Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show

Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show

Are you a kid? Do you like music, laughing and whack-a-doodle-noodle craziness? Grab your pet adult and join us! Direct from a UK tour and last year’s sell-out run; we’re back … 

Six° with Jamie Adkins

Six° with Jamie Adkins

With only six degrees of separation, we are all connected. 

Marrow

Marrow

A vicious hate crime plunges a gay dancer into a fever dream battle between life and death. 

Chris Dugdale: Down to One

Chris Dugdale: Down to One

Chris Dugdale, the only act ever to win the Edfest Bouquet four times! Total sell-out 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

It All

It All

Cameron Cook’s debut solo show, previously performed to full houses at Soho Theatre, offers up that rare and sought-after Fringe experience – you see a show, you know next to not… 

Captain Breadbeard's Bready Brilliant Comedy Cookbook

Captain Breadbeard's Bready Brilliant Comedy Cookbook

The only fast-paced, pun-tastic comedy sketch show about a sailor with a beard made of bread and his sidekick, Davy Scones. 

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Unapologetically Indian. 

Watching Glory Die

Watching Glory Die

The Windsor Feminist Theatre’ production of Judith Thompson’s 2014 play about injustice in the Canadian prison system feels timely in an age where atrocities committed against … 

Melinda Hughes: Off the Scale

Melinda Hughes: Off the Scale

Melinda Hughes is a prodigious cabaret vocalist and political satirist who brings her new show Off The Scale to this year’s Fringe, backed by a wonderful three-piece band. 

Comic Relief Live

Comic Relief Live

Join one of the UK’s top comedians as they host a line-up of the most exciting comedy talent in the country. And the best bit? The profits will support Comic Relief to help people around the world, as well as here in the UK… 

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest

If you’re looking for high quality stand up from a master of observational comedy, you’ve come to the right place. 

La Galerie

La Galerie

If you’ve ever looked at a field of unbroken snow and wanted to run across it, or a blank piece of paper and wanted to color it, La Galerie is absolutely the circus show for you. 

Ex-Batts and Broilers

Ex-Batts and Broilers

Gail and Gemma are two delightful chickens in a cage, discovering life as it comes. Join them on a touching, eggciting and cut-throat journey through friendship and chickenhood. Heroically saved by Jimmy from battery and broiler farms, watch them compete for your affections, and decide on your favourite to vote out of the cage to pastures new! A story of female friendship and industrial meat farming told through dark comedy, clown, physical storytelling and live music… 

Triple Buse

Triple Buse

Triple Buse is slapstick, light-hearted and bracing in equal measure. From the youngest to the oldest, it invites each member of the audience to question their notions of the obligation to work and make money… 

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. This one-of-a-kind show, which has been touring the UK over the last year with stops at Brighton Fringe, Carlisle Fringe and most recently the International Magic Festival at The Scottish Storytelling Centre, features both visual and mentalistic impossibilities weaved together by stories and poetry… 

Friendsical: A Parody Musical About Friends

Friendsical: A Parody Musical About Friends

Friendsical is billed as a ‘musical parody’ of Friends and unfortunately it fails to hit the mark on both counts. 

The Living Room

The Living Room

What’s more mundane than death? What’s more absurd? In a slice of often brave, often very funny, and occasionally extremely poignant clowning, Amritha Dhaliwal and Gemma Soldat… 

Tarot

Tarot

Will the Fool ascend the tower to dwell in the chambers of the moon? Will the Hermit jump in a chariot and spin the wheel of fortune? You might discover the answers by checking out… 

The Lost Musical Works of Willy Shakes

The Lost Musical Works of Willy Shakes

What do you get when you blend the works of William Shakespeare, with an all singing and dancing musical extravaganza? You get the Elizabethan’s answer to Flight of the Conchords… 

The Black Blues Brothers

The Black Blues Brothers

It’s a sell-out audience in the huge space at Assembly Rooms. 

My Land

My Land

I have absolutely nothing but admiration to the performers of Recirquel Company Budapest, given that some of their number must have spent their entire lives training their lean, mu… 

Tales from the Garden

Tales from the Garden

The performance opens to a figure eerily adorned in a rose-embellished mask, a luscious pink rose plugged into her mouth like a pacifier. 

My Darling Clemmie

My Darling Clemmie

This elegantly enchanting piece is a one woman play, telling the story of Clementine Hozier’s life. 

Yours Sincerely

Yours Sincerely

Will Jackson is in a bit of a pickle. 

Luke Jermay: Strange Power

Luke Jermay: Strange Power

You’ll be forgiven if you’ve not heard of Luke Jermay before, but within the Magic and Mind Reading communities he is a well respected and accomplished performer, a prolific wr… 

Salmon

Salmon

Salmon hits you hard from the moment you step in the venue. 

Legally Blonde the Musical

Legally Blonde the Musical

Always a source of top-quality musical theatre at the Fringe, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, brings us perhaps one of the best ways to spend a morning at Fringe. 

Musik

Musik

Billie Trix. 

It's Miss Hope Springs

It's Miss Hope Springs

The crowd is lively, laughing and waiting expectantly for the venue to open. 

Best of the Fest... Later

Best of the Fest... Later

You loved the original so much, we’re doing it twice! The best mixed-bill comedy night in Edinburgh heads back to its birthplace, so now there’s two late-night chances to catch your comedy favourites… 

The Ballad of Mulan

The Ballad of Mulan

A woman, a warrior, a legend – Michelle Yim (The Empress and Me) brings to life the real Mulan who, to save her family’s honour, disguised herself as a man and joined the emperors army… 

The Things I Never Told You

The Things I Never Told You

In the house on the corner of our street lived an old man. I didn’t know his name. He didn’t know mine. The day before he died he left a cardboard box, containing his most treasured possessions, on my doorstep… 

Fempire: Mess by Kirsten Vangsness

Fempire: Mess by Kirsten Vangsness

We all are a mess, I guess. In Mess, Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds explores the non-linearity of time, visible quantum objects, monsters, kittens and Christian rock. 

Stewart Francis: Into the Punset

Stewart Francis: Into the Punset

The star of Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Crackerjack embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour ever! See him before he heads off… Into the Punset. ‘One of the funniest comedians in the world’ (Craig Ferguson, CBS’ Late Late Show). 

Fempire: Cleo, Theo & Wu by Kirsten Vangsness

Fempire: Cleo, Theo & Wu by Kirsten Vangsness

Lucy (Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds) is just trying to work out how to be the best cool girl, lady boss, and all around woman she can be when suddenly, the fate of universe is in her hands… 

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

The world-renowned Theatre Hooam makes a welcome return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the award-winning Black and White Tea Room. A counsellor sets up his practice in the tea room of his dead wife and prepares to welcome a new client… 

Aaron Crow: FearLess

Aaron Crow: FearLess

Aaron Crow is a unique, international award-winning artist, best known for his recent spectacular appearances on America’s Got Talent. 

Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant

A writer/producer of television’s Supernatural spins a series of intimate, darkly comic vignettes in this modern thriller. When Ryan’s firework-filled marriage proposal accidentally awakens an ancient creature sleeping in a nearby lake, local residents become consumed by stories about the ‘thing’ and the dark effects it has on anyone who touches it… 

Jody Kamali Is Mike Daly – Darts and All

Jody Kamali Is Mike Daly – Darts and All

The Bristolian bumbling ex-darts champ is back. A calamitous Q&A and whirlwind journey into the soul of an idiot. The beer-swigging, pie-munching fallen star is setting the record straight in this off-beat physical/character comedy show… 

Ivory Wings

Ivory Wings

Ivory Wings is a one-woman show with a live piano score. It explores Alzheimer’s and the therapeutic effects of music on patients’ memory, whilst celebrating the remarkable women of the Air Transport Auxiliary whose job it was to deliver wartime aircraft from the factories to the RAF bases during World War II… 

Chris Dugdale: Down to One

Chris Dugdale: Down to One

Chris Dugdale: Down to One. Thrilling new show for 2019. ‘One of the top magicians working the circuit’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Only act ever to win the Edfest Bouquet three times (2016, 2017, 2018)… 

Moby Dick

Moby Dick

‘Call me Ishmael… Now it was some years ago – never mind how long precisely – that I did take it into my head to go on a whaling voyage…’ To celebrate the bicentennial of Herman Melville’s birth Ross Ericson (The Unknown Soldier, Gratiano) brings his classic tale to life in a stunning solo performance… 

Jess Robinson: The Jess Robinson Experience

Jess Robinson: The Jess Robinson Experience

Award-winning Edinburgh favourite, Jess Robinson, returns with a brand new show and her fabulous live band. Join Jess for a fun-packed hour of comedy, music and vocal fireworks as you’re transported by the human jukebox through improvised musical mash-ups and spot on impressions – from TV celebs to stars of the silver screen, via Cardi B and Lady Gaga… 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is an LGBTQ+ all-male production. This bold re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s classic love story uses physical theatre to portray two opposing rugby teams, grounding the piece in the 21st century… 

Chocolate

Chocolate

It's time to taste. We bring you inside a rich dark chocolatey world. Dance. Theatre. Lush live music. Cacao pods burst, melted chocolate flows and cravings surge. Immerse yourself in cacao, conflicting desires, the anticipation of tasting and full-bodied wild sensory dance… 

Gun

Gun

‘If you’re gonna kill a man, better make sure you do it properly. First rule of a murder’. Gun is a one-man comedy western written and performed by a quarter of Fringe favourite sketch troupe Clever Peter (‘fast, witty, clever, stupid’ (Guardian))… 

My Leonard Cohen

My Leonard Cohen

An Edinburgh Fringe hit of 2016 and 2017, My Leonard Cohen also sold out the Sydney Opera House and Adelaide Fringe. D’Arrietta and his band return with their rousing celebration of the late, legendary Cohen… 

The Oxford Revue: Switcheroo

The Oxford Revue: Switcheroo

Join the world-famous Oxford Revue as it returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for its 55th year. Brought to you by some of the nation’s best young student comedians, Switcheroo is an hour of innovative and dynamic sketch comedy, with an eclectic mixture of satire, silliness and singing… 

Solitary

Solitary

Right now, there are between 60,000 and 80,000 people held in solitary confinement within United States prisons – many of whom have served months or even years in extreme isolation… 

Bromance

Bromance

International award-winning smash hit Bromance is back! Five-star circus about camaraderie and affection. Audacious, touching, exhilarating tour-de-force of physical heroics where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips… 

Tartuffe

Tartuffe

Liz Lochhead’s un-PC, rude, rhyming cut of Moliere’s classic relocated to a 1940s Scotch living room. Con man Tartuffe, with his perfect mark in the gullible paterfamilias, will ruin them all… 

Who Is Daniel King

Who Is Daniel King

A story of a man who decides to be a dancer. Daniel’s living the patriarchal dream, everything that should bring happiness. It hasn’t. He discovers what he really wants, but is it what he needs? A comedy about male ego and dancing by Ed Eales-White… 

Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show

Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show

Calling kids aged 5 to 100, join our mighty gang! A sensational interactive show, where the worlds of comedy and beatboxing collide with electrifying results. Pick up beatboxing tips to impress your friends, make mind-blowing music, win prizes and laugh through your pantaloons! Fantastic family fun and silliness galore, with award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas (as seen on CBBC’s Joke Machine and Dog Ate My Homework) and world champion beatboxer and UK loopstation champion, Hobbit… 

Lucille and Cecilia

Lucille and Cecilia

Two circus sea lions: one is desperate to escape, the other gets off on her daily rub downs from Trevor the trainer. A moving black comedy about two performing pinnipeds who only have each other, which is a pity as they’re both idiots… 

The Late Bloomers: Scotland!

The Late Bloomers: Scotland!

Join us for a wild ride, with rhythm, body percussion, singing, stomping, clowning and the spirit of Scotland! A hilarious, high-energy, three-man physical comedy. ***** (InDaily.com… 

Frankie Foxstone AKA The Profit: Walking Tour

Frankie Foxstone AKA The Profit: Walking Tour

‘A total highlight’ (Audience review, HighTide Festival 2018). Meet Frankie Foxstone: self-styled Profit and bulldozing, bamboozling developer. She will take you on a whirlwind walking tour of her smashing plans for Edinburgh… 

Tumours

Tumours

Jay is 27. For one more day. And she reckons she’s about to die. It’s not all that rational, but whoever let that get in the way of a premature death fantasy? Written and performed by Ashleigh Laurence (Soho Writers’ Lab 2018/19), Tumours is a witty, tender, and darkly funny portrayal of a young woman trapped by the fate of her genetic legacy… 

The Professor

The Professor

The university’s oddest professor has made a remarkable discovery. He’s thrilled – but why is his lecture today even stranger and wilder than ever? An odd, surreal comedy about Dickens, shipwrecks, the Venus de Milo, fainting poets and the perils of original thinking… 

Best of Cabaret

Best of Cabaret

For the first time in Fringe history, the absolute Best of Cabaret amalgamate for a late-night extravaganza of sultry songs, dance varieties, comedic displays and vivacious variety guaranteed to entertain at the prestigious Assembly Ballroom… 

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Beat Grrrls

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Beat Grrrls

The high-voltage rhythm sisters of Mugenkyo rock the Bijou, flexing their muscles on huge taiko drums, with stamina, skill and precision. This brand new show is presented by the girls from Mugenkyo, the UK’s most successful touring taiko organisation, celebrating 25 years at the forefront of the art form, with groundbreaking performances, collaborations across genres, TV appearances, album releases and international touring… 

Myra's Story

Myra's Story

‘Myra, a middle-aged, homeless Dublin street drinker, is feisty, funny and foul-mouthed. Desperate for her first drink of the day, she begs from the passing city centre throngs. Between begging she re-lives her backstory… 

The Greatest Magic Show

The Greatest Magic Show

Winner of Fringe World 2019 Best Children’s Show Weekly Award! The multi award-winning, sell-out sensation of 2018, The Greatest Magic Show is coming to Edinburgh for the first time! Sure to be one of the best family shows you’ll see all festival, come see the stars – Sam and Justin – hit the spotlight debuting brand-new and hilarious magic and insane circus stunts! Come see why this show is quickly taking the world by storm, and you may even be one of the lucky few to come up on stage!! Book now! 

After You

After You

In 1961, Hannah’s mum, Angela, was in the Australian premiere production of The Sound of Music. The expectations of her generation, including motherhood, stopped her following that career… 

Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show

Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show

Stop right now! Thank you very much. It’s time to Spice Up Your Life like it’s 1996. Relive the 90s through the hits of the Spice Girls on this Spice World journey; all you have to do is Say You’ll Be There… 

In the Shadow of the Black Dog

In the Shadow of the Black Dog

All the Pigs presents an endearing dark comedy about Alquist, who is suspended in an adolescent mindset trying to start life over, leading him to challenge his beliefs about what it means to be a man… 

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

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

Marie

Marie

With the aid of a tea towel, a glass, and a stool, Sarah MacGillivray skilfully portrays a wide variety of characters in a modern re-telling of the story of Mary, Queen of Scots – sort of... 

Funny Women on the Fringe

Funny Women on the Fringe

Join Funny Women for a sparkling mix of comedy including performances by special guests and the brightest new talent at the Fringe. Enjoy stand-up, chat, sketch and more as we showcase some of the best acts from 15 years of the Funny Women Awards and beyond... 

Sing Sistah Sing!

Sing Sistah Sing!

Internationally renowned singer Andrea Baker celebrates the extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice. A joyous mix of storytelling, jazz, blues, gospel, featuring singers including: Leontyne Price, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and the great Billie Holiday, with rollicking piano virtuosity from Richard Lewis and directed by Carolyn Sittig... 

Ailsa Benson Is Missing

Ailsa Benson Is Missing

The synopsis of this intriguing one-woman drama can more or less be summed up by its title: Ailsa Benson Is Missing. Schoolgirl Nina, played by Samara MacLaren, is fascinated as the police arrive at school and she appears on local news... 

Skin a Cat

Skin a Cat

Rive Productions are shining the light on a condition more common than many realise: vaginismus. In this performance written by Isley Lynn and directed by Blythe Stewart, teenager Alana has a feeling she might be different... 

Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.

Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.

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

Dust

Dust

The world premiere of a multi-media collaboration that combines live music from the Melomaniacs trio with film by the Scottish filmmaker Lee Archer, photographs taken by the New York based photographer Jean Luc Fievet and lyrics written by Mike Marlin... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

Thought-provoking and moving EdFringe Sell-Out WW1 piece returns to EdFringe 2018. Jack stayed on when the guns fells silent, to search the battlefields for the boys that could not go home - for the dead and the missing, for both enemy and friend... 

Frau Welt

Frau Welt

An outstanding singular performance by Peter Clements, that draws upon - yet uniquely embraces - the fine traditions of drag queen finesse, dark humour, sexual allure and celebration... 

A Joke

A Joke

It was irresistible, I suppose: part way through Dan Freeman’s absurdist play A Joke, the acclaimed Scottish actor John Bett turns to his co-stars to start a joke with: "Doctor, Doctor"... 

DNA – Stealing Thoughts

DNA – Stealing Thoughts

DNA’s incredible feats of mind reading and telepathic thought transference have amazed audiences worldwide. Stealing Thoughts will make you question what is truly possible as the duo read your mind with incredible speed and devastating accuracy... 

Gratiano

Gratiano

With Bassanio murdered, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past. He was never the hero, but did he play the villain? In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, set amongst the turmoil of post-war Italy, we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale to explore the politics of prejudice... 

The Alleycats: Champions by Default

The Alleycats: Champions by Default

The Alleycats, Scottish A Cappella Champions 2017, bring to you the thrilling tale of a title defence gone astray. After a year of Brexit, blizzards and broken dreams, The Alleycats return for their ninth consecutive Fringe... 

Nine Foot Nine

Nine Foot Nine

Nine Foot Nine is a clever piece of dystopian theatre highlighting gender imbalance, produced by the Sleepless Theatre Company. It features the characters of Cara, Nate and their daughter Sophie, whom we visit in a chronology which transcends time and space, allowing us to dip in and out of their lives in no particular order... 

Providence

Providence

"Life is a hideous thing," we're told by the lean figure of Simon Maeder, dressed for dinner and sitting in a leather armchair like some classic teller of ghost stories... 

Once Seen on Blue Peter

Once Seen on Blue Peter

Makes, Bakes and Outtakes. On October 16th, 1958, Blue Peter sailed onto our TV screens. 60 years and over 5,000 episodes later, an elite group of ex-presenters gather to receive an award celebrating this extraordinary anniversary... 

Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

A remarkable solo Hamlet from Horatio’s POV! Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, murder and betrayal with incredible performance, brilliant original music and Sir Derek Jacobi as Old Hamlet! Something is very right in the state of Denmark! Adapted and directed by Nick Hennegan, it's a must-see theatre event... 

The Greatest Showman Singalong

The Greatest Showman Singalong

The most entertaining film of the year is swinging onto the Fringe... and you're invited to sing along! Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the ambition and imagination of PT Barnum... 

Jamie MacDonald: Blinkered

Jamie MacDonald: Blinkered

Blind Jamie is taking a long hard look at this blinkered world. Gender is becoming one homogenised dull sex, baby-boomers lament the lack of manners from cold-calling millennials while they slam down their phones on them, and disabled people are being made to score points to get their benefits like they're on some horrendous game show... 

Hans – Like a German

Hans – Like a German

International superstar Hans, the boy wonder of Berlin, serves up an all-singing, all-tap dancing, accordion-pumping, glittering blitzkrieg of cabaret backed by his three-piece band, The Ungrateful Bastards! With more sparkle than a Studio 54 mirrorball and more feathers than a battery hen farm, hilarious Hans will have you slapping your thighs so hard, you'll think it's Oktoberfest... 

F**k You Pay Me

F**k You Pay Me

An anarchic, unprecedented and hilarious insight into the life of a stripper in London's fast-changing cityscape. It's lunchtime, Bea hasn't slept, and she's dreading going home to face the consequences of last night; when her Catholic mum found out what she really does for a living... 

Simon Callow in De Profundis

Simon Callow in De Profundis

Olivier Award-winning Simon Callow performs Oscar Wilde’s searing meditation on his life, in the form of a devastating letter of reproach to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas – ‘Bosie’... 

The Voice Behind the Stars

The Voice Behind the Stars

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

Dysney Disfunction

Dysney Disfunction

In Brexit Britain happily ever after (and UK residency) is just a marriage visa away. But Australian Alice's visa expires today and she's only got Primark flats for glass slippers, an Oyster card for a pumpkin coach and a prince who won't twerk... 

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

The star of Mark Steel's in Town (BBC Radio 4) brings back his 2017 sell-out show, guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it still is. 'True comedy gold' ***** (Herald)... 

Janis Joplin Full Tilt

Janis Joplin Full Tilt

The award-winning, sell-out hit by writer Peter Arnott and director Cora Bissett returns. Angie Darcy's Joplin, backed by a live band, is electric. 'So brilliant and intense it lifts the hairs on the back of the neck' ***** (Scotsman). 

Choir of Man

Choir of Man

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

Henry V – Lion of England

Henry V – Lion of England

Wild young Hal becomes King and lays claim to the French crown. Agincourt as never before! A solo tour de force through Shakespeare’s patriotic masterpiece. Incredible performance, brilliant original music and SFX... 

Synchronised Swimming – The Dry Version

Synchronised Swimming – The Dry Version

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

Réversible

Réversible

Internationally renowned 7 Fingers return with this unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music and acrobatics. A reversible world where everyday life is turned upside down into new, spectacular universes filled with beauty, emotion and, yes, hope... 

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

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

Owen O'Neill: Ten Songs to Die For

Owen O'Neill: Ten Songs to Die For

In his new one-man play Owen O’Neill takes the audience on a trip to the soundtrack of his life. Ten songs that transport him back to the heartache and hilarity of a wild and reckless time... 

This Is Just Who I Am

This Is Just Who I Am

Do you find me likeable? Would you happily spend an hour with me? How about two? This is a show about identity, authenticity and the murky area in between. It's about being yourself, and not having a f*cking clue what that even means... 

Henry Box Brown – A Musical Journey

Henry Box Brown – A Musical Journey

Tony Award winner Ben Harney (Broadway\'s Dreamgirls), and writer Mehr Mansuri, lead this musical about an 1850s Virginia slave who ships himself to freedom in a box. In a fusion of original songs blending gospel, R\'n\'B and bluegrass, as well as a cappella spirituals, it is performed by New York\'s finest gospel singers and top Broadway artists... 

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Theatre Hooam makes a welcome return to the Fringe with the award-winning Black and White Tea Room. Jeong-Heong-So offers counselling in the tearoom, but takes one day off every year: the anniversary of his wife’s death... 

Reel Comedy Club

Reel Comedy Club

Twice a day, Audrey, the unique 22-seat Vintage Mobile Cinema will become a comedy venue. In the evenings, this TV star (from George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Melvyn Bragg and the BBC's Reel History of Britain) will be showcasing some of the best comedians at the Fringe... 

Baby Daddy

Baby Daddy

'The day I've been dreading arrives. All the answers I have prepared go out of my head when she asks me, "where's my Daddy?"' A painfully honest insight into the world of a young single mother, this autobiographical piece is about looking for answers in the wrong places and facing up to your responsibilities when you've bitten off more than you can chew... 

The Straw Man

The Straw Man

He is Generation X. Weaned on punk and indie he survived Thatcher's Britain and the Cold War, then high on ecstasy he raved in a field all weekend – and still got up for work on Monday... 

The Marilyn Monroe Story

The Marilyn Monroe Story

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

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Based on the best-selling series of books by Laura Numeroff, this fast-paced, comedic adaptation embraces the joys of parenting – as told through the eyes of a child and a surprise encounter from a hyper, hungry mouse asking for a cookie, setting off a chain of events leaving behind a massive mess and a ragged boy... 

An Evening With Miss Wong

An Evening With Miss Wong

From laundry girl to one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars, the tragic and wonderful life of Anna May Wong. Fighting against prejudice and ignorance, she rose to become one of the acting elite, the leading lady that was not allowed to kiss her leading man... 

Belly of a Drunken Piano

Belly of a Drunken Piano

Multi-award winning performer and artistic director Stewart D’Arrietta (My Leonard Cohen, Fringe 2016-17) returns with a new show for 2018. Belly of a Drunken Piano offers gritty, imaginative arrangements of the most-loved music from the most enigmatic and influential songwriters of the age, punctuated by D’Arrietta’s laconic humour and compositions of his own... 

Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast

Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast

Margo Lion, celebrated Weimar Berlin cabaret star and lover of Marlene Dietrich, is gripped by the decadence and debauchery of 1930s Berlin. This is the story of her tragic relationship with the lyricist Marcellus Schiffer, fuelled by alcohol, cocaine and jealousy set within a world of political unrest... 

Gibbon

Gibbon

Gandini presents a wildly original hodgepodge of juggling, choreography, and theatre that explores the connections between human behaviours, the cycle of nature and to explore the journey into oneself... 

FuturePlay Virtual Reality Studio

FuturePlay Virtual Reality Studio

Assembly’s foray into digital entertainment returns after last year’s debut of the exhibition with more cutting-edge technology and a fantastic representation of how it can intersect with art... 

My Leonard Cohen

My Leonard Cohen

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

To Hell in a Handbag

To Hell in a Handbag

To Hell in a Handbag shares a most important quality with its inspiration: the infectious nature of the prose. One can hardly resist, upon a leaving a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest, trading verbose quips in the manner of Mr... 

Assisted Suicide the Musical

Assisted Suicide the Musical

Following sell-out UK shows and a recent stint at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, disability rights activist and actor Liz Carr (BBC's Silent Witness) brings you her TED talk with show tunes... 

Antonio Forcione and Sarah Jane Morris

Antonio Forcione and Sarah Jane Morris

Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione are promoting their collaborative album Compared to What. They have both been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) and exude a wonderful chemistry when performing together... 

Choir of Man

Choir of Man

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

Mies Julie

Mies Julie

Yael Farber’s critically acclaimed Mies Julie has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe and it’s easy to see why, with its incisive portrayal of colonialism, gender politics, and white privilege it’s arguably more relevant now than when it first premiered in 2012... 

Whose Line is It Anyway? – Live at the Fringe

Whose Line is It Anyway? – Live at the Fringe

Improv comedy at the Fringe? It’s practically become a punchline in itself but the art of making it up on the spot is big business in Edinburgh in August. There are 96 shows in the 2017 Fringe programme that list themselves as including improvisation but they’re all in trouble because, this year the Daddy of improv has landed at the Assembly Rooms... 

The Naked Magicians

The Naked Magicians

I think a naked magic show is a brilliant idea; two magicians with no way to hide anything up their sleeves, in their pockets (or anywhere else) amazing us with their skill at sleight of hand... 

Andrew Lawrence: The Happy Accident Tour

Andrew Lawrence: The Happy Accident Tour

Controversial viewpoints and a dismissive attitude to PC culture can work if two criteria are met: good style, and the ability to fully explain the rationale behind an opinion. Andrew Lawrence has certainly not been afraid to court controversy in recent years, but unfortunately his Happy Accident set fulfilled neither of these criteria... 

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

Chris Dugdale: Up Close!

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

Lemonade

Lemonade

Heather Litteer approaches her subject, women on- and off-stage, with a wry eye and deft, humorous touch (admittedly aided by the never-failing power of hindsight). Frequently addressing the audience, she confidently catches our eye, relaying her memories, as told by her acutely-observed, emotionally-honest characters... 

Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Psychopath!

Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Psychopath!

Jerry Sadowitz - comedian, magician, and all round scary man is back! With his unique combination of comedy, absolute hatred, and card tricks, every moment is guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself as he bangs on about some pish or other... 

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. Made famous by his uncle – Richard Burton in 1954 – Masterson makes the words his own, playing all 69 of Llaregub's ebullient inhabitants... 

Gypsy Queen

Gypsy Queen

Despite Hope Theatre Company’s name, this production did not leave me very hopeful about the issue it was raising – that of discrimination against LGBT people in sport. However, in dealing with this potentially delicate issue, Gypsy Queen achieves a good balance between funny and moving in this clever new two-hander... 

Alex Salmond... Unleashed

Alex Salmond... Unleashed

A festival of fun, friends and freedom. Join Alex Salmond and friends in an afternoon of chat, stories, a little bit of music and lots of fun. Have you ever wondered what Scotland's longest-serving First Minister really thinks? Well, now’s your chance... 

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, he is back at the festival with a new show guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is... 

Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver

Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver

Given that so much of the stand-up comedy you’ll find on the Fringe is blatantly autobiographical—at least to some extent—it’s not surprising that a lot of Jamie MacDonald’s material is grounded on him being ‘that funny blind guy’... 

The Truman Capote Talk Show

The Truman Capote Talk Show

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

Performers

Performers

One figure doesn’t appear in Performers, Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh’s new play inspired by some of the behind-the-scenes stories surrounding the making of 1970 cult film Performance—in which a London gangster (James Fox) hides out within the mansion of a former rock star (Mick Jagger), with all the cultural clashes you’d expect when different social worlds and ideas of masculinity run into each other towards the close of the “Swinging Sixties”... 

FuturePlay Sessions

FuturePlay Sessions

A diverse programme of talks, panels and showcases where artists, performers, experts and academics discuss and debate the latest trends, challenges and controversies in the worlds of art and tech... 

Vintage Mobile Cinema: Free Daytime Show

Vintage Mobile Cinema: Free Daytime Show

Back in the 1960s there were seven of these mobile cinemas made for the Ministry of Technology. There is now only one left. Come on board and hear its history. Meet the owner and watch a short 10-minute film... 

Audrey's Absolute Fest of All

Audrey's Absolute Fest of All

Each evening we welcome a top comedian to perform their full Edinburgh show on board Audrey, the most unique venue at the festival. A wonderful opportunity to see your favourite comedian in the most intimate of settings... 

Comedians Film Club

Comedians Film Club

This brilliant show returns to Edinburgh. Our favourite comedians present their favourite films. Every night, a different comedian will discuss why their film is so important to them... 

The Reel Comedy Club

The Reel Comedy Club

This famous showcase returns with a dazzling array of the best comics from the Fringe. All performing on board the 22-seat Vintage Mobile Cinema – the most unique venue in Edinburgh... 

Burnt Toast

Burnt Toast

Two days, 15 years later. Burnt toast. Boring sex. Viennetta. Knife roulette. Quick Pol and Average Alfred have the life they dreamt of: calm and simple. But then she arrived. Burnt Toast looks to explore complexities of relationships – be it simple interactions within a neighbourhood, unrequited familial love, the vanilla-sex-kind of relationship love or the sort that results in Burnt Toast... 

Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room

Inspired by the Indian myth of the Elephant God - Ganesha; this is a coming of age story about a boy in search of his head, wandering through a forest where creatures fret over a prophecy of doom, as a motley spider-hunter duo are on a lookout for a big ticket ransom! Winners of the META awards in India for best actor, costumes and light design. 

Tago: Korean Drum II

Tago: Korean Drum II

Group Tago makes a welcome return to this year's Fringe after wowing audiences last year, receiving standing ovations at every performance. Exciting, extreme and exhilarating, this is the ultimate drumming performance from the East... 

Naughty

Naughty

In the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, Australian cabaret sensation Pamela Shaw launches her spirited child from within. Bringing back a sassy irreverence nightly to the Assembly Rooms, this wicked and funny new show is a musical melange of songs by Tim Minchin, Lennon/McCartney, Rickie Lee Jones and Amanda McBroom fused together with pop, blues and contemporary Broadway... 

FuturePlay Immersive Gallery: Powered by Google Tilt Brush

FuturePlay Immersive Gallery: Powered by Google Tilt Brush

Imagine stepping into a canvas and exploring a visual world in 3D. Reality is Only Screen Deep, an Edinburgh-based digital art collective, presents breathtaking universes in virtual reality... 

Frank Carson – A Rebel Without a Pause

Frank Carson – A Rebel Without a Pause

Funnyman Frank Carson blazed a comedy trail for 50 years. His quick-fire gags and infectious laugh delighted audiences in variety shows, clubs and on telly. His catchphrase: 'It's the way I tell 'em! His mantra: 'That's a cracker!' But, there’s more... 

FuturePlay Tech Zone

FuturePlay Tech Zone

Explore an interactive playground, where art meets tech. Get your hands on gadgets, participate in multiplayer games and get lost in interactive installations. Fun and surprises for all ages... 

Three Tales of Life and Death by Craig Lucas

Three Tales of Life and Death by Craig Lucas

In the world premiere of Pulitzer/Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas's (Prelude to a Kiss, An American in Paris, Amelie) zany and touching new play, three stories collide in a world of voyeuristic theatre critics, bartenders with too much spirit and mysterious strangers looking for love in the afternoon... 

Michael Brandon – Off-Ramps

Michael Brandon – Off-Ramps

The star of 'Dempsey and Makepeace', ‘Episodes' and 'Jerry Springer: The Opera', Michael Brandon gave himself two years to star in a Hollywood movie. Still there after 50, he now lifts the lid on a half-century of showbiz... 

Drum Tribe

Drum Tribe

With over 5,000 performances in over 25 countries, Drum Tribe invites you to join in on the rhythm and rumble, which has wowed audiences all around the world! Using rhythm and fun as their trademark, Drum Tribe will guide and facilitate a musical orchestra, using the audience as their main instruments of choice. 

Concerto a Tempo d'Umore

Concerto a Tempo d'Umore

A theatrical concert for the whole family – a combination of classical music, humorous mime and audience participation with a soundtrack consisting of well-known pieces from renowned composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Strauss and Brahms... 

Bright Colours Only

Bright Colours Only

Sadly missed after a decade pushing the daisies, Pauline Goldsmith resurrects her legendary Irish wake. This once in a lifetime theatrical send-off was a huge hit at the Fringe back when Pauline could squeeze into a size ten shroud... 

Catherine and Anita

Catherine and Anita

All hell breaks loose when a tortured young misfit named Catherine strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Anita. As their unlikely relationship develops, their world escalates into a violent cycle of destruction and revenge... 

Tony Roberts: Late Nite Ace High

Tony Roberts: Late Nite Ace High

Tony Roberts is back, he’s loose and ready to blow your mind with cheeky, salacious stand-up, songs, stories and crafty card manipulation. Nominated: Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe 2015, Sold Out Adelaide Fringe 2016 ‘continuous stream of extremely funny stories... 

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Cinema screening of live performance. Beckman Unicorn's 'eerie, fantastical' West End premiere production of the popular Charles Dickens novel opened as the culmination of Dickens' bicentenary... 

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Cinema screening of live performance. The pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage to Petipa's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music and a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage... 

Rab's Videogame Empty - Presented by Glasgow Film Festival

Rab's Videogame Empty - Presented by Glasgow Film Festival

Rab's Videogame Empty is coming to Edinburgh! Come and join Rab Florence for a night of videogame weirdness, music, and entertainment. You might even get to have a go with the controller... 

RSC Live: Othello

RSC Live: Othello

Cinema screening of live performance. Othello is the greatest general of his age, a fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him... 

Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing

Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing

Cinema screening of live performance. The film provides an extraordinary biography of Van Gogh's life made with unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of Vincent's artistic output and features iconic works such as Sunflowers, The Bedroom and many of his self-portraits... 

Get Creative With Technology

Get Creative With Technology

Would you like to get hands on with some of the latest digital technologies? From Microbit to Minecraft, Mindstorms to Makey Makey, this hour-long session will give you the opportunity to explore these hands on activities... 

RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Cinema screening of live performance. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, best friends Valentine and Proteus both fall for the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia... 

The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them

The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them

Cinema screening of live performance. A major new film offering fresh perspectives on The Impressionists, through the life and work of the man who introduced them to the world – Paul Durand-Ruel... 

Sing-a-Long-a Grease

Sing-a-Long-a Grease

Cinema screening of film. The sing-along screening of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your magic moments fun packs... 

Mixing the World: The Power of Global Arts Projects

Mixing the World: The Power of Global Arts Projects

Digital can bring the world together. At the British Council we have been working to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the UK and the rest of the world for 80 years... 

ROH: Tosca

ROH: Tosca

Cinema screening of live performance. The painter Mario Cavaradossi agrees to help the fugitive Angelotti escape, and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police... 

Audience as Producer: The Future of Content

Audience as Producer: The Future of Content

The past decade has seen technology democratise content, enabling audiences to access and shape content in unprecedented and innovative ways. Major news stories are now broken long before camera crews arrive on the scene... 

Make Your Own Wearable (Advanced)

Make Your Own Wearable (Advanced)

Do you have a cool idea for a new wearable device? Could you be a great inventor? Then this is a great workshop for you. Using the BBC Microbit device you will design, code, make and test your own wearable device... 

Where Creativity Meets Technology

Where Creativity Meets Technology

The Imaginarium is a leading production and visual effects company intent on the creation of compelling content for the 21st Century, with performance capture at its heart. It combines the latest technology with the highest standards of execution to create the ultimate next-generation storytelling capability in film, television, video games and digital applications across all platforms... 

Thinking Outside the Box: How to Attract and Attain Attention in a Digital Landscape

Thinking Outside the Box: How to Attract and Attain Attention in a Digital Landscape

In a world of plenty, the only currency is attention, and attention is what defines media. So how do you resist the pull of organisational orthodoxy and set about winning the battle for audiences' attention online? 

Build Your Own Interactive Device! (Intermediate)

Build Your Own Interactive Device! (Intermediate)

Using the Microbit device and Microsoft Blocks you will learn to code the Microbit to run a number of games and projects. You could decide to make the your own Magic 8 game, Rock, Paper, Scissors or Love-o-meter and many other projects... 

Renoir: Reviled and Revered

Renoir: Reviled and Revered

Cinema screening of live performance. Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings. But Renoir himself grew tired of this style and radically changed course. This film examines the new direction he took and why it provokes such extreme reactions even today... 

The Tempest: A New Kind of Wonder

The Tempest: A New Kind of Wonder

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Intel are collaborating to use the latest digital technology to bring to life Shakespeare’s The Tempest for a new generation. Along with a demonstration of motion capture technology by The Imaginarium Studios, the panel will discuss the innovation and experimentation involved in creating the supernatural elements of the play onstage. 

Getting Started With the Micro:bit (Beginner)

Getting Started With the Micro:bit (Beginner)

Get hands on with Microsoft Blocks. This practical session is an introduction to using the BBC Microbit. You will learn how to code the Microbit and learn how to make your own emoji communication device! You can expect: a hands-on experience; to learn how to programme a message on the Micro:bit; to learn to use Block Editor software... 

National Theatre Live: From Stage to Screen

National Theatre Live: From Stage to Screen

NT Live forms part of the NT’s Broadcast department which is also responsible for producing digital content covering all aspects of the craft of theatre-making and produces National Theatre On Demand in schools... 

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music

For those of you not yet converted, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, with subtitles – so that everyone can sing along – a host and free fun pack... 

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus

For those who couldn’t get down to London to watch the brilliant Tom Hiddleston boast a magnificent Coriolanus at the National Theatre, the Fringe is hosting the next best thing here in Edinburgh... 

The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

Cinema screening of live performance. Edward Watson gives an Olivier Award-winning performance in the Royal Opera House's sell-out 2013 show. He stars as salesman Gregor, who wakes to find he has turned into an insect. 

Ai WeiWei at the Royal Academy

Ai WeiWei at the Royal Academy

Cinema screening of live performance. Sky Arts explores Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's must-see exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, which showcases his most important and striking works. 

RSC Live: Henry V

RSC Live: Henry V

Cinema screening of live performance. Henry IV is dead and Hal is king. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people... 

Minecraft Mission (Advanced)

Minecraft Mission (Advanced)

Build your dream amusement park, with games, rides and stalls. Use your advanced Minecraft skills to build a scary roller-coaster or a towering ferris wheel with great views. You can expect: a hands-on experience to develop your Minecraft knowledge and ideas; to create a how-to guide for Minecraft through creating a walkthrough; to record and edit your voice and lay over your walkthrough... 

Atmosphere | La Jetée

Atmosphere | La Jetée

Cinema screening with live elements. In the aftermath of WWIII, survivors live underground in a post-apocalyptic Paris where scientists research time travel to rescue the present. We wrap our sonic atmosphere trinity with this acclaimed short film by Chris Marker... 

ROH: Don Giovanni

ROH: Don Giovanni

Cinema screening of live performance. The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. But when Don Giovanni commits murder he unleashes a dark power beyond his control... 

Getting Started With Minecraft (Beginner)

Getting Started With Minecraft (Beginner)

Do you like to design and make things? Do you have a creative imagination? Could you combine your ideas in a virtual Minecraft world? This practical session is a taster into creating and building your own environment in Minecraft... 

Making Minecraft Walkthroughs (Intermediate)

Making Minecraft Walkthroughs (Intermediate)

Could you be the next big Youtuber like Stampie Cat? Do you love to vlog? Build your dream world in Minecraft and walk us through it giving us hints and tips on improving Minecraft skills... 

Munch: From the Munch Museum and National Gallery, Oslo

Munch: From the Munch Museum and National Gallery, Oslo

Cinema screening of live performance. In 2013 Norway celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863-1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. With 220 paintings on show, Munch 150 brought together the greatest number of the artist's key works in one place... 

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

Cinema screening of live performance. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker... 

National Theatre Live: Man and Superman

National Theatre Live: Man and Superman

Cinema screening of live performance. Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic. Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann... 

Rembrandt from the National Gallery, London and Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt from the National Gallery, London and Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam

Cinema screening of live performance. It is the art of Rembrant's late years – soulful, honest and deeply moving – that indelibly defines our image of Rembrandt, the man and the artist and which makes up this landmark exhibition... 

RSC Live: Henry IV, Part II

RSC Live: Henry IV, Part II

Cinema screening of live performance. King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion against his reign threatens to surface. He is uncertain that his son Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule... 

Glyndebourne: La Traviata

Glyndebourne: La Traviata

Cinema screening of live performance. Verdi's tragic masterpiece is elegantly updated by director Tom Cairns in this 'fresh and thrillingly unfamiliar' (Independent) Glyndebourne production... 

HACT – The Art of Keeping Tech Simple

HACT – The Art of Keeping Tech Simple

Join us on a journey through Metro Boulot Dodo's own complex relationship with technology. Since 1997 MBD has wrestled with any available technology from the humble cassette tape to to complex multimedia automation... 

How to Turn Social Networks Into Sociable Networks

How to Turn Social Networks Into Sociable Networks

Social networks really aren’t – social, that is. Most of your time is spent staring at a computer, tablet or phone, as opposed to sharing moments with friends and family. Virtual reality, whilst on the surface inherently isolating, presents an opportunity to turn social networks into what they should have been all along – truly sociable experiences. 

An Introduction To Music Virtual Reality With MelodyVR

An Introduction To Music Virtual Reality With MelodyVR

When it comes to music, virtual reality will change the industry. People will be able to attend a gig anywhere in the world without worrying about price, age restrictions or tickets selling out... 

The New State of Storytelling: The Importance of Empathy in VR Narratives

The New State of Storytelling: The Importance of Empathy in VR Narratives

Virtual Reality allows us to view the world through the eyes of a stranger. We see what they see, we begin to understand what their life looks like and how it might feel if that life was ours... 

The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale

The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale

Cinema screening of live performance. Based on Shakespeare's play, the story follows the destruction of marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love... 

Ansible: Virtual Reality for Supporting Future Mars Astronauts

Ansible: Virtual Reality for Supporting Future Mars Astronauts

How do you stay connected with friends and family when far away? How will Mars astronauts when they’re 400 million km away? In this fascinating talk, learn about NASA’s vision for the future manned mission to Mars, and how a team of researchers are building the next generation communications tool using virtual reality to provide psychological health and social support to our explorers as we venture beyond lower Earth orbit! 

RSC Live: Henry IV, Part I

RSC Live: Henry IV, Part I

Cinema screening of live performance. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters. As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, Sir John Falstaff... 

Build a Virtual World Using Kodu (Intermediate)

Build a Virtual World Using Kodu (Intermediate)

Bring a 3D fish tank to life by making all of the creatures in your tank interact with each other. An interactive workshop where you will design and code your own 3D virtual world. You can expect: a hands-on experience; to learn how to build and programme your own virtual world; to learn to use Kodu software... 

To Reality and Beyond: Turning Virtual Worlds Into Physical Models Through 3D Printing Technology

To Reality and Beyond: Turning Virtual Worlds Into Physical Models Through 3D Printing Technology

Gamers all over the world spend weeks, months and in some cases years creating in game content but is stays just that; in-game. We will explore how this virtual content can be brought into the real world as physical models... 

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Cinema screening of live performance. Surely the greatest of all romantic ballets, Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music. Tchaikovsky's first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture... 

Getting Started With Kodu (Beginner)

Getting Started With Kodu (Beginner)

Do you like computer games? Do you have a creative imagination? Then this is the workshop for you. This practical session is a taster into creating and building your own 3D games using Kodu... 

VR Writers Room Live

VR Writers Room Live

Bringing together leading experts, writers and narrative designers across multiple entertainment verticals, the VR Writers Room focuses on the cross sector knowledge sharing opportunities to help define best practice, unified terminology, techniques and technology to facilitate the creation of immersive entertainment content including virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and immersive theatre. 

Game For the Next Generation (Advanced)

Game For the Next Generation (Advanced)

Do you love gaming? Here is an opportunity for you to design and build your very own game for the next generation. Using basic coding build a game concept that you think would sell! You can expect: a hands-on experience; to learn how to build and programme your own virtual world; learn to use Kodu software; support and guidance to use technology to make a 3D computer game... 

Matisse from MoMA and Tate Modern

Matisse from MoMA and Tate Modern

Cinema screening of live performance. The camera takes viewers on an intimate, behind the scenes tour of Tate Modern's critically acclaimed exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs and includes exclusive new material filmed at MoMA, revealing their long and fascinating relationship with Matisse and giving cinema audiences an inside view of their preparations for the exhibition... 

Artificial Intelligence: Can Machines Possess Emotions?

Artificial Intelligence: Can Machines Possess Emotions?

Artificial intelligence, the science of making clever machines, has resulted in programs that can win a game, recognise your face and even appeal against your parking ticket. AI has given machines linguistic skills and mathematical-logical reasoning abilities... 

Virtual Reality the Playstation® Way

Virtual Reality the Playstation® Way

PlayStation® VR is due for release on October 13th. As the date rapidly approaches, Simon Benson – Director of the Immersive Technology Group for Sony Interactive Entertainment, explains how the influence of PlayStation® has steered Sony’s VR solution in a unique direction... 

Future Realities: Exploring Augmented and Mixed Reality

Future Realities: Exploring Augmented and Mixed Reality

Pokemon Go has taken over and soon it will be commonplace to create and interact with holograms that blend into our surroundings. Unlike the simulated vistas in virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality allow the physical world to become interactive and digitally manipulable... 

Virtual Reality: Can You Believe the Hype?

Virtual Reality: Can You Believe the Hype?

Sol Rogers, CEO/Founder of REWIND:VR will look at the developments in the past 20 years that have enabled VR to become a reality; from technology and platforms to smartphones and appetite for the medium. 

ROH: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

ROH: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Cinema screening of live performance. Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city – Mahagonny, city of gold. John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's furiously impassioned satire on consumerism which finds new relevance in our insatiable depletion of the earth's resources... 

Virtual Reality Will Break Museums

Virtual Reality Will Break Museums

Virtual reality can do everything museums can, and more, at greater scale and lower cost. But that doesn’t mean all museums will disappear, or that the role of curators is any less important. 

The Crucible

The Crucible

Cinema screening of live performance. Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller's classic American drama, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by director Yaël Farber... 

The Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Cinema screening of live performance. Those familiar with Lewis Carroll's literary menagerie of colourful characters will enjoy the clarity with which Christopher Wheeldon portrays them in dance... 

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Cinema screening of live performance. Into the Woods takes the stories of the Brothers Grimm and gives them a dark and humorous twist. The popular tales of Red Riding Hood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his wife... 

Calamity Jane: Sing-a-Long

Calamity Jane: Sing-a-Long

Cinema screening of film. Deadwood City, deep in Dakota territory, is largely the abode of men. But Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful and handy with a gun as any; a blowhard frontier scout with an itchy trigger finger and a big mouth... 

Sing-a-Long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sing-a-Long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show

Cinema screening of film. The campest cult classic of all time gets the sing-a-long-a treatment it's been screaming for! This interactive screening of the film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf and Richard O'Brien, is the most outrageous, riotous, wonderful romp ever... 

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

Cinema screening of live performance. Directed by Danny Boyle, with Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch as his creation. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker... 

National Theatre Live: A View From the Bridge

National Theatre Live: A View From the Bridge

Cinema screening of live performance. This production of Miller's tragic masterpiece won a trio of 2014 Olivier Awards including Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo van Hove... 

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Cinema screening of live performance. Matthew Bourne's triumphant re-interpretation of one of ballet's classic stories turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm... 

Solving Science

Solving Science

This session is all about following a guided project where you will solve a real world science problem using Lego bricks and programming software. Build, debug and test your robots and machines to see if you have successfully solved the science problem... 

Lego Builds With WeDo 2.0

Lego Builds With WeDo 2.0

This session will guide you to use the latest Lego technology, WeDo 2.0 to build and programme your own creative project. You will construct, debug and test your robots and machines and then share your builds with the rest of the workshop participants... 

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Cinema screening of live performance. David Suchet stars as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's much-loved masterpiece, one of the most enduring plays in British theatre... 

Meet Milo

Meet Milo

Milo is the newest Lego robot. It is your job to build Milo, to bring him to life and then you will have to teach Milo how to move and even talk to you! This is a practical hands-on session where you will be building Milo using Lego and touching on some basic programming... 

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

Cinema screening of live performance. The only thing Billy ever wanted to do was play for Chelsea and his dream came true when he was signed by the club to become a champion striker for the first team... 

Atmosphere | Dune

Atmosphere | Dune

Cinema screening with live elements. 'A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10,191. The Known Universe is ruled by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, my father... 

RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice

RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice

Cinema screening of live performance. In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all – as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made... 

Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

Cinema screening of live performance. A glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. Playwright Jonathan Harvey deftly combines comedy with ardent drama in his critically acclaimed, award-winning play, and truly captures what it is to be sixteen and in the first full flush of love... 

National Theatre Live: As You Like It

National Theatre Live: As You Like It

Cinema screening of live performance. Shakespeare's glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind... 

Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down Five to Go

Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down Five to Go

Cinema screening of live performance. Filmed on the final night of their run of ten sold out performances, the reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years was the most anticipated production of 2014... 

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Cinema screening of live performance. Explores the intriguing relationship between the world's greatest artists and horticulture. The film will transport viewers across Europe to some of the most beautiful gardens depicted in art, from Monet's water lilies at Giverny to Bonnard's privately owned garden in Vernonnet... 

Glyndebourne: Don Pasquale

Glyndebourne: Don Pasquale

Cinema screening of live performance. One of the reasons why Donizetti's Don Pasquale is regarded as a cornerstone of the Italian comic opera tradition is because its characters are no mere commedia dell'arte stereotypes, but complex, vulnerable human beings... 

National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Cinema screening of live performance. Following the hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse's highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas – broadcast live from the Donmar's London home... 

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Cinema screening of live performance. Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky take centre stage at the Royal Opera House in Will Tuckett's thrilling work of dance, music and theatre that explores the loves of Queen Elizabeth I. 

Lovesong

Lovesong

Cinema screening of live performance. Abi Morgan's Lovesong intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness... 

Joining the Digital Dots: How Celtic Games Collaboration Can Work Across Sectors and Locations

Joining the Digital Dots: How Celtic Games Collaboration Can Work Across Sectors and Locations

How do we roll out digital content across new platforms? How can games and gaming work in other sectors? How do we join the digital dots? Should we be looking at new ways of utilising existing data – big data – in new creative formats and getting out to new audiences via new, as yet untapped content distribution platforms? Are there geographically focused ways of connecting territories to build sustainable content formats? Is it time for a Celtic collaboration for the UK games community? 

Playful Learning... Games in Education

Playful Learning... Games in Education

A really insightful talk about how we harness the power of games and game play to ensure better learning opportunities for all our children. 

The Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

The Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

Cinema screening of live performance. Since 1965, Kenneth MacMillan's first full-evening ballet has been one of The Royal Ballet's signature works. Performed well over 400 times, each performance is subtly different... 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Cinema screening of live performance. Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night is a moving comedy of loss and misplaced love and includes some of the most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote... 

From Generation Nintendo to Generation Minecraft – The Changing Face of Game Education

From Generation Nintendo to Generation Minecraft – The Changing Face of Game Education

You will hear from thought leaders, as developers of skills in the industry and an animator facing the daily challenges of working in the Games sector. They tell it like it really is and help us explore a vision for the future of Games and Games Education in Scotland and the UK... 

ROH: Nabucco

ROH: Nabucco

Cinema screening of live performance. Nabucco, King of Babylon, takes Jerusalem in his war with the Israelites – but his daughter Fenena loves the Israelite Ismaele. She releases their prisoners, leading her vengeful half-sister Abigaille to plot to take power... 

Showcase: The Best of Protoplay and Dare to Be Digital

Showcase: The Best of Protoplay and Dare to Be Digital

In this session Dr. William Huber will give us an overview of Dare ProtoPlay, the UK’s biggest indie games festival. He will present the winners of the international video games design competition Dare to be Digital, discuss why they won, what 2017 will hold and how you can get involved... 

Where the Future Lies... How Digital Broadcasting is Changing

Where the Future Lies... How Digital Broadcasting is Changing

How does the age of user-generated content impact traditional broadcasting? What opportunities will emerge for creative industries as broadcasters and digital technology companies come together to develop new ways to produce connected storytelling? What will digital broadcasting look like in a converged, internet-connected, media world? This session will discuss many of the current digital trends whilst attempting to predict where next for digital companies and the big broadcasters... 

Build a Robot With Lego Mindstorms

Build a Robot With Lego Mindstorms

Get involved in this creative workshop where you will create and build your own Lego Robot. This workshop session is designed to be hands-on, encourage collaborative working and to be lots of fun! You can expect: a hands-on experience; practical building and creating with Lego; to work individually and in small groups... 

Programme Your Own Lego Robot

Programme Your Own Lego Robot

This practical workshop will see you use Lego software to programme a robot, You will use basic coding skills, write algorithms, learn how to debug, use variables and solve lots of problems! This workshop session is designed to be hands-on, to encourage collaborative working and to be lots of fun! You can expect: a hands-on experience; to learn how to use programming software to work individually and in small groups... 

Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood

Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood

Cinema screening of live performance. Francisco Goya's powerful vision and technical brilliance makes him one of the most revered artists in the world. Not only a brilliant observer of everyday life and Spain's troubled past, he is a gifted portrait painter and social commentator par excellence... 

The Robot Challenge

The Robot Challenge

In this session you will be set a Lego challenge to programme robots to complete an obstacle course. You will use Lego software to programme a robot, debug and solve problems and navigate the course in a time challenge! This workshop session is designed to be fun and hands-on, as well as to encourage collaborative working! You can expect: a hands-on experience; to learn how to use programming software; to work individually and in small groups... 

The Art of Collaboration: Bringing the Arts Into Gaming

The Art of Collaboration: Bringing the Arts Into Gaming

Collaboration has the capacity to break down boundaries of a medium and expand its limits. Creating a dialogue which spans sectors can lead to multi-dimensional approaches and thus more interesting creations... 

The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi

Cinema screening of live performance. The widowed Duchess of Malfi longs to marry her lover, the steward Antonio, but her rancorous brothers Ferdinand and the Cardinal are implacably opposed to the match... 

Making Games For VR

Making Games For VR

Coatsink discuss their VR development journey over the past three years. Coatsink have been researching VR since the early days of the DK1 and are rapidly becoming recognised as a top VR developer... 

ENO: Benvenuto Cellini

ENO: Benvenuto Cellini

Cinema screening of live performance. Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam unleashes his inexhaustible imagination on Berlioz's dazzling but rarely seen opera Benvenuto Cellini. Following on from his award-winning production of The Damnation of the Faust, Gilliam now takes on this extraordinary tale of the infamous 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini... 

...And I Learned How to Make It Talk – How You Can Use Games for Creative Expression

...And I Learned How to Make It Talk – How You Can Use Games for Creative Expression

In this session, NVA Director and co-founder Iain Simons is going to explore these ideas, give examples of what the NVA is doing to help and generally get excited. All whilst awkwardly disguised as a middle-aged white man. 

National Theatre Live: The Beaux' Stratagem

National Theatre Live: The Beaux' Stratagem

Cinema screening of live performance. The Beaux': Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield... 

National Theatre Live: Hangmen

National Theatre Live: Hangmen

Cinema screening of live performance. In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey) is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Following a sell-out run at London's Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster's award-winning production of his deeply funny play. 

Matthew Bourne's The Car Man

Matthew Bourne's The Car Man

Cinema screening of live performance. Performed by Matthew Bourne's Dance Company, New Adventures, and filmed live at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London in 2015, the award-winning The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet's popular opera (Carmen) and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music... 

ENO: The Pirates of Penzance

ENO: The Pirates of Penzance

Cinema screening of live performance. Renowned film maker Mike Leigh makes his opera directing debut with Gilbert and Sullivan's sparkling comic masterpiece. The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of the pirate apprentice Frederic and his love for Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley who has the famous tongue-twisting patter song I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General... 

RSC Live: Richard II

RSC Live: Richard II

Cinema screening of live performance. Richard is king. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years... 

Sing-a-Long-a Frozen

Sing-a-Long-a Frozen

Cinema screening of film. A full screening of Disney's Frozen, with lyrics on screen to help you sing along during the film. Our two Singalonga Princesses will guide you through this interactive screening, showing you how to use your free prop bag, warming up your singing voices and teaching you some dance moves... 

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Cinema screening of live performance. Created by Britain's most successful choreographer to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his company, New Adventures, Sleeping Beauty premiered at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London in November 2012 to rave reviews... 

National Theatre Live: Hamlet

National Theatre Live: Hamlet

Cinema screening of live performance. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions... 

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Cinema screening of live performance. David Suchet returns to the West End in Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece and one of the greatest American plays written in the 20th century... 

Tech Hub Session

Tech Hub Session

Enter a playground of interactive experiences and new technology across a range of platforms at the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival Tech Hub. In your 2 hour session take a virtual spacewalk, watch 360°content in an immersive shared space from IglooVision, and get inspired by the latest gadgets, creative tools and lightweight tech... 

Fantasy Fairytale (Advanced)

Fantasy Fairytale (Advanced)

Fairytale Land has been disrupted by a magical spell and all of the well-known fairytale characters have disappeared. Your role is to help us get these characters back to where they belong by building a fantastical story and animation to make sure the characters have a very happy ending! You can expect: a hands-on experience; practical building and creating with Lego; support and guidance to use technology to make a short film... 

Stop-motion Storystarter (Intermediate)

Stop-motion Storystarter (Intermediate)

Could you be the director of the next Lego Movie? Bring your stories to life using our stop-motion animation software or create a Lego comic book. Build your story in Lego and then animate it using stop-motion techniques to make your own short film... 

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Cinema screening of live performance. York Theatre Royal's Olivier award-winning production of E Nesbit's The Railway Children follows the story of Roberta (Bobbie), Phyllis and Peter, three sheltered siblings who are forced to move from London to rural Yorkshire near a railway line... 

Getting Started With Storystarter (Beginner)

Getting Started With Storystarter (Beginner)

Do you like to tell stories? Do you have a creative imagination? Do you love Lego? Then this is the workshop for you. This practical session is a taster into creating and building stories using Lego... 

Atmosphere | Berberian Sound Studio

Atmosphere | Berberian Sound Studio

Cinema screening with live elements. Toby Jones stars as a sound engineer working on the special effects for a 1970s Italian giallo film, The Equestrian Vortex. However, it is a case of life imitating art in this terrifying take on the Englishman abroad drama... 

National Theatre Live: The Audience

National Theatre Live: The Audience

Cinema screening of live performance. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience... 

Virtual Reality Studio Session

Virtual Reality Studio Session

Discover the immersive world of virtual reality in the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Virtual Reality Studio. Explore innovative documentaries, playful animation, games and hair-raising experiences, using one of the latest consumer models to hit the market... 

Eddie Izzard: Expectations of Great Expectations (WIP)

Eddie Izzard: Expectations of Great Expectations (WIP)

Eddie Izzard invites you to his brand-new work-in-progress reading/performance of Charles Dickens’ classic epic Great Expectations. 

We Have Ways of Making You Talk

We Have Ways of Making You Talk

Achtung! Achtung! Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland are bringing their highly acclaimed World War II podcast to the Edinburgh Festival.