This must be one of the most genuine selections of heartfelt writing to enjoy this festival.
Scotland’s music industry social night, Born To Be Wide, presents a celebration of Edinburgh’s scene, past and present.
Recently it has felt like grief is all around us.
What would you do if you reached a moment in your life that made you question everything about yourself? Walk almost 1,000 kilometres across northern Spain? Well, that’s what one m…
A moving one-woman show about the trials and tribulations of living with chronic pain.
Upfront and erect in most of history’s greatest moments, the penis has earned itself a reputation of admiration and revulsion in equal measures.
When junior doctor Wendy joins an into-the-wild expedition, the weather, hunger and, well, strangeness of the group all take their toll on her grip of reality.
A very funny, touching and self-deprecating account of growing up in 1970s Wolverhampton.
This is a show on top of Arthur’s seat, every day at 2pm.
Perrier Award-winning comedy legend Simon Fanshawe is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in decades with the live show based on his book, The Power Of Difference.
A glorious exploration of musical theatre weaving song, spoken word and piano together across centuries and continents, celebrating the African diaspora’s quest for artistic, intel…
Ivory, tortoiseshell, human teeth – you can make jewellery out of almost anything.
A one-man comedy show of stand-up, music, time travel and bespoke poetry.
Come and hear an EdFringe podcast recorded live and listen to the backstage chat and meet the Edinburgh legend/veteran/star.
Cutting Edge Theatre: Hope Rises.
Join John Bishop and Tony Pitts as they meet a special guest to chat about three words that mean something to them.
Tie your troubles to the tree, load yourself with glitter and use your wings to fly.
A fiercely powerful and critically acclaimed show about a brutally shocking story; Chris’ father was murdered in 2011.
Have you ever felt isolated and confused about the world? Surrounded by judgement, pressure and horrifically high beauty standards, Jess confesses her innermost thoughts to you all…
You’re only a missing person if someone misses you.
Harpist/pianist Aurora Engine sculpts soundscapes from inside pianos and outside the mainstream.
Improv palindromes! Five panelists, three audience suggestions, thirty minutes of lurid palindrome history and standup comedy, then panelists return to share (and try to justify) w…
Craig Herbertson, Edinburgh singer and songwriter, presents Edinburgh Folk, a celebration in song and story of the folk who shaped Edinburgh, from Scotland’s national poet, Robert …
Lucy is average, awkward and unassuming.
California based Hip-Hop Orchestra, Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN), presents music from their new album, Death Become Life, which seamlessly fuses hip-hop and classical.
Part game show, part chat show.
A profound, thrilling mix of music and storytelling, head/lining is a lyrical deep dive inside the mind of a working-class white lad coming to terms with his life so far; from noxi…
Just one of the many questions the producer of QI, Blackadder, Spitting Image, The News Quiz, Not the Nine O’Clock News is hoping to answer over eleven harrowing teatimes.
When Raina arrives at her spoken word gig to see her exes in the audience, all the questions she’s had about her past sexual experiences begin to surface.
How do clowns get pregnant? There is no obvious punch line for Little Parts, a clown who has always been pregnant, yet who is not sure if she’ll ever give birth.
This is the story of Bob Hecklestein, a boy born without a sense of humour, who learned to overcome his disability and grew up to become the world’s greatest heckler.
A tender, furious and fragile reimagining of Moby Dick from Fringe-First Award winning writer and storyteller Casey Jay Andrews.
‘And I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts…’ A girl plays ponies while her mother cooks, a teenager jumps the barrier to ride a funfair carousel, a wom…
The Crowd Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about crowds by award-winning writer, actor and podcaster Rob Auton.
Crosbie will put a smile on your face with his nerdy cavalcade of delights.
A favourite on the New Zealand comedy scene for the last 10 years, Kiwi-Filipino James Roque makes his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Jakko Jakszyk, guitarist/singer with King Crimson, was born Michael Curran.
The host of Netflix 100 Humans hits the Edinburgh stage with a ‘funny and clever’ (New York Times) hour of stand-up, direct from appearances on Conan and wowing the judges on Ameri…
A one-woman performance about knitting through grief, heartache and depression. All in a pandemic. Knitting or crocheting is encouraged.
Actor, impersonator and song-and-dance man Frank Moran celebrates the characters of the Marx brothers as he dexterously weaves their lives into his own.
Be prepared for some funny and revealing stories from Dr Colin Thomas on his journey from watching television as a child to wanting to perform at Footlights and finally making it a…
The Fringe is back and so is four-star reviewed, four-time competition semi-finalist Richard Wright.
Barry Ferns has been performing life-affirming comedy shows on Arthur’s Seat since 2007.
Lunchtime lecture: The Art of Hymns.
A nearly comedy about my memories as a professional stripper and near-hero during the London Bridge terror attack in 2017.
NYC comedian Harmon Leon brings you a show about lost love, irony and obscure Scottish poet William Topaz McGonagall.
Drawings of Dromedaries (and Other Creatures).
A virtual mini-festival celebrating classic literature online.
Cressida searches for love online.
The Big Show returns to the Fringe! Monkey Barrel Comedy’s top-rated, sell-out weekend extravaganza is on every night at 22:15 (not 12th), with a top mixed-bill line-up each even…
The tour will start at the Netherbow Port, broached by the Jacobites before dawn on Tuesday, September 17th 1745 (just outside the World’s End public house), proceed through the Gr…
Miss Ruddock writes letters — not, unfortunately, social communications filled with harmless news — but letters of complaint, comment and, occasionally, officious praise to var…
The Time Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about time.
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…
I was young when I chose to love my city.
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…
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.
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…
Innovative gig theatre based on interviews with women in the music industry, fusing poetry, live music and audio.
Alex Hodgson’s Half Past Seven Show gives a muckle tip of his bunnet to some of Scotland’s best variety entertainers.
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…
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.
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’s unique dualingual global music fusion takes the audience on a journey from the bardic roots of Wales to a freedom funk disco.
‘Love the words; love the words’ was Dylan Thomas’s advice to the first performers of Under Milk Wood in 1953.
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…
With a highly experienced team behind this production it is no wonder that Identity by CTC COMPANY at Greenside, Infirmary St.
Gerald Osborne spent three years memorising the Gospel of St Mark.
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.
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.
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 …
The 2018 IPCC Report on the impacts of global warming of above 1.
Poet of the Impossible is a beautifully crafted weaving of magic and words created by Scots-Italian magician and playwright, Lorenzo Novani.
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.
Standard Issue, the podcast founded by Sarah Millican, returns to Edinburgh for a fourth year.
In Tin Pan Alley it was rare to find women, but Dorothy was prolific.
Angus gets a review that says he’s ‘watchable’.
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…
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.
Can one woman single-handedly smash the hetero-patriarchy? Well, maybe with a little help from the audience.
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…
This one time I got a pre-emptive divorce.
Ellie is living on her own in London, away from Mum in Leeds for the very first time.
A diverse evening of taboo topics explored through dance.
Come along and eat haggis, neeps and tatties, and find out the life story of Robert Burns.
The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 60 million downloads since it launched in early 2016.
From The Wind examines Scotland’s relationship with renewable energy.
Award-winning show returns.
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.
It’s the ruby anniversary of Madness and Paul Putner celebrates the past 40 years as a lifelong fan.
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…
Bringing the best of the festivals to audiences with live and recorded BBC broadcasts.
A coming-of-age character piece, Confessionals tells the story of one shift for young barmaid in a Glasgow boozer.
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…
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…
Sex work, madness and climate change.
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?
Comedy the way you like it.
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.
Hooray! ‘Bob is an Architect of the hilarious.
The fifth year of the world unique audience autism conversion show faces new issues.
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.
Shawn Jay is a wandering vagabond philosopher searching for the meaning of life.
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.
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…
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…
The songs and stories you’d miss if you didn’t look up and listen.
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 …
The tour is regarded by many as a pioneer in its field and a must-see cultural attraction in guide books throughout the world.
Solo gig-theatre digging under the skin of anti-heroine Jess, imprisoned for selling drugs on her lover’s behalf.
Instigator, initiator, prime mover, motivator, agitator, troublemaker, provocateur, shaper, inventor, contriver, originator, pioneer, inciter, ringleader.
Do you know what the number one song was when you were born? Gerry does and (spoiler alert) he’ll sing it.
A show unlike anything I’ve seen before, Wildcard Theatre bring award-winning Electrolyte back to the Fringe for a second year running.
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.
It takes a certain bravery, or innocence, to name your debut full-hour show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Don’t Bother.
Umbrella Man is the story of a young man from the north of Scotland who tries to prove the Earth is flat.
A live jam of music, video and poetry, this multimedia theatre show tells the true story of a military drone’s life and fears.
In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fiction and what is reality.
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.
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.
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 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…
Bercerus the Blind Dog introduces Cerberus’ blind twin, and includes Greek legends galore.
Re-written rap lyrics that clap back.
Following a sell-out residency at London’s St James’ Theatre, Helen brings her chat format to the Fringe for the first time.
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…
Rose and Leila are two unlikely friends who’ve been thrust together in the most uncertain time of their lives.
East meets West in this wild mash-up of comedy, electric violin, characters, spoken word and songs from legendary AmerAsian duo Slanty Eyed Mama.
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 …
This is a show on top of Arthur’s Seat.
Scott Mitchell lives in Singapore.
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…
Comedy legend Tony Slattery reveals all in conversation with comedy-historian Robert Ross.
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…
An artist’s manifesto of delight and curiosity from bohemians to black holes, Dali to DNA.
‘Stephen’s daring writing and willingness to complement conventional lyricism with sonic experiment makes for a powerful experience’ (Scotsman).
Alan Bennett is an institution in Britain – he can encapsulate a world of voices within a single monologue.
Danger! Systems are being corrupted and broken.
Three performers on stage present an intriguing blend of poetry and dance.
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…
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…
Fantastic free comedy and spoken word at this established pub in the heart of the Old Town.
The BBC is creating an intimate live pop up radio studio at Summerhall.
Meet Liv – clever, funny, confident – everything a 15-year-old girl wants to be.
Manager of Scotland, having previously managed Motherwell, Hibs, Rangers, Birmingham City and Aston Villa among others.
New and improved for 2018! If you think you’ve seen it before, look again.
Mandy Knight has never had a birthday party.
The battle is on! Six outstanding Fringe acts, one epic fight night.
Makes, Bakes and Outtakes.
Former superstar Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality returns after a 15-year absence.
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.
NY comedian and Vice contributor Harmon has made a career infiltrating extremist groups.
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…
Apparently, 60% of us hate our jobs.
Barry promised he would "share [his] soul with you" at the start of the show, and golly, he really does.
Fresh from selling out the National Theatre in Oslo.
A superhero story that refuses to be a comic book.
Sometimes the best education comes from the most unexpected places.
Sam Fraser has been a stand-by BBC local weather presenter since 2012.
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.
Award-winning Angel Comedy (Best Club in UK 2015, 2017, 2018 – Chortle Awards) brings a showcase to Edinburgh for the first time.
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.
No skills, no patience, hypertension and a boat.
He’s the world’s worst poet.
A new hour of stand-up.
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.
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 …
From the questionable mind of Rory Jones comes a show of galactic proportions.
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 …
This is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about talking.
Comedians Bronston Jones (USA) and Martin Mor (IRE) are joined each day by a different guest.
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.
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.
Nominated Best Performance, Melbourne Fringe.
I was transfixed.
UK stand-up’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show.
Triple Fringe First and Olivier Award-winning Fishamble present Maz and Bricks.
“Welcome to Blackpool!” Cockburn beams as her audience files into Summerhall’s Anatomy Lecture Theatre.
Matt Rees returns to Edinburgh with his highly anticipated debut Happy Hour.
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.
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.
Fringe First winner 2017.
An exciting new play about Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling, exploring his extraordinary life and the devastating personal consequences of WWI.
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…
‘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.
When The Sky Falls In is written and presented by Janet Gershlick.
A unique journey into the private life of a gadget you thought was on your side.
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…
Two young women, living similar lives, doing similar things: applying for jobs at cafes, buying alcohol, going to parties.
Returning for its 10th anniversary.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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 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.
This short, sweet and interactive one-woman show is an autobiographical journey through a life labelled as “disabled”.
Everyone has secrets.
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.
Join Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin for a nightly live podcast with guests, chat, stand-up, and all round fun and games.
Barry Loves You: an ambitious claim to make, even if he already knew you.
Award-winning, high-energy storyteller Dommy B returns for his fourth consecutive Fringe with magical tales of monsters and mayhem! ‘Really very inspiring.
‘A dancer of tremendous joy’ **** (Fest).
Hopeless goes back to Leyla Josephine’s roots as one of the most interesting young spoken word artists in Scotland.
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.
Comedian Danny Lobell (This American Life, WTF, Modern Day Philosophers) has always been broke.
It is often difficult to adapt such well-known, childhood tales into innovative experiences for an audience.
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 (Japanese for death by overwork).
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.
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.
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.
Appearing as performance poet Greg Byron.
In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fictional and what is reality.
If you are looking for an unpretentious, heart-warming comedy show at the festival, Quarter Life Crisis is where you will find it.
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.
For the third year, American atheist Bronston Jones sees the state of his nation and mutters ‘God Bless ‘Merica.
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…
Juliet (writer on The Sarah Millican Television Programme and 8 out of 10 Cats) and her dog have issues.
After last year’s sell-out run of their debut show, Harry Baker – ‘Blistering wordplay’ ***** (ThreeWeeks) – and Chris Read – ‘Brilliant’ (Evening Standard) – bring back …
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.
The Unmarried is an original piece of writing making its Fringe debut.
International headliner Ranney is Speaking in Tongues.
It is seldom that we discuss the inherent inequalities in our nation’s most beloved sport.
Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a 2 hour workshop aimed at spoken word artists and those interested in writing for performance.
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…
Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present a spoken word poetry show for ages 6 years and up.
One entertaining community.
For 14 years the poets and rappers of Brighton have been locked in an epic struggle.
“I am a cog in the wheel of free movement.
‘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
Escape the mundane and the everyday and see the world through the eyes of a magician.
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…
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.
The world’s going to hell in a handcart, with climate change, extremism and cliches like ‘going to hell in a handcart’.
Valerio brings surreal stand-up with a pinch of spice, whilst Dervish brings hilarious musical and spoken word idiot genius.
Constance Lloyd is rarely remembered in literary history.
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.
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.
Brighton’s Storyland Press is a place where the story comes first, regardless of genre or where it sits on the commercial/literary spectrum.
Alan Felton and Tim Roycroft will be celebrating Dylan’s 76th Birthday and his Nobel Prize Award for Literature.
A dog is man’s best friend, and is for life.
Apples and Snakes and New Writing South team up to present a programme of poetry, spoken word and live literature.
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.
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-…
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…
An afternoon of creative writing, poetry and stories.
Join burlesque artist and naked stand-up, Miss Glory Pearl, for an intimate, innovative show combining powerful stories, beautiful women and beautiful words.
Poetry reading, exhibition, workshop and photography.
CTRL ALT DEL: Restart, Repeat, Restart, Repeat.
This is the fourth show in the series ‘Lions Led By Asses’ using poetry, song and facts.
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…
In 1987, celebrated BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish stood up on national television and shrugged off reports of an oncoming hurricane.
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground” said Roosevelt.
Old people, eh? A bunch of forgetful wasters who always have a hatchet to unbury or a cup of tea going cold.
In this tapestry of storytelling, poetry and monologues from the afterlife, Arachne the weaver spins tales of darkness, death and feminine mystique.
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…
Welcome to the most fascinating compilation of 2017.
Aisha’s front room doubles as a depression-era cinema, her bedroom a Parisian salon and her study a library from the psychedelic Sixties.
“I looked like an angel, but was a fiend inside.
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…
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…
In this unsafe space, with Brexit looming and Trump trumpeting, Daphna Baram attempts to clear us all a path.
“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular night, as she sat stargazing in her room .
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, …
Local author and poet Thomas Wolfe presents a night of spoken word, poetry and storytelling from some of Brighton’s best poets.
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…
Welcome to Crossbones Graveyard: last resting place of The Winchester Geese.
What if you met your younger self? Answer - a comedy trip where stand-up meets time travel.
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…
An hour of friendly, casual
entertainment and standup comedy for kids, with a few ‘jokes’ that only adults
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.
Introduced in last year’s Brighton Fringe, Rory and Simon are back, still struggling with the age-old problem of family communications.
Award-winning comic Dave Chawner premieres his new show about turning vegan.
Coventry born Stella Graham returns to Brighton to declare what it’s like to be a bully.
writer and director Sam Chittenden has done it again.
Poetry show about what makes us feel confident – or not.
8 horns, 2 drummers, scratch-DJ and MC.
New work from an exciting Irish theatre company.
Alex returns from his recent tour of New Zealand with another extravaganza showcasing old, new and traditional songs and stories.
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…
Charting a journey of frustration, emotion, negotiation, memory, love, loss and the passage of time, culminating in the arrival of a very important package.
From Elizabeth Bennett to Hermione Granger, literature inspires readers with spectacular female leads.
Blow Off is part concert, part theatre and deals with one woman’s journey to committing an act of terrorism.
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…
Exclusive Scotch whisky tasting presented by member of the Keepers of the Quaich society, Ronnie Berri and whisky ambassador, Alister McDermott.
‘Downton Abbey with gardening tips’ (Guardian).
Philomusica of Edinburgh give a performance of Vivaldi’s popular Four Seasons.
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.
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…
After a mere 23 years on the worldwide comedy circuit and at the tender age of 55, JoJo Smith presents her debut solo show.
The hit international show returns for one night only.
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.
The show about Burns that really is for everyone – absolute beginners, lifelong fans and everyone in between.
How can one person have so much bad luck in one lifetime? Drowning.
Language is personal.
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…
A jilted bride sits festering in her cold, dismal house high up on the hill.
You see a hijab – I see a rapper.
A programme of spoken word and song deeply rooted in the Scottish folk tradition.
More stand-up and off the wall characters from the circuit’s fourth shortest comic.
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.
Louis CK is undoubtedly backstage in the Edinburgh Playhouse, prepping for his show while his audience stretches around the block.
Gary’s hair is history – now his name is under threat.
A journey in poems and stories across Burma, Egypt and Nicaragua through the eyes of a human rights worker.
Lying seems to be getting more and more fashionable.
Lines is a touching spoken word show surrounding the diverse lives of people travelling along the London underground.
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…
Ship of Fool is the story of one man’s obsession with rowing across the Atlantic.
Daniel Piper is in four gangs, and he’s going to tell you about them.
Moving and funny, Maria Ferguson’s one-woman show, Fat Girls Don’t Dance, deals with issues relevant to today’s young women.
It’s indefatigably Wilde.
Nina Simone is one of the greatest music icons of the last century, producing songs as soulful as her voice.
An audience with Rodney Bewes.
Come on a real bus with Phil, we’ll fit new tyres and go bloody double-decker off-roading, ram raid a few museums.
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.
Life behind the scenes at the world’s largest trade show for the arts.
Renz Novani: Poet of the Impossible.
Stand-up comedy: poetry’s idiot relation, right? Performance poetry: comedy’s boring cousin, yes? Let’s find out.
Nothing will remain sacred when the ‘bombastically liberal’ Rick Molland (ThreeWeeks) meets the ‘shamelessly shocking’ Sully O’Sullivan (Australian Times) in this stand-up …
If you like your comedy dry and your comedians sly and your jokes wry, then this is for you.
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…
Join wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin, stumbling from one misguided misadventure to another.
The French composer of the beautiful Gymnopedies described himself as ‘a pretentious cretin whose music makes people laugh and shrug their shoulders.
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…
Gin is on the up.
Sometimes a good performance doesn’t fulfill the purpose of normal theatre.
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…
Forget everything you think you know about battle rap.
Gerry is a time traveller from 1952.
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.
Award-winning comedian James Cook has read the back of the box and is ready to play.
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.
Expect a feel good, Caribbean-themed night to celebrate Guyana’s 50th anniversary of independence.
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…
John Hastings, your great friend, is back to work on new jokes about his moral compass and probably masturbation.
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.
A thought-provoking, one-woman show exploring the themes of feminism, love, media, society and nature vs nurture.
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.
Twelve Labours, Sixty Minutes – One Man.
Two battles in one: first the poets from the two great festival cities join to take on a united team of rappers.
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…
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…
The author Mick Jackson talks taxidermy and explores our ambivalent relationship with the animal kingdom, from Walter Potter to Johnny Morris via John Berger.
Josh is good at dancing, but not at people.
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.
Stranded by severe snowstorms, three identically dressed strangers disturb the rural calm of a young woman in a remote Sussex cottage.
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…
As soon as Taylo Aluko, in the guise of Paul Robeson, takes to the stage we know we’re in for a treat.
Luke Wright delivers a multi-award-winning hurricane of a performance.
This is slam-style, make some noise, fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry.
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.
“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.
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…
So much history, so little time.
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…
Rebelles is a folk, jazz and classical singing group of 9; Julia, Natalie, Michelle, Marina, Andrea, Meredith, Sibyl, Sally and Cat.
A fascinating, disturbing and hilarious childhood growing up in Hollywood with the children of the stars.
Gus Watcham hurries onto the stage as Kathy, looking
frazzled, determined and slightly deranged.
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…
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).
“Scotland’s brightest comedy talent” **** (The Sun) presents his hilarious and hugely anticipated debut.
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…
Refugees! Immigrants! Statistics don’t tell the story, people do.
London comedian Heather Jordan brings her debut show to Brighton Fringe.
Colin Chadwick is a bit
of an oddball and has no idea how to communicate with people on a basic level.
Join burlesque performer and naked stand-up, Miss Glory Pearl, for an intimate show where beautiful women read naked.
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 …
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.
A selection of spoken word, poetry and short fiction, shining a light on brilliant new writing.
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…
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, …
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.
Comic and tragic.
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 …
Once there was Pangaea, now we have a broken world.
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…
Carol Grimes, the Piaf singer/songwriter of British music.
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…
Poems and jokes about why women and wordplay are tremendous whilst god and the patriarchy and DJ Steve Wright are much less so.
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…
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.
Coffee house layabout, armchair revolutionary and poet Jonny Fluffypunk has become a dad.
The room smells of Deep Heat.
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…
A place of peace, a sacred space.
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…
A moving multilingual anthology of the First World War, recreated by contemporary poet and playwright, Andy Cargill.
A care worker.
Fun workshop delivered by experienced media professionals.
For 20 years Alastair has taught salsa dance.
A comedy show about comedy.
As seen on BBC Rhyme Rocket! There is no dragon scarier in any earthly place.
Like The Karate Kid but with food not fighting.
One of the biggest names in crime writing, McDermid’s novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Join comedians Rachel Fairburn (NATYS finalist 2015) and Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Leicester Mercury finalist 2015) as they explore a shared passion, serial killers.
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.
A solo comedy show for anybody, ideally a fat one.
History may be ancient.
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 …
Daphna Baram plays the outsider in England, reflecting on what makes people British from her own standpoint as an Israeli woman.
If you are into words, then this is the show for you.
Olivier Award nominee Gerard Logan returns with his acclaimed performance of Shakespeare’s breathtaking narrative poem.
In a tiny, hot, almost claustrophobic room on Hanover Street, a poet is performing miracles.
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…
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.
Scott Bennett’s patter feels designed for a larger audience.
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…
“He is my father… somehow,” says Ben Norris, cutting to the heart of a feeling many people have at some point in their lives.
“In hip hop, we create our own mythology”.
Two Thirds of a Trio is a comedy show like.
Fight Back at 50 is the ultimate antidote to the mid-life crisis.
A charming storytelling piece that fuses spoken word and music, Fable from the Flanagan Collective charts the story of ‘J’.
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…
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.
Beckett’s dramatic works are disorientating at the best of times.
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’…
Join us for a very special Edinburgh Festival Fringe event – an afternoon with John Cleese and his daughter Camilla, hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay.
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