes, being far too confident doesn't work so well for us either! Due to Nunah’s innovative style, which does not contain any dialogue, our stories can be interpreted in the most amazing of ways... 

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... 

The Girls From Oz

The Girls From Oz

Spend a five-star evening with the most dinky-die singing sheilas this side of the black stump. Full of sass and armed with killer harmonies, they are a force to be reckoned with. These Sheila's can sing, they can joke and they can sure put on one hell-uv-a show! They put a unique vintage spin on songs by Aussie legends like Kylie, Men At Work, John Farnham and Vegemite – all cabaret should be this fun! 'There isn’t anything lacking between the girls on stage or their connection with the audience... 

It Shoulda Been You

It Shoulda Been You

The charming, funny and original musical It Shoulda Been You invites you to a wedding day you'll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does and love pops up in mysterious places... 

The Other Guys: A Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

The Other Guys: A Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Relive the magic of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons in this remarkable tribute to the most successful band in music history. A night to remember, backed by the best live band at the fringe... 

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is about a woman’s struggle with depression, told through a simple, storytelling format and soundtracked by original music from Frisky and Mannish’s usually excellent Matthew Floyd Jones... 

Show Up

Show Up

Peter Michael Marino greets the audience as we arrive. He’s bouncing about with a nervous energy that he uses to work the crowd and ensure everyone is settled in before he begins his one man show... 

Alice Devlin: Extra-Curricular

Alice Devlin: Extra-Curricular

Standing on a stage adorned with all the necessary equipment to run a fully-fledged activity holiday, Alice Devlin is poised and ready to welcome us to her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut... 

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... 

Taiwan Season: Ever Never

Taiwan Season: Ever Never

Poignant and humorous, this is a semi-autobiographical piece of writing which roots itself in Co-coism director Hung Chien-Han’s upbringing. Ever Never is made up of mutually exclusive scenes which look at the idea of an airplane cabin as a timeless space which invokes past events and memories... 

Kev's Komedy Kitchen – The Second Cumin

Kev's Komedy Kitchen – The Second Cumin

Kevin Dewsbury plays the hapless host in Kev’s Komedy Kitchen, an entertaining parody of a Saturday morning TV cookery show that was thoroughly enjoyable.We are introduced to the ‘studio recording’ by the show’s producer Will who gets the proceedings off to a good start, warns the audience about Kev's return from rehab and sets up the situation nicely... 

Cambridge Impronauts: Improv Actually

Cambridge Impronauts: Improv Actually

The Cambridge Impronauts return to the fringe with a long form improvised show that is a hot mess from shaky start to hilariously absurd finish. Improv Actually, if it's not obvious, is a rom-com style improv where, using audience suggestions, an entire formulaic romantic comedy film is improvised in front of your eyes... 

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

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

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... 

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Incognito Theatre’s adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front is a solid, if predictable, production which ticks all of the necessary First World War boxes.Being an adaptation of Erich Remarque’s 1928 novel, it’s not hard to see why this might be the case... 

Origins

Origins

Animikii Theatre’s Origins is an intriguing piece of physical theatre that isn’t afraid to be subtle with it’s plot. Had I gone into the venue unaware of the themes of the piece, I suspect that I may have come away with my own, very different interpretation of what the performance was about... 

Kokdu: The Soul Mate

Kokdu: The Soul Mate

Kokdu: Soul Mate is physical theatre with charm, humour and a supernatural frisson inspired by Korean shamanistic rites and belief in the Kokdu, a spirit guide who accompanies the deceased to the afterlife... 

One Hundred Miles

One Hundred Miles

One Hundred Miles is a physical theatre performance structured around the experiences of a woman traveling through India in a bid to discover a different culture and way of life. Taking influence from their rich and vibrant lifestyle, we capture this complex world and bring it to life... 

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps

Father Christmas is back, and this time he's had three helpings of sprouts! As he tries to deliver the presents, his tummy rumbles, gurgles and groans, but Father Christmas knows he must keep it in – he doesn't want to wake anyone up! TaleGate Theatre Productions hit the perfect combination of witty humour, fantastic music and the extra sparkle for which they have become known in this fabulously funny and brilliantly bouncy musical adaptation of Nicholas Allan’s sequel to Father Christmas Needs a Wee. 

The Giant's Loo Roll

The Giant's Loo Roll

'Oh fe fi fo, and fe fi fum! Now what shall I do to wipe my...' Bumpety! Bumpety! Bumpety-bump! A Giant’s toilet roll one day fell to the floor and flew away. Returning to Edinburgh after its successful West End run... 

MakeyUppers' Bedtime Stories

MakeyUppers' 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 to see your favourite bedtime stories poked with a big stick before being tossed into a cauldron with physical comedy and biting wit... 

Carpe Diem Sings

Carpe Diem Sings

Celebrating the music of Peter D Robinson (MTM nominee, Best Composer on the Fringe, 2007) this concert features music from a range of productions. From plague-ridden Edinburgh (Street of Sorrows), through to Burke and Hare (Blood on the Stones), the Highland Clearances (Sailing to Tomorrow), Mary Queen of Scots (Bothwell’s Bride) and witchcraft (The Fire and the Thistle)... 

Godspell

Godspell

Godspell is a very strange show. It’s full of some of the best songs ever written in musical theatre, but the scenes that surround it are unsurprisingly very preachy, and in a way that’s often very dull... 

The Cat Man Curse

The Cat Man Curse

Deploying sketch comedy in its pinnacle form, Pelican, made up of ex-Footlights Guy Emanuel, Sam Grabiner and Jordan Mitchell, have put together a cohesive and hilarious narrative performance that defies full description... 

Police Cops in Space

Police Cops in Space

When a Fringe show sells out on opening night, you know it's doing something right. Police Cops In Space is the much-anticipated sequel to last year's (equally sold-out) show from comedy trio The Pretend Men... 

Testosterone

Testosterone

Testosterone is a touching, funny and incredibly brave piece of theatre from Rhum and Clay Company and Kit Redstone. It chronicles his experience of physically transitioning from female to male and the social minefield of modern masculinity that he’s had to navigate... 

Cream Tea and Incest

Cream Tea and Incest

Strap yourself in for an hour of puns, props and plenty of plot. Cream Tea And Incest is a top-notch riff on the classic Edwardian farce, and a merciless poke at the old-time aristocracy and English gentleman... 

Ben Hart: Belief?

Ben Hart: Belief?

Ben Hart opens his hour-long show with a simple but beautiful magic trick that has a playful story attached. He’s confident, charming and has a wry smile that lets you know that he’s never going to be too serious and immediately makes you feel safe in his hands... 

Driftwood

Driftwood

A single red lamp shade hangs above the stage in Assembly’s Spiegeltent Palais Du Variete. The cast of three men and one woman enters and, as they writhe their bodies together and stretch out for the light, the lamp slowly rises out of reach... 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Not Cricket’s new production of Alice in Wonderland is a charming and whimsical piece that delights audiences both young and old with its blend of live music, puppetry and dance.The show tells the classic tale of Alice: the girl who followed a stranger down the rabbit hole and ends up entering the strange and confusing world of Wonderland... 

Mortimer Sparks and the Sands of Imaginaria

Mortimer Sparks and the Sands of Imaginaria

Discover the power of your imagination with the world's bravest explorer, Mortimer Sparks, in this interactive adventure for children. Join Mortimer as he ventures into the mystical island of Imaginaria, home to magical shapeshifting sand and a civilisation that has mysteriously disappeared... 

The Magical Trip of a Bead – Stories from China

The Magical Trip of a Bead – Stories from China

A musical marvel – a magical journey undertaken by three little children, each with their own striking personality, who unite their efforts and complete a series of challenging trials helped by the glass slipper, the witch mirror, the matches, Nüwa and the Foolish Old Man (mythical Chinese characters)... 

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

This little-known musical is tremendous fun in its own right, but the extremely talented and energetic cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical make it engaging for a full 90 minutes... 

Wrong Tree Adventures

Wrong Tree Adventures

This August, Durham-based Wrong Tree Theatre are bringing three shows to Edinburgh; currently on offer is Souvenirs, a light-hearted adventure that draws on the heavy use of props, puppetry, physical comedy and traditional storytelling techniques to advance its narrative... 

Kaitlyn Rogers: Can I Get an Amen?!

Kaitlyn Rogers: Can I Get an Amen?!

Can I get an Amen?! Is the subtitle of Aussie Comic Kaitlyn Rogers’ show and I do feel like yelling 'Amen' by the end of the show, because I’d been praying for it to be over.Rogers’ show is a whirlwind of funny, bad dancing, Aussie references, audience participation andher shouting ‘Amen,’ but she’s got a few, tired jokes and references that she keeps pulling back to and unfortunately, they’re just not funny... 

Blueswater Presents: Cat Loud

Blueswater Presents: Cat Loud

Light your cigarette, put on your evening clothes and grab a cocktail to enjoy Cat Loud, a sexy cabaret performance that will thrill. The hour is filled with blues-folk-jazz fusion songs which are divided by vivid spoken word depicting a heady journey of Cat, our glamorous performer, as she discovers a white rabbit who leads her down an alley in London to a secret speakeasy... 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

It’s impossible to miss the irony in the name of the production company behind Priscilla: Queen of the Desert – Car Crash Productions. The show was, in short, poorly-directed, messy and under-rehearsed, and I have rarely spent a musical laughing so hard for all the wrong reasons... 

Last Clown on Earth

Last Clown on Earth

Derevo are a legend. This is not clowning Coco-style, but dark, surreal and dreamlike with an apocalyptic vision tempered by absurd humour and heart-wringing moments of pathos. The company have been coming to the Edinburgh Fringe for 20 years and their latest show, Last Clown On Earth is as weird and magical as word of mouth promised... 

SiX

SiX

Cambridge University Musical society hits Edinburgh to redefine the stories of Henry VIII’s six wives through a contemporary pop girl-band SiX. This original new musical, co-written by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, delivers a brazen, glamorous and truly unforgettable history lesson... 

China Goes Pop!

China Goes Pop!

China Goes Pop is an action-packed hour for all the family to enjoy; full of acrobatics held together by a simple love story between two of the performers.This performance opens with dancers jumping through hoops of various heights and sizes... 

How to Win Against History

How to Win Against History

When viewing a show as celebrated and adored as How to Win Against History there is always the risk that it’ll never be able to live up to the hype. Such concerns were quickly dispelled after the first song in Seiriol Davies’ masterful musical... 

The Local

The Local

Sometimes, all a show needs to be good is to be simple and earnestly performed. This is not one of those times. The Local needs a lot of work to be anything more than an attempt to put a modern trend of local alehouses closing into song... 

Siren

Siren

To be surprised by a show at the Fringe is a rare and wonderful thing. Siren takes us in one direction then knocks us off our feet, making sure we are never sure of where the story is headed next... 

Monkey Dance: The Rockappella Musical!

Monkey Dance: The Rockappella Musical!

Korean performance company GGIRIPROJECT aims to create the perfect collaboration between music and martial arts, a pursuit that has resulted in the catchily-titled Monkey Dance: The Rockapella Musical! Featuring live music, countless backflips, sizzling dance pieces and more, this production is undoubtedly on the right track... 

Slut

Slut

Slut tells a story which is sadly the experience of many women; girls who have the benefit of naivety during their younger years, which is then destroyed when they face the reality of a misogynistic culture that prevents them from exploring their true identity... 

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... 

Things We Find in the Dark

Things We Find in the Dark

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

Auditions

Auditions

The premise of this musical is that four professional actors share their insights into the scary world of auditions. The problem is that based on this show I would struggle to give a single one of them the part... 

Beasts & Beauties

Beasts & Beauties

Beauty and the Beast without Gaston? In Italy?! If you can get over the sacrilege of daring to be different from the Disney version of events, Beasts and Beauties, by young company Grey Dog Theatre, offers a light but fun hour of entertainment for children young and old... 

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

This production is based on Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted, a young adult novel that previously inspired Anne Hathaway’s second turn as a movie princess. Despite the older age group that the original book is aimed at, this is very much a show for children, and serves as an excellent way to keep the kids entertained and engaged for 1hr 15mins of the festival... 

Bat Boy: The Musical

Bat Boy: The Musical

Billed as a uniquely grotesque combination of satire, horror and comedy, Bat Boy: The Musical has a small but dedicated cult following. Performed by Ophiuchus Rising, the semi-professional cast effortlessly made sense of the bizarre and risqué storyline... 

Company

Company

Company, Sondheim’s second Tony Award winner, is a difficult show to get right: it’s disjointed, complex, and built on subject matter that can be uncomfortable to look at. But when it’s done well, it’s a mature, yet still fun exploration of marriage and relationships and a great evening’s entertainment... 

Hot Brown Honey

Hot Brown Honey

The ladies of Hot Brown Honey are back in Edinburgh and they’re still bringing the power! This mix of burlesque, beats and brashness plays with our preconceptions of what a burlesque show is by being exactly what a burlesque show should be; biting, funny, challenging and an extravaganza... 

Marking Time

Marking Time

Stuck in a lift, Ruth waits to escape in order to visit her husband who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. As she awaits rescue, she looks back on the diagnosis, her life and her father’s demise... 

Buried: A New Musical

Buried: A New Musical

“A musical about two serial killers,” is how Buried: A New Musical by Colla Voce Theatre describes itself. That’s enough of a draw-in for me, but it doesn’t do the show justice at all... 

Tobacco

Tobacco

If you are looking for a show that demonstrates exceptional acting and physical theatre skills Tobacco is where you will find it. South African company Baxter Theatre presents this dark comedy as part of the Baxter Theatre Season at Assembly... 

Border Tales

Border Tales

Following a turbulent year of politics and current affairs, this year’s Fringe programme is unsurprisingly loaded with all manner of shows trying to make sense of the world in 2017... 

Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo

If you want a bit of light relief from Fringe shows taking themselves too seriously, come to this hilarious, technically mind-blowing piece which calls itself physical theatre but defies genre... 

Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia is a mixture of physical theatre and emotional monologues that certainly wasn’t a show that had the audience jumping onto their feet in appreciation. Admittedly a difficult subject to bring to the stage, Cece Otto’s attempt to connect the wider world to a mostly unknown condition did little to entice the audience... 

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)... 

Pippin

Pippin

Youth theatre is a weird thing to critique. On the one hand, it is by nature less polished than most professional shows and is often less innovative. On the other hand, it’s hard not to like it, because it feels so much like a passion project where the performers are enjoying themselves... 

Circa: Humans

Circa: Humans

Step into the grand Lafayette big top in Underbelly’s dedicated Circus Hub and witness the spectacle of internationally acclaimed Circa with their 2017 Fringe offering. Ten acrobats perform an hour of incredible feats with precision, strength and personality... 

That’s Life on Lisgar

That’s Life on Lisgar

That’s Life on Lisgar is a story of family fissures and the intimate workings of life as a daughter of a Portuguese family in Canada. Based on the small and quirky world of Lisgar Street in the Little Portugal area of Toronto, Kayla Subica takes you back to her childhood and her quest to reunite with her estranged grandma... 

Cluedo Inc

Cluedo Inc

Returning with their sell-out show, Cluedo Inc bring the familiar whodunnit board game to life. Who committed the murder? In which room? With what implement? Fast-paced, laugh-out-loud comedy theatre for all... 

The City – A Detective Hip Hop Opera

The City – A Detective Hip Hop Opera

A rap opera written entirely in rhyme, performed as one continuous song. The City is a Fringe musical which won many rave reviews and praises. In 2014, the show won the Golden Porcupine Award in four categories (Playwright of the Year, Director of the Year, Best Music and Best Group Work)... 

A Brief Timeline of Enemies and Friends

A Brief Timeline of Enemies and Friends

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

[title of show]

[title of show]

The ambiguity and space for misunderstanding in [title of show]’s name and concept are such that it is entirely possible it could put audience members off, but the University of Nottingham’s new production was sold out when I went along... 

Alpha

Alpha

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

Form

Form

Form is a wordless physical tragicomedy about escaping the pressures and boredoms of contemporary life, if only momentarily. Three co-workers looping through an endlessly repeating sequence of tasks seem content with their lot until one begins to drift away... 

Puppet Fiction

Puppet Fiction

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

Translunar Paradise

Translunar Paradise

Theatre Ad Infinitum have been a Fringe favourite for years; creating thought provoking and beautiful shows to touch both your heart and your mind. Translunar Paradise premiered here in 2011 and the show presented here is near enough the same... 

Tribe

Tribe

Temper Theatre once again return to Edinburgh to gift audiences with a performance well worth three times the ticket price. Gripping the question of human origins, not a single second is wasted in this fast-paced, breathtaking exploration of genesis... 

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

The future is brought to you from the past in this musical adaptation of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine as producer Miss Carrie and her mysterious singing guest record a radio broadcast in the 1950s, retelling the time-travellers’story... 

Taiwan Season: 038

Taiwan Season: 038

038 is the telephone code for Hualien, a small city on the east coast of Taiwan and it is the first few numbers the many emigrants to the bigger cities must dial to phone home. What is home if you have to leave and what is home when your return is no less fraught? This is the question posed by this group of ten young girls, who have trained together for ten years since the age of ten with Kuo-Shin Chuang and his Pangcah Dance Theatre... 

The Humours of Bandon

The Humours of Bandon

This show is a delight. Storytelling with a tiny bit of dance taking us behind the scenes of the competition world of Irish dancing. Produced by Fishamble, Dublin’s New Writing theatre, which brought the five star Underneath to Edinburgh in2015, The Humours of Bandon is equally knock-out and Margaret McAuliffe, the writer and performer is a star... 

Fauna

Fauna

Fauna is a bold, mesmerising exploration of primal behaviour brought to us by the wonderful Fauna Circus. This company is made up of five highly skilled acrobats who met at the world leading circus school DOCH in Sweden and one multi-talented live musician... 

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Fairytales don’t really make much sense. Designed to be as simple as possible in order to be told without the need for cumbersome text or complex detail, they are all iconic in that very simplicity... 

The Crossing Place – Romantika

The Crossing Place – Romantika

The Crossing Place – Romantika has an absurdly joyous opening, which is unexpected considering that the show is marketed as a study of loneliness, anxiety and desire. But the course of the performance proves this to be the perfect tone-setter; dark and vicious yet fun and playful, The Crossing Place is just that – absurd... 

Ballistic

Ballistic

In a darkened room surrounded by blinking lights a young angry man tells us his life story, from childhood through teen years to the miseries of universities we see what the struggles of trying to be to be a man in the 21st century are, and the horrible consequences the weight of that pressure can cause... 

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

It’s 54 years since the last conscripted British citizens returned to civilian life after completing their National Service. If a generation is 25 years, then that’s at more than two generations who have never faced the prospect of having to—between the ages of 17 and 21—serve in the British Armed Forces for two years... 

Snowflake by Mark Thomson

Snowflake by Mark Thomson

Snowflake, a new play written and directed by the former Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, Mark Thomson, feels a necessity to explain its title right from the start; essentially, that the “millennials” who became adults during the 2010s have—thanks to their upbringing—an inflated sense of their own uniqueness and, as a result are less resilient than previous generations... 

Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

Spies Like Us Theatre’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel is, quite simply, a joy. I’ve rarely seen physical theatre done this seamlessly, and I’ve rarely laughed so consistently for an hour-long show... 

Grimm Tales

Grimm Tales

Perfect Pullman. The Northern Lights writer brings his wit, storytelling and dark imagination to the Grimm Brothers' classic tales. Including Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, along with some less well-known stories, these playlets will make you laugh and shudder in equal proportions as Lambrook Theatre's talented young cast entertain and make you gasp... 

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... 

Funbox at the Fringe

Funbox at the Fringe

Funbox at the Fringe! Join Gary, Anya and Kevin (the former stars of The Singing Kettle) for songs and silliness that all the family can enjoy! The Funbox has everything you need inside it to sing a song or have an adventure, but it's locked up tight... 

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s retelling of The Odyssey from Penelope’s perspective is a totally appropriate text for this energetic and innovative all-female cast. In true Fringe style, this playful dramatisation affords plenty of opportunity for creative vitality as Penelope and the ghosts of her wronged maids (all cruelly hanged after Odysseus’s return) multi-role and employ a range of dynamic strategies, in words, movement and song, to tell of Penelope’s birth in Sparta, her relationship with Helen, her arranged marriage and her long wait for Odysseus' return from the Trojan Wars... 

Dead People Don't Have Secrets

Dead People Don't Have Secrets

Everyone has secrets. Even the dead. So when a group of strangers suddenly end their lives, grief turns to anger and shame as secrets of loved ones come to light. Inspired by unexplained suicide clusters that have hit the headlines in recent years, this piece asks what would drive a group of strangers to such extremes... 

My Mind is Free

My Mind is Free

Nominated for best play by the Anti-Trafficking Foundation in 2016. A powerful interpretation of the degradation of human slavery in the UK today, this is a hard-hitting piece of theatre that moves, challenges and informs the audience... 

Andre Tonight!

Andre Tonight!

Winner: Melbourne Festival Discovery Award 2016. Nominee: Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016. Edinburgh is where comedy is born, where the world's funniest show their talents... 

Did I Choose These Shoes?

Did I Choose These Shoes?

Thought-provoking but with a humorous tone, this spoken word and physical theatre piece explores what it means to be a girl growing up today and the choices offered to young women. Delving into topics such as body dysmorphia, dodgy periods and the incessant need for self validation... 

You Forgot the Mince

You Forgot the Mince

‘And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness’. Rosa lives with her grandma Lily. She’s just finished college and can’t wait to leave Yorkshire… until she meets Niko... 

Spirit of the Dane

Spirit of the Dane

If Shakespeare’s greatest characters could talk, what would they say? Would they be happy about their storylines and demise, and how would they feel about all of the… “modern” interpretations of their character? Spirit of the Dane, an original and highly creative piece from Tony Cronin, shows us how Shakespeare greats Hamlet and Lady Macbeth might have answered these questions... 

Tape Face

Tape Face

Tape Face, a show that mixes circus, variety, clowning and who knows what else, presents me with somewhat of a dilemma. How best to recommend it to you strongly enough whilst spoiling as little of the delight as possible? Much of the joy of Tape Face, and joy is dripping from every orifice of this show, comes from the moments of sudden realisation of what Sam Wills, as Tape Face, has constructed in front of our eyes... 

Kat Bond: Loo Roll

Kat Bond: Loo Roll

Loo Roll is a comedy sketch show about a woman who’s been left in a giant green bin. Kat Bond plays Pat (no surname), who begins by explaining why she started her journey to becoming to a Loo-Roll Reader and sets out to convince us of loo roll’s hidden depths... 

Chamber Pot Opera

Chamber Pot Opera

This isn’t an eccentric metaphor or a pseudonym for a filthy cabaret, it is exactly what it says. Three vocalists, a pianist, a female lavatory and a whistle-stop emotional tour of aria-filled theatre... 

Brexit the Musical

Brexit the Musical

How many times in the past year can you say that you felt genuinely sorry for Michael Gove? Or that you felt goose-bumps (the good kind!) when you heard Theresa May speak? Or perhaps you just REALLY wanted to see Boris Johnson do a show number? (Who doesn’t?) Well, luckily, Brexit the Musical will give you all those opportunities and more... 

The Iconoclasts

The Iconoclasts

The Iconoclasts is a perfect example of why one should never go into a show with any expectations. Based on the poster and description which I had only briefly skimmed, I was expecting a run-of-the-mill artsy cabaret shows, with a bit of overdone backstory thrown in... 

The Nature of Forgetting

The Nature of Forgetting

What’s more important when telling a compelling story of human emotion, feeling or narrative? The answer to this is largely dependent on the viewer’s personal preferences as to how an emotional response is best brought up in them... 

Cirkopolis

Cirkopolis

Cirkopolis begins from the moment the doors open and the audience filters into the massive space at the EICC. Two trenchcoated gentlemen move amongst the crowd playfully interfering with the seating arrangements, blocking aisles and chasing small children (who sometimes chase back!) All the while there is the sound of massive machinery working in the distance... 

Know Brexit

Know Brexit

Geoffrey Brown guides us through the sticky path that is Britain’s exit from the EU armed with a gaudy slide show, an intro song, It’s the End of the World as We Know it and I Feel Free, and a collection of statistics... 

Staging Wittgenstein

Staging Wittgenstein

Staging Wittgenstein is a difficult production to categorise. Part physical theatre, part academic discourse, part comedy and perhaps even part sculpture; this innovative work of art by Blair Simmons is a truly remarkable creative feat... 

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never Be Caught

Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never Be Caught

You don’t need to be a hippo expert to help Dr Zieffal and Dr Ziegal catch a hippo in Edinburgh – all you need are the right tools and to keep your eyes peeled! The Hippo that Can Never be Caught teaches us all the different techniques you might need to spot your own hippo in the wilderness of Edinburgh as Dr Zieffal brings us along on her journey to catch one, showing us every step that needs to be taken to prepare for a sighting!Zieffal is a hippo-enthusiast, and by the end of the show, you will be too... 

Broadway Swings

Broadway Swings

Take a