A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time

Pechorin is a superfluous man. He has it all, yet seemingly has nothing. He's witty, smart and sensitive, yet also utterly manipulative and verging on sociopathic. He's the selfish, bored protagonist of Mikhail Lermontov's Russian classic A Hero Of Our Time, played with ferocity and bravery by the endlessly watchable Oliver Bennett... 

Earnest & Wilde: Let's Face the Music (and Franz)

Earnest & Wilde: Let's Face the Music (and Franz)

Here is something special and unusual: the life and death of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke and heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, remixed into a cabaret history lecture by two talented musicians... 

The Grey Life

The Grey Life

Open the window, take a breath – outside it’s grey. The world is polluted. We produce, we consume, we waste and we are never satisfied. How does our globalised world work? Why are we destroying it? Born as improvised immersive theatre dance with live music, The Grey Life has since been filmed as documentary-dance-theatre-film... 

Uninvited

Uninvited

‘No-one leaves home – unless home is the mouth of a shark.’ Uninvited is an original theatrical piece documenting the personal odyssey of one young migrant as he flees his war-torn home for the promise of peace abroad... 

Bucket Men

Bucket Men

Bucket Men takes place in a small basement studio at C Royale where two men coincidentally have jobs in a small basement of a faceless government building. They turn up for work every day, though not together, for one of them is always late... 

Big Man. Little Instruments

Big Man. Little Instruments

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

On Their Own Ground

On Their Own Ground

Meet three women whose lives show that vision plus action can change anything! Join Madam C J Walker (the first self-made American female millionaire and hair-product queen), Amy Ashwood Garvey and Amy Jacques Garvey (the two wives of African nationalist the Hon Marcus Garvey, champions of the movement in their own right), in Amantha Edmead’s play about the power of hope in action... 

A Broad Abroad

A Broad Abroad

If there’s one thing the majority of people at the Fringe can empathise with, it’s how hard the life of a jobbing actor can be. Unsuccessful auditions, lazy agents, missed opportunities and lack of creative fulfilment... 

24/7 Live

24/7 Live

Join British-Chinese provocateur artist Le Fil in a pop gig with extras as he, she or it explores a 24/7 world of gay-straight men, bad romances and the modern constructions of gender that package us up for consumption... 

Didi and Gogo

Didi and Gogo

Inspired by Waiting for Godot, this original piece performed by two women of colour brings new meaning to issues of violence and war, poverty, food, deserts, hopelessness and those abandoned in a time of crisis... 

1-2-1 This Sex Is Real

1-2-1 This Sex Is Real

Ever get that sinking feeling that you will never be enough? Take a nose dive into toxic millennial sex and online dating in this brutally honest, highly comic look at a very millennial relationship... 

Starfish

Starfish

I’ve never seen a play in a 20-seat theatre before but, with the gentle storytelling of Starfish, a small venue seems right. Newly written by Luna Rose and performed by a bright-eyed cast of three, it’s the story of a romance and the bumps along the way... 

App and Down

App and Down

Popular or unknown, apps are part of our daily lives. Some drive people to madness, others to unexpected popularity… but all apps have a possible downside. Four stories to leave you self-conscious and scared of your mobile... 

UnSpoken

UnSpoken

As funeral bells chime, a mysterious woman whispers a terrible secret to a grieving wife. Years later, now in therapy, the woman is driven to piece together the jigsaw of her life, the damning relationship with her father and the disturbing truth behind that secret whisper... 

Showmanship

Showmanship

At first sight it would seem that Boondog Theatre's latest outing at the Edinburgh Fringe is somewhat ironically titled. Transferring from the crate they were packed in at Pleasance last year to the more intimate C Venues space, there is something inappropriate about the title Showmanship when one is being hurried down the corridor of a large hotel to a small box room and seated in front of a basic set up of two chairs, a table and a few candles... 

Half-Dozen Musical

Half-Dozen Musical

Half-Dozen Musical is a new musical based on the life and death of King Henry VIII and his family – with a supernatural twist. This is a story of the Tudor Court you haven't yet heard. 

C for Free

C for Free

Daily diet of live highlights from across the festivals. Fringe smorgasbord for all the family. A feast of hot picks: comedy, cabaret, music, musicals, theatre. Fresh selection performed daily... 

Splashback

Splashback

A new musical about a day in the life of a plumber’s kingdom – a men’s toilet. What goes on in this mysterious place? Who goes there? Where did it come from? Where does it go? Why do we need a toilet guy? Powerful questions; this show will answer… maybe... 

Metamorphosis of One

Metamorphosis of One

One is found buried in a culmination of emotions when life takes an unexpected turn. Carefully planned aspirations and future hopes held dear are disjointed, uncertain. Without help or direction from any avenue, everything in life seems new and fast-paced... 

Why Even Bother

Why Even Bother

In this dark one-man comedy we get a glimpse into the world of Main Character and the everyday struggle of his normal life. Please hold and someone will be with you shortly. The ever-growing apathy of life can feel crushing... 

The Freedom Machine

The Freedom Machine

The history of cycling mirrors the history of feminism in a fascinating way. As the call for women's suffrage grew towards the end of the 1800s, so did women's use of the bicycle, which were a source of unprecedented liberty for women... 

Can’t Stop Can’t Stop

Can’t Stop Can’t Stop

A solo theatrical performance by Sam Ross, which aims to convey how it feels to live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A much-misunderstood yet debilitating condition, affecting 1... 

Charlie V Martin: The 24/7 Club

Charlie V Martin: The 24/7 Club

Welcome to The 24/7 Club, where everyone was born on the 24th July! Party with Zelda Fitzgerald, Amelia Earhart and more in Charlie V Martin’s new solo show about her birthday. There’s more than one way to look at history and yourself… Improv, stand-up, characters and puppets – history with a twist and a shot of original comedy... 

Baby Paradise: Part Two

Baby Paradise: Part Two

Power? Sex? Control? Part Two: Baby, the Barbie doll-playing prostitute, becomes more and more a doll herself. Experience a bizarre underworld of desire and oppression. In bambule.babys’ immersive performance installation nothing is safe or pretty... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse on Chambers Street. C royale: vibrant new performance hub on George Street... 

Richard Wheatley: Jokes and Tales of a Second-Year Gap Student

Richard Wheatley: Jokes and Tales of a Second-Year Gap Student

Richard is Britain’s leading blind theoretical physicist turned stand-up comedian with a Blue Peter badge… well, definitely in the top three. Richard began his gap year after his theoretical physics degree in 2016... 

Looking for Lightning

Looking for Lightning

An inspirational story of courage, caution and perseverance and humor. Facing a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis head on, McLean takes us on a journey from the fast-paced life of Hollywood to Canada to India and the feet of yoga master BKS Iyengar... 

Baby Paradise: Part One

Baby Paradise: Part One

Power? Sex? Control? Part One: Meet Baby, a prostitute willing to entertain you with Barbie dolls… Experience a bizarre underworld of desire and oppression. In bambule.babys’ immersive performance installation nothing is safe or pretty... 

Butterfly

Butterfly

Following the success of Even God Knew I was Gay, Jilberto Soto presents Butterfly. Based on the Mariah Carey album, so it’s even gayer. In all honestly, it’s a show that revolves around the butterfly effect, how the smallest change can make the biggest difference... 

The Big Time

The Big Time

Jerry and Jacks want to be Big Time, but at what cost? They take on a job that they hope will shoot them up the ladder in the organisation. Take a girl to a fishing cabin in the woods, sound simple enough? Well with these two criminal buffoons you couldn’t be more wrong! Watch as a kidnapping gone wrong spirals into a night of pure comic disaster. 

History Has a Purpose?!

History Has a Purpose?!

The least qualified and most concerned history teacher in the UK (Oskar Schortz) guides you through his biggest worry yet – that history has a purpose! Join him for a lesson to discover why history has nothing to do with who we are, how the internet is putting him out of a job, and why lessons from history won’t help you fill out your tax return… Where all the usual arguments for doing history fail, Oskar presents a radical new way of making history... 

The Sisters of CastleKnock House

The Sisters of CastleKnock House

Fran, Jo and Ger live in isolation. Their days are spent neurotically preparing for an attack that may never occur. Their best form of defence? Fake beards. Watch as their sisterly bond splinters as their world falls apart after the sudden death of their cherished father... 

Fringe Film Festival

Fringe Film Festival

Returning for its 13th season, C’s critically acclaimed curated programme showcases silver-screen shorts and contemporary filmmakers all day, every day. Pop in to our New Town hub at C royale for a quirky short, or linger longer for a moving moment – fabulously fresh innovation to discuss... 

Ben Clover: Crème Brûlée

Ben Clover: Crème Brûlée

A single creme brûlée can change the course of your whole life. Find out how in the latest show from award-winning stand-up Ben Clover. 'A delight' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Comedy gold' (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard)... 

Ordinary Days

Ordinary Days

The New York musical is so much of a trope that it could almost be its own genre. Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon is the story of four people, living in the Big Apple and the way that their ordinary lives intersect... 

Tesco: The Opera!

Tesco: The Opera!

One man, a piano and an unexpected item in the bagging area… the supermarket trip is explored in musical form with a fun, frantic and family-friendly trolley dash to the conveyor belt... 

Behind Our Skin

Behind Our Skin

When Camille transfers to London, she finds herself blissfully following a well-travelled road. She left her country to discover and grow, yet her reality slowly narrows. But when complications with her baby arise, she needs to truthfully engage with the society that has welcomed her... 

Banged Up!

Banged Up!

Three unconnected prisoners are thrown into the same cell on the day that the Earth’s population of bees go missing. Telling their stories backwards, they begin to piece together the events of the last day... 

Penetrator

Penetrator

Edinburgh flatmates Max and Alan are perfectly happy swapping banter and joints after a long day of doing nothing. Then their old friend Tadge arrives, AWOL from the army, and acting very strangely... 

Patience

Patience

The story of two women in need of a liver transplant: Sophie Undridge, a young woman with autoimmune hepatitis, whose life has been reduced to medication and hospitalisation, and Bethan Wilkins, a recovering alcoholic determined to turn her life around... 

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

Victor Hugo once said “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” It’s a line quoted in A Common Man… but I include it here because it neatly summarises what I found most irresistible about this show – its incredible timeliness... 

Pulled

Pulled

Have you ever worked up with hazy memory of what may have happened the previous night? These two Irish lasses certainly have and it hits them with equal levels shame as it does pride... 

Dates

Dates

A decidedly younger and ‘hipper’ crowd gathered around a small table at the centre of The C Royale stage. The room was intimate, and at times claustrophobic – easily interpreted as a metaphor for the current dating climate that Dates aimed to portray... 

Bendy House

Bendy House

Let Bendy House take you on a journey – maybe to a Romford kitchen sink or perhaps the weather control arm of the civil service on the planet Zarg. Two improvisers, two chairs, no script, infinite possibilities... 

A Voyage of the Easy Sisters

A Voyage of the Easy Sisters

It’s just another Sunday morning for the Easy Sister goddesses: ill-advised Jägerbombs, lost tampons and wanking mermaids are behind them. But little do they know, something catastrophic, world destroying and likely to be dressed in a crotch-hugging pant suit, is about to cause havoc... 

The Pitchfork Disney

The Pitchfork Disney

Ridley’s modern classic sees Presley and Haley as orphaned and perpetually infantilised 28 year-olds, unable to leave their East London flat for ten years following their parents death... 

Submission

Submission

Liver and Lung Productions have created something extraordinary in Submission, a new play about the conflict between religion and sexuality. A two-hander, this eye-opening story melds physical theatre, spoken word and naturalism in a highly unique and moving way... 

Like Dolphins Can Swim

Like Dolphins Can Swim

Home from university for the holidays, Sam and Alice have met to fulfil the promise they made, aged 10, to spend one whole, glorious day as their superhero alter egos. But while Captain Hero-Man and The Mighty Hedgehog have changed little, Sam and Alice’s friendship appears to have lost its childhood innocence... 

Stiff & Kitsch: By All Accounts Two Normal Girls*

Stiff & Kitsch: By All Accounts Two Normal Girls*

(*A real-life quote from a real-life reviewer.) Yeah, we know. Was it time to pack it in and return to their day jobs? They couldn’t – not after an unfortunate incident regarding a hangover, an unidentifiable pecan and a customer with a nut allergy... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

A year ago he inherited his father's crumbling empire, a run-down chip shop in the east end of Glasgow. The sale for the shop now looms, but Riccardo isn't ready to leave: he has just discovered a compelling oddity in the family business records... 

5 Children and It

5 Children and It

Capturing the imagination of the young through the nostalgia of the Edwardian era, Five Children and It tells the simple story of five siblings who meet a magical sand fairy, the Psamiad... 

Stegosaurus

Stegosaurus

No crocodile tears are involved in this deeply moving one woman monologue; it is emotion in its purest, most innocent form. This story of a 30 year old woman living with her parents whilst battling her way through eating disorders deals with sensitive issues using a combination of complete humanism and unapologetic honesty... 

How to Be a Sissy with Percy Q Shun

How to Be a Sissy with Percy Q Shun

The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight prompts an evening of light-hearted, harmless, 80s-inspired fun. Percy Q Shun delivers four exuberant lessons on how to be the best sissy (homosexual) you can be, interspersed with alter-ego (real life) Brian Haimbach who educated the audience on the prejudice he faced growing up in 1980s conservative South Carolina... 

The Edinburgh Fringe as a Classroom

The Edinburgh Fringe as a Classroom

International workshop, professional development and networking event. Fringe University invites you to meet with students, graduates, and professors to find out how you can get the most out of the Fringe. 

Smoking With Grandma

Smoking With Grandma

Threewoods Playwright took us on an underwhelming biographical journey with this short play about a young girl reliving her refugee grandmother’s memories of Hong Kong. Katherine Leung Ki Kwan, who played young Maia, held the audience captive with her enchanting narrative however this was overshadowed by a dull throbbing of stagnation which persisted throughout... 

That’s Life on Lisgar

That’s Life on Lisgar

That’s Life on Lisgar is a story of family fissures and the intimate workings of life as a daughter of a Portuguese family in Canada. Based on the small and quirky world of Lisgar Street in the Little Portugal area of Toronto, Kayla Subica takes you back to her childhood and her quest to reunite with her estranged grandma... 

Spices from Istanbul

Spices from Istanbul

Mesmerising and lively, Meskhane perform a variety of Gypsy dancing tunes and Turkish folk pieces with members from Bulgaria, France, Denmark, and Scotland, playing kanun, saxophone, oud and Oriental percussion... 

Indie as F*ck

Indie as F*ck

In a similar way to eating your mum’s homemade soup, sometimes the charm of a show can outweigh the actual content. This group of young performers from Pinched Theatre Co. can only be described as unquestionably charming and easy to watch... 

Sarah, Sky and Seven Other Guys

Sarah, Sky and Seven Other Guys

“Ah yes. We loved Streisand.” It’s just one brief line in this new play from Liver and Lung Productions, but it’s fully representative of the script’s nuanced, aching understanding of human relationships of all orientations, in what (initially at least) appears very much to be a light-hearted stagger through the clichéd straight woman and her gay best friend scenario—you know, the one that will only end when one of them gets a boyfriend... 

Swan Bake

Swan Bake

Swan Bake is a riotously trippy and acerbically funny show. Bell, ballerina and drug addict, lives with her girlfriend Maria, nun and drug addict, rent-free with the sinister Father Rupert, bishop and soon-to-be drug addict... 

Beo's Bedroom

Beo's Bedroom

A fantastic story of a girl overcoming her fears and the monsters that live under her bed. Aided by her fearless stuffed animal friends, the young girl Beo faces her fears and becomes stronger for it... 

Douze

Douze

This show is dumb. Beyond dumb. It’s basically half improvised, and rehashes the same joke so many times over it’s ridiculous. But goddamn if that one joke isn’t so funny. Eurovision is an inherently ridiculous concept, which seems rife for ridicule, but if you think about it, it’s hard to highlight the ridiculous nature of Eurovision unless you go at it from the outside... 

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash is a show whose tagline betrays its true value. While nominally about the struggles of city life in London, the show is at its best when it’s examining how grief affects people differently... 

Hope

Hope

Hope can be found, even in the darkest days of our lives. A woman and her husband face her cancer diagnosis, and come to terms with life and death through humour and love. A cancer awareness short film based on true life experiences... 

1 Singular Sensation

1 Singular Sensation

Nick Cassenbaum’s brand new absurd comedy takes a sideways look at the fake news world. A cast of 18 young actors present a ridiculous, satirical vision of contemporary society – vapid, vacuous and vain... 

Two

Two

In a bustling northern English pub, a witty, bickering landlord and landlady and their twelve regulars masterfully lead you through one of Jim Cartwright's most moving and exposing plays... 

Sparkleshark

Sparkleshark

Delving into the lives of a group of teenagers in a tower block at the end of a school day. High up on the roof, Jake writes magical and fantastic stories in a secret book, in an attempt to hide from the bullies... 

The Offering (Guru Dakshina)

The Offering (Guru Dakshina)

A curious boy, full of wonder, dreams of great warriors of the past and wants to be one of them. He meets up with an old man running from a difficult past. Fate has brought them together, and so emerges the complex and unique relationship between a guru (master) and his shishya (student)... 

Little Boy

Little Boy

'Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' So said my father. At the farewell address, I am thinking of him, the truth, and a man who is to destroy the world. All I know is the truth lies in myself... 

Frank and Cynthia

Frank and Cynthia

Frank and Cynthia meet and fall in love in a whirlwind croissant-inspired love affair, which is tragically cut short. Their daughter, Cathy, wants to be the first person to fly solo from the llama fields of Scunthorpe to Paris... 

Roses in the Salad

Roses in the Salad

‘Have you ever seen roses in the salad? I have’ (Bruno Munari). ‘Vegetables are something serious!’ says the Chef. ‘Vegetables are something boring!’ points out Romilda, his assistant... 

London Hughes: Superstar

London Hughes: Superstar

London Hughes Superstar (it's just nobody’s realised it) is the hilarious tale of a young black girl's search for superstardom set to a backdrop of popular 90s TV shows. Will London get it all? The fame, the boys and of course a waxwork in Madame Tussauds… The debut show from Funny Women Award-winning comedian London Hughes... 

My Pet, My Love

My Pet, My Love

A one-man show about fish, forgetting and the fear of dying single. A child discovers death for the first time; an elderly gay couple struggle with the onset of dementia and a man reveals his fears from the trivial to the profound... 

Glossolalia: Ranney is Speaking in Tongues

Glossolalia: Ranney is Speaking in Tongues

International headliner Ranney is Speaking in Tongues. Everybody’s a comedian. Ranney is a brilliant one. He is much more than that, but you can only know the experience by seeing him live... 

Play on Words

Play on Words

A quick-fire dystopian comedy following the daily routine of Harper and Collins: two lexicographers imprisoned by the sinister MW Corporation. Surviving on a diet of alphabet soup, with only each other and a bloody bucket called Gerri for company, the two women struggle to reach their daily word quota under the constant threat of death... 

All My Life Long

All My Life Long

Gloria and Padraic are best friends whose relationship changes forever. They meet once a year, every year, and have one fleeting night together. This is a story of a love that lasted a lifetime... 

Nikola and His Travelling Lux Concordia

Nikola and His Travelling Lux Concordia

Psychedelic trip meets TED talk. Meet Ola the time traveller, warring with his past life, Nikola, a modern scientist, as they fight for the audience’s support for philosophies of science and spirituality... 

Vines

Vines

The story of a young girl finding herself through an Ayahuasca Ceremony. Its a look at how to become the person you want to be. Sometimes in life you just need a little push in the right direction… sometimes that push can take you to another dimension you couldn’t in your wildest dreams imagine... 

Inheritance

Inheritance

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

An Unexpected Electric Nativity

An Unexpected Electric Nativity

A short play for two humans and two robots. Late at night in a laboratory, the night before testing day. Two humanoid robots accidentally come to life. As they explore their new-found faculties, discovering their limbs and their surroundings, they learn more and more how to be human... 

Open Road

Open Road

Three couples come together to celebrate some exciting news: Natasha is going to live to 82. However, all is not as it seems… As the evening unfolds, relationships are pushed to breaking point... 

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

Actor-comedian Chris Dingli comes to Edinburgh for a limited run of his hit one-man comedy, Bad Dad, ahead of a US tour. Bad Dad is a semi-autobiographical show that chronicles the trials and tribulations of becoming a father... 

Binari

Binari

A story about the life of an old woman who has been numbed by a difficult and challenging life. She arrives at the end of her life, but she cannot leave the world in peace. The woman represents the mother figure who has Han... 

Parentcraft

Parentcraft

Parents-to-be await their first antenatal class. Sharon, mother of seven, takes charge, handing out poorly-spelt name labels. Awkward couple Susan and Derek boast about their moneymaking schemes, much to the horror of Lesley, an Inland Revenue employee… Siobhan misinterprets most of the conversation whilst continuously eating pickled foods... 

Carried Away

Carried Away

Crib, check. Nappies, check. Weird, breast-pump thing, check. Losing mind, check. Mum on speed-dial, quickest route to hospital mapped. Phoebe discovers she’s pregnant again after a miscarriage and wants to talk... 

Hambone : enobmaH

Hambone : enobmaH

Studlier than a studmuffin, beefier than a beefcake, Hambone is the pork pie of male perfection. This one-man hurricane force tears through the frustration, stupidity and inadequacy of millennial masculinity... 

Amy, 25, Almost Cool

Amy, 25, Almost Cool

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

Fringe Film Festival

Fringe Film Festival

Returning for its 12th season, this critically acclaimed curated programme showcases silver screen shorts and contemporary filmmakers all day, every day. Pop in for a quirky short or linger longer for a moving moment with fabulously fresh innovation to discuss...