Massive Lazy Girls

Massive Lazy Girls

Up-and-coming sketch troupes Massive Dad, Lazy Susan and Birthday Girls join forces for a hilarious hour of high-energy comedy. Each group are allotted a third of the show but the atmosphere is one of camaraderie and collaboration, with frequent cameos in sketches bringing all the performers together and giving the show a sense of cohesion... 

Fabric

Fabric

“I so wanted to please him.” Thirty-something Leah is fun, lively and ambitious. She meets her future husband in the high-end tailor where she works and the rom-com spins off from there... 

ABCs to LSD

ABCs to LSD

Growing Pains Theatre Company offers its Edinburgh debut, a confessional piece of drama exploring the fraught path from adolescence to adulthood. Rifling through boxes of their childhood possessions, Emma, Rachel and Maz take a look at the children they were then and how this compares to who they are now in a concise show that is at points touching, but generally overwrought... 

Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain

Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain

Nicole Henriksen is an Aussie comedian and stripper and in this show, which harnesses skills from both professions, she gives the audience a clear rundown of what they’re going to get and how they should respond... 

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imagine taking seven of the most gratingly hyperactive and sexually frustrated boys you were at school with aged fourteen. Now give them a few beers, the bodies of middle-aged men and a room full of people in front of whom they can make penis jokes and hump each other for a whole hour... 

Goodbear

Goodbear

Strong acting, impressive tech and a relaxed conceit tie together the disparate elements of this show and imbue it with a very different vibe to the majority of the sketch shows you will see this month... 

Zoë Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

Zoë Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

Zoe Coombs Marr attracted attention at last year’s Fringe with her debut show Dave, performing in drag as a sexist stand-up with a severe distaste for political correctness who is struggling to stay afloat in a changing world... 

Emma Sidi: Telenovela

Emma Sidi: Telenovela

Emma Sidi manages to squeeze in all of our favourite soap opera tropes, from relationship problems to paternity tests, drug addiction to hot-headed murder (don’t worry no spoilers), as she romps through this histrionic hour of riotous character comedy... 

Call of Dudey

Call of Dudey

Fringe newcomers, Dude Looks Like A Lady, bring their award-winning sketch show to Edinburgh with heaps of enthusiasm, a fluctuating quality of comedy and an abundance of false (and sometimes malfunctioning) moustaches... 

Aunty Donna: New Show

Aunty Donna: New Show

This Australian trio packs a punch as they whirl through an hour of weird, wacky and utterly hilarious sketch comedy like nothing else you will see at the Fringe.Now established Edinburgh regulars, Aunty Donna is the comedy creation of Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane... 

Holes by Tom Basden

Holes by Tom Basden

Lyons Productions returns to Edinburgh with Holes, an apocalyptic farce from Tom Basden, writer of hit TV shows Fresh Meat and Plebs. The result is an underwhelming hour and a half of poor quality acting and grating humour... 

The Six-Sided Man

The Six-Sided Man

The Six-Sided Man is a tense and funny drama, based on Luke Rhinehart’s cult novel The Dice Man, which has toured the world for the last 30 years. It delves into the human psyche and the darker urges it suppresses in a performance that is convincing, if sometimes a little kitsch... 

Ahir Shah: Machines

Ahir Shah: Machines

Following on from the success of Distant at last year’s Fringe and an international tour, Ahir Shah is back in Edinburgh with a new show brimming with witty political polemic and intelligence... 

Naomi Petersen: I am Telling You I'm Not Going

Naomi Petersen: I am Telling You I'm Not Going

Naomi Petersen is a newcomer to the Fringe and in this whirlwind hour of musical and character comedy the laughs fail to keep pace with her sky-high enthusiasm.Petersen is agoraphobic and has been living in her performance venue in Pleasance Courtyard for the last year... 

Under Cover With the Naked Stand-Up

Under Cover With the Naked Stand-Up

Miss Glory Pearl is the naked stand-up and she doesn’t mess about. Before a single word has been spoken she’s starkers onstage and the show begins: part burlesque, part stand-up, part radical feminist praxis, Undercover with the Naked Stand-up is an entertaining and illuminating romp through issues around body image, underwear shopping and the patriarchy... 

E15

E15

“Finally, for the first time, we are being seen.” In this incredibly powerful and important piece of verbatim theatre, LUNG platforms the voices of the most under-represented members of society as it tells the true story of the Focus E15 Campaign... 

Chris Stokes – The Man Delusion

Chris Stokes – The Man Delusion

Six and a half stone of vegan fury. That’s how Chris Stokes sums himself up in a few words. In fact, Stokes’ onstage manner is anything but furious, and he doesn’t even weight six and a half stone (he admits he’s really ten, although that’s still pathetic apparently)... 

Fairies and Dragons of the Desolate Plain

Fairies and Dragons of the Desolate Plain

Caught between the youthful conviction that just because you can’t see something it doesn’t mean it isn’t real and a growing realisation that “nothing’s easy to understand anymore”, the cast of this this beautiful show present a story that is far more complex than might initially be assumed... 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

In any romantic relationship, one finds oneself developing an intimate, coded language of in-jokes and pet names, a dialect that reflects a couple’s time together. But imagine if this abbreviated form of communication became, not a choice, but a necessity... 

Adler & Gibb

Adler & Gibb

Following its run at the Royal Court in London, Tim Crouch’s play reflects on our modern-day obsession with artists’ lives and how this interferes with and indeed obscures our engagement with their work... 

Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely to Die

Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely to Die

Delivered with buckets of energy and enthusiasm, Felicity Ward’s new show is lively, facetious and a little erratic. Her performance style is so unerringly likeable that even the meanest of her frequent episodes of audience bullying feel warmly administered, sandwiching patronising words of encouragement about the audience’s attempts at laughter between self-deprecation and humility... 

Echoes

Echoes

Neil Smith’s latest play begins as a domestic drama, but spirals uncontrollably into a claustrophobic nightmare of violence. Set in a lonely country cottage, Helene is visited by the lover she hasn’t seen in nine years... 

Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Returning to Edinburgh after a six year hiatus, Bunk Puppets’ Sticks Stones Broken Bones is both an expert display of shadow puppetry and a joyous celebration of playfulness. It shows us that, no matter our age, we can and should still be children sometimes... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

With impressive physicality and strong delivery of Shakespeare’s language, three young actors present a vigorous new adaptation of Macbeth set in a modern-day youth offender’s institute - but without much attempt to shift the story into this new context... 

I, Who Have Hands More Innocent

I, Who Have Hands More Innocent

Vesna Tominac Matacic’s adaptation of the works of Croatian poet Vesna Parun is an impassioned and beautiful spectacle that somehow still manages to feel lacking in substance. At first the performance fills the audience with a sense of grand promise, but sends them away wondering slightly what happened to fill the hour... 

Cautionary Kate

Cautionary Kate

With an energetic physicality and endearing vulnerability, Katie Sherrard’s hungover mess of a character walks the audience through the familiar state of trying simultaneously to remember that hazy night before and block it out entirely, adding a slightly darker twist... 

Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside

Peter and Bambi Heaven: The Magic Inside

In a frenzy of blood, sweat, tears and sequins, the Heavens cracked open last night and Peter and Bambi rained down upon us. Straight from Australia’s Gold Coast, this perma-tanned pair are the dancing illusionists cum cruise ship entertainers you’ve always dreamed of laughing at... 

Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield

In a melancholic solo show about growing up and facing the inevitable realisation that there is no Narnia, only the real world, we accompany Lucy Grace on an exploration of the ‘real’ Lucy Pevensie: CS Lewis’s goddaughter, Lucy Barfield... 

Krapp 39

Krapp 39

Michael Laurence’s dense, complex and lyrically-beautiful script reworks Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape in an exploration of expectation, ageing and memory.The original play presents a 69-year-old Krapp listening to the autobiographical tapes he made in years gone by - starting with the one he recorded on his 39th birthday... 

Nuclear Family

Nuclear Family

In this high-stakes, interactive drama, audience members assume the roles of judge, jury and executioner at an enquiry into recent events at a nuclear power plant. As things go from bad to red alert in a very short space of time, the audience are asked to make decisions for the two characters, security guards and siblings Joe and Ellen, highlighting how seemingly insignificant errors in judgement can have disproportionately disastrous consequences... 

Sophie Willan: On Record

Sophie Willan: On Record

Sophie Willan is rebellious, defiant and rude.So declared the social workers, teachers and disgruntled school parents who came into contact with Willan over the course of her turbulent youth... 

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

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