Woke

Woke

After a superb sold-out run in 2017, Apphia Campbell returned to this year's Edinburgh Fringe for one week only. Woke is her powerful show portraying parallel narratives of two womens' civil rights awakenings... 

3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

This is an intensely personal, sometimes funny, sometimes uncomfortable window into the relationship of two sisters at the toughest point of their lives so far. Alexandra and Kate Donnachie play themselves in this piece which as they say is written by Alex and Kate but mostly by Alex... 

Lines

Lines

With damning questions on moral and personal boundaries, Lines is a stunning and complex portrayal of sexual assault. Rora is violently raped after a night out with friends and two weeks pass before she can bear to discuss the crime with her family... 

Good Grief

Good Grief

Good grief is full of sarcasm, laughter and the occasional tear as we try to show that there is no "correct" thing to say to someone who is grieving. Based on the experiences of one of the cast, follow Amy's journey as we analyse the generic reactions and things that are said to people facing the loss of a loved one. 

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... 

Nazanin's Story

Nazanin's Story

The true and ongoing struggle of a family ripped apart, after Nazanin and her baby daughter were taken in Tehran in 2016. Since that time Nazanin has faced horrors we can only imagine, due to the intrigue of the Anglo-Iranian high politics... 

Old Boy

Old Boy

Do you remember when we used to go camping? And when you helped me make an ATM out of cardboard for my school project? Do you realise what a big impact you’ve had on who I am? From the producers of Junction 25 comes a brand-new show about the unique bond between real-life grandfathers and grandsons that explores male family relationships and the legacy that is passed down through generations... 

Pam Ford: Pants and Pantsability Rinsed

Pam Ford: Pants and Pantsability Rinsed

Following last years standing-room-only show, Pam's ready to see if she can clean up her act. Can you help to get her shipshape for her next career move? Six-foot Aussie entertainer shares hilarious tales from the queen of confessional comedy... 

The Charisma of Evil: Why Are We Obsessed by Serial Killers?

The Charisma of Evil: Why Are We Obsessed by Serial Killers?

Why are we fascinated by serial killers? They're everywhere; on the news, in crime fiction, on television and in our daily lives. We are obsessed by those who take human life and show no remorse... 

Audience With a Transvestite

Audience With a Transvestite

He/she is back at the fringe to tell of his enduring happily married life as Maxine. With a boat called Fanny, this classic car mechanic, with wife Rosita, share their joys, trials and tribulations, of living with transvestism... 

Big Man. Little Instruments

Big Man. Little Instruments

One man’s intimate story of escape from religion, to love, loss and triumph. Blends delicate storytelling, spoken word and song. You’ll tear up, you’ll chuckle, you’ll question everything... 

Tetra-Decathlon

Tetra-Decathlon

The Tetra-Decathlon is a gruelling 14-event athletics competition, requiring a unique combination of skills to complete. Having never before set foot on a running track, Lauren Hendry decided to sign up for the event, joining only a dozen other women in the World Championships... 

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor)

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor)

Back for one night only. Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this ‘electrifying’ (Guardian) hour of stand-up and music. Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016/2017, Soho Theatre 2017 and UK tour 2018... 

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... 

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

With a statue of Alice unveiled earlier this centenary year and her very own suffragette memorabilia currently on loan to the UK Parliament as a star feature in the summer Voice and Vote exhibition, her great-grandson Peter Barratt gives a stirring and passionate account of Alice's suffrage campaign over a 100 years ago... 

Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities)

Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities)

What do you look for when you riffle through the remains of history: the truth or yourself? Danielle Bainbridge’s play follows an obsessive young researcher’s journey to uncover the true story of conjoined twins Millie-Christine McKoy, 19th-century African Americans, former slaves and freak-show celebrities... 

Cock, Cock... Who's There?

Cock, Cock... Who's There?

Cock, cock… Who’s there? is a multimedia, autobiographical documentary-cum-social experiment all about writer-performer Samira Elagoz’s relationship with men after being raped... 

Blinded

Blinded

Do our eyes represent the truth? Does our vision make us blind? This devised avant-garde theatre production explores issues surrounding mental health through true-life events. BloomBox Theatre captures fragments of the past life of someone living with paranoid schizophrenia... 

Ed Patrick: Comedians' Surgery

Ed Patrick: Comedians' Surgery

Welcome to the Comedians' Surgery, take your seat, we'll be with you shortly. Following a highly successful Fringe 2017 season, and a BBC Radio 5 Live recommended podcast, comedian and junior doctor Ed Patrick returns with a limited run of his unique chat show – comedians talking health... 

In for a Penny

In for a Penny

In For A Penny is Libby McArthur’s true-life tale of the unforeseen consequences of an unpaid parking ticket - how one person can fall foul of a system that sees only the facts and not the context and how one oversight can spiral to far more serious consequences... 

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sex and Storytelling Collide

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sex and Storytelling Collide

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

My Left Nut

My Left Nut

"Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve. "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz. Some song by the Spice Girls. My Left Nut's pre-show soundtrack alone does a great job of taking us back to 1998, although it's left to Michael Patrick to give us the geographic context of Belfast... 

The Women of Lockerbie

The Women of Lockerbie

‘Grief is a guest who stays too long.’ Days before Christmas, 1988, the small Scottish community lived among the dead, laying unmoved for days, as forensic investigators searched for evidence surrounding the bombing of Pan Am 103... 

Stealth Aspies – Autistic People Speaking

Stealth Aspies – Autistic People Speaking

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

Alex Love: Stop the Press, I Want to Get Off

Alex Love: Stop the Press, I Want to Get Off

Find out what life is really like as a local newspaper reporter in a rural town, covering hard-hitting stories such as parish council meetings, charity bike rides and dogs winning raffles... 

Live Before You Die

Live Before You Die

What do you do when you have a best mate who's so sad he might die? Especially since your friendship is built around a mutual appreciation of 90s hip hop, borderline alcoholism and finding creative ways to call each other dickhead... 

Paul Savage: DoGooder

Paul Savage: DoGooder

It's hard to do good when everything's falling apart. Paul Savage had a weird year, that really made him look inside himself. That's never a good thing. Contains great new jokes about depression, identity politics and jewel heists... 

Jennifer Lack: Narratively Satisfying

Jennifer Lack: Narratively Satisfying

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

Not Dead Yet!

Not Dead Yet!

After last year’s sell-out D Day Dodgers, the Woolly Sheep Theatre Company’s Not Dead Yet! is a one man play which challenges preconceptions about memory loss through real-life experiences... 

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

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

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

Dear Lucy...

Dear Lucy...

In 1918, the letters stopped and Lucy had to face life having lost her fiancé and brother in the last few weeks of the war. This true story suggests the effects of this trauma on her life after WWI and how these might have been passed down through the generations... 

Wikipedilove

Wikipedilove

Wikipedia is filled with weird, amazing stories of love and sex... so let’s sing about them! American musical comedians Noam Osband and Rena Hudert use videos, academic papers and music to share the stranger stories and practices of homo sapiens and other animals... 

Thief

Thief

Sailor thrives in the bars, dives and doss houses of the most squalid ports. Look, you will see him. Sailor lives for robbery, imprisonment and expulsion. Be his victim. Sailor's virtues are simple: rent, theft and betrayal... 

Desperately Seeking Motivation (The Beginning)

Desperately Seeking Motivation (The Beginning)

Have you ever wondered what exactly is motivation? Where does it come from? Or most importantly, how on earth can we get some more of it?! Join two master procrastinators Matt and Josie as they take the first steps on what will be either an unbelievably epic, electrifying, rollercoaster pilgrimage ride, jam-packed with stunning self-discoveries(!), or nowhere further than their own comfy sofa... 

Phil Kay: Lighter Hour

Phil Kay: Lighter Hour

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

Jane Hill – Addicted to Fun

Jane Hill – Addicted to Fun

Jane used to be fun. By fun, she means drunk. She’s been sober for 15 years but still misses the buzz of that first, second, third, fourth drink. A frank and funny show about anxiety, sex, alcohol and that time she nearly vomited over Noddy Holder... 

Ruki

Ruki

For a long time the system in the city was different. For Jews, blacks, homosexuals and Gypsies life became unbearable. The play is based on the real-life story of Gypsy boxer Rukeli Trollmann, and told by his fictional best friend Hans... 

@JohnLewis: Never Knowingly Undertweeted

@JohnLewis: Never Knowingly Undertweeted

John Lewis is a computer scientist, father of four, social liberal, atheist, and not a retail store. John Lewis is also a chain of high-end UK department stores. Unfortunately for both Johns Lewis (no relation), the Twitter handle @johnlewis belongs to the former... 

Heroine

Heroine

World premiere and programmed for Made in Scotland 2018 – Heroine is based on the true story of Danna Davis and her 10 years in the US Army. A survivor of military sexual trauma, hers is a human story exploring healing, forgiveness and what speaking your truth really means – with grit, lyricism and necessary black humour... 

Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man

Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man

Award-winning Lucky Dog bring their acclaimed Mr Merrick, the Elephant Man to Edinburgh for the first time. The most famous 'freak' who ever lived was more than just a victim. He was a complex and intelligent character who felt love, insecurity and anger... 

Van Gogh Find Yourself #vgfy

Van Gogh Find Yourself #vgfy

Based upon the letters of Vincent and Theo and Adeline Ravoux's memoirs of Vincent’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, DeForest sets the record straight on a true artist’s personal struggle for humanity while creating art. 

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest

When stand-up comedian Richard Pulsford decided to research his family tree, he uncovered some seriously interesting stories of ordinary people caught up in world wars – on both sides... 

Accidental Cougar

Accidental Cougar

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

Adam Riches Is The Guy Who...

Adam Riches Is The Guy Who...

...you meet right after you come out of a long-term relationship. He has a nice smile, an easy manner and no car. The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner makes a rare appearance under a belly and an even rarer appearance in the afternoon with this intimate look at one of the planet's most deliberate men... 

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

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

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

Guerilla Aspies Year Four – Autism. Amusement. Conversion.

Guerilla Aspies Year Four – Autism. Amusement. Conversion.

The show that the greater media cannot entirely accept as real. Back for its fourth year with new neuroconversional images and stories, Paul Wady continues to pioneer a unique genre... 

Nathan Cassidy: If I Caused the Financial Crash of 2008

Nathan Cassidy: If I Caused the Financial Crash of 2008

Award-winning comedian and ex-banker's explosive show exposes the secrets behind the 2008 crash. It was all down to him. If he did it. 'Such a safe pair of hands... here he ambitiously suggests he might have been responsible for the 2008 financial crash – using the same 'what if?' logic that underpinned OJ Simpson's If I Did It book... 

Live Your Best Life

Live Your Best Life

According to WikiHow, you can Live Your Best Life in just 14 steps (with pictures) but can it really be that easy? Emmy Fyles (Comedy Central, BBC Three) sets off on a journey to follow the best, worst and weirdest advice the internet has to offer; from money saving tips such as replacing bronzer with hot chocolate powder, to experiencing the healing powers of virtual dolphin therapy... 

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. 

KillyMuck

KillyMuck

Inspired by real events, Killymuck is a housing estate built on a paupers graveyard in 1970s Ireland. Niamh navigates life through the parameters of growing up, with the trials and tribulations of being a kid from the benefit class system... 

Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany

Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany

Eleanor Ramrath Garner's best-selling memoir of her youth, adapted for the stage and performed by her granddaughter Ingrid. In 1939, when she is nine, Eleanor's family moves from her beloved America to Germany... 

Where It Hurts

Where It Hurts

The NHS saves lives. It's there when no-one else is. A group of Edinburgh residents, carers and health professionals are invited to audition for a new play which examines their experiences of seeking and providing care in the NHS... 

The Department of Lost and Found

The Department of Lost and Found

A 1960s caravan housing a left-luggage Museum. Acquire the key and while away an hour poring over its contents, including: letters of complaint, love notes, photo albums, slideshows and amateur artworks... 

...And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel

...And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel

Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M'Lord) returns in this sell-out one-man show about friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy, the show takes place during Laurel's visit to the dying man... 

Chemo Barbie

Chemo Barbie

In 2016, Heather Keller, a healthy young vegan runner, was diagnosed with breast cancer and her life changed forever. From the endless doctor appointments, tests and treatments, to the love, friendship and disappointments she experienced along the way, this is her humorous, inspiring and ultimately uplifting story of a young woman conquering cancer while living her life as normally as possible... 

Douglas Walker Presents: Of Christmas Past

Douglas Walker Presents: Of Christmas Past

Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but there's a sinister secret wrapped in the stories we tell. Douglas Walker unravels a shocking true story with his ingenious new comic play... 

That Woman! Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

That Woman! Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

She won a King's heart in the 40 year romance known around the world as The Love Story of the 20th century. In December 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated his throne for the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson... 

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. It exists in over 170 cities across the world, one of which is Edinburgh. Led by CreativeMornings Edinburgh Host Alex Humphry-Baker, the session began with a period of general mingling time, as might expected at a networking event... 

Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Amidst the large amount of political theatre at the Fringe, Dear Home Office: Still Pending sticks out. And not just because the cast members are all actual refugees. They’re non-professional actors who, in several cases... 

Creative Solutions for Creative Careers

Creative Solutions for Creative Careers

As part of Fringe Central’s Young Voices: Fresh Perspective programme, the Scottish Drama Training Network presented Creative Solutions for Creative Careers. Young arts creators were invited to the free hour long event to discuss the difficulties facing them as they enter the industry... 

Locating Your Inner Ooomph

Locating Your Inner Ooomph

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How to locate energy and build resilience. This workshop gives tools to resource the inner “oomph” to thrive! Andrea Brooks combines vast experience of training professional actors with her fascination with the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves... 

Bilingualism in Theatre - Discussion

Bilingualism in Theatre - Discussion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join the participants of the Bilingualism in Theatre – Workshop for a conversation on how you create bilingual theatre performances... 

Meet the Venues

Meet the Venues

Are you thinking of bringing a show to the Fringe next year? This event offers a unique opportunity to meet with venue representatives face-to-face, pitch your show and get a chance to see the spaces when they are fully operational... 

Bilingualism in Theatre - Workshop

Bilingualism in Theatre - Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe Participants. Explore how to create a bilingual theatre performance, share skills and experiences, explore reasons behind it and adjust the form accordingly... 

Discover Melbourne Fringe

Discover Melbourne Fringe

Sure, Edinburgh’s pretty awesome, but Melbourne Fringe is one of the most adventurous, edgy, exciting festivals around (even if we do say so ourselves). He’s come a whole hemisphere to talk to you, so join Creative Director Simon Abrahams for a chat and a drink as he dishes the dirt on the 2017 programme and how you can get involved... 

Whose Line is Anyway? – Captioning your Fringe show

Whose Line is Anyway? – Captioning your Fringe show

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Closed captions, speech to text, integrated captions, theatre captions... What's the difference, what's the cost, what will work best for your performance, and why bother? Join us for an informative discussion exploring the ins and outs of captioning... 

Setting Out

Setting Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Starting out in the business? Join us for a run through of key things on a need to know and need to do basis – finding sources of work, not getting ripped off, registering for tax, understanding the jargon – we can help guide you to it and through it. 

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

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

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

Sustainable Shows: Emerging Trends

Sustainable Shows: Emerging Trends

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Environmental sustainability is a growing trend in the arts, with opportunities for innovative artistic and production development... 

Find Your Feet

Find Your Feet

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Being a performer is hard on the feet and not just for dancers... 

The Outcast in Theatre

The Outcast in Theatre

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Do you ever feel like an Outcast? What, never?? This exploratory workshop uses clown, improvisation and multiple varieties of other mischief to investigate our theme of The Outcast... 

Amateur Theatre Meet Up

Amateur Theatre Meet Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A unique opportunity for amateur theatre practitioners to meet each other. Enjoy some light nibbles and refreshments whilst making friends, supporting each other and building relationships that will sustain you during your run and perhaps beyond... 

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Equity: Drop-in Advice

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Informal, individual drop-in space for you to ask Equity’s advice about contracts, pay, training, marketing or any other issue you want to discuss... 

Training for Technical Theatre and Acting

Training for Technical Theatre and Acting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A presentation and Q&A about drama school training. Covering technical, costume, scenic art, design and directing as well as actor training... 

Funny Money

Funny Money

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. What do you know about free gigs? Or Pay-to-Play gigs? Or ticketed bringers gigs? How do you feel about them? Come to this event organised by the Equity Comedians' Network which is actively working to create a climate where payments are fair and transparent... 

Get Your Brighton Fringe on!

Get Your Brighton Fringe on!

Ready to take your show to England’s largest arts festival? Want to showcase your work to a fresh audience? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, this is the event for you! Learn how to take part in Brighton Fringe 2018... 

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

1-2-1 with the Independent Theatre Council

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity for new companies, producers and other Fringe participants to discuss their legal and management issues with ITC’s Legal Manager... 

Darius Davies: Road to Wrestlemania

Darius Davies: Road to Wrestlemania

By all accounts Darius Davies has had a few interesting experiences this Fringe. The self-confessed comedy heel is back at the festival with a reworked and much-improved professional wrestling based show... 

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee is a satire about white heroes, cool policemen and sexy Syrians. The show is based on Karen’s trip following refugees in 2015 from Lesvos beach towards Europe. It reveals refreshing stories from the refugee trail of police, volunteers and the refugees, far from the image often presented by mainstream media... 

Sustaining a Career on the Fringe

Sustaining a Career on the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe can provide a brilliant career springboard if you’re starting out but if you’re a mid-career artist how does the Fringe fit into your life? Is it compatible with having a family? Or a mortgage? Can you keep Fringe-ing as your career develops? The Stage and leading industry figures discuss strategies and solutions for sustaining a career on the Fringe. 

The Bigger Picture: Partnerships in Europe

The Bigger Picture: Partnerships in Europe

How do I develop relationships with professionals in other European countries? What opportunities are there to collaborate across borders with other creators. Join us to hear from Creative Europe-supported projects in music, theatre and dance that connect artists and other professionals across Europe... 

The Fringe Fair

The Fringe Fair

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair, you can browse from table to table, gathering the knowledge and advice you need. 

Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story

Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story

Uncovering the true and still unfolding story of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: a charity worker detained in Iran while on holiday, visiting her family. Currently held in an unknown location by the Revolutionary Guard, Nazanin has been in solitary confinement for over a year... 

Disability: The Low Down

Disability: The Low Down

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join actor and artistic director Robert Softley (birdsofparadisetheatre.co.uk) and others in a discussion on being disabled in the entertainment industry... 

Katie and Pip

Katie and Pip

Celebrating the relationship between Katie, a 15-year-old type 1 diabetic girl and Pip, her 5-year-old border collie, trained by Katie to save her life on a daily basis. The performance playfully investigates the pairing between humans and dogs as a vehicle to exploring compassion and companionship in the human social condition... 

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

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

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

Fringe Artists of Colour Meet-Up

Fringe Artists of Colour Meet-Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. As a part of the conversation on race, colourism and activist art, pursuitofnappiness.org founder, Shaina Lynn is hosting a meetup in collaboration with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Creative Producing: A Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A taster of Mountview’s Masters in Creative Producing, led by its course leader Chris Grady. Whether attendees are interested in applying for the course or not, Chris will talk about the key building blocks of Creative Producing from commissioning writers and working with venues through to financial planning and casting... 

Script Surgeries with Gowan Calder and Stephen Greenhorn

Script Surgeries with Gowan Calder and Stephen Greenhorn

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Writing a play and looking for some advice on how to take it to the next draft? The script surgeries are 50 minute, one-to-one sessions with professional playwrights Stephen Greenhorn and Gowan Calder for registered Fringe participants and/or Scotland-based playwrights... 

Bilingual China/UK Producers Workshop

Bilingual China/UK Producers Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Come share a cup of tea and bilingual discussion with Chris Grady (London/ UK), author of Your Life in Theatre, producer and coach for creative practitioners, and Joanna Dong (London/China), producer and director of Performance Infinity, liaison for international theatre collaborations... 

Introduction to the Korean Arts Market

Introduction to the Korean Arts Market

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) has established itself over the years as an important meeting point for cutting-edge artistic exchange and collaboration... 

The Performer Playwright

The Performer Playwright

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Why do some playwrights choose to perform their own work? What comes first, the performance skills or the craft of playwriting? Join Pauline Goldsmith (Bright Colours Only) as she explores the particular challenges and rewards of writing and performing a piece she knows intimately... 

A Thousand Doorways

A Thousand Doorways

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

Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

Adam Kay used to be a doctor and he wants to tell us all about it. Following his sell-out show last year he is back for two weeks only to reprise Fingering A Minor On The Piano. The title is ambiguous, and turns out it has nothing to do with the show... 

One-on-One Surgeries for Creative Artists

One-on-One Surgeries for Creative Artists

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An opportunity to spend 50 minutes, one-on-one with producer/coach Chris Grady, exploring where you are in your career/journey/project, and where you would like to be... 

Surviving & Moving Forward from the Fringe

Surviving & Moving Forward from the Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A panel including Chris Grady (London), and Kate Taylor (Edinburgh) will look at making the most of your time in Edinburgh (with some immediate survival tips) and the time immediately after the festival to harness the way forward for you and your work... 

My Body, My Life: Real stories of Abortion

My Body, My Life: Real stories of Abortion

2017 marks 50 years since the partial legalization of abortion in the UK. While one in three women will have an abortion at some point in their lives, abortion is still highly stigmatised and shrouded in secrecy... 

Acting Through Song

Acting Through Song

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the leading UK Musical Theatre training provider... 

Why Postgraduate Study? A panel Discussion

Why Postgraduate Study? A panel Discussion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Course leaders from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts discuss the benefits of Postgraduate Study and the range of courses on offer... 

Beethoven in Stalingrad

Beethoven in Stalingrad

Stalingrad stands as one of the most destructive and horrific battles of the 20th century. A scourge of blood and death on an unimaginable scale that defined the brutality of the eastern front of the Second World War... 

The Sleeper

The Sleeper

In 2015, Henry C Krempels was commissioned by VICE to write an article on the refugee crisis which was then at its peak. Now the artistic director of Anima Theatre Company, Krempels has adapted the experiences behind his article into a theatre piece, The Sleeper, currently playing in Edinburgh... 

Writing and Producing Your Own Work: Top Tips and Study Options

Writing and Producing Your Own Work: Top Tips and Study Options

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Central’s Professor Sally Mackey will lead an information session with the opportunity for questions on how to develop and hone the skills of writers and creative producers working in the creative industries across the globe... 

Creating Contemporary Performance

Creating Contemporary Performance

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This workshop introduces participants to the process of creative devising; making their own original performance work from their own ideas and experiences of the world in which they live... 

Make it as a Musical Director

Make it as a Musical Director

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An interactive session with specialist staff from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, the leading UK Musical Theatre training provider... 

We're All in this Together: Part 2

We're All in this Together: Part 2

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Our first panel event put artists and reviewers on the same page. This session delves deeper to talk about responsibilities, as critics and makers ask, ‘can we change the world?’ Expect politics and personal viewpoints on the arts industry and beyond... 

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) and Imaginate for a discursive workshop for age 13+ and adult theatre makers exploring: what is the "line" when creating with young people, who sets the parameters? To what extent are young people "active" collaborators? To what extent do young people create their self-representation when producing autobiographical work? What are the power dynamics at play between young and adult theatre makers?  

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee is a satire about white heroes, cool policemen and sexy Syrians. The show is based on Karen’s trip following refugees in 2015 from Lesvos beach towards Europe. It reveals refreshing stories from the refugee trail of police, volunteers and the refugees, far from the image often presented by mainstream media... 

Auditioning for Drama School

Auditioning for Drama School

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This practical workshop will provide insight, tips and hints about how to maximise the participant’s potential for success when auditioning for acting courses... 

Careers in Theatre Production

Careers in Theatre Production

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Ros Maddison, Head of Production at RCS, outlines and discusses training and opportunities in Scotland in Technical Theatre, Theatre Production Arts & Theatre Design... 

Adelaide Fringe Information Session

Adelaide Fringe Information Session

Adelaide Fringe is Australia’s largest open access festival, with over 1,100 events across every art form in over 400 venues. Meet the Adelaide Fringe team and previous Fringe artists and get first-hand tips on presenting your work in Adelaide... 

The Other Half Lives

The Other Half Lives

Grieving is a universal human experience, and The Other Half Lives is a play which analyses grief in the years after someone’s passing. Though this will have been five years since Josh’s death, his sister still needs therapy, his mum stays up all night peeling oranges, and his best friend drunkenly stumbles in to crash on their sofa at six in the morning... 

How To be an Industry Leader

How To be an Industry Leader

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join our panel of theatre production industry leaders as they share the learning experiences that built their careers, offer their top three life lessons to becoming an industry leader, suggest practical steps for excelling in your career beyond the Fringe, and answer the questions you’re burning to ask... 

Welcome Question Mark

Welcome Question Mark

A devised autobiographical theatre performance (with immersive elements) exploring the themes of home and migration. With the global situation in mind, this theatre piece explores personal experiences of the notions of home and migration; internalised as well as external... 

Acting: In Conversation with...

Acting: In Conversation with...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society chats with actors at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider career highs and lows and what they would do differently... 

Asian Artists Gathering

Asian Artists Gathering

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A tea-time gathering for Asian artists participating in or attending the Fringe as well as for those who have an interest in developing/touring work in Asia to come together... 

Voice & Movement Workshop

Voice & Movement Workshop

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. These practical workshops are led by senior staff of East 15 who will offer tools for keeping your voice, your body and your playful imagination alive during a demanding run... 

Charlie's Letters

Charlie's Letters

An escaped POW's battle for survival whilst on the run in war-torn Italy, as his wife and son wait for news in England. 16-year-old aspiring director Elliott Hasler's epic depiction of his great-grandfather's WWII experiences... 

Bella Freak: Unwritten

Bella Freak: Unwritten

Unwritten, according to the flyer, is ‘a secret history of Scotland’; specifically, though, it uses the individual experiences of three disabled people to talk about Inclusive Education... 

The Art of Participation

The Art of Participation

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Scotland is world renowned for producing high quality participatory arts projects, although the work is not often seen, it reaches people far and wide around the country... 

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. This is a workshop for anyone interested in exploring visual theatre skills. What can we say on stage without words? The workshop will be led by artist Ramesh Meyyappan and will focus on how we create stories physically and visually using a technique called sign mime... 

The Local, The Global and The Universal

The Local, The Global and The Universal

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How do you write about your own experiences and where you’re from, but still ensure it’s a story for everyone? How do you transcend the local and embrace the global and the universal? Writer Adam McNamara and director Joe Douglas (Stand By) deliver a practical workshop on writing and directing a new play rooted in lived experience, but still hugely imaginative... 

Vote 100 – Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

Vote 100 – Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

With the UK centenary of women first gaining the vote just months away, great-grandson Peter Barratt gives a stirring and passionate account of Alice's hard fought campaign for women's suffrage... 

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Building and maintaining a sustainable career in the performing arts, in whatever sense, requires an abundance of skills including a serious amount of determination, bravery and resilience... 

An Introduction to Critical Response Process

An Introduction to Critical Response Process

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. In this practical workshop, a CRP facilitator will introduce Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process and lead the group through a feedback session on a fragment of work in progress... 

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Freaking Out and F*cking Up

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Building and maintaining a sustainable career in the performing arts, in whatever sense, requires an abundance of skills including a serious amount of determination, bravery and resilience... 

The Art of Networking

The Art of Networking

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Does anyone actually love networking? And love it or hate it, how do you know if it's been useful? A fast-moving, practical session including live networking practice in a safe and supportive space to help participants enjoy making an impression and get the most out of networking at the world's biggest arts festival... 

Speaking Out

Speaking Out

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Susan Worsfold, Director (The Last Post, Eve) and specialist in the Nadine George Voice Work technique, to explore creative approaches to developing your voice and how this approach can be applied to your own work and practice... 

Tickets to my Trauma

Tickets to my Trauma

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. An event for artists performing about themselves and their health, illness and disability to explore the question – how do we market, support and publicise ourselves when the specifics of ourselves are so hard to talk about? This event gives artists opportunities to be part of the growing TSOTF community by sharing ideas, strategies and conversations around the marketing and press needs of performances dealing with health, illness and disability. 

Devil's Advocate Panel

Devil's Advocate Panel

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Imaginate and Caroline Bowditch (carolinebowditch.com), alongside a panel of invited provocateurs, will share some questions to spark off discussion and challenge our thinking around the visibility of disabled people in theatre and dance for young audiences... 

Morgan Stern

Morgan Stern

Company of Rogues invites us into an intriguing, yet convoluted, tale of a time-travelling gent sent to redeem himself by saving a schizophrenic in 1980s Australia. Graeme Rhodes’ solo delivery is packed full of elaborate, multi-faceted characters who are each introduced with a fresh level of vigour as he enthralls with his authentic narration... 

Access Fringe: What Next?

Access Fringe: What Next?

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Our vision is for a Fringe where anyone can participate and physical, social, geographic, or financial factors do not prevent access... 

Phil Kay: Euphoric

Phil Kay: Euphoric

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

One-on-One Consultations for Small Independent Productions Interested in Touring The U.S.

One-on-One Consultations for Small Independent Productions Interested in Touring The U.S.

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Offered in conjunction with Brown Paper Tickets’ workshop, US Tour Booking for Small and Independent Shows, these sessions are one hour long and are opportunities to discuss how your company can successfully tour to the US... 

We're All in this Together: Part 1

We're All in this Together: Part 1

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The myths that pit reviewer and artist as oppositional forces outdate the recent attention to ‘fake news’. This panel is a public relationship counselling session, as critics and makers get together to discuss the symbiotic relationship that fuels the arts industry, and ask ‘what do you want of me?’ Followed by an informal mingle to get to know what makes each other tick... 

US Tour Booking For Small And Independent Shows

US Tour Booking For Small And Independent Shows

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Thinking of touring in the US? This workshop will provide you with some useful information prior to getting started... 

I Second That Emotion

I Second That Emotion

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Michael John McCarthy and Martin O’Connor (Turntable) run a workshop on the crossover between music and storytelling, exploring the process behind their unique theatre project which aims to combat loneliness and isolation. 

And Here I Am

And Here I Am

Based on the actor Ahmed Tobasi’s personal coming of age story; an epic voyage of identity and self-discovery. Combining fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy, spanning both the first Palestinian intifada and the second, we follow him through his transformation from armed resistance fighter to artist, his journey as a refugee in the West Bank to Norway and then back again... 

One for the Critics – Networking Event

One for the Critics – Networking Event

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Reviewing can be a lonely job so, while we’re all here at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we’ve planned some time away from the frantic schedules of walk-watch-write-repeat to get together, grab a drink, and talk shop... 

Live Shows in an Internet Media Age

Live Shows in an Internet Media Age

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Led by a panel of students, alongside alumni and staff from Queen Margaret University’s Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division, this discussion will offer perspectives and insights on the relevance and challenges of presenting live performance in a digital age, examining where writing, performance and production skills can blend with digital and online media. 

Woman on Fire

Woman on Fire

Sisters (and the rest of the world) unite and enjoy this one-woman show as you are taken through the tumultuous life of the Preston-born suffragette Edith Rigby.For the next hour you will be engaged in the story of a woman desperately fighting for her right to vote in a society that beats her down... 

The Truman Capote Talk Show

The Truman Capote Talk Show

Truman Capote regards us with a look that cannot be readily deciphered. Perhaps it’s regret; maybe it’s curiosity. More likely it’s pity. “You have something I never had,” he informs us gently... 

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Comedy: In Conversation With...

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. The Fringe Society chats with comedians at the top of their game. Hear how they started out, what they consider their career highs and lows and what they would do differently... 

A Mentally Well Fringe

A Mentally Well Fringe

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A team of mental health professionals from NHS Lothian will offer an experiential workshop. There will be a brief introduction to managing stress and distress followed by opportunities to try out different strategies and approaches including: mindful walking, mindful meditation, breathing and visualisation, body scan, music therapy, cognitive strategies, exercise and mental wellbeing, and compassionate approach to mental wellbeing. 

Directing and Diversity

Directing and Diversity

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join Jenny Sealey MBE, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company and SDUK, to discuss how we address issues of diversity in our industry... 

Theatre Production: Pathways and Possibilities

Theatre Production: Pathways and Possibilities

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A panel discussion looking at the variety of pathways to theatre production as well as the pros (and possible cons) of training in these disciplines and the abundant employment opportunities... 

How to Win the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

How to Win the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A session focused on encouraging productions to consider the sustainable design, marketing, operation, and strike of their shows, and to help them in their application for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award... 

Fashionable Medicine: Syphilis, Spas and Melancholy

Fashionable Medicine: Syphilis, Spas and Melancholy

Visit a spectacular building and discover how diseases and treatments fell in and out of favour in Edinburgh and beyond. Learn how the breaking of taboos over things like heavy drinking, overeating and sexual promiscuity gave rise to the prevalence of diseases like syphilis, lethargy, gout and consumption... 

I Am My Own Wife

I Am My Own Wife

One of the good things about the Fringe is that the small scale of most of its venues lead to a sort of intimacy in performance that you get almost nowhere else. This means that small, one person shows can be massively successful... 

Sorted and Serene!

Sorted and Serene!

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A workshop which will look at the essential tools for staying serene and on top of production and stage-management tasks leaving you free to enjoy your Fringe! Sheryl-Lynne Valensky developed East 15’s Stage and Production Management programme... 

From the Body to the Text

From the Body to the Text

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. In this workshop, RCS Head of the MA Classical and Contemporary Text programme, Mark Saunders, will lead a practical, physical workshop that explores connections of text and movement... 

Access on a Budget

Access on a Budget

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. How much does it cost to make your show accessible? How can you bring that down? And is it worth it? Join our invited guests as we investigate the economics of access at the Fringe, and look at how to deliver an accessible show for as low a cost as possible... 

The Business of Playwriting

The Business of Playwriting

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. Join a panel of professional practitioners to discuss making a career as a playwright in Scotland. Chaired by Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director of Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. 

Improv Therapy

Improv Therapy

Improv Therapy is the free and fun way to revisit your past, predict your future and solve life's problems! Come share your stories with seven of the best student improvisers the world has ever seen, and watch, amazed, as they utilize the psychological principles of Paul Ekman, Heinz Kohut and Ernest S... 

Fred and Rose

Fred and Rose

Three decades of killing - 24 hours to break the case. A horror that captured the world's attention. This piece draws upon words and intonations taken from the recordings and transcripts used in the investigation of Fred and Rose West, the serial killer couple... 

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

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

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

Tim Renkow Has Accepted Satan as Lord and Savior

Tim Renkow Has Accepted Satan as Lord and Savior

As seen on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, NBC and 5Star, veteran of the Fringe Tim Renkow says, 'come on guys! Let's worship Satan, yay! It’s worth a try. After all, it can't be any worse... 

First Light

First Light

One night can change your life. Then what?! Five initiations into intimacy and power. Six people do whatever it takes to find their own light. Bobby: Justice won't wait for the law... 

The Gods Wore Red

The Gods Wore Red

The life and times of Bill Shankly: comedian, philosopher, dictator, god, angel, devil, saint – and tragic hero. Meet Bill Shankly, football manager, unstoppable force of nature.... 

Doglife

Doglife

Following on from the critically acclaimed Doubting Thomas, Jeremy Weller (winner of six Fringe First awards) and Grassmarket Projects return with part two of a devised trilogy with Thomas McCrudden: a former gangland enforcer who struggles to change from a violent past to a more hopeful future... 

War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast

War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast

Seven actors perform 40 roles in this radio show adaptation of HG Wells’s classic sci-fi thriller about a Martian invasion of Earth. In 1938, Orson Welles dramatised the story in an infamous broadcast that terrified Americans, who mistook the radio program for an actual news report... 

Inheritance

Inheritance

What do you do when a friend asks you to marry his mum to get out of inheritance tax? A new stand-up show from award-winning comic Ben Clover on what we get from our parents and what we pass on... 

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Noel is excited at the prospect of actually being at the Fringe this year, as he was "in the sticks" at Broughton Street last year. 'Comic art at it's best. Fun, fresh and superbly honed' (Steve Donelly, Entertainment Director, Bourne Leisure)... 

Narcos – A Conversation on the Capturing of Pablo Escobar With DEA Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena

Narcos – A Conversation on the Capturing of Pablo Escobar With DEA Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena

The real-life actions of Murphy and Pena were the inspiration for the hugely successful Netflix crime series Narcos, which tells the story of Colombia’s infamous drug cartels and Pablo Escobar’s fight to maintain his position as its most powerful player... 

Pam Ford: Pants and Pantsability

Pam Ford: Pants and Pantsability

From self-doubt and depression to fabulous and invincible, Pam takes you on a very open and honest journey of when she spent a small fortune on fortune tellers, self-help books, gurus and mediums when all the time her super power emerged from creating her own designer pants... 

Jem Brookes: Pull Yourself Together

Jem Brookes: Pull Yourself Together

Last year I was experiencing some of the worst depression I have had in over 20 years, so much so that I didn't come to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in seven years. Now, I'm back with a show that looks at a lifetime dealing with this illness, its causes and effects on my life, and how to cope with it... 

I Hate Myself So People Will Like Me (and Other Strategies for Success)

I Hate Myself So People Will Like Me (and Other Strategies for Success)

A show for anyone who ever worried they weren't normal. Hanna Stanbridge (BBC’s River City) is perfect. Now she'll teach you how to be perfect too! No matter what. A new solo character-comedy performance from one of Scotland's most exciting new comic actresses and winner of the BAFTA New Talent Award... 

For Godley's Sake!

For Godley's Sake!

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

Douglas Walker Has a Nice Sit Down

Douglas Walker Has a Nice Sit Down

The Fringe is a bloody hectic business. We all need to have a little rest now and then. So, Douglas (the handsome one from Racing Minds) is going to have a nice sit down for an hour every day... 

The Idiot's Guide to Kink

The Idiot's Guide to Kink

Want to spice up your love life? Not sure what S&M stands for? Fifty Shades of Grey made you angry and confused? Never fear! Ros Ballinger is here to guide you through the weird, wonderful world of beginner's BDSM... 

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

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

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

Ed Patrick: Comedians' Surgery

Ed Patrick: Comedians' Surgery

Welcome to the Comedians' Surgery, take your seat, we'll be with you shortly. Following a highly successful debut, comedian and junior doctor Ed Patrick brings a unique second show to the Edinburgh Fringe – comedians talking health... 

Cheetah

Cheetah

Do you like safaris? Do you like cheating at stuff? Then join Balham Comedian of the Year finalist Adam Greene for a trip into real-life dangers: of massive cats, ghosts and property ownership... 

Van Gogh Find Yourself #VGFY

Van Gogh Find Yourself #VGFY

Based upon the letters of Vincent and Theo and the Memoirs of Vincent’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise by Adeline Ravoux, DeForest sets the record straight on a true artist’s personal struggle for humanity... 

Guerilla Aspies - Third Autism and Aspergers Converting Year

Guerilla Aspies - Third Autism and Aspergers Converting Year

Revised by audience feedback throughout, your chance to contribute to the interactive audience autism conversion phenomenon has returned. Paul Wady's world unique show dares to champion autistic people as a race, a kind, and a minority aside from disability and disorder... 

Inheritance

Inheritance

What do you do when a friend asks you to marry his mum to get out of inheritance tax? A new stand-up show from award-winning comic Ben Clover on what we get from our parents and what we pass on... 

Amy, 25, Almost Cool

Amy, 25, Almost Cool

Amy’s best friend pushes her to go out to last-minute drinks with a hunky model she meets unexpectedly. But with 45 minutes to go, she tries on a high-school ball gown – and the zipper sticks... 

Confabulation

Confabulation

Every act of remembering is an act of storytelling. So, here's mine. It starts with a spotty teenager at a Motorhead gig and ends at the cutting edge of memory research. The bellowing fans, the smell of beer and sweat, the thunderous music... 

Edd Hedges: Wonderland

Edd Hedges: Wonderland

Hello. My name is Edd Hedges and I won So You Think You're Funny a little while back and last year I supported Sofie Hagen on tour. Now I am doing my first ever show because, a few months ago, something happened in my village. 

Mission Abort

Mission Abort

Pain! Shame! Confusion! Or... empowering freedom and a massive relief? Strong opinions on abortion legislation are voiced on a daily basis; Mission Abort crushes taboos by exploring a woman's perspective on the actual experience – from discovering she is pregnant, to making the decision, following it through and getting on with life afterwards... 

Disability Equality Training

Disability Equality Training

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme, for Fringe participants. A practical training session for front of house staff and performers to look at how you can better respond to the needs of disabled customers, as well as looking at some of the wider social issues. 

Oliver Reed: Wild Thing

Oliver Reed: Wild Thing

When Richard Burton appeared on the Dick Cavett show in 1980, the host would later describe the actor as “already a beautiful ruin.” Oliver Reed is part of this same small club of legendary hell-raisers... 

Künt and the Gang – It's a Bit Early for Künt and the Gang

Künt and the Gang – It's a Bit Early for Künt and the Gang

Two early evenings only. An hour of Künt's best, wrongest and new comedy songs.  

Remember Edith Cavell

Remember Edith Cavell

100 years ago Nurse Edith Cavell was shot for assisting allied soldiers out of Belgium. Her death prompted a nationwide outcry and made her into a reluctant heroine. She wanted to be remembered only as a nurse, but instead she is remembered as someone who did more than her duty and for whom patriotism was never enough... 

Evil

Evil

An adaptation of Jan Guillou’s semi-autobiographical novel, which went on to become an Oscar-nominated film in 2003, Evil tells the story of systematic bullying and brutality at an elite Swedish boarding school... 

Norman Lovett: Entertaining Moaner

Norman Lovett: Entertaining Moaner

Norman Lovett’s deadpan face will be instantly recognizable to a generation as the dim-witted ship’s computer, Holly of Red Dwarf fame. Fans of the show are well represented in the audience and they’re thrilled to be in the company of the character with an IQ of 6000 (the same as 3000 PE teachers)... 

Year Ten

Year Ten

Never judge a play by its title. Year Ten conjured up images of yet another dreadful classroom drama of teenage hang-ups, shallow love stories and endless texting. Nothing could be further from the truth in this hard-hitting, action-packed tale of aggression and tenderness... 

Us / Them

Us / Them

I can count on one hand the number of plays that have sent shivers down my spine: Us/Them is one such show. Telling the true story of the Beslan school siege in 2004, Us/Them is a phenomenal piece of theatre that I urge anyone in Edinburgh this August to see... 

Henry Rollins – Charmingly Obstinate

Henry Rollins – Charmingly Obstinate

The force of nature that is named Henry Rollins graces the Edinburgh Fringe once again, bringing with him another hour of profound advice and big laughs. The former frontman of Black Flag is a man you’ll want to see talk, whether you are a punk or not... 

Drink! The Musical

Drink! The Musical

It didn’t take me long into this show to realise two things: that this as clearly a piece of community theatre and should be recognised as such and that there is clearly something more going on here than just a fun trip to the Fringe... 

More Scouse Saddam

More Scouse Saddam

In the summer of 1990, four lads from Liverpool were working on renovating and decorating the palace of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein when they were taken hostage by Saddam and his ruthless regime in Baghdad... 

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

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

Ever been called into that room where they make you redundant? Ever wished that you'd fought back and told them exactly what you thought of the whole bollock-brained process? Well, that's exactly what I did... 

Dr Sandra Bingham Presents Pirates, Plunder and Personalities: The Rediscovery of Ancient Carthage

Dr Sandra Bingham Presents Pirates, Plunder and Personalities: The Rediscovery of Ancient Carthage

Early archaeological enthusiasts at Carthage were drawn in search of the city of Dido and Hannibal. Although the Romans had destroyed the Punic city in 146 BCE, travellers, antiquarians, and proto-archaeologists set out with the intention of looking for whatever remains could be found... 

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God

A sure contender for Best Title for a Comedy Show at this year’s Fringe, George Zacharopoulos’s riches-to-rags tale is just as entertaining as it sounds. As storytelling the show undoubtedly succeeds; as stand-up though there are a few problems... 

A Man Standing

A Man Standing

“You come in like a lion and you leave like a lamb”. This was just one of the marks left on the walls which met the eyes of Jean-Marc Mahy as he passed, under guard, along the corridors of his prison, in which he was to spend three years of his sentence in solitary confinement... 

50% Liability

50% Liability

How can one person have so much bad luck in one lifetime? Drowning. Electrocution. Hypothermia. Frostbite. Malaria. Broken neck. Take a catalogue of near-death experiences, add the not-so-glamorous side of working as a stripper, unique everyday predicaments, a couple of stalkers – and it's a wonder John is alive to tell the tale... 

Hamlet, Ophelia – Part One

Hamlet, Ophelia – Part One

Hamlet is a woman, she is living the play from the lovers’ point of view, going into the depths of humanity. Hamlet, Ophelia is an original take on the entire story to honour the first modern drama... 

Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat

Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat

This play follows James, an agency worker with no experience or real knowledge of autism, as he is thrown into a job at a care home for adults with low-functioning autism. Four of the cast are carers, struggling with varying degrees of sympathy and understanding to battle through each day of care... 

What Kind of Fool Am I?

What Kind of Fool Am I?

Helen Wood’s one-woman show is a journey of self-discovery complete with a bit of psychology, personality quizzes and a sense of fun. Helen’s goofy but charming show gets quite a few chuckles as she leads us through her life with the help of several props and the occasional well-chosen soundtrack... 

Grant Stott's Tales from Behind the Mic

Grant Stott's Tales from Behind the Mic

Grant Stott is well known around the Edinburgh area. Initially as local radio presenter with his daily show on Forth One his interest in theatre landed him with a now established panto villain role at the Kings Theatre Edinburgh... 

Arthur Conan Doyle, an Edinburgh Man

Arthur Conan Doyle, an Edinburgh Man

Following her third year of successful, sell-out shows, Ann Treherne, Chairman of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, talks about this famous man of literature – and spiritualism! Famous author of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle eventually became the world's foremost spokesman on spiritualism... 

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous artists but many people know very little about him other than strange stories of missing ears. In a busy city it is nice to take a few moments to chill out, have a chat and meet someone new... 

The Shadow Box

The Shadow Box

Hailing from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas, The Shadow Box is a reflection of the stages of grief, represented through a series of linked vignettes and monologues. Set amongst a small collection of cottages, which form a hospice of sorts, we meet three separate families and gain insight into how each of them is responding to the impending death of three different loved ones... 

The Interference
BOBBY WINNER

The Interference

It is hard to tackle a subject such as campus rape in America and get the tone right. Lynda Radley does just this. She expertly shifts between voices, presenting a detailed and clear cacophony of words that explore every conceivable aspect and opinion in a complicated rape case... 

My Life in...

My Life in...

Ever wondered how celebrities became the people we know and love? Well-known faces chat about their lives in the world of show business – an exclusive insight into the worlds of cabaret, crime and comedy... 

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

In a single dining room revisited over the course of the 20th Century, a series of family dramas show the decline of the American upper-middle class. Offering the potential for both comedy and emotionally hard-hitting terrain, sadly this performance from the American High School Theatre Festival was decidedly anaemic... 

Letters to Windsor House

Letters to Windsor House

Picture the scene: two women in letterbox face paint — a pair of punkish, postmodern clowns — sit on a couple of threadbare armchairs underneath an enormous screen, sipping beers, surrounded by stacked cardboard boxes... 

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

Jeremy Weller, known for his use of drama as a tool for social intervention, presents a new Fringe offering with a powerful actor and message at its core, but a weak execution that does not do the story justice... 

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Interactive experience. Everyone gets a portrait. Have an intimate moment with Vincent. Witness the passion, humour and heart of a great artist. Based upon the letters of Vincent and Theo and the Memoirs of Vincent’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise by Adeline Ravoux, DeForest sets the record straight on a true artist’s personal struggle for humanity... 

The Coin-Operated Girl

The Coin-Operated Girl

With hilarious anecdotes and a no holds barred Q&A, it’s a whole new angle on the world of sex work. Even if it's not your first time with a prostitute, it'll be the funniest! ‘This show cannot be recommended enough’ ***** (FreshAir... 

The Money Fish

The Money Fish

A young man in search of fortune and adventure lands a job on a commercial fishing boat in the middle of the Bering Sea. As he overcomes dire circumstances in this volatile and cut-throat environment, he becomes obsessed with the fortune he gains... 

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

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

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

#All of Us in Wonderland

#All of Us in Wonderland

The world of social media is beguiling, engrossing, enriching and deeply disturbing, as was Alice’s famous adventure. Are we expecting too much of social media (and of ourselves), or too little? Based on wide-ranging interviews and their own everyday experience, a gifted troupe of millennials has created an honest, highly engaging, movement-based show that explores many sides of this question... 

50% Scottish, 100% Crazy, Let’s Laugh

50% Scottish, 100% Crazy, Let’s Laugh

Returning to the city of my momma's birth, my life's story about everything that led me back to Edinburgh. We all have a crazy family, and I've come to embrace it! I am a stand-up from Toronto, who moved to LA to continue chasing my dreams... 

Normally Abnormal

Normally Abnormal

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner takes a sensitive, funny and thought-provoking look at eating disorders, mental health and identity. ‘Makes you think as well as laugh’ (BroadwayBaby... 

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Based on the six degrees of separation concept, all actors are said to be linked to Kevin Bacon in less than six steps. But, after acting with the big KB himself, would Lolly feel more connected to the world? A tale of surprise associations, magic truffles and getting dumped by your f*ck buddy. 

Come Look at the Baby

Come Look at the Baby

An actual baby, just... doing what a baby does. On a stage. With granny. Spend 30 minutes in the company of a seven-month-old in a sensory room. Suitable for all ages. All performer profits to children’s charities... 

James Nokise: So So Gangsta

James Nokise: So So Gangsta

Useless former gang member James Nokise takes a light-hearted look at the way we see each other, examining how people end up in gangs and what happens when you're kicked out. So So Gangsta is a mixture of personal stories from his time in youth gang The Bloodz in the late 90s, a history of New Zealand's gang culture and a look at political perceptions... 

Circumcision

Circumcision

A show about being circumcised at 27. Exploring sex, sexuality and gender, to try and understand why men don't talk openly about their bodies. As seen on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4... 

David Quirk: Approaching Perfection

David Quirk: Approaching Perfection

Approaching Perfection is the new film¹ by award-winning director² David Quirk. It is a thorough collection of the finest ideas and material I could muster, written and wrangled into shape on location in Midwestern towns and cosmopolitan American cities during a three month sabbatical to bemused patrons... 

The One Legged Man Show

The One Legged Man Show

A gunshot on New Year’s Eve on a beach in Thailand changed musical theatre artist Nils Bergstrand’s life forever. Through original cabaret songs, we hear Nils’ inspiring story full of heart and, surprisingly, humour... 

Just Let the Wind Untie My Perfumed Hair... or Who Is Tahirih?

Just Let the Wind Untie My Perfumed Hair... or Who Is Tahirih?

Experience the shocking, beautiful true story of Tahirih, a Persian poetess and the first female suffrage martyr. Captivating theatre starring Delia Olam, heightened by evocative live music... 

50% Liability

50% Liability

How can one person have so much bad luck in one lifetime? Drowning. Electrocution. Hypothermia. Frostbite. Malaria. Broken neck. Take a catalogue of near-death experiences, add the not-so-glamorous side of working as a stripper, unique everyday predicaments, a couple of stalkers – and it's a wonder John is alive to tell the tale... 

Ricky Tomlinson: Guilty My Arse

Ricky Tomlinson: Guilty My Arse

He promises that next year he’ll bring his comedy show to the Fringe, but right now Ricky Tomlinson has serious matters to discuss. In a riveting one-off appearance at Assembly Rooms on the final Saturday of the festival, the 76-year-old Royle Family star spoke to a packed house about his more than 40-year struggle to find out why he was sentenced to two years in prison on what he outlines as trumped-up charges following a 1972 construction workers’ strike... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Craigmillar Castle Craft Skills Festival

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Craigmillar Castle Craft Skills Festival

Activities for all the family – learn how castles were built, see stone masons in action and hear about the area’s geology. Subject to Historic Scotland entry fees – see website. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: How a Georgian Townhouse Was Built

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: How a Georgian Townhouse Was Built

No 5 Charlotte Square, Ian Gow of the National Trust for Scotland gives an informing guide to the built fabric and means of construction. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Roof Slating Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Roof Slating Demonstration

Scotland’s buildings have slate roofs, now no Scottish slate quarry remains. Scott Miller of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors gives an informative demonstration on how slate shaped Scotland’s built skyline (look up!). 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Marbling and Graining Techniques, Signwriting Skills

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Marbling and Graining Techniques, Signwriting Skills

Mark Nevin from Nevin of Edinburgh demonstrates remarkable transforming painting techniques. Maggie McCabe of Robin Abbey Signwriters demonstrates inspirational signwriting skills used for projects like heraldry. 

Devious Comments

Devious Comments

People really do say some weird things on social media. Devious Comments, a clever and funny show by the Edinburgh-based theatre company Existential Fridge, aims to poke fun at this by basing its entire script on comments posted on DeviantArt, an online social community for artists... 

E15

E15

Explosive from start to finish, E15 is verbatim theatre at its most exciting. FYSA theatre tell us the story of the Focus E15 campaign: faced with eviction from their Stratford council homes, a group of women staged a protest which rallied up thousands of followers... 

Linking Rings

Linking Rings

In Linking Rings Paul Zenon interweaves the stories of two Collinses, both of the storyteller himself, Paul Collins (Zenon is a stage name) and of Jim Collins, Houdini's go-to man... 

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Sometimes the best moments in live theatre are those that happen unexpectedly. A hint of danger that something might go horribly awry keeps audience and performer teetering on the edge of 'what if’... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Traditional Building Skills and World Heritage

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Traditional Building Skills and World Heritage

Edinburgh provides a magnificent festival setting. Structures and spaces must be repaired properly. Adam Wilkinson of Edinburgh World Heritage Trust gives a stimulating talk on how this can be achieved. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Architectural Cast Iron – Skills Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Architectural Cast Iron – Skills Demonstration

Scotland used to export iron buildings around the world; Andrew Laing of the Charles Laing Foundry gives an entertaining demonstration of casting processes and where these skills can lead. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Stonemasonry Skills Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Stonemasonry Skills Demonstration

Scotland’s traditional buildings used indigenous stone, now only a few dimensional stone quarries remain; Richard Groom of CITB and Willie Gibson of Stone Federation GB give a literally breathtaking (silicosis!) demonstration of stonemasonry... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Georgian Edinburgh Before the New Town

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Georgian Edinburgh Before the New Town

Old Edinburgh was a very different place to the contemporary city of today. John Lowrey of Edinburgh University provides an enlightening talk on the physical fabric of that city. 

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

'I looked for it on Blackpool beach with my Mum. I looked for it in a raspberry ripple cheesecake. I looked for it in detention. I looked for it online. I looked for it but it got complicated... 

You're Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy

You're Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy

Caroline Horton enters laden with suitcases against a pastel French tricolour. She is Christiane, the unique Chrissy of the show’s title. She waits at Gare du Nord, queuing for a ticket to England in the hope of reuniting with Cyril, her fiancé... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Sash and Case Windows, Maintenance and Repair

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Sash and Case Windows, Maintenance and Repair

Care for these windows and they’ll thrive for another few decades. Additional measures save energy. Keith Swann of Edinburgh College gives an informative demonstration of the required know-how. 

Woodbine Willie

Woodbine Willie

Woodbine Willie, the affectionate nickname of the World War One chaplain Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy. He quickly volunteered for the trenches with the immediate intention of sharing his faith and his fags in equal measure... 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Restoration and Redevelopment of Riddle's Court

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Restoration and Redevelopment of Riddle's Court

Riddle’s Court has a rich history, including homing philosopher David Hume. Una Richards of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust provides an illuminating talk on the restoration of this Old Town gem. 

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Lead Roofing Demonstration

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Lead Roofing Demonstration

Lead roofing demonstration: Steve McLennan of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors provides an enjoyable demonstration of the expertise required for creating and repairing lead roofing details... 

Diary of a Dating Addict

Diary of a Dating Addict

'Finding a partner's like finding a job: you've got to put the work in', says Maddy Anholt, and she would know. Prompted by the prospect of reaching the grand old age of 30 without that special someone in her life, 27-year-old Anholt spent a year trying to find Mr Right online... 

Chap at the Door and The Aftermath

Chap at the Door and The Aftermath

Behind every person misusing substances is a family. Chap at the Door and The Aftermath is a unique family written and performed two-part illustration providing a family perspective on the impact of substance misuse... 

Be My Baby!

Be My Baby!

‘Be my little baby,’ intone The Ronettes as the Swinging Sixties unleash a wave of sexual liberation for women. But for four pregnant, unmarried teenagers consigned to a religious mother and baby home somewhere in the north, the decade of free love has turned very sour... 

Learning to Live

Learning to Live

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

Waitless

Waitless

Described as a ‘backwards love story’, Waitless is an interesting twist on the genre of romance. American couple Trent and Shelly move to London after Trent gets a promotion, but things don’t quite go to plan... 

The Cocaine Conspiracy

The Cocaine Conspiracy

The cocaine trade has enormous social and ecological consequences on both global and local scales. The production of cocaine involves large scale deforestation and pollution as a result of the discarding of the reagents used to process from leaf to final product... 

The State of Concrete

The State of Concrete

The Britwell estate, built in 1957, was created to rehouse people from the slum clearance areas of London and Essex. It’s also the location for LUTheatre’s The State of Concrete, which, according to the company, is ‘based on true stories, real people, and overheard conversations’... 

Dial Medicine for Murder

Dial Medicine for Murder

This is the story and juxtaposition of the two most notorious British physicians of the 20th Century, Dr Harold Shipman and Dr John Bodkin Adams. The production will compare and contrast the background, arrest, trial, legacy and psychopathology of both individuals interspersed with film footage and contemporaneous news items... 

Reclaiming Vietnam

Reclaiming Vietnam

Kim Chinh has mastered the art of storytelling in her new one-woman show Reclaiming Vietnam. Through her eloquent dialogue she narrates how her travels to Vietnam, in order to reclaim an identity she had rejected most of her life, awakened memories she had long ago tried to forget... 

The Tobolowsky Files

The Tobolowsky Files

‘This will be as true as I can make it. True always trumps clever,’ says character actor and podcast raconteur Stephen Tobolowsky at the top of his one-man show The Tobolowsky Files, playing through the end of August in the cabaret bar at Pleasance Courtyard... 

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

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

Eric is a friendly, unassuming man whose Tales of the Sea take you through his time spent on submarines in the Royal Navy. He recounts funny, interesting and occasionally terrifying stories, teaching you as much about submarines themselves as he does life onboard... 

48 Minutes / Free Festival

48 Minutes / Free Festival

I am not entirely sure why comedians Ben Shannon and Mike Reed decided their set should be forty-eight minutes long, rather than a full hour, but it actually doesn’t really matter as they deliver plenty of laughs in the twenty-four minutes they each have onstage... 

How to Keep an Alien

How to Keep an Alien

How to Keep an Alien is an autobiographical story written and performed by Irish actress Sonya Kelly. It is, as advertised, ‘a story about falling in love and proving it to the government’, but it is also an enchanting piece of theatre... 

Matt Price: The Boy with Cake on His Face

Matt Price: The Boy with Cake on His Face

One of Matt Price’s ambitions is to be one of the nicest people in comedy, and man, he’s succeeding. This particular performance took place on the day of Matt’s 10th wedding anniversary... 

Belfast Boy

Belfast Boy

This stifling performance by young talent Greg Fossard will make you uneasy as the traumas of a troubled Belfast man’s life unravel. To witness hyperactive dances and skittish impressions descend into horrifying depictions of abuse and suffocating, emotional splintering, is undeniably affecting... 

Clara Milly: Basketcase, Licensed to Help

Clara Milly: Basketcase, Licensed to Help

Therapist Clara Milly has over 20 years’ worth of experiences on which to draw from the huge amount of people she has met and helped in her career.The idea of telling their stories is fascinating, but the show fails because of the way she chooses to do it... 

Normally Abnormal

Normally Abnormal

When an audience is laughing, they are listening. When they are listening, they are engaging – and when they are engaging, they can learn. This is Dave Chawner’s approach to his new show, making Normally Abnormal an uplifting and refreshingly honest look at the way our society addresses eating disorders, mental health and anxiety... 

Bakersfield Mist

Bakersfield Mist

Unemployed bartender Maude is convinced she’s bought a Jackson Pollock for $3 in a junk shop. Eminent art expert Lionel comes to evaluate its authenticity. Cue a hilarious and thought-provoking battle of wits over art, truth and identity... 

Disorder

Disorder

Disorder is a play about mental illness that attempts to portray the realities of living with bipolar disorder, as well as the long term effects of the condition, not only on the sufferer but their relatives as well... 

Mutually Assured Destruction

Mutually Assured Destruction

In this world premiere, Don Zolidis provides glimpses into the sometimes confrontational, sometimes poignant relationship between siblings in a series of vignettes. Each scene provides a glimpse into the time in which it is set, showing that one of the only things that does not change, is the relationship between siblings... 

Juliette Burton: Look At Me

Juliette Burton: Look At Me

Is who we are who we appear to be? Award-winning performer Juliette Burton's been fat, thin and everything between. Now, she'll change even more! From dressing sexily to wearing the hijab, being male, obese, old and nude: can changing our outsides change who we are inside? As seen on This Morning (ITV) 'An important show ... 

WeddingBingo – Free

WeddingBingo – Free

You are cordially invited to a show that celebrates two of the best things in life: weddings and bingo. An hour of ridiculousness all about weddings, but with a whole new dimension: bingo... 

The Eulogy of Toby Peach

The Eulogy of Toby Peach

Toby begins by racing through a history of his life in numbers - how many days he’s been alive (9424), how many minutes he has spent kissing (not enough), and how long it’s been since he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood... 

Guerilla Aspies – Become Autistic or Aspergers with Paul Wady?

Guerilla Aspies – Become Autistic or Aspergers with Paul Wady?

Become autistic. National Autistic Society training presenter, film maker, advocate and author of Guerrilla Aspies, The Neurotypical Society Infiltration Manual, invites you to embrace the new normal... 

Phil Kay MegaBusy

Phil Kay MegaBusy

Phil's solo storytelling show: 'It's easy to get lost in Kay-world, it's the close proximity to such high energy levels, emotionally charged and visceral storytelling. There's little doubt that Kay was the chief influence on stand-ups who are now regularly selling out enormodomes now, but the prospect of him hitting marks and dressing in the same stage gear every night for DVD continuity is a belly laugh in itself... 

This Being Human

This Being Human

Born sixty years ago into the grief of betrayal and abandonment and raised in the repressive chaos of alcoholism, Sheila internalised a deep-seated sense of loss and emptiness. From this beginning, an unconscious quest was set into motion... 

Drink! The Musical

Drink! The Musical

Join Just Bee Drama as they take you on a fun, emotional journey through the twists and turns of life living with alcoholism. Presented with original songs and full of laughter, this musical offers an insight into how alcoholism affects people and their families... 

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sexy and Storytelling Collide

Smut Slam Cabaret: Where Sexy and Storytelling Collide

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

Strange Face – Adventures With a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Strange Face – Adventures With a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Music has a way of providing the most honest portrait of a person, be it someone listening to an opera in the Royal Albert Hall or someone moshing in the belly of Bannerman’s, music always manages to discover the most intimate aspects of anyone... 

The 229 is Never on Time

The 229 is Never on Time

Time is the only thing we can't control, but this is my time so it can be whatever I desire. The 229 is never on time ... and there's nothing worse than being late right? 

The Bench

The Bench

The north of England. A bench as old as anyone can remember. Join the current inhabitant Ducky, as she takes you on an alcoholic journey through the stories of love and heartbreak that her home has seen. 

The Coin-Operated Girl – A Sex Worker’s Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications

The Coin-Operated Girl – A Sex Worker’s Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications

From the star of Audible.com's Slaving Away, Miranda Kane exposes the truth about sex workers, their clients, and all the hilarious, heart-warming and often bizarre moments in her unique career... 

Cold Stone Jug

Cold Stone Jug

A portrait of one of South Africa’s most prolific writer’s prison experience in the 1920s. Hardships and realities interwoven with humour and irony, glimpses into insanity and an introduction to the colourful characters who shared the brown walls with him... 

Magdalen

Magdalen

The little known stories of the women and girls who were sent to wash away their sins in commercial laundries run by orders of nuns in mid twentieth-century Ireland are revealed in a singular, compelling, multi-character performance... 

Read All About It!

Read All About It!

Stand-up comic Ben Clover was a local newspaper reporter for six years. Lots of strange things happened, not all of which he could report. Come see behind the scenes of your local rag! 

Read All About It!

Read All About It!

Stand-up comic Ben Clover was a local newspaper reporter for six years. Lots of strange things happened, not all of which he could report. Come see behind the scenes of your local rag! 

Strictly Balti

Strictly Balti

A show for anyone who ever felt a little bit different growing up... Ballroom dancing is not the only humiliation heaped on a young Saikat. There's public poetry, catechism, and no one getting his name right, ever... 

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Tied to a fence, beaten, and left to die in the cold, October night in Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard lost his fight for life five days after being discovered mutilated in this picturesque locale... 

In the West

In the West

These comedic and heartfelt monologues were written by a group of playwrights from Austin, Texas in 1985. Based on the photo series by Richard Avedon titled In the American West, it depicts the people of rural Texas in all of their humanity... 

Femmetamorphosis

Femmetamorphosis

A lingerie party is arranged with a group of women from different walks of life. Add some sexy lingerie, a mix of Caribbean rum punch, some zany characters and a make-over and you have all the ingredients of a very funny and emotional comedy... 

Burt Lancaster Pierced My Hymen (When I Was 11)

Burt Lancaster Pierced My Hymen (When I Was 11)

Burt Lancaster Pierced My Hymen is a side-splitting, filthy, compelling and poignant show. The hilarious and slightly bonkers Sara Mason spent her surreal childhood in Hollywood, with film stars, hard drugs, the rich and famous... 

Love Bites

Love Bites

If you love somebody, let them go. If they don't come back, detonate the explosive collar. A brand new live panel show about love, sex and romance in its beautiful, stupid, soul-destroying gore and glory... 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Fiona Herbert (winner of Tall Tales 2012 and 2015) attempts to answer her FAQs about work, rest and play. Topics queried include teetotal vegan dinner parties, dolphin assault, getting dumped at sea, getting dumped on Skype, mentoring the feral, surviving human sacrifice (her own) and the perils of pony trekking without adequate breastal support... 

Bobby Mair: Filthy Immigrant

Bobby Mair: Filthy Immigrant

Bobby Mair delivers a dark, honest and hilarious hour of pure stand-up. As seen on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sweat the Small Stuff and Virtually Famous... 

Michelle McManus: Reloaded

Michelle McManus: Reloaded

Presenter, columnist and singer Michelle brings a new Reloaded one-woman show to the Festival. Co-written with comedian Bruce Devlin it is an upfront take on life since winning Pop Idol along with some of her all-time favourite songs... 

Dicing With Dr Death

Dicing With Dr Death

There have only ever been nine Dr Deaths, but with most of his namesakes dead, and the Russian serving 12 life sentences in Siberia, Australia’s own euthanasia doctor Philip Nitschke is now master of ceremonies, teaching the funny side of the right to die debate... 

Dumped

Dumped

Female comic Gabby Rankin explores the harsh realities of being dumped by the man she thought she’d marry at the age of 29. Since then, she has just about managed to hold herself together thanks to chocolate, Lucky Strikes and online dating apps... 

Dave Griffiths: C U in Court

Dave Griffiths: C U in Court

One comedian's hilarious battle with French Connection (FCUK) for the right to wear his CNUT t-shirt on stage. An incredible exposé of the hypocrisy of giant corporations by a man with an HND in tourism... 

Alfie Moore: A Fair Cop Stands Up

Alfie Moore: A Fair Cop Stands Up

The world's finest police force is collapsing around us. Cuts, scandals, looming privatisation and the politicians throttling the life out of the British bobby. Cop-turned-comedian Alfie, star of BBC Radio 4 comedy It's a Fair Cop, returns following his 2014 sell-out Edinburgh show with a dynamic and hilarious plan to resuscitate the thin blue line... 

Raymond Mearns Is Growing Old Disgracefully

Raymond Mearns Is Growing Old Disgracefully

They say 50 is the new 30, if that's true then I am only 27. I am more Peter Pan-demonium than Peter Pan, I am not and never will be a shining example of how to live your life, but it’s not my fault! I have an incurable affliction, it's terminal – I suffer from the Human Condition...