Alan Bennett's A Lady of Letters From the Classic Talking Heads Series

Alan Bennett's A Lady of Letters From the Classic Talking Heads Series

Miss Ruddock writes letters — not, unfortunately, social communications filled with harmless news — but letters of complaint, comment and, occasionally, officious praise to var… 

Rob Auton: The Time Show

Rob Auton: The Time Show

The Time Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about time. 

Too Pretty to Punch

Too Pretty to Punch

There are 36 shows at the Fringe by trans performers, according to the TransFringe hashtag on Twitter, and Edalia Day’s Too Pretty to Punch might be the only one that’s both ce… 

Gill Sims: Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A ****!

Gill Sims: Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A ****!

Author of online sensation Peter and Jane, Gill Sims is the number one best-selling author behind Why Mummy Drinks, its follow up “Why Mummy Swears and the recently announced Why M… 

Harry Baker: I Am 10,000

Harry Baker: I Am 10,000

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. 

Back of the Head with a Brick

Back of the Head with a Brick

I was young when I chose to love my city. 

Gilgamesh – He Who Saw Everything

Gilgamesh – He Who Saw Everything

One actor, in 45 minutes, performs the first story ever written down: an epic Babylonian poem based on the mythical adventures of the King of Uruk who lived and ruled around 2750 B… 

A Mother

A Mother

What is it like to be the mother of a terrorist? A Mother coaxes us into her experience of anguish, guilt and anger, as she grapples with the monster she has created. 

Oracle

Oracle

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? From civil rights and world politics, to technology and space exploration, the future has never been so full of possibilities and yet utterly te… 

A Beautiful Way to Be Crazy

A Beautiful Way to Be Crazy

Innovative gig theatre based on interviews with women in the music industry, fusing poetry, live music and audio. 

Insane In The Men Brain

Insane In The Men Brain

Award-winning comedian, ex-bus driver, young father and gay sauna worker Rich Wilson sits down with funny and interesting people to talk about men’s mental health. 

Rodgers with a D – The Tommy Rodgers Centenary Celebration

Rodgers with a D – The Tommy Rodgers Centenary Celebration

If you’re one of the many people who visit the Fringe from far flung parts of the world (hello Londoners daring to go past the M25) it’s easy to forget amongst all the clamour … 

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Ellie is living on her own in London, away from Mum in Leeds for the very first time. 

Identity

Identity

With a highly experienced team behind this production it is no wonder that Identity by CTC COMPANY at Greenside, Infirmary St. 

Electrolyte

Electrolyte

A show unlike anything I’ve seen before, Wildcard Theatre bring award-winning Electrolyte back to the Fringe for a second year running. 

Alex Hodgson’s Half Past Seven Show

Alex Hodgson’s Half Past Seven Show

Alex Hodgson’s Half Past Seven Show gives a muckle tip of his bunnet to some of Scotland’s best variety entertainers. 

Kefi: Reggetiko

Kefi: Reggetiko

Immerse yourself in a Greek coffee house where familiar faces tell stories of their displaced lives, while a series of unpredictable events unfold in the background. 

Robert Ross: Forgotten Heroes of Comedy

Robert Ross: Forgotten Heroes of Comedy

The Golden Age of Television was blessed with some of the best-loved of comedians, but while Eric ‘n’ Ernie and Tommy Cooper and Frankie Howerd are still celebrated, some of the gr… 

(Can This Be) Home

(Can This Be) Home

Half music concert, half spoken word performance where Kolbrún Sigfúsdóttir examines the immigrant experience of Brexit and flautist/composer Tom Oakes plays the tunes his trave… 

Bardd

Bardd

Bardd’s unique dualingual global music fusion takes the audience on a journey from the bardic roots of Wales to a freedom funk disco. 

HoneyBee

HoneyBee

I wasn’t really sure what this show was supposed to be going into it, and now that I’ve seen it, I’m not sure if I have any better an idea. 

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

‘Love the words; love the words’ was Dylan Thomas’s advice to the first performers of Under Milk Wood in 1953. 

Insane In The Men Brain

Insane In The Men Brain

Award-winning comedian, ex-bus driver, young father and gay sauna worker Rich Wilson sits down with funny and interesting people to talk about men’s mental health. 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible is a beautifully crafted weaving of magic and words created by Scots-Italian magician and playwright, Lorenzo Novani. 

1.5 Degrees Live!

1.5 Degrees Live!

The 2018 IPCC Report on the impacts of global warming of above 1. 

Raised Voices

Raised Voices

Raised Voices shines light on some of the reasons that people become homeless and how, when all may seem lost, they can pick themselves up and rebuild their lives. 

Song Over Scotland

Song Over Scotland

Robyn Stapleton, a BBC Traditional Singer of the Year, partners the historian David Purdie to trace the story of the Scots nation through its songs. 

Reverend Richard Coles: #SimpleCountryParson

Reverend Richard Coles: #SimpleCountryParson

Revd Richard Coles is on a fortnight’s leave from his country parish and has been excused from his co-presenting duties of Saturday Live (BBC Radio 4) to bring to Edinburgh this hi… 

St Mark Live! A Dramatic Presentation of the Gospel According to Mark

St Mark Live! A Dramatic Presentation of the Gospel According to Mark

Gerald Osborne spent three years memorising the Gospel of St Mark. 

In Conversation with Standard Issue

In Conversation with Standard Issue

Standard Issue, the podcast founded by Sarah Millican, returns to Edinburgh for a fourth year. 

Dorothy Fields: Lyrics and Life

Dorothy Fields: Lyrics and Life

In Tin Pan Alley it was rare to find women, but Dorothy was prolific. 

Fires Our Shoes Have Made

Fires Our Shoes Have Made

We are living through a renaissance of plays in verse, and if you need proof I can furnish few better than Fires Our Shoes Have Made by Fringe newcomers Pound of Flesh Theatre. 

Don't Bother

Don't Bother

It takes a certain bravery, or innocence, to name your debut full-hour show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Don’t Bother. 

The Brave Anthology

The Brave Anthology

Angus gets a review that says he’s ‘watchable’. 

Harry Baker: I Am 10,000

Harry Baker: I Am 10,000

If a show combining maths, poetry, comedy and rap sounds like it may be up your street, then boy, oh boy, do I have a show for you?! The youngest ever World Slam Poetry champion, H… 

Unnatural

Unnatural

Ro, the main character, finds himself with a tricky decision as to whether he should plug into VR for the rest of his life and ignore the harsh realities of Earth in 2050, or if th… 

This Script

This Script

At a time of schisms within feminism, where sirens are the soundtrack to our newsfeeds, This Script combines poetic memoir with a fierce call for empathy. 

Smashing

Smashing

Can one woman single-handedly smash the hetero-patriarchy? Well, maybe with a little help from the audience. 

Rhyme Marmalade

Rhyme Marmalade

Where do gnus do their shopping? What are you supposed to do with broccoli? Where can you go in a time machine? Performance poetry, stories and songs for children (and adults, if t… 

Drag Queen Stole My Dress

Drag Queen Stole My Dress

This one time I got a pre-emptive divorce. 

The Guilty Feminist: Live Podcast

The Guilty Feminist: Live Podcast

The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 60 million downloads since it launched in early 2016. 

Bananas

Bananas

Ever felt like you’re not quite the full fruit bowl? Comedian Anna Clifford brings you hilarious stand-up comedy weaved together with clever spoken word to leave you feeling like y… 

Untouchable

Untouchable

A diverse evening of taboo topics explored through dance. 

BoxedIn Theatre Presents: From the Wind

BoxedIn Theatre Presents: From the Wind

From The Wind examines Scotland’s relationship with renewable energy. 

Shower Scene

Shower Scene

Sex work, madness and climate change. 

If Mouth Could Speak

If Mouth Could Speak

Accompanied by a searing musical score of deep electronica and jazz, If Mouth Could Speak is a poetic monologue slicing laser-deep into the brain of a young immigrant troubled by s… 

Confessionals

Confessionals

A coming-of-age character piece, Confessionals tells the story of one shift for young barmaid in a Glasgow boozer. 

BBC at George Heriot's School

BBC at George Heriot's School

Bringing the best of the festivals to audiences with live and recorded BBC broadcasts. 

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Haggis, Neeps and Burns

Come along and eat haggis, neeps and tatties, and find out the life story of Robert Burns. 

Paul Putner's Embarrassment – Me and Madness (The Band)

Paul Putner's Embarrassment – Me and Madness (The Band)

It’s the ruby anniversary of Madness and Paul Putner celebrates the past 40 years as a lifelong fan. 

Made in Spain 2

Made in Spain 2

Sonia Aste is a Spaniard living in the UK who insists, ‘It’s not all fiesta and siesta! We get miserable too!’ Nobody’s listening. 

Immigrant Diaries – Sajeela Kershi and Guests

Immigrant Diaries – Sajeela Kershi and Guests

Award-winning show returns. 

Gerry Carroll – Crock or Gold

Gerry Carroll – Crock or Gold

Do you know what the number one song was when you were born? Gerry does and (spoiler alert) he’ll sing it. 

Martin Mor – Instigator

Martin Mor – Instigator

Instigator, initiator, prime mover, motivator, agitator, troublemaker, provocateur, shaper, inventor, contriver, originator, pioneer, inciter, ringleader. 

Hatch

Hatch

Solo gig-theatre digging under the skin of anti-heroine Jess, imprisoned for selling drugs on her lover’s behalf. 

Tales of Whatever

Tales of Whatever

Northern powerhouse Tales of Whatever (@talesofwhatever) returns for 2019 with changing daily line-ups of seasoned Fringe comics and performers, all going off-script to share true … 

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

The tour is regarded by many as a pioneer in its field and a must-see cultural attraction in guide books throughout the world. 

Guerilla Aspies Year Five – Not an Autism Puppet Show

Guerilla Aspies Year Five – Not an Autism Puppet Show

The fifth year of the world unique audience autism conversion show faces new issues. 

Look Up

Look Up

The songs and stories you’d miss if you didn’t look up and listen. 

Angry Boater

Angry Boater

Comedy the way you like it. 

Gary Little – Kidding Myself On

Gary Little – Kidding Myself On

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

Fat Roland: Seven Inch

Fat Roland: Seven Inch

In the last record shop still standing, Manchester comic Fat Roland re-examines his life through not-so-teenage kicks, surrounded by forgettable (and unforgettable) pop music. 

Hero Worship

Hero Worship

If you had a chance to spend time with your idol, would you take it? Joel has hung out with all of his heroes, but did they want to hang out with him too? 

Shawn Jay's Fun Guide to Nihilism

Shawn Jay's Fun Guide to Nihilism

Shawn Jay is a wandering vagabond philosopher searching for the meaning of life. 

Daniel Audritt: Better Man

Daniel Audritt: Better Man

Award-winning comedian, writer and co-creator of Comedy Central’s Modern Horror Stories, Daniel Audritt brings his much-anticipated debut hour to the Fringe. 

Rob Auton: The Time Show

Rob Auton: The Time Show

The Time Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about time. 

Suffering from Scottishness

Suffering from Scottishness

Citizen Scotland cordially invites you to take part in a focus group that will define the very future of the nation – for better or worse. 

Umbrella Man

Umbrella Man

Umbrella Man is the story of a young man from the north of Scotland who tries to prove the Earth is flat. 

Drone

Drone

A live jam of music, video and poetry, this multimedia theatre show tells the true story of a military drone’s life and fears. 

Marjolein Robertson: Da Shetland Spree

Marjolein Robertson: Da Shetland Spree

Shetland comedian Marjolein, as seen on BBC, wants to transport you to her home with tales and truths of what life is really like 60° north. 

My Name Is Irrelevant

My Name Is Irrelevant

In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fiction and what is reality. 

The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist

Deborah Frances-White (from BBC Radio 4 and Global Pillage) and special guests record an episode of her hit comedy podcast, with over 30 million downloads since 2016. 

The Poets' Republic – Unleashed

The Poets' Republic – Unleashed

The Poets’ Republic – Unleashed. 

Amnesty International UK and the Guilty Feminist Presents The Secret Policeman's Podcast

Amnesty International UK and the Guilty Feminist Presents The Secret Policeman's Podcast

The Guilty Feminist joins forces with Amnesty International UK to bring The Secret Policeman back to life for 2018! Following the magnificent Secret Policeman’s tradition of presen… 

Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You

Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You

Barry promised he would "share [his] soul with you" at the start of the show, and golly, he really does. 

Bercerus the Blind Dog and Other Heroes

Bercerus the Blind Dog and Other Heroes

Bercerus the Blind Dog introduces Cerberus’ blind twin, and includes Greek legends galore. 

Love Letters to Rappers

Love Letters to Rappers

Re-written rap lyrics that clap back. 

Closed Doors

Closed Doors

When the cast of Closed Doors were taking their bow, they mentioned that this show existed as a book and as an album, and I immediately wished I had listened to the album. 

Helen Lederer Asks Why The Fuss?

Helen Lederer Asks Why The Fuss?

Following a sell-out residency at London’s St James’ Theatre, Helen brings her chat format to the Fringe for the first time. 

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

East meets West in this wild mash-up of comedy, electric violin, characters, spoken word and songs from legendary AmerAsian duo Slanty Eyed Mama. 

ScotlandsFest 2018

ScotlandsFest 2018

What was it like to paint Muriel Spark’s portrait? What is the connection between computer code, myth and magic? How do we grow a better Scotland? Does politics matter? All this … 

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

Former Scottish tennis international with 64 national title successes, Judy was appointed Scottish National coach in 1995, becoming the first woman to pass the LTA’s Performance Co… 

Bitter

Bitter

Rose and Leila are two unlikely friends who’ve been thrust together in the most uncertain time of their lives. 

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia

There’s a line in How to Keep Time that sat very deeply in my heart: “All my memories have been rewritten for who you are now. 

A Comedy Show on Top of Arthur's Seat

A Comedy Show on Top of Arthur's Seat

This is a show on top of Arthur’s Seat. 

The Secret Diary of Scott Mitchell, Aged 43 and 3/4

The Secret Diary of Scott Mitchell, Aged 43 and 3/4

Scott Mitchell lives in Singapore. 

Queer Words

Queer Words

Three performers on stage present an intriguing blend of poetry and dance. 

WHITE

WHITE

If you’ve ever felt stuck between two groups, both suspicious of you and neither accepting of the other, you may have the slightest indication of what Koko Brown is trying to com… 

Graham Fellows Completely Out of Character

Graham Fellows Completely Out of Character

Graham Fellows has performed as the comic character John Shuttleworth for over 25 years on stage, TV and radio, delighting audiences throughout the UK with his songs and quirky tak… 

Letters for Peace

Letters for Peace

‘Stephen’s daring writing and willingness to complement conventional lyricism with sonic experiment makes for a powerful experience’ (Scotsman). 

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

NY comedian and Vice contributor Harmon has made a career infiltrating extremist groups. 

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight

Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight

An artist’s manifesto of delight and curiosity from bohemians to black holes, Dali to DNA. 

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Comedy legend Tony Slattery reveals all in conversation with comedy-historian Robert Ross. 

The Fishermen

The Fishermen

Two brothers meet by the banks of a river in Nigeria, the same river which saw them turn from children into fishermen many years before. 

Talking Heads – Bed Among the Lentils

Talking Heads – Bed Among the Lentils

Alan Bennett is an institution in Britain – he can encapsulate a world of voices within a single monologue. 

Do It Now: Manual Override

Do It Now: Manual Override

Danger! Systems are being corrupted and broken. 

Shadow Hour

Shadow Hour

In the creepy traditions of the classic American television shows The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, this collection of medieval tales comes to bone-chilling life in a journey in… 

Laughing for Palestine with Frankie Boyle

Laughing for Palestine with Frankie Boyle

Frankie Boyle, Jen Brister and Craig Campbell hosted by Daphna Baram, join in with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition UK for a buy-a-brick fundraiser for a community c… 

Pilgrim Comedy and Spoken Word

Pilgrim Comedy and Spoken Word

Fantastic free comedy and spoken word at this established pub in the heart of the Old Town. 

Electrolyte

Electrolyte

I was transfixed. 

BBC Pop-Up Radio Drama Studio at Summerhall

BBC Pop-Up Radio Drama Studio at Summerhall

The BBC is creating an intimate live pop up radio studio at Summerhall. 

Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters from Blackpool

Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters from Blackpool

“Welcome to Blackpool!” Cockburn beams as her audience files into Summerhall’s Anatomy Lecture Theatre. 

In Conversation With... Alex McLeish

In Conversation With... Alex McLeish

Manager of Scotland, having previously managed Motherwell, Hibs, Rangers, Birmingham City and Aston Villa among others. 

The Only One in the World

The Only One in the World

Meet Liv – clever, funny, confident – everything a 15-year-old girl wants to be. 

Charm Offensive

Charm Offensive

Top Australian headline act Mick Neven returns to the Fringe with a brand-new show about love, life, loss and the pitfalls of buying second hand sex robots. 

Well, It's Woody – Free

Well, It's Woody – Free

In association with PBH’s Free Fringe, veteran chanteuse Woodstock Taylor and her band of aging gits, Dai Lowe, Bev Wright and Max Scratchmann, bring their mixed bag of songs, poem… 

Once Seen on Blue Peter

Once Seen on Blue Peter

Makes, Bakes and Outtakes. 

Captain 'The Butcher' Reality

Captain 'The Butcher' Reality

Former superstar Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality returns after a 15-year absence. 

Stand Up and Slam

Stand Up and Slam

The battle is on! Six outstanding Fringe acts, one epic fight night. 

Mandy Knight: The Dark Knight

Mandy Knight: The Dark Knight

Mandy Knight has never had a birthday party. 

The Trevor Lock Experience

The Trevor Lock Experience

New and improved for 2018! If you think you’ve seen it before, look again. 

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

Harmon Leon's American Horror Story

NY comedian and Vice contributor Harmon has made a career infiltrating extremist groups. 

Angel Comedy Showcase

Angel Comedy Showcase

Award-winning Angel Comedy (Best Club in UK 2015, 2017, 2018 – Chortle Awards) brings a showcase to Edinburgh for the first time. 

Made in Spain

Made in Spain

Sonia Aste is a Spaniard living in the UK who insists it’s not all fiesta and siesta! We get miserable too! But nobody’s listening. 

Stand Up, Weather Girl!

Stand Up, Weather Girl!

Sam Fraser has been a stand-by BBC local weather presenter since 2012. 

Old Movies Saved My Life

Old Movies Saved My Life

Sometimes the best education comes from the most unexpected places. 

Passionate Machine

Passionate Machine

Remember P. 

A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery

A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery

A superhero story that refuses to be a comic book. 

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Fresh from selling out the National Theatre in Oslo. 

Karoshi

Karoshi

Apparently, 60% of us hate our jobs. 

Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey

Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey

What happens when you try to tell someone else’s story, but they’re not done talking? Kit has written a show about Mabel Normand, a notorious 1910s movie star, and the murder case … 

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe

Nominated Best Performance, Melbourne Fringe. 

Rob Auton: The Talk Show

Rob Auton: The Talk Show

This is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking. 

That's My Story Podcast

That's My Story Podcast

Comedians Bronston Jones (USA) and Martin Mor (IRE) are joined each day by a different guest. 

Rory Jones: Return of the Wizword

Rory Jones: Return of the Wizword

From the questionable mind of Rory Jones comes a show of galactic proportions. 

Angry Boater

Angry Boater

No skills, no patience, hypertension and a boat. 

Toby Adams – Tongue in My Head

Toby Adams – Tongue in My Head

A new hour of stand-up. 

Harry and Chris Save the World

Harry and Chris Save the World

Last year we prevented an apocalypse and almost got a panda pregnant, and then Jonathan Ross called us ‘fabulously entertaining’, so now we’re drunk with comedy-rap-jazz power. 

Love Songs

Love Songs

Mixing get-on-the-dance-floor music, rap and spoken word, Love Songs explores the personal and political puzzles of our love lives through the autobiographical poems of a hopeless … 

Will Penswick: Dank Verse

Will Penswick: Dank Verse

He’s the world’s worst poet. 

Angry Boater

Angry Boater

No skills, no patience, hypertension and a boat. 

The Moira Monologues

The Moira Monologues

Moira Bell – single mum, cleaner, hardest woman in Falkirk, and alter ego of writer/performer Alan Bissett – is back at the Fringe after a storming tour of Scotland. 

Matt Rees: Happy Hour

Matt Rees: Happy Hour

Matt Rees returns to Edinburgh with his highly anticipated debut Happy Hour. 

More Moira Monologues

More Moira Monologues

Fringe First winner 2017. 

Maz and Bricks by Eva O'Connor

Maz and Bricks by Eva O'Connor

Triple Fringe First and Olivier Award-winning Fishamble present Maz and Bricks. 

Andrew Lawrence: Clean

Andrew Lawrence: Clean

UK stand-up’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. 

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe

Nominated Best Performance, Melbourne Fringe. 

Be More, Do Better but Don't Change

Be More, Do Better but Don't Change

A unique blend of achingly honest poetry, side-splitting stand-up and personal story telling about romantic love and why we prioritise it above all else. 

Offside

Offside

It is seldom that we discuss the inherent inequalities in our nation’s most beloved sport. 

Yvette

Yvette

Every once in awhile a piece of theatre comes along so powerful that it wobbles you, requiring time long after the curtain call to be processed in its entirety. 

When the Sky Falls In

When the Sky Falls In

When The Sky Falls In is written and presented by Janet Gershlick. 

Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

Introduced by Jacquie Storey – who once successfully auditioned for the group that later became Hot Gossip (and turned them down) – we first see a short video from The Kenny Ev… 

A Matter of Race

A Matter of Race

Two young women, living similar lives, doing similar things: applying for jobs at cafes, buying alcohol, going to parties. 

If Only: An Audience With Rudyard Kipling

If Only: An Audience With Rudyard Kipling

An exciting new play about Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling, exploring his extraordinary life and the devastating personal consequences of WWI. 

Bottles

Bottles

‘Bottles’ is a stirring piece of theatre exploring the ups and downs of a night on the town through the eyes of a group of young women. 

An Evening With an Immigrant

An Evening With an Immigrant

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

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

A unique journey into the private life of a gadget you thought was on your side. 

This Arthur's Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie

This Arthur's Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie

Returning for its 10th anniversary. 

Daniel Piper's Day Off

Daniel Piper's Day Off

Daniel Piper’s Day Off is a one man comedy show that goes through the different anxieties one feels when calling in sick to work. 

The Light Comes Back

The Light Comes Back

Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead collaborates with Dundee indie-pop band The Hazey Janes centering on the poem The Optimistic Sound that Lochhead composed in memory of her… 

The Etiquette Show: Much Ado About Everything!

The Etiquette Show: Much Ado About Everything!

You’ve heard them on the radio and seen them on the television, now join William Hanson and Diana Mather, leading etiquette experts, live on stage in this tongue-in-teacup foray in… 

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

One show only! Dylan Thomas’ enchanting masterpiece is brought vividly to life in an extraordinary solo performance by Edinburgh legend and Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson. 

Quarter Life Crisis

Quarter Life Crisis

If you are looking for an unpretentious, heart-warming comedy show at the festival, Quarter Life Crisis is where you will find it. 

Janey Godley's Podcast Live at the Fringe

Janey Godley's Podcast Live at the Fringe

The Scottish Godmother and multi award-winning comedian Janey Godley (acclaimed comic famous for her Trump is a c*nt protest) and her award-winning comedian daughter Ashley Storrie… 

MakeyUppers' Bedtime Stories

MakeyUppers' Bedtime Stories

Once upon a time, two fair maidens dragged fairy tales kicking and screaming into the 21st century in this sharp and original review of all things “happily ever after”. 

One Hundred Miles

One Hundred Miles

One Hundred Miles is a physical theatre performance structured around the experiences of a woman traveling through India in a bid to discover a different culture and way of life. 

The Concrete Jungle Book

The Concrete Jungle Book

It is often difficult to adapt such well-known, childhood tales into innovative experiences for an audience. 

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

It’s incredibly hard to place Rob Auton’s new show at the Edinburgh Fringe but then again, it’s hard to place Rob Auton. 

The Unmarried

The Unmarried

The Unmarried is an original piece of writing making its Fringe debut. 

Naming Culture

Naming Culture

This short, sweet and interactive one-woman show is an autobiographical journey through a life labelled as “disabled”. 

Hopeless

Hopeless

Hopeless goes back to Leyla Josephine’s roots as one of the most interesting young spoken word artists in Scotland. 

Dead People Don't Have Secrets

Dead People Don't Have Secrets

Everyone has secrets. 

Did I Choose These Shoes?

Did I Choose These Shoes?

Thought-provoking but with a humorous tone, this spoken word and physical theatre piece explores what it means to be a girl growing up today and the choices offered to young women. 

The Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin Podcast Live!

The Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin Podcast Live!

Join Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin for a nightly live podcast with guests, chat, stand-up, and all round fun and games. 

Dommy B Presents...

Dommy B Presents...

Award-winning, high-energy storyteller Dommy B returns for his fourth consecutive Fringe with magical tales of monsters and mayhem! ‘Really very inspiring. 

Barry Loves You (Work in Progress)

Barry Loves You (Work in Progress)

Barry Loves You: an ambitious claim to make, even if he already knew you. 

The Audio Tour of the Fringe

The Audio Tour of the Fringe

An immersive audio tour of the Festival Fringe – featuring interviews about its history with many Fringe comedy legends as you walk through the chaos and fun of the 2017 Fringe. 

Broke as a Joke

Broke as a Joke

Comedian Danny Lobell (This American Life, WTF, Modern Day Philosophers) has always been broke. 

The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist

Deborah Frances-White (from BBC Radio 4 and Global Pillage) and special guests record an episode of her hit comedy podcast, with over 16 million downloads in a year and half. 

Karoshi

Karoshi

Karoshi (Japanese for death by overwork). 

standingOUTstanding

standingOUTstanding

‘A dancer of tremendous joy’ **** (Fest). 

The Harry and Chris Show 2

The Harry and Chris Show 2

After last year’s sell-out run of their debut show, Harry Baker – ‘Blistering wordplay’ ***** (ThreeWeeks) – and Chris Read – ‘Brilliant’ (Evening Standard) – bring back … 

Juliet Meyers: This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life

Juliet Meyers: This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life

Juliet (writer on The Sarah Millican Television Programme and 8 out of 10 Cats) and her dog have issues. 

Gary Little: Club Classics

Gary Little: Club Classics

After headlining at some of the top comedy clubs around the UK and abroad, Gary returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with the sets, the stories and the jokes that have earned him the re… 

Bronston Jones: God Bless 'Merica (3) – Free

Bronston Jones: God Bless 'Merica (3) – Free

For the third year, American atheist Bronston Jones sees the state of his nation and mutters ‘God Bless ‘Merica. 

Nai Bowen is Brave!

Nai Bowen is Brave!

Is Nai brave, or is she a big scaredy-pants? One half of Fringe favourites Titty Bar Ha Ha, Nai is going it alone for the first time. 

My Name is Irrelevant

My Name is Irrelevant

In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fictional and what is reality. 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

Appearing as performance poet Greg Byron. 

It’s Better to Lie Than to Tell the Truth and End Up Alone in a Ditch Crying

It’s Better to Lie Than to Tell the Truth and End Up Alone in a Ditch Crying

We lie to our friends, family, lovers and bosses because it’s easier than telling the truth – we have no idea what we’re doing, and we might have genital warts. 

Glossolalia: Ranney is Speaking in Tongues

Glossolalia: Ranney is Speaking in Tongues

International headliner Ranney is Speaking in Tongues. 

Slooshy Wordshow

Slooshy Wordshow

A chair, a poetry book, a man, and a bottle of water to wet his whistle – other than these there is no set and the stage is bare. 

Huggers

Huggers

An hour of friendly, casual entertainment and standup comedy for kids, with a few ‘jokes’ that only adults would get. 

Apples and Snakes and NWS Workshop

Apples and Snakes and NWS Workshop

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a 2 hour workshop aimed at spoken word artists and those interested in writing for performance. 

The Dictionary of Dads/Young Herbert

The Dictionary of Dads/Young Herbert

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a spoken word poetry show for ages 6 years and up. 

House of Verse

House of Verse

One entertaining community. 

Big Wows for Small Wonders: Apples and Snakes and NWS present...

Big Wows for Small Wonders: Apples and Snakes and NWS present...

Children’s poet and spoken word theatre maker Justin Coe (‘Big Wow’, ‘Small Wonder’, ‘The Dictionary of Dads’, ‘The Jumble Book’) leads a workshop for adult writers/performers inte… 

Poets v MCs Brighton v Bristol

Poets v MCs Brighton v Bristol

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. 

Obama & Me

Obama & Me

“I am a cog in the wheel of free movement. 

A Jealous Lassie's Karma

A Jealous Lassie's Karma

‘A Jealous Lassie’s Karma’ is a collection of mad cap poems, songs, skits and socio-political observations, all performed with linguistic relish, by the ‘terrifically energet… 

Escape: A Magic Show

Escape: A Magic Show

Escape the mundane and the everyday and see the world through the eyes of a magician. 

Ready Steady Colour

Ready Steady Colour

Join us in our make-believe restaurant! Grab a table, order your black and white ‘plate of food’ and get colouring! Ready Steady Colour is an interactive theatre experience for all… 

Mark Lester Steps In

Mark Lester Steps In

The world’s going to hell in a handcart, with climate change, extremism and cliches like ‘going to hell in a handcart’. 

Valerio, Dervish, and Friends

Valerio, Dervish, and Friends

Valerio brings surreal stand-up with a pinch of spice, whilst Dervish brings hilarious musical and spoken word idiot genius. 

When Love Grows Old

When Love Grows Old

Old people, eh? A bunch of forgetful wasters who always have a hatchet to unbury or a cup of tea going cold. 

Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Oscar Wilde

Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history. 

Wisebowm: The Struggle Is Real

Wisebowm: The Struggle Is Real

A comedy rap musical about urban poet Wisebowm, a working class guy who falls in love with a middle class girl, so goes gluten free and gets into yoga and pilates to win her heart. 

Storyland Author Readings

Storyland Author Readings

Brighton’s Storyland Press is a place where the story comes first, regardless of genre or where it sits on the commercial/literary spectrum. 

Tongue Fu (and Tongue Fu 4 Kids!)

Tongue Fu (and Tongue Fu 4 Kids!)

“amazing!” Guardian. 

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

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

Do you remember Dave Benson Phillips? If you were a child in Britain from the 80s to the early 00s, there’s a fair chance you watched him on TV. 

St. Johns: A Lyrical, Physical, Mystical Venture

St. Johns: A Lyrical, Physical, Mystical Venture

Learners at St Johns College will be writing and participating in a performance of spoken word, movement and music inspired by things important to them. 

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft will be celebrating Dylan’s 76th Birthday and his Nobel Prize Award for Literature. 

All Talk: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents...

All Talk: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents...

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature. 

Louder: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents...

Louder: Apples and Snakes and NWS presents...

Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature. 

One Man and his Dog

One Man and his Dog

A dog is man’s best friend, and is for life. 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

Not just a magician but a ‘poet of the impossible’, Scots-Italian conjurer and writer, Lorenzo ‘Renz’ Novani, weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-… 

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael

In 1987, celebrated BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish stood up on national television and shrugged off reports of an oncoming hurricane. 

Poets v MCs Battle Games

Poets v MCs Battle Games

For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle. 

Belongings

Belongings

Anthony Ayton, mid-forties, middle-class ex-criminal lawyer, raised in the East End of London before attending a public boarding school, a comprehensive, and finally a grammar scho… 

Naked Girls Reading featuring Burlexe

Naked Girls Reading featuring Burlexe

Join burlesque artist and naked stand-up, Miss Glory Pearl, for an intimate, innovative show combining powerful stories, beautiful women and beautiful words. 

Drawn To The Page

Drawn To The Page

An afternoon of creative writing, poetry and stories. 

Life in the City 2017: An Inclusive City

Life in the City 2017: An Inclusive City

Poetry reading, exhibition, workshop and photography. 

I'm The Hero of This Story

I'm The Hero of This Story

CTRL ALT DEL: Restart, Repeat, Restart, Repeat. 

Stand By Your Nan

Stand By Your Nan

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

The Yanks Are Coming

The Yanks Are Coming

This is the fourth show in the series ‘Lions Led By Asses’ using poetry, song and facts. 

Ivy Davies: Play Ground

Ivy Davies: Play Ground

“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground” said Roosevelt. 

Underworlds

Underworlds

In this tapestry of storytelling, poetry and monologues from the afterlife, Arachne the weaver spins tales of darkness, death and feminine mystique. 

Knackered Lunch

Knackered Lunch

Daniel Searle takes you through a poetic journey through several of the terrible lunches he’s made in his office kitchen - covering bad sandwiches, overgrown pasta parcels, attempt… 

Harp, Guitar and Poetry

Harp, Guitar and Poetry

Welcome to the most fascinating compilation of 2017. 

A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann

A Fantastically Weird Reading From Madeleine Swann

Aisha’s front room doubles as a depression-era cinema, her bedroom a Parisian salon and her study a library from the psychedelic Sixties. 

The Angel and The Fiend

The Angel and The Fiend

“I looked like an angel, but was a fiend inside. 

The Dove in Spring: American Chamber Music in Recital

The Dove in Spring: American Chamber Music in Recital

Soaring soprano and passionate cello lines intermingle with sumptuous piano writing in a recital programme featuring Esther Ward-Caddle (cello)and Nicole Panizza (piano) performing… 

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee

What happens when a 25-year-old Norwegian girl travels alone through Europe together with refugees? Karen Houge, a Norwegian documentarist and Gaulier-trained actor, went to Les… 

The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon

The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon

“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular night, as she sat stargazing in her room . 

Chicken Soup Crusader

Chicken Soup Crusader

In this unsafe space, with Brexit looming and Trump trumpeting, Daphna Baram attempts to clear us all a path. 

Broken Biscuits

Broken Biscuits

Idle Eye (spoken word/comedy) and Jenny Vegas (comedy) welcome you to ‘Broken Biscuits’, a four-act variety event comprising the very best of spoken word, music, character comedy, … 

Thomas Wolfe Presents: The Brighton Fringe Poets

Thomas Wolfe Presents: The Brighton Fringe Poets

Local author and poet Thomas Wolfe presents a night of spoken word, poetry and storytelling from some of Brighton’s best poets. 

Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC

Super Hamlet 64: Parody DLC

Armed with an ocarina, a ukulele and a thirst for revenge, Lecoq-trained Edward Day battles four decades of videogame nostalgia in an explosion of Shakespeare, live music and 16-bi… 

So You Say

So You Say

The multi-talented writer and director Sam Chittenden has done it again. 

Miranda Kane: Crossbones (WIP)

Miranda Kane: Crossbones (WIP)

Welcome to Crossbones Graveyard: last resting place of The Winchester Geese. 

Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth

Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth

What if you met your younger self? Answer - a comedy trip where stand-up meets time travel. 

Individual Medley

Individual Medley

What happens when you move a 12-year-old girl from Basingstoke to a remote corner of Southern Africa? Join Katrina on an energetic, poetic journey as she discovers boys, boob… 

Immigrant Diaries for Refugees - Sajeela Kershi & Guests

Immigrant Diaries for Refugees - Sajeela Kershi & Guests

Immigration, migrants, the refugee crisis; hot divisive topics of debate that have been blamed for Brexit, Trump, rise of hate crimes in the past year. 

Transgender Shakespeare

Transgender Shakespeare

Introduced in last year’s Brighton Fringe, Rory and Simon are back, still struggling with the age-old problem of family communications. 

C'est La Vegan

C'est La Vegan

Award-winning comic Dave Chawner premieres his new show about turning vegan. 

Network Diagnostics

Network Diagnostics

New work from an exciting Irish theatre company. 

Confidence Tricks

Confidence Tricks

Poetry show about what makes us feel confident – or not. 

Renegade Brass Band

Renegade Brass Band

8 horns, 2 drummers, scratch-DJ and MC. 

Stella Graham: Rage Against the Unclean

Stella Graham: Rage Against the Unclean

Coventry born Stella Graham returns to Brighton to declare what it’s like to be a bully. 

Child’s Play

Child’s Play

Child’s Play begins with the tidying away of props and banners at the end of an organised demonstration; in the meantime, characters exchange strident opinions on how frustrating… 

Alex Hodgson's Summertime Special

Alex Hodgson's Summertime Special

Alex returns from his recent tour of New Zealand with another extravaganza showcasing old, new and traditional songs and stories. 

Do You Mind?

Do You Mind?

HarmonyChoir (and special guests) will bring you an evening of inspirational and empowering music! HarmonyChoir is a group of singers, some of whom have experience with mental heal… 

Blow Off

Blow Off

Blow Off is part concert, part theatre and deals with one woman’s journey to committing an act of terrorism. 

All the Things I Lied About

All the Things I Lied About

Lying seems to be getting more and more fashionable. 

Special Delivery

Special Delivery

Charting a journey of frustration, emotion, negotiation, memory, love, loss and the passage of time, culminating in the arrival of a very important package. 

The Heroine Question

The Heroine Question

From Elizabeth Bennett to Hermione Granger, literature inspires readers with spectacular female leads. 

Yokes Night

Yokes Night

A loophole in Irish law allows for the legal of consumption of Class-A drugs for 24 hours, and the youth of Dublin are not going to let Yokes Night slip by without taking full adva… 

Wasted

Wasted

It’s quite a bold group that brings a show about life-failing drug users in post Thatcher Britain to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting. 

Spirit of the Fringe – Whisky Tasting

Spirit of the Fringe – Whisky Tasting

Exclusive Scotch whisky tasting presented by member of the Keepers of the Quaich society, Ronnie Berri and whisky ambassador, Alister McDermott. 

Old Herbaceous

Old Herbaceous

‘Downton Abbey with gardening tips’ (Guardian). 

Exactly Like You

Exactly Like You

Nina Simone is one of the greatest music icons of the last century, producing songs as soulful as her voice. 

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is the kind of production I come to Fringe to see: a very specific, niche show, seemingly outside of my interests, that is found to be a surprisingly charming hou… 

Lines

Lines

Lines is a touching spoken word show surrounding the diverse lives of people travelling along the London underground. 

Oh Flower of Scotland: Then and Now

Oh Flower of Scotland: Then and Now

Does the wistful attitude of Robbie Burns longing for the Highlands have the same resonance today as in 19th century Scotland? Alongside today’s hot topics of independence and na… 

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Philomusica of Edinburgh give a performance of Vivaldi’s popular Four Seasons. 

I Don't Believe it! An Evening With Victor Meldrew

I Don't Believe it! An Evening With Victor Meldrew

TV sitcom history was made when Richard Wilson, star of One Foot in the Grave, was the only person to appear in an episode called The Trial. 

I Was Mick Jones's Bank Clerk

I Was Mick Jones's Bank Clerk

After a mere 23 years on the worldwide comedy circuit and at the tender age of 55, JoJo Smith presents her debut solo show. 

Burns for Beginners

Burns for Beginners

The show about Burns that really is for everyone – absolute beginners, lifelong fans and everyone in between. 

Alexis Dubus – A R#ddy Brief History of Swearing

Alexis Dubus – A R#ddy Brief History of Swearing

The hit international show returns for one night only. 

Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth!

Dandy Darkly's Myth Mouth!

Louis CK is undoubtedly backstage in the Edinburgh Playhouse, prepping for his show while his audience stretches around the block. 

Snakes and Giants

Snakes and Giants

Sometimes a good performance doesn’t fulfill the purpose of normal theatre. 

Fat Girls Don't Dance

Fat Girls Don't Dance

Moving and funny, Maria Ferguson’s one-woman show, Fat Girls Don’t Dance, deals with issues relevant to today’s young women. 

50% Liability

50% Liability

How can one person have so much bad luck in one lifetime? Drowning. 

O is for Hoolet

O is for Hoolet

Language is personal. 

Hold the Front Page with Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hold the Front Page with Hardeep Singh Kohli

The comedian and regular on BBC One’s Question Time, This Week and Sunday Morning Live, and Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, gives his unique take on Brexit, Independence, and all… 

Wilde Without the Boy

Wilde Without the Boy

It’s indefatigably Wilde. 

Made Up

Made Up

Using poetry, physical theatre, music and a limited amount of props, The Fast Food Collective’s new show is a thrilling romp through a night on the town. 

Miss Havisham's Expectations

Miss Havisham's Expectations

A jilted bride sits festering in her cold, dismal house high up on the hill. 

Rapture

Rapture

You see a hijab – I see a rapper. 

Melodies of Scotland: From Folk Song to Art Song

Melodies of Scotland: From Folk Song to Art Song

A programme of spoken word and song deeply rooted in the Scottish folk tradition. 

Out On the World

Out On the World

A journey in poems and stories across Burma, Egypt and Nicaragua through the eyes of a human rights worker. 

Garibaldi

Garibaldi

Gary’s hair is history – now his name is under threat. 

Luke Benson's Big Night Out (In the Afternoon)

Luke Benson's Big Night Out (In the Afternoon)

Celebrate good times! Come on! The Geordie Giant brings an upbeat hour of observational and joke-filled stand-up about our drinking culture and nights out. 

Jo Coffey: Not 25

Jo Coffey: Not 25

More stand-up and off the wall characters from the circuit’s fourth shortest comic. 

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech

Nothing will remain sacred when the ‘bombastically liberal’ Rick Molland (ThreeWeeks) meets the ‘shamelessly shocking’ Sully O’Sullivan (Australian Times) in this stand-up … 

The Late Stage Cabaret

The Late Stage Cabaret

A catharsis of cultural creativity from our capital city! Each evening, host and hero of the Edinburgh music scene, Paul Montague, will bring you an eclectic mix of performances an… 

Ship of Fool

Ship of Fool

Ship of Fool is the story of one man’s obsession with rowing across the Atlantic. 

Nick Elleray: More Memories Than Future

Nick Elleray: More Memories Than Future

If you like your comedy dry and your comedians sly and your jokes wry, then this is for you. 

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let’s find out. 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

Renz Novani: Poet of the Impossible. 

Secrets of the Fringe Walking Tour

Secrets of the Fringe Walking Tour

Life behind the scenes at the world’s largest trade show for the arts. 

Phil Kay: Laugh & Death

Phil Kay: Laugh & Death

Come on a real bus with Phil, we’ll fit new tyres and go bloody double-decker off-roading, ram raid a few museums. 

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad, Part Two

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad, Part Two

An audience with Rodney Bewes. 

Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs

Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs

Daniel Piper is in four gangs, and he’s going to tell you about them. 

Dublin Oldschool

Dublin Oldschool

Join wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin, stumbling from one misguided misadventure to another. 

Erik Satie's - Faction

Erik Satie's - Faction

The French composer of the beautiful Gymnopedies described himself as ‘a pretentious cretin whose music makes people laugh and shrug their shoulders. 

50% Liability

50% Liability

How can one person have so much bad luck in one lifetime? Drowning. 

Hammer and Tongue Festival Slam Special

Hammer and Tongue Festival Slam Special

Brighton’s biggest monthly performance poetry and open slam event presents a clash of the titans of spoken word: Three-times World Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield v European Slam Cha… 

BODIED

BODIED

Forget everything you think you know about battle rap. 

64

64

Gerry is a time traveller from 1952. 

A Graceful Dying

A Graceful Dying

How do the dying do their dying? What is this end-of-life thing all about? This show asks questions about dying, has no answers about living. 

Pop Up Cinema: Music & Rap ft Mrisi (18+)

Pop Up Cinema: Music & Rap ft Mrisi (18+)

Pianist, rapper and producer Mrisi has performed his unique mix of hip hop, jazz, African, reggae and other genres as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and all over the UK, su… 

Just a Few Words

Just a Few Words

A man with a severe stammer teams up with a massive pile of cards that detail his thoughts, to tell his love how he feels. 

Freeness: The Rum Party | DJ 4D

Freeness: The Rum Party | DJ 4D

Expect a feel good, Caribbean-themed night to celebrate Guyana’s 50th anniversary of independence. 

Always Be Rolling: How Board Games Can Change Your Life And Save The World

Always Be Rolling: How Board Games Can Change Your Life And Save The World

Award-winning comedian James Cook has read the back of the box and is ready to play. 

John Hastings: Work in Progress

John Hastings: Work in Progress

John Hastings, your great friend, is back to work on new jokes about his moral compass and probably masturbation. 

Pop Up Cinema: Music & Rap ft Mrisi

Pop Up Cinema: Music & Rap ft Mrisi

Pianist, rapper and producer Mrisi has performed at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and all over the UK, supporting the likes of Omar, Prince Fatty and Rizzle Kicks. 

Piers & Queers

Piers & Queers

Why is Brighton the LGBTQ capital of the United Kingdom? That’s the question tour guide Ric Morris poses at the start of Piers & Queers, a queer-historical walking tour that span… 

Did I Choose These Shoes?

Did I Choose These Shoes?

A thought-provoking, one-woman show exploring the themes of feminism, love, media, society and nature vs nurture. 

Erect But Unstable

Erect But Unstable

Canadian monologist John Arthur Sweet undertakes a comedic odyssey to medicine, psychotherapy and religion in search of answers about queer love, sexual awakening, and obsession. 

Hercules

Hercules

Twelve Labours, Sixty Minutes – One Man. 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

As soon as Taylo Aluko, in the guise of Paul Robeson, takes to the stage we know we’re in for a treat. 

Brighton v Edinburgh Poets v MCs

Brighton v Edinburgh Poets v MCs

Two battles in one: first the poets from the two great festival cities join to take on a united team of rappers. 

Know My Neighbour Pop Up Cafe

Know My Neighbour Pop Up Cafe

Join the Know My Neighbour campaign for a week of free activities and performances to encourage neighbourliness in our city! Come and be entertained, connect with others and all wh… 

Outside the Box: A Live Show about Death

Outside the Box: A Live Show about Death

“We are in uncharted territory when we sit with death,” Liz Rothschild says in her one-woman show, Outside the Box: A Live Show About Death. 

Animal Magic

Animal Magic

The author Mick Jackson talks taxidermy and explores our ambivalent relationship with the animal kingdom, from Walter Potter to Johnny Morris via John Berger. 

And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

Inspired by the arrest and tribunal of 24-year-old Joanne Hayes, ‘And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet’, written/performed by Caroline Burns Cooke, explores the 1984 Kerry Babies Sc… 

Wanna Dance with Somebody! Or a Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Wanna Dance with Somebody! Or a Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Josh is good at dancing, but not at people. 

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand Up & Slam!

Stand-up comedy - poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry - comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let’s find out! Six phenomenal acts go head to head for your approval in thi… 

A Dirty Get-Away! by David Weedall

A Dirty Get-Away! by David Weedall

Stranded by severe snowstorms, three identically dressed strangers disturb the rural calm of a young woman in a remote Sussex cottage. 

Zahra Barri: Talk Like An Egyptian

Zahra Barri: Talk Like An Egyptian

Zahra’s a bit like the country of Turkey, in that she’s a mix of Eastern and Western culture, and also she is a bird. 

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

What I Learned from Johnny Bevan

Luke Wright delivers a multi-award-winning hurricane of a performance. 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

This is slam-style, make some noise, fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry. 

Winnie-the-Pooh and You

Winnie-the-Pooh and You

If you have known Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and all their forest friends, David Benedictus, who wrote the only officially sanctioned sequel to A. 

Transgendered Shakespeare

Transgendered Shakespeare

Communication? Between a father and a child? How difficult can that be? Communication? Between a father and a transgender child? How much of a nightmare can that be? After 400 ye… 

This Is Always The Result

This Is Always The Result

Gus Watcham hurries onto the stage as Kathy, looking frazzled, determined and slightly deranged. 

Stories of the Sword: The Second Stab

Stories of the Sword: The Second Stab

So much history, so little time. 

The Star Factory

The Star Factory

Enthused? Inspired? Vibing? If you love Brighton Fringe why not become part of it? Loquacious Luvvie or Lounge Lizard, it could be you on stage making mediocre scripts something gr… 

9

9

Rebelles is a folk, jazz and classical singing group of 9; Julia, Natalie, Michelle, Marina, Andrea, Meredith, Sibyl, Sally and Cat. 

A Digital Legacy

A Digital Legacy

Colin Chadwick is a bit of an oddball and has no idea how to communicate with people on a basic level. 

Burt Lancaster Pierced My Hymen (When I Was 11)

Burt Lancaster Pierced My Hymen (When I Was 11)

A fascinating, disturbing and hilarious childhood growing up in Hollywood with the children of the stars. 

Andrea Hubert: Some work. Some progress

Andrea Hubert: Some work. Some progress

When you see the joy on a small child’s face as he’s about to press the button to call the lift, you realise that your adult life will never offer you that same level of joy ever a… 

In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer

In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer

There can’t be a more perfect setting for In Conversation With An Acid Bath Murderer than the bowels of Brighton’s Town Hall, where 368 Theatre Company takes full advantage … 

Stella Graham: StellaGram

Stella Graham: StellaGram

Join Stella for an hour of laughs about the right time to pull a knife and how to terrify a stripper (no audience will be harmed). 

Stuart Mitchell : Dealt a Bad Hand

Stuart Mitchell : Dealt a Bad Hand

“Scotland’s brightest comedy talent” **** (The Sun) presents his hilarious and hugely anticipated debut. 

Immigrant Diaries: Sajeela Kershi & Guests

Immigrant Diaries: Sajeela Kershi & Guests

Refugees! Immigrants! Statistics don’t tell the story, people do. 

Jimmy

Jimmy

Funny, poignant, sublime and ridiculous; an hour of singing and telling stories about Jimmy, a grandfather whose contrary and difficult life was instrumental in a grandson’s embrac… 

Naked Girls Reading

Naked Girls Reading

Join burlesque performer and naked stand-up, Miss Glory Pearl, for an intimate show where beautiful women read naked. 

Real Prawns have Curves

Real Prawns have Curves

London comedian Heather Jordan brings her debut show to Brighton Fringe. 

The Paul Laight Show

The Paul Laight Show

London-based comedian Paul Laight and guests deliver a free hour of jokes, puns, observations and a song or two about the horrors of everyday life. 

New Writing South presents...

New Writing South presents...

A selection of spoken word, poetry and short fiction, shining a light on brilliant new writing. 

Scott Bennett: About a Roy (Stories About Me Dad)

Scott Bennett: About a Roy (Stories About Me Dad)

Scott Bennett’s patter feels designed for a larger audience. 

The Letter: To be or to MBE

The Letter: To be or to MBE

There’s an enlightening moment in Jonzi D’s dance-based piece where a disembodied voice interrogates him as he ponders whether or not to accept a New Year’s honour. 

Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine: The Other Half

Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine: The Other Half

Crime writer Mark Billingham and country band My Darling Clementine come together for The Other Half, a blend of storytelling and music about love, loneliness and broken promises. 

Edinburgh Should Ban Students

Edinburgh Should Ban Students

What have students ever done for us? Surely Edinburgh would be a better city without them? Swathes of the city would be habitable again for families, noise complaints would slump, … 

Mill Girls On Tour

Mill Girls On Tour

Comic and tragic. 

The Great British Brain Off

The Great British Brain Off

Do you feel like your brain is half-baked? Or that your mental faculties are going off the boil? Join ‘head’ chef Dr Alan Gow in the Great British Brain Off to consider the recipe … 

The Diary of Thomas Pooler

The Diary of Thomas Pooler

Lewis Dunn tells us at the end of his performance that he set out to create this show after reading a harsh review of a stand-up comedian at last year’s Fringe, so he’s probabl… 

This Language

This Language

Once there was Pangaea, now we have a broken world. 

The Red Chair

The Red Chair

Award-winning Clod Ensemble returns to Edinburgh with the fabulous tale of a man who eats himself into the chair he is sitting upon, the woman doomed to cook his meals, and their o… 

Poet of the Impossible

Poet of the Impossible

In a tiny, hot, almost claustrophobic room on Hanover Street, a poet is performing miracles. 

Roughs (for Radio)

Roughs (for Radio)

Beckett’s dramatic works are disorientating at the best of times. 

Quiet Violence

Quiet Violence

The room smells of Deep Heat. 

Carol Grimes with Dorian Ford: The Singer's Tale

Carol Grimes with Dorian Ford: The Singer's Tale

Carol Grimes, the Piaf singer/songwriter of British music. 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family

“He is my father… somehow,” says Ben Norris, cutting to the heart of a feeling many people have at some point in their lives. 

Mike Vass: In the Wake of Neil Gunn

Mike Vass: In the Wake of Neil Gunn

Inspired by a sea voyage around Scotland’s west coast, retracting a route sailed by author Neil Gunn in 1937, award-winning musician/composer Mike Vass’s captivating new work integ… 

Daphna Baram: Something to Declare

Daphna Baram: Something to Declare

Daphna Baram plays the outsider in England, reflecting on what makes people British from her own standpoint as an Israeli woman. 

Super-Fragile-Nihilistic-Sexy-and-Atrocious (and Other Poems)

Super-Fragile-Nihilistic-Sexy-and-Atrocious (and Other Poems)

Poems and jokes about why women and wordplay are tremendous whilst god and the patriarchy and DJ Steve Wright are much less so. 

Wilde Without the Boy

Wilde Without the Boy

This is a haunting and powerful solo show that lingers with you long after leaving the theatre, sticking closely to Oscar Wilde’s signature style: simultaneously intellectual and… 

Blake Remixed

Blake Remixed

“In hip hop, we create our own mythology”. 

Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk

Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk

Coffee house layabout, armchair revolutionary and poet Jonny Fluffypunk has become a dad. 

Angry

Angry

Seven of those angry youths that you’ve been hearing about on the news have stopped drinking and whining long enough to build something they can actually be proud of. 

Elvis McGonagall: Countrybile

Elvis McGonagall: Countrybile

Countrybile – armed with a blunderbuss, a bottle of Scotch and his rabid wit, stand-up poet Elvis McGonagall emerges from his godforsaken rural idyll at the Graceland Caravan Par… 

Fable

Fable

A charming storytelling piece that fuses spoken word and music, Fable from the Flanagan Collective charts the story of ‘J’. 

Theatre Censorship Now

Theatre Censorship Now

What is the price of free expression in theatre today? Are concerns about causing offence, security risks, or funding cuts leading to increased self-censorship? And what can the in… 

Nitekirk – Free

Nitekirk – Free

A place of peace, a sacred space. 

Lost Voices

Lost Voices

A moving multilingual anthology of the First World War, recreated by contemporary poet and playwright, Andy Cargill. 

Portrait

Portrait

In her one-woman play, Portrait, Racheal Ofori fuses poetry, music and monologues as she gives her take on the perception of role models and cultural stereotypes with black women i… 

All Killa No Filla Live

All Killa No Filla Live

Join comedians Rachel Fairburn (NATYS finalist 2015) and Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Leicester Mercury finalist 2015) as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. 

Chopping Chillies

Chopping Chillies

Like The Karate Kid but with food not fighting. 

Festival Radio Scotland – Workshop for Children (8-13)

Festival Radio Scotland – Workshop for Children (8-13)

Fun workshop delivered by experienced media professionals. 

Mambalsa – One Man's Quest to Launch a New Partner Dance

Mambalsa – One Man's Quest to Launch a New Partner Dance

For 20 years Alastair has taught salsa dance. 

Val Mcdermid: My Life In Five Games

Val Mcdermid: My Life In Five Games

One of the biggest names in crime writing, McDermid’s novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. 

My First Laugh

My First Laugh

A comedy show about comedy. 

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry

The Dragon Who Hates Poetry

As seen on BBC Rhyme Rocket! There is no dragon scarier in any earthly place. 

Can't Care, Won't Care

Can't Care, Won't Care

A care worker. 

Stand Up & Slam! – Free

Stand Up & Slam! – Free

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let’s find out. 

Stand Up & Slam! – Free

Stand Up & Slam! – Free

Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let’s find out. 

Daphna Baram: Something to Declare

Daphna Baram: Something to Declare

Daphna Baram, an Israeli human rights lawyer turned journalist, a bleeding heart and an inadvertent anthropologist of British life gets herself leave to remain in the UK, builds a … 

Herstory

Herstory

History may be ancient. 

Shit Girlfriend

Shit Girlfriend

Think dating a musician is all glamour? Think again – gloom-pop solo artist She Makes War takes you through 10 reasons it’s a terrible idea. 

Martin Mor: Away Gallivanting

Martin Mor: Away Gallivanting

‘Gallivanting. 

All Killa No Filla Live

All Killa No Filla Live

Join comedians Rachel Fairburn (NATYS finalist 2015) and Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Leicester Mercury finalist 2015) as they explore a shared passion, serial killers. 

Chopping Chillies

Chopping Chillies

Like The Karate Kid but with food not fighting. 

How to Be Fat

How to Be Fat

A solo comedy show for anybody, ideally a fat one. 

Jem Brookes: Punisment

Jem Brookes: Punisment

If you are into words, then this is the show for you. 

Two Thirds of a Trio

Two Thirds of a Trio

Two Thirds of a Trio is a comedy show like. 

Testify

Testify

Gregory Akerman, a hilarious esoteric mind, is curious and wants to know when the world will end, why the Smithsonian museum didn’t want people to know about giants, why his father… 

Next Year's Show (50% Abridged Version)

Next Year's Show (50% Abridged Version)

After four years of consistently filling the smallest room in Edinburgh, Adam Belbin is set to return with possibly the final instalment in this quadrilogy of shows. 

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad?

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad?

An audience with Rodney Bewes. 

The Rape of Lucrece

The Rape of Lucrece

Olivier Award nominee Gerard Logan returns with his acclaimed performance of Shakespeare’s breathtaking narrative poem. 

Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50

Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50

Fight Back at 50 is the ultimate antidote to the mid-life crisis. 

Daphna Baram: Something to Declare

Daphna Baram: Something to Declare

Daphna Baram, an Israeli human rights lawyer turned journalist, a bleeding heart and an inadvertent anthropologist of British life gets herself leave to remain in the UK, builds a … 

Stand Up: Edinburgh

Stand Up: Edinburgh

Did you know that Edinburgh has a thriving comedy scene all year? Well now you do! Join Matt Duwell, as he presents the best of Edinburgh’s comedy heroes and the pick of the scene’… 

An Afternoon with John and Camilla Cleese hosted by Fred MacAulay

An Afternoon with John and Camilla Cleese hosted by Fred MacAulay

Join us for a very special Edinburgh Festival Fringe event – an afternoon with John Cleese and his daughter Camilla, hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay.